Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

02 November 2018
Issue Thirty-two
               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            

Prayer in Praise of the Saints

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord

which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.



Staffing 2019

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Mrs Jemima Saunders to the role of Assistant Principal at St Michael's, Bassendean. Jemima has been on secondment at the Catholic Education Office as part of their Digital Technologies and Teaching and Learning Teams for the past four years. Mr Justin Kirry has also had his secondment at St Luke's extended to the end of 2019. We wish Jemima and Justin all the best with their exciting opportunities.


Staffing allocations for 2019 are currently being decided. Parents will be informed of staffing placements in the Week Seven newsletter. Class lists are also being reviewed at the moment with these being announced to families on Monday 3 December. When determining class placements, teachers make professional decisions based on a number of factors including; social, academic and gender. Any formal requests need to be emailed to class teachers so that they can forward them onto the Leadership Team. It is important to remember that building children's resilience in preparation for high school is a focus for us here at OLA so only urgent requests should be made.

Building Resilience

Thank you to the P&F for organising the Resilience Kit talk on Tuesday night. Building children's resilience is paramount in our society today and is an ongoing focus for us here at OLA. In 2019, we are looking at implementing TRUE Values in our every day interactions and as a means of increasing children's self-esteem. Maggie Dent is a mother, author and parenting and resilience expert. Her two articles, attached below, provide an insight into motivating students using intrinsic motivation.

Article 1 - https://goo.gl/VL9Lqv

Article 2 - https://goo.gl/5m3HRL


Intrinsic motivation is linked to building children's resilience as it allows them to challenge and extend their thinking while developing their ability to cooperate and engage in healthy competition.


Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 OLA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday 20 November at 6pm in the Fr. O'Mara Centre. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the AGM. 

Early Arrival and Late Collection of Students

Some OLA students are arriving early at school and are being collected late at the end of the day. Supervision of students does not commence until 8.15am and children are encouraged to arrive after this time ready for an 8.40am start. Similarly, students are not being collected by 3.30pm. If you are running late and your child will not be collected before this time then please call the Office and advise us of this. Parents will be contacted by a member of the Leadership Team if their child remains on school grounds after 3.30pm.

Remembrance Day Liturgy

All families are invited to join us for a Remembrance Day Liturgy on Monday 12 November at 11am in the Sr. Goretti Hall (Shared Facility).


New Uniform Update

The Uniform Sub-Committee is still working on the future uniform changes at OLA. The implementation and transition phase of changing the uniforms will occur over a few years. In 2019, the current uniforms are to be worn with the anticipated announcement of the changes midway through 2019 with a phase in period of 5 - 7 years. All current uniform items should be purchased as required.

2019 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Parent Information Sessions

The 2019 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Parent Information Sessions have been rescheduled. Please note the new times:

- Kindergarten Parent Information Session - Thursday 8 November, 9.30am

- Pre-Kindergarten Parent Information Session - Friday 16 November, 9.30am


All prospective families should have received a letter confirming their child's enrolment for 2019 and inviting them to attend the relevant session. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Office to discuss your enrolment.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons for Pre-Primary to Year 3 commences on Monday 5 November and will conclude on Friday 16 November. Lesson times are as follows:

PPG and 3G - 11.30am - 12.00pm

PPM and 3M - 12.00pm - 12.30pm

1G and 2G - 12.35pm - 1.05pm

1M and 2M - 1.05pm - 1.35pm

Further information about the lessons is attached.


With Sympathy

It is with great sadness that we advise you that Mr Tony Di Cesare, husband of Lisa, father of Eva (5G) and Antoni (3M) passed away over the weekend after a long illness. May he Rest In Peace.


Lisa and the children are thankful for the support they have already received from families by way of contact and messages. 


Please keep the family in your prayers. 


Have a wonderful weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Cards That Count - Orders Closing Midnight Friday 2 November

Cards that Count, the company turning our kids' artwork into Christmas cards, was overwhelmed with all of the great designs submitted by the students of OLA. So much so, that they have randomly selected 10 Christmas cards showcasing the artwork of our students across all year levels and have included these in a variety pack that anyone can purchase! 


The OLA Christmas Card Variety Pack contains 10 cards and envelopes and costs $15, with $5 being donated directly to the OLA P&F. To purchase, simply:

  • Visit www.cardsthatcount.com.au and select Order Cards from the menu
  • Enter the unique code 2018 in the bottom right corner
  • Once you have entered this code, the variety pack will be displayed along with the shopping page
  • Select quantity and click Add to Cart

Please note that online ordering closes tonight, Friday 2 November, for both the variety packs and for individual student packs, and the cards will be available for collection on Friday 16 November. Thank you for supporting the OLA P&F and our budding artists!



The Fathering Project - Dads' Night: Christmas Drinks

Come and join like minded OLA dads and father figures for an early Christmas drink on Wednesday 14 November. Steven Rushforth from the national organisation, The Fathering Project, will be speaking, along with Greg Martin. Check out the flyer below for more information! Please RSVP to [email protected]


Resilience Kit Presentation

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Resilience Kit presentation by Gemma Lee Taylor on Tuesday night. Resilience is regularly mentioned by educators as an issue we can work on as a community, so it was great to see so many OLA parents learning about this important issue together.


Of particular value was Gemma's list of REMINDERS, including choosing to be MINDFUL AND NOT HAVE YOUR MIND FULL. Parents also found helpful the information on the possible signs of anxiety to look for in your own child, the tips on responding to your child with good eye contact and a smile and the importance of taking time to talk about feelings and also explain 'healthy relationships' with your kids.


