NAIDOC Week 2021
Next week, we will celebrate NAIDOC Week at OLHC. It is a chance for us celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. Our students will participate in a range of activities and conclude our week with a NAIDOC Liturgy celebrating the link between Aboriginal Spirituality and the Catholic faith. Students are also asked to wear the colours of the Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander flags on Friday (see the flyer below). We look forward to sharing photos of the week, in our next newsletter.
Calling all 6-8 year olds! Are you interested in learning an instrument? Then this is the course for you. Over the 6 weeks you will get hands experience on a range of instruments and hear demonstrations from our inspiring tutors and students.As well as playing we will sing, move to music and be introduced to music reading.Join Rochelle Wright on Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm in term 3 at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Strictly limited numbers. Creative kids vouchers can be used. Enrol now at enrol.nrcac.edu.au
Free Science Week Workshops for Students at SCU
The Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) will deliver a set of ‘Youth Entrepreneurship - Innovation in Science & Technology Workshops’ in Lismore, NSW, during National Science Week.
The six workshops are open to young people aged 8 to 21 years old and the $75 cost of participation is fully subsidised by Inspiring Australia (NSW) so there is no cost for the participant, parent or school.
About the Workshops
During the workshop, participants will have learn about innovation and technology in the agriculture sector. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from agricultural leaders and present their agriculture solutions to a panel of guest judges from the agriculture industry and higher education sector.
There are six workshops over the weekend - 3 x on Saturday 14 August and 3 x on Sunday 15 August.
- 9:00am to 11:00am: 8 to 12 year old participants
- 11:30am to 1:30pm: 13 to 16 year old participants
- 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Young Adults - 17 to 21 year old participants
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A big thank you to Isaac & Spencer S & Abigail P for their generous donations of books to our library. If you have any books that are in great condition that you would like to donate, please send them in.
2021 Athletics Carnival
On Friday 18th June, we held our annual Athletics Carnival. It was a fantasic day of fun and great sportsmanship! Congratulations to our winning house, MacKillop.
On Thursday 24th June, Mrs Riley presented our Age Champions at the assembly. Our 2021 Age Champions are:
8 Years: Robbie G, Harper J and Bailey N
9 Years: Jack D and Laini L
10 Years: Tyler B and Maggie A
11 Years: Harvey P and Indie C
12 Years: Jye L, Tiah M, Ryley B
Diocesan Cross Country Representatives
Earlier in Term 2 Harvey P and Maverick J represented OLHC at the Diocesan Cross Country. They were presented with their certificates at the Week 10 Assembly last term. Congratulations boys.
Learning & Teaching
Celebrating Learning at OLHC
At the end of last term, a number of our classes met together to share their learning from the term in different Key Learning Areas. It was wonderful to see how they shared their learning, their challenges and supported each other. Our students put in a lot of effort to their presentations, projects and dioramas and it was a great opportunity for them to share with an audience and receive feedback from their peers.
Year 3 & Year 4
Year 4 shared their Adobe Spark Presentations with Year 3 and taught them how to use the program.
Year also shared their presentations with Year 6.
Year 6 shared their Natural Disaster Projects with a number of classes.
OLHC Achievement Awards
Spencer S - For improved focus and application of his sounds when writing to compose texts with a clearer message. Keep it up Spencer.
Sophia B - For consistent application to the neat presentation of her work. Well done Sophia, keep it up.
Olliver B - For his determination and persistance in writing lessons this week. I am very proud of you Ollie.
Poppy W - For being a motivated and independent student with a great love of learning. Well done, Poppy!
Piper NM - For the progress she has had in Mathematics when working on 3-digit numbers. Well done Piper!
Brody B - For working hard in Mathematics and demonstrating a great understanding of skip counting. Fantastic work, Brody.
Taze P - For working hard to build a realistic diorama of Jupiter. Great work, Taze.
Rhiannon F - For creating a persuasive advertisement for her pop-up shop. Fantastic work Rhiannon!
Ryder H - Having a happy and enthusiastic attitude towards all aspects of learning. Keep it up Ryder!
Myla H - For your wonderful dedication to solving problems in maths. You always challenge yourself to come up with a variety of answers.
William D - For your amazing work on completing your tasks this week. What a great example to others!
Patrick C - Your wonderful focus on completing your learning tasks this week. Well done!
Luna N - For an amazing improvement in her writing and spelling this term. Excellent job, Luna!
Zoe B - For her brilliant mathematical skills in solving a hard dominoes rich task. Congratulations, Zoe!
