newsletter - Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

From the Principal …
27 November 2014
‘Together We Journey with God.’
Don’t forget that we will be farewelling Noel Kapernick, Dianne Reardon and Angela Nasternak
at the final Monday afternoon Assembly next Monday 1 December at 2:00 pm in the Penola
Centre. Years 4 Red and Yellow will be leading this Assembly.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Christmas Concert last night. The
students sang sweetly and the storm that threatened at one stage went somewhere else.
Michael Mangan led the students in the singing of Christmas and Advent songs and the evening
proved to be a tremendous success. I would like to thank Tara Martin and our staff for the
organisation of the children in the weeks leading up to the concert. Well done!
Every Monday 2pm
Penola Centre
28 Nov
1 Dec
2 Dec
3 Dec
4 Dec
5 Dec
Italian Day Yrs 4 – 7
Ten Pin Bowling - Yr 3
& Yr 5
Incursion Yr 2 (Auditorium)
Swim Carnival Yrs 3 – 7
Preps Big Day In
Seniors Assembly
Southbank (Seniors)
Graduation (Seniors)
School Holidays begin
12.00 noon (please
make arrangements to
collect your child /
children by 12.30pm)
It’s nice to be important
it’s more important
to be nice!
This year all students will receive their Report Card before the end of the day on Wednesday 3
December. Please check with your child that afternoon for their Report Card.
The school will close for our Christmas Holiday break next Friday 5 December at 12:00 noon.
We ask that all children be collected before 12:30 pm on that day. On that day we will be
holding an early Morning Tea at 10:00 am and will follow this with Mass in the church at 10:45
am. On the conclusion of the Mass all classes will return to their classroom and will be
dismissed at 12:00 noon. All students need to be collected before 12:30 pm. Outside School
Hours Care are running a special program that afternoon from 12:00 pm. Children must be
booked in for this special session.
Thank you to those families who have settled their Term 4 School Fee Account. All Outstanding
balances are now overdue and MUST be paid immediately. If there is a problem settling your
account please contact the Finance Secretary, Trish Reuter as soon as possible.
You will appreciate the school has a number of financial commitments that we also need to
meet such as loan repayments, electricity, rates, and insurance to name a few. A deficiency with
the fees therefore has an impact on our ability to ensure our operations run effectively. I trust
you will understand our concern to ensure that all school fee accounts are paid by the end of
the school year.
Mr Ron O’Mara, Fee Administrator, will be in the office, over the next week to follow up on all
School fee Accounts that remain unpaid.
Thank you.
Mark Badke
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
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Term 4
Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December
Term 1
Wednesday 28 January - Thursday 2 April
Term 2
Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June
Term 3
Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September
Term 4
Tuesday 6 October - Friday 4 December
Remember …
All parents helping out in the school are required to sign in and out at the office and wear a “PARENT HELPER BADGE”.
All grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. MUST have a Blue Card (from the Commission for Children and Young People and
Child Guardian. Forms can be obtained from the school office). All volunteer / parent helpers MUST have completed
the Student Protection Workshop on the school website and submitted the forms to the office.
From the APA …
Ryan Stannard & Isabella Miers
Jack Hilton & Charlotte Butterfield
Mark Kandathiparambil & Daniella Bonomo
Booklists for 2015…
Booklists for 2015 are now available from the school website via “What’s on” –
“Back to school”. An email was sent out on Monday with the instructions for
ordering. Orders close 5 December with delivery between the 12 and 18
January 2015.
Party in the park to say goodbye to the families leaving and celebrate the end of year.
 Where:
Woff Street Park
 When:
Friday 5 December - 12 noon (after school has ended).
Siblings welcome. Pizza and drinks to celebrate. Bring plate if you want to. $5.00 per person if you want pizza and a
 Text reply for numbers on Yr 4 mums facebook or 0407 337 004 (Karen)
From the APRE …
This Sunday, 30 November, is the first Sunday of the Season of Advent. Violet vestments and hangings will
be used instead of the green of Ordinary Time (actually, white replaced green last Sunday for the feast
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe).
Advent is a period of four Sundays, not four weeks as we sometimes think. There was a tendency in the
past to consider Advent to a penitential season like Lent, but the document General Norms of the
Liturgical Year and the Calendar describes Advent as “a period for devout and joyful expectation”.
