Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

18 May 2018
Issue Twelve
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
P&F News
What's Happening at OLA
Important information
From the Library
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Sports News
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Be Sealed With The Gift of the Holy Spirit


Sacrament of Confirmation

Last Tuesday afternoon, we welcomed Bishop Don Sproxton to our school and parish community. During his visit, he spent time talking to the Confirmation Candidates about their faith journeys, how the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit will guide and assist them in making the right decisions and their commitment to the church.


This weekend, our Year 6 students and parish children will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady's Assumption Parish Church. As they all take the next step along their faith journey, I wish them an enjoyable and memorable experience as they are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Year 3G Teacher

I warmly welcome Mrs Rebecca Vella to OLA as the new Year 3G Teacher, replacing Mrs Prya Calleja, who will be taking leave. 


I wish Mrs Calleja all the best and she prepares for the safe arrival of her child in the coming weeks.

‘No Standing’ Along Chester Avenue

During my afternoon duties, I have noticed cars queued along Chester Avenue, waiting for their children and creating congestion.


Although this is out of my jurisdiction, I am concerned for the safety of our OLA children. The area is not a designated ‘Drop Off & Pick Up Area’ hence as stated by the signage, it’s a ‘No Standing’ area. Local residents have contacted the school complaining about cars lined up along Chester Avenue and the congestion it is causing. It has been brought to my attention that the City of Stirling has been contacted.


I have been advised previous School Boards have investigated the possibility of constructing a ‘Drop Off & Pick Up’ area outside the school’s Administration Building, but were unable to pursue the concept due to the lack of space. Councils will only permit constructing a ‘Drop Off & Pick Up’ area if the school has sufficient land.


Having taught at various schools, where parking has been a problem, OLA is very fortunate to have many parking bays at Dianella Plaza. For an extra 5 minutes of your time, and for safety of our children, I respectfully request you park your vehicles at Dianella Plaza, walk to the school and collect your children.  

School Winter Uniform

Thank you to all of the parents who are supporting the school’s uniform policy by ensuring their children are wearing the correct uniform. Some children are still wearing their summer uniform, understandably because of the warmer days we have been having, and we have allowed this to occur. Commencing next week, I request all students wear their full winter uniform, unless we have days over 30 degrees.

NAPLAN Testing

Congratulations to the students in Years 3 & 5 who completed the NAPLAN assessments during the week. Results of the assessments will be received later in the year and distributed to parents.    

Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care

OLA is currently completing a feasibility study to determine if a school based OSHC and Vacation Care program can be established at the school.


If there is a possibility your children may attend the program, please complete the attached expression of interest PDF below and email the completed document to karen.meleca@cewa.edu.au by Friday 25 May.


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 admin@ola.wa.edu.au  



Enjoy your weekend.

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

Sacraments at Our Lady's Assumption

This weekend at OLA, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. All families are invited to join us for this special celebration. Any children who would like to be a part of the choir are welcome to join Mrs McAuliffe in the choir loft. See mass times below.



Sacrament of Confirmation Mass

6G – Saturday 19 May 6.00pm

6M – Sunday 20 May 9.30am


The Sacrament of Eucharist is also 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 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 

We have had an overwhelming response to ICAS Testing for 2018. Listed below are the 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

Literacy and Numeracy Support at OLA




Every child at OLA is entitled to the opportunity to receive the best education by being given opportunities to gain proficient literacy and numeracy skills. We offer the following support programs that are effective, implemented with commitment and positively received by staff, students and parents. Such programs have proven to be successful because of the explicit teaching, strong pedagogy and sound research. This term, we have increased our Teacher / Educational Teacher support times across all year groups to benefit the students' learning. 

Extension and Challenge Programs at OLA 

A new and very exciting extension program is about to take off at OLA which will cater for students in Years 2 - 6. 

The 'STRETCH’ PROGRAM will be provided to students in Years 2 & 3. 

The REACH’ PROGRAM (Reasoning Endeavour Analysing Challenging Higher Order Thinking)

will be provided to students in Years 4 - 6. 


Students identified as eligible for inclusion into the programs will be considered according to Diagnostic Testing (AGAT). Parents whose children are selected for the programs will be notified by Ms Belinda Mitchell in the coming weeks. We anticipate the extension programs to commence in Week 6 of this term. 


