A huge thank you to the families that have shared their stories so far. If you would like to share your story, please follow the QR code link below, I have also sent a link to families via Seesaw.
We look forward to Getting to know a little more about our Community.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs Perre.
I hope you enjoy getting to know our community.
Called to Uphold our Catholic Social Teachings.
Catholic Social Teachings
The Catholic Social Teaching principles help us nurture just societies in which the rights of all people are considered and cared for. They stem from a deep-seated Catholic tradition and evolved as the Church has encountered significant social issues. As their title suggests, they are teachings that inspire us to live our Call to Community. Below are seven of the principles that guide us to building a better world for all and based on foundational Catholic beliefs.
- Dignity - Each person is SACRED, made in God’s image, equal in dignity.
- Solidarity - Each person is SOCIAL, called to participate in family and community.
- The common good - All people have RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES. The right to life and its necessities, the responsibility to respect the rights of others and work for the common good.
- The option for the poor - We care for people who are POOR and vulnerable, before all else.
- Subsidiarity - All people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Decisions should be made by the people closest and most affected by an issue.
- Creation and Environment - The earth and all life on it are part of God’s creation. We are called to respect this gift.
- The dignity of work and participation – All working conditions must be fair and respect the dignity and the rights of all workers.
God of Justice,
Guide us in our call to create a world that You desire:
where all people are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
where the resources of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
where all cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
where peace is built with justice and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build a better world for all.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
The last couple of weeks have been full of fantastic experiences at OLOR. From our Year 3 Monarto Zoo camp to our Wakakirri performance last night, as well as our Science Week activities with Cindy Kakoshke, the Education Officer from the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board, our students have been part of many diverse learning opportunities and adventures. At OLOR we love giving our students the opportunity to experience learning in all of its facets, whether in class or out around the community.
The Year 3 Monarto Zoo camp was an absolute adventure for the students. They not only got the usual Safari tour and animal visits, but also got to experience the life of a park ranger, helping to clean up areas of the animal enclosures as well as be animal detectives. The night walk and star gazing was also a highlight, with the sound of the lions roaring in the distance and the clear skies giving us great views of the Milky Way. A big thanks to Miss Fiebiger and Miss Remkes for their organisation, and also ESO Kayla for her support on the camp. The students had a great time!
Our Wakakirri troupe had a very long day yesterday, which culminated in a great performance on stage last night. We left school at about 10am and travelled down to the Norwood Concert Hall to get ready for the performance. Costumes and make-up were applied and students had a chance to have a full dress rehearsal on stage throughout the afternoon. They then prepared themselves for the endpoint of months of practising and preparation, the actual performance. They all did a wonderful job and represented OLOR so well. Myself and the family members in the audience all enjoyed seeing them in the spotlights and the smiles on their faces afterwards made it all worthwhile! A big congraulations to Siri, Jasreet and Ishmeet who received the award for Best Public Speaking. I would like to give a big thankyou to Miss De-Gregorio for her organisation, choreography, and persistence in getting them all prepared, and also to Miss Martin and Kailey for their support on the day. It was a wonderful occasion for our students and a great opportunity that I’m very pleased we were part of.
To celebrate National Science Week we had a visit from Cindy on Wednesday, who shared some great activities and got students excited about learning about many different creatures in our local waters. Cindy is the Education Officer from the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board, and shared her love of science with all of our classes. They loved seeing the tiny water creatures, as well as some larger ones, through microscopes, as well as being able to learn more about the natural habitats that we are lucky to call home.
Next week we look forward to Book Week. This is always a highlight of the year, where students learn about the best books of the last year, as well as get to dress up as their favourite book characters. We invite all families to join us Thursday morning for our parade, which as always, promises to be interesting, colourful and lots of fun.
We also look forward to the Riverland Schools Music Festival, where our choir get to perform the songs they have been practising all year as well. This is another great opportunity for them to share their talents and be part of something bigger in the community.
As you can see, there is a lot going on at OLOR this term. These are all great experiences for students to be part of, and we are passionate that all students have the opportunities to find what they love and be able to celebrate this. That is what makes all the effort worthwhile!
