The new term brings with it more exciting moments for the children and families at Our Lady of Victories. It is always great to see the smiles on the children's faces when they return. I am sure they will stay that way as they work thorough many new experiences in their learning. We wish them all well this term.
We welcome Amaya G (Yr 6) and Alierah M (Yr 1) to our school this term. We wish them every success and fun times here at OLV. I am sure you will give their families great support as well.
NEW COVID RULES
We welcome the news that parents can now be more included in the life of the school. We are able to invite you all to any of our Monday liturgies and Friday assemblies, to be involved in class activities such as reading and art etc. We can invite parents to our special events such as the Mother's Day Breakfast, CSW Open Day and Athletics Carnival. Good news for everyone.
There has been much discussion and frustrations around our afternoon dismissal routine. The one thing that needs to be remembered is that we were trying to make it the best we could under COVID restrictions and the safety of the children during this time of the day.
With the easing of restrictions we are able to change the dismissal routine to closer resemble to what we had pre-covid. One thing that we wish to make clear is that children's safety is paramount. Let's work together with cooperation and patience to get the children home.
Firstly, parents need to decide where best suits them to pick up their children -- there are 3 gates that can be used which we will call - TOP gate (on Lovell Pde), BOTTOM gate (on Lovell Pde) and SAND gate (on Sandgate Rd). This needs to be clearly communicated to your children and kept as a routine.
SANDGATE RD GATE: We recommend the Primary use the Sandgate Rd gate as a pick up point for the older children. If you choose that point, any Infant siblings will mustered and brought to the Sandgate Rd gate. Parents are still asked to stay outside the gate to collect their children as they are now. (Remember - social distancing is still recommended).
TOP LOVELL PDE GATE: We recommend that the Kinder parents use this gate. Mrs Bradley will continue to bring the Kinders to the orange quad. Any siblings of Kinders will be directed to this area also for collection. Parents are asked to gather under the veranda around the quad. (Remember - social distancing is still encouraged)
BOTTOM LOVELL PDE GATE: We recommend that the Yr 1 & Yr 2 children use this exit point. Parents may enter the school ground and sit on the wall at the back of the COLA to collect their children. (Primary siblings will be mustered and brought down from the top classrooms)
There are some points that need to be remembered:
* Once children are with their parents, you need to leave immediately or as soon as practical (the gates need to locked for OOSH) -- Sorry no lingering.
* NO children (including pre-schoolers) are to be on the fields or playground equipment and must be in the care and supervision of their parents.
On Wednesday 5 May we will be opening the school and inviting everyone to celebrate with us in Catholic Schools Week. We will start the day with a Mass in the Hall from 9:15am. At 10am Morning Tea for our visitors will be served in the Orange Quad. From 10:15 – 11am the class rooms will be open and Tours of the school will be available. At 11am the children will put on a short concert to finish the morning. Please come along if you can for any or all of the activities and invite anyone you might think would be interested in coming along.
SAN CLEMENTE 2022
San Clemente are reminding families of children looking to enrol for 2022 of their Open Days and Tours coming up next week. If you haven’t already registered for a tour click the link below to book a time on line – or you could call the school.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
We will be celebrating the great things that Catholic school provide for the families that come to us. From 3-9 May, Catholic Schools Week will be happening for 2021. We will be having some events to which parents are invited. These include our CSW Mass, Morning Tea, Open Classes and mini concert on Wednesday 5 May. On Friday 7 May we are inviting the significant women in our children's lives to breakfast, Liturgy and fun activities from 7am. Check out the flyers for more information.
DIOCESAN CROSS COUNTRY
At the end of last term, Harry F and Julian A both represented the school and region at the Diocesan Soccer trials. They both performed very well and Julian performed well enough to impress the sectors to be chose him for the Diocesan Team to compete at the Polding trial later next month. Well done to both of you and special congrats to Julian. We look forward to hearing of his trip to Tamworth soon.
On Monday 3 May, we will be taking the school photos. The photos will be taken with the children in Winter Uniform. As 3 May is when we expect to change into our winter woollies, now is a good time to ensure we have all the correct bits to put on -- including the school tie.
The children in Yrs 3 & 5 will be involved in the NAPLAN testing program during Week 4. It would be wise not to make any appointments for your children during this week if it can be avoided. The testing is done online and our trial last term went very well. Please do not place heavy expectations on your children for this assessment.
Children will be expected to be in winter uniform from the beginning of Week 3 -- Monday, 3 May.
Welcome back to term 2.
This term is going to be a very busy term especially week 3.
