Junior School Newsletter

Term 4 Week 8

Junior Topics

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

2018 has been an inspiring year of learning in the Junior School. Our Team Goal has been to improve benchmark growth in Literacy and Numeracy to more than 75% students achieving at or above benchmark, which we have achieved! 76% in Literacy and 80% in Numeracy. We would like to increase that % even further in 2019.

This year has seen the introduction of:

  • The new K-6 Spelling Program ‘Sound Waves’, which has certainly enabled positive growth from the students.
  • The new K-6 Writing Program ‘7 Steps to Writing Success’; I’m sure you have heard about the ‘Sizzling Starts’ which are used to inspire successful writing.
  • STEAM development, with stage 1 students experiencing the Bee Bot Swarm, and we held our second successful CodeSpace Camp during the October holidays.
  • An Assembly Roster which alternated each week between Junior (K-4) and Primary (K-6)
  • Literacy and Numeracy mornings, which gave our parents the opportunity to be with their child participating in these activities.
  • At OCS, we are learning to be ‘thoughtful, responsible and respectful.’

These initiatives will continue in 2019 and beyond, and we will incorporate the new Peer Support Program and Discipleship/Leadership Program into The HOPE Challenge. We are very excited about the HOPE Challenge and see it supporting all students in three main ways:

  1. Working with teachers, students in Year 4 will be the Leaders of vertical groups, guiding them through the peer support Friends program.
  2. Learning God’s word through The Memory Verse Challenge – every two weeks students will have a Bible verse to learn. They will also present the verse, as a K-4 group, at each assembly.
  3. The new Award Challenge, which will focus on the OCS Code of Conduct. Students’ will have the opportunity to progress through Silver, Bronze, Gold and Platinum Awards.

We are very excited about the HOPE Challenge and are praying that it will give students more of a foundation, in understanding how to be ‘thoughtful, responsible and respectful.’

I especially want to thank our fabulous ‘Class Parents’ who help to keep communication flowing easily, working in the background for us. It is great having your support.

Why Stage Classes?

OCS has been on the journey towards Stage classes for a number of years, beginning in the Middle and Senior Schools. The Junior School introduced the Stage Class into stage 2 (for 2 classes) in 2014, stage 1 (for one class) in 2017, and then stage 2 (for three classes) in 2018.

Stage classes enhance opportunities for students, because all teachers are working in collaborative stage teams, ensuring that students can develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, creativity and collaborative skills necessary to be life-long learners.


The learning structure at OCS is outlined by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) divided into stages, enabling students to consolidate their learning over a two-year period. As part of our registration with NESA we are required to have Curriculum Documents for each Key Learning Area which includes Overviews of Scope and Sequences, Assessment Schedules and Programs, encompassing Early Stage One (Kindergarten) through to Stage 3 for Primary and to Stage 6 for High School. Outcomes and units are organised into learnings progressions or continuums, which reflect the developmental stages of the students.

2019 will complete the move to stage classes with two stage classes in stage 1 and three stage classes in stage 3.

Farewell to Kristina Stucken

After 3 years as a vital member of the Junior team, as teacher’s aide and MiniLit facilitator, Kristina Stucken has decided to follow God’s prompting and pursue her love for working with children, in a different direction. Kristina has always brought joy and inspiration to our students and will be greatly missed. I know you will join us in praying for the next step in Kristina’s walk with God.

Welcome to Kylie Pulling

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Kylie Pulling will be joining the Junior team in 2019 as our third Stage 2 teacher. Having taught in a number of schools in the local area, Kylie brings much experience to this role and is very excited to be part of our teaching team.  Kylie, her husband Dave and their 3 boys have been part of OCS for a number of years. Please join us in praying for Kylie as she settles into her new position in 2019.

Partnering with our families is a priority for us, and I pray that you really enjoy the Christmas holidays and are able to find some time to relax as well. May you enjoy the real reason of Christmas together as we remember Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

If you have any questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact me.





Cathy McPhee

Junior School Coordinator           



Give thanks to God for:

  • Jesus! We remember Him even more with Christmas approaching.
  • So much love and blessing from You in our lives and in our school.
  • Holidays for rest and family times.
  • The great swimming lessons that Year 2 have had this term.
  • Knowing and loving us and having a plan for our lives from before the beginning of time. Thanks that we can totally trust in You.

Petition God for:

  • A safe and enjoyable Water Fun afternoon this week.
  • Thanksgiving Services next week where we can all give thanks to you for a wonderful year of learning and growing.
  • K-6 Fun Day on the last day of term.
  • Safe holidays.
  • More families and new staff who will join us next year.

Bible Verse of the week:

Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”


Click on the link to see the Devotions table: Term 4 student devotions.docx


It would be best for students to wear their sports uniform on:

  • Monday, thereby keeping their summer uniform clean for the Thanksgiving Service, and
  • Tuesday, in readiness for the K-6 fun activities on the last day of school.

LOLLY DRIVE for Christmas Lunch @ the Orange Function Centre

CODING CAMP during the Summer holidays

Another coding camp is coming to the Orange area during the Christmas holidays @ Kinross Wolaroi School.

