Our Lady of the Cape Primary School

Newsletter - Thursday 3 December 2020

I’m raising average kids.

They will not be going pro in any sport.

They will not be the Dux of the school.

They will not be landing on the moon.

And they will not be President.

But I pray that they will be extraordinary at love.

They will be the friend who makes homemade soup and

delivers it when a family loses a loved one.

They will always return their grocery carts.

They will mow their neighbour’s lawn or take

their bin out- just because.

They will know how to listen—especially to those who

need it most.

They will make time to return phone calls.

They will still send cards on birthdays.

They will know how to forgive.

They will be empathy givers.

They will know how to say, “I’m sorry.”

They will know how to act vulnerable and cry in

someone else’s arms.

Oh, and this one’s important—they’ll know how to love themselves by giving themselves grace, love, time off, and setting boundaries.

Yup. I’m raising average kids. Average kids who will be extraordinary at LOVE.

Important Dates

Thu 3 Dec

International Day of People with Disabilities

PPL Prayer Assembly

Fri 4 Dec

PP - Y2 Excursion

Y6 Graduation practice 1pm at the OLSC Church

Graduation starts 5.30pm followed by dinner at 7pm

School reports will be emailed out before Monday 16 December.

Term 4 finishes Fri 11th December

Term 1 2021 commences Mon 1st Feb

2021 Pupil Free Days

Tuesday March 1

Friday June 4

Tuesday June 8

Friday August 27

Friday November 12

*The WA long weekend (June 7) will be a five-day long weekend for families to enjoy.

One of the following did not ride their bike to school!

One of the following did not ride their bike to school!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Tuesday 8 December

Our Christmas concert is going to be different to past years. Every student from PP-6 will be performing for their family. Our new format will be held outside on the eastern end of our school oval. (Carpark side). At the moment the weather is looking perfect for the evening.

Families are encouraged to arrive between 5 and 5.25pm. You can bring a picnic rug to sit on the hill by the nature playground and bring a low or a high chair or blanket to sit on. There will be designated areas for each style of chair. Low chairs in front of the stage and higher chairs to the side to allow others behind to see while blankets to be placed on the hill by the adventure playground.

Our local Bendigo Bank and Lions clubs have donated heavily towards our solar panel project and they will speak briefly to you at the beginning of the evening. With the addition of ‘gst’ (Great Singing Time) our evening should be completed in approximately an hour.

Parking will be available on the school oval, the vacant block on Sloan Drive or early bird parking in the top sealed carpark at school. Families living in the area are encouraged to walk to the venue.

Students are required to be in their classrooms by 5.20pm. They will then walk down in their classes to sit in their designated areas.

Please be reminded this is an alcohol-free event.


Our Year 6 students will enjoy their Graduation Ceremony on Friday 4th December. Our school naturally ensures the Graduation format complies with the recent COVID restrictions outlined by the Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce.

The traditional format of our graduation from primary school will change in the future as we transition into a full double stream primary school. Please contact me if you would like to contribute your thoughts to future graduation ceremonies ASAP as we commence planning for 2021.

Watching Maxwell Blechynden (Y1) and Eva Davies (Y2) say good morning to Mrs Marrell in sign language.

2021 Snippets

Our library will be moving down to the undercroft, under the Year 6 classroom hopefully before the end of the year. We are in the process of organising windows to replace the roller doors and carpet to be placed in there. To save a rather large removalist bill, it would be great to have some parent help to move our shelves with the books. At this stage the two Year 3 classes will be moving into the new learning space where the current library is situated.

All students from Kindy to Year 6 will participate in two terms of dance with Mrs. Haines and two terms of music with Mrs. Sherborne.

All students from Kindy to Year 6 will have a number of sporting sessions with the “Believe Sporting Academy” with a large emphasis on the values of being:

  • Humble
  • Hardworking
  • Ambitious
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Unique


Many factors are considered when balancing classes for the following year. These include cognitive ability, friendship groups, gender and social and emotional needs. In addition, children with any specific needs are also accommodated. Parents are not privy to this information and therefore entrust the staff and their professional judgment to make the best decisions for the individual children and the class as a whole. We thank you in advance for this trust.

Meeting new and different people is a fact of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support our children through change rather than protect them from it. The teachers put a great deal of time and thought into the class lists and I ask you to trust that the environment your child is going to next year is one in which they will thrive.

