Pope Francis's intention prayer for July
CELEBRATING THE SAINTS
St. John The Baptist - June 24th
On June 24, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. John the Baptist was Jesus' cousin, and he baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. John led a simple life. He pointed his followers toward Christ instead of calling attention to himself. He was only concerned with the Kingdom of God and always spoke of love and truth. He is a model of how to live a life in Christ.
St. Peter and St. Paul – June 29th
Peter and Paul are two significant characters from the Early Church. Peter was the most frequently mentioned member of the original 12 Apostles, who travelled with Jesus throughout His Public Ministry and could testify to the Resurrection. Jesus foretold that this apostle would be the rock upon which the Church would be built. Despite Peter's betrayal of Jesus after His Arrest, St Peter led the Apostles, became the first pope and was martyred for his faith. Paul was converted from a strict Jew who persecuted Christians to the greatest missionary of Christianity: the Apostle of the Gentiles. He is the author of most of the Letters of the New Testament.
YOUNG MARY PERFORMANCE
On Monday 21st June, Glenn and Taylor from Starrs Productions visited our school to perform 'Young Mary'. This play introduced us to Young Mary Mackillop, and it retold many fun-filled and spirited childhood adventures of St. Mary Mackillop. We learnt about her pet cow Blorac and her dad Alexander. We learnt about how Mary grew up to be a determined and hard-working young woman who sets out to eliminate poverty and provide a fair education for all.
Students laughed all the way through the funny, interactive and entertaining play. They enjoyed learning about St. Mary Mackillop's humour and compassion while gaining a further understanding of her famous quote, "Never see a need, without doing something about it."
"It was cool and very funy. I like Kelly. He was a poor child that Mary helped." Mitchell, Yr. 2
"I thought it was good that they shared stories and we could learn more about what was happening when Mary Mackillop was alive." Siri, Yr. 4.
"I thought the play was good because there was lots of laughter and fun. The most interesting story was where Mary travelled a long way across Australia to visit one of the sisters that had been in an accident. Mary wanted to get there in a hurry and she found a way no matter what." Cruz, Yr. 5.
Most interesting story told by Mary -
We pray for the grace to be good friends.
May we be a gentle presence in the life of our friends, ever willing to listen, to forgive and to extend hospitality.
Remind us of the importance of friendship so that we may take time to nourish these precious relationships.
We make these prayers in the name of Jesus, who knew what it meant to be a good friend.
May the generous hospitality of God's gracious love be with you always,
Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff, Students and Friends,
Term 2 is nearly over, and to celebrate we will have a winter woolly or pyjama day event on the last day of school, Friday, July 2, to raise much-needed funds to support the St Vincent De Paul winter appeal. Through the generosity of our community, we ask that the students who wear casual (winter warm) clothing to donate $2.00. Monies raised will go towards the Winter Appeal and provide emergency relief to people at risk and experiencing homelessness. Our donation will help the Vinnie volunteers to rebuild lives, support the marginalised in our community and fund new projects. Understanding, generosity and selfless service are greatly enhanced by our participation in these types of fundraising events.
Many thanks to our teachers for all their work this Semester and especially for the many hours, before and after school, preparing school reports. These reports will be sent home to families in individual envelopes today. If you have any concerns please contact your child’s class teacher.
School Uniforms Update
Due to the colder weather and the senior students leaving at the end of the year, the Year 6/7 students ONLY are permitted to wear tracksuit pants without the school logo. The tracksuit pants must match the school colors of Navy, or Black is permitted. No labels, leggings or skins are permitted.
Term 2 concludes on Friday July 2nd at 2.20 pm.
Reminder this school holidays for OLOR are 3 weeks.
Term 3 – Week 1 (Monday, July 19 – Friday July 23) – STUDENT FREE DAYS at Our Lady of the River School for staff to attend a Josephite Retreat, Inclusive Education training and teacher observations in Catholic Schools in Adelaide. These days are approved pupil free days from the School Board. Please note these days in your diary.
Key Capabilities Continua
You would be aware that our work at Our Lady of the River School is influenced by the CESA Living, Learning, Leading framework. This framework outlines the capabilities that will lead students to achieve Australian Schooling goals and become a thriving, capable learner, a leader for the world God desires.
Students are engaging with the Key Capabilities continua to set goals throughout the year to help them grow and achieve success!
This continua will help students reflect on their development and support them to flourish into the best version of themselves that they have been called to be. At the end of this term, students will use this resource with their teachers to set goals to improve their learning.
In the spirit of partnership, the link to this resource is included so that you too can join in the conversation with your child at home.
'Never see a need without doing something about it.' Blessed Mary Mackillop.
The winter 3 week break is the perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book! With lots of new books hitting our school library shelves teachers have been ensuring that their classes are visiting the school library regularly and all students have access to great books to read over the break.
Next Semester we will be including in our newsletter updates about new books available for students to borrow – at OLOR we place a high importance on every student reading everyday. In the words of JK Rowling ' If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book.'
What are kids reading at the moment?
Class Read Aloud in Year 5 is a hit because learning about animals they haven't heard of before - 'Encyclopedia of Dangerous Animals' by Sami Bayly.
Year 3 are going Tootie Fruitie for the hilarious Frootie Series by Hil Rogers.
Xanadu is loving the interesting words used in 'Withering by the sea' by Judith Rossell.
