2021 eNewsletter No. 06

Principal’s Message

It’s been a rapid and highly successful term three with a range of activities, programmes and rigorous learning across this wonderful college.

We can now confirm that with the Year 7s into High School, Ocean View will be welcoming approximately eighty Year 7s and about the same number of Year 8s in 2022. Students are coming from several schools including North Haven Primary School, Largs Bay Primary School, Le Fevre Primary School and several more. Year 9 numbers are also strong and so gradually the school will grow in size, without becoming too large. The new classrooms are all ready for the New Year and the new Performing Arts facility and native gardens will also be complete.

Jaye Gordon, our Arts Coordinator has been extremely busy exploring Kaurna words that could be used in the name of the new building. She has consulted with Uncle Lewis O’Brien and Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi (Kaurna language revitalisation group) to gain permission for the Arts Centre to be named: The Tutuyarlu Performing Arts Centre. Incredibly, translated in to English, Tutuyarlu means ocean view (pronounciation audio file below)! Stand by for the great unvieling and opening of the centre and thanks Jaye for your hard work.


Every three years, all state schools must undergo an External School Review (ESR). A panel of three principals interview staff, students, SSOs, parents and Governing Council members, to build an extensive picture in terms of how effectively the site is working to meet the needs of students. This week it was OVC’s turn to engage in an ESR and I would like to thanks all of the staff, students and parents who participated in the process over three days. The results were highly positive with the reviewers acknowledging the massive improvements in student learning across all areas of the school, the positive student climate and the high level professionalism of the staff. A full report will soon be released and be posted on our website. Well done everyone!

Year 12s are on the final sprint to the end, but please encourage them to complete work over the break and attend the holiday subject sessions

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 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

A picture says a thousand words


School Transition Visit




Junk Play


Messy Monday
Making Damper with Dave









Kind regards,

Kelly Squire
Children’s Centre Director

Primary School Update

During term 3, R-6 students were involved in a range of exciting learning experiences in the eight areas of learning with their class teachers and specialist lessons teachers. Students also participated in some extra – curricular activities during term 3.

R-6 Assemblies

With support from Ms Weaver, our Primary Years student voice team coordinated and ran the Primary Years assemblies in term 3. The student voice team did an amazing job with the organisation of assemblies and presenting at the assemblies. Thank you to the classes who shared an item at the Primary Years assemblies during term 3 and congratulations to the R-6 students who were presented with merit awards at the assemblies. Many thanks to Ms Weaver and the Primary Years student voice team for organising and running our Primary Years assemblies.

Book Week

Students were very excited and enthusiastic about Book Week and it was great to see so many students and staff in costumes for the Book Week assembly this year. Students enjoyed participating in literacy activities in their classes during Book Week and being involved in the Book Week assembly. As part of our Book Week celebrations our Reception and Rec /Year 1 classes participated in a Book Week activity with the Pre School children focusing on a favourite book ‘Where Is The Green Sheep?’ After some of our students read the story to the Pre School children the children made sheep masks. In Book Week, Splash Theatre presented the Book Show performance. Students were really engaged in this very entertaining performance which was based on some of the popular books. The performance was a great way to conclude our Book Week activities.

R-6 Specialist Sports

This term some of our Primary School students competed in some specialist sports events; the SAPSASA Cross country excursion, playing football as part of the Crows Cup, and being involved the SAPSASA basketball carnival. Some students were also involved in Football SAs Mini Roos Soccer clinics after school.

Performing Arts Assembly

In week 10 our students performed at the performing arts assembly. Students showcased what they have been learning in their performing arts classes in term 3. At the assembly the OVC band and OVC dance teams also performed. Thank you to Mackenzie Price for her commitment to teaching and learning in the Performing Arts and for the time effort she puts into her performing arts classes and the dance teams Mackenzie runs after school. Having the performing arts assembly at the end of term 3 provided students with the opportunity to share their learning in the performing arts with other students and staff.

Camp Quality Puppets

In term 3 Ms Weaver and our Primary Years student voice team organised a fundraising day for Camp Quality. Camp Quality supports children who are impacted by cancer but as the organisation receives limited government funding Camp Quality appreciates the fundraising efforts of schools. The Camp Quality performers came to Ocean View College and presented puppet shows to our R-6 students in the Primary Years. To raise additional funds for Camp Quality students were also encouraged to show their support for this wonderful foundation by wearing wacky socks or hair on the day and providing gold coin donations in support of Camp Quality.

School Uniform   

Families, just a friendly reminder about the importance of students coming to school in school uniform. Being in full school uniform supports the safety and wellbeing of our students. This term, most R-6 students have been coming to school in school uniform . Thank you to families for supporting our school uniform policy by ensuring students come to school in correct school uniform. A reminder to families, all students are required to wear black shoes with their school uniform. Currently, there is still a lot of lost property in the Primary School office. Parents/ caregivers, if your child has lost their school windcheater, jumper or hat please check for your child’s lost property at the Primary School office. In term 4 all R-6 students will be expected to wear their school hat during recess and lunch play and for any other activities outdoors.

Primary Classes for 2022 

Parents/ caregivers, staffing for our Primary classes is based on the accurate numbers of R-6 students attending OVC in 2022. If your child will not be returning to Ocean View College in 2022 can you please inform our office staff as soon as possible. Parents / caregivers there is a form you will also need to complete if your child is leaving Ocean View College.

Next term some of our R-6 events will include; Transition for Year 6s and our Pre School students starting school in 2022, Year 5/6 Aquatics, Years 4-7 basketball, R-6 assemblies including the R-6 Christmas assembly and the R-6 Aquatics Centre excursion. Parents / caregivers will be provided with additional information next term regarding these term 4 events.

