Middle School Newsletter

Term 2 Week 4

From the Coordinator



Mr Adrian Lee

Middle School Coordinator


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

Bible Society Masterclass

Living out the Christian faith in today’s world is not always easy for our young people. In a world of selfies, identity politics and ‘fake news’, Bible Society’s Masterclass will inspire, challenge and equip Christian students by tackling the big questions: Does the Christian faith make sense? What does the Bible have to say about issues in our world? And what does it mean to live a bold Christian life that makes a real difference?

Masterclass is a one-day event for students in Years 9-11. Throughout the day, students will hear engaging talks from three leading speakers: a foundational talk that builds confidence in the Bible, a missional talk that encourages students to live out their faith, and a topical talk that explores contemporary issues from a Biblical perspective.

Masterclass also includes a popular Q&A session, giving students the freedom to ask our panel of speakers the searching questions about the Christian faith they’ve always wanted to ask.

This is a free event, wholly funded by Bible Society supporters.

Further details and registration for the Masterclass can be found at https://www.biblesociety.org.au/get-involved/masterclass


CWA Public Speaking

Four students from Middle School competed on Tuesday May 21 in the Central West CWA Public Speaking Competition held this year at James Sheehan. Having heard their speeches, they will be tough to beat so we wish them all the best and congratulations.

Year 5 Josiah Dirs

Year 6 Hannah Reilly

Year 7 Tommy Smith

Year 8 Olivia Buckerfield

Secondary Chess Competition

The High school Chess team won its first game against St Stanislaus but, coming into their second game of the year, there were some doubts about whether they could win all the way to the end of the competition. Caitlin escorted the team from Orange Anglican Grammar School down to the science lab where the four chess games were to be played. Malachi and Eddy went down to their OAG’s opponents, but Caitlin came through with a win against her Year Twelve opponent remembering to say ‘good game’ in appreciation for the competition. We were down two to one, but a team win was still possible if we won the last game. As Caitlin and the others played friendly games, they kept one eye on the action happening on the board in the final game. Unfortunately, the fateful words of ‘checkmate’ were uttered by the opponent and handshakes were offered between the players. The Chess team has performed fantastically in this first year in a new competition against some much older opponents. Great work team and go well in the games coming up.

When I saw the team from Orange Anglican Grammar for the first time, I immediately thought ‘They look like they’ll win!’ I brought them from the office and we started playing. Two of our games were close, but the other two weren’t. I was really happy when we shook hands and said ‘good game’, but I knew that unless we won our last game, our team would not make it through. I was watching their game while playing a friendly game, and was extremely disappointed when our opponent said ‘checkmate’. We were so close to making it through to the next round!


Stage 4 Assessment Calendar – Term 2

Week Subject Task
2 Visual Arts Environmental Assemblage
3 Technology Delicious Diary – eRecipe Book
NAPLAN – Year 7
4 English Speech
Science Examination – Prac and Theory
Mathematics Half-Yearly Examinations
Visual Arts

Parents in Partnership

Woolworths Earn and Learn Promotion

Woolworths has launched Earn & Learn, and we’re once again joining it. For those parents who aren’t aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers which we’ll be able to swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, and more.

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect those stickers and drop them in to our collection boxes, located at both Woolworths Orange stores.

Thanks for helping out!

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.


Wheelchair Racing

Waryk Holmes (Year 8) participated in the Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon 2K Wheelchair Race last weekend. Waryk has been preparing for the event for the last few months. He and his family have been travelling to Homebush for training most weekends.

The race was around the Harbour and Botanic Gardens; a picturesque setting for a tough race. Waryk reported that there was a downhill section not long after the start but that meant he had to come back up the hill to the finish! Racing as part of Team Rooster, Waryk, aka, Rooster, was pleased with his effort in his first race. We are proud of you too, Waryk. Well Done Rooster!

OCS Athletics Carnival

The Athletics Carnival went very well. It was very exciting to be able to hold the Athletics Carnival at our school for the first time.

The House Captains wish to express thanks to the teachers for the organisation of the event and to those who participated so enthusiastically. Thanks to Mr Sims and Mr Gray for their efforts in preparing the field.

Many people ran very fast and competed in many events. Well done to all the runners and those who participated in field events. We had some amazing runs, throws and jumps on the day. Keep an eye out for results and Zone teams to be announced later this term.

Alicia Moir

After School Sports Program

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

In Term Two sessions are:

Tuesdays: Soccer

Wednesdays: Athletics (Track)

Thursdays: Netball

Fridays: Athletics (Field)

Coming Up @ OCS

Week 4:

* Wed 22nd – Fri 24th May Years 7-10 exams

Week 5:

* Fri 31st May CSSA State Cross Country (Primary and Secondary)

Week 6:

* Fri 7th Jun Secondary Musical Performance ‘Mary Poppins’ 7pm

* Sat 8th Jun Secondary Musical Performance ‘Mary Poppins’ 5pm

Week 7:

* Mon 10th Jun Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Week 9:

* Fri 28th Jun Fundraising Dinner

Week 10:

* Thu 4th Jul Fiji Mission Trip leaves

* Fri 5th Jul Last day of term

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