Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff, Students and Friends,
I was hoping in today's newsletter to announce our shield winners for Sports Day, but we have had to implement plan B due to the inclement weather yesterday. Please see the Sports Day Changes poster below, outlining our plan to complete all components of our program next week.
Apologies to those students who will be absent next week due to SAPSASA cricket and other appointments; however, these changes are unavoidable. We hope that most students will be at school for the special Sports Day presentation assembly on Friday, November 5, in the school gym at 2.45 pm. I once again, thank all the parents for their assistance and understanding about the postponement of yesterday's event.
(Sports Captains prayer at the beginning of Sport Day)
On Monday, November 1st, we celebrate the feast of All Saints, we honour those men and women who—whether they’ve been canonised or not—have led lives of heroic virtue that set an example for all Christians. Saints believe that with God on their side, no one and nothing can stop them. They don’t wait for someone else to do good first; they jump right in and serve wherever they see a need in their community. Saints try to see Christ in every person and every situation. Saints show us what it means to be a disciple. They help us to see that what matters most in life is not what we earn or own, not the job we have or the people we know. What really matters is how much we love God, others, and ourselves.
On All Saints Day we praise and thank God for what God has done for us through these holy people. We ask the Saints to pray for us that we might love our God and neighbour the way Jesus taught us.
On the 2nd of November we celebrate another special day, All Souls day. This is a day where we pray for all our loved ones who are no longer here with us on Earth. We ask God to bring them to the joyful banquet of heaven to be with God and the saints forever.
Mass is planned for 9 am in the school gym on November 1 for ALL SAINTS DAY, with the whole school attending, followed by ice-creams in a cone for sale at lunchtime served by the senior students.
We invite our parents and friends to join us for this very special Mass, prepared by the Year 3 class that celebrates the saints in our church and the faithfully departed, especially our family and friends. After Mass the team games for Sport Day will commence.
We thank you for the example of all saints.
Ordinary men and women who set out to live the truth of the Gospel in their own time, meeting the needs of their day. May we learn to be like these saints and have a generous heart so that we can bring justice in our time. Help us follow in the footsteps of these holy men and women and live the challenge of the Gospel.
We ask this in your Holy name.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, in Religion classes this term, the teacher's focus is on Catholic Missions and preparing for our Christmas Concert in the coming weeks.
We combined our Mission month activities by wearing bright, colourful socks with our sports uniforms on Thursday. The senior students carried the Soctober action activity using a recycled ball for the under and over event. Thank you to the students who participated by wearing fancy socks and donating a gold coin. All donations will go towards supporting children in Thailand.
Christmas Concert Night
Our outside Christmas Concert is set for Thursday, November 18, starting at 6 pm till approximately 8 pm. Currently, the classes are planning concert items, which will e performed on a simple stage near the cricket pitch, so family and friends can sit (COVID-19 safe) outside on deck chairs to watch the students perform. If we have inclement weather, the backup plan for the concert will be in the school gym. Mishes Kitchen – Vietnamese Food and Mr Super Soft Ice-creams will be available for purchase on the night. Each class will also have a Christmas gift stall with items for families, friends and guests to purchase outside their classrooms. Monies raised will go towards the St Vincent DePaul Christmas appeal.
National Karate Academies
A big thank you to all our families who supported us through monetary donations and food donations supporting our canteen for the National Karate Academies grading day last Saturday. Special mention to Pitt and Hunt families who worked in the canteen, giving up their time to work for most of the day. All help was most appreciated, and congratulations to our OLOR students who performed and achieved success on that day.
The National Karate Academies: Berri and Renmark Grading are held a couple of times a year in our school gym. Children and adults from the Riverland train throughout the year for their karate grading. This consists of set routines and techniques that support self-defence, health, fitness and wellbeing.
National Karate Academies provides safe, inclusive and family-friendly instruction resulting in high-quality skills and confidence.
For more information, contact Scott Mitchell on 0417827517.
Transition to School – Bright Start
We are so excited about our 'Bright Start' transition to school program. Mrs Bonnie Singh has taken over the reins from Mrs Rosemary Perre, and our group of near Foundation students are enjoying their learning experiences provided every Wednesday. If you have a child or know of a child that is turning five soon or will be four next year, please let them know about OLOR's BRIGHT START.
BRIGHT START is designed to complement a child's pre-schooling experiences, and the days of transition work around preschool days when your child is four years old. A fully qualified classroom teacher runs our BRIGHT START program. Our Lady of the River School offer two intakes per year for children starting Foundation (Reception).
Below, are the days available for your child to attend if they are beginning school in Foundation (Reception) in 2022. Children who are already five or turning five before April 30, 2022 are already in our current transition program. Please contact the school as soon as possible if you intend to start your child/ren at school next year at Our Lady of the River. All families are welcome, and our BRIGHT START program is free. Children are also provided with a free BRIGHT START t-shirt and hat.
BRIGHT START 2022
Transition for 2022: If your child is four years of age and turns five on May 1, 2022 and before October 31, 2022, they can start full-time school (mid-year intake in Foundation in Term 3).
Transition partial day Term 1 - (3 hours - 1 day per week for weeks 2-9)
Transition day Term 2 - (I full day for weeks 2-10)
2022 Term 3 - student begins Foundation.
If you would like more information about our free BRIGHT START program, please contact me as soon as possible.
