Monday, June 21, 2021

Post screening Holiday Groups

 Hi Parents,

Following the Speech and Occupational therapy screens that were completed earlier this term, Potential Therapy Services has devised some opportunities for further skill development for your child. Not all children require one-on-one therapy, however some do require some extra support in certain areas. This can be successfully given by parents. Potential Therapy is able to 'up skill' parents on how to help their child.

Potential Therapy are offering 3 Occupational Therapy groups and 3 Speech Pathology groups in these holidays targeting areas that were in most need.

Parents and their child will attend and the group which will focus on parent coaching in order to assist their child in developing their skills.

Please look carefully at your child's Speech and OT reports. These identify the areas your child requires support. Contact Potential Therapy Services before Friday 25th June to book a place in the group/s best suited to your child. If you are unsure please contact myself or the therapists at Potential. 

Potential Therapy Services: 97543061  or

This is an amazing opportunity, please don't let it pass you and your child by. Refer to the following flyers for groups and their times.


Kristie Leahy

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Week 10 Term 1

 Hi Parents,

 Preprimary Plant Drop Project. 

What a wonderful  response we have had to our Plant Drop project.  Lots of wonderful grandparents have come to visit and assist the children to pot off cuttings that they have brought in.

Last Friday Beau Butterly's (PPB) Grandparents came in and on Tuesday Brysen's (PPB) Nanna Vicki popped in during her lunch break.  We now how well over 20 plants potted off and we hope to add many more to our stash.  

We have done so much potting that we have used up all our spare pots so please send in some empty pots for us to fill!


We have now taught the sounds for each of the following letters: 

m, s, t, a, p, i, r, f, o, c, d, h, e, n, g, l

It is important that the children become fluent at recognising these letters. A great way to help at home is to play 'Snap' with these letters making sure your child says the correct sound for each letter as it is played. You can make up your own set of snap cards on squares of paper or card. 

We have also begun learning some 'tricky words' (otherwise known as high-frequency words). So far we have covered: 

I, the, my, a, is, was, you, to, they, that, said, are. 

Each of these words has a tricky part to it that makes it difficult to sound out unless you know the trick!! At home you could talk about these words with your child and point out the tricky part. The more your child sees and reads these words the easier it will be for them when they see them in books.

We will put a Tricky Word tree in your child's reading folder.

Tricky Words and their tricky parts

I: this word uses the letter name when it is read.

the: 'th' is the tricky part where 't' and 'h' join to make one sound 'th'

my: 'y' is the tricky part - it is not making its usual sound. It is making the 'long i' sound.

a: this word uses the letter name when it is read

is: 's' is the tricky part. The 's' is not making its usual sound. It is saying the 'z' sound.

was: the 'a' and 's' are both tricky in this word. The 'a' is making the 'short o' sound and the 's' is making the 'z' sound.

you: the 'ou' is the tricky part. The 'ou' join together to make the 'oo' sound as in 'moon'.

to: the 'o' is the tricky part. The 'o' is making the 'oo' sound as in 'moon'.

they: the 'th' and 'ey' are both tricky parts. The 'th' is making the 'hard th' sound and 'ey' join together to make the 'long a' sound.

that: the 'th' is the tricky part. The 'th' is making the 'hard th' sound.

said: the 'ai' is the tricky part. The 'ai' join together to may the 'e' sound as in 'bed'.

are: there are a two silent vowels in this word, 'a' and 'e'. the word is said using the letter name for 'r'.

he, be, we, me: the 'e' is the tricky part. It is making the 'long e' sound instead of its usual sound.

she: the 'sh' and the 'e' are both tricky parts. The letters 's' and 'h' join together to make the 'sh' sound as in shell. The 'e' is making the 'long e' sound.


Lately in numeracy lessons we have been looking at ways to make 10. We have discovered many different combinations of numbers and some of us can even write them as an addition sentence!!

for example:   7 + 3 = 10  or   9 + 1 = 10

Now we are learning all about the 'teen' numbers. Why is there a '1' at the start of the teen numbers? What does this mean? How can we show a 'teen' number using ten frames?

We have also had a lot of fun practising our number formations by painting on the tables!!!

Science/Design and Technology

As you know we have been looking at the differences between night and day during science. This has lead us to talk about nocturnal and diurnal animals. We've looked closely at nocturnal animals and what special features they have that helps them at night. This week we will be designing and making a bat with a partner and are testing it to see how far it can fly. We will go through this whole process again after reflecting on our first model. This will help us to make changes to make our bat look better and fly further. Lots of fun to be had!!

