Past News Items

​​NAPLAN NEWS!
Congratulations to our Year 5 students, who topped the Sunshine Coast schools in the NAPLAN Writing tests this year.  We are very proud of the hard work and effort they have put into their literacy learning.  It was great to see them also come in the top six schools on the coast for the NAPLAN Reading tests this year.  Well Done, Year 5! Keep up your great work.

 
REAL-LIFE LEARNING
Thanks to the view from our school, many of our classes welcomed the opportunity of experiencing some real-life (and impromptu) learning about whale migration. The children could see whales breaching, swimming and spouting water into the air on their way past Shelly Beach.  It was amazing to see the whales and their migration.  What was even more wonderful  was to see our students engaging so excitedly in this learning experience.  We really are blessed to be in this glorious part of the world!
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YEAR ONE FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM
The firefighters returned last Friday afternoon to finish our Fire Safety Program. First, they refreshed our memories with what they had taught us last week and then we had a tour of the fire truck. We even got to be on both ends of the hose. A BIG thank you to the Caloundra fire fighters.
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MAD ABOUT MATHS
On Tuesday morning last week, approximately 300 students from schools on the Sunshine Coast met at the Kawana Community Centre to participate in the annual Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament. This year we had two teams from OLR who took part in the challenge. It is a great experience for all who enter the Tournament – the room is alive with students who love problem solving and all things mathematical.
 
The Tournament is divided into three main activities. The first is an Individual Challenge. Each student completes 10 problems in 2 minutes. Congratulations to Millar who had a perfect score for this section. The second component is a Team Challenge and the 5 members of each team have 40 minutes to complete 15 questions and the final challenge is a Team Relay event which consists of 20 questions which are completed in a relay situation within 40 minutes.
Here are a couple of warm up activities which the students completed in their heads or using a calculator:
a)      Enter your age X 259 X 39
b)     Enter 13837 X your age X 73
c)      As the championship proceeds, more and more yellow cards are being distributed. The first day there were 17, the next day 20, the next 26, the next 35. How many were drawn on the fifth day?
Thanks to Harry, Ashley, Indie, Liam, Millar, Harry, Asha, Caitlin, Elsie and Charlizewho participated in the event with such enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. OLR is proud of you. Well done!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PARISH
We extend many congratulations to Fr Kevin and our OLR Parish on last Sunday’s blessing of the newly refurbished church. All the hard work and many, many decisions which went into remodelling the church have definitely ‘paid off’, as the church provides a welcoming, airy and Sacred space for our community. It was lovely to see so many of our families there sharing in this ‘once in a life time’ celebration led by Archbishop Mark Coleridge. It was also great to catch up after the blessing by sharing a chat and a cuppa with the many who were there.
If you have not had the opportunity to see the changes to the church, I encourage you to make time for a visit. Our 9am School Liturgy is held every Wednesday morning and is a great opportunity to come and experience how the changes have added to our prayerful celebrations. We hope to see you there.
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COUNT US IN – Whole School Music Performance – Whole School Music Performance
OLR students performed as a whole school on Friday, 3 November.  Parents were welcomed to come early for pick-up and enjoy the show. The stage for this performance was the grassy area in the quadrangle. Over the past 4 weeks, the OLR students participated in one of Australia’s largest music programs, ‘Count Us In’. Each year, more than half a million students sing a common song on Celebration Day. The song for this year was ‘Shine Together’, and was studied by all of the OLR students through dance, song, body percussion, instrumental and music video creations. It was great to see so many of our mums, dads and family members there to join in the fun!
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TOURNTOM.jpgAMENT OF THE MINDS (TOM) CHAMPIONS!

Congratulations to Mrs Marchese and all of the TOM students who competed at the University of the Sunshine Coast in term 3. The OLR team spirit was present in all of our teams’ performances, both on and off the stage. The icing on the cake was a ‘First Place’ awarded to our Social Science Group. We wish you all the best for your trip to the State Finals at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.  Go.....OLR!

