Learning Conferences

We will be holding Parent/Teacher/Student Learning Conferences in Week 10 of this term. The focus of these conferences is for the students to showcase their classwork, discuss their learning, discuss progress towards goals they are working on, to discuss future learning and/or any concerns or issues. These conferences are a very important part of strengthening our parent partnership and your attendance reinforces to our children that you value their learning. Parents will be able to book a timeslot via Compass over the coming weeks. 

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Parent/Teacher Communication

Effective communication between school and home is so important to assist our children to flourish, help us meet their needs and continue to build strong relationships. We look forward to continuing our strong links between families and school this year.

Your child’s teacher is an integral part of your child's school life and there may be times during the year, aside from our scheduled Parent Information evening and Learning Conferences, when you need to contact your child’s teacher.  This can be done through the school office, via email or Compass. I encourage all families to keep their class teacher informed of any significant events, changes to routines or family changes that may impact your child. We certainly do not want to know all the details, however, it is important for us to be able to understand why we may see a change in behaviour or emotions and how we can best support and nurture our children when they are at school.

As you can appreciate, teachers are very busy during the school day and don't always get to messages. Any ‘urgent’ day to day messages for your child regarding travel arrangements, medications, lunches etc... can be made through the office and messages will be passed on to students and teachers through our class messages system.  

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Pupil Free Day-Friday 1st March

A reminder to all families that next Friday the 1st of March is a Pupil Free Day for our school community. All of our staff will be joining with the staff of St Brigid's Kyogle, to work with the recently retired Executive Director of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney, Dr Dan White OAM. Dan has served on many Educational Authorities and in 2022 was the recipient of an Order of Australia medal for his services to education. This is the second time that our staff has engaged with Dan and we are very much looking forward to continuing this work to support the learning of our students and staff.

OSHC will be available to support all students and families needing this service for our pupil free day. Please ensure that you have booked by Monday 26th February to assist us with staffing requirements for the day.

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Parent Forum Conversations

Families and schools working together to promote children’s learning, development & wellbeing across home and school is fundamental to our children and emphasises the value of partnership for children’s learning and school success. Parents’ role as first and primary educators of their children, and their lasting influence on their children’s attitudes and achievements, is recognised and actively promoted at OLHC. Similarly, we encourage all parents to value and support their children’s learning in and out of school and support school goals, directions and Catholic identity and mission. 

Part of this partnership is our Parent Forum Conversations. There are many different ways to be involved and connected at OLHC. Attending our conversation evenings, allows families to be part of our improvement journey, have a voice in decisions that impact our children and strengthens relationships. Our school is a family and together we are working to achieve great things for our children.

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School News

NSW Health has advised of very high rates of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrhoeal disease, in the community.

Please distribute the following information to students and parents, via your school newsletter or social media.

To prevent cryptosporidiosis transmission among swimmers at upcoming school swimming carnivals, NSW Health recommends all schools implement the following precautions:

  • Communicate with parents and carers on the risk of cryptosporidiosis, consider sharing the social media post from NSW Health on your school Facebook page (see Facebook).
  • Advise students to refrain from swimming if they are experiencing, or have experienced in two weeks prior to the carnival, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea.
  • Emphasise the importance of regular handwashing with soap and water.
  • Remind students to avoid swallowing pool water.

Cryptosporidium is present in the faeces of infected people. Outbreaks have been linked to water sources contaminated by infectious people, including swimming pools.

Schools should liaise with their local public health unit (1300 066 055) if they require any guidance and support.

For more information on cryptosporidiosis, see the attached media release or visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/cryptosporidiosis.aspx 

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Sports News

At OLHC, we love celebrating the sporting achievements of all our students. If your child has a special achievement that you would love for us to share with the school community, please send any photos and a short paragraph outlining their achievement to Mrs McCarthy - haylee.mccarthy@lism.catholic.edu.au  

Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday the 13th of February, 23 students attended the Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival at Alstonville Aquatic Centre. The children proudly represented our school. It was wonderful to see them all try their best and cheer each other on.

Year 2: Grace Butler, Harvey Johnston

Year 3: Willow Hall, Nahri Jensen, Darcy Stephens and Reuben Tsourlinis

Year 4: Felicity Fredericks, Harriet Johnston, Rhett Prosser, Braith Fing and Alby Sedelaar

Year 5: Milani Hague, Charlotte Forbes, Noah Middleton, Ryan Butler and Ethan Ramsey

Year 6: Lexi Goulding, Bailey Newton, Matilda Johnston, Robbie Grace, Flynn Wiblen and Henry Jenkins

2024 - Events

Please note that these dates may change due to weather or circumstances that we can not control.

