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MID-YEAR REPORTS 

Mid-Year Reports are now available via SEQTA Engage. Please take the time to read your child’s report alongside your child. This presents an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and discuss areas for growth. I thank our teachers for preparing Mid-Year Reports that acknowledge achievements and set realistic goals. If you have any questions regarding your child’s Mid-Year Report, please contact your child’s teacher via email when we return in Term Three. 

PRE-KINDY ORIENTATION 

Mrs Lorna Russell facilitated an informative and welcoming orientation session for our second Pre-Kindy class, to begin Monday 17 July. Mrs Russell and Mrs Brennand are looking forward to working with our newest Pre-Kindy students over the course of Semester Two.  

CROSS-COUNTRY 

Today we finished the term with our Cross-Country event – our first since 2020! A big well done to all who participated this afternoon. We definitely saw our CORE Values in action! Thank you to Mr Pat McCarthy for preparing the students and organising this event – it was a great way to finish the term!  

NAIDOC WEEK 

NAIDOC Week takes place across Australia Sunday 2 – Sunday 9 July 2023. This is a time to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2023 is For Our Elders. We will celebrate NAIDOC Week when school returns next term, with a NAIDOC Mass on Thursday 20 July at 9:00am. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for this Mass. Students will also engage in NAIDOC activities throughout the week. 

MISS SELL ATTENDING WORLD YOUTH DAY!

As advised in our first newsletter this year, Miss Janica Sell was selected to be a Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) representative at World Youth Day, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal. We are very proud of Janica for being selected as a representative of our school, Parish, Diocese and Catholic Education Western Australia. Janica will be attending World Youth Day Wednesday 19 July – Wednesday 9 August 2023.

The World Youth Day Pilgrimage program is for committed Catholic educators between the ages of 25 and 30. After an application and interview process, including supporting statements from each applicant’s Principal and Parish Priest, CEWA selected eight teachers – two from each Diocese. The selection criteria included having a strong sense of purpose and commitment to the mission and vision of Catholic Education and being an exemplary educator. 

World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope, celebrated about every three years in a different country.  World Youth Day is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and His Church. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, through prayer and the sacraments, together with hundreds of thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions. 

We welcome back Mrs Karla Bridges, who will be teaching Year 3/4 while Miss Sell attends World Youth Day.

HOLIDAY READING CHALLENGE 

To assist with fostering a love of reading over the holiday break, students are invited to participate in the Holiday Reading Challenge. Please see the attached grid for more information. Happy reading! 

COFFEE VAN VISIT – SAVE THE DATE! 

Parents and caregivers are invited to an informal coffee catch-up on Friday 28 July, 8:30-9:30am. The New Moon Van will be onsite, allowing us to catch up and enjoy a coffee as we begin Term Three. Our P & F meeting will take place in the Science Lab at 9:30am and we encourage you to stay for that too!  

PRE-KINDY 2024 – DON’T MISS OUT! 

If you are interested in having your child attend Pre-Kindy in 2024, I strongly encourage you to complete an Enrolment Enquiry via our school website and submit the Enrolment Application and relevant documents as soon as possible – I do not want our current families to miss out! We currently have enough expressions of interest for one full class, including our newest Pre-Kindy students who will begin next term and continue in Pre-Kindy next year, as well as a strong waitlist for a second Pre-Kindy day next year. Priority will be given to Pre-Kindy students rolling over from 2023 and to existing families.  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

I wish all members of our school community a wonderful holiday break. We look forward to students returning to school for Term Three, from Monday 17 July. 

Monday 17 July: Pre Kindy (Monday) and Pre-Primary – Year Six 

Tuesday 18 July: Pre Kindy (Tuesday) 

Wednesday 19 July: Kindergarten 

Our Community Playgroup resumes on Monday 17 July, 8:45-10:00am. 

Holiday Reading Challenge

Mrs Russell's News

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S REPORT 

Parents will receive two formal academic reports this year – a Mid-Year Report at the end of Term Two and an End of Year Report at the end of Term Four. 

MID-YEAR REPORT  

This report provides parents with an indication of how their child is progressing in relation to the end of year Achievement Standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is  based on the curriculum which has been taught and assessed to that point in time.  

END OF YEAR REPORT  

This report provides parents with an overview of how their child has progressed, across the entire year, in relation to the end of year Achievement Standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is based on the curriculum which has been taught and assessed across the entire year, not just Semester Two.  

Understanding the Grading System: Pre-Primary 

 ACHIEVEMENT DESCRIPTORS  

The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The descriptors summarise the standard (or quality) of achievement associated with each level. The scale describes the depth of knowledge and understanding and the range of skills that students typically show.  

Maintaining a level in a learning area from one semester to the next is an indication of positive achievement and expected development. 

A child who is on an Individual Education Plan will have progress reported against learning outcomes outlined in the Individual Education Plan. 

Understanding the Grading System: Years 1 – 6 

GRADE DESCRIPTION  

A The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

B The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

C The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

D The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

E The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The A – E grade scale summarises the standard of achievement associated with each learning area. The scale describes the depth of knowledge, understandings and skills that children working at that standard typically show. If your child receives a ‘C’ grade, they are achieving at the required level for their year. 

