Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

16 November 2018
Issue Thirty-four
               Principal's Message            
What's Happening at OLA!
Parents and Friends
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 Universal Children's Day

God our Creator, as Mary nurtured her son Jesus at each new stage of life with wisdom and respect, may we too meet each new challenge of parenting with full humanity and respond with kindness and understanding.


Create in us a sense of universal responsibility towards all children so that in our work and daily life we may follow the example of Jesus who listened to children and gave them status and respect. And may we see your likeness and image in every child.



Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Monday morning, Mr Oliver Lovelle and Mrs Joan Daglish from the Mount Lawley/Inglewood RSL joined us for our Remembrance Day Liturgy. We commemorated this special event and reflected on those who have fought and given their lives for us over the years. This year's Remembrance Day marked 100 years since the signing of The Armistice of 1918.


Calling All Volunteers - P&F

With a number of school events scheduled for the next two years, the P&F need your help! Please email [email protected] if you are able to offer any assistance - BIG or small, it all makes a difference!


Constable Care Incursion

Tuesday 20 November is Universal Children's Day. All children will be attending a Constable Care Incursion on this day. Kindy to Year 3 students will be watching a performance titled, First Aid Heroes, and Years 4 to 6 students' performance is titled, Frenemies.

Dads' Night - Thank you

Thank you to the dads and father figures of our students who attended the Dads' Night on Wednesday. Steven Rushforth facilitated the event, our first as part of The Father Projecting. Please refer to the P&F page of this newsletter for a review of the event.

Semester Two Reports - SEQTA Engage

Semester Two Reports will be made available to families via the SEQTA Engage Portal on Monday 3 December. Please take the time to check that you can still access the portal with the username and password you created last semester. We do not have access to your login details, so if you are experiencing difficulties with logging in a new email will need to be sent from Mrs Erskine. Please contact her via email [email protected] if you require assistance. To access the portal please visit https://ola.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/

Staffing Changes

In next week's newsletter the staff placements for 2019 will be announced. Over the last few weeks there have been some changes that have already occurred, and we would like to acknowledge the staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to OLA but will not be returning in 2019.

- Mrs Jenni Hutton will be retiring after 18 years working at OLA. As Mrs Hutton moves onto this next chapter, we wish her all the best and thank her for the time and energy she has dedicated to OLA.

- Miss Anne Mannas will be pursuing other opportunities in 2019 and beyond. This is an exciting time for Miss Mannas and we wish her all the best.

- Mrs Peggy McQuillan will be retiring at the end of the year. She has been invaluable to our Pre-Kindy program and we thank her for the love and warmth she has brought to OLA.

- Mrs Maryanne Petkovic will be taking a year of Long Service Leave next year. Mrs Simone Taylor will be replacing Mrs Petkovic in Pre-Kindy for 2019.

- Miss Ellie Croft has been appointed as a classroom teacher at Assumption Catholic College in Mandurah. Congratulations Ellie.

OLA School App

Please be advised that there have been technical issues with the OLA School app so the decision has been made to discontinue the use of the app as of today. The synchronisation of calendar dates and times from the website to the app has not been reliable and we feel that this may lead to confusion about the details of the important end of year events that we have coming up.


As mentioned in previous newsletters, a new website is currently being designed and with this, a new app will be developed. In the interim, please refer to the interactive calendar on the school website, newsletters, and weekly updates and emails sent from class teachers.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will notify you of the new app once it becomes available in 2019.

Board and P&F AGM

The OLA School Board AGM is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6.00pm. The P&F AGM will then commence straight after. Both meetings will be held in the Fr. O'Mara Centre with light refreshments to follow. We hope you can join us.

Booklists 2019

The 2019 OLA Booklists are currently being reviewed. They will be sent home to families in the coming weeks once all items are finalised.

Spelling Mastery

We are excited to announce that in 2019 we will be introducing the Spelling Mastery program at OLA. All students in Years 1 to 6 will be participating in this renowned spelling program. The direct instruction approach to spelling is designed to raise student achievement through structured and focused teaching practice.


