Junior School Newsletter


Term 1 Week 10, 2019

Junior Jottings

Cathy McPhee Junior School Coordinator   Cathy McPhee   Junior School Coordinator 

We started this term with the HOPE Challenge, which has involved all K-4 students in HOPE groups each Friday, where they have been learning about building friendships. The Year 4 leaders have really taken their role seriously and have lead their groups very well.

Next term we will continue more HOPE Challenge activities together with the aim that everyone will be able to learn how to ‘Honour Our Peers with Empathy’ with the focus being on team building.

The whole school Easter Assembly will be on Friday 12 April at 9am in the Learning Hub. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Junior K-2 Sports Carnival will also be on Friday 12 April. We will provide a sausage sandwich for lunch, at the normal lunch time. The carnival will begin at 11:40 on the back oval. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to support our students as they progress through the various events.

The holidays will then begin, with term 2 commencing on Monday 29 April.

On behalf of the Junior team, thank you for your participation and support in our events this term. We wish you a wonderful Easter break as we remember that Easter is about new life with our Lord Jesus Christ.

DISCIPLESHIP

PRAYER

Give thanks to God for:

  • the wonderful rain that has soaked much of the drought areas
  • the growth in empathy, as children have learnt more about friendship in the HOPE Challenge
  • the year 4 leaders who have led the HOPE Challenge with diligence

Petition God for our year 4 leaders:

  • give them convictions to stand strong in their peer groups.
  • to understand the value of hope-filled words
  • to have a heart of compassion towards others

Bible Reading Plan: Term 1 Devotions

The HOPE Challenge

The HOPE Challenge Bible Verse: 

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

The HOPE Challenge lesson this week will be about focusing on the skills of winning in a friendly way and coping with losing. The children will participate in various activities and discuss how to accept the outcome of a game, no matter what it is, in a friendly way in order to maintain those friendships.

During the week encourage your child to practise these skills in all apsects of life – whether it be weekend sport or choosing what to watch.

The HOPE Challenge lesson next week will be the final session for the module on Keeping Friends. Children will be participating in a board game, reinforcing all of the concepts and skills that have been learned this term. They will be reminded of the qualities of a good friend and the skills needed to maintain friendships and make new friends.

Prep News

  Rosa Cunial

The Easter Concert

The children are getting excited about the upcoming Easter Concert on Thursday 11th April at 10:00am in the Learning Hub. Kindergarten and Prep will combine to showcase the hats they have made as well as singing for their parents and guests. The children in Prep have been working hard using a variety of craft materials, to sort, match, cut and join, poke, glue, roll and sticky tape items to create something that is amazing! Making the bonnets requires perseverance and time. The children have discovered that paper can be used as a malleable modelling material as well as for drawing and painting.

Make sure you place the date in your diary and come along to concert.

Happy Easter to all from Prep.

Safety in the Car Park

 

Please remember to leave the disabled parking bay for those who really need it.

Display the disabled parking sticker inside the front windscreen.

 

Primary Assembly Roster

The Junior & 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.

JUNIOR

 

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Term 1

11 weeks

 

Primary

S3G

Junior

S1B

Primary

S2S

 

Junior

S1F

Primary

S3S

Junior

S2G

Primary

S3D

Junior

S2P

Music

 

Easter Assembly
Term 2

10 weeks

Primary

S2S

Junior

S1F

Primary

S3S

 

Junior

S1B

 

Primary

S3D

Junior

Kindergarten

 

Primary

S3G

Junior

S2G

 

Music
Term 3

9 weeks

 

Primary

S3S

Junior

S2P

 

Primary

S1B

Junior

S1F

Primary

S3D

Junior

K-2 with Prep Assembly

Kindergarten

Music

OCS on Show

 

 

No Assembly
Term 4

9 weeks

Primary

S2G

Junior

S2S

Primary

S2P

 

Junior

Kindergarten

Primary

A few samples of excellence from each stage

Music Primary

S3G

Year 6

Farewell Assembly

Primary Assembly Roster Click Here

Coming Up @ OCS

Term 1, 2019

  • World of Maths – Wednesday 10 April – 9:00am-3:00pm in the hall
  • Stage 1 (S1B & S1F) Easter Picnic @ Elephant Park – Thursday 11 April – 9:30am-12noon
  • Prep & Kindergarten Easter Hat Parade – Thursday 11 April – 10:0am in the Learning Hub
  • Easter Assembly – Friday 12 April – 9:30am in the Learning Hub
  • Junior K-2 Sports Carnival – Friday 12 April – 1:40pm-3:00pm

