2021 eNewsletter No. 02

Principal’s Message

Term 1 has been extremely busy and productive, with a huge range of teaching and learning programmes, activities such as Sports Day, camps, Taste of High School for neighbouring primary schools and the opening of our new Art classrooms.

On the 19th March, we held our 60th Celebration of Taperoo High School and Ocean View College. This event was highly successful with current and ex-students, leaders and teachers across six decades gathering to share their memories and achievements, reconnect with old friends and tour the school’s new and upgraded facilities. The night had an amazing feel with a balance of speeches, student entertainment, food and of course conversation. I spoke with two gentlemen who attended Taperoo High School in 1960 and 1961, in its first two year 8 intakes, when the school was freshly built. They recalled it being an exciting time as the school gradually built up to year 12 over their time as students. They also recalled how students often left school at 15 years of age to pursue a job or a trade if school ‘wasn’t for them’. Thanks to the many people who helped facilitate this truly unique community event – maybe we do it again in 2030?

With many parents exploring their options for the 2022 Year 7s into High School, I have been conducting regular highly attended school tours. Next year the school will have students entering into year 7 and 8, and so planning is underway to establish our predicted numbers and classroom capacity. Families have been highly complementary of the school tours, often unaware of the extent of our facilities, programmes and environment.

In relation to that, the new Art spaces, the Digital Design Studio and Year 7/8 classrooms have been completed and we now see our Art students taking full advantage of the rooms and their inspirational view of the gulf! The new Performing Arts building will have foundations poured in the next two weeks and so is on track to be completed late August. This will be a fabulous space for a range of performances for Drama, Music, Dance, assemblies and other community events.

Finally, I would like to thank and acknowledge Lisa Stapleton, for her creative and positive work as our Timetable and Daily Operations Coordinator over the past year, while Ellen Fauser has been on maternity leave. Lisa has not only managed the complex demands of our site but has developed positive relationships with staff, students and the community, while streamlining and developing many new processes that have added great value to daily life at OVC. We wish you all the best for the future and thanks you for outstanding contribution.

I wish everyone a happy and relaxing term 1 holiday break.


Chris Brandwood

Years 7-12 Report Distribution and Parent/Teacher Conferences

The distribution of Term 1 reports for Years 7-12 students occurred at the end of the school day on Thursday 1 April (Week 10). Please let us know if a report did not arrive at home, as we are happy to chase up any uncollected reports. Student reports can also be access on the Daymap Parent Portal.

The R-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences happened on Tuesday 6 April from 3 pm – 7 pm. We had a significant number of parents/carers attend this very important event. Deep conversation about student learning was evident and we received many positive comments regarding the support and care teachers provide to our students. We look forward to seeing you all at the next teacher conference.

Term 2 begins on Tuesday 27th April. To stay up to date on school events view our School Calendar.


Anne Thornton
Deputy Principal 

School Holiday Program at Happy Haven

Check out this school holiday’s vacation program at Happy Haven OSHC. To book call 8155 5444.

Happy Haven OSHC Vacation Program

School Fees / School Card

All Materials and Service Fees and Subject Fees are to be paid by the end of this term Friday, 9/4/2021. Laptop Fees and any other extra curriculum fees are paid as per the letter that coincides with the activity. Statements were sent out recently in Week 10, as a reminder that fees are due.

Please click on the button below to find out how to make payments and apply for School Card for low income earners.

School Fees


Payment plans can be negotiated with our Finance Manager, Heather Long.  Please ring the school on 8248 1422 or come see our friendly finance staff who are only too happy to help you with your school financial commitments.

Children's Centre Update

Highlights of term 1 at OVCCC have been….

  • working with an Aboriginal artist to paint a canvas depicting our Acknowledgement of Country which we say all together as part of our morning routine
  • veggie patch to plate program – harvesting herbs and vegetables to use in cooking experiences
  • engagement in our own construction site as a result of the development of the new drama centre. The children have been role playing shifting sand using excavators and trucks, with a site manager to ensure everyone’s safety
  • visiting the school library for book borrowing

Our community programs have included Sensory Playgroup, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology Practitioners, My Time parent support group, Midwife Clinic and the return of our Community Development Coordinator Maggie. We currently have vacancies in our preschool program. If you would like to know more about our programs, please visit https://oceanview.sa.edu.au/year-levels/pre-school-ages-3-5/ call the centre on 8248 3670 or take a look at our facebook page.

