Our Lady of Dolours – A Welcoming Community
OLD children talk about ANZAC Day
I Can be me at O.L.D.
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.
On 5 February our community came together for the Opening School Mass and Commissioning of our Student Leaders for 2016. It was a proud moment for the students and their families and a significant step in launching their final year at primary school. The celebration was followed by a community BBQ in the school grounds. Thanks to everyone for their part in these events.
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.