WEEK 8 TERM 1 2021

From the Principal

Dear parents and members of the OLSH community and extended OLSH community,


Learning from Home Packs

OLSH is open for our core business: highest quality learning-teaching every day except when there are public holidays or emergency closures mandated by the NIP Department of Education.  Parents please send your child/children to school every day.  Missing school does negatively impact learning.  We are confident that our COVID-Safe measures are of a high standard.  Hence, if you decide to keep your child/children home for whatever reasons, please be informed that OLSH will be unable to provide Learning from Home Packs for your child’s learning at home.   Under our Every Child Under the Microscope initiative, OLSH teachers are working very conscientiously to prepare and deliver high quality lessons every day in every classroom to the students who are attending school and to whom we owe our first Duty of Care.  We trust in your understanding and support.

COVIDSafe from home to school

Parents please support us by ensuring the daily COVIDSafe measures at home, complement the enhanced hygiene measures that OLSH is taking every day.  In addition, please ensure the following:

  • your child/children if older than 12 years, bring a face mask to school every day
  • you do not send your child to school if she/he shows signs of cold, cough, fever or flue symptoms.

These are basic yet vital steps all parents are being asked to follow, in order that we may do the right thing for the health and safety of every student, teacher and staff member at the school.

We are all in this together and together we will overcome the COVID-19 health challenge.

Cancellation of OLSH Term 1 events

Please note that for COVIDSafe reasons the following events are cancelled for Term 1.   We will do our best to reappoint them in Term 2 or later in the year, depending on the COVID-19 situation in New Ireland Province which we are monitoring very closely on a daily basis.

  • SRC Quiz Night – 18 March
  • Year 8 Retreat – 24 March


Parent-Teacher Interviews

Again, keeping COVIDSafe in mind and given we have 3 Year Levels preparing for the National Examinations, the Leadership Team has decided that we will only have Secondary Parent-Teacher interviews on Wednesday 31 March.  As we are guided on a day to day basis by the Department of Education (NIP) on the COVID-19 situation prevailing in New Ireland, please look out for further confirmation in the Week 9 newsletter. 

Primary Parent Teacher Interviews will be reappointed to early in Term 2.


The Importance of Sleep

“Time and tide wait for no one”.  Only 10 counted school days left to the end of Term 1. 

In the past 7 weeks, I have focused mainly on the daily rigour of Learning-Teaching, on which OLSH prides itself: the 3 As, good study habits, Every Child Under the Microscope Year Level Teacher Meetings, Parents As Partners Evenings.

In this edition, I would like to focus on the importance of adequate rest for a sound mind in a sound body.   In addition to good nutrition and daily exercise, every person requires adequate sleep.  This is most true for our students from the smallest to the oldest, as they cope with the challenges of their learning, taking in so much new information and learning so many new skills each day.  The link below makes for interesting reading and reflection on whether your child is getting adequate sleep each night, in preparation for the next day of rigorous learning.

Year 10 Retreat

Year 10 students attended their annual Year 10 Retreat on 3 March.  I thank Fr Julius Poniu for facilitating thought-provoking sessions through the day.  My thanks also go to Mr Raymond Rangatin for organising the Retreat and to the Year 10 Pastoral Care teachers, Sr Joan Takin msc and Mrs Esther Sipaleu for accompanying the retreat and facilitating the opening session.  Our students reflect below on their retreat experience.

On Wednesday the 3rd of March 2021 we went on a retreat to Kopkop MSC Center. The theme of being on earth the Sacred Heart of Jesus of God was the reason why we went to the retreat; mainly to know our self, our strengths and areas for improvement. Despite the downpour at midday, it was a wonderful experience for us.

The main message was taken from the parable of The Good Samaritan, about how we should help others rather than neglecting them. By helping others we can create a better society.   As the saying goes, love your neighbours as you love yourself.  This leads to Social Justice which is also a point from the parable. In my own point of view, Social Justice means doing what is right for others. In the world today the 5 biggest problems are poverty, hunger, war, lack of access to education and inequality of opportunity. We are blessed that our country has all the necessary resources. In many parts of the world people are suffering. So with Social Justice we can change the world to be a better place.

The other message given by Fr Julius was about making the right choices. Year 10 is a very important year as we prepare for the National Examinations. He emphasised five main points which were: knowing yourself, Human Integral Development, Basis of all things, achievements, your choice determines your future and God is always the final option. He also shared his experience as a Year 10 student and the challenges that people are facing today.

Mainly the word that would describe the Year 10 retreat would be Choice. It is a word that determines your performance in any organisation. Many a time, we are not making the right choice. Your choice determines your future, or in other words, your future is in your hands. It is mainly the alternatives from which you have to choose, that could be beneficial for yourself in future.  Christopher Lavarabin

The event that we all enjoyed the most, were the activities we played on the day. The activities were in line with our theme “Choices on Earth”.  Everyone had a lot of fun mingling with each other and the activities helped us get to know each other well. 

