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.”
On 17 June we were honoured to have Denise and Bruce Morcombe visit our school. They delivered their very powerful message of Recognise, React and Report. We wore red to show our support for their child safety message.
Some comments from our parents:
A fantastic, worthwhile, powerful presentation by two amazing people. Thank you!
A truly inspirational couple - thanks for teaching our kids a lifelong lesson.
Zone Cross Country
Congratulations to our students who represented the school at the Zone Cross Country on 11 June. There were ten local schools and around 500 students participating. This is the carnival that O.L.D. takes pride in organising for the other schools in the area. All OLD students put in a mighty effort in their age group races. Allen was the winner of the Senior Boys, Ty came third in the Junior Boys and L.J ran fourth in the Senior Girls section. Great work!
OLD Cross Country
Congratulations to all students on their performance at our Cross Country at Teralba Park on 28 May. The weather could not have been more perfect. Congratulations also to the winning house, Nugent. Thank you to all parents for supporting the event and cheering on the students and to Mr Crawford who organises our sporting events meticulously and leaves no stone unturned in making it an inclusive day for everyone.
Under 8s are Great!
Under Eights Week is a celebration of early childhood and the wonder and curiosity that young children bring to our community. The theme for Under Eights Week in 2014 is Everyone Can Play, so the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 children ‘played’ this week in a number of ways! We went to see a musical, went on a scavenger hunt, played on the oval, and constructed items using recyclable materials.
QC Netball Competition
Congratulations to the students and staff who attended and competed at the QC Netball competition We are enormously proud of the girls across all our teams and their fine example of sports-person-ship. Special congratulations to the two teams who came third in their division and a HUGE thank you to the teachers who prepared the students for the day. Finally a thank you to the parents who supported either as a cheerer/ref/scorer or coach on the day.
Minnie Vinnies Social Justice Day
Ten O.L.D. leaders were selected to participate in the annual Minnie Vinnies Social Justice Day, a program by the St Vincent de Paul Society in which students are informed about social justice issues around the world. There were over 130 students who engaged in a range of social awareness and brainstorming activities. Our student leaders came back with an array of new initiatives to kick start our Tonne of Warmth Campaign for the Winter Appeal.
Active Travel Breakfast
We kicked off Active Travel for Term 2 on 29 April with a BBQ breakfast in the park before our walk to school. We continue to have a great turnout with many children at the half way mark to earning their first footprint. Soon we will see some bronze footprints on our OLD Walk of Fame. Calling all OLD families to come along and join in. It will warm you up on the coming cold winter mornings!
Lest We Forget - ANZAC Day 2014
It was wonderful to see so many families attend the ANZAC march and barbecue on ANZAC Day. This occasion again brought to bear the strong community spirit and atmosphere at Our Lady of Dolours School. The march followed our very special school liturgay held the previous day. We offer special acknowledgement of all of the students from our defence families for their participation and leadership during the liturgy. We were honoured by the attendance of our local Councillor, Cr. Wines, our Area Supervisor from Brisbane Catholic Education, Mr Derek Maclean, and so many defence families and other school families. Our gratitude is also extended to Sgt Shelverton for his ANZAC Day address.
Walk for Water
Our fundraising efforts for Caritas continue to be inspirational. We are striving to break previous records. Our Year 5, 6 and 7 students participated in Walk for Water whereby they sought sponsorship from friends and family to do laps of the school carrying water. This activity is their way of standing in solidarity with those less fortunate who have to walk for hours daily, for fresh water. Our $$$ go to Caritas.
Purple for Solidarity
We held a Purple Day for Lent. We came to school dressed in purple. For this privilege we paid a gold coin. During Lent we are raising money to support Caritas. The Year 6/7 leaders from Benedict House were thrilled with the response and it certainly helped to boost our fundraising. Senior students ran a Nail Salon and completed the Purple Look with purple nail polish for many students and teachers.
We swam and we swam as fast as we can!
A great day was had on Friday 7 March at the swimming carnival. Well done O.L.D. kids on your wonderful spirit of participation. Nugent House swam away with the Interhouse Sheld. Congratulations Nugent! All swimmers were at their best in both effort and spirit. Many thanks to all who contributed by way of support and assistance in so many ways. We wish our Zone Swimmers the best of luck when they compete against other schools on 18 March.
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.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
We thank our Year 6/7 leaders who supported in the preparation of our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on 5 March 2014. Their dedication and reverence during this preparation was remarkable and makes us very proud of the young people they have become.
Active Travel Strikes up Again
Our Active Travel activities kicked off for 2014 with a fabulous breakfast at Sid Loder Park. We had an excellent roll up and the energy walking back to school was great. Thanks to parents and staff for supporting us. We will continue to meet at Sid Loder Park each Tuesday morning from 8:00am and hop on the Walking Wheelie Bus back to the grounds of O.L.D.
Active travel involves travelling to school in any of these ways: walking; riding; on a bus; car pooling. Get with the swing, be healthy and save on fuel and traffic congestion!
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.
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!