Character Strengths:
Dear Parents, 

Currently at OLC we are focusing on modeling and observing different character strengths. This week we are looking for people who demonstrate Forgiveness. Can you encourage your child to be the following?


Enjoy your day!!

Kristie Leahy

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Week 6 Term 2

Hi Parents,
I hope your weekend has been very restful and warm by the fire. This weekend I have been away celebrating my mum's 70th with my dad, sister, brother and their families. It is such a special time having everyone together. The torrential rain has not stopped all of the cousins from making the most of being together. Luckily we have a dryer!!!
The weekend of celebrating my mum does not end on Sunday, so I will not be at school on Monday. Back Tuesday!

Fine Motor Activities

Following the OT screening we have been strengthening our hands with various 'fine motor' activities. We have been cutting, tweezing, pegging and threading. We need to strengthen the little muscles in our hands to make it easier for when we are trying to write. We will be doing a lot more writing for the rest of the year. If you can set up some fine motor activities at home, your child will benefit from the extra practise.
Other activities that you can do are: 
  • opening lids of containers
  • squeezing water out of sponges
  • using water spray bottles
  • using a stapler or hole punch
  • rolling and working with playdough

During our Math lessons we have been looking very carefully at 10 frames. We have become very good at identifying what number is represented by different amounts of dots on a ten frame. We have discovered ways of making ten by using our ten frames. We are also matching a numeral to the ten frame and putting them in order.
Our measurement focus has been on capacity. This week we made paper cones and investigated how many scoops of beans it took to fill them. We also looked at glass jars and what happens to a drop of dye when we fill the jar with water. We saw that when you fill a large jar with water the dye becomes a light colour (diluted) but when you fill a small jar with water the colour is dark. It all depends on how much water the jar can hold!! This is a great experiment for home!!

So far we have learnt the sounds for these letters: m s t a p i r f o c d.  Even though we have looked at these letters we need to keep practising them so we know them off by heart. 
We are writing and reading CVC words (consonant - vowel - consonant) by blending sounds together and segmenting sounds apart.
We have practised putting a space between words when writing a sentence too!!!
There are lots of words that are tricky to 'sound out'. We are beginning to learn some of them. So far we have looked at the words: the, my, I, a, is. Each one of these words has a tricky part to it that we need to remember.


Wednesday the 26th of May marks National Sorry Day and Thursday the 27th marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. These are important dates for us to acknowledge as we work toward harmony and intercultural understanding as a nation.  The theme for Reconciliation week this year is: More Than a Word … Reconciliation Takes Action. Considering this theme, we are planning on conducting a whole school event involving all OLC students.

The children are asked to wear either a blackred or yellow T shirt (any shade or hue is fine) and black sports shorts on the day of Wednesday 26th May.   

This might not mean buying a T-Shirt – school sports shirts for Meelup and Leeuwin could be worn, or any T’s you already have at home which are predominantly one of these colours will be fine.

Stay tuned to our Social Media platforms during Reconciliation Week to see the fruits of out labours!


Thanks and enjoy the rest of you Sunday.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Week 5 Term 2

 Hi Parents,

What a busy couple of weeks we have had!  The children have been working very hard and have been 'blowing our socks off' with their amazing reading and writing!  Their mathematics understandings are 'taking off' and in science we have been exploring the concept of day and night. 

Last week we were lucky enough to welcome Mrs Amanda Taylor to our Pre primary staff.  She is a very experienced Special Needs Education Assistant and will share her time between the two classrooms.  

Home readers

Please refer to last weeks blog for information regarding home readers. 

Plant Drop WA

In class we have been discussing the fact that it feels good to be kind and to do kind things for others. 

To allow the children to experience the joy of 'secret' giving we would like to copy the incentive of Plant Drop WA (they have a Facebook page).  Whilst in Fremantle earlier this year Mrs Birch saw a small pot plant sitting on a table at he markets, all alone.  Being a plant lover her attention was drawn to it. Beside it was a note asking for someone to adopt and love the plant. Finding this plant brought her great joy!

We would like to get the children involved in potting off small plants (succulents, seedlings etc) over the winter and then in the spring have them 'drop' plants around Dunsborough for people to 'find' and keep.  It could be described as a 'pay it forward project'. We will roster a couple of children each weekend to do their drop and will need parents to help them with this. 

