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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is a dynamic learning environment that seeks to cater to all students. We have a range of programs that are in place to support our students at various stages in their school life.

The following are some of our programs.


Transition to Kindergarten

At Our Lady of Lourdes, we aim to ensure that each child’s transition from the home/preschool environment to the primary school setting is as smooth as possible. This program supports children who are beginning school. Children identified as requiring support during the interview process are visited in their preschool.

Information is sought from all stakeholders to ensure entry to the school is successful for all. Following acceptance of enrolment, children and parents attend an orientation morning in November. In February, children begin in small groups and are not placed in class groups until the third week of school. During these three weeks, children are observed and assessed academically, socially and behaviourally.


Transition to the Playground

One of the major differences between the early childhood setting and the school setting is the size and nature of the playground. At Our Lady of Lourdes we have recognised this and set up a playground transition program designed to assist children to feel comfortable with the school playground equipment.

During the first two weeks of school the Kindergarten children play on a separate playground to the whole school population. A number of older children act as buddies to facilitate the children’s play and some playground equipment, such as balls, are provided for the children to play with. At the end of the two-week period the Kindergarten children then move to the big playground. Within this larger playground a Kindergarten play area is established with a variety of pieces of play equipment and toys provided for the children. Once again, a number of older children are rostered on to assist the children to play with the equipment. The Kindergarten children have a choice to play in this smaller area or join the older children on the larger playground. In this way the transition is gradual and at the child’s own pace.

This play area is gradually phased out by the end of Term One, although sand toys, a cubby house and other outdoor toys are made available to the children year round. These toys provide children with choices in their play environment. This program has been found to be successful in bridging the gap between the early childhood playground and the much larger school playground environment.


Transition to High School

A two-year program is in place to support children who will be commencing High School. In Years 5 and 6 (Stage 3), children are grouped in various groupings – Homerooms; Religion; Mathematics; English; Integrated Studies; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts and electives. This exposes the children to a variety of teachers and skills them in accepting responsibility for their own learning and teaching, and following timetables.


Student Leadership 

Our leadership program is designed to build leadership skills in students. We have a leadership team of eight students from Year 6. These student leaders are responsible for leading a team of Year 6 students on their focus area, which could include a religious, multimedia, learning, library, promotion, environment, sport, or hospitality dimension. The student leaders meet formally each fortnight with the Principal and Assistant Principal to discuss their work and and any possible suggestions or issues arising. 

We also have eight Sports leaders who are elected by their peers at the beginning of each year. Their role is to support their colour house and provide support to teachers in organising sporting equipment and events.

Students from Year 3 to Year 5 have the opportunity to be a part of our school’s Student Representative Council. The Student Representative Council meets fortnightly with the student leaders and the Principal. All of our student leaders are elected by their classmates and have a prominent role to play in our school life.


Social Justice

We encourage our students to become involved in meaningful ways that can help others. We focus on local and global issues. We support our local community through making hampers and blankets for our local St Vincent De Paul Society. We also visit our local preschools and nursing homes to connect and celebrate with both our younger and older community members. On a global level, we raise funds for missionaries through Project Compassion each year. We have developed connections with The Galilee School in Kenya and have raised funds to support this school in building classrooms for their students.


Innovative Academic Programs

Our teachers strive to achieve excellence in student learning. A way that we have been able to achieve this is through the development of Integrated Learning Programs that focus on ‘Big Ideas’. The Big Ideas allow children to develop skills and understandings about the world we live in, while covering NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) mandated outcomes. There is a strong emphasis on thinking skills and applying various thinking strategies to our learning. Teachers incorporate these same strategies to our Mathematics curriculum and have also developed key ‘Big Ideas’ in Mathematics.


Learning Support

The learning support model used at Our Lady of Lourdes allows children to be targeted across many areas of learning – not just reading and writing. This means we are catering more to the whole child and the learning support team has the opportunity to experience and work with the strengths of the child as well as catering for their academic needs. A learning support teacher is allocated to work with a particular Stage group. This teacher provides in-class support and assists the class teacher to modify their programs to suit the needs of individual learners. The model allows for greater flexibility and the establishment of focus groups allowing for individual tuition.


Technology

At Our Lady of Lourdes, information and communication technologies are used to enhance and support the learning of all of our children. In all classes, the children have access to a variety of forms of up-to-date technology. The technology provides children with tools that enable them to express their learning in a variety of ways, some of these include creating movies, podcasts, powerpoint presentations, graphics and many more. Some of the children’s work can be found on this website. 

The teachers make use of an online learning tool called Classm8. This is a password-protected secure internet space which our children have access to. Classm8 allows teachers to produce a webpage that gives the children access to specific websites and collaborative activities. Classm8 provides us with an opportunity to work collaboratively with not only students in our school but student across the diocese and across the country.


Facilities

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is located on the same site as our Parish Church. Our school environment is a quiet, safe and completely enclosed environment with open play areas, including a large grassed area. We have modern, open plan classrooms and learning spaces, which are light-filled and furnished with ergonomic student furniture. All of our learning spaces are air-conditioned for an optimum learning environment. Our school is well-resourced with current learning technologies, including banks of laptops, digital cameras, data projectors and digital microscopes to name a few. We also have an outstanding hall facility, which is shared with our Parish community. There is ample off-street parking, which ensures the safe drop off and pick up of our students.

 

 
   
  
 

Learning in Action

Wakakirri State Final
The students at OLOL represented our school with pride at the Performance Awards night for the NSW Sydney Region. The students performed beautifully and although didn't get nominated for Story of the Year, did extremely well.
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21/09/2017
Book Week Assembly 2017
OLOL Celebrated Book week with a fantastic Costume Parade assembly and class activities. It was a fun day bringing stories to life!
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21/09/2017
Wakakirri
On Tuesday the 22nd of August 88 of our students performed at Parramatta Riverside Theatre in the Wakakirri Story Dance Competition. The students represented our school with pride and did an incredible job, winning awards for Best Costume, Hair and Make-up. Well done!
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24/08/2017
Infants Dance Fever Concert
On Wednesday the 28th of June Infants classes celebrated their dance fever skills with their parents. It was such a fun afternoon of dancing!
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24/08/2017
Over 50's Concert
On Thursday the 10th of August as part of our Week of Service for Mary MacKillop, our annual over 50's concert was held in the school hall. It was a lovely celebration for the community.
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24/08/2017
Principal's Morning Tea
This was a special celebration to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of these children for Semester 1 2017.
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24/08/2017
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