Our Lady of the Cape Primary School

Newsletter - Wednesday 4th May 2022

I ask for You to bless my mother with patience in times when I do not understand, and the openness to show my love for her. Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with my mother. I pray for continued blessings for my family and all the things we do for one another. In Your name, Amen.

2022 Important Dates

Term 2- Week 2

Tue 3 May: Confirmation Parent Workshop

Wed 3 May: Year 2 Class Mass

Fri 6 May: P & F Mother's Day Raffle Draw

Sat 7 May: Confirmation Commitment Mass

Sun 8 May: Mother's Day

Week 3

Naplan Week

Tue 10 May: Casuals for Catholics

Fri 13 May: Yr 6 Confirmation Retreat

Fri 13 May: Year 4 Del Assembly

Sat 14 May: Yr 6 Confirmation 6pm

Sun 15 May: Yr 6 Confirmation

Dear Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers in the OLC Community,

Mother's Day

On behalf of the OLC school community, I wish all our mothers, grandmothers and ladies that hold a significant place in the lives of many families, a wonderful day this Sunday. We hope you are spoilt in many ways.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to term two. We have several events planned for the ten weeks of Term. These include Confirmation for year 6, OLC Cross Country Carnival, winter sports carnival, the resumption of assemblies, school choir, dance groups and school cultural excursions. We will also have a visit from the Clontarfe Football Foundation.

Covid Updates

As we are all now living with COVID

  • Please keep registering any positive cases on the school Self-Reporting Portal on the school website.
  • Please contact school if you require RATS for close contacts at home.
  • If you have a positive case at home, you are able to send your children to school if they are asymptomatic. It would be great if they could wear a mask in thinking of others. (Not compulsory)
  • If your child is unwell, please keep them at home.
  • Teachers, Education Assistants and Cleaners unfortunately are not immune to COVID. They are getting sick as well. Please be tolerant of this, we are doing our best.

Wheels After Meals

Lots of fun and something different to do at lunchtime for years 1-6 students. Our next “WAM” will be on Tuesday 24 May. (We have it on a Tuesday, so if you forget after a weekend.....)


Our year 3 and 5 students will be participating in the national NAPLAN testing shortly. NAPLAN tests are only one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process and supplement the ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance throughout the year. Some students perform well above their class data while others do not achieve their usual class achievements.

2023 Kindy Enrolements

Please let us know if you have a sibling to attend OLC in 2023. Kindy interviews are currently occurring. We require a reasonably accurate number to support our next stage of Capital Development.

OLC Cross Country

Our school cross-country will be held on Thursday 16 June. Approximately 2-3 k's and year 3 and 4 students run approximately 1.5 k's.

2022 OLC Footy Challenge

  • All students from years 1-6 (Girls & Boys) are most welcome to enter the OLC Footy Challenge at lunchtimes commencing shortly.
  • How many marks can you and your partner take in two minutes over a distance of 5 metres.
  • Mrs Knezevic & Mrs Taylor the early favourites for the staff teams. Mr Danaher now rated as too old and too slow! (Editor maybe absent for the next few days!)

Did you know?

  • Xavier Armstrong has an Australian Shepherd dog names Simba.
  • Mrs. O’Brien went to Geelong in the holidays. Thankfully this sensational teacher and person came back! Candice Honeybone, Liz Wray, Miss Horrocks, Miss Rees, Miss Lombardi and Mr. Lee’s daughter Evelyn play footy for the Dunsborough Sharks. Reece Duffield and Mick Sherry also play for the men’s Shark’s team.
  • Some mornings we have year 6 “Greeters” welcome you to school. This is part of our MJR (Making Jesus Real) program at school.
  • We advertised for someone to run our OSH facility. To date we have not found the right person!
  • Poppy Storey was helping in the kindy on Monday morning.
  • Numbat is Noombat in Wadandi language.
  • Isla, Boh, Poppy and Harper McLaren’s grandparents are visiting Dunsborough from the second best place on earth, Koroit!
  • Phoenix and Jobe swept the hall Wednesday as our Cleaners are away.
Eugene Lee



Unfortunately the Canteen will be CLOSED on Tuesday 17th of May, however it will be OPEN on Wednesday 18th May instead. The Menu will still be the same - pizza, fresh sandwiches and wraps. The Canteen will be open as usual on Thursday.

