Week 7 Term 2 2021

Principal: Ms Judeline Wadhwani,

Acting Principal: Mr Patrick Baiwan,

Head of P-6: Mrs Wiki Thomas,

Head of 7-12: Mrs Rachel Baiwan,

Head of RE, Faith & Mission: Mr Raymond Rangatin,

School Address: P O Box 211, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

School Telephone Number: (675) 984 2128

School website address:

From the Principal

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

We are approaching the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.  Please accept my apology for the late publication, having overlooked the different dates of observance of this holiday by PNG and Australia.

There will be no school on Monday 7 June.  Teachers from 7-12 have been advised to set substantial learning activities for home study.  It is possible to have relaxation and fun whilst engaging in dedicated hours of home study.  At OLSH we agree “All work and no play makes for a dull student”.


  • Term 2 – School closes on Friday 2 July
  • Term 3 - Monday 12 July  – Friday 17 September
  • Term 4 – Monday 27 September  – Wednesday 1 December


  • Year 10 – Monday 11 – Friday 15 October
  • Year 12 – Monday 18 – Friday 22 October
  • Year 8 – Monday 25 –  Thursday 28 October

Changed Traffic Flow Arrangements

All parents and guardians would have received a letter emailed to you or hard copy brought home on Monday 31 May.  Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a smooth and safe traffic flow for all members of the OLSH and Torot Centre communities.  A copy of our letter is found at the link below.


Attendance – Absenteeism and Punctuality

We are at the “business end” of Term 2.  For the next 5 weeks, it is focus, focus, focus on learning, assessment and feedback for improvement.  The Heads of School and I are meeting regularly with teachers through Line Management Meetings, to address the learning needs of every student.  Hence your co-operation in sending your child/children to school on time every day, is vital to the success of our efforts in providing your child with quality learning every day in every lesson. 

A couple of regular reminders appear below for the attention of all parents and guardians.

School start time & student safety

It has been noted that some students are standing outside the school gates as early as 7.00 am.  Parents please note that there is no supervision for students before 7.30 am.  Please do not leave your child outside the school gates.  This is a hazard to their personal safety.

Health and Safety is every person’s responsibility at OLSH

As the health and safety of all members of the community are paramount, I reiterate below my message to the OLSH community with regard to COVID-19 safety and Scabies Management.  All parents and guardians are asked to support the school by doing the right thing at all times. 

COVID-19 Safety

Please do not send your child to school if they are sick or display any signs of cold and flu or have a fever.  Please get medical attention for them at the earliest and inform the school of their absence.

All students above 12 years of age are expected to carry and wear a mask to school.

Personal hygiene and hand hygiene are to be practiced every day at home and at school.

Scabies Management

As there have been a few cases of scabies at OLSH, parents are asked to please take note of the school’s scabies management policy which can be found in the link below.  As scabies is a highly contagious disease, please ensure that you follow the guidelines in the policy. A hard copy was also sent home with the newsletter in Week 3, for parents who receive the hard copy of the weekly newsletter.

In the interests of the health and safety of the entire OLSH learning community, it is important that all families act with caution and care in taking prompt action to treat their son/daughter for scabies.  Please send your child to school only after the steps for first line treatment and follow up treatment (if necessary) are carefully followed.


Learning-Teaching News

P-6 News

Home Link Book

In last week’s newsletter Mrs Wiki Thomas wrote about this important communication tool between parents and teachers.  Please use it regularly in working with the teachers to ensure your child’s learning is progressing to their and your satisfaction. 

Health, Maths, The Arts in Year 6 Learning

Health, Maths, The Arts.  Year 6 students have had fun-filled learning in all of these subjects.  Mr Anthony Kavanamur is proud to share Year 6 student work below.

Let’s All Be Active

In their study of this unit in Health, students discussed and identified how various technologies such as apps could be used to increase participation in physical activity. They explored outdoor activities in which they can participate, particularly in connection to special places and how connection to the local community, environment or special places can influence personal and community health. Students created posters (below) that advertised their favourite recreation activity and that can persuade others to be involved.  In The Arts, students investigated primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours. Students blended different colours to form new colours and painted their natural environments such as different aspects of the skies; either day time or night skies.

Mr Anthony Kavanamur
Year 6 teacher

7-12 News


Year 12 Biology Excursion

The excursion saw the 8 students of the Year 12 Biology class immerse ourselves into the Kuak aquatic environment to undertake field investigations relating to a topic we had been studying, namely Population.

 The excursion which took place on the 27th of May 2021 allowed us to take samples of the population of local flora (turtle grass and funnel weed). This was a very good opportunity for us as students, as it reinforces the classroom material, giving us the chance to experience, discuss and visualise clearly, the course materials we had cured. But most of all, it was nice to spend time with our friends and teacher outside the classroom allowing for a more enjoyable learning experience.

Christopher Avuchulas

We travelled down to the Kuak Intertidal Zone to investigate the abundance and distribution of Turtle grass (Thalassia) and Funnel Weed (Pandia) by using two sampling techniques: transects and random quadrats. Most importantly we all learnt how to mark transect lines and how to use quadrats to calculate percentage abundance or cover of a population. The highlight of the excursion was when we were practically diving and counting the number of funnel weed and turtle grass in each random quadrat.

