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Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Wyoming
92 Glennie Street
Wyoming
New South Wales
2250
Our School motto “Alive and Aware” is constantly a reminder of striving to value and foster the sacredness, achievements and potential of each person.
NSW Central Coast
(02) 4324 6641
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Frank Cohen
Primary School
Catholic
Catholic
K-6
No
Co-educational
330
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  • Academic Achievement
  • Community
  • Discipline
  • Faith / Religion
  • Information Technology
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Personal Values
  • Sport

About Us

Classrooms
Our Lady of the Rosary School has fourteen well equipped classrooms with a variety of materials to enrich the learning needs of our students. The classrooms are carpeted with a wet area included, ceiling fans, interactive whiteboards throughout and air conditioning in all classrooms. Our Multi Purpose Room features a large open area where whole year groups can meet and is used for incursions, keyboard lessons and utilised by crèche and playgroup. Each year group has access to a number of laptop computers as well as several desktop computers for class use. The school has wireless connection throughout which allows for a flexible use of technology incorporated into all learning areas, in particular our bank of mobile tablet devices.

Library
Our Library offers a wide range of reading material for all students in a bright and welcoming environment. The students have access to the Library for a 40 minute skills and information lesson once a week as well as having the opportunity to visit the library throughout their lunch breaks. The Library also features an inbuilt entertainment console with stereo video and DVD facilities linked to a mounted data projector to enhance multimedia learning opportunities. The students also have access to a bank of desktop computers for accessing and processing information.

Playground
Playground facilities at Our Lady of the Rosary are spacious and provide the opportunity for students to have a balance of passive and energetic playtime options.

We have five separate playing areas including a basketball court, netball court, two grassed areas, as well as an artificial grass area. We also have a large covered outdoor learning area (COLA) which provides shelter from hot or inclement weather. The COLA and artificial grass area contain handball courts and painted games to support children in choosing fun and interactive playground activities.

Hall
We have a hall which is used for weekly Assemblies and various meetings.

Wyoming Community Centre runs their Before and After School and Vacation Care in the hall.
Beliefs About Learning
At Our Lady of the Rosary we believe that children learn best when:
individual needs are catered for
they have access to resources
they are actively involved
risk taking is encouraged
they are challenged
they have strong expectations that they will succeed and do succeed
quality work is expected
children’s efforts are valued and shared
opportunities are provided for enrichment and extension
a sense of responsibility for self, others and the environment is promoted
a sense of pride in self and the school are encouraged
a sense of safety and respect is fostered
parents are involved in the learning and teaching process
effective learning and teaching processes are in place

Key Learning Areas
We provide every student in our Catholic primary school with significant opportunities for learning in all seven Key Learning Areas. These experiences are planned in keeping with the stage of development and the potential of each individual student.

Learning Support

The school has a Learning Support Teacher and Learning Support Assistants who assist children with special needs within our school by working with teachers to implement individual education programs.

Extra Curricular
At Our Lady of the Rosary we value the children’s talents in a variety of areas and encourage them to participate in a wide range of creative, sporting and academic pursuits.
Some extra curricular activities undertaken by our students are:
Academic Opportunities
  • Diocesan Public Speaking Competition
  • Diocesan Debating
  • UNSW English, Mathematics, Science and Computer Exams (ICAS)
  • Write Now! Writers Camp
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Tournament of the Minds
  • Surf Awareness

 Social Interaction

  • Friendship Groups
  • Peer Support
  • Student Representative Council
  • Mini Vinnies
  • Boys Education Program

 

Diocesan Representative Sport
Children have the opportunity to trial in various sports throughout the year providing them with a pathway to NSW selection.
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Touch Football
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Rugby Union
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • AFL
  • Cross Country
Inter-school Competitions
  • Paul Kelly Cup
  • Waratah Shield Cricket
  • Rugby Union
  • Rugby League
  • Gala Day
Creative Arts
  • Music Lessons
  • Guitar lessons
  • Keyboard lessons
  • School concerts
  • Special event choirs

Our Lady of the Rosary is a KidsMatter school that focuses on respectful relationships and the children’s wellbeing.

Our school’s Pastoral Care is based on respect and dignity of the human person.

Pastoral Care grounds the school’s Mission Statement in the quality of our daily relationships. The ways in which people interact with each other in the daily life of the school significantly affects each person’s sense of well-being, identity and self-worth. Everyone in the school community has a responsibility to foster quality interpersonal relationships amongst teachers, students, parents, support staff, priests and parish communities.

