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Mr Shaw's News

WELCOME TO OLSOTS! 

We welcome Miten (Year 3) and his family to our school community.  

SCHOOL UNIFORM CHANGE 

Following a consultation and feedback period, I am pleased to advise that we will be phasing out the formal school uniform (Years 1-6) over Semester Two 2024. All students will be expected to wear our sport uniform from the beginning of the 2025 school year, Monday – Friday. Students are welcome to wear the sport uniform every day next semester during the transition period.  

As part of this change, we will be introducing a new navy school sock to be worn with the sports uniform following trial and feedback from our school community. The navy socks will be available later next term. We also intend to introduce faction shirts, with students being able to wear their faction shirt on a set day each week, in addition to carnival days. We have made efforts over the past few years to give our factions greater meaning, with the introduction of faction tokens and greater focus on students using the correct faction names – Salvator, Xavier or MacKillop. Having students wear their faction shirt weekly will assist with this. 

From the beginning of the 2025 school year, our school uniform (Pre-Primary – Year Six) will consist of the following items: 

  • Polo shirt (current sports shirt) 
  • Faction shirt
  • Shorts (current sports shorts) 
  • Skort 
  • OLSOTS branded navy socks (new style, coming soon) 
  • Track pants 
  • School jacket (current sports jacket) 
  • Wet weather jacket (optional – may be worn to/from school) 
  • Sport shoe (mainly black or white are preferred, excessively bright colours are discouraged) 

 As previously advised, a number of factors led to this consideration, including: 

  • Suitability of uniform for physical activities 
  • Student comfort when learning 
  • Affordability for families 
  • Stock ordering processes 
  • The recent introduction of new sports shorts and a skort option 
  • Student voice 

The move to wearing a sport uniform every day of the school week has overwhelming support from staff, students, our School Advisory Council, P & F Committee and parents.  

MID-YEAR REPORTS 

Our teachers have been busy preparing Mid-Year Reports, which will be made available via SEQTA Engage on Friday 28 June. I thank our teachers for their dedication to this important process, making consistent judgements and providing insightful comments regarding achievement. It has been a pleasure reading each child’s report. Please see the information from Mrs Lorna Russell regarding Mid-Year Reports.  

KINDERGARTEN DEVELOPMENT PROFILE 

This year we are introducing a Kindergarten Development Profile (KDP), which will be available to Kindergarten parents at the end of each semester, in line with Pre-Primary – Year Six reports. 

This document provides a summary of each child’s development under the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes below: 

  • Children have a strong sense of identity 
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their outside world 
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 
  • Children are confident and involved learners 
  • Children are effective communicators 

I thank Lorna Russell for preparing this document and aligning key Kindergarten milestones with the EYLF outcomes. We look forward to receiving feedback regarding our KDP as we continue to reflect on our methods of reporting to parents. 

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

The following information is taken from Catholic Education Western Australia’s (CEWA) Student Attendance Guidelines.

Attendance is measured as the number of actual full-time equivalent student days attended by full-time students in Pre-Primary to Year 10 as a percentage of total number of possible student days. Educational Risk is defined as falling below 90%. Attendance below 90% can be further divided into the categories of:

  • Indicated (80-89%)
  • Moderate (60-79%)
  • Severe (<60%)

All children are expected to be at school, unless they are unwell. Please also refrain from taking holidays during term time as this impacts student learning.

IN-TERM SWIMMING 

We continue to offer in-term swimming for students in Pre-Primary to Year Six. This year lessons will take place over the next two weeks as we finish Term Two. This timing lessens the impact on the educational program – our core business. Please ensure that students come to school prepared with all they need during the swimming lesson period. Sport uniform can be worn all week during swimming lessons. Our Faction Swimming Carnival takes place on Friday 28 June, for Years 3-6. Please see further information from Anna Swan (Physical Education Teacher) regarding our upcoming carnival.

Access to the Esperance Anglican School (EACS) canteen will not be available during in-term swimming period due to staggered lunch times for students. The canteen service will be available again from the beginning of Term Three.

P & F MEETING 

Our P & F Committee invite you along as we meet on Monday 24 June at 5:00pm. This meeting will take place in the Science Lab. Please consider coming along to support our P & F as we discuss great opportunities for our school community. 

NATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS 

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate our teachers who represent excellence in their teaching career through the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA). Please go to neita.com for more information regarding the simple nomination process. 

