Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

14 September 2018
Issue Twenty-seven
               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 to Our Lady of Sorrows

Our mother of sorrows, with strength from above you stood by the cross, sharing in the sufferings of Jesus, and with tender care you bore Him in your arms, mourning and weeping.


We praise you for your faith, which accepted the life God planned for you. We praise you for your hope, which trusted that God would do great things in you. We praise you for your love in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.
Holy Mary, may we follow your example, and stand by all your children who need comfort and love.


Mother of God, stand by us in our trials and care for us in our many needs. Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.



Swimming Lessons PP - Year 3

This week, parents of children in Pre-Primary to Year 3 would have received information about Swimming Lessons commencing in Term 4. Please see the attached documents for the enrolment form and information letter from Mrs Stewart. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Stewart via email [email protected]


Staffing Changes

This week, Mrs Anella Tollis has been appointed the 3G classroom teacher due to Mrs Vella's resignation. We thank Mrs Vella for all that she contributed to 3G and the OLA community during her time with us. We wish her all the best for the future.


Miss Jade Rotondo will be continuing as the 2G teacher until the end of 2018. When Mrs Meyerkort returns next term, she will be taking on a Support role in place of Mrs Tollis.


We warmly welcome Miss Holly Lombardi to the Support Team and Mr Dylan Ross who will be working in Kindy.

Sensory Program at OLA

If your child has been selected to participate in the Sensory Program commencing next term, you will receive a letter today. Two parent information sessions will be offered next week so that parents of children selected for the program can see sample activities and gain a further understanding of how the program will work. Families are invited to attend one of the sessions, the first session will be held on Monday 17 September at 2.30pm and the second session will be held on Thursday 20 September at 8.50am. Both of these sessions will be held in the Fr O'Mara Centre (Multi-Purpose Hall).


Over the last term we have been monitoring the finishing times of assemblies. We appreciate that some families need to leave at 3.05pm so we will be starting assemblies at 2.15pm commencing next term to ensure we finish on time.


Dates for the assemblies next term are as follows:

- 26 October - Year 2 Assembly

- 9 November - Year 4 Assembly

- 23 November - Pre-Primary Assembly


Please note: In 2019, each class will be performing an item assembly, not each year level.

APPA Conference

Next week, the OLA Leadership Team will be attending the Australian Primary Principals' Association (APPA) Conference. The three-day conference will cover a range of current topics including; Supporting Students with Special Needs, Literacy Leadership, Future-Focused Learning and The Neuroscience of Learning.

ICAS Results

Congratulations to all of the OLA students who participated in the ICAS Assessments this year. Once we have received the results of the final assessment, we will be publishing the children's achievements in the newsletter. Well done!

80s Quiz Night - Thank You

A HUGE thank you to the P&F for the wonderful 80s Rewind Quiz Night on Friday night. A fun  night was had by all and the event raised an incredible amount of money for OLA. Please refer to the P&F page of this newsletter for further information and photos.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

80s Rewind Quiz Night

Thank you to all the parents, staff and friends who joined us for the 80s Rewind Quiz Night. The event was a great success, with over $4000 being raised for the Teachers' Wishlist Project! 


Congratulations to our winners The A-Team who brought their A game! And to Josie Macri and Adrian Infirri whose Rubiks cube and Prince costumes made them the best dressed winners.


Thank you to parents Josie, Connie, Si and Deanna for their help setting up and thank you to the families and businesses who donated prizes for our incredible raffles and 99 Red Balloons game. We can't fundraise for the kids without your generosity, so it's certainly appreciated.


The money raised from the Quiz Night will pay for four classrooms to receive their Teachers' Wishlist items - a great achievement!


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Cards that Count

Cards that Count is a brand new initiative that gives our kids the opportunity to design their very own unique Christmas card, giving families the chance to give something truly personal at Christmas to family and friends.


To take part, simply check your inbox for the email from your teacher containing all the information you need to know to participate, and your child's homework folder for their design template, which contains their special OLA code.   


If you choose to participate, please remember to give all design templates to your teacher by next Wednesday, 19 September. We can't wait to see all the beautiful creations!

