Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday morning, 2nd March, we will be holding our Ash Wednesday Mass at 7am. To comply with C-19 expectations the Mass will be held outdoors adjacent the Senior classrooms so we encourage you to dress accordingly. You are welcome to join us for a shared breakfast afterwards. Please RSVP via the invitation posted on SZapp last week.
~ For All Future Generations ~
Spanning across the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion brings thousands of Australian schools, parishes and supporters together to raise funds for people living in some of the most vulnerable communities across the world.
Get involved by watching the stories of Project Compassion, hosting a fundraiser, joining a Caritas Conversation, or downloading our resources. https://www.caritas.org.au
Your generous support can help change lives today - and For All Future Generations. All families at Our lady of the River School will be provided with a Project Compassion box which we invite you to place spare change in etc and return to school at the end of Term One.
Create a clean heart in me, O God: a humble heart, a meek heart,
a peaceful heart, a benevolent heart, a devout heart which does harm to no one,
which does not repay evil for evil, but overcomes darkness with light,
which loves you above all things, thinks always about you, speaks about you,
gives you thanks and delights in the gift of our humanity.
Congratulations St Francis of Assisi College
Monday the 28th of February at 11am, St Francis of Assisi will celebrate its official Opening by Bishop Karol. Mr Bennett will be attending with our School Captains and Mr Perre. To acknowledge the significance of this event, we have received a prayer card which will be distributed to every child. We trust that God will continue to bless the children, staff and families at St Francis of Assisi College and allow them to make a significant difference in the world, reflecting a love of the gift of our creation.
I would like to introduce our captains for 2022! Mr Bennett and I were very impressed with the maturity and enthusiasm shown at our first School Leaders Meeting last week where school improvement ideas were discussed.
The captains first job for 2022 was to host our first school assembly via Teams which they did very professionallty!
We have had fantastic student participation in the ‘Before School Fitness Circuit’ over the past couple of weeks. As part of the program, I introduced a fortnightly lap challenge to coincide with the leisure walking/jogging station. Each lap is 250m in distance and students are encouraged to record the total number of laps they complete over the two-week period. 286 laps were completed last fortnight equating to a total distance of 71.5 km! In addition, many Year 4-6 students frequented the minor games station where they participated in tag chasey, floor hockey and indoor cricket. Finally, Skipping Club bronze memberships are now available to all students. Each student will receive their own badge and logbook to record their attendance and further progress their membership. Well done to all involved!
In SAPSASA news, the Riverland Swimming Carnival will now take place on Friday, 18th March, with the Riverland Hockey Carnival following the week after on Friday, 25th March.
Have a great weekend!
OLOR Sports Coordinator
Term 1 SAPSASA Dates
Riverland SAPSASA Swimming @Renmark
Friday, 18th March
Riverland SAPSASA Hockey Carnival @Berri
Friday, 25th March
Riverland Primary Athletics Carnival @Loxton
Friday, 8th April
Boys District & Girls Crows Cup Football Carnivals @Berri
Wednesday, 13th April
Towards 2027: Expanding Horizons and Deepening Practices – Strategy for Catholic Education South Australia is a bold expansion strategy by the SA Commission for Catholic Schools that will guide the work of Catholic Education South Australia from 2022 to 2027. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1LDEIOJxk
The strategy will see a significant expansion of Catholic schools over the next five years, with student numbers set to climb over 50,000 for the first time. The strategy includes a target to grow enrolments by 2% per annum, with student numbers projected to climb from 48,000 to in excess of 54,000 by the start of the 2027 school year.
From humble beginnings in 1844 in a small chapel on Pirie Street, Catholic Education now has schools, colleges and centres spread across the length and breadth of South Australia with 103 schools and colleges located on 118 campuses with nearly 9,000 staff.
Alongside the commitment to expansion, comes a commitment to quality teaching and learning. Dr Neil McGoran, Director of Catholic Education South Australia, said “Our community will continue to see excellent Catholic schools making a positive contribution to the lives of children and young people. Our school and early learning centre communities will continue to be recognised as inclusive and accessible to all children and families in ways that reflect our Catholic identity and culture.
By 2027, we expect that 200 Catholic school teachers, 5% of our total teacher workforce, will have achieved AITSL certification as Highly Accomplished or Lead Teachers, the highest proportion in Australia.
We are also committed to strengthening NAPLAN results and SACE achievements across all Catholic schools, and ensuring that our students continue to thrive in an environment that brings out their very best.”
Our Lady of the River School community looks forward to engaging in this strategy and ensuring that we continue to provide a relevant and engaging learning program that allow sour children to be safe, happy and successful.
Chinese New Year
Shrove Tuesday: Next week our children will be provided with a pancake on Tuesday 1st March courtesy of our staff and Student Leaders. If your child has particular food requirements, you are invited to send an alternative pancake from home. Please let your child’s teacher know via a note on Seesaw.
Shade Sails: We are currently obtaining quotes to provide additional shade for our children. In particular, we are looking at the Junior Primary courtyard and outdoor learning area and over the swing and climbing equipment on the school oval. The upcoming Easter Raffle will assist us in the provision of these resources.
We are a health and fitness gym based in Berri. We offer youth fitness classes for kids aged 8-17 during their school term.
It is an excellent program for kids and teenagers to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We have been running this program for the last few terms and have received positive feedback from the kids and parents.
We are now in a position to open this program to the broader community, and as such, I would like to extend this program to OLOR School students.
We run two classes a week – Monday & Thursday 4-5 pm for the duration of the school term. You can find further details about the program using our link -