After a period of planning and the appointment of Anne Nolan as Foundation Principal, construction of the school began in late 1992.
As well as contracted builders completing their work, parents also rolled up their sleeves to assist with the rolling of the lawn and landscaping. During a period of consultation, school name suggestions were put forward. These included Mary MacKillop, St Mary’s, Holy Family, Ava Maria and Southern Cross. The name Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School was chosen, before the crest and motto were decided. Classes began on Monday 8 February 1993, with new staff welcoming 58 students, from Pre-Primary to Year Five.
An additional learning block was opened in 1997, housing classrooms, a canteen, library and computer room. The computer room is now our Science Lab and the canteen our Uniform Shop.
1999 saw the opening of the Administration block and Kindergarten classroom. The new Administration block included a staffroom, reception and various offices. The Kindergarten classroom provided an additional learning space in our Early Years.
The Koortoomitji Garden was opened on 26th August 2004. Koortoomitji is a Noongar word, meaning soul or centre. Our garden is at the centre of our school, providing opportunities to gather together.
Our Hall was built in 2011, providing a modern space for class assemblies, school concerts, special events and indoor sport. This build also included a new canteen, Art room, meeting room and toilets.
Pre-Kindy was introduced in 2012, providing a wonderful opportunity for students to begin school, one day each week upon turning three. 2014 saw our last Year Seven class graduate, with Year Seven moving to high school from 2015.
A new playground was installed in 2022, with students having input during the design process. The P&F group assisted with a donation of funds towards the playground, after undertaking various fundraising initiatives.
Past & Present Principals:
- Anne Nolan – Foundation Principal 1993-1999
- Frances Barrett 2000 – 2005
- Nicola Lee 2005
- Greg Martin 2006 – 2008
- Pina Hutcheson 2008 – 2011
- Sheldon Carey 2012 – 2017
- Steve Blake 2018 – 2021
- Luke Shaw 2021 – Present
Our Vision for Learning
We empower our students to be active learners in a Christ-centred, child-focused community. Students are inspired to become adaptable, real-world learners who strive for excellence now and into the future.
Our School Crest
Our school name and motto around the outer edge of the crest represent the invitation to each of us to Grow in Love for God, each other and ourselves.
Contained within our crest:
Mary, the mother of Jesus; one who knew both great joy and sorrow. Mary is our example as she looks towards the greatest sign of love – the Cross.
The points of the cross form the outline of the Southern Cross, showing our location in the world.
The waves symbolise the ocean, with Esperance being a coastal town.
Our CORE Values
Our motto, ‘Grow in Love’, is further enlivened by our CORE values of Courage, Optimism, Respect and Excellence.
OLSOTS students display Courage by making good choices, standing up for what is right, exploring new opportunities, taking risks in their learning and developing their skills.
Our students display Optimism in the classroom and in the playground. Students are encouraged to think positively, even when experiencing difficulties. Noticing the good in themselves, others and the world around them helps students maintain an optimistic outlook. Students are reminded that setbacks are temporary, with mistakes providing opportunities for learning.
Students strive to show Respect at all times towards others, property, the environment and themselves. They encourage others, lend a hand, use kind words and listen to other points of view.
We provide a positive and supportive environment for the students to grow as confident and independent learners, striving for Excellence in all they do. We encourage all students to work hard, set goals and maintain a growth mindset. Recognising that students have different gifts, we provide a variety of opportunities for students to display personal excellence and build their knowledge. OLSOTS students strive to be the very best they can be.