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Newsletter 27th October, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members,

World Teachers’ Day

Internationally, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October.  However, as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates on the last Friday in October of each year.  World Teachers’ Day celebrates the work of teachers, acknowledging the important contribution they make to the community.  The day allows students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for teachers and the positive impact they make on society.  Particularly in this challenging year, I am extremely proud of our teachers and staff for the way they adapted to the needs of our students during the uncertainty earlier in the year.

I would like to acknowledge and celebrate our educators at OLOL.  Teaching, or working with students, is a difficult job.  It is challenging, tiring, energising, surprising and no day is ever the same.  It is fun, but most of all, it is so rewarding.  Thank you to our staff for their dedication, which is valued and appreciated.  If you get a chance, please thank a teacher this week!  Special thanks to our P&F Executive who prepared a beautiful morning tea for our teachers last Friday.


Faction Sports Carnival
Our faction carnival was a wonderful example of community engagement, great sportsmanship and participation from all of our students.  Thanks to all who helped out on the day, we couldn’t have had such a successful carnival without you!  Congratulations to the champion and runner-up boy and girl from each year level, please see results below.  Congratulations to the winning faction, Thomas.

Year 1 Girls Sadie Moloney Isobel McDonald
Year 1 Boys Fletcher Tyrrell Blake Humphrey
Year 2 Girls Sophie Maiolo Anya Johnston
Year 2 Boys Jack Reynolds Joseph Gibbs
Year 3 Girls Sophie Casagrande Teleah Edwards
Year 3 Boys Levi Richards Tallon Minter
Year 4 Girls Tahlia Meeres Katelyn Tillbrook
Year 4 Boys Lucas Brett Christian Goyder
Year 5 Girls Charlotte Brookes Cassidy Rose
Year 5 Boys Blake Ecclestone Lachlan Humphrey
Year 6 Girls Jessica Sampey Isla Bolton
Year 6 Boys Riley O’Rourke Corey Gibbs


Grandparents’ Day

It was very nice to be able to celebrate ‘grandparents’ with an Assembly and morning tea last Friday.

They play an important role in the lives of our children.  We were overwhelmed with the number of Grandparents who came to listen to our choir and enjoy morning tea in the sunshine.  Please see photos in the gallery.


School Board Update

The School Board met last week.  Notes went home last Friday with information regarding our annual School Community Meeting to be held on Tuesday 24 November at 6.00pm.  We are seeking several nominations for new Board Members for 2021.  Please consider if this is something you would like to do.  Nominations forms were attached to the letter that went home last Friday.

The next Board meeting is on Tuesday 17 November at 5.30pm.


P&F News

The next P&F meeting is TONIGHT!  Please come along to be part of decision making about P&F projects for the year.  You will have noticed recently that our dedicated P&F Executive have facilitated several events that enhance our community: providing for morning tea and lunch at our Sports Carnival, arranging for our Kindy parents to bring and serve morning tea for Grandparents Day, and treating our teachers to a special morning tea to celebrate World Teachers Day.  Many parents contributed to ensure the success of these events and activities, and we sincerely thank all who contributed.  Our current P&F Executive are coming to the end of their term, so we are looking for more people to take over the reins.  If this is something that you are interested in, please consider it.  Talk to a current Exec member or come and have a chat with me to see what is involved.


Book Fair

The Book Fair is on!  It started yesterday and books are available to purchase until next Tuesday in the Library, 8.20-9.00am and 2.45-3.15pm (closed on Interschool Sports Carnival Day on Friday 30 October).  A reminder that you are welcome to bring along people from outside the school to have a look – the more books sold the more the school benefits.


Kindy Café

We welcomed our second group of Kindy students to their introduction to our school through their participation in Kindy Café sessions this week.


On Thursday 29 October we will be raising money for Catholic Missions Australia by participating in ‘Socktober’.  Students may wear a crazy/funny/silly/colourful pair of socks with their sports uniform for a gold coin donation.

