13th November 2020
From the Principal
As I write this edition of the newsletter, we continue to be conscious of the COVID climate we have become accustomed to in 2020. There are some COVID travel implications for families in Catholic schools as a measure put in place to protect the safety of all families. If any families in our community are intending to travel interstate or overseas between now and the start of the 2021 school year, if they could drop in for some specific information regarding this, prior to travelling, to ensure the required protocols are met.
Walk To School Day
Last Friday was a beautiful morning for a walk, congratulations to those students and parents in our community who took the opportunity to walk to school with us from the park on the corner of Justinian and Aurelian Streets in Palmyra. We measured the walk to be approximately 1.5 km, a great way to stretch your legs and spend some time in conversation with people to start the day. We had another group of people who walked from their homes and met us here at school for a coffee from the coffee van, a milo for the children and some fruit, donated by Woolworths. Thanks to the P&F for organising the refreshments and ensuring this opportunity for families in our community.
Last weekend was a wonderful celebration for our broader Fatima community when 45 children received the sacrament of Confirmation across 2 Masses. Archbishop Barry Hickey was our celebrant and with the support of Fr Francis, he led a very meaningful couple of Masses where the children and their families have made lasting memories of this special milestone in their liturgical life. Enormous thanks again to Lorraine Szefczyk for coordinating the 2 celebrations, Lorraine is a very special treasure in our community and the positive impact she has on the children and the broader community is magnificent. Special thanks also to Katrina Abreu for preparing the Year 6 children at our school and Kerry Neesham for preparing the catechist children who received the sacrament on the weekend as well.
Music Count Us In
Last Thursday, our Year 3 and 4 classes participated in a nationwide event called Music Count Us In. This is Australia’s biggest school initiative where students across the country sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time as a way of encouraging young people to become passionate about music and as a way of promoting community spirit. This year’s participating classes joined over 3,400 schools and over 700,000 students singing the song ‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’ and did a fantastic job representing our school in this event.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2020, it was celebrated in November. This year’s NAIDOC theme was, Always Was. Always Will Be. This theme is important as it recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have occupied and cared for our continent, Australia, for over 65 000 years! As a school community, we explored the way the Whadjuk Noongar People have used and conserved Australia’s resources, in a caring way, by following the Six Noongar seasons. The new Pre-Primary mural served as a springboard for discussion for our NAIDOC Week activities and celebrations. Classes investigated a season from the Six Noongar Seasons or listened to traditional Noongar stories and co-constructed a banner with Aboriginal artist, Dixie Bonney. Dixie was the artist behind the new school mural. Over the week, Dixie shared her passion for art, storytelling and the importance of community with the students. The students’ banners are now on display in the school hall.
Semester Two Reports - SEQTA Engage
This semester, all student reports will be distributed to families online via SEQTA Engage. It is important that all families have at least one parent activate a SEQTA Engage account. A second welcome email was sent to families on Thursday 12 November. Please set up your account via the link or QR code provided in the email. Should you require assistance to activate your account or to update your email details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Food Appeal
As a community we are preparing for our annual Christmas Food Appeal in conjunction with our local chapter of St Vincent De Paul. It is a great opportunity for us to portray messages to the children about supporting people in our local community who are less fortunate than us to make their celebration of Christmas more enjoyable. More details will be sent to parents over the next week or so outlining this programme.
Staff Community Service
Along similar lines, our staff at Our Lady of Fatima have recently developed a programme that we hope develops into a tradition at this time of the year where we make tangible efforts to support people in our parish community. For a couple of years now, we have devoted half a day in the week after the children finish their school year to supporting parishioners who need some assistance in the lead up to Christmas to ensure we make it a more enjoyable time than it otherwise may be. Some staff will spend time at the home of an elderly parishioner assisting them with some domestic chores like gardening, washing windows, shopping etc or be part of a team where meals are cooked and put in a freezer for people to support them with the grind of day to day life in the lead up to Christmas.
Sustainability Update: Worm Wee
One of our programmes in the area of Sustainability is our “Worm Farm”. This programme has extracted a significant amount of “Worm Wee” which is reputed to be fantastic liquid fertiliser for the garden. This can be applied during this time of the year to reinvigorate the plants in your garden. We are selling the Worm Wee for $1 per litre, it is being sold in 2 litre plastic bottles. If you would like to purchase some, please let us know in the office. Well done to our student leaders who have contributed to making this programme come to fruition, ensuring that the food scraps around the school go to good use!
