CEN Music Festival is Here!.
Well we are in the final countdown to the 2018 CEN Music Festival.
200 guest students from CEN schools around NSW, joining with 140 OCS students, combine to make a phenomenal total of 340 participants at this year’s Music Festival!
Get ready for a music extravaganza and don’t forget to come along to the combined concert at Turners Vineyard function room at 2pm on Saturday. Better come early though if you want a good seat!
Apart from the incredible opportunities that will be provided to our students for music education, with expert teachers and tutors, they will also have the chance to learn and perform, with people who they will meet for the very first time. They will have the chance to make new friends – and to be a new friend to someone. In other words, the focus for OCS this week is welcome and hospitality. I think this is a pretty spectacular ‘growth mindset’ opportunity and one that we pray will be something that all who attend, will remember fondly in the years to come.
Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Practical PiP on Saturday, as we prepared for this event. It is always such a blessing to have your attendance and participation. We recognise that Saturdays are very precious, so to have you give of your time in this way, never goes unappreciated or unnoticed.
So if you feel that the school is a little busier towards the end of the week, and that we seem to have grown numerically, don’t worry, you aren’t imagining it. We really will have an extra 200 students and over 20 staff. Maybe this is God getting us ready for what may be ahead in OCS enrolment for the future! Bembooka will still be open during its regular hours, but please be a little patient this week if you have to wait an extra couple of minutes for your coffee. Bembooka will also be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to all of our visitors as well! It could give you a chance to say hello and welcome to some of our guests.
So we would love you to join us in prayer for this event. We are very excited and as you can imagine, a great deal of planning and preparation has been undertaken up to this point. A huge thanks go to Mr Peter Cooper and Mr Bill Moxey for their vision and tireless dedication in bringing this festival from dream to reality. We are blessed to have such talented staff who are able to not only imagine wonderful things, but have the skillset to build the team and bring them to life.
Blessings to you and your family
Melissa Brown / Principal
PARENTS IN PARTNERSHIP
Thanks to All for Helping us to Get Ready!
Saturday morning saw a turn out of very keen helpers who worked hard to ensure that we will be ready for our 200 visitors when they arrive at OCS on Thursday for the 2018 Christian Education National Music Festival. Thanks to all our PiP volunteers we now have all 350 Welcome Bags ready, many of our meals and morning teas prepared and our sensory garden a little closer to completion with some very colourful plantings to brightly welcome our guests.
This is a most exciting time as we anticipate the Festival, with a record number of schools attending: ten in all, including two ‘first time ‘ schools and a record number of 140 OCS students involved.
While the students will be very busy rehearsing, learning and performing over the three days of the Festival, there are two Festival events to which you are invited:
- ‘Fireworks in the Musical Brain’ – an address by eminent Neuromusical Educator Dr Anita Collins on Thursday, 16th August in OCS Learning Hub @ 7:00pm. Join Festival participants, teachers, principals and music educators as we join with our very special guest Festival Director, Dr Anita Collins to discover more about the many benefits which result from making music. RSVP through the Front Office.
- CEN Music Festival Grand Concert – a performance by all of our Festival participants as the culmination of their work during the Festival Workshops. Join us from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm @ Turners Vineyard Lucknow Valley Room to enjoy this wonderful experience of hearing our students perform…including the 350 voice Absolutely Mammoth Choir, conducted by Dr Collins.
Please don’t forget to encourage everyone connected with OCS to log on to our new School Stream App!
Currently we have approx 67% of our families on board…and have sent out over 2,500 notification already.
All of our newsletters are now available through the App, plus you will receive reminders about upcoming events, sent directly to your device. Notes home will be available for you to read on the App as well as our absentee form, which you can easily complete and return on line. Please note, paper newsletters are available through the front office. Paper newsletters are no longer being distributed to each student as they are available on the app and website.
From The Chairman
Parent Partnership Forum – You’re Invited!
In place of our Term 3 Association Meeting, a Parent Forum will be held at Bembooka on Thursday 23 August from 7:00pm. The topic is Parent Partnership – what we do well and also areas that we can improve at OCS. The Forum will be facilitated by Board members but really needs your input to be successful. Parent Partnership is one of our 3 strategic pillars and is also one of our key distinctives – it is one of the aspects that sets OCS apart from so many other schools. So please come along to the Parent Forum to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve engagement and parent partnership.
