Middle School Newsletter

Term 1 Week 8

From the Coordinator

There has been so much happening around the Middle School over the past couple of weeks.

And when we look around at what is happening in our world it can be easy to be overwhelmed.

But then our students come to the fore and step up in so many ways.

Whether it is to

  • overcome challenges on the Six Foot Track
  • welcome pre-school visitors to our school
  • welcome new students to our school
  • work on their classwork and assessments even when they find them difficult
  • Or lead the school in anti-bullying campaigns.

Our Middle School students show time and again that they are amazing contributors to our school and the life of our community in our desire “to raise up leaders of Godly character who will blend academic achievement and biblical truth, to influence society for the glory of God.”

Please note the photos and links to videos of various events over the last couple of weeks.

I would like to make mention of our Middle school leaders, Georgie and Elliot who lead the school wonderfully for “Bullying – No Way” day. Our Year 6 students also stood up very well to lead the assembly last week; well done. Please see Facebook and our Youtube Channel for some videos about what the students produced for the National Day of Action.

In Biblical Studies this week the classes have been working through the book of Luke. It contains what are sometimes called the ‘parables of the lost things’ and this verse from Jesus . . .

Mr Adrian Lee

Middle School Coordinator


Bible Devotions Term 1

Wk Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 Intro Matthew Matthew 5 Matthew 6 Prayer & Praise
2 Matthew 13 Matthew 19 Matthew 26 Matthew 28 Prayer & Praise
3 Intro Mark & Mark 1 Mark 2 Mark 3 Mark 4 Prayer & Praise
4 Mark 5 Mark 6 Mark 7 Mark 8 Prayer & Praise
5 Mark 9 Mark 10 Mark 11 Mark 12 Prayer & Praise
6 Mark 13 Mark 14 Mark 15 Mark 16 Prayer & Praise
7 Intro Luke & Luke 1 Luke 2 Luke 10 Luke 12 Prayer & Praise
8 Luke 15 Luke 16 Luke 18 Luke 20 Prayer & Praise
9 Luke 24 Intro John John 3 John 6 Prayer & Praise
10 John 10 John 14 John 15 John 16 Prayer & Praise
11 John 17 John 20 Easter Crucifixion Easter Resurrection Prayer & Praise

Last Friday OCS combined activities for two significant community events. Schools Clean Up and the National Day of Action against Bullying.

As you may be aware Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan died recently so this was a great way to remember his legacy. Caring for our world is a significant contribution we can make to develop our sense of stewardship of what God has given. OCS Clean Up occurred after lunch on Friday March 15.

Stage 2 cleaned up in the school grounds while Stages 3 & 4 walk out to Nelson Park, along the railway line and the new bike path.

Thanks to all the students who participated so enthusiastically. We were able to ensure that rubbish does not remain in the environment.

Bullying No Way!

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence occurred last Friday 15 March. Our students were involved in a number of activities for the NDA.

In Assemblies students discussed bullying and how to avoid it. In Homeroom students defined bullying and why it is not ‘what we do” at our school.

We created a big “NO WAY” with students from Kindergarten to Year 8 and made our new memorial wall into an infographic about the effects of bullying.

This action was lead by our Middle Leaders, Georgie & Elliot, who shared the vision with Stage 4 and had them working on researching statistics and information regarding what happens to people when they are bullied.

It was an amazing look at positive leadership in action. You can see some of the photos of what they produced in the newsletter, on the school’s Facebook page and see an interview with Georgie and Elliot by clicking on the link.

Six Foot Track

Three Days

50 Students

5 Teachers

15 Parents

3 Buses

6 utes & 4WDs

20 tents including the Taj Mahal

65 backpacks

18 hex burner stoves

357 blisters . . .

What does that spell?

The Six Foot Track Expedition

6-8 March 2019 were days filled with destiny. One group redeemed their reputation forever, Go Group 6!, another forged ahead when the campsite was in sight, turn right Group 3, turn right! The snakes were plentiful and caused dancing from unlikely sources! The students pushed themselves to places and reserves of energy they did not know they had while Miss McGowen learned how to use a handbrake. Stories were told, we struggled to understand the ‘Oui Chef” or was it Wee Chef hiding during spotlight. The ground was hard but we overcame it, and the suspension bridge. We saw the stars and heard stories of God’s love, swam in the Cox’s River and learned how much water was needed to make a 2 minute noodle. We skimmed rocks, we walked, and walked and walked some more.

Thanks so much to our wonderful parents who attended 6’ Track to make it happen. From bringing vehicles, bins, eskies and buses we cannot do it without you. Thanks!

This is an amazing experience that many of the students will remember forever and will them them grow in confidence to know that they can keep going even when the going gets tough. Talk about growth mindset.

