Our Lady of Victories Primary School Shortland
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15 Lovell Parade
Shortland NSW 2307
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Term 1 Week 5

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Term 1 Week 5


The partnership between parents and the school is a wonderful connection for the Welfare and Learning of the children at Our Lady of Victories. We would like to ensure that parents are involved in every way that allows for this partnership to flourish. We are looking at ways to ensuring parents have a say in the decisions affecting their children. 


We are hoping to the Victory Café up and running again. A meeting is planned for Tuesday afternoon next week to discuss how we can move on, Please come along if you can from 3:15pm


All parents should have received their fees statements for the year. It is important to note that we look to have these paid by the end of Term 3. There are a number of ways which parents can pay their account which include Bpay, Direct Debit, Credit cards etc.

A good way to stay on top of this commitment is to set up a payment plan. You can do this by contacting Leanne in the office and she can work it out for you.

With the rising cost of living and the stresses this puts on families, we are mindful of the difficulties families have in meeting their commitments to school fees. I ask that if your family is struggling with finances, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss how we can help your situation.

Art Exhibition - Save the Date


Our Stage 3 children are getting excited about their upcoming camp. This is a great learning experience for the children and develops problem solving skills, resilience and really tests their limits and how to extend them.

If you haven’t already provided permission on COMPASS, please do so before Monday next week.


    This year one of our aims as a school is to provide for the wellbeing of staff and students.

    We have started a Morning Club for children who need a quiet calm place to settle into the school routine in our school hall. Our morning club will be supervised by Mrs Telford on Monday, Mrs McCallum Tuesday and Friday and Mrs Homer Wednesday and Thursday.

    I have attached a link to Micheal Hawton who has seven steps for helping your anxious child return to school. He is a Psychologist who has some wonderful ideas to help parents.

    7 Steps for helping your anxious child return to school. - YouTube



    Welcome to the new school year, I hope everyone has settled into  

    their new learning spaces smoothly. I am looking forward to  

    collaborating with staff, parents and students in my role as Gifted Education Mentor for term 1 at Our Lady of Victories! In case you were curious what my role is all about, here is a little snapshot for you -  

    My primary approach is not to withdraw students, however, to collaborate with staff to adequately differentiate for high potential and gifted learners in their learning spaces. 

    What does this look like in practice? 

    • Collaborating with teachers on resources and differentiating in programs 
    • Team teaching 
    • Professional learning 
    • Analysis of student data  
    • Mentor students in the Virtual Academy (only for nominated students in Stage 3) 
    • Assist with the implementation of assessments e.g.: NAPLAN, CogAT, PAT, ICAS. 

    Have a great week everyone!  

    Kind regards,  

    Laura Slattery 

    Gifted Education Mentor / Year 3 Classroom Teacher 




    In order to Volunteer at OLV you are required to complete the Volunteer Induction and be cleared by the Catholic Schools Office to Volunteer.
    Please follow this link https://www.mn.catholic.org.au/people/volunteer/ and complete the steps.



    If your child will be seeing a provider (e.g. speech therapist or occupational therapist) this year at school, please complete the attached application form and return to school. If you require further information, please don't hesitate to contact the office.



    OLV uses the "Compass" App.  Log in details for parents/carers have been emailed to all new parents.  If you are still unable to login, or your account has been made inactive, please contact Leanne in the office to arrange a reset of your password.