As part of our move to greater parent partnership, 2 of our 4 Association Meetings each year, will be conducted as Parent Forums.
Healthy Living…with Cherie Rivas – New Regular Feature
Blog #1: Introduction
As loving, supportive parents, we all want the absolute best for our children…. and one of the greatest gifts we can give them is good health.
With the ever-growing childhood obesity problem, it’s even more important than ever, to provide our kids with the necessary tools (knowledge, skills and habits), to effectively self-care throughout their entire lives.
But how do we even begin to do that, when there’s so much misinformation ‘out there’?
As a local Women’s Health & Wellness Coach, I share my knowledge and experience in weight management, psychology, personal training and yoga, together with my studies in nutritional medicine, to inspire and empower other women to create abundantly healthy lives for themselves and their families. Over the coming months I’ll be bringing you a range of simple, common sense strategies to make ‘healthy’ an integral part of your family’s life.
My best ‘starting point’ is this: Try to get back to basics!
Introduce as much ‘real’, unprocessed food into your eating pattern, as you can. Your body will truly thank you for it.
I look forward to bringing you more top tips, hints and tricks into the future.
Parents Spearhead Drought Appeal
Bring Your Gold Coins this Thursday
It’s always exciting when parents approach the school with great ideas and the willingness to bring those ideas to fruition. Such was the case over the last couple of weeks when a group of parents were keen for OCS to be reaching out to our farmers who are experiencing such terrible drought conditions. In conjunction with staff, these parents will be collecting at school on Thursday morning.
Please send your children with a gold coin that they can donate when the collectors come to their classroom. In addition, being the first day of the CEN Music Festival, our visitors have been informed that they too will have an opportunity to donate to this special cause. Collection buckets will also be at our Grand Concert at Turners Vineyard on Saturday afternoon.
Join Us In Prayer
Thanks God For…
- a great start to Term 3
- two fantastic Dance Workshops with Sydney Dance Company
- several new families joining us this term
- preparations for our CEN Music Festival
- the large number of families who have logged onto our App
Please Pray For…
- a term where we can all be challenged to give of our very best
- continued growth in enrolments
- CEN Music Festival to feel welcomed at OCS
- more and more OCS parents to engage with our new App
- generous giving for our farmers in drought
Sharing Chocolate Friday to Help the farmers
The children in Prep regularly enjoy having chocolate on Fridays. They wanted to share this experience with the teachers at the school and at the same time raise money for the farmers who are struggling with the drought. The staff indulged themselves with all the chocolate that was on offer and gave generously towards the cause. Prep raised $284.75 that will go directly to the farmers.
Our Sporting Life…
OCS Athletics Carnival Final Results
All events for the 2018 Athletics Carnival have now been finalised. The Zone Carnival took place on Monday, 6th August. Results for this carnival will be in a future newsletter. Primary students who are eligible to attend the CSSA State Carnival on Friday, 17th August, have received their notification. Secondary students eligible to attend the Secondary CSSA State Carnival on Friday, 24th August, will receive their notification during Week 3.
The results for the OCS Athletics Carnival are below.