Community Meeting with Refreshments
A reminder to the community of our upcoming school and Parents & Friends Annual General Meetings which will take place on the evening of Tuesday 1st December. Nomination forms are available at the front office, so if you are interested in pursuing a position on our School Board or the executive or committee of our P&F (we are looking for a President, Vice-President and Secretary), please complete the form and return it to the school office by Tuesday 24th November. If you would like to find out a little more about any of these roles, don’t hesitate to drop in for a conversation with me or I could direct you to a parent in our community who has held the position previously. I encourage people to come along, it is a formal opportunity to address the community about a range of things that have unfolded in 2020 and acknowledge an array of people who have positively contributed to our school and broader community throughout the year. The evening concludes with some refreshments, enjoying each other’s company in a spirit of celebration.
Aqua Splash Carnival
The children in Years 1-3 will have the chance to showcase their swimming skills with our Aqua Splash carnival, on Friday 4th December from 1pm – 2:30pm. The carnival will take place at Bill Kirby’s swimming facility in Melville. Our hope is that many parents will be able to assist on the day so please email Oz Celenza at Osvaldo.Celenza@cewa.edu.au if you are able to assist. This is quite an informal event to give the children exposure to swimming races in a fun, relaxed environment.
A special thank you to our Year 4 class who lead our Remembrance Day Service and Liturgy this week. It was beautiful to see the magnificent artwork that classes have done throughout the week to signify this important event.
Best wishes for the coming fortnight.
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 11th November – Friday 13th November
Year 6 camp
Friday 20th November
Wednesday 25th November
P&F Pasta Lunch
Wednesday 25th November
School Board meeting at 7:30pm
Thursday 26th November
Parent Meeting for Kindy 2021 cohort at 9am
Friday 27th November
Fatima’s Got Talent at 2pm
Tuesday 1st December
Parent Meeting for Pre-Kindy 2021 cohort at 9am
Tuesday 1st December
Community Meeting with refreshments at 6:30pm
Kindergarten 2021 Enrolment Applications
If you have a child born between 1st July 2016 – 30th June 2017, they are due to attend Kindergarten in 2021. Application forms are available on our website or at the school office. Please return application forms to the school office ASAP. We don’t want you to miss out!
‘Online & Technology Safety’ with Mr La Roche
As a parent of two young children, the entertainment landscape has drastically changed. Many children would much prefer to watch posts and channels on YouTube and other platforms than more traditional television or movies. It is important that parents are aware of the influence of these other sources of entertainment and the people behind them. This week’s guide looks at influencers and streamers and provides some helpful information. I hope you find the content interesting.
school community Meeting with Refreshments
A reminder to all parents that we have our school and Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 1st Dec. This is always a good opportunity for us to recap the 2020 school year from a School and P&F perspective. A review of the school year will be provided. Please come and join us in the School Hall, starting at 6:30pm. We are looking for a President, Vice-President and Secretary for our P&F if there are members of our school community who may be interested in those positions.
Surf Camp with Year 5
Last week, the Year 5 class travelled to Busselton for their Surf Camp. They spent time at Margaret River learning to surf and had lots of fun standing up and wiping out. They also visited a local school and learned archery. The students were beautifully behaved throughout and attempted every challenge with a smile.
A big thank you to all of the parents who joined the Year 5s on camp, they did a fantastic job assisting the teachers, especially with food. Thank you also to Ray who drove everyone around safely on the bus and finally thank you to Mrs Wright and Mr La Roche for supporting and caring for the students for the 3 days.
With Christmas time fast approaching, Our Lady of Fatima School will again be participating in the 2020 Christmas Appeal to make a difference to someone’s life this Christmas.
This year, we would like all families to bring in suitable donations to place in the collection baskets in the classrooms. Items such as non-perishable foods, drinks, and toiletries are greatly appreciated.
The Christmas appeal will run over two weeks from Monday, 23 November through to Thursday, 3 December. A representative from the St Vincent de Paul Society will receive our donations at our Christmas Assembly in Week 8.
Thank you in advance for all the backing you have given to the school throughout the year to support the good works of the St Vincent de Paul Society and other charitable agencies!
Wellbeing Theme for Wk6 - Kindness
The topic that the wellbeing committee are focussing on this fortnight is kindness. While kindness has many shapes and forms, eating well is one way that you can practice kindness to yourself and your family.
If you like to get in the kitchen to make lunchbox snacks for your family on the weekend to prepare for the week, then give this recipe a go. This Chia pudding recipe will take you a few minutes to make, and is full of the good stuff including protein, minerals, good fats, omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants. Best of all, most kids will love this. Give these a go and let us know what you think!
Wednesday, 25 November 2020, is our P&F Fundraiser Pasta Day. You can place your order at: https://www.schoollunchonline.com.au/
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As at 16/06/2020 the Gilbert’s Fresh, Hilton SOS Program has 31 schools, and 2,236 customers signed up, plus, Gilbert’s has donated $40,945.00 to local schools since the program commenced in October 2017.
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