Term 3 Week 5 Newsletter 13/08/2021
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we can forget the impact our words and actions can have on others. It is important that we reflect on what it means to speak and act with kindness and what that may look like and sound like at home, school, sports or at work. Kindness is a constant focus at OLHC, and we are all in a privileged position as parents and teachers to model this life giving behaviour.
* is the way we speak to all people;
* is the way we act towards all people;
* helps us to show care, consideration and generosity to others;
* shows others how we like to be treated;
* is being friendly, smiling and using a kind voice;
* is noticing when others are sad, hurt or in trouble;
* is reacting positively to a situation even when we may not be happy ourselves;
I would personally like to thank all of our parent community for the ongoing support of your children, our teachers and myself during this week of lockdown. I am extremely proud of our entire school community for the way in which we have responded so quickly and effectively and transitioned to Blended Learning.
I have heard that some of our families are sharing their child’s learning with friends and families from other schools in our local community and I am very grateful that you have done this. No matter what school our children go to, we are all here to support them the best we can.
We are still in lockdown until 12:01am, Tuesday 17th August, and this means that Blended Learning will occur on Monday 16th August also. I am confident that we will have further communication from our Catholic Schools Office over the weekend or on Monday and I will provide all parents and guardians with this information as soon as I receive it.
Thank you to all parents who have been able to support their children from home. We are open for students of essential workers and have had approximately 20-30 students at school each day who are being supervised by a small number of staff members. Please be reminded that students should not be attending school if parents are at home. I understand that it is not always easy to teach our own children, however, we greatly appreciate all your efforts as we strive to keep our community safe during this time.
Making Jesus Real Awards
The 60+ Students playing of the Soccer field - For the way you all play beautifully, and share the space with each other so the five or six different games can continue without a fuss.
Nash H - For improved focus and stillness during meditation. Well done Nash, keep it up.
Madeleine F - For her positive commitment to learning and willingness to attempt all challenges. Keep up the great work Maddie.
Tyler N - For being a kind and generous class member, who does everything with a smile on his face.
Clancy LP - For including others in his games during playtime. Thank you for showing kindness, Clancy!
Taze P - For sharing your light through your wonderful attitude towards those around you and tasks you approach. Thank you Taze.
Jordy W - For being patient when teaching a friend to play touch football!
Billy M - For being a W.E.S.T person in our school by ensuring others are included in your game.
Xavier B - following the message of Mary MacKillop 'never see a need without doing something about it'. Your kindness shines through.
Sophie M -For always being willing and ready to help others. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.
Tyler B - For showing the face of Jesus by checking on your peers when they're upset, Well done Tyler.
Isabella D - for the generosity and support she gives to all her classmates. Thank you for showing us the spirit of Jesus every day Isabella!
Ryley B - For being a welcoming and inviting friend and role model.
Milani K - For showing care, compassion and comfort to others in need!
Jamilla C - For showing care and compassion to others! Giving comfort to those in need.
Mckenzie N - For providing comfort to someone who was upset.
Jakob S - For helping a teacher without being asked!
Brylee W - For giving comfort to someone who was upset.
Sammi S - For helping a teacher without being asked.
THANK YOU for the generous support you have shown in the first week of our Suitcases of Love drive for CASPA Family Services. Many suitcases have already been donated and some classes have more than what was listed on their donation list, including being able to fill extra suitcases. We have also recieved donations from local businesses keen to support this wonderful community service. The Suitcases of Love drive will continue until the end of Week 9.
Thank you all again - the generosity of our community is amazing!
On Monday we were to celebrate the feast of St Mary of the Cross, the first Australian saint. Unfortunately, COVID had other plans! In this time of uncertainty let us think like Mary, and keep all those who are adversely affected by the current lockdown in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary was a person of action and didn’t wait for someone to knock on her door. She loved the poor and worked hard to care for them in any way that she could. Mary shows us how to open our eyes and ears, our hearts, and our minds to the needs of others. She shows us how to serve others with kindness, love and understanding.
SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP, PRAY FOR US.
Learning & Teaching
Kindergarten Blended Learning
Year 1 Pool Noodle Drumming
Last week, Year 3 were reading a story called Fox and were learning about how to gather facts to compose their own informative story.
Year 4 have also been reading the story Fox and have been exploring how to describe a characters personality.
Last week, Year 5 had a maths challenge to time themselves running 100m using a stopwatch, compare to the times of the Olympic finalists and then order their times from fastest to slowest. Year 5 take about double the amount of time or more than the Olympic athletes to run 100m!
Last week, Year 6 built rockets for their learning on aerodynamics and forces in Science and technology. They also continued to work on creating Treasure Maps when learning about position, compass directions and location in Maths. Part of this also involved creating origami boxes to hide their treasure in.
And then there was lockdown!
This week, we had to transition once again to blended learning. The students learning at home have been putting in a great deal of effort to complete their learning tasks. Those who have to be at school have also been working hard to complete their learning and have been helping to do some jobs around our school.
We would like to congratulate all students for the way they have taken on the challenge of blended learning.
Blended learning at school
OLHC Achievement Awards
Zarli BP - For developing confidence in herself as a reader to read more challenging texts fluently and with expression. Great work Zarli.
Robbie SA - For working hard to ensure his message is clear for the reader when writing. Keep it up Robbie.
Spencer S - For being a fearless code breaker and applying all his sound secrets to decode unknown and tricky words.
Teilani B - For being such a cheerful, responsible and positive learner who always tries her best. Well done Teilani!
Michael W - For showing a readiness and wonderful improvement in all tasks. I am proud of you Michael.
1M - For showing respect during each library session and leaving the library tidy.
Laisa V - For being a motivated and independent student with a great love of learning. Well done Laisa.
Taetum PSB - For his dedicated attitude towards his class and home reading. Well done Taetum!
Blake P - For your fantastic work in Maths. It has been wonderful to watch your problem solving skills.
Bradley B - For your focus towards writing task, striving to meet your writing goals. Well done Bradley!
Alistair P - For showing dedication in all tasks and tackling challenges with enthusiasm. Keep it up Alistair!
Max G - For using the secret stories to sound out ans spell words in your writing. You're improving out of sight!
Quintin F - For putting in a huge effort to learn different addition and subtraction strategies. Keep it up Quintin!
Mason B - For your amazing detective skills when searching for 'secrets' within words. Well done!
Sierra S - For your positive attitude towards solving maths problems. Keep it up!
Ethan R - For finding ways to enhance your writing by following the writing process. Keep it up!
Matilda J - For using different strategies to solve math problems.
Holly C - improved focus in all areas of her school work. Your positive attitude and cheery smile is lovely to see.
Holly W - for her consistent positive attitude to every aspect of her life. Also for fabulous complex sentences.
Laini L - for her amazing complex sentences this week and being a wonderful Handy Helper.
Lucy F - For fantastic problem solving skills in chance and data. Well done Lucy.
Layla W - For demonstrating a fantastic understanding of 3D shapes, their properties and their nets.
Laila M - For a positive mindset towards completing learning tasks in class.
Reid S - For fantastic approach to solving challenging maths problems in a variety of ways.
Jimmy A - for the maturity and independence he demonstrates when completing his learning tasks. Well done Jimmy!
Amarli G - for her commitment to improving her writing in order to effectively engage the reader. Your efforts are amazing, Amarli!
Tyler H - for responding to feedback in order to improve his engagement with learning tasks. Well done Tyler!
Emma C - For taking risks in writing and reading poetry.
Scarlett H - For the creativity and imagery applied in her poem, 'Life is not a Fairytale'.
Tyler B - For applying many physical and mental health strategies outside of the classroom. Keep up the hard work Tyler!
A big thank you to Cooper and Sierra S and Abigail P for their generous donation 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 to the library.