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Mr Shaw's News

HARMONY DAY 

Harmony Day took place on Tuesday 21 March, marking the end of Harmony Week in Western Australia. Students and staff were invited to wear orange with their school uniform on Tuesday as we celebrated our cultural diversity. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. It was wonderful seeing students engaging in Harmony Day buddy class activities.  

P & F MEET AND MINGLE EVENT 

We look forward to our first P & F event for the year – a social gathering at Lucky Bay Brewing on Sunday 26 March, beginning at 3:00pm. Please see the information from Tash McCarthy (P & F Chair), further in the newsletter. I look forward to seeing you there. 

YEAR SIX CAMP 

Our Year Six students look forward to attending camp in Albany next week. I thank Mrs Erin Tyrrell for her organisation of this experience and Mr Pat McCarthy for assisting Mrs Tyrrell, as well as driving the bus. I look forward to joining the campers Tuesday to Thursday. 

INTERIM REPORTS 

For many years we have sent home a one-page summary sheet, referred to as an Interim Report, at the end of Term One. This document has provided a snapshot of how students have begun the school year, with a focus on their personal and social skills. It is important that processes are reviewed and reflected on. As a staff, we have decided to move away from preparing Interim Reports, recognising the importance of face-to-face conversations. If you would like to chat with your child’s teacher regarding Term One, please arrange a time to meet with your child’s teacher over the next two weeks or early in Term Two. Teachers will also make contact with parents and caregivers to arrange an interview, as is the usual practice, if required.  

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.  

UPDATING DETAILS 

Families will soon receive a document showing the family details we currently have in our system. Please look over this information, note any changes, and return the document to school by Thursday 6 April. 

HEALTH CARE CARD TUITION FEE DISCOUNT  

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

Mrs Russell's News

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.  

Our school will celebrate Holy Week on Thursday 6 April with a Prayer Assembly in the hall at 9am. The Year Five students will be leading this liturgy. All families are welcome to join us for this special celebration.  

NATIONAL RIDE2SCHOOL DAY

National Ride2School Day is the perfect opportunity for students and school communities across Australia to embrace a healthier start and to try riding and walking to school for themselves. Today the students were encouraged to ride to school. 

Munch into March: Kindy and Pre-Primary

The Pre Primary and Kindy classes have been participating in Munch March. They receive a sticker for their calendar when they bring in their ‘Crunch and Sip’. In Religion the children have been looking at new life. They have combined this with Munch March to plant vegetables in the garden.

Pre-Primary

The Pre-Primary class have been exploring their learning through different activities. We have been very interested in painting and decided to explore painting not with brushes. Forks and spoons were the pick for the week, we enjoyed finding the different patterns we could create. Literacy has seen us beginning to read and sound out words, using our sound boards for this activity has been a favourite in the classroom. During Mathematics we have been looking at the different ways numbers can be represented and how they are still the same. Snap is our focus game this week.

Year One

This week in Maths, we have been learning all about doubles! We decided to get a little bit messy and create some doubles artwork. We painted a chosen number of spots on our page and then folded the paper over and created a symmetrical double! It was so much fun!

Year Two

Year Three & Four

This week we celebrated Harmony Day on 21 March. Year 3/4 and Pre-Kindy Students were excited to come together for their first buddy class to engage in some Harmony Day activities. Students enjoyed making a poster with their painted hand prints to symbolise the way that everybody belongs as well as a Harmony Day crown.

Year Five

The Year 5 class have started their new topic in writing this week with the focus around informative reports. We have managed to create a variety of informative posters about our favourite animals and/or food, including clear titles, headings and sub-headings for easy reading.

Year Six

The Year Sixes used their researching and informative writing skills to write reports on Saint Patrick’s Day, finding out about the early life of Saint Patrick, who celebrates and how and when the day is celebrated, as well as interesting facts. Did you know Saint Patrick was originally not from Ireland, or that his real name is Maewyn Seccat?

Harmony Day Collaboration

The Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 5 students got together for Harmony Day to discuss and celebrate our unique differences that help make us exceptional.  Together we created a collaborative artwork showcasing our various art styles while also having fun with our buddies. Happy Harmony Week!

Science

On Tuesday 14 March, our senior students from Years 3-6 visited the 16 Legs Exhibition that is currently showing at The Cannery Arts Centre. Our students were immersed in the unique world of the Tasmanian Cave Spider. We learnt to label the observable features of the spider, including the “kink” in the leg of the male spider that prevents the hungry female from eating him! We explored the cave environment and identified the amazing adaptations that allow the creatures to live in the dark, wet world of the cave. The exhibition is a unique blend of science and art and it is running until the end of this month.

Great investigating everyone! Mrs S

This week our Year 5 and 6 students had a visit from Kim who works with the Fisheries Department. She presented the workshop “Fishy Features” which looks at how our local fish have adapted to living in the marine environment. Great investigating everyone!

P & F News

Don’t forget – our Meet & Mingle event at Lucky Bay Brewing is on this Sunday 26 March from 3pm. Enjoy some locally crafted beers, delicious food and set the kids free on the lawn while you relax and catch up with the OLSOTS staff, welcome new families and engage with our school community.

P & F Easter Raffle tickets have gone home with students this week. Please keep an eye out for them in your child’s bag. All tickets and donations need to be received by the front office by Tuesday 4 April, raffle will be drawn Thursday 6 April.

Thanks for your support!

OLSOTS P & F

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