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Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Students, Welcome back to OLSH for the second half of the year. I began this newsletter sharing the details of our end of term 2 events, but I’m sure every adult would be feeling the sadness of the events in Nice last week. To think that so many children will not be returning to school to learn, to be with their friends and enjoy their childhood is unthinkable. We can only pray for our French friends and neighbours in the community and ask Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to support families globally in their time of loss and sadness. We certainly completed the first semester well, with the last week including an outstanding band performance, Claymation for Year 4, a multicultural feast for Year 1, parent teacher meetings with attendance ranging from 61 to 91 per cent, with an average of 77%, and the top 5 students in each class with the most PBL gotchas also received an reward. To complete the week the Annual Talent show was such a highlight, so beautifully co-ordinated by Ms Katralis, working with the class teachers and the talented students to present such a variety of items from solo artists on various instruments, singers, dancers, gymnasts, drama, and of course having such popular judges attending made it even better. Congratulations to all the year 6 students who worked back stage, to our two comperes, Luca and Saoirse, what an outstanding job, and to all the students who voted for the winners – a really hard task. St. Genesius is the patron saint of actors. Prayer for Actors Dear Genesius, according to a very ancient story, when you were still a pagan, you once ridiculed Christ while acting on the stage. But, like Saul on the road to Damascus, you were floored by Christ's powerful grace. You rose bearing witness to Jesus and died a great martyr's death. Intercede for your fellow actors before God that they may faithfully and honestly perform their roles and so help others to understand their role in life and thus enabling them to attain their end in heaven. Amen. From Ms Katralis. At the end of last term we held our annual OLSH's Got Talent competition hosted by the amazing Luca Cogan and Saoirse Early. We had 23 acts compete and show off their amazing talents. For the first time the audience (the students) got the opportunity to select the winners in both the K-2 and 3- 6 categories. Our overall winners were: The Galea's (Flynn and Zoe Galea) K- 2 Category: 1st place: The Year 1 Super Group (Tyler May, Harrison May, Isabella Tabuena and Dominic Dametto). Highly Commended: Sofia Saurine 3-6 Category: 1st place: The Wild Ones (Emily Smith, Camilla Byrne, Leila Maxfield, Alessandra Dametto, Amelia Towner and Stephanie Messiter). Highly Commended: Little Party (Phoebe Bernardo, Amy Cutten, Laura Rapisardi, Sarah Sassine, Caitlin Young, Sophia Laing and Emma McDonald). Congratulations to all who participated for their hard work and dedication. You should all be very proud of what you achieved. It was a fantastic show! A big thank you to the backstage helpers who made the show run so smoothly Olivia Fenech, Alice Norbury, Billy Durham, Malia Dymock, Matthew Ottaviano and Matthew Babbage. We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next year.
Mrs Colleen Dickings is on leave for weeks 1-4. We welcome Miss Joanna Mutwicka in her place. Miss Mutwicka is well known by staff and students. Congratulations to the Howard family on the arrival of Archie Howard, born Wednesday 13th July. Big sister Ella (5S) and big brother Ethan (1G) are very excited and proud.
