Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

08 June 2018
Issue Fifteen
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA
Sports News
Important information
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

LifeLink Day

This year LifeLink Day was held on Wednesday 6 June. Archbishop Costelloe invited representatives from every primary school to join him at Newman College Auditorium for the launch of LifeLink 2018. All Catholic schools within the Perth Diocese were asked to bring cards they created and then to present them as a powerful and visual demonstration of our young people joining together to help people in need. OLA was represented by Sophia, Ella and Marc and Adam.


Sophia T:

I found it interesting when the Archbishop took out his special staff because I didn't know what it symbolised. He also talked about being a good shepherd and what it meant


Ella Mc:

Lifelink is a caring foundation that helps people in need. Today we learnt a lot about it when I went to the Lifelink Day Launch. The Archbishop and Bishop taught me a lot about Lifelink I now know a lot about it and I really want to help!


Marc P:

Lifelink is about how we can donate to a community and how we can help out. There are many people that are less fortunate than us and they need our help.


Adam L:

We went to Lifelink on the 6th of June. The Bishop spoke to us about being a good shepherd to those in need and not leaving anybody behind.


Sacred Saints

Congratulations to our Year Six students who participated in the Sacred Saints Tournament that took place on Thursday. This event works to:

  • Promote fitness and enjoyment
  • Provide children with the opportunity to participate in sporting events within the wider Catholic School Community
  • Foster a positive attitude towards physical activity within a healthy, competitive environment
  • Develop netball, soccer and football skills.

Thank you to Mrs Stewart for coordinating this wonderful event.

First Holy Communion

This Saturday at 4pm, our 4G communicants will be receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist. This is a very special time for the children and ask that you keep them in your prayers.


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 [email protected]  


Fr Richard Leonard

On Tuesday, Fr Richard Leonard presented to the OLA staff as part of their professional learning. Fr Richard spoke about Catholic traditions, the real world of our students being on-line and where our Catholic community finds a home in 2018. He looked at some of the reasons families send their children to Catholic schools including; passing on Catholic values, praying together, proudly and well and preparation for the real world in having students be the best people they can be. When our students graduate from OLA it is our core hope that they have a real sense that God is with them on their journey.

Long Service Leave

Mr McIntyre (5M) will be on long service leave from Wednesday 20 June until Friday 3 August. During Mr McIntyre's absence, Ms Samantha Twomey will be teaching 5M.

Enjoy your weekend.

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

First Eucharist on Saturday Afternoon, 4pm

This Saturday, students in 4G will be joining with OLA Parish communicants to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. The children have spent a lot of time preparing for this sacrament and we thank Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean for their guidance and support of the children during this time. Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this special event in their lives.


If you are able to come along and support the children on this special day your help in the choir loft would be greatly appreciated. All students and families welcome.

Thank you

A BIG thank you to Mrs Macri and Mrs Ho for the time they gave this week to contact the new reading books. We appreciate your help!

ICAS Testing Dates 

The Spelling and Writing ICAS Assessments will take place this week. Spelling is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June and Writing will be held on Thursday 14 June.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disabilities (NCCD)  is a joint  state and federal government initiative. Catholic schools, along with government and independent schools across Australia, will again be participating in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data. Our involvement in this process is crucial as it will provide valuable information about support required for a students in our school.


The NCCD is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities. It uses a very broad definition of disability, taken from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which includes a range of health issues and learning difficulties where schools implement strategies to support students in participating effectively in their learning.


The Data Collection will take place in August. No personal or identifying information about any student will be included. Parents will be contacted if their child is placed on the database. Please take the time to read the fact sheet for parents and carers.


Vel Erskine and Rebecca Smith

Assistant Principals

Parents and Friends

Incredibles 2 P&F Movie Event

Come and enjoy a viewing of Incredibles 2 with your family and friends at 2pm on Sunday 24 June at Grand Cinemas Warwick. This exciting movie is fun for the whole family and tickets are just $15 per person, plus the Candy Bar will be offering discounted combos for OLA customers on the day! Please note that ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 15 June, so don't delay, click on the trybooking link below to secure your seats now!




