2021 eNewsletter No. 04

Principal’s Message

With the end of Term 2 and the weather temperature rapidly decreasing, we move into the well-earned two week school break. A big thanks to those teachers who have worked tirelessly to support students to do their best work across semester one. Well done to those students who attend every day and meet all of the demands of their busy learning schedules. Just a reminder of the importance of regular attendance; if your child misses one day per week, that adds up to 40 days of learning that they don’t engage with across the year! Our three Assistant Principals are leading the OVC Attendance Improvement Strategy, which requires contact with families on the same day that a student is absent. We cannot support our children to be the best learners that they can be, if they are not at school. Thanks for your support in working with the school to keep us informed when your child/children are absent.

The new learning spaces including the Art rooms, general upstairs learning spaces and the Digital Design Studio have been extremely popular this term and you may have seen that the substantial Performing Arts building is rapidly developing. It should be completed by early October and fully functional in readiness for our 2022 school year.

With the second semester underway, I’d like to highlight the importance of supporting our senior students to manage their time with regard to completing tasks and their own stress levels. It can be a very demanding time emotionally for some students as they rapidly work toward the end of the school year and for some, the end of their formal education at OVC. We encourage you to talk with our Assistant Principals, Well-being leaders and/or class teachers should you have concerns about your child’s learning or emotional growth.

Here’s hoping that we will be back at school in two weeks and stay safe.

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

Regards,

Chris Brandwood
Principal

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.

DEBT RECOVERY 

Statements will be sent out during the holidays along with the Semester 2 subject fees.  With the commencement of term 3 the debt collection process commences.  Those families who have not organised a payment plan, applied for school card or paid in full will receive a final notice.  Families who do not respond to the final notice will after 30 days be referred to the department debt collection agency.  Once the debt collection agency has the referral, families will need to negotiate payment with them not the school.

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.

ABSTUDY – Parents of eligible Aboriginal secondary students up to the age of 16 years old must apply for ABSTUDY AND SCHOOL CARD each year. 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 CARD REQUESTS NEED TO BE APPLIED FOR EVERY CALENDAR YEAR.  See the school for details on how to apply online or via the school.

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

The children have experienced so many fun things this term. Everyone came to kindy in their pyjamas, and we made pancakes and warm milo.
The College Child Care Studies students visited us on several occasions and shared craft activities and stories with the children.
The highlight for the term has been cooking marshmallows on a real campfire. Prior to having the fire, we conducted a risk benefit assessment together to ensure everyone’s safety.

We say farewell to Rachel, who has been at the Children’s Centre for the past 10 years. She is not going too far, over to the College. We thank Rachel for being a special member of our team. We will miss her.

Kind regards,

Kelly Squire
Children’s Centre Director

Primary School Update

Term 2 was an extremely busy term. R-6 students were involved in a range of exciting learning programs in the eight areas of learning in the Australian curriculum with their class teachers and specialist lessons teachers. Students also participated in some extra – curricular activities during term 2. Some term 2 highlights are listed below.

Life Education

In week 2 of term 2 R-6 students visited the Life Education van. Students were engaged in purpose built, age appropriate, learning modules focussing on issues around food and nutrition, personal safety and physical activity.

R-6 Assemblies

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.

Primary Years Fitness Activities

In term 2 R-6 students were involved in weekly fitness activities such as, health hustle, ball games and a range of cooperative team games. In weekly fitness the Years 5&6 students coordinate the health hustle for our R-6 students and then students in the Primary Years buddy up with the Junior Primary students for other fitness activities.

Silly Scientist Performance

In term 2 Rec – Year 6 students viewed the Silly Scientist show. The Pre School children also joined the Primary School students for the performance. The Silly Scientist was an interactive performance aiming to promote positive attitudes to participating in Science related activities.

Start Smart Financial Literacy Program

Due to the Start Smart facilitator being ill in week 1 of term 2 unfortunately, students were unable to participate in the Start Smart financial Literacy program.

National Walk Safely to School Day

On Friday 14th May it was National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD). On WSTSD Ocean View College Primary School students were encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. Our parents/ caregivers were strongly encouraged to walk to school with their child/ children on this day. This was a Community Event promoting Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and caring for the Environment. Students who participated in National Walk Safely to School Day received a certificate for their participation.

NAPLaN

In weeks 3 & 4 of term 2 students in Years 3,5,7 &9 participated in the National Literacy and Numeracy tests (NAPLaN) using the online platform. Individual student reports for NAPLaN will be issued to parents in term 3.

School Uniform

Families, just a friendly reminder about the importance of students coming to school in correct school uniform. Being in full school uniform is important in maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our students and having pride in our school. Over the last few weeks as the cold weather has set in staff have noticed some students not wearing school uniform. Students not in full school uniform next term will be given a clean, navy blue windcheater to wear on the day(s) students are not wearing a school windcheater or jumper.

