News & Events
Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day 2021
Today, 11th February, is the Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day. The children celebrated Mass with Father Peter in a live stream from St. Mary’s church. Today the children have been thinking about the message Bernadette was given by Our Lady all those years ago; she asked us to pray, and what better message is there to share with our children during these difficult times. Some of the children have written prayers or completed arts and crafts to celebrate this special day.
Children’s Mental Health Week
1-7 Feb 2021
From 1-7 February 2021, we took part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was EXPRESS YOURSELF and we encouraged children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
When we express ourselves we don’t have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get creative and express ourselves.
Each day this week, we will be taking part in a different theme:
Monday 1st February - Introduction to Children's Mental Health Week.
Tuesday 2nd February – Express yourself through Art
Wednesday 3rd February – Express yourself through Dance/movement
Thursday 4th February – Express yourself through Music
Friday 5th February – Dress to Express Day
On Friday, the children were asked to express themselves through their clothes, hair etc. They could wear their favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how they were feeling. Colour can be very personal and mean different things to different people, so this is a great opportunity to encourage self-expression and celebrate a diverse range of emotions.
Some children also shared videos of how they like to relax and feel calm. Some children like to sing and dance; others like to play an instrument or create digital animations.
The children all enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch this week!
Congratulations to our Y4 children who took part in a great battle against St Theresa's on TTRockstars!
Congratulations to the OLOL children who worked so hard to win their TTRockstars battle with St Theresa's school. A special mention to David Platt and Danny Stanley in Year 6 whose grit and determination throughout the week motivated everyone to play more.
On Wednesday 18th March, MC Grammar (AKA Jacob Mitchell) visited OLOL. He led an amazing assembly where a number of different children joined in with the singing and rapping.
For World Book Day in March, Paula Harrison (author of ‘Robyn Silver’ and the ‘Red Moon Rising’ series) spent the day working with the children.
She read extracts from her books and demonstrated how to create a character for a story.
She explained to the children that she was writing stories when she was as young as six years old – we hope she has inspired many of our children to do the same!
On Monday 2nd March, Heather, from Education Child Protection (ECP) Ltd, worked with all the pupils from Y1 to Y6 throughout the day and gave the children some great tips on how to keep their personal details private when online.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is supporting CAFOD 2020 Lenten Appeal.
A representative from this charity spoke to the children at an Assembly on Thursday 5th March 2020. The theme for the assembly was the Amazon rainforest, with a focus on land loss, climate change and the rights of indigenous people.
CAFOD boxes were sent home to each family, as part of our school's Lenten fund raising (almsgiving).
Reception doing some planting to develop their understanding of how plants grow.
We are doing it alongside the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Yesterday we planted Broad beans. Today we planted potatoes. We are hoping to grow other vegetables too!
In February, Year 3 enjoyed a STEMbotics:
Robotics and Coding workshop.
Children were able to design, build and code their very own robots to complete a range of challenges.
On Thursday 6th February, Year 1 visited to St. Mary's Catholic Church.
The children made origami stars with their intentions of niceness/ how they can follow the star to Jesus. The stars also have an image of St Matthew (the Gospel of Matthew is being read during this Year of the Word). The stars will be put on the side of the pews in St. Mary's Church, so the people of the parish can see them. Fr. Peter gave the class a tour of the church and stopped at the lectern to think about the Gospel of Matthew.
Y3 playing tag rugby!
The children are being coached by a member of the Skolars rugby club.
Year 1's visited the Prayer Room to reflect on the Epiphany and to introduce the Religion topic, 'People of Prayer'.
The children had an opportunity to look the pictures in the Prayer Room, as they answered the question, How and what do we celebrate on the Feast of the Epiphany? They then thought about how we can be ‘stars’, bringing people to know God. In class, they made origami stars, on which they wrote their thoughts.
Well done to Y1 & 2 who performed their Christmas story!
Well done to Nursery and Reception who performed the Christmas story!
Thank you to the many, many, parents who came to last Friday’s Dance Festival to support their child.
The children in Y1 to Y6 all performed a choreographed routine that they had been learning for the past couple of months; thank you to all the children and staff who had been rehearsing very hard to get ready for the festival . Congratulations to Y4 who have been selected to represent the school at the Barnet Schools’ Dance Festival at the Arts Depot on Monday 9th March!