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Footy Tipping

Congratulations to the winner of the OLA Footy Tipping competition Mr Ray Priest. Ray is the lucky winner of $1000!! Second place and $500 went to Ash Parsons and third place, winning $250 was Anthony Terranova. Huge thanks to Cath McGrath for organising the footy tipping competition once again and, in the process, raising over $800 for the P&F. Great work!


OLA on Facebook

If you're new to OLA you might not know that we have a Facebook page! Jump on board and keep up to date with what's happening in our fabulous community. Use the link below to find our page.



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Entertainment Books 2018/19

Entertainment Books and Digital Subscriptions are still available to purchase for 2018/19.  Both cost just $70, with $14 from each sale going directly to the P&F. To secure your copy purchase through the link here: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/8439v0

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!


Pre-Primary had a fabulous time at our Woolworths excursion. When we arrived, we dressed in a child-sized Woolworths apron. We went for a walk around the store to look at where the ice cream and cheese are kept. Then we went to the back of the store to look at the storage area and look inside the big freezer.  It was very cold! We had the chance to hold bread dough that the bakers use to make bread and buns. The dough was cold, smelt like bread and was very sticky. We had to find fruit and vegetables in the fresh food produce area. We were lucky enough to eat some fresh fruit.  When we went back to school we were given a mini Woolworths bag with some keepsakes inside. We had a great time.

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

Over the past two weeks in Year 2, we have been changing the way we are learning in Literacy and Numeracy. In Literacy, we have introduced differentiated guided reading rotations and group rotations. We are really enjoying learning in small groups and getting support during this time from our teachers and parent helpers. We have finished writing our narratives and have created our own book, which we are very excited about. In class we read each other’s stories and will be recording our stories and uploading them to SeeSaw.


In Numeracy we have also introduced differentiated groups, we have made learning about time fun and exciting. We have learnt that quarter past means 15 minutes past the hour and quarter to means 45 minutes past the hour. We have even updated our clocks that we made in Semester 1 and added the 5-minute increments to them. We have been learning how to write quarter to and quarter past time using digital clocks. Learning about time is tricky, but our teachers are making it very hands on and interesting to learn.


In Art we have been investigating Van Gogh further, we have finally finished our Van Gogh sunflower art work. They look amazing in our classrooms, so parents please come in and have a look at them. We have had so much fun creating our sunflower paintings and using different painting techniques.

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

In biography writing, we are making new discoveries about interesting people like Willard Wigan. He has dyslexia but this has not stopped him from achieving. This has motivated him to use his imagination to create small worlds. Willard is the only person in the whole world that creates micro-sculptures. You will be amazed by what he has made in a needle’s eye - we were, and one our favourites is the Last Supper.


Father’s Day turned out to be a wonderful event for our fathers but gave us the opportunity to spend a little more time with our dads. The morning started with a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausages and bacon. We all enjoyed eating, talking and laughing with each other. School mornings are so busy, it was nice to spend the time together and show our dads how special they are to us. Mass, as usual, was uplifting. Father Ken always knows the right words to say and always brings a smile to our faces.

Mrs McCarthy, Ms Dean, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6


In Year 6 we have enjoyed an exciting couple of weeks. After having analysed an argument between Woody and Buzz Light Year from Toy Story, we role played situations in which we argued our point of view with a class member. We were given an insight into what to expect in our teenage years when Siena and Natalia played out a very entertaining, and realistic, daughter vs mother scenario.

During our writing time, persuasive devices were our focus. This had us discussing the merits and different ways to incorporate persuasive phrases to get our points of view across to an audience. Fortnite vs Minecraft and Hawks vs Eagles were examples that people had a lot to argue over.


Numeracy took us back to our Kindergarten days of playing with blocks and connectors as we begin learning about volume and cubic measurement. We attempted numerous shapes to visualise and comprehend various sizes.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Spotted at Grill'd!

A couple of weeks ago, our Year 3 students went on an excursion to Grill'd in Subiaco. The thank you gift from OLA to Grill'd was spotted by one of our families in pride of place in the store.