As this is the last newsletter for term 3, on behalf of the Primary Years staff I would like to thank parents / caregivers for their support this term. Thank you to the R-6 teachers and leaders for their commitment to teaching and learning in term 3 and thank you also to the SSOs for the support they have provided to our students this term.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

Kind regards,

Nola Tsoulakis
Head of Primary Years (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. Our staff and students pivoted to remote learning at the start of the term and just a seamlessly transitioned back to face to face learning a short time later.

Our students are now over half way through their second semester of learning, there have been some fantastic achievements by many of our students and there are some students that need extra support to be successful in their learning. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns in relation to their learning.

Our Middle Years students have had the opportunity to engage in many exciting opportunities to enrich their school experience and develop as young adults. Some of these opportunities include;

  • Future Seekers- A career education program facilitated by the Smith Family
  • New Ways for Life- A resilience program facilitated by Relationships Australia
  • Palya Bike program – A bike safety and life skills program
  • Volunteering at Lighthouse City Mission
  • School Sport

In Term 2, 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. We have seen significant improvement in reducing unexplained absences across the Middle Years and I thank you for your ongoing commitment to ensuring your children attend school regularly. 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

Thank you to all the senior school parents and care-givers that came along Tuesday night for parent/ teacher interviews. It was great to see you and we appreciate you support with the progress of our senior school students. Year 12s in particular have study sessions scheduled throughout the two week holidays and their attendance to these is requested and highly recommended. The Year 11s also have a Research Project session Tuesday the 5th October at 10am in the senior centre. Tamie will send out the schedule to Year 12 parents on Friday.

Many Year 12 students have their external investigations and folios (worth 30%) due after the break and all have course work to finish before next term.

VET courses take a break over the holidays but our Construction Course resumes on the first Monday back. I t is important that students attend all of the VET lessons from here on in, as trainers do not have time to repeat practical elements of courses if participants are away.

Students attended a Road Awareness Program directed specifically at Year 11s. The 90 minute presentation was hard hitting and made obvious the effects of bad driving decisions on the lives of others.

Students representatives from each of our mentor groups ran and presented at our term student-led assembly this week. Students reported on excursions and camps, speakers and the learning they have undertaken at school this term.









Save the date for the Year 12 Graduation on the 12th November.

Kind regards,

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

Sports Update

Sports update:
Middle School Sports Shield

Well done to all Year 5-9 students who participated in the 2021 Middle School Sports Shield. The 4-week event was planned, promoted and managed by the Year 12 Integrated Learning class. Year 5-7 care groups participated on a Tuesday lunchtime and Year 8/9’s Wednesday lunch. It was a great spectacle to see the gym so busy with Middle School students taking some pride and ownership in representing their care groups. Shield will be presented to the winning care groups in week 10.




Weekly Sport

Well done to the 8-10 Basketball and Netball teams who competed in the Western Zone weekly sport tournament. The Netball team finished 2nd and will be playing off in the Grand Final against Plympton on Wednesday afternoon. The Basketball team finished 4th in their competition. Thanks to all staff and students that were involved in the weekly sport throughout the term.

Year 7-10 Girls 9 -a-side AFL

Several Year 7-10 girls were involved in a Western Zone 9-a-side AFL carnival at West Beach in week 3. Well done to the girls involved who fought hard winning two games and narrowly losing three. They finished the day in 5th place, demonstrating true Ocean View spirit and developing AFL skills in a fun environment.

Sporting Schools

– Year 8 Paddle Oz

The Year 8 Sport & Recreation class have been involved in a 3-week unit of Paddle Oz. All sessions were conducted at West Lakes Canoe Club, where students developed skills in paddling, water safety and community connections. These skills will be developed when students continue with the O-Ed program in Year 9.

Year 8-10 Rugby Union

Rugby Union SA have conducted a 3-week unit with Year 8-10 PE classes in developing skills and knowledge of Rugby 7’s. Students will then have the opportunity to use these skills in a Western Zone 2-day carnival in term 4.

Outdoor Education

Year 9 Bouldering and Mountain Bike Riding

Year 9 Outdoor Ed have had a busy term developing skills in Bouldering and Mountain Bike riding, culminating in a 2-day off-site Mountain bike adventure in the Adelaide Hills.

Year 10 – Katarapko Kayaking camp – Berri

The year 10 Outdoor Education class recently visited Katarapko in Berri for a 2 night and 3 day Kayaking camp putting in place skills they had developed over the course of Term 3. On the camp students participated in various skills sessions and a full day distance paddle of 12km from Loch 4 back to their campsite including paddling across a fast flowing stony weir in Katarapko Creek. On camp students were responsible for many general tasks including their own cooking. A great time was had by many and students are now looking forward to a surf camp in Term 4 on the Flerieu Peninsula.

Year 12 Outdoor Education

The Stage 2 students are almost done with 2021 but will be travelling to the Yorke Peninsula in Term 4 to check in on the Marna Banggara project. Students have been connecting with park rangers and experts in the field to learn about the process of reintroducing native animals to a natural environment before the visit and will present the information in their final assignment of the year.

Certificate 3 Sport & Recreation – Victor Camp

The Cert 3 class finished term 3 on their 3 day/2night Victor Harbor recreational camp. Students had the opportunity to engage with the community, develop career awareness in the sport and recreational industry and participate in Aquatics, Bushwalking, Lawn Bowls and camp skills.

Kind regards,

Bradlee Wilkinson
HPE & Sport coordinator 



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