Mr Michael Slagter
Our Year 5/6 class did an amazing job hosting the Week 3 assembly for Term 3. They all read with confidence and demonstrated responsibility and maturity throughout the whole item. The three main ‘class’ items that we presented for the school was a prayer and reflection about Mary Mackillop, a video presentation of our experiences at the Immersion day at St Francis of Assisi, and our learning about personal and core values in Social and Emotional Learning Lessons.
Prayer for Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop:
Our prayer for assembly reflected our understanding and gratitude for St Mary of the Cross Mackillop. We conducted a whole-school prayer that was comprised of various small prayers of gratitude for Mary Mackillop, each visible with a visual reflection from each student that we discussed in class prior.
In Week 2, all Year 5 and 6 students went to St Francis of Assisi College for our final Immersion Day of the Year. During the day, students participated in three engaging lessons that included STEM, Food Technology and Wood Technology. Please see the attached video to see how much fun everyone had completing all of the activities and challenges!
Social and Emotional Learning:
In Social and Emotional Learning (S.E.L) this term, we have been learning about our core values or character strengths. Personal values are what we find important in life. They can be personal, social, relationship or material focussed. Values are like guidance markers for our belief system. They tell us what is important and in the order of priority. Ultimately, values impact how we make decisions, think and act. As a class, we brainstormed a list of values. Some values that were important to the class were respect, kindness, honesty, friendliness, humour and leadership. We then looked at over 100 values and chose 10-20 that resonated with each of us personally. Students used a website called WordArt to create an artwork to display the values that they chose. Here are some examples:
Thursday 17th of August was the day that all of our hard work had been leading towards.
Our Wakakirri troupe hopped on the bus at 10am, accompanied by Miss D, Mr Slagter, Miss Martin and Kailey, and headed to Adelaide. After a lunch break in Truro, we arrived at the Norwood Concert Hall.
After a break for recess, we quickly began getting hair, makeup and costumes ready for our dress rehearsal. Students only had two chances to practise our routine on stage – and they did an amazing job!
Next was a student function, in which three of our students had a chance to show off their hair, makeup and costumes and another three bravely volunteered to represent our school in a dance off on stage. The rest of us got to watch in the audience and join in the dancing at the end!
Finally, our Wakakirri troupe performed their dance to the packed audience! They did a phenomenal job and should all be very proud of their hard work and dedication that went into this event.
Our school received a certificate of appreciation with a Storytelling Award for strong use of festival motif, a Production Award for overall staging and an Ensemble Award for group dance. Our school also received the award for Best Public Speaking, thanks to Siri, Jasreet and Ishmeet who delivered speeches after our performance.
A big congratulations again to everyone in Wakakirri, and a special mention to those students who were unable to join us on the day due to illness or injury, I have loved working with you all to prepare for this event!
If you would like to see our Wakakirri performance, we will be dancing at assembly next week (Friday 25th August).
Physical Education News
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Nigel Stoeckel in Table Tennis. Here are some photos of our lessons where we learnt about control with our bat and keeping our eye on the ball. We are having sessions on Table Tennis for the next two weeks and look forward to our progress in the game of Table Tennis!
Congratulations to our Riverland Boys SAPSASA Soccer Team. Division 1 winners! Well done to Harley, Charlie, Bode. Excellent effort!
Our two Basketball teams competed well at the Riverland Basketball Carnival. The Boys team had a tough draw in Division 1 and managed one win, one draw and two losses. The Girls played in division two and managed two wins and two losses. All the students had a great time and enjoyed the competition between the schools. Thank you to Bella Gates for coaching the teams and Alli Wilson and Miss Stewart for their assistance on the day.
Our Year 4’s had a great time at the Berri Tennis Club playing Hot Shots Tennis. Here are some photos of our experience! Thanks to Brad and Mr Dunn for supporting us on the day. The students came back from the day saying that they had a fantastic time and highly encouraged the students in years 2 and year 3 to give Hot Shots a go next year!