Parents & Friends Association

Hi OLHC families,

We are holding a Colour Fun Run on Thursday 21st March with a target of $50,000 to raise money for our senior playground. The majority of the fundraising occurs in the lead up to our event, so we’re asking all families to pitch in as every $1 counts!

This event has been organised to be our major fundraiser for this year and hopefully, we can reach our goal of raising the much needed funds for the upgrades to our school playground. It is a great event for the kids to participate in and get to know they are helping do something great for their own school, and generations of kids to come after them.

We are super excited to announce that we have had our Assistant Principal, Mr A volunteer to be slimed at the Colour Fun Run IF the $50,000 is raised! We have some teachers that have volunteered to be slimed along the way at different monetary milestones.

My child will be away on the day, can we still fundraise?

Yes please! All students are invited to create a student profile and help with the fundraising efforts, every dollar counts.

What is the Colour Fun Run?

It is an online fundraising program, where all children have their own profile to help raise funds for the school. Families create their own online profile through the website, set your fundraising target and work towards earning those prizes! In your profile you will have a unique cyber safe link to share with your family and friends to donate to get you close to your target.

Do we have to get the prizes?

No. We have listened to the feedback from our last colour fun run and know that not all kids want to get the prizes. You have a few options:

  • You can choose not to login and order the prizes after the Colour Fun Run.
  • You can choose to login and order the prizes and keep some and donate the others.
  • You can choose to login and order the prizes and donate them to our “sack”, which we will have in the foyer. We will partner with Little Vinnies or other local charities to donate those toys to families in need.

What do we need you to do?

All we need you to do this week is create an online profile at funrun.com.au. The class with the most profiles by Thursday 22nd February will all get an icy pole! 

This is an inclusive fundraiser for the whole family to attend. We would love to see you there! 

Please see the flyer sent home with students yesterday.

Thank you all in advance,

OLHC PFA

2024 Parents & Friends

Welcome to all of our families, new and existing. The OLHC Parents and Friends leadership group are optimistic that 2024 will be a year of renewed possibilities and re-connection for our school community as a whole.

The PFA (Parents & Friends Association)
What we do?

We plan and run events and services to provide our school community with great social opportunities but also to raise vital funds needed to bridge a funding gap, therefore helping to provide the staff and our children with the best possible resources for a thriving school and education.

Who we are?
The PFA is a place for all parents to get involved in the happenings of our school, Mums, dads, caregivers- everyone is welcome! Our meetings offer a forum for parents to share ideas but also to hear about and understand the school environment through the involvement of our Principal, Steve Madden.
The commitment to enriching our school community is what drives the PFA at OLHC.

When do we meet?
In 2024, we are committed to maintaining the important work of the PFA. To ensure we can keep the PFA ticking along, we are planning to run one meeting per term, which will also be accessible online by emailing the PFA and we will send you the secure link.
*Our AGM will be in MARCH- date TBC*
We'd love to see you come along. Better still, bring a friend too! The more the merrier!

How can you help?
To make it all possible, the Parents & Friends rely on the support of the school community and therefore we ask that you please take some time to consider where you can assist.
We have provided a list of possible events and services with approximate dates that they are usually held.
We understand that circumstances change over time and therefore you will not be locked in at this point. In the lead up to the event, the event coordinator will contact you to see if you are still available to assist.

We thank you for your time and we hope to see lots of you joining the fun!

                            MAJOR FUNDRAISER                              

YELLOW PAGES DELIVERY 2024

The Yellow Pages delivery to the Warrnambool region has been our major fundraiser for several years now. It is a fundraiser that requires our families to donate their energy and a bit of time, but in return has raised between $5000 - $7000 of outside money each year.

We remain committed to this fundraiser while it is available to us or until we find a replacement with equal income potential.

When?
Anticipated delivery dates at this stage are between the 22nd March to 7th April (first week of school holidays). 

What’s involved?
* We have 70+ rounds to be allocated.
* Each round size varies from 200-350 books.
* Each round is mapped and the correct number of books (as close as possible, considering new residences etc) are stacked in the hall ready for your collection.
* We ask that each round is to be collected prior to the start date (dates to be finalised). This then gives you a couple of weeks to complete the round (if you wish to take that long).
* Each premise in the round must have a book placed in its letterbox or at its door unless they have requested to ‘opt out’ of a delivery (these will be listed for you if you have any in your round)
* All leftover books are to be returned with the maps to the hall.

