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Newsletter 26th November, 2019

Dear Parents and Community Members,

As we near the end of the school year, we prepare to begin the Church season of Advent.

The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath is a Symbol which reminds us of the everlasting love of God and the time of waiting for the coming of Christ into our lives.
The wreath is round reminding us of the never-ending love of God.
The wreath is made from evergreens reminding us of the life that comes from God.
There are four candles, three purple and one pink, representing the four Sundays in Advent.
The colour purple is the liturgical colour for Advent, which symbolizes a time of waiting and the colour pink represents the joy we share in the life of Jesus.
During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the 1st December, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is called the Prophet’s candle to remind us of the prophets, those special people who spoke God’s word to the people and promised that a saviour would come. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming of Jesus.

P&F Christmas Raffle
Tickets will be sent home to families tomorrow.  There are some great prizes, just in time for Christmas.  Thank you for your ongoing support of P&F activities, and thank you to our Executive committee and Year 5 parents for coordinating this raffle.
Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize

Apple Ipad Bundle                                                       Valued at $699
Donated by Jones Welding Solutions & Harvey Norman Bunbury

2nd Prize

Taste of the South West Hamper                            Valued at $300
Donated by Anthony & Diana Licciardello
(Cherries / Marron / Wine / Cheese)

3rd Prize

Big 4 Holiday Voucher                                 Valued at $250
Donated by T&M Heavy Mechanical & Site Services

4th Prize

Christmas Hamper                                                       Valued at $150
Donated by Year 5 Families

5th Prize

Family Voucher Pack                                                   Valued at $75
Donated by Evedon Lakeside Retreat / DBC / Xcape at the Cape


Tickets $5 each

Draw date:                        Thurs 12 Dec 2019


Staff Class Allocations for 2020

As you are already aware, there are some staff changes for next year.  Mrs Joanne Leach and Mrs Kylie Madaffari are leaving OLOL, and so is Mrs Kate Western who has been teaching Year 4 two days each week this year.  Mrs Brooke Chatfield has been working as an Education Assistant for a number of years in various roles and is moving to a full time position at another centre.  Mrs Kirsty Dusci has been assisting in the library on Thursdays for the last 7 years, and will not be returning to our school next year.  We thank all of these staff members for their dedication and service, and their presence and friendship to all of the students, staff and parents at OLOL.  We wish them well for the future.

Our Lady of Lourdes School Staff 2020

Principal: Angela Hegney
Assistant Principals: Jenny Maslin and Luke Vine

PRE-KINDERGARTEN Clare Clark Jennifer Clark
KINDERGARTEN Clare Clark Jennifer Clark
Margaret Ashworth
Renee Boucher
PRE-PRIMARY Abbey Thompson (3 days)
Sarah Sabatino (2 days)
Gillian Brady
YEAR 1 Luke Vine (M, T, W)
Helen Rabjones (Th, F)
YEAR 2 Mona Dykstra (M, T, Th, F)
Jenny Maslin (W)
YEAR 3 Natalie Dillon  
YEAR 4 Cherryl Scott  
YEAR 5 Paula Houston (M, T, W, Th)
Renae Trigwell  (F)
YEAR 6 Hayley Thompson  
MUSIC (K-6) Danni Barbera  
LIBRARY Jenny Maslin Ursula Fitton
ITALIAN Sarah Sabatino  



Jenny Maslin Sonia Stenhouse
Mel Sarre
IT Jenny Maslin, Luke Vine  

Administration: Leanne Depiazzi
                              Clair Panetta

Education Assistant Support for classes is yet to be finalised.


School Board Update

The AGM will be held THIS EVENING, Tuesday 26 November, at 6.00pm.  All are encouraged to attend.  We have had one nomination for the vacancy on our Board.  I appreciate the interest in supporting this very important function of our school and acknowledge and thank all of our Board members for their contribution.


P&F News

My sincere thanks to the hard-working executive this year, they have gone ‘above and beyond’ in support of our school.  Nominations have been received prior to tonight’s AGM for next year’s executive group.  I look forward to working with these dedicated community members again next year.  Come along to the AGM tonight to hear about the wonderful work they have been involved in this year.


Surf Camp

This was a wonderful camp last week, with students challenging themselves and supporting each other.  This camp is part of our MJR program, and the students had an opportunity to appreciate ‘God Moments’ and notice the ‘Spirit of Jesus’ in themselves or others.  The smiles on their faces are priceless!  Thanks to Mrs Leach and her team of helpers, staff and parents.  See photos in the gallery.