    • For all new families please familiarise yourself with the information booklet you received in your information pack or enrolment pack, "Parent Portal Compass User Guide" This is also attached

    • Only Parents/Carers have access to Compass Parent Portal.  Parents must have separate email addresses in order to both have access to compass
    • New Users when logging into Compass are given the opportunity to update their details.  It has been noted that some parents have updated their mobile phone number by taking out the gaps within the phone number.  This is not required.  The system requires phones numbers to be in this format
    • REMINDER: PLEASE ONLY EXPLAIN WHOLE DAY ABSENCES - PLEASE DO NOT REPORT PARTIAL ABSENCES through the Compass App.  Reporting partial absences will cause inconsistences with your child's attendance
    • SMS's are sent to parents of students who are absent from 9.35am each weekday morning.  You will receive a text message if your child was not present during the marking the roll process.  Please logon onto compass and explain your child's absence.  Do not reply to the text as compass does not accept reply texts
    • Please notify the office beforehand if your child is going to arrive late; you will however still receive an SMS.  The arrival time of the student will be logged as an explained absence when they present to school on their arrival
    • On occasion you may be sent a text message even though your child is in attendance at school, this may be because they have arrived late and not come to the Office for sign in.  If your child is late, please come into the Office with your child and sign them in via the compass kiosk.



    Part of “progress” is moving towards a cashless society. To assist with the banking, ordering and handling of money, we are moving more of our payments to the Qkr system. 

    You will find attached instructions for the QKR App.  This easy to use phone app gives you the flexibility to place orders for Canteen and fundraisers from your phone.  It also reduces the need for your child to bring cash to school.  Please remember to amend your child's year group on the QKR App to aid the timely collection of their order. We will be moving to a wider usage of this app as the year progresses.

    Health Care Card

    Most families have already completed the attached Health Care Card Forms and returned to the school with a copy of their Health Care Card.  If you have a Health Care Card and have not handed it in please contact the Office.  Health Care Cards gives up to 50% off your tuition fees.


        Year 1

        Year 2

        Year 3

        Year 4

        Year 5

        Year 6


        Week 2:

        Oscar M for showing his creativity during Successful Foundations.

        Mojetoluwa O for displaying excellent Mathematical skills.

        Ivy L for excellent colouring, cutting and organisational skills when completing craft activities.

        Elliot R for taking teacher feedback and improving her work! WOW!

        Week 4:

        Remi W - for being able to create a repeating pattern using blocks.

        Archie R - for showing some great drawing skills in our Art lessons.

        Ted M - for making good choices throughout the week.

        Cali S - for being able to recognise dot patterns.

        Year 1

        Week 2:

        Henry B - for being an eager student who shares his ideas in classroom discussions.

        Evette C - for approaching tasks with enthusiasm and producing quality work.

        Jesa S - for concentrating on carefully presenting her work.

        Sadie S - for being a happy and enthusiastic member of our class.

        Aleki V - for being a friendly and helpful member of our class.

        Week 4:

        Aubrey B - for carrying out classroom jobs and responsibilities with a great attitude.

        Hannah H - for being a happy and enthusiastic member of our class.

        Archer R - for enthusiastically embracing new learning experiences in Maths.

        Kane S - for concentrating on presenting his work neatly, especially in his handwriting book.

        Year 2

        Week 2:

        Alexis G: For always trying your best and asking for help when you need it!​

        ​Israel L: For trying your best and using a Growth Mindset in your learning!​

        Elena T: For returning to school with a positive attitude and having a go in your learning!​

        Harry W: For reflecting on yourself and setting great goals to achieve this term! 

        Week 4:

        Lorcan H- For trying your best to be respectful during class time!

        Afia A- For always settling quickly and beginning your work straight away!

        Amelia I- For always contributing to class discussions and sharing your ideas with others!

        Leo K- For always helping others with their work when they are stuck!

        Year 3

        Week 2:​

        Thomas O - for being a curious learner who enjoys a challenge in his activities.

        Henry W - for having a go in all activities with a positive and can-do attitude.

        Fetui T - for being a kind and inclusive friend to all.

        Jemima K - for settling into new school life in Year 3 with a positive attitude.

        ​Week 4:

        Lucy C - for being a problem solver who isn't afraid of a challenge in her learning.

        Osita U - for having a go at all learning tasks with a determined attitude.

        Malachi K - for learning the 5 L's of listening with a can-do attitude. Keep it up!

        Tomi O - for doing an extra reading during Year 3's Liturgy this week – thank you Tomi!