Term One

  • Friday the 5th of April - OLHC Cross Country, Riverview Park

Term Two 

  • Tuesday the 7th of May - Richmond Zone Cross Country, Lismore
  • Tuesday the 21st of May - DIO Cross Country, Grafton
  • Friday the 14th of June - OLHC Athletics Carnival, Riverview Park

Term Three

  • Thursday the 1st of August - Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival, Lismore
  • Friday the 16th of August - DIO Athletics Carnival, Lismore/Coffs
  • Friday the 30th of August - Richmond Zone Gala Day

Term Four

  • Monday the 4th of November - Richmond Zone Tennis Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Wednesday the 6th of November - Richmond Zone Cricket Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Thursday the 7th of November - Richmond Zone Touch Football Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Tuesday the 26th of November - DIO Tennis Summer Sports Trials, Lismore (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Friday the 29th of November - DIO Cricket, Softball, Touch Football and Basketball Summer Sports Trials, Lismore (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • TBC - OLHC Swimming Carnival

NAB AFL Auskick is back at our club! Registrations are open and we can't wait to see you  at Lismore JAFC Auskick!

Starting Wednesday 6th March at Mortimer Oval, Lismore for 8 weeks! Only $90 and you get an amazing benefits pack. 

Click here to register and become a Swannies Auskicker! Registration Link -  https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/ca6824

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Learning & Teaching

Kindergarten practised their speaking and listening skills with their Year 6 Buddies. The Buddies then helped Kinder cook pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

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Year 1, as part of their Science unit: Changes in the Sky and on Land, created rain clouds in jars.

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Year 2 enjoyed playing 'Race to 100' with a learning focus on place value and the ten-ness of ten.

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Year 3 Mathematics Doubles Memory games

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Year 4 Picasso Art

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Year 5 English-Reading and Writing

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Year 6 Mathematics

OLHC Achievement Awards 

KP

Casper K  -  For 'having a go' and not giving up.  We are very proud of your positive attitude.  You're a Superstar Casper!

Pamela D  -  For an amazing effort in writing.  I love your positive attitude to learning.  Keep it up Pamela!

Morgan F  -  For being a fantastic Mathematician.  You are always trying your best and contributing amazing ideas.  Keep it up Morgan!

1L

Lucas T   -  Becoming a responsible learner with improved focus.  Great Job Lucas!

Luka O  -  For developing a mature attitude towards learning to produce good results - fantastic work Luca!

Marlow T  -  For settling in well and being a positive contributor to the class.  Keep shining bright Marlow!

2P

Leo C  -  For displaying a positive attitude when completing set tasks.  Keep up the great work!

Archer D  -  For his effort and dedication when presenting his written work and creating wonderful sentences during our writing lessons.

3L

Hudson R  -  For the persistence you showed when counting by decimals.  Keep pushing yourself Huddy, you are amazing!

Curtis S  -  For demonstrating curiosity and showing creativity when designing and completing scientific experiments.  I am loving your enthusiasm Curtis!

Jacob P  -  For consistantly showing persistence during Literacy time.  Your hard work and great listening is paying off!  Well done Jacob!

4L

Braith F  -  For being a committed learner and always looking for ways to extend himself.  Great job Braith.

Lily B  -  For creating an engaging text from another characters point of view.  Well done on a great piece of writing Lily.

4P

Felicity F  -  For being confident, organised and always eager to begin work.  An amazing start Flic, well done!

Clancy Floyd  L P  -  For being positive, happy and motivated to take on new tasks and challenges.

Mia B  -  For being an attentive  listener, who is focused and able to work independently.  A great start to Year 4 Mia!

5L

Scarlett J  -  For consistently sparking meaningful discussions and enhancing classroom learning!  Thank you Scarlett!

5P

Charlotte F  -  Congratulations on mastering the use of decimals during mathematics.  Keep up the awesome work!

Brody C  -  For his effective use of figurative language.  Well done, Brody!

Mason B  -  For his outstanding effort and focus during spelling tasks.  Keep up the great work Mason!

6P

Henry J  -  For your focused attitude and commitment to completing learning tasks.  What an amazing way to start Year 6, Henry!

Marlee S  -  For the wonderful way you approach all learning tasks with enthusiasm and perseverance.  Keep up the fabulous work!

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Mission News

Year 1 Ash Wednesday Artwork

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These amazing artworks by our learners in Year 1 are not only beautiful but very meaningful.  

Year 1 discussed the way bushfires promote new life and growth and how the ashes provide nutrients for seeds and plants to grow again. They then learned how this relates to Ash Wednesday - the ashes we recieve on Ash Wednesday remind us of a fresh start and opportunity to grow as good followers of Jesus.

