Junior School Newsletter

Term 1 Week 2, 2019

Junior Topics

Hello everyone and a big welcome to you for 2019, especially our new families. Our prayer is that you will soon feel at home here at OCS.

The term has begun quite smoothly with our students settling into their new classrooms, with new teachers and new routines, but it hasn’t taken long for the dust to settle, and students quickly understanding where and when they need to be.  

The Junior team is very excited about the year ahead and are looking forward with anticipation as to what is to come. We would like to share our plans with you at the Junior Information Night, which is for parents of students in kindergarten, stage 1 and stage 2. Please join us at 7pm this Thursday, in the Learning Hub, to hear the details about the year ahead specifically embracing the OCS pillars of Academic Excellence, Discipleship and Parent Partnership. After which you are invited to join your child’s teacher in their classroom, where the specific requirements for them will be discussed in more detail. We look forward to seeing you there. (Click on the link below for the details.) 

The HOPE Challenge is underway, with the first meeting with Year 4 held last Friday. It was very encouraging to see the inquisitive excitement from these students, who were willing to take on the challenge. As the leaders of the HOPE Challenge, year 4 will have another training session this week before the program begins the following week.  

HOPE = Honouring Our Peers with Empathy 

The HOPE Challenge will be held each Friday immediately following Assembly. This will provide the perfect opportunity with everyone already out of their own classroom, they will then move off with their HOPE Challenge teacher and student leaders for the next half hour. Each year we will have two terms of specific training, alternating with two terms of specific team building challenges.  

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 various situations, thereby giving more substance to our ‘thoughtful, responsible and respectful’ catchcry ‘learnt’ in the Junior School. 

The lessons for this term will include: 

  • Being Friendly 
  • Cooperating and Listening 
  • Types of Friends 
  • Being Supportive 
  • The Best Way to Play 
  • Joining in with Others 
  • Good Winners 
  • A Better Friend 

The HOPE Challenge also includes: 

  • A Memory Verse Challenge – with the Lord’s Prayer being the first to commit to memory. Students will also recite these verses in Assembly each week.  
  • An Award System – enabling progression through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of achievement, which are based on the OCS Code of Conduct. 

Click on the Keeping Friends link below, for more information.  

We look forward to the growth we anticipate with the introduction of the HOPE Challenge and to all the other exciting ventures we will participate in this year. 

If you have any questions about any of this, please come and talk to me.  




“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Cathy McPhee

Junior School Coordinator           


Click here for the 2019 Info Night Poster             Junior Information Night 2019



Give thanks to God for:

  • our recent holidays and the smooth start into routines in each class
  • the renewal of friendships
  • our new families and new students – may they feel welcome and at home soon

Petition God for:

  • the successful uptake of The HOPE Challenge by all students
  • our year 4 students as they learn about what it means to be leaders in the HOPE Challenge
  • new friendships to develop especially for those students who have limited or no friends

The HOPE Challenge Bible Verse:                                                              The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art  in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come.    Thy will be done on earth,  As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever.       Amen




Click on the link: Term 1 Devotions


The OCS DEDICATION SERVICE was held last week. This was when together we dedicated the year ahead and the site for the new hall.

Special thanks to Geoff Metcalfe who photographed the service and put together this beautiful reflection. We thought we would share this with you as well, as it is something we can look back upon and use to prayerfully support the families, students, staff and growth of OCS.

Please click on the link:    https://youtu.be/atGHGbSBAsY

Kindergarten 2019

Our Kindergarten students have started the year with much excitement. They’re learning about making friends, listening carefully in class as well as learning to eat at set times. I hear lots of counting and sound work happening when I visit their classrooms, so it’s clear that number sense and phonemic awareness skills are already underway in fun way.


Prep News

Rosa Cunial

Rosa Cunial

Prep has had a wonderful first week! The children have enjoyed playing and getting to know each other. It has been wonderful to see the friendships that have been made in such a short time.



Water Fun Day for K-2 in 2018

What a fun day! A great way to end the year. Thank you to the many families who were able to join us.

The Water Fun Day for K-2 this year, will take place on Friday 6 December.

Special Events




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.

Click on the link: Junior Assembly Roster

Coming Up @ OCS in Term 1

Term 1, 2019

  • Junior Information Night for K-4 @ 7pm – Thursday 7 February
  • OCS Photo Day – Wednesday 13 February
  • PiP Day – Saturday 2 March
  • Fundraising Dinner – Friday 15 March
  • Stage 2 Sleepover – Thursday 21 March
  • Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 March
  • Easter Assembly – Friday 12 April
  • Junior K-2 Sports Carnival – Friday 12 April



Application for Exemption from Attendance at School

We appreciate and acknowledge how busy family life is, often requiring holidays, trips or conferences during the school term.

If this is something that is in your future plan, then please complete the Application for Exemption from Attendance at School form, which can be found on the School App, School website or pick up from the front office.

We will then organise a Return to School Plan for your child. This then notifies the teachers that your child will be absent for so long, enabling them to organise school work to include in your packing, if absent for more than 5 days.

Thanks to those of you who are super organised with your Application for Exemption presented with a terms notice.

Thanks for your understanding with this,

Cathy McPhee

Junior School Coordinator

No Hat – No Play – still applies in term 1, 2019

All  primary students are required to wear the school hat when in the playground at lunch or recess and when participating in sport or PE.

Please note that:

  • ‘No hat no play’ therefore students are required to sit in the shade

Please support us in this by ensuring that:

  • your child has their hat with them at school
  • the school hat is labelled clearly with their name (not the previous owner’s name)
  • if the hat is lost and can’t be found, then a new hat will need to be purchased
  • your child is aware that we do not share hats (that’s a sure way of sharing headlice between children)

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cathy McPhee                                                                                                                Junior School Coordinator


Primary Assembly K-6 – T4 W8

Year 6 presented their final assembly for primary school. We were entertained with ‘guess who the baby is photos’; dancing; jokes and finely written poetry.




The winners of the Assembly Trophy for 2018 was presented to S1S and  proudly accepted by Estee and Raya. CONGRATULATIONS S1S!

Afternoon Sport Activities with Sport Coach Phil

We are excited to welcome Phil Snitch to Orange Christian School. Phil has been attached to OCS for the past 2 years, mainly in the area of music.  You may recall his leadership of the Beginner Band for the CEN Music Festival in 2018. This year Phil has opened another page of his book by accepting the OCS Sport Coach position. Phil trained as a PDHPE teacher and spent a number of years as the sports master at The Scots School in Bathurst before opening his own personal training business and gymnasium.  He has coaching levels in athletics, gymnastics and rugby, and has coached many other sports, including soccer and water polo, at both school and representative levels. Phil will continue to tutor band and choir and with some private lessons as well. Phil and his family live in Bathurst. We welcome Phil to OCS as our new Sports Coach.

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


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