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We seem to be at another point in time where there is a little uncertainty about what is going to happen next. In response to the latest news of Covid cases in south-east QLD and the local government areas in lock down affecting some of our families, we have all been preparing to move to remote learning should the need arise for the whole school to do so.
Last year in Term 2 we had to provide remote learning options and for the most part we were praised by parents for the level of support and learning materials that were available. We all learnt a lot from this past experience and feel better prepared if we need to move to remote learning options.
Class teachers will be in communication with you about how students are to access learning at home. We use Microsoft applications and suggest installing the applications onto your laptop or iPad. This can be done after students sign into their Office 365 account via office.com or via the Apps Store if you are on a mobile device. All year levels will have access to material via Microsoft Teams and information for parents will be sent home via emails.
Your child is not required to be online for the whole day. Students will have other offline tasks to complete. Due to work commitments or lack of devices at home, your child’s access to online learning may need to occur earlier in the morning, during parent lunch breaks and after you have finished your work. You need to make it work for your family.
If the current lock down is extended further or the Toowoomba region turns into a lock down area, we will be prepared and will do our very best to ensure the continuity of learning for each Lourdes Learner.
Plans that have been ongoing for over three years are imminently coming to fruition with the beginning of our building project. A federal government capital grant has enabled us to design new classrooms and an administration block to update our ageing buildings, remove temporary demountable classrooms and regain playground space. There have been many discussions with the architect to construct a new double storey administration block, five learning areas, amenities and refurbish nine existing learning areas. We are very excited for the opportunity to provide bright, contemporary learning environments, work spaces and new amenities for our students and staff.
It does mean though, that there will be plenty of disruptions to usual routines with the demolition of the existing administration block due to commence in the next holidays at the end of this term. Next term our school office will be relocated to the Library. Our Year 5 and 6 classes and Learning Support Teachers will need to relocate next term to other areas of the school and class teachers will contact parents about this in the near future.
Change to Afternoon Pick Up Routine:
In preparation for builders, a significant change that will affect all our community is the discontinued use of the Ascot Street ‘Stop Drop Go’ zone for the duration of the building project (approx. 12 months). All students will need to be picked up at the Stop Drop Go zone behind the Church, accessed by turning left off Goodwood Street.
During Weeks 8, 9 and 10 of this term, we will trial a staggered class finish time to enable a more consistent flow of traffic around the school. All students in Prep to Year 3 will finish class at 2:40 p.m. The students with no older siblings will need to be picked up from 2:40 p.m. - ONLY those with no older siblings at the school. Options for pick up, are from either the Stop Drop and Go behind the Church or park your car and collect from the usual pick-up area in school i.e., Prep area, or quad area outside Year 1. It is essential that all these families pick up their child from 2:40 and leave the school precinct by 3:00p.m.
Prep to Year 3 students who have older siblings in Year 4-6 will be supervised by a teacher in their classroom or a neighbour class until 3:00p.m. These children are not to be picked up until after 3:05 p.m.
Students who currently get picked up on Ascot Street, will leave classrooms at 3:00p.m. and will move to the Stop Drop and Go zone behind the Church. All students in Year 4-6 with their younger siblings will need to be picked up at the Church Stop Drop Go zone from 3:05 p.m. Teachers will stay on duty to 3:30 p.m so please do not arrive before or at 3:05 p.m.
It is essential that your child knows exactly where they will be picked up from and at which time slot. To aid staff and improve efficiency of pick up, please display your family name on the dashboard or visor. Please do not get out of the car to assist your child, the teacher on duty can assist.
The Church Stop Drop Go zone will be the only place to drop off students in the morning between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. For both the morning drop off and afternoon pick up, you have the option of parking in the main carpark or neighbouring streets and walking your child to and from the car and school. We are open to your feedback and suggestions to this proposal however we feel this will be a viable option to reduce traffic congestion.
