Our Lady of Victories Primary School Shortland
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15 Lovell Parade
Shortland NSW 2307
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Term 1 Week 10

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Term 1 Week 10

Different Times

What a journey we are on. Everyone, children, parents and staff, are learning new skills and exploring different learning experiences. It is important to be thankful for the way everyone is accepting and responding to the changes we are going through. There is much anxiety and apprehension right across our community as we walk through unchartered paths and the uncertainty doesn't help. We have been told that the best way to get back to normality is to slow down the "curve" by self-isolating, social distancing and keeping our hands clean - three very easy things that all people can do. We have seen many news items where people are refusing to do this. Why? Maybe because they are a little inconvenient? Probably. Too restricting? Probably. Too boring? Probably.

Will they work? Probably. Are you following the 3 easy suggestions? Hopefully.

Just remember -- that the school is open and welcomes any children whose parents are working and staying at home would be impractical.

Home Learning

How is it going? 

Throughout the past week, I have been in regular communication with principals from around our diocese, and it is clear that parents and carers are feeling incredibly anxious and overwhelmed in regard to their children’s learning in the foreseeable future.

While teachers acknowledge that parents are the first and primary educators of their children, schools have a very important role in fostering the academic, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the children. Face-to-face teaching, which is the optimal way of doing this work, requires a level of personal interaction that cannot be replicated through technology. Online teaching can never replace classroom group learning because students learn from their peers as well as their teachers. The classroom offers students opportunities to assist one another to solve problems, and this is what helps to build children’s skills in collaboration and independence.

During the week, teachers will be arranging a time to call each of their student's families to touch base and see how things are travelling.

We look forward to what the new terms brings.

School Fee Support

Parents would have received via COMPASS a message from the Director of School offering a way to relieve the financial stresses during this difficult time. Parents can apply for support through two schemes which could defer payments or provide some reductions dependent on your current situation.

Both schemes require an online application.  The links to these applications can be found in the letter sent to the parents from the Director on Wednesday via Compass.



This Sunday is Palm Sunday. The Year 2 children who have been at school have created a PowerPoint for all to watch and listen. Please take the time as a family on Sunday to view this PowerPoint.


We were visiting the church each week to pray by following the last journey on Good Friday as the Stations of the Cross. We have put together the prayers and images for you to expereince tomorrow (Friday 3). Friday next week - 3pm is the traditional time to pray these prayers. Thank you Millie Hughes for helping Mrs Dunn with this.


Over the next few days you will see our ANZAC liturgy come out on Compass. Thank you to all the children in year 5/6 and Mrs McGann for putting this together, particularly Olivia & Maria who jazzed up the presentation. All the local ANZAC service have been cancelled so we would encourage you as a family to watch this PowerPoint. We will miss our vetran visitors next week, so please keep them in mind.


Just a reminder that you can livestream Sunday Masses from Sacred Heart Cathedral via mnnews.today at 9:30am.


Whilst we are expereincing differnt ways of doing things, it is importnat to keep the routine things going as well. If you are isolating your family from school because of the Corona Virus, please dictate in your absence note that this is the case. We are required to use a certain code that does not appear on the parents option. Please choose "Other" with an explanation "Self Isolating due to COVID - 19" and we will adjust the record from our end.


As part of Our Lady of Victories’ commitment to student safety and welfare, our school has begun notifying parents of their child’s unexplained absence via SMS message & email.

This service provides an SMS / email notification to parents of children who are marked absent from school without explanation once the roll has been checked in the morning.

Where possible, it would be appreciated if parents can notify the school at their earliest convenience regarding a child’s absence.

 If a child is going to be absent for the day or is intending to arrive late (e.g. medical appointments etc.), then parents are asked to use the COMPASS APP or call the office to notify the school before 9:30am on the day rather than sending a note afterward.

It is hoped that by providing this service and in partnership with families we can continue to ensure all possible mechanisms are in place to maintain the safety of our students.


COMPASS is the preferred method of informing the school that your child is away. By sending it through COMPASS, it is immediately synced to the class roll. Teachers endeavour (technology permitting) to have their rolls marked by 9:30am. If your child is not present and you have not sent a compass notification (or contacted the office of an absence) you will be sent an SMS to advise that we have not received an absence “note” and your child is not present.

Please refrain from using other electronic forms of notifications such as email, Schoolzine or other APPS we have used in the past. If in doubt, call the office.

You will be able to access the school newsletter here and notifications will come through Schoolzine. Please DO NOT use the old SkoolBag App. It is no longer used for communications of notifications and messages..

Go to this link to download the Schoolzine App:


SORRY but we are not loaning books from the library until further notice. If your child has a book at the moment, please take good care of it till school resumes as normal. Parents could return them to school if you are passing by. Please do not break your social obligations for social distancing by doing this. 


Thank you to all the wonderful teachers at home who are doing my work for me. I miss the children and would much prefer to teach face to face. The children bring so much joy into a teacher’s day - there is no joy in interacting with a computer. Hopefully we will meet again soon. Until then, we battle on, some better than others, but I am happy if you at least try to have a go and ask for help if you need it please.