The part I remember the most is the second session we had with Fr Julius. We stated off with a prayer and then he started talking about accepting who we are as a Papua New Guinean and to stop copying other peoples’ lifestyle. That part really touched me because it is so true. If you want to be successful, then you must be yourself and follow what your heart says, to make a better choice in the future. Also Fr Julius advised us to always think as an individual and plan what we are trying to achieve. Joylin Rikis

I enjoyed mostly the games that we played at the beginning of the retreat. This is because we had to mingle with each other even though some of us don’t often talk to each other in class.  One of the messages of the day was, the choices that you make must be beneficial for your future and it must not affect your close ones negatively.

The day was a privilege as we are an examinable year level and it taught us to make the right choices so we can benefit from in the future.  What I will remember the most about the Year 10 Retreat is the paraliturgy where we were asked to pick something that attracts us, as we arrived at the venue and we found a heart of Jesus at the centre of the church. Christine Thomas

Daily Home Study Expectations

  • 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.

From the Acting Principal

Term 1 Fees 2021

Term 1 2021 fees are due latest by 1 April 2021.  Please contact the school office at the earliest possible, to arrange a payment plan, if you have difficulty in meeting this deadline.  We need the steady income from regular fee payment, in order to offer your daughters and sons the best education possible.

We regretfully inform parents that if Term 1 fees are not settled in full or a payment plan not arranged by Thursday 1 April, your child/children will not be able to return to school on Monday 19 April, for the start of Term 2.

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 or call Mr Patrick Baiwan, Acting Principal at 9842128 or Digicel 79532680.  Tours of the school are temporarily suspended.  However, Mr Baiwan will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Mr Patrick Baiwan

Important Calendar Dates


31 – P-12 Parent Teacher Interviews (To Be Confirmed)


1 – Holy Thursday.   End of Term 1.   Boarders depart for home.

From Head of Religious Education, Faith and Mission

CATHOLIC CHURCH CALENDAR: 4th week Lent in the ordinary Year ‘B’ 2021. 

WEEK REFLECTION - John 3: 14 – 21

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up 

It is from today’s passage that we get the command from Jesus to always ‘lift up the Son of Man’ by the way of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

The Cross can have different meanings and interpretations from person to person. To Christians, it has a spiritual meaning but for the secular and historical people, it has a tragic and awful meaning.

For the secular and historical perspective, the bad and awful meaning attached to the cross is derived from the story that goes; a long time ago there was a man who was very popular and was loved and hated by many in equal measure. Those who hated this man planned and executed his brutal crucifixion.

We the Christians perceive the Cross, not from a secular point of view, but from a divine perspective. We believe that Jesus Christ was lifted up on the Cross for all to see. We believe that He died a horrible death on the Cross to atone for our sins. Jesus, ultimately became victorious for He defeated death on that Cross and rose from the dead. So whenever we see the Cross we see a victorious and glorious throne that deserves to be exalted all the time.

During the time of Moses, after the Israelites sinned and rebelled against God, The Lord sent snakes to punish them. The serpents bit them and many people died. God instructed Moses to make an image of a snake and lift it up on a pole so that whoever looked upon it might be healed. Therefore, just as the Israelites looked upon the lifted serpent in the desert, so must we, now, look upon the lifted up Jesus on the Cross for our healing.

We suffer from many issues in life such as ill-health, emotional problems, personal, relational, spiritual and financial issues. Most of these problems are caused by sins of omission or commission. Jesus tells us today that when we, with sincere and repentant hearts, direct our gaze at Him on the exalted Cross, with faith, we shall be healed. We shall live and our problems will be resolved.

Therefore, this week, let us spend some time gazing upon the Cross of Christ in our crucifixes. With faith, in that crucifix, you will see the answer to your problems. Ask Jesus for the solution to your problems for He says, “Ask and you will get, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened for you.”

 Liturgy for School Mass this Friday will be led by Year 6 class.

Starting for Mass is 8:30 am. Be at school before 8:00 am and bring some money, fruits and vegetables for offertory.

This Friday is also the feast day of St. Joseph the husband of Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ.


Thank you to everyone for your participation in the Memorial Mass last week Thursday for the founding Father of our nation, the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare. Particularly to our school captains – Mr Christopher Avuchalas and Ms Lourdes Kangol and the SRC members such as Ms Sara Lim – The MC of the Tribute Program and those who led in the liturgies of the Mass in reading the petitions and readings of the Mass.  Thank you also to Ms Dianne Songo for heading the decorations and setting up of the MSC Hall for this important occasion and also to Mrs Kangol for her flower contributions. Thank you ever so much.


Stations of the Cross every Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm at OLSH Cathedral.

Remember Lent! No Eating Red Meat on Friday.


Thank you and God bless you all.

Mr R. Rangatin 

Memorial Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare RIP

Year 10 Retreat