Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

08 March 2019
Issue Five
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
Social Worker
Sports News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
OLA Sponsors
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Lenten Prayer

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.



Sacramental Commitment Masses

This weekend the Sacramental Commitment Masses for Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation will be held in the OLA Parish.


Times of the masses are as follows:

- Saturday 9 March: 6.00pm

- Sunday 10 March: 7.30am, 9.30am or 5.00pm


All candidates need to attend one of these masses and hand their commitment form to the OLA staff members that are present. Father Ken will ask the candidates to recite their prayer after the Homily and then hand in their forms before the conclusion of the mass.

Spelling Mastery

After further professional development in the Spelling Mastery program, it has been decided that the Parent Information Session will be postponed until Term 2. This will allow the program to commence and the processes of its implementation to be refined.


To discuss the program with the students, staff are using the language 'moving around for spelling' to describe the way the program will work. All children in Years 1 - 6 will be 'moving around for spelling' not moving up or down.


We will continue to keep you informed of this exciting new program.

After School Procedures

All children are required to wait with their parents and caregivers once they have been collected after school. Students are not permitted to use sporting equipment on the oval or play on the playground areas due to the high traffic during pick up time. We ask that you please remind children to stay with their caregiver as they leave the school grounds.


All children must be collected from school by 3.30pm. If you are going to be collecting your child after this time we ask that you please contact the School Office and advise us that you are running late.

Parent - Teacher Interviews

This term, Parent - Teacher Interviews will be held on the following days:

Week 9

Monday 1 April - KG, 1G and 5M

Tuesday 2 April - KM and PPM

Wednesday 3 April - 3M and 4M

Thursday 4 April - 2M


Week 10

Monday 8 April - 1M, 3G and 4G

Tuesday 9 April - PPG, 5G and 6G

Wednesday 10 April - 6M

Thursday 11 April - 2G


During these meetings, families will receive an interim report of their child's progress. Online booking for the interviews will open closer to the time.

Year 6 Leavers' Shirts

It was with great excitement that our Year Six students received their OLA Leavers' Shirt this week. Another significant milestone in their final year at OLA!


2019 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice

Please see the attached information regarding data collection at OLA.


Adult Use of Toilets

Adults are requested to please use the toilets located in the Sr Goretti Hall at all times. As part of the OLA Code of Conduct, student toilets are to only be used by students. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Previous Newsletters

Previous newsletters are available on the OLA website. Although the site is under construction, this feature remains so that parents can access past information and notices.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2020

Placements for the Kindergarten positions will be finalised towards the end of Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2. If you haven't completed the enrolment forms for your child, please do so as soon as possible.


God bless.


Mr Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

OLA Private Screening of The Lego Movie 2 

Join us as we take over the cinema at Event Cinemas Morley to enjoy The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part, on Sunday 24 March. The much anticipated follow up to the first Lego Movie promises to be a load of fun and laughs, that all ages can enjoy. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from the Trybooking link below. All money raised will help us fund the smart screen TVs in all the classrooms.



Footy Tipping 2019

If you are one of the few people who Cath McGrath didn't sign up at the Family Fun Night, then make sure you hop online ASAP to register for OLA's AFL Footy Tipping Competition. First Prize is $1000 and entry is only $50 for the season. As well as an amazing 1st prize, there's $500 up for grabs for 2nd prize and $250 for 3rd prize, along with weekly prizes of $25. Please use the link below to enter, and email Cath at [email protected] if you have any queries.



OLA Sponsors Page

With the school newsletter reaching over 300 families per week, the OLA Sponsors Page in this newsletter is the perfect place to advertise your business to the school community. For just $50 per term ($5 per week!) you can tell the readers who you are, what you do and how they can contact you. All money raised benefits OLA P&F. To take advantage of this opportunity please contact [email protected] to arrange placements and payments. Sign up for Term 2 now and we'll give you some free space in the next few weeks!

Social Worker

Child Development – A Quick Overview and Some Tips

Hello again parents


I thought I would go back to basics and provide you with a quick outline I found on ‘normal’ child development for primary school aged children and some ideas about how we can best support them through the ages and stages. Yes, I can sense some eyes glazing over but bear with me as it might be helpful one day. Having some information about what kids are dealing with and going through might help us understand and deal with some of those ‘frustrating’ behaviours. Awareness of social and emotional development help us choose appropriate responses and consequences. However, do not move the goal posts in regards to what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. Maintain good, reasonable boundaries. Remember that we should always strive to be Bigger, Stronger, Wiser and Kind (Circle of Security). And finally remember not to take behaviours too personally (tricky I know when your 6 year old is in the middle of a full blown meltdown and telling you that they hate you!).