The following is an outline of Monday Liturgies we will have this term. All liturgies will be recorded and placed on our school Facebook page, but you are of course now welcome in person.
Week 2: St Vincent De Paul- Year 4
Week 3: No Liturgy on Monday due to School Photos.
Wednesday 9:15am Catholic School Mass in school hall.
Friday Mother’s Day Breakfast 7am followed by 9am Liturgy – Year 2
Week 4: Families- Kindergarten
Week 5: Pentecost- Year 2
Week 6: Mary Help of Christians- Year 3
Week 7: Winter- Year 1
Week 8: Kindness- Year 4
Week 9: No Monday Liturgy due to Queens birthday
Friday Whole School Mass 9:15am - Kindergarten
Week 10: Being good for God.
Celebrating Catholic School Week.
As a school we would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating Mass in our school hall on Wednesday 5th May at 9:15am followed by morning tea. From 10:15 there will be open classrooms so parents can see some of the wonderful work their children have completed so far, followed by a mini concert at 11am where all classes will perform a small item of entertainment.
Mother’s Day Celebration at OLV
On Friday 7th May we would like to show all significant women in our students lives how important they are. We will begin the day bright and early with a bacon and egg roll for breakfast being served from 7am till 8:30am in the school hall. Year 2 will lead the school in our Mother’s Day Liturgy at 9am. All visitors will need to bring comfortable shoes for some fun activities to follow if you can stay.
New Finance System
Our finance system will be replaced and centralised within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese at the beginning of Term 2. This will require a new platform for Compass and a brand new Finance System.
Leanne is in training this week and next week. We ask that all parents be patient with implementing this system over the next few weeks and we are looking forward to moving ahead with Technology One.
Kindergarten Enrolments are open. Please download the attached Enrolment Form or contact the office for an enrolment pack.
Term 2 Overview
Term 2 Overview
PE - Athetics Skills
Physical activity plays a vital role in promoting the physical, social and emotional growth and development of individuals. If students are to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity they need to feel competent and confident in
being able to perform fundamental athletic skills - including shot putt, long jump and running. This is best achieved in settings that do not place heavy emphasis on competition, allowing students the necessary time and support to gain a concept of, practise and master skills.
We would like to wish the following children a Happy Birthday
|Kindergarten||Maksim S, Thomas O|
|Year 3||Clayton S, Isabella C|
|Year 5/6||Isla W, Sonia K|
Congratulations and we hope you had a happy day
|Lexia Awards||Daniel Z - Level 11, Sienna S - Level 6, Jesse C - Level 5, Madelyn M - Level 4, Joyce H - Level 9, Kasey S - Level 5|
The Bishop has a very good meessage about how the Diocese approach the issues of Child Protection. It is a wonderful commitment to the safety and Wellbeing of all children in our catholic schools.
You can catch it here from this link or find it on our website.
Book Club order forms have gone home this week. Orders are to be finalized by Wednesday 5th May. Please mark order forms clearly with student's name and items to be ordered. Ordering can be done on-line or by filling in the order form and returning to school with the money and placing in the classroom note bag. Late orders cannot be accepted as Scholastic will charge a late delivery fee.
DIOCESAN CROSS COUNTRY
On Tuesday next week, 27 April, we have 6 children who qualified for the Diocesan Cros Country Trials. Good luck to Harrison S, Max G, Gemma M, Freya B, Indigo H & Julian A.
Great job to all the children who tried out at the school trial and enjoyed the morning exercise, And thanks to all the folks that were able to watch and encourage.
Our Mother’s Day stall will be held on Tuesday 4th May. The cost will be $5 per gift. Please return the note and money to school by Friday 30th April if your child would like to choose something special at the stall.
This year we will also be holding a Mother’s Day raffle. Tickets have been sent home and are 50c each. The raffle will be drawn prior to Mother’s Day.
The weather is starting to cool down and this will bring a change from summer to winter uniform in a few weeks time. If anyone has any second hand uniforms they wish to donate to the uniform pool please bring them to the office.
The uniform pool is open on Monday mornings from 8.45-9.10am. We currently have girls second hand white school shirts on sale for $1 each.
Next meeting: Monday 26th October at 7pm in the school library. All welcome to attend.
Check out this link for more info on St Nicholas OOSH.
How to enrol for our OOSH Services:
You will be able to access the school newsletter here and notifications will come through Schoolzine. Please DO NOT use the old SkoolBag App. It is no longer used for communications of notifications and messages..
Go to this link to download the Schoolzine App: