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Mr Shaw's News

EXCELLENCE IN ACTION! 

I congratulate Hudson (Year 1), Meave (Pre-Primary), Caleb (Year 1) and Ned (Year 1) on their fantastic work! Our Pre-Primary and Year One students recently worked together during their literacy session and I was delighted to have some special visitors sharing how they displayed our CORE Value of Excellence. Well done! 

QUALITY CATHOLIC EDUCATION AWARD NOMINATION! 

Our bespoke Early Career Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program was launched at the beginning of 2022, in order to support our beginning teachers. As well as providing support to our ECTs, the program has also built leadership capacity with the introduction of an Extended Leadership Team last year to assist with the facilitation of this program. The program, which is research-based and designed to suit our context, has proven to be beneficial to all involved. Our ECTs have valued the additional release time over their first two years, in which they have met with their Mentor Teacher/a member of the Leadership Team or engaged in Shoulder to Shoulder learning.

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with our school community! We have been nominated to receive a Quality Catholic Education Award (QCE Award) for our Early Career Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program. Projects and initiatives nominated to receive annual QCE Awards fall under the QCE domains of Catholic Identity, Education, Stewardship or Community. Our nomination falls under the Stewardship category, as we have focused on the support and development of staff. 

A panel of judges will determine the overall winners for each domain, with a primary and secondary winner selected from each QCE domain. In addition to this, members of the public can vote for their preferred nomination as part of the People’s Choice Award. I encourage you to support our nomination by voting for us within the People’s Choice Award category. Please click HERE to cast your vote! Thank you, in anticipation of your support. 

I will keep you updated regarding the outcome of this exciting nomination!  

Award winners will be invited to attend the annual CEWA Staff Breakfast early next term, at which overall winners will be presented with their award, as well as the People’s Choice Award recipient. 

WE’RE ON INSTAGRAM! 

We have joined Instagram and I encourage you to follow us (@olsotscps). Our Instagram profile complements our Facebook profile, being another platform to showcase the wonderful things that are happening at our school. 

SWIMMING CARNIVAL 

I congratulate students from Years 3-6 who participated in our swimming carnival on Friday. This was an afternoon in which we saw our CORE Values and MJR in action! All students should be proud of achieving their personal best. I also congratulate our Champions and Runner-Up Champions as well as our winning faction, MacKillop. Thank you to Mr Pat McCarthy for his organisation of this event and to all staff who assisted on the day. Detailed results are listed further in our newsletter.

P & F CAR RALLY 

It was a fantastic afternoon yesterday as families and staff participated in our P & F Car Rally. Teams met at school before setting off to answer the questions, ending up at Lucky Bay Brewing. A big thank you to Tash McCarthy (P & F Chair) and her team for organising this event, which was both a ‘friendraiser’ and a fundraiser. 

FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST 

We recently held our annual Father’s Day Breakfast, enjoying breakfast outside in the sunshine. Students, fathers and father-figures took to the basketball court, oval or playground after enjoying their breakfast. The tug of war was a big hit!  Thank you to our dedicated staff for assisting at this event. Some photos from this event have been included in this newsletter, with more photos available on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

WRITE A BOOK IN A DAY 

Tomorrow is the big day! Our Enrichment students have been preparing for Write a Book in a Day, supporting The Kids’ Cancer Project. Tomorrow students will be required to work as a team to write and illustrate their own original book in just one day. Thank you to Mrs Ashleigh Shaw (Enrichment Teacher) for her work with our students during this Enrichment project.  

OPEN AFTERNOON 

I look forward to seeing you at our Open Afternoon on Wednesday 13 September, 3:15-5:00pm. This is always a highlight on the school calendar, where students have the opportunity to share their learning from Term Three with parents and caregivers. Our teachers are excited to welcome families into classrooms. Please note, this is not a forum for discussing student progress or concerns with your child’s teacher – this is a special opportunity to celebrate your child’s achievements with them. See you on Wednesday! 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 

We keen our First Communicants in our prayers this week as they prepare this important step in their faith journey, taking place this Sunday 17 September. Thank you to Miss Janica Sell for preparing our students and to Mrs Erin Tyrrell for her assistance and support. I know Fr Paul will make this a special occasion for all involved on Sunday. 

PRE-KINDY 2024 

This is the final reminder for current families regarding Pre-Kindy 2024 – we are close to determining the class list and waitlisted families. 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 by Wednesday 13 September.  

ENROLMENTS 2024 

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.   

NOT RETURNING TO OLSOTS IN 2024? 

As we near the end of Term Three, we ask families not returning next year to inform the school office in writing. Please email admin@olsots.wa.edu.au if you are not returning in 2024.  

Mrs Tyrrell's News

SACRAMENTAL WORKSHOPS – THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

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.  Mildren Rego a Catechist from 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 2:30-3:30pmfollowed 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.