  • May start to be critical and define the world in simple terms – right or wrong, good or bad, nice or not nice.
  • They may start to realise the power of their words and may sometimes use them to get their way or to control others. They may often back up what they are saying with actions (hitting, pushing, grabbing) or non-verbals (tone, volume, facial expressions, posture/stance).
  • May become competitive.
  • May still blur reality and fantasy sometimes. Might tell lies, extravagant stories, or have imaginary friend/s.
  • Are still building their sense of self and experimenting with independence, so might be stubborn, defiant and bossy.
  • May do all sorts of things to avoid bedtime.
  • Might have bad dreams. These have been called ‘night terrors’.
  • Might develop a fear of the dark or become anxious at the thought of being separated from parent or caregiver.
  • May start to enjoy playing with other kids rather than simply alongside them (hallelujah!).
  • May test their limits with you but may still be keen to please and help you out when they can.

The support they might need:

  • When setting rules, explain to them why the rules are important. They are curious and developing their ideas about how the world works. It doesn’t mean they’ll ‘get it’ straight away, or that they’ll comply. 
  • Keep your requests simple. An OT once said to me only give instructions that include 3 things e.g. at bedtime – teeth, pjs, bed. Apparently it works for husbands too.
  • They desperately want to make you happy. Let them know whenever you see good behaviour.
  • Don’t argue with a four year old. Just don’t. They’ll out-do you any day and if they don’t have the words or a sound argument, they’ll just keep asking ‘why’.
  • When it comes to less-than-impressive behaviour, ask what happened but don’t ask why they did it. Asking ‘Why did you do that?’ will just encourage a lie because the boundary between fantasy and reality in the world of a four year old is very – very – loose. And we don’t want to ‘trap’ them into a lie especially if we witnessed the behaviour first hand.
  • When they do something wrong, apply gentle consequences but explain why the behaviour is wrong and that you know they can do better next time. They need to know you believe in them – they will do as you do.
  • Be consistent. If you don’t think it’s always important to enforce a rule your child will, understandably, think it’s not always important to follow it. And follow through if you have set boundaries and consequences.
  • Encourage their independence but remember they are still young. Let them be little people when they are stressed or tired. Give them lots of kisses and cuddles, even though they are ‘big people now.’


  • May understand the importance of rules but might divert from the rules when playing. Rules tend to be ‘flexible’ – for them at least.
  • May accuse others of cheating if they don’t win a game.
  • May start to show empathy and an understanding that other people might have points of view that are different to their own. 
  • May be able to share but might still find it difficult, especially when it comes to their special things.
  • Might be afraid of failure, criticism and spooky things like ghosts or monsters.
  • Attention span might start to increase which may impact on the type of discussions you are able to have with them.
  • Might come across as being an ‘expert’ on everything. 
  • May enjoy joking around and may start to develop toilet talk and humour (hilarious...)
  • May be looking to make their own decisions, particularly around what to wear and what to eat.
  • If starting at school, might be moodier, more sensitive or more tired than usual. It’s exhausting having to sit still and concentrate for long periods.

The support they might need:

  • Encourage anything that will get your child moving, particularly if it is in a group or a team with others. This will help your child to develop important skills like taking turns, getting along with others, working together, negotiating, compromising, and winning or losing graciously.
  • Set aside time each day to play with your child or spend one on one time together. This will give your child the opportunity to let you into their world, which will always be one of the best places to be. From here you can get a feel for what is going on in their beautifully flourishing minds.
  • Start to expand your child’s emotional literacy by naming and discussing feelings.
  • Connect rewards to responsibilities. ‘How about you help me clear the table and then you can have dessert?’
  • Continue to keep rules simple and try not to have too many.


  • It’s pretty likely that they will know a lot more than you. Just ask them.
  • May start tantrums again (great!).
  • Can start to test the limits but will still want to please you and help out.
  • May seek praise for their school work and for the good things they do.
  • May seek to master new skills and to feel competent.
  • Might worry about being away from you.

The support they might need:

  • Encourage their efforts and acknowledge when they have worked hard.
  • Encourage effort over outcome.
  • Ensure they get the support they need if they are struggling at school. 
  • Avoid overpraise or meaningless praise and let them know that they are special, but so are other people.


  • Might tend towards complaining, usually about their parents or the rules, but also about friends and other kids.
  • May feel misunderstood by many.
  • Can be dramatic about school, friends or life in general (the age of the dobber!).
  • May try to use words to talk about how they are feeling but may become frustrated and angry when they are upset.
  • May be becoming more aware of what other people think.

