Our Lady of Victories Primary School Shortland
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15 Lovell Parade
Shortland NSW 2307
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Term 4 Week 9

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Term 4 Week 9


Great job everyone. Keep the patience going and Valet pickup runs smoothly.

Part of our statergy to minimise the risk of spread is to keep the cohorts separate. I ask that, if you arrive before 8:30am to drop off children, that the children please stay inside your car until the gates open, so that our cohorts are not mixing on the footpath. 


The Diocese if Maitland-Newcastle celebrates the diversity of our families and acknowledges the uniquie circumstances within each home.

  • The Semester 2 Student Report is focused on the Religion, English and Mathematics outcomes and content taught between when the Semester 1 Reports were written and the timing of the reports in Term 4.
  • The Commitment to Learning is a scale from Emerging to High and based on RE, English and Maths
  • The Student Achievement in these same subjects will be recorded as Working Towards, Working At or Working Beyond class expectations for the semester.
  • The Learner Profile Section includes Personal and Social Development as well as Learning Dispositions on a scale from "Requires Support" through to "Consistently"
  • There will be opportunity for teachers to provide a comment for parents identifying a student’s strengths and any challenges that can be developed in coming months. These will continue to link learning between the school and home as we transition to the new year.

The learning of every student in NSW has been impacted, and educators are intensely aware of the consequences. As a faith community, we acknowledge parents as the primary carers, educators and formators of their children. For this reason, you are uniquely situated to provide additional insight in the progress and ongoing support of your children's learning now, and into the future. Together, we will work to reduce the long-term broad impact of COVID-19 on student outcomes.

Parents will be able to access their children's reports from Friday. The report will differ considerably from previous reports. It will focus on your child's commitment to home learning and only report on Religious Education, English and Maths. It will identify two strengths your child has exhibited and provide a challenge to move forward into the new year.


There will be considerable movement in our class staffing in 2022. We are still in the process of securing excellent teachers to maintain our high standard of Teaching and Learning at OLV. We are yet to confirm replacements for some classes but to  date the classes and staffing will look  a bit like this for 2022:










Mrs Noble will be taking up a position at St Joseph's , Merewether, in 2022.

The new faces will certainly take some getting used to, but we are excited about what these teachers in the positions have to offer our community. 


As part of the Diocesan support for children with special giftedness, our school will be employing a teacher who will be the "GIFTED EDUCATION MENTOR" This person will work with teachers and those children who are identified to be in the exceptional range of intelligence to provide extra support and challenges to develop their skills to the maximum potential.

To identify which children will be supported, all children will be assessed in 2022 using the CogAT (CognitiveAbilities Test). This test assess students' reasoning abilities to provide guidance around instructional decisions and strategies. 


There will be some different ways of sending off our Year 6 children this year.

The GRADUATION MASS will be held on Tuesday 14 December from 9:15. Unfortunately we can only invite the parents of the Year 6 children to attend with the class.

Year 5 will be attending their leadership retreat (COVID version) on Thursday 9 December from 12-3pm with Mrs McGann

Year 6 will be attending their Reflection Retreat also on Thursday 9 December from 12-3pm with Mrs Dunn.

Year 5 will be hosting a PIZZA Luncheon for the Year 6's at lunch time after graduation.

The YEAR 6 THANK YOU LITURGY will be held on Wednesday from 10.00am

The CLAP OUT will take place from 2:30pm on Wednesday 15 December, again, in a COVID safe way.


In 2022, teachers will be using new ENGLISH and MATHEMATICS in Kinder to Year 2.  There will be some changes in the approaches to reading and writing.


Thanks to the generosity of the P&F, we will be enjoying a sausage sizzle lunch with drink and ice blocks on Friday. Free dress again to get into the Christmas spirit. Make sure children have a hat and closed in shoes.

A gold coin donation for the privilege of dressing up will go to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal.


Congratulations to Millie H, Charlotte H, Charlie F, Oliver W, Blake B and Indigo H who made their First Eucharist during Mass last weekend.  We are proud of you.


We wish everyone a beautiful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Stay safe everyone and looking forwarding to seeing you all in 2022



The Kinder classroom is buzzing with excitement. We are very busy making our Christmas gifts. We chose a pasta theme this year and it is proving to be a winner. We collected greenery from our school garden to make an Advent wreath for our classroom. Each day we light the candle, say an Advent prayer and sing an Advent song. We open the window on our Advent calendar and the lucky person whose name is picked from the box gets to open a door on our Advent train and eat a special treat.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Kindergarten parents for their support and assistance throughout 2021. You have contributed immensely to your child’s learning through the completion of homework tasks, listening to your child read and most significantly, the Home Learning you completed during Covid - 19 restrictions. Without your support, I could not have continued teaching through Zoom Meetings. I would also like to express my appreciation to Mrs Johnson and Mrs Gallacher, my faithful aides, who upskilled their knowledge of Technology so that Kindergarten could be provided with daily lessons in Reading. What a magnificent class I have! They have bounced back from the interruption to their schooling and are ready to face the challenges of Year One. I wish them every success and I know their Year One teacher will be delighted with them, just as I have been!

