Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff, Students and Friends,
This Sunday is the beginning of Advent. Advent marks the start of a season of preparation that looks forward to the celebration of Christmas and the second coming of Christ. It is a time of reflection in preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ—we remember how Jesus humbled Himself to be born as a baby and live among those He would save. This season invokes feelings of expectation and hope! It is a time of great joy and excitement for our children. We see signs of Christmas everywhere. Each year the signs and symbols of Christmas seem to arrive earlier and earlier. However, we should not lose sight of Advent as a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. We should prepare our hearts and our relationship with Jesus and with each other, just as much as we prepare our homes and families for the celebration of Christmas. This year especially, Advent should be a time of great hope in a future that we hope is brighter than this past year, especially for those living with such hardships that the challenges of 2021 have provided.
I sense that all is your creation
and everything, and all of us,
are being drawn back toward your loving heart.
Help me to be a person of peace,
to speak about it in an uneasy world,
and to live it among the people
you have put into my life every day.
Light in me a desire to prepare for your coming
to stand in the darkness, waiting, eager and filled with joy.
Our Lady of the River Parish – Christmas Mass Times
Renmark 6.00 pm
Barmera 6.00 pm
Loxton 8.00 pm
Waikerie 8.00 pm
Morgan 9.00 am
Berri 9.00 am
We are still reeling from Thursday evening's Christmas Concert. I want to reiterate how pleased the staff and I were with the student's efforts and how they pulled out all stops to put on a fabulous show. As parents, all of you should be very proud of them and their ability to push through the nerves. Again, thanks to all the staff, for the work and extra time put into the concert. Special mention to music teacher Jade DeGregorio and Nicolette Roberts for supporting with planning and decorations.
Once again, parents are reminded to keep a close eye on events planned for the final two weeks of the term. It is a busy run-up to the end of the year. Next week have the Graduation Mass on Tuesday, November 30 and the Graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, December 1, at the Berri Hotel.
We invite as many families to come along and support these students who have been outstanding leaders at this school. We need lots of singers on the night, so please come along to this celebration: Graduation Mass, Tuesday, November 30 at 6 pm in the school gym.
Christmas Cards and Gifts
It is often customary for children to bring along candy/lolly Christmas treats, placing them in cards to give to others at school. Not all families can afford to purchase Christmas gifts, and many children cannot accept sugary treats. I ask that no exchange of sugary sweets be brought into school.
In classes, the teachers will be leading a wonderful old traditional activity called 'Christkindl'. Instructions about this process will be sent via Seesaw. We will have a card exchange day and give a small handmade gift for Christkindl on Thursday, December 2 (the day before the term ends). If students can't buy Christmas cards, the school will provide lunch and recess time to make cards and Christkindl gifts in Weeks 8 and 9.
It is a busy time for our staff as they prepare reports and organise the students for the year's final events. Student reports will be sent home to families on Friday, December 3.
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hampers Donations
Over the next two weeks, there is a large donation box located in the school administration area. If you would like to donate a non-perishable food item or Christmas gift for a child, your generosity in helping those less fortunate would be most appreciated.
Swimming Lessons 2022
Term 1, Week 6 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Year 3: 09.30-10.30
Year 1/2: 10.30-11.30
Over the last three weeks, students in Years 2-7 have been participating in lawn bowls during PE. Lawn bowls is a target game that requires sound technique, mental toughness and resilience, along with the ability to focus tightly at the crucial instant. Students were required to apply accuracy and precision to hit stationary and moving targets under both competitive and non-competitive pressure. The aim is for students to be able to transfer a significant amount of what they have learnt into other types of target games, including golf, tenpin bowling and even archery. Ultimately, it is always good to expose young people to sports they might not otherwise have tried outside of school.
Have a great weekend!
Mr Tom Charlton
OLOR Sports Coordinator
Leader of Learning
Pat Perre, Finance Officer
If you have any questions, please contact the school on 08 8582 1128 or email email@example.com
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