I understand that not all children have access to a device for online learning. I am using three online sites: Starfall for Alphabet and calendar, Studyladder for Literacy and Numeracy and Epic for Reading, drawing, and fun activities. To date, 92% of Kinders are accessing Studyladder while only 34% are using Epic. Engaging with stories is necessary to develop Skills in Literacy so please spend some time on Epic. I have added songs with a drawing focus for children who like to be creative. Adding a sentence to their illustration will build skills in writing. I would like you to send me some completed work please for my records.

I completed the drawing of the cement truck with two students at school today and have included their work to stimulate ideas around drawing and writing.

For children without devices there are work booklets to complete. Some still need to collect these from school. Add some hands- on activities such as forming the numerals to ten using playdough or writing sight words in the sand. Do some craft using recyclable materials around the home.

Term 2 will be more focused on developing skills in Reading and Spelling. I will be adding two more online sites: Spelling City and Matific for Maths.

Working this way is challenging for both parents and teachers. We are still finding our way and need to keep communicating and supporting each other.


Thank you to all the Year 1 parents and carers who have been so supportive as we've started our home learning experiences this week. 
We hope the Year 1 children are finding that their assigned activities are engaging and motivating. We posted a suggested timetable for parents on Compass yesterday, to help you create a flexible 'routine' for your child's day. Please don't feel pressured to do every single activity every single day. Work at a gentle pace. Families are currently under a lot of stress. Devices in your home may need to be shared with siblings who are trying to do their own online learning and parents who are trying to work remotely from home. Enjoy spending time with your child and having them share some of their learning with you. We look forward to being in touch with families to gauge how the home learning experiences are working for you. Take care everyone, and we wish you all a happy, peace-filled Easter. 


Congratulations to everyone for being so flexible with online learning. We have had a few problems along the way but hopefully all is sorted now.

Your balloon powered car videos should be all sent to me by Wednesday afternoon. Once they are all in I will share with the class on our Compass page.

It is wonderful to see so many wonderful recipes being used to show fractions. Keep up the great work.

Keep using Study Ladder, Matific, Spelling City, Epic and Typing Tournament. I can see exactly what the children are doing. Keep up the great work.

Next week I will try and phone each family but I will put more information about this on our class Compass page.

It is extremely important that the children are getting out and doing some physical activities so please encourage them to take breaks and do activities such as checking the mailbox, getting the clothes off the line and weeding the garden just to mention a few.

It is extremely important to also have some family time. Please organise to play a board game or set up a jigsaw puzzle, playing family cricket, making a tick tock video just to keep the peace.

Good luck everyone and keep safe.


Hi everyone. I hope you are all well and safe in your homes. It seems odd, writing ‘News’ for the class when we haven’t been together for almost 3 weeks. As you will be aware, I have set up work for children to do at home using a device. There are activities for Matific and Spelling City as well as Typing Tournament. Mrs Spencer also organised for children to listen to some stories being read online and complete the activities. (This information was sent home via compass and email earlier this week.) 

Also, remember to get exercise every day and stay well.


What an unusual time we are experiencing! I hope everyone is well and happy in your home! 

As you know, I have sent you information over the last few days, regarding the types of activities that can be done each day by Year 4. It is great to see that everyone has started working on these activities. 

I have added below an outline of how the Learning Day at home might look. There is no need to adhere to this timetable if it does not suit your household.  

I encourage you all to be gentle with yourselves and to develop a work pattern that is suitable for your family situation. 

Suggested Year 4 Day Plan for the Remainder of Term 1 

YEAR 5/6

It has been so wonderful to ‘see’ everyone in our Zoom meetings. Yesterday we had 15 from the class ‘attend’ and we were able to discuss the tasks that were set and some expectations and deadlines.

Thank you to all of the parents who have enabled their children to access to online platforms such as Spelling City, Matific and Typing Tournament, as well as Zoom, email and OneNote.

There are plenty of tasks for your child/children to be completing.

It is not suggested that they sit in front of a screen from 9-3pm each day, but on a Monday, if they look at what is required, and organise their OneNote, they can then sit with you and devise a schedule for the week that allows them time for outside play, creativity and helping around the house as well. Some tasks have due dates and others don’t, but need to be completed within the week.

If you are experiencing difficulty with any of these things, call me at school and we can sort it out.


Stay safe.




Whilst we have been focusing on the technological side of learning experiencing at home, it is important to be keep our bodies active as well. Every day the children need opportunities to move and exercise.

We were meant to hold our school cross country this week and I am sure everyone missed the fight with the mozzies to complete the course. One family did hold their own Cross Country event in their own back yard. Not sure how many laps they had to do to cover the 2km but keep up the great work Max and Grace.

We would like to wish the following children a Happy Birthday

 Thomas W, Shammah N, Ewan O, Clayton S, Logan E

Congratulations and we hope you had a happy day



Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5/6
Lexia Awards Isabella T, Summer P, Maxwell W, Grace G, Caleb J, Deegan C, Indigo H, Ruby A, Sienna S, Jesse C, Suma M, Harrison S, Alek S, Tobias Ireson