Our Lady of Dolours – A Welcoming Community
I Can be me at O.L.D.
Oh What a NIght!
Yes it was. It really was such a night! Our school presented the musical Splash. This is the story of Noah's Ark told from the animals' point of view. Everyone participated. The Year 6 and 7 students filled the roles of Prseton and Polly Parrot, ballroom dancing giraffes, loopy lemmings, a band of brutal pirate rats and a love-sick French cat, to name a few. All other classes provided great entertainment through song and dance as the story unfolded. Thanks go to all the students, Mrs Johnson and her support group and all others who helped get the show on the road..
Our Preps have begun swimming lessons. This is the first year we have had Preps participate in swimming and it is a great success. An enthusiastic group of swimming specialists quickly sorted and grouped our little people and got things underway without any fuss. They are well supported by a group of parents who help with ‘out of pool chores’ and we thank these mums and dads for the effort they make to come to the pool.
Walk for Chloe
30 October was Diabetes Awareness Day. With three families in our community directly impacted by Type 1 Diabetes, Chloe, herself a sufferer, led us on a walk to raise money for the cause. Dressed in pink we strode off around the local area. The walkers all donated a gold coin. Chloe also organised a ‘guess the jellybean’ competition through the week. Over $500 was raised. Well done Team Chloe!
Money for the Missions
On 24 October we held our annual Mission Day to raise money for great work Catholic Missions do across the world. We came to school in crazy socks to acknowledge Socktober and with crazy socks abounding each class set up a fun activity with prizes. It was great fun having a go at all the crazy activities. The photos shows the palm reader in action.
What a day of fun and friendship! On 10 October we launched our KidsMatter Program. KidsMatter is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our launch began with a liturgy followed by the O.L.D. kids all creating a Chatter Box and sharing it with friends. Cutting of the cake was next and finally some amazing structures were created in the Caine's Archade Challenge.
Shoot for the Stars
Held over 13 and 14 September, our massive Spring Carnival was a resounding success! The highly successful Monster Garage Sale kicked off on Saturday and was followed by a day-of-days on Sunday when O.L.D. opened its doors to opened to many enthusiastic families, friends and the community. Our children were the ambassadors for our Shoot for the Stars theme, as they continue to learn together in 2014 and strive to achieve. Indeed they were stars as they proudly represented O.L.D. through their beautiful dancing, smiling faces and friendly attitudes. To all who contributed over so many months, and on the day, we say a big THANK YOU!
Science Workshops for Tomorrow's Scientists
On 18 September, the whole of our school witnessed Peter May’s Science Factory incursion. We got into pairs or small groups, then we walked around tables with various science exhibits such as a drinking bird that teaches about pressure and weight. There were dogs, dinosaurs and dancing robots. Peter introduced us to a spinning wheel. When he turned it clockwise we saw everything was bigger but when it was turned anticlockwise everything got smaller. It was a great day and we all really enjoyed it.
by Chloe, Hycie, Rois, Jade and Bridgette
Sydney - Canberra - The Snow!
Years 6 and 7 completed their very successful trip south, taking in significant sites and experiences in far away places. They came home with many exciting stories and an expanded knowledge of our country and how it works. The week went very smoothly and students were wonderfully behaved in their modeling of our school values in the very wider community.
Congratulations to our three energetic and talented Optiminds Teams from Year 4 and Year 7 who undertook the challenge and presented their work on Sunday 24 August. All three teams performed with great enthusiasm. Many thanks must go to the teachers and parents of the students for their support over the 6 weeks of Opti preparation.
You would be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in StoryLand if you came to OLD School on 15 August. It was Book Week and people came along dressed as book characters from their favourite books. Grandpa, from Grandpa and Thomas, by Pamela Allen, was Master of Ceremonies of the Character Parade and interviewed many unusual people!
Faster - Higher - Stronger
Congratulations to all students for their efforts and behavior at the Athletics Carnival on 15 August. The indifferent weather didn’t worry us and we had a successful day of good spirited competition with Samaritan coming out on top after all of the points were collated.
Year 6/7 Sleep Out
Our final activity in Catholic Education Week was the Year 6/7 Sleep Out last Friday night. OLD hosted approximately 80 students across our three Parish schools and what a great night was had by all! All students from the three schools worked together to create iMovies about raising the profile of social justice issues. The night culminated in a sleep over in the courtyard for OLD students who experienced what it was like to go without the comforts of a home.
Opening our ANZAC Memorial Garden
Catholic Education Week
At our Catholic Education Week Mass, our Year 6/7 students officially handed over our Tonne of Warmth donations to St Vincent de Paul. We thank our community for the generous donations. Also at this Mass we celebrated with Mrs Cathy Spence, our Library School Officer, who has served 30 years with Brisbane Catholic Education, and all of them at OLD!. We also acknowledged that it has been 30 years since the introduction of the valuable role of Crossing Supervisors who joined us at the Mass.
We had 87 students to help launch Active Travel in Term 3 – a great effort. It is very exciting every week to keep adding footprints to our O.L.D. Walk of Fame. There are lots of bronze footprints up already and still more to come. Next week will see some students hit their 15th trip and receive their silver footprint to add to the wall. Well done everyone on supporting this initiative and Active Travel in our school.