Our Students - Senior Specialist

Senior Science - Ms Jennie Long                         Senior Phys-Ed/Health - Mrs Carmen Gallagher         
Senior Humanities & Social Sciences - Mrs Tara Schmidt                          
O'Connor Primary is well equipped to provide a range of specialist learning areas for our students. The specialist classes compliment the classroom activities while providing targeted and dedicated learning in a speciific area. Please see the links below for more detail. 


Senior Science - Ms Jennie Long 

Students in Year 3 to Year 6 will attend Science lessons each week.  These programs are developed using the Australian Curriculum. The classes run for 55 minutes each week in the student’s classroom.     

About Ms Long: My name is Jennie Long and this year I have the privilege of continuing in the role of Senior Science Teacher. I will be teaching Years 3 to 6 again this year. All classes will attend two lessons of science a week. Over the year we will be covering a range of topics including physical, chemical and biological science. During the year your child may be asked to supply some recycled material (like milk cartons and 2 litre bottles). This material will be used to complete experiments.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program was trialled last year with the Year 3 students; it is my hope to operate the program across the school involving other classes.

I look forward to meeting you and your child soon. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school if you have any questions, by sending an email.



Senior Phys-Ed/Health - Mrs Carmen Gallagher

Students in Years 4 to 6 have a great time in the speciliased Phys-Ed/Health Learning Area. All senior classes have one Phys-Ed lesson and  one Health lesson for 55 minutes each week.

About Mrs Gallagher: I will be teaching Physical Education and Health.  I am excited to move into this new challenging role working with the senior classes and teachers. For the past 10 years I have been teaching Early Childhood which I have loved. I have four teenage children so I am ready for the next big challenge.  My week nights and weekends are tied up with many sporting events including basketball, hockey, touch rugby, gym, swimming, cricket, football and indoor hockey. 
I am very passionate about physical activity and participation in children’s sport, enhancing maximum participation and enjoyable experiences.  In Physical Education and Health, students will learn how to enhance their own and others' health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing environments.  Students will be engaged in an experiential curriculum that is present, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.
A new program being introduced this year is a whole school fitness programme 4 days a week.  The benefits of Physical education has a positive impact on your child’s learning in the school environment.

Term 2 and the sports calendar is full again with opportunities for the students to showcase their skills. Eagles Cup and Fever Cup both kick off in Week 4. Games will be played on Friday afternoons with games scheduled to start 1.15pm and concluding at 2.15pm. See the Skoolbag app for updated fixtures -  2016 fixtures will be updated as soon as available.

Later in the term the students will prepare for some distance running and take part in the Cross Country. Those that attend the Active Club will be primed to tackle the 2 kilometre course and set a 'PB'.
That's not all: the Winter Lightning Carnival is on and will provide students with the opportunity to participate in Footy, Minkey, Netball, Soccer, and Basketball in a round robin style tournament.

O'Connor Primary has a very busy sporting calendar to cater for almost every child's interest from swimming carnivals, cross countries, athletics and a variety of sporting incursions and excursions. To keep up to date with the latest news and information in the O'Connor Primary sporting calendar please download the Skoolbag application on your smart phone. If your child is unwell coming to school or has a serious injury please provide a note specifying the extent of your child's condition or send a Parent eForm on the Skoolbag smart phone application.

For more information on the new draft for Health and Physical Education please visit the ACARA.

If you are able to help or assist in any way it would be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child throughout the year. 

If you need to contact Mrs Gallagher please feel free to email the school.  
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 Senior Humanities and Social Sciences- Mrs Tara Schmidt

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) learning area is made up of four subjects:  Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography and Economics and Business (commences in Year 5). 
Students in Years 4 – 6 will attend one HASS lesson each week.  These programs are developed using the Western Australian Curriculum.  The classes run for 55 minutes each week in the student’s classroom.
About Mrs Schmidt:

I hope everyone has enjoyed the first round of school holidays for 2017 and are now ready to embark on another busy and engaging term of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Term 1 went by very quickly and I was really impressed with the way students across the classes applied themselves.  Throughout this term, I will continue to set high expectations, place a strong emphasis on the FAIR values of our school and encourage students to do their personal best in every lesson.    

The activities that have been planned for Term 2 focus on the History component of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Important inquiry skills will also be taught as students explore Australian life before and after European settlement, the reasons for European settlement in Australia, colonial development throughout Australia, the key figures and events leading to federation and factors that influence migration.  We are going to be very busy but I am sure it will be an engaging and rewarding term!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email.  

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