Check out some of the photos from the expedition especially the sense of achievement for the students as they look back over the ground they walked through the Megalong Valley.

Bullying No Way!


Stage 4 Assessment Calendar – Term 1

Week Subject Task
5 Mathematics – Year 7 Investigation – Analysing Data
6 Mathematics – Year 8 Project – Area and Volume
7 English Biographical Novel
8 Auslan Deaf Culture and History Report
9 Science



Wonderfully Made: Presentation

10 Geography Research Project
11 Music Composing Performance

At MS Information Night we discussed our program of Assessment videos to assist students find success in their assessment tasks.

I know that some of the students and parents have been using them.

Here is the latest, potentially Oscar winning, video on the Stage 4 Geography Assessment . . .

Stage 4 Geography Geomorphic Hazard Assessment Video

Parents in Partnership

Disney Word Tiles

If any parents happen to be doing some shopping at Woolworths, Mrs Johnson would value any word tiles you can collect that you don’t want yourself, for students to use in the Learning Hub.

OCS School Stream App – Log in Now!

Many parents have been singing the praises of School Apps for quite a while. After lots of discussions, parent focus groups, App trials by staff and parents and training sessions with App providers, we are pleased to announce that the OCS School Stream App is up and running!

Please follow the instructions below to log onto the App. In order for this to be an effective tool for communication we obviously need as many members of the OCS community as possible to have the App on their device(s). Currently we have over 50% of school families on board and we are looking forward to seeing this figure sky rocket over this next week. At present we will be using the App to communicate regarding: Forms, Notes, Newsletters and Reminders.

Please contact the Front Office should you have any questions about our exciting journey into digital communication, and many thanks to all of the parents who have helped us to move in this direction.


After School Sports Program

Coaching Sessions run from 3:20pm -4:30pm and are available to all students from Years 3-12.

In Term One sessions are;

Tuesdays: Cricket

Wednesdays: Athletics (Track)

Thursdays: Cricket

Fridays: Athletics (Field)

Canobolas Hockey Club

Juniors players wanted

Junior competition 8 years + played weeknights

Preschool age – 7 years play Saturdays

Interested players should call;

Jo Stephens: 0409 245 189

Julie Reed: 0412 970 830

Proudly sponsored by Duntryleague Golf Club

CSSA Primary State Swimming Carnival

On Monday, 11th March, seventeen Primary students travelled to Blacktown to compete at the CSSA Primary State Swimming Carnival. This was four more students than in 2018. Each student swam well and most improved on their entry time in at least one event. Abigail Dirs improved by 7.65 seconds in the Girls 11-13 years Individual Medley, Nancy Elliott swam 9.11 seconds faster in the Girls 8 years 50m Freestyle, George Pulling ‘flew’ 7.49 seconds faster in the Boys 10 years 50m Butterfly. The Boys 8-10 Freestyle Relay team, comprising of George Pulling, Riley Bennett, Caleb Reid and Louis O’Brien, improved their entry time by 11.18 seconds.

Our Team

Lily Bangert Eliana Edwards Louis O’Brien
Riley Bennett Nancy Elliott George Pulling
Samuel Bennett Felix Harris Caleb Reid
Paxton Buckerfield Macey Harris Beatrix Smith
Abigail Dirs Ellie Hodges Will Hoskins
Josiah Dirs Grace McCallum

Our standout results for the day were:

Josiah Dirs    11 years     4th in 11 years 50m Backstroke, 5th in 50m Breaststroke and 6th in 50m Freestyle

Samuel Bennett    12 years    5th in 12-13 years 50m Backstroke, 5th in 12-13 years 50m Freestyle and 6th in 12-13 years 50m Butterfly

Full results can be found at https://www.cssa.net.au/primary-results/2019.html .

Congratulations to our students who represented OCS so well throughout the day. Thank you to all the parents who supported our students. Your presence and willingness to provide transport helped to make this the successful day it was.

A special thank you to Mrs Kylie Pulling who took on the role of the Far West Zone team manager, along with being the team manager for the OCS team.

2020 SWIMMING DATES (for your diary)

  • OCS Swimming Carnival – Thursday 13 February
  • Zone Swimming Carnival (to be held at Orange) – Friday 28 February

NB: Swimming ribbons will be presented at the Primary Assembly this Friday.

Coming Up @ OCS

Week 8:

* Wed 20.3.19 CIS Primary State Swimming

Week 9:

* Mon 25.3.19 CSSA Secondary State Swimming

* Tue 26.3.19 – Wed 27.3.19 Parent Teacher Meetings

Week 10:

* Tue 2.4.19 Discover Year 7

Week 11:

* Fri 12.4.19 Easter Assembly

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