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ADMINISTRATION BLOCK  

Our Administration Block will reopen from the beginning of Term Two, with the completion of necessary roof work.  Junior Primary re-roofing continues, as does the construction of additional toilets in our ECE area. 

NEW GROUNDS & MAINTENANCE TEAM 

Our new Grounds and Maintenance Team will begin next term. We welcome Sonya Lawry and David Eltringham back to OLSOTS, as they take on this shared role. Sonya and David have worked at our school previously, as our Groundsperson/Handyperson and Cleaner respectively. We look forward to Sonya and David joining our school community again. I extend a big thank you to Phil Lindsay, who has returned to our school in a casual relief capacity recently, to help out with our grounds work until Sonya and David begin. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY 

Staff will begin Term Two on Monday 24 April, with a professional development day focusing on Digital Learning. This continues our work in this space, as we continue to embed digital technologies as a creative tool for learning. This is a Pupil Free Day for students. 

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

We welcome mothers and mother figures to our Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 12 May, commencing at 7:30 am. Please save this date, more information will be sent via Seesaw at the beginning of Term Two.

PRE-KINDY – SECOND DAY 

Our Pre-Kindy waitlist continues to grow, and we are looking at the possibility of starting a second Pre-Kindy day (Monday) in the near future. If you are interested, please complete an online Enrolment Enquiry. Please share this information with friends outside our school community who may be interested in our Pre-Kindy program.  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

I wish all members of our school community a happy and Holy Easter holiday break. I look forward to seeing you when school resumes on Wednesday 26 April. 

Mrs Russell's News

ANZAC MEMORIAL SERVICE

Our school will participate in the ANZAC Memorial Service on Tuesday 25 April 2023. If your child would like to march, they need to meet us at the car park of Super IGA on Dempster Street no later than 10.20am. They must wear full winter uniform if they would like to participate in the procession. Parents will need to remain in attendance at this event and collect their child/ren immediately after the service. Children will need to have sunscreen and a hat for this event.  

 ANZAC LITURGY

Our school will hold an ANZAC Liturgy on Friday  28 April, hosted by Year 6, at 9 am. Families are welcome to attend. This will take place in the hall.

 UNIFORM REMINDER

Next term the students should return in full winter uniform, more information on the uniform can be viewed on the school website https://olsots.wa.edu.au/our-community/uniform/. 

Winter skirt:

Navy tartan knee length skirt, long or short sleeved pale blue school shirt, red school jumper, white school socks with stripe or navy tights, black school shoes (flat-heeled leather or leather look-alike laceup/velcro), school tie and school hat. 

Winter trouser/shorts:

Long grey school trousers, grey school shorts, long or short sleeved pale blue school shirt, red school jumper, long grey school socks with stripe, black school shoes (leather or leather look-alike lace-up/velcro), school tie and school hat. 

HOLY WEEK

Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday and Good Friday, which, together with Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum.  On Holy Thursday the Year Five class led us in a special Holy Week Liturgy.

As we journey through Holy Week and then the celebrations of Easter I wish each and every one of you a Holy, Safe and Blessed Easter. May the love of our risen Lord be with you all.

Pre-Kindy

We we have loved learning through play this term and forming new friendships.

Kindy

This term we have been learning how to count one to one correspondence, recognise numbers to 10 and sequence numbers in order. We have also been learning initial sounds and recognising the letters in our names. We have worked very hard to learn how to make a weaving mat that will create a Easter basket to take home.

Happy Easter and enjoy your holidays. We are looking forward to continuing our learning journey next term.

Pre-Primary

The Pre-Primary class have had a wonderful first term. We have explored, investigated, and learnt lots of new things. As we approach the end of term, and with Easter upon us, we have been learning about the Resurrection of Jesus and how this is the beginning of new life. We have been looking at the different types of new life by growing plants from seeds, creating butterfly crafts, and linking it back to the Cross and Crucifix representing Jesus.

Year One

In Year 1 we have been learning to count, order and represent numbers to 100. This week we combined all of our learning and made a number line from 0-100. The children had a go at writing out the numbers, ordering them on our class number line and representing them using different manipulatives.

Year Two

As part of their investigation into Informative Text writing, students in Year 5 wrote and delivered instructions to their Year 2 buddy to teach them how to tie their shoelaces. The Year 5 students did a wonderful job, and we had some very proud Year 2 students after our session!

Year Three & Four

This term we have been working hard learning about Persuasive Writing. Students were asked to write their own persuasive argument on their chosen topic and all were very convincing. Check out some of our work below. Be sure to pop into Year 3/4 to read our writing.

Year Five

The Year 5 class have been learning more about perimeter and area. We have been measuring a variety of shapes and objects to apply what we learnt. We even created our very own perimeter and area person! Check out our awesome work below.

Year Six

Last week the Year Sixes went on their school camp to Albany, staying at the historical Camp Quaranup. Everyone had an amazing week where they were challenged physically and mentally through activities such as canoeing, raft building, archery and geocaching; conquered our fear of heights at the Tree Top Walk and achieved personal bests at the Albany Ninja Warrior centre. We also learnt a lot at the Anzac Centre, Mount Clarence, The Whaling Station, The Gap and the Brig Amity, cuddled cute animals at the Denmark Alpaca farm and ate delicious ice-cream’s at the Denmark Meadery.

It was a huge week but one we will definitely not forget!

LOTE: Auslan

What a wonderful start to having Auslan as our school’s language this year.

There has been lots of interest and curiosity into Deaf culture and how to communicate in Auslan. Students can introduce themselves and share some basic information with others in Auslan, such as our age, family members and favourite colours. While learning basic cultural respect when creating text and displays such as including Auslan, using our voice and captions. Next term is an exciting term as we further develop our communication skills and understanding of the language.

Physical Education

On Friday 31 March our Yr 3/4 cohort participated in the Red Ball Gala tennis event put on by the Sun City Tennis Academy and Esperance Tennis Club. It is always a highlight of the sporting calendar and was a great way to complete the terms tennis program in which Coach Bastien came into school for five sport days.
Miss Sell reported great attitudes and effort over the day, looking at the photos that is quite evident! Our students displayed our CORE Values and we were not far behind the winning school!
If your child has shown an interest in the great game of tennis this term, follow up with Esperance Tennis Club to book in for Term Two after school coaching!
On Friday 24 March our Year 6 class went off to a networking event, ‘Have A Go Day’ with other schools in the region to develop friendships as they head to high school next year. This term ‘Have A Go Day’ required students to participate from a selection of sports that are a little out of the ordinary. We offered our students Lawn Bowls, Croquet and Yoga. All the students had a great time and tried something new.
Big thanks go to Karl Gurney from Esperance Primary for planning the event, support from Esperance Shire, the sporting groups who put forward coaches and Aleshia Barrett for assisting.

P & F News

It was wonderful to see everyone relaxing at our Meet and Mingle event at the Brewery. The kids had a blast running about, the sun was shining and the adults were enjoying the music and catching up. We look forward to hosting more social events later in the year!
Thank you to everyone for your generous donations for our Easter Raffle. We were able to put together loads of delicious prize packs – thanks Kara and Charlotte for wrapping everything. Congratulations to all of our lucky winners, enjoy those sweet treats!
Happy Easter to you all, and enjoy the school holidays.

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