The final house scores are:
First Place Shadrach with 1866 points
Second Place Abednego with 1805 points
Third Place Meshach with 1708 points
The Primary age champions are:
8 years Abigail Brink, Brandon Olivier
9 years Crimson Dickson, Mason Reilly
10 years Isabelle Castvan, Felix Harris
11 years Lily Bangert, Samuel Bennett
12-13 years Mackenzie Wright, Tate Percy
The Secondary age champions are:
12 years Lucy Grant
13 years Olivia Buckerfield, Jordan White
14 years Rachel Cairns, Rikky Bangert
15 years Lesieli Kaufusi, Harry Grant
16 years Julia Taberner, Dylan McHatton
17 years Tahlia Morrow, Josh Coleman
18+ years Natalia Taberner, Michael Adams
2018 OCS ATHLETICS PRIMARY INDIVIDUAL RECORDS BROKEN
|STUDENT||EVENT||OLD RECORD||NEW RECORD|
|Lily Bangert||Girls 11 years 800m||3.34.88||3.12.44|
|Girls 8-13 years 1500m||6.50.15||6.23.08|
|Samuel Bennett||Boys 11 years Long Jump||3.21m||3.91m|
|Boys 11 years 400m||1.20.75||1.20.02|
|Joshua Brett||Boys 10 years 100m||16.47||15.02|
|Boys 10 years 200m||36.75||34.17|
|Boys 10 years 400m||1.25.47||1.18.82|
|Felix Harris||Boys 8-10 years 800m||3.16.22||3.03.34|
|Boys 8-10 years Long Jump||3.34m||3.47m|
|Boys 8-10 years High Jump||1.12m||1.13m|
|Boys 8-13 years 1500m||6.09.09||6.01.31|
|Brandon Olivier||Boys 8 years 100m||20.96||19.38|
|Boys 8 years 200m||51.69||48.14|
|Boys 8 years 400m||2.13.97||1.46.00|
|Mason Reilly||Boys 9 years 100m||17.59||17.36|
|Boys 9 years 200m||39.50||38.50|
|Ebony Speight||Girls 11 years Discus||10.98m||11.23m|
|Lydelle Toms||Girls 8-13 years Turbo Jav||13.80m||17.85m|
|Charlie Webb||Boys 11 years High Jump||1.18m||1.20m|
|Gabe Weaver||Boys 8-10 years Shot Put||5.65m||6.05m|
|Mitchell Williams||Boys 11 years 800m||3.16.91||3.16.17|
|Mackenzie Wright||Girls 12-13 years 800m||3.44.00||3.27.59|
|Girls 12-13 years Shot Put||5.20m||6.66m|
|Girls 12-13 years 100m||16.22||14.43|
|Girls 12-13 years High Jump||1.10m||1.20m|
|Girls 12-13 years 200m||38.69||32.09|
|Girls 12-13 years 400m||1.32.00||1.21.86|
|Girls 12-13 years Long Jump||3.40m||3.46m|
OCS ATHLETICS SECONDARY INDIVIDUAL RECORDS BROKEN
|STUDENT||EVENT||OLD RECORD||NEW RECORD|
|Michael Adams||Boys 18+ years Discus||20.56m||28.73m|
|Boys 18+ years Shot Put||10.18m||11.02m|
|Elliot Bangert||Boys 13 years 800m||2.57.82||2.51.81|
|Rikky Bangert||Boys 14 years Discus||26.59m||29.92m|
|Boys 14 years 800m||3.13.84||2.36.46|
|Boys 14 years Javelin||27.79m||30.80m|
|Boys 14 years 200m||30.38||28.50|
|Boys 14 years 400m||1.10.18||1.09.48|
|Boys 12-14 years 1500m||5.39.25||5.17.02|
|Michaela Brink||Girls 12 years 200m||40.28||39.68|
|Olivia Buckerfield||Girls 13 years 800m||3.36.50||3.23.49|
|Girls 13 years Long Jump||3.13m||3.63m|
|Rachel Cairns||Girls 14 years 800m||3.37.15||3.33.72|
|Bradley Coleman||Boys 18+ years Javelin||25.30m||25.85m|
|Josh Coleman||Boys 17 years 800m||2.51.25||2.48.58|
|Harry Grant||Boys 15 years Long Jump||5.20m||5.61m|
|Boys 15 years Discus||27.84m||30.67m|
|Boys 15 years Shot Put||9.80m||10.10m|
|Lucy Grant||Girls 12 years 800m||4.21.87||3.42.02|
|Girls 12 years 400m||1.44.41||1.42.16|
|Lesieli Kaufusi||Girls 15 years 200m||35.38||35.18|
|Rachel Johnson||Girls 15 years Discus||15.70m||17.80m|
|Dylan McHatton||Boys 16 years Long Jump||4.68m||5.48m|
|Boys 16 years High Jump||1.61m||1.70m|
|Boys 16 years 100m||13.09||12.44|
|Boys 16 years 200m||29.28||27.18|
|Hannah Pierce||Girls 16 years Javelin||14.23m||17.70m|
|Taylah Reilly||Girls 16 years 800m||4.18.43||3.45.95|
|Evan Smith||Boys 15 years Javelin||27.17m||38.10m|
|Boys 15 years High Jump||1.59m||1.65m|
|Julia Taberner||Girls 16 years Long Jump||3.70m||3.86m|
|Girls 16 years High Jump||1.25m||1.30m|
|Girls 16 years Shot Put||7.56m||7.75m|
|Natalia Taberner||Girls 18+ years 400m||1.26.56||1.22.86|
|Naomi Tatchell||Girls 13 years Javelin||10.84m||14.12m|
|Jordan White||Boys 13 years 100m||13.94||13.11|
|Boys 13 years 200m||30.44||27.00|
Stage 5 Sport
Cadet Training and Flipping Out!
