From the Principal's Desk
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Wow, what a magnificent night. An the unbelievable turn out by the families in support the P&F and the event. I have been to many Family Fun Nights over many years and not one matched the successful and enjoyable evening we all had last Friday night. Receiving the framed photo of the students being future leaders reminded me why I am honoured privileged to be leading OLA and why we need to continue to move forward with transforming OLA into a school of excellence. Congratulations to all the P&F members and parents who worked tirelessly to coordinate such an event and to the parents who assist during the night. Also a huge thank you to the P&F for the gift (see above) presented to me on the night. Our OLA students will be leading the world in the years to come.
A great time was had by all the students and staff who attended the camp over the last few days, at Fairbridge in Pinjarra. The students were challenged during each event and especially enjoyed the Astronomy night with Mr Tonello. Thank you to the staff and Mr Dropulich for giving up their family time to to attend camp and support the children with tehir learning journey.
Leading into winter, and to support our local catholic organisation, St Vincent de Paul, in providing food and clothing for those less fortunate than us, the school will be having a St Vincent de Paul dress up day on Friday 23rd March. Families are asked to purchase items of clothing from a St Vincent de Paul store, wear the items on the day and then donate them back to St Vincent de Paul. A fashion parade will take place first thing in the morning (8.45am) on the Friday when students will be displaying their items of clothing. If parents do not wish to purchase items from the store, students may wear their own items of clothing and then donate these to St Vincent de Paul the following week. Whenever I experience an act of support for the down trodden, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, I think about the Beatitudes, especially the two in the subject heading. This is not a compulsory event and students may wear free dress for the day if they choose not to participate. FYI - There is a St Vincent de Paul clothing bin right next to our church on Grand Promenade Rd.
Having spent the last six weeks reviewing the current school programs, as well as assessing the students levels in each year level, the Leadership Team members have formulated new intensive and consistent programs that will, we believe, increase student achievement in the year levels. Teachers are already differentiating the curriculum to cater for the needs of all students in their classrooms and the new programs, to be implemented once staff have been redeployed in the next couple of weeks, should increase student outcomes. There will be a variety of different programs being implemented as we learn more about each child - one shoe does not fit all. If the students aren't learning then it's our responsibility to find out why and change our teaching strategies and methods to cater for their needs. As the program is being implemented, classroom and specialist support teachers will be communicating the changes to parents of students in the program.
The OLA parish community will be presenting the Passion Play on Saturday 23 March, at 7pm. All families are invited to attend. Students interested in being a part of the Parish play are to let their teachers know by Monday 19 March.
The schools own Passion presentation will be held on Holy Thursday, 29 March, commencing at 2.00pm. The play will be performed in the parish church - all parents are welcome to attend.
A ‘Parent Helper Information session’ will take place on Friday 23rd March, commencing at 9.00am in the library. Please read the attached letter explaining the program.
A reminder school photos will be taken on Wednesday 28 March and Thursday 29 March. All students are to wear their full school summer uniform.
Families wishing to have family photos are required to collect a family photo envelope from the office prior to the photo day, complete it and hand to photographers on phot day.
We're still working on formulating the new format and this will be communicated to parents once it has been completed over the next couple of weeks.
Urgent - assistance required in the canteen. Please volunteer and assist Rosie in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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.
URGENT - We are looking for 2 new volunteers to take over the school banking in Term 2. Due to the canteen day being changed to Tuesday Rosie & Julia can no longer continue the school banking. Its is very easy, takes up an hour of your time in the morning and the banking day can be any day that suits you & your family. School banking earns our P&F money that goes towards providing essential resources for the classroom and the school so we don't want to see it stop, however, if we can't find a volunteer by 30 March we will have to close it.
If you are interested or have any questions please call Rosie Samuels on 0413 022 583 or Julia Sertorio on 0433 996 678. Or see us Tuesday morning in the Pre Kindergarten room or at the canteen Mondays and Thursdays.
Mrs Rosie Samuels & Mrs Julia Sertorio
School Banking Co Ordinators
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.
Student lists for Tennis and Triathlon have been placed on the window outside the office. Our subscription for Tennis has been filled and those students who unfortunately missed out will be placed on the priority list for Term 2. Tennis commences this Monday 26 March and students will be required to sign in with Mr McIntyre outside the shared facility at 3.10. There is still room for Triathlon, so please see me in the office if you would like further information. Triathlon commences the 7 March
Sporting Schools Triathlon commenced this week. Please see the attached flyer for the Weetbix Triathlon that will be held at our Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.
We require assistance from 8:30 am – 12:40 pm with making salads and cooking fish fingers. Please come along to the canteen for any or all of the time to help. Mini Vinnies will distribute the juice boxes and the completed lunch bags.
In addition to their weekly class music lesson, our students have the opportunity to take tuition in a number of instruments at OLA. Piano lessons are very popular, and we currently have 51 students enrolled. These lessons take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Band Room in the church car park, and are provided by teachers from Keyed Up Music.
On Wednesdays, violin and flute lessons are on offer, also in the Band Room, and at present there are six students taking violin lessons, and two doing flute lessons.
On Thursday afternoons, we have drum tuition in the Music Room, and there are six children enrolled.