Matthew N - For fantastic 3D cuboid drawings on isometric paper. Great visualising Matthew!
Kobi P - For consistent application in adding money and determing the change. Well done, Kobi.
Anneliese F - For fantastic use of her I.T. skills in her Adobe Spark presentation. Thankyou for being an expert and helping others.
Georgie W - For her excellent work ethic. Georgie always takes great pride in all areas of her work. Thank you, Georgie!
Ned H - For having a great attitude towards learning and always giving 100%! Amazing approach to learning Ned.
Elle F - For your cheerful enthusiasm you bring into the classroom every morning. Thankyou for brightening our classroom!
Jayden B - For improving in time-management and in his dedication to learning in all areas.
Askel L - For the depth of research he has put into his science project learning.
Jordan F - For his determination and focus in Mathematics learning
Making Jesus Real Awards
Grace H - For her kind and caring nature. Thank you for being a friend to everyone Grace.
Heidi W - for always showing the fae of Jesus through her words and actions. Keep shining your light Heidi.
Hudson H - For always being kind and considerate person towards others. Keep shining your light Hudson!
Mia B - For showing the spirit of Jesus by going out of your way to help a classmate. Thank you, Mia.
Tilly P - For lending a helping hand when others are unsure of a task. You are amazing Tilly!
Kaiden K - For being a fantastic friend to others. Thanks for always trying to include others in your activities.
Flynn W - For always being friendly and kind to all members of our class. Good job, Flynn!
Harper J - For being a wonderful example of a W.E.S.T person in our class. Well done, Harper!
Jonah V - For going out of his way to always welcome others. Thank you for making the staff smile.
Kalan A - For always being the first to offer your help where needed. Thank you for your kindness Kalan!
Jye L -For being a great role model and showing great leadership to all the students in this school.
Year 2 Liturgy - Images of God
The boys and girls in Year 2 prepared and celebrated a beautiful liturgy this afternoon. The liturgy completed their learning from last term, where they were introduced to and explored a variety of biblical images of God that tell us something of what God is like - a potter, a shepherd, a mother. Thank you to Mrs Owen and Miss Jansen for preparing the students and the liturgy. It was wonderful to see the reverence and growing confidence of the children as they shared their faith with our whole school. Well done, Year 2!
Sacrament News - Confirmation
We are hopeful that the Sacrament of Confirmation will go ahead on the 19th August, 2021 in our Parish Church. If your child is in Year 3, a note will come home next week to nominate them to recieve the Sacrament this year. If your child has missed their Confirmation and is in Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, could you please email Mrs Hague (email@example.com) and a form will be sent home for you to complete and return.
If you have any questions regarding the Sacramental program, please email, or phone Mrs Hague through the school office - 6621 5490.
RENEW is a renewed approach to learning and teaching in Religious Education in our Stage 3 Classrooms. Mr Bleakley, Mrs Innes, as well as, Mr Piccoli, Mrs Rose and myself, have undertaken professional learning in programing and teaching Religious Education through project-based learning (PBL).
This semester will see both Year 5 and Year 6, trialing PBL units in Religious Education, allowing students to engage in active exploration and providing students with opportunities for voice, choice and influence over their learning and to allow students to engage in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and to communicate effectively. We look forward to sharing some of their learning with you in the coming weeks.
Welcome to the family, Harper and Darcy
Last weekend, Harper and Darcy Stephens were welcomed into our Catholic family when they celebrated their Baptism with their family and friends. Congratulations and welcome to our Church family Harper and Darcy. We pray God blesses every step of your path as you walk in trust with Him.
Welcome back to Term 3!
Welcome back to another term. The students have come back keen to learn and to spend time with each other. We have had a wonderful first week back and ended our week together with a beautiful liturgy celebrated by Year 2. We have another exciting term coming up with things such as NAIDOC week celebrations, our schoolwide Poetry and Public Speaking competition, the Dance Eisteddfod and all going to plan, our Year 5 Camp.
On the last day of Term 2, we farewelled Miss Emily Payne. Emily decided to step down as a classroom teacher for the remainder of the year, as she moves to the Tweed Heads area to be closer to her family and partner. This has been an extremely difficult decision for Emily to make, however, it is a decision that I have worked through with her, and together we are confident that it will not impact the learning or wellbeing of the students in her class. Mrs Elise Sheridan will replace Emily in the 1P classroom for the remainder of the school year. Welcome to the OLHC Staff Elise.
