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Welcome back from the holiday break. I trust your holidays were restful and that you are all ready for another busy term at Our Lady Star of the Sea. We had our new Pre-Kindy group start on Monday 17 July, which was the first day of school for Hugo, Ellie, Harper, Marlon, Violet, Tanner, Reyaan, Aubrey and Daisy, we also welcome back Huey and Eleanor in Pre-Kindy and extend the welcome to their families too. We also welcome Riley (Yr 6), and his family to our school community this term.


It has been great seeing our students happy and engaged in learning over the first two weeks of school. Thank you to the parents and caregivers who came along to our Coffee Catch-Up this morning – it was a great way to start the day! 


As we begin Term Three, I remind parents and caregivers of several school routines: 

  • Classroom doors open at 8:30am, with formal instruction beginning at 8:45am. Students are encouraged to arrive at 8:30am as to engage in morning activities and prepare for the day. 
  • All students are asked to bring a drink bottle full of water to school. Students have the opportunity to refill at recess and lunch. Being prepared with a drink bottle in class ensures students do not miss learning time to leave class for a drink. 
  • Our classrooms have Crunch ‘n’ Sip each morning, as students participate in this during learning time. Please remember that the fruit being sent in is to be ready to eat and easy to manage while working. Please do not send juicy fruit or fruit that requires peeling/makes a mess. 


As students begin Term Three, they are expected to be wearing full winter uniform. Thank you to parents and caregivers who ensure their children come to school wearing the correct uniform, as is agreed upon enrolment. If your child requires uniform items, please support them in striving for Excellence by purchasing necessary items from our Uniform Shop. More information regarding our uniform expectations can be found here. 


Every two years, Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) schools undertake a School Climate Survey. The purpose of this survey is to take the pulse of the school community and gain feedback. This information helps us shape future decision making. Surveys are completed by staff, students (Years 3-6) and parents and caregivers. The parent and caregiver survey is open from 31 July – 18 August. Please see Mrs Russell’s section of the newsletter for more information regarding this. I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this important survey. 


We said farewell to Mrs Marnie Douglas last week, as she leaves to welcome a new addition to the family. We wish Marnie all the very best at this exciting time.  

Mrs Carla Maguire has decided to leave our school community at the end of the school year. Carla has been a member of staff since 2013 and will be leaving with mixed emotions, as she loves our school community. Carla is currently working two days a week, in Year Two and as our Drama teacher. We will have the opportunity to formally say farewell to Carla at the end of the school year. 


Miss Sell is currently representing our school, Parish and Catholic Education Western Australia as part of the World Youth Day Pilgrimage. We heard from Miss Sell earlier in the week.  

Ready for our adventure ahead. Our first day of hiking today starting from Tui, Spain. A great experience so far with a wonderful group. A lot of anticipation and nerves for the journey ahead as we walk towards Santiago De Compostela. Buen Camino! (Good walk) 


NAIDOC Week took place across Australia earlier this month and students celebrated NAIDOC Week in class as we began Term Three. We came together for our NAIDOC Mass and students completed activities in class. 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.


I am excited to announce that Scitech STEM Club will be commencing at OLSOTS in Term Four! We are excited to be the first regional school partnering with Scitech, as part of their popular after school STEM Club program. Participation in this program is highly competitive in Perth, with schools required to submit an application to be involved. Scitech will send all the required resources to Esperance, with a Scitech team member joining the session remotely. They will even provide afternoon tea! 

STEM Club will take place on Thursday afternoons 3:00-4:00pm in the Science Lab, Weeks 1-8 during Term Four. Mr Ian Puzon and Mrs Deb Sanger will be facilitating this. This opportunity is initially open to students in Years 5 and 6, as the number of participants is capped at 20. If your child is interested in being involved, please let Mr Puzon know over the next few weeks. This is an exciting opportunity for our students and school community. 


