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!
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.
On Friday 26th February 2021, Year One and Year Two visited Rouse Hill Farm to explore what life was like for children over a 100 years ago. They stepped back in time and had an opportunity to work on the farm by pumping water from the well, feeding chickens, cleaning the stables and washing and hanging out pantaloons. This was all before starting a hard day of schooling under the direction of Miss Fox the strict school teacher. She showed our students what school life was like and the types of activities students performed. Have a look at some of our wonderful excursion moments below by clicking here:
Week 6 was an exciting week for our Stage 3 students as they embarked on their 3 day Canberra excursion to the nation’s capital. Students had the opportunity to visit many of Canberra’s top tourist attractions such as Questacon, The National Mint, The National Museum and The Australian Institute of Sport. As a support to their learning about Australia becoming a nation, all students visited The Electoral Education centre housed in Old Parliament House and the new Parliament House. Students had the privilege of seeing voting taking place in the House of Representatives as well as seeing our Prime Minister! A highlight of the 3 days was a visit to The Australian War Memorial where students got to view and interact with, displays representing World War I and World War II battle sites. The culminating event for that visit, was the wonderful way our school was represented by our two school leaders, Cassandra Laus and Isaac Ortiz at the wreath laying ceremony. This was a poignant ceremony that our leaders participated in with respect and reverence. To see photos visit our school photo gallery on our website.
Throughout Term Two the students at OLOL have enjoyed participating in the program Dance Fever. Students from Kindergarten to Year Two learnt a number of short dances which they proudly displayed to their parents and friends at their school concert today. On Wednesday 26th June 2019 approximately 90 students from Year Three to Year Six represented Our Lady of Lourdes at the Dance Fever Interschool Competition at Homebush. They performed the formal dances of the FoxTrot and Cha Cha and then participated in the whole school showdance competition where they performed against a number of other schools. All students represented our school with pride and won a number of individual ribbons as well as the Year ThreeTrophy and the Overall School Dance Trophy. It was a very successful and enjoyable night for all. To see more photos go to the gallery on our school website
Stage 2 students from OLOL went to The Big Dig in Week 4 of Term 2. They worked as archaeologists to excavate artefacts from the simulated archaeological dig, then used their investigative skills to discover what life was really like for the convicts and early settlers who lived in The Rocks during the 1800s. Below are a few photos of our experience. Read more...
In Week 1 of Term 2 on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Stage 3, their teachers and some parents travelled to Hill End. The camp served as an entry event for the History and Geography Project Based Learning Unit - “The people that shape a nation”. We visited the Scenic Railway at Echo Point, Little Hartley Court House, the historic township of Hill End and the Jenolan Caves. Along the way we saw evidence of early settlers and heard stories about life in the 1800’s. It was both an interesting and fun trip. See the photos in the Gallery.
On Monday the 11th of March, the school and sports captains travelled to the city by train for the Halogen National Young Leaders’ Day (NYLD). We listened to four famous Australians that had all done something special. These were; Tim Diamond, Tamsin Janu, Cate Campbell and Holly Ferling. The day was hosted by Liv Phyland and DJ Raph. All of the OLOL school leaders received a Halogen Pin. A Halogen Pin represents leadership, and we wear it with pride. Read more...
On Thursday the 21st of February some Stage 3 students attended the 2019 Lifted Live Jr Concert at Penrith Panthers. The students from all over the diocese enjoyed coming together to pray, sing and dance and see Fr. Rob Galea perform and share his story with us. See more...
On Thursday the 28th of June students in Years 3-6 had a very special learning experience in seeing the Japanese drumming group, “Taikoz” perform in the school hall. The students got to see and learn the names of Japanese instruments such as the Taiko drums, the Chappa cymbals and the Shinobue flute. The students also got to join in with actions and movement to the performances. Some lucky students got to have a turn playing the instruments as well. It was a wonderful experience for the students and teachers and a great way to finish our Music learning this term.