Thank you to all our parents and families who have supported the changes we have had to implement, due to the COVID-19 restrictions that are currently in place for regional NSW. As new information comes to hand, we will share any updates through the Schoolzine App and email. At this time, the current guidelines (previously communicated) will be in place until 30 July. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Sydney, as they face a difficult time in dealing with the pandemic and its impacts, and for the health and safety of all. Attached is a letter from Dr Sally Towns, Director of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Lismore.
As of today, I am on leave and will be travelling with my family as we depart for a road trip to Uluru. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to driving an 8000km round trip, however, I am sure that it will be memorable for one reason or another.
In my absence, Mrs Katie Rose and Mrs Kristy Hague will continue to lead the school community and I know that they will have your full support. As you can see from the image, we also have a number of apprentice principals who will also offer their support to Katie and Kristy if needed.
Christmas Carnival-Sunday 28th November
SAVE THE DATE
We are confident (with fingers crossed) that we can return to our normal Christmas Carnival this year. Planning has already commenced and we are very excited to ensure that the tradition of the Christmas Carnival continues at OLHC.
Lockdown and Evacuation Drills
As part of our safety program at OLHC, we regularly conduct lockdown and evacuation drills throughout the term. I would like to congratulate students and staff for the way they responded to our lockdown drill last Thursday.
Whilst we hope that we never need to engage in the real event, ensuring that we rehearse our response is a standard approach to keeping the students and staff safe from harm and risk if such a scenario happens at and during school times.
Parent Forum Meeting-Tuesday 20th July
I would like to personally invite you to attend our Parent Forum meeting on Tuesday 20th July. The meeting will be held in the school and will commence at 6pm in our meeting room. This is a wonderful way to engage in supporting school initiatives, be part of school decisions and developing a stronger sense of community. I thank you in advance for everything you do to support your child’s education and school improvement and I look forward to seeing you on the 20th July if you can make it. Please find the agenda below.
- Learning Stance/School Improvement- Lyn Sharratt Collaborative. What are we trying to achieve and how does this impact student achievement? Case Management Meetings, Whole School Data Wall and common language in our classrooms.
- Christmas Carnival
- Mini Mack's- 2022 Kinder Families, Welcome Opportunities.
Semester One Report Cards
During Week 10, report cards will be sent home for every child in the school. These are important to keep parents informed about the learning that is taking place at school and how each child is progressing through the curriculum.
Reports cover a lot of what we do at school, however, it is not possible to report on all learning that takes place. Children learn so much during a semester that it would take more time to report on the learning than it would to plan the learning experience itself.
Therefore, we report in the main subject areas and the main strands in each subject. Literacy and numeracy are reported on in more detail as these are the subjects to which we devote the most school time.
We are building a strong learning culture here at Our Lady Help of Christians where we view all learning as important whether we report on it or not. Indeed, not all learning can even be assessed and therefore reporting on that makes it even more difficult.
Students are encouraged to develop a love of learning where the experience of discovery is a greater reward than reading a good mark or grade. Of course good marks and grades are important but all learning is important whether it is assessed and reported on or not.
In these last week of school we are still learning and this learning is valuable. What we learn will not appear on the report card but the knowledge and skills gained are equally as important now as at any other point during the year.
School Show: Didgeribone Wednesday 16th June
On Wednesday 16th June, internationally renowned didgeridoo player, Adrian Fabila Tjupurrula – Tjupurru visited our school to perform for us. Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera people of the West Australian Kimberlies. Tjupurru has performed all over the globe, including with Midnight Oil and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Didjeribone Show fuses Tjupurru’s own personal cultural journey and his musical talents with the latest technology inventions to empower the audience to create and appreciate traditional and modern music.
The “Didjeribone” is an Australian Made instrument which combines elements of the didgeridoo and trombone and is teamed with the “Face Bass” and Looping technology. Tjupurru was an outstanding performer and had our students singing, clapping and laughing at his antics for his hour long performance.
A big thank you to the Abigail P for her generous donation of New Disney books to our library. If you have any books that are in great condition that you would like to donate, please send them in.
OSHC Pupil Free Day
At our pupil free day last Friday 11th of June we had a “Circus” themed day with a special guest named Shorty Brown. Shorty is a children’s entertainer from the Northern Rivers who performed a show entitled Imaginitis which was a performance about discovering and embracing your imagination.
The children also took part in a bubble making display with giant bubbles in our outdoor play area. We had face painting, clown making, a fun photo booth and many more fun activities. The children helped with decorating the room at After School Care to make the day even more special.
Thank you to all of the staff who worked very hard to make the day such a success, and thank you to the families for supporting the service.
From all of the OLHC Out of School Hours Care team.