The support they might need:

  • Listen and validate what they are feeling and know that you don’t need to fix their problems.
  • Discuss how they might solve the things that are causing them trouble. Give them space and encouragement to come up with their own ideas. Let them try problem solving.
  • Don’t be drawn into the dramatics and immediately think that things are a mess because they are saying they are.
  • Emphasise the positive.


  • May want you to think the way they do and may have little tolerance for your difference of opinion. They might actually be very sensitive to what you think of them.
  • May often fight with the mother (of course they will!).
  • There won’t be a lot of grey. Things are usually black or white, right or wrong, good or bad.
  • This tendency to think in absolutes might cause a little trouble with friendships. Take comfort in knowing that yours won’t be the only kid struggling with this. They’ll be okay – this is the part where they learn about friendships and how to get along with people. It's important stuff!
  • For some kids pre-teen hormones will start to kick in. Girls will start on an eight-week cycle (take note of how often behaviours fluctuate and see if there is a pattern).

The support they might need:

  • When you’re praising their good behaviour, be clear about what it is they have done.
  • Avoid arguing whenever you can. With their black and white thinking, an argument may just mean that someone is right (them) and someone is wrong (you). Instead, ask them to explain their point of view and encourage them to see things from different angles. 
  • Spend plenty of time together to cement the relationship for the pull away that is coming at adolescence.


  • Friends may start to be more important than parents, and this may continue through adolescence.
  • What their friends think might start to become more and more important.
  • May narrow the friendship field by having closer friendships, but less of them.
  • May share jokes and secrets with friends.
  • Might push against rules and directions and may disrespect you.
  • May be able to be loving and silly but may also develop the capacity to be selfish, argumentative and abrasive.

What can you do?

  • Provide them with opportunities for independence and to make their own decisions.
  • Avoid being too bossy or directive.
  • Encourage them to start thinking about things from another point of view. Try to develop empathy.


  • The tantrums of childhood should be calming down by now. Enjoy it – adolescence is on its way!
  • Might still argue about rules and the necessity and detail of them.
  • May try to explain away misbehaviour through excuses and justifications.
  • Promises become important as they generally remember EVERYTHING.

What can you do?

  • Don’t make promises you won’t be able to keep.
  • Avoid arguing with them whenever you can. They may often have an argument for everything. Hear what they have to say, make your decision, then end the conversation and walk away!
  • Let them push against you in safe ways – let them try different things, express their own opinions, and make their own decisions when appropriate.
  • Know where your boundaries are and be ready to implement consequences when they make a bad decision. Make the consequence about their behaviour, not about who they are.

Even as adults, we can be prone to having tough days, tantrums and tears sometimes. Imagine what it’s like for our kids who are finding their way in the world. Remember that a) each child is different and will grow and develop at different times; and b) you are the expert when it comes to your child – nobody knows your child like you do. And finally as always it is always so much easier said than done and we will have good days and not so good days.


Positive Parenting Popup Series - Children's Friendships

Flyer with further information about the seminar attached below.


Referral Form

Juliet Lennon

Social Worker

Sports News

Swimming Carnivals

Permission slips for both the Junior Swim Fun Day (Years 1 and 2) and the Senior Swim Carnival (Years 3-6) are due back today. Please return your child’s permission slip, via email, directly to the class teacher if you haven't already done so. Thank you to those parents who have offered to help on the day. I still have positions to fill if you are available!


The program for the Senior Swim Carnival is displayed outside the Library and a copy is also attached below. The names of the children in each event are also attached. Please note, there may be some changes from the one that was published last week.


Sporting Schools - Triathlon

It's not too late to sign up for the Sporting Schools Triathlon program commencing on Wednesday 20 March at 3.10pm.  Permission slips went home last week and a copy is attached below if you would like your child to join.


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher



Saturday 9 March

Sacramental Commitment Mass, 6.00pm

Sunday 10 March

- Sacramental Commitment Masses, 7.30am, 9.30am or 5.00pm

Wednesday 13 March

- Year 1 and 2 Junior Swim Carnival, 12.30 - 2.30pm

Thursday 14 March

- Year 3 Senior Swim Carnival, 9.00am - 11.00am

- Years 4 - 6 Senior Swim Carnival, 9.00am - 2.00pm

Friday 15 March

- Year 5M Assembly, 2.15pm


Iona Presentation College Year 7 2020

Year 7 2020 Scholarship Applications now open.  See flyer for more details.


Iona Presentation College Senior School Open Morning

The Iona Presentation College Senior School Open Morning will be held on Tuesday, 26 March. Further information about the event is attached below.


Mercedes College Open Morning


Harmunity - Mercy College

Harmony Day, celebrated on 21 March each year, promotes and highlights the cultural diversity within Australian society. At Mercy College we celebrate the diversity of nationalities, cultures, languages and faith traditions that are represented within our Community.  We will gather as one Community, at 5pm Thursday 21 March, on the Primary Oval for a multicultural Liturgy and event which we have named “Harmunity.”


