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Please note that important dates may be adjusted at any time based on school needs. Please check school communication through Seesaw for up to date information.

Sunday 26 February – Sacrament Enrolment Mass @ 9 am
Thursday 2 March – Year 6 Leadership Day, Nulsen Primary School
Friday 3 March – Pupil Free Day, Staff Professional Development Day
Monday 6 March – Public Holiday: Labour Day
Tuesday 7 March – Year 6 Camp meeting @ 3:30 pm
Friday 10 March – Performance Assembly, hosts Year 2
Friday 10 March– P & F Meeting @ 9:30 am in the Science Lab
Wednesday 15 March to Monday 20 March – NAPLAN: Yrs 3 & 5
Tuesday 21 March – Harmony Day
Friday 24 March – Year 6 Summer Carnival @ 10 am
Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March – Year 6 Camp, Camp Quaranup
Friday 31 March – Prayer Assembly: Holy Week, hosts Year 5
Friday 31 March – Year 3/4 Tennis Cup @ 10 am
Thursday 6 April – Last Day of Term 1
Friday 7 April – Good Friday

In This Issue

In This Issue

Mr Shaw’s News
Mrs Russell’s News
Year One
Year Two
Years Three & Four
Year Five
Year Six
Sport: Tennis
Ash Wednesday
School Health Nurse
Parish News
P & F Meeting
Community Notices

Mr Shaw's News


We welcome Judd (PK), Eleanor (PK) and Arnab (Yr 2) and their families to our school community!


This Sunday 26 February, will see students preparing for First Reconciliation (Year Three), First Eucharist (Year Four) or Confirmation (Year Six) attend a Sacramental Enrolment Mass at 9:00am. This is a special time for these students and their families as they continue their Sacramental journey.


I remind parents and caregivers that Friday 3 March is a Pupil Free Day, leading into the long weekend. Staff will be engaged in Professional Development on this day, focusing on the Science of Reading. This will be presented by the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation, based in Perth. The Science of Reading refers to a vast body of research on learning to read with contributions from various disciplines, including cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, neurology, and more. The Science of Reading has evolved from varied research areas, participants, and statistical analyses. We now have greater insight into how humans learn to read, the skills required to do so, and which parts of the brain are involved in literacy development from a wide range of research. We look forward to an exciting day of learning and embedding this learning into our teaching and learning programs.


Good organisations set goals and priorities, with all staff working together to achieve success in these areas. As a staff, we review our Catholic School Improvement Plan collaboratively as we commence each school year. Our school priorities for 2023, listed under the four pillars of Catholic Education, include:

Catholic Identity


  • Participate in a Christian Service program in the last five days of the school year
  • Participate in a Faith Formation retreat, with a focus on wellbeing, accompaniment and mission


  • Better understand the parts of the Mass and signs/symbols in the Church

Parents & Caregivers:

  • Provide parents and caregivers with further information regarding purpose of a Catholic school as a Christ-centred, Child-focused community


  • Continue to develop school-wide pedagogies and practices in literacy that are data- informed, evidence based and guided by CEWA’s Literacy Position Statement and Frameworks.
  • Continue to build staff capacity in using data to inform teaching and learning.
  • Continue to work with the Digital Learning Team to develop the creative application of digital learning tools across all learning areas.


  • Continue to grow the P & F team, implementing the Terms of Reference (ToR) and offering community-building events.
  • Continue to build a strong and positive relationship with the parish.


  • Work in collaboration with staff, students and parents to plan for the redevelopment of the Early Years play space.


We hope to launch our new school website over the next two weeks. Our new website is contemporary, interactive and user-friendly, containing many images that celebrate our school while providing necessary information. Our Parent Information Centre on the homepage centralises the information that is essential for our parents and caregivers. Parents will need to register all absentees via our new website, rather than email. Our new website also contains a visual tour of our school. This will be beneficial for new families when considering Our Lady Star of the Sea. Our website address will change to and our main email address will change to Parents and caregivers will be advised when this happens via email. Exciting times!


The Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) website provides information regarding Our Catholic Tradition. I encourage parents and caregivers to read this information here.


Students are now expected to be wearing full summer uniform, as listed in our Uniform Policy (Uniform Expectations) Thank you to our parents and caregivers who have purchased necessary uniform items to begin the school year. Teachers have been asked to follow up with parents regarding children wearing the incorrect uniform. Thank you to our parents who have purchased our new sport polo, now compulsory and replacing all previous designs. We are currently out of sizes 6, 8 and 10. Pippa will advise parents and caregivers when these sizes arrive in March. Until then, wearing the older design is permissible.


We take enrolments for any year group at any point throughout the school year. Our Pre-Kindy program for 2023 currently has a waitlist and we have already received interest for 2024. I encourage families interested in Pre-Kindy for this year to place their name on the waitlist, as there is a strong possibility that we may offer a second day later this year.


As we begin the new school year, we ask all parents and caregivers to ensure that the school has current student and family details. If your details have changed, please inform Pippa or Tammie immediately via email ( This could include your email address, phone numbers, residential address or alternate emergency contacts (two people other than parents/caregivers).


The Health Care Card Discount Scheme provides an automatic fee concession for the holders of eligible means tested family concession cards. This discount applies across Kindergarten – Year Six. Please ensure Tammie is provided with a copy of your current Health Care Card.