Our fantastic P & F team are on the lookout for Class Representatives. Please consider putting your hand up for this important role. It is hoped that our Class Representatives will work with our P & F team to share communication regarding school happenings at a class level. We often have new families beginning at our school, some brand new to Esperance. It would be great to share the details of the Class Rep with new families to assist them with building connections and getting to know the Esperance community. Class Reps will be invited to attend P & F meetings, as all parents and caregivers are, but it is not an expectation that they will attend. If you would like more information about this initiative, please contact Tash McCarthy (P & F Chair) at


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 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.  

If you know of someone considering a quality Catholic education for their child in any year group, please invite them to contact the school for a chat or school tour. For just $10 per day (Kindergarten to Year Six), OLSOTS students can experience a child-focused education in an average class size of 16 students, allowing a greater focus on personalised learning. 

Mrs Russell's News


On Thursday 20 July, we opened our school term with a beautiful Mass organised by Mr Puzon and the Year Five students that focused on NAIDOC Week. Thank you to Fr Paul for celebrating the Mass and to the parents who also attended. 


The sacramental workshops for First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Wednesday 14 September in the Parish overflow area. These workshops must be attended by the children and families of the children receiving one of these Sacraments this year. Please talk to your class teacher if you have any questions regarding these workshops.  

Holy Communion & Confirmation Family Workshops  

(Mildred Rego, CEWA Catechist Service) 

Holy Communion workshop Wednesday 14 September 2:30 – 3:30pm 

(Followed by a practice with Fr. Paul) 

Confirmation short parent meeting Wednesday 14 September 3:30pm

Confirmation workshop Wednesday 14 September 3:45 – 4:30pm

Sacramental Dates 

First Holy Communion – Sunday 17 September at 9:00am 

Confirmation – Sunday 22 October at 9:00am 

Reconciliation – Saturday 11 November at 2:00pm 


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 purpose of the assessment is to measure student learning of the content in the Religious Education Curriculum.   

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

National School Improvement Partnerships – Positively Transforming Schools 

The unique surveys, developed as part of NSI’s Effective School Improvement programme, assess students’, teachers’ and parents’ actual (current) and preferred (ideal) perceptions of the school and classroom climate and track change over time. You will soon receive a link via Seesaw to this survey. Please provide your feedback to help to inform our school improvement plan.  The survey will be open from the 31 July to the 18 August. Login information will be sent to parents via Seesaw.

Pre-Kindy - Monday

We had a wonderful first day in Pre-Kindy! It was lovely to meet all our new friends. We read the book Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein and created a NAIDOC poster with our hand prints.

Pre-Kindy - Tuesday

What a wonderful start to term three. In Pre-Kindy we have been learning and celebrating NAIDOC. We started our day with a Dreamtime story about how the kangaroo got his tail. This was followed by playing with playdough mats, making tails for the kangaroos, boomerangs and bush tucker food. We learnt all about how symbols help tell Dreamtime stories to draw them and to create a classroom poster together.


We celebrated NAIDOC Week, with the theme For Our Elders. We shared a story about how the kangaroo got his tail, made bushtucker, boomerangs and tails for a kangaroo with playdough. We then learnt how to recognise symbols in Aboriginal paintings and stories. We created our own individual stories using Aboriginal symbols.


Pre-Primary students have started the term with a great start. During Mathematics we have started learning about measurement. The students have looked at tall and short, and long and short. You can see us ordering ourselves and various materials.

Year One

In Maths, we have been busy mastering measurement. The Year One’s have been learning how to measure length using informal units. We had a go at measuring various lines using blocks, paper clips and pop sticks, and then compared these lengths. We have learnt how important it is to measure using the same units to make sure we have an accurate comparison!

Year Two

Congratulation to Alex Doig who completed Mr Shaw’s holiday reading challenge. He read outside, whilst eating ice-cream and to his Nana over the phone. What a great way to make reading fun!

We have had a busy start to Term 3 in Year 2!
In Maths we have been exploring all things measurement. We have investigated whether the tallest person has the biggest foot and who has the biggest head in our class. This week we are building and exploring the area of lego paddocks for our class farm display.
In Investigation Time we have discussed and participated in a number of NAIDOC week activities. We joined with Year 1 to learn about Aboriginal connection to country. We finished our paper mache penguins from last term and created ocean collages after reading the story ‘Turtle’s Song’.

