Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

20 July 2018
Issue Nineteen
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
Sports News
Parish News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
From the Library
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Welcome Back!



Lord, as we prepare for the coming of a new semester, make us ready, attentive and available to hear you.  

Thank You for the gift of being able to rise each day with the assurance that You walk through it with us.  

Thank You for the gifts of creativity and uniqueness, and the energy to put them to good use.  

May all that we are today, all that we try to do today, may all our encounters, reflections, even the frustrations and failings all be placed in your hands.  

May the work we do and the way we do it, bring new hope, new life, and courage to all we come in contact with this semester.  

We thank you, Lord.  



Grandparents' Mass, Classroom Visits and Morning Tea

As mentioned last term, a Grandparents' Day has been scheduled for Wednesday 25 July, with a 9.00am Mass (Whole School Mass) and morning tea. All grandparents will be invited to visit their grandchildren's classrooms, straight after mass and before the morning tea, to view the wonderful work the children have completed.


Attached to this section is a flyer advertising the event as well as requesting numbers for catering purposes.



Performing Arts Festival 

We are so fortunate to have so many talented students at OLA and a number of our students will be participating in the Annual Catholic Performing Arts Festival this term. I take this opportunity to wish all participants all the best as they represent OLA at various events scheduled during the term.
Please check the Term 3 calendar, on the school's website, for the scheduled events.

Because of Her, We Can! NAIDOC Week Celebrations

NAIDOC Week 2018 at OLA will be remembered as one of the most successful celebrations in recent years. The week commenced with the OLA staff meeting with a CEWA Consultant, to formulate the school’s new Aboriginal Education Map (AEM), NAIDOC Eucharist Mass with Fr Ken on Wednesday, boomerang displays created by the students and a special NAIDOC Assembly, where we were graced with Gina William’s presence, songs and stories.


This year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ highlights, as pillars of our society, what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in the past and will in the future as active members of all communities. Following on from the above, and as As Fr Ken mentioned during his Homily on Wednesday, we also acknowledge and appreciate what all women have achieved as role models, mothers, grandmothers and members of our communities.


A huge thank you to our NAIDOC Committee members, Vanessa Knight, Sabrina Saraceni and Stephanie Figueira for coordinating the events this week.


Assistant Principal Appointment

On behalf of the OLA School Board, I would like to inform the community that the Assistant Principal appointment process has been completed. I take this opportunity to advise you all that Velma Erskine has been appointed as the substantive Assistant Principal at OLA. Velma has commenced in her substantive position last Monday, 16 July, 2018.


Congratulations Velma and I wish you every success at OLA.

Naming of Buildings

At a recent Board meeting and in consultation with the OLA Parish and Bishop Don Sproxton, the Parish Centre, including the Multi Purpose Hall, will now be known as the Fr. O'Mara Centre and the Shared Facility will be known as the Sr. Goretti Hall. 


Fr. O'Mara was the founding Parish Priest of OLA who not only oversaw the construction of the new church, but also played a role in building the OLA School. Sr. Maria Goretti, a Dominican Sister, was the foundation principal at OLA.

Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently

A Message from Rosie Samuels (Canteen Manageress)


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 email it directly to me at [email protected] 


Thank you

Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress



Have a good weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

OLA P&F Presents - 80s Rewind Quiz Night

For one night only, step back in time to the era of big hair, amazing musicians and the best movies ever made! Tickets are just $20 per person and can be purchased individually, in tables of 8 or tables of 10. 

If you don't have a table, simply email [email protected] and we'll find a radical team for you to join. BYO food and licensed bar available. Purchase your tickets here: 



Dads' Night - With Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

Date: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Where: OLA Library

All OLA Dads and Father Figures are invited to our first Dads' Night in 2018. With guest speaker, Karl O'Callahan, our former Commissioner of the WA Police (2004 to 2017).


Karl is a father, grandfather and foster father. He'll be talking about his own personal and professional experiences and how important Dads and Father Figures are to kids. Karl will speak for about an hour and there's time afterward to chill out and chat with beer & pizza provided by Mr Martin!


This is a free event but please rsvp to [email protected] so we can cater appropriately.

We hope to see you there.

Resilience Kit - Kids and Anxiety Information Session at OLA

Date: 30 October 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: OLA Library


Seats are nearly filled for this essential information session for parents and carers.

RSVP to [email protected]


As families, we can increase emotional resilience to help our children develop positive coping skills before more serious difficulties occur.  You are invited to a FREE EVENT at Our Lady’s Assumption School to help us understand anxiety, behaviours and protective factors for our children.