Congratulations Year 1 and thank you for sharing your beautiful artworks and their meaning with our community!

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

As mentioned by Mr Piccoli in his Principal News, we held a liturgy for Ash Wednesday led by our wonderful Year 6 Leaders including our 2024 Leaders of Ministry, Laini L and Matilda J. We are so proud of all of these leaders who reverently led the liturgy, who put their hand up to lead in the area of Ministry this year and who will continue to do so for the rest of 2024.

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in our liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ashes on forehandWhen the ashes were placed on our forehead we heard the words "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel". The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us.

Thank you to our families that were able to join us for this important Liturgy.


Project Compassion

This year, Project Compassion brings you the stories of three resilient women from three different corners of the world. They are facing vastly different challenges, but are all united by one dream: to create a better tomorrow for all future  generations.

Meet Ronita from the Philippines. Ronita lives with her husband and two children in a barangay (local district) in Quezon City, which is situated in Metro Manila in the Philippines. She went back to school to finish her education so that she could earn income to support her children.

Meet Leaia from Samoa. Not having access to a reliable source of clean water was very difficult for Leaia and her family. But, with the support of Caritas Australia, a water tank was installed at their home, improving their health and living conditions.

Meet Memory from Malawi. Memory, the eldest daughter from a rural Malawian family, trained to become a carpenter and is now a trailblazer for future generations of women in her village.  

Throughout Project Compassion, you will get to know the stories of Ronita, Leaia and Memory. Journey with them as they forge a path to a brighter future for all generations. 

Please donate to Project Compassion.

Making Jesus Real Awards 

KP

Bryce D  -  For being a kind and caring friend to your classmates.  Keep letting your light shineBryce!

1L

Asta B A  -  For your cheerful and positive attitude towards school - Keep shining bright Asta!

2P

Alaura P  -  For her reverent participatioin during meditation.  You are setting a great example in Making Jesus Real.

3L


4L

Alistair P  -  For being a kind and caring classmate who is always looking to help others.  Thank you Alistair.

4P


5L

Rhiannon F  -  Your thoughful gestures has not only bought smiles to your peers' and teachers' faces it also reflected the compassionate spirit of Jesus in our school community.

Shelby D  -  For embodying the commpassionate face of Jesus by ensuring someones' well-being.  Your selfless actions truly demonstrate the acts of kindness and empathy.  Well done!

5P


6P

Ava O'S  -  For your beautiful smile and positive attitude that you bring to our classroom everyday.  Thank you for showing us the spirit of Jesus, Ava



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Principal News

Serving from our Hearts through our Hands

Last week, we celebrated a beautiful liturgy led by our wonderful Year 6 Leaders to celebrate Ash Wednesday. As we received the cross of ashes on our forehead, it reminded us that we are all part of God's family and He loves us very much. It also reminded us that our main job is to serve others just as He did. With God’s help we can try to reach out to others with more love and kindness especially in our own families, our school and in our world.

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2024 PUPIL FREE DAYS

Term 1

Friday 1st March: Dan White PD-Religious Education

Term 2

Wednesday 29th May: Proclaim-As determined by Bishop Gregory Homeing

Friday 5th July: Student Wellbeing-Pastoral Care Framework

Term 3

Monday 22nd July: Curriculum-Learning and Teaching

Friday 27th September: Spirituality

Term 4

Monday 14th October: Curriculum-Learning and Teaching

OSHC will be available on all pupil free days to support our familes needing this service.

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No Parking and Drop Off Zone

Please be reminded that the area indicated in the image below is NOT to be used as a pick up, drop off or parking area. This is a signed designated no stopping area that allows clear view of the pedestrian crossing to keep our children and families safe.

Parking or stopping in the space can attract a significant fine and loss of demerit points.

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2025 Enrolment Timeline

Our 2025 enrolment is now open. If you have a child starting in kindergarten next year, now is the time to complete your online enrolment application. If you know any new families who would like to join our school family, please share this with them.

https://enrolment.lisslism.catholic.edu.au

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Year 6 Leadership Roles

School CaptainsHolly Ward and Xavier Boyd
Leaders of MinistryMatilda Johnston and Laini Lynch
Leaders of SportHarper Jasmine and Cooper Johnson
Leaders of Social JusticeMilla Coronakes and Zoe Bull
Leaders of SustainabilityLexi Goulding and Flynn Wiblen

During the week, we had the privilege of listening to our Year 6 students present their speeches for a school leadership role in 2024. I was blown away by the quality of their speeches, how confident they were and how articulate they all were in describing themselves, their leadership qualities, and reasons why they believe they would make wonderful leaders at OLHC in 2024.

