Book Week Dress Up
Our Book Character Parade will be at 9am on Friday 5th November.
With all the fun things happening it is good to pause and reflect that we have this week to generate some enthusiasm for reading and the obvious benefits that can be gained from reading books. I encourage all our students to make a special effort to read a bit more during this week.
We have had an enormous amount of work happening in the school and today brings us very close to the end of this work. Our new buildings have reached completion and are now in council for final approval, we have a fresh coat of paint on all of our classrooms, the verandah areas have been re-oiled and are looking amazing and finally our new outdoor learning and play space is just about complete. This will be an amazing addition to our playground and allow students to play basketball, netball, volleyball and enjoy a purpose built space to improve their skills and knowledge. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this work happen and our staff, parents and students for your patience during the building process.
I would also like to mention a special thank you to Father Peter, for his ongoing support and unrelenting focus to ensure that our children have everything they need at OLHC. His love and support of our parish school is extraordinary and we are extremely grateful for everything that he does to support the outstanding work that is happening here at OLHC.
My New Gallery
Welcome to Term 4
It was such a privilege to see the smiling faces of our children, staff and parents as they arrived at school this week as we returned from lockdown to full face to face teaching. It was an absolute joy to witness the excitement on their faces and watch the way our children greeted each other and staff members. Thank you to parents, guardians and grandparents for your friendly waves, good morning smiles and nods and casual chats that I experience out the front of the school each morning. We have an amazing community here at OLHC and there is nothing stronger than the relationships we have built and the sense of belonging that exists for all members of our parish school. We are truly blessed to have such a welcoming, vibrant and thriving community.
Kevin Hogan Book Award
Congratulations to Georgia Goodwin for being the successful recipient of the Kevin Hogan Book award for 2021. Georgia received the award after being nominated by her teachers for her perseverance and dedication to all areas of her school life both academic and in her relationships with peers and teachers.
Congratulations Goergia on this wonderful achievement.
Book Club - Issue 7 2021
Book Club issue 7 booklets went home at the start of the week. Book club is ordered through the LOOP app or through www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents
Issue 7 Orders are due in by Friday 22nd October 2021.
We do not accept CASH payments.
Every order done through bookclub earns the school book rewards. If you need any information or help please contact Kim in the schools office.
If you have any shorts or uniforms that you would like to donate to the school, please contact Kim in the office.
If you child has borrowed any items of clothing from the school, could you please wash and return the items as soon as possible. Thank you.
Learning & Teaching
OLHC Achievement Awards
Jethro P - For working hard to develop his kicking and dribbling skills during soccer activities in PE. Great work!
Mae E - For keeping the beat well during Music activities and always participating with enthusiasm. Well done Mae!
Ramona K - For great knowledge of musical elements and enthusiastic approach to learning. Well done Ramona.
Jack C - For a positive attitude towards all activities and excellent soccer skills. Great work Jack.
Mason M -For his outstanding piece of writing about why he loves going to theme parks. Great work, Mason!
Harvey C - For returning to school with a can-do attitude and completing set tasks with high expectations. Well done!
Xander T - For focus during maths and writing activities, I am so proud of all your your hard work towards achieving your goals!
Lily B - For your amazing work ethic and attitude towards learning. You are setting a fantastic example for the rest of our class family.
Isla L - For bringing a positive attitude into the classroom everyday and working hard to achieve your goals. You are a superstar!
Oliver B - For approaching every day with enthusiasm, cheerfulness and a willingness to do his best!
Abby P - For her creative ideas when designing her very own toy and an advertisement for the 'Rainbow Blaster'.
Ethan R - For being so enthusiastic about spelling and finding exciting words! Keep it up Ethan!
Kaiden K - For your fabulous attitude towards learning this week! You have achieved so much! I'm so proud of you!
Aiden J - For your amazing focus in our maths activities! You have been such a creative thinker this week!
Tessa R - For using great addition and subtraction strategies to solve money problems.
Flynn W - For capturing his audiences attention during his presentation on the Great Barrier Reef. I loved it!
