Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Welcome to Term 2! I hope you all enjoyed precious time with your families and friends in the glorious sunshine we experienced over Easter! The staff and I are excited to work with you all again in getting this term underway and continuing the fabulous learning that occurred during Term 1.
At our Staff Development Day last Monday, we spent the day exploring and learning about ‘Descriptive Feedback’ and its importance and effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes. This term our focus will be on providing our students with descriptive feedback and encouraging them to listen to, act on, seek, and even give descriptive feedback. Instead of asking “What did you do today?”; I encourage you to ask the questions: What feedback did you seek, receive, act on and/or give today?
Unfortunately, last Monday I shared the sad news that two of our neighbouring schools: St Canice’s and McCarthy suffered losses during the holidays. A year 11 student at McCarthy, passed away and several staff members at St Canice’s lost significant family members. I think the Gospel last Sunday, highlights for us the importance of recognising God’s presence in our lives, particularly when times are hard. While walking on the road to Emmaus, the disciples didn’t recognise Jesus. They were so engulfed by their own abandonment, grief and confusion, that they did not even recognise Jesus walking with them. How often in our own grief, do we feel deserted and alone? This Gospel helps us to understand that God walks with us and that we are never alone. It wasn’t until Jesus broke bread with them did they recognise him:
Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.”
The Eucharist is a powerful reminder, that God is with us always, sometimes we just have to look a little harder. We just need to recognise that through each other we can see that God is alive and walking with us, in the simple things - a kind smile; a warm hug; a caring look; a thoughtful offering. When someone we know loses someone, we often feel like there is nothing we can say or do to take their pain away. But the most powerful thing we can do, is to be that ‘light’ for them in their darkness and to let them know that we are walking with them. Often we are that ‘light’ for our kids, but they are also often that ‘light’ for us! My prayer for all of us, is that we remember the ‘light’ we are to others and appreciate the ‘light’ others are to us.
We are holding a Pre-School Information/Open Night on Monday the 8th of May from 7pm to 8pm. The plan is to showcase the wonderful school we have here at OLN. We have invited all our local Pre-Schools - staff and families; and we encourage you to pass this invite onto any family or friends you know looking to enrol students now or in 2018 & 2019. We will have an information session from 7-7:30pm and a tour of the school from 7:30-8pm. Help us spread the word about our beautiful community.
We welcomed two new members to our OLN family on last week: Leonard into Stage 1 and Oliver into Stage 2. We pray that Leonard, Oliver and their families quickly discover the blessings of this beautiful community!
Thank you all again for everything you give to our community every day! Here’s to another fantastic term at OLN!
With sunshine,Lisa Samojlowicz