Junior School Newsletter

Term 4 Week 4

Junior Topics

“ Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20

It always lovely to celebrate all the good things that are happening in the Junior School. Even last Saturday many of our Junior Parents were at school, painting games areas in the playground to inspire our students in their play. This initiative came from a group of parents who thought that the junior playground really needed the inclusion of more colour, hoping to create inspiration and enjoyment in play.

This has been a huge effort – thank you – and I’m sure the children will love these changes – we definitely value partnering with our parents, so if you have any other ideas please do not hesitate to mention them to either the ‘class parents’ or myself. 

On another note, if you happen to know of any teachers who love to join the OCS team, then please let them know that we have 3 positions available at OCS for 2019. 2 for teachers in the Junior School and 1 as Sports Coach. The Job ads are on the OCS website. We also ask that you uphold these positions in prayer, for just the right people for OCS….thanks.

There’s a few things that have been brought to my attention, that I thought I’d share with you and also ask you to affirm these requests, as much as possible.

To start the day well we all need a healthy breakfast, followed by a good lunch to maintain our bodies for the pace of the day. It’s been brought to my attention that a few children have been arriving at school without having had breakfast at home. I understand the busyness of the mornings trying to get everyone out of the house at the right time, with everything in place correctly. Here are a few good online sites which may inspire your family with the preparation of food for a great day.




After school we have specific places where our students are to wait for pickup. 

If travelling on the Bathurst Bus OR being picked up by a parent – students may move through the walkway to the front of the school and wait quietly on the grass area. They are not to climb trees, throw stones, or run around.

If travelling on any of the other Buses – students must wait in the bus waiting area outside the top classrooms. They are not to walk through the walkway to the front of the school. Once the teacher on duty calls the arrival of a bus, then students may walk through to the bus.

If waiting for pickup by mum or dad later in the afternoon, or waiting for a sibling to complete music tuition or sport – then students must attend either After School Care or the Homework centre in the Learning Hub. Students are not to wait in the playground unattended until parents arrive.

We have the best interests of our students at heart, so I thank you for your understanding and support as we work in partnership together.

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:

  • A wonderful Prep Art Exhibition and Open Day.
  • Our amazing parents who come to help, including PiP on the weekend.
  • For the wonderful music recital last week.
  • A great start for Move to Learn and Year 2 swimming lessons.

Petition God for:

  • Our Year 12 students as they sit the HSC and look forward to the future.
  • Safety for our Year 2 swimming.
  • Wisdom for our teachers as they write reports and plan for 2019.
  • A thoughtful, responsible and respectful mindset by all.
  • The great Kindergarten Orientation mornings for our 2019 kindies.

Bible Verse of the week:

“ Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20


Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 Jeremiah 3 Jeremiah 10 Jeremiah 12 Jeremiah 23 Assembly
2 Jeremiah 30 Intro Lamentations Lamentations 3 Intro Ezekiel Assembly
3 Ezekiel 2 Ezekiel 7 Ezekiel 10 Ezekiel 34 Assembly
4 Ezekiel 37 Intro Daniel Daniel 1 Daniel 3 Assembly
5 Daniel 6 Intro Hosea Hosea 2 Hosea 3
6 Intro &    Joel 2 Intro &      Amos 4 Intro & Obadiah Intro & Jonah 1 Assembly
7 Jonah 4 Intro &    Micah 4 Micah 5 Intro & Nahum 1 Assembly
8 Intro & Habakkuk 3 Intro & Zephaniah 3 Intro & Haggai 1 Christmas reflections Old Testament prophesy Assembly
9 Christmas reflections Book of Matthew Christmas reflections Book of Luke

Yr 4 going into Yr 5 2019 Information Evening 27 November


Moving into Middle School can be a daunting time for our students, therefore the Middle School team have decided to invite you to come along to hear what being part of the Middle School means.




Junior School Survey Results 2018

Thank you to the 40 people who completed the Junior School Survey last term. Your responses are valuable to us because as a team, we endeavour to work closely with you, to improve and develop our programs, thereby supporting students and families alike.

