Term 3 Week 8 Newsletter - 09.09.2022
Last Sunday, we celebrated and gave thanks to God for the special gift of our fathers. We pray for fathers who are living, remember fathers who have died and are grateful for special men and women in our lives who have been like fathers to us. We celebrate the love of fathers on Father’s Day and are mindful that Jesus had such great love for God, whom he called Father.
We pray that all dads, grandfathers and father figures will feel the love and gratitude for all they give us.
A Prayer for Fathers
God, bless all the fathers of the world.
Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children.
Help them to be a father like You are.
Give them grace, strength, wisdom and love
to be teachers and guides
for the young who look up to them.
"Grief is the price we pay for love"
We are saddened at the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We join together in remembering her lifetime of tireless service and commitment to her faith. Her Majesty was also a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Our Condolences and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
Congratulations to Miss Jansen on the succussful completion of her accreditation to achieve Proficiency. Elke has been working towards this accreditation for the past 18months and is now no longer considered a graduate teacher. Well done on this outstanding acheievement Elke. The smiles on the faces of the young people in your class, remind us all why we are so blessed in our vocation as teachers.
Regular attendance at school for every student is essential. Student non-attendance at school places the student’s learning, social and emotional growth at risk. Thank you to our parents for the support and value you place on your child being at school each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities.
Schools in partnerships with families are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students and for ensuring that non-attendance is addressed effectively. While families are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children, the school, as part of our duty of care, is required to record and monitor part and whole day absences. The school has legal obligations to follow up with the family and legal departments when non-attendance becomes and continues to be a concern.
We understand that this year has brought with it many challenges (natural disasters and an increase in sickness COVID infections) however regular attendance at school is still a legal requirement. We have a significant number of students whose attendance this term is well below the acceptable level.
We ask that if your child is absent or going to be absent that you please notify the school either by email, phone call or responding to the text message that is sent by Schoolworx. An explanation does not approve the absence; it simply alerts the school of the nature of the absence.
Thank you to those involved in my recent Principal appraisal. This is a process carried out by the Catholic Schools Office in the fifth year of a Principal’s contract. I appreciate the feedback and support provided and the whole process proved to be a valuable learning experience.
As Principal of OLHC, I am truly blessed to work with such a dedicated team of professionals who are prepared to do whatever it takes to support our children and families. The support we recieve from families is incredible and we are building a strong culture of improvement with an emphasis on student and staff wellbeing.
Father's Day Afternoon
A huge thank you to all our wonderful fathers, grandfathers, uncles and important people who came to school and celebrated Father’s Day with us last Friday. It was a very special afternoon and a fantastic turn out!
In our liturgy, we thanked God for the love we receive from those men in our lives who are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and those who are like fathers to us. We asked for God’s blessings on all our fathers, that he gives them strength and courage, tenderness and gentleness, so that they may reflect the love God also has for us.
Thank you to our leaders who as always, read beautifully and confidently shared their faith with our community!
A reminder that our Sacramental program (Confirmation and First Holy Communion) will resume once our church building is reopened. As soon as we have a date, we will confirm our plans as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience, the wait will definitely be worth it!
A note will go home on Monday for all Year 5 students interested in attending the Diocesan Student Discipleship event - Exuro on Tuesday 18th October 2022. Please see information in the flyer above.
Making Jesus Real Awards
Grayson G - For showing the Face of Jesus to others through attending to their needs and ensuring they are included. Thank you for bringing joy to those around you Grayson.
Jacob P - For being a kind and thoughtful person to others around you. Your smile and positive attitude always shines bright.
Willow H - For always being a helpful class member in year 1. Thank you, Willow!
Xander T - For showing initiative and helping out around the classroom without being asked. You are a super star, Xander!
Mason B - For always showing the face of Jesus in our classroom, through your kindness and smile.
Harper S - For always showing the face of Jesus in our classroom with your kindness towards others. Thank you for your positivity!
Holly W - For consistently being a kind and caring classmate who displays christan values. You are a pleasure to have in year 4 Holly.