Maintaining a grade in a learning area from one semester to the next is an indication of positive achievement and expected development.  

A child who is on an Individual Education Plan will have progress reported against learning outcomes outlined in the Individual Education Plan – not using A-E grades. 

Is a ‘C’ grade good? 

Yes, you should celebrate C grades as this indicates that your child has progressed to the desired level of understanding for his/her year level. 

 Is a ‘C’ grade just a pass like when I was at school 

No, a C grade today, is the expected Achievement Standard for each year level and each learning area.  

Does an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade mean my child is working a year or two above their current grade? 

No, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade means that your child is responding to the content taught to a deeper level. They may be thinking more critically about the content, which is a wonderful skill to demonstrate.  

How are final grades determined?  

Teachers collect numerous samples of work and assessments to determine the final grade. The grade is determined with the use of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (SCSA) Judging Standards. For more information on this go to https://parent.scsa.wa.edu.au/ 

The 2023 Religious Education Assessment (REA) 

In Catholic schools across Western Australia, students enrolled in Years 3, 5 and 9 participate in a system-wide, online assessment in Religious Education. The administration of the assessment commences Monday 24 July.  The REA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in Religious Education. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the Religion curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Please contact your child’s teacher, if you have any inquiries regarding the administration of the REA assessment 

The schedule is as follows: 

Year 5 students will be completing their assessment on Thursday 3 August.

Year 3 students will be completing their assessment on Thursday 3 August. 

 

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone a safe and blessed school holiday! See you all next term on Monday 17 July.

Playgroup

We have been having a lot of fun in playgroup. We are loving our new room, it is warm and cosy and has provided a dry place for us to socialise, play and create.

Pre-Kindy

We have been learning how to do the ‘turtle’ in our classroom as a part of our social and emotional program, PAThS. We learn how to recognise feelings, how to express them and how to solve problems through stories, puppets and roleplaying activities.

Kindy

What a way to follow-up our learning in History with a visit to the Esperance Museum!  We have learnt about how students’ families are structured by creating our family trees as well as family traditions and celebrations. We have also been learning about the past and present. We were able to see and discover how transport, technology and pioneer living has changed from past to present day.

Pre-Primary

On Monday the Pre-Primary class worked in the Science Lab with Mrs Russell, as Miss Hayes was busy moving their classroom. In the afternoon the Year Six students popped in and read with us. Thanks Year Six!

Year One

In Digital Technologies we have been learning all about algorithms. We have been exploring how algorithms are all around us. We experimented with some digital algorithms and then wrote our very own algorithms for how to make smiley face biscuits. Today the students had a go at following their algorithms, step by step, to create a delicious smiley face biscuit!

Year Two

In Year Two we have been learning all about the Sacrament of Baptism. We enjoyed baptising the baby during Investigation Time and even had a practice in the church. We used chalk pastels and charcoal to create pictures of a Baptism. After looking at the Baptismal Font in the church we had a go at constructing our own fonts using tinfoil. Some of us had success getting them to hold water!

Year Three & Four

This term we have been focusing on Informative Texts and their structural features. Students planned, drafted and created their own reports on their favourite marine animals. Check out our final products!

Year Five

The Year 5 class have been analysing the book Bridge to Terabithia over the past few weeks. We have slowly honed our predictions and summary work while also improving other various comprehension skills. This week we went about designing a trailer for the book itself using our iPads and creativity.

Year Six

This term the Year Sixes have been learning about federation, democracy and law making. For their final challenge they had to work in pairs to design and create a train line and train for each seperate colony (pre-federation), before coming together as a class to work out how to connect all the train lines so goods could be transported around Australia at federation.

LOTE: Auslan

During Auslan, we have been finalising and practising everything we have been learning this semester. In each class we shared the roll of fingerspelling different focus words to the class that we wanted to learn how to sign. Some favourites being animals, sports, days of the week and various words such as knowledge and fizzy. The students used different attention grabbers and alphabet skills along with practising turn taking and communicating in Auslan. We have had a lot of fun continuing our learning this semester. We can’t wait to keep signing and shining next term.

P & F News

There are so many benefits to being involved in your child’s school. As a parent or caregiver, your contribution can have a positive impact on your child’s well-being by demonstrating the good relationships between their parents and teachers. Building strong partnerships between parents, families and schools supports children’s learning and leads to better learning outcomes.
In the next few newsletters, I’ll introduce you to some of our fantastic P & F Volunteers and you can learn about their involvement with OLSOTS.
Our P & F team is still on the lookout for Class Reps…if you’ve been thinking about putting your name down, or want to find out more about what these roles entail, please email olsotspnf@gmail.com. These can be shared roles, so if you’re interested but have a busy schedule, you can sign up with a friend!
I hope all of your children enjoyed the Cross Country, and have a wonderful time on the holidays. See you at our Coffee Catch Up in Week 2!
Tash McCarthy
P & F Chair

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