May God bless you all abundantly in this Holy Season. Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Mrs Bradley

Year 1

Mrs Beukes and Mrs Noble would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of Year 1 and their families for the positive and enthusiastic way that the children came back to school in Term 4 after lockdown, ready to learn and eager to spend time together as a class again. This year has certainly thrown some challenges our way, but the indefatigable spirit of the Year 1 children never waned, and we are so proud of them. This week we enjoyed a livestreamed play organised by the Newcastle City Libraries, featuring some short-listed titles from Book Week 2021. The children enjoyed it very much (see pic)! And over the next two weeks we have other fun activities planned as we wind down towards holidays. Miss Payton and Mrs Hingston also worked very hard with Year 1 across this year, and the children have grown in so many ways from when we first welcomed them at the beginning of 2021. Wishing all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a bright, happy and safe New Year!

Year 2

I cannot believe this year is nearly over. We have had a very interesting year with eight weeks of home learning. I have really enjoyed the time with this group of Year 2. I have seen so much growth in the children and am so happy where they are in their learning journey. I would also like to say how impressed I was with every parent in the class during home learning. I know it was a difficult time for you juggling work and helping your children through home learning. The children and I appreciate the time an effort you dedicated to their learning. I know all of Year 2 are looking forward to their first year of primary. I wish everyone a save and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. See you all in 2022.  

Year 3

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the 2021 school year. Congratulations to all of Year 3 for their hard work and progress throughout the year. A big THANK YOU to the parents, grandparents, and other family members for the support they gave to their children during Covid. It wasn’t an easy time, but we have all come through it and look to the future with excitement and anticipation.

Miss Morris and Year 3 were very appreciative and say THANK YOU to Mrs Speirs for her help and support during the year, and more recently to Mrs Micallef.

Finally, Miss Morris shouts out a big THANK YOU to all Year 3 students for their enthusiasm, energy and for being a wonderful group of children to teach.

We would like to wish the whole OLV community a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a safe and restful holiday.

Year 4

We cannot believe that our time in Year 4 is coming to an end. It has been a wonderful year and we have had so much fun together. We feel very lucky to have had Mrs Telford work with us again in Year 4. Thank you, Mrs Telford, for all you have done this year, and for your extra big efforts in Lockdown! We also enjoyed having Mrs Speirs with us on Wednesdays and, more recently, Mrs Micallef. A big thank you to these lovely ladies also! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Mrs Carroll feels very lucky to have had such a beautiful class of friendly, positive and happy children who have been so enthusiastic and interested in all class activities.

Despite Covid-19 interrupting our 2nd Semester, everyone has made progress and it provided an opportunity for some class members to develop greater independence and take control of their learning. Congratulations!

I wish to publicly thank all parents, grandparents and other family members very much for your support during the year and especially during Home Learning. Your assistance and effort is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!

Year 4 are very much looking forward to being Buddies in 2022 and starting our journey into the Senior Primary classes.

We would like to wish all the students, staff and families of OLV, a very Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday time with family and friends and stay safe!

Year 5/6

What a year it has been, full of astounding challenges and the most rewarding rewards. We are incredibly proud of all the students and the way they have navigated the year. We have seen amazing personal and academic growth in each of them and are beyond pleased with their effort and achievement.

To Year 6, we will miss you! It has been a wonderful two years with you all. We wish you the very best as you move into high school. Continue to work hard and persevere to reach your goals. Enjoy this new and exciting experience, take new opportunities and challenges in your stride. We know that you are capable of wonderful things.  

To Year 5, we are looking forward to our final year with you all. We have watched you begin your leadership, introducing your new buddies to OLV during their orientations. You have shown us that you are ready to take on the challenge with open arms and we cannot wait to see you continue to grow and blossom in this new role next year.

Have a safe and happy holidays! 

We look forward to seeing you again in 2022.  


The P&F would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to our fundraising events this year. We are very grateful for your support.

Summary from P&F Meeting 29th November

  • We discussed the Positive Behaviour for Learning Program that will be implemented at OLV next year. Information about this will be provided to families early Term 1 2022. Another information session run by Craig Moore will also be organised for families in the new year.
  • The P&F have asked that information about procedures for dealing with bullying behaviours be available to families when the policy update is completed – aim for this by the school is Term 1 2022.
  • The P&F would like to provide a free sausage sizzle lunch for the children to celebrate the end of the year. This will be an out of uniform day on Friday 10th December and all children will have access to a free lunch which includes a sausage sizzle, drink and ice block.
  • A Christmas raffle has been organised. It will be drawn on Tuesday 14th We would like to thank the following businesses for supporting OLV this year.

My Community PharmacyShortland

Not just Apples & Oranges

OZZIE Meats 

Shortland Hotel

Millers Pies Shortland



Kristy’s Hairdressing

Tupperware – byNasann O’bray


Terry White - Maryland

Sienna Rae -Wallsendd 


Next meeting: 28th February 2022



Year 1
Year 2  
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5/6
Lexia Awards


We would like to wish the following children a Happy Birthday.

Kindergarten Cherokee N
Year 1 Natalia W, Van K
Year 2 Daniel Z
Year 3 Maxwell W
Year 4 Zoe W, Summer F
Year 5/6 Georgina H, Marley B, Archie P

Congratulations and we hope you had a happy day




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