OLR endeavours to provide to all, the experience of high quality interpersonal relationships of care and support. Thus each member is both a provider and recipient of Pastoral Care.

As a school community, OLR responds with increasing sensitivity to the social and cultural diversity of its members. It is in and through Pastoral care that much can be done to promote, respect and support such things as diverse family structures, different ways of giving expression to Christian faith, and awareness of cross-cultural issues. School policies and practices are respectful of the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of individual students and provide learning opportunities for individual students which are responsive to their unique needs for growth and fulfillment.

Our school is a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” (PBL) school.
Our School Values are “Hope, Justice, Respect and Personal Best”

School Values
These have been formulated to help establish and protect our Christ-centred environment.
The Values are:

Respect
Justice
Hope
Personal Best
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and inspired by the example of Jesus Christ, we, the community of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Wyoming, strive to value and foster the sacredness, achievements and potential of each person
We will:
Value…
The individuals – children, parents, staff, parish, community – and the environment
Create…
A sense of acceptance, belonging, hope and love
Celebrate and Share…
Our faith, our common purpose and our achievements, affirming the lives of others
Educate…
The spiritual, physical, academic, personal and social aspects of the children in partnership with parents
Support…
The ideals of Catholic Education
Develop…
A sense of pride in ourselves, our school and its community

Feature Story

Terrible Teachers and Amazing Parent Complaints.

Being a Principal requires a sense of humour and a thick skin. Over the years I have witnessed some absolute pearler of complaints from parents about the actions of ‘terrible teachers’. Like the time a teacher was so inconsiderate that she arranged the school musical on a Tuesday and Wednesday night that needed to be re-scheduled because a dad had a business appointment he could not change. A parent also complained bitterly that she could not understand why her daughter’s teacher could not meet her at the gate each morning to take her to class. There was also a time when a dad believed his son was being victimised and picked on by teachers at his previous two schools, the teacher in the grade before and now the current teacher for his bad bullying behaviour.

I have also witnessed some poor teacher judgement that rightly has caused a mountain of complaints from parents who justifiably have argued that the teacher’s actions failed miserably the reasonable test. Essentially, what I am trying to highlight is that in positive partnership between teacher and parent so much can be achieved, but at all times it must pass the test of reasonableness. Prior to making appointments with me as the Principal it is very important for respect that parents touch base with the teacher and only when there is an air of dissatisfaction should I be called upon for a meeting. This is not to abrogate my responsibility, but in going forward a teacher will feel undermined if they have not had the initial chance to resolve any issues.

As we are about to embark upon mid-year report interviews could I ask both teacher and parent to keep in mind that expectations can only ever be met if they are reasonable. Apportioning blame for poor behaviour or poor academic results shifts responsibility from where it should lay. My job as Principal is to ensure teachers do the right thing or face counselling as a consequence. Equally, I also have a duty of care to my staff to ensure the demands placed upon them by parents are rational and reasonable. During my time here at OLR I would have to say on the whole both parents and teachers work reasonably well together, but there have been occasions where information has been passed on to me about some parental whinging and rumour spreading that even though it generally is devoid of truth, actually creates a situation that need not to have occurred.

Soon you will be asked to book an interview time to meet your child’s teacher about the Semester 1 report. When discussing the report keep in mind three things. Firstly be reasonable. Secondly convey two stars for what is happening in the class and finally impress upon the teacher one wish. Equally, when your child’s teacher affirms, be proud of what your child is achieving; but more importantly when your child’s teacher impresses upon you some form of action to raise the performance bar, then please listen carefully.

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Welcome to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Wyoming.

The School Leadership team comprises Principal, Assistant Principal, Religious Education Co-ordinator, and three co-ordinators responsible for Curriculum Development.Our school is well respected in the local community. Along with the belief in a strong academic performance, the school staff sees the school as striving to be a community of faith, based on belief in God and a Catholic way of life.

A regular cycle of curriculum development and policy documentation has been undertaken in the school. The teachers work as a team to provide a well-balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all of the children, the requirements of the Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office and Board of Studies.

Our Lady of the Rosary is often spoken of by the community as a “family” school. This perception seems to have developed through the buddy systems, peer support groups, emphasis on care of the younger children by the older students, and a strong whole school sense that has developed.

Our School motto “Alive and Aware” is constantly a reminder of striving to value and foster the sacredness, achievements and potential of each person.

Frank Cohen Principal

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