As this is the last newsletter for term 2, on behalf of the Rec – 6 teaching and learning team I would like to thank parents and caregivers for their support with their child’s learning this term. Thank you to the R-6 teachers for their commitment to teaching and learning in term 2 and thank you also to the SSOs for the support they have provided to our students.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

Kind regards,

Nola Tsoulakis
Head of Primary School (R-6)

High School - Middle Years Update

We have had another busy term of learning in the Middle Years and I am proud of the determination and resilience many of our students have shown towards their learning. At the end of week 8 students completed their first semester of learning and at the end of next week students will receive their end of semester report. This will be a great opportunity for students to celebrate their successes and set goals to move their learning forwards of the remainder of the year. I encourage you to speak with your child about their report and assist them in setting some goals.

We have had many highlights in the Middle School this term including;

– Life Education Van visit during Week 2

– NAPLAN during Weeks 3 and 4

– Reconciliation Week activities in Week 5

– School Sport and SAPSASA Sport across the term

– Middle Years Assembly in Week 7

– Flash Mentoring in Week 9

As 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 person’s schooling. In the middle half of this term, we launched our Attendance Improvement Process where we have strived to improve student attendance and reduce the number of unexplained absences across the school. Mentor Teachers are regularly contacting home for students whose absence is unexplained. You can help us by contacting the school by phone, text message or email to let us know when your young person is going to be absent. If you are having trouble getting your young person to school please reach out to us as we are here to help!

I hope that your young person has a relaxing and safe school holiday. 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’s always a busy term but with the threat of a potential lockdown being discussed today, it really emphasises that there is still lots to do.

Subject reports and VET reports will be sent home with students on Thursday. For year 11s, these reports will include the final achievement grade and reflect what their SACE grades will be. Year 12 reports are a progress grade as their final grade is determined at the end of the year.

Year 12s will have most teachers running a holiday session in their subject to help students manage their workloads and keep up with their assignments. The year 12 mentors sent a schedule home on Thursday.

On Tuesday, several students representing various year levels and mentor groups, presented at this term’s Senior School Assembly. Presentations included a Reconciliation Week activities update, information about the Darren Roberts visit, the trip to Flinders Uni,  a  “My Career Rules” summary, a canteen update, and a run-down of the Mental Health Art Project and the Year 12 Outdoor Ed mountain bike camp. Well done to the presenters and a big thank you to Victor (year 8) who sang, accompanied by Paul Macleod.

Year 11s have started their Research Project (a compulsory subject), with a two day “Kick start” and should use the break to their advantage.

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break.

Kind regards,

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

Sports Update

Weekly Sport Teams

This term there has been two teams representing Ocean View College in the Western Zone Weekly Sport competitions. We have had a years 7 – 9 Girls Basketball Team and a years 7–10 9 a side AFL team. Both teams have been coached by our Year 12 Sport Studies class. The Basketball team finished top of the ladder after the minor round and will play Underdale in the grand final at Ocean View College in Week 10. The AFL team finished second after the minor round and will play Le Fevre High School at Le Fevre also in Week 10. Congratulations and good luck to both teams. Results for these events will be posted on our facebook page.

Open Girls Netball

The Open Girls Netball team has played two games so far and has been successful in both. In round 1 they defeated Woodville High School 58 – 7 and in round 2 they defeated Temple Christian College 28 – 24 in a close fought game. The girls now move into the quarter finals which will be played on Friday of Week 1 against Marryatville, Thomas Moore and Kildare. Good luck girls!

Open Girls Football

For the first time in recent history Ocean View entered a Girls Football team into the Statewide Knockout Competition. Our team was very youthful and eager and included some girls with limited football experience. Our first game was a loss to a very strong St Mary’s College team but the girls had a great time improving with each quarter. The girls were very grateful they were given access to Woodville Oval for the game and for many it increased the interest in footy and the want to give it a go next year.

Outdoor Education Mountain Biking

The stage 2 Outdoor Education class recently went on their 5 day mountain biking experience in Melrose. A big thankyou to Tyson Schmidt from ‘Head for the Hills’ for organising this trip. The students in days 1 – 3 worked on technical skills for climbing and descending hills on variable surfaces. Their fourth day was an epic adventure ride from Melrose to Wirrabra, a 43 kilometre endurance ride with a 500 metre rise in elevation. It took the students 6 hours to complete this ride but there was extreme satisfaction from this and overwhelming personal pride from the students.

Specialist Sailing – National Championships

In exciting news, the Ocean View College Specialist Sailing team qualified to represent South Australia at the Australian Team Sailing National Championships in Sydney. The top 6 teams from that event can then qualify to represent Australia and the inter dominion championships against New Zealand later in the year. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances in New South Wales and across Australia at the present moment this event has been postponed. We hope that a new date will be available soon once the current Covid 19 conditions interstate have settled.

Kind regards,

Bradley Graham 
Acting PE coordinator

 

 

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