Kobi P - For taking the time out of your play to help younger students solve a problem. Thank you!
Rose S - For the smile you show us everyday when you enter our classroom. Keep filling our bucket Rose!
Harvey P - For his kind, caring and respectful nature towards his classmates and teachers. You are a pleasure to teach!
Learning & Teaching
This week Kinder and Year 6 made 3D monster shapes and Kinder read their books to Year 6.
Year 1 are learning about traditional games in History and learnt to play marbles and hopscotch
Year 2 are learning about mapping, inlcuding using Google maps and created Zoetropes for History.
Year 3 participated in a Zoom with a farmer this week to learn about sustainability and also made beeswax candles in Science.
Year 4 are building their vocabulary and writing skills through shared writing and feedback.
Year 5 are learning facts about planetary orbits and features in Science
OLHC Achievement Awards
Darcy C - For his responsible attitude to learning. Darcy you are kicking goals through your consistent focus. Kep up the great work.
Cooper Q - For being such a super 'Secret' detective. They can't escape you Cooper. keep up the great work.
Vera H - For outstanding focus and achievement in reading. You are on fire Vera, Keep it up.
Raife M -For his commitment to always do his best when reading and writing. I Love how you push yourself Raife. Keep it up.
Frankie D - For composing fantastic fractured fairy tales, you have created great writing pieced for your readers. Well done Frankie!
Jack C - For your dedication towards all your mathematical learning and looking for ways to extend your learning. Great work Jack!
Curtis S - For writing a great fractured fairy tale about the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Well done Curtis!
Nikki Q - For working hard on her decoding and blending during reading. Keep up the great work Nikki!
Piper N-M - For your fantastic ideas and creativity in writing your Fairy Tale. Amazing effort Piper.
Klaire R - For a fantastic explanation of spelling strategies and trying to use them in writing. Well done Klaire.
Alby S - For a fantastic explanation of addition strategies and using a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.
Harriett J - For always giving 100% in absolutely all learning tasks. You're a super star Harriett!
Braith F - For the determination you show when completing Maths Rich Tasks. You should be really proud of yourself!
Dominic R - For creativity and enthusiasm in our science lessons. Keep on working hard, Dom!
Ryan B - For your positive attitude towards your learning. I am proud of the enthusiasm and dedication you have shown this week. Well done Ryan!
Malachias C - For using paragraphs and sub-headings to organise information when informing the reader. Excellent work Malachias!
Toby H - For showing persistence and working hard to produce quality pieces of art.
Marlie H - For working hard in all key learning areas and displaying a positive attitude to learning.
Paige J - For your increased participation in class discussions and activities. It is wonderful to see Paige, keep up the great work!
Harrison N - For your valued contributions to class activities and discussions. Keep putting your hand up Harrison, it is great to see!
Cooper S - For his improved enthusuastic approach towards his learning tasks. Keep up the great effort.
Amarli G - For her excellent work ethic and pride she takes in the presentation of her work - Thank you for the effort you put into all tasks.
Kalan A - For his contributions to class discussions and always ensuring he uses complete sentences in his verbal and written work.
Polding Cricket Trials
On Friday the 26th of August, Cooper Williams and Reid Simes traveled to Tamworth to participate in the Polding Cricket Trials. Both the boys displayed great skills and sportsmanship on this day. Congratulations to Cooper Williams who was selected for the Polding Cricket team, he will now attend the NSWPSSA State carnival in October. We wish you all the best Cooper, as you perform at this next level.
Local Business Sponsors
Next term the school will begin the process of organising new school sports uniforms for netball, soccer and rugby union/league. If you own a local business and would be interested in sponsoring this please send me an email - email@example.com.
Thursday the 15th of September - Stage 3 NRL Gala Day, Casino
Term 4 - Events
Week 1 to 5 - Gymnastics Program
Wednesday the 16th November - Newcastle Permanent Primary School Gala Day
Wednesday the 7th of December - Competitive Swimming Event (More information to come next term)