Vel Erskine

Assistant Principal


Learning Sprints

Agile Schools is an initiative that looks at targeting students’ needs in a direct and explicit manner. The approach encompasses ‘Learning Sprints’ where teachers use their data to identify students’ needs and areas for further development. This includes both support and extension.


Learning Sprints require teachers to identify a boulder (large umbrella idea), pebble (more refined sub-idea) and sand (explicit teaching points). An example of this is:

Boulder – English

Pebble – Writing

Sand – Use capital letters and full stops correctly in sentences.


The initiative will accommodate a range of students. Some sprints may only be designed for one student, others may be for a small group of six students and, at times, sprints may be used for a whole class focus. They can also be made up of explicit teaching strategies which connects with the explicit teaching focus we have had at OLA over the last three years – it is not replacing explicit teaching it's supporting it. As staff become more confident with learning sprints, then project based and inquiry based learning will be added into the sprints.


Stay tuned for more exciting developments with 'Learning Sprints' and in the future 'Inquiry Based Learning'.


Rebecca Smith 

Assistant Principal

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 pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

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 pandf@ola.wa.edu.au


Wednesday 23 May

- Maths Olympiad and Games

- National Simultaneous Storytime


Thursday 24 May

- 8.50am Liturgy of the Word

- Feast of Mary Help of Christians



Saturday 26 May

- First Holy Communion Commitment Mass 6pm


Sunday 27 May

- First Holy Communion Commitment Mass/Family Mass 9.30am




What's Happening at OLA


In Pre-Primary, we have been looking at making personal connections to texts. When we connect with texts, we deepen our understanding of the characters and events in the story. In PPG, we are reading, Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been exploring characters’ feelings and connecting to those characters’ emotions. Here are some examples:

In PPM, we read the story, How Boring. This story was set on a rainy day so we made connections with what we like to do on rainy days. Here are some examples:

Last week, we commenced our Geography unit. We explored the world globe and discussed how Earth is a sphere we then compared this to a 2D map of the world. We refined our focus from the world – Earth, our country – Australia, our state – Western Australia and our suburb – Dianella. We can’t to further explore our place in the world.


Mrs Noonan , Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

We are excited to announce two enhancements to our Literacy program. Year 2 iPads have the Reading A-Z app installed and we have all children reading at an individualised level. The use of Raz Kids in our reading program allows children to select from a variety of texts, listen with headphones, read on their own and then answer questions about the text.  We also have a large number of new texts available, recently purchased from the PM Reading Series. These are also used in our Literacy group rotations.


The children had a wonderful time preparing a gift and a card for Mothers’ Day. It was wonderful to have so many mums attend our whole school Mass last Friday. 

Mrs Meyerkort and Mrs Barclay

Year 4

In Religion, our focus is First Holy Communion. We have been looking at how we know we belong to a Church community. We know that during Baptism, we have become a part of God’s family and now we begin our own spiritual journey to receive Jesus for the very first time in Holy Communion. It is a time for thought and reflection. A time of looking at different ways we can pray.  A time to be in communion with God. To celebrate our uniqueness and talents. To wonder at the miracle of the bread being transubstantiated into Jesus’ body. The wine a symbol of Jesus life blood. It takes many grains of wheat to make a loaf of bread, as it takes all of different kinds of people to make a church. We are learning our part in the church as we prepare for this sacred Sacrament.


In English, we are concentrating on sentence structure i.e. moving from simple sentences to compound sentences and adding more descriptive language to our narratives. Also, we are enjoying discovering new ways to say the same thing.


It has also been an exciting week for the students, as we have received our HP Pens. This enables students to write on their device, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard, and merge their analog thoughts with their digital device. Integrated into apps like Office and Microsoft Edge, students can draw on the web and annotate their documents digitally.


Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean


Year 6

Over the past three weeks, both Year 6 classes have been working and praying towards completing our Sacrament of Confirmation, which will take place this coming weekend. We were given an opportunity to create a poster of the Saint we chose as our Confirmation name. We have created an excellent array of various posters that are now displayed in Our Lady’s Assumption Church.


