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.


Ocean Road Primary School promoting girls in Science at the 2017 STEM Expo at the Crown in Perth

Ocean Road Primary School attended the 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo at the Crown in Perth.

The Expo provided an opportunity for guests to:

  • hear keynote presentations from recognised experts in the field of STEM education including:
    • Sue Ellery, Minister for Education;
    • Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia;
    • Dr Fiona Wood, FRACS AM, Director of the Western Australia Burns Service; Dr Rebecca Allen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Swinburne University;
    • Mr Lee Watanabe Crockett, President, Global Digital Citizen Foundation
  • learn about innovative STEM education practices from the schools involved in the Teacher Development School  STEM Innovation Partnerships;
  • learn about STEM education from recognised experts in the field;
  • participate in practical and interactive STEM education professional learning and workshops designed to support teachers to increase student participation and achievement in STEM subjects;
  • network with industry partners and other schools to consider innovative ways to engage students in real-world STEM experiences; and
  • access contemporary resources that support the improved delivery of STEM education.

As a Teacher Development STEM Innovation school Ocean Road Primary School was invited to present our STEM story to the world. Through the excellent leadership provided by Mrs Harman and Mrs Smith, Year 6 students Hayley Kallenberg, Makayla Noyes and Imojen Bacon did an amazing job showcasing the remarkable things that are happening in each and every classroom in our school and promoting the importance of having females involved in Science. We are all very proud of the work that is being done at our school and are extremely honoured to have been invited to share it.

Winners of the inaugural ORPS Family Challenge –

ORPS Family Challenge - getting NAPLAN ready the Fun Way.

(from left to right)
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.

Congratulations to our 2017 Student Councillors

Congratulations to our 2017 Student Councillors: It is with great pleasure that we announce Imojen Bacon, Kiara-Lee Macrone, Makayla Noyes, Tehani Tainsh, Diva Kandel, Ryley Kennett, Harry Northey and Byron Sutton as our Student Councillors for 2017.
And a special applause to our new Head Girl Imojen Bacon and Head Boy Ryley Kennett.


20170323_114210 head boy and headgirl