Middle School Newsletter

Term 2 Week 10

40 Hr Famine – Backpack Challenge

Standing for Change: 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

As Australians, we are abundantly blessed in terms of safety and wealth. Unfortunately, this is far from the norm in the rest of the world. Over 70 million people are currently displaced as a result of conflict, poverty and unrest in countries such as South Sudan and Syria. Neighbouring countries, such as Uganda, are struggling to support them out of their own poverty.
World Vision offers an avenue to effectively and positively seek change. By supporting the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge, everyone can reach out a helping hand. Our students are well known to World Vision in their commitment and enthusiasm, responding effectively to 1 Timothy 4:12 ‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’
Middle School led the OCS leader board last year, with Henry Metcalfe achieving the 2019 award as a Year 5 student. Please encourage and support our students as effective agents for change. Signups are encouraged this week in preparation for the challenge 7 – 9 August, Term 3 Week 2. Students can search https://www.40hourfamine.com.au/ to sign up, joining the Orange Christian School team. We also look forward to our World Vision liaison, Pippa Paull, visiting our assembly this week.
We look forward to a little friendly competition and challenge our Middle School to again take the leader prize! For more information, contact Miss McGowen or the SLT team, or refer to the note that will be sent home later this week.


Reflections on Ephesians by Mr Adrian Lee

I was privileged to visit the site of Ephesus nearly twenty years ago. One of the things that stands out about it is that, unlike many ancient ruins, there are large elements of the city that are still visible. Archaeologists are still excavating the site and discovering more there all the time.

When the Apostle Paul visited Ephesus, it is estimated that it was the second largest city in the Roman Empire. It was a major harbour and there were three major roads leading from Ephesus into Asia Minor. It is the gateway to what we today call Turkey and to the Romans the province of Asia. From here the roads led to the famous trading routes of the Silk Road into India and eventually China.

This is the reason Paul spent so much time in Ephesus. In a sense when he was preaching the gospel in Ephesus he was preaching it to the world. And this is the reason there are so many great encouragements and detailed explanations of the gospel in this book.

Bible Devotions Term 2

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 Intro to Acts Acta 1 Acts 2 Acts 3 Prayer and Praise
2 Acts 6 Acts 7 Acts 9 Acts 16 Prayer and Praise
3 Acts 17 Acts 27 Acts 28  Acts 29 Prayer and Praise
4 Intro to Romans Romans 2 Romans 3 Romans 5 Prayer and Praise
5 Romans 8 Romans 12 Romans 13 Romans 14 Prayer and Praise
6 Intro to 1 Corinthians + 1 1 Corinthians 2 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 15 Prayer and Praise
7 Queen’s Birthday Intro to 2 Corinthians + 1 2 Corinthians 4 2 Corinthians 5 Prayer and Praise
8 2 Corinthians 8 2 Corinthians 9 Intro to Galatians + 1 Galatians 2 Prayer and Praise
9 Galatians 4 Galatians 5 Galatians 6 Intro to Ephesians + 1 Prayer and Praise
10 Ephesians 2 Ephesians 4 Ephesians 5 Ephesians 6 Prayer and Praise

Reports, Reflection and Parent / Teacher Interviews

Reports will come home this week.
We know you will read them carefully. We would love this to be a positive learning experience for the students.
Reports can be a time of reflection, praise and direction for goal setting. Please contact your child’s homeroom or class teacher if you have a question about a report.
Parent / Teacher Interviews will occur early in Term 3 – August 6 & 7.
They are another great opportunity for the school to partner with in this wonderful journey that is education.

Primary Music Assembly

Some of our wonderful Primary musicians thrilled the crowd at the Music Assembly last Friday. Here Charity entertained on the violin ably accompanied by her tutor Mrs. Carmel Follent.
We know the wonderful positive impact that creating music has on students’ brains. Dr Anta Collins, who was the guest conductor at the CEN Music Festival hosted by OCS last year has made this fun TED-Ed https://www.ted.com/talks/anita_collins_how_playing_an_instrument_benefits_your_brain
Check it out! And well done all the music students.

In The Community

The Orange Parkinson Support Group staged a Movie and Parkinson’s Awareness raising evening at Odeon Theatre, Thursday 27 June to coincide with the release of the movie ‘YESTERDAY’.
Sam O’Halloran (Year 8) joined with others to assist the Group by interacting and serving soft drinks and food to those present. The Group reported that each of the volunteers were excellent and were a credit to their parents and schools.
The Group will be present Sam with a Certificate of Appreciation. Well done Sam!


After School Sport Program

Mr Phil Snitch will be absent from School on Tuesday (2.7) and Wednesday (3.7).
There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL SPORT on those days.

CSSA Zone Athletics

CSSA Zone Athletics occurs in Dubbo at Barden Park on Tuesday July 30.

Students from OCS will represent the school at the Zone Athletics with the potential to represent at the CSSA State Carnival later in August. Primary 16 August at Blacktown and Secondary 23 August at Homebush. 

Notes went home last week with entries and arrangements for travel. It would be a great idea for students to continue to do fitness, starts and other relevant training over the holiday break.

All the best to all Middle School Students who will represent the school at Zone.

Police Liaison Visit

Senior Constable Jane Heffernan visited the Middle School last Friday. She spoke to the students about the implications of online platforms such as snapchat and Instagram and ways to be safe online.
One of the key messages that students took away from the talk is the concept of talking to parents and teachers about what’s happening online as the best way to keep safe.
James and Simone Bostock have written a helpful book on this subject from a Christian perspective, called Cyber Parenting. It is a helpful discussion of ways to develop resilience and intelligent, thoughtful and safe use of technology in our children.


On Wednesday July 31 OCS will again host the Central West Primary Chess competition. This will be followed by the second round on Friday August 2 at Millthorpe PS.
The competition sees hundreds of students from across Orange and the Central West compete in chess in two days of matches.
Notes will come home this week if your child is involved in the chess days.


A letter regarding ICAS competitions has gone out on the app recently.
These competitions are a good opportunity for students to test themselves against others across Australia and New Zealand. Please read the note for more information.

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.

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Do you still have stickers at home? The Woolworths Learn & Earn promotion has now ended.
Please bring your stickers in this week.
Thanks for your assistance

Email Etiquette Reminder

Email is a wonderful way to communicate. It can be quick and helpful.

There are a few things we need to remember with school email accounts.

  1. School Email is for School Work

School email accounts should be used for communication between teachers and students and between students and students for school related activities, especially work.

It is not designed primarily as a way for you to communicate with friends.

  1. School emails are a formal piece of communication so use polite email form

They MUST include certain things such as;

Subject e.g. English Assessment

Greeting; e.g. Dear Mr. Lee

Courtesy; e.g. Please and / or Thank you

Sign Off; e.g. Mr. Lee

  1. Remember that you may not receive an instant response

If you email your teacher to ask a question, remember they may not be able to respond immediately.

If you want feedback for a piece of work or an assessment task, make sure you give your teacher time (not the day before it is due unless you have agreed in person).

Asking your teacher at school is the first choice.

Coming Up @ OCS

Week 10:

* Thu 4th Jul Fiji Mission Trip leaves

* Fri 5th Jul Hot dog lunch day

* Fri 5th Jul Last day of term