Principal’s Message

Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic school community

OLPS is a small Catholic school and is a part of a larger system of 44 schools in the Broken Bay Diocese. Our head office is located at Pennant Hills. The area of the Diocese is large and covers three main regions, North Shore, Northern Beaches and Central coast. The symbol of the lighthouse represents the light of Jesus Christ throughout our Diocese.

The smallness of our school is such a wonderful gift, as it facilitates personalised care and strong relationships between families and staff. There is a strong sense of community and belonging.

Here at OLPS we have high expectations for all students. All students are expected to succeed as we maximise the learning growth for all students. Our vision is that we are recognised as a welcoming and contemporary Catholic school where our innovative learning environment prepares students to be future ready for secondary school and life beyond. Teachers, students and parents work together to make this vision a reality.

At OLPS our dedicated teachers go “above and beyond” and they truly view teaching as a vocation. I am in constant awe of their time, patience and expertise. Recent examples of teachers going that extra mile include:

  • working with a group of children daily to improve their reading,
  • designing an enrichment task for gifted students,
  • catering to the diverse learning needs in the class,
  • liaising with specialists to incorporate targeted strategies to improve student wellbeing,
  • taking the time to resolve a conflict on the playground and
  • emailing a parent to inform them of a significant learning achievement of their child.

Constant professional learning is at the heart of good quality teaching and at OLPS we are committed to school improvement through the development of our teachers. In recent years, teachers have honed their knowledge and skills in Mathematics to embed a child centred investigative approach to engage and excite all students about Mathematics.

Our 2019 and 2021 NAPLAN results in Numeracy are testimony to our dedicated and talented teaching staff. Results were well above the nations and on par with similar schools. Our commitment to our families is to provide the best education to their children through building teacher capacity to deliver a top-class education for all our students.

While OLPS is a contemporary Catholic school providing an individualised learning environment, it is grounded in a strong Catholic tradition where high standards of behaviour are demonstrated and enforced. Respectful relationships amongst all students are expected and there is a strong focus on the fundamentals of Literacy and Numeracy. Explicit teaching of reading, writing and mathematical skills in an orderly safe classroom environment are evident.

Some families may be concerned that they are not a practicing Catholic family, or they may not be Catholic at all. I want to emphasize that we are inclusive and non-judgemental. We are open and welcoming to all but of course still proudly Catholic. Catholic education is unique. It instils values for life and supports the values that are practised at home. Values of love, human dignity, honesty, compassion, forgiveness, respect and kindness are not only taught but permeate all that we do and are the basis for all our decision making. At OLPS the development of the whole child is fundamental in preparing him/her for the challenges of the world.

OLPS was established in West Pymble by the Mercy sisters nearly 60 years ago. This year we will celebrate 60 years of education at OLPS. We have an excellent reputation for our high quality of teaching and learning, our strong sense of community is like no other in the area and our nurturing care for children and their families.

Come and be a part of this unique community where you and your children will make friends for life.

 

Mrs Sue Host

Principal

April 2022

 

 

 

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