Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

13 April 2018
Issue Nine
                Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
             P & F News
Important information
Sports News
From the Library
Parish News
Merit Certificates
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

                Principal's Message            

You create your thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions, your intentions create your reality.

Wayne W. Dyer

Parent Interviews & Reporting to Parents

Parent interviews have been scheduled for the first two weeks of Term 2. During the parent meetings, the children's interim reports will also be distributed to parents. If you're unable to meet with your children's teachers, please advise the classroom teachers and they will send the interim reports home. 


Parents can click on the image (link) below and book a suitable time to meet with the teachers. A 'step by step' instructions document is also attached. If you have any queries, or require support in scheduling an appointment, please liaise with your children's classroom teachers.



Friday 13 April

  • 4G: Room - Kindergarten G

Friday 4 May

  • 1M: Room - Kindergarten G
  • 5G: Room - Kindergarten M

Monday 7 May 

  • PPM: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 1G: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 2G: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 4M: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 6G: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 6M: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall

Tuesday 8 May

  • KG: Room - Pre-Kindergarten

Wednesday 9 May

  • KM: Room -  Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday 10 May

  • PPG: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 3G:  Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 3M: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 5M: Room - Multi-Purpose Hall

Friday 11 May – Room Kindy G

  • 2M: Room - Kindergarten G

Parent and Student Survey

I am  inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The students will be completing the survey, at school, in their classrooms.


This survey will allow us to gather valid and reliable data, which will be an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process in Term 2 (New School Strategic Plan: 2018-2020). This survey is anonymous.


As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The survey will be conducted by  'Tell Them From Me' (administered by The Learning Bar), a specialist education consultancy that works with schools in the areas of school strategic reviews and stakeholder satisfaction. 


The survey window is open from  Monday 16 April until Friday 11 May 2018. 

If parents wish to participate in the survey please click on the link below.




Congratulations to Max Macdonald in PPM who won the Junior Prize for the City of Stirling Easter Colouring Competition. The Hon. Michael Keenan MP presented Max with his prize and all of the other entrants received a certificate and poster. 


Long Service Leave

We wish Mr Kirry and Mrs Taylor a safe and relaxing break from school next term. Mr Kirry will be on leave during the first two weeks of Term 2 and Mrs Taylor will be on leave during the first week of Term 1. 

Kindergarten Applications For 2019 & 2020

Parents with siblings due to start 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 2020 and beyond. Once the application has been completed, please email Administration at admin@ola.wa.edu.au  



New Protective Behaviors Program

On Monday 30 April (Pupil Free Day), the staff will be attending and participating in a Professional Development session on the new protective behaviors program called 'Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum'.


This protective behaviors  program is used by all other Catholic schools and is endorsed by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). 


OLA will be continuing with the current protective behaviors program in Term 2 until the school is ready to make the transition. When the decision is made to transition, all parents will be notified via the classrooms teachers.

ANZAC Day Ceremony

All parents are welcome to attend the School's ANZAC Day Ceremony in Term Two (Thursday 3 May, commencing at  11am). Students who belong to Scouts or Guides are welcome to wear their uniforms on this day. 

Term 2 Calendar Website Calendar

Attached is the Term 2 calendar for OLA. Miss Smith has also updated the School Calendar.


The school's website calendar will be updated daily commencing in Term 2 hence please refer to the website during the term. Terms 3 & 4 website calendars will also be updated, in Term, 2 and uploaded to the school's website.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to update the website and policies within the school.


Canteen change of operating days.

As previously communicated,  commencing Term 2, the Canteen will be operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Term 2 Canteen Menu can be viewed and downloaded in the Canteen section of this newsletter.

Mrs Erskine - Unwell

Please keep Mrs Erskine in your prayers. She is currently unwell and in hospital. We look forward to a Velma's speedy recovery return to OLA in Term 2.

Mothers' Day Breakfast

Please read the attached flyer advertising our Mothers' Day breakfast next term. For catering purposes, we will be requesting attendance numbers closer to the date. 


Canteen Helpers

Urgent - assistance required in the canteen. Please volunteer and assist Rosie in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated!


School Holidays and Return Date

Wishing you all a safe an relaxing two week break. Staff return to school on Monday 30 April (Pupil free day). Students return on Tuesday 1 May.


Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message


ICAS Assessments are being offered for students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. If you would like your child to participate in these assessments then please complete the enrollment form and send with payment to the Office by tomorrow, Friday 13 April.