Watching in joyful hope is what the Season of Advent is all about. We are “in-between” people: we live in the time
between Christ’s incarnation at Bethlehem and his return “in glorious majesty” at the end of time.
In this interim age we have much cause for rejoicing. Salvation, redemption, the hope of eternity is ours. If we focus on
reliving history, on baby Jesus in the manger, we may miss Christ speaking to us today in our everyday lives.
The texts of Advent – the scripture readings, prefaces and prayers – are some of the richest treasures of the Church’s
liturgy and can draw us into the true spirit and purpose of the Advent season. During Advent, as in every liturgy, we
offer thanks and praise for the saving actions of God in the past, we celebrate the presence of the risen Christ with us
today and we look for the day when Christ will return in glory. (Ref. Liturgy Brisbane)
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal- Reminder
We are still collecting items for Christmas hampers which will
be distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society. Please send
along non-perishable food items for these Christmas hampers. As well as everyday grocery items, you are encouraged
to send along some special Christmas treats e.g. Christmas pudding, tinned hams, Christmas cake, confectionary, snacks
and other special delicacies. These items will be collected during our school assembly each Monday until the end of
term. Items brought to school on other days will be stored in the classroom until Monday’s assembly. Thank you for
your generosity- we have filled eight washing baskets already!
Families and friends are warmly invited to join us for our liturgical celebrations.
Wk 9
2 December
Class & Celebration
Liturgy of the Word
Year 1
Wk 9
4 December
Seniors Graduation
Wk 9
5 December
End of Year Mass
* Dates and times are correct as at 27-11-14. Any changes to these dates and times will be noted in the school
Have a great week!
God’s blessings, Tara Martin (APRE)
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To give feedback about the app or website, please email Debbie at [email protected]
All excursion notes are viewable on the app, as well as other communications from school.
Absences can be advised through the skoolbag app
Parent eForms > Absentee Note This can be done any time of the day or night.
Forms and documents can be printed from the app if you access it from the school website – Skoolbag Communication
Centre at the bottom of the main page.
Add events directly to your personal calendar from our events or calendar.
No smart phone?
You can receive alerts that are sent by email instead
Visit our school website –
The skoolbag communication centre is at the bottom of the page. Click “subscribe for email” and
then you will be
registered to receive any reminders by email. Of course you can access all the content from this centre as well. Forms
and documents can be printed from this also through your printer. Only whole school alerts are sent this way, not specific
year level only alerts.
Thank you to the parents and carers who are advising absences through the app. Whilst the ladies in the office love
taking your calls, the mornings can be quite hectic in the office. Using the app to advise an absence helps us serve you
more efficiently when you’re in the office.
Student of the Week …
Congratulations to the following students:James Podevin
Costi Petrides
Caitlin Power
Alyssa Mayo
Olivia Day
Adam Eastgate
Rory O’Shea
Prep Blue
Prep Red
Prep Yellow
Sarah O’Malley
Hayden Sturges
Asher Van Breemen
Ella Corby
Laura Murphy
Nathaniel Rowe
Cormack Lambert
Annette Chan
Lily Harman
Calan Wiremu
Lindsay Baker
Alyssa Ryder
Charlotte Butterfield
Antonio Pippia
Maxwell Patane
Senior Blue
Senior Red
Senior Yellow
Active School Travel …
Walking School Bus
 All interested parents are most welcome to attend
 NEW PRIZES available
Walking Bus every Wednesday from 8.05am
Woff Street Skate Park, Sunnybank
Looking forward to seeing you there!!!!
On wet days, please DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILDREN OFF AT THE PARK unless there are supervisors present.
(Walking under these wet conditions make pathways slippery and dangerous)
Jo Bowman (AST Coordinator)
 PLEASE NOTE: The Walking School Bus
has finished for the year.
From the Library …
Library News:
The holidays have almost arrived, and now is the perfect time to explore the Brisbane Catholic Education
Digital Library. There are some great new titles available to keep your children occupied during those long
hot summer days (please see below).
It has now become even easier to access the Digital Library as students under the age of 13 no longer need
an adobe id! Please follow the instructions below and email me at [email protected] if
you have any problems.
Download the 'overdrive' app.
