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.”
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.
Defence Club held a High Tea. It was a great success with many lords and ladies attending in their Sunday best and showing impeccable manners! Thank you to everyone who attended and who helped with the catering for the event. Defence Club meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for fun activities. This program provides support to the children and families of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members,
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.