Junior School Newsletter


Term 2 Week 10

Junior Jottings

My Parent Partnership hour is now up and running. Each Monday from 9:30-10:30am you will find me
in Bembooka. You’re welcome to pop in and enjoy a coffee as we chat.
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

School HOPE Challenge

Memory Verse Challenge
Through each term students are introduced to a new Bible verse, every two weeks, aiming to commit to them to memory. The verses are taught in class, often to music, making them fun and memorable.
The PEER Support Program
This program provides opportunities for our students to develop skills for building positive relationships and encouraging participation, creating and maintaining a positive school culture. They work in vertical groups which include students from Kindergarten, Year One, Year Two, Year 3 and Year 4, with the year 4 students taking on the leadership roles.
Next term the PEER Support Program will be learning about Living Positively. This program will support students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to identify their individual strengths and maintain a positive outlook on life.
Living Positively seeks to provide opportunities for students to identify which areas of life represent personal strengths and how they can feel happier and more fulfilled by taking advantage of these strengths. Personal strengths may include: curiosity, kindness and teamwork.

The HOPE Challenge Awards

The aim of the HOPE Challenge is to provide a platform in which students are taught and guided as to how they should respond in different situations and showing that they are learning to be ‘thoughtful, responsible and respectful.’

At each assembly students have opportunity to receive a merit certificate. These merit certificates are based on the OCS Student Code of Conduct. Therefore, to receive a merit certificate, a student will have stood out in either there:
• General behavior

• Behaviour towards others

• Attitude to property

• Attitude towards school and learning

Once students receive two merit certificates they begin to move up through the HOPE Challenge Awards. They must receive two more merit certificates before they move onto the next Award.
▪ Achievement Awards

▪ Bronze Award

▪ Silver Award

▪ Gold Award

▪ Platinum Award: Principal’s Award

This term in Hope Groups, the students have been participating in different activities each week, aiming to build positive friendships. One activity has been art with Mrs Buchanan. The students have been creating beautiful and colourful pieces of art that depict how they can be a kind friend to others and what being a friend looks like.

FAREWELL to James Esson

James and his family re-located from the sunny north coast to the cooler climate of the central west for the start of the 2018 school year. He has been a valued member of the Junior School, as a teacher’s aide and MiniLit facilitator, who has professionally assimilated into the busyness of what the Junior School involves. We want to express our thanks to James for everything that he has brought to his role here; he is one who has always sought the best outcomes for the students he has had the privilege to work with in either role. James and his wife Erin have always been open to guidance from our Lord, and as such have found a full-time position locally. I’m sure that you will join us in prayerfully supporting them both, as James leaves us next term.

On behalf of the Junior team, thanks for your support throughout this term and we pray that you have a fabulous holiday with your family.

Cathy McPhee
Junior School Coordinator

Special Events


Enjoy the School Holidays


Senior Mission Trip to Fiji fundraiser was a huge success, totally $1000. Thank you to everyone for your support, this was fantastic! I hope you can see what a blessing this money is to the team who will now split the proceeds between the purchase of Bibles and literacy supplies.  


We pray for protection over the Mission team as they travel to Fiji this week. May they experience God’s blessings as they share His love to those they meet.



Give thanks to God for:

• lots of growth in academic rigour

• growth in resilience as students learn more about friendships

• holidays where we can find some rest from routines

Petition God for:

• safety and fellowship for the Mission team

• understanding and encouragement as the Half-yearly Reports are read at home

• complete rest and recovery from ill health amongst many families

Bible Reading Plan for the last few weeks of Term 2: • Week 10: Ephesians 2, 4, 5 & 6

The Hope Challenge

The HOPE Challenge Bible Verses for the last week of Term 2:

• Weeks 9 & 10 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

This term, HOPE Challenge Bronze Awards have been presented to:

What’s happening in PREP? with Rosa Cunial

What can I make with black dots?

