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This week we have had Zohan (Yr 4) and Zidane (Kindy) commence at our school. We welcome them and their family to our school community.


I recently had Casey, Billy and Karter from Year Two visit to show me their fantastic work! These students had been learning about probability and accurately described events that were impossible, unlikely, likely or certain to happen. I told Casey, Billy and Karter that it was certain that their photo would be in the next newsletter! 


Our Year One students led a presentation assembly last week, in which they shared their learning from a range of subject areas as a news bulletin. School assemblies should be a showcase of the learning that has taken place in the classroom – the Year One assembly was an example of this. Well done to our Year One students and Miss Cowie. 


We began our day today with a prayer assembly, led by our Year Two class. Students shared their understanding of what love is and the importance of love. Thank you to our Year Two students, Mrs Connolly and Mrs Maguire.


National Science Week takes place across Australia 12-20 August 2023. The theme for this year is Innovation: Powering Future Industries. We will celebrate this occasion with a day of Science activities on Thursday 17 August. Mrs Deb Sanger, our Science Teacher, has prepared a day of engaging and informative activities for all students.


Save the date! Our popular P & F Car Rally is back for another year! Please come along on Sunday 10 September. Please see the P & F section of this newsletter for further information. I thank our P & F team for organising this event, that is both a fundraising and ‘friendraising’ opportunity. 


Our P & F have supported the purchase of five Sphero indi student kits, to assist with the delivery of the Digital Technologies curriculum in our early years. Staff used this resource during our Digital Technologies Professional Development Day last term. The  indi inspires imaginative play-based learning by empowering students to design and build their own mazes while teaching critical problem-solving and computational thinking skills. Mr Ian Puzon, our Digital Learning Leader, has ordered these devices and we look forward to their arrival.


Our Enrichment group are currently preparing for Write a Book in a Day, supporting The Kids’ Cancer Project. Students are required to work as a team to write and illustrate their own original book in just one day. To help the Enrichment students with their fundraising we held a free dress day today. Thank you to our students and families for supporting this, raising $155. 


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 (PaCS) is open until Friday 18 August 2023. Please consider completing this survey by going to (access code: OLSTSPACS). I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this important survey. 


We welcomed Miss Sell back to our school community today, as she returned from the World Youth Day Pilgrimage. I know the Year 3/4 students were excited to see Miss Sell and hear all about her experiences. I extend a big thank you to Mrs Karla Bridges for her work with our Year 3/4 students while Miss Sell has been away. 


I will be away from school next week as I have been asked to be on the panel for a Quality Catholic Education School Review (QCESR) for a school in the Geraldton diocese. All schools within Catholic Education Western Australia participate in a QCESR every few years. As you are aware, we had our QCESR at the end of 2022. Please see Mrs Lorna Russell in my absence, should the need arise. I look forward to seeing you when I return in Week Six. 


Mrs Russell will be away from school from Wednesday 23 August, returning at the beginning of Term Four. Mrs Russell will be attending the Catholic Assistant Principals’ Association annual conference, before enjoying four weeks of well-deserved Long Service Leave.  

I am delighted to inform our school community that Mrs Erin Tyrrell will be our Assistant Principal during this time. Erin has stepped into the Assistant Principal role previously and is part of our Extended Leadership Team. 


Our annual Father’s Day Breakfast will take place on Friday 1 September. More information regarding this will be shared over the coming weeks.


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 began Pre-Kindy this term and will continue in 2024, 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.   


As we approach the midway point of Term Three, we ask families not returning next year to inform the school office in writing. Please email if you are not returning in 2024.  


I remind our school community that we will have a Pupil Free Day on Friday 18 August. School will be closed on this day, which is known as Catholic Day. All Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) schools are awarded this day, in recognition of the extra commitments staff undertake in Catholic schools.

Mrs Russell's News


Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in (Fitzroy) Melbourne (Australia). On 8 August 1909 she died, having suffered a disabling stroke in 1902. Inspired by a meeting with Fr. Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary MacKillop at the age of 25 took her vows and the religious name, “Mary of the Cross”. In doing so, she founded the congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. Soon after taking her religious vows, Mary MacKillop began schools. Within 5 years of taking her vows and founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary had established over 30 schools, in South Australia and over 100 women had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph.   