To get the ball rolling we would love some donations of potting mix, empty pots and cuttings. The more the better. 

To add an extra joy to this project we would love grandparents to help the children.  The logistics of this will take a little working out so let me know if you can donate or have grandparents who may be interested in helping. 

Preprimary Cultural Excursion Reschedule

Our cultural excursion with Josh Whiteland had been redscheduled to September due to a family illness for Josh. Our thoughts are with Josh and we look forward to spending time with him later in the year. 

Free Dress for Geographe this Friday.

Congratulations to Geographe who were the Week 5 token tally winners! 

Dancing For Sick Kids Fundraiser

Hello K-6 Families! Next Friday, 21st May all students will be Dancing for Sick Kids! Please bring a gold coin donation to school on Friday to raise money for this incredible Charity. All funds raised will help seriously ill or injured children and their families by providing a home-away-from-home at Ronald McDonald House, whilst they receive critical care and treatment. On average, it costs Ronald McDonald House Charities $160 to support a family for one night, so please give what you can, every dollar counts. Please see our OLC Fundraising page for further information and any additional donations: 

Thank you for helping me make a difference!
Mrs Haines 💃

Book Fair Week 5

Book Fair will be held in week 5. It will be set up in the hall. 
Times: Tue and Wed before and after school and lunchtime 1.10-1.45.
Please note - If your child brings more than $15 to spend during the day, please have it in an envelope with the amount written on it and signed by you. 
There will be 2 book hunts happening throughout the Book Fair. (PP- Yr 3) (Yr 4 - 6) There will be one winner per year group. The book hunts will be at the door on Tuesday to be picked up and filled in. The winner will choose by luck of the draw on Wednesday afternoon. Even those students who do not buy anything can enter the competition and maybe win a book. Kids have 4 chances to participate in the hunt - before/ after school and lunchtime Tuesday and before school and lunchtime Wednesday. 

Community Support: Please Help if you can!

Dear OLC Community,
As you know one of our family's recently suffered the unexpected loss of their husband and father in February this year. Dave Clift was husband to Annmarie and dad to Violet in Year 5H, and to former OLC students Damon (17), and Sunny (15). Annmarie has been overwhelmed by the love and support she has already received in terms of willing listeners, shoulders to cry on and lovingly prepared meals. Many people have continued to ask how they might best help the family as they move forward. Here is a way. Without Dave and an income, Annmarie could really use some financial support. If you are able, even if in a small way to contribute to this Go Fund Me Campaign, she would be forever grateful. Thank you and may God Bless you.
Mrs. Amie Meyer

No Dogs 

Last week there was an incident on school grounds with a large dog and one of our younger students. We have been advised that dogs are now unfortunately not permitted on school grounds. (Wilko our care dog is an exception to this rule).

Update! Mr Lee has said that new puppies, on a lead, for show and tell are ok! 

OLC Celebrates National Sorry Day – Bring a T Shirt!

Wednesday the 26th May marks National Sorry Day and Thursday the 27th marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. These are important dates for us to acknowledge as we work toward harmony and intercultural understanding as a nation.
The theme for Reconciliation week this year is: More than a word … Reconciliation takes action. Considering this theme, we are planning on conducting a whole school event involving all OLC students, and parents are asked dress their child with either a black, red or yellow T shirt (any shade or hue is fine) and black sports shorts on the day of Wednesday 26th May. This might not mean buying a T-Shirt – school sports shirts for Meelup and Leeuwin could be worn, or any T’s you already have at home which are predominantly one of these colours will be fine. Stay tuned to our Social Media platforms during Reconciliation Week to see the fruits of out labours!

Wheelie Walkie Waste-free Wednesday 

Support for this initiative was down last week.... Let's all make a supreme effort this week! 

Remember... no plastic or other 'rubbish' in the children's lunch boxes - Wednesdays and hopefully every day!

This week is the last week that we can earn tokens for our factions through either walking, riding or scooting to school and bringing a waste free lunch. Not only does it help reduce waste and help our environment but it helps us keep fit and active and gets our brains ready for learning! This Friday we will find out who the winning faction will be for free-dress in Week 6!

Character Strengths - A message from our OLC Wellbeing team

Dear Parents, 

Currently at OLC we are focusing on modeling and observing different character strengths. This week we are looking for people who show Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Please encourage your child to do the following...


