Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

25 May 2018
Issue Thirteen
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
P&F News
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            

The four things you want most in life - success, happiness, love, fulfillment - these are all inner processes - Unknown


Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to all our parish Confirmation candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last weekend. Parents, family members, staff and parishioners witnessed a reverent and memorable ceremony celebrated by Bishop Don Sproxton and Fr Ken D'Souza.


Confirmation signals the time in a young person’s faith journey, when they are called to take responsibility for the direction their journey will take them. By confirming their decision to take the next step last weekend, these young adults are striking out on their own. Their parents, Godparents, sponsors and teachers will be there to assist them, as they face the challenges ahead. Spiritual resilience will protect them from the temptations they will no doubt face tomorrow and in the future, and these recently confirmed now have the gifts of the Holy Spirit to assist them develop this essential attribute.


I take this opportunity to thank, Miss Figueira, Mr De Pietro,  Mrs Erskine, Miss Smith, Mrs McAuliffe, Franco Miranda and all the staff members, parents and students involved in the celebrations, preparing the students and coordinating the event. I especially thank Fr Ken for his support and guidance during the days leading up to the celebration.


Nature Based Playground

Repairs to the the nature based playground are progressing well and will be completed early next week. The children will be able to play on the equipment by the end of next week.

Communion Celebrations & Requirements

All sacramental programs are parish based celebrations, with the school supporting the OLA Parish in preparing the students to receive the sacraments.


Attached to this section is an OLA Parish document outlining the expectations and requirements to receive the sacrament. The document has been emailed to the current Years 4 school families and also contains details about the celebrations.


City of Stirling Rangers

I have been advised that the City of Stirling Rangers will be out in force and issuing infringement notices on Chester Ave.

Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care - Business Plan

Thank you to the parents who completed and submitted the 'Expressions of Interest' form.


The data received has now been collated and the OLA School Board has approved moving to the next phase of the process, which is formulating an OLA OSHC Business Plan, in consultation with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).


A final decision will be made by the OLA School Board once the business plan has been formulated and presented to the members. 

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]  


Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 5 June

The staff will be attending a professional development day with the inspirational Jesuit Priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 

Enjoy your weekend.

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

Sacraments at Our Lady's Assumption

The Sacrament of Eucharist is fast approaching. Please check the dates below.

First Eucharist

Commitment Mass

Saturday 26 May 6.00pm or Sunday 27 May 9.30am

Retreat Day

Wednesday 30 May

Parent – Child Workshop

Wednesday 30 May 

Session One 4.45pm

Session Two 6.00pm

Sacrament of Eucharist Mass

4G – Saturday 9 June 4.00pm

4M – Saturday 16 June 4.00pm

Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this special event in their lives.

ICAS Testing Dates 

The first of the ICAS Testing (Science) will take place on Tuesday 29 May. Testing will take place in the Multipurpose Hall. Students in Years 3 and 4 will be allowed 45 minutes to complete the test, Years 5 and 6 are allowed 55 minutes. We wish all students participating in the ICAS Testing the very best. 


Test dates for ICAS subjects. 

- Science - Tuesday 29 May

- Spelling - Wednesday 13 June

- Writing - Thursday 14 June

- English - Tuesday 31 July 

- Mathematics - Tuesday 14 August

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disabilities (NCCD)  is a joint  state and federal government initiative. Catholic schools, along with government and independent schools across Australia, will again be participating in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data. Our involvement in this process is crucial as it will provide valuable information about support required for a students in our school.


The NCCD is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities. It uses a very broad definition of disability, taken from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which includes a range of health issues and learning difficulties where schools implement strategies to support students in participating effectively in their learning.


The Data Collection will take place in August. No personal or identifying information about any student will be included. Parents will be contacted if their child is placed on the database. Please take the time to read the fact sheet for parents and carers.


Parent Volunteers Required

Parent volunteers are required to assist with covering the recently purchased reading books. If you are able to spare a few hours to help with book covering on the days listed below your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Book covering will take place in the Multi Purpose Hall between 8.30am and 10.30am on each of the following days:

- Wednesday 6 June  

- Thursday 7 June   

- Friday 8 June   

If you are able to assist with book covering please leave your contact details with the front office staff.  


Vel Erskine and Rebecca Smith

Assistant Principals

P&F News

Save The Dates!


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]


Tuesday 29 May

ICAS Science


Wednesday 30 May

FHC Retreat Day MPH

FHC Parent/Child Workshop

Session One  4.45pm

Session Two  6pm 



Monday 4 June

WA Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 5 June

Pupil Free Day


Wednesday 6 June

Students Return

Archbishop's Lifelink Launch

What's Happening at OLA


There’s been activity in the Pre-Kindergarten vegetable garden this week. The children planted seed potatoes for winter. They will water the garden and look after the garden beds this term. Each week, we collect our fruit scraps and feed them to the worms that live in our worm farm. Once a week, we water the worm farm and collect the ‘worm whizz’. We use the worm whizz to fertilise the garden! We love to recycle.

