Our Lady of the Cape Primary School

Newsletter - Wednesday 17 March 2021

Never be in a hurry;

Do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,

even if your whole world seems upset.

St Francis de Sales

2021 Important Dates

Week 7: Swimming Lessons Y1&Y3 (Pool); Y4-6 (Beach)

Thu 18 2pm: P&F Meeting - Staff Room

Week 8: Parent/Teacher Interviews

Mon 22 11am: Y5 First Aid Incursion

Wed 24 9am: Y3 Parish Mass

Thu 25: Interschool Swimming Carnival

Fri 26 11am: Y6 first Aid Incursion

2.15pm: PP Harmony Day Prayer Assembly

Sat 27 6pm: Year 6 Family Mass

Please go to our calendar for more dates: https://www.ladyofcape.wa.edu.au/calendar.php

Dear Parents, friends and students of the OLC Community

To the parents that have generously donated towards the purchase of some very specific items on the P&F Wishlist. Two worm farms, chess sets for our lunchtime chess club, along with a large outdoor chess set have been bundled together with the recent donations.

We are looking at purchasing an electronic opening door for our chook tractor. We will be able to electronically regulate when the door opens and closes of a day. (Naturally we will check the IQ of local foxes to see if they can operate the electronic timer before installation.)

We would also like to purchase some more equipment for our students to play with during break times.

Interschool Swimming Training

Training for our interschool swimming squad is at the South West Sports Centre in Bunbury on Saturday March 20 from 12-1pm. Good luck to all representing our school on Thursday 25 March.

OLC Swimming Carnival

Our swimming sports has been postponed till the last day of term one, Thursday 1 April at Margaret River Pool. The Geographe Leisure Centre were fully booked out for this term, the South West Sports Centre in Bunbury's calendar and our calendar could not make a match, so we are off to Margaret River for our swimming sports. They will commence at 10am and conclude at approximately 2pm. There will be no assembly on the last day of term. Star citizens will be presented on Holy Thursday at the conclusion of the Holy Week celebrations.

Clift family

The Clift family are most appreciative of all the help and support they have received since the passing of the ever-effervescent dad and husband David.

Those that knew David will all hold their favourite memories.

One memorable line from his funeral came from David's brother on live stream in Indonesia when he said, "We all know Dave did not die of stress!"

Always greeted you with a great big smile, always pleased to see you, loved his family and just an all-round great bloke. RIP David and keep that great big smile for everyone you meet in heaven.


To Jordy Buxcey, Cruz Uros and Cam Spencer on their participation in the Surfing State Championships last weekend in Margaret River at the Main break. Cruz ended up coming third and Cam fourth in the state titles.

Drive Through

The more families that are able to use “Drive Through” allow for more carparks freeat the end of a day. In a perfect world if you arrive just before 3.10pm, you will not have to wait and you have left a park for a Kindy or Pre-primary family that are required to pick up their child from the classroom. Using the “Drive Through” helps to build independence and resilience in your children. (Although we totally understand that coming in and having a chat helps to build a great community!)

Uniform Committee

Our uniform committee has had one very productive meeting. We are currently awaiting samples to arrive before we proceed to the next step.

Commissioning Mass

Our staff all attended the local Parish Mass on Sunday 7 March to be officially commissioned by Fr Francis to teach for the 2021 school year.

Pastoral Care at OLC

We have a freezer for frozen meals by the canteen for families in our community in need. Please consider donating a meal when you are cooking up your next feast at home. There is a constant need in our school community to be able to support others. Your contributions are most welcome and very valuable.

School Crossing

The local police and council have informed us that our school crossing on Cape Naturaliste Road will manned from April 19.

St Patrick's Day

The Irish Spirit has been alive and well at OLC since the arrival of Miss Hurst! What a magnificent person and ambassador for the Emerald Isle.

Canteen Helpers

We have had a number of extra helpers come forward to assist at the canteen which is refreshing to see. If everyone helped once for the year, we would have enough helpers to get through to December.

Extra-Curricular at OLC

Our chess club commenced last Wednesday for Year 3 students. It will be if full operation for all students from years 3-6 on Wednesdays in the Year 3 classroom with Mr. McSevich.

Nearly half the students in Years 5 & 6 attend the before school dance sessions.

Our before school choir on Tuesday mornings has 28 members.

All students will experience the excellence in soccer coaching, leadership and building of teamwork skills from the ‘Believe Academy” once per term.

Out of School Hours Care (OCHC) Updates

We are steadily working our way through over one thousand pages of legislation, creating policies and putting a business plan together. When we have this covered, it takes three months to progress through CEWA, and 90 days through the local council. We will keep you updated as we progress through the many required steps.

Cleaner Required

Our cleaner Ashley will be departing for a career change in early May. If you know of someone that may have prior experience and be interested in a cleaning position at school for approximately 20 hours per week from 3-7 pm please let us know at school. The pay is approximately $30 per hour and for 43/44 weeks of the school year.

Parent teacher Interviews

Our parent teacher interviews are being held over the last two weeks of term. Please fill in the online booking system to arrange your appointment.


All funds from the selling of fresh Free-range eggs and Worm Wizz will be going to “Wheelchairs for kids.” A large group of volunteers in Perth meet every day to construct wheelchairs for children in third world countries. Young children who have previously been immobile, just sitting in the dust all day, become mobile after having access to a wheelchair. Our worm whizz and eggs are for sale at every assembly. Our sustainability program is becoming a huge win, win. We are caring for God’s earth and also raising funds for the many forgotten children in the world.

