Our Lady of Victories Primary School, Shortland, is part of the Wallsend-Shortland Parish. The core values of the school are based in believing that Jesus Christ lived amongst us as a symbol of Truth and gave us all an example of truth to follow.
O.L.O.V.’s motto is VERITAS, which means TRUTH. As people grow, they search for truth in all they do, say and feel. The school’s Mission is to educate children truthfully with Jesus as the focus, so that they achieve their potential through a partnership of home, parish and school. The school strives to be authentically Catholic through the development of the relationship within the parish and community. O.L.O.V. is a place of interaction spiritually, socially and academically for children, parents and members of the wider community. The school officially opened in 1957 and was originally staffed by the Sisters of St Joseph's.
The school’s spacious grounds and gardens give students plenty of room to run around safely and include a chicken coop and small vegie garden. Major renovations have taken place at the beginning of 2016 and new modern learning spaces are equipped to provide students with the latest opportunities for their learning. These learning spaces complement the school’s modern library and staff facilities, as well as the school hall, and provide flexibility and openness for all types of learners.
O.L.O.V’s NAPLAN results are strong and indicate successful teaching and learning. Involvement in the arts is also encouraged at the school with students having access to a guitar and piano teacher and dancing lessons during school times. The school also has access to a number of OOSH services in the area which can provide before and after school care offsite.
Working closely with the parent community as co-educators of their children, O.L.O.V enjoys a successful social and fundraising relationship with the P&F Association. With its location close to the Shortland Wetlands Educational Centre and the Newcastle University, the school’s small plant nursery supplies native plants to the local LandCare group, and students are regularly involved in the rehabilitation of the local creek.
O.L.O.V is well known and respected in the local community, participating in many local events and supports charities such as St Vincent de Paul and Catholic Mission through Liturgies, educational experiences and fundraising activities. The school also supports the local RSL by attending the Dawn Service and conducting a service at the school which many of the local diggers attend.