OLR School News – Stage 3M

The Catholic Church in Australia has a special story
This term Stage 3M have been exploring the story of the Catholic Church in Australia. We have been focusing on key events and people that have shaped the identity and growth of the Catholic Church in Australia, such as Caroline Chisholm and John Bede Polding. Students have also become aware of the struggles faced by Catholics during the early years of settlement in Australia.

Throughout this unit, students have been given the opportunity to explore how the Church is organised and examine its role in Australia today. They have been encouraged to appreciate that the Catholic Church is made up of the Latin Church and various Eastern Catholic Churches. Students were introduced to key expressions of Catholicism in the Catholic Church in Australia. By the end of this unit, students will have developed a deeper understanding of their place in the Church as the people of God.

OLR School News

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary, 4M would like to share some of our learning in Religion with you this week. We have been very busy learning a lot more about the courage needed by the Apostles after the events of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. We have started to explore the resources of the Bible through the Acts of the Apostles and have drawn up our own timeline of events immediately following the Resurrection. We are beginning to realise the immense task facing the Apostles as they drew on the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to spread the Good News about Jesus and his law of love. Please pray for us as Term Two draws to a close and we will make sure our parish ministers and community are included in our class prayers at school.

Our Lady of the Rosary School News

Year 1M Religious Education
The Easter Season
Year One have recently completed the Easter unit. Students are more familiar with the story of the Resurrection including how the women at the tomb discovered that Jesus had risen and the story of the two disciples journeying to Emmaus. The two disciples had not recognised the man who journeyed with them until later, at the breaking of the bread, when they knew that it was Jesus. The Easter unit also introduced the stories of the Ascension and Pentecost. Students learnt about Jesus’ promise to send us His Spirit and how the Holy Spirit helped the apostles to be more courageous, kind, gentle, and good. Through these stories, students continued to engage with the mystery of God’s abiding presence.

Love one another
Year One are currently exploring the unit ‘Love one another’ which focuses on the concept of ‘Relationships’. It begins with the children’s experience of friendship and extends to the Christian way of relating to others. The children are developing their understanding of forgiveness and gratitude in their relationships, through two Gospel stories – ‘How many times must we forgive?’ and ‘The Ten Lepers’.

Year Two Maroon Religious Education
Year Two students have recently completed exploring the Easter Unit. They recalled the Resurrection story and were able to explain the instructions given by Jesus to spread the Good News. In recalling Pentecost the students examined the presence and significance of the Holy Spirit.

For the remainder of the term the students will be exploring the unit on Reconciliation. This unit reflects on the human experience of forgiving others and being forgiven. The parable of the Prodigal Son is presented and explored. It presents God as loving and forgiving. The unit considers the concept of reconciliation and living together in peace. It introduces the Sacrament of Penance, exploring how the Catholic community celebrates reconciliation with God and one another.

The Year two students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation next term. We ask that the parish community keep them in their prayers.

Candle Decorating Workshop

OLR will be facilitating a candle decorating workshop for parents of students making their Confirmation. All materials will be supplied for a cost of $10. There are three workshops to choose from. Please contact Louise (info@olrkensington.catholic.edu.au) to register or for more information.

OLR SCHOOL NEWS – YEAR THREE B

The students in Year Three have been exploring Lent as a time of renewal. Students are learning how Lent is a time to reflect on the ways we can change and follow Jesus more closely through the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In the Gospels we have been identifying how Jesus gave himself for others. In the next few weeks the students will be given the opportunity to reflect on the events of Holy Week, in preparation for the great celebration of the Easter Triduum and Easter season.

OLR School News Year 1B

In Religious Education this term, the children in 1B have been unpacking the unit of Baptism. In this unit we look at Mark’s account of ‘Jesus and the Children’ (Mark 10:13-16). Through this story children can experience Jesus as one who welcomes, loves and includes them. In this story children are valued and are people who enjoy a relationship with Jesus and the kingdom. We complete this unit at the beginning of the school year to set an atmosphere of welcoming and belonging in the new Year 1 classroom. This ensures students have a positive transition from Kindergarten to Year 1. The unit introduces Baptism as the sacrament of initiation into the Church community. The emphasis here is on sharing in the new life of Christ. The unit presents the key symbols and actions used in the Rite of Baptism. Students brought in photos of their own Baptismal experience and talked about the Sacrament of Baptism as a celebration of being welcomed into the Catholic Church community. We unpack the following key questions:

1. What is Baptism?
2. Why is Baptism an important part of our lives?
3. What happens when you are baptised?

In addition 1B have been studying the unit of Lent which we see as a season to grow in the life of God. On Wednesday the 14th of February we changed our prayer space to the liturgical colour of Lent which is purple, a colour of repentance and of beginning again. After bushfires, seeds grow; we receive ashes on our foreheads as a reminder that God helps us grow. In 1B we have also been regularly practising Meditation. We are becoming better at settling ourselves and focusing our thoughts and hearts on God. We sit down still with our backs straight, close our eyes lightly and recite a single word silently. We use the ancient Christian prayer-word “Maranatha” which means “The Lord is coming”.

Our Lady of the Rosary School News – KB

This term, Kindergarten has had a busy start to their Catholic School life! They have settled into simple prayer routines, focusing on the Sign of the Cross. Key symbols and religious objects such as a prayer space cross and candle have been explored within the school and parish environment. Kindergarten has been introduced to Jesus as the one who loves us, seeks out the lost, who humbly serves and who provides nourishment.

OLR School News

Year 3
This Sunday we welcome Year 3 and their families to Mass. After Mass there will be a cake stall to raise funds for the school.

Kindergarten M – Religious Education
The first unit explored by Kindergarten this Term was K.7 God’s Creation. This unit explores the wonder and beauty of God’s creation. It presents creation as God’s gift to God’s people and a reflection of God’s goodness. The children listened to and responded to the creation story. Prayers of praise for creation and ways to care for it were introduced and discussed. The story of Noah and the Ark is also explored. The students will be able to listen to the story and retell the story using the Noah’s Ark Godly play set.

OLR School News – Year 4 M

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish,

A short update on our learning in Religion:-

Year 4M have worked consistently throughout Term 3 on two Religion units. In the unit “Mary: the Mother of God” they have explored the way in which Mary listened and responded to God and how we, as Christians, need to echo this in our lives. The students have explored some traditional Marian prayers and feast days and are beginning to appreciate the way in which the Church honours Mary. In the unit “One with God’s Creation” the students are focussing on developing an understanding of our responsibility to be stewards of God’s Creation, making decisions to respect and care for the environment. They are also becoming accustomed to reading and interpreting Biblical accounts, applying the messages to their own lives.

Please keep the students in your prayers as we embark on the school holidays and then begin Term 4, consolidating our learning and preparing for Year 5.

God Bless, Mrs Ann Millward and Year 4M.

Our Lady of the Rosary School News – Stage Three White

In Stage Three White this Term, we have been exploring unit 6.6 The Bible: Our Sacred Story. This unit teaches the students about the great story of our tradition. They have studied the formation of the Bible and why the Bible, our Sacred Scriptures, are important in the Christian community. The students examined the significance of some of the people and events in the Old and New Testaments.

This term, we are also exploring unit 6.5 Mary: A Faithful Disciple. The unit looks at Mary as a faithful disciple and role model for the Church. The students explore Mary as a woman of great faith and courage, while investigating some of the key Church teachings and beliefs about Mary, identifying feast days and titles for Mary.