Mrs Russell's News

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday to mark the commencement of Lent. Lent is a very special time when we reflect on ways, we can become closer to Jesus.

Following in the footsteps of Christ during Lent

From our Jewish ancestors we learn the importance of caring for the poor. We teach the importance of giving to those in need and sharing resources.

Jesus also teaches us about the importance of prayer. Jesus prays many times in the Gospels; he models prayer for us today. In the gospels Jesus prays frequently, in the morning and at night. He prays during critical events in his life, and he prays before ministering to people in need. Lent calls us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

During Lent we are also encouraged to fast or give up something during this time. By fasting we make a sacrifice: the thing we choose to give up might be something we really like. This can also remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice when he died on the cross for us.

Pope Francis on Lent 2017

  1. Fast from Hurting Words and say Kind words.
  1. Fast from Sadness and be filled with Gratitude.
  1. Fast from Anger and be filled with Patience.
  1. Fast from Pessimism and be filled with Hope.
  1. Fast from Worries and Trust in God.
  1. Fast from Complaints and contemplate Simplicity.
  1. Fast from Pressures and be Prayerful.
  1. Fast from Bitterness and fill your heart with Joy.
  1. Fast from Selfishness and be Compassionate to others.
  1. Fast from Grudges and be Reconciled.
  1. Fast from Words and be Silent so you can listen.

Project Compassion Box – Supporting Caritas

Project Compassion will be launched online on Tuesday 21 February, in schools and communities. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten Appeal which funds the continuing work of Caritas Australia in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and Australian Indigenous communities. This year, Project Compassion focuses on Food for Life. It throws a spotlight on global food issues and how Caritas Australia is empowering the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources. Project Compassion is an opportunity to share what we have with those who have less.

NAPLAN Testing for Year 3 & 5 Students

Students in Years 3 and 5 will be sitting the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy tests (NAPLAN) from Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March 2023. Please put these dates in your calendar. A flyer explaining NAPLAN testing has already been sent to relevant families. Please be sure to have a look at the information contained there. Further information about NAPLAN in WA can be accessed on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at https://




The Pre-Primary class have been learning to use a 10 Frame to help them to recognise different numbers up to 10.

Year One

This week, we have been very busy in Year 1! In InitiaLit we have been practising our digraphs and our tricky words. We also had a go at writing sentences. In Maths we have been learning all about numbers from 1-100. We began with numbers to 20 and created an amazing class number line, where we identified, ordered and represented numbers using manipulatives. We then had a go at breaking these numbers into tens and ones. We have also had lots of fun investigating in our amazing investigation space. We are having lots of fun in Year 1!

Year Two

In Year 2 we have begun our preparation for Easter. We created our Lent display on Ash Wednesday and will continue to prepare for Easter through praying, fasting and almsgiving.

Year Three & Four

This week our Ash Wednesday liturgy marked the beginning of the season of Lent. After discussing the meaning behind Ash Wednesday, students reflected on their own behaviours in the three areas of Prayer, Fasting and Giving. This helped them to make their own promises in the lead up to Easter.

Year Five

The Year 5 and Year 1 classes got together this week to explore the important symbols in our Catholic faith. Students were tasked to go around the school to find symbols and create a PicCollage, explaining what the Catholic symbols represent.

Year Six

In Year Six students have been learning about regular and irregular verbs during literacy rotations. To culminate, the class came together and participated in a regular and irregular verbs relay, where teams competed to run down individual letters from a set word before working together as a team to un-jumble the irregular verb using their phonological knowledge.

Sport: Tennis

We have been lucky enough to have Bastien from Esperance Tennis Club in for Sport this term. The students have been loving their sessions and I know many students are hassling their parents for extracurricular tennis lessons!

Mr McCarthy is a big advocate for the game of Tennis so if you want to follow a great Australian tradition, look up Esperance Tennis Club online or on social media. Friday night social tennis is a great family taster, it starts at 6pm and there is a sausage sizzle!

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday the Years 3/4,5 and 6 classes got together to make a collaborative Ash Wednesday art wall, using charcoal to symbolise the ash we received on our heads during mass. The art wall will be on display in the upper block throughout to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made on Good Friday.


Our junior students are learning all about living things and how they grow, change and reproduce. We had lots of fun exploring living things and classifying them. Great investigating everyone!

School Health Nurse

A note from the School Health Nurse

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Sharlene and I am the School Health Nurse who visits your school.

School Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of my work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program. Additionally, the nurse can be contacted at any time throughout primary school if you have concerns about your child’s health, development or wellbeing.

School Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral. They also work in partnership with schools to support teachers in health related curriculum and can assist in the development of health care plans for students with complex and chronic health needs.

The services provided are free and confidential.

Please contact me on ph. 90710400

Thank you

Sharlene Rogan |Community Registered Nurse |Population Health Esperance
WA Country Health Service Goldfields
Forrest Street, ESPERANCE WA 6450
T: 08 90710 400 | F: 08 90710 440
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Parish News

P & F Meeting

Our next P & F meeting will be at 9:30am on Friday 10 March (straight after the Year Two assembly) in the Science Lab. All are welcome to join!

Community Notices

Our junior students are learning all about living things and how they grow, change and reproduce. We had lots of fun exploring living things and classifying them. Great investigating everyone!

Contact Us

Contact Us

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
Giles Street
Esperance WA 6450
(08) 9079 8500
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