Over the past few weeks OLOL has been busy desigining and creating our school Totem Project. A totem is a natural object, plant or animal that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have connection to. Each individual can have several totems that represent different levels of kinship and connection. Each school in the Parramatta Diocese is to create something to represent our Totem object. With the help of Father Henry, we chose the Willy Wagtail bird as our school Totem as we see them in our playground and they have some blue feathers on their chest- our school colour. Our SRC students have been busy researching with Mrs Messina the Willy Wagtail and other symbols to represent out school. They are sharing this information in a Slideshow over the next few weeks at assembly. We are very proud to share our totem paintings on Canvas- showcasing 7 hills and in each hill a symbol: Our Lady of Lourdes, Our School, Our Parish, Mary Our Mother, a symbol for Students, the Willy Wagtail and a symbol for community. Every student in the school helped Mrs Willemse paint the Totem Project, by adding a fingerprint dot. We are thrilled with how it's turned out and are looking forward to seeing it be presented as part of the Catholic Schools NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander State Education Conference in October 🖤💛❤️
For the past 2 Terms Stage 3 have been learning about the works of William Shakespeare as part of their Speaking and listening English lessons. The students have loved learning about a variety of Shakespeare plays from the Young Shakespeare series and even enjoyed performing a Midsummer Night’s Dream in groups last term. On the first day back at school for Term 3 the Stage 3 students enjoyed an amazing performance from the Bell Shakespeare Company called, “The Wonderful World of Will”. It was wonderful to travel back in time to English Elizabethan times in 1599 and see Shakespeare come to life in a creative and hilarious way. The students really enjoyed it. Special mention to Geet who was able to join in and help recite the Epilogue of Puck from a Midsummer Night’s dream. Amazing!
A huge congratulations to all the boys and girls in Years 3-6 who took part in the Dance Fever Interschool Challenge in Homebush last night. It was an amazing experience! We won the Year 3 overall trophy for their Partner Dancing and many 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons for the Foxtrot and Cha-Cha. Our "Under the Sea" Showdance was fantastic. So proud of all your efforts with extra practices in the past week- it really paid off. Such an awesome night! Go OLOL!
On Wednesday afternoon in Week 10 the K-2 Students got to present their learning in Dance Fever this term to their parents in the school hall. It was a wonderful celebration of dance and the parents even got to join in for a boogie at the end. A highlight was the children sharing an Auslan inspired dance using sign language. Just beautiful. Well done boys and girls!
Last Tuesday the 21st of June the students enjoyed a performance called "Music in My Suitcase" from the Mara! Band from the company Musica Viva. It was an amazing performance and experience for the students to see live music, learn about other cultures and languages and learn about different instruments, all while singing catchy songs! Special congratulations to Ariana in Year 2 and Natasha in Year 5 for being brave enough to teach Mara how to count to 5 in their cultural languages of Nepalese and Hindi, which she then performed as part of their song, "Bir Mumdur" which the students learnt in Creative Arts lessons before the performance. The students all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and lots of fun was had by all!
On the 19th of May Miss Brownlow, Ms Armstrong and selected Stage 3 students attended Lifted Live Jnr. This was an amazing day organised by the Parramatta Mission Team. The students had the opportunity to participate in song, testimony, discussion and prayer with Melbourne-based Catholic singer Gen Bryant. The day was centred around the theme of Pentecost. Stage 3 students were invited to reflect on times the Holy Spirit has been present in their lives and listened to the experiences of others. It was an amazing experience that left each person feeling enriched and filled with the Holy Spirit.
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...
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
Today Year 5 led the school in the telling of The Christmas Story. This was in place of our usual Christmas Concert. This event allowed each grade to participate by listening to the story, which was re-enacted by students, and also ‘walk’ with Mary and Joseph, the Three Wise Men and the shepherds and angels to try to gain a more personal experience of this significant event - The Birth of Jesus. The story concluded with the children writing a special Christmas message and placing their message on their stage Christmas tree as a decoration. We are very grateful to Mrs Bawden, Year 5 and their teachers for all of the effort and preparation they put into this performance. Click here to view the video of the celebration.