Bailey N - For an amazing model of Wave Rock and presenting interesting facts to the class.
Laini L -For contributing insightful answers to class discussions since returning to Term 4.
Cohan D - For completing all his home learning activities to a very high standard. Well done, Cohan!
Pippa T - For outstanding growth in a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.
Isaac S - For an amazing effort and high engagement in our poetry lessons. Well done, Isaac!
Levi P - For fantasic growth in reading comprehension. Keep up the great work Levi!
Kobi P - For outstanding growth in understanding place values in mathematics. Well done, Kobi!
Cooper W - For having a settled start to Term 4. Keep up the great learning Cooper!
Amarli G - For her perseverance when completing difficult Maths tasks. Well done Amarli!
Toby B - For always trying hard to complete each task and doing his absolute best. Amazing work Toby!
Kallum H - For your determination to tackle the 'hard learning' in Maths. You never give up Kallum - well done!
Ryley B - For her improved reading fluency and comprehension. Keep reading those rich texts RJB!
Jayden B - For working diligently and staying focused in all learning areas. This is a mature approach for High School Jayden!
2O have been busy looking for exciting words in our library books. We had a day of learning all about 3D shapes. First we sorted a variety of 3D shapes into categories. Then we used our secrets to help us work out spelling for 3D shape posters. We worked together to create persuasive texts to convince others in our class that our shape was the best. For Health we created pop-up boxes using a cube net, on the inside of the net we listed the people in our support networks.
Year 3 and 4 have been learning how to add and subtract decimals/money and to calculate change. They have been practising their knowledge of addition and subtraction facts in order to help them solve problems involving decimals.
In Music, Stage 3 are learning how to play the Ukulele. Year 5 spent some time practising strumming this week and Year 6 participated in a Kahoot task to assess their knowledge of famous Ukulele players. Year 6 have also been applying their knowledge of multiplication and division to calculate the number of points a player scored in a season and the average scores.
Good News Story - My Name is Joseph
During the last school holidays, Ellanor, Jemima, Holly and Heidi W and Milani H were invited to sing on a newly written song called My Name is Joseph by Andrew Chinn & Drew Lane. The song is about St Joseph from a Christmas perspective. The song was then turned into a beautifully illustrated singalong book by Andrew’s wife, Bernadette, and shared to YouTube - you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwVqkGiK85g.
The girls did such a wonderful job that they were invited to sing on another song (yet to be released) called Jesus is our Friend, and we look forward to hearing them perform on the new track in the near future!
Andrew then approached me to see if we could record a film clip for the song that will be used to teach students actions that go along with the song, in classrooms all over Australia and the world! Our Year 5 class have graciously responded to the call and we look forward to sharing this with our community later in Advent.
It has been fantastic to work with the wonderful, professional and faith filled team at Butterfly House and we have loved the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to children all over the world!
FINAL WEEK FOR SUITCASES OF LOVE - WEEK 3
Week 3 will be our final collection of items for Suitcases of Love. It is incredible the amount of love shown by our school community and we are truly humbled by the donations. MacKillop Youth will sort all of the donations in Week 4 and get the suitcases ready for our donation to CASPA.
Again, I would sincerely like to thank our community for the generosity and love you have shared with children in need.
Socktober - Save the Date 29th October 2021
Socktober for Mission Month encourages us to engage with mission for children by using our heads to enquire about the reality of the world around us, using our hearts to feel empathy for those in situations of great need, and using our hands to take action for them in whatever way we are able.
This year, we are asking for a gold coin donation to support children in Thailand. During Socktober our students are encouraged to learn what life is like for children from Thailand, specifically those from slum areas in Bangkok.
Making Jesus Real
Reuben T - For being willing to share with others and help them with their learning in PE and Music.
Oliver B - For showing the face of Jesus by being a kind, caring and supportive classmate. Thank you Ollie.
Ivy W - For being a positive and happy, and for bringing her beautiful smile to school everyday. Keep shining your light, Ivy!