We can’t express enough how important it is to capitalise on fundraising opportunities that bring in outside dollars. But we need your help to make it successful and to do that, we need families to deliver a round.


PLEASE COMPLETE THE BELOW FORM ASAP SO WE CAN ENSURE ALL AREAS ARE COVERED

School Sponsorship

Birthdays

This Weeks Birthdays

Foundation

Leo Sedgley

Billie Oborne

Yr 1

Finn Murfett

Arya Neupane

Aleah Wenga

Charlotte Aiken

Yr 2

Rylee Henderson

Yr 4

Finn Lyons

Yr 6

Hamish Kermond

Community

  Icy Poles for Sale

Every Tuesday for term 1

Icy poles for sale on Tuesday at 11.00

50c per single Zooper Dooper

Please do not send notes to school with students as we do not have change

Funds raised will support our Mission

Out & About in our Community

On the weekend Scarlett Nolan 6MH won the final in the Amy Day Trotting Racing Cup at Terang.  This week Scarlett will compete in the Trotting Grand Prix also in Terang.

Well done and all the best for this weekend Scarlett!

Athletes Foot School Rewards

School Forms & Policies

Mobile Phone Policy & Form

Medication Administration Form

Asthma Action Plan

Camps, Sports & Excursions Funding Form

OLHC Lunch Order Menu 2023

Please clearly label  your child's Name, Class, Order & Total Cost on a brown paper bag with the correct money inside.

Country Bus Travel Application

Jill Burgess - Administration/Bus Coordinator @ Brauer College

P: 5560 3888

E: Jillian.Burgess@education.vic.gov.au


TheirCare Before & After School Care - plus Vacation

& School Closure Day Care

WCC After School Care Information

LOWES Uniform Price List

OLHC Enrolment Form

OLHC 2023 Prospectus

Wellbeing

If you want to learn to ride a skateboard or get better at maths, you need to practise. It’s the same when you want to feel happier!

Here are some easy ideas to give Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy a try every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.

Let's Practice!

Faith & Culture

Parish Office Hours: 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday

P:    5562 2231

E:    southwestcoast@ballarat.catholic.org.au


Enrolment weekend:     Saturday 24th, 6pm  / Sunday 25th, 9am  February            

Grade 6 Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:   Tuesday 19th March @ 7pm                  

Beloved
(Mark 9: 2  - 10)
 
The film Dead Man Walking tells the story of a nun (Sr. Helen Prejean) as she accompanies a man (Robert)  during the months leading up to his execution in the United States. Noticing how Robert tried to win the confidence of one of the wardens, who was a kind and fatherly figure, Sister Helen reflected:
 
Robert never really had a father. His father spent 27 of his 53 years in prison. It makes me think of my own father. It has to be one of life’s most precious feelings to know that your dad is proud of you. I was my daddy’s scholar, his scribe who kept the travel diary on family holidays. He always had a special tone in his voice when he introduced me to friends and colleagues. “And this is my daughter, Helen.” In the presence of strangers I would fall silent, standing close to him, my hand holding on tightly to his. Afterwards, I would squeeze his hand tighter than ever and delight once more with chatter and questions. A child can sail to the moon with that feeling of security from a father.
 
This may help us to understand something of what the Tabor experience meant for Jesus. It came at a very difficult time in his life, a time of uncertainty and fear of the future. He was headed for Jerusalem, where he sensed that the same fate awaited him as befell all the prophets – a violent death. Naturally he recoiled from such a fate. In order to reflect on it and pray about it, he climbed to the top of Mount Tabor.

We don’t know exactly what happened on the mountain. But it seems that he had an intense experience of the presence of God. He heard those marvellous words: “You are my beloved Son.” On Tabor Jesus felt himself comforted and affirmed. He knew that God was pleased with him, and would give him the strength to face a dark and threatening future. With God on his side, he could face anything.
 
