Message from the Principal
As you may have noticed the OLGC website has been updated. We have kept a very similar style and structure to our old website with a few added features. Please have a browse and let us know if you have any feedback.
All Souls and All Saints Day
On 1 November it is the feast of All Saints whereby we honour all of our saints and the great inspiration they are for us all. On the 2 November is the feast of All Souls whereby we pray for all those who have passed away and hold their memories close to our hearts. Last Friday afternoon we held a mass for All Saints.
World Teachers Day
Last week we celebrated World Teachers’ (Staff in Schools) Day. We are very fortunate at OLGC to have such wonderful staff whose focus is on the development of every child. Staff often work beyond what is required, to ensure that all students feel safe and happy at school. I would like to thank them on behalf of our community for their commitment to our students and school.
Parents are invited to attend our school Remembrance day prayer service on the 11th November at 11am to be held in OLGC church.
P&F and Board Nominations
All positions on the P&F become vacant each year. The P&F plays an important role in the life of the school. It promotes the Catholic ethos of the school through all its activities, raises funds for school resources and organises social events for the school community. All parents are encouraged to be active members of this valued body and are asked to support the many activities. Taking an active role on the P&F involves one meeting per month during term time. These meetings are currently held on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Nominations close on Monday 25th November.
Nominations to join our School Board for 2020 are called for from parents in our school community. The School Board is established to assist in the provision of effective Catholic education. The Board has responsibility for the financial administration of the school and an advisory role to the Principal for planning and policy development. The Board also has a critical role to play in promoting and supporting the ethos of Our Lady of Good Counsel School. The Board meets at 6pm once a month, generally on the 2nd Tuesday. Positions on the School Board are for a two year term with a maximum of three terms. There are positions vacant on the School Board for 2020. Nominations close on Monday 19th November. Parents nominating to become part of the School Board will be contacted prior to the AGM to discuss the election process. You will be asked to give a brief address at the Annual General Meeting to introduce yourself prior to the election process.
Being a member of the P&F and School Board is a great opportunity to be an active member of the OLGC community. I encourage all parents to nominate. Nomination forms are available from the front office or are attached below. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to contact me.
Code of Conduct
Conduct statement 9
You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
- You promote and preserve the trust inherent in your relationship with students and with their parents.
- You recognise that an inherent power imbalance exists within your relationship with students that may make the students and their family vulnerable and open to exploitation. You actively preserve the dignity of all people through practised kindness and by recognising the potential vulnerability and powerlessness of each student and their family. You recognise that the power relativities between you and a student can be significant, particularly where the student is very young, has a disability, a difficult family background, has cultural differences, or experiencing emotional turmoil. This vulnerability creates a power differential in your relationship with students that must be recognised and managed with care.
- You take reasonable measures to establish a sense of trust to protect the physical, psychological, emotional, social and cultural well-being of each student. You protect students who are vulnerable, including but not limited to students with disability, from exploitation and harm.
- You have a responsibility to maintain appropriate boundaries with students and to actively support other adults to do likewise, including bringing to their attention any failure to do so.
- You may have personal or recreational relationships outside your school role with students’ families and friends, or with school staff. You are aware that dual relationships may compromise student care and well-being. In cases of overlap or conflict between your dual relationships, you act with the primary intent of the safety and well-being of the student, which may require you to withdraw from a social relationship.
- You do not engage in any behaviour with a student that could be interpreted by a reasonable person as being a friendship.
- You do not engage in any behaviour with a student that a reasonable person could interpret as creating an opportunity to engage in emotional, physical or sexual intimacy with a student.
- You recognise that the power imbalance between you and students means that the onus is on you to avoid any ambiguity or misunderstanding by a student or third party about your intent in your behaviour towards them.
- You understand that the power imbalance between you and students means a student is unable to give their consent to engaging in emotional, physical or sexual intimacy with you, regardless of the legal age of consent, or the student’s age or maturity. You must therefore not seek nor rely on such express or implied consent from a student to engage in an intimate relationship.
- You understand that the power imbalance between you and students may continue to influence students’ choices beyond the date when they cease to be students at your school. You must therefore not engage in emotional, physical or sexual intimacy with a former student within two years of them ceasing enrolment at your school, or them turning 21, whichever occurs latest.
- You take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of the possessions and property of students and their families that are in your care.
- You do not knowingly mislead parents or make misrepresenting statements to them, or withhold information relevant to their ability to make informed decisions about their children unless required by law.
- You recognise that there may be rare exceptions to full disclosure to parents. Such disclosure of information may compromise law enforcement or other risk management processes, or the privacy and reputation of those involved. You seek legal or other expert advice in resolving such situations, recognising that parents have the right to know about any risk to their children.
Remembrance Day Prayer Assembly 11am - Monday 11th November
Christmas Extravaganza 4pm - Sunday 1st December
AGM at 6:30pm - Monday 2nd December
Whole School Parish Mass - Thursday 5th December
Thank You Morning Tea - Thursday 5th December
Graduation Mass at 6pm - Friday 6th December
Last Day of Term for Students - Friday 13th December
Year 3-6 Talent Show
Auditions for the OLGC's got talent for Year 3-6 will start next Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday at recess the Year 3’s will have their auditions. At lunch, the Year 4’s will have their auditions. On Thursday, at recess the year 5’s will have their auditions and at lunch the year 6’s.
