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Newsletter 12th November, 2019

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Serenity Prayer 

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next


Interschool Sports Carnival

Last Friday we joined with St Mary’s Donnybrook and St Michael’s Brunswick for the Interschool Athletics Carnival. The day was filled with a wonderful sense of spirit and our students displayed great sportsmanship, participation and talent throughout the day. It was a joy to see all students being part of the day.  Special thanks to our P&F for coordinating morning tea and Subway lunches for all three schools.  It was another outstanding effort and added to the success of the day.  See photos in the gallery.  Congratulations to the champion boys and girls on the day.  From OLOL:

Year Champion Runner-up
1 Anya Johnston Kyah Smith

Jack Reynolds

2 = Bridie Humphrey = Sophie Casagrande
3 Mitchell O’Rourke = Lucas Brett
4 Mac Barbetti
5 Lauren Bayliss Riley O’Rourke
6 Louella McDonald Nate Barbetti


Centenary Celebrations

This is getting closer and we would like most preparations completed before the end of this school year.  We are still looking for a Gala Night coordinating committee.  The venue and caterers are booked, invitations sent and tickets are ready to go.  The committee would need to arrange logistics for the event and setting up on the day.  Please get a group together and purchase your tickets from the office, or via CDF Pay.
Filming of interviews of past community members has begun.  If you would like to share a memory or a story, the next filming day is Sunday 17 November.  Please call the office and we can schedule a time for you to pop in to have your memories recorded.
Creation of the Memorial Garden is due to commence soon, pavers have been ordered.  We need the area cleared so work can commence.  See ‘Busy Bee’ information.



Please come along from 10am this Sunday 17 November to help prepare the area out the front of the school for the creation of our Memorial Garden.  Paving bricks need to be removed, and garden beds taken up.  We are desperate for helpers as the timeline is getting tight for us to start on this memorial space in order for it to be ready for our centenary celebrations in February next year.  It is a relatively small area, see photo.

So far, we only have five people who have let us know they can help.

Please RSVP to the office by Friday 15 November.  Thank you.


Annual School Community Meeting (School Board and P&F)

The Annual School Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 November at 6.00pm, all are encouraged to attend.  Nominations for Board and P&F Executive positions close on Monday 18 November.  Please see the office for a form if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else.  This is a wonderful way to be involved in school life, supporting the education of your children.


School Board

The next Board meeting is Tuesday 19 November at 5.30pm.



Our very active P&F are holding one final fund raising activity for the year, our Christmas Raffle.  We are still seeking donations for prizes for this raffle.  A project to be discussed at the next meeting (next Tuesday 19 November at 8.45am) is the replacement of some of our shade tents used for sports carnivals and other events.  Each year, the P&F contributes towards the cost of our Year 6 adventure camp and Year 5 surf camp, reducing the cost to parents.  The assistance given through P&F activities is a huge support to our school.


Community Carols night and Family Picnic

On Friday 6 December, we will be having a Community Carols night under the trees near the nature play area, followed by a BYO picnic tea.
Carols will commence at 5.30pm.  Students will need to assemble with their teachers at 5.15pm in the hall.
Each class from Kindy to Year 6 will be gathering on stage to sing a Christmas carol, then following the carols, families are invited to have a picnic tea on the grass.  Tea and coffee will be provided for the adults, please bring your own dinner and drinks.  Pre-Kindy students are invited to sing with the Kindy and Pre-Primary students.

Simple costume requirements are as follows:


Pre Kindy


Pre Primary

Red, green or white Christmas T-shirt or plain red, green or white T-shirt

Sports Uniform (navy shorts) and sports shoes

Red Santa Hat

Year 1

Year 2

Red, green or white Christmas T-shirt or plain red, green or white T-shirt

Sports uniform shorts and sports shoes

Reindeer Ears

Year 3

Year 4

Red, green or white Christmas T-shirt or plain red, green or white T-shirt

Sports uniform shorts and sports shoes

Red Santa Hats & Sunnies

Year 5

Year 6

Red, green or white Christmas T-shirt or plain red, green or white T-shirt

Sports uniform shorts and sports shoes

Any other Christmas accessories


Booklist for 2020

Booklists for 2020 will be sent home shortly. You may either choose to complete your order online or return the list to school by Friday 6 December.


Book Fair

Thank you to everyone for supporting the 2019 Book Fair.  It was a huge success and this has enabled us to order 159 new books for the library.  The books are currently being covered and will be on the library shelves in the few next weeks. Look out for the Book Fair sticker inside the front cover to know which books have come from our Book Fair success. Thank you, once again, to our P&F coordinator and helpers.



Last Thursday, 7 Year 3 students celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.   At the conclusion, we cut the cake and shared morning tea outside the Church.  To give thanks for reception of this Sacrament, Year 3’s are invited to attend the Pre-primary Family Mass on Sunday 17 November at 9.00am.  Certificates will be presented after Mass.


Kindy 2020 Orientation Meeting

We welcome our Kindy 2020 parents and students on Monday 25 November for an orientation meeting at 9.00am in the hall.  Supervision will be provided for next year’s Kindy students in the Kindy room during the meeting.  The duration of the meeting should be about an hour.  We look forward to welcoming families, old and new, as they begin their OLOL journey with their child.


End of Year Celebration/Graduation

This is being held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 11 December at 6.00pm.  A Graduation Liturgy will be followed by our end of year awards presentations and acknowledgement of our graduating Year 6 students.  Supper will follow for Year 6 families.


Year 5 Surf Camp

Our Year 5 students will be down south next week at their Surf Camp, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November.  This is part of our MJR program, noticing ‘God Moments’, the wonder and beauty of God’s creation and our experiences interacting with our environment and challenging ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones.  Parents are all welcome to come along to our Surf Camp, even if it is for one Surf Lesson, for dinner, to stay the night, or just come for a sausage sizzle lunch at Margaret River on Friday after the second Surf Lesson.


Swimming Lessons

This week and next week students from Years 1-6 have swimming lessons every day.  Sports uniform may be worn every day during this fortnight.  Please make sure all items of clothing are labelled.


Staff movement

After 17 years, Mrs Kylie Madaffari will be leaving OLOL at the end of this year to further her educational career.  We wish her well for her future and thank her for her service to our school and community.



Mrs Angela Hegney


School Events

  • Term 4 Planner
  • Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop
  • Year 5/6 Mass
  • First Reconciliation
  • Interschool Sports Carnival
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