OLHC News Issue 30 Term 4 Week 7 - 18 November 2022
WELCOME TO COUNTRY...
Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School acknowledges that God has been walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, making God's presence known through a continuous living culture over many thousands of years. We pray in thanksgiving for these ancient peoples who have enriched and sustained our continent over all that time. In particular, we praise God for the people who nurtured the lands where our schools are built and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who continue to support Catholic schools.
As partners in Catholic Education and open to God’s presence, we pursue the fullness of life for all. Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School is committed to the safety and well-being of all students.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples. This newsletter comes to you from the lands of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia, and Jupagalk Nations.
Dear Parents, carers, families, and parishioners,
Staffing update for 2023
Mrs. Bush has resigned from her permanent full-time position at Our Lady's school and has accepted a full-time teaching position at Ss. Michael and John's Primary school commencing 2023. I thank Mrs. Bush for all she has done for our school and wish her all the best as she commences teaching in her new role next year back at St Michael & John's Primary school. As per a previous newsletter from a few weeks ago, it gives me great pleasure to announce Jordan Collie as the new teacher for the Senior classroom next year and Ms. Jessica Bedford as the new part-time specialist teacher replacing Ms. Kirby, who is commencing a full time teaching role at St Patrick's Primary in St Arnaud.
Senior Camp Permission
Senior camp (Grade 5/6) will be taking place from the 7th of December to the 9th of December. The permission form has been released on PAM (Simon) for parents to complete. Please do so ASAP. Please read all sections of the permission form and all hard copy information that was sent home yesterday. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Bush for further information.
Transition - Forward to Foundation
In the lead-up to the State-wide Orientation Day on Tuesday, 13th December, we are inviting the kinder children who are enrolled, intending to enroll or still deciding to enroll at Our Lady’s for 2023, for some transition mornings. The purpose of these mornings is to let the child become familiar with the school routine, the process of getting to school, playing with the other children, learning the layout of the school, as well as meeting the teachers
The dates for these transition mornings are below. The school day begins at 9.00 a.m., Recess is at 11.00 a.m., Fruit break is 10.00 a.m., Lunch time is 1.30 p.m. with pick-up time at 1.45 p.m. On the longer day, the children are invited to eat lunch with the school children before they go home, or they can be picked up at 1.30 p.m.
(The school has a "play before lunch" policy. The children stop for the lunch time break at 1.00 p.m. and go straight out to play. The bell rings at 1.30 p.m. for everyone to come in to eat their lunch. We have found that letting the children play before they eat stops food being wasted, lets them run off a bit of steam after being cooped up inside and helps them settle for the afternoon session. The fruit break at 10.00 am keeps them going until 11.00 a.m.)
Remaining Transition Dates are:
- Tuesday, 22nd November, 9.00am – 11.30am.
- Monday, 28th November, 9.00am – 1.45pm (can be picked up at 1.30pm and eat lunch at home)
- Tuesday, 13th December, 9.00 a.m. - 3.15 p.m. (State-wide Orientation day for all students.)
Kinder children need to bring a hat, snack for Recess, fruit (for fruit break) and lunch (if they are eating lunch at school).
The Uniform Coordinator will have samples of the school uniform on display on 28th November for parents to view and possibly order.
If you have any questions about the transition days, please ring the General Office on 5385 2526.
We look forward to meeting you and your child/children as we begin your child’s primary school education. This is the beginning of a wonderful partnership to enhance your child’s learning.
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Wednesday 23rd November - School Advisory Council AGM - 6 pm in the Senior classroom followed by a general SAC meeting.
- Wednesday 7th December to Friday 9th December: Year 5/6 Camp to Creswick. More information when it comes to hand.
- School Christmas Concert - NEW DATE: Wednesday 30th November.
- Wednesday 14th December - Graduation Mass at St Mary's Church, Murtoa at 6 pm
- Friday 16th December - Last day of school for students
Mrs. Cathy Grace
~ TURVEY ~
16-2-1942 to 5-11-2022
Beloved wife of Terry (dec). Loved Mum & mother-in-law of Craig & Helene. Amazing Cherished Nana of Danica and Anthony & Mikaela.
Now at Peace with Terry
Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the Turvey and McCallum families on the death of Jan Turvey. Jan was a long-time supporter, visitor, and much-cherished member of Our Lady's School and the Murtoa community.
REVERSE ADVENT BOXES
Our Lady Help of Christians school is taking part in the local Community Reverse Advent Box Project. This is a new Community initiative coordinated by the Horsham Sports and Community Club, aiming to assist local Murtoa families in need for Christmas and beyond. The project calls for donations of non-perishable groceries. Each classroom will be given a box to fill next week. We ask that each child bring an item or items to donate for the box that will be in their classroom. This is a great opportunity to clean out the pantry and bathroom cupboard before Christmas and help Murtoa families in need. All boxes from our school will be supporting Murtoa families only.
If you wish to know more about the reverse advent boxes please ask your child's teacher or give the school office a call.
CEP Performance Science Dome
This Tuesday, 16th November, students attended the final CEP Performance for 2022 titled Science Dome at Murtoa College. The structure was a dome that resembled a miniature planetarium. When students entered they experienced astronomy encompassing the planets, stars, night, and day.
Science Dome Planetarium
Mass Times & Parish Information
Mass: St Mary's Church, Murtoa
Sunday 20th November Mass at 8.30am
Please click on the link below to take you directly to our School Calendar.