Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

26 October 2018
Issue Thirty-one
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
From the Library
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

“Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing”.


“Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’”


“I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent”.


(Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7)



Sacrament of Penance

Last night, our Year 3 students and OLA Parish candidates received the Sacrament of Penance. Fr. Blasco Fonseca led the students in a Liturgy of the Word, focusing on the parable of The Lost Sheep, prior to the Second Rite of Reconciliation. We congratulate all of these children on their First Reconciliation.



OLA's New School Crest

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the new OLA School Crest from 2019. The attached information sheet explains the process that led to the final design, the significance of the elements chosen and addresses some common questions that may arise. Sincere thanks to the Marketing Sub-Committee who undertook this task and worked diligently to arrive at a final design that reflects who we were in the past, who we are today and who we will be as a school and community in the future.


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. If you wish to nominate for the School Board or P&F in 2019, please complete the relevant nomination form (attached below) and return to the Office in person or via email (admin@ola.wa.edu.au) by Friday 2 November. General information about the duties of the School Board and P&F is also attached.


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.

School Website

The current OLA website is under review. Over the coming months, we are looking to modernise and streamline the website so that it is faster and more user friendly. We will keep the community informed of changes as we progress.

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.

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Today representatives from Years 3 - 6 participated in the CPSSA Division B Interschool Athletics Carnival. Well done to all of our competitors and thank you to Mrs Stewart, Mr McIntyre, Mrs La Rosa and Ms Knight who supported the children at the event. We will publish the results in next week's newsletter.

Resilience Kit Talk

Just a reminder that the P&F Resilience Kit Talk will be held on Tuesday 30 November at 7.30pm. Please refer to the P&F Section of this newsletter for more information.

End of Year Concert - Costumes

Please see the attached PDF for the list of required costumes for the OLA End of Year Concert to be held on Friday 30 November. If you are unable to attend this event, please let your child's class teacher know via email so that adjustments to the dance items can be made.


Swimming Lessons

A schedule for PP - Year 3 swimming lessons will be emailed out to families next week. Children who are not participating in swimming lessons will remain at school with Mrs Meyerkort and Ms Mitchell.

All Saints' Day Mass

Please join us for our All Saints' Day Mass on Wednesday at 9am.

Fr Ken In Hospital

Please keep Fr Ken in your prayers. Fr Ken had a fall yesterday morning and had surgery today. We wish him a speedy recovery.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Kick off the Festive Season with an OLA Christmas Card Variety Pack

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

A sample of the variety pack is available to view at reception and the designs can be seen below. Please note that online ordering closes Friday 2 November for the variety pack 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!


(click on images for full view)


The Fathering Project - Let's Get Started: 14 Nov

Last term saw the first dads' event  in a long time take place at OLA and that was just the beginning! On Wednesday 14 November, The Fathering Project will officially launch for the dads and father figures at our school.


Come along and listen to Steven Rutherford from The Fathering Project, who will be speaking about the benefits of being involved in this forward thinking movement; and enjoy an end of year drink and a chat with Greg Martin and other like minded dads and father figures. To RSVP for this event please email pandf@ola.wa.edu.au



Resilience Kit Reminder

A quick reminder for all of our RSVPs for the Resilience Kit presentation. This event takes place next Tuesday 30 October. It will be in the Father O'Mara Centre (Mulit-Purpose Hall) at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. If you are no longer able to attend, please email pandf@ola.wa.edu.au  as soon as possible.


Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

What's Happening at OLA!


In Term 4, the teachers and Pre-Kindergarten children changed the look of the classroom. The block corner has been moved to accommodate a new dramatic play corner. We now have a tent and a ‘fire’ to cook food ‘outdoors’. The children are role playing camping out. We are learning about Indigenous Australians and listening to stories dealing with Aboriginal dreaming, customs and culture. We also have a table of Australian and Aboriginal artefacts to handle and learn about.


During the last two weeks, the children have been busy outdoors too. We have dug up potatoes from our vegetable garden. We scrubbed the potatoes clean and cut them into chips. We cooked them in the oven and ate them all up! They were delicious.


Finally, we are at the end of the silkworm period for 2018. During last term the silkworms spun cocoons and these have hatched.  The moths which came out, have now laid eggs. The only thing left to do is to store the eggs for next year. That completes the cycle of the silkworm for another year.

Mrs Petkovic


At the end of last term, we presented our Kindy children with a huge box and, together, we brainstormed ideas about what we could do or build with the box. There were a lot of great ideas, but finally the children decided that it would be great to build a rocket to play in. After the holidays, we used a big sheet of paper to draw the rocket plan. The children gave ideas about what features the rocket needed and how they would make these. We then took a vote on the colour to paint it. It was fantastic to see the children take ownership of their learning and show so much interest in the whole process. We think they did an AMAZING job and now they get to play and pretend they are astronauts in space and the mission control crew. We love Kindy!

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

This term we have been talking about different perspectives as we start to write persuasive texts. We read the story, The Three Little Pigs, and discussed the little pigs’ perspective and the wolf’s perspective. The children came up with some funny and interesting responses!