I would like to thank all students for nominating themselves for leadership roles, preparing wonderful speeches and having the courage to speak in front of their peers and teachers.

As a school community it is important to recognise that we are all leaders. We can be leaders in everything that we do in our daily lives - in our work, at school, when we are teaching others or when we are learning from others. Often in life we are faced with difficult decisions and challenges and it is our attitude that often determines the path we take and the choices that we make.

It is our choices and behaviour, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Facing challenges and learning from our mistakes takes courage and support from family, friends and our school community. As our Year 6 leaders continue on their journey of learning and leadership throughout the year in 2024, we wish them every success and pray that they will have the strength to face challenges, learn from their mistakes and strive to be the best that they can be for the benefit of our OLHC community.

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Welcome Kindergerten

Wednesday was a very special day for our parish school community. We have enjoyed an extremely positive start to the school year and it was an absolute privilege to welcome our kindy students and their families to our parish school family.

It was beautiful to see so many new smiles, happy faces and excited students and families walk through the front gate. No tears from any kindy students today (not sure about the parents) 🙂

We are truly blessed at OLHC to have such amazing students, parents and staff. Wednesday was a great reminder that it takes a village to raise our children and we are extremely grateful to have such a vibrant, loving and welcoming community.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to the beginning of a new school year. I trust that you all enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable break with your children and found some downtime to escape the hectic pace of school terms, lunches and washing uniforms.

We have enjoyed an extremely positive start to the school year with students returning happy to see their friends and class teachers and with a clear intent on meeting expectations for their learning and behaviour. We are working incredibly hard to continue improving as a school and it is extremely rewarding to be part of such a vibrant faith learning community.

We are truly blessed at OLHC to have such amazing students, parents and staff.

There is always a sense of excitement for our students and their families in the anticipation of returning to school and settling back into daily routines and learning expectations. I thank all parents, guardians and grandparents for assisting the school in ensuring all students made their Mathematics Assessment Interviews. This was a wonderful opportunity to spend quality one to one time with their class teachers, begin developing a positive relationship and demonstrates the emphasis placed on learning at our school. It is also rewarding to see such positive growth in our student learning and confidence.

During the holidays we achieved many wonderful renovations and upgrades for our children and it has already made a huge diefference. Our upgrades included:

1. Complete boys and girls toilet renovations

2. New staff toilets

3. Renovated Inclusive toilet

4. Renovated front office

5. New playground area full of new play equipment

6. Renovated Principal and Assistant Principal Office spaces

7. New filtered cold water dispenser for staff and students

8. Renovated school psychologist office space

9. New additional needs office spaces

10. Library upgrades

11. The whole school has been professionally cleaned and pressure washed.

I am extremely grateful for your continued support during these times and I know that together we will ensure that our children and school continue to thrive.

2024 is going to be an amazing year full of learning, friendship and growing together.

School Upgrades

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Sports News

At OLHC, we love celebrating the sporting achievements of all our students. If your child has a special achievement that you would love for us to share with the school community, please send any photos and a short paragraph outlining their achievement to Mrs McCarthy - haylee.mccarthy@lism.catholic.edu.au  

K-2 Tennis Program 

This term all students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in a tennis skills program that will be run by two coaches from On Tour Tennis, Lismore.

The program started on Tuesday the 6th of February (Week 2) and it will finish on Thursday the 4th of April (Week 10). Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in the program every Tuesday and Kindergarten will participate every Thursday. The children will wear their sports uniform and black school shoes as they normally do on PE days. They will be out in the sun, so it is very important to ensure they all have their school hat and a drink bottle. We do have suncream at school, however, if your child requires a specific suncream, please pack this for them. 

This program will provide the opportunity for the children to be introduced to tennis through learning basic fundamental movement skills and perceptual motor skills which will assist in grasping the key concepts required to play. 

Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday the 13th of February we have 28 students that will travel to Alstonville pool to compete at the Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival. As a school, we wish these students all the best.

Winter Sports Trials

On Thursday the 22nd of February, 12 Year 5 and Year 6 students will participate in the Richmond Zone Winter Sports Trials. We wish all these students all the best as they represent our school in their selected sport.

Rugby Union

Robbie Grace and Xavier Boyd

Rugby League

Robbie Grace, Xavier Boyd and William Dawson

Soccer (Boys)

Jack De Guisti, Cooper Johnson, Hamish Johnson, Ryan Butler and Oliver Birmingham

Soccer (Girls)

Harper Jasmin, Sophie Maher, Bailey Newton and Matilda Johnston

2024 - Events

Please note that these dates may change due to weather or circumstances that we can not control.