The Talent show will be held on a Thursday 21st November 1:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
THANK YOU MORNING TEA
WEDNESDAY 6th NOVEMBER – Next P&F Meeting @ 6.30pm: All welcome to attend
SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER – End of Year Christmas Extravaganza – SAVE THE DATE
JOIN THE OLGC PARENTS AND FRIENDS COMMITTEE
If you would like to be a part of the OLGC P&F for 2020, now is the time to join. We need fresh faces and new ideas to grow the committee.
The P&F meet about once a month on a Tuesday evening; with some meetings alternating on a Friday morning after school drop off. It’s a great way to join a friendly and enthusiastic group of parents and get to know other families amongst the school.
It is not essential that you attend every meeting, so please don’t be put off if the meeting times don’t suit you. There are many ways you can help so please get in touch if thinking about it. It is always good for committees to get new people joining with fresh thoughts and motivation.
If you are wanting to join, forms need to be completed and they will be available from the office.
Come and be a part of something special - making our school a friendly, welcoming community.
END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
As the end of the year is fast approaching us, please add the Christmas Extravaganza into your calendars; it is always a great event to come together as a community to celebrate the end of another wonderful year at OLGC – 4pm on Sunday 1st December.
The children will perform their Christmas Carols they have been rehearsing with Mrs Bennett followed by entertainment, delicious family friendly food, ice cream and drinks available to purchase. We Look forward to seeing you all there to close our year as a school community.
The OLGC P&F is now on Facebook!! As a way of keeping up with communication a page has been created for members of the OLGC community – please look for OLGC KARRINYUP P&F and request to join. All correspondence will be a duplication of what is already in the newsletter so you won’t miss out on anything.
The OLGC P&F is now on Facebook!!
As a way of keeping up with communication, a page has been created for members of the OLGC Community – please look for OLGC KARRINYUP P&F and request to join. All correspondence will be a duplication of what is already in the newsletter so you won’t miss out on anything.
ADHOC Lancelin Camping Trip
Everyone had a great time up in Lancelin with approximately 30 families coming along. The weather fined up on Saturday just in time for sandboarding, which the kids (and Dad's) loved. We had a sausage sizzle for dinner and then the kids played a game of spotlight to round out the day before bed. A big thanks to the ADHOC (Awesome Dad's Helping Our Counsel) Committee for organising the accommodation, sandboarding and food. Also a big thanks to Bankwest for their Easy Grant which was put towards the trip.
OLGC SCHOOL BANKING INFORMATION - firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition time. Now I have your attention!
We will be running a school banking colouring competition in the last term of 2019. Colouring competition forms can be picked up from the canteen during the normal school banking time on a Wednesday, from 8.20am to 8.40am.
On WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER we will be announcing the winners and distributing prizes. We have plenty of prizes to give away to our bankers as well.
Thank you to all of the banking families for your ongoing support, teaching your child about money and saving and a life learnt lesson!
Natalie Matsie and Tracy Morarty - School Banking Co-ordinators
School Banking team – Mel Fowler, Fallon Glossop, Mairead Moore and Meghan O’Sullivan.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The annual Christmas hamper appeal will begin on the weekend of 16/17 November in our parish and we welcome your support. Further information will be provided closer to this time. Non perishable food items can be left in the basket at the back of either church and donations can be placed in the Poor Box at each church. Thank you to all who regularly and generously donate to help those in need in our local community.
OLGC UNIFORM SALE OR SWAP
For those families that do not know, there is an OLGC uniform sale or swap Facebook page! It’s a great way to off load your old uniforms to pass onto others, whether you sell them, swap them or donate them!
Given there will be a number of Year 6 families leaving the school, there may be some items on there that you need. If you would like to join the page please look for Uniform sale or swap on Facebook or alternatively send Sharon Seaman an email email@example.com and request to join the page. Thanks 😊
Envision Hands is a project to collect plastic recyclable waste destined for landfills and turn it into filament for 3D printers, then making hands for kids.
Inspired by the Enabling the Future organization, Envision (https://envision.org.au) will be participating in the world wide community project, making and donating 3D printed bespoke aids for children in need across under-serviced countries. The major difference is that this project will be using recycled plastic from bottle tops, thus also benefiting the environment.
Bottle caps are fully recyclable. Unfortunately, as reported on ABC’s ‘War on Waste’, they aren’t being recycled. They get sent to landfill, they fall through machinery, and in worst case scenarios, if attached to a bottle, they can explode and force expensive re packing issues.
This overlooked waste product is almost entirely made from HDPE 2 (High Density Poly-Ethylene). After considerable experimentation Envision have successfully taken this plastic and extruded it to create functioning filament for 3D printers. Once they have the filament, they 3D print all the components that make up the hand.
A collection box can be found in each classroom and the office for families wishing to collect plastic bottle tops from home to donate to Envision who make the prosthetic limbs for children.
Please note they only accept clean, flat - soft drink, water and milk bottle tops, including those from long life containers. If you are unsure there is a list of what they do and don’t take can be found in the FAQ section on the website (https://envision.org.au/faq/) and a list is also located with each collection box.
WAPPA SUMMER SCHOOL
This Summer WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students in Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Film Making, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at firstname.lastname@example.org