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Newsletter 10th December, 2019

The Advent Wreath

THE SECOND CANDLE – THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE

On the second Sunday in Advent two purple candles are lit.
The light burns brighter as Christmas is getting nearer!
The second candle reminds us of the time when Jesus came among us as a baby
and was born in the small town of Bethlehem.
By the light of this wreath, we wait in patience for Jesus the Christ,
who comforts our fears and brings hope to the world.
Come Lord Jesus.
Father, help us to prepare the way for Jesus, Light of the World.

 

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Community Carols Night

It was a wonderful night for our Community Carols last Friday.  Thank you to everyone for coming, the students were fantastic.  Special thanks to Miss Barbera for all her work in preparing the students and organising the logistics for the night.  The smiles on the faces of our students and the audience spoke volumes and brought some Christmas joy to our gathering.  See photos in gallery and save the date for next year!

MJR Morning Tea

I was lucky to be able to have morning tea last Friday with our recently awarded MJR stars. Thank you, Asha, Asha, Amelia and Billie for being such lovely people, selected by your teachers as role models for your peers because of the wonderful qualities you display every day.  Thank you for ‘Making Jesus Real’ to everyone you meet.

Year 6 Farewell Assembly

Yesterday we enjoyed a Farewell Assembly presented by our Year 6 class.  It was an opportunity to thank and farewell our senior students and enjoy having a look at how they have grown and changed over their primary school years.  We will celebrate their Graduation tomorrow night.

Year 5 Nativity Assembly

Our final assembly for the year will be held on Thursday morning at 8.45am, presented by the Year 5 class.  Their Nativity Assembly will be held outside on the lawn near the Nature Play area.  Everyone is welcome.

Thanksgiving Mass

On Friday morning at 9:00am in our school hall, we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving Mass, giving thanks to God for all our learning, growing, fun and friendship throughout 2019.  Please consider joining us. Fr Wayne will celebrate Mass with us.

P & F News

The P&F Christmas raffle is being finalised today and will be drawn at the Year 5 Nativity Assembly on Thursday.  Thank you to our wonderful P&F for all their work supporting this last fundraising activity this year.  I am delighted to report that at the recent AGM, our current Executive Team re-nominated to continue in their roles of President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer for another year.  Thank you Alison O’Rourke, Laura Gibbs, Fiona Torrisi, and Elise Jago.  Thanks to Emma Tyrrell for being the P&F representative on the School Board for the last two years.

School Board Update

Thank you to our School Board members of 2019. At our recent School Board AGM it was announced that Anthony Harris, Angela Brett and Chris Mangano will be retiring from their Board roles, and Emma Tyrrell is finishing her dual role of Board and P&F liaison. Emma has nominated as an ongoing Board Member and we accepted her nomination at the AGM.

Our school board for 2020 will consist of:

Gemma Denton                    Treasurer
Jenelle Commisso                 Secretary
Keith Higham
Briony Page
Lauren Moloney
Kairon Smith
Emma Tyrrell
Angela Hegney      Principal—Ex-Officio member
Fr Wayne Bendotti               Parish Priest—Ex-Officio member

Chairperson will be elected from the group at the first meeting in 2020.

End of Year Celebration/Graduation

Tomorrow evening we will hold our End of Year Awards Night and Graduation for our Year 6 students at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Bunbury. It is a beautiful way to celebrate the journey the Year 6’s have had at OLOL as well as acknowledging very worthy award recipients from each class. The evening starts at 6.00pm.  All students from Years 1-6 are expected to attend, wearing their formal summer uniform.  Students will be seated with their class and teacher.  Please make sure students are seated by 5.45pm, thank you.

Lapping Legends

Last Friday we had our last ‘Lapping Legends’ for the year, and celebrated the top runners for the year.  Sincere thanks to Ellen Barbetti for her vision, planning and organisation throughout the year to make this an extremely successful initiative that brings people together and supports our students to set, strive for and reach goals, while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.  Special thanks to Jolene and Ben Humphrey, Active Discovery, for sponsoring our Lapping Legends program this year.  Students took home certificates with the year total number of laps yesterday.  This can assist in their goal-setting for next year!

Uniform Update

Our students continue to look smart in their school uniform. They show pride and feel a sense of belonging when wearing their uniform.  A reminder that we start 2020 in our formal summer uniform for students in Years 1-6. It is compulsory for all Pre-Primary students to wear the sports uniform.

