Our Lady of the Cape Primary School
Newsletter - Thursday 18 August 2022
Dear Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers in the OLC Community,
As we approach the half way point of the term, our staff and students have remained focused on learning, and much more, despite the winter weather and associated colds and flus. I would like to acknowledge their consistent effort and enthusiastic dedication.
We are pleased to announce that Adrian Torrese will be continuing in his role of Assistant Principal of OLC in 2023 and beyond. We look forward to his continued work and collaboration as part of the Leadership Team.
Our Year 3 students and families will join with the parish for their Reconciliation Commitment Mass this Saturday evening. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this sacrament.
Year 5 Day Camp
Our Year 5 students were blessed with fine weather as they commenced their two days of Culture, Nature and Challenge in the Margaret River region at the end of this week. While on camp they will visit Ellensbrook House to learn of the early Bussell Settlement and Wadandi story of Mekkadarbee Falls, and participate in team building activities as they navigate the Prevelly Loop, a tour of Calgardup Cave and a hike from Contos Beach to Redgate.
Staff & Pupil Free Day
Please note that our school will be closed on Friday 26th August.
Learning Journey - Open Classrooms
Parents, you are invited to come into classes for a guided tour led by your child, of the work they have completed this term. Come along for a snapshot of your child's learning and to be amazed by the cultural learning that has been going on regarding class Wadandi totems. Classrooms are open from 3.30pm to 5.00pm Thursday September the 1st (week 7), for you to drop in whenever it suits. We look forward to you coming in to celebrate your child's growth and development.
We would like to inform you that more RAT tests have been provided by the Government to the school. 20 tests per child have been allocated. Please call in to the school office to collect a pack for your family.
OLC Athletics Carnival
A reminder the OLC Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 16th September (Week 9).
Jumps and throws will be held in class sport lessons over the next few weeks prior, depending on the weather.
We look forward to seeing you on the 16th to support your child/ren if possible. More information will be available closer to the event.
Mandy Sinclair, Sport teacher
Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest
A huge congratulations to the OLC Dance Crew and Band members for performing at the Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Tuesday evening. There were over 40 Year 5 & 6 students performing and representing OLC! You were all incredible and made us all so proud. Keep shining bright! Mrs Haines & Mrs King
Our gratitude to Ellie and Jane for preparing our students for this performance.
2022 Book Week - August 22-26
The theme is Dreaming with your Eyes Open.
Dreaming with Eyes Open is about stepping into your own story. It invokes thoughts of ancient times, and of listening to Country as the first storyteller. You can, of course, adapt it to your own dreams and future ambitions.
Dress up day will be Thursday 25th.
As we cannot have a whole school assembly students will meet in their year groups to share and explain their costumes on Thursday morning.
All students will complete activities in class associated with the CBC book their class has been given. Completed work will be displayed on Thursday afternoon and the students will be given the opportunity to walk through the other classrooms to see what has been done.
As with other years we encourage dress up ideas to be creative and original, something that has been created at home is always a winner. There is no expectation to spend excessively on these costumes. It is best to keep them simple and time effective for parents. Below are some links with ideas. You may wish to also look on Pinterest at Book Week 2022
Dress Up ideas 2022 – Dreaming With Eyes Open.
Hire costume ideas – don’t suggest you should buy a costume but they are just for ideas
Thank you for supporting your child’s learning.
Note that all students from Y1 – Y6 should be wearing full winter formal uniform on Thursday. This includes jumpers for all. Hair accessories must be in school colours only (teal green, white or black).
OLC Feast Day and Mission Markets Success
We were blessed with magnificent weather for our OLC Feast Day and Mission Markets last Friday, and the students thoroughly enjoyed their stalls and multi age group activities. A huge vote of thanks to all the OLC staff for their time and creativity in organising engaging activities and experiences, and to the Year 6 students and teachers for their excellence in setting up, manning, and packing down stalls and activities.
The generosity and compassion of Mary our Mother was reflected in the attitude of all on the day, and we thank families for supporting the event. A huge sum of $2188.00 was raised on the day (within the space of 1.5 hours!) and will be distributed to the people of Ukraine via Catholic Mission Australia.
A big congratulations to Hamish O’Dea in year 4, who received the Sacrament of First Eucharist at Our Lady of the Southern Cross on Sunday. Hamish was prepared for the Sacrament by our local catechist, Mrs Ruth Morley and we thank her sincerely for her time and effort. Thanks also to Mrs Delane who is currently on long service leave, but came to support Hamish on his big day. We look forward to continuing to supporting Hamish as he continues his faith journey.
Sacrament of Confirmation
This Sunday, three of our Year 6 students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation alongside the Year 6 cohort from St. Mary MacKillop College in Busselton. The Sacrament will take place at Our Lady of the Bay church in Busselton on Sunday, at 9.00am. Special thanks to Ms. Simone Clews at St. Mary MacKillop College for facilitating our boys for this event. All OLC families are welcome to attend to show support for Tim, Jordy and Carter. All the best boys for this very special occasion.
Service Learning in Year 6
From next Tuesday, the Year 6 students will be involved in community service, assisting at St George’s Anglican church to set up for the weekly community kitchen dinners. For a donation of your choosing, anyone from the Dunsborough community can enjoy delicious home cooked meals and meet members beyond the OLC community, many of whom would love someone to chat to. Dinners run from 5.00pm - 6.00pm at the centre on Gibney St, and takeaway is also available (BYO containers). It's a great way to give families a night off cooking too! Alongside helping others, this provides an opportunity for our students to develop new skills, awareness of others and self-confidence, and to demonstrate our school values of Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Excellence. Making Jesus Real!
Save the Date
December the 9th marks the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of our parish priest, Fr. Ian Johnson. We will be celebrating this important occasion with a mass lead by Bishop Gerard Holohan on Sunday the 11th December. Following the mass, we will be hosting a morning tea at the OLC school hall. I am looking for anyone who would like to be part of a committee to organise the morning tea celebration to contact me. Please note that the students finish school on the 9th of December, so you would still need to be in town. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist. With thanks in anticipation.
The P&F committee and class representatives have been busy meeting and planning an exciting mix of fundraisers for this term.
Sip & Paint brings the opportunity to not only create your very own artwork, but also enjoy a fun evening out with a glass of wine and nibbles on arrival. Tickets are limited and selling fast so please book now to be a part of this social and creative night out. Tickets available at https://www.trybooking.com/CBMCQ
If you thought you missed out - IT'S NOT TOO LATE! For only $55 or $100, you can have your children's/family's names remembered at OLC for many years to come!
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