Our Lady of Dolours – A Welcoming Community
OLD children talk about ANZAC Day
I Can be me at O.L.D.
We have begun our weekly Gala Sports Competition. Students participate in a friendly round robin competition against other Zone 4 schools. This provides an opportunity for our students to experience this style of competition, learn new skills, work as a team and meet other students with whom many of them will attend high school. Year 3 plays AFL, Year 4 soccer, Year 5 netball and Year 6 touch football.
Thank you to the P&F for running our Mother's Day stall so that the Kids in the Crest could do secret shopping for their amazing mums. We hope all the OLD Mums and Grandmas enjoyed their treats. The children had a wide range of gifts to choose from including, photo frames, relaxation and pamper gifts, things for exercising mums, readers, note-takers and mums who might enjoy a lemonade or 2 in a wine glass. The range looked like a pink explosion and the kids had fun selecting their presents.
OLD Cross Country
We had an exciting day on 29 April at the Cross Country Carnival. All our training at Kilometer Club paid off as there were some great achievements on the day with many improving on previous year’s results. Congratulations to all age champions and to Nugent, the winning house. The cheer squad kept everyone going!
ANZAC Day 2016
A huge thank you to all the parents who attended our ANZAC School Ceremony, particularly those Defence parents in uniform. Our students did a fantastic job once again and were almost overshadowed by the amazing tones of the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.
Thank you also to the families who attended the ANZAC march and service at the Gaythorne RSL – it is so important that we recognise the sacrifice of those who have served our country and continue to pay our respects to those who still do so today.
This term our school has been learning dance. We have learnt the Hip Hop, Cha Cha, an African dance and the Fox Trot. There have been many fun moments. We have made some more friendships through dancing with partners, even though it took some getting used to! Every week we have a new partner and we enjoy dancing with them. We love our dancing!
On your blocks...Take your mark...GO!
Our thanks go to all who will contributed to making our swimming carnival on 7 March such a success. It was a great day. Congratulations to our three houses. You competed with spirit and determination in an endeavour to strive to achieve. The winning house will be announced and presentations to age champs made on Wednesday. Thank you also to the band of many helpers for running the canteen. It was another great O.L.D. event! Good team work guys!
Active Travellers Return
We launched our Active Travel Program for 2016 on 23 February at Sid Loder Park. We enjoyed fun in the park and a great breakfast before setting out on the walking bus back to school. Come and join us each Tuesday. For those who cannot make it to Sid Loder, don’t forget that you can still be counted in our weekly Active Travel statistics, which determine the weekly winning class of the Active Travel Cup. We are also in stiff competition with other schools so please support OLD in the race for the Golden Boot!
Parent Information Evenings
These sessions were held over three evenings when teachers explained the plans for the school and class for 2016. It was great to see so many happy parents absorbing the information across the year levels. The interaction between teacher and parents and parent and parent clearly demonstrated our visible community.
Year 6 students gathered for a day of reflection and retreat on 18 February. The focus of their day was our school theme of Community Made Visible and students thought of opportunities to bring it more alive across the school. They were also able to reflect on the work, mission and charism of the Good Samaritan Sisters as a means of enriching their understanding of the history of our great school. We thank Mrs Breen-Bryne for hosting us at her house.
Meet My Buddy
During Week 4 the Year 5 students introduced their Prep buddies to the whole school. They previously interviewed them and spent time helping them settle into school life. We were all delighted to hear the many facsinating facts about our Preppies! We also think that we have many budding journalists in Year 5. Well done all!
Just Leadership Day
On 11 February, six of our leaders attended Just Leadership Day hosted by Caritas Australia at Holy Spirit, Bray Park. This day was designed to raise awareness in our youth and to help see that they can make a difference. Students’ enthusiasm was heightened around the different and wonderful ideas they can implement to create school wide awareness.
On Ash Wednesday Year 6 led us in our school liturgy. They enacted the meaning of Ash Wednesday and distributed the ashes to students, teachers and parents. We appreciated having some of our parents join us for this ceremony.
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan...
On Shrove Tuesday we celebrated by eating pancakes. We paid $3 each to raise money to support our Lenten focus on Project Compassion and the work of Caritas Australia. We raised the enormous amount of $493. Well done OLD! We had a great treat in the process and we thank the mums who made the pancakes.