        Year 4

        Week 2:​

        Alierah M – trying her best to stay focussed on her learning. 

        Audrey S – her amazing explanation of what a simple sentence is. 

        Levi A – confidently sharing his deep general knowledge in the classroom. 

        Ariana S – Settling in to OLV so well. 

        Week 4:

        Elsa S - for her dedication to learning and the incredible improvements she has made. 

        Erleen S - for demonstrating respect and good listening skills in the classroom. 

        Evan S - for his enthusiasm and excitement towards mathematics.

        Chase S - for working hard to understand number patterns in multiples.

        Year 5

        Week 2:​

        Jenn F – for showing excellent enthusiasm in all learning areas. Great start!

        Hope H – for her excellent commitment during writing lessons.

        Max B – for settling into school life in Year 5 with a positive attitude.

        Week 4:

        Daniel Z – for settling back into life at OLV with ease.

        Sienna S – for always being eager to learn and give her all in every subject.

        Toma V – for his efforts problem solving in mathematics lessons.

        Year 6

        Week 2:

        Joseph B - for giving his best to complete all class activities. I am very proud of you.

        Millie H - for her dedication to her work and always listening. AMAZING!

        Heath F - for following class rules and procedures in Year 6. Well done!

        Maddie H - for her excellent example for others to follow. Well done!

        Week 4:

        Michelle A - for your fantastic start to Year 6! You are always ready for learning and you always do your best work!

        Virginia V - for your responsible attitude to all areas of school life. You’re a dedicated student who does her best! 

        Ashton F - for a great few weeks of learning! You are a responsible student who is focused and engaged!

        Tobias I - for your fantastic job engaging in classroom discussions. Your insights are valuable!

        V & M Awards

        Week 2:

        Kindergarten - Bruce C for using the most beautiful manners.​

        ​Year 1 - William F for being kind, caring and sensitive to the feelings and thoughts of others.​

        Year 2 - Nikita P: For always lending a hand to those around you! ​

        Year 3 - Chris H for looking out for his peers and for being a willing and helpful volunteer in Year 3.​

        Year 4 - Thea W for showing respect towards those around her. ​

        Year 5 - Gabbi K for being an outstanding leader and looking out for her peers.​

        Year 6 - Shammah N for helping everyone at OLV. Thank you Shammah!​

        Week 4:

        Kindergarten - Hamish T for helping another student during Athletics. ​

        ​Year 1 - Lola C for being a happy and thoughtful member of our class.​

        Year 2 - Israel L- for being Year 2's personal cheerleader and encouraging everyone in the class!​

        Year 3 - Matilda B for looking out for the needs of others and for being a kind friend.​

        Year 4 - Brian K for being a kind friend through his words and actions. ​

        Year 5 - Pippa M for never seeing a need without doing something about it.​

        Year 6 - Heath F- for living our Vision and Mission statement by being inclusive of all during group work. 

        EALD Awards

        Week 4:​

        Alierah M – for her incredible effort in all learning activities this term. Keep it up!

        Jesse M – for his amazing questioning and involvement in discussion throughout reading groups.

        Joseph B – for his improved focus and commitment to learning. Well done!

        Shammah N – for always approaching her learning with a positive attitude.

        Lexia Awards

        Week 2:

        Michelle Abraham - Level 14 and 15


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

        Kindergarten Bruce C
        Year 1 Oriana H, Archer R, Henry B
        Year 2
        Year 3 Ruby H, Tomi O, Henry W
        Year 4 Lily P
        Year 5
        Year 6  Leisha K, Michelle A, Benjamin T, William T

        Congratulations and we hope you had a happy day



        CUPPA & CHAT

        We will be recommencing our Cuppa And Chat with Mrs Dunn on Thursday next week (7 March). Please come along just before pick up from 2:15pm. It’s a great opportunity for a buzz session and maybe pick up a few tips We will continue every second Thursday.

        Please note the change of date for the out of uniform day.

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