Kind regards,

Kelly Squire
Children’s Centre Director

Primary School Update

During term 1, Reception to Year 6 students have been engaged in a range of exciting learning experiences with their class teachers in literacy and numeracy along with learning in other areas of the Australian curriculum. This term students have also been learning with specialist subject teachers in; Physical Education, Health, Japanese, Digital Technology, Music and Performing Arts. Our students also participated in other extra-curricular activities during first term. Some of these activities included:

This term, with support from Ms Weaver, our Primary Years student voice team coordinated and ran the Primary Years assemblies. The student voice team did an amazing job with the organisation of assemblies and presenting at the assemblies. At each assembly some classes buddied up and shared their learning experiences with R-6 students and staff. Our student voice team also included audience participation as part of the assemblies. Merit awards were also presented at the assemblies. Thank you to Ms Weaver and the Primary Years student voice team for organising and running our Primary Years assemblies.

On Wednesday afternoons R-6 students were involved in weekly fitness activities such as, health hustle, tennis, ball games and a range of cooperative team games. In weekly fitness the Years 5&6 students coordinated the health hustle for our R-6 students and then students in the Primary Years buddied up with the Junior Primary students for other weekly fitness activities. This term our R-6 students have enjoyed learning a range of physical education skills during the R-6 fitness program and students have had lots of fun. Thank you to Mackenzie Price and Mark Van Hees for coordinating the Primary Years fitness program.

In week 7 students were involved in the RAA Street Smart Program. Libby, from the Street Smart team presented a series of age appropriate, interactive and engaging road safety lessons to our students. Some road safety topics included; How to cross the road safely, travelling safely in the car, pedestrian safety and bike and scooter safety. Students were involved in role plays and games and students also viewed relevant videos to reinforce these very important and essential road safety concepts.

In week 8 students participated in R-12 Sports Day. Students were involved in the events in their teams. (Stingrays, Dolphins, Sharks). R-3 students were involved in a series of fun tabloid events. R-3 tabloid events were followed by R-3 year level sprints. Years 4-6 students joined the Secondary students and participated in a range of athletics events throughout the day. The athletics events were followed by year level sprints. Thank you to the P.E staff for their organisation of R-12 Sports Day. Thank you also to the teaching staff and SSO staff for their support on Sports Day and thank you to the families who attended our Sports Day.

In week 9 Reception to Year 4/5 classes participated in DfE swimming lessons at the Adelaide Aquatics Centre. Students were engaged in a range of swimming /aquatics activities in groups with a focus on the development of swimming skills at student’s individual levels. Students will be receiving a certificate for their participation in the DfE swimming program.

In week 11 R-6 students attended a performance titled ‘The Wellbeing Show’. The Well Being show was an interactive performance. The performance promoted attitudes and behaviours that each student needs to acquire, in order to be successful academically, in social interactions with others and to generally experience happiness and well-being within themselves. The performance highlighted; strategies for success such as; excellence, grit, determination, positive emotions, positive relationships, optimism, positive purpose, happiness, being healthy, confidence, achievement and laughter. The performance was a great way to reinforce these important life skills.

Parent teacher conferences were held in week 11. Many thanks to the parents/ caregivers who attended a parent / teacher conference with their child’s class teacher. Parent/ teacher conferences are part of the Primary Years assessment and reporting procedure for 2021. The purpose of parent/ teacher conferences is to discuss your child’s learning so far this year and to focus on next learning steps. If parents/ caregivers did not book a time to meet with the class teacher in week 11 please contact your child’s teacher in week 1 of term 2 to organise a time to meet.

As this is the last newsletter for term 1 on behalf of the Primary Years staff I would like to wish all our families a safe and happy school holiday break. Take care. Staff look forward to seeing you all next term.

Kind regards,

Nola Tsoulakis
Head of Primary School (R-6) 

High School - Middle Years Update

Hello, my name is Rachel Seager and I am the new Head of Middle School at Ocean View College. I have really enjoyed settling into Ocean View College, getting to know our wonderful young people, and meeting the amazing teachers tasked with the privilege of teaching your children.