In summary, beginning Week 8 of this term:
- All students in Prep to Year 3 will finish class at 2:40 p.m. Those who have no older siblings will need to be picked up from the Church Stop Drop Go or from their usual area in the school between 2:40 and 3:00 p.m.
- All students in Year 4- 6 with their younger siblings who utilize the Stop, Drop & Go will need to be picked up at the Church Stop Drop Go zone from 3:05 p.m.
Student Safety Outside of School Hours
A reminder that supervision of students from school staff begins at 8:00 am and finishes at 3:30. Our Outside of Hours School Care (OHSC) begins at 6:30 – 8:30 in the morning and 3:00- 6:00 in the afternoon.
In the interest of student safety and so teachers can adequately prepare for the day, students who are dropped off too early will be asked to go to the OHSC and parents will be invoiced accordingly. More information can be found here- https://twbckc.schoolzineplus.com/our-lady-of-lourdes-oshc-toowoomba
You would have received an email from Dr. Jean Thompson to complete a School Improvement Parent Survey. These may have gone into your junk mail folder so please have a look there if you have not come across the link and the code to complete it. Staff and students in Year 5 & 6 also complete the survey.
The results of the survey really help us with developing strategies to improve the quality of education at Lourdes. Your honesty is most appreciated. If you have not received the information, please contact the school.
Any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Writing Improvement Strategy
To improve our understanding of sentences, one of Year 5 teachers, Jess Packer has kindly created Sentence High Five posters for different year levels. These are a great addition to our classrooms to remind our learners about the five essential elements of a sentence.
When you are at home viewing your child write, you may want to test their understanding of the Sentence High Five. Hopefully they will be able to remember all five elements and will start to recognise these in their own writing.
ICAS Testing change of date
In order to accommodate the changing circumstances in other states due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the ICAS Writing is moving to 5 Oct - 15 Oct 2021. This means the previously advertised window of 9-13 August is now cancelled. The new Term 4 window is the only opportunity to sit the Writing test in 2021. All other tests will continue to take place in August. More information to come if you have registered your child to participate in these tests.
Bishop’s Inservice Day
Thank you to Janice for thoughtfully leading all staff in reflection on “Seeing God in all things”. It was a timely reminder to try and see the wonder and awe in all things that come our way in life. I was reminded of a time during the week when a parent sent me a very affirming message expressing kindness which took me by surprise. What if everyone more consciously, interrupted their day to show someone kindness, express gratitude, or acknowledge someone in person? Busyness, awkwardness or insecurities can sometimes keep us from being present and listening to or acknowledging people. We had the opportunity to watch Rob Bell’s ‘Rediscovering Wonder’ and Br Damian Price’s ‘The Beer Garden God’ both sending important messages.
We also had the chance to watch a message from the Bishop and Dr Pat Coughlan, executive director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools office. As Pat Coughlan expressed in his message, we are in important position to be able to encourage students’ independent, critical thinking and to construct their personal identity, open to faith. When given an opportunity to question and explore their curiosity, students have the chance to learn by connecting to knowledge, values, experiences and their developing beliefs. Students are responsible for their own learning but as educators, we are responsible for maximising that learning with the strategies and tools to help students on their learning journey.
It made me think of something I read through the week. Learning happens when people have to think. If we focus too much on task completion, immediate performance and behavioural compliance then we may not be fostering the learning. A whole brain focus on learning helps develop students’ memory retention and the pathways in their brain to help them learn. An important message to foster this learning is that children should be encouraged to ‘Think It, Say It, Teach It.’ To support thinking and learning when going over homework concepts, you may like to encourage your child to think it, say it aloud to themselves and teach it to a family member.
Thanks for reading,
I do hope you enjoyed the glorious weather on the weekend. A great start to the month of August.
Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week. The theme was “A Spirited Tomorrow.” We started the week with the Parish thanking our school staff for their contributions towards the faith education of our children. On Wednesday, Year 5M lead a beautiful assembly reminding us we have a future filled with hope. We all have the responsibility to share a spirit of hope with all we meet. On Friday it was the Bishop’s In-service Day. Students had a holiday while all OLOL staff gathered at school for a prayerful In-service on the topic of “Seeing God in all Things.”
The next meeting for children and parents involved in the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is on today, Wednesday 4th August, at 3:30pm in the OLOL Church. Parents and their children will hear a talk on the History of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please remember to bring your phone to log on to the QLD Covid App.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is on Wednesday 8th September at 7 pm. A big thank you to those who have taken on Group Coordination roles. Lists and contact numbers have been sent home and emailed to the leaders. Good luck with your sacrament preparation.
If you have any queries or questions, please contact me on Janice.Moore@twb.catholic.edu.au
We celebrate our annual Fathers’ Day Mass on Wednesday 1st September at 10 am in the OLOL school hall. All Dads, Granddads, Pas and Poppys are warmly invited to attend. Please email a photo of your Dad/Granddad/Poppy/Pa with their children, for our Fathers’ Day Photostory– one photo per family, by Friday 27th August.
We are gathering gifts for our annual Fathers’ Day stall. Fathers’ Day gifts need to be sent to the classrooms for the Fathers’ Day stall on Thursday 2nd September. Those who donate will be given first option to purchase a gift for $2. We thank the Year 5’s for organising this service.
Have a great week!
Our writing focus is developing well with the students being introduced to our sentence high 5 and our sentence train. Prep is where we begin the understanding of what makes a sentence.
August is our fun month in Prep – all the Mums and Dads are invited to pop into the classroom to read their favourite story to the class. Please avoid Mondays because of specialist lessons and please don’t tell your child!
This week we received a visit from L and R Dental to celebrate Dental Week and learn the importance of dental hygiene.
Please have a conversation with your child about what they would like in their lunch box.
Information regarding Book Week, oral presentations, Father’s Day morning and parent interviews will be sent home shortly.
Liz and Melita
Welcome to week 4 and the last month of Winter!
We are working so hard, trying to be the best Lourdes Learners we can possibly be. Last week in English, we read the text, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. In this text, we noticed how the author used words and imagery to create the main character. This helped us to understand the character Vashti and write about her. Our new story is Josephine wants to Dance by Jackie French. It’s a story about believing in yourself.
Our new math’s cycle is all about shapes and objects. Through exploration and play, we will learn how to recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes.
This Thursday will be a hot dog day organised by the P&F. Purchases can be made through Flexischools for Thursday lunch.
All parents would have an email from Dr. Jean Thompson to complete a School Improvement Parent Survey. These may have gone into your junk mail folder so please have a look. The data results from these surveys are not only shared with the leadership team, but also with leadership at TCSO. The results really help us with developing strategies to improve the quality of education at Lourdes. Your honesty is most appreciated. If you have not received the information, please contact the school.
Book week is in Week 6 with the theme Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds. Costumes will need to be ready for Monday 16th for Readers Cup.
Father’s Day is next month! Grade 5 will be running a Father’s Day Stall and are asking for donations. Don’t forget to send a Father’s Day photo to Mrs Moore for the Father’s Day Liturgy: Janice.Moore@twb.catholic.edu.au
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!
Jen and Ange
Welcome to week 4! The Year Twos are using their imaginations to writing some beautiful poetry to go into our Poetry Anthologies. We have been busy writing rhyming couplets, and will begin other poetry styles such as, haikus, cinquains and acrostics. Poetic devices such as rhyming, alliteration and similes, are also being explored this term.
Just a reminder to keep working on practising speaking festival poems. Students are being encouraged to use facial expression and to vary the expression in their voice, by saying the words in different ways and varying the speed and volume of their voice.
In Maths we are continuing to work on our Mental Maths strategies. The students are becoming experts at choosing which strategy works best to suit a problem. They are encouraged to articulate their strategies and to sometimes work collaboratively. This consolidates their learning while they learn from their peers. Our focus this week is measurement, focusing on Mass and Volume.