TERM THREE 

As this is the last newsletter for Term Two, I take this opportunity to wish you a safe and relaxing holiday break. A few key dates for Term Three are below and I remind you to check our live school calendar regularly. 

  • Monday 15 July: Pupil Free Day / Staff Professional Development – Berry Street Education Model 
  • Tuesday 16 July: Term Three begins 
  • Friday 16 August: Pupil Free Day – Catholic Day (school closed) 
  • Monday 19 August: Pupil Free Day/Staff Professional Development – Mathematics 
  • Friday 20 September: Term Three ends 

Mrs Russell's News

GRANDPARENTS’ MASS: THURSDAY 18 JULY

The Year 4/5 class will be leading the school in a special Grandparents’ Mass celebration in week one next termAll parents and grandparents are invited to this Mass at 9am on Thursday 18 July.

SEQTA ENGAGE REPORTS

Parents new to our school should have received a welcome email inviting you to create a login to SEQTA EngageOnce you have created your login and password you will have access to SEQTA EngageOn Friday 28 June, the school reports will be available for you to view and download through SEQTA Engage. Please ensure you have followed the steps to login to your SEQTA account or you will be unable to view your child’s report. Please contact the front office if you require assistance with SEQTA Engage.

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: 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/.

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. 

Kindergarten Development Profile

This year the students in Kindergarten will receive a progress report based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), a key component of the Australian Government’s national imitative for early childhood education and care.  

ASSESSMENT KEY

Developed: The student independently demonstrates an ability to complete all elements of the outcome at an expected level.  

Beginning to Develop: The student independently demonstrates an ability to complete most of the elements on the outcome, some assistance is required.  

Needs More Time to Develop: The student requires assistance to complete the outcome at an expected level.  

We hope this information assists you to understand the reporting process at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher. 

NATIONAL CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.  For more information regarding the NCCD data follow the link below  

FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CARERS 

2024 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 29 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 queries regarding the administration of the REA assessment. 

Students in Years 3 and Year 5 students will be completing their assessment on Wednesday 31 July.

Year Three

This week we kicked off our chance unit with an M&M investigation. Students enjoyed this hands-on activity of investigating the likelihood of picking out a certain coloured M&Ms. They predicted, sorted and tallied how many of each colour was in their packet and then discussed their results with their peers. Students discovered that each packet had a wide variety of each colour M&M. They finished the lesson by watching an interesting video about the production and technologies involved in making M&Ms.

St John WA Incursion

Students from Years 3-6 were fortunate enough to receive a visit from Nola and Veronica from St John WA to provide some important first aid information. The session involved practising ringing 000 and discussing the details needed to pass on to the telephone operator in the case of an emergency. Students were encouraged to go home and speak to their families about their own family action plan in the case of an emergency. They then discussed the subject of bleeds and bandages, where students learnt the important steps in treating a bleeding wound. Students thoroughly enjoyed practising their bandaging skills to help their injured friends.

Physical Education

We have had a fantastic year of Physical Education so far! I want to commend our students for trying new things, improving current skills and working together as a team. So far we have played basketball and football with a visit from the West Coast Eagles for some of our classes. We have been working on our running skills and speed as we approach our Faction Cross Country. We look forward to celebrating participation and encouraging excellence. It is great to see everyone moving their bodies, looking after their health and focussing on having fun. We are gearing up for our swimming lessons and then will finish the term with our much anticipated swimming carnival! We hope that you can come along and cheer on our year 3 – 6 students on Friday 28 June.

IN-TERM SWIMMING LESSONS & FACTION SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Swimming lessons will be for the last two weeks of Term 2, from Monday 17 June until Thursday 27 June for all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6. Students are to wear sport uniform every day during swimming lessons and bring the following items:

  • Bathers, to put on at school
  • Towels (x2)
  • Goggles (if required)
  • Thongs/sliders can be worn to/from swimming but students must wear running shoes to school and outside of lesson times

We will then hold our Faction Swimming Carnival on Friday 28 June, from 10.45am, for students in Years 3 to 6. We would love for you to join us for the swimming carnival and support our kids as they try their best.

P & F News

P & F MEETING: MONDAY 24 JUNE

Please join us on Monday 24 June at 5 pm in the Science Lab for our next meeting.

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