Focus for term 3 2016. The term ahead will be as exciting and busy as ever. Here is a list of events to mark on your calendars. Religious education Class masses and liturgies. First Holy Communion – parent meeting – note change of date from week 2 to week 4 – Tuesday 9th August due to Father Peter attending World Youth Day. First Holy Communion - student and parent retreat and 3 sacramental celebrations. Principal/Pastor/REC and FE day.- 16th August Family masses – cake stalls for Years 3, 2 Special feast days - Mary MacKillop – 8th August; The Assumption – 15th August. Special events Visit by Dr Dan White – Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools on 3 rd August – week 3. Life Education lessons – weeks 1-2. WHS Audit Annual Census Regional Athletics trials at Homebush – Friday 5th August. Book Week activities – week 6 - Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August – Randwick Library visits – Monday 22nd August Parade - Wednesday 24th August Performance - Thursday 25th August Fair - Friday 26th August Father’s Day breakfast, liturgy and stall. Debating – Years 5 & 6 weeks 4 -7 Tuesday evenings. Interschool sport – Year 5 – Weeks 2-6 P & F function – Olympics Trivia – 6th. This is a fun night, not a fund raising event. An Olympics sports feast for students to be arranged. Showcase assemblies for Years 3, 2, Kindergarten – note error in diary should be Year 3 not Year 1. Excursions Year 5 - Mary MacKillop Place. Year 1 - Centennial Park. Year 3 - National Park Year 4 - Royal National Park Kindergarten – Places we know. Local area. Staff Professional development. Naplan results are expected in September followed by analysis by all teachers. Continuation of the Quality Literacy Teaching program, working with our cluster coach Ms Maria Havryliv. The focus will be on learning walks, peer observations and feedback and team consultation for future development. Staff Development Day – History and Geography – Week 7 Monday 29th August. Professional development in Kids Matter to continue. Term 4 SDD on Student and Staff Wellbeing booked for week 1 day 1 with Dr Debra Mainwaring-Maji. So I don’t think we’ll be bored at all this term. God bless Natius McAdam Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers, Welcome back to Term 3 at OLSH. I hope you all had a calm and relaxing break with your family. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a short yet fruitful time with my family back home in Hong Kong, whom I haven’t seen for almost 3 years. I attended Sunday mass and witnessed how parents’ faith has great influences on a child’s faith journey. In Hong Kong, children do not receive their blessing with their parents during the Communion Rite. Rather they line up outside the church, wait for their turn after all parishioners have received their communion. The anticipation I saw in each child’s eyes was the longing to receive the Lord as part of the faith family which was one that their parents are part of. The great joy that each child had after receiving their blessing was beyond words. Each would have a smile from ear to ear as they hopped back with joy to their parents, displaying their happiness from within. Without parents constant modelling and practising of their faith, I doubt these children would be this excited about receiving a blessing - a touch, from a priest during mass once a week. This shows how important our faith is to our next generation. This term, there will be 2 initiatives: Grade SPaR SPaR will be offered to all students and parents as a Grade SPaR. Content will link closely to each grade’s Religion unit. SPaR will be held either on Mondays or Fridays,. Morning sessions will commence after assembly (9:15 - 9:45am) whilst afternoon sessions will be the hour before school finishes (2:15 - 2: 45pm). Morning tea will be provided for morning SPaR sessions (9:45 - 10:15am). An invitation, in Google form, will be sent out via newsletter a week prior each grade’s designated SPaR time. It is greatly appreciated if RSVP can be filled in as soon as possible so I can cater for numbers. Please refer to the below document for Grade SPaR timetable of each grade. Liturgical Choir Group The role of a choir and/or instruments act as an offering to God of first fruits of time and talents. It is a ministry to the congregation to provide appropriate music for prayer, reflection and meditation. It is offered not as mere entertainment or performances, rather it is a form of prayer while hopefully can move others to pray as well. Students of Year 3 - 6 and parents of all grades, who are interested in being part of this liturgical choir can anticipate to be leading the OLSH community in singing praises to God at Family Masses, Whole school liturgies and mass in Term 3. Interested parents, caregivers and students can contact me via email. I look forward to working with you all this term and welcome back once again. Regards and God Bless, Loretta Lam Family Educator [email protected]
Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19) Term 3 Grade SPaR Timetable
Monday 1 August
9:15 - 9:45am
Called to be Saints
Year 2* Year 6
Friday 12 August Friday 12 August
9:15 - 9:45am 2.15-2.45pm
Saints Mary: Faithful Disciple
Monday 15 August
Love One Another
Friday 26 August
Monday 29 August
God is with us
Monday 5 September 9.15-9.45am
*Followed by Morning tea from 9.45am - 10.15am
One with God’s creation
Be Responsible School-Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning
Be a Learner
This week we are focusing on beginning the term in a positive way. We will be thinking of ways we can all be learners and be safe, respectful and responsible. We will especially be looking at what we learn in our Life Education sessions this week. Topics for different classes include hygiene, healthy food, exercise, what our body needs, positive relationships, being safe on the internet, medicines, drugs, alcohol and making the right decisions. Each class could make a PBL poster and include all the things they learn with Healthy Harold under the headings of Be Safe, Be a Learner, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. We hope everyone has a really positive start to term 3. Congratulations to Aloshy Jose for receiving a Silver Award! Congratulations to April Stodart, Natalia Campos Pascal and Shi-Le Shields for receiving a Bronze Award! Your award will be presented at the Friday assembly and your photo will go on the PBL Wall of Fame. Well done!