Instrumental Tuition Term 3

If your child receives instrumental tuition at OLA, the tutors will be in contact directly with you to schedule lessons for the term. We currently offer tuition in piano, drums, violin, flute and guitar. Later this term, our guitar tutor, Luke Gallagher, will be going to Nashville USA to play some gigs, and continue to develop his professional and personal contact with some of the ‘greats’ of his industry. During his absence, his pupils will be coached by Joe Simich, who has already worked with our students. All our tutors (and any replacements) are highly skilled in music as well as in pedagogy, and have up to date Working With Children checks.  For further information, please feel free to call to the Music Room, or email me at [email protected]

Keyboard Lessons

This term, Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during school times, and drums on Thursday during school times. Lessons start from $17.50 for a group lesson of 4 people, $18.10 for a group lesson of 3, $22.55 for a shared lesson and $33.00 for an individual lesson. If you are interested please ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enrol at:  www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

Sports News

Athletics Trials

Our Athletics Trials and Long Jump Finals for Years 3-6 are on Tuesday 18 September. Please ensure you have returned your child’s permission slip. We require 6 parents per year group to assist with the long jump event. Please let me know if you are able to help.


The children have been working very hard learning their team games and completing all the field events before the end of term. The Faction Sport Carnival will be held on Thursday 11 October. Please return permission slips to your child’s class teacher. The Faction Carnival Program is attached. The full program will be available to view on the Library window from next Wednesday afternoon.


Expression of Interest Forms for a Yr 3-6 Swimming Club went home this week. If your child is able to swim 25m they are welcome to join us, Wednesday mornings at Chisholm College during Term 4.


Running Club will continue in Term 4 but will be held on Tuesday mornings commencing 9 October. Hope to see our regular runners and new faces there, 8.00am at Waverley Reserve.


Many thanks in advance!

Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher



Friday 14 September

- Year 1 Assembly, 2.40pm

Tuesday 18 September

- Athletics Trials, Noranda

Wednesday 19 September

- Whole School Mass 9.00am

Friday 21 September

- End of Term

Monday 8 October

- Catholic Day 

Tuesday 9 October

- Children commence Term 4

Wednesday 10 October

- Whole School Mass 9.00am

Thursday 11 October

- Faction Sport Carnival



Well done to Lawson who proudly represented OLA in the annual WA Schools MTB Championship for Year 5 and Year 6 students. Lawson participated in a 30-minute cross country race held at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Farm in Greenmount with around 60 competitors.


At the end of the event, Lawson had the opportunity to meet Sam Hill, former two-time Down Hill World MTB Champion and present Enduro World MTB Champion. Lawson was extremely happy to have both his medal and helmet signed by Sam. Congratulations Lawson!


L'Arche Perth Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale via the Parish or School Office. L'Arche was a joint initiative of Jean Vanier and a Dominican priest in the 60s. Tickets are $25 with delicious Indian/Asian style dinner at just a mere $7.


2018 Padre Pio Jubilee Event


The Perfect Day


VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.  You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.  Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming


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

Altar Servers

Saturday 15 September 6.00pm

Tahlia Griffiths, Jasmine McGrath

Sunday 16 September 9.30am

Gabriella Megalhaes

Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a "Feast of the Sorrows of Mary" in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.


In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727 and assigned it to the Friday before Palm Sunday.



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


To keep prices to a minimum, volunteers are required to assist in the canteen. If the school was to employ a canteen assistant, prices would increase significantly and we don't want this to occur. We would like to keep the costs down to a minimum, hence assistance from the community is required. If you were to compare the OLA canteen prices to other schools, you will notice our prices are a lot cheaper.


A huge thank you to Julia and the other volunteers I can call upon to help out during our very busy canteen days. At this stage, the Term 3 helpers schedule has not been filled by parents and assistance is required urgently.


Below is the schedule for Term 3 and I would dearly love more people to assist on canteen days.  Please complete the attached PDF schedule and email it directly to me 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

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.



The following items have been reduced:

 Size 14 Short Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 10 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 12 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 14 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Now $15.00                        


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.


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
Ray Priest - 1st Place Winner
Swimming Lesson Letter.pdf
2018 Faction Sports Carnival Program.pdf