Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

15 June 2018
Issue Sixteen
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA
Sports News
Important information
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself 

Wayne Dyer

OLA Strategic Plan 2019-2021

On Wednesday afternoon, the OLA staff will be collaborating with Jeff Thorne in order to draft a new strategic plan for OLA. The School Board and P&F Executive will also be part of the planning process and will meet with Jeff on Wednesday night.


Once the Strategic Plan 2019-2021 is formulated using the data from last year's and this year's surveys, the document will be published to the community.


Thank you to everyone who participated in completing the surveys.

Reports Online

As communicated previously, reports will now be uploaded to the school's SEQTA account and parents will be able to create an account and download their children's reports.


Over the next couple of days, every family will receive an invitation email, with a link, to create an account. Parents will then be required to follow the link and create their own account. Once an account has been established, parents will be able to log on to the site any time and download their children's Academic Reports. Thanks to Amanda Cipriani, the SEQTA Engage Logo/Link has now been embedded onto  our school's website home page and parents can log on via this link.


The process to create an account has been attached for you. We do anticipate some teething problems but we're confident these will be rectified before Monday 25 June when we go live and reports can be downloaded. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to either phone Vel Erskine or email her at [email protected]


Also attached to this section is a document explaining how to read your child's report. This year we have introduced descriptors, for core learning areas, which will assist you in becoming more informed about what your child is learning each semester and provide for more consistency between what is reported in each class in each year level.


Please take the time to read the attached documents. 


Permission Slips for Excursions

Commencing this week, parents will be required to complete and sign all permission forms electronically. Our aim is to continue to become a paperless school. Staff will continue to email parents excursion notes explaining the excursion they will be attending with a permission section at the bottom of the note.


Attached to this section is a document explaining how to fill and sign documents electronically and email to your child's teacher. If you have any further queries or require support, please don't hesitate to contact Rebecca Smith via phone or email [email protected] 


Clive Chitty Farewell

All community members are invited to farewell Mr Chitty at our whole school Mass on Wednesday 27 June.


I take this opportunity to thank Mr Chitty for his contributions to OLA and wish him all the best for the future.

First Holy Communion

This Saturday at 4pm, our 4M communicants will be receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist. This is a very special time for the children and ask that you keep them in your prayers.


Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Applications For 2019 & 2020

Parents with siblings due to start Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten in 2019 and 2020 are requested to complete the attached application form if they haven't done so already. We are also accepting applications for 2021 and beyond. Once the application has been completed, please email Administration at [email protected]  


Senior Cross Country - Change of Date

Due to Monday's weather forecast, the Senior Cross Country  has now been postponed. The Senior Cross Country will now take place on Monday 25 June. A new permission note will be emailed out by your children's classroom teacher. Please also refer to the Sport's section of this newsletrer for maps and more informstion.

Congratulations Mrs Barclay

Mrs Mary Barclay, 2M,  has been seconded as the Year 6 teacher at Infant Jesus School commencing Semester Two 2018 and concluding December 2019. Mrs Barclay will be returning to OLA at the beginning of 2020.


During Mary's absence, Ms Ellie Croft has been appointed as the replacement teacher. Although Mrs Barclay will be missed at OLA, I wish her all the best for this exciting adventure.


Long Service Leave

Mrs Meyerkort will be taking long service leave during Term 3. During Mrs Meyerkort's absence, Miss Jade Rotondo will be teaching 2G.


I wish Colette a safe and relaxing break and welcome her back in Term 4.

Enjoy your weekend.

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

First Eucharist on Saturday Afternoon, 4pm

This Saturday, students in 4M will be joining with OLA Parish communicants to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. The children have spent a lot of time preparing for this sacrament and we thank Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean for their guidance and support of the children during this time. Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this special event in their lives.


If you are able to come along and support the children on this special day your help in the choir loft would be greatly appreciated. All students and families welcome.

Parents and Friends

Incredibles 2 P&F Movie Event

Come and enjoy a viewing of Incredibles 2 with your family and friends at 2pm on Sunday 24 June at Grand Cinemas Warwick. This exciting movie is fun for the whole family and tickets are just $15 per person, plus the Candy Bar will be offering discounted combos for OLA customers on the day! Please note that ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 15 June, so don't delay, click on the trybooking link below to secure your seats now!