Interschool Sports Carnival

This is coming up on Friday 30 October at the Hay Park Athletics Track.  Please note that for the Interschool Carnival:
Columba (Blue) and Kaya (Gold) will be OLOL Blue.
Thomas (Red) and Finnegan (Green) will be OLOL White.
If your child is in OLOL white, please can they wear a PLAIN white t-shirt (without writing or logo).  An example of where to purchase a plain white t-shirt is ‘Best and Less’, ‘Target’ or ‘K-Mart’ for about $6.  Students in OLOL Blue just wear the normal school sports shirt (NOT the blue Columba shirt).  Subway order forms were sent home last week.  Parents have been informed if their child needs to arrive at the athletics track early. We will be seeking some parent help as well, for setting up and packing up.  If you have a spare 30 minutes, you may like to volunteer to help out with morning tea.  Please let the office know if you can help out.

The expected finish time is between 2.00-2.15pm.  If you are collecting your child from the Hay Park Athletics Track, please make sure you are there to collect them at that time.  Students may go home with their parents at the conclusion of the presentations.  Those not going home with parents will return to school on the bus for normal school buses and collection.


VacSwim 2020-21
Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons.  With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as 5 years old.  There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at:


School Fees
Please note that school fees are now overdue.  Please follow up with payment as soon as possible.


Enrol Now
We have some places available for 2021 in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Year 1, 2,4, 5 and 6.  Please spread the word if you know of other families who are interested in coming to our lovely school.


Pupil Free Day

Please note that next Monday 2 November is a pupil free day.  Enjoy an extra day off to recharge in the middle of the term!


First Reconciliation

This will be celebrated with our Year 3 students on Wednesday 4 November.  Please continue to pray for our students as they prepare for this Sacrament.


Swimming Lessons

Please make sure you return your swimming forms.  Swimming lessons for Years 1-6 will be held in Weeks 5 and 6.


Early Childhood Playground After School

Over the last few weeks, many parents and students are remaining after school to have a play in the Early Childhood playground.  Please note that teachers are not on duty in that area after school, so supervision of students is the responsibility of the parents.  It is a concern when many older students are also playing in this area, which is more suited for younger students, and when our younger students are playing in ways that are not necessarily following the safety rules that we enforce during the day.  For example, students are climbing on top of equipment such as the tunnel, and monkey bars, and are swinging off tree branches.  The rough use of the water pump is a concern when students are not properly supervised and yesterday the mud kitchen was jumped on and broken.  We understand the importance of catching up with each other after school, and the development of parent and family relationships is really important, but so is the safety of all of our students. 


Wishing you a wonderful week.

May God bless you



Mrs Angela Hegney


From Mr Vine 

Wow, this term is flying by so quickly!  We have been super busy already, but it has been so good having the place back to ‘normal’ for the start of a term!  It has definitely been an interesting year!

Mathematics – Have Sum Fun

Last weekend, a team of 6 students participated in the Have Sum Fun Mathematics competition run by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia hosted at Bunbury Catholic College.  This is the first time we have entered a team into this competition, and all involved should be very proud of their efforts on the day. Our team came 6th which was a great effort for our first time participating. This event is part of our school’s extension program and students were invited to participate based on a recognised strength in Mathematics.

Here is a question that was part of the competition.  Have a go and see if you can work it out. (I’ll hide the answer lower down!)


Looking out of my window at Rottnest, I saw nine people ride past.  Some were on tricycles and the others on bicycles.  My twelve-year-old daughter told me that there were 23 wheels in the group.  How many were tricycles?

BeYou and Mental Health Education 

Recently as a school we have been looking at creating a school wise wellbeing program.  The first step in this has been working with the organisation BeYou to audit the work we are currently doing in educating our students about mental health and their own wellbeing.  Currently, we run three different programs across the year, each with their own purpose.  These are the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum, Friendly Schools Program, and the Aussie Optimism program.

Over the course of the rest of this term we would like to conduct some surveys on both the students and the families in our communities, looking into their understanding of mental health and what support we as a school need to provide to better support the wellbeing of our students and their families.  For students to be involved in these surveys, we will need to get signed consent from parents.  Further information will be sent home before the survey is completed so that you are completely informed about what we are doing as a school.  If you have any questions or want to offer any assistance or ideas, please come and see me.


Have a brilliant week!

Mr Vine

P.S. The answer is: 5 tricycles

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