Class teachers for 2021

Y6 Mrs Sandy Ricciardone/Mrs Murphy and Miss Anita Hurst

Y5 Mr Nick Jones and Mrs Kathy Holt/Mr Torrese

Y4 Mrs Caitlin Delane and Mr Ben Danaher

Y3 Mr Sean McSevich and Miss Holly Lombardi

Y2 Mrs Monique Wendelyn and Miss Amy McFarlane

Y1 Mrs Penny King/Mrs Sorgiovani and Miss Isobel Christie

PP Mrs Julie Birch and Mrs Kristie Leahy

KG Miss Katie Horrocks

Dance - Mrs Ellie Haines

Music - Mrs Amy Sherborne

Indonesian - Mrs Kartana

Extension/Gifted and Talented - Mrs Murphy

Sport - Mrs Sinclair

HASS - Mrs Meyer/Mrs Martin

Did You Know

  • Chloe, Kate and Charlie picked up their new dog on Tuesday after school. Her name is Millie.
  • Marlee and Kate (2) were doing some important research for Mr Lee on Tuesday.
  • The year 2 boys really love playing footy every recess and lunch.
  • Adults walked through the courtyard area 111 times at lunchtime on Tuesday.
  • Ruby (3) made very tasty ANZAC biscuits with her mum.
  • There is a rat in separate.
  • Mr Trump was referred to in a fun way during year 5 leadership speeches.
  • Jackson Gatty (3) made some very strange noises with his mouth and hands after lunch on Tuesday.
  • Mrs Derickx was eating an apple walking through the courtyard area after lunch on Monday.
  • Luca Perna (2) is a great operator, he has also made outstanding progress with his reading this year.
Eugene Lee


Student Achievements

Jasper Edwards placed 3rd in the C Grade Club Championships at Dunsborough Golf Club Last Weekend.
This is an open event to Men and he was playing his semi final against a man 67 years his senior.
We are very proud of his Achievement in his first time in the Club Championships.

Dear Families,

Last newsletter we shared our deepest condolences with the Wilson Family who had to farewell their son Blake (ex student), after he bravely fought AML (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia). They want to be part of the solution for other kids/people who have this terrible disease and so they are asking people to register to donate blood or be on the bone marrow donor registry - please see below:-

"Whether you knew Blake or not there is something you can do to ensure that anyone who needs a bone marrow transplant has the best possible chance of getting one and being able to spend more time with the people that love them.

Please sign up to the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry if you are between 18-35 and are prepared to give blood or you can get a cheek swab kit posted out to you through “strength to give”. If you are over 35 please encourage your family and friends to do so. This truly is the gift of life. Go to www.donateblood.com.au or www.strengthtogive.org.au


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Last Sunday marked the beginning of the special church season of Advent, where as Christians we prepare for the birth of Christ. At this service the first candle of the Advent wreath was lit.

The Advent Wreath is a symbol which reminds us of the everlasting love of God and the time of waiting for the coming of Christ into our lives.
The wreath is round, reminding us of the never-ending love of God.
It is made from evergreens reminding us of the life that comes from God.
There are four candles, three purple and one pink, representing the four Sundays in Advent.

The colour purple is the liturgical colour for Advent, which symbolizes a time of waiting and the colour pink represents the joy we share in the life of Jesus.
During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the 29th of November, the first purple candle was lit. This candle represents Hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming of Jesus. This weekend the second purple Advent candle will be lit, representing Peace, which is what the birth of Christ brought to the world. If you would like to attend the Advent church services leading up to Christmas we would love to see you at the church at 6.00pm on Saturday evenings or 8.00am on Sunday mornings. All welcome, we would love to see you there!

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Congratulations to two more Year 4 students who celebrated their First Eucharist on Wednesday supported by their classes. Fr Francis celebrated a beautiful liturgy and we were very proud of all of the children. Congratulations Olivia Breheney and Jordy Buxcey!


Our Year 6 students will be farewelled this Friday evening, beginning with a Graduation Mass at the church at 5.30pm and followed by a celebration dinner with their families at 7.00pm. Many thanks to Mrs Ricciardone, Mrs Sherborne and Mrs Martin for helping me to prepare the liturgy. Please keep our graduates in your prayers as they begin to transition to the next phase of their schooling. A farewell assembly will also take place at 9.00am on the final day of the term.

Year 6 parents are welcome to attend.


On Christmas Eve for the first time we will be celebrating a children’s Mass AT THE SCHOOL HALL at 6.00pm and we are looking for any children who would like to participate in the Nativity play. We will need a narrator, Mary & Joseph, a donkey, three kings, angels and shepherds. Costumes will be provided, and a rehearsal will take place prior to the event. All ages welcome.

If your child would like to take part, please contact me at the school at amie.meyer@cewa.edu.au

Wishing all our OLC families a safe, happy and holy Christmas and a wonderful break! I am taking Long Service Leave for all of Term 1 2021, and look forward to seeing you all again in Term 2.

God Bless!

Mrs Amie Meyer

OLC RE Coordinator.