Save the Date

OLA P&F wants you to put these dates in your diary! More details to come, but in the meantime if you would like to hop on board and help out with the school disco or the quiz night we’d love to have you! Simply email [email protected]

Entertainment Books 2018/19

Orders are now being taken for the 2018/19 Entertainment Books.


Books are available in hard copy or as a digital subscription, however, if you purchase a digital subscription you can enjoy the benefits straight away! Hard copy books will be available in late May.  Books and digital subscriptions cost $70, with $14 from each sale going directly to the P&F.


To secure your copy simply fill in the form in your homework folder and return it to the office or purchase through the link here: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/8439v0


Thank you to the wonderful Chris Macri for organising the sale of the Entertainment Books!


Contact Us

The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at [email protected]


Saturday 16 June

- 4pm First Holy Communion (4M)

Thursday 21 June

- Year 6 at Sacred Saints Winter Carnival

Sunday 24 June

- P&F Movie Afternoon at Grand Cinemas Warwick



What's Happening at OLA


Last Thursday, Pre-Primary ventured to the Brownes Dairy Factory as we have been looking at production of food from animals. We had the opportunity to observe the last line of assembly for milk and yoghurt. Imagine our surprise when we saw the robotic arm start automatically to pack orders for different shops. Technology is amazing!


During the visit, we put our Science inquiry skills to the test by doing a blind tasting of different yoghurts. We did not like the taste of the plain yoghurt! At the end of the session, we got to see a dairy cow being milked and some of us were lucky enough to give her a pat. We even received a bottle of flavoured milk and a goodie bag to take home with us.


Here are some photos from our day!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

The Year Twos have had an exciting time lately. The Junior Cross Country was on Wednesday 13 June at Waverley Reserve.  What a great effort by our Pre-Primary to Year 2 children.  We hope that those who attended Mrs Stewart’s Running Club felt that all the effort was worth it.  Well done to all the participants and thanks to all the parents who came along to support us. We have included some photos of participants and winners for your enjoyment.

The Liturgy of the Word on Thursday 14 June was a beautiful celebration of what happened at the Last Supper. The presentation of the symbols was very reverent, the readers read so confidently and clearly, and all the Year Twos participated in the echo pantomime really well. Please enjoy the photos we have included.

Mrs Meyerkort and Mrs Barclay

Year 4

Over the last two weeks, Year 4 have been preparing to receive Jesus for the first time, in the Sacrament of Eucharist. To receive Jesus, we need to have a pure heart and pure conscience. To do this, we need to ask God for forgiveness. With Father Ken’s help, we participated in Reconciliation on the Thursday before our First Holy Communion Masses.


On Saturday 9 and 16 June, the Year 4 students along with other Parish candidates celebrated their First Holy Communion in front of their family, friends and the OLA community. Once all the nerves passed, everyone enjoyed this special celebration.


The photos below are a snapshot of how we prepared to receive Jesus.

Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean

Year 6

This week in Year 6, the Ten Commandments were our focus during Religion, as we were asked to create a video that taught us how to recall the Commandments through images. Each Commandment required a symbol that enabled the viewer to remember the image and link it to the specific Commandment. Mr D captured a beautiful image, which showed us how amazing God is. 


In English, we have been working on our narratives both individually and in pairs. We have created stories with titles such as; ‘I Won’t Let My Ideas Get Crushed’ and ‘Stone Nightmare’.


Mr D introduced us to an antique machine, as Miss Figueira would call it, called an ‘overhead projector’. We have chosen images of our favourite cartoon characters to enlarge on a large piece of card.


This week, we also chose a country to follow in the Russian World Cup. Unfortunately, Italy and Ireland weren't included much to Mr D and Mr McIntyre's horror. We have had a great week!


Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro




Sports News

Cross Country

Our Senior Cross Country event for Year 3-6 will now take place on Monday 25 June at 11.00am at Dianella Regional Open Space (entrance off Light Street). It is expected that all children will participate.


