OCEAN ROAD announced pilot preschool to run Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA)



OCEAN ROAD announced pilot preschool to run Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA)

elsa 2We are proud to announce that Ocean Road Primary School will be one of the 100 ELSA 2018 pilot preschools across Australia.

Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) is a play-based digital learning program for children in preschool to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

ELSA 3Sarah Argent, Ocean Road PS Kindergarten / Pre-Primary PLC Leader, successfully applied for our school to be part of the pilot group.

The Early Learning STEM Australia project is being run by the STEM Education Research Centre in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra.

  • To encourage preschool children, their educators and families to explore STEM practices such as locations, patterns, designing, making, spatial reasoning and problem solving.
  • To create six applications (apps) for tablet devices that go beyond the screen to encourage active play, and learning through play.
  • To introduce a play-based digital learning program for children in one hundred preschools from across Australia in the 2018 ELSA Pilot.

Click here to learn more about the program: https://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/stem-education-research-centre/research-projects/early-learning-stem-australia-elsa


Ocean Road students raised over $1000 for ’The Kid’s Cancer Project – Cupcake 4 a cure


Ocean Road students, the Surf Snack Canteen and the school community baked up a storm to help raise awareness for childhood cancer and to raise funds for cancer research.

Cupcakes 4 a Cure is the annual bake sale that raises money for vital childhood cancer research.

Ocean Road Primary School has signed up to participate this year in recognition of childhood cancer, the sorrow it causes and the desperate need of more research and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer.

Surf Snack CanteenManager Jodie Richards and volunteer pastry chef Kristy Pepper were overwhelmed by the support they received from the school community.Jodie Richards and Kristy Pepper

Jodie Richards said: “At times we had more than 10 helpers in the kitchen and had to extend our prep area to the undercover area.”

Ocean Road Primary School Principal Dean Finlay is proud of the joined efforts: “At Ocean Road we develop the whole child physically, socially, emotionally and cognitive. We hope to promote academic achievements as well as social engagement and empathy. The students demonstrated our school value of kindness by supporting such an important cause.”

Countless helping hands, three broken hand mixers, 12kg margarine, 15kg caster sugar, 160 eggs, 16 kg self-rising flour, 30 kg icing sugar and three bottles of vanilla essence later – the team was exhausted but thrilled as they had baked more than 1100 cupcakes and sold them to the school community for a gold coin donation. $1013 for cancer research was well worth the effort.

“We initially thought 1000 cupcake is quite ambitious, but we did it” said Surf Snack Canteen Manager Jodie Richards. The canteen could barely keep up with the high demand and sold out every single day of the event.

Kristy PepperKristy Pepper said: “We sold the cupcakes for a gold coin donation, although they were easily worth $4 or $5 because we wanted to enable all children and parents to participate in the fundraiser.”

“It was equally important to us to raise awareness and money for research”, explains Nadia Holmes, spokeswoman of Ocean Road Primary School.

“Cancer is the leading cause of death of Australian children, by disease and Mandurah unfortunately has too many innocent kids battling childhood cancer.”

The fundraiser was made possible through the generous donations of sponsors. Shout out to Spudshed Mandurah, for supporting childhood cancer research through their generous donation of eggs, margarine and milk as well as Coles, Woolworth and local party supply business Leja designs.


Escape to Everywhere – 2017 Book Week at Ocean Road Primary School

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What an amazing book week!

Countless stories have been read across the school and it was fantastic to see the kids following their imagination and literally ‘Escaping to Everywhere’.

Today’s assembly proved how Book Week brought together children and stories. A massive thank you to all parents, students and staff for the enormous effort they put into their costumes for today’s assembly. Well done to our student councillors for professionally running the assembly.


#ORPS #BookWeek @TheCBCA




Ocean Road Primary School Community Arts Program (ORCA)

Phil Doncon Paint Storm

Phil Doncon Paint Storm

The Ocean Road Primary School Community Arts Program (ORCA)  is Ocean Road’s new Art Extension program that will introduce the students and the wider community to a wide range of art techniques, encourage them to express emotions through the arts and loosen up artistically.

Arts teacher Qingqing ZHU arranged for the incursion based program so students can meet professional artists one-on-one.

Local and regional artists will visit Ocean Road and give our students and the community a hands on arts experience. The artists will perform with and for the students and the community and grant insides to arts production.

The City of Mandurah supports the ORCA program with $2000 through the Creative Mandurah Grant.

The City of Mandurah supports the ORCA program with $2000 through the Creative Mandurah Grant.

The ORCA program is available to all students at no extra cost with help from the City of Mandurah’s Mandurah Creative Grant program.

Ocean Road Primary School successfully secured the $2000 grant for this program earlier this year.

The Orca program is initially planned in three stages.

Stage 1: Geraldton based Artist and Performer Phil Doncon will visit Ocean Road for his ‘Paint Storm’, an energetic, highly entertaining painting performance to dynamic music. Vibrant images, representing the four school values of respect, responsibility, resilience and kindness are painted live on a huge 10 meter wide canvas. The Paint storm is scheduled for Thursday 19 October 2017 (week 2).

Dwellingup artist Patricia Hines

Patricia Hines will visit the school to work one on one with our students.

Stage 2: Dwellingup Artist Patricia Hines will work one-on one with our students and inspire them to draw and paint. The incursion with artist Patricia Hines is on the 10th of November (Friday, week 5). Each class will have 50 minutes making clay Christmas ornaments with Patricia.

Stage 3: The artworks will be revealed to the community at the inaugural Ocean Road Community Arts Fair and some of the students’ arts work will be available to purchase to the community. We will auction off the Christmas ornaments to parents at a voluntary price.

Winners of the inaugural ORPS Family Challenge –

ORPS Family Challenge - getting NAPLAN ready the Fun Way.

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Kaylee, Dean Finlay, Johanna and Jessica

Well done to our students Kaylee and Johanna and Jessica and their families for their outstanding results in our first Ocean Road Family Challenge. Dean Finlay and all of us here at Ocean Road couldn’t be prouder! The Ocean Road Family Challenge is designed for the whole family. We want you all to get NAPLAN ready the fun way.

Kaylee, have fun with your whole day pass for Bricks 4 Kidz – Baldivis (thanks to Josh and his team for the generous donation) and Johanna and Jessica – we hope you and your family will enjoy the day with the Jurassic Creatures in Perth.

Missed it? Check our latest newsletter or our facebook page to give it a go 

Stay tuned for our next challenge – we are delighted to have secured family passes from our generous sponsors Peel Zoo and Mandurah Cruises.