Church Busy Bee

The Year 6 class and the parish helpers did an amazing job today tidying up the grounds around the church and presbytery. Together they trimmed hedges and trees, weeded, whipper snipped, swept and tidied the grounds, cleaned the outside windows, tidied the columbarium and took all of the waste to the dump. It was a good start for the official Busy Bee on the 12th. Huge thanks to Mrs. Ricciardone, her Year 6 class and the following adults for their efforts:

Prue Monotti (parent helper)

Sherylee and Michael Tutt

Carmen McFaull

Stephen Carmody

Dan Meyer


After 42 years in Education, 25 of which have been here at OLC, we are farewelling Mrs Maureen Horrocks as she retires at the end of the year. We would love for you to join us in sending her off on Thursday 10th December at 1.30pm.

Please RSVP if you would like to come along.


Each year at OLC we take time to be thankful for our blessings and to assist those local people in need by contributing to Christmas Hampers distributed by the St. Vincent De Paul Society. This year boxes will be in the shared work areas of the school and families are invited to contribute specified items. Please look out for the labelled boxes in the following areas in the next few weeks and give generously to support others in what can be a difficult time of the year. Thank you.

KINDY & PRE PRIMARY: Christmas goodies, chocolates, bonbons, puddings etc.

Years 1,2 and 3Mc: Tinned food, pasta, rice, biscuits, crackers, sauces, jams, condiments, (basically any non-perishable good food, which can be used beyond Christmas).

Years 3Mu, 4 and 5H: Toiletries, such as shampoo, hairbrush, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, sunscreen, moisturisers, soap, perfume.

Year 5J: Non perishable food.

Year 6R: Christmas Goodies: Chocolates, tinned fruit, non perishable fruit juices etc.

Thank you for helping to make someone’s Christmas a little more special this year.

Have a great weekend everyone.

God Bless. Amie Meyer, OLC RE Coordinator

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A Message from Fr Francis

The Pope’s latest letter to the world, titled “Fratelli Tutti’ talks about how we as a Catholic family need to care for everyone and for the Mother Earth. One way we can do this is through the new recycling program running in Dunsborough. Please read the flyer as to how you might help our parish through this regimen.


Please note important information below about closing dates over the Christmas period from Permapleat:

  1. Perm-A-Pleat Schoolwear close on 21 December 2020. Parents who choose the option of a consolidated school delivery should place their order on line by Sat 12 December and the orders will be delivered to the school for Wednesday 16 Dec.

  1. Perm-A-Pleat Schoolwear re-opens on 11 January 2021. Any orders placed during our Christmas shutdown will be delivered to the school the week 25 January 2021 when staff are at the school to accept deliveries. If you would like your uniforms delivered to your house earlier, you can request this (note charge of $10). All orders for back to school should be placed no later than 24 January 2020 to ensure delivery to either the school or to a home delivery in time for the start of school on 1 Feb 2020.

If you would like to have a look at sizes or do a fitting, the Uniform Shop is open on Wednesdays from 8.20 – 8.50 am. This is a good idea as you will have to cover the cost of returns yourself.


P&F Class Fundraisers

WOW - we are almost there!!! We have reached 90% of our fundraising target for the year. Thank you to the class reps and all the families in the school for your amazing support. We still have the Colour Run to come!

Colour Run / Lapathon

The Colour Run will take place on the school oval Friday 11th December between 2 and 3pm. Students will run through an exciting obstacle course in class groups while dodging showers of non toxic coloured powder. Keep your eyes out for the awesome ‘dance off’ and ‘bubble’ stations and a visit from our wonderful local Fire Brigade!

The Colour Run is an OLC fundraising event. Spare fundraising forms can be collected from the front office if needed.

In order to participate, all students are asked to return their completed fundraising form with monies donated, to classroom teachers by Thursday 10th December. All funds raised will go towards upgrading OLC sporting equipment in 2021.

For every $5 raised, students receive an entry into the Colour Run Prize Pack Draw. The prize pack is currently on display in the office.

It is recommended that children bring along an old t-shirt to change into (preferably white) prior to the event.

Parents are welcome to attend the event. Children will not return to the classroom following the Colour Run so it is requested that parents collect children from the oval at the usual collection time.

Parent volunteers are required to assist with the event from 1.30-3.30pm. Please register to assist at the front office.

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Thank you to Sally Kerr

The P&F Committee would like to thank Sally Kerr for her incredible contribution to the school in the last week, organising both the school Disco and the fantastic Skateboard Art Workshops. Without support from volunteers like Sally we would not be able to provide so many wonderful experiences for our school community.

Planning for the 2021 P&F Calendar of Events is now under way. If you would like to volunteer to join or assist the Committee, if you have creative ideas or if you would like to provide feedback about past events, please email OLC P&F <olcparentsandfriends@gmail.com>
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The kindy classes are racing to be able to be able to harvest the corn crop within the next seven school days and the PPL potato crop is due to be harvested next week and at this stage it is looking like wedges all round.

The chooks get to go home and holiday with Mrs Johnston while the worms summer holiday home is in Busselton with Mr Lee.


Purchase some quality wine and support your school!!

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