Mary MacKillop was very conscious of the plight of the poor and needy. She worked with families that lived in isolated areas of Australia. As a result, Mary MacKillop pioneered a new form of religious life in Australia and commenced a systems of Josephite schools that would provide education, especially for the children of the poor. In 1873, Pope Pius IX gave Papal approval for the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Even today, many Australians can say that they too have felt the impact of the enormous work started by St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), having been educated or cared for, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She was noted for her trust in the providence of God and miracles of healing have been attributed to her. She was declared a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI on the 17 October 2010.   

The Roman Missal has the following prayer for the Feast of St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop).  

O God, source of all goodness, 

 who have shown us in Saint Mary 

 a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross, 

 teach us, we pray, by her example 

 to live the gospel in changing times  

and to respect and defend  

the human dignity of all in our land.  

Through our Lord. 

 All: Amen 


The feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven is celebrated on the 15 August. This celebration is an ancient feast of the Church. It commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.  

Our school will celebrate this feast day next Tuesday the 15 August, with Mass led by the Year 6 class.  It is a day we remember and give thanks to God for the beautiful things he did in her life and ours. Parents and friends are welcome to attend this Mass with the school. 


The Sacramental workshop for First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Thursday 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.  Mildred Rego, a Catechist from the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA), will present the workshops. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding these workshops. 

Holy Communion & Confirmation Family Workshops  

Holy Communion workshop 2:30-3:30 pm Thursday 14 September 

(Followed by a practice with Fr. Paul) 

Confirmation 3:30 pm for a short parent meeting  

Confirmation workshop 3:45-4:30 pm Thursday 14 September 


This year our book fair will start from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August and open for a final day on Monday 28 August from the school library. Opening times each afternoon are 3:00-4:00 pm. Payments can be made by cash or EFTPOS. More information will be sent home next week. 


We will have our book week parade in the school hall on Thursday 24 August at 9am. See below for the theme of this year’s book week. Come dresses as your favourite book character. 

2023 Book Week Theme


We have been blessed with sunshine this week. We loved playing in the ball pit, painting with water colours and play dough. These are just some of the activities we have enjoyed together. Children aged from 0-4 years and an accompanying adult are welcome to join us, Mondays during the school term between 8:45 to 10 am.

Pre-Kindy - Monday

We have read the book Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox. We went on a Green Sheep hunt around the school and created our own sheep to display in the classroom. Do you know where the green sheep is?

Pre-Kindy - Tuesday

We loved shared reading time reading “The Farmyard Cat”. We then used our fantastic fine motor skills to cut, draw and paste our cat headbands.


We have been learning to sequence our numbers in order and recognise them. We have loved learning number sequence with counting songs and number parades.


In Pre-Primary we have been learning about the different types of measurements. First, we explored ordering different objects in length and then looked at how tall we were. With our investigation time interests being independence of pouring our own milk/water, we started to explore capacity and how objects hold different amounts. We look forward to seeing what else we can measure in length, height, weight and capacity.

Year One

In Maths we have been learning all about fractions! The Year One students put on their chef hats this week as they designed a fraction pizza. The task was to think about what ingredients they wanted to include on their pizza and to then write what fraction of the pizza each ingredient will be. After planning, the students got to make their pizza designs and enjoy them for lunch! Delicious!

Year Two & Year Six

Year 2 and Year 6 celebrated Saint Mary MacKillop’s feast day with some buddy class activities. The Year Six students shared their brainstorms about Mary MacKillop with the Year Two students and together we made a handprint cross about Mary. We then used the Sketches app to create our own images of Mary.

Year Five

The Year 5 students have been hard at work on their procedural writing. This time, our focus was on crafting a Rube Goldberg Machine. This involves creating a complicated device to accomplish a very basic task. We were then tasked with writing the steps for others to replicate. Take a glance at the assortment of contraptions we designed to aid us in picking up pens and sharing erasers.


In Auslan we have begun to research our own signs using Auslan Sign Bank and Sign Planet. This guided us into learning more about the different dialects and why there are two dialects within the language. Western Australia uses the Southern Dialect. We created posters to explain and share our findings about the dialects.

P & F News

Join us on Sunday 10 September for our annual Car Rally. Part Amazing Race, part treasure hunt, part quiz, we’ll finish the day with a relaxing beverage at Lucky Bay Brewing. It’s the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon with your family! There are some great prizes up for grabs, so get your thinking caps on for a creative team name and start polishing your car in preparation. Entry forms have been sent home with students and via SeeSaw – entry fee is $10 per adult. Please return the form and payment to the office by Wednesday 6 September. If you have any questions, or would like to donate prizes for the event please email

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