Those who express an appreciation of beauty & excellence notice and appreciate beauty, excellence and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

More information on Character strengths can be found here:

Well... that's a lot to remember but I am sure we can do it. 

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Kristie Leahy

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Week 4 Term 2

 Hi Parents,

I hope all of our mum's had a wonderful mothers day last Sunday and loved your 'made with love' gifts from your PP child. They all worked really hard to create something special for you. I had an amazing day with my two kiddos as well as my mum (apart from coming down with a cold).

Home Readers

We are sending out home readers a little earlier than usual as the children are very keen to show off their reading skills. Our exchange days will be Monday and Wednesday (and Friday if your child is keen to read on the weekend). Please return your child's reading folder on these mornings. The book is kept for 2 nights and should be read on both nights. By reading the book twice it gives your child a feeling of reading success. The first nights read is usually when the hard word of decoding happens. On the second night your child will be familiar with the words and should decode easier and can also have an opportunity to practise fluency.

So that we know your child has read the book, please sign in the reading folder. When it is signed, we know that your child has read the book and we can then swap it for a new one.

   We are sending the books home in temporary folders at the moment. It would be great if you could upgrade the folder (see picture) as they are more sturdy and will last for the next few years (they are used in years 1+2). You can purchase them from Seachange Dunsborough. Reading folders must be waterproof in order to protect our readers. In fact our readers are precious. Please treat them that way and ensure that they are returned each week, not drawn in and kept away from food. The P & F have funded the purchase of these CVC decodable readers and we appreciate all the hard work that went into fundraising. 

Tips to help with home reading....

When reading, your child should be encouraged to decode or 'sound out' each word (until they can read it without decoding). At present your child should recall the sound for the letters 'a' 'm' 'p' 's' 'f' 'i' 'r' 't' 'o' and 'c'. It is expected that they may need assistance with letters beyond this group until they are covered in class. Allow your child time to sound out or segment the word and then blend the sounds. 

c - a - t   = cat  

Reread the sentence when all words have been sounded out.  Discuss the meaning of the sentences as the texts become more complex. 

Beginning reading requires lots of patience and positive feedback from parents. If we create a positive attitude towards reading in our children now... then we will have half the battle won for their future learning! Thank you all for being super parents. 

Please contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. I am happy to meet with a group of parents together to explain and show how we go about 'sounding out' words, reading and writing in class so you can help the right way at home.

Occupational Therapy Screen

We have received the screening results and a hard copy was sent home yesterday. Please read it carefully and if further assessment has been recommended please contact Potential Therapy Services as soon as possible.

Speech Screening

Last year the children were meant to receive speech screening. Due to Covid restrictions this did not happen.  These screens have been completed and we will receive the results shortly. 

reminder that if you have any health reports for your child - eye sight - hearing - Physiotherapist -etc then please provide a copy so that I can scan it into our school records. This sort of information is invaluable when we are creating work plans for your children.  

Extra Support

This week we have been blessed with the arrival of Mrs Taylor. Amanda is a highly experienced Education Assistant who has been employed to support he learning of some children in both PPB and PPL.  She is a lovely, happy, smiley lady and the children have warmed to her very quickly. Welcome to the team Amanda. 

Book Fair for 2021:
The lovely Mrs. Kemp is holding the annual Scholastic Book fair for 2021 in our school Library on Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 5 (18th and 19th of May). We hope to sell a lot of books and posters to raise money for our school and there is less emphasis on small toys that often end up as land fill. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Kristie Leahy

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Week 2 Term 2

 Welcome back to Term 2 everyone. 

I hope you all had an amazing holiday. I think we were very lucky with the weather!! We have a long busy term coming up with lots of learning to be done so please keep this in mind with your child. Lots of early nights and nutritious food will help them to keep going. 

During literacy we are continuing our InitiaLit program. This week we were introduced to the letters 'p' and 'i'. We learnt their name, sound and how to correctly form each letter. So far we have learnt the letters 'm', 's', 't', 'a', 'p' and 'i'. We have been using these letters to make small words such as: 'sat', 'tap', 'am', 'at', 'pat', 'map', 'Sam' etc. We have carefully stretched the words out to hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds and have blended the sounds together to work out the word. We are officially readers!!!! Awesome work!!!

