For Refugee Week on Thursday 23rd June we welcomed a special guest from Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia, with lived experience, to share their journey with our students from Years 3 to 6. This was a great insight for our students to understand how millions of ordinary people live through extraordinary times.
This term the Faith In Action Team created an initiative called ‘Rainbow Day’. Students dressed as different colours of the rainbow, each colour corresponded with a faithful action they had to complete. Students did a great job at living their faith and acting like Jesus. This day also raised funds for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. This is important to support people living in homelessness, particularly now that the weather is getting chilly. Thanks to your donations, Our Lady of Lourdes was able to raise a massive $670.00! Thank you parents, carers, teachers and students for getting involved and making a real difference!
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.
Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which is the day that marks the beginning of Lent. The marking of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday is an expression of our faith and a sign that we are asking God for forgiveness. Each child in our school received the ashes on their forehead as we celebrated this special day with a eucharistic celebration. Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and giving to others. Through prayer we come closer to God so that we are better able to realise our baptismal promise to live justly as Jesus teaches us. Fasting joins us in solidarity with the poor who often have no choice but to go without basic needs such as food, water and shelter. Giving to the poor or ‘almsgiving’ is a sign of our commitment to justice and out thanks for all that God has given us. Lent prepares us for the season of Easter, the most important time in the Church’s calendar.By praying, fasting and giving alms, we are reminded of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Jesus brought the promise of hope to all people so that we may “Have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) so that with our neighbours, we can go further, together. Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Project Compassion Appeal. The theme for Project Compassion 2020 is “Go Further Together.” Each classroom has a donation box and the children have the opportunity to donate money to the cause. The aim of the project is to work together as one human family so that our sisters and brothers around the world don’t have to live in poverty. You might, as parents, speak to your child about how they could sacrifice something and donate to Project Compassion. They might sacrifice buying an ice-block at school and put the money into the Project Compassion Box instead. They might do some extra chores at home and donate their pocket money that they have earnt to Project Compassion. As a family, you might also designate a special prayer time each week to reflect on the ways that we can become more like Jesus. Prayer is a very powerful and vital part of faith development. To see photos from the Mass visit our gallery.
In response to the devastating bushfires that have spread across our country, OLOL held a fundraising day to support those who have lost possessions and their livelihood. On Friday 21st of February we had a “Come Dressed as Your Hero Day” in honour of all of the firefighters and heroes who fought tirelessly to save lives, houses, properties and wildlife during the recent bushfires. The children came dressed as firefighters and hero's in their lives. We thank you for your support in this social outreach initiative. As a school we raised $649.85. This is a tremendous effort and the money will go straight to the Vinnie Bushfire appeal to help those who have been adversely affected by the recent bushfires. Many families still need our continued prayers and we know that as a Catholic community they will be in our intentions. To see photos visit our gallery.
In Week 3 of Term 1 we held two very successful Parents as Educators courses. The courses were well attended with over 80 parents attending over the two sessions. The courses highlighted the expectations of parents who are volunteering to help in any capacity at Our Lady of Lourdes. The new Science and Technology syllabus was unpacked with Mrs Messina providing parents with opportunities to participate actively in a science quiz using a “Kahoot” and showing student use of technology within the classroom via the use of spheros and the “Scratch” program. Due to a number of requests from parents a final Parents as Educators session will be held on Monday, March 23rd, commencing at 5:00 pm in the library. As this is the 3rd session, on a different day and time, it is not possible for any further sessions to be run again this year. Once again if you wish to assist in any way at Our Lady of Lourdes in 2020 you must have completed this course either this year or last year.
On Sunday 10th November we held a Family Mass in our parish of Our Lady of Lourdes at 9:30am. This Mass has a long and lively tradition and is celebrated only twice a year. We endeavour to engage and encourage the participation of children and their families in all aspects of the Mass. We will be holding an exhibition of student work and photos in the school hall after the mass during morning tea. This was a great opportunity to see what your child has been learning in class in Religious Education around Mission. To see photos visit our gallery.
This year the Mission to Busk afternoon will take place on Friday 15th November between 1.30 p.m. and 2.40 p.m. around the school grounds. We invite you to share this special time with your child/children and come along to support this worthy cause. As part of Mission Week, your child is encouraged to make a simple donation to the buskers. We ask that the children bring in a number of coins to throw into the buckets of those children performing, with all funds being contributed to the missions. Depending on the number of students, there will be two busking sessions – the first will be from 1:30pm – 2:00pm and the second will be from 2:10pm – 2:40pm. We look forward to seeing all the talent at OLOL and seeing you all there to support our students and Catholic Mission. All proceeds will go to Catholic Mission to support children in Cambodia, Indian Communities, Indigenous Australians & More. To see photos from the day click here...
On Friday November 15, OLOL started our Mission Week celebrations with a Eucharistic celebration. It was a beautiful Mass led by Stage 2. During this Mass we remembered and celebrated the work of our Church as it strives to improve the lives of all people who are physically and spiritually needy. To see photos click here...
This term, OLOL have been exploring the Bible passage Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet (13:1-20) to learn about how Jesus served others and how they too can pass this message on to our wider school community. Each grade were inspired by the Go.el passage by using the message of service and putting this into 'action'. On Tuesday 17th September, each grade had the wonderful opportunity of paying forward their initiative to another grade. OLOL showed they were just like Jesus in this scripture passage by showing their service to one another. Please ask your child what their grade's initiative was and what initiative was 'passed' to them as they will be proud in sharing this with you. Read more...