Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

21 September 2018
Issue Twenty-eight
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

A Prayer for the End of Term

Loving Father, 

as we come to the end of another term

we turn to you in confidence 

and place any difficult relationships

into the healing hands of Jesus, your Son. 


Enable us to leave behind any pain of the past

and any regrets or bitterness, 

entrusting the past to your mercy, 

the present to your love, 

and the future to your providence. 

Help us appreciate more

the need to keep a good balance in our lives.


May the holiday be for us a time of rest and recreation

to help restore us and re-create us 

in your image and likeness, 

as we enjoy more of the love and presence 

of our families, 

on whom we ask your blessing.


Swimming Lessons PP - Year 3

Last week, parents of children in Pre-Primary to Year 3 would have received information about Swimming Lessons commencing in Term 4. Please see the attached documents for the enrolment form and information letters from Mrs Stewart. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Stewart via email [email protected]


Assistant Principal Appointment

I take this opportunity to advise you all that Michael Morris has been appointed as the Assistant Principal (Digital Transformation) at OLA commencing January 2019.


Michael has been a leader and educator in our system for over 20 years. During this time he has held many roles and is currently the Assistant Principal at Brighton Catholic Primary School. In 2018, he was appointed as the Acting Principal for a semester to replace the current principal whilst he went on long service leave.


As the Assistant Principal, he has been a leader and driver in ‘Innovation and Digital Technologies’, which has included supporting staff with curriculum change and implementation, overseeing the school's 1:1 program, budgeting and strategic planning. Another major focus of his role has been to support staff not only with the curriculum implementation, but also empowering teachers to use technology to improve pedagogy. He is a leader with innovation and technology and Principals from neighbouring Catholic schools have sent their staff to Brighton to gain an insight into how they can best use technology in the classroom and as a school. A number of schools have adopted and implemented Brighton’s strategies to increase learning - Michael has been one of the main drivers.


The CEWA Leading Lights Team and Microsoft have also directly consulted with Michael and his staff in regards to the functionality of the Leading Lights suite. Michael has been involved in the CEWA Studio Curious Project (Project Based Learning), CEWA Deep Learning Initiative and was selected for the pilot group of the CEWA Talent ID Leadership Project.


We look forward to welcoming Michael to the OLA community in 2019.

Regional Spelling Bee

On Friday, 12 October, two students from Years 3 - 6 will be representing OLA at the Regional Spelling Bee. After an exciting in-class Spell Off, the following students have been selected:

Year 3 - Kylie and James H

Year 4 - Isabella and Prashanth

Year 5 - Tahlia and Daniel

Year 6 - Tahlia and Frankie


We know you will represent OLA with pride, good luck!


Term 4 Calendar

Please see the attached PDF for next term's calendar. For the most recent updates, refer to the interactive calendar on our website.



Over the last term we have been monitoring the finishing times of assemblies. We appreciate that some families need to leave at 3.05pm so we will be starting assemblies at 2.15pm commencing next term to ensure we finish on time.


Dates for the assemblies next term are as follows:

- 26 October - Year 2 Assembly

- 9 November - Year 4 Assembly

- 23 November - Pre-Primary Assembly


Please note: In 2019, each class will be performing an item assembly, not each year level.

Bishop's Catholic Day

Monday 8 October is the Bishop's Catholic Day for OLA staff. Students do not attend school on this day. Term 4 commences for students on Tuesday 9 October.


Have a safe and relaxing holiday break and I look forward to seeing you back for our last term of 2018. God bless.


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Thank You


Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at [email protected]

What's Happening at OLA!


The Pre-Kindergarten children listened to a God story called, ‘Jesus Calms the Sea’. The teacher told the bible story using peg puppet people and felt props and afterwards, the children discussed the story. The children thought there was a message in the story, and agreed that Jesus wants us to know, if we need help, we can ask Him to help us.


We had lots of helpers to weed and water the vegetable garden. We pulled out the rocket which had gone to seed and put the old plants in the bin. After weeding, we planted some leeks and capsicum plants. Then we watered and fertilised the garden bed.


During Term 3, the children and teachers have been developing a project using wood scraps. The children created a structure using wood and glue and later added natural materials to enhance the structure. There were lots of towers, houses, some coffee houses, an aeroplane, a shopping conveyer belt and many more inventions! The wooden structures are near completion now. The children are proud of their efforts and so are the teachers. Well done everyone!

Mrs Petkovic


This term in Kindy, we have been learning about minibeasts. The children have learnt so much about different insects and their body parts, how they find food and where they live. Last week, we invited Fleur from Spineless Wonders to bring in a whole truckload of minibeasts to get up close and personal with. The children were able to hold a giant cockroach, stick insects, beetles and bugs. They were also able to look at a glow in the dark scorpion, a huntsman spider and even a tarantula! There were also so many beautiful butterflies to see.  There was just so much to see and touch.  It was awesome!