The responses indicated below reflect those that Agree or Strongly Agree with the question.

  • 100% – always feel welcome in the school
  • 100% – child’s teachers are working as a partner with me in educating my child
  • 100% – the teaching staff are friendly, approachable and willing to talk with them
  • 97% – communication between school and home is good
  • 99% – the Discipleship focus of ‘At OCS we are learning to be thoughtful, responsible and respectful’ is having a positive response for their child
  • 100% – the teaching in our school is distinctively Christian
  • 100% – their child is being challenged to improve their Literacy skills
  • 97% – their child is being challenged to improve their Numeracy skills
  • 91% – their child’s teacher will speak with them if there is an area in which their child requires academic support or extension
  • 97% – the excursions are valuable learning experiences
  • 100% – the Strings Program is a valuable inclusion in Stage 1
  • 97% – the Ukulele and Keyboard Program for Stage 2 has been a positive inclusion
  • 100% – Choir is a valuable inclusion for Stage 2
  • 88% – OCS is providing adequate sporting opportunities
  • 91% – Sport Coach (Joel) has been a positive inclusion, with the Lunchtime and After School Sport Programs
  • 100% – my child enjoys attending school
  • 100% – the overall approach to discipline works well for their child
  • 85% – inappropriate behaviour is dealt with effectively, age appropriately
  • 100% – OCS has a positive school environment, socially and academically, for their child

Parent comments included:

  1. ____ these positive comments are specifically for Mrs Buchanan
  2. is so happy at the school and if had any issues they have been resolved.
  3. OCS is an amazing school and since ____ has started we have our happy little ____ back. The school always communicates, answers all our questions whether silly or not. Just hands down amazing!!!!
  4. … really value that the teachers align with what we do at home. Faith, discipline, encouragement and respect.
  5. Would be great to have some Literacy and Numeracy information sessions for parents – with the aim of demonstrating concepts used in the curriculum to teach these subject (ie so we can better assist with homework esp maths.)
  6. The discipline methods in junior school have a very gentle approach, which is great to a point.
  7. I would love to know more info about what the kids in stage 2 are learning in the classroom.
  8. I would like to see more thoughtful, responsible and respectful integrated throughout the school particularly at lunch and recess when the kids play sport, as this is definitely not the case at the moment.

Where to from here?

In 2019 we will introduce:

  1. The HOPE Challenge (Honouring Our Peers with Empathy) – incorporates 3 strategies:-
  • A Peer Support Program focussing on Friendships. This will run through term 1 in vertical peer groups, which will include students from K-4. Each group will be lead by the Year 4 students under the guidance of one of the junior teachers. The year 4 leaders will receive training in week 2, term 1.
  • A memory verse challenge, to encourage students to hide God’s word in their heart
  • An Award System where students will receive either ‘achievement / bronze / silver / gold / platinum awards, which will be focussed on the criteria from the OCS Student Code of Conduct
  • General behaviour
  • Behaviour towards others
  • Attitude to property
  • Attitude towards school and learning

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.

  1. The Parent information Nights in early term 1 will incorporate more information for literacy and numeracy. However, we’re also tossing around whether it would be beneficial to run short afternoon sessions on ‘how to do….eg various skills or concepts for literacy or numeracy or homework requirements.’ We’d value your thoughts on this as well – afternoon V evening; topic to be covered, etc.

JUMP ROPE for HEART – Junior School Jump Off

The Junior School’s fundraiser for Jump Rope for Heart has been a huge success! You have raised $4000 online, with more money to be brought into school by the end of week 4.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you!