Student Leaders for 2020

Student Leadership speeches for Year 5 students seeking support from their peers in achieving leadership positions are being held this week.  Students have prepared speeches outlining their reasons for being Head Boy or Head Girl, Ministry Leader or Environment Leader.  It is important to note that all Year 6 students are considered ‘leaders’, being the senior students in the school, and as such, they are expected to be good role models for the younger students in the school.  Leaders for 2020 will be announced at the End of Year Celebration/Graduation.


Leonardo Day

The Year 6 students are heading to Brunswick on Friday to attend Leonardo Day with a group of other schools from the south-west.  The day has a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and is supported by local high schools, CSIRO, Scitech and other agencies.  Thank you to Miss Thompson and Mrs Heelan for their involvement and organisation.


Parish AGM

Please note that there will be NO Saturday night Mass on Saturday 30 November, as all are encouraged to attend the Parish Feast Day Mass on Sunday 1 December followed by morning tea and the Parish AGM in the school hall straight after Mass.


Community Carols Night and Family Picnic

This is being held on Friday 6 December commencing at 5.30pm.  All students will be participating, singing carols on stage with their classes, followed by a BYO family picnic.  Students need to assemble in the Hall with their teacher at 5.15pm, for roll call and line-up ready for a 5.30pm start.


St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Thank you for the items that have been contributed so far for the hamper appeal to support the needy in our community.  These items will be collected by a representative from Vinnies in the last week of term, so please ensure you have brought your items to school before Monday 9 December.  Your generosity is appreciated.


End of Year Celebration/Graduation

This is being held at St Patrick’s Cathedral` Bunbury 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.  All students from Years 1-6 are expected to attend.


End of Year School Reports

Parents, please note that to enable teachers to keep teaching meaningful lessons covering the curriculum until the end of the school year, reports are not being finalised until Week 9.   Reports will be made available for parents to view and download on Friday 13 December.  Please check your login details now for Seqta Connect and contact the school if you are having difficulty.


Gala Night

This promises to be a night of celebrating and reminiscing. To secure your place, purchase your ticket before the end of the school year.  Please note the Gala Night is on Friday 14 February, the second week back at school next year.  Please organise a group of friends and come along.  It’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ event when you get to be part of a centenary celebration!  See attached flyer for more details.


Busy Bee Thanks

Special thanks to the Oversby, Tyrrell, Minter, Congdon, Samuels, Page, Downton and Berry families along with Leanne Depiazzi, Gill Brady and Jenny Maslin for an amazing effort in the heat last Sunday week to clear the area in preparation for our Memorial Garden to celebrate our centenary. Two hours of hard work, dripping with sweat, a few laughs and we got the job done. Thanks everyone!


“Wear green for the Memorial Garden, for a gold coin donation”

We are about to embark on the creation of our Memorial Garden and would like to invite all students to wear green on Tuesday 3 December for a gold coin donation to support this initiative as part of our centenary.


Faction Fun Day/Last Lapping Legends

The last Faction Fun Day for the year will be on Friday 6 December.  This is also the last ‘Lapping Legends’ for the year and the time will be extended until 9.00am so everyone can run those last few laps to add to their yearly total.  Top 10 runners will be acknowledged.  Special thanks to Ellen Barbetti for coordinating this year, and for all the parents who assist each week.  It is a wonderful way to start the day on a Friday morning, and we appreciate the involvement of all who have helped throughout the year.


End of Year Fun Day

This will be held on Tuesday 10 December for all students.  Parents are invited to come along as well.  Notes went home last week, with additional lunch orders for parents and siblings.  If any parent has any suggestions to contribute to the success of the day, please contact the school eg. face painting, pony rides or other fun activities.


Formal Uniforms for current Pre-primary students

In 2020, Pre-primary students moving into Year 1 will need formal school uniforms in addition to their sports uniform that they currently wear every day.  There are some uniforms in the Pre-primary classroom to try on for sizes.  Uniforms can be ordered through the Uniform Shop or on CDF Pay.


Book lists for 2020

Booklists will be sent home today.  Please follow the instructions on the front page and ensure you order early so your child has all the necessary requirements to begin the new school year.


School Fees

Reminder letters are being sent home.  Please make sure your school fees are paid in full by the end of the school year.

Wishing you a wonderful week.

May God bless you.



Mrs Angela Hegney


Our Lady of Lourdes