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Mr Shaw's News


Luka, Annabelle and Sasmi, had their first day at Pre-Kindy this fortnight. We welcome them and their families to our school community.


A big well done to Yana, Meave, Sid and Mila from Pre-Primary! Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing with me! This is a great example of Excellence in action! 


After a discussion with key staff, we will no longer be presenting medals to the overall Runner-Up Boy and Runner-Up Girl at carnivals moving forward. We will continue to present Champion Boy and Champion Girl medals. This change has been made after reflecting on what has been in place and budget allocations. I have also spoken with several other CEWA schools, none of which purchase medals for Runner-Up place getters. It is important that schools continue to review practices and allocate resources accordingly. I thank Mr Pat McCarthy for working with a designer recently to organise a special Runner-Up ribbon, with our school logo included, to be presented to our Runner-Up Boys and Runner-Up Girls in the future. Students in Years 3-6 were informed of this change today, with the swimming carnival just around the corner.  


We look forward to our Open Night, taking place on Wednesday 13 September, 3:15-5:00pm. Please come along with your child as we open classrooms to celebrate the learning that has taken place this term. 


We continue to offer in-term swimming lessons, with lessons beginning on Monday 28 August. To minimise the interruption to the learning program and prioritise the core learning areas of Religious Education, English and Mathematics, we have decided to rest Auslan, Physical Education, Art, Drama, Enrichment and class sport during the two weeks of swimming.  

Please note, due to classes having different lunch breaks during the period of swimming lessons, we will not be utilising the EACS canteen. Lunch orders will recommence on Thursday 14 September.


I look forward to seeing you poolside on Friday 8 September for our Swimming Carnival. Students from Years 3-6 are looking forward to this day. The carnival will begin at 11:40am, events will start at 12 pm. The carnival program will be sent home next week.


Wow! It was such a joy to start our day with our Book Week Parade yesterday. We celebrated our love of reading during Book Week with some creative costumes! Thank you to our Year Six leaders for interviewing our students as they took to the stage.  

If you have not had a chance to visit our Book Fair in the library, please pop in on Monday 28 August – the last day 


Our Year 3/4 students did a magnificent job today, presenting their assembly item. Students have been reading Matilda by Roald Dahl, during their literacy block this term. The audience enjoyed a performance that was presented with confidence and enthusiasm. Thank you to Miss Sell for preparing the Year 3/4 class.


We celebrated Science Week with a Science Day on Thursday 17 August. Students engaged in a range of activities, exploring the 2023 theme of Innovation: Powering future industries. A big congratulations and thank you to Mrs Deb Sanger for her organisation of this event. Deb engaged representatives from Horizon Power, Shire of Esperance and Southern Ports. While I was away from school last week, I know this was a great day for our school community.  


Fathers and father-figures are invited to our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. This will take place in our Koortoomitji area on Friday 1 September, commencing at 7:30 am. To assist with catering arrangements, please complete this form LINK to register your attendance. I look forward to seeing you there! 


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 (Digital Learning Leader) was excited to receive our indis last week. We look forward to students using these soon! 


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. I thank our parents and caregivers who have completed this important survey. In order to receive additional feedback, I have extended the survey to close Friday 1 September 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. 


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 commenced Pre-Kindy this term and will continue 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.   


As we are now past 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.  

Mrs Russell's News


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 class teacher if you have any questions regarding these workshops. 

The Holy Communion workshop will take place 2:30-3:30pm, followed by a practice with Fr. Paul.

Confirmation candidates and their parents will be required for a short parent meeting at 3:30pm, before the workshop 3:45-4:30pm.


A friendly reminder that In-Term Swimming lessons start on Monday 28 August for Pre-Primary to Year Six students. Please make sure your child has bathers, towel, goggles and plastic bag for wet things and everything is clearly labelled.  An additional towel or dressing gown to stay dry and warm on return. Your child may wear thongs to and from the pool.  

For the two weeks of swimming lessons your child is required to wear the sports uniform.  Your child will get changed into their bathers at school. 

Faction Swimming Carnival for Years 3-6 will be on Friday 8 September starting at 11:45am. 


The last day for  purchasing from the Book Fair is Monday 28 August 3:00 –4:00pm.


Our lost property box is overflowing! If your child is missing some uniform items please be sure to check in the big blue lost property box which is located at the end of the Lower Wet Area.

Pre-Kindy - Monday

Over the last two weeks, the Pre-Kindy Monday group have been reading The Magic Hat by Mem Fox. They then each created their own Magic Hat. I wonder what animal they will turn into when they wear their hats?


This term we have been learning about Australia and the states, territories and places we have been. We have created a map of step by step drawings, then we included the states and Australian animals. We are also making our favourite Australian animals from clay.


This term in Design and Technology the Pre-Primary children have been looking at products and production. We have investigated how canola and wheat grow with Sid bringing in a canola and wheat plant for us to see. We have looked at how we get milk from cows. With Mila’s help, we have investigated how we get wool from a sheep.  The children made wool pompoms and created a pompom tree. This will be on display for our open afternoon.

Year One

This week in maths, the Year 1 students dove into the world of capacity! Through hands-on water and rice experiments, the students learned to fill, measure and compare the capacity of containers. It has been lots of fun exploring the capacity of different items and comparing how much each item can hold.

Year Three & Four

This week the Year 3/4s enjoyed some book week fun with our Pre-Primary buddies. We were all excited to share and discuss our favourite book characters. Students worked in groups to complete a range of activities such as buddy reading, creative writing using their characters and building challenges all while demonstrating leadership, kindness and problem solving skills.

Year Five

In Year 5, we’ve been all about tackling time – getting super accurate, down to the exact minute and breezing through the 12 to 24-hour switcheroo. We’ve aced it so well that we’re basically timing pros now! Big thanks to P & F for generously providing the school with the indi-bots, adding an awesome twist to our digital learning lessons. Keep scrolling to catch a glimpse of how we’ve been playing around and trying out different programming tricks.

Year Six

The Year Six students have been learning about ways Catholic agencies and organisations show the values of Christ. They were tasked with researching an organisation to identify its purpose, ways it serves the community and connects with the mission of Jesus.


Our Year 2 students explored push and pull forces today by designing and creating their own mini golf courses. We used dominoes to design  our courses and then created larger ones using blocks. Lots of problem solving and collaboration as well as design outcomes all disguised as fun! Well done everyone!

Science Day

Last week we celebrated National Science Week, the theme was Innovation. Representatives from Southern Ports, The Shire of Esperance and Horizon Power visited our school to showcase how they use innovative practices in their industries. Our students then show cased their innovation skills by making kites, solar cars and magnetic cars. We had lots of fun and learnt that Science plays a part in many aspects of our lives.

Book Week Parade

P & F News

Community Notices


Where we start matters – Esperance Toy and Book Drive for
National Child Protection Week
Monday, 21 August 2023
• National Child Protection Week runs from 3-9 September 2023
• This year’s theme is ‘Where we start matters’.
• To help support WA kids, Shelley Payne MLC is accepting donations of new books
and toys for children and kids in care of all ages.
It’s National Child Protection Week from 3 to 9 September 2023 and this year the theme is
“Where we start matters.”
Run by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), the aim of National Child Protection Week is to bring together partners to focus on addressing harms being experienced by children in Australia.
This year’s theme, ‘Where we start matters’, encourages us to think about our lives in terms of where we live, the resources available to us, and the opportunities presented to us make a significant difference to our life outcomes.
It’s not just the job of State Government but also the role of individuals, community members and volunteers to help create great communities for children.
Communities’ district offices all around the state are planning events to celebrate the week – many encouraging community involvement, awareness, and education.
In recognition of National Child Protection Week, donations of new toys and books are being accepted at the office of the Hon Shelley Payne MLC, located at 92 Dempster Street Esperance, until COB Thursday 7 September 2023. Donations will be delivered to the Department of Communities Esperance office for distribution to children throughout the region.

For more information about National Child Protection Week, please visit

Get Involved

Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne
“All children in WA deserve a fair go, particularly vulnerable children in regional areas”, she said.
“National Child Protection Week is an opportunity for all members of the community to show support for WA children who may be experiencing disadvantage and hardship.”
“I encourage Esperance residents to drop off new items for the toy and book drive and sincerely thank those who are able to donate to this important initiative.”
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