Our Lady of the Cape Primary School

Newsletter - 23rd September 2020

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Important Dates

Thu 24 Sept - Mission Markets

Fri 25 Sept - Pupil Free (Staff PD)


Week 1:

Mon 12 Oct - Term 4 commences

Fri 16 Oct - Y4 visit to SMMC

Week 2:

Mon 19 Oct 7pm - Ian Lillico

Thu 22 Oct - Interschool Athletics

Fri 23 Oct - Grandparents Day:

Note Term 4 finishes Fri 11th December & Term 1 2021 commences Mon 1st Feb

Congratulations Ruby

Congratulations to a very humble Ruby Eastaugh on her outstanding achievements at the State Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium over the weekend. Ruby won gold medals in the 50m, 100m 200m breaststroke. A huge effort, competing against the most elite swimmers in the state, yet trains in a 25 metre pool in Busselton. Ruby is one of those great kids who is always positive, happy with what she’s got and continually encourages others of all ages. She never whinges or complains, just gets on with it. Ruby displayed her MJR and school values by encouraging her competitors which a lot of people in state championship level haven’t seen before!

Swimming Survey Results

Thank you to the 170 families for responding to the swimming survey sent out last week. The huge response strongly indicated to keep the swimming program as it has been scheduled the last few years.


Congratulations to Elsie Marsland, her little sister Sage and Sofia Columbo Smart on being Baptised into the Catholic community last week. May God’s endless love for you strengthen you and help you live life to the full.

Potential Dates: Term 4

Depending on state government regulations, we have proposed the following dates towards the end of term four.

Nov 25 Board and P&F AGMs

Nov 27 Musical

Dec 4 Year 6 Graduation

Dec 8 Christmas Concert

Dec 10 Mrs. Horrocks’ farewell

Dec 11 Final Day Colour Run

Save the Date: Parent Workshop

Mr. Ian Lillico will be presenting his Parent Workshop on Monday 19 October at in our School Hall. I urge all families to have a parent attend this significant, informative and educational presentation. State Government social distancing regulations will allow us to have only 150 adults attend this excellent opportunity.

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Pupil Free Day

The final day of term for students is this Thursday 24th September. The final pupil free day of the year is on Monday 23 November.

2021 Planning

Please let us know if you will not be returning to OLC for the 2021 school year. This allows us to continue planning accurately for the 2021 school year.

Next year we will be introducing dance for all students in the school. All students at OLC will do one semester of dance and one semester of music.

Fun lunchtime activities

During lunchtimes in term 4 we will be holding a number of extra curricula activities for our students. Our year 6 students will be co-ordinating these activities for the younger students. A netball shooting competition (when our goals arrive), juggling skills, diabolo tricks, 6 aside cricket competitions and of course Wheels After Meals for all students. Many thanks to the P&F for providing funding for the netball goals, the Sherry family for the adjustments to our soon to be constructed rotating basketball/netball goals. These activities will commence in week 3 of next term. The first term 4 WAM for 1-6 classes will commence on Monday 26th October then every second week, (Nov 9 and 30 as the November 23 is a pupil free day.)

Mr Lee away

I will be away the first two weeks of next term on Principal Renewal Leave. This is leave that accrues to a maximum of ten weeks as I am currently at the maximum amount... if you do not use it, you lose it. Mr Torrese will be Acting Principal while I am away.

Sustainability Update

Last week, three of the Farmer Leahy’s preprimary class potatoes had crashed through the surface. Last Friday there was seventeen, on Monday twenty that had come up to the surface and today (Wednesday), we have twenty-three plants up! All class members are looking forward to huge feed of wedges before the end of the year.

Our broccoli and silverbeet are growing quickly with their weekly fertilizing with worm wizz. The worms are working hard continuing to dissolve our lunch scraps and chooks using the rest to produce the best free-range eggs.

Congratulations Naturaliste Meelup and 2M

Congratulations to Miss McFarlane class on winning the Walkie, Wheely, Waste Free, free excursion for term four. Meelup (WWWW faction winner) and Naturaliste (highest amount of tokens) factions have permission to wear free dress this Thursday.

Gourmet Help Needed

Is there a spare parent or grandparent that maybe available to assist Mr. Lee cooking 30 sausages for a travelling school from Perth on Thursday November 5? The school is Our Lady of Fatima from Palmyra visiting us on their school camp for the week. Please email Mr Lee is you are able to assist, it will be no more than an hour around lunchtime.

