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As mentioned in my Beginning of Term Email, it has been a great start to Term Four! We welcome Lenny (PK), Leanna (Yr 1) and Alicia (Yr 5) and their families to our school community. 


Welcome to our first triweekly newsletter for the term! Please ensure you read our school newsletters to keep fully informed on school matters. To support our school newsletter, the school will also send a short fortnightly message via Seesaw providing some reminders for the fortnight ahead. Please ensure you check our live school calendar regularly. You can easily subscribe to our calendar, linking events to your personal calendar (e.g. Outlook, iCalendar or Google Calendar). Based on feedback, we have changed the default appearance of our school calendar, to appear in list view. You are able to switch back to a monthly view, if preferred. 


As you may have already seen through our Facebook and Instagram pages, we were selected as the winner of a QCE Award, within the Stewardship (Primary) category. This is a wonderful celebration for our school community! 

This system-level award, selected by a panel of judges, recognises the work undertaken through our bespoke Early Career Teacher Mentoring & Induction Program. Receiving this award is not only an acknowledgement of our unique program, but also our overall school culture that values the support and development of staff. 

Our Extended Leadership Team attended the Catholic Education Staff Breakfast at Optus Stadium on Monday 16 October, at which the QCE Awards were presented. Please see the photos below and this video, shown at the event. 


I congratulate Orlaith, Dalian and Kyle who received the Holy Spirit for the first time through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying of the hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Thank you to Mrs Erin Tyrrell for preparing our students and to Fr Paul for leading Mass.


Save the date! Our Annual Community Meeting will take place on Monday 27 November, beginning at 5:00pm. Please come along as we celebrate all we have achieved this year and look forward to 2024. Reports from the School Advisory Council and Parents & Friends Committee will be presented, along with my report. Parents and caregivers recently received two emails regarding joining our School Advisory Council or P&F Committee in 2024. 


World Teachers’ Day is celebrated across Australia today, Friday 27 October. We have fantastic teachers here at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Our teachers are passionate, collaborative and dedicated to all students at our school. I wish all our teachers a very happy World Teachers’ Day. 


Our Year 3/4 students will lead our All Saints Day mass on Wednesday 1 November. Parents and caregivers are invited to join us. 


Our Faction Athletics Carnival is just around the corner, taking place Friday 10 November. Mr Pat McCarthy will send detailed information to parents via Seesaw next week. 


We welcome Miss Maggie Cairnduff to our school community. Maggie is a third-year Pre-Service Teacher from Curtin University, completing her practicum placement with Mrs Erin Tyrrell in Year Six. 


We still have enrolments coming in for 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. Offers for Pre-Kindy have been sent to families as we have a strong waitlist for a possible additional day. 

Mrs Russell's News

Welcome back to another term at OLSOTS. I trust you all had a restful holiday. 


This term there will be two different sacraments celebrated within our Parish and School community, the sacraments of Reconciliation and Confirmation.   Please keep all the children receiving a sacrament this year in your prayers.  

Confirmation was on Sunday 22 October. Confirmation gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ and to confess the name of Christ boldly (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1303).  First Reconciliation will be on Saturday 11 November. Please contact Miss Janica Sell if you have any questions regarding Reconciliation.  


October is the month of the Rosary. We are encouraged to spend time in prayer each day, the Rosary is a great prayer to focus our attention, to express our gratitude and to place our intercessions before God. 


Year 3/4 class will lead the school on Wednesday  1 November in the Feast of All Saints. All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. Families are invited to join us in the Church at 9:00 am for this special celebration.   


Thanks to Mr Pat McCarthy and his helpers for coordinating our display at the Esperance Show!


On Thursday 9 November, the Year 5 class will lead the school in a Remembrance Day Liturgy. All families are welcome to attend this event at 9:00am.

Pre-Kindy - Monday

At the end of last term, the PK class read the book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews. This book is a counting book that shows what can be done with ten black dots – one can make a sun, two a fox’s eyes, or eight the wheels of a train. The children then created their own dot pictures.

Pre-Kindy - Tuesday

In Pre-Kindy we have been learning about how to help express and verbalise our feelings and conflict resolution. We enjoyed our shared reading lesson followed by a group discussion about the feeling of being scared. We then had a wonderful time creating our very own Davy duck hats. We continue to learn about how we can share with our friends.

Year Three / Four

This week the Year 3/4 students met with their buddies in Pre-Primary for a wonderful session in the library. Students enjoyed practising their oral reading skills after choosing their favourite book to read to their small audiences. There were plenty of smiles all round as students from both classes shared their love for reading.


Hopefully you have seen our OLSOTS students art work out in the community of late. We entered our Banksia Sculptures in the Wildflower Festival that was at the end of last term, and had work up at the school display at the Esperance Agricultural Show.Term Four’s Art program will be revisiting the basics of art, with focused lessons on the key elements of scale, colour matching, texture recognition and picture balance.

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