Term 2 Week 10 Newsletter - 01.07.22
Faith, Excellence, Service
Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate our shared faith, educational excellence and the importance of every student. Catholic Schools offer an educational foundation for living life to the full through the development of the student’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, moral and emotional growth.
We are well served by dedicated priests, principals, teachers and support staff who are determined to provide a high-quality education and to accompany students on their faith and educational journeys.
Catholic Schools Week is a special time in the year when we celebrate and give thanks for Catholic Schools, especially our own school Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School. It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful learning and teaching that takes place each day in every classroom and celebrate together as a Parish School Community.
Mary our Mother, Our Lady Help of Christians, We pray that you watch over our parish school community here in South Lismore.
May we continue to work in the spirit of the Presentation Sisters and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart whose traditions shaped our school.
We pray that you will guide us to make our school a more peaceful place where we treat each other with respect and compassion.
Give us strength to try our best and achieve our goals, to celebrate the talents God has given us.
Help us to follow the example given to us by your Son, Jesus, today and always.
We ask you this through Christ our Lord.
Catholic Schools Week Prayer
On Monday morning, we began an amazing Catholic Schools Week with prayer as a school community. We acknowledged and gave thanks for the exceptional teaching and learning that takes place each day in every classroom. We gave thanks for the gifts of those who work in our school, who create opportunities for students to grow in the care and compassion of others; and for the passion, commitment and sacrifice of our parents and carers, as we work together to continue a culture of community in our school.
We prayed that we never take for granted our community, and that we use our gifts wisely and responsibly as we grow in God’s image.
A huge thank you to Mrs Jeffery and our amazing Year 6 leaders for preparing and leading our prayer first thing on a Monday morning - a great achievement.
Catholic Schools Week Trivia - Winners!
Catholic Schools Week Bingo - Winners!
Catholic Schools Week - Minute to Win It!
Catholic Schools Week Dress Up as a Teacher
Catholic Schools Week Class Artworks
What a Term
“This is impossible”. Said Alice. “Only if you believe it to be so” said the Mad Hatter.
I would like to once again thank our incredible staff, students, parents and guardians, Father Peter and all those involved for your efforts during what can only be described as an extraordinary term. We have achieved, what many would describe as an impossible task, yet together, we have done it. Thank you!
Considering the circumstances, this term has been extremely positive and productive in so many ways. We have settled in to our new temporary home, redesigned our learning spaces, replenished our lost resources, built new classrooms, overcome a number of obstacles and all the way never lost sight of why we do what we do. We are here for our children. We have made pleasing gains in many areas and we will continue to strive to provide the best Catholic learning environment for our students and parish school community.
Students have demonstrated wonderful resilience and have been engaged in many rich and engaging learning opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. This is having a significant impact on their growth both academically and socially. I am extremely proud of our staff and the dedication and love they show to our children. We are continually challenging ourselves to be better and to do whatever it takes for our children to know that they are loved, that they belong and for them to experience success.
To our parents, I thank you for your continued support of your children, our staff and our entire parish school community. You are an extraordinary group and I am extremely grateful for the trust, loyalty and support that you give me as Principal and all our staff as we work together for our children.
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday and I look forward to next term which promises to be exciting and rich in new learning, growing as friends and loving like Jesus.
Term 3 Commences Tuesday 19th July
Term 3 will commence on Tuesday 19th July, Monday 18th is a Pupil Free Day.
On Monday 18th July, all staff will be involved in a professional learning day on the NSW English and Mathematics syllabus. This learning is essential for all teachers prior to the roll of of the new syllabus.
Before and After School Care will be available on Monday 18th July for all families needing this service. Please contact Kate Maclean on email@example.com if you need to book your child/ren in for the day.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Thank you for your patience as we worked to confirm a new date and details for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at Parkview Chapel, Goonellabah on Sunday 7th August 2022. All Stage 2 students took a note home this week. Unfortunately, all notes from earlier in the year were lost in the flood, so if your child is in another grade and would like to receive the Sacrament this year, please contact Mrs Hague and a note will be sent home first week back next term.
Preparation for the Sacrament will be completed at school from Week 1 next term, however all candidates are encouraged and welcome to attend our weekend Parish mass.
Making Jesus Real Awards
Rory S - For being a kind and considerate partner during outide Maths. Thank you Rory.
Ned R - For being a kind and thoughtful person to others around you. Your smile and positive attitude always shines bright.
Hudson R - For always being a kind and caring person to his classmates. Keep shining your light, Hudson!
Nash B - For always offering to help others without being asked. You see a need and do something abouth it. Well done Nash.
Ivy W - For demonstrating her caring nature when helping others in the classroom. You're a super star, Ivy!
Bly B - For consistently going above and beyond to help other students and staff. Well done.
Isaac S - For consistently bringing positivity, kindness and generosity into our classroom. Thank you Isaac!
Marlie H - For standing up for what is right and being respectful to teachers inside and outside of school. I'm really proud of you.
Sienna S - For just being a positive and friendly member of our class. Your smile brightens our day! Thank you!
Tyler H - For always being very helpful and following in Mary Mackillop's footsteps by seeing a need and doing something about it!
Learning & Teaching
Kindergarten - Working hard and having fun during PE and Art
Year 1 - Publishing and Illustrating their Australian Anaimal Information Reports
Year 2 - Learning about how they can share their faith, kindess and joy with others. Busily creating graphs with data that they gathered themselves. Sharing some of the Australian Animal displays created by Year 2.