WAKAKIRRI CHAMPIONS! 

Congratulations to our Wakakirri Team who won the Regional Story Telling for our Division in the competition.  Our performance will now go to Sydney to be judged against schools Nationally. 
 
What an amazing adventure Wakakirri has been. We couldn’t be more proud of the talented group of students with whom we had the pleasure to work. Going back to the end of Term 1, students registered their interest in being involved, and then in Term 2 we saw groups form into scenes to create our storyline.
 
The last 3 weeks of Term 3 involved a whole crew commitment with students coming for 3 rehearsals per week.  As a first time experience, we can confidently say our students "did us very proud!" -  especially on Monday night during the performance.  
 
Little did they know that while our director was in the lighting box, the lighting technology froze and stopped playing any of the special effects we had planned to use. The lighting plan was meant to assist in the emotion of the storyline, however it was barely missed, as the students carried on with 100% commitment to telling the story with their bodies and faces.  
 
What a team! On the topic of teamwork, a huge thank you to the 'Waka' Team of teachers and parents who helped with choreography, costumes and rehearsals. The icing on the cake was an audience full of OLR community faces smiling back at us.  Nice one, OLR team!
   
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BOOK WEEK CELEBRATIONS

 
Last term, the library enjoyed celebrating the top Australian Shortlisted books published during the last 12 months. The theme for this year was ‘Escape to Everywhere’, which might explain the road signs and helium balloons featured in the library if you visit.
 
We started on the Monday with a reading of an original book written by one of our Year 1 students. The inspiration for his first book came from reading many ‘Dirty Bertie’ chapter books. What a beautiful way to inspire young people to connect with writing!
 
All students and staff were invited to get dressed-up on the Tuesday as their favourite book character. With a 98% participation rate from students and staff, it is fair to say that this is our best ever Book Week Parade to date. The simple act of sharing your favourite book inspires others to read a new title or new author.   Many thanks to the children who shared their reading choices. A prize for the best homemade costume in each class was awarded with a book voucher to spend at The Book Shop Caloundra.  
  
Students have also been encouraged to vote for the best homemade staff costume, however this year we have discovered something new – staff are joining forces to create dress-up teams. These photos showcase the clever planning of the Prep and Year 1, as they dressed in a Star Wars theme, and a ‘Ken and Barbie’ duo. Perhaps we will start to see a new staff challenge appearing at the parade next year? During Wednesday and Thursday, Year 3 students will share their rhyming books.
  
Thank you to the OLR community for rejoicing and embracing literature and reading during Book Week through so many avenues.
  
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OLR REALLY DOES HAVE TALENT!

Staff and students were invited to share their talents with our school community in a 2 or 3-minute time slot.  Contestants could choose any way to share their talent - singing, dancing, magic, juggling, telling jokes, reciting poetry, etc. and were encouraged to participate on their own or with friends. The only restriction on the act was that it had to be suitable to share with everyone in our school community (no rude bits) and it wasn’t to be dangerous (to the contestant or the audience).

 

While there was a prize for the winner of the Final, the main purpose of this event was to share and celebrate the special talents God has given each one of us.

Auditions were held every second break for three weeks with 104 contestants participating.  (This is one-third of our students)  We congratulate the many contestants who nominated to be part of this happy community event.  It is not always easy to ‘have-a-go’ and stand up in front of an audience.  We appreciate the effort each one put into preparing and sharing their act. Special congratulations go to the 27 students who made it through to our final in June.

 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NETBALLERS!!

On Monday 15th May, twenty-six girls from Years 4-6 travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Catholic Cup Netball Competition. The girls played seven games throughout the day. Their behaviour and sportsmanship was exemplary! Special congratulations to our 11/12yrs B division team who finished with a thrilling win against All Hallows Primary School, to take out the winning trophy! A huge thank you to our staff and parents who were able to support our teams on the day.

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