AWARDS: Celebrating Student Achievement You are most welcome to attend the award presentations on Friday at 8.45am assembly. KG KS 1G 1S 2G 2S 3G 3S 4G 4S 5G 5S 6G 6S
Ashleigh Benischke, William Chen, Ava Daniel and Hamish Leonard Charlotte Choo, Orlaith Collins, Aiden Meagher and Jacob Pegorer Ethan Howard, Thomas Herden and Jade McInness Jenson Appel, Gabriel Zalloua and Zara Kieran Ruby O’Brien, Zara Storrier and Ivy Reynolds Lauren Sheehan, Emily Byrne and Max Hudson Luca Byrne and Tyra Dymock Marley Chamoun and Finn Cannons Rhys Tantiongco, Sienna Wallington and Ashlin Jose Rory Anderson. Connor Boyd and Sophie Hudson Sienna Fernandez, Lola Scevity-Atton and Kurt Yee Isaac Moran, Antonia Mazzone and Monica Figueroa Elyssa Chaaya, Guy Hammerschimdt, Jonathon Cusack and Rebecca Makata Ruby Spies, James Maguire and Eliza Cantarella
Principal Award: Luca Cogin, Saoirse Early and Aiden Meagher
SPEECH AND DRAMA 3RD TERM 7 WEEKS GRADES 3-6 ONLY All Speech and Drama classes commence on Monday, 25th July until 5th September 2016 . There are some vacancies in Group Drama classes for Grades 3-6. These classes are held in the Music Room every Monday from 3.10 – 4.10 . In these classes students learn presentation skills, poetry, mime and thinking on their feet through many varied drama games. For more information, please contact Sheila on 0404 961 358.
OLSH Choir News We are preparing for our next performance which will be held at a special choir assembly on Wednesday 3rd August (week 3) at 8.45am. All rehearsals will continue as usual this term - Wednesday mornings for yr 1-2 and Thursday mornings for Yr 3-6. Our Senior Vocal group (yr 5 & 6) will also have an extra rehearsal at 8.30am on Friday mornings for the next 2 weeks. OLSH Band News Congratulations to our Junior and Senior bands for their outstanding performance at the end of last term. We are straight back into both lessons and rehearsals this week, so don't forget your instrument and music! Senior Band player of the week: Joey Welling for playing a perfect trumpet solo in "Skyfall" at our performance. Junior Band player of the week: Namika Chambiras for beautiful phrasing and excellent flute tone at the end of term 2.
Term 3 Sports Topics Kindergarten – Soccer and Tee-Ball Year 1 – Soccer and Basketball Year 2 – Touch Football and La-Crosse Junior Year 3 – Ultimate Frisbee and Basketball Year 4 – Oztag/NFL and AFL Year 5 – Soccer and Basketball Year 6 – Netball/European Handball and La-Crosse/Hockey Students selected for the Regional Athletics Carnival are reminded to return their permission form as soon as possible. The carnival is taking place on Friday 5th August, Week 3. If any selected student wishes to practice their event, this can take place before school with Mr Kennedy. Year 5 students at the start of this term will be involved in an interschool sports program on Thursday afternoons outside of school. This program will take place with Catholic Schools in the Eastern Suburbs. The Year 5 boys will be participating in a NRL/Touch competition run by NRL representatives and Year 5 Girls will be participating in a Touch competition run by NSW Touch. Morning Fitness and Recreation will start up again for Term 3 and will take place before school from 8.20am-8.40am. Students will go through a variety of skills and fitness activities associated with different sports. Regards, James Kennedy PDHPE Coordinator / Sports Coordinator
FROM THE STUDENTS Year 1 celebrated our wonderful, different cultures and those we learned about in Term 2, at a Multicultural Feast! Our families kindly provided amazing, delicious food from around the world and a wonderful time was had by all. Thank you to the generous, talented Year 1 parents! Gracias, Merci, Terima Kasih, Xie Xie, Danke, Hvala, Grazie and thank you!
