O'Connor News

O'Connor Cooks for Tim

Early this year our 2016 school captain, Tim Hanrahan, was struck down with a serious auto immune disease. It was sudden and he was immobilised for some time. The College community responded with a series of fundraisers to assist with his recovery.  When Mrs Healey put out the call for helpers it was astonishing – staff and students from the school community as well as the College Vinnies group nominated to prepare, cook and serve…we even had a few of Tim’s good mates from 2016 come in and help run the events.

Three canteens were held in Term 2 and a grand total of $1569 was raised. Being the ever generous soul that we have come to know and love, Tim asked that this money be given to the Red Cross instead, attributing his recovery to the life saving blood transfusions that he received. Of course this was of no surprise to us – Tim has always lived and modelled values of service to others – not only “talking the talk”, but also “walking the walk” – ironically even when walking was not possible for Tim for a time.

Last week, Tim presented the cheque and sent us this message…

Hello! It’s Tim Hanrahan and, as many of you may know, I was in hospital early this year with an autoimmune disease. With so much support from my family, the parish, and O’Connor I am very happy to say I have had a complete recovery and am back at university. 

During my time in hospital the staff and students at O’Connor ran events and fundraised money, which I was very pleased to present to the Red Blood Cross. This is such an important organisation to provide truly life-saving blood for people like me! Thank you all for your support, it’s a true testament to the community we have here at O’Connor that I am so proud to be a part of.

Again thank you, Tim :)



Anne Healey

Teacher; Hospitality and Food Technology 

Berg Shield

On Wednesday, O’Connor defeated McCarthy Catholic College in the first round of the Berg Shield.

Sent into bat, we were all out for 187 in the last over. Nick Page top scored with 78, Sam Johnson was solid with 34 and Jackson Gwynne hit an entertaining 21 from 6 balls!

McCarthy then scored 67 from their 25 overs.

Ben Heagney was our best bowler with impressive figures of 4/15 from his 5 overs.


Yours in cricket

Mark Honeysett

College Prayer Winner

The winners of the school prayer competition were announced at assembly yesterday.

From left to right... 3rd place Emily Meehan, Caitlin Honeysett and Chloe Brown


2nd place - Claudia Ley


Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. With close to 60 submissions Father Francis and Ms Menz had a difficult task selecting the winners. 


The winning entry was Year 10 student Elsbeth Rathborne. Congratulations



Dear Lord,

With each new day you bring us here to O'Connor.

May our school always follow in the lead of our founders, 

St Angela Merci and St John Baptist De La Salle,

Who were loving and kind.

May our school accept and nourish both students and teachers,

While we all flourish within these walls.

May our school community respect and cherish each other,

And learn to love truly.

May we grow together in the presence of our loving God,

And always remember that the fruit of the spirit is love.


House Captains for 2018

Congratulations to our new house captains

LaSalle - Connor McRae, Tahlia Stuart

Benilde -  Reggie Divall, Morgane Sercombe

Ursula - Noah L'Hostis, Sophie Warner 

Merici- Jacob Minehan, Kaylee Smith


Speaking 4 the Planet

Speaking 4 the Planet...special mention and runners up in the drama section for two of our O’Connor teams, and special mention to Alex MacMahon and runner up to Anne Maree Swanson in the impromptu speech section.


Urban Forest

Students from year 7 and 9 were invited to help complete another section of the Urban Forest on the north side of Dumaresq Creek on Tuesday 17th October. The yr 9 students were an integral part of the major school plantings earlier in the year and they were able to teach the younger students the techniques over the morning. Aaron Coop spent valuable time with tree expert Dave Carr learning about native tree care. As a result the students have been invited to participate in a workshop at the woodland centre later in the year.


Year 9 PASS

Yr 9 PASS Classes joined Nicki Scholes-Robertson for her 'Rambling for Renal'. Four and a bit km walked, lots of chatting done and I am sure that all students have come away better informed around Kidney Disease. A really positive morning enjoyed by all involved.

James Russell