Link up to the BCE Digital Library: Open the overdrive app. In the 'add a library bar' search for 'Our Lady of
Lourdes’. Once you have selected our school, the BCE digital library will appear. Click on the BCE Digital Library
option and you will be directed to the home page. From here you can browse the collection.
Borrowing an ebook or audiobook: Once you have selected a book you will be prompted to sign in. This is
when you will need your child’s log in details. Most students from Year 3 upwards will know their computer
user name and this is their ‘Library Card Number’.
Reading your ebook: The ebook can be read straight away in your browser or you can download it for reading
at another time (for example on a car journey when you may not have internet connection).
The students are allowed to borrow up to 3 books at a time.
Please contact me on [email protected] if you have any problems or if you require your child’s
‘Library Card Number’.
Happy ereading!
Thankyou to all you wonderful parents who have supported your children in the library borrowing this year. We hope
you’ve enjoyed a story or two along the way!
During the year a group of generous people have helped in our library. Some helped by covering hundreds of new
books and others by shelving books day after day or repairing the ‘worn out ones’ – the books that is!
Some of our helpers just popped in whenever they had a spare moment and other we’d see most days – just as we
though we’d be buried in piles of returns a friendly face would appear to ‘dig us out’!!!
Also this year a small group of valiant mums took on the running of the Scholastic Book Club. Thanks to their efforts and
the hundreds of purchases made by our school community our library has acquired many wonderful new books through
the point system.
We truly appreciate the generosity of all these people who lead such busy lives.
Thank you one and all.
Good news and now some bad news! There are still 170 books that need to be returned to the library by our students.
If your child has come home with a library note please check all the likely suspects and the dark corners of the house.
(In fact any book with a school barcode needs to be returned).
Next week we’ll send a final notice which will have the replacement value of the book on it and we’d ask you to
consider paying for the lost book. If you know the book is not at home and it was returned please let us know. The
library number is 3345 0711.
Wishing you the peace and joy of Christ this Christmas
Sally, Jackie and Maree
From the Tuckshop … (every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
As the Tuckshop is running down its stock before the end of the year, could you please put a second choice when
ordering your child’s lunch in case we have run out of what they order. Thanks Cindy
TUCKSHOP ROSTER: Wednesday 3 December – Friday 5 December
Wed 3 Dec
Thurs 4 Dec
Friday 5 Dec
PLEASE NOTE: Tuckshop will finish for the year on Friday 28
November. (No Tuckshop the last week of school, however their
maybe some iceblocks for sale). Running stock out!
School Shop …
SCHOOL SHOP ROSTER: Wednesday 3 December – Thursday 4 December
Wed 3 Dec
Thurs 4 Dec
The uniform shop has closed for the year for stocktaking and reordering. We
appreciate your support of this. Orders can still be placed at the office with
payment and collected next year from the shop.
Thank you…Thank you...Thank you…
Thank you to all my regular volunteers and all those people who have just offered a helping hand in
the uniform shop when they have seen that we needed one. The shop is blessed by such wonderful
and reliable volunteers who never leave me in need. The shop can only give the great service it
does with the help of these very generous people. Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and God
Bless you all.
Debbie Johnson
[email protected]
Music …
 All music lessons will finish for the year on Friday 28
School Banking Rewards …
Remember School banking is on a FRIDAY - Happy Banking
 The last day for School Banking this year will be Friday 28
November. (NO banking last week of school)
The end of the year has arrived and is bringing with it the Our Lady of Lourdes
Swimming Carnival held at the Sunnybank Swimming Club. Like last year,
there will be one carnival with the 8 – 13yrs all swimming on Tuesday 2
December. The 8 and 9 years carnival will begin at 9:00am and finish at
around 11am. The 10 – 13yrs swimmers will then be taken to the pool for their
events. The Age Champion and Runner Up medals will be presented on
Wednesday 3 December at 1:45pm.
We highly encourage ALL children, no matter what level of swimming, to
participate and cheer on their peers and house teams. Those who ‘forget’
their gear and have no note from their parents will remain at school.
Swimmers will need to bring their swimming cap, goggles, togs, towel and sunscreen. Students are to wear
their sports uniform (a house coloured shirt is permitted) including school hat and black sport shoes but may
wear thongs for between events. Morning tea or lunch and a water bottle will also need be taken to the
carnival in a small bag.
