On Monday the 7th of June we had our annual School Athletics Carnival at CV Kelly Park in Girraween. All of the children from Kindergarten to Year 6 had a fantastic day competing in running races, field events and other fun activities during the Tabloid. Thank you to all of the parents who came to support the children and cheer them on throughout the day. A special mention to all of the parent volunteers who assisted on the day as timekeepers, starters and age managers. Without the parent volunteers we would not be able to run the day as successfully as we did. All age Championship trophies, sportsmanship awards and ribbons will be awarded to students within the next few weeks. Stay Tuned!
Last Monday we celebrated a farewell for Mrs Cividin at a special assembly. The teachers and students all wrote and decorated a story for her which we created into a book for her to keep always. A very special celebration for a very special person. ☺️We will miss you Mrs. Cividin! Thank you for all you have done for us. Best wishes for your retirement. 😊
Thank you to all the families and community members who celebrated the whole school family mass and farewell to our Assistant Principal Mrs Cividin, last Sunday 16th May. We are very grateful for your support. Below are a few photos of the mass and student work samples that were displayed in the hall for you to view. The teachers and students worked very hard to ensure all students had a work sample up to share with you.
Pentecost was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest. In Palestine, there were two harvests each year - during the months of May and June. There were several festivals, celebrations, or observances that took place before Pentecost. These were The Passover, the festival of the Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Firstfruits. According to the Old Testament, you would go to the day of the celebration of Firstfruits, and beginning with that day, you would count off 50 days. The fiftieth day would be the Day of Pentecost. Therefore, Firstfruits is the beginning of the barley harvest and Pentecost the celebration of the beginning of the wheat harvest. The staff and students at Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Pentecost with a liturgy on Friday 21st May in the school hall. This event was live streamed for the parents at our school. Click here to view a few photos of the celebration:
Since 2018, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has partnered with The Learning Bar on the annual Tell Them From Me (TTFM) online surveys for students, teachers, and parents and carers. Read more...
In Week 1 of Term 2 the Stage 3 students along with Ms Byrnes, Mrs Ferguson, Miss Muddle, Ms Critchlow, Mr Owen, Miss Datson and Mrs Willemse traveled to Bathurst for 3 days of fun and learning. On Day 1 We visited Little Hartley then drove on Mount Panorma to Bathurst Goldfields. There we had an Aboriginal talk and learnt to throw a boomerang. We also re-enacted in costumes Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson’s journey to discover this area. In the afternoon we played some drama games and after dinner enjoyed trivia and more games. On Day 2 we traveled to Hill End and had an amazing tour of the town and learnt so much about the rich history. Then we did some gold panning and found flecks of gold!! After that we traveled to History Hill to enjoy a sausage sizzle lunch and a tour of the museum. There were many incredible artefacts from the gold rush. Including a piece of the largest gold nugget specimen in the world- "The Beyers and Holtermann Nugget". We even walked through a mine shaft and climbed 7 ladders to get to the top. We had an amazing bus ride on the Mount Panorama Race track too! We enjoyed a talent quest that night and a dance off. Many laughs and good times. On Day 3 we explored the education Centre at Bathurst Goldfields where we stayed and took part in the program of life on the Goldfields. We made damper, made mud bricks, played olden games, explored a cottage, schoolhouse, Chinese temple and museum. We got to see how Blacksmiths made tools and the systems in place on the goldfields. Very impressive! We learnt so much and were excited to come home after one big group photo at the top of Mount Panorama. We love Bathurst!
In coming months, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will complete a comprehensive three-year school Energy Efficiency program that is tipped to reduce carbon emissions by 2,442 tonnes each year. Read more...
Truth-telling was the focus when Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta representatives were Welcomed to Dharug Country during Reconciliation Week. The powerful event held on the site of the Blacktown Native Institute in Oakhurst will have a lasting impact as Catholic schools in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains put Reconciliation into action in 2021. Read more...
On Monday the 26th of April, year 3 and year 4 went on an excursion to The Rocks in the city. We got there by two buses, and we got to drive over the Harbour Bridge. When we got there we first dressed up as the captain, free settlers, convicts and soldiers.Then year 3 and year 4 got split into three groups. We got shown a police station and a cafe but in 1788 it was a hospital. We heard ghost stories about Susan and Old Man Jeff. There were lots of old houses and new houses. We discovered that, when convicts came, they built houses and wrote their initials on the sandstones. We had our lunch in front of the harbour. After that we had the olympics and a trivia game mixed together! After that we drew an amazing drawing of the harbour in the past and the present. We really enjoyed it, and learned lots more facts for our history unit.
The students at OLOL got a very nice surprise when they came back to school last week after the holidays. Our Playground was further upgraded for the children. New playground markings have been installed in some of the larger hard surface cement areas of the playground. We hope the students all enjoy this colourful addition to our wonderful playground space! We also say thank you to our Parent Group who recently purchased four new shade structures. Each shade structure has the school emblem. There is one shade structure in each House colour. These will be fantastic for our upcoming athletics carnival and other school events!