Our maths lessons this week have focused on carefully counting one-to-one. We have to assign one number to each object so we know how many are there. One item in a collection is matched to one spoken or written word in the whole number counting sequence. You can practise this at home by placing items/objects in a bucket and assigning a number (in order) to each item as it is placed in the bucket.

This is our term 2 roster for news.

Daily writing
Beginning this week the children will engage in 'writing' during gathering time each morning. Each child has 2 days per week that they are required to do some writing. This will be an opportunity for the children to practise listening for sounds in words and transferring those sounds into writing. It will be tricky at first for some but we are not expecting the children to spell perfectly. We want to encourage each child to 'have-a-go' at writing what they can hear in words in order to convey a simple message. We praise all attempts at writing!!

Cultural Excursion
The PP's will be going on a cultural excursion on Monday 3rd of May. More information to come.

Wheelie, Walkie, Waste Free Wednesday 🚲🛹🍎
This wonderful initiative begins this Wednesday and will run for the whole term. We are encouraged to ride or walk to school and have a no waste lunchbox on Wesdnesdays. There is a class challenge and I would love for our class to be the best in the school and see how many students we can get wheeling or walking. If we are the winners, we get to go for a class excursion anywhere in the Busselton region, a great prize indeed! If you are unable to wheel or walk, please make sure your child is coming with as much nude food (no packaging) as possible. 

Please remember.....

1.  Library Bags and books.  Please return BOTH (book in bag) by Thursday each week. 

2.  PLD Packs.  Please return these by Tuesday each week. 

3.  Rugby tops.  Please pack your child's rugby top each day as it can get quite chilly sitting under our tree for recess and lunch.  Make sure your child's name is written clearly on their uniform items. 

4.  Kiss and Drop. In term two our learning picks up pace a little. We need to get settled and started promptly in the mornings.  Please drop your child and leave the classroom before 8.45am.  

5.  Absenteeism.  Please ensure that your child is present at school each day, unless of course they are unwell.  Our literacy and numeracy programmes are very sequential and although we are constantly revisiting learning concepts, missed lessons can hinder your child's learning. 

6.  Speech.  As the children are learning to read and write it is of high importance that their speech is accurate and clear.  When a child says a word incorrectly they will write it incorrectly.  Please kindly model the correct pronunciations for words. What is cute at 5 doesn't always cut the grade in a WASE exam. This includes correct use of tense and pronoun usage.  Teachers will model these at school but it needs to be backed up at home. Formal Speech Screening will occur later in the year. 

7.  Hygiene.  With the cold and flu season heading our way it is very important that we insist on good 'Nose hygiene'.  If your child has difficulties blowing their nose then please spend some time to guide them on how to clear their nose and manage their tissues.  This guidance should include putting their tissue straight in the bin and washing their hands. Remember if your your child has a yellow or green discharge then they should be at home and probably should visit the doctor. 

We  send the children to wash their hands before eating and after outdoor play.  It is a great idea to send them to the toilet and ask them to wash their hands when they first get to school before lessons begin. 

8.  Communications.  Keep the communications happening.  Emails, phone calls and a quick word at gathering time to organise a longer meeting are always welcomed when its about the wellbeing of your child. 

9.  Occupational Therapy Screening.  This week Hayley and Courtney,  Occupational Therapists form Potential Therapy Services have been screening the children. The information fed back to the teachers is invaluable in understanding the best way to teach each child.  The screen will also pick up any children who may require intervention.  

Kristie Leahy

Monday, March 29, 2021


 Dear Parents,

Please help us construct Pre-primary Icebergs!!!

Our Pre-primary science lessons have involved looking at how ‘the sun changes everything’.

We are planning on finishing our unit by constructing 2 ‘icebergs’ in the pre-primary area to see how the sun effects one sitting in the sun and the other sitting in the shade. But we need your help….

We are asking every family in the school to bring iceblocks (made using an icecream container or large plastic container) to the Pre-primary playground this Thursday morning (1st April). You may colour the water if you like.

We will watch the icebergs melt throughout the day after predicting how long it will take for the icebergs to melt and which one will melt first.

Please help us construct the biggest icebergs we can!!!

Don't forget;

Easter Bonnet making today 2pm.  

Free dress for Naturaliste on Wednesday this week.  

Wishing you all a lovely Easter break and a wonderful two weeks of holiday.  Stay safe and have lots of fun!

Kristie Leahy