At times life can become dark for all of us. There are a lot of voices which say to us: “You’re good, but only  if you’re popular.” But there is a still small voice which whispers to us in our hearts: “You are my beloved son/ daughter.” This is the voice we need to pay attention to. We must recognise that we are God’s beloved children, and try to live our lives by the light of this truth.
 
How am I living my life as a beloved daughter or son of God?
 

Not Quite Finished
(Mark 9: 2  - 4)

 Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus. 
Have you seen the T-shirt that says, “God’s not finished with me yet?” Maybe that the souvenir Jesus should have bought the disciples after they went up the mountain with him and saw him revealed in all his glory. The apostles thought they’d attained a state of perfection. Peter even wanted to set up tents and live there permanently. Can you blame him? But Jesus would have none of that kind of thinking. There was plenty more to be done. Not only was God not finished with the apostles yet, but they hadn’t even started the work ahead of them. Whatever situation we’re in, we must have faith that the unfolding of God’s will for us is not complete. More will be revealed, and it will be revealed in the day-to-day activities of our lives – in our homes and workplaces and within our families. Lent is a time to become aware of both the great revelations and the small.
 
One revelation is that God wants something from us, and it may not be what we think. Abraham discovered that God did not desire human sacrifice – a major step forward for humankind. The apostles discovered that God had more in mind for them than pitching tents on a mountainside. And surely God has more in mind for us, too. For most, discovering God’s will for us will not come in a blinding flash but rather revelatory acts of love and generosity we practice right in our own homes

Teaching & Learning @ OLHC

A Message from Mr A

Week 3 Term 1

GRADE 2 EXCURSION- FLAGSTAFF HILL

Our Grade 2 cohort visited Flagstaff Hill on Wednesday as part of their Inquiry unit, Warrnambool Past and Present. The students spent the morning checking out the exhibits, made links to Warrnambool’s history and had a go at drawing the La Bella ship. Check out some photos below.

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EARLY STEPS CONFERENCES

It was great to see parents onsite for Early Steps conferences beginning this week. If you were unable to book through PAM, please get in contact with your classroom teacher to organise a time. 

GRADE 6 LEADERSHIP SPEECHES

Our most senior students spent Wednesday and the first part of Thursday morning presenting their leadership speeches. I happened to catch some of these speeches which was great to witness. Our leaders were presented at the assembly today and are listed in today's newsletter. Well done to all Grade 6 students and we wish this semester's leaders well in their respective roles.  

PARENT HELPERS 

A big thank you to the mums and dads who have put their hand up to be parent helpers in the classrooms. A simple induction was run on Thursday morning as we outlined expectations/guidelines for assisting in classrooms. If you are interested in becoming a parent helper, please email me on nauld@olhcwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au

Enjoy the weekend with your family.

Naish

Spirit of Our Lady's Award

James Gaffy

Tadhg Loughran

Evelyn Murphy

Harry Sabo

Violet Barlow

Holly Sudiro

Indi Butler


Leadership & Stewardship

Principal's Message

Dear members of the OLHC school community,

This week our 72 grade 6’s had the opportunity to put their hand up for various leadership roles for semester 1. This takes some confidence and courage to stand in front of their peers. We invited the grade 5’s in to be the audience and what we have noticed over the last few years is how much more professional and polished the presentations have become. We look forward to working with the semester one candidates and watching them grow as leaders.

I spent some time with Matthew Byrne (Deputy Director of DOBCEL) in Horsham this week to discuss our frustration over the plight of a number of fare paying country bus users at OLHC. As it currently stands this matter is unresolved and we are exploring a wide range of alternatives. Once we have some clarity we will communicate this. Needless to say it is very political.

Last week I was informed that Carlin Veale will be taking up a position at Merri School. Carlin has been a positive and energetic staff member at OLHC and we are disappointed to bid him farewell. Carlin will finish midterm and we will recognise his efforts at a later point. We will advertise his position and families may know someone interested in applying. https://www.olhcwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au/employment-olhc   


Semester 1 Student Leaders

School Captains - Fletcher White & Zara Doherty

Vice Captains - Sam Gardner & Lola Paton

Social Justice Leaders - Marli Moore & Laila Conn

Library Leaders - Scarlett Nolan & Will Hodson

ICT Leaders - Hamish Kermond & Will Kerr

The Arts Leaders - Molly Nicholson & Louie Metcalfe

Sports Leaders - Milah Knowles, Hannah Ragg, Maya McLeod, Jack Skilbeck, Murphy Rea, Tadhg Loughran, Oliver Carr & Miranda Jansz

Reminder!  School Photos

Tuesday 27th February

Full Summer Uniform

Grades 5CW, 5GR, 2BW, 2SS & 6SI are not to wear sports uniform.  Please bring sneakers in your bags.