Find out more about Resilience Kit at http://www.resiliencekit.com.au  

School Disco 2018


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 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

Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at [email protected]



Tuesday 24 July

- Interschool Cross Country

Wednesday 25 July

- Grandparents' Day- Mass at 9.00am, followed by classroom visits and morning tea

Friday 27 July

- Year 3 Assembly, 2.40pm

Sports News

Interschool Cross Country

On Tuesday 24 July, the Year 3 - 6 OLA Cross Country Team will be participating in the Interschool Cross Country Carnival. The selected students will compete with other schools at Perry Lakes. We wish them all the best with this event and would like to thank Mrs Stewart, Mrs Pierce, Mrs Erskine, Mrs La Rosa and Mr De Pietro for their support on the day.

Running Club

Running Club will return in Term 3 on Wednesday 1 August.


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.

Addams Family - Mercedes College

Mercedes College is proud to present its 2018 production of, The Addams Family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Find out what happens when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical comedy is proudly presented by the students of Mercedes College. Coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 27 July. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au.


Mercy College Enrolments 2019

Tour Morning, Thursday 16 August 2018 – 9.00am – 10.30am.


A student led tour to see what we have on offer at Mercy College, followed by a meet and greet with Senior Leadership over morning tea.  Please phone our Enrolments & Marketing Officer Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223 to register.  Year 7 – 2019 closing soon, please submit your application as soon as possible.


Chisholm College Alumni - Retro Bingo Night


Retro bingo is back for its 3rd year... it’s been so much fun we are doing it again!!   Don’t miss out on the best musical bingo there is. Sing and dance along to your favourite tunes while playing bingo. Dress up in ‘retro’ gear for the possibility of being named Best Dressed (or should I say most tragically dressed)
Date: Friday 10 August 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm sharp start.
Price: $10 per person (if you book 6 or more we will allocate you a table to yourselves)
Venue: Chisholm Catholic College Staffroom
Bookings: Ticket requests to [email protected]
Dress code: Retro 
BYO food and drinks.  Entry fee includes a bingo card for each game. For those who are serious, there will be more cards for you to buy on the night to increase your chances.

Triple P Free Parenting Seminar

You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.


Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:

  1. Children's Behaviour - The Tough Part of Parenting
  2. Raising Confident Children
  3. Raising Emotionally Resilient Children

The next FREE 3 week Series is held:


When:             15 August 2018

Location:        Maylands Rise

                           28 Eighth Ave, Maylands

RSVP:             Bookings are essential and places are limited.


Please visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups to book your place.


To find other available programs visit our website

www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups or check the attached information leaflet.


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


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 21 July 6:00pm

Ella Madeleine, Ella Minniti

Sunday 22 July  9:30am

Adam Lambert

July, The Month of the Most Precious Blood

The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical colour green. This symbol of hope is the colour of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.



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


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.



Performing Arts News

Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools & Colleges in Western Australia was established to help the students of Catholic schools and colleges experience the spirit and tradition of the performing arts.


The Festival seeks to provide students with specific ‘performance platforms’ where they have the unique opportunity to give of their very best and perform to a public audience. Open to both primary and secondary school students, the performance categories encompass choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance aspects of the performing arts. Approximately 18,000 students enter the festival each year, and the performances take place in Term 3. The emphasis is on nurturing the arts and giving a ‘best possible’ performance, rather than on competition between schools.


OLA has entered every year group from Year 1 to Year 6, so that our students will have the opportunity to perform publicly, and receive constructive feedback from an adjudicator. The following are the sections in which our students will perform:

Year 1              Class Choirs

Year 2              Choral Verse

Year 3              Class Choirs

Year 4              Liturgical Choirs

Year 5              Excerpt from a Musical (Matilda)

Year 6              Liturgical Choir

Year 6              Recorder Club (20 volunteers drawn from both classes)


In addition, we have entered a representative number of soloists in various events. In Week 1, the Bible Reading performances took place, and our school was well represented by Isaac from Year 4, Ava from Year 5 and Tahlia from Year 6. We will keep you informed of our progress as the term goes by. Good luck to all our entrants and their teachers.

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]

From the Library

Book Week 2018

Book Week is all about focusing on books.  Book Week is being celebrated this year during Week 6 commencing Monday 20 August 2018.  This annual event highlights the importance of reading and draws on the joy of stories and creativity of Australian books. Book week is about:

  • encouraging students to read,
  • to learn about new books,
  • to share favourite writers and illustrators,
  • to look again at old favourite books , in different ways
  • to take time to read alone and just read


Details will follow shortly of the many events we have planned for Book Week 2018.  Children will be invited to dress up as their favourite book character and join the  school in a parade in the Shared Facility on Wednesday 22 August at 8.50am. More details to follow.


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale

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