In term 3 Stage 5 students are given the opportunity to try a number of different activities. This year two of the options were to do Cadet Training with the Rural Fire Service or to go off campus and visit Flip Out. Two weeks in and the students are enjoying the new experiences.
CEN Music Festival…This Week!
200 Visitors Arrive to make Music
This Thursday morning our visitors from 10 schools will arrive to join with 140 of our OCS musicians. After a welcome, where our Stage Band will perform for our guests, we will spend Thursday afternoon in various ensemble workshops working further on our concert repertoire. These ensembles are each lead by invited directors who are here to share their many skills and great experience with all of the participants. The Absolutely Mammoth Choir, comprising all Festival participants and staff will also rehearse, led by our Guest Festival Director Dr Anita Collins, a well known neuromusical educator. Dr Collins will also direct our Advanced Concert Band and conduct a Composition Workshop for selected students from each school.
Thursday night will see Dr Collins speak on ‘Fireworks in the Musical Brain’ as she unpacks exactly what is going on when we make music and why it is important. Join us at 7:00pm in the Learning Hub to hear Dr Collins.
On Friday we will continue in workshops, preparing for the concert. Friday evening is the Festival Social, for OCS Secondary participants andall our visitors.
Saturday we prepare at Turners Vineyard for our Grand Concert which will begin at 2:00pm. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of musical entertainment. This year’s concert will also include the performance of two original compositions by students selected from our Composition Challenge held earlier in the year. One of these compositions is a worship song composed by OCS’s Jordan Berry.
Feeding us throughout the Festival is Mrs Wratten and her wonderful team of student helpers, assisted by various parents. It is great to see so many people working together to facilitate this exciting event.
Our past two Music Festivals have been wonderful events and we are all anticipating that this will be a fantastic time of coming together to make music to the glory of God. Many thanks to all those who have worked so hard to making 2018’s Festival a reality. See you at the Festival!
Coming Up @ OCS
*Thurs 16.8.18 Gold Coin Collection for Drought Relief
*Thurs 16.8.18 -Sat 18.8.18 CEN Music Festival
*Thurs 16.8.18 Dr Anita Collins’ Address, ‘Fireworks in the Musical Brain’ Learning Hub @ 7:00pm – All Welcome!
*Fri 17.8.18 CSSA Primary Athletics Carnival
CEN Music Festival
NB. No Parents Connect this week
No Junior/Primary Assembly this week
*Sat 18.8.18 CEN Music Festival Grand Concert @ Turners Vineyard Lucknow Valley Room @ 2:00pm
*Wed 22.8.18 Newcastle Permanent Maths Competition
*Thurs 23.8.18 CSSA Secondary Athletics
*Mon 27.8.18 – Fri 31.8.18 Trial HSC Exams
*Tues 28.8.18 Touch Football Gala Day
*Wed 29.8.18 – Fri 31.8.18 Stage 3 Canberra Trip
*Thurs 30.8.18 Orange Eisteddfod Primary Singers (Yr 3/4)
*Fri 31.8.18 Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Orange Eisteddfod Stage One Singers
*Wed 5.9.18 – Fri 7.9.19 Year 9 Urban Experience
*Wed 5.9.18 Orange Eisteddfod Primary Band
*Thurs 6.9.18 – Fri 7.9.19 Stage 4 Dubbo Camp