Our Lady of the Cape Primary School
Newsletter - Thursday 4 May 2023
Dear Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers in the OLC Community,
Happy Mother's Day to all the delightful mothers in our community. Hope you are all spoilt on Sunday 14th!
It is just great to have everyone back for Term 2. We welcomed nine new students to OLC and a number of new staff. Mrs Megan Zanetta, will commence in 4M (now 4Z) and work with Mrs Sherborne. Ms Anne Coltrinari commenced teaching in Year 5. Mrs Annie Lord has commenced teaching Junior Primary Science and Mrs Paula Stronach has commenced as Special Needs Support Assistant.
Our Pre Primary classes have been relocated to the Junior Primary Science lab to be ready for our stage 7 CDP (Capital Development Plan) to commence. Our dedicated Junior Primary staff are to be commended on their outstanding efforts to have the impressive new learning areas ready to commence this term at such short notice.
New sliding doors have been installed in the Year 3 block. Reticulation along with new lawn has been installed on the west side of the Year 6 classroom. We have not placed reticulation or lawn on the hill facing the oval as there will be more classrooms located there in future years.
We were all given a Public Holiday on Tuesday to remember and honour our war veterans. ANZAC day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. Our ANZAC’s fought with endurance, courage, ingenuity and mateship. The main aspect of our respectful 5J assembly was that of aspect of sacrifice. We pray a blessing for all the families impacted by war, especially those who lost a loved one so that we can all live a life of freedom.
Peter Mitchell (MJR Visit)
Last Friday we were very fortunate to have the creator of MJR (Making Jesus Real) come to visit OLC. Mitch spoke at the assembly and worked with our Year 4 and 6 classes. He is an inspiration to us all in how he can spread the word of Jesus in 2023.
Staff PD (Professional Development)
Our teaching and support staff were all involved in Professional Development on Monday 24 April. The focus was developing our digital technology skills to share with students. Our next staff PD is on Friday 2 June with a focus on Religious Education.
We have been informed by our school architect that the next stage will not be commencing till a little later this term. It was previously due to commence on Monday 8 May. Both Pre Primary classes have already been relocated to the Junior Primary Science Lab. We will wait till we receive a definite commencement date before we relocate the Kindy classes to PPB.
New Principal Appointment
CEWA have an independent panel to appoint our new principal. We will be notified of the successful candidate by the end of May.
It is just such a refreshing sight watching so many of our students playing weekend sport. Netball, basketball, soccer, Aussie rules, rugby, swimming, mountain biking and of course surfing, just add so much to your child’s and family well-being. Whether your child is the best player or at the other end of the scale, they are part of a team, they develop their social skills, motor skills, learn how to win and lose gracefully.
NSIT Survey (National School Improvement Tool)
Congratulations Ivy & Summer
Congratulations to Ivy Hoang on achieving second in 50 meters and third in 100 metres breaststroke at the State Swimming Titles during the holidays. Ivy is the most beautiful person. She is a totally dedicated student who is humble, always caring towards others and gives her best in every situation.
Summer, also competed in the State Titles and did a 3 second PB for her 100 Breast stroke. I am unable to fathom how many laps Ivy and Summer have swum to be able to have this elevated level of success.
Your family and all of us at OLC are immensely proud of you, both.
News out of the chook pen this week
The girls had a lengthy luxury break at Mrs Johnson’s holiday resort for chooks. Their fine fresh eggs will be for sale at our Monday morning stall run by our Year 6 ‘Eco Warrior” leadership group.
Bring along your excess veggies, herbs, and excess garden produce. Worm wizz is always for sale with all proceeds going to “Wheelchairs for Kids” and leftovers to our St. George's Community meal. All purchases are by donation. Cash is king, spend, spend, spend!
The worms have been relocated to their winter estate at the back of Mr Lee’s office for terms 2 and 3. We move them around the front for their summer vacation where there is more shade.
Mr Jones’ leadership group “Garden Gurus” have commenced planting in the new raised garden beds arranged by our super dynamic P&F.
- Peter Mitchell (The creator of MJR) was at OLC last Friday. After watching Mrs Meyer, the staff and students in action, he just said “This is as good as it gets.”
- Watching Tom Barton from PPL receive his Star Citizen award at assembly last Friday. The biggest smile ever seen at an OLC awards ceremony.
Did you know
· Isla and Boh McLaren pumped up all the basketballs, footballs, and netballs so we were all ready to go on day one.
· A snake can see through their eyelids.
· Sophia (6) has a new 8-week-old pup name Coco Chanel.
· Dunsborough Sharks AFL team won their first game last weekend. They should cease celebrating one day soon. Our ladies team has now had two victories (one ahead).