Special thanks to the parents and teachers, and our Principal, who helped set up and clean up! We will be looking at more resilience and coping guest speakers for 2019 and as always, suggestions on any topic are welcome.


Gemma is contactable via her website for any further information, and to chat about whether her other workshops are suitable for your children or your family. www.resiliencekit.com.au


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!


As part of our integrated unit of work, the Pre-Primary students were visited by Marilyn from the Association for the Welfare for Children in Hospital. Marilyn worked with the children to develop their understanding about visiting hospital and to familiarise students with some common equipment that doctors and nurses use. The children experimented with stethoscopes, crutches and wheelchairs and even had the opportunity to practice their operating skills!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

This week, in Year 2, we have been busy building our farms in Design Technology. We started our creations using a shoebox and used a range of materials to design our farms. We have built apple farms, wheat farms and animal farms. We are almost at the end of creating them, and will be presenting our farms in front of the class. 


In Maths this week, we have been learning how to count and order the value of money. We are really excited because we get to use play money. We have also been learning how to count coins and create dollar  values to purchase items from our Coles Mini Shops.

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

In Science we are learning about ecosystems and plant life. Last week, we planted tomato plants in the garden beds near the Library and are monitoring their growth. We were so excited to plant a living thing and we have been checking every day to see how they are progressing. Like all living things we need to check if they are getting enough water, nutrients, sunshine and stay weed free to ensure maximum growth.


In Art and Design Technology, we are using our creative and imaginative thinking skills to design Christmas ornaments using popsticks and a variety of materials e.g. pipecleaners, felt, cellophane. We are trying to ‘think outside the box’ by designing 3D ornaments that are different i.e. constructing an ornament that is light-weight, aesthetically appealing and viable. We noticed some interesting things with popsticks, they are easy to cut in half but more challenging to cut to size, for instance to make elf shoes because they don’t bend. Trial and error. We can’t wait to see the finished products with all the materials and accessories.

Mrs McCarthy, Ms Dean, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

Week 4 has found all the budding artists amongst us. We have researched acknowledged artists Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse and drawn images relating to their styles. We have adorned our rooms with the images.


We are now into our third dancing session, preparing for our Christmas concert. We are excited knowing that  we will present our performance to our families and friends later in the term. Tina, our instructor, is happy with our progress and is excited at our performance.


We have reviewed our Humanities and Social Science lessons relating to ‘Government at all Levels.’ in anticipation of this week’s visit to the Western Australian Parliament House and King’s Park.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Sports News

CPSSA Interschool Carnival

Last Friday, 56 students from Years 3-6 represented OLA in the CPSSA Athletics Carnival at the State Athletics Centre. The team performed amazingly well, especially in the sprint events. There were a few placings in the field events and all our lunchtime training for Leader Ball did not go unrewarded, well done Year 5! Special mention to Alex who finished fourth in the open 800m competing against an entire field of Year 6 students. Our Shuttle and Circular Relay teams had faultless changeovers with a final third place in the very exciting Grand Relay. The results of the Carnival were close all day with OLA finishing in fourth place overall. Thank you to the many parents who came to support the team and to Mr and Mrs Cipriani and Mrs Suckling who helped with the Long Jump and to those parents who helped at the finish line to hand out place cards.

Mrs Jodie Stewart

Sports Coordinator



Friday 2 November

- All Souls' Day

Monday 5 November

- Swimming Lessons commence PP-Year 3 (concludes Friday 16 November)

Thursday 8 November

- Kindergarten 2019 Parent Information Session 9.30-10.30am

Friday 9 November

- Assembly Year 4 at 2.15pm


Iona College Special Boarders' Reunion


Mercedes College 50 Year Reunion

To celebrate this milestone, the College invites ex-students from the Class of 1968 to reminisce with school friends over lunch. Join us on Friday 16 November at the Mercedes College, Conference Room from 11.45am for lunch. Hear from the current Principal, Mrs Kerrie Fraser and after enjoy wandering through the College’s Art Exhibition, viewing some of the student art works. For more information and to book, visit https://www.trybooking.com/YNVQ/.


Mercy College Year 7, 2019

We are finalising our Year 7, 2019 places before our upcoming Orientation Day.  If you have not enrolled your child for Year 7 please do so as a matter of upmost importance.  Any queries, please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof, Mercy College Enrolments on 9247 9223.



WAAPA Summer School 2018/2019


This Summer, WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students from Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in Rap, Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at [email protected]


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

Children's Liturgy

The OLA Parish offer Children's Liturgy each Sunday during the 9.30am Mass. Please see the attached flyer for further information.


Month of the Holy Souls

The month of November is dedicated to the souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on 2 November. The entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green.

Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.


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


If you are able to assist in the Canteen during Term 4, please email me directly 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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.


The new bucket hats are available from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $16.50.

Pre-Primary and Kindergarten Special Fittings

The Pre-Primary and Kindergarten letters regarding fittings were sent out earlier this week. We encourage parents to purchase uniforms prior to the end of the year. If you are concerned about sizing, I am happy to swap to a bigger size if your child grows over the Christmas holidays as long as the uniform has not been washed or worn.

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.


Tania Longman

Uniform Shop Manageress

Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Children's Liturgy.pdf
AGM Parent Information 2018.pdf
School Board Nomination Form 2019.pdf
P&F Nomination Form 2019.pdf
OLA Swimming Lessons Newsletter.pdf