Venessa Rikis


During the excursion I learnt that I have to use the two types of sampling methods in an area with an obstacle such as water. The best part of the excursion was carrying out the investigation itself especially diving down to count the two species.  Whilst putting the results together after returning from Kuak, we concluded that turtle grass is found least as the depth of the sea increases.   This is because turtle grass depends on sunlight for photosynthesis and as the water levels get higher it blocks the sunlight from reaching the turtle grass.  Hence most of the turtle grass population is more common near the shore. 

Lourdes Kangol

Year 10 Student Progress Interviews

These interviews concluded on Monday of this week.  It is our belief that Year 10 students got an understanding of their strengths and as importantly, their areas for improvement, in powering on towards their final Written Expression Examination that occurred this morning, as well as for their upcoming Science Practical Mock Examinations (see dates below).

Important Year 10 and Year 12 dates



  • Friday 11 June                   Science Practical Examination Mock 1 (Skills)
  • Friday 25 June                   Science Practical Examination Mock 2 (Investigation)
  • Friday 30 July                     Science Practical Final Examination


YEAR 12  (Please see added dates)


  • Tuesday 8 June                 Issue of 2019 Written Expression Reading Booklet to students
  • Tuesday 15 June               Year 12 Written Expression Mock Exam 1
  • Monday 12 July                Issue of 2020 Written Expression Reading Booklet to students
  • Monday 19 July                Year 12 Written Expression Mock Exam 2
  • Monday 2 August            Year 12 Written Expression Final Examination

Meet the Staff – ICT Co-ordinator

From this issue, we will regularly feature staff members who make Student Wellbeing for Learning happen every day.  They meet all their challenges especially the long power outages during the school day, with resilience and a smile.  In future editions, our SRC members will interview and present a member of staff.  This week we are pleased to introduce Miss Francisca Tome, ICT Co-ordinator who joined OLSH at the start of 2021.  Miss Tome went to Madang in March, to attend her graduation and was awarded the Bachelor of Information Systems.

Graduation Day

19th of March 2021.  Finally it is Graduation Day.  I’ve waited for this day for four long years and now it’s finally here, it is today and I don’t know what to do, should I sit for a while or should I get dressed and wait for the ceremony to being.

In 2017 I was selected to study Bachelor of Information Systems at the Divine Word University (DWU).  Throughout my four years of study, it wasn’t a smooth ride. A lot of sleepless nights and heavy workloads.   At the end of every week - two or three assessments were due. I had to work under pressure with no time for socializing.

Seeing my parents sacrificing a lot for me is the only reason that kept me going. My dad always said “everything has its own timing, you don’t have to rush, take every challenge one day at a time, and when the time is right you’ll enjoy everything to the fullest.”

Well, all the hard work and sleepless nights paid off well.  Now I’m going to graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Information Systems.  It was one of the best and most memorable days of my life when I got my degree paper, seeing how happy my parents are. Yes! I finally did it!! I’ve waiting so long to see that priceless smile on their faces!

All thanks to my hard working parents, my friends, the IS Department, DWU and the Lord Almighty for bringing me this far.

Working with OLSH for the last three months has been a great experience for me, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work as the ICT Coordinator. Many thanks to Mr. Baiwan for his continuous support and advice. I’m looking forward to work with the school for the years to come.

All in all I would like to thank Ms. Wadhwani, Mr. Baiwan and OLSH International School for making it possible for me to attend my graduation.

Ms Francisca Tome

ICT Coordinator

From the Acting Principal

Term 2 fees

A reminder that Term 2 fees are payable in full on Friday 18 June.  Your timely payment of fees helps OLSH meet our high operational costs to provide the highest quality of learning-teaching every day.  If you are experiencing difficulty in meeting this deadline, you must contact Mr Patrick Baiwan and make alternate payment arrangements as soon as possible. 

Mr Patrick Baiwan

Acting Principal

From the Head of RE, Faith & Mission

CATHOLIC CHURCH CALENDAR: 9thweek Easter in the ordinary Year ‘B’ 2021  

WEEK REFLECTION: Mathew 28: 16-20

We can make sense of the Trinity if we experience it in our own lives. If we have experienced the living Christ, the love of God as Father and fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to relate to another person the gift we received when we were baptised. The Trinity can become a warm and meaningful experience. One of the ways to get to know God the Father is through creation and his great care for us. Through the ministry of Jesus among us, we get to know God the Son. Through the work of the Spirit in us and the Church, we get to know God the Holy Spirit.

Trinity is unity! It is the very heart of our faith.


A big thank you to everyone for your love and co-operation in the journey of the statue of our Lady during the month of May. Through our visual recognition of Mother Mary, God will always bless us.

However let us continue to pray in intercession to Mother Mary, petitioning for our own intentions, for the needs of our loved ones, and in union with all those who join us in prayer for OLSH International School. Our Mother Mary always hears us.

Thank you and God bless you all

Mr R. Rangatin