18th June 2021
From the Principal
Dearest Parents and Caregivers,
Last weekend our Year 4 students celebrated their First Eucharist. This was such a special event for these young people. Receiving their First Holy Communion will be one of their holiest and most important occasions in their faith-filled lives, as they, for the first time receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
I would like to congratulate all students who received this sacrament and wish them all of God’s blessings.
Many thanks also to Mrs Plain, Mrs Ahern and Mrs. Szefczyk for preparing the children so well and organising the mass and a special thanks to Fr. Francis for celebrating Mass for us.
WHY DO WE GO TO MASS?
Sitting in Mass last Saturday evening at our First Eucharist celebration, I recalled a conversation I had with some friends of mine earlier this year.
Once a month, I catch up with a core group of friends who I went to school with, (many years ago!!!). We have done this for the last 40 years. As you can imagine, on many occasions we talk mostly about footy and sport in general besides other things.
On this particular occasion the general chatter was about those who had membership to the Eagles or Dockers Footy clubs, those who were waiting on membership and those who don’t go to the footy because their team wasn’t winning…(front runners really!!!), and the conversation went on and on.
Talking about all of these topics got me thinking about how passionate we can be about a sporting team and yet when it comes to Church we’re not as passionate. People may ask, what is the relationship between a Football membership and Church membership?
The similarities are pretty close when you stop and think of it.
- Both are places we have to leave home for and attend;
- Both have membership;
- We go to watch and listen for both;
- You can drink and eat at both;
- We socialise at both;
- adults we can take our children and be role models on how to behave in public;
and the similarities continue.
The big difference though is how we always seem to worry most about attaining a Footy membership which we have to outlay a deal of money for, especially if it’s for the whole family.
Church membership, on the other hand, is free, yet we let our membership expire so many times. Or does it? This membership is always open to us, yet how often do we use it? We don’t need to wait online for someone else’s membership to expire before we can get in. This membership is always open to us.
It is up to us, individually to ask ourselves, how important it is to me to be a member of the Church.
This discussion could go on and on as we look at similarities and differences and it could make a great discussion. However, although it is only an analogy that I use I hope you can understand my point.
As parents you are the decision makers in your family and role models to your children. You, in other words nurture and lead your children into the people that they become. You lead them, not, they lead you.
This week the students have experienced an incursion about the bush tucker that was native to our area of Western Australia and how the Noongar People travelled from the ocean to the hills seasonally. The students learnt how the plants were used for food, medicine and for building. This incurson is part of our NAIDOC celebrations this year. NAIDOC Week is officially celebrated over the holiday break ;however, we will celebrate NAIDOC Week as a school in Week 1 of Term 3.
SCHOOL PUBLIC SPEAKING
Over the last couple of weeks, the students have participated in our class public speaking program. This was culminated with our School Public Speaking Showcase today.
I would like to congratulate all our students for participating throughout this program. They have shown great courage to get up and present their speech in front of their peers. Well done and congratulations to all students. Over their years at Our Lady of Fatima the students will grow so much and develop confidence in this area!
A reminder to all parents with children in Pre-Primary to Year 4, that swimming lessons
begin next week. Could all parents please ensure that all forms have been returned to the class teachers. Thank you!
A big thank you to those parents who have donated their bottle(s) of wine for our P&F Raffle. This raffle will be drawn on Thursday of our last week of Term 2, Thursday 1 July.
For those who have not had the opportunity to hand in their donation to date, could you please do this by 25 June.
We still have many tickets for sale. Again, please do not forget to buy your tickets before the draw.
At the moment we seem to be having a little congestion at pick-up time for our ECE children. Parents, please be aware that if the carpark along Harris Road is full the carpark in the basketball courts is open. You can park there and walk up to pick up your child. This will help prevent possible accidents occurring in the rush.
Your child will be coming home with school photos if you ordered/purchased them earlier in the term.
Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!
Parent Skills and Talent Register
Our School Advisory Council and Parents and Friends Association often work on projects that benefit our school community and we would love to consult with parents that have expertise and can contribute to these projects! By completing this form, we could call on your business to quote on school based capital works projects, school maintenance, advertising or event management. Your assistance in completing this form is appreciated!
Days to remember 2021- please check our updated calendar on our website
Pupil free day - Friday 2 July
Pupil free day - Monday 16 August
Pupil free day - Monday 11 October
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2022
At Our Lady of Fatima School we believe education should always be fun. We provide our students with the foundations for life-long learning which empowers children to thrive in their community with a real sense of belonging and enjoyment of education.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrolments for 2022 are open now. Please find our enrolment form at: https://olof.wa.edu.au/assets/files/Application-_OLOF20212.pdf
Enrolment interviews for Kindergarten 2022 have commenced. Parents and Carers of students currently attending Our Lady of Fatima School are reminded that they are required to submit an Enrolment Application Form if they intend to enrol a younger sibling into the Kindergarten program for 2022 or beyond. We are excited to share that in 2022 we are adding an extra fortnightly Kindergarten session and Kindergarten classes will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week next year and a full day on a Thursday for Pre-Kindergarten!
Bush Tucker Incursion
On Thursday, we were lucky enough to have Natasha from Sercul come and visit us for an incursion about “Bush Tucker”. Students learnt about native plants, growth features and traditional uses. We also learnt about the Noongar seasons! We even got “hands on” with a range of local native plants and learnt how the traditional landowners used the various plants at different times of the year! It was interesting and the children were very engaged!
"I liked learning about the creatures at the Swan River and I learnt about the Noongar Seasons" said Lotte (Year 1).
"I liked drawing the native plants and creatures of the Noongar Seasons"
said Orlando (Year 1).
"I liked touching the native plants and I liked seeing the creatures on the floor"
said Griffin (Year 1)
Entertainment books Free upgrade from single to multi city membership
Yes, that’s right! Anybody who purchases a $69.99 Single City Membership will be upgraded to a Multi City Membership valued at $119.99 for FREE! That’s a $50 saving and access to thousands more offers!!!
So, mark your calendars and make the most of this limited time offer to boost your fundraising and help your supporters save even more money wherever they go.
P&F OLOF Fundraising Raffle
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar lessons in Term 3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form
Support our school at Gilbert's fresh market and The Foodies Basket
Gilbert's Support Our School Program donates 1% of the money spent by you to your nominated school every time you shop with us! Sign up for free at the checkout and scan each time you shop.
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.
The Foodies Basket, Attadale donates a $1 for every 100 points accumulated. Just give our School name or show your card each time you purchase.