A year in the life of Stage 1

What a fantastic year Stage 1 have had! The students have worked hard throughout the year and have been able to enjoy many wonderful learning experiences.
The year began with a visit from World of Maths. The students loved working together to solve mathematical problems. We also had many parents join us for the Read Aloud Picnic Day. The students thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Celebration at Elephant Park. The last day of term was our Athletics Carnival.
Term 2 began with the excursion to Millthorpe Museum. What a fantastic day that was! The students got to experience live theatre when they went to see ‘Yo Diddle Diddle’ at the Civic Theatre. Cross Country, Mother’s Day breakfast, Crazy Hair Day, Catch an Idea Hour and Steam Day were also this term. The Olden Day Dress-Up day was a great way to end the term.
Term 3 was all about OCS on Show. The students created wonderful work that was displayed in the Learning Hub. They enthusiastically participated in Adventure Fun Day, open classrooms and the always popular Book Parade! Many students went along to the Father’s Day breakfast. They had the opportunity to learn from a published author and Stage 1 also won 2nd place in this year’s choir Eisteddfod!
Term 4 has begun with very eager Year 2 students commencing swimming lessons. The students read and wrote poems for the Poem in a Pocket morning. Each student throughout the year has also had the opportunity to learn violin or cello for a term. All of Stage 1 is looking forward to our end of year celebrations which include the Water Fun Day and Thanksgiving Service.

Prep News

Rosa Cunial

Rosa Cunial






Prep’s Brush with Fame

Earlier in the year, Prep had been learning about clouds. They discovered that by looking at clouds, predictions could be made on the weather. That is if clouds were thick and grey, it meant that rain could be expected. The children also thought of other ways of finding out if it was going to rain -by googling or watching the weather segments on the television.

When Prep found out that Sunrise was coming to Robertson Park in Orange, we had to be there! The children were so excited. A banner was created which included our school’s name and pictures of the presenters drawn.

Six o’clock was the meeting time at Robertson Park. However some children arrived there at 5.30 while others woke up at three in the morning so eager to showcase their banner and meet the weather man. They also wanted to know how the segment was put together behind the scenes. When the show’s producers saw us with our banner, he immediately wanted to showcase us during the weather segment. We manage to have some air play …..so you could say we are now famous!


 Year 2 Swimming Lessons

Year 2 swimming lessons have begun, with all students tested last week. We expect that a few students may be moved into another group more suited to their ability level. Everyone arrived back at school quite excited about the whole experience.

If you are free on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 12:30pm-2:30pm we would value your presence, particularly while at the pool.

Please let the teachers know if you are able to assist.  Thanks.

Primary Assembly Roster



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Term 4

9 weeks



Guest Speakers





all classes



Stage 2


all classes







Year 5


Stage 3

Music Primary



Year 6

Farewell Assembly

Classes begin at 9am

Classes begin at 9:00am sharp!

The majority of students are now arriving before the 9 o’clock bell. Thanks for taking this seriously. It is important for everyone to be in class on time.

Please contact me, if there is a particular problem which is preventing our younger students from arriving at school before 9am.


Cathy McPhee

Junior School Coordinator

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 – Sit in the Shade

We are now almost half way through term 4, therefore the weather is now mostly sunny and hot.

As part of our awareness of the necessity to protect young skin from skin cancer later in life (which seems so far off, we know) OCS has a school rule requiring all P-6 students 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’ has begun; students are required to sit in the shade
  • going to the Learning Hub is not an excuse to not have a hat, as everyone needs a hat for PE and Sport

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)

Reminder too, please label all school clothing with your child’s name. We appreciate the cost involved when purchasing these items, labelled clothing is much easier to return to the correct owner.

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

Cathy McPhee                                                                                                                Junior School Coordinator


Poem in a Pocket Hour – K-4

Poetry became the centre of attention last Friday morning. Many parents were able to enjoy reading their favourite poetry to their child, nieces, nephews and friends. While others were able to participate in actually writing poetry in class with everyone.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join in these different activities. It’s always fun for our students to have you here.




Primary Assembly K-6 – T4 W2

Guest Speakers – Danny, Jen, Ebony, Willow, Micah & Ezra Cooke
Jen shared with our students where they will be living next year and what they plan to be doing, which is all very exciting as they step out in faith to share God’s word with others. They will be ‘Living on the edge of an active volcano’ – the following are excerpts from their recent email – I’m sure they would value your prayerful support.