· James Hutton is a human hand grenade when playing Aussie rules. He just gives all he’s got on every occasion.
· Comparison is the thief of joy.
· Finn Turpin has a dislocated elbow.
· We have 57 staff at OLC, not all full-time, but there are 57 of us altogether.
· Mrs Delane bought a Jack Russell dog from the blacksmith the other day. As soon as she brought him home, he made a bolt for the door.
· Our next Wheels After Meals (WAM) is at lunchtime on June 13.
· There is not a word that rhymes with purple.
· Senior classes train for our cross country on Friday mornings. Our school cross country is on Thursday 15 June.
· It is Warrnambool Cup Day today.
Book Fair 2023
You probably would have already seen the posters around the school. Bookfair is happening Tue and Wed in Week 4. ( 16th & 17th May)
Opening times for parents / grandparents to come are
Tue 8- 8.30 am and 3-4 pm
Wed 8-8.30 am & 3-3.30 pm
As well as been open the above hours it will be open for students during 2nd lunch. They will also have class time to have a browse.
There will also be a simple competition ALL Students (not just the ones who buy a book) can enter. There will be one winner per year group and they will be able to choose a book to keep.
OLC gets a commission from all books sold – we take that as books from the fair for the library, some scholastic points to spend at the Scholastic shop later in the year or a cash amount that can be spent at local bookshops.
Thank you for your support
Welcome Fr. Archie!
Last Friday we had the pleasure of meeting our new Priest in charge, Fr. Archie.
Fr. Archie arrived in Australia from the Philippines six months ago to commence working in Bunbury. To say it was a culture shock was a bit of an understatement! He has only been in Dunsborough for two weeks but has been warmly welcomed by the community. Fr. Archie has a very interesting background, having qualified and practiced for several years as a Certified Practicing Accountant before entering the priesthood. Whilst Archie studied for 11 Years to become a Jesuit priest, he also completed a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counselling. He is more than happy to offer counselling services to anyone in need of a listening ear. To read more about Fr. Archie, please look at the attached document. We look forward to working closely with Fr. Archie, and he will be a regular visitor to the school. Please go out of your way to introduce yourself to Fr. Archie and make him feel welcome when you cross paths.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
There are 25 candidates from Year 3 currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is an important milestone in the spiritual journey of Catholic children. It is a sacrament of healing and forgiveness where children are given the opportunity to confess their sins to a priest and receive absolution. This sacrament encourages children to reflect on their actions, acknowledge their mistakes, and seek forgiveness. It is a time for children to learn about the mercy and love of God and to deepen their relationship with Him. Through the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, children are invited to experience the joy of reconciliation and to continue growing in their faith. The candidates and their parents spent Tuesday evening workshopping the sacrament with Fr. Archie, Mrs. Delane, Mr. Danaher, Mr. McSevich and Mrs. Meyer, to understand more about this next step in their spiritual development. Please keep the Year 3 candidates in your prayers at this special time.
New Art Works
Have you seen the new murals the P&F commissioned local artist Andrew Fraser to create for OLC? Both pieces speak strongly to our commitment to our Catholic faith and the desire to be the face of Jesus in 2023 in the way we greet, treat, and speak to others. As with any artwork, interpretation is in the eye of the beholder, and it has been fascinating what some of the children come up with when asked what they think the murals tell them.
What’s your take? Sincere thanks to the P&F for these fabulous additions to the school.
- We are still looking for someone to volunteer to run Scholastic Club. Please contact the school if you are able to assist. Chelsea is happy to train the new volunteer.
- A Uniform Shop Volunteer is needed to help out Bec Torr and fill in on the occasions she can't make Wednesdays. It only takes 30 - 45 mins and you get to meet lots of lovely parents!
- Let Fran in the office know if you can assist. Thank you in advance!!
Health Nurse Information
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can be detected by a simple examination of the back.
The normal spine has three curves – one in the neck, on in the upper back and one in the lower back. These curves can be seen from the side, but when you look from behind the spine should appear straight. If the spine has a sideways curve, this is scoliosis.
If you have any concerns, please contact your General Practitioner or Community Health Nurse (97536480)
NEWS FROM THE P&F
Now is your chance to sign up and play for glory for your school. We are looking for Dads and Mums for our OLC soccer team. There will be one training session prior to the game to go over rules, but the most important rule is to have fun. If you would like to be involved please get in contact with coach James Cross on 0499 922 755. We are hoping for lots of subs so no one has to play a full game. Note we need the teams filled by Tuesday for this event to go ahead.
More about us
Location: 245 Cape Naturaliste Road, Dunsborough WA, Australia
Phone: 9781 3200