A highlight of this week was our ‘Retreat Day’. Carl and Gardenia, our instructors from Faith Impact, led us through a day of activities emphasising the teachings of the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Involved team building games which were engaging, fun, loud and exciting. We enjoyed the day with our friends, instructors and teachers. On Wednesday evening, our parents joined us for a Confirmation Parent-Child workshop in the Multipurpose Hall led by Father Ken and our teachers. They spoke to us about what is expected as a parent and candidate during our faith journey. We were given questions to reflect on, such as, why our parents chose our names when we were born and why they chose to have us Baptised?


We are all very excited and a little nervous about being confirmed this weekend, but we know we are ready and will enjoy the celebration with our family and friends.


Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro



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. 

Trinity College Open Day Wednesday 23 May 2018

If you are looking for a holistic, quality Catholic education for your son, Trinity College in East Perth may be the school you are searching for. Trinity College warmly invite you to their Open Day on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. The College will be offering three different sessions for families to attend- 9.30am, 12.00pm and 4.15pm. Each session will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will include a welcome address from the Headmaster, student led tours of the College grounds, and will conclude with light refreshments and a Q&A with some of our staff. The late afternoon session will run for an hour. Further details can be found via www.trinity.wa.edu.au or you can register directly through https://www.trybooking.com/uobr. You can also email registrar@trinity.wa.edu.au or call 9223 8121. 


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.


Important information

Students with Medical Conditions

If your child requires medication to be taken during school hours, it is important that you complete a ‘Student Medication Request Form’ which is available from the front office.

  • Medication is to be delivered to the School Office by the parent/guardian in its original pharmacy labelled container. Please be aware that parents are responsible for delivering prescribed medications to the school and collect it at the end of the day.
  • The label on the original medication or a special letter outlining medication from the doctor   must clearly state:


(i) the name of the child (ii) the dosage and times required
Please ask your pharmacist for this information when the medication is issued.
  • All medications are stored in the school’s First Aid cabinet in the Medical Room except where either refrigeration is required (e.g. antibiotics) or in the case of self-administered asthma reliever medication.
  • Asthma medication (reliever puffers only) may be held by a child for self-administration, only when parents/guardians have notified the school and given permission via a Asthma Action Medication Form. Preventer medications will be held in the Medical Room.
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to collect any ‘out of date’ medication for safe disposal. It is also a parent’s responsibility to collect any unused medication at the completion of treatment.
  • Medication Administration Forms for children receiving medications on a regular basis are to be reviewed each term, with a new permission form completed at the start of each year.
  • Parents/guardians must notify the School Office and complete a new Medication Administration Form if there are any changes to details such as dosage or type of medication.

If any details have changed, including emergency contacts, medication or amounts of medication to be given, please make us aware of these details at your earliest convenience. 


The form is attatched or available from Mrs Chris Balen at the administration office.


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.



From the Library

Volunteers Needed!


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.



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.

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 uniform@ola.wa.edu.au 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




Sports News

CPSSA Swimming Carnival 

Last Thursday, selected swimmers competed in the CPSSA Swimming Carnival at the HBF Stadium. Our team showed depth and consistency with many 3rd placings throughout the day. Our Year 6 Girls, Sophia and Sam had a clean sweep of the A division races for all 50m events. I would like to thank Mr Dropulich, Mrs Bolton, Mrs Trott, Mrs Civiletti and Mrs Field for time keeping. Thank you to those parents and family members who came to support the children and made for a fantastic atmosphere for the Carnival.


Sporting Schools Clubs

Sporting Schools Clubs commenced this week. Gymnastics on Tuesdays for Years 1 and 2 are full but there is plenty of room for the Rugby Club on Wednesdays which is open to Years 3 to 6. Please email me at jodie.stewart@cewa.edu.au for more information regarding Rugby Club.


After a strong start to our pre-season training, the girls were all ready to hit the courts down at Noranda, showcasing their talent. Their hard work really paid off in the end where the girls came through on top with a smashing score of 19-1. We’re very proud of our girls and can’t wait to see what the remainder of the season brings! 

Mrs Vanessa Knight

Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Student Medical Request Form.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
Expression of Interest OLA -OSHC.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf