State Library and WA Museum Excursion – Year 3 & 4

During Term 3, the Year 3 and 4 students ventured into the city for a full day excursion to the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip. While investigating a range of primary and secondary source materials related to different places around Perth including the Swan River, Royal Show, Kings Park, Perth Zoo and the beach, the students made a time-line and discussed how these places had changed or stayed the same over time. The students also enjoyed a guided walk through the city centre exploring important landmarks including the Perth Railway Station, Forest Place, Plaza Arcade, London Court and Perth Town Hall. Most students agreed that the highlight of the day was exploring the museum, with the Wildlife and Innovations sections being favourites.

Dads’ Camp

Our annual Dads’ Camp out on the oval was well attended again this year; we were so lucky to have amazing weather.


A couple of weeks ago, the students in Years 3 to 6 had an introduction to golf, provided by Golf WA.  Golf WA have sent me a link to their programmes in case anyone is interested in becoming the next Minjee Lee, Hannah Green or Cameron Smith.


Yesterday, our Commanders were invited to Parliament as the guests of Emily Hamilton MP. Over lunch in the exclusive members dining room, the students asked Emily about her role as a leader in WA, what it meant to be an MP and they got to give their feedback on issues that were important to them as future leaders in the Joondalup community. After a tour of Parliament, the students observed Question Time, and were amazed to hear footage on the news of what they had observed live, less than one hour before.

STAR Birthday

Every year we celebrate STAR’s birthday. The STAR reminds us of the expectations we place on each other, as members of the Ocean Reef PS community. Being a STAR means being Sensible, Thoughful, Achieving and Respectful. Mrs Barton-Harvey and her STAR Crew organised a fantastic afternoon of games that helped us practise being a STAR.

Remembrance Day 2021

There were 32,231 Western Australians sent into battle during the First World War – well above expectations, with more than one third of all WA men aged 18 to 41 enlisting.

Today, at Ocean Reef, we will join together to remember all those who we have lost in battle. It is a time to show our true gratitude to those that left their homes – never to return – so that we can live the lives we lead now.

They have no grave but the cruel sea
No flowers lay at their head
A rusting hulk is their tombstone
A’fast on the ocean bed.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Halloween Disco – A Scarily good time was had!

I think we have all been having a fantastic time at our Halloween Disco? A huge thanks to the P&C for organising and all of our parents for giving up a little time to support the event – We really appreciate it!

Commanders for 2022 elected

Over the past couple of weeks, Year 5 students have undertaken a rigorous selection process which included writing to Mr Blackwell, designing a poster and presenting a speech to their peers and teachers in order to choose our six 2022 Commanders. There were 20 students in total who demonstrated the courage to put their names forward and we would like to congratulate them on their excellent efforts.

Congratulations to Jilian, Jay, Sophia, Camden, Alicja and Maisie who were selected.

Interschool Dodgeball Champions 2021

Congratulation to the Year 6 Interschool Dodgeball Team who were victorious at the event held at Beldon PS on Friday which caps a fantastic week of Interschool sports.

Visiting Author – Anna Walker

At Ocean Reef, we are looking for opportunities for authors and illustrators to work with our students to help inspire their writing.

On Thursday 4 November, our Year 1 & 2 students used the wonder of technology to participate in an online workshop with Anna Walker – a Melbourne based author and illustrator. Some of her books include Mr Huff, Lottie and Walter, Hello Jimmy and more. In the interactive online workshop via Zoom, Anna Walker guided students through her process of creating the picture book Florette and then lead the students in some creative drawing activities. This incursion was facilitated by the State Library of WA education team and was offered at no cost to a select number of schools across the state.

What an exciting and inspiring morning for our Year 1 & 2 students to hear from a published author and illustrator!

Emily Hamilton Card Awards

Congratulations to Lexi, Bruno, Kalen and Riley for having their designs selected by Emily Hamilton to use on her cards. Kalen even got a special card from The Premier to recognise his design that included a picture of Mark Magowan.