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Being surrounded by four famous and fabulous Sunshine Coast beaches – all within walking distance - gives our students the opportunity to engage with the sand and surf as part of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  Students in Year 6 learn how to swim in the surf, read the waves and are instructed about the many aspects of surf safety.  Students in Years 4 and 5 learn to surf.  As members of a coastal community, these skills are invaluable for our students.
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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.

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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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.

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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 Monday 6th November 2017 @ 7pm in OLR staffroom
Parents and friends are invited to attend the upcoming P&F AGM, nominations for positions on the P&F are currently being sought. Nomination forms and information about the positions have been emailed out to the entire school community. It would be appreciated if completed nomination forms could be returned either to the Secretary via email or dropped into the office by 3pm on Friday 3rd November.

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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