Save the Date

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 protected]

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 [email protected]


Saturday 9 June

- 4pm First Holy Communion (4G)


Tuesday 12  June

- 6pm Board Meeting

- 7.30pm P&F Meeting



Wednesday 13 June

- 9.00am - 10.00am Junior Cross Country at Waverley Reserve

- ICAS Spelling

Thursday 14 June

- 8.50am Liturgy of the Word Yr 1-3

Saturday 16 June

- 4pm First Holy Communion (4M)

What's Happening at OLA


In the outdoor learning area at Pre-Kindergarten, the children have been climbing the obstacle course each day. The children actively engage in movement skills of walking, stepping, climbing, jumping and balancing while moving through the obstacle course. The strategies they learn outdoors can be also be displayed rhythmically to music and movement indoors. The children followed movement actions to the songs, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear and Dino Stomp!


This week, when Mrs Dempster came to Pre-Kindergarten to teach the children, they acted out the song, Five Little Elephants Balancing Step by Step on a Piece of String… when the string broke, down came all the little elephant folk!  That was the best part!

Mrs Petkovic



It has been a busy couple of weeks in Kindy investigating our topic on nature. Young children have a natural curiosity when it comes to nature and can, and should, spend endless hours playing outside investigating the properties of natural materials.  


We have been observing weather changes and have looked closely at the changes we can see in trees. The children have been keen to collect leaves that have fallen and have used magnifying glasses to look closely at the colours. Lots of great conversations have been had and they have been in awe of all the varying colours in just one leaf! 


The children also planted broad bean seeds and have had the opportunity to look at a sunflower, pull it apart and record what they see. We may have a few botanists amongst our Kindy group! 'Cloud watching' has also been one of our favourite things to do after reading, The Little Cloud, by Eric Carle. The children even painted their own 'little cloud' and described what shape it made. 

As you can see it definitely has been busy. We can't wait to learn more about nature in the next few weeks and see what we can discover. 

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Over the last two weeks, we have been learning about ants and insects during Literacy. We have read some information books to help us with our report writing. In Maths we have been classifying and sorting 2D shapes based on their features. We are beginning to focus on addition using the strategy of counting on.


As part of our Religion last week, we learnt about the Archbishop’s 2018 LifeLink Day for Catholic Schools. We discussed the different agencies LifeLink helps and we looked at Shopfront and how they help those in need. The children enjoyed making a card and prayer that will be distributed along with canned food and gold coin donations.


In Digital Technology, we have started to use the app, Book Creator. So far we have created a cover page for our minibeast book and we have started to think about which minibeasts we can write and draw about. We have been exploring some of the features of Book Creator, including; inserting text, editing text style and drawing pictures.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi


Year 3

This past week in Year 3, we have been planning and presenting a speech as part or our Speaking and Listening program. 3G presented a speech about their emergency posters they created in Health and 3M presented a speech about a topic of their choice. Some examples of topics were; Why Homework Should Be Banned, Soccer is Better Than Football, School Should Only Be Two Hours a Day and Uniforms Should Be Banned.


We focused on our speaking and listening skills including; what makes a good audience, speaking with volume, confidence and expression and making eye contact with the audience. The speeches were entertaining to listen to.

Mrs Calleja, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis


Year 5

The wonderful students in Year 5 have been designing and creating their very own gulping fish sculptures using model magic. As you can see they have created a variety of different species with range of colours and textures. In the near future you will be able to have a close up look of the fish when are on display throughout the school.

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre


Sports News

Sporting Schools Clubs

Sporting Schools Clubs have commenced. There is plenty of room for the Rugby Club on Wednesdays which is open to Years 3 to 6. Please email me at [email protected] for more information regarding Rugby Club.