OSHC CIRCUS DAY
Today we were blessed with perfect weather for our school Athletics Carnival. All students had the opportunity to participate in a range of events, including: sprints, relays, middle distance, long jump and shot put. Our infants students had a great day participating in sprint races, relays, modified athletics events and a variety of other fun activities. Once again it was wonderful to see an abundance of sportsmanship, plenty of smiles and laughter, and students participating to the best of their ability. Thanks to the teachers, parents/guardians and Year 6 students who assisted with a variety of jobs throughout the day. Congratulations to all students.
House Champion: MacKillop
The trophy for House Champion and medallions for Age Champions will be presented at the assembly next week. Students who have been selected to represent OLHC at the Zone Athletics Carnival next term will receive a note next week also.
Netball NSW Schools Cup
On Wednesday 9th June, some Stage 3 students participated in the Netball NSW Schools Cup. Both our Year 5 and Year 6 teams were comprised of boys and girls. They competed against teams from other schools within the region. Some of the competition was tough and the playing conditions even tougher, with the first few games played in the rain and cold. However, this did not stop them from always trying hard and enjoying the day. All the students are to be commended for their efforts, positive attitudes, sportsmanship and exemplary representation of our school. Well done to:
Year 5 Team:
Kalan A, Amber B, Sonny B, Isabella D, Elle F, Matilda P, Harvey P, Georgie W & Cooper W.
Year 6 Team:
Jamilla C, Marni C, Charli G, Milani K, Askel L, Jye L, Myka M, McKenzie N & Brylee W.
Netball NSW Schools Cup
NSWCPS Cross Country Championships
Last Tuesday, 8th June, Harvey P represented the Lismore Diocese at the NSWCPS Cross Country Championships. It was a challenging course around the race track at Eastern Creek. He placed 10th out of 44 competitors in his age group, which is a wonderful achievement at this level of competition. Well done Harvey!
Learning & Teaching
Term 2 Writing Celebration
This term, all classes across our school have had a focus on improving sentence structure and the correct use of punctuation. Through the use of clear Learning Intentions, Success Criteria, Feedback and Individual Learning Goals, students have been encouraged and supported to take ownership over improving their own writing and applying their feedback. The results of this has been improved writing growth across all classes.
Below are some samples of writing from across all classes. Not every child's writing is here, but this selection celebrates the achievements of our students in writing. I encourage you to ask your child about their writing learning goals and how they have focused on improving their writing.
Congratulations to all of our students on a great term of learning!
OLHC Achievement Awards
Cleo F - For working hard to apply her sound knowledge when completing reading and writing tasks. Keep it up Cleo.
Ned M - For being such an enthusiastic code breaker and word detective who seeks out every opportunity to apply his sound knowledge.
Zarli BP - For always being a positive role model for her peers. Your love of learning shines through Zarli. Well done.
Riley M - For working hard to complete all writing tasks and sharing your love of learning. Well Done.
Willow H - For outstanding writing efforts this week. I am so proud of you and your 'never give up' attitude.
Michael W - For the hard work and enthusiasm he puts into counting. You are a number wizard Michael.
Evan S - For using his mathematical mind to solve some challenging number line problems. Well done, Evan!
Isabella F - For her hard work and dedication with her home reading. Well done Isabella, keep up the great work!
Isla L - For always displaying a high level of commitment to your work. You're asuper student Isla.
Isla D - For always being ready to learn and try your best. you're a Super student Isla
Harper S - For always taking on feedback to improve her narrative writing. Keep working hard, Harps!
Ryan B - For attempting more challenging questions in Maths. I love your attitude Ryan!
Wyatt E - For your dedication towards problem solving in maths. Keep using that creative thinking!
Mason B - For your wonderful attitude towards reading! I'm so proud of your efforts, keep it up!
Aleena C- For your enthusiasm towards writing and wanting to work on revising it to further engage your reader.
Matilda J - For making amazing connections in her learning, especially mathematical concepts. Well done, Matilda!
Toby H - For his continuous efforts in ensuring he is striving to do his best work on all tasks! Well done, Tobes!
Milla C - For settling in to OLHC with a great work ethic and positive attitude. We are so lucky to have you!
Rhys M - For perservering with 'Rich tasks' in mathematics. Your efforts are much appreciated.
Claire G - For your enthusiasm, creativity and perseverance in our Science experiment this week.
Isaac S - For always taking on the challenge of problem solving in Mathematics.
Ruby H - For outstanding use of language features in your letter to Mayor. I Love your sense of humour!
