Last Friday, students and staff celebrated Our Lady of the Southern Cross Day by gathering after first lunch for a round robin of fun activities throughout the College grounds. Students enjoyed red rover, creating colourful stars that were used during the Mass, noodle fights and a treasure hunt which brought all year levels together for teamwork and fun. It was a joy to witness younger students working with older students to create and play. Please enjoy some of the beautiful images from the day which demonstrate the bringing together of all students.
After second lunch, staff, students and members of the community gathered in the MPC for Mass with Father Jim to celebrate what Our Lady of the Southern Cross means to us.
Some feedback from OLSC Day:
"It is a day for fun and communicating with other students and teachers from different grades." Hugh Walker
"I enjoyed getting to work with the younger and older students and being able to contribute to a challenge in the Treasure Hunt activity." Jake Scully
"OLSC Day is excellent and the activities were awesome. They great thing about it was that all grades can join in!" Cooper Bracken
"I really liked the activities because they were really fun." Lilly Nothdurft
"I loved the Treasure Hunt, it was a great way for us to work together and find symbols around the school." Joel Hayward
"I liked the noodle fighting in the Pavilion because we got to run around and hit people.....safely." Heidi Reed
May your words be like a lamp that lights my way.
May your love be like a compass that gives me direction.
May your truth be like a signpost bringing clarity.
May your peace be like a measure that guides my decisions.
May your hope be like a flag that declares I walk with you.
May your words be in my mind,
Your love guide my feet,
Your truth be a sign,
Your peace be a measure,
And your hope be a flag,
As I walk close to you at this time.
(a prayer for clarity from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Daniel Morcombe Child Safety – Report
This week, we are continuing to implement the final key message of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum: report. This means that when children or young people have been in a situation that is unsafe, they are taught to report what has happened to an adult. Even if a child has been able to make themselves safe, it is vital that they still report what has happened. Adults need to know about unsafe situations so that some action can be taken to help the child be safe again or ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Students involved in the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum will be encouraged to make a list of adult safety helpers. These are adults the children and young people nominate whom they can talk to when they are feeling unsafe or have experienced an unsafe situation or feel they are at risk of something that may cause them harm. This list will include a selection of adults who live in and outside the home.
Report also includes telling an adult about unsafe or inappropriate incidents which may occur when children or young people are online. This might occur when surfing the internet or using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and can include cyberbullying, viewing or receiving inappropriate images or messages or communicating with unknown contacts.
It is important that the key safety messages of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum: Recognise, React and Report are reinforced, both at school and home. I encourage you, wherever possible, to talk with your child about safety to help them stay safe now and in the future.
NAPLAN Online – School Readiness Test
In 2020 our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will take part in NAPLAN Online rather than in paper version. In preparation for this new form of testing the College is taking a number of steps to prepare our system, staff, students and parents to ensure a smooth transition into this format.
We are considering and planning for three crucial elements:
- Whole-school approaches to the effective use of ICT
- Community engagement with NAPLAN Online resources
- School technical readiness.
In preparation for 2020 NAPLAN Online, we will run two School Readiness Tests (SRT). The aim of these tests is two-fold; students will get to experience the features and skills needed to complete NAPLAN Online and the College gets to test our technical systems and administrative processes to successfully conduct the tests in 2020. Our SRT will be conducted in Week 9 & 10 of this Term with students in Year 2, 4, 6, 8. No data will be collected in these tests and students use code names to login. The experience will be great preparation of what to expect for NAPLAN Online 2020. A letter outlining the details of our SRT will be sent home directly to Year 2, 4, 6, and 8 families.
Deputy Principal Religious Education
Congratulations to our latest recipients of the Early Years Excellence Award at assembly this week. It is fantastic to see that many of these recipients are students who have shown terrific growth in their learning. These are students who have been able to apply the learning dispositions of persistence and resilience to their every day classroom tasks and who are now reaping the rewards of their efforts. Good learners are those who are excited by new learnings and acknowledge the effort required to achieve goals. Most children cannot simply jump on a bike and ride off straight away, or dive in a pool and swim 50 metres without working hard towards that goal. Academic goals are exactly the same.
Curiosity and creativity are another two of our College learning dispositions and we have a particularly exciting day coming up that fosters both of these. On Thursday, 19 September, the Prep – Year 2 children will host many of the younger children in our community for our annual Under 8’s Day – Festival of Fun. Learners who are curious are learners who are eager to know more about things, and creative learners can engage their imagination in various ways. The Festival of Fun will be a wonderful opportunity to provide experiences for our early learners that foster both curiosity and creativity, whilst also providing an opportunity to engage with our wider community. This day cannot take place without the support of our parent body, who are requested to accompany small groups of students around so that teachers can facilitate activities. Please notify your teacher if you are able to help out on the day.
All teachers are currently planning progress interviews with families for the students in their classes. If you have not yet made an interview to meet with your child’s teacher, please attend to this promptly. In the past, interviews for P-2 have occurred in conjunction with report cards being produced. Research has indicated there is far more benefit for students, parents and teachers to meet to discuss progress and goal setting for the next cycle of learning, and as such, we will be conducting interviews for all of the Early Years in Term 3 rather than at the end of Term 4. We thank you for partnering with us in this important future planning activity.