Jack thinks this book makes learning fun and he's is finding out about lots of new and amazing topics. 'Dr Karl's Random Road Trip through Science'.
Yvette recommends this read for upper primary as it shows you the effect social media can have on your life and how it can affect your happiness.
Damon recommends this read if you as it is full of adventure – if you like prison break books this is the book you need!
Paul explained that this book is a true story about a boy with cancer and the main character is trying to get the Queens attention so a doctor can possibly save his life.
Leader of Learning
On Friday, 28th May a number of 6/7 students travelled to the Steve Poutakidis Playing Fields in Renmark to compete in the SAPSASA Riverland District Soccer Carnival. The girls played a fantastic brand of soccer, making it all the way to the grand final only to fall short by 1 goal against a strong St. Josephs Barmera team. The boys also tried their hardest, drawing 3 out of their 4 games. All students conducted themselves well on the day and showed great sportsmanship. I would like to thank super coach Pat Perre and tactician Luke Cotter for helping out on the day.
Students from Year 5, 6 and 7 will also be competing for the Westies Cup today in the Girl’s 9-aside Football Carnival held at Glassey Park. OLOR has nominated two teams to compete, which is a fantastic result for both our school and girl’s footy in general. We wish them the best of luck!
Year 7 Teacher/Sports Coordinator
Anastasia, Nate, Jack, Rahill, Royan, and Mr Perre represented the Riverland region in the South Australian Junior Soccer Associations State Championships on the June long weekend. Our students walked away with some wins and losses. Overall It was a great weekend of soccer skill and fair play. Congratulations to all OLOR representatives, especially to Anastasia, who has been invited to train with the State Squad.
In Week 7, the year 4’s put in a great effort to prepare and host their assembly.
Students shared their learning from their religion lessons about racial purity. In Jesus’s time, people and places and things were considered clean or unclean. This was called Ritual Purity. In the Jewish religion, people had to be Ritually Pure to be able to enter the temple. Ritual uncleanliness is NOT the same as ordinary uncleanliness such as dirt stains. Each student made a poster about Ritual Purity.
We have also been learning about living conditions in 18th century Britain and the journey of the First Fleet. Students researched a convict to find out their crime, sentence, and other facts. Students used this information to write a historical recount from the perspective of their convict.
We have recently started learning about procedural texts. We identified the type of language that should be used in procedural texts and then followed the steps to create a balloon rocket!
You are invited to attend our Scholastic Book Fair
Our Book Fair will be held from Tuesday, 27th July, and will end on Tuesday, 3rd August. This is a great fundraiser for our school library, as we receive a commission on the sales which we use to purchase new books. The Fair will be open in the library before school from 8.30am - 8.50am and after school from 3.15pm - 3.35pm. If you are able to assist with sales on Friday the 30th, July or Monday 2nd August, please let Sandy or Karlie know. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!
In Week 10, our students will be visiting the Life Education Dome, which will be set up in our school hall. Life Education is a mobile health program that promotes student's physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing. It delivers an interactive curriculum based program to Preschools, Primary and Secondary schools, and is presented by expert educators in the field of health and wellbeing. This year Life Education Educator, Emily Petmann, will be working with each class on different topics centred around health and wellbeing.
The modules covered will be:
After building a model spaceship at school, Harold and his friends, Boots and Red venture into an imaginary world in outer space. As the adventure unfolds children explore:
Harold and his friends have gone camping, but when someone gets injured on a hiking expedition, how will they look after each other and make it back to camp? This module helps children to problem solve and focuses on:
MIND YOUR MEDICINE
Using a friendly game show format Mind Your Medicine develops students’ understanding of medicines and their safe use, positive communication, strategies for managing conflict, stress, and bullying and explores how feelings influence the choices that we make. Students explore:
Years 4 & Year 5
This module focuses on cybersafety, cyber ethics and building positive relationships with friends online and offline. The students explore a range of issues such as password security, risks of sharing personal information, how to communicate respectfully both online and offline as well as:
Using distinctive animated and vox-pop videos, this module tackles the topic of drinking alcohol in an age appropriate context. Students explore concepts such as the effect that alcohol has on body systems, laws relating to its sale and reasons why people choose not to consume alcohol. This module focuses on:
This module offers a choice of content on legal drugs or legal and illegal drugs. Students explore the decision making process and improve decision making skills by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts, and influences. This module also explores:
If you have any questions about Life Education you can look at the Life Education Website.
You can also find videos, easy to read information and other helpful resources to continue the learning at home on the following link.
A reminder that the Year 6/7 Pizza Slice Fundraiser Order Sheets are due back next week. They need to be in before Thursday 1st July. Also there has been a slight mix-up with the 'Pick up orders' date it should read Friday 30th July NOT the 20th :)
Update: St Francis of Assisi College, Renmark
There is lots happening! Our buildings are progressing to plan and meeting project timelines. Principal, Nathan Hayes has been out and about in the community, holding College Information Sessions, coffee mornings at schools with parents, and attending Parents and Friends meetings, along with enrolment interviews with new students and their families.
Our next Information Session will be held at the Barmera Golf Club at 7 pm on Tuesday 22 June, register attendance at: assisi.catholic.edu.au or call: 8595 4500.
Photo courtesy of Grant Schwartzkopff