Archive | March 2013

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend and Easter festivities. Here are some photos from Thursday where students proudly showed off their Easter Hats as part of our whole school parade and concert.

MsArmstrong's Easter Hat Parade album on Photobucket

Australian Army Infantry Museum Excursion

On Wednesday the OC visited the Australian Army Infantry Museum at Singleton as part of their research for the Face to a Name Project. We met with the museum’s curator, Mr John Land, who gave us a tour of the museum and also provided the students with lots of interesting facts about World War 1 and resources to assist us with completing our research.

MsArmstrong's Army Museum Excursion album on Photobucket

The students had a great day and particularly enjoyed trying on some different uniforms and handling equipment. Thank you to Mrs Law for accompanying us on our excursion and to Mr Land for providing us with this valuable learning experience.


Star of the Week Profile

Hi my name is Jackson but I like to be called Jacko! My favourite thing to do is go on the Internet and play games. I like Outback Jacks – it’s my favourite restaurant. The chicken schnitzel is the best I’ve ever tasted. I am 11 years old and I have a Wii, PC, PS3 and an Xbox360. My star sign is Gemini. My favourite drink of all time is Coca Cola. If it ever gets outlawed I will have to go back in time and live. When I grow up I want to be an actor. Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio are some of my favourite actors. My favourite movie is Django Unchained. My favourite musical artist is Pink. I love video games. Some of my favourites are Earthbound, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Team Fortress 2. I am awesome.


As part of our Focus on Reading program students have been looking at the Super Six comprehension strategy predicting. Students created a glog to present their ‘I Wonder’ predictions using a multimedia clip called The Piano. Below are some examples of the fantastic work students created.

Harmony Day

Today students celebrated Harmony Day and embraced the theme ‘Everyone Belongs’. The day included a variety of harmonious activities including creating a Harmony Day mosaic, designing and decorating tribal masks, sport, a shared lunch of delicious foods from different cultures (Thai Moo-Yong, Nasi goreng and Spanish empanada – just to name a few) and our Harmony Day concert.

MsArmstrong's Harmony Day album on Photobucket

A big thank you to the families who brought in a plate of food to share today and for making such a terrific effort dressing up. Thanks also to Miss Beker and Mr Britt for organising our musical performance. It was great to see the students on stage enjoying themselves. Well done!

Joking Jasmine!

Star of the Week Profile

Hi my name is Jasmine. My favourite colour is green and I have 2 sisters called Leelani and Paptawan. I came from Mayfield West Public School to join the OC this year. I was born in Thailand and moved here when I was 4 years old. I love doing drama and this year I am trying out for the Hunter School of Performing Arts. When I grow up I want to be a zoologist because I love animals especially giraffes. Last year I went to the Sydney Opera House to sing with the Opera House choir. I am looking forward to joining the choir at Tighes Hill! This year I am also learning to play the guitar and clarinet.

Chess Competition

Well done to Heather, Callum, Ethan, Noah, Mitch, Allan, Cooper and Chris who attended the Interschool Chess Challenge today at Maitland High School. Our students represented our school with pride and took out 3rd place overall at the end of the day. A huge thank you to Mrs Scully for accompanying our students today and to the parents who assisted with transport.

Newcastle Herald Writing Competition

  Tell Us Your Story!

Do you a have a story to share? Is it something amazing or inspirational or heartfelt? We want to hear from you!

The OC are taking part in the Newcastle Herald writing competition and we are currently researching and investigating stories that will make great articles about the people and events taking place in our community. If you have a story to share and would like to be involved, please see Ms Armstrong or contact us at school.


Premier’s Reading Challenge

This year’s challenge has begun and all students are encouraged to participate. Last week information and details were sent home about the the Challenge including how to register and record the books you have read online. Students have until the end of August to read 20 books and collect sponsorships as part of the Book Bonus fundraiser. Miss Beker is also offering an incentive this year. The class who has the highest amount of participants and the greatest amount of sponsorship will receive some new books for their classroom. Well done to the OC students who have already begun reading PRC books and collecting sponsors.

Visit the link below for further details and book lists.

Premier’s Reading Challenge