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OLD Feast Day: Our Lady of Sorrows
To celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Dolours, each class depicted one of the 7 sorrows in a statue. These were presented at our Feast Day Mass. Members of the Parish Community joined us for morning tea, magnificently presented by some Year 5 students who used the opportunity to raise $$$ for Breast Cancer research. This was followed by working in our pastoral groups to learn a dance. We had a hilarious time performing these afterwards.
OLD on Brisbane Kids
OLD has been successful in securing an ongoing partnership with Brisbane Kids. The Brisbane Kids website reaches over 200,000 families per month and their Facebook page has 126,000 likers. It has become the "go to" place for information relating to families and kids in Brisbane. You might have seen their recent school holiday guide, which was sent home with our students a week or two ago. Check out our showcase ad on the website. We are one of only two primary schools featured on their site and it presents us with an opportunity for some terrific exposure.
The Year 2 students led us in an inspiring prayer about looking after the poor and marginalized and they threw down the challenge to fill a basket with socks. How wonderful would it be if every family donated one pair? That would result in 130 people with warm feet this winter!! We are also looking for donations of food, blankets and warm clothes, so please dig deep to help our local families through this cold winter.
On 3 June we celebrated our journey along the KidsMatter Program which we began in 2014. We have been working on Component One of this framework over the past 12 months, which was Building a Positive School Environment. Our students were entertained by a re-launch National News update, led by our talented Year 6 students. They then enjoyed the culinary skills of Manu Madden on the BBQ and participated in Pastoral Group activities. It was a great day and we thank the organising team.
8 May was a very big day at OLD. Not only did we have a wonderful time with our grandparents at school for Grandparents Day but we followed on with our school Cross Country Carnival. Many of our grandparents stayed to cheer us on. It was worth it because they saw some amazing performances as we ran and ran as fast as we can! It was a long way to run and we showed that we do not give in!
The Times They are a Changing (PP&M)
On 8 May we welcomed our grandparents to our school. We included them in our liturgy where some children told some great stories about their grandparents. We also showed them around our school, especially our classrooms. They were very impressed with our work. Our grandparents said they noticed some changes in schooling since they were students themselves!
Walk for Water
On 26 March, students from Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in Walk for Water in conjunction with Caritas K’s. In their house teams, students walked laps marked out by the Year 6 Committee and had the opportunity to walk in their shoes, even if it was just for an hour. The realisation that children their own ages walk this far every day for water, is a little beyond even the adult imagination and I think it is a powerful display of solidarity among our students to those in need.
Purple Paint and Ping Pong
A very successful Purple Day was held on 19 March. This raised $405.55 for Caritas. Great work O.L.D.! It was a fun way to raise awareness of the work of Caritas. Congratulations to Year 6 students who painted many nails purple and to the Year 5 students who managed a ‘Ping Pong Challenge’ stall for a bit of extra fun. We came dressed in purple, creating a sea of purple for the casual observer. It was just as well that the Purple People Eater was not around that day!