Camps, Sports and Excursions Funds (CSEF) Applications for 2024

Please note there has been a government increase for those families that have qualified for the CSEF 2024.

On the 2024 school fee schedule, a valid concession was advertised as $125.00 per student.  This amount has increased to $150.00 per student.

If you have handed in your 2024 application no further action is required. Otherwise please complete the below form & send in a copy of your concession card no later than 25th April, 2024

This is a timely reminder for families to fill this form out if you have a valid concession card.

OLHC Athletics 

Sunday, 3rd March

Brauerander Park, beside Brauer College on Caramut Road

Conducting our school sports on a Sunday has become a tradition to encourage greater attendance by parents and extended family.  

The athletics day is a scheduled school day with students having a day off on Monday, 4th March in lieu of the sports.  If your child/ren is unable to attend the sports day you are required to notify the school.  Please contact the school office on 5562 5559 or email  admin@olhcwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au or inform your child's teacher.

Schedule:

Sports activities start at 9.30am sharp, therefore we ask that you start arriving around 9.00am and conclude by approximately 2:30 pm with breaks for morning snacks and lunch.

Things to consider bringing:

  • Camp chairs
  • Picnic rugs
  • Food & Drink - also available to purchase
  • Suncream
  • Hat
  • Pop up shelter

Canteen Information:

Our Parents and Friends Association (PFA) will manage a canteen and BBQ for those families who do not wish to pack a picnic.

Please click on the link below to offer assistance....

Important Dates Term 1

26th Feb - 1 March - Yr 1 - 6 Early Steps Conferences

Tuesday 27th February - School Photos

Sunday 3rd March - OLHC Athletics Day

Monday 4th March - NO SCHOOL in lieu of athletics on Sunday

Wednesday 13th March - Emmanuel College Open Evening

Thursday 21st March - Colour Fun Run

Friday 22nd March - NO SCHOOL - Staff PD

Thursday 28th March - Last day of term 1 - finish @ 2.30pm

Friday 29th March - Good Friday

Sunday 31st March - Easter Sunday

Acknowledgement of Country

Today we acknowledge and pay our respects to the First Peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways and thank them for their continued hospitality.

We acknowledge and celebrate the continuation of a living culture who have lived with Creator God through creation of land, sea, waterways and life.

Prayer

Parents & Friends Association

Hi OLHC families,

We are holding a Colour Fun Run on Thursday 21st March with a target of $50,000 to raise money for our senior playground. The majority of the fundraising occurs in the lead up to our event, so we’re asking all families to pitch in as every $1 counts!

This event has been organised to be our major fundraiser for this year and hopefully, we can reach our goal of raising the much needed funds for the upgrades to our school playground. It is a great event for the kids to participate in and get to know they are helping do something great for their own school, and generations of kids to come after them.

We are super excited to announce that we have had our Assistant Principal, Mr A volunteer to be slimed at the Colour Fun Run IF the $50,000 is raised! We have some teachers that have volunteered to be slimed along the way at different monetary milestones.

My child will be away on the day, can we still fundraise?

Yes please! All students are invited to create a student profile and help with the fundraising efforts, every dollar counts.

What is the Colour Fun Run?

It is an online fundraising program, where all children have their own profile to help raise funds for the school. Families create their own online profile through the website, set your fundraising target and work towards earning those prizes! In your profile you will have a unique cyber safe link to share with your family and friends to donate to get you close to your target.

Do we have to get the prizes?

No. We have listened to the feedback from our last colour fun run and know that not all kids want to get the prizes. You have a few options:

  • You can choose not to login and order the prizes after the Colour Fun Run.
  • You can choose to login and order the prizes and keep some and donate the others.
  • You can choose to login and order the prizes and donate them to our “sack”, which we will have in the foyer. We will partner with Little Vinnies or other local charities to donate those toys to families in need.

