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Mr Shaw's News


I recently had the pleasure of joining our School Captains (Teal and Spencer) and Faction Captains (Meeka, Orla and Riley) for the first 2024 Year Six Leadership Day. This day saw school leaders from Esperance and surrounding primary schools experience a Walk on Country at Lake Monjingup. Students had the opportunity to learn about seasonal changes from Birak to Bunuru, engage in a Yarning session, complete artwork and connect with other student leaders.


Our Year Six students are excited to attend camp in Week Eight (18 – 22 March). Our students will enjoy a range of activities in Albany, along with Mrs Erin Tyrrell, Miss Bec Devitt and Mr Pat McCarthy. I look forward to joining our campers through the week! Please keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for daily updates. 


As advised to our community at our Annual Community Meeting (ACM) in December, we are excited to have all staff trained in the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) and URSTRONG, over 2024 and 2025. This is an exciting opportunity for our school, with access to high quality professional development that builds capacity in staff and promotes student wellbeing.  

The Berry Street Education Model equips schools with practical, classroom-based strategies to increase the engagement of all students, including those with complex, unmet learning needs. Berry Street enables schools to support students’ self-regulation, relationships and wellbeing to increase student engagement and significantly improve academic achievement. 

URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. URSTRONG provides teachers with a friendship skills curriculum, Friendology 101, that helps kids establish and maintain healthy relationships, manage conflict with kindness, and increase their overall resilience. 

Staff have commenced URSTRONG training and will complete it over the rest of Term One, ready for teaching Friendology 101 in Term Two.  

Please see the information from Mrs Erin Tyrrell (Leader of Wellbeing) regarding our URSTRONG workshop for parents and children, further in this newsletter. 


Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) have approved an additional Professional Development Day for our school in 2024 and 2025. This is to accommodate the provision of Berry Street Education Model training for all staff over the next two years. The additional professional development day for 2024, Monday 19 August, follows our Catholic Day on Friday 16 August, seeing families with a four-day long weekend. This date has been added to the Term Dates section of our school website. 

Mrs Russell's News


At our first Prayer Assembly the MJR Ministry group reminded the school community about the importance of Project Compassion, the charity we support during the Lent season. Each family has received a Project Compassion box to help raise money for this Catholic Charity, could you please return to the front office by the end of the term. More information regarding Project Compassion and how they help others can be found here


Shendelle was at our school on Friday 1 March to present a certificate for the school’s fundraising effort towards Soctober last year. Shendelle give a short presentation during the assembly about Catholic Missions and Socktober. After the assembly Shendelle worked with the Year Four, Five and Six students,  explaining Catholic Mission and the different projects they support around the world, including Socktober.  Then the students made their own Socktober soccer balls.  


Students in Years 3 and 5 will soon be sitting the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy tests (NAPLAN). These assessments provide point in time data that we use to reflect on student achievement, alongside our school-based data. NAPLAN will be conducted from Wednesday 13 March to Monday 25 March 2024. Information regarding NAPLAN testing has already been sent to families in these year groups. Further information about NAPLAN in WA can be accessed on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website


On Wednesday 28 February Kidsafe WA visited our school to present to the Year One, Two and Three students. They covered key injury prevention topics through fun, engaging activities. Safety topics covered include road safety, poisons safety, burns safety and play safety.

URSTRONG Workshop For Parents: Thursday 23 May at 6 pm

SAVE THE DATE – Thursday May 23 2024

We are very excited to launch URSTRONG from the beginning of Term Two. URSTRONG is a whole school strategy that empowers kids with friendship skills, teaching them what’s healthy in a friendship and the differences between healthy and unhealthy friendships.

We will be hosting a Language of Friendship workshop for parents and children after school on Thursday May 23, allowing the school community to learn together and share a common language to best support and empower the students.

Harmony Day: 21 March

With Harmony Week fast approaching we are looking forward to celebrating the cultural diversity present here at OLSOTS. Harmony Week takes place from the 18 – 24 March and celebrates how all of our differences make Australia a great place to live. Over the course of the week students will be engaging in a range of learning activities promoting inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. On Harmony Day, 21 March, we invite our staff and students to show their support by wearing traditional clothing that represents their own family’s culture or something orange to school. We look forward to the celebrations to come.

Year Four & Five

The Year 4/5 students have been learning all about communities, including those that they are a part of, other local communities and the Parish community. Students have been researching the roles of leaders and the responsibilities they have. The class have also been unpacking rules and laws and their importance in keeping everyone safe. We have also started to build our own community within the class through our class economy. All students have applied for class jobs which they are paid for weekly. Students are learning life skills such as the art of paying desk rent and saving for items to buy at the class shop.


Our book of the week is Giraffes Can’t Dance. We did a step by step drawing and will continue creating our chosen scene throughout the week. We have all been settling in well and learning to get to know each other.


The Pre-Kindergarten students developed their cutting and tracing skills to create headbands inspired by The Rainbow Fish story, showing sharing. With each careful cut they worked towards developing their fine motor skills, adding colourful scales and sequins to their creations. Eager to share their hard work with their parents, they wore their shimmering headbands home proudly, embodying the tale’s themes of sharing and connection while showcasing their new found cutting and tracing skills.

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