With second semester 2022 starting on Monday 27/6/22, it signaled that we are already halfway through the school year. This is particularly important to our Year 12 students, who effectively have a term and a half before their formal schooling concludes. While we hope that your children’s reports reflect positive efforts and outcomes, we are certainly still seeing a significant downturn in attendance due to a range of illnesses. Staff illness has been relatively low compared to many state schools, however as you are aware, we can never count on being past a rapid change in situation, so please keep your child at home if they are unwell.
In other news, our unusual year of having Year 7 and 8s into high school has been highly successful so far, with our wonderful teaching staff providing creative and engaging curriculum and wellbeing support, that has ensured a smooth transition to OVC.
You may have heard that The Department for Education will re-introduce a mid-year intake for pre-schools and reception children, beginning with pre-schools in 2023 and receptions in 2024. This is good news for state schools as the Catholic and Independent schools have maintained their two intakes each year, disadvantaging our sites’ potential enrolments.
The state government recently asked for expression of interest to be involved in a pilot programme called School Mental Health Service, where fully qualified practitioners are based in schools, working with site wellbeing staff to provide timely and efficient services to students (with parent permission). OVC has successfully been included in this trial, which will see an improved service to our young people, starting in October. The Minister for Education (Blair Boyer) and the Premier (Peter Malinauskas) announced the exciting initiative at OVC on Tuesday 28/6/22. I will provide more information about the trial service as it comes to hand.
Stay warm and safe.
Deputy Principal's Message - Key Information for Parents/Caregivers
The end of Term 2 is rapidly approaching. Please find outlined below is important information for parents/carers:
Last Day of Term 2 – Early Dismissal
School will be dismissed at 2.15 pm on the last day of Term 2 (Friday 8 July) for all students Years R-12. OSHC services will be available for those families who will need support on this day. Please click on the button below for Happy Haven’s full Vacation Care program.
Term 2 Report Distribution – Years 7-12 Students
In addition, Term 2 reports for students in Years 7-12 will be distributed on the last day of term. The Term 2 reports provide families with an excellent opportunity to discuss the achievements and progress made during the term. Please do not hesitate to contact subject teachers if you would like to further information regarding your child’s report.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and families a happy and safe Term 2 holiday.
Deputy Principal B-12
School Fees / School Card
Thank you to all our wonderful families who have already paid in full, applied for School card or organised payment plans. The finance team greatly appreciated your support of the school.
2022 Government Rebate
The new state government recently announced that they would give families $100 towards payment of school fees for 2022. The finance team has raised all credit notes, informed parents of the credit and started to refund families who requested the money be returned to them. Families have the option to leave the credit notes on their accounts for future expenses at the school including semester 2 subject fees, excursions and camps or just left on the account for the 2023 fees.
Should you want the money refunded please ensure the return form is returned to the school by Monday 4th July 2022 for payment before the school holidays.
2022 Debt Recovery Process
The finance team are starting the process to debt recover the 2022 Material and Services fees. This includes school fees and any other outstanding fees. If you have a payment plan in place, you will not be included in this process and we encourage all families to check that a school card form has been submitted for the 2022 school year. Families will receive a final notice with their statement sent out during the holidays, please check the details and contact the finance team to discuss options for meeting your financial obligations.
Please complete a new School Card Application each calendar year either at the school or online at: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme.
If you have not applied for school card this year, please contact the Finance Manager to have an application lodged for the 2022 school year.
Payment plans are available for families to make regular payments for school fees, laptops and subject fees. The school can organise for a payment plan to suit your needs please contact the Finance Manager for details.
Please let us know if you are unable to meet your financial obligations and we can work on an alternative plan.
Children's Centre Update
Highlights of Term 2 at the Children’s Centre have been . . .
Each week OzHarvest delivers food donations, which we put out for families and the community. There is often some food items left over and we use it in our weekly cooking program with the children. This term, the children have made Nasi Goreng (fried rice), roasted vegetables, cheese toasties, apple turnovers and hash browns.
Cultural awareness is embedded into our program. We begin each day with our Acknowledgement of Country. This term we have been working with Kym (Aboriginal Community Development Coordinator) from the College. Kym has been sharing Aboriginal artefacts and we are looking forward to listening to her story telling.