What do we need you to do?

All we need you to do this week is create an online profile at funrun.com.au. The class with the most profiles by Thursday 22nd February will all get an icy pole! 

This is an inclusive fundraiser for the whole family to attend. We would love to see you there! 

Please see the flyer sent home with students yesterday.

Thank you all in advance,

OLHC PFA

2024 Parents & Friends

Welcome to all of our families, new and existing. The OLHC Parents and Friends leadership group are optimistic that 2024 will be a year of renewed possibilities and re-connection for our school community as a whole.

The PFA (Parents & Friends Association)
What we do?

We plan and run events and services to provide our school community with great social opportunities but also to raise vital funds needed to bridge a funding gap, therefore helping to provide the staff and our children with the best possible resources for a thriving school and education.

Who we are?
The PFA is a place for all parents to get involved in the happenings of our school, Mums, dads, caregivers- everyone is welcome! Our meetings offer a forum for parents to share ideas but also to hear about and understand the school environment through the involvement of our Principal, Steve Madden.
The commitment to enriching our school community is what drives the PFA at OLHC.

When do we meet?
In 2024, we are committed to maintaining the important work of the PFA. To ensure we can keep the PFA ticking along, we are planning to run one meeting per term, which will also be accessible online by emailing the PFA and we will send you the secure link.
*Our AGM will be in MARCH- date TBC*
We'd love to see you come along. Better still, bring a friend too! The more the merrier!

How can you help?
To make it all possible, the Parents & Friends rely on the support of the school community and therefore we ask that you please take some time to consider where you can assist.
We have provided a list of possible events and services with approximate dates that they are usually held.
We understand that circumstances change over time and therefore you will not be locked in at this point. In the lead up to the event, the event coordinator will contact you to see if you are still available to assist.

We thank you for your time and we hope to see lots of you joining the fun!

                            MAJOR FUNDRAISER                              

YELLOW PAGES DELIVERY 2024

The Yellow Pages delivery to the Warrnambool region has been our major fundraiser for several years now. It is a fundraiser that requires our families to donate their energy and a bit of time, but in return has raised between $5000 - $7000 of outside money each year.

We remain committed to this fundraiser while it is available to us or until we find a replacement with equal income potential.

When?
Anticipated delivery dates at this stage are between the 22nd March to 7th April (first week of school holidays). 

What’s involved?
* We have 70+ rounds to be allocated.
* Each round size varies from 200-350 books.
* Each round is mapped and the correct number of books (as close as possible, considering new residences etc) are stacked in the hall ready for your collection.
* We ask that each round is to be collected prior to the start date (dates to be finalised). This then gives you a couple of weeks to complete the round (if you wish to take that long).
* Each premise in the round must have a book placed in its letterbox or at its door unless they have requested to ‘opt out’ of a delivery (these will be listed for you if you have any in your round)
* All leftover books are to be returned with the maps to the hall.

We can’t express enough how important it is to capitalise on fundraising opportunities that bring in outside dollars. But we need your help to make it successful and to do that, we need families to deliver a round.


PLEASE COMPLETE THE BELOW FORM ASAP SO WE CAN ENSURE ALL AREAS ARE COVERED

School Sponsorship

Birthdays

This Weeks Birthdays

Foundation

Xavier Grant

Esmae Lamb

Yr 2

Percy Thomson

Yr 3

Ruby Rae

Yr 4

Hugo Auld

Yr 5

Shanaya Nicholls

Yr 6

Lola Paton

Community

  Icy Poles for Sale

Every Tuesday for term 1

Icy poles for sale on Tuesday at 11.00

50c per single Zooper Dooper

Please do not send notes to school with students as we do not have change

Funds raised will support our Mission

Athletes Foot School Rewards

School Forms & Policies

Mobile Phone Policy & Form

Medication Administration Form

Asthma Action Plan

Camps, Sports & Excursions Funding Form

OLHC Lunch Order Menu 2023

Please clearly label  your child's Name, Class, Order & Total Cost on a brown paper bag with the correct money inside.