Nut Free/Allergy Aware School

Please be aware not to send any food products containing nuts to school as a number of students are susceptible to having a severe allergic reaction when exposed to nut products.


If you are using the ‘Kiss’n’Drop’ in the top car park, please have your children ready to roll straight out to allow the family behind you to Kiss’n’Drop and head off to work. If your crew is unable to exit the car with their bags in a rapid time, just pull over and use the available car parking.

Plant Stall

Well done to those sensational year PPB parents who organised the huge social event, disguised as a plant stall on the oval on Friday afternoon. Bianca Todd and Beth Duffield ensured there were heaps of contented families, gourmet sausages cooked to perfection, all types of plants on sale with a full guarantee (until they left the school gate) raised over $1,400 of very valuable funds for our students. WOW! All these funds are going to purchase our new heavy-duty mobile netball goals, juggling balls and circus equipment for our students to use at lunchtimes. The lunchtime sporting gear is also funded by the P&F. It is amazing how one person’s idea and follow up work can provide so much joy for so many others.

Watching the year 5 and PPL students happily playing, chatting and laughing by the flowing creek together on Tuesday

Did You Know

  • Emma Rechichi, Chloe Robinson and Olivia Breheny are all excellent writers and came to visit the principal with their outstanding work last Friday.
  • Mr Lee had 27 snippets of information to share at the staff briefing on Monday morning commencing at 8.09am.
  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  • All students at OLC will be learning dance at school next year for one semester. We can confidently say that Mr.Danaher will not be the teacher in this learning area.
  • Savannah and Jasper (Yr 6) gave a prospective family a tour of school last week. They did such a good job, the family decided to sign up to come to school here next year!
  • Leo Chapman (PP) happily told Mr Lee that “Essendon were flogged by Melbourne” as he quickly jumped on his bus on Monday. Mr Lee says Leo will thoroughly enjoy detention for the remainder of this week.
  • Jackson Gatty only knows one pace on his scooter at lunchtimes, “flat out!”
  • Keenan Rogan and Oliver Jecks (2M) gave Patrick (from Ocean Grove) and his little brother William a tour of OLC on Tuesday morning.
  • Eight to ten percent of the world’s oil is used creating plastic.
  • Marlon Levesque (PPB) wrote that his pet Iguana was able to ‘camoufush’ really well.
  • Claire Jeffrey organised for the display on the level of rubbish left at our beautiful Meelup beach to be on show at school.
  • Birds need gravity to swallow.
  • One former OLC student currently in year ten and doing work experience here at the moment, stated loud and clear that Mrs. Birch was his very favourite teacher.

Eugene Lee


OLC Aboriginal Education Scope and Sequence

Last week our Aboriginal Education team (Amie Meyer, Sean McSevich, Nick Jones and myself) met with Wadandi custodian, Josh Whiteland and Jessica Priestly from Koomal Dreaming to begin planning for a K-6 cultural scope and sequence that embraces the Wadandi country and localises our Aboriginal Education program.

Our goal is for all OLC students to have:

· A meaningful and deep understanding for the traditional Wadandi culture and traditions.

· The significant geographical places in our region and their cultural stories.

· The flora and fauna aspects within the Aboriginal Peoples 6 Seasons

· Be immersed in Wadandi art, dance and music.

· Being able to identify local flora and fauna and their link to the 6 seasons.

· Gain appropriate and relevant cultural sensitivity.

This is an incredibly exciting, privileged and important project for OLC and our community.

A first daft has commenced and we are working closely with teachers who are equally enthusiastic for 2021 when each class from K-6 will experience and learn with their class and with Josh.

Imagine our OLC students knowing facts about or region such as when the emu plums and the coastal figs are flowering, the salmon are running!

OLC Promotional Film

We are very excited to launch our brand-new film promoting OLC. Great thanks to local filmmaker Till Spielhoff for his expertise in creating our film.

The film is on the school Facebook page and will be on the school website in the coming days. Please share the film with your friends and family.

