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Message from the Principalhttp://www.olhchendra.qld.edu.au/aboutus/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal​​Our Lady Help of Christians is an exceptional learning community where all students are nurtured to achieve their potential within a caring Catholic environment.<div>We currently have limited places available in some year levels for this year and beyond.  <a href="https://public.bne.catholic.edu.au/enrolmentspublic?schoolId=108#/enrolment-clean/home" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to access our online enrolment form</a>.</div><div><br> <p>Our Lady Help of Christians is blessed with spacious grounds with unique and varied play and sporting facilities. We have modern air conditioned classrooms throughout the school, well-resourced to meet the needs of students. All students and staff have easy access to individual technology including laptops and iPads. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and wireless connectivity.</p><p>Our school has an outstanding reputation for establishing high expectations and achieving excellent academic results. We provide quality education through excellence in learning and teaching along with a strong focus on student wellbeing. Our staff are very passionate about the academic, social, physical and spiritual development of the young people in our care. At Our Lady Help of Christians we have a strong belief that student achievement and student wellbeing work in conjunction, not in isolation. <br></p><img src="/aboutus/SiteAssets/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal/Bennie%20Adam.jpg" alt="Bennie Adam.jpg" class="ms-rteImage-1 ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:161px;height:225px;" /><p>Our Lady Help of Christians effectively implements the best evidence-based practices in teaching. These school-wide teaching pedagogies are implemented through ongoing and targeted professional learning for our teachers. Our staff are committed to ongoing professional development that creates the best possible learning environment for our learners.</p><p>Our students are the heart of our school as they demonstrate and share their <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-7-4 ms-rteFontSize-3" style=""><strong>'FAITH, COURAGE and ACTION' </strong></span>with their peers and community members.</p><p>Please enjoy exploring our website. You may also like to read​ our <a href="/aboutus/Documents/School%20Annual%20Plan%202021.pdf">Annual Plan</a> to gain an understanding of our improvement agenda and the future direction of the school. </p><p>If you are interested in enrolling your child​, please call the school office. </p><p>I look forward to welcoming you soon for a personal tour of Our Lady Help of Christians to experience what our school has to offer.<br></p> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><div><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><br></span></div>​Adam Bennie​</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Principal</span></div><div><br><p>​<br> <br><br></p></div>