Country Bus Travel Application

Jill Burgess - Administration/Bus Coordinator @ Brauer College

P: 5560 3888

E: Jillian.Burgess@education.vic.gov.au


TheirCare Before & After School Care - plus Vacation

& School Closure Day Care

WCC After School Care Information

LOWES Uniform Price List

OLHC Enrolment Form

OLHC 2023 Prospectus

Wellbeing

If you want to learn to ride a skateboard or get better at maths, you need to practise. It’s the same when you want to feel happier!

Here are some easy ideas to give Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy a try every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.

Let's Practice!

School Survival Series

Students today have very busy schedules all-year round and it’s a very different experience for the current generation. The digital revolution has changed the way kids learn and study, with information available to them 24 hours a day.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help them get through the school years but it is also important for parents understand how to support their child. This is essential during times of transition and exam time, not only emotionally, but also practically. This series aims to offer parents, and students, advice on how to minimise stress levels and the overall impact on family life.

Every year, the media exposes us to the hype and pressure relating to school related stresses. However, putting things into perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed.

Please tap the "Topics" link below to access information on individual topics...

  • Bullying
  • School Transition
  • School Refusal
  • Exam Jitters

Faith & Culture

Parish Office Hours: 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday

P:    5562 2231

E:    southwestcoast@ballarat.catholic.org.au


Parent information evening:     Wednesday 21st of February at 7 pm
Enrolment weekend:     Saturday 24th, 6pm  / Sunday 25th, 9am  February   
         

Grade 6 Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:   Tuesday 19th March @ 7pm                  

Ash Wednesday Mass - Blessing the Yr 6 Students

Among the Wild Beasts
(Mark 1: 12  - 15)
 
The story of the temptation is a wonderful portrait of physical and spiritual realities in juxtaposition. On one side is the desert: dry, hot, harsh, and tangible. On the other side is the Spirit, driving Jesus inward to encounter Satan for a contest over authority. In the end, we find Jesus in the company of wild beasts and angels, in perfect harmony, as if heaven and earth were finally made whole. The lion lies down with the lamb, and an angel protects them both.
 
Jesus struggles over temptations that appeal as much to the body as to the spirit. Both his physical and spiritual natures must be surrendered to God’s will, and it is that surrender which marks the beginning and end of his work on earth. “Into your hands I commit my spirit,” Jesus whispers from the cross. His body is already committed.
 
The image of Jesus with beasts and angels reminds us of humanity’s ideal: to be at peace with this world and the next. So long as we neglect our responsibilities to one or the other, we won’t know lasting peace.
 
How are your temptations both physical and spiritual?

Be a Promise Keeper
(Genesis 9: 12  - 13)
 
God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth.”
 
“But you promised!” When my mother heard my friend Murray say this to me, I knew instinctively that, at 12 years of age, I was about to learn a very important life lesson, like it or not. She firmly told me that if I had promised to help Murray with his science project by helping him collect and display leaves from 25 local species of trees, that would be how I would spend my Saturday - despite my Aunt Mary taking my sisters without me to the amusement park. The best amusement park in the world could not be worth a broken promise. It was a difficult lesson for me to learn.
 
When God makes a promise, God keeps that promise better than we do. The covenant that God makes to Noah and to all the chosen people would forever be symbolised in the beauty and the mystery of the rainbow.
 
This Lent, in seeking forgiveness, look to the sky and see the rainbow. God has promised us forgiveness. We need only to humbly ask for the unconditional love that God has promised. It is there for us now, and we will see it in still another beautiful symbol, the cross, on Good Friday.

Teaching & Learning @ OLHC

A Message from Mr A

Week 3 Term 1

OFF AND RACING!

Our Foundation cohort has made a great start to the year. They are learning effective morning routines, have started the journey towards becoming effective readers through our Little Learners phonics program and are building those social skills through classroom and playground interactions. Well done to the Foundation teachers and support staff for such a positive start to the year.

HANDS ON LEARNING

An important aspect of our school is the Hands On Learning program. We have had a number of great initiatives completed by these students in the past, including the buddy benches you see around the school. This week we had a new group of students apply for the first semester intake where they had to sit an interview in order to be accepted into the program. Well done to Carlin and Katie for running this at our school.