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – Saturday 13 April to Sunday 28 April

Term 2, 2019

  • Term 2 commences Monday 29 April
  • OCS Athletics Carnival Yr 3-12 – Friday 10 May – 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Possum Magic @ Orange Theatre – K-2 – Tuesday 14 May – 10:00am
  • NAPLAN – Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May
  • OCS Cross Country K-12 – Friday 17 May – 9:00am-3:00pm
  • CWA Public Speaking Competition – Tuesday 21 May @ James Sheahan
  • CSSA Primary & Secondary State Cross Country – Friday 31 May @ Sydney Equestrian Centre
  • Secondary Musical ‘Mary Poppins’ – Friday 7 & Saturday 8 June @ Orange Civic Theatre
  • 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

  • Term 4 commences Monday 14 October
  • Music Tuition Recital – Thursday 24 October – 3:30pm
  • Prep Open Day – Saturday 26 October – 10:00am-11:30am
  • Kindergarten 2020 Orientation – Thursday 31 October – 9:00am-11:10am
  • Read Aloud Poetry – Friday 1 November – 10:00am-10:45am
  • Kindergarten 2020 Orientation – Tuesday 5 November – 9:00am-11:10am
  • PiP Day – Saturday 9 November – 9:00am-12noon
  • K-2 Water Fun Day – Friday 6 December – 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Prep – Year 2 Thanksgiving Service – Monday 9 December – 6:00pm-8:00pm – in the Learning Hub
  • Years 3 – 12 Thanksgiving Service – Tuesday 10 December – 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Last day of school – Tuesday 10 December

S1F with their MiniBeasts 

Linda Filmer

This term Stage 1 have been learning about Mini-beasts. They have learnt to identify features of small animals for feeding, movement and protection. Using a variety of fruit they all enjoyed creating a 3-D model of a mini-beast of their choice.

State Swimming 

 Louise Childs                

CSSA Primary State Swimming Carnival – Presentations for Age Champions and competition places were made by the Junior House Captains

2020 SWIMMING DATES (for your diary)

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

Stage 2 Sleepover  

The Stage 2 sleepover was a huge success, with lots of fun friendship building activities included. I hope you can feel the excitement, as you read these recounts from Sienna and Dorothy, and as you browse through the photos.

The Stage Two Sleepover!!!!! by Dot

On Thursday last week stage two got to school with huge bags full of sleepwear, clothes, plates, cutlery and a little coloured tea towels.

Everyone groaned it was so heavy. “SSHHH okay everyone I know that it is sleepover but we still have a regular day ahead” said Mrs Pulling. We were disappointed but also very happy.

AFTER SCHOOL BELL…

“Yes” we screamed we nearly broke the windows. We practically kicked the door open and streamed out. We ate and got dressed. We set up our bedding and galloped outside. We first played mini golf then we played soccer hockey finally we played a chocolate game. Later we played 2 games of soccer (which year 4 won) we did a riddle hunt. Soon after we had a bqq dinner and played spotlight followed by another game of soccer. Next we did some devotions and hopped into bed. Mrs Sims told the girls a story. It was 9:59pm I yawned and slept a tiny bit.

THE MORNING…

“ YAWN” “boy those boys are loud”. It was true the boys were practically yelling. When we went in the staff room we talked till we had to get dressed and pack up. That was followed by another game of soccer.

That was the best sleepover Ever!!

  Stage 2 Sleepover – by Sienna

“I arrived at school just as Dot was getting her luggage out of her van.” 

“Hi, Dot!” 

“Hi, Sienna!” She replied. 

“Do you need any help?” Asked Mum. 

“I’m fine.” I hurried over to my classroom. The noise inside the classroom was deafening! It was so loud I could hear it from the carpark! 

Everyone was jumping up and down with excitement. All week every one was telling me how many more days till the sleepover. Classes went on as usual except at 3:10 the sleepover experience began! 

First pretty much everyone joined in for a Yr 4 against Yr 3 soccer game. Yr 4 thrashed Yr 3 like Brazil thrashed Germany many times. 

Then we had a clue hunt. My team was: Kira, Ruby & Bailee. We were missing lots of clues. 

Then we started doing some rotated activities. We did a chocolate cutting game, sock hockey. My favourite game to play there was mini golf, it was really fun!  

I had a sleepless night and a yummy breakfast. We played more soccer and then watched a movie at the end of the day when it was raining. I Loved the stage 2 sleepover.