Please note times and distances below.

11.00am Yr 3 Girls Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.20am Yr 3 Boys Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.40am Presentation of Yr 3 Medals

11.50am Yr 4 Girls Race (approx. 1.5km)

12.10pm Yr 4 Boys race (approx. 1.5km)

12.30pm Presentation of Yr 4 Medals

12.40pm Yr 5 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.00pm Yr 5 Boys race (approx. 2km)

1.20pm Presentation of Yr 5 medals

1.30pm Yr 6 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.40pm Yr 6 Boys Race (approx. 2km)

2.10pm Presentation of Yr 6 Medals


Please return permission slips via email or printed copy to your class teacher. I still require course marshals, at present I have 2. The event will not be able to go ahead without 6 marshals per race. This is for the safety and well-being of your children. If you are able to assist, please email me [email protected]


Many thanks in advance!  


Junior Cross Country

On Wednesday morning, students in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 competed in the Junior Cross Country event at Waverley Reserve. We were blessed with a fine morning and some wonderful running by all participants! Thank you to the parents who helped with road crossings and as course marshals. Thanks also to our Year 6 Faction Captains who made sure that no short cuts were taken! Well done to all our athletes, the efforts to complete the course were awesome especially to those who find running long distances a challenge.


A special mention goes to Jordan in Year 2G. Jordan showed true friendship and compassion when he stopped his own race to care for his best friend who was suffering with asthma.


Congratulations to the following place getters:

PP Girls- Zoe, Olivia P, Vienna and Mila

PP Boys- Eamon, Jacob, Marco and Marcus

Yr 1 Girls- Arabella, Natalia, Charlotte and Chloe

Yr 1 Boys- Ethan, Michael, Ken and Emmett

Yr 2 Girls- Grace, Emmy, Ciara and Zoe

Yr 2 Boys- Keegan, James, Andrew and Luca


Sporting Schools

It was our last scheduled Sporting Schools Rugby session on Wednesday. The skills and knowledge acquired over these 5 weeks has been truly amazing. All participants enjoyed the games and tasks lead by our Western Force coach, Doug. They were able to play a full non- contact game on Wednesday which was very skillful and competitive.


There will be one final Gymnastics session this Tuesday 19 June. This week, the children enjoyed using the different pieces of equipment provided by West Coast Gymnastics Club to improve their skills. I thank our coach Kylie who has kept our students engaged and catered for all abilities.

Running Club

Thank you to all those students, siblings, parents and teachers who have participated in Running Club this Term. The number of laps are recorded each week. To date, our runner who has recorded the most laps (350m per lap) is Alex from Yr 5. He has run 26km in total, a fantastic achievement! Please join us every Wednesday morning at Waverley Reserve.


La Salle College Annual Quiz Night Friday 27 July 

Tickets are now on sale for La Salle College's Annual Quiz Night on Friday 27 July. Tickets are $13 ($11 Alumni members). Tables of 10. Please call the Administration Office on 9274 6266 to secure your table. Proceeds going towards student facilities and resources. 

Servite College Enrolments 2019


Year 7 2019 Enrolments are currently being finalised.  If your child is in Year 6 and has not yet attended an enrolment interview, please contact College Reception on 9444 6333.  We welcome the opportunity to share our Servite community with new families and offer tours of our campus.  To download an application form or to register for a tour, please visit our website.www.servite.wa.edu.au.  

A further reminder to parents of current Year 5 students, our Year 7 2020 enrolment interviews are underway and we encourage you to return your application forms to ensure that your child experiences the Servite Way.

Brother Olly's Wheelchairs

 Wheelchairs for Kids are a group of retiree volunteers under the guidance of Christian Brother Br. Olly Pickett and Rotary Club of Scarborough Rotarian Gordon Hudson, who make and distribute up to 300 wheelchairs per month to poor disabled children in developing countries.  Millions of wheelchairs are needed.  It costs $200 to build a wheelchair and gives each child the freedom of mobility and liberates a carer. 


