Our Lady of Victories Primary School Shortland
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15 Lovell Parade
Shortland NSW 2307
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Term 1 Week 7

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Term 1 Week 7



The enrolment period for our Kindergarten 2025 intake is now open.  If you are looking to enrol for next year, your child should be turning 5 years old by the end of May. We are conducting an information afternoon on Tuesday 26 March from 5:30pm for interested families. If you are considering enrolling your child for 2025, please contact the office for an enrolment application. If you know of families who are also considering starting their children in Kindergarten, please let them know to contact the office as well.



Enrolment applications are being accepted by our feeder high school, San Clemente. If you are considering enrolling in San Clemente please contact them on 4014 7300.



We have made some changes to our routines to maximise learning and give the children the best opportunity to settle after breaks and get stuck into work.

The morning bell will now go at 8:45am, when the children will be involved in the morning group dance. At 8:50am the assembly will begin.

During breaks times, the children will start with play and then move to eating. It is our hope that with this change the children will have time to settle and be ready to engage in learning during the next session. 


On Monday next week 18 March, we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. We are inviting the children to wear something green with a gold coin donation to the Project Compassion Appeal for the privilege.





The children have been very creative over the last few weeks working on their Andy Warhol inspired work. We are gearing up for our Art Show Exhibition on Wednesday 10 April. We will be holding the show from 4pm with a Sausage Sizzle supper available for the hungry souls.

We are on the lookout for some free-standing display boards to present the artwork. If you know where we can get our hands on some, please let us know.

Art Exhibition



On Friday 22 March, we are inviting the children to attend again Out of Uniform. This time an Easter Egg donation will be the “penalty” to come out of uniform. The donations we receive will be put together for the Easter Hamper Raffle.



On Wednesday 27 March, we will celebrating our Easter festivities. We will begin with our Holy Thursday Liturgy at 1:20pm, followed by our Easter raffle and Easter Hat Parade. All are invited to attend.


Please ensure all raffle tickets are returned to school by that Wednesday morning. If you require extra tickets, please call into the office or we can send some home.

As year 1 are looking after the Raffle organisation we need some families from Year 1 to collect the eggs and make them into hampers etc. Please contact the office if you can help in some way.

Class Masses


We would like to encourage parents to join their children to attend our Parish Masses on Fridays.

Week 7- 15th March Kinder and Year 6 attending.

Week 8 – 22nd March Year 5 and Year 1 attending

Week 10- 5th April Years 3, 4, and 2 attending.

Mass begins at 9am children will leave the school grounds at 8:50 so please make sure your child is at school by this time.


Upcoming Liturgies


We have liturgy every Monday at 9am and the children love to see their parents attend our liturgies. As Easter is fast approaching we have a few liturgies mid-week so I have listed all liturgies till the end of the term so parents can try and work around work commitments.

Week 8- Monday 18th March- Year 1 St Patrick’s Day Liturgy 9am

Thursday 21st March-EALD Students Harmony Day Liturgy 10am followed by taste       testing cultural dishes.

Week 9- Monday 25th March- Year 2 Palm Sunday 9am.

             Wednesday 27th March- Year 3 Holy Thursday 1:20pm

             Thursday 28th March- Year 4 Good Friday 9am

Week 10- Tuesday 2nd April – Year 2 Resurrection Liturgy 9am

Week 11 Monday 8th April Kindergarten Friendship Liturgy 9am


St Partick’s Day

On Monday 18th of March we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. We would encourage all children to wear green to school. Children will need to bring a gold coin donation which will be given to Project Compassion.


Harmony Day


Our EALD students will be leading us in this Harmony Day Liturgy. All children will be encouraged to wear orange to support Harmony Day. Harmony Day focusses on Australia’s multiculturalism. We are planning on having a Liturgy at 10am and then we have asked people to cook a traditional meal to represent their country to allow the students in our school to have a little taste test. I know we have a number a fabulous cooks out there. Please let Mr Kemp know if you could help out in cooking on this day via his email lachlan.kemp@mn.catholic.edu.au


Parish Sacramental Team


Wallsend- Shortland Parish have begun their Sacramental Program. We have five students participating in this program. Just a reminder to all these students to bring their sacramental book to school on Thursdays so we can work through the units. The first sacrament that the students will be partaking is Reconciliation which will be held on Wednesday 27th March at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Victories Church Shortland. A reminder to all candidates that you are expected to attend the meeting on Tuesday 18th March at 6:30pm at St Patrick’s Church Wallsend please contact the parish office if you are unable to attend this meeting.







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.


      Peyton S – being organised and encouraging her peers to do the same.

      Eli I – having a positive attitude towards school. Keep it up!

      Hannah F – participating more in class discussions.

      Year 1

      Gianna D for working hard to effectively manage her time and complete tasks in a timely manner.

      Oriana H for becoming a confident and independent member of Year One.

      Emmet M for working hard on growing his mindset and seeing what he can achieve when he applies himself to all areas of learning.

      Luca S for working on displaying a persistent and positive attitude towards his schoolwork.

      Year 2

      Caleb S – for always trying your best and having a go at things you find tricky!

      Theo B – for great improvement in your ability to focus on your learning and completion of tasks.

      Adamma U – for always contributing your thoughts and ideas during class discussions!

      Isabelle M – for fantastic effort and presentation of all your work.

      Year 4

      Ariana C – the way that she took on the responsibility of the jobs while Stage 3 were away on camp. 

      Sophia T – taking on the responsibility of ringing the bell when Stage 3 were away on camp. 

      Thea W – courageously running morning assembly and ensuring the bell was rung on time. 

      Paige W – her improved focus in the classroom, keep it up! 

      Year 5

      Ruby H for her positive, inquisitive contributions to class discussions. 

      Maksim S for seeking ways to challenge himself with his learning. 

      Ruby B for displaying a can-do attitude towards her learning and always trying her best! 

      V & M Awards

      Kindergarten: ​

      Oscar M – being an excellent role model for his peers.​

      Year 1:

      Hayden M for carrying out his classroom jobs and responsibilities in a respectful manner.​

      ​Year 2:

      Sam C for always being a kind friend to others and looking out for them! ​

      Year 3:

      Eleanor T for showing kindness and respect to all!​

      Year 4: 

      Amerti S for seeing a need and doing a job without any fuss. 

      EALD Awards

      Aleki V – for always giving his best effort during learning activities.

      Micko A – for always being enthusiastic to share his thoughts and opinions in classroom discussions

      Tesa S – for her happy and enthusiastic attitude to learning. 

      Michelle A – for being a motivated and independent learner.

      Lexia Awards

      Oriana H.  Level 6




      Our Athletics carnival will be held on Thursday 4th April at the Fearnley-Dawes Athletic track in Hamilton. We will be calling for nominations for the events. Children may nominate for track events: 70m (infants only), 100m, 200m, 800m or field events: long jump, shot put. The nomination form will be circulated early next week and should be returned to school by Monday 22nd March so a program can be drafted.

      We will also be on the lookout for some helpers to act as Track and Field Officials for the day, so if you are free that day and are going to attend, please consider helping out. We will need two helpers for long jump; two for shot put and four helpers for track timekeepers. You can indicate your availability on the nomination forms next week.


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