Adrian Torrese

Assistant Principal



Congratulations to our Year 3 and 4 Reconciliation candidates who celebrated the Sacrament for the first time last week. Among the comments following the Sacrament I heard students say “I feel free!” “I get to start again!” and “I feel like dancing, I’m so happy!”. The students came together to celebrate with a prayer service with their families at the school on Tuesday. A very big thank you to Fr. Francis who spent three nights last week listening to the children’s First Reconciliation and who celebrated the liturgy with us yesterday. Many thanks also to those families who were able to help out with cupcakes for morning tea following the liturgy. What a great community we live in!


This Thursday to end the term we will have a prayer liturgy honouring Mary our Mother and our annual Mission Markets Fundraiser and Games Day. We will commence with a whole school liturgy in the hall at 10.00am. Unfortunately, due to social distancing requirements parents will not be able to attend this mass.

After recess, the students will participate in our annual Mission Markets fundraiser. This year, we are raising funds for the Arrupe Centre in Cambodia. Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez and his team started the Arrupe Centre to reach out to children with disability, giving them support and opportunities to help shape a brighter future.

One of those children is Dara. At just eleven years old, Dara lost his right hand and the majority of his sight to an unexploded ordnance. With over three million landmines estimated to still be buried across the country, and 100 incidents estimated each year, it is common for today’s children to be greatly affected by the country’s past.

This is why partnering with Catholic Mission to raise funds for the Arrupe Centre is so important. The money raised from our Mission Markets goes to helping children like Dara at the Arrupe Centre. Please ensure your child comes to school with no more than $20 in coins to spend on the day to assist the Year 6 students in running the change for the stall easily. Thank you for your support!

Our Feast Day concludes with multi age group fun rotational activities for the afternoon session. What a way to end the term! Thank you to all OLC teachers and families for helping to organises and run the day’s events.


Congratulations to Elsie Marsland and Sofia Columbo-Smart in Year 3Mc who were Baptised into the Catholic faith in the presence of their friends on Tuesday, along with Elsie’s little sister Sage. Welcome to God’s family! Please keep these students in your prayers as they begin their faith journey.

We have a number of other families also looking to have their children Baptised later in the year. If you are interested in arranging Baptism for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

God Bless, Happy Holidays and Kind Regards,

Mrs Amie Meyer

OLC RE Coordinator.

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P&F Class Fundraisers

We’re almost halfway to our fundraising target. We would like to send a big thank you to everyone for supporting our class fundraisers this term. We’d especially like to thank

  • Year 6 for the sausage sizzle and coffee/cake stall on Sports Carnival Day
  • Year 5 for the delicious muffins
  • PPB - Plant Stall on the oval

Our current fundraisers include:

  • 2M doing the Coffee Club with Tiny Coffee
  • Kindy SUPER Raffle last chance to get your tickets

Calling all wine producers….

The P&F are hoping to initiate a wine drive fundraiser for November 2020 and would appreciate your support.

Those wineries who wish to be involved would be promoted to our school and wider community.

Please notify us by 30 September if you would be willing to be included in this event.

The P&F is also looking into hosting a wine tasting to showcase your amazing wines.

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"Possibly the best coffee in town"... for a limited time you can purchase a prepaid OLC coffee card for $47 - this gives you 10 regular coffees at Tiny Coffee PLUS a whopping $10 from each card sold will go back to our P+F thanks to the generosity of Tiny Coffee on Clark St.

These cards make a great gift for friends + family + teachers etc or as a convenient option for you to grab a coffee on the go! Purchase directly at Tiny Coffee.

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Tangaroa Blue

WA Beach Clean-Up on October 10th & 11th.

It's time to gather your crew and join this statewide event, now in its 16th year!

Plan your own beach, river or waterway clean-up event on or around this weekend, register your site, receive your clean-up kit and bring your friends, family or community group together.

We will provide ongoing support, including free webinars to step you through running an event and a poster to help with local promotion.

Click the button below to register now.

See you at the beach!

Shelley Dorizzi

The Tangaroa Blue Foundation Team


Community News:


Mixed media workshop- collage/paint/inks/crayon

Suited to children from Year 3-Year 5

This workshop provides the opportunity to create a large A2 artwork on paper that is imaginative or real, playful and dynamic.




MAX: 12 STUDENTS, all materials provided.

TIME: 9.30-12.00( ARRIVE AT 9.15)


EMAIL: carmen@carmenmcfaull.com.au