At OLA we collect ring pulls from cans and at the end of each term we deliver these to the workshop.  The scrap aluminium is sold and the funds used to buy materials to make the wheelchairs.  Each class have a specially marked container that they keep these ring pulls in.  At the end of the year the class that has collected the most ring pulls is given a token of appreciation for all their effortsPlease ask family and friends to start collecting ring pulls, so we can make a difference!  Proceeds from our annual Book Fair and Second Hand book sale are also donated to Wheelchairs of Kids.

Keep reading

Mrs Luisa Durkin


Transplant Australia

Transplant Australia are hosting a postcard exhibition and auction to support the work of Transplant Australia and to enable more children to attend the Australian Transplant Games.

Please find attached further information.


Keyboard Lessons

Next 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


Important information

Chicken Pox

Please note that there have been a number of confirmed cases of chicken pox within the school. A fact sheet has been attached for further information.


Be Allergy Aware!

Families are reminded that Our Lady’s Assumption is an Allergy-friendly school.  Please DO NOT bring nuts or nut by-products onto the school grounds.  Some of the foods to avoid are Muesli Bars with peanuts, Nutella products, peanut butter and any other foods containing traces of nuts.


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' Thanksgiving Gathering and New Altar Servers' Training

For those Children who have enrolled as altar  servers there will be a Thanksgiving Afternoon Tea with sausage sizzle/pizza on June 30 at 4.30pm.  New Altar Servers are Heartily Welcome to join. There will be training session followed by  Saturday Vigil Holy Mass at 6pm.   

Parents, Big Thank You for your support and  commitment of your Children in this Holy  Ministry.

Altar Servers

Saturday 16 June  6:00pm

Jasmine McGrath


Sunday 17 June    9:30am

Nicole Santacroce

Save the Date
Invitation Feast of the Sacred Heart

All are welcome to attend Our Lady's Assumption Church for the Solemn Mass, Procession and Benediction on Sunday 24 June 2018 at 2pm. Join us in praying for the sick, for the dead, for the peace in the world, in  our families, and the celebration of the Eucharist. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall.

First Sunday Devotions 

In honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, come join us in prayer:

Holy Rosary

Devotion to Mary

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Blessing of the Sick

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 

Please join us on Sunday 3 June between 2.30pm to 3.30pm at

Our Lady's Assumption Church

June, Month of The Sacred Heart

June is the month of the Sacred Heart. A devotion long practised privately, it was officially approved in the 1800s. Devotion to the Sacred Heart encourages participation in Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration and to receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. 



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!


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.


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.


Winter Uniform

All children should be wearing full winter uniform.  The Uniform Shop will not be open during the school holidays.


Uniforms can be ordered online at https://quickcliq.com.au/ by sending an order form to [email protected] or by coming into the Shop.


Winter Uniform - Term Two and Three


  • Dark grey melange school trousers
  • Dark grey long/short sleeved shirt with crest on pocket
  • Maroon school jumper with embroidered crest
  • School tie maroon/grey tartan
  • Short grey socks with Dominican stripe
  • Black leather school shoes (not joggers)


  • Maroon/grey tartan check pinafore (Year 1-4)
  • Maroon/grey check skirt (Year 5-6)
  • Lemon long sleeved blouse or short sleeved blouse
  • School tie maroon/grey tartan
  • Maroon school jumper with embroidered crest
  • Grey tights (available through school uniform only) – MUST be worn on formal occasions
  • Lemon socks with gold and maroon stripe
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Gold, maroon, black or white scrunchies/ribbons for shoulder length hair

Girls' socks have been changed to an all year round sock $9.00 a pair.  Alternatively, you can still wear the lemon socks for two (2) years.  These are currently on special for $5.00 each in size 9 – 12 and   13 -3.



  • Maroon Track Top
  • Maroon Track Pants
  • White Sport Socks with Dominican Strip

Mrs Tania Longman

Uniform Shop Manageress




Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Chicken Pox Info Sheet.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form.pdf
Completing an Online Form.pdf
Completing an Online Form.pdf
SEQTA 2018 Parent Information.pdf
Reporting to Parents Years 1 - 6.pdf
Reporting to Parents PP - 6.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 3 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 4 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 5 & 6 Cross Country Course.pdf