To view the KS2 Maths Workshop information, click HERE.
To view the Reading Workshop information, click HERE.
Year 5 visited the London Canal Museum to learn about the history of London's canals which links to their topic of 'Water.'
They took part in an interactive workshop where they took the role of canal engineers and explored the geography of the local area with reference to how the growth of the canals and the structures along them helped to shape the landscape the see today. The children worked in groups to dig a tunnel through a sand castle in order to discover the importance of strength in a structure and looked at beams and arches.
Year 4 visited the National Gallery to learn more about rainforests.
We have had a packed week of visitors, sports competitions and trips to share with you.
On Tuesday, a group of children visited the Tate Modern Art Gallery. The children were lucky enough to be able to work with an artist and explore what art means to them. The children will be producing some art work next week as part of their learning from the visit.
On Thursday, the cross country team, which consisted of 11 children from Y4 and Y5, did us proud at the Barnet CrossCountry Event at Allianz Park.
Amongst our places, Max (in Y5) came 1st (again!) in the Y5 boys race. Annabelle (in Y5) came 3rd in the Y5 girls race! All the children worked extremely hard training for the event for the last month. We are ready to do even better in the second event in February- with the Y6 team back! Thank you to the parents who came to support on the day.
Year 6 took part in a STEM Water Challenge Day where they gained an understanding of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths involved in the building, maintenance and daily operations of the water industry.
They learned about the scientific processes involved in getting clean and safe drinking water to their taps, where water comes from and an appreciation of why and how water should be conserved. The children experimented with a range of equipment to investigate the basic laws of physics that govern the flow of water through a pipe and they also learned practical ways they can reduce their personal water usage at home and at school.
Reception class had a great time at the local fire station.
The aim of this trip was to help children to understand about people who help us, and raise awareness of different professions. The children got to go in the fire engine, try on the mask that they wear and use the hose.
On Wednesday 9th October, we welcomed Scotland’s first-ever Gymnastics Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Steve Frew, to our school.
Steve represented Great Britain at two World Championships and competed for Scotland at five Commonwealth Games.
Following a fitness session with each class, Steve then led an assembly where he explained that his journey to Commonwealth Gold was met with many obstacles along the way and that it took lots of mental strength and determination to become the only Scottish gymnast on the Great Britain Gymnastics team at the age of 14!
We have been very busy at OLOL with school trips and workshops.
Year 1 visited the RAF museum to support their Topic on 'Superheroes'. The children were exploring the historical event of the first aeroplane flight by the Wright Brothers.
They participated in a workshop entitled Fantastic Flight. The children learnt about aeroplanes, from the Wright Brothers to supersonic flight. They found out how planes fly and how designs have changed in the last 100 years. As a grand finale, they made and flew their own gliders.
Year 5 participated in a Vikings workshop.
They were able to touch all the artefacts and dress in Viking clothes.
Year 3 visited the Natural History museum and learnt how to be scientists investigating specimens!
On Tuesday, Miss Kilcommons, Miss McMahon and Mrs Antoniou accompanied our athletics team to the Allianz Stadium.
The children competed in javelin, shot put, tug of war, sprinting, long jump and relay events. A huge congratulations to the Y4 boys’ relay team for winning their race, Jiselle for winning the 80m sprint and Eleazar for coming in 1st place in the long jump! Thank you to all the adults who volunteered to help, or who came to support their child; you helped make it a very successful day.
On Thursday 6th June, we had a wonderful International Day which began with a true celebration of our multicultural community.
Children from Nursery to Y6 participated in our International Day assembly: we had children singing in Polish, Greek and Russian; we had children displaying their Karate skills; Spanish children dancing the Macarena; Irish dancing; and a group of children performing a Bollywood routine! Thank you to all the parents who supported the event. Thank you also to the parents and volunteers who worked with the children throughout the whole day, where the children enjoyed Polish, Japanese and Indian arts and crafts.
Year 3 had a wonderful time at Flatford Mill:
On Thursday 7th March, the school celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite character from a book.
On Wednesday 28th November, the school enjoyed a Topic day and the children spent the day immersed in their current topic.
The children were invited to come to school dressed in an outfit related to their class topic:
The Mini Vinnies are currently working with the Woodland Trust to achieve their bronze level environmental activities.
So far, they have planted trees which were donated to them by the Woodland Trust - Good Luck!