In Hass we are exploring life in the olden days, particularly what life was like in the home, at school and at work. Students will be asked to interview an elderly relative or friend about what life was like when they were a child. Questions will be sent home shortly and students will present it to the class.
Thanks for filling in the online permission note for our excursion to Crow's Nest Museum which is on the 29th of August. If you are joining us for the day, thanks so much once again for offering your time to hopefully make the day as wonderful as our trip to the zoo. Just a reminder that you will need to pay the entrance fee of $8 at the museum.
Thanks for your support with online homework. Hopefully, we have ironed out any problems. Please continue to inform us if there are any more issues.
Gifts can be brought in for the Fathers’ Day stall on the 2nd September and please email pictures for the Fathers’ Day Mass (one per family) to Mrs Moore by Friday 27th August.
Enjoy the week-end and stay safe!
Dennielle, Allyson, Sarah, Aleisha and Megan
What a great start to the term we have had – it is great to see students working on their listening and their focus and these will continue to be worked on throughout the term.
This week, we are developing our problem-solving skills in Maths, exploring information paragraphs in English, classifying animals in Science and looking at natural and human features of Australia in HASS. In Digital Tech, we have been looking at different ways that information can be presented and learning PowerPoint skills. We are preparing for the Readers Cup, which will be held on Monday 23rd August – this is also a dress up day with the theme of ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.’ Further information can be found in the Library section of the newsletter.
In Religion, we have been exploring the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have now started looking at Images of God – how do we see God in our lives and how did some of the Old Testament writers see God? 3G will present the assembly prayer in Week 6 (26th Aug), 3GM in Week 7 and 3M in Week 9.
Just a reminder for those children who are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation – there is an information meeting this afternoon at 3:30 pm in the OLOL Church – Please bring your phone to log into the Qld Covid App.
Gifts can be brought in for the Fathers’ Day stall on the 2nd September and please email pictures for the Fathers’ Day Mass (one per family) to Mrs Moore by Friday 27th August.
Have a great week ?
Angela, Sarah, Michelle and Janice
Last week classes began work on our Science based unit. Children are very much engaged in learning about Gravity and Friction while creating a roller coaster. History this term is focused on the First Fleet and our early convict stories. In English, children will be expected to complete a written story on a chosen convict and present this to their classmates, as a monologue.
Gifts can be brought in for the Fathers’ Day stall on the 2nd September; please email pictures for the Fathers’ Day Mass (one per family) to Mrs Moore by Friday 27th August.
At this stage, we will have a Year 4 liturgy in Week 7. Classes are practising line dancing to showcase on the day.
Readers Cup will be held on Monday 23rd August – this is also a dress up day with the theme of ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.’ Further information can be found in the Library section of the newsletter.
Thank you all for your patience with implementing homework through Teams. Most children have been able to complete their work in this way. Computers are always available at lunchtimes for those unable to access through home computers.
Have a great week all.
Suzanne, Toni and Garry
We are continuing to work hard in our learning. We are loving the students approach to pre and post testing and they are using this to track and inform their learning. In English we are working on our hamburger paragraphs to inform an audience. This week we are starting our next impact cycle for Maths which will focus on converting 12 and 24 hour time and planning simple budgets. Students will be linking their budget with HASS to plan an overseas trip and create a form survey for digital technologies to decide what their perfect destination holiday would be.
All the children would have brought a tear to Mrs Salisbury’s eye with their Lourdes spirit at the Touch and Netball Carnival last week. It was wonderful to see students cheering each other on and tackling new challenges, especially for those who had never played these games before.
This Thursday, 5F will present their prayer at assembly, parents are more than welcome to attend.
A few reminders, book week is in Week 7 with the theme Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds, don’t forget to have your costume ready for Monday 23rd August for Readers Cup.