Teachers will be provided with the specific tools to assess, stream and explicitly teach spelling to students. Year levels will combine (Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6)  to deliver targeted spelling instruction to students at their point of need. The results of this program are excellent, and it is currently being used throughout many schools in Perth with outstanding student achievement. The implementation of this program will run alongside Learning Sprints and targeted intervention to raise the achievement of our students here at OLA.


Teachers will continue to facilitate spelling through all aspects of learning in a variety of ways that will complement the program.


A $25 Spelling Mastery book will be placed on your child's booklist for students in Years 1 to 6. These books will be delivered directly to the school once pre-assessments have been conducted at the beginning of 2019. We will keep parents informed of their child's progress and placement within the program.

End of Year Concert

With the End of Year Concert fast approaching, we can feel the excitement in the air! The concert will commence at 6.00pm on Friday 30 November. The grassed area will be sectioned off on the night. The students and teachers will sit in front of the stage followed by those families who are sitting on picnic blankets. Families who are using deckchairs will be seated at the back of the grassed area so that everyone can see. All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will need to remain in the student area until after the finale item.


The format of the night will consist of each year level singing a Christmas carol and then performing their dance item. It was originally planned that the concert would be followed by a mini disco, however, the length of the concert is already approximately one and a half hours so no disco will be held after the concert.


Families are welcome to bring along a picnic dinner to enjoy after the concert.

Uniform Update

Last Friday, the Uniform Sub-Committee met to discuss the progress of the new school uniforms. Now that the new school crest has been finalised, the design stage of the process can commence.


It is estimated that the design and initial production phase will take approximately 1 to 2 years. After this time, the new uniforms will be available to purchase. Once designs have been drafted, they will be released to the community. You will also be notified of when you can start purchasing these items. It is estimated that they will not be available for purchase until 2020 or 2021. After this time, there will be a 5 - 7 year transition for all students to move to the new uniforms.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

This year, we are asking all OLA families to make a gift donation to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. This appeal seeks to assist others in need including; low-income families, those who are homeless and refugees and migrants.


Families are asked to please donate a gift for a child the same age and gender as their own child. For example, a female Year 1 student would purchase a gift for a female 6 or 7 year old. Please give donations to your child's class teacher by Wednesday 28 November. We thank you for your generosity and support with this initiative.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


What's Happening at OLA!


Over the last two weeks, most Pre-Primary children have been participating in swimming lessons at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. The children have learnt a lot about pool safety and have further developed their water skills. It has been fantastic to see their progress and enthusiasm!


This term, we have been hard at work to learn our dance routine in preparation for the End of Year Concert in Week 8. We feel hot, hot, hot and can’t wait to share our moves with you!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

We have had an exciting week in Year Two. We have been participating in swimming lessons, practising our dance moves and celebrating Remembrance Day with the school. 


In Religion this week, we wrote some prayers to God and Jesus about remembering the soldiers and nurses who passed away in the War. We all had the opportunity to share our prayers with the class and decorate them with the Remembrance Day symbol of the poppy flower. We really enjoyed creating our special prayers and sharing them with God. 


In Mathematics, we are learning about transformations, we are using the language of slide, turn and flip to transform an object. We made posters that represent how one shape can move using the slip, flip and turn. We had lots of fun creating our transformation posters. The Year Twos also created their own game called, Slide, Flip and Turn. This game involved the students giving directions to other students to either move their bodies or another object using the three instructions.  

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

We made our musical debut at assembly, last Friday. We have learnt so much in Music, no squeaks just melodic music. Thanks to Mrs McAuliffe we have discovered a new talent. We look forward to showcasing our other talents at the Dance and Christmas concert.


In Reading, we have been learning about thick and thin questions. Thick questions don’t have one answer, you have to think and search for the answer. Thin questions you can answer with a 'yes' or 'no' or a few words and you don’t have to think too hard about the answer. We have enjoyed writing these so that we can challenge each other to answer the questions. Some of them really got our thinking skills moving. Our summary writing has become more cohesive, we have moved from simple sentences to compound sentences and our pieces read well.