EARLY STEPS CONFERENCES

We have scheduled Early Steps Conferences for Weeks 4 and 5 for years 1-6. Foundation families have already started this process on a Wednesday. For those new to our community these are a 10-minute conference with your child’s teacher to make connections, discuss how your child is settling in, and anything else that may assist them to make a positive start to the year. Most people have already booked their time through the PAM portal.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks,

Naish

Leadership & Stewardship

Principal's Message

Dear members of the OLHC school community,

Unfortunately this week I had to postpone the Grade 5 camp to The Grampians Retreat. The children were certainly excited to be going but the weather and fires early in the week actually made the decision pretty easy. We have been able to reschedule the camp at no extra cost to families to Thursday 9th & Friday 10th May.

On Wednesday the parish and school came together to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Father John Fitzgerald did a great job in welcoming all the children and I wish to thank Mrs Harney for the organisation that goes into a mass. The readers and participants all did a terrific job. 

I managed to get into all 3 Foundation rooms to read the children a silly story this week. These  opportunities are a way to remain visible and connected to the students so I dont become “the bloke in the office on his phone.”  There is nothing quite like the honest feedback you get from 5 year olds- everything from how you look, to what you are wearing is up for discussion. I even get called Mrs Madden on occasions! 

On Wednesday I received notification about the renewal works being done by the Warrnambool City Council on Auty St Reserve just off Selby Rd. You can view the updated design at  https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/playgrounds

Works are anticipated to take up to 30 business days and are due to commence late February. If you have any queries you can call the Civic Center on 03 5559 4800

Lastly, we set up a quiet play space for the little kids in the courtyard. It is to support a young child who can't have any physical contact due to a health condition. The upside has been the play other children have enjoyed away from the hustle and bustle of the yard. We will continue to stock this space and monitor its success. 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Funds (CSEF) Applications for 2024

Please note there has been a government increase for those families that have qualified for the CSEF 2024.

On the 2024 school fee schedule, a valid concession was advertised as $125.00 per student.  This amount has increased to $150.00 per student.

If you have handed in your 2024 application no further action is required. Otherwise please complete the below form & send in a copy of your concession card no later than 25th April, 2024

This is a timely reminder for families to fill this form out if you have a valid concession card.

OLHC Athletics 

Our school's athletic sports serve as a wonderful community day for the entire school. As in previous years, our sports day is scheduled for:                   Sunday, 3rd March

Location: Brauerander Park, beside Brauer College on Caramut Rd.

Conducting our school sports on a Sunday has become a tradition to encourage greater attendance by parents and extended family.  

The athletics day is a scheduled school day with students having a day off on Monday, 4th March in lieu of the sports.  If your child/ren is unable to attend the sports day you are required to notify the school.  Please contact the school office on 5562 5559 or email  admin@olhcwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au or inform your child's teacher.

Schedule:

Sports activities start at 9.30am sharp, therefore we ask that you start arriving around 9.00am and conclude by approximately 2:30 pm with breaks for morning snacks and lunch.

Things to consider bringing:

  • Camp chairs
  • Picnic rugs
  • Food & Drink - also available to purchase
  • Suncream
  • Hat
  • Pop up shelter

Canteen Information:

Our Parents and Friends Association (PFA) will manage a canteen and BBQ for those families who do not wish to pack a picnic.

Please click on the link below....

Important Dates Term 1

22nd Feb - 1 March - Yr 1 - 6 Early Steps Conferences

Tuesday 27th February - School Photos

Sunday 3rd March - OLHC Athletics Day

Monday 4th March - NO SCHOOL in lieu of athletics on Sunday

Wednesday 13th March - Emmanuel College Open Evening

Thursday 21st March - Colour Fun Run

Friday 22nd March - NO SCHOOL - Staff PD

Thursday 28th March - Last day of term 1 - finish @ 2.30pm

Friday 29th March - Good Friday

Sunday 31st March - Easter Sunday

Acknowledgement of Country

Today we acknowledge and pay our respects to the First Peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways and thank them for their continued hospitality.

We acknowledge and celebrate the continuation of a living culture who have lived with Creator God through creation of land, sea, waterways and life.

Prayer