After the Liturgy we will have some multicultural entertainment including a lion dance, food stalls/trucks, bouncy castles and face painting.  So pack your picnic rug and fold-up chairs and head on down to Mercy College for a lovely family evening together.


We have been extremely blessed to have the beautiful St John’s Bible here on display in our Chapel from 3.30pm until 5pm on the same day; and we hope that visitors can come before our 5pm liturgy to also view this exquisite work of art and belief with the illustrations depicting the modern world and its dilemmas.  This is a rare opportunity for us in Australia and I encourage you all to take advantage of the privilege we have to have this Bible available for display at Mercy College.


For further information, please call 9247 9223 and to register your attendance, please email our Director of Mission, Mrs Melissa Cartner at [email protected]


Mrs Melissa Cartner

Director of Mission

Servite College Open Day - Save the Date

Welcome to the  2019 school year and our Open day on Tuesday 19 March from 9.30am  - 11.00am.  Flyer to follow shortly.

Trinity College Scholarships

Applications are invited for Trinity College Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020. To find out more and to access the application forms, please visit the Trinity College website: trinity.wa.edu.au. Applications close at 4:00pm on Friday, 15 March 2019. Examination date is Saturday, 30 March 2019 (Academic only). Please return completed application forms to the Registrar at [email protected].


Mercy College - Tour Morning

Mercy College is holding their next Tour Morning on Tuesday 12 March, commencing at 9.00am from our Chapel.  If you are considering Mercy for your child for Year 7 in 2020, please come along and see what we have to offer. The tour is senior student led along with members of our Senior Leadership, and concludes with morning tea and the chance to meet our Principal as well as our Deputies and other staff.  To register, please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223.


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am

Weekend 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 News

Welcome to Children’s Liturgy for 2019. Our program is in full swing for the year and is held at 9.30 am Sunday Mass, during the school term. It is held in the Parish Centre and we invite you to come along just before Mass begins and join in this special time.


Christmas Eve Mass 2018 ~ Special Thanks


Thank you to the wonderful children from Our Lady’s Assumption School who participated beautifully in our Mass. Special thanks to:

- Tiana and Arabella

- Prashanth, Ananth and Jayanth

- Ella and Levi

- Allegra and Orlando

- Charlotte, Alessandro and Giordana


Their commitment to rehearsals and the Mass is greatly appreciated. Thank you to their parents and families for supporting them. 


Special thanks to Tiana who performed an unaccompanied, solo rendition of Silent Night during the Nativity depiction. We have had lots of feedback from Parishioners who found it a moving and spiritual experience. It was simply beautiful. 


Thanks to Rebecca Smith from our school, for her support and commitment to the Children’s Liturgy Program. 


Best wishes.

Anne Gartrell


March, the Month of St Joseph

Throughout most of the rest of the Catholic world (with the exception of Ireland), the month of March is associated with St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus Christ. St. Joseph's feast day falls two days later on 19 March.


Sacramental Candles

Please see the attached flyer for further information.



Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our 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! Please contact the new Canteen Manageress Mrs Maria Giangiulio if you are available to assist.


The Term 1 menu is attached below:


Thank you.


Maria Giangiulio

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


Important News

The Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 12 March, Friday 15 March and Tuesday 19 March.

Fittings for Year 1 and new students to the School for Winter Uniforms will be:

Tuesday 26 March, Friday 29 March, Tuesday 2 April, Friday 5 April, Tuesday 9 April and

Friday 12 April.

Please put your name on the roster outside the Uniform Shop (on the white board). This time is allocated to fittings as it alleviates the queue outside the Uniform Shop.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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

OLA Sponsors

Welcome to the New OLA Sponsors Page

With the school newsletter reaching over 300 families per week, this new page is the perfect place to advertise your business to the school community. For just $50 per term ($5 per week!) you can tell the readers who you are, what you do and how they can contact you. All money raised benefits OLA P&F. To take advantage of this opportunity please contact [email protected] to arrange placements and payments. Sign up for Term 2 now and we'll give you some free space in the next few weeks!


Have Sum Maths Fun Tutoring is a business created and run by Isabella - a Year 10 student at Chisholm!


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Iona Presentation Scholarships.pdf
Iona Presentation College Open Morning.pdf
Sacramental Candles.pdf
For Parents 2019 Collection Notice.pdf
2019 OLA Senior Swim Carnival Program.pdf
Faction Swimming Names 2019.pdf
SS Triathlon 2019.pdf
Social Work Referral Form OLA.pdf
Positive Parenting Popup Series - Children's Friendships.pdf