2021 eNewsletter No. 05

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to term 3, despite a rather complex start. I would like to thank the OVC staff, families and young people who, overall, stayed well connected with learning during the four school day lockdown. It seems that our processes and ‘checkins’ were improved from last year, as we knew previous challenges and what had to be done. As this type of online learning may occur again, OVC staff are reviewing and developing ways to improve online curriculum delivery including more consistent use of the Teams platform. Student Voice is also surveying the student body to gather information about how to improve delivery and learning from their perspective. The school is getting support from the Department for Education in the form of some extra loan laptops and internet dongles to support those without facilities at home. These will be available should we move to another lockdown.

The Year 7 to High School enrolment processes are upon us and this week will see the round 1 high school offers going out to families. It is great to see the department’s push to attend local schools and OVC has very strong local enrolments for 2022 in Year 7, 8 and 9. With the new facilities, including our Performing Arts Theatre and Digital Design Lab, 2022 will be an exciting and ground breaking year for our wonderful school.

As you may be aware, every school has an External Site Review every three years (with three panel members), to explore the effectiveness of the Site Improvement Plan, its teaching and learning programmes, leadership and perceptions of families, students and staff. Ours was to be held this week, however it was cancelled due to COVID restrictions and will now be held in week 10. I look forward to these reviews as an opportunity to talk about our practice and receive valuable feedback as to how we can continue to develop a quality school climate.

Finally, it is with great pleasure that I announce that for 2022, Shelley Scott will join the OVC leadership team as the new Assistant Principal of Primary Years. Shelley is currently a coordinator at Le Fevre Primary School and is very keen to stay on the peninsula and head up our primary team.

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

Stay warm, dry and safe

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

We have vacancies for our 2022 preschool program. Children can start if they turn 4 before 1st May 2022. If they are Aboriginal or in care, they can start after their 3rd birthday. If you have younger children who are eligible, please contact the centre on 82483670. Please pass this information onto any friends you may know who have young children. Our children’s centre has an engaging learning program and an amazing staff team. We invite you to come along for a visit.

We welcome Dani to our staff team. She will be working in the front office.

This term we will continue with our phonological awareness program, exploring rhyme, syllables and concepts of print. We have purchased the Prelit skills-based program that lays a sound foundation for children to learn to read. This complements the InitiaLit program being used in the Junior Primary classes.

We have loved reading the ‘Wonky Donkey’ story, predicting the rhyming words and coming up with our own

“He was a stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.”

Kind regards,

Kelly Squire
Children’s Centre Director

Primary School Update

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers for your communication throughout the lockdown period. We appreciate the support and willingness to work in conjunction with our teachers to support students learning from home.

It is an exciting and busy term 3. I’m confident we will be able to continue with the majority of our scheduled events. Every Monday from week 4 we have AusKick and MiniRoos conducting football and soccer clinics from 15:30pm. It is not too late to register.

In week 9 we will be holding a performing arts assembly whereby students will showcase their new learning with a performance in front of their peers. More details to come as we get closer to the date. In the current climate I am unable to say whether parents/caregivers can attend. Finger crossed we are in a position where that can happen.

Breakfast club has been re-opened on Tuesday and Wednesdays only. It is really important students collect their breakfast by 8:30 so they have time to eat, and staff have time to pack up before the commencement of the school day.

Kind Regards

Mark van Hees

Acting 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 and 7-day lock down. Our young people have shown incredible flexibility and dedication to their learning during the lock down period. I was also incredibly humbled by the enormous effort shown by our teachers in pivoting from face to face to remote learning. This was a very seamless transition and allowed our young people to stay connected to their learning.  

Over the course of Term 3 we have many opportunities available to enrich the learning experiences of our Middle Years Students. This includes;  

  • The reintroduction of our Aboriginal Girls Academy 
  • Visit to Uni SA Mawson Lakes for our Year 9 Students 
  • Future Seekers Program for our Year 8 Students 
  • Middle Years Celebration Assembly  
  • Growing Careers program for all Middle Years Students during their Mentor Time 
  • School Sport across the term 

Late last 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 now regularly contacting home for students whose absence from school 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. For some students attending school can be really hard, If you are having trouble getting your young person to school please reach out to us as we are here to help! 

YEAR 8 & YEAR 10  IMMUNISATIONS

Y8s 2nd Dose – HPV Booster dTpa  – TUESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Y10s  2nd Dose – MENINGOCOCCAL – MONDAY 23rd AUGUST

Please remind students to have breakfast on the day and to wear short sleeved shirt

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

Thank you to parents for their support with helping direct students to complete their work on Daymap during the lockdown. Some students have used their time well and many checked in for every lesson. Students have committed to wearing masks while at school since returning, which is very much appreciated, and there some beautiful store-bought and home-made masks being worn. We have the standard Detmold surgical masks on hand if students need to refresh theirs.

Year 12s have a busy term ahead of them, not only with their course work but having to plan their next steps in their career pathway. Today the SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre) books arrived. Every Year 12 has one to take home to aide discussions with parents, if students are considering applying for university. The Year 12 mentors have explained the features of the book and will lead students through the online application process. We would like to thank parents for their time and support in meeting with their student’s mentor teacher to have preliminary progress chats and career pathway discussions over the last several weeks. These meetings have certainly assisted in having frank discussions about goals and what it will take students to achieve them.

Our next opportunity to meet with Year 12 parents will be in a few weeks, after the SATAC applications open. Whether students are choosing to apply for tertiary studies or looking to move into an apprenticeship or employment, it is a chance to firm up future pathway choices.

Year 12 students are also reminded of the expectation to attend all of their lessons. Staying home to “study” often sees student work compounded through having to catch up work from their missed lessons. Students leaving after their last scheduled lesson for the day has been reserved as a privilege earned through doing well in subjects. We have issued very few “Flexible Study” options to students because most are not ahead in their work. We have a Senior Centre, staffed to assist students, and attendance is expected.

Our Awards Assembly, to acknowledge students who have worked hard to achieve high marks, and those who have shown academic growth, will go ahead in the next few weeks when the way is clear for us to hold assemblies.

YEAR 8 & YEAR 10  IMMUNISATIONS

Y8s 2nd Dose – HPV Booster dTpa  – TUESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Y10s  2nd Dose – MENINGOCOCCAL – MONDAY 23rd AUGUST

Kind regards,

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

Sports Update

Upcoming sports:
  • Week 4-9 Year 7-9 Weekly Sport (Boys Basketball and Girls Netball)
  • Week 4-7 Middle School Sports Shield to be run by Yr 12’s during lunchtime. Year 5-7 on a Tuesday and 8/9 on a Wednesday
  • Week 5 Tuesday – Open Girls Knockout Netball at Marryatville
  • Week 5 Tuesday – Western Zone 9-a-side Girls AFL carnival at West Beach
  • Week 5 Wednesday – SAPSASA Basketball at St Clair (Year 5-7 students)
  • Week 9 Tuesday – Port SAPSASA Cross Country at Semaphore Surf Club
  • Week 9 Wednesday – Year 5-7 Girls Crows Cup at Woodville Oval
  • Week 10 Wednesday-Friday – Certificate 3 Sport & Recreation camp at Victor Harbor

Kind regards,

Bradlee Wilkinson
HPE & Sport coordinator 

 

 

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