Apologies for an inconvenience

Kind regards,




Since the middle of last term our Year 6 students have been busily preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This sacrament establishes young people as full-fledged members of the Catholic faith. This sacrament is called confirmation because the faith given in baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During baptism, parents and godparents make promises to believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At confirmation, students renew those same promises, this time speaking for themselves.

On Monday Bishop Gerard visited the candidates, and on Tuesday evening parents and students spent special time together looking at how Confirmation focuses on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the Apostles on Pentecost and gave them the courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the sacrament of confirmation and gives them the same gifts. These gifts help us through the challenges and issues that life may present as they move toward highschool. Thanks to Miss Hurst and Mr. McSevich for all their hard work in preparing the students for this next step in their faith journey.


Please continue to pray for the people of the Ukraine. Donations to the cause can be made to


Thank you.

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Next Tuesday the 10th of May, Bishop Gerard invites us to participate in Casuals for Catholic Care Day, whereby students are invited to wear casual clothes to school and bring a gold coin to donate to local charities. The motto of Catholic Care is “People Helping People,” and this year’s focus is on assisting the St John of God Bunbury Social Outreach Program, which delivers a wide range of services to the Southwest. We would love for all our student to participate in this day.

Learning at OLC Update

Sounds-Write Reading Support Program

This term we have launched another reading support program at OLC. Sounds-Write is a manipulative-based, multi-sensory approach to literacy that is a highly structured linguistic phonics program. It incorporates building self-esteem and resilience within the students and providing learning opportunities to give confidence to achieve learning outcomes whilst working closely with their classroom teacher.

We are delighted to have Mrs Marylee Edwards conducting this program and look forward to students at OLC receiving even more support with reading.

Sounds-Write is in addition to our current support programs of MiniLit, Multi-Lit, MacqLit and the Spell-it program.

Self Esteem and Wellbeing Surveys

This is our fourth year in working with Sports Challenge Australia and conducting a self-esteem audit for Years 2 to 6. The Leadership and Wellbeing teams have been provided with student data from 4 areas -School and Self, Self and Home, Self and Others and Self Worth.

The staff teams can then contact parents where required, brief teachers and develop a plan to support students. It also indicates which OLC students are flourishing and thriving from a wellbeing perspective. This data is used in many ways including supporting individual students, developing student groups, leaders, class lists and camp groups.

The leadership and wellbeing teams are currently actioning is year’s data results.

Challenge Academy

We are excited that our Challenge Academy program is back for 2022. The wonderful Mrs Anne Coltrinari will conduct the program this year and it includes students from Years 4 to 6. We are looking forward to the selected students being challenged and showing their creativity. Students and parents will be contacted over the next week. One of the criteria used in selecting students for Challenge Academy is the ACER AGAT abstract, verbal and numeral reasoning.


This year our Year 3 and 5 students will take part in NAPLAN in weeks 3 and 4. Once again, besides the Year 3 writing, NAPLAN assessment is online. We wish these students all the best for a very calm and productive NAPLAN assessment period.

Adrian Torrese

Assistant Principal

Book Fair

Where : The Hall

When : Tue 17th/Wed 18th May

Time: 8.00-8.40am / 3.00-4.00pm

Children will be able to come in at lunch time as well.

There will be a very simple competition again this year for Kindy – Year 6. Entries will randomly be drawn after lunch Wednesday and will win a book of their choice from the fair. All children can enter, irrespective of whether they buy a book or not.

Usually we make a considerable commission on books sold. This means they can buy some books from the fair for the library, earn points to buy scholastic books later in the year and take some cash to spend at local bookshops. As bookfair is happening this term there is no bookclub.

Thank you for your anticipated support.

Mary-lee Kemp

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