We are chasing volunteers to assist with the Father’s Day stall on Thursday 2nd September. The stall typically runs from 8.30 until done. Please let us know if you can assist. Also, don’t forget your donations.
Another important note, please ensure your child is arriving at school on time, the school day starts at 8:25am. We are noticing a trend of students arriving late which affects notices and the beginning of learning sessions.
Much to our disappointment we have been informed that we must cancel our upcoming camp.
As you would be aware, camps and excursion involve significant planning, travel and accommodation costs. One risk is that an emergent COVID-19 situation may cause the excursion or camp to be cancelled at late notice, incurring a financial burden to schools and parents. Another risk is that students and staff participating in an excursion or camp may be impacted by a lockdown or hotspot situation that requires themselves and family members to quarantine for a period of time, with resultant impacts on employment and schooling. Of course, there is also the risk that students and staff may be exposed to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 by travelling outside of their community. The Delta strain of COVID-19 is highly infectious and has been impacting both children and adults, with current cases transmitted to teachers and students within school communities.
It has therefore been a request from the Toowoomba Catholic Diocese that all excursions and camps planned for the remainder of Term 3 involving travel outside of our Diocese be suspended or cancelled.
We will not give up hope of having some sort of camp/day experience in Term 4 if circumstances and the opportunity permit. You are going to have some devastated children, we will be breaking the news to them at school today.
We will stay in contact with you.
Have a great week!
Tim, Jess and Emily
Catholic Education Week
Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week which focussed on the theme ‘A Spirited Tomorrow’. A special assembly was held on Wednesday in the school hall.
On the Thursday, students from Years 5/6 attended the Catholic Netball and Touch Football Carnivals. All OLOL teams showed excellent spirit and competed well.
Friday Inter-school Sport
Fingers crossed we get to play our first games this Friday. Students are asked to remember all of their required equipment and uniforms eg mouthguards, shin pads.
Congratulations to Gracie and Joyce who have been selected in the Darling Downs Rugby League Team. Gracie and Joyce will travel to Townsville for the State Championships.
West Zone - Tuesday 10 August
Darling Downs – Tuesday 24 August
Training continues this Wednesday afternoon as well as this Friday afternoon for the throwers.
A reminder that we only need one photo of your son or daughter from their first year of schooling. Please email by the end of this term please.
If families have any spare egg cartons or plastic yoghurt/ice cream containers, please send them to school asap. Students will begin using their watercolour pencils in Week 7 of this term.
All students were given a new assessment planner and term timetable during Week 2 which should have been taken home and placed in their study space. Remember to do that extra bit of study prior to any assessments.
A reminder that we depart for our annual Year 6 camp on Monday 4th October which is a public holiday! Mr Golightly organises our camp and will advise of camp meeting dates, approximate cost, what to bring etc during this term.
Cobb and Co Visit
Our Yr. 6 students visited Cobb and Co last Monday for the “Have Another Look Captain Cook” annual Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander exhibition. All students had a great time and learned a lot.
Remember to email your fathers’ Day photo to Mrs Moore for the Father’s Day PowerPoint. Gifts for the Father’s Day stall should be handed to class teachers. Father’s Day Mass will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 1st September at 10.00am.
Larry, Kylie and Shauna
This week we will be discussing different types of transport, then we will be looking at food types. We will be preparing a daily menu in week 5.
This week we are providing information on a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia). Once again, this information comes from AUSPELD: A Guide for Parents (2018). Over the rest of this term we will provide information about other specific learning disorders.
A specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia) is the most common form of learning disability, accounting for 80% of all children identified. Problems with reading, and related difficulties in comprehension, spelling and writing are common for these children. Many people who have a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia) also experience difficulties with working memory, attention and organisational skills.
Dyslexia can be defined as:
- … a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin
- It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.*
When looking at identifying a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia), deficits in one or both of the following key academic areas are usually present:
- Inaccurate or slow and effortful word reading (e.g., reads single words aloud incorrectly or slowly and hesitantly, frequently guesses words, has difficulty sounding out words).