In Maths, we have been learning about money. We have worked hard to identify the coins and their features, put them in order according to value and represent amounts in different ways. We have also been learning about statistics and have used Smarties to tally, total and graph the Smarties in a box. We have used our graphs to answer questions about the data.


In Visual Arts, we have been learning about shapes, colours and symmetry. We created our own Kandinsky Christmas Trees using circles of different sizes and colours. We folded and cut kinder squares to create our own symmetry patterns.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

We have been extremely busy in Year 3 so far this term. We had our Reconciliation Retreat on Thursday 18 October, which was full of fun games and experiences for all. We were lucky to be led by Karl and Brigid throughout the day, giving the children a broader perspective into the sacrament and I think it is safe to say, that everyone learnt something new that day. Our Retreat was then followed up with a Parent and Child Workshop after school, where the children had the chance to reflect on their daily choices in a more hands on way. 


Fractions have been very well explored in class as well. We all made a fraction wall poster, which outlined every possible observation we could make about the topic. It was interesting for the children to to be introduced to equivalent fractions by one another first. They were all encouraged to share what they had noticed and learnt throughout the lesson.

Mrs Tollis and Mrs Pilatti

Year 5

What a fantastic start to Term 4, our last term before becoming school leaders.


Last week we were fortunate to go on two excursions, one to the Catholic Education Office for a STEM workshop and then to Chisholm College to check out the Art and Design Technology Exhibition. It was great to have a look at all of the different artwork that we may get to do if we go to Chisholm. But it wasn't all just looking, we did have to fill out a reflection sheet and discuss our thoughts and opinions on the artwork and what the artist was trying to say.  It was truly amazing!


The STEM workshop gave us a chance to look at lots of different activities, including robotic applications, Minecraft applications and Virtual Reality.  After the STEM workshop, we started our own little STEM project where we looked at materials and design.  This week, we are designing and creating shoes out of just newspaper and sticky tape but, after we evaluate our designs and materials, we will make modifications and create even better designs.  Sorry, despite how fabulous they are, they will not be available for sale!

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre

Sports News

Running Club

A reminder that Running Club has moved to Tuesday mornings for this term. With the lovely spring weather it is a perfect chance to get in a few laps at Waverley Reserve before school at 8am.

Swimming Club

Swimming Club commenced this week with 28 eager swimmers ready to enter the pool at Chisholm College at 7am. Our oldest swimmers completed  over 600m in the short half an hour session.  Well done to everyone who attended.


Jodie Stewart

Sports Teacher


Australian Girls' Choir Open Day

The Australian Girls’ Choir (AGC)  has asked us to publicise their Open Day on Sunday 28 October. School aged girls are invited to go along to try out some fun complimentary classes, and learn about being part of the AGC. Circulars have been distributed to all girls attending OLA, and should you wish to obtain further information, please refer to the Circular.


Mary McAuliffe

Music Teacher

From the Library

Buy One Get One Free Book Fair


To thank parents for supporting our Book Club this year, we would like to invite you all to our Book Fair in the Library in Week 4. It is a great chance to stock up on your summer reading with a  Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on all purchases.


Monday 29 October


Tuesday 30 October

8.15am-8.40am and 3.05pm-4pm

Wednesday 31 October

8.15am-8.40pm and 3.05pm-4pm


We are looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with each session.  Please pop in to the Library, or phone 9471 3015 if you are able to help.


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale

Library Staff




Monday 29 October

- Scholastic Book Fair Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Tuesday 30 October

- Scholastic Book Fair Buy 1, Get 1 Free

- P&F Resilience Talk 7.30pm

Friday 31 October

- Dance K - Year 6

- Scholastic Book Fair Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Thursday 1 November

- Whole School Mass - All Saints' Day 9.00am

Friday 2 November

- All Souls' Day


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 g.metcalf@ecu.edu.au


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: dianella@perthcatholic.org.au

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 Rosary

The Catholic Church designates October as the Month of the Holy Rosary. During this month, the faithful venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary especially under her title of Our Lady of the Rosary, and make special effort to honor the Holy Rosary with group recitations and rosary processions. St. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers, is the saint to whom Our Lady famously appeared and gave the prayers of the Holy Rosary to assist him as a spiritual weapon in combating heresy and leading souls back to the one, true Catholic faith. 



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 rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 


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


New Logo

The new logo will not affect the Uniform for 2019.  The Uniform for 2019 is the same as it is currently.  Changes to the Uniform have not been agreed to, other than what you have been made aware off.  If and when a new uniform is agreed to, it will be phased out  over a number of years so there is no need for concern.


Pre Primary and Kindergarten Special Fittings

The Pre Primary and Kindergarten letters regarding fittings will be sent out next week.  We encourage parents to purchase your Uniform prior to the end of 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 is not washed or worn.  When the shop re-opens in January there is a queue and the waiting time can be up to an hour, standing outside in the heat.


When visiting the Uniform Shop there is a numbering system.  Please take a number and wait until your number is called.


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
OLA New Crest.pdf
School Board Nomination Form 2019.pdf
P&F Nomination Form 2019.pdf
AGM Parent Information 2018.pdf
2018 End of Year Concert Costumes.pdf
Paul Litherland