Our Lady of Dolours – A Welcoming Community
I Can be me at O.L.D.
Tissues and Tim Tams
After a week of experiencing the emotions that go with delivering your child to 'Big School' for the first time, it is great to unwind and share stories with others. Given the 13 year journey ahead it is little wonder that a tissue and a Tim Tam or two will provide fortification. Our thanks to the ladies who hosted the event.
Super Switched On
These are only some of the new iPads that support our learning at OLD. In 2016 Year 4 joins Years 5 and 6 with personal devices. Our students live, work and communicate in a digital world with incomprehensible technology developments ahead of them as they progrees through school and their lives beyond. The Kids in the Crest are learning now how to be part of the digital community.
Off to a Great Start
2016 is underway at OLD! Bags like this sit outside all our classrooms. Inside are enthusiastic, motivated Kids in the Crest, very keen to continue their learning, guided and supported by amazing teachers and other staff. After renewing friendships and unpacking, everyone got down to the business of welcoming new students and staff and building their classroom community. This is going to be a great year at OLD!
Preps Start the Ball Rolling
As we all began the new school year knowing just what to expect, 28 Preppies started their whole school life! Each day in Week 1, a new group came along to settle in. They all looked very smart in their uniforms and with their grown-up school bags. Many mums and dads, grandparents and others came along to share the occasion. Welcome to our new Preppies! Their Year 5 buddies will introduce them to us all soon.
Our Lady of Dolours Feast Day
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.