Aiden Meagher Jessica Tshamala Noah Anderson Fynn Gilligan Olivia Wooden
Kai McDermott Antonia Baranowski James Lee Charlotte Summers Lucas Walker
From the P and F Family Mass and Year 3 Cake Stall Family Mass and the Year 3 Cake Stall will be held on Sunday 31st July. Please contact Sonya Potter (0413232085 or [email protected]
) or Eileen Trinca (0404079740 or [email protected]
) if you can help at the cake stall between 8am-12 midday. Cake boxes will be distributed to the Year 3 students next Friday 29 th July. The next P and F meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd August. We have arranged a guest speaker - Joanne Orlando is a researcher from the Centre for Educational Research at University of Western Sydney and will speak to us on Parenting with Technology - why children use technology in the ways they do, and strategies that work to achieve balance so that uses of technology help children to learn and play in ways relevant today, but that also foster well-being and a positive family life. Her aim is to build confidence in parenting with technology. The challenges and associated strategies she will discuss are from her research with families, so they are very much ground up and in tune with what families are dealing with. The P and F meeting will be held from 7pm-7.30pm then Joanne will speak from 7.30pm-8.30pm. Entry is free, with an optional donation to the P and F to cover costs. See attached flyer. The P and F are planning a fun Olympic Games Trivia Night for parents in the OLSH Sacred Heart Centre (School Hall) on Sat 6th August starting at 7pm. Organise your table of 10 people or we can arrange a table for you. Email Liz Argent ([email protected]
) if you are planning to come along. Each table (team) will represent a different country, so please advise if you have a preference for your country or we will allocate you one. If you have any prizes you can donate, please let Liz Argent know and drop these in the office labelled ―Olympic Trivia Night’’. See flyer attached to the newsletter for more details.
Sienna Diaz (KS) Matilda Bean (1G) Amelia Maher (1G) Sophie Dawson (2G) Lachlan Young (2G) Hamish Baldock (3G) Mia Cliffe (3G) Francesca Coorey (3G) Isila Pang (3G) Jack Benischke (3S) Rhys Tantiongco (4G) Ella Tough (4G) Amelia Willimott (4G) Kurt Yee (5G) Isaac Moran (5S) OLSH Primary now has 212 students that have completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. So wonderful to see! Keep reading and logging your books on Premier’s Reading Challenge. If you are having any trouble doing this, see Mrs Milne in the Library at second lunch Monday to Thursday. Remember: The more you read, the more you read. Mrs Milne & Ms Hogan
KINDY MUM'S DINNER When: FRIDAY 29 JULY at 7:30pm Where: Lebanon & Beyond, Lebanese Restaurant, 187 Alison Rd, Randwick Cost: $ 40pp which includes a 4 course Banquet, corkage and tip. There is a vegetarian option available. BYO: Wine / Beer RSVP: Please RSVP to Gen - [email protected]
or 0413699661, before 25 July Look forward to seeing you there! From the Kindy Class Parents
Drop Off Volunteer Needed. I am still looking for a volunteer to help out on Monday mornings, 8.15 - 8.45. Anyone at all able to help out? Please contact Maureen on 0438223945 or email [email protected]
Attachments Please note that in keeping with the OLSH Environmental standards all attachments can be found on our website under parent information (no password required). Only permission notes will be distributed as a hard copy. * Life Education
* P&F Guest Speaker
* P&F Trivia Night
* Chess Flyer