We also cooked sausages last week because there were so many children rolling and moulding sausage shapes at the play dough table! The real sausages were very tasty. We didn’t eat the play dough ones. We counted the sausages and sang a sausage song!

Mrs Petkovic


Last Monday was a very special day in Kindy. It was our Mothers' Day Morning! We had been waiting for this day to arrive for such a long time, so when it was finally here, we were beyond excited. We think our mums were even more excited than us!


As we gathered together we started off in a prayer circle, where we acknowledged everything our mums do for us. We then did a bit of dancing and got to show off our moves. Our mums let loose too! Our favourite song was dancing to Singing in the Rain. There are some silly actions in that song. Once all that was done we sat with our mums and listened to a very special story together. Then it was time for a little baked treat and some playing.


We had such a great morning with our mums and we know they had the best time with us too.

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Over the last two weeks, we have been learning about minibeasts during Literacy. We have read some of Eric Carle’s books, such as; The Bad Tempered Ladybird and The Very Busy Spider. In Writing, we are focusing on creating informational texts and we have been researching to find interesting facts.


In Maths, we have been learning about 2D shapes and their features. We have looked at our environment to find examples of 2D shapes. We have enjoyed playing 2D shape games with our friends.

In Design Technology, we have been busy designing and creating our own flying hats based on the story, Dan the Flying Man. We used a range of recycled and art materials to create our hats. We had lots of fun using our imaginations to show our creativity!

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

Our Year 3 students have pushed themselves to the limit completing the recent NAPLAN testing. We are all so proud of them. Our focus in Maths has now moved onto 3D shapes and exploring how many faces, edges and vertices each shape has. We borrowed some plasticine from the Year 5s and the Year 1s (thankyou!) to make each shape.  We discovered what 2D shape we would be left with, if we were to cut a cross section of each 3D shape. The children had great fun playing whilst learning!

Mrs Calleja, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis

Year 5

With NAPLAN now completed, 5G decided to use their brains in a different way this week.  Last Friday, we visited our buddies in 2G and did a STEM activity.  Each group were given 15 straws and they had to create the tallest building they could.  What a wonderful sight it was to watch children working together, accepting ideas and making modifications. 

This week, in 5M, the students completed an activity based on the novel, Charlottes Web. The children had to make spiders from pipe cleaners and pom poms and glue them onto a cardboard web. We also invited our buddies from 2M to join in the activity. The students did a great job  helping the Year Twos and both classes created lots of colourful spiders.

We've also started our sculpture project in Art.  Both classes have designed their gulping fish and this week we've started to create it.  We can't wait to see the end product and will be sure to share some with you all either in the office or library.  

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre

Sports News

Sporting Schools Clubs

Sporting Schools Clubs have commenced. There is plenty of room for the Rugby Club on Wednesdays which is open to Years 3 to 6. Please email me at [email protected] for more information regarding Rugby Club.

Cross Country

Our Junior Cross Country event for Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 will take place on Wednesday 13 June at 9.00am at Waverley Reserve. Please note times and distances below.

9.05am Year 2 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.15am Year 2 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.25am Year 1 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.35am Year 1 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.45am Year PP Girls (approx. 300m)

9.55am Year PP Boys (approx. 300m)

10.00am Ribbon Presentations for place getters 1st to 4th for all races.


Our Senior Cross Country event for Year 3-6 will take place on Monday 18 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


Six course marshals are required for each event for the safety and well-being of all our students. If you are able to help for all or part of the day please let me know via email [email protected] or see me in the office.  Mud maps of each Senior Cross Country course are available to help prepare your child for their race.


OLA Netball

Another great win for our Yr 5 OLA netball team on the weekend. They played against a quality opposition but our teamwork and game plan allowed the girls to have a comfortable win of 17-5! Thank you to the School for the new goal hoops, a massive asset to our training sessions - as demonstrated on the court last week!

Ms Vanessa Knight


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. 

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.


City of Stirling Cycle Facility

The City of Stirling has a State Awarded and Nationally recognised BMX and Skate Strategy that has been in development since 2013.  A family in our school community has been working closely with the Council on this exciting project. This initiative will provide physical opportunities for families in the area, and for kids in non-organised health activities after school or on the weekend.


At this time, the City of Stirling is seeking feedback from the wider community around the Dianella Regional Open Space Cycle Facility. If you would like to view the FACT SHEET for Dianella BMX and Cycle or offer feedback on this initiative, please follow the link below.


East Perth District Football Family Fun Day

Featuring information for a fun day on Saturday 26 May.  See attached flyer for more details.


Important 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.

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

May, Month of Our Lady

In addition to the myriad feast days honouring Our Lady under her many titles and virtues, the entire month of May is especially given to her praise. In the words of Pope Paul VI, May is "a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God ... For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne."


Candles for all Occasions 

An opportunity to have your own personalised candles carefully hand crafted by Benedictine Nuns.  For further information please contact the Nuns directly via the website:



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
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
EP District Parade Day Family Pass.pdf
Expression of Interest OLA -OSHC.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 4 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 3 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 5 & 6 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 3 Cross Country Course.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