Hugh B - For appealing to the emotions of the audience in your opinion writing this week.
Lucy F - For your enthusiasm and perseverance in your construction of your ramp in our science investigation.
Amarli G - For having a more positive attitude towards all learning tasks. Keep up the fabulous learning Amarli!
Noah H - For being a more reflective learner and trying hard to be more settled in class. Keep it up Noah!
Emma C -For her impressive informative text writing where she compared the planets of our Solar System.
Askel L - For his focus when learning about fractions, and for teaching others the necessary steps to solving problems.
McKenzie N - For summarising and explaining a challenging concept in her informative text. "Lightning"!
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 11 June 2021
Welcome to the Family, Heidi, Holly, Jemima and Ellanor
On a bright and beautiful Sunday morning, Heidi, Holly, Jemima and Ellanor Ward were Baptised in our Parish church with their family, friends and teachers there to celebrate the very special occassion. The girls treated all of their guests to a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace, bringing many of us to tears! Father Peter welcomed the girls into our Parish community and as that community we pray the girls will grow each day in wisdom, in strength and in their relationship with Jesus. Congratulations girls!
Making Jesus Real Awards
Robbie SA - For Making Jesus Real in our class through the gentle way he interacts with and helps those around him.
Jack C - For showing the face of Jesus by always being a freindly and helpful classmate. Thank you Jack.
Klaire R - For always being kind and caring towards others. You are a blessing to 1M, Klaire!
Noah C - For enthusiastically sharing why it's important to care for God's creations. Thank you, Noah.
Oliver B - For including other students in his games and making sure they're okay. Fantastic Oli!
Charlotte F - For your willingness to help others with their learning tasks and for your consistent spirit of cooperation.
Tessa R - For always having a happy and positive attitude. Your smile lights up our room!
Benjamin B - or going out of his way in the classroom to ensure someone was included. Thank you for showing us the spirit of Jesus, Ben!
Ryley B - For spending quality time with those that need it on the playground.
Parish Mass Times
Year 5 - ‘The Art Matters Visual Arts Enrichment Workshop’ with David Ogg
This week, our Year 5 class were treated to ‘The Art Matters Visual Arts Enrichment Workshop’ with David Ogg. The workshops are aimed to enthuse students and staff, build character, creativity and develop an appreciation of existing art capabilities, as well as to experience Scripture through the Visual Arts. The children had a wonderful day and were very enthusiastic about sharing their experiences! The original artworks they made together are amazing!
Art Workshop Recount
Yesterday was a really exciting day because there was an art teacher, Mr Ogg, who came in and he taught us some art skills. He showed all of us how to do a screen print on a piece of paper.
My favourite part of the day was when we got to cut a piece of screen printed paper and glue it onto a large bit of paper. We got some ink and a skewer. We put the ink on the end of the skewer and then added it on to the piece. It felt calm because he had some music playing and it was so relaxing.
ART Workshop Recount
Today was so fun. We looked at hidden pictures in pictures. Our art Teacher's name was Mr Ogg, he was a very talented person and is very creative. We also did screen print to make Jesus walking on water and a painting of a prayer bowl with watercolor pencils. He showed us that every picture has a story and there are many different types of strategies. Also, that you can look at something in a different way. At the end of the day he read a story from the bible and told us that God loves us even if we did something wrong.
MR OGGS ART WORKSHOP
In the morning session Mr Ogg introduced himself as David or Mr Ogg, he said a prayer and then showed us some photos to see if we could see the 2 different pictures or not.
He then told us some stories about himself and his friends Frank,Jack and Tom (Frank is the best) and some pictures that his son had drawn when he was little. The last drawing had lots more detail,one of the many details were his 4 toes on one foot. He chopped up Mrs Innes' apple and showed us how to show a whole apple in one picture!
Around 10:45 Mr Ogg showed us how to make a silk screen print , he got his design,some paper and squeegee and created the masterpieces!
The second session was even more exciting! We got A3 paper and another sheet of A4 paper that had a seascape on it. We cut out a piece of the A4 paper and glued it on to the A3 paper. We got thick ink to make our seascape disappear. If we didn’t like it we had to approach it from a different way or completely start again. Me and my friends got to make a big watercolour artwork to frame and for the school to keep! Lastly he burnt his Tea bag and it flew up onto the fan!😂😂
He also told us about the Prayer Bowl.
After Recess he got half the class to help him carry all his Art Supplies down to his car. We then watched Mr Ogg's Stories on Youtube.
GO TO YOUTUBE AND SEARCH Mr Oggs Stories!!