Year 3 are learning about 2D shapes. This week they made quadrilaterals out of popsticks.
Year 4 are learning about 2D shapes and how to make tesselating patterns.
Year 5 are learning how to solve word problems with a focus on multiplication and division.
Year 6 have been creating artworks and they also zoomed with St Joseph's Primary School in Gayndah to thank them for raising money for us.
OLHC Achievement Awards
Ethan R - For outstanding effort to apply his sound knowledge when reading. You're on a roll now Ethan.
Lachlan C- For showing persistence when trying to apply his sound knowledge to read CVC words. Great work Lachlan.
Theo T - For good focus to blend and segment words during reading groups. Keep it up Theo.
Zephyr L - For developing the self confidence to have a go and write independently. Keep it up Zephyr.
Ned M - For being a confident and independent member of our class, you set a great example for your peers Ned, Well done!
Ramona K - For consistently demonstrating a diligent work ethic and enthusiastically approaching challenges. Well done!
Willow H - For being actively involved in all our learning experiences. Willow always presents her work neatly and colourfully. You are amazing Willow!
Spencer S - For working hard to achieve his reading goal. Keep up the great work, Spencer!
Isla D - For thinking of all the options and challenging yourself when making an array. Well done Isla!
Flic F - For the way you use the 'Bump it Up Wall' to give feedback to your peers. Keep it up Flic!
Brody B - For using the success criteria to improve your information report. Well done Brody!
Anika B - For always being an enthusiastic and self-motivated learner in our class, with a great love of learning. Well done Anika!
Sebby S - For the persistence you showed when finding the total in some challenge arrays. Great effort, Sebby!
Ryder H - For consistently having a positive attitude towards learning. Thank you for always showing your enthusiasm towards learning.
Oscar B - For using a range of devices to persuade your reader. Well done!
Bailey N - For consistently applying herself in all tasks and striving to reach her full potential. Well done Bailey.
Toby H - For an improvement in learning behaviours and taking more care in his work. Your persuasive text on chairs was excellent! Well done Toby.
Cohan D - For showing excellent reasoning during geometry lessons. Impressive knowledgeof two dimensional space. Well done Cohan.
Faith V - For your continued work to do your best in Mathematics. Keep it up!
Annabel T - For your persistent work in Mathematics. Keep it up Annabel!
Noah H - For working hard and having an enthusiastic approach to all maths tasks. Thank you for your contribution to class discussions too.
Ben B - For his focus and enthusiasm towards all tasks. Thank you for being a responsible member of our class.
2022 Athletics Carnival
Well done to all the students that participated in our school's Athletics Carnival on Monday the 20th of June. As a school, we witnessed some of the best racing, team games and relays ever held at our school. The students displayed wonderful school spirit and sportsmanship, and I’m sure their efforts made it an enjoyable spectacle for all the families that came to watch. A big thanks to all those who assisted in the organisation of the day.
Congratulations to MacKillop house who were the House Champions at the Athletics Carnival.
Congratulations to all of our students for their efforts and sportsmanship at our Athletics Carnival. Our 2022 Age Champions are:
8 Years: Harriett Johnston & Hamish Johnson
9 Years: Harper Jasmin & Robbie Grace
10 years: Laini Lynch & Jack DeGiusti
11 Years: Maggie Alyward & Tyler Brown
12 years: Isabella De Giusti & Cooper Williams
Age Champions Presentations
2022 Athletics Achievers
Richmond Zone Athletics
If your child was successful with a first, second or third placement in their age group for the 100m run and/or 200m run, then they are eligible to attend the Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival. The 800m run, 1500m run, Long Jump and Shot Put will see the students that came first or second in their age groups below attend the carnival.
8, 9, 10, 11, 12/13yrs
8-10yrs, 11yrs, 12/13yrs
8-10yrs, 11yrs, 12/13yrs
8-10yrs, 11yrs, 12/13yrs
8-10yrs, 11yrs, 12/13yrs
8-10yrs, 11yrs, 12/13yrs
The Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday the 28th of July. Once again finding a suitable venue has presented some challenges this year. This year the event will be held at Woodlawn. More information will be provided early next term.
Due to limited time and venue availability, the 1500m Run will be held at Hepburn Park on Monday the 25th of July at 4 pm. More information will be provided early next term.
Richmond Zone Gala Day
On Friday 19th of August, our Year 5 and 6 students will be provided with another opportunity to participate in the Richmond Zone Gala Day. This day will allow students the opportunity to participate in sports such as soccer, netball and multi-sports. I’m still awaiting further information regarding this day, but there will be a permission note ready to go early next term.
Netball Gala Day
On Thursday the 4th of August, we will send 3 mixed netball teams to a Netball Gala Day at the Lismore courts. Students that are in Year 5 and 6 have already been nominated to attend this day and they will receive a note early next term. This day is designed for children to step out of their comfort zones, learn some new skills and have lots of fun. Early next term the students will be provided with opportunities throughout the week to practice their netball skills and go over the rules.
Term 3 Dates
Monday the 25th of July - Richmond Zone 1500m Run
Thursday the 28th of July - Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival
Thursday the 4th of August - Netball Gala Day
Friday the 19th of August - Richmond Zone Gala Day
Save the date..... 2022 Book Week Parade