Community spirit – college students from Inclusive Ed have been coming over to the centre each week to assist with gardening and general outdoor tidying up. They have grown spinach, spring onions and kale from seeds and were very excited to plant them in our veggie patch recently. The staff team have been very appreciative of all their hard work in keeping our outdoor space looking clean and tidy.
We are now beginning the enrolment process for 2023. If you have children aged from 6 months to 4 years, please pop in for a visit or give us a call (82483670), to find out about our amazing playgroup, occasional care and preschool programs. If you have any friends with young children, please let them know too, or direct them to our Facebook page.
Children’s Centre Director
Primary Years (Reception-6) Update
I am excited to introduce myself to you and share Semester 1 news with you all.
Firstly, a bit about myself; some of you will know that I am originally from Scotland but I’m proud to say I am now an Australian Citizen! I had many teaching and leadership roles before moving to Australia. I started my Australian teaching career at West Lakes Shores, then took on leadership roles at Woodville Primary School and Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School before being fortunate to secure the role of Head of Primary School at Ocean View College.
My passion lies in supporting students to be the best they can be and providing them with a safe and nurturing environment in which they can excel. I believe that building positive partnerships with students, families and the wider community will ensure our students become responsible citizens and participate successfully in our society.
I have really enjoyed my first semester at Ocean View and I thank you all for making me feel very welcome. The students have worked hard in all areas and have shown their resilience through challenging COVID times. Aside from the learning that has been happening in classes, we have had a number of incursions including;
- The RASA Resilience program
- Auskick, R-2
- Reconciliation Week Assembly with special guest Senior Kaurna man, Michel O’Brien
- Uncle Eddie also visited all of our classes during Reconciliation Week- Be Brave, make Change
- SAPOL – How to get help and Cyber bullying
The students also participated in Swimming Week and have been introduced to the Kimochis (the Japanese word for feelings) from our new Social & Emotional program.
I look forward to successful Semester 2 and, as always, please contact me if you have any questions, email@example.com
Head of Primary Years (R-6)
High School - Middle Years (7-9) 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 week 10 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 over the remainder of the year. I encourage you to speak with your child about their report and assist them in setting some goals. Some questions you may like to ask your child when discussing their report could be;
- What was your learning highlight in the first semester and where is an area for growth?
- Was I happy with my academic achievements in the first semester?
- What can I do to reach/ maintain my goals over the remainder of the year, and who can help me to do this?
In addition to the learning that occurred over the first semester we have had many highlights in the Middle Years including;
- The transition of our new Year 7s and 8s to High School
- The resilience our Year 9 students demonstrated during their period of remote learning
- Reconciliation Week activities
- School Sport and SAPSASA Sport
- Flash Mentoring as a part of our Career Education
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. We have excellent processes in place to reduce unexplained absences and 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 away. If you are having trouble getting your child to school please reach out to your child’s Mentor Teacher in the first instance 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Middle School (Years 7 – 9)
High School - Senior Years (10-12) Update
Today in Mentor Group, Year 11 students had their first look at how to register their subjects, for Year 12 in 2023. This is undertaken early enough, so that OVC can provide a manageable and varied curriculum where most, if not all, students can be catered for. In Term 3, students are asked again to select subjects from a refined list.
The students have been sent the link to access the subject selection platform, to their schools email inbox. They have been asked to discuss their initial ideas with you at home and come to agreement on what selections would suit them best considering;
- Student interests and strengths to set up for successful learning
- Feedback, teacher recommendations and previous grades received
- The family budget as some electives do have a subject cost, e.g. due to a camp
The process works best with parent input so please speak to your child about their subject choices. Information about subjects can be found on the school’s website.
Year 10 students worked through a subject pre-poll session in class last week. Students will look at goal setting for their future aspirations and choose subject again in week 7 next term.
Year 10s and 11s sat various subject exams including English and Math at the end of the semester. We have not had students sitting exams together since COVID became an issue but we ae able to space students suitably in the Senior Centre. They will sit exams again at the end of the year.
Senior School student reports will be sent home via students on Friday 8th June, the last day of term. Students completing SACE units mid-year will have their results available for viewing in their online SACE Schools Online record early next term. Students can access this site using their SACE registration number and their date of birth.
White Card Course
17 students are working their way through the white card course today at OVC. This valuable safety course is useful on a resume, will allow work experience on a worksite and can also provide the evidence that is now needed to apply for various trade VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses.
Cert ll Kitchen Operations
The Kitchen Operations course has commenced once again this semester at OVC. Students will attend the course every Monday and wok their way through food preparation and safe working practices to attain a full Certificate ll which enables them to work confidently in a kitchen environment and maybe secure part time employment or a school based apprenticeship in the hospitality field.
Head of Senior School (Years 10 – 12)
My name is Emma Ramke and I am excited to be joining the staff at Ocean View College. My role is Inclusive Education across R-12 which also includes our 3 Special Options classes. The 2 secondary classes are also new to OVC in 2022. I have an extensive background in working with students with a disability and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with our school community.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
- year of schooling
- category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
- level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
- formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
- consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
- develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.
Assistant Principal – Inclusion R-12
NIINA MARNI (“Are you good?”)
Welcome back to another deadly year at Ocean View College. We have a few programs happening at school for our young students.
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION CENTRE
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)
Lewis Rigney – Monday to Friday
Ocean View College Nunga students participated in the Aboriginal Power Cup.
The Nunga students in Year 2, 3 4 & 5 have been working with Aunty Ingrid from Uniting Communities on a Program called “Minya Ones”. The students have been learning about culture through stories and doing some great artwork.
UNCLE EDDIE PETERS
Uncle Eddie came into Junior school and talked to the students about the traditional ways of the Torres Strait Islander people. The students learnt some Torres Strait Islander dances and songs.
NIINA MARNI LETTERS
The whole school has had a part of painting on the letters and they look great. These letters spell “Niina Marni” which will be displayed at Assemblies.
We would like to congratulate Ray-Ray on being selected to participate in the First indigenous AFL Academy. Ray-Ray is Year 11 and attending Tjindu AFL Academy who help Aboriginal students gain their Stage 1 and 2 SACE credits.
If your child/ren are going to be absent from school you need to let school know by calling 8248 1422.
TRAINEESHIPS & APPRENTICESHIPS
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 Lewis or Kym in the Aboriginal Education Centre.
Lewis, 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.
It’s been an incredibly busy Term 2 at the Ocean View Clontarf Academy, with a number of enriching activities and experiences happening to end what’s been a great Semester.
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
There has been an added emphasis on Employment this Term, with a number of afternoon activities structured around ensuring our Academy members are work ready once they have completed their schooling. A massive thankyou to our partners for their engagement this term, especially Bunnings in Woodville and Flinders Port Holdings who were both generous enough to talk to our young men this term and host us for employment tours at their sites.
Term 2 also saw the return of camps to the Clontarf calendar, with a number of our young men participating in a Year 8 and 9 Camp at Murray Bridge, our year 10 and 11 Students hosting a football carnival here in Adelaide, as well as our Year 7 Students heading to Birdwood for their first Clontarf experience away from the classroom. Participation and engagement in our Camps has a strong potential to build self-esteem, resilience and to provide our young men with experiences and opportunities they may not normally have. These activities often promote interaction with our partners and the wider community which in turn can create opportunities for employment, work experience, and community engagement.
With our current school attendance sitting at 84% for the young men involved in our Academy, it’s obvious that they are taking every opportunity to improve and develop into future leaders of Ocean View College and the wider Port Adelaide Enfield Community!
If you would like some more information regarding the Clontarf Program at Ocean View College, please get in contact with the Director of the programme Peter Rolfe, by calling the Ocean View College front office on 82481422.
Community Notices & School Holiday Activities
HAPPY HAVEN VACATION PROGRAM
AAFC INFORMATION EVENINGS
The AAFC is a youth organisation, predominantly by volunteer efforts, dedicated to development of young Australians aged between 13 and 18 years. The AAFC develops qualities of leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork, and communication. 620 Squadron is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh and meets weekly on Friday evenings commencing at 6.00 pm at Adelaide Training and Employment Centre, 275 Grand Junction Road, Ottoway. During our meetings, or ‘parades’ as we call them, the cadets gain valuable life skills and participate in a variety of activities that the AAFC offers. These activities include flying training, gliding, field craft, general service training, live-in work experience camps on Air Force bases and much more.
620 Squadron will be hosting information evenings on Friday 8th and 15th July for students aged between 13 and 16 who are looking to join a premier youth organisation that offers something different to the normal run of the mill activities. Commencing at 6.00pm the information nights will reveal to parents and prospective cadets the wealth of youth development opportunities offered by the AAFC. We will be recruiting for a Term 3 commencement, with further opportunities for commencement to occur in the beginning of 2023.