HOLY COMMUNION

The Year Four students have been preparing to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. All members and families of the school are invited to attend Mass on Sunday 17 September at 9:00am to help support these students. 

CONFIRMATION

Students in Year Six have also been preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 22 October at 9:00am. All members and families of the school are invited to attend Mass and support these students.   

OPEN AFTERNOON – WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 3:15 – 5:00 pm  

We invite all parents and families to attend our school open afternoon on Wednesday 13 September between 3:15 – 5:00pm. This is an opportunity for families to celebrate and share the wonderful work the children have been doing in class this term. This opportunity has also been advertised to the wider Esperance community through our Facebook and Instagram pages.

SOCKTOBER 

Socktober is an initiative under Catholic Care which raises funds for communities in need each year. This year funds are being raised for Timor-Leste to provide the poverty-stricken community access to appropriate and timely medical care and treatment.  

On the 22 September (Friday Week 10) we will hold Silly Socks Day. Students can wear silly socks with their sport uniform for a gold coin donation.  

We will finish the day with a Tabloid Sports afternoon. Due to the tabloid sport afternoon, Sport and Art will be swapped for week 10, with Art taking place on Wednesday (students to wear winter uniform on this day) and Sport on Friday (students to wear sport uniform with their silly socks). 

Pre-Kindy - Monday

We have lots of fun in Pre-Kindy Monday Group with new friends joining us nearly every week.

Kindy

We have been learning to write our names and words.

Pre-Primary

In Pre-Primary, we have been working towards fluency in reading and writing. We have been practising reading decodable words and sentences and then practising to write them using our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We like to challenge ourselves and see if we can write the words and sentence without copying by sounding out.

Year One

In Design & Technology, the Year One students have been busy planning and creating a new product made from recycled materials, with the purpose of holding two tennis balls. They had to explore different recycled materials and think about how these could be repurposed to fit the task. After drawing up their designs and creating their ball storage machines, they then got to test them out! Check out some of our interesting designs!

Year Two

In Year 2 we have been busy investigating coding with the new Sphero indi robots. The Year 5 students showed us how they worked and we have enjoyed a number of lessons coding and creating pathways for Indi. Thank you to the P & F for providing our school with such a fun and engaging learning resource.

Year Three & Four

In Year 3/4 we have found a creative way to combine moving our bodies and practising our letter sounds. Students enjoyed finding different ways to create letters and spell words in this fun morning activity.

Year Five

The Year 5 class have been studying colonies and historical figures key to Australia over the past couple weeks. We have begun creating and interpreting our own version of the Swan River colony, taking note of important buildings and landscapes that could possibly be found during that time. Check out our impressive designs!

Year Six

This term the Year Six students have been focusing on the writing genre of recounts. In preparation for Father’s Day they chose a special memory of their dad or father figure to write a newspaper article recount, using Canva. We hope all the dads and father figures in our class enjoyed reading the Father’s Day Times!

Science

Our Year 3/4 students have been learning all about thermal energy. We completed a “hot hands” experiment exploring how conduction can make the ice melt. Great investigating everyone!

Environmental Ministry

Our newest Environmental Ministers worked with the PP and Year 1 classes to conduct a clean up of our school grounds. We were lucky to be joined by Sam from the Keep Australia Beautiful Council. We found a large number of plastic items including glad wrap, straw wrappers and yoghurt pouches. Let’s keep working hard to eliminate these items from our lunch boxes.

Swimming Carnival

FACTION SWIMMING CARNVAL RESULTS 2023

MacKillop    337 pts

Salvator       218 pts

Xavier          141 pts

Year 3         

Champion Boy   Hamish Connolly

Runner Up          Jessy Rantanen

Champion Girl   Emily Kyle

Runner Up          Eva Hoffrichter

Year 4           

Champion Boy   Nate Dell’Agostino

Runner Up          Xavier Rawlins

Champion Girl   Pippa Bennie

Runner Up          Abi Butler

Year 5           

Champion Boy   Grover Bradley

Runner Up          Austin Watts

Champion Girl   Teal Dell’Agostino

Runner Up          Meeka Pelly

Year 6           

Champion Boy   Mitchell Barrett

Runner Up          Forest Bradley

Champion Girl   Dalian Leitu

Runner Up          Orlaith Connolly

P & F News

Yesterday our teams hit the road for the annual Car Rally. It was a tight race, with several teams tied for points in the middle of the pack. Here are some team selfies taken at stops along the way!
1st: The Bennies
2nd: The Avengers
3rd: Dixon Destruction
A big thank you to Lucky Bay Brewing, Pacific National and Beaches & Bites for their prize donations. If you haven’t been before, be sure to ask one of this year’s teams so you know how much fun you’re in for next year!

Community Notices

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water. Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim