2021 eNewsletter No. 03

Principal’s Message

It has been a really positive start to term two, with the implementation of a range of new programmes and learning spaces. Students are really enjoying working in the new Digital Design Lab as teacher Leigh Harder has created engaging and cutting edge 2D and 3D challenges. Similarly, the Art rooms with the ocean view are extremely popular with students of all ages.

If you have been on Gedville Road recently, you will have seen the massive steel frame being erected for our new Performing Arts facility. This is due to be completed in August (which seems very ambitious) and will include Music, Dance and Drama, with the 100 person capacity theatre being capable of hosting a range of events. This build and all of the contemporary upgrades over the past three years will truly change the face of OVC and bring the site into the 21st Century.

During term 1, we facilitated many after-hours Principal Tours that were attended by several hundred parents and children, considering OVC as a potential High School. We are currently awaiting the actual year 7 and 8 enrolment numbers from the department, but expect them to be significantly higher than previous years.

On the 5th May we held a student free day to further review our OVC R to 12 vision and how that would be enacted in every classroom. It was a really positive day where teachers from across the site came together to discuss and share our practice and commitment to quality teaching and learning at our wonderful school.

OVC Vision statement:

As an inclusive community we maximise the potential of our young people, guiding them to become critical thinkers and confident, successful global citizens.

Please keep up to date with school events by visiting our School Events Calendar.


Chris Brandwood

School Fees / School Card

School Fees / School Card

All Materials and Service Fees and Subject Fees were to be paid by the end of last term Friday, 9/4/2021. This is approved by the Governing Council in our Debt Collection policy. Laptop Fees and any other extra curriculum fees are paid as per the letter that coincides with the activity.

Statements were sent out in Week 10, term 1 as a reminder that fees are due.

ABSTUDY – Parents of eligible Aboriginal secondary students up to the age of 16 years old must apply for ABSTUDY AND SCHOOL CARD each Abstudy should be applied for at Centrelink and School Card at the school.

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

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

Exciting things happening at the Children’s Centre this term include;  developing plans for our outdoor environment with the children, staff and families. We are also going to propagate seeds in our new greenhouse and plant them in our veggie patch.

We harvested our pumpkins from our veggie patch; 17! As a gift, we wrapped a piece of pumpkin for each family, along with a recipe. The children made a herb posy using herbs from our garden and they looked and smelled amazing. Throughout the term we will be making yummy pumpkin recipes such as soup and scones.

See link below for what’s happening Term 2 at the Children’s Centre.

Kind regards,

Kelly Squire
Children’s Centre Director

Primary School Update

Families, welcome back to term 2. Our students have settled back into school and their class routines quickly this term after the school holiday break. Students are enjoying being back at school, engaged in new learning with their teachers and peers and socialising with their friends in the breaks. We have a busy term ahead with lots of activities for the students. Please regularly check the school events calendar and communication from your class teacher to keep up to date.

Parents/caregivers if you did not meet with your child’s class teacher in term 1, please contact the class teacher to book in a time to discuss your child’s learning. Parent/ teacher conferences are an important part of our Primary Years assessment and reporting procedure.

Upcoming events this term:

The testing period for NAPLAN in 2021 is between 11th May and 21st May 2021 (Weeks 3 & 4). Students in Years 3,5,7 &9 have been participating in the National Literacy and Numeracy tests (NAPLAN) during week 3 using the online platform. (Apart from the Year 3 writing test which was a paper test.) NAPLAN consists of four different tests, Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language and Numeracy.

NAPLAN has a number of purposes including, reporting National achievements in Literacy and Numeracy as well as providing accurate and reliable measures of student and school performance. Information for parents/caregivers re: NAPLAN was forwarded to on to families in week 1.  Further information about NAPLAN Online is available on the National Assessment Program (NAP)website www.nap.edu.au.

NAPLAN individual student reports will be issued to parents by the school later in the year.

Silly Scientist Performance

On Monday 31st May (week 6) Reception to Year 6 students will be viewing the Silly Scientist show. The Silly Scientist Show is an interactive performance which aims to promote positive attitudes to participating in Science related activities. The aim of the performance is to highlight the ‘everyday’ accessibility of Science in students’ everyday lives. Children will view a performance designed to entertain students with comedy and singing, whilst highlighting many aspects of Science. The show is an engaging and educational experience for children. During the performance the presenters demonstrate fun and exciting Science activities from the Science Understanding strands of the Australian Curriculum including; Biological, Chemical, Earth and Space and Physical Sciences. This performance promotes ACARA Science outcomes and supports the Australian Curriculum. Further information about the Silly Scientist Show will be sent home with students soon.

Kind regards,

Nola Tsoulakis
Head of Primary School (R-6) 

High School - Middle Years Update

It has been wonderful seeing our Middle School students settle back into school after the school holidays. There is a sense of determination and resilience with many of our young people as they work towards completing their first semester of coursework for the year.

For students in the Middle Years that have been identified as at risk in their first term report our Mentor Teachers are working through a Learning Intervention Process where they will work alongside the young person and their family to set goals to move their learning forwards.

Over weeks 3 and 4 our Year 7 and 9 students will participate in NAPLAN Testing. These tests are a great indicator for our staff to see what is working well for our Middle School students and where are our areas for growth. In Mentor Time our students have been well prepared in terms of how the testing will occur and have had the opportunity to have their questions and concerns answered. Our Maths and English Teachers have also ensured that our students are prepared for the style of questions that may be asked.

We have many highlights for our Middle School students that occur in the second term including;

  • NAPLAN during Weeks 3 and 4
  • Life Education Van visit during Week 2
  • School Sport across the term
  • Middle Years Assembly in Week 7
  • Flash Mentoring in Week 8

As the weather cools down we have observed a number of students wearing non-school uniform items. The wearing of school or sports uniform is compulsory for students from Reception to Year 12. The wearing of school uniform promotes:

  • Student safety as strangers stand out from the crowd
  • A common symbol of unity and equity
  • Pride and a sense of belonging to Ocean View College

Students who come to school out of school uniform will be expected to change into uniforms supplied by the Sub-School. These clothes will need to be washed, dried and returned to school the following day. Any students losing or damaging the loaned uniforms will be issued with an invoice to replace the clothing. View our Uniform Policy and price list. If you are facing any difficulties in accessing the school uniform please get in touch so we can help you.

As always, 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 has been a great start to Term 2 for our Senior School students with many students eager to get back into their studies. It has been wonderful to see all the students settling back into their classes after the holidays.

Year 12 students are approximately a third the way through their school year and the work may seem to be piling up for some students. It is important that both Year 11s and Year 12s make the most of their study lines to access teacher assistance and work on their assignments. Being at school on time for morning mentor group is also important to helps students feel included and informed.

The cold weather has arrived and while we are wanting students to feel warm in what they are wearing, we expect students to wear their uniform to school. A couple of pieces of uniform would help when one is in the wash or not yet dry. Just a reminder that leggings, blue, black or otherwise are not part of our uniform and students will be reminded of this. We do appreciate the assistance we receive from parents and caregivers to keep our students in uniform. Donating pieces of second- hand uniform is appreciated if students have left school or have grown out of them.

Our new Year 10 subject “Tradie Ed” has been popular and the students are taking advantage of our Industry Immersion program, where Blu Built (the company building our new Arts Centre) host students in work experience and tours of the site. Addison Ellis has organised a White Card course for his students in the subject.

Our 4 Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses continue to run for students who have been accepted into them. Many of our students visit other western area schools to attend VET courses that they offer. All students are reminded to let their VET trainer know if they will not be attending due to illness, and to ask for any course work they will need to catch up on.

Kind regards,

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

Sports Update

This term there is a number of sporting events happening. Beginning on the 12th May, Weekly Sport will commence across the Western Zone. Students from Ocean View will be participating in both 7 – 9 Girls Netball and 7 – 9 Boys AFL. Good luck to both teams. There is also a Western Zone Open Girls Netball carnival during week 4. In addition both our Open Boys Basketball and Open Girls Netballers will be competing in Knockout events in the near future. Good luck to all teams.

Outdoor Education

This term there are 3 camps happening across the Outdoor Education classes;

  • Year 10 Outdoor Education will be hiking through the Deep Creek Conservation Park in Week 3.
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education will be participating in aquatics and surfing at Corny Point in Week 4.
  • Year 12 Outdoor Education will be mountain biking through Melrose and Mount Remarkable during Week 5.

We wish all groups well as participation on camp is the culmination of many weeks learning in the classroom.


During the Term 1 holidays the Ocean View College Sailing Team competed in the state championships for teams racing at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club. The racing is spread across 3 days and student compete in teams of 6 against another school. The college has been entering teams in this event for the past 15 years but for the first time this year the team were able to make the finals and ultimately finish 3rd. This is a huge effort as amongst the 20 + teams there are only two from public schools. Please keep an eye on our social media and websites as enrolments for the 2022 program will soon be available. Participation in the program receives special recognition from the Education Department and leads to SACE Pathways.

Nunga News

Welcome back to another deadly Term at Ocean View College. We have a few programs happening at school for our young students.



We welcome Lawrence Fantus to our team as an Aboriginal Education Coordinator.  Lawrence is our SAASTA Teacher/Coordinator.  He has been involved with our Nunga students through SAASTA and P.E. while teaching at Ocean View College.


We are located in the Senior Studies block at the end of the building.  You can access our office from the door closest to the girls toilet. If unsure go to the main reception.

This year we have working at Ocean View College:-

Kym Mitchell – Monday  to  Friday

Kerry Blanch – Tuesday   to  Thursday (part-time)

Dean Sumner – Monday  to  Friday


The Year 10 SAASTA students went to TAFES A to experience a variety of career pathways this will give them a taste of what career pathway they might chose.


This program is about connecting the students to their culture through art, dance and language.  We are currently looking at the Indigenous map and identifying where they are from and who they are connected with and learning the difference between Welcome and acknowledgements.


The Nunga students in Year 2 have been working with Aunty Ingrid and Tashara from Uniting SA on a Program called “Kids Talk”.  The students have been learning about culture through stories and doing some great art work.


Lisa Warner form Kura Yerlo will be running a 2 day workshop for our Nunga students in Years 7 & 9.  The Program objective is to improve the health and well-being and the development of young children.


Ocean View College had a visit from the Aboriginal basketball academy last Term.  They came and did some skills with the students.


If your child/ren are going to be absent from school you need to let school know by calling 8248 1422.


If you child is over 16 in interested in doing a traineeship or apprenticeship please feel free to phone or come in and talk to Dean or Kym in the Aboriginal Education Centre. Below is a link to the Workabout training opportunities.

Dean, Lawrence and Kym are happy to chat with parents/caregivers with any concerns that they may have please call into the Aboriginal Education Centre and talk to us or drop in to have a cuppa.


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