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Mr Shaw's News

YEAR SIX CAMP  

Our Year Six students, Mrs Erin Tyrrell, Miss Bec Devitt and Mr Pat McCarthy, attended camp in Albany last week. Students had a fantastic time engaging in a range of activities at camp and around Albany. Students enjoyed building their leadership and teamwork skills and learning about Albany history. I extend a big thank you to the staff who attended the camp, particularly to Mrs Erin Tyrrell for her organisation of the event. It was great joining our campers for most of the week! 

HARMONY DAY 

Our students had the opportunity to wear traditional dress or orange as Harmony Day was celebrated on Thursday 21 March. While I was not at school on the day due to being at camp, I heard great things about the celebrations! I thank Miss Janica Sell for her coordination of Harmony Day, which included opportunities for students to learn about the traditions and cultures of some of our families. 

HOLY WEEK LITURGY 

We gathered as a Catholic community this morning to be reminded about the true meaning of Easter, as our Year Three students led our Holy Week liturgy. I thank Miss Janica Sell for preparing our students.  

ANZAC DAY SERVICE 

Our Year Six students will lead our school ANZAC Day Service on Wednesday 24 March, beginning at 9:00am. Please consider coming along as we stop to reflect on this important day. 

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST – SAVE THE DATE 

Our annual Mother’s Day breakfast will take place on Friday 10 May. Please keep an eye out for a message on Seesaw as Term Two commences regarding registering for this event. 

URSTRONG 

Staff recently completed their URSTRONG training, ready for implementation next term. 

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. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills. 

You are invited to take advantage of a FREE Parent Membership to access hundreds of resources – including an 8 session video series. This will allow you to learn the same language & strategies being taught in the classroom through the Friendology 101 curriculum. We hope that, as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home. 

We look forward to our URSTRONG workshop for parents and children, taking place 23 May 2024, 6:00 – 7:15pm. Keep an eye out for more information regarding this early next term! 

TERM TWO 

I remind our parent community of our two staff Professional Development Days taking place next term. These are student free days. 

  • Monday 15 April – Berry Street Education Model 
  • Friday 26 April – Faith Formation Retreat 

When students return to school in Term Two, they are to do so in full winter uniform (Years 1-6, Monday and Tuesday). 

LONG SERVICE LEAVE 

I will be taking some Long Service Leave as we begin Term Two. Mrs Lorna Russell will be Short-Term Principal during this time. I look forward to seeing you when I return to school on Monday 29 April.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

I wish all members of our school community a happy and Holy Easter! Enjoy the break!

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.  On Holy Thursday the Year Three class led us in a special Holy Week Liturgy

PROJECT COMPASSION

A big thank you to all those who have supported Project Compassion this year. Thank you for returning your boxes to the office. There is still time if you haven’t returned your box – please do so early next term. The money you generously give goes to help others in need.  

Project Compassion 

 “We are Compassion in Action. Working together for justice and dignity. Building a better future for all” 

ANZAC LITURGY

The school community will gather for our ANZAC Liturgy on Wednesday, 24 April, hosted by Year Six, at 9 am. Families are welcome to attend. 

ANZAC MEMORIAL SERVICE

Our school will participate in the ANZAC Memorial Service on Thursday 25 April 2024. 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 10.20 am. They must wear their full winter uniform if they would like to participate in the march. Students will be collected by parents immediately after the end of the service. Children will need to have sunscreen and a hat for this event. 

TERM 3 & 4 WINTER UNIFORM

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/. 

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. 

Harmony Day

This year for Harmony Week we decided to run a number of activities to help us celebrate. Throughout the week students worked hard to create posters for our Harmony Day Poster competition. On Harmony Day students were invited to wear traditional clothing from their own family cultures or something orange to help acknowledge the diversity we have here at Our Lady Star of the Sea. We were also fortunate enough to have some special presentations from members of our school community to share their heritage with the students. This included Father Paul, Betty Kinyai, Miya Taylor, Sabrina Kyle and Demi Wong all representing their cultures of Poland, Africa, South Korea and China.

Congratulations to our Harmony Day Poster Winners below:

Jessica Casey (Year 6)

Arnab Slathia (Year 3)

Grace Meldrum (Year 2)

Elsie Henderer (Kindy)

Year 6: Camp

Last Monday the Year Six class set off for Albany for their Year Six Camp at Camp Quaranup. Over the course of the week the students (and teachers!) participated in a range of team building challenges such as canoeing, raft building, the sensation train (where they were blindfolded, relying only on their hearing and touch), shelter building and laserscape. They learnt new skills such as archery and kite making and learnt a wealth of knowledge about Albany’s local history including the settlement of the town and ANZAC Centre. It was a massive week but the Year Sixes did an amazing job of sharing and displaying our OLSOTS CORE Values, and they have come away from the experience unified and ready to tackle the rest of their final year at primary school!

Emergency Services Visit

Last Monday afternoon we arranged for the Esperance Emergency Services to visit our school. It was a great opportunity to support our learning in the classroom this term as many of our classes were focusing on our community groups here in Esperance. Students were able to gain a first-hand understanding of the roles and responsibilities, specifically those of our St John Ambulance Officers, Esperance Police and Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services and how they serve our Esperance community. For our early years students, it was an opportunity to showcase the people that help us in the case of an emergency when we call 000.

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been preparing for the celebration on Easter Sunday by learning about Holy Week. Students have worked hard to retell the events of Holy Week during class time and have represented their understanding through their artwork. Particular scenes in their art includes Palm Sunday, Washing of the Feet, The Last Supper, Praying in the Gardens of Gethsemane, Good Friday (The Crucifixion) and East Sunday (The Resurrection).

Visual Art

The students have begun 2024 displaying the courage to try new things, let go of the idea of perfection and creatively express themselves. It has been a joyous experience watching the students learn new shading skills, explore mixing colours and get messy. We have been busy creating love filled hearts, colour experimentation pieces, paper plate toucans and hand bunnies. I’m incredibly proud of each child who has joined us, tried their best and displayed excellence in their own individual way.

P & F News

Seesaw messages went out to all parents today with details for the Class Representatives for 2024. A big thank you to Tina Francis (Year 6), Rachel Rawlins (Year 4/5 & Year 3) and Aimee Dixon (Pre-Primary) for volunteering to be class representatives again this year. We are still looking for a class representative for Year 1/2 and Kindy, if this is something you are able to assist with please respond to the WhatsApp group for your class.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Easter Raffle and/or bought tickets. There will be some very happy winners!

Our next P & F Meeting is on Monday 6 May at 5:30 pm, we would love to see you there.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter holiday.

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