Prep enjoyed listening to the book “10 Black Dots”, written by Donald Crews. After hearing the story, they were given the opportunity to engage in abstract thinking and counting as they thought about how “dots can fit in the bigger picture”. They were asked to select a number of dots and draw a picture using these dots. This then would be part of a number counting book called 10 Black Dots, written and illustrated by Prep

Stage 1

Fairy Bread Procedures 

Being able to read and follow written instructions is an important skill to learn. Stage 1 have been learning how to write a clear set of instructions called a procedure. You will find procedures everywhere! Recipes, Lego instructions, board game rules, building furniture and using appliances are a few examples of when you will use a procedure. Stage 1 wrote procedures for how to make fairy bread. We of course then had to test out our written instructions and make it too. It tasted delicious!

Science experiments – discovering how levers, ramps and pulleys are part of simple machines.

Stage 2

Primary Assembly

The Junior and Primary Assemblies are held on Fridays, from week 2 each term, at 9:30am in the hall. Parents and friends are always welcome to join us.

This photo depicts everyone ready for assembly to begin

This term the Assembly Trophy was presented to:

Merit Certificates were presented to: 

Kindergarten’s first presentation to the Assembly: 

Red Shield Appeal participants:

Cross Country participants who achieved 1st, 2nd or 3rd place at OCS.

Music Assembly

The Makers Space

The Maker Space has required a lot of patience this week as students tried to build towers on top of only one cup. Many of the Junior School students tried again and again before they were able to build a tower that would actually stand. Look at the concentration on their faces.

CSSA & CIS Sport Nominations

As part of CSSA and CIS we can nominate students to participate or tryout in various sports beside the usual carnival pathways. Feel free to check out the CSSA and / or CIS websites for their calendar of events.

CSSA: www.cssa.net.au CIS: www.cis.nsw.edu.au   

Nominations take place through the OCS Sports Team. Contact Mr Snitch or Mrs Hutchinson.

After School Sport with Phil Snitch

Please note that AFTER SCHOOL SPORT will NOT be on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, as
Phil will be away.

Woolworths Earn and Learn Scheme

The Woolworths Learn & Earn promotion ends on June 25.

Please do not forget to collect your stickers when you do your shopping and bring them in to school.

Thanks for your assistance

Coming Up In Term 2 & Term 3

Junior STEAM Day – Friday 5 July – from 10am

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – Saturday 6 July to Sunday 28 July

Term 3 commences Monday 29 July

Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday 6 August – 3:30-8:00pm & Wednesday 7 August – 3:30-6:00pm

Music Tuition Recital – Thursday 15 August – 3:30pm in the hall

CSSA Primary Stae Athletics Carnival – Friday 16 August – Blacktown Athletics Centre

PiP Day – Saturday 24 August – 9:00am-12noon

Kinder/Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Tuesday 27 August – 10:15am-10:45am

Orange Eisteddfod – Choir – Thursday 29 August

Orange Eisteddfod – Choir – Friday 30 August

ICAS Digital Technologies – Tuesday 3 September

Orange Eisteddfod – Band – Wednesday 4 September

Kinder / Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Wednesday 4 September – 12:00-12:30pm

ICAS Science – Thursday 5 September

ICAS Writing – Monday 9 September

ICAS Spelling Bee – Thursday 12 September

Kinder / Prep Ready Set Go class visits – Thursday 12 September – 10:30am-11:00am

Stage 2 Camp @ Lake Canobolas – Thursday 12 & Friday 13 September

OCS on Show Week – Monday 16 – Friday 20 September

Adventure Fun Day – Tuesday 17 September – 9:30am-11:00am

OCS Showcase – Tuesday 17 September – 3:30-5:30pm

ICAS Mathematics – Thursday 19 September

OCS on Show – Music Assembly – Friday 20 September – 9:30am-10:00am

OCS on Show Book Parade – Friday 20 September – 10:00am-11:00am

OCS on Show Picnic K-4 with parents – Friday 20 September – 11:00am-11:45am

Year 12 Farewell Assembly – Wednesday 25 September – 9:30am-11:00am

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October

CODING CAMP – during the October school holidays from Tuesday 2 to Friday 4 October @ OCS – run by CodeSpace