The Sleepover – by Abigail

It all started like any other morning. My mum woke me up. I yawned then I went down stairs to eat my oats. I ate it very quickly, like I gulped it all up. Then I brushed my teeth, I washed it and went to my room and got dressed. I went down, packed and did my hair and went to school. 

AFTER SCHOOL. 

After school, we put our bags in front of the library. We got dressed into casual clothes, then put our bags into the classrooms inside the library. Then we played soccer. After that, we had afternoon tea.  

We split up in three groups. First was mini golf with Mr Pulling, then sock hockey with Mr Miller, it was so loud. Next was a chocolate game. While all that was happening, Mr Grey was setting up the riddle hunt. Then we did the riddle hunt and I was with Paxton, Abbie and Brandon. We only missed number two.  

Then we had a BBQ for dinner. We played soccer again.  We saw lightning strike. I didn’t want to play soccer anymore so I started playing other stuff. We played spotlight. I only had to go back one time. The reason why I didn’t get to slap the bin or open the lid and shut it loudly, is because whenever I pass parents I freeze. Oh, sorry I did not explain the game to you. So, there is a bin that you have to slap or bang or do anything loud so that everyone can hear. Then there are adults at the sides, holding torches. When you can go, the parents shine the torch to you, you have to freeze if they see you move, they will describe you or if they know you, they will say your name. Mr Miller is guarding the bin so you need to find the bin and try get to the bin.  

Then we finished spotlight and got dressed into sleeping clothes and did devotions. For devotions Mrs Pulling had a ladder and chose Amelia. Then we went to bed, a girl asked for a bedtime story so Mrs Sims made up a bed time story, then we fell asleep.  

I woke up and looked inside the boy’s room and noticed the boys were gone. But they were actually in the staff room because they were too loud in the morning. Then we had pizza for lunch. We didn’t do sport on Friday, so we watched Shark tale  

Life as a Convict – Journal by Micah

I can’t believe I’ve been thrown onto a ship for robbing a bakery and to the other side of the world too. I was cold, tired and hungry. They usually gave me quarter of a loaf of bread and cabbage. It was awful to be living with rats and even though I don’t have much food the rats steal it.

Once we got to Australia I started to look for food but I had no luck. Someone came to me and gave me some food. I thanked them. Maybe it’s not going to be that bad!

The Convict Journal – by Chaitra

Today I just found out that I’m being sent to this place called New South Wales! About a week ago I’d stolen a loaf of bread. I can’t help it. I was starving. Just looking at people buying food and eating it makes my stomach grumble and my mouth water. Not only that, but I tried to steal clothes and sell them. As you guessed I didn’t get very far, I got caught and was sent to court before proceeding to jail.

Being in a cell with about 70 other children just makes my spine shudder and my stomach churn. We’re all squished up. The only time we are let out is to work.

The only food I get is either stale bread or rotten vegetables. Sometimes the food is mouldy! It’s disgusting! But I suppose we’ll just have to make do or we’ll die. Just like little Mary did the other day.

I’ve heard people say it smells in the convict hulks. That they’re also all packed up just like packages with over 300 people in each hulk. There is also sickness called cholera and typhoid, which is very harmful.

I wish I don’t have to go so far away from home. I’ve been missing mum, dad and little Josephine ever so much and I can’t bear the thought of going away. I’ll miss this place even though it’s so harsh.

Now I’m on one of the hulks, it’s just as bad as I’ve heard if not worse! This hulk is rotting. There is about 50 people in each of the hulks. All I can see it pitch blackness. I can hear people throwing up and people crying. It’s so stinky and there are even dead rats! So far today 5 people have died. Just now I can hear more weeping as another person hit the ground, breathless!

I hope our travel will go well and that we shall live. I would give anything for this torture to end.

Afternoon Sport Activities – Netball on Thursday

From the Sport desk:

Exciting news, the After School Sport Program is introducing netball commencing this Thursday, the 4th of April.  The first session will be an introduction to Netball, and will be open to all genders, ages (year 3 and above), and abilities.  The netball program will continue on the Thursdays next term, so come along and have some fun.  Phil Snitch

Tuesday – Cricket; Wednesday – Athletics (Track); Thursday – Netball; Friday – Athletics (Field)

Primary & Junior Assemblies – S3D & S2P

S2S was awarded the Assembly Trophy in T1 W8

Assembly Trophy was awarded to S1F in T1 W9 

T1 W8 Certificate awards recipients

Certificate Award recipients in T1 W9 

S3D presented a Bible story which had been rewritten in their own words.

S2P read their persuasive and report writing

 Amy and Sian led the assembly in prayer.

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