Entries online – see the attached flyer by clicking on CodeCamp @ Kinross


December 8 @ 7:00pm – 8:45pm

This year our own Elise Reilly will be presenting the reading. It is great to be part of this community event, so please come along and join in the festivities at the annual Carols by Candlelight at the Northcourt. Bring your favourite blanket or chair and settle in for a special evening under the stars as you sing along to traditional favourites and a few joyful surprises. Activities for little elves and elvettes are available from 5.30pm, with the merry melodies to commence at 7.00pm.

This is a free community event run by Orange City Council.

Introducing the new Leadership Team for 2019

Year 12
Isabella Cordery and Addison Toms
Vice Captains: Emily Nobbs and Grant Kelly
Senior SLT: Mira Praveen
Year 11
Mitch Wratten, Tim Skrinnikoff and Hannah Pierce
House Captains: Taylah Reilly, Tara Yeghoyan and Dylan McHatton
Year 10
Trishie Castvan, Caitlin Parkinson and Caleb Toms
Year 9
Faith Naveau and Roshan Praveen
Year 8
Middle School Leaders
Elliot Bangert and Georgie Taberner
House Captains
Leo Pulling, Alicia Moir and Olivia Buckerfield

Thank you to everyone who nominated to be part of the leadership team. We were certainly blessed by the calibre of students’ who nominated to be part of the team this year.

Please uphold these students in prayer as they take up these positions next year.

Prep News

Rosa Cunial

Rosa Cunial

Eating Garlic Bread     

At Prep, we have embraced the concept of creating gardening spaces. Here, the children are involved in the planting and nurturing of their vegetables. They even have their own worm farm! By having children grow their own vegetables, they will have a sense of pride in eating what they have grown. This, in turn, will emphasize the importance of healthy eating. When the children planted the garlic in May, they said they wanted to use the garlic in making garlic bread. During the last few months, they have been busy watering and weeding the garlic patch. Last week, the day had come to harvest the garlic and of cause it had to be used in making garlic bread. The Food Tech class kindly offered to make the garlic bread for us. Archie, Ezekiel, David, Aron and Delilah went to Bembooka to deliver the garlic. Everyone agreed it was the most delicious garlic bread they had ever tasted!


Thankyou Woolworths

Woolworths has been supplying the Junior school with fruit for fruito once a month throughout this year. As a token of appreciation, the Prep children made a thank you poster which will be presented to the store manager and his assistant when they make their final visit to the school this week.



Water Fun Day for K-2 is almost here!

On Friday 7 December we will be holding our Water Fun Day, which is specifically for our Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two students.

Come along and join in the fun!

The activities will run for an hour, beginning at 1:40pm.

Students can wear their sports uniform to school then change into swimmers or other suitable clothing for the water fun activities.

Be sure to pack a towel and a plastic bag to put wet items of clothing into afterwards.

2019 Class Notification & Equipment List

You will receive notification tomorrow for:

  • which class your child will be in for 2019, and
  •  the equipment your child/ren will need to have with them

Please ensure that all equipment is labelled clearly with your child’s name.

Only students in Stage 2 are required to provide their own equipment.

Students in Kindergarten and Stage 1 are not required to provide any equipment.



Primary Assembly Roster

Click on the link to see the roster: Junior Assembly Roster.docx

Coming Up @ OCS in Term 4

Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Tuesday 11 December 2018

Week 8

  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Beginners – 1:00-2:00pm – Tuesday 4 December
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced groups – 1:00-2:00pm – Thursday 6 December
  • Assembly – Year 6 Farewell Assembly – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 7 December
  • K-2 Water Fun Day – 1:40-3:00pm – Friday 7 December

Week 9

  • P-2 Thanksgiving Service – 6:00 pm – Monday 10 December
  • Last day of term for students – Tuesday 11 December
  • Yr 3-12 Thanksgiving Service – 6:00 pm – Tuesday 11 December
  • Last day of term for teachers – Wednesday 12 December

Summer School Holidays 

  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 – Monday 28 January 2019
  • Teachers PD week – Monday 21 – Friday 25 January 2019

Term 1, 2019

  • Prep – begins on Tuesday 29 January 2019
  • Year 1 to Year 12 – begins on Tuesday 29 January
  • Kindergarten – begins Wednesday 30 January



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 – will still apply 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 W6

Grace, Lily and Hannah opened in prayer; Finn and Adam closed the assembly in prayer.

Gabrielle and Jaimee presented the Bible talk, reminding us that God is there to sustain us. 

 Award receipients




The Assembly Trophy was presented to Kindergarten and proudly accepted by Maya and Hunter. 

Presented presented the story about the whale, the snail and the trail.

Music Assembly K-4 – T4 W7 – makes us smile

Afternoon Sport Activities with Sport Coach Joel

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

Tuesdays: 3:20-4:30pm Touch Football

Wednesdays: 3:20-4:30pm Ultimate Frisbee

Thursdays: 3:20-4:30pm Cricket Training

Fridays: 3:20-4:30pm Beach Volleyball Development

OCS School Stream App

Download the OCS App if you haven’t already OR show someone else how to download and use it.

Already the OCS App is making communication much simpler.

You will LOVE IT!