Assistant Principal Early Years
Darling Downs Super Schools Cup Rugby Finals
Year 7/8 Third Place Playoff
OLSCC defeated Faith Lutheran College 46-7
Tries – Bailey Rathmell 5, Tom Gillespie, Eli Harth, Hayden Taylor
Conversions – Lyucian King Togia, Lachlan Hart, Bailey Martin
Player of the Final – Tom Gillespie
Year 9/10 Grand Final
OLSCC defeated Scots Warwick 34-17
Tries – Brayden Falvey 3, Joe Gillette, Lyhkan King Togia, Lachlan Weir
Conversions – Brayden Falvey 2
Player of the Final – Joe Gillette
Toowoomba Barbarians defeated Dalby Barbarians 35-20
Tries – Lytana King Togia 2, Ryan Welsh, Brayden Hughes
Congratulations to the following students who competed at the Darling Downs Championships last week. Results from both days are listed below. Thanks to Mr Coman for preparing our athletes for this event. It was disappointing a number of students nominated, but failed to attend the competition. This is not a great look for the College. The Highlight of the championships was Michael MacDonald winning the 100m Boys Under 15 Final. Michael will now attend the State Championships in Cairns. Michael MacDonald – 1st 100m Final (11.29sec)
Liam Walker – 3rd High Jump
Will Herbert – 4th Long Jump, 4th High Jump
Breanna Hoskin – 4th Discus, 7th Shot Put
Max Ogilvie – 5th 800m
Emily Griffiths – 6th High Jump, 13 Triple Jump, 19th Long Jump
Brayden Falvey – 13th 200m, 18th 100m
Return of Sporting Uniforms
As the end of the term is fast approaching, I am making an urgent request for the return of any sporting uniforms that may be still outstanding. Please return them ASAP. Replacement bills will be issued to students with uniforms not returned this term. This includes Netball dresses and Athletics singlets.
Junior Vicki Wilson Cup Netball Results
Round Games (Finished 4th in Pool C and 13th Overall)
Win vs St George SHS 19-14
Loss to Downlands College 6 - 27 (overall winners)
Loss to Goondiwindi SHS 9 - 13
Loss to Lockyer District SHS 7 - 9
Finals Playoff Game
Win vs Pittsworth SHS
Round Games (Finished 4th in Pool D)
Win vs Wilsonton SHS 13-4
Loss to St Saviours College 13 - 17
Win vs Killarney SS 16-4
Loss to Highfields SSC 6 - 27
Final Playoff Game
Loss to Chinchilla SHS
An Under 14 and Under 16 Girls along with Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 Boys teams will compete at the Scots PGC Warwick Sevens Carnival next Saturday. The Girls teams have a trial game against Mary MacKillop Highfields and St Ursula’s College tomorrow at Highfields in the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups. Teams will also compete in the SWQ Sevens Series in Term 4 in Toowoomba. Girls will play on Tuesday afternoons starting 15 October and boys will play on Thursday afternoons from 17 October. Age groups for this competition are Under 13, Under 15 and Open.
Any boys interested in trialing for the Inner Downs Under 14 Cricket Trials on Thursday, 19 September need to see Mr Lincoln for more information. Boys must be born in 2006, 2005 or after 1 September 2004.
Middle Leader Sport
On Sunday, 1 September, two Year 7 - 9 teams played in the Junior Vicki Wilson Cup in Toowoomba. We had one team in Division 1 and the second team in Division 2. The girls played well considering we lost a few players due to illness in the week leading up to the competition.
Division 1 Team (pictured below) of Molly Hartwig, Izzy Tanks, Lily Schloss, Maddison Pascoe, Charlotte Roberts, Claudia Child, Mackenzie Wedrat and Claire Harth had two wins and finished 13th in their division.
Division 2 (pictured below) team made up of Maylene Gallagher, Lily Coleman, Abby Wilkins, Dakota Barnett, Dakota Wilson, Zahra Manteit, Clare Griffiths and Clare Boland played a semi final match against Chinchilla and unfortunately had a narrow loss of 8 - 10.
For the full results from both games, please see Mr Lincoln's Sports News.
Thanks to Anne O’Reilly and Erin Pascoe for coaching the girls on the day along with Bree Tanks and Gabby Parker for umpiring on behalf of the College.
Teacher and Netball Coach
Start time: 5:30 pm with entertainment provided
Presentations: 6:15 pm
Begin selling artworks: 7 pm
Prices of artworks: Early Years (Prep-Year 4) $10, Middle Years (Years 5-8) $15, Senior Years (Years 9-12) $20 and Photographs $5.
(EFTPOS will be available and cash also appreciated)
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Saint’s Race Day Raffle –
- Student Pack Melissa Hart
- Spring Home Décor Jake Griffiths
- Pampers & Champers Bill Goodlett
- Mens Pack Bec Martin
- Wine & Dine Julie Nimmo
- Tupperware Pack Bree Barnett
- Ladies Package Melissa Irwin
- Family Pack Tammlynn Kimpton