Be Sealed With The Gift of the Holy Spirit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com by Friday 25 May.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Saturday 26 May 6.00pm or Sunday 27 May 9.30am
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.
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
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.
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.
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'.
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@example.com
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!
The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com or call 9223 8121.
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 efforts. Please 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.
Mrs Luisa Durkin
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.
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.
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.
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 Priest: Fr Ken D’Souza
Phone: (08) 9276 1008
Secretary: Amanda Reneaux
Parish Mass Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am
Saturday—Vigil Mass 6:00pm
Sunday—Mass 7:30am, 9:30am and 5:00pm
Parish Youth Mass—Last Saturday of each month.
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.
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."
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:
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
To access online ordering for the OLA School Canteen click on the image below.
Second hand uniforms are available.
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.
There are no returns on socks, hats and tights so please select carefully. Once, they leave the shop, they cannot be returned.
All children should be wearing full winter uniform. The Uniform Shop will not be open during the school holidays.
Winter Uniform - Term Two and Three
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.
Mrs Tania Longman
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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