There have been many highlights for our Middle School students this term including;

  • Our Belonging Day where students travelled to Woodhouse Activity Centre and participated in a variety of fun activities to build relationships with one another and their Mentor Teachers.


  • Acquaintance Night where parents were invited to come into the school and learn about the Middle Years at Ocean View College
  • Sports Day where we came together as a whole school to participate in friendly competition
  • Middle School Assembly where we came together as a Middle School to celebrate the achievements of our young people
  • Plus so much more!

Moving into Term 2 where the weather cools down it can feel easier to stay home from school. The image below highlights the importance of regular school attendance and the impact missing a day here or there can have over the course of a young persons schooling. Attendance will be a big focus of the Middle School Team over the remainder of this year as we know when our young people are regular in attendance, they have the greatest opportunity of being successful.

As we finish up for the term, I wish you a happy and safe school holiday period. I encourage you to spend some time reflecting with your child/ren on their term one reports and working with your child/ren to set some goals to move their learning forwards over the remainder of the year.

I look forward to working in partnership with you, if there is anything I can do to support you or your child please feel free to get in touch by phoning the school or by sending me an email, Rachel.seager380@schools.sa.edu.au

Kind regards,

Rachel Seager
Head of Middle School (Years 7 – 9)

High School - Senior Years Update

It’s been yet another busy term in the senior centre and the end of a reporting period. Students have recently received their reports and Tuesday evening we were able to talk with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress. While it’s a great opportunity to have a deeper conversation with all relevant teachers, parents are welcome to contact teacher through Daymap, email or phone at other times during the term.

The senior school was invited to attend the Career Expo last week, at the Convention Centre. With the thirty exhibitors, there was something for everyone. It was a worthwhile excursion as our career education program at school heats up.

The Year 12 formal at the Stamford Grand was the highlight of the term. It was the first buffet we had enjoyed since COVID and the students looked like they belonged on the covers of magazines.

Sports Day was another highlight, even if the wrong team won – go Stingrays! The weather was perfect and a number of records were broken.

Congratulations to the students who did well academically in our last semester, and to those who showed academic growth and upheld our school values. They received certificates at our Awards Assembly and enjoyed a pizza lunch with our principal to celebrate.

Our Student Voice team is gaining momentum with a number of projects in development. Students are interested in a number of school and community issues and put their heads together to come up with improvements. The Student Voice team ran our last Senior School Assembly and we look forward to hearing from them again, next term.

We hope our senior students have a safe and relaxing break, and the Year 12s take advantage of the time to catch up on course work.

Kind regards,

Larah Stieg
Head of Senior School (Years 10 – 12)

Sports Update

Sports Day

The annual R-12 Sports Day was held on Tuesday 16th March in perfect conditions. It was another successful day on the OVC calendar with fantastic community support from staff, students, parents and local food trucks.

Year 4-12 Winners

1st – SHARKS

R-3 Winners

3rd – SHARKS

Congratulations to the following students who won the year level medal

4/5 Tadgh S Holly B
6/7 Serhan A Mai A
8 Hamish C Amanda P
9 Lucas Z Haylee P
10 Jackson H Emmalene A-S
Open Callum P Amy P


Congratulations to the following students for setting a record at one of the events

100m (Year 9 Boys) Benji C 12.59
200m (Year 4/5 Girls) Holly B 38.03
200m (Year 6/7 Boys) Zayden T 31.06
400m (Year 4/5 Boys) Williem T 1:18:08
High Jump (Year 8 Boys) Jamie B 1.48m
High Jump (Year 9 Boys) Jye H 1.60m
High Jump (Open Boys) Sam H 1.70m (tied)
Javelin (Year 6/7 Boys) Kobe C 21m
Javelin (Year 8 Boys) Hamish C 26.08m
Long Jump (Year 4/5 Girls) Destiny H 2.97
Long Jump (Year 6/7 Boys) Zayden T 3.87


Open Girls Netball

Congratulations to the Open Girls Netball team for taking out 1st place in the Weekly sport competition. The girls put in some solid performances and had big wins against Woodville and Underdale throughout the term. We look forward to their Knockout games in term 2.

Open Boys Basketball

Congratulations to the Open Boys Basketball team for finishing 3rd in the weekly sport competition. They won 4 games and lost 2, demonstrating a competitive spirit in all games, however unfortunately losing their final game to Underdale to just miss out on a grand final berth.