Little Seedlings

Little Seedlings will recommence this Friday at 9.30am - Tell your friends!

Did you know

  • River (K) had a wrap for lunch on Monday. It had chicken, cucumber and tomatoes in it. River also likes to eat mangoes. His little sister Ellie was sick on the weekend and he is so lucky that he has lots of friends and..........(Mr. Lee wasn’t looking for the off button but had to move on to retrieve a hat from the roof!)

  • Jacques (K) likes to eat fish and chips.
  • August’s (K) dad was on duty on Monday morning. According to a usually reliable source, he was brilliant!
  • Mrs Leahy and Mrs Holt have been quietly sneaking in sandcastle building practice the last few weeks.
  • Isobel was having a walk on stilts in the Kindy playground this week. She also loves to eat watermelon.
  • There was a friendly bat in Mr Jones' classroom on Thursday morning. According to Professor Emerson, they like to eat flowers, small insects, fruit, nectar, pollen and leaves.

  • The smile on the face of one of our students spotted at the Chinese Restaurant on a date night with her dad.

  • Watching Mr Jones and Wilko, our care dog, running the cross country track with the students.

Eugene Lee


Catholic Corner


On Friday the 26th of March, all children from Kindy to Year 6 are invited to bring their favourite bear to school for the day in exchange for a gold coin donation to the missions! The bear must be able to fit inside their school bag (Please no life-sized bears!!).

The bears will be allowed in class with them for the day and invited to picnic with them at lunch! This is our Project Compassion Fundraiser for the Term that was initiated by the Year 6 Catholic Ministry group of Tara, Tilly, Luca, Lexi and Rose. Great job girls!


On Friday the 5th of March, Year 6R spent a half hour of reflection at the church. Father Francis had provided such a beautiful environment on the altar for meditation, with the blessed Eucharist centrally placed on the altar. We thank him for encouraging the children to stop and reflect on various parts of their life that inspire gratitude. The other class' from Year 4 to 6 will have an opportunity for this later in the year.


Thank you to parents from Year 4 to 6 for returning our altar serving notes.

If you haven’t yet returned the note, please do so ASAP, (even if your child is not volunteering) so we can ensure that you received the note.

A note will be sent out tomorrow to all those who have replied positively.

MJR (Making Jesus Real) AWARDS

Our recent winners of our Caped Crusaders and Mumma CC are pictured below. For those of you who are new to our O.L.C community, the children from PP to Year 6 can receive nominations from their teachers or peers when they are spotted making the Spirit of Jesus alive at OLC through their compassionate deeds. They are encouraged to be "WESTies" (Welcoming, Encouraging, Saying Sorry and Thank you) and can be nominated via a mini certificate for their actions.

These nominations are placed in a draw on Assembly Days and one child from each Faction is drawn by our Year 6 Ministry Leaders to take home a Faction Caped Crusader or the "grand prize" of Mumma CC the Kangaroo. The winners names are read out at assembly and their good deeds celebrated.

The children are able to keep the Caped Crusaders and Mumma CC at their house over the weekend and then in the following week, return them to the office ready to redraw the at the next Friday's assembly.


During Holy Week, on Wednesday the 31st of March, at 9a.m., our Year 5H students will lead us in a liturgy to remember Jesus' last days on Earth and His resurrection (that we celebrate on Easter Sunday).

Our Pre-Primary students will also be parading in their Easter Bonnets to symbolise Jesus' new life. Parents from 5H, PPL and PPB are invited to attend to view our celebration.

Library News

I have 15 Puffin Penguin cards I will hide in the first few pages of books in the library. If your child finds one they need to go to the teacher and get their name written on the back. They can only find them during their class library time NOT lunchtime. As it says on the flyer take it to the family fun day on the 27th and get it redeemed for a prize.

Happy hunting

Mary-Lee Kemp

News from the P&F

Election Day Cake Stall

Congratulations to the Year 1 and Year 6 parents who baked, iced, sliced, glazed, frosted and sconed their way to a cake stall fundraising total in excess of $1500!

What an amazing effort!

Thank you to everyone who played a role, and a special acknowledgement to the Class Reps

Kylie, Lucy, Alicia, Jessica, Amelia, Sara, Sophie, Jordanna, Shantell, and Nadine.


Welcome Sundowner 19th April

Activities and dinner is sorted this Friday night. Come along to our welcome sundowner and sandcastle competition at Meelup Beach.

Sandcastle competition kicks off at 4:15. Prizes for teams and individuals in the kindy/PP, Year 1 / 2, Year 3 / 4 and Year 5/6 categories.
We will be putting on a sausage sizzle ($3) and juice boxes ($2.5) for the kids. Please BYO adults drinks. Eftpos will be available.

Big picture

Containers for Change Fundraiser

OLC is participating in this wonderful cause again this year. If you’d like to help the planet and contribute towards new sporting and educational equipment for the school, simply bag up your cans and bottles, put the OLC Scheme Number on the bag (C10316066)

and drop it off at the MR Refund Department at 6 Clarke St, Dunsborough.

The school receives 10c for every can/bottle collected. To find out more about Containers for Change please visit:



Busselton Festival of Triathlon

Head down to Barnard Park on Sunday 2nd May for the Kids Triathlon. There are two distances to choose from – a Short Distance (100m swim, 2km cycle and 500m run) which is open to children aged 7-11 years and the Long Distance (200m swim, 4km cycle and 1km run) which is open to children aged 12-15 years. This short, fun filled event is designed specifically for kids to enjoy themselves and discover what it’s like to compete in a triathlon. To find out more or to register, please visit our website: www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au