Our new shade tents will also be available on the grass area for spectators. Please leave the grandstand
available for students.
Importantly, we still need parents to be TIMEKEEPERS! We can’t do it without you. If you have experience
then that’s great, if not, come along anyway and we’ll show you how. All officials will need to be there by
Just remember that you need to have done the Student Protection Training to be able to volunteer. You can
find information and training for this on the Our Lady of Lourdes School website.
Parents – don’t forget your swimmers and cap for the highly anticipated parent/student/teacher relay! Don’t
worry, we’ll wear the kids out before the event.
Please return the note below if you will be available to be a timekeeper.
_____________________ (name)
Experience? Yes / No (circle one)
All day / Morning / Afternoon
(circle one) 8:30 – 11am 11am – 2:00pm
Child/ren and class ___________
Sport …
Community News …
Two books to write about again this time! We have read A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and
Bereft by Chris Womersley.
A Tale for the Time Being is an intriguing and beautiful narrative, unusually constructed. Ruth (the
character, but loosely autobiographical) is a writer living in a remote corner of the Pacific coast of British
Columbia. One day she finds a collection of materials contained in a lunchbox that has washed up on the beach. The
journal and letters that she finds inside envelop her in the story of the life of a Japanese teenager, who, believing
suicide is the only relief for her teenage angst, nevertheless is determined, before she commits that final act, to write
down the story of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Exploring themes of the relationship between writer and
reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, this book is recommended highly by our
members, we rated it 4 out of 5.
Set in 1919 in rural NSW, Bereft is a beautiful but harrowing gothic tale of loneliness, injustice, anguish and love. Quinn
Walker returns home from WWI to his dying mother after leaving 10 years earlier accused of raping and murdering his
little sister, with the purpose of clearing his name. Most of our members enjoyed this book, we rated it 4 out of 5.
Our next meeting will be breakfast on Sunday 30 November at Riverbend Teahouse 193 Oxford St Bulimba at 8am, we
will be discussing Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.
New members are most welcome, if you wish to join us please call Jenny Scodellaro 0402 457 462 or MaryAnne Hiscutt
0413 199 974.
We are a family based martial arts and self defence school based at the Paloma Reception Centre. We have been
teaching students from Our Lady of Lourdes and kids from the local area for the last 10 years. Classes are every Tuesday
or Thursday nights from 5.30pm. Catering for ages 4 and up. Come along and join our family.
 Applications for Year 7 2018 close on Friday 6 February 2015
 Applications for Year 7 2019 (Year 3 students 2015) now open
 If your daughter is currently in Year 3, 4 or 5 and you wish to submit an enrolment for her please contact the
College on 3399 8888 to request an Enrolment Pack or alternatively download from our website:
Maria Krause
Enrolments Registrar
Tel: (07) 3399 0434
 Experience Easter as part of the cast or crew of The Iona Passion Play.
 All are welcome – you can involve the whole family!
 Plenty of speaking, non-speaking and support roles available.
o Sunday Dec 7 @ 2pm (Wynnum West)
 If interested please contact Veronica on 3333 1993 or [email protected]
The Iona Passion Play greatly appreciates your community’s support and please keep the Play in your prayers.
Veronica Kirn (Secretary), The Iona Passion Play Inc. [email protected],, (07) 3333 1993.
A Queensland Junior rated chess competition for primary and high school students will be held from 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday 13
December 2014 at Sunnybank State High School, Sunnybank, Brisbane. There is a Beginners Division and Advanced Division.
Competition format: 7 round tournament (students play all rounds, irrespective of whether they win or lose)
o Beginners Division: students will receive coaching; excellent opportunity for primary school students who are new
to chess to practice in a friendly and supportive environment
o Advanced Division: excellent opportunity for students to further their chess skills and interest, as well as to
improve their Queensland Junior rating (time control: 15 mins/side)
o Beginners Division: 1 place: $30; 2 place: $20;
encouragement prize: chess book/set
o Advanced Division: 1 place: $50, 2 place: $30; under
650 QJ: $30; random draw prize: chess book/ set
Entry fee:
o Early bird: $20; if paid before 7/12/2014
o Standard: $25; if paid after 7/12/2014 but before
o Late: $30; if paid on the day