Our uniform shop volunteers will be opening the uniform shop on Friday 31 January for last minute purchases before the new school year commences. To ease congestion please attend at the following times:

9:00.-.9:30am new families
9:30.-.10:00am surnames A – J
10:00.-.10:30am surnames K – T
10:30.-.11:00am surnames Q – Z

Our Lady of Lourdes School Fee Structure 2020

It is essential for the running and improvement of school facilities and resources, as well as the sharing of responsibility between all families, that we receive payment of fees.  Fees for 2020 have been increased by 6% since last year, as per CEWA recommendations.  School fees are billed annually.  Payment options include a ‘one off’ payment which is payable within 28 days of billing. Alternatively, payments can be scheduled over a 10-month period (February-November), monthly, fortnightly or weekly using the direct debit facility of the Catholic Development Fund (please see the school office for a direct debit form) or Bpay payments.  Other payment options are available by making an appointment with the Principal.  Likewise, if you are having difficulty meeting the full fee amounts please do not hesitate to contact the Principal for a confidential meeting to discuss options and alternatives.

Health Care Card (HCC) discounts are only applicable to tuition fees and amenities fees. All other charges are still required to be paid.

The Amenities Fee covers some of the costs associated with incursions, stationery, some transport and sporting events. Further costs for excursions may need to be charged.  The Amenities Fee does not cover School Camps or Swimming Lessons.

The IT & Building levies allow for the purchasing of ICT hardware and upgrades of infrastructure and licensing as necessary. Student Insurance is also provided by the school for each child attending from Kindergarten to Year 6.  Contact the Office for more information.

A copy of the fee structure for 2020 is attached:

SCHOOL FEES SCHEDULE FOR 2020

Kindergarten First Child
Second Child
Third Child
Fourth Child
Fifth Child
$700.00 per year
$553.00 per year
$420.00 per year
Free
Free
PP – Yr 6  First Child
Second Child
Third Child
Fourth Child
Fifth Child
$1070.00 per year
$  856.00 per year
$  630.00 per year
Free
Free
Amenities PP – Yr6
Kindergarten
$90.00 per child per year
$45.00 per child per year
Building Levy PP – Yr 6
Kindergarten only
$214 per family per year
$140 per family per year
IT Levy Yr 1 – Yr 6 $50
Education Pack Yr 1 – Yr 6 Approximately $25/student
Incursions Kindergarten
PP – Yr 6
$30 per year
$30 per year
In Term Swimming Lessons   $40 per child
Yr 5 Camp   $160 per child
Yr 6 Camp   $450 per child
P&F Levy PP – Yr 6
K
$125.00 per year (per family)
$ 60.00  per year
Diary Kindergarten & PP $8

 

Pre-Kindergarten Afternoon Tea

It has been a wonderful first year for our Pre-Kindy at OLOL.  See attached flyer for information regarding their afternoon tea to be held tomorrow.

An Invitation to Afternoon Tea

Gala Night

Tickets are available to purchase from the office or through CDF Pay.  Don’t forget to get yours before the holidays.

Dates for 2020

Please find attached:

Thank you and best wishes

As the end of the school year approaches I would like to thank everyone for their presence and contribution to our school life this year.  It is through the efforts of so many that we achieve so much.

To our Year 6 students – congratulations on completing your first eight years of schooling. Enjoy high school knowing you have been well prepared.  You are all ready for this next exciting chapter in your lives.

To our families leaving at the end of this year, thank you for the support you have shown the school during your time at OLOL. Best wishes for all your future endeavours.

Once again, we acknowledge and thank our leaving staff, Joanne Leach, Kylie Madaffari, Kirsty Dusci, Brooke Chatfield and Kate Western.  We thank them all for their many years of dedicated service to our school and wish them all the best for their ongoing educational journeys.

I hope you and your families have a lovely Christmas and that our staff and students enjoy their well-deserved break.

School concludes for students on Friday 13 December. Reports will be available to view and download on SEQTA Engage on Friday 13 December.

School commences for 2020 on Monday 3 February.

 

Have a wonderful holiday,
May God bless you and your families,

 

 

Mrs Angela Hegney
Principal

 

CHRISTMAS 2019 – Mass Times:

CHRISTMAS EVE:  Dardanup.

Outdoor Family Mass on the big lawn in front of the Church.

  • Seating provided, or BYO blanket to sit on.
  • Children are especially encouraged to come dressed as Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, etc.

6:00pm Christmas Carol Singing.

6:30pm Christmas Mass

Mass will be followed by a Christmas Party, with tea/coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and low-sugar juice boxes all provided.  Please bring a plate of finger-food to share if you can.

CHRISTMAS DAY:  Boyanup

9:00am Christmas Day Mass.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

With best wishes to all for a blessed, safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful School Holiday period.

With love,
From Fr Wayne

Our Lady of Lourdes

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