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Term 2 - Issue 4, 18 May 2023
Friday, 19 May – Friday, 26 May: Year 12 Exams
Tuesday, 23 May: Year 10 Immunisations
Wednesday, 24 May: School Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, 25 May: Future Families Info Afternoon
Wednesday, 31 May – Friday, 2 June: Year 12 Retreat
Monday, 5 June: Western Australia Day Public Holiday
Thursday, 8 June: Year 7 Winter Sleep Out
NOTICES FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Family College Fees 2023:
Our Financial Services Department are proactive in 2023 to facilitate an arrangement of family fee collection that works for both you and the College.
For families who have chosen to pay their fees in three instalments, please note that the second instalment is due on 26 May 2023.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a payment arrangement, please contact Michelle or Samuel at our Financial Services Department on (08) 9720 3300 or via email email@example.com.
More information regarding College Fees and Charges can also be found on this page.
ENROLMENTS YEAR 7 2025
If you have a child currently in Year 5, who you wish to attend the College, now would be the time to complete an Application for Enrolment. This can be done on our website here.
An Application for Enrolment may also be completed in advance for younger siblings for Year 7 entry in 2026 or 2027. This action ensures that your family will receive the necessary information and that you are invited to the first round of interviews for the respective year.
If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Officer, Natlee Gould, on (08) 9720 3300 (option 1).
AEROSAL SPRAY DEODERANTS
Please be advised that Aerosol Spray Deodorants are strongly discouraged as a form of deodorant at the College as they pose a health risk to students and staff through the potential for asthma attacks and allergic reactions. This is especially critical in inside spaces such as hallways, changerooms, and busses.
MOBILE PHONE POLICY AND CAFE PAYMENTS
There is a growing concern throughout the community regarding the use of mobile phones at school. Phones are a distraction for students in terms of their access to social media sites, as well as potentially being a source of bullying activities. Schools have a legal duty of care to keep students safe and to provide them with a secure environment in which to learn. Parents may be interested in a report commissioned in NSW about the use of Smartphones in schools. This report is part of the School TV program available on the College Website and can be found here.
Students at Our Lady of Mercy College are directed to leave their mobile phone in their locker from the commencement of the school day to the end of the school day. In recent times, students have begun to pay for items in the College café using their phones. Invariably, the phone then remains with the student. Consultation with our parents reaffirms that mobile phones are a distraction in the teaching and learning environment. To ensure that our policy remains in place, students will be required to use cash, a bank card or their Student ID Card to pay for items purchased in the College Cafe. Using the Student ID Card has many benefits, one of which is that if a student forgets their card, the staff in the Café are able to look up their name and the items purchased can be paid for.
From Friday, 28 October 2022 (Week 3, Term 4), items from the café may only be purchased using cash, bank card or the Student ID Card.
NEWS FROM THE UNIFORM SHOP
UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Uniforms can be purchased through our Uniform Shop at Lot 101, Leisure Drive, Australind.
Normal shop opening hours are:
Tuesdays: 8.00am – 3.00pm (closed for lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm)
Thursdays: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Please be advised that students are allowed to pick up orders from the Uniform Shop on Tuesday during recess and lunch.
Please refer to the College Website Uniform Page for the Uniform Policy, Pricelist and current Uniform Shop Opening Hours.
ABSENTEE NOTIFICATION METHODS
When a student is absent from school, it is required that on the day of the absence, a parent contacts the College before 9.30 am. A medical certificate is required if a student is absent for a period of more than three consecutive days. Contact to the College may be made by:
SMS: 0481 883 568
Phone: (08) 9720 3300, Option 2
Please state Student Name, Year, Date and Reason of Absence.
The College offers a successful tutoring program for our students during school hours and after school.
It is important that students access these extra classes to assist them in the areas where they are experiencing difficulties. If you have any questions regarding your child's need to attend these tutorials, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or Head of Year. Times and Locations can be found on our website.
CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE
Did you know that you can now be green and support the College at the same time? Simply use the ID below and the name of the College when you drop off your empty containers at participating depots.
SCHEME ID: C10374340
Money raised will go towards creating engaging spaces for students. This year, the money raised will fund the fit-out of the Year 12 Common Room.
Visit https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/where-to-return for locations of drop off points.
Our Lady of Mercy College are running a fundraiser in conjunction with Willow Bridge Winery to raise funds to improve signage around our school to make it easier for visitors and students to find their way around. The attached order form offers 12 bottles of red or 12 bottles of white wine for $130 with Our Lady of Mercy College collecting $30 per carton. There is also the option of a mix of six of each. The current vintages being offered by Willow Ridge are:
2022 Water Dancer Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (SBS)
2021 Water Dancer Cabernet Merlot
Orders need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped into the College office by Wednesday, 31 May. A date will be set for cartons of wine to be picked up from school and there will be deliveries to a central location in Harvey and Collie where orders to be collected.
Please see link to order form below:
Thank you for your ongoing support of OLMC.
OLMC P&F President