- Difficulty understanding the meaning of what is read (e.g., may read text accurately but not understand the sequence, relationships, inferences, or deeper meanings of what is read).
*This definition is the preferred definition of DSF and AUSPELD, as well as the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Children who have a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia) will show some or many of the difficulties listed below. They may not display all of these characteristics.
Pre/Lower Primary School
Mid/Upper Primary School
Hopefully this has provided some useful information and made the topic of dyslexia clearer.
Maria Kehoe & Allyson Jessen
Learning Support Teachers
Things are changing…
You may notice things moving around and changing in the Library. This is due to the upcoming Building Program. Please be patient with us as we reorganise and get ready to keep everyone reading.
Please ensure that children are bring their Library Bag each week on their borrowing day. Children are welcome to borrow up to 6 items (4 items for our PREP students). Weekly returns make it much easier to track outstanding loans. If children miss a borrowing session they are welcome to drop by at morning tea or lunch breaks.
Thank you to everyone for your fabulous support of PJ Day on July 22nd. We raised $614.55 for children in Foster Care. The funds raised are used to support educational programs and the resources that Pyjama Angels use as they volunteer to work with foster children to enhance literacy and numeracy outcomes. Special mention to our guest speaker, Mrs Moore, who read the book “Busting”. Thank you, we enjoyed your reading very much!
Monday 23rd August 2021. Come dressed as a book character (or Author). Readers Cup competition will also happen on this day.
Book Week Costume Ideas
Don’t forget that Book Week Dress Up will happen on Monday 23rd August 2021. Stuck for ideas? Try these suggestions from Scholastic. Dress Up Time | Scholastic Australia
Wowsers! What an incredible response to TECH Club this term. I am sure students are going to really enjoy learning about electronics and creating their wearable TECH items.
Orders for Issue 5 have been placed. We would expect delivery later this week or early next week. Orders will be passed along to students ASAP. For any issues with Book Club please contact: Danielle.Leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au
Mrs Leathart & Mrs Monte
Drama Classes Grades 3 & Grade 5
All students in 3 & 5 are taking drama classes with Mrs. Rosier once a week. This term, students in Grade 3 will perform an individual poem to their class in Week 6. Grade 5 students have been paired with a partner and will be performing a Duologue (poem in pairs) to their class in Week 6.
Each student has been provided a copy of their item to learn and practicing for this should be done as part of homework so that all students are ready to perform for their class. Online copies can also be found on your child's class TEAMS. Based on student performance, I will then invite some students to compete at the Semifinals in Week 9 in the hall - date and time TBA. This competition will be judged by Mrs. Holzheimer. Those students that make the Semifinals will progress to the Speaking Festival (Finals).
Any questions, please email Mrs. Rosier email@example.com
We celebrated National Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) educators day on Wednesday 28th July. A big thank you from all the educators in OSHC for welcoming us into your community. We are very proud to be apart of this beautiful community. We have included a photo of the OSHC team in this newsletter, so if you see us around OLOL don’t be afraid to come say hi!
Pupil Free Day
We had a marvellous time over in the OSHC room on our Pupil Free Day, with shaving cream art and a mini Olympics with a twist! This was a very exciting time for everyone. A heads up that we have another pupil free day on Friday 3rd September. If you are looking at having your child attend on this day, get in quickly to begin the enrolment process. We hope to see many more faces for the next pupil free day.
Ever wondered what we do at OSHC? Today we will be releasing our "July Catch-up" to offer an insight into moring, afternoon and vacation care here at OSHC! If you are not apart of the OSHC community yet don't worry. We will have paper copies at the school office, in the hall and music room, for you to access and read about what happens at OHSC!
Miss Alannah, Miss Mackenzie, Miss Siobhan and Miss Ella
Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Kindergartens and Care
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