Year Three & Four

We kicked off Term 3 celebrating NAIDOC Week where we acknowledged and explored Aboriginal culture in our community. We also learnt about the history behind the Aboriginal flag and the symbolism each colour represents. After researching different Aboriginal art, students decorated their own Aboriginal flags using their own interpretation of the dot painting technique.

Year Five

Students have started the new topic of Procedures in English. We have learnt the importance of sequencing steps and making sure to include specific action verbs in our own language when giving instructions. This proved extremely important when we played a barrier game and couldn’t see what our teammate was trying to have us copy.

Year Six

Integrated with our writing focus this term, biographies, the Year Sixes chose a significant indigenous person to research during NAIDOC Week to write a biography about. The class learnt about a varied mix of sports players, artists, politicians and authors, all of which had had a significant influence in Australia on the lives of other indigenous people.

One Hundred Days of School: Pre-Primary and Year 1

Today we celebrated 100 days of school! The Pre-Primary and Year 1 students were so excited to celebrate this momentous occasion. We started the day by completing our 100 days place value warm-up and then had fun writing about what the students might be like when they are 100 years old. To top it all off, we buddied up to complete some tricky 100 second challenges! We are so excited to be 100 days smarter!


This term we are participating in Write a Book in a Day – where we have to work as a team to write and illustrate our own original book in just one day. Participation in Write a Book in a Day raises funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project. To help the Enrichment students with their fundraising we are holding a free dress day, for the whole school, on Friday 11 August.
Please bring a gold coin donation and come in normal, casual clothes (no costumes/dress ups).


Our Year 5 students have been learning about Light. They began their studies by learning about the parts of the human eye and how they work. They investigated how we perceive colour and used colour filters to see if this changed the colour of an object.  We explored holograms and learnt how the reflections created the illusion.

Happy investigating everyone! Mrs S.


Once again our students have chosen to participate in the Shire of Esperance’s SHOWCASE ESPERANCE Design Competition. We changed tack this year to emphasise that it is the people of Esperance that make it a great place to live. The students came up with some unique and inspiring art works and it was a difficult decision on which pieces got submitted. Thanks Meeka, Imani, Tobias, Evie, Forest and Orlaith for creating the following banners for the competition. The banners will be displayed on a digital rotation outside the post office in coming weeks ! Well done!

P & F News

It was great to see some friendly faces at this morning’s Coffee Catch Up. Thanks to New Moon Van for coming along and keeping the hot brews flowing! We’d like to make this a more regular event, so be sure to support the next one.

Later this Term, one of our annual highlights is back with the Car Rally set to take to the streets! Stay tuned for more details on Facebook and in the newsletter in coming weeks. If any local businesses would like to contribute to the prizes, please let us know.

We are still on the lookout for Class Reps for a number of our classes. Remember, this can be a shared position and does not mean you need to attend meetings! A Class Rep is simply a link in the chain of communication between School Leadership, P & F and you – the parents and caregivers of our students. Please feel free to reach out to me directly on 0427 905 660 or email if you would like to discuss the roles or ask for more information. Thank you to the following people for nominating to represent their classes. Your Class Rep will be  in touch to get your contact details and add you to some kind of group chat, email list or similar for communication.

Kindy: Aimee Dixon

Pre-Primary: Tina Francis

Year 1: Vacant

Year 2: TBC

Year 3/4: Rachel Rawlins

Year 5: Tina Francis

Year 6: Vacant

As mentioned last Term, we will be introducing the members of our P & F through the newsletter in the coming weeks – starting with myself!

Name: Tash McCarthy

Position: Chairperson

Joined the OLSOTS Community: When we moved to Esperance in 2018.

Why did you join the P & F: Volunteering has been modelled for me throughout my life by my parents, so it’s second nature for me to put my hand up for anything! I love contributing to the growth of the school and developing the strength of its community.

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