Thank you for the unique gifts of every child
as they transition into a new school year
at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Fill each student with fresh enthusiasm
and a heart that is excited to learn and grow.
Shelter them with your enduring love,
give them confidence and equip them
with the ability to persevere through trials.
Bless their teachers with wisdom
as they embark on the journey together.
Dear Parents and Community Members,
Welcome back to the start of the 2020 school year. Hopefully, you all enjoyed a relaxing break with your families. A warm welcome to new families joining our school community. This year we welcome 10 new students: William and Harriet in Pre-primary; Connor in Year 1; Nate in Year 2; Matilda, Teleah and Jackson in Year 3; Penelope and Tahlia in Year 4 and Jessica in Year 6. It is always lovely to see the excitement on the faces of the students as they come to school on their first day for the new school year. A special welcome to our new Kindergarten class of 30 students, some started today and some are starting on Thursday, and 7 Pre-Kindergarten students who start tomorrow, with more joining them when they have their birthdays.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a wonderful school and community due to positive relationships between families and staff working together to support students. I encourage all families, as the first educators of their children, to continue to work in collaboration with teachers to ensure the best outcomes for our students. We welcome new staff members, Mrs Paula Houston – Year 5 classroom teacher (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Helen Rabjones – Year 1 classroom teacher (Thursday and Friday.) We hope you enjoy working and learning with us at OLOL, we are very happy to have you here. Farewell to Mrs Ashworth, who will not be returning this year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
Please take the time to look at the Term Calendar, accompanying this newsletter. Our Feast Day Mass on this Friday 7 February at 9.00am is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together at the commencement of the school year. All are welcome to join us for Mass in the Hall, students from Year 1-6 will be attending and our new student leaders will be presented with their Leadership badges and commissioned as school leaders. Please keep an eye out for information in the school newsletters and make note of important dates as opportunities for further developing the Our Lady of Lourdes community spirit.
The Gala Night and Centenary Celebrations in less than two weeks will provide opportunities for past and present community members to come together and reminisce and celebrate. Please get involved in this special occasion. It’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to celebrate the wonderful history of our school.
Celebrating 100 Years
A Gala Night will be held on Friday 14th February
at Bunbury Catholic College Hall, 7.00-11.00pm.
This will be a cocktail night of canapes and champagne, and lots of catching up.
Tickets are on sale at the school office for $75 per person.
Come and look through the school on Saturday 15th February and view displays and photos through the decades in all the classrooms from 1.00pm.
Some video interviews will be displayed in classrooms
throughout the afternoon.
Re-opening ceremony for the Thomas Little Memorial Hall following restoration will be held at 2.00pm.
Centenary formalities commence at 3.00pm in the School Hall,
featuring our School Choir, several special guests,
concluding with the official blessing and opening
of the Memorial Garden, followed by afternoon tea.
Stroll through the Memorial Garden to view the paving bricks
remembering past and present community members.
Join us for a Thanksgiving Mass under the trees at 5.30pm,
and a Sundowner afterwards to reminisce and share stories.
A Memorial Booklet will be available to purchase for $10.
This is a beautiful memento, with lots of history and photos.
We are requesting assistance from all our families for the catering on the day. If every family could contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. Our P&F are kindly coordinating the catering, and to assist, please complete the attached ‘Form’ (if you have trouble accessing the Form, please call the office to nominate your contribution):
Sacramental Commitment Masses will be held prior to the beginning of the preparation programs for each Sacrament this year.
Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 17 May.
First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 2 August.
First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Friday 23 October.
Our newsletters are published fortnightly on Tuesdays. Newsletters will be published on ‘odd’ weeks each term, Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Newsletters are published online, linked to our website. An email link is sent to families once it is published each fortnight. There is always a link to the newsletter on our school Facebook page.
8.45am Start of school day
10.30-10.50am Morning recess
12.30-1.10pm Lunch (Please note that this time has changed)
3.00pm End of school day for Kindy
3.05pm End of school day for Pre-primary to Year 6
Please note that Assemblies will be on Friday mornings this year.
Staff duty of care for students begins at 8.30am. We request that children do not arrive until 8.30am, unless in exceptional circumstances and with prior arrangement with the Principal. Early arrivals will need to be seated on the benches outside the Assistant Principals’ office until 8.30am.
