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Recently I have been talking with a former Catholic Education Principal who, in his retirement, has been working to raise education standards in remote villages in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He said that one of the problems he was encountering was that children, some as young as 5 and 6 years of age arrive at their school very tired each morning. When he enquired about the reason he discovered that they had been up from a very early time fetching water from a stream for the daily household needs. Each child was expected to make several trips back and forwards to a stream that could be 200m or more away from their house to fill buckets and tins with water. At the end of the day they would be expected to complete more trips. The water they carried was used for drinking, washing and cleaning each day.
We could assist them by providing the money for a water tank. To allow this to happen we will hold FROZEN FRIDAY on Friday 23 June. On this day students wear their usual school uniform but add beanies, gloves, scarves. We also ask that students bring a GOLD COIN donation which will be collected and sent to Papua New Guinea.
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OLOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
On Thursday, 22 June, our students will travel up the road to the QEII Sports Stadium for our Athletics Carnival. As there is work being undertaken at our usual QSAC next door, we will be using the main athletics stadium for our carnival this year. As many of the younger students go back to school through the day and are not there for the announcement of the Winning Team we will hold an Awards Ceremony beginning as soon as possible after the 8:30 am bell on Friday 23 June. This will be held in the Penola Centre.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 23-29 JULY 2017
The theme for this year's celebrations is: Sharing the Journey The idea of journey as a central theme has been drawn from a number of quotes from Pope Francis as well as a number of biblical references.
We often celebrate Grandparent’s Day during Catholic Education Week. This year we are going to do something a little different. On Thursday 27 July, we will be having an afternoon music concert led by Andrew Chinn. Since 2001, Andrew has regularly toured schools and parishes around Australia, New Zealand and in more recent times, North America. His concerts and workshops are celebrations of faith and fun through singing, actions and a bit of comedy as well. Children are very much encouraged to be active participants, rather than spectators.
On 27 July, children will participate in music workshops with Andrew during the morning. We will have an earlier second break followed by Open Classrooms from 1:10-1:30pm and the Whole School Concert in the Penola Centre 1:50-2:50pm. All parents, grandparents, family and friends are warmly invited to join us for the afternoon.
PARENT PORTAL IS HERE!
Our Parent Portal was released this week. All parents were sent an email with instructions on how to log in. These instructions can also be found on the Skoolbag App under Alerts. We ae encouraging all parents to log in as soon as they can so that they can easily access their children’s report cards which will be uploaded to the portal for next Thursday. Report cards will not be sent home as hard copies.
Once you have logged in, go to Forms and Documents > Parent Info > Free Iceblock and complete the form and print. When your child brings it to the office and has it stamped, they will then be able to go to the tuckshop to receive their FREE Zooper Dooper ice block.
We will be making increasing use of the Parent Portal to provide a range of information to parents in the future. Our school is the first one to use the updated parent portal. As we are a pilot school, there may be some unforeseen issues. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this phase. If you are experiencing difficulties, please refer to the list in the App of things to check under Alerts > It’s Here.
2018 enrolments are being accepted now – please apply here. Enrolment enquiries can be made to Debbie, Enrolments Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Lady of Lourdes
Prep to Year 6
TOURS OF THE SCHOOL
We are a friendly, inclusive environment for boys and girls from Prep to Year 6 where everyone is welcomed, nurtured and encouraged to grow and meet their full potential.
We form part of an active and supportive Parish Community and families are encouraged to be involved. Our Lady of Lourdes Community embraces and celebrates Catholic beliefs, traditions and values.
Tours of the school will be held on Tuesday 18th July at 9am and
Tuesday 29th August at 9am.
The duration is approximately 45 minutes. Please register your attendance by calling the Enrolments Officer, Debbie on 3345 0700 or emailing email@example.com. Please click here to access the Enrolment forms and policy.