Term One

  • Tuesday the 13th of February - Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival, Alstonville
  • Thursday the 22nd of February - Winter Sports Trials (Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League)
  • Friday the 1st of March - DIO Swimming Carnival, Kempsey
  • Friday the 5th of April - OLHC Cross Country, Riverview Park

Term Two 

  • Tuesday the 7th of May - Richmond Zone Cross Country, Lismore
  • Tuesday the 21st of May - DIO Cross Country, Grafton
  • Friday the 14th of June - OLHC Athletics Carnival, Riverview Park

Term Three

  • Thursday the 1st of August - Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival, Lismore
  • Friday the 16th of August - DIO Athletics Carnival, Lismore/Coffs
  • Friday the 30th of August - Richmond Zone Gala Day

Term Four

  • Monday the 4th of November - Richmond Zone Tennis Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Wednesday the 6th of November - Richmond Zone Cricket Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Thursday the 7th of November - Richmond Zone Touch Football Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Tuesday the 26th of November - DIO Tennis Summer Sports Trials, Lismore (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • Friday the 29th of November - DIO Cricket, Softball, Touch Football and Basketball Summer Sports Trials, Lismore (Years 4 and 5 ONLY)
  • TBC - OLHC Swimming Carnival
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Learning & Teaching

English and Mathematics Years 3-6

Teachers in Years 3-6 have begun to implement the new English and Mathematics Syllabus.  

English

The new English Syllabus Is underpinned by the two processes of understanding text and creating texts. Through speaking, listening and interacting with others, your child will have the opportunity to learn to express their ideas and communicate effectively. They will be able to build on the foundational skills to read and write with increasing fluency. 

Your child will engage with a wide range of quality literature, including: stories, poetry, plays and multimedia, for enjoyment and to learn about themselves, their community and the world. They will also learn to appreciate, reflect on and build knowledge about how language works. This will help them learn to make meaning when reading and viewing texts, and to create texts in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretative, critical and powerful.

Spelling in Years 3-6

We have identified spelling as an area of development across our primary classes. Using spelling screeners, we have grouped students based on their learning needs so that we can ensure we are meeting the needs of all learners. Your child's class teacher will provide more information about this next Tuesday at the Parent Information Night. 

Mathematics

In Mathematics students develop essential numeracy knowledge and skills and develop an understanding of concepts in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Space, Statistics and Probability. Students develop understanding of and fluency in mathematics through exploring and connecting mathematical concepts, choosing and applying mathematical techniques to solve problems to communicate their thinking, and reason.

Year 3 Visualising characters in English

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Year 4 Spelling

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Year 5 Reading fluency and vocabulary work in English

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Year 6 Vocabulary work in English

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Kindergarten drawing their family members and painting family portraits

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Year 1 perfecting their spelling, writing and numeracy skills

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Year 2 are very proud of the excellent writing they produced in English

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Mission News

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Next week we will begin our Lenten journey, marked by Ash Wednesday. Our theme this year is: Serving from the Heart through our Hands. We look forward to some wonderful acts of service during Lent. It is the start of 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. 

During our liturgy, we will receive ashes on our forehead in the shape of a cross. The cross is used to show that a person belongs to Jesus Christ, and it also represents a person's grief and mourning for their sins – the same sins that we believe Jesus Christ gave his life for when he died on the cross.

We invite our families to join us for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 9:30am on Wednesday 14th February.

Project Compassion 2024 

During Lent, we as a school community participate in Project Compassion. There will be further information on how we support this important Lenten fundraiser in the coming week. Last year we had so much fun with our friendly classroom competition - with bake sales, fidget toys, colouring comps and guessing competitions. We also had the opportunity to raise awareness about important issues, and a chance for our community to take part in a social justice action. Everyone who contributes is empowered and able to stand in solidarity, with the communities we serve and those who benefit from our actions!

Each fortnight over Lent, we will highlight Project Compassions beneficiaries from Australia and abroad in our newsletter.

Student Discipleship Opportunities

Throughout the year our Year 4-6 students are offered the opportunity for student discipleship through Diocesan retreat days. Our Year 6 students may attend the Incitare Retreat, Year 5, the Exuro Retreat and all Year 4 students participate in the Accendere Retreat. These retreats allow our students to celebrate their faith and are a chance to bring students together to meet like-minded peers and to celebrate with other young people who practice their faith. 

Our first retreat is coming up on the 27th February and students in Year 6 have been offered the opportunity to apply. We have a number of students who have shown interest in attending the retreat and we look forward to announcing those students and showcasing their day in an upcoming newsletter.


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