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Newsletter 28th May, 2019

Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.

We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history
and the sufferings of Our peoples,
and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures

Our hope is in you because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your Son.

Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better
future for our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land. Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.

May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group 13 March 1997 Brisbane, Qld).

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for this year is ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’.  Classes will be completing activities this week.

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First Holy Communion

This was a very special occasion for the Year 4 students and their families last Sunday week.  We pray that after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time these students will continue to develop their faith.  Thank you to the Year 3 parents who assisted with setting up for coffee and cake and cleaning up afterwards.  See photos in ‘School Events’.

Centenary Celebrations

Next year we celebrate 100 years of Catholic Education at Our Lady of Lourdes School.  Flyers were sent home to families last week with details and dates.  Special bricks can be purchased to be included in the Memorial garden, to be blessed and opened during the celebrations on Saturday 15 February next year.

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AFL Football Clinics

A reminder that the AFL football clinics for all students in PP to Year 6 will continue tomorrow, Wednesday 29 May.  This week is the last of the four sessions.   We are grateful to Sporting Schools for the grant we received to hold these skills sessions.

Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival will be held next Friday 7 June in Donnybrook.  Our Year 4, 5 and 6 students will be playing soccer, netball and football against teams from St Mary’s Donnybrook and St Michael’s Brunswick.  Parents are welcome to come along.  Notes were sent home last week asking for volunteers to assist with coaching and umpiring.

School Photos

School photos this year will be held in Week 9, Thursday 27 June. Individual student ‘shoot key’ details and ordering information will be sent home today. Please note that students from Years 1-6 will be wearing the formal uniform for photos, including school jumpers or vests. Pre-Primary students need to be in full compulsory early childhood uniform. We request Kindergarten students who have the school polo shirt wear this also. Please make sure your child wears the correct uniform and brings their jumper to school on photo day.

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P&F Disco

Tickets are available at the office or through CDF Pay for this popular event coming up on Friday 14 June.  See attached flyer for more details.

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School Board

The next Board meeting is Tuesday 18 June.


The next P&F meeting is next Tuesday 4 June at 6.30pm in the staff room.  At the last meeting, the P&F committed funds towards the installation of two interactive projection systems for our Year 1 and Year 3 classrooms.  Everyone is welcome to come along and participate in decision making regarding P&F projects.


I am happy to be able to report that we did not experience technical difficulties during the recent NAPLAN online assessments, unlike many schools.  Well done to our Year 3 and Year 5 students for their calm approach to this formal testing over the past fortnight.   I thank our parents for your support in ensuring a realistic approach to this testing which is considered just another part of the curriculum.  We will let you know when the results are made available.

Supporting Spelling at Home Parent Meeting

It was a very informative night last Wednesday.  Thank you to Mr Vine for presenting information about our school spelling program and how parents can support students at home, and thank you to the parents who were able to attend.  Next term, there will be a parent meeting about supporting literacy development at home.

STEM Challenge

It’s on again!  This year, the challenge is to build a pasta car.  See the attached flyer for more details, or speak with Mrs Heelan.

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Funeral catering

What a wonderful example of community support in action with the food that was brought to school and the people who assisted with transport and serving of the food on the day of Kent Johnston’s funeral.  Thank you to everyone who was able to assist.  There are several plastic containers left behind.  Please check at the office if these are yours.

Kindy 2020

Interviews are almost complete for our Kindy 2020 class and letters of offer will be sent to parents this week.  Interviews will be held for Pre-Kindy 2020 in Term 3.

Office Assistant

Mrs Melissa Sarre has been appointed as a replacement for Mrs Clair Panetta when she leaves to have her baby at the end of the week.  We wish Clair, Simon, Jax and Lyra well for the safe arrival of their precious new family member.

Welcome to the world!

Congratulations to the Humble family on the safe arrival of their baby, Tom, a little brother for Max.  We look forward to meeting him.


It has been a terrible fortnight for sick students.  I am pleased to report that we are seeing a drop in the number of students who are absent, and hope that this means many students are feeling better.  Thank you to parents for ensuring that students are recovered and well before returning to school.

Public Holiday

A reminder that Monday 3 June is a public holiday.


Have a wonderful week

May God bless you



Mrs Angela Hegney


Our Lady of Lourdes