Dear parents and members of the OLSH community and extended OLSH community,
At the time of despatch of this newsletter Mr Baiwan has been informed that there is a rumour in Kavieng that an OLSH staff and student have tested positive to COVID-19. Please be informed this is NOT TRUE. As part of OLSH’s Duty of Care of every student, we would have informed all parents promptly and taken immediate action, were this to be true. Please do not keep your child/children from attending school without first calling the school on 9842128 and checking your concerns. Every day of attendance counts. Thank you, parents and guardians.
With the recent upsurge in active COVID-19 cases in Kavieng, we are once again urged to be COVID-Safe and to take more than adequate precautions to stay safe and healthy.
Last Saturday afternoon, Mr Baiwan and I worked to plan COVID-Safe measures for the school. We immediately locked down the Boarding House to keep our 24 boarders and Boarding House Supervisors safe. I thank Mr Baiwan for his diligence and the hours he has put in, at the weekend to ensure that the measures were adequate to guarantee our community’s health in the weeks ahead.
During the school day, OLSH will be in near lockdown mode with only the minimum of outsider visits permitted on school grounds. Parents who deliver daily lunch to your child/children, please ensure you wear a mask and please limit your time on the school grounds.
PE & Sport will be suspended until further notice. Students will also cease going to the Cathedral for Friday morning Mass. They will have Friday morning liturgy in the MSC Hall, alternating between Primary and Secondary classes each week.
Please take note of Mr Baiwan’s detailed COVID-Safe related message below.
OLSH counts on every member of our community to do the right thing as well as to seek clarification and support when in doubt. Together we will ride the COVID-19 wave to safe health.
Arrangements for Thursday 11 March
OLSH will hold a Memorial Service to mark the life and legacy of the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in the MSC Hall.
Students at Years 7-12 are expected to wear their formal (Friday) school uniform to school due to the Memorial Service.
Please note the following changes to the timetable of the day:
12.20 – 12.30 – P-12 Lunch time
12.30 – 12.40 pm – Movement to MSC Hall
12.45 – 1.30 pm – Memorial Service
1.30 pm – All students will be dismissed from school
Friday 12 March is a public holiday. School will be closed.
Daily Home Study Expectations
Learning-Teaching at OLSH continues to forge ahead uninterrupted. Secondary teachers are working on preparing a Homework Timetable to ensure equitable distribution of homework across subjects. Parents please ensure your child/children are keeping to the following prescribed hours of home study in order to improve their skills for success in their learning.
- Prep – Daily sight words, phonics and numbers to 20, addition and subtraction facts to 10.
- Years 1 & 2 – Daily sight words and reading, multiplication tables
- Years 3 and 4 - Daily sight words and reading, multiplication tables and assessment tasks
- Years 5 and 6 – at least 45 minutes each evening –reading, multiplication tables and assessment tasks
- Year 7 –1 hour
- Year 8 – 1.5 hours
- Year 9 – 2 hours
- Year 10 – 2.5 hours
- Years 11 - 3 hours
- Year 12 – 3.5 hours
As it is possible that 3 to 3.5 hours each evening may not be achievable due to fatigue, Year 11 & 12 students are strongly advised to clock up a total of 10 hours of study time each weekend, broken up in short blocks of 1.5 – 2 hours.
Early Learning Centre at OLSH
We have the capacity to enrol 10 students at an annual fee of K 3000.00. Interested parents please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mr Patrick Baiwan, Acting Principal at 9842128 or Digicel 79532680. Mr Baiwan will be happy to answer your questions.
For the present, because we are on high COVID-Alert, tours of the school are put on hold.