History of OLHChttp://www.olhchendra.qld.edu.au/aboutus/Pages/History-of-OLHC.aspxHistory of OLHC <div><div>​​Our Lady Help of Christians was established over 80 years ago. <span style="font-size:1.1em;">In 1929, the Catholic Church bought an old rambling residence belonging to the Bowmans on 3 acres of land which became a temporary church. It was the whole block Manson, Derby, Burilda and Bowman. It was a magnificent residence, but in very poor condition. It was so large, that by 1937 it became used as a church and school as well as accommodation for the Parish Priest and the housekeeper. It was used as a church and school until 1946. Mass was said in part of the school, so school desks and church seats had to be interchanged each weekend.</span></div><div> </div><div>Two of Brisbane’s leading citizens played an important role in the establishment of the parish and school: TC Beirne and FJ Mc Donnell. The parish priest of Hendra was invited to be the racing chaplain, a tradition which still stands today. Monsignor Lynch, the first parish priest, had a keen interest in racing and often offered great tips to his churchgoers.</div><div> </div><div>OLHC School opened in 1937, with the sisters travelling each day from the convent in Nundah. Sister Michael was Principal, assisted by Sisters Olive, Owen and Phillip. Conditions were primitive, partitions dividing up the classrooms, and buckets catching water when it rained. Long wooden desks and stools seated 6 pupils each, and slates and sponges, lead pencils, copybooks and inkwells were used.</div><div> </div><div>Highlights of the school year were feast days of St Patrick and St Joseph, as they were declared holidays for the school. Religion lesson, followed by Mass, and then cordial, cakes and lollies provided by Monsignor for the whole school. Children then went home with no homework. The feast day of the class teacher was another similar party day. The annual school fancy dress ball and the school concert were other highlights. Reception of First Holy Communion was a big event for those eligible, with Confession in the week leading up, wearing of the black and white on the day, and the big ‘after party’ with food provided by the parents. The children then had to attend daily Mass for a week afterwards, wearing their shiny medals.</div><div>​ <br></div><div>Jump forward 20 years or so to the time in the fifties when Ms Ros was at school. All the teachers were nuns and they were good teachers and taught respect for others. Class sizes varied, but were mostly multi-age classes. Grades 1 and 2 together, grades 3,4 and 5 in another room, 6 and 7 working together and then grade 8, which was scholarship on its own because it was such an important class. The scholarship exam wasn’t held at the school, and the students had to be taken by bus to Eagle Junction State School to sit for it. Numbers at the school were small, and everyone knew everyone else, even their little brothers and sisters.<br></div><div> </div><div>Sports Day (or Athletics Carnival as we know it) was held on a Sunday at the Parish Fete. Other local Josephite Schools like Nundah, Windsor and Banyo joined in the competition. They challenged each other with age races, relays, ball games, much as we still do today. The heroes and heroines were always the ones who were the fastest runners. Similarly, OLHC students were bussed to the other schools on their fete days to compete.</div><div> </div><div>For a parish with such a long history, the Priests have been relatively few in number. Monsignor Lynch was followed by Monsignor Roberts, Fr Peter Gillam and Fr Jim Spence. Fr Gillam returned for a second stay for quite a few years. He was followed by Fr Anthony Mellor, Fr Geoff Baron, Fr Michael McCarthy (now Bishop of Rockhampton), Fr Paul Chackanikunnel and now Fr Neville Yun.<br></div><div> </div><div>Faces in the photos on the wall in the administration building indicate that we have had teaching staff who stayed both short and long times. Following the departure of the nuns, Mr Mike Lawlor was the first lay principal, followed by Mr Dennis Carey, Mr Leo Dittman, Mr Gil Cook, Mr Joe Miranda and Mrs Margaret Tomov, all of whom spent considerable time leading this wonderful community, each leading it through stages of ups and downs, growth and decline, often a reflection of the demographics of this area. </div><div> </div><div>Jump to today, and you find a school that is contemporary, yet retains a strong family focus. Links with the parish are strong with regular Mass for the children and Sacramental Programme run by the parish. A stable staff, highly experienced teachers, plan engaging curriculum experiences for the classes in each of our 7 classrooms. With boys’ colleges taking upper school enrolments, maintaining good numbers in the upper school remains our most constant challenge. Demographics are changing again, and the reputation of our school as offering excellent education in a small school, family-friendly atmosphere is growing. Technology is the way forward for the future, and we have established an environment where children use computers and iPads as devices to assist in their learning.</div><div> </div><div>Highlights of the school year are our presentations for our families like our Easter Prayer Celebration, our Dance Showcase evening, the Fete, the Christmas Concert, and of course our sports days. We also commemorate special days like Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, as well as Community commemorations like Day for Daniel, and World Teachers’ Day. We raise money for charities like our local St Vincent de Paul, Caritas and the Missions, much as they did in earlier days.</div><div> </div><div>The building impetus provided by the government over the past couple of years saw a rapid development of our facilities. The undercover area and the Mary MacKillop learning centre were tremendous bonuses for our small community.  More recently the development of our nature play space and Xavier Place have enriched our play and performance opportunities. We now have an education facility that provides a contemporary learning environment for the current students and a master plan and vision ​to provide for those to come.</div></div> <div> </div>




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​At OLHC we provide a caring and innovative learning environment that challenges  all of our students to continue to progress in their learning. Our dedicated staff work together to support the academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of our students.

We boast modern air-conditioned contemporary classrooms and a range of interactive play and sporting facilities for our students.
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Term Dates 2023http://www.olhchendra.qld.edu.au/newsandevents/Pages/Term-Dates.aspxTerm Dates 2023<table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-3" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:200px;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;"> <strong>​​​​​​​​TERM DATES</strong>​ ​</span></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​<strong>Term 1</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3" rowspan="1">​Tuesday 24 January - Friday 31 March (10 weeks) <br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​<strong>Term 2</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Monday 17 April - Friday 23 June (10 weeks)<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;height:14px;"> <strong>Term 3​</strong><br></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3" style="height:14px;">​Monday 10 July - Friday 15 September (10 weeks)<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Term 4</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">Tuesday 3 October - Friday 1 December (9 weeks)<br></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;">  </div><div style="text-align:left;"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-3" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:200px;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;"> <strong>PUBLIC HOLIDAYS</strong><strong>​ ​</strong></span></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Australia Day Holiday</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">Thursday 26 January</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​<strong>Good Friday</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Friday 7 April​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Easter Sunday</strong><br></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Sunday 9 April<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Anzac Day holiday</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">Tuesday 25 April</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>Labour Day</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Monday 1 May</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Ekka Holiday</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3" rowspan="1">​Wednesday 16 August</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>King​'s Birthday</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Monday 2 October</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><div style="text-align:left;"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-3" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:200px;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;"> <strong>PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING DAYS</strong><strong>​ ​</strong></span></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Term 1</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Wednesday 18 January</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​<br></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Thursday 19 January</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​</th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">​Friday 20 January</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;">​</th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">Monday 23 January<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-3"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-3" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:200px;"> <strong>​Term 3</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-3">Friday 1​ September - <strong>Pupil Free Day</strong><br>​<br><br></td></tr></tbody></table>    </div><div style="text-align:left;"> </div> ​​<br>
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