Our Lady of Dolours – A Welcoming Community
Following our school Festival we received feedback from a visitor to our school. She said that she couldn’t believe how welcoming everybody was, that the stall-holders treated her like a friend and were all ready for a chat. She said people smiled and said hello to her wherever she went. She finished by saying “I had so much fun – I seriously didn’t want to leave. I had no idea what an amazing little school you had hidden away there and I will definitely be back.”
At our Prayer Assembly on 28 February each class presented their classroom visions and covenants for the year. In their Learning Together this year and living the mission of O.L.D., classes have generated excellent ideas that make real, the essence of the Kid in the Crest message to Live Love and Learn with Christ.
Welcome Back Class of 2013
Look who showed up to O.L.D. on 6 March - Year 7 students from 2013! It was great to see them all in their 'big high school' uniforms - only 16 kids but they now attend 7 separate schools. They were full of great stories about life in secondary school. They had all grown taller! There was considerable natter and catching up and a great sfternoon tea was prepared by Mrs Porter and Mr Madden.
What a wonderful day was had by all at the Year 6 and 7 Leadership Retreat held at Mt Maria College on 11 February,. It was a fun day that focused on the call to servant leadership with Christ as our model. The students embraced the activities and discovered ways that they can strive to be of service here in our community of O.L.D. and in the broader community as well. Well done kids!
Over three days at assembly in Week 3, the Year 5 students introduced their Prep buddies to the whole school. It's a big deal in the life of a Preppie and the buddies were so proud of themselves in welcoming the Preps to our school. Well done Year 5 and Prep!
Commissioning Our Leaders
On 7 February we celebrated our opening school Mass and Commissioning of our Year 6 and 7 leaders for 2014. They have all demonstrated positive and enthusiastic attitudes to their roles this year. We were very proud to present them with their badges as they accepted their responsibilities for 2014.
Enter the iPad
Excitement has been a plenty in the Year 5 room since the return to school this year with the introduction of our 1:1 iPad trial. The students arrived to be greeted by an iPad each. This has already led to significant changes in the way they are wotking.
First Day 2014
Two hundred excited children, their parents and their teachers all arrived on the morning of 29 January to begin our new year of Learning Together. Laden with bags of new goodies, after greeting friends not seen for a while, there was much unpacking to be done and the year began. For the first time in living memory, it was not raining!
Staff at Work on Pupil Free Days
Whilst the children were enjoying the remaining days of the school holidays the teaching staff returned to work for four days of professional development and preparation for the year. Staff began their time together with a focus on our school theme of Learning Together and reflected on its possibility for achieving great things in 2014, with a little bit of fun thrown in!
Handing Over Leadership
On the final day of school in 2013 the Year 7 students handed over leadership responsibilities to both Year 6 and Year 5 students. In 2014 these two groups will both complete their primary schooling as they become Year 7 and Year 6 respectively. 2014 will be the final year of Year 7 in Primary Schools in Queensland, thus taking both these cohorts away from O.L.D. at the end of 2014.
Year 7 Graduates
On 5 December, 2013 our Year 7 students reached the end of their primary school days. They have been an outstanding group of Kids in the Crest during all their years at O.L.D. School. We thank them for their magnificant contribution to our school. The O.L.D. Community wishes them well in their secondary years and we know we will be proud to hear of their future achievement.
Thank you Year 7!
At their Graduation ceremony the Year 7 students presented the school with this magnificent art piece. They created it, with the help of our Art Teacher, Mrs BB, during the final Leadership Retreat. What an achievement! This will be a treasured reminder of the Class of '13 for many years to come.
Oh What a Night!
On 29 November, 2013 O.L.D. stunned the world with our fabulous Christmas Concert. Year 7 opened the show with their presentation of This is Your Life, Jesus. What a top presentation that was! Credit goes to the players, their teachers, their parents and to the Scrip Writer, Mrs MacWhirter. This was superbly followed by an very entertaining act from each class, all with a Christmas theme. Merry Christmas everyone!
Celebration of Learning - A Time to be proud
Each term our classes hold a celebration of the wonderful learning that has occurred during the term. Families and friends come along to see the children present their work and to enjoy the stories of how it occurred. In Term 4, 2013, Kid in the Crest Awards were presented to the sudents at this event. It is a joyful time and a time of much pride - students pride in their work and families pride in their children.
Jump Rope for Heart
Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart is all about learning how to keep fit and healthy. It improves your strength and confidence in physical activities and builds healthy bones and muscles. You can have lots of fun with your class mates and play lots of skipping games too. At the same time we helped save Australian lives by asking family and friends to sponsor us for being a part this fun program. Thanks to all who supported, especially Mrs Evans who organised the event.
Year 7 Reflection Day
To conclude their years of primary schooling Year 7 students held a Reflection Day at the home of our art teacher, Mrs BB. Their contributions to discussions were enlightening and it really was a testament to the mature young people we have in our community. During the day the students worked on a beautiful mosaic piece which will be presented to the schoool at their Graduation Ceremony. Thank you to Mrs BB for organising and hosting the day.
Looking to the Future
There was a heap of excitement in the air on the morning of 7 November as our 2014 Prep cohort gathered for their orientation together with their parents. The morning provided the students with the opportunity to explore the surrounds of the Prep classroom and the environment that will become home to them in 2014. We look forward to welcoming these new Kids in the Crest next year.
We had some very proud moments on the 11th day of the 11th month with the whole school attending the Remembrance Day Service at Sid Loder Park. Our Years 4 -7 students sang with pride and emotion. Two students proudly laid our wreath.
Lest we forget.
World Teachers' Day
World Teachers' Day offers a chance to acknowledge our teachers and say thanks. We celebrated World Teachers' Day in Queensland on Friday 25 October, 2013. Every day, teachers are making a difference educating and inspiring young students. The day is a wonderful opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in our local communities.
Thank you to all our wonderful teachers at O.L.D!