Sacraments at Our Lady's Assumption

Next term at OLA, we will be celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Below are the important dates for these events:



Commitment Mass

Saturday 5 May 6.00pm or Sunday 6 May 9.30am

Retreat Day

Wednesday 16 May

Parent – Child Workshop

Wednesday 16 May 6.00pm

Sacrament of Confirmation Mass

6G – Saturday 19 May 6.00pm

6M – Sunday 20 May 9.30am


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 (time to be confirmed)

4M – Saturday 16 June (time to be confirmed)


Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this special event in their lives.

ANZAC Service

On Thursday 3 May, we will be holding an ANZAC Service at 11am. All families are welcome to join us to commemorate the brave people who have fought to defend our country. If there are any family members who have been part of these special services then they are invited to attend the ANZAC Service wearing their uniform or medals. Any children who are part of Scouts or Girl Guides are also invited to wear their uniform on that day.

If you would like to be part of the service then please contact Mrs Vel Erskine or Miss Rebecca Smith by Monday 30 April.

Volunteers in OLA (VIOLA) Parent Workshop

Family members who have not yet completed the VIOLA Parent Workshop are invited to attend the scheduled session on Wednesday 9 May at 9.00am. The session will run for approximately an hour and a half. A light morning tea will be provided for the attendees.

If you are attending the session, please RSVP via email to Mrs Vel Erskine or Miss Rebecca Smith by Monday 7 May.

             P & F News

OLA Is on Facebook  

Did you know that OLA has its very own Facebook page?  To keep up to date with what’s going on in your school community, visit and like the page: Our Lady’s Assumption School Community - @OurLadysAssumption.


OLA Footy Tipping is Back for 2018


Thank you to the 74 people who have joined the OLA Footy Tipping competition. Although the season has already started, late comers are still welcome – you will just have to take the away teams for any rounds you miss (which might actually be a good thing!)
The cost is still only $50 for the season and the prizes are as follows:-

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.

Coles Sports for Schools

Coles Sports for Schools is officially over but we will keep our voucher box in the school office until tomorrow, so if you have vouchers to get rid of, don’t let them go to waste! 


OLA P & F Constitution 

Under the  Constitution Act, the P & F Association is required to give 28 days  notice of it's intention to ratify the  new P & F Constitution document. The extraordinary meeting will be held on Thursday, 17 May 2018 in the Multi-purpose room opposite the Library commencing at 1:00pm.

Please refer to attached document. If you require a copy of the current Constitution, please email the P & F  pandf@ola.wa.edu.au


Contact Us

The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

Easter Raffle

Thank you one and all for contributing prizes and buying tickets for the classroom Easter Raffle. This year the raffle made a very impressive $964!!!

We would also like to acknowledge the following people, whose extra special efforts ensured the raffle’s success:  Mrs Dani Wares who took on a great deal of the organising, the teachers, who collected money and tickets, and to all of our class reps who did an amazing job of putting the prizes together – we are very grateful for their support.



Dates To Remember


Friday  13  April

  • 2.40pm Yr 1 Item and Merit Award Assembly
  • School concludes

Monday 30 April 

Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 1 May

  • School commences for students
  • Canteen Open
  • 11.00am ANZAC Service

Wednesday 2 May

9.00am Whole School Mass

Friday 4 May

  • 8.15am School Banking
  • Yr 1M & Yr 5G Parent Interviews

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May

Confirmation Commitment Masses



School Banking

Thanks to a couple of parents volunteering we are able to continue school banking.  Our new Banking Coordinators are Mrs Deanna Marocchi and Mrs Lina Brunini. 

Please Note: banking will now be on FRIDAY mornings from 8.15am, not Tuesday anymore.  Remember, every time you bank the school earns money for the P&F!

Mrs Julia Sertorio & Mrs Rosie Samuels

Term Two Calendar



HELP Needed!!

Starting Over Support in Bayswater are in desperate need of baby furniture.  If you have any unwanted cot, prams, etc please contact Debbie at SOS 0403 367 767.


Pregnancy Assistance

Do you have unwanted maternity clothing, nappies, toiletries, baby clothing up to size 0, baby bath, bassinet. Then Pregnancy Assistance Inc. will see that it goes to those who need it. Contact 9328 2929 or drop off at rear 195 Lord Street, East Perth, opposite NIB stadium.


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- :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 efreshments 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 upto 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!  Procceds from an 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 for 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.