CPSSA Sacred Saints

Yesterday, students in Year 6 competed in the CPSSA Sacred Saints Tournament in quite wet conditions to begin with. They showed resilience and determination to play to the best of their abilities in netball, soccer and for the first time in this competition, football. There was mixed success with wins and losses, but certainly their efforts were evident to all. A special thanks to Mr Craig Dropulich and to Mrs Amy La Spada who were parent helpers, and to those who came to support the teams. We will have a second opportunity to participate in these sports at the Winter Carnival on 21 June. OLA will be entering three soccer teams and two netball teams, giving children a chance to play sports that they may never have played before in a friendly, non-competitive environment.


Cross Country

A reminder that the Junior Cross Country (PP-Yr 2) event is on Wednesday 13 June at Waverley Reserve from 9am. If you are able to help walk children across to the Reserve, please let your class teacher know.

The Senior Cross Country (Yr 3-6) event is on Monday 18 June at Dianella Regional Open Space (Light St). If you are able to be a course marshal, please let me asap via email  [email protected] . At the moment I have had only 2 parents volunteer and I need to have 6 per race. This is essential for the safety and well-being of our students.  Please note times and distances below.

9.05am Year 2 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.15am Year 2 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.25am Year 1 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.35am Year 1 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.45am Year PP Girls (approx. 300m)

9.55am Year PP Boys (approx. 300m)

10.00am Ribbon Presentations for place getters 1st to 4th for all races.


Our Senior Cross Country event for Year 3-6 will take place on Monday 18 June at 11.00am at Dianella Regional Open Space (entrance off Light Street). It is expected that all children will participate. Please note times and distances below.

11.00am Yr 3 Girls Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.20am Yr 3 Boys Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.40am Presentation of Yr 3 Medals

11.50am Yr 4 Girls Race (approx. 1.5km)

12.10pm Yr 4 Boys race (approx. 1.5km)

12.30pm Presentation of Yr 4 Medals

12.40pm Yr 5 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.00pm Yr 5 Boys race (approx. 2km)

1.20pm Presentation of Yr 5 medals

1.30pm Yr 6 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.40pm Yr 6 Boys Race (approx. 2km)

2.10pm Presentation of Yr 6 Medals


Six course marshals are required for each event for the safety and well-being of all our students. If you are able to help for all or part of the day please let me know via email [email protected] or see me in the office.  Mud maps of each Senior Cross Country course are available to help prepare your child for their race.



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. 

Servite College Enrolments 2019


Year 7 2019 Enrolments are currently being finalised.  If your child is in Year 6 and has not yet attended an enrolment interview, please contact College Reception on 9444 6333.  We welcome the opportunity to share our Servite community with new families and offer tours of our campus.  To download an application form or to register for a tour, please visit our website.www.servite.wa.edu.au.  

A further reminder to parents of current Year 5 students, our Year 7 2020 enrolment interviews are underway and we encourage you to return your application forms to ensure that your child experiences the Servite Way.

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.


City of Stirling Cycle Facility

The City of Stirling has a State Awarded and Nationally recognised BMX and Skate Strategy that has been in development since 2013.  A family in our school community has been working closely with the Council on this exciting project. This initiative will provide physical opportunities for families in the area, and for kids in non-organised health activities after school or on the weekend.


At this time, the City of Stirling is seeking feedback from the wider community around the Dianella Regional Open Space Cycle Facility. If you would like to view the FACT SHEET for Dianella BMX and Cycle or offer feedback on this initiative, please follow the link below.


Important information

Chicken Pox

Please note that there have been a number of confirmed cases of chicken pox within the school. A fact sheet has been attached for further information.


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.


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 9 June  6:00pm

Ella Minniti, Ella Madeleine


Sunday 10 June    9:30am

Abner Melder

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.

First Sunday Devotions 

In honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, come join us in prayer:

Holy Rosary

Devotion to Mary

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Blessing of the Sick

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 

Please join us on Sunday 3 June between 2.30pm to 3.30pm at

Our Lady's Assumption Church

June, Month of The Sacred Heart

June is the month of the Sacred Heart. A devotion long practised privately, it was officially approved in the 1800s. Devotion to the Sacred Heart encourages participation in Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration and to receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. 


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 [email protected] 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

Uniform Shop Manageress




Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Chicken Pox Info Sheet.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 3 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 4 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 5 & 6 Cross Country Course.pdf