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

On Friday 7 September, the Year Ones went on an excursion to Scitech to learn more about the weather and seasons, day and night, and light concepts. In the Planetarium, we explored the solar system and watched the Tilt Show. The show was about seasons and weather in different parts of the world. We also watched the Things That Glow Show. The Scitech presenter popped three balloons with fire, put fire on her hand, made slinkies glow in the dark and showed us how to make shadows.


We had lots of fun exploring and playing in the exhibition area. We got to pull our own weight up on a chair, feel rainbow coloured sand, play with fluorescent stamps and markers to create patterns and designs in the dark, pull pulley system weights and use technology to problem solve. We had an awesome day and learnt so much!

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

The Year 3s recently had a visit from fire fighters from the Malaga station. We learnt about what we should do during a fire and how to be fire safe around the home. We saw one of the fire fighters all dressed up in his fire fighting gear. We then went outside and checked out the fire truck and all the equipment they store. The ladders are so long they can reach the roof of our school! 


In Maths, we are learning about volume and capacity. We investigated how the same amount of water looks different in different containers. We practised our measuring skills using big tubs of water and containers of different sizes. We may have got just a little bit wet!

Mrs Tollis and Mrs Pilatti

Year 5

We can't believe it is the end of Term 3 already.  It has been a wonderful and rewarding term.  We were all very excited to hear that our musical had actually won the Shield for the Performing Arts Festival.  We were very proud of ourselves and grateful to Jasmine (Matilda) for collecting it on our behalf.


Just because it is the last week of term doesn't mean Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre have let us off easy.  We are working really hard in class with a Maths Budgeting Project to upgrade the classroom.  Ms Knight and Mr McIntryre have said we can use the left over wish list money to upgrade our classroom furniture.  It requires researching and sourcing products, working out GST, scaling of furniture to make sure it all fits and lots of design.  It is hard work, but a lot of fun too. Can't wait to see which things they actually buy.


A big congratulations to Alexia in 5M for her small world diorama of her suggested upgrade to 5M. Your attention to detail blew us all away! Here are some photos of her great work:

In Religion, we have read the book of Exodus, it is very long.  It is the Bible story about Moses and how God chose him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery.  We read the story, broke it into sections, created collages for each part and wrote summaries.  Our next job is to convert it into an iMovie.  We hope to show the iMovie on Friday.

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre

Write a Book in a Day

Earlier this term, a team of enthusiastic students spent a creative day writing a book to raise money for The Kids’ Cancer Project. The of ten students from Years 5 and 6 worked for 12 hours (from 8.00am to 8.00pm) to write a 2500 word book called, Hacked! All published books from the competition are available in the hospital libraries for sick children to read.  


Our OLA team, named, Team Tag Tales, which was created from the first letter of each team member’s name, had to write a whole book with parameters which included characters, a social issue and specific words.  Our story had to include a tourist, a computer hacker, and a mobile phone and had to include a driving test. We really enjoyed eating all the food and lollies that were provided, but our favourite part was actually creating the book - from brainstorming and planning, writing chapters, editing, illustrating and then getting to see it published at the end. 


Overall, we really enjoyed Write a Book in a Day.  It was a long day but we are really proud of our hard work and that we created a complete book in one day.

Ms Mitchell


Instrumental Tuition Term 3

If your child receives instrumental tuition at OLA, the tutors will be in contact directly with you to schedule lessons for the term. We currently offer tuition in piano, drums, violin, flute and guitar. Later this term, our guitar tutor, Luke Gallagher, will be going to Nashville USA to play some gigs, and continue to develop his professional and personal contact with some of the ‘greats’ of his industry. During his absence, his pupils will be coached by Joe Simich, who has already worked with our students. All our tutors (and any replacements) are highly skilled in music as well as in pedagogy, and have up to date Working With Children checks.  For further information, please feel free to call to the Music Room, or email me at [email protected]

Keyboard Lessons

This term, Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during school times, and drums on Thursday during school times. Lessons start from $17.50 for a group lesson of 4 people, $18.10 for a group lesson of 3, $22.55 for a shared lesson and $33.00 for an individual lesson. If you are interested please ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enrol at:  www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

Sports News

Faction Sports Carnival

The children have been working very hard learning their team games and completing all the field events before the end of term. The Faction Sport Carnival will be held on Thursday, 11 October. Please return permission slips to your child’s class teacher. The Faction Carnival Program is attached. The full program will be available to view on the Library window .

With Sports Day fast approaching (11 October), here are some reminders for all of us. Parents love to see their child succeed, yet we must encourage our children, win or lose, that the Sport Carnival is meant to be fun for everyone.

