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. Amen
(Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group 13 March 1997 Brisbane, Qld).
Dear Parents and Community Members,
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.
Reconciliation is a journey of friendship. One that needs to be grounded in truth and action.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 (#NRW2020) is, In This Together. In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, this theme is more relevant than ever. 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.
Classes will be completing activities this week.
Thank you to all our parents and grandparents for your patience in the front school car park while we are not able to have parents come into the school. We seemed to have things working well, and now have roadworks to contend with, which are causing traffic delays. Thank you for remembering to remain in your car, and to pull up in two lanes as close as possible to the school gate.
Centenary Brick Orders
Did you miss out on getting your family name on a paving brick in our Memorial Garden when we celebrated our centenary in February? We will be sending another order through soon. If you would like to order a brick, please click on the attached link to print an order form, or see the office staff. Orders need to be in by this Friday 29 May.
The Winter Carnival due to be held next Friday 29 May in Donnybrook has been cancelled.
School photos this year will be held in Week 10, Tuesday 30 June. Photo envelopes will be sent home soon. Please note that students from Years 1-6 will be wearing formal uniform for photos, including school jumpers or vests. Please make sure your child wears the correct uniform and brings their jumper to school on photo day.
The Disco will be postponed until a date when parents are able to be in the school. Stay tuned for more details.
The next Board meeting is Tuesday 16th June at 5.30pm.
The next P&F meeting is on Tuesday 2 June at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and participate in decision-making regarding P&F projects. This will be our first meeting for a while, and we would like to make some decisions regarding the allocation of P&F funds. To do this, we need a key number of parents to be present.
Interviews will commence shortly for our Kindy class 2021. Interviews will be held for Pre-Kindy 2021 in Term 3. Please spread the word if you know of anyone who is interested in exploring enrolment at our school.
Students in Years 1-6 are expected to wear the correct school uniform. The purpose of a school uniform is to:
- Promote pride and loyalty in the school
- Remove competition in dress
- Develop neat grooming habits
- Instil a sense of belonging.
Uniforms can be ordered using CDF Pay (click on the link on our website).
Should a student be out of uniform, a note should be sent to school stating the reason why. The situation should then be rectified as soon as possible. If a student consistently wears incorrect uniform a Uniform Note will be sent home to remind you of the correct uniform.
All items are available from the school uniform shop and all items are to be bought from the school to ensure uniformity of colour and style.
Please note that sports shoes should be predominantly white, navy or black, without fluoro laces. Sports jackets are only worn with sports uniforms. Sports uniform is to be worn only on the class allocated sports days.
Devices/Phones at School
For safety and security reasons, if a student has a device or phone at school, please direct them to leave their device at the school office for safekeeping during the day, to be collected by the student in the afternoon.
If your child is having a birthday at the moment, and you would like to send in a treat for them to share with their friends, please could you send items that are individually wrapped (eg Freddo Frog or similar).
Faction Fun Day
The Faction Fun Day for this term will be held on Friday 12 June. Students may wear their faction shirts with their sports uniform on this day, to build team spirit. Year 6 students will arrange fun activities during lunchtime and pizza orders will be available for lunch. Please order using CDF Pay, the link is on our website, or click here: https://ololdard.cdfpay.org.au/MonitorOnline/app/#/login
If students are unwell, they need to stay home. Thank you to parents for ensuring that students are recovered and well before returning to school.
Please find attached some parent information from CEWA regarding supporting your child’s wellbeing during COVID-19 and self-care for parents during COVID-19.
A reminder that Monday 1 June is a public holiday.
Have a wonderful week.
May God bless you
Mrs Angela Hegney