Dominic R - For always being polite, courteous and kind, both in the classroom and the playground. Keep shining your light, Dom!
Isla D - For going above and beyond to ensure our new student feels welcomed and part of our 1P family.
Harlee C - For being courteous and kind and always displaying beautiful manners. Keep it up, Harlee!
Noah M - For showing kindness to everyone in 2O. What a wonderful way to Make Jesus Real in our classroom.
Matilda J - For always being aware of her friends feelings and checking in with them when they are upset.
Milla C - For being a kind, caring and thoughtful friend in our class.
Zoe B - For always being a polite and cheerful member of our class with a "Can Do" attitude.
Kalan A - For always having a smile on your face. You make each day a happy one! Thank you, Kalan.
Georgie W - For spreading joy to everyone in our class each day. Thank you for showing us the face of Jesus, Georgie!
Matilda P - For noticing that someone was left out, and including them in your handball game.
Harlow R - For her kindness and openness in initiating new games with all of Year 6.
October – Month of Mary and the Holy Rosary
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. One of the main reasons is October 7 every year is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was introduced in 1571 by Pope Saint Pius V (1504-1572) in honour and gratitude of the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession resulting in the miraculous victory of the Christian forces on October 7, 1571 in the famous Battle of Lepanto. The Pope strongly believed that it was more of the power of prayer of the rosary than of the weapons and valour of the soldiers. Historically, there were several other battles where the rosary was prayed while the soldiers are fighting to resist the invading enemies and the Christians ended up victorious. Because of these, the devotion to the praying of the rosary and the dedication of the month of October to its prayer spread throughout Christianity.
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
The Hail Mary is our greatest prayer to Mary, who is the Mother of the Church and a spiritual mother to each of us. The first part of the Hail Mary is taken from the Gospel. It incorporates the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation ("Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you," Lk 1:28) and the words of Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation ("Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb," Lk 1:42).
The angel's greeting to Mary can be translated "rejoice," indicating that the promised Messiah, Mary's Son, is coming to save His people. The words of Elizabeth to Mary are a benediction, echoing God's favour to the Blessed Virgin in choosing her to be the Mother of His Son.
The second part of the prayer ("Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death. Amen") is the Church's reflection on Mary's intercessory role as the Mother of God for all of us as members of the Church. It reflects the Church's teaching on her preeminent place in the Communion of Saints in interceding for God's people.
Making Jesus Real
Wayne Bennett, coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, uses MJR in his daily life.
My favourite values and attitudes that Making Jesus Real encourages include:
1. Be determined. If you want something in life you have to make it happen.
2. Take the good with the bad. Life is full of ups and downs and we have to just get on with it.
3. Believe in yourself. A lot of people will doubt you, but you can't doubt yourself.
4. Listening skills. God gave us two ears and one mouth-He wants us to listen more than we speak.
5. Mental toughness. You must be strong with yourself and strive to overcome any obstacles in your way.
6. Self-Discpline is my favourite. You need to make yourself complete things, even when you don't want to.
7. Reflect on your day. Look back on your day and think about the positive things that happened. This was Jesus in your day.
As a school, it is so rewarding to receive emails, letters or phone calls from parents and guardians to acknowledge and support the dedication and hard work of our staff. I am extremely proud to be part of such an amazing group of people that I have the privilege of working with at OLHC. I can assure you that your children are in extremely capable and loving hands.
“You're amazing! Your level of care for the kids is beyond expectation.”
“You are doing a great job. Every time you comment on Bly’s work it makes her happy. So thank you for being so positive. We really appreciate all your hard work.”
“I have found the schools flexibility and online learning to be absolutely fantastic. We went through the homeschool experience last year in Brisbane and this is by far so much better."
"I appreciate your ability to be flexible, I am allowing the kids to do as much as they can themselves. I think it’s important they feel confident enough to do that.”
