Pour out your Spirit, Lord,
upon our school
in this our centenary year.
With gratitude we call to mind your blessings in the past.
With confidence we commend into your hands the possibilities of tomorrow
and of today we pray that we may live with humility and joy.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.
Dear Parents and Community Members,
It is with gratitude and pride that I write about the weekend celebrations marking the centenary of our wonderful school. The beautiful Gala Night, with the Hall transformed by Dianna Licciardello, Angela Brett and Candice Humble, started the celebrations in a fitting way, with many gathering to enjoy a relaxed evening. Classrooms were open on Saturday with displays through the decades and video interviews of past students and families playing on the screens. The Memorial Garden was officially blessed and opened during the formal ceremony, which was led by our student leaders, featured our school choir and addresses by several special guests including Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director, Catholic Education WA. Afternoon tea was served, there was a timeline to view, photos on display and a Commemorative Booklet available. A Thanksgiving Mass was held under the trees and a Sundowner followed until late into the evening, with lots more catching up and sharing of stories. If you get a chance, have a wander through the Memorial Garden and have a look at the names on the bricks. Thank you to our amazing staff team, who worked so hard behind the scenes to mark this special occasion, and worked tirelessly over the weekend. Thank you to the Year 6 students and the choir for your presence and contribution. Thank you to Brian Quaife and Nick Coenen for their work in preparing our grounds. I am so proud of our school and community and all who assisted. There were hundreds of visitors and there was a great atmosphere. It seems that historically, ‘community’ is the common thread and that is evident today in the way people pull together to support each other. Congratulations to everyone who has been part of OLOL over the last 100 years.
Thanks to our sponsors for supporting our Centenary Celebrations, including:
- David and Peter Depiazzi
- Murray Harris – Tyrepower
- Living Spring Waters
- School families
Please see photos in the Gallery.
The first School Board meeting for 2020 will be held next Tuesday 25 February at 5.30pm in the school staff room.
Our first meeting was held this morning, combined with morning tea. It was lovely to see a few new faces. An event planner will be coming home shortly for people to indicate where they would like to assist this year. It is an expectation that every family assists in at least one area, or for one event, each year.
We are offering a workshop to support parents with tips and techniques to use when it is difficult for your child to separate from you when they come to school.
Abbey Piggott will cover tips for managing stress and the mental & emotional wellbeing of your child as they begin the school year. Abbey has over a decade in teaching experience in Health and PE, after further study she now runs her own business specialising in the management of stress for children and teenagers.
She will cover the psychology behind separation anxiety and ways to offer support and simple strategies that can be incorporated in everyday life.
The session will be held in the Thomas Little Hall on Tuesday 3 March commencing at 9.15am. Morning tea will be provided, and younger children are welcome to come with their parents. The workshop will go for about an hour. Cost $10 per family, cash only at the office, please.
Please RSVP and pay at the school office.
Over the course of this term, we will have a focus on our school value of ‘Courage’ to raise awareness, learn about what is important to us as a school, and have a common language. This will be the focus of our MJR Assembly in Week 8.
If you have a child who will be Kindergarten age in 2021 and you have not already completed an enrolment form, please come to the office and collect one as soon as possible. The list for 2021 is already starting to fill and it is important that we are aware of siblings of current students who wish to attend Kindergarten at OLOL next year.
Uniform orders will now be filled on Friday’s by our parent volunteers. This will align with our school assemblies that are also now on Fridays. Our uniform shop preference will be cashless from the start of Term 2. Please sign up for CDFpay for future orders. A link can be accessed on our school website: www.ololdard.wa.edu.au
Fee statements will be coming home this week. To receive the early payment discount, please pay by 30 March.
Special thanks to the Bowman family for their support of our end of year fun day, in organising and paying for the hire of this fabulous inflatable slide, which added to the enjoyment of all students as we celebrated the end of the school year.
As you are aware, roadworks are continuing on Ferguson Road. Morning ‘Kiss and Drop’ is now open again. Please make sure your child gets out of the car in front of the Old Dardanup Convent and walks along the path into school, and not through the staff car park. Afternoon ‘In-car pick-up’ is available again. Buses will continue to drop-off and pick-up students opposite the Church at least for the rest of this week. More curbing needs to be done this week and traffic islands created, and then paving alongside the bus bays. Hopefully buses will be back to the bus bay area some time next week. Thank you for your patience, and thank you for always being mindful of the safety of all of our students.
Have a wonderful week.
May God bless you
Mrs Angela Hegney