2018 ended in a burst of colour as all students and staff participated in our first Colour Run. Students had to negotiate a number of activities on Jubilee Oval to complete the circuit, gradually becoming more and more covered in colourful powder. Funds raised from this activity bought new readers for students to take home to practice their reading.
2019 started in a wave of hot weather for the school community as we welcomed many new families to our school. Classes settled quickly as connections were made and routines established. Year 6 enjoyed an excursion to the Sydney Academy in Term 1, establishing strong bonds with staff and peers as they navigated the final year of primary school. Our debating team earned success in a number of debates against schools in our region, as did some super spellers and public speakers, with Corey Binks representing the Western Region in the state public speaking competition, speaking about Human Rights and Wrongs and impromptu topics.
Students participated in swimming, cross country and athletic carnivals throughout the year and a number of students represented at the District, Western and State carnivals. Xanthie Chatfield represented NSW at the National Athletics Carnival in Darwin, while knockout teams in soccer, cricket, AFL, rugby league, rugby union, netball and basketball, tested their skills and sportsmanship against local and regional competitors.
Kindergarten students ticked many firsts as they completed their first year of school. They enjoyed a Dairy Farm incursion, getting to milk a cow and learn about dairy products. They also visited the zoo and hosted their parents/carers on Mothers Day and Fathers Day in addition to all their achievements in the classroom.
Orana Heights has a strong welfare system which is driven by our PBL values and expectations. All students and staff are guided by these values and demonstrate them on a daily basis in the classroom and in the playground. Students are regularly acknowledged for all their hard work and positive attitude.
The Students Representative Council (SRC) held a number of fundraisers throughout the year, supporting both local and national charities. School dances and out-of-uniform days are a popular part of their calendar.
The school community joined us at various times, such as the Easter Hat Parade, Book Week activities, Grandparents Day, NAIDOC celebrations and the biennial school fete. We appreciate the many parents/carers who attend regularly to hear students read, assist in the classroom or support various out of school events.
The staff and community of Orana Heights Public School strive to provide quality education and opportunities for all students in a caring and creative environment, and we look forward to another successful year in 2020.
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