The first meeting for the School Board will be on Tuesday 25 February at 5.30pm in the Staff Room.
The first P&F Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 February at 9.00am in the Staff Room. Come along and share morning tea at the start of the new school year. All are welcome.
Annual accounts will be sent out in Term 1. This account will be for the year, and the same payment options apply as in previous years.
Health Care Card and Pension Card Holders
Parents with Health Care Cards are reminded that they need to come to the office to upgrade their details on our system. Discounts are available on school fees for Health Care Card and Pension Card holders. We need to take a photocopy of your card for our records and complete a form.
Car Park Safety
Thank you for your patience during the roadworks. Hopefully, works will be completed in the next few weeks. Students should not enter the car park areas without a parent with them. The Old Dardanup Convent car park is designated as staff parking. As soon as the works are finished, we will inform parents that morning ‘Kiss and Drop’ and afternoon ‘In-car pick-up’ will be available again.
Classroom Policy information and Parent Teacher Meetings (Pre-Primary to Year 6)
Over the coming weeks, parents will receive information from their child’s teacher outlining teaching philosophy, classroom policies, routines and expectations. Short class meetings will be held after school, with supervision provided for students. See Term Calendar for dates. Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 8, Thursday 26 March from 12.00-6.30pm
The following days are allocated as sport days for each class:
Year 1: Tuesday and Friday
Year 2: Monday and Friday
Year 3: Tuesday and Friday
Year 4: Wednesday and Friday
Year 5: Tuesday and Friday
Year 6: Tuesday and Friday
Students may wear their sports uniform on these days.
On Friday mornings, students may participate in this program before school. All classes will be wearing sports uniform on Fridays. Lapping Legends will begin as soon as the roadworks are complete and parking is no longer on the school oval.
Annual Updates & Medication/Medical Updates
Please complete family and student annual update forms and return them to the office. It is of great importance that your address, phone, medical information and emergency contacts are accurate and remain up to date. Please remember to inform the office if your details change throughout the year. A reminder to parents that if your child requires medication to be administered during school hours, you need to provide written detailed instructions by completing a medication request form at the school office. Only medication supplied by parents is able to be administered to students.
Please sign and return ALL student update forms, even if there are no changes, by Tuesday 11 February.
Permission to use images of students
From time to time photos of students are used in school newsletters, website, and school managed Facebook page, community publications such as The Dardy Times and local media. Signed consent forms are kept on file in the school office and are consulted prior to publication of images. If anything changes and you no longer consent for your child/children’s images to be used, please notify the office in writing. Remember that our school-managed Facebook page is an opportunity to connect with our community.
Search for ‘Our Lady of Lourdes School’ and like our page.
Student Attendance Monitoring Process
Each morning at 9:00am the attendance register will be checked by classroom teachers and recorded though Seqta. If your child is absent and we have not received either a phone message or written notification as to the reason for the absence we are required to contact a parent or guardian. This contact will be by text message. If we do not receive a response from parents after a text message, a follow-up phone call will be made. A reminder to parents, that we must always receive a written note for every absence on the child’s return to school. If your child is late to school, parents must come to the office and complete a late arrival form, and the parent must deliver their child, along with the note, to the classroom teacher. If you need to collect your child before the end of the school day, please sign them out at the office.
Please note that the first bell at 3.00pm is only for students catching buses and going to in-car pick up. Duty of care for all other students remains with the teachers until the second bell. If you need to collect your child earlier than the end of the day, please sign them out at the office and hand the teacher an early dismissal note.
The students wear their school uniforms with pride and this helps to instil a sense of belonging. The students look very smart in their uniforms. Thank you to parents for making an effort to support the school uniform policy. Also, a reminder that formal shirts need to be tucked in to shorts during the school day. School socks are now a compulsory part of the school uniform for girls to wear every day and for boys and girls to wear with their sports uniform.
Please get involved in the Centenary Celebrations, whether you get a few people together to attend the Gala Night, or bring the whole family on Saturday. It is very special to be part of a school community celebrating 100 years.
Thank you to all the teachers and staff for the hours of preparation that went into making the school year begin so smoothly. Thank you to parents and students for your positive approach to the new school year.
Have a wonderful week.
May God bless you
Mrs Angela Hegney