“I wanted to thank you for the amazing support and care you give everyone. I appreciate every message and the time and effort you take to continue to support everyone at these times, Malachias lights up with a proud smile everytime he sees that you have commented and even recorded a message. These thoughtful notes have made such an impact on Malachias, thank you for giving him confidence and a moment to be proud of himself. Thank you"
"I just want to take the time to thank you so much for your leadership and support for families at this very difficult time. The teachers have gone above and beyond to keep our kids connected to the school and their learning, so important for the children's, and the parents wellbeing. I feel blessed to have my daughter go to OLHC for this reason. So thank you!"
I am truly blessed as a Principal to have such an amazing staff and supportive parent community.
If we have learnt one thing during these times, it is that as a parish school community,
we are prepared to do whatever it takes for our children.
Thank you to Clancy LP and Charlotte W for the donation of books to our library. If you have any books you would like to donate to the school, please drop them into the Office.
Learning & Teaching
Congratulations on 5 weeks of Learning from home!
Congratulations to all of our students and their families for the work and effort you put into home learning. We are so pleased with how you all took to the challenge!
Year 1 Learning
Year 2 Learning
Stage 2 and 3 Home Learning
Year 3 Basketball skills and Music
Year 4 Fire Art and Presentations
Year 5 Cup Tower Challenge
Year 6 Bin Ball
Thank you all for the donations that have continued to come in during blended learning for Suitcases of Love. We have had multiple requests to donate items once we are back at school. We will extend Suitcases of Love until Week 3 next term, so you still have time to get the donations in. Your classroom teacher has specific lists for your child's class if you are unsure what to donate.
Can I sincerely thank you all for your generous donations; we know how difficult this lockdown has been on families, but the fact that we are still getting donations and enquiries about donations, shows the generosity, kindness and love of our amazing community here at OLHC!
Blended Learning - Year 1
During Blended Learning, Year 1 looked at the Scripture story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and were asked to respond to the Scripture with art! Well done boys and girls - you are all so creative!
To say that I am extremely proud of our students, teachers and parents is a massive understatement!
The way in which we have come together as a parish school community during these challenging times is a testament to the to the strength of each family, student and staff member in our school. We are all called to serve, to help each other and to reach out in faith and charity.
What we have achieved together during Lockdown and Blended Learning must be acknowledged and celebrated. Not once did we give up, make excuses, say it is too hard or forget why we are all here, for our children.
“The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We often get caught up in the routine of our daily lives and it can be true that we do not recognise the good times until we are forced to experience difficult ones. I pray that we will we all learn to fully appreciate and be grateful for the many great things we may have taken for granted before lockdown.
I would personally like to thank all of our parent community for the ongoing support of your children, our teachers and myself through this time of great change for us all. I am extremely proud of our entire parish school community for the way in which we have all embraced the challenges we have faced.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday break and I pray that you will find time to do the things that bring you joy and happiness.
We look forward to seeing everyone again in Term 4, for another exciting term of loving, learning and growing at OLHC.
School resumes Tuesday 5th October, 2021.
A big thank you to all our amazing parents and carers, for keeping your children engaged in their learning during this difficult time. In the past two weeks we have experienced over 6000 pieces of learning uploaded to Seesaw by our students and over 3000 pieces of feedback given by our teachers. This in itself is phenomenal, however, it doesn't include the hard copy learning that has also been taking place at home.
We often talk about schools and parents/guardians working together in partnership for the education and wellbeing of their children and I am extremely proud of what we are achieving at OLHC. Our parish school community has responded magnificently.
At this stage, we will continue with our Blended Learning until the 10th September as we await further announcements from the NSW Premier and Catholic Schools NSW.
It has been a long journey however, we are extremely close to seeing the finished product and the completion our new buildings. This will be a wonderful flexible learning space for our children and will provide a brilliant space for many activities including assemblies, performances, gymnastics, robotics, choir, creative arts, Year 6 and kindy buddy activities, Mini Mack's transition, classes coming together for their learning and parent meetings and gatherings just to name a few.
We are expecting works to be completed in the holidays and full use of this area to commence from the start of Term 4.