Sports News

CPSSA Swimming Carnival  

CPSSA Swimming Carnival is on 10 May. For the selected students please make sure that the 'permission slip' has been returned and that your child is in possession of an OLA swimming cap. For those who do not have a school cap they are available to purchase one from the Uniform shop. I would like to have a roster for time keepers so that volunteers are only ‘on duty’ for an hour or less. Please see me in the office or email Jodie.stewart@cewa.edu.au if you are willing to time keep. Please continue to encourage your child to train for their events through the holidays leading to the Carnival. You can find the program attached with approximate times.

Running Club will commence  in Term 2 (2 May) and will be held on Wednesday mornings from 8.00am until 8.20am at Waverley Reserve (opposite car park). Students are permitted to wear their sports uniform and remain in this for the school day. Students will run/walk for 20 minutes and for every lap completed they receive a mark on their arm. These marks are tallied over the course of two terms to achieve a final distance. Many students have run more than a marathon distance in this period. Parents and younger siblings are encouraged to participate in this challenge too. Parents are required to stay with their children and at the conclusion of running club, walk their child to the school gate. If this is not possible, please arrange with another parent who will take on this responsibility. It is a great way to start the day, improving fitness and stamina as we head into the Cross Country term!


Western Force Visit OLA

Last Thursday, Year 4 classes were lucky enough to have 3 players from the Western Force Rugby Team deliver a games-based skill session leading into their TAG Rugby unit next week. The players ran the students many times across the oval evading on coming taggers. They taught them how to pass effectively using an oval shaped ball. The challenge will come next term with the concept of only passing to players who are behind them whilst still progressing towards the try line. We thank Rugby WA for co-ordinating this clinic, and providing OLA with 6 brand new rugby balls. They will be providing a coach for next term’s Sporting Schools Rugby (NON contact) Club for Years 3-6. If your child is interested in finding more about Rugby in the community (Bayswater Rugby Union Club), then please visit the website perthrugby.com.au for more information, or speak to James McCort in 4M.  


With Term 2 having a heavy emphasis on Cross Country, please encourage your children to attend Running Club commencing 2 May at 8.00am at Waverley Reserve. Love to see you there!

Mrs Jodie Stewart

From the Library

Volunteers needed !



Instrumental Tuition at OLA

From the commencement of Term 2, Keyed Up Music will be teaching Keyboard lessons Monday to Friday during school times and Drums on Thursday during school times.  Lessons start from $18.10 for a group of 3.  If you are interested please ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.ketyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form.  There are six students taking violin lessons, and two doing flute lessons.




Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008

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.



April, Month of The Blessed Sacrament 

Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of the altar (Catholics define this change as transubstantiation). However, only the Catholic Church has developed the practice of Eucharistic adoration. Every Catholic Church contains a tabernacle in which the Body of Christ is reserved between Masses, and the faithful are encouraged to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Frequent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is a path to spiritual growth.

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:


Altar Servers

Saturday 14  April 6.00pm

Ella Minniti, James Philip

Sunday 15  April 9.30am

Isabella Heaford, Nicole Santacroce


Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates - Friday 13 April, 2.40pm (Assembly)


PP: Jacob McDonald, Olivia Pottier, Kunashe Madzingo, Martina Lehmann and Luca Lipari

Year 1: Geneva Nguyen, Sophia Galloway and Georgia Hunt

Year 2:  Jameson Hennessy, Sufiel Curioso and Felicia Hoang, 

Year 3: Levi Madeleine, Amber Cipriani and Krystal Lione, 

Year 4: Matthew La Spada, Liv Field, Aleksander Trott and Natasha Di Fulvio, 

Year 5: Alexia Pelligrini, Gemma Cala, Leo Musca, Ava Kopec and Grace Romeo

Year 6: Natalia Lacey, Frankie Didio and Isabella Piantadosi, 






Canteen News

From the commencement of Term 2 the Canteen will operate 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


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

There will be a two week change over period for Winter Uniforms.  All children will need to be wearing full winter uniform in  Week 3 of Term 2.  The Uniform Shop will not open during the school holidays.


Uniforms can be ordered online at ouronlinecanteen.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 on $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




Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Student Medical Request Form.pdf
Interschool Swim Program.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
Term 1 Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 2 Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
Canteen Menu Term 1 2018.pdf
Constitution for OLA School Parent Organisations 2018.pdf
sobs-instructions TERM 1.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.doc
Application for Enrolment Form 2018 (2).pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf
Mothers Day Breakfast 2018.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
Max Colouring Comp.jpg
ICAS Flyer.pdf
ICAS Parent Letter.pdf
ICAS Parent Letter.pdf