On Friday mornings, seven students take guitar lessons. One student has signed up for clarinet lessons this year.
There is a notice on our school website providing full information regarding instrumental tuition, and if you would like to discuss this further, you are very welcome to call in to me in the Music Room before/after school on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Second hand uniforms are available.
Mrs Tania Longman
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.
Mrs Tania Longman
Now is the time to start thinking about winter uniforms especially if you have a child in Year 1. These can be ordered online at ouronlinecanteen.com.au; by sending an order form to email@example.com or by coming into the Shop.
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 on $5.00 each in size 9 – 12 and 13 -3.
Please remember to wear full Summer Uniform (as listed below) for the photos on 28 & 29 March
Girl’s Summer Uniform
Boy’s Summer Uniform
Mrs Tania Longman
Iona Presentation College will once again host an Open Morning, next Thursday 22 March, from 9.30am.
Please see attached invitation for more information.
Pre-Primary: Vienna Bowling, Nicholas Tanno, Ethan Haug, Marc Haug and Joyce Ho
Year 1: Annelise Casella, Giordana Ocello, Cooper Bright and Lara Moser
Year 2: Zoe Wright, Ciara Ognenis, Isaiah Hoosen and Kaela Bolton
Year 3: Isabella Hu, Ben Beros and Taj King
Year 4: Nicholas Munrowd-Harris, Stella Spagnolo
Year 5: Layla Moncreiff and Leo Musca
Year 6: Xavier Scott, Sophia De Rosa and Zoe Peters
Tuesday 20 March
7.00pm Board Meeting
Wednesday 21 March
9.00am P&F Meeting
Friday 23 March
Enrolment forms for Confirmation due to Parish Office
St. Vincent de Paul Dress Up Fashion Parade
6th Sunday of Lent
The Canteen operates on Mondays 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, Nonas all welcome!
Mrs Rosie Samuels
This year was only the second time OLA has held a Family Fun Night and it was even bigger and better than last year, with families and kids filling the grassed area and enjoying a fantastic night under the stars. Music by Chris Gibbs provided a relaxing atmosphere and the kids were run ragged between the inflatable obstacle course, the silent disco and of course the emergency services vehicles, which were definitely a highlight! Such and such was the lucky winner of the 50/50 raffle, taking home a prize of $285.
As we know, nights like this can’t happen without the help of staff and parents, and this year we were lucky enough to also have the support of a group of hard working Chisholm Students, whose efforts will count towards their Chisholm volunteer hours.
So in no particular order and with immense gratitude, here are our superstar supporters:
Staff and Parents
OLA Footy Tipping is back for 2018!
Join in the fun and show us just how much you know about this great game of ours – or how little, whichever the case may be! The cost is still only $50 for the season and the prizes will be as follows (dependent on numbers):-
1st Prize: $1000
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250
Weekly Prize: $25 gift voucher
Family and friends are invited to join the competition too.
To participate simply register by Wednesday 21 March at the following link (please note this is different to last year):
And make your payment to: Bank Transfer - OLA P&F, BSB: 066 016 A/C: 1000 8898. Or: cheque or cash left at the school office in an envelope addressed to Mrs Cath McGrath with details of who the payment is for.
The next P&F meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 March at 7pm in the school staff room. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Details of the agenda will be posted on Facebook before the meeting. Our Facebook page can be found at @OurLadysAssumption.
Last day will be 30 March unless new volunteers found. We are looking for two new volunteers to take over the school banking in Term 2. Due to the canteen day being changed to Tuesday Rosie and Julia can no longer continue the school banking. It’s very easy, takes up an hour of your time in the morning and the banking day can be any day that suits you and your family. School banking earns our P&F money that goes towards providing essential resources for the classroom and the school, so we don't want to see it stop, however, if we can't find a volunteer by 30 March we will have to close it.
If you are interested or have any questions please call Rosie Samuels on 0413 022 583 or Julia Sertorio on 0433 996 678. Or see us Tuesday morning in the Pre-Kindergarten room or at the canteen Mondays and Thursdays.
OLA is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools program!
When shopping at Coles you can receive a voucher for every $10 you spend. Vouchers can be placed in the OLA collection box located at Coles Dianella, or you can bring them into the school office. Vouchers can be earned until the 3 April. At the end of the program we will be able to swap the vouchers for sports equipment – so let’s get shopping!
At the end of the program we will be able to swap the vouchers for sports equipment – so let’s get shopping!
The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianella Plaza is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday March 24 from 4pm to 6pm. The Plaza would love to see as many families join them in the hunt.
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.
The Church traditionally dedicates the month of March to the special veneration of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19. "He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife," says St. Bernardine of Siena. "He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'" Due to St. Joseph's leadership of the Holy Family, he has been declared the protector and patron of the universal Catholic Church.
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:
Saturday 17 Mar 9:00am
Ella Minniti, Tahlia Griffiths, Jasmine McGrath
Sunday 18 Mar 6:00pm
Isabella Heaford, Nicole Santacroce
The Parish is in need of palms for Palm Sunday, if you can help donate palms to the Parish please contact Fr Ken or Amanda on 9276 1008.