On Friday the 26th of March, we held our annual cross country carnival at OLOL. A big Congratulations to every student who participated in the cross country event.There was a fantastic display of team spirit, sportsmanship and determination amongst all the students throughout the day. All students should be very proud of their efforts. A very special thank you to both the student helpers from Nagle college as well as the parents who volunteered their time to help on the day. Without your support and assistance we would not have been able to run such a successful carnival for the students. We would like to also congratulate the students who have qualified to compete at the Diocesan cross country carnival next term. We wish all the students who are competing the best of luck. See photos from our gallery here:
Thank you to everyone who supported us with our Project Compassion Caritas K’s fundraising day this year. The children had so much fun participating in the events. Every day, thousands of women and children around the world need to cover many kilometres to fetch water, obtain food, get to school or market, or simply to survive and the children at OLOL all had a go at trying to do the same on Friday 19th March. This social justice event was aimed at inspiring you all to "be more" for the poorest in our world and I believe this was successful. This year, we have raised the most this school has ever raised. We raised just over $6750.75 ! This money will be sent to Caritas Australia to help those in need. Congratulations to all the children, parents and sponsors for supporting our school and Caritas Australia. Here are some photos of the day.
In our celebrations on Friday March 12, we reflected on the blessings and challenges of our own school community during our liturgy at 9:15am in the school hall. We then had a school gallery walk where the students and teachers get a chance to see what other classes are learning about. Staff then read a book to another class and shared some reflective activities with them. We finished the afternoon with an iceblock! We enjoyed celebrating together the good news of Catholic education. To see photos of the day visit our gallery.
On Friday 26th February 2021, Year One and Year Two visited Rouse Hill Farm to explore what life was like for children over a 100 years ago. They stepped back in time and had an opportunity to work on the farm by pumping water from the well, feeding chickens, cleaning the stables and washing and hanging out pantaloons. This was all before starting a hard day of schooling under the direction of Miss Fox the strict school teacher. She showed our students what school life was like and the types of activities students performed. Have a look at some of our wonderful excursion moments below by clicking here:
In late February, Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) hosted their regular LIFTED sessions online, featuring music, prayer, reflection and action for primary school students, Year 12 leaders, young adults and Faith in Action Team (FIAT) teachers across the Diocese of Parramatta. FIAT teachers work together to offer additional opportunities for faith formation to students within their school community. Read more...
This year 661 students from Catholic schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains stepped up to take the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge! In total, 4185 books were read as part of the competition: over 1000 more books than last year! Today the winners were announced. Read more...
In Creative Arts lessons this term Kindergarten and Year 1 are learning about Drama and storytelling. Years 2-6 are exploring the Makey-Makey. The Makey-Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material you can control the keyboard of your computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse. It allows all students to be creative, inventive, and imaginative. The Makey-Makey is an easy and fun way to learn about science and coding in a creative way. The students in Years 3-6 have explored playing the piano with fruit and vegetables and also created game controllers with play dough, foil and lead pencil! Year 3 and Year 2 are also building their typing skills while using the Chromebooks. We can’t wait to share our creative projects using the Makey-Makeys at the end of the term. 😀 Mrs Willemse
On Thursday the 11th of February, we honoured Our Lady of Lourdes, a woman of Faith and Mercy, as it marked the official feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our Parish and school is named in honour of our patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes, one of the many titles given to Mary the mother of Jesus. As a whole school, we prayed the litany of Our Lady of Lourdes together, a beautiful way in which we could unite ourselves closer to God and His Church, and allow the Catholic faith to more fully fill our lives. Here are a few photos of the students reciting the litany in the classrooms, conducted over the school loudspeaker:
We had a wonderful morning celebrating our Opening School Liturgy. It was a beautiful way to celebrate our first gathering as a whole school community in faith with Fr Henry. Our school leaders, sport leaders and SRC received their badges and a special blessing was made for all the teachers, new staff, students and parents. Thank you to Mrs Messina and Year 4 for leading us in our liturgy so wonderfully.