'Never see a need without doing something about it.' Blessed Mary Mackillop.
Leader of Learning
Congratulations to Archie Kent and Slater and Wavely Marsden for their amazing efforts at the recent SAPSASA Mountain Bike carnival held at O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park in Adelaide. I was informed the conditions were tricky after recent rainfall caused the track to become heavy and slippery underfoot. This didn’t seem to bother the boys however, who finished third in the Under 13 Boys competition.
Well done to Ruby Wishart who represented the Riverland at the first ever SAPSASA Girl’s Football Carnival in Adelaide. Ruby had a fantastic week, battling hard all over the ground and even featuring in the best players.
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) T20 Cricket Blast for Year 6/7 students has been rescheduled for Friday, 3rd December (Week 8). More information about the event will be released closer to the competition date.
Have a great weekend!
Mr Tom Charlton
Year 7 Teacher/Sports Coordinator
Week 4 – Cricket State Carnival (Year 6/7) @ Adelaide
Week 5 – Tennis State Carnival (Year 6/7) @ Adelaide
Week 6 – Friday - Softball (Year 5/6/7) @ Glassy Park
Our Lady of the River Graduation Mass (only) is planned for Tuesday, November 30 at 6 pm in the school gym. All families are invited to attend, wishing our Year 6 and Year 7 students all the best as they graduate from primary school. After this Mass, we will thank and farewell families and staff leaving the school in a small ceremony.
Two official Graduation Speech Ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, December 1, starting at 6 pm at the Berri Hotel. There will be two separate sessions (see below) to accommodate family and friends attending during the current COVID-19 conditions. Each student is restricted to 7 people on their table, and a booking-in system will be set up closer to the date.
Wednesday, December 1 Timetable
Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Awards - 6.00 pm till 7.15 pm (families may choose to book for dinner at the Berri Hotel afterwards).
Year 7 Graduation Ceremony and Awards - 7.30 pm till 9.00 pm (families may choose to book dinner at the Berri Hotel beforehand).
St Francis of Assisi
Year 7 (current Year 6) Students 2022
Week 2 Friday 22 October 2021
Week 7 Thursday 25 November and Friday 26 November 2021
Year 8 (current Year 7) Students 2022
Week 3 Friday 29 October 2021
Week 6 Thursday 18 November and Friday 19 November 2021
Venue: Renmark Football Club. All transition days will run from 9 am – 3 pm. Students will need to bring food and drink for a recess and lunch break, there will be no canteen facilities available.
Berri Regional Secondary College
Wednesday November 10 [Half day] - Cancelled
Thursday December 2 [Full day] - 8:50am – 3:20pm
Friday December 3 [Full day] - 8:50am – 3:20pm
Loxton High School
Year 6 into 7 Parent Information Evening,
7.00pm Monday 8 November in the Theatre
Year 6 Back to Back Transition Days,
Tuesday 9 November and Wednesday 10 November
Year 7 into 8 Parent Information Evening,
7.00pm Tuesday 16 November in the Theatre
Year 7 Back to Back Transition Days,
Wednesday 17 November and Thursday 18 November
Last Thursday, 21st October, the Year 7 class held the first assembly of Term 4 in the hall. This would be the final assembly presented by our Year 7 students here at Our Lady of the River. During our assembly, several students were kind enough to share some of their favourite poems they published during writing in Term 3. Each student also discussed their inspirations and use of poetic devices respectively.
Additionally, students from Foundation to Year 5 were awarded ribbons for their outstanding efforts in the Long Jump event. Well done to all who competed!
Finally, on behalf of the Year 7 class, I would like to thank all staff, students and families for attending our assembly.
Year 7 Teacher
Classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons/evenings, with the option for more classes on Monday afternoons, pending interest. Weekly classes are one hour in length and are $180 for the 9 week term (Oct 11 - Dec 10), with the exception of Kinder Cirque, which is a half hour weekly class for $90 per term. (Mid-term entrants will receive a pro rata discount.) See our Term 4 schedule below - all Term 4 classes will focus on aerial silks (pictured).
Casual spots are available when there is space in a class. Casual rates are $25 for an hour long class, $15 for Kinder Cirque. Please contact us in advance, as spaces can be limited.
If the listed class times/days don’t work for you, or you are hoping for a class that’s not on the schedule yet (i.e. handstands, trapeze, etc), please contact us so we can include your feedback in future planning. School holiday programs will be advertised soon.
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We want the welcoming OLOR community to see how amazing circus is! So on Monday, October 18th from 4-5pm, we invite all OLOR students, parents and staff to come and try circus FOR FREE!
Please wear fitted athletic clothing and be ready for fun. Bookings are essential. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message on social media to register your spot. Walk ins will be able to join if there is space available.
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|Quick Writes||Term 3||Week 9|
|Book Week||Term 3||Week 7|
|Alexander Hill visit||Term 3||Week 7|
|Staffing||Term 3||Week 3|
|Sacraments||Term 3||Week 3|
|School Attendance||Term 2||Week 3|
|Canteen Price increase||Term 2||Week 1|
|Transition Students||Term 2||Week 1|
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