  1. Assist them in setting realistic goals for participation.
  2. Emphasise and reward effort rather than results.
  3. Be a healthy role model for your child by being positive and relaxed
  4. Provide a healthy perspective to help children understand success and failure.

We are looking forward to a wonderful day of track events and team games.

Athletics Trials

On Tuesday, students in Years 3-6 travelled to Noranda to complete their trials for the track events for our Sports Carnival next term. Year 5 and Year 6 also competed in the 800m event. Congratulations to the following place getters for this long-distance race:


Year 5 Girls: 1st Tiana, 2nd Emily, 3rd Jacinta, 4th Grace H

Year 5 Boys: 1st Alex, 2nd Leo, 3rd Ben, 4th Luke

Year 6 Girls: 1st Zoe, 2nd Siena B, 3rd Elena, 4th Ella Mc

Year 6 Boys: 1st Ethan, 2nd Marc, 3rd Kye, 4th Frankie


Students also competed in the long jump finals. Each competitor had a practice jump and then two jumps for measurement. A very big thank you to Sharon Suckling, Luis Mendoza, Amanda Cipriani, Lisa Bolton, Afroditi Bolzonella and Maria La Cava and all the parents who ensured that students completed their event with great efficiency.

Running Club

Running Club will continue in Term 4 but will be held on Tuesday mornings commencing 9 October. Hope to see our regular runners and new faces there, 8.00am at Waverley Reserve.

Swimming Club

Expression of Interest Forms for a Yr 3-6 Swimming Club went home this week. If your child is able to swim 25m they are welcome to join us, Wednesday mornings at Chisholm College during Term 4.


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher



Friday 21 September

- End of Term 3

Monday 8 October

- Catholic Day - no school for staff and students

Tuesday 9 October

- Term 4 commences

Wednesday 10 October

- Whole School Mass 9.00am

Thursday 11 October

- Faction Sport Carnival

Friday 12 October

- Regional Spelling Bee Years 3-6 at Sacred Heart School Highgate, 9.00am

Saturday 13 October

- Reconciliation Commitment Mass, 6.00pm

Sunday 14 October

- Reconciliation Commitment Mass and Family Mass, 9.30am


L'Arche Perth Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale via the Parish or School Office. L'Arche was a joint initiative of Jean Vanier and a Dominican priest in the 60s. Tickets are $25 with delicious Indian/Asian style dinner at just a mere $7.


Mother Mary Candlelight Procession

You are invited to our Mother Mary Candlelight Procession at St Peter the Apostle Church, 95 Wood St, Inglewood/Bedford:

DATE: Saturday 6 October 2018

TIME:  6pm Mass, followed by Candlelight Procession, Rosary during procession, hymns and then followed by Benediction when returning into the church.

VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.  You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.  Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am

Saturday—Vigil Mass  6:00pm

Sunday—Mass 7:30am, 9:30am and 5:00pm

Parish Youth Mass—Last Saturday of each month

Altar Servers

Saturday 22 September 6.00pm

Danika Knight

Sunday 23 September 9.30am

Adam Lambert

Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a "Feast of the Sorrows of Mary" in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.


In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727 and assigned it to the Friday before Palm Sunday.



Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our new direct telephone number is 9471 3021.   We are looking for volunteers to help any of those days, either all day or even for part of the day.  Mums, dads, nonnas all welcome!


Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently


To keep prices to a minimum, volunteers are required to assist in the canteen. If the school was to employ a canteen assistant, prices would increase significantly and we don't want this to occur. We would like to keep the costs down to a minimum, hence assistance from the community is required. If you were to compare the OLA canteen prices to other schools, you will notice our prices are a lot cheaper.


A huge thank you to Julia and the other volunteers I can call upon to help out during our very busy canteen days. At this stage, the Term 3 helpers schedule has not been filled by parents and assistance is required urgently.


Below is the schedule for Term 3 and I would dearly love more people to assist on canteen days.  Please complete the attached PDF schedule and email it directly to me at [email protected] 


Thank you


Mrs Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress


Online Ordering

To access online ordering for the OLA School Canteen click on the image below.


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.



The following items have been reduced:

 Size 14 Short Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 10 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 12 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 14 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Now $15.00                        


Online Ordering

Remember you can order online, you do not have to come into the shop as the items will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Alternatively, there is an order form on the website so you can email me the order and it will also be delivered to your child’s classroom.


Refund Policy

There are no returns on socks, hats and tights so please select carefully.  Once, they leave the shop, they cannot be returned.


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
Swimming Lesson Letter.pdf
Additional Swimming Letter.pdf
OLA Parent Calendar Term 4 2018.pdf
2018 Faction Sports Carnival Program.pdf