We are learning about money in Mathematics and our focus at the moment is on purchasing and calculating to the nearest five cents. We are also looking at the language used in Chance. This is interesting because we get the opportunity to predict different outcomes based on the information we are given.

Mrs McCarthy, Ms Dean, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

WOW!! Our teachers are excited and scared, just as much as we are….with only 3 weeks until the end of term.


We were privileged to visit Parliament House, we were taken on a guided tour of the building and role-played the passing of a bill in the chambers within Parliament House. Our afternoon was then one to remember, as we made our way to Kings Park, where we shared lunch and explored the surroundings.


During our art lessons, we have been busy learning about artists and their styles. Below are some of our fabulous pieces of the famous ‘Piet Mondrian’.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Parents and Friends

The Fathering Project 

Article written by Si Lam: OLA dad and attendee


Guest Speaker, Steven Rushforth introduced us to The Fathering Project, whose aim is to help fathers and father figures be better parents and raise our children as best as possible. Founded by Dr Bruce Robinson, a cancer specialist, who time and time again heard the same regrets from dying men:


1 - Work wasn't as important as I thought.
2 - I wish I could have spent more time with my family / with my kids.
3 - I wish someone had told me this at the start. 


Steven Rushforth was a school principal for 18 years where he saw vast examples of parenting and the dramatic effect a father, or father figure, can have on a child’s life. For instance kids notice everything, especially how dads communicate with mums.


Steven explained that more than anything, kids need your time and your unconditional love. Just eight minutes of your undivided attention per child per day can have dramatic effects. Dads have the power to save their child's life - if they were drowning you wouldn't hesitate to jump in, same goes for the small stuff like coming to look at the strange bug crawling up the wall. If you're not around to listen to the small stuff how can they turn to you when there is a bigger problem. 


One really strong message to take away from the evening was the importance of dad or father figure dates. Just dad and one child, no other adults, no other children and NO distractions. Just time to listen to and connect with your child and filling them with a huge sense that they matter and are worthwhile.


Steven also gave us an overview of fathering groups at other schools and how to get one started at OLA.  In forming an OLA group, we can build a support network for fathers and father figures and a community to build interaction and share knowledge and skills. OLAF was suggested as a possible name!


The Fathering Project motto is BUS: Being there, Unconditional love, make them feel Special. And you can sign up for weekly tips at www.thefatheringproject.org/sign-up


Thanks to all the dads and father figures that made it to the evening. And thanks to our teachers, Bruno De Pietro and Brian McIntyre and Principal, Greg Martin.


Coming soon(ish!) School Fete 2020

In 2020, OLA will be holding a fabulous school fete and we can't wait to get started planning for this immense event! If you would like to join the Fete Committee, please email the P&F! 


Contact Us

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



Tuesday 20 November

- Universal Children's Day

- Constable Care Incursion Kindy - Year 6

- Board & P&f AGM 6.00pm in Fr. O'Mara Centre

Thursday 22 November

- Year 5 Faith Day

Friday 23 November

- Pre-Primary Assembly, 2.15pm


Iona College Special Boarders' Reunion


City of Stirling Charity Clothing Drop Off Day

On Saturday 1 December, the City of Stirling is hosting its Charity Clothing Drop Off Day. You can bring your unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, curtains, bedding and pillows, as well as electrical items, kitchen appliances and bric-a-brac to support your local community. For a full list of what you can donate, visit www.stirling.wa.gov.au/clothingdropoff

WA Young Salesians Summer Camp

The WA Young Salesians are holding their annual Summer Camp in January 2019. Details about this event can be found by visiting www.wayoungsalesians.com/en/summer-camp

Shopfront Christmas Luncheon for the Homeless

If you are able to assist with this wonderful initiative, please refer to the attachment for more information.


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

Christmas Eve Family Mass

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to involve children from OLA in our Parish Christmas Eve Family Mass at 6.30pm. We plan to have a symbolic entrance procession and a simple depiction of the Nativity during the Gospel reading. If your child/children would like to be part of this special celebration, please contact Anne Gartrell on 0439927201.

With best wishes

OLA Children’s Liturgy Team

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

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