Well done to Sam H, Callum P and Kai M-B for taking on a leadership role with the team and developing some Yr 9-11 players to ensure Basketball remains a strength at OVC.

Sports Academy

Sports Academy has been a success in Term 1 with over 15 Year 7-10 students involved in the program. Students have the opportunity to develop their fitness levels and skills in a number of sports – all relevant to upcoming sports carnivals.

Term 1 focus has been on Basketball, Badminton and Volleyball – leading to successful results at the Western Zone carnivals, and strong participation from our Sports Academy members.

Super 8’s Cricket

Congratulations to the OVC Year 7-9 Super 8’s Cricket team for taking out the Western Zone Carnival, held on Tuesday 9th March at Ocean View College.

Our boys thrived on playing on the new turf pitch (thanks to our new partnership with the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council). Ocean View defeated LeFevre in the first game, and Underdale in the second, with Jye H and Zac H putting in strong performances throughout the day.

3 v 3 Basketball

The Year 7-9 Western Zone Basketball carnival at St Clair Rec Centre was a big day, with over 30 OVC students involved, and over 50 teams from 9 schools. Students were kept busy throughout the day with 5 round robin games, concluding with a final series.

Excellent sportsmanship and skill level was shown throughout the day, with OVC putting in some strong performances to finish with the following results.

  • Year 8 Girls – 3rd and 5th
  • Year 8 Boys – 6th
  • Year 9 Girls – 7th
  • Year 9 Boys – 5th and 6th

Beach Volleyball

The Year 9/10 Beach Volleyball at Glenelg Beach is another popular day on the OVC sporting calendar. We had over 20 students representing the school across 4 teams.

  • Boys – 3rd & 4th
  • Girls – 7th & 9th

Year 8-12 SANTOS Athletics

The SANTOS Athletics carnival is being held on Tuesday 6th April. Congratulations to the 40 students who were selected to represent the school. Ocean View finished 5th overall in their division, including some excellent individual performances throughout the day.

  • 1st – Hamish C (200m, 400m), Indy N (High Jump), Callum P (3000m),
  • 2nd – Hamish C (Long Jump, 800m), Bolek (1500m), Haylee P (400m), Amy P (Triple Jump)
  • 3rd – Lucas (Long Jump), Jackson P (Hurdles), Will B (200m), Callum P (400m), Taylor F (Shot Put), Amy P (Long Jump).

Year 4-7 SAPSASA Athletics

Well done to the 25 students who represented the school at the Port District SAPSASA Athletics Day, which was held at Port Reserve on Tuesday 23rd March. There were some excellent individual results throughout the day, and all students demonstrated the true OVC competitive spirit.

Ocean View finished in 3rd place within the small school’s division.

  • 2nd long jump – Serhan
  • 1st 200m – Will T
  • 3rd 200m – Dragan
  • 3rd 200m- Grace T
  • 2nd high jump- Amanda
  • 2nd 200m – Serhan
  • 1st long jump – Will T
  • 1st 200m – Mai
  • 1st multi class -Jaidan
  • 3rd 200m – Joseph
  • 4th 100m finals – Grace T
  • 4th 100m final – Mai
  • 1st long jump – Amanda
  • 2nd long jump – Joseph
  • 3rd 200m overall u10 – Will T
  • 4th 200m overall u12 – Serhan
  • 3rd 200m overall u12- Mai
  • 1st u13 boys relay – Kobe, Kaleb, Joseph and Serhan
  • 3rd u13 relay – Mai, Amanda, Grace and Savannah

Sporting Schools (Paddle Oz and Karate)

The school continues to support the government funded Sporting Schools program. The aim is to increase physical activity levels, engage students into the curriculum, provide new opportunities and build connections with local sporting clubs.

This term students experienced Karate (Year 3-9) and Paddle Oz (Year 9 O-Ed).

Outdoor Education

It was another busy term of Outdoor Education at OVC. The Stage 2 class were involved in their Surf camp at Berry Bay, while the Year 9 and 10 classes completed team building, bouldering, rock-climbing, bushwalking and paddling excursions.

Term 2 involves three camps

Stage 2 – Mountain Bike camp at Melrose

Stage 1 – Deep Creek Bushwalk

Year 9 – Aquatics and Bushwalking at Corny Point


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