Congratulations to the students who represented O’Connor at the Da Vinci Decathlon. The team came 2nd overall and won the Art and Poetry Section. Well Done!
Year 8 are working towards ‘being ok’. In the next 2-3 weeks and during the beginning of next term Year 8 will be working towards creating a dance to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. This idea has been designed to focus on the concept of being happy and ok to align with our R U OK focus. Personally I believe that if the students are moving, dancing, smiling and laughing together as a Pastoral class and whole year then they are on their way to being ok. This activity is focused on encouraging movement and positive wellbeing among all students in the cohort. The video will be shared with the whole year and then will be posted on the O’Connor Facebook page for you to view.
By now all students should have submitted their subject selection notes to either the pastoral teacher or the front office. The process of identifying electives that will run and class lists are currently being processed. More information about this will follow.
Congratulations to all students that received awards at combined pastoral on Monday. Many commendations and Year Leader awards were presented. It is so positive to see so many students focused on their learning. Well done to all, keep up the good work.
Well done to year 9 on the amount of commendation cards being awarded and activities that they have been involved in recent weeks. Many of the year 9 students have represented the school in various sporting and extra-curricular activities and have been great ambassadors for the college.
The camp is coming up for year 9 and ask that we continue to complete all registrations and payments for the Lake Keepit camp prior to week 7. Well done to the students who are organised and have made all arrangements.
Year 10 Well Being Day Thursday 13th September.
A Well Being Day was organised for all Year 10 students on Thursday 13th September. This coincided with the National RUOK? day and this formed the theme for most of the activities.
The day involved small groups of students rotating around various guest speakers and professionals from our community as well as teachers who presented a range of topics. These topics included young women’s and young men’s health, relaxation and self calming techniques, cyber safety, RUOK information, Headspace and a presentation on St Vincent de Paul Society.
The day concluded with an afternoon of some team building and bonding activities, and games.
By all accounts the day was very successful with students. Here is just some of their feedback:
Being able to come together as a year and have fun
The Cyber Safety, the Headspace and the RUOK session was quite enjoyable as well as the activities at the end of the day.
I enjoyed the whole day, it was very useful and I got a lot out of all the sessions. The interactive lessons kept everyone engaged
Talking with the different guests and spending time with my peers
Getting to learn and talk about things we haven't really talked about before.
The R U OK workshop and designing a piece of cloth with some writing on it. Also having boys and girls separate was very useful. The day was a lot more beneficial than I initially thought it may be.
Mrs Channon would like to thank all of the students who made it successful with their respectful and mature manner in which they approached the day. Also to the community members who made the time in their busy schedules to come to school and conduct the presentations. This includes Andrew Ticehurst from Headspace and Darren Moss our counsellor,, Constable Chris Jordan who presented a Cyber-safety Workshop, Mr and Mrs Peter and Terrie Crick from Vinnies and Mrs Denise Pickett from Community Health. Our very own Mr James Russell, Mr Jon Hawthorne and Mr Daryl Harper also did very worthwhile presentations.
Thanks also to Mrs Brown, Mr Honeysett, Mrs Harper and Mrs Healey for help with feeding the hordes hotdogs at lunch, plus many in the playground who were lucky enough to be there at the right time and right place:)
Olivia Moore and Mr Roff assisted with the afternoon games. Mrs Creagan organised food for our guests. Mr Andrew McFarland helped with IT issues. Thank you.
All in all a great day and we hope it can be an annual event on our College calendar for Year 10 students.
Mrs Leggatt made a beautiful chocolate cake to celebrate a few birthdays in PAC period last week.
More commendations and awards for Year 10 students. Keep up the great effort and do your best.
Last Thursday a large team of Year 11 Lasallian Youth Leaders (LYL's) did a fantastic job in running groups of Year 6 students for the STEP Day. Opportunities such as this are invaluable in assisting our students to develop their leadership skills and it is very pleasing to see a number of students developing in this capacity.
An exciting opportunity that is available for our Yr 11 students upon completing their Yr 12 studies is the Alternate Schoolies Trips organised by Catholic Missions. We recently had an information session about the 2019 Immersion Trip to the Philippines and this sounds like it will be an amazing, life changing experience for those that participate. Any Year 11 students interested in this please see Mr Russell for more info asap.
Term 3 is marching by very quickly now and Yr 11 students should be well underway in preparation for their Preliminary Exams. Study should be a high priority and all students are encouraged to work hard in preparing for their exams.
Attendance from now to the end of term is crucial as courses will be finishing theory as well as carrying out revision of important concepts.
Congratulations to students who have completed and submitted their major works in Textiles and Design, Design and Technology, English Extension 2 and Dance. We wish our Visual Arts, Music and Language students the best as they complete major parts of their HSC assessment over the coming weeks.