“Since visiting the village of Sulphur Bay on Tanna, Vanuatu, last year, we have had a growing sense of being compelled to return there.

Why are we going?
To be honest we have mixed motives in wanting to return. There is something deep inside us that wants to get back to basics and live a simple life. We want our kids to experience life the way a majority of the world does without the excess we have here in Australia. There is also a desire to do something adventurous, something wild! But there is a deeper motive that has been bubbling beneath the surface and building up pressure for as long as either of us can remember.
We have found security, acceptance, and significance in Jesus. But as we look around our world, even our own street, people don’t know this freedom. The short answer to, ‘Why are we going?’ is, we feel compelled by God to help people everywhere, especially in Sulphur Bay, to know true freedom through Jesus.

What will we be doing?
Pastor Taruei has a long-term vision for his community. He has asked if I could help him teach the Bible to his youth and young adults and go with him to various mission outposts in the area to encourage these small Christian groups.
Jen will be homeschooling our children as well as supporting the local teacher in the school that Maliwan is setting up right next to where we will be living. A lot of what we will be doing is just getting alongside people and learning from them.
We also feel like a big part of the reason we are going there is to get a deeper insight into how we can better pray for this special community.

How will we live?
• Electricity: We will be relying on a small solar panel for light.
• Toilet: Our toilet will be a hole in the ground.
• Water: We will have a small tank for rainwater.
• Kitchen: Our cooking will be done in a bush kitchen over a wood fire and a small gas stove.
• Bathroom: We will wash in the hot springs which come out of the ground about 700m away.
• Shops: There is no shopping centre. We will buy food from locals as far as possible but may need to make a trip to a market in Lenakel an hour away each week to buy supplies. The nearest hospital is also in Lenakel.

Primary Assembly K-6 – T4 W2

ICAS English & Mathematics Certificates

Award recipients

The Assembly Trophy was presented to S1B

Junior Assembly K-4 – T4 W3

Our 3 Stage 1 classes joined together to present a poem and song.

Award Recipients

Paxton, Anna and April opened in prayer; Jacob, Anashe & Jeremee closed the assembly in prayer.

The Assembly Trophy was presented to S1S.

Coming Up @ OCS in Term 4

Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Tuesday 11 December 2018

Week 4

  • Kindergarten Orientation – 9:00-11:30am – Tuesday 6 November
  • Our Kindy’s visit the Year 1 classroom – 9:00-11:10am – Tuesday 6 November
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Beginners – 1:00-2:00pm – Tuesday 6 November
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced groups – 1:00-2:00pm – Thursday 8 November
  • Assembly – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 9 November

Week 5

  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Beginners – 1:00-2:00pm – Tuesday 13 November
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced groups – 1:00-2:00pm – Thursday 15 November
  • Assembly – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 16 November

Week 6

  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Beginners – 1:00-2:00pm – Tuesday 20 November
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced groups – 1:00-2:00pm – Thursday 22 November
  • Assembly – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 23 November

Week 7

  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Beginners – 1:00-2:00pm – Tuesday 27 November
  • Yr 2 Swimming lessons for the Intermediate & Advanced groups – 1:00-2:00pm – Thursday 29 November
  • Assembly – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 23 November
  • Year 12 Graduation – Friday 30 November

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 – 9:30-10:00am – Friday 24 November
  • K-2 Water Fun Day – 1:40-3:00pm – Friday 24 November

Week 9

  • P-2 Thanksgiving Service – 6:00-8:00pm – Monday 10 December
  • Last day of term for students – Tuesday 11 December
  • Yr 3-12 Thanksgiving Service – 5:30-9:00pm – 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



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!

2019 Kindy students with Year 5 students

The beginning of Year 6 Buddies. Today our Kindy students for next year met the Year 5 students who will be buddying with them next year. It’s a wonderful program which helps to open up our school to our little people. Over the next twelve months they will be combining together for lunch, especially during term 1, and then for Buddy activities, which usually occurs each Friday.

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