Treat people in life the way you want to be treated.
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you all had a relaxing two week break. During my conversations with the children, they all seemed excited to be back at school and eager to continue on their educational journeys.
The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) has a strategic purpose to ensure that Catholic education is delivered and managed through the system of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) in a responsible and effective manner, working within the Catholic Mission, appropriate standards and regulations.
CECWA has commenced the process of developing the strategic direction for Catholic education in Western Australia from 2019 to 2021. This fundamental work will enable CECWA to consolidate and communicate our key objectives for coming years.
The first phase of this consultation involves gathering feedback from our Catholic education community that will inform the draft Strategic Direction 2019 - 2021.
We would like to invite you to complete a survey to provide your valued input. Visit https://connect.cewa.edu.au to complete the survey, open for participation until Friday 11 May. If you require a hard copy, please download the attached documents.
CECWA is eager to listen to our community through this important process and I thank you in anticipation for your participation in helping to shape the future direction of Catholic education throughout Western Australia.
The school is currently completing a feasibility study to determine if a school based OSHC and Vacation Care program can be be established at the school.
If there is a possibility your children may attend the program, please complete the attached expressions of interest PDF below and email the completed document to [email protected] by Friday 25 May.
A reminder the survey window is open from Monday 16 April until Friday 11 May.
If parents wish to participate in the survey please click on the link below.
Thank you to all the students and staff, who took part in the ANZAC Service yesterday morning, and a special thank you to the Mount Lawley/Inglewood RSL visitors, Mr Oliver Lovelle and Mrs Joan Daglish, who spoke to the children about being resilient, like those who fought for our country, and not be influenced by social media.
Lest We Forget
All families should have received comprehensive Term Overviews from their children's classroom teachers this week. The overviews outline the content and concepts/skills to be covered during the term, as well as special events. Weekly updates will also be sent out to all families.
The extraordinary meeting, to ratify the new P&F Constitution, will be held on Thursday 17 May in the Library, commencing at 2.30pm. Please refer to the attached document.
If you require a copy of the current Constitution, please email the P&F [email protected]
All children, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018, are requested to attend one of the Commitment Masses this weekend, either Saturday 5 May, 6.00pm or Sunday 6 May, 9.00am. Looking forward to seeing you at one of the Commitment Masses.
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 [email protected]
On Monday 30 April (Pupil Free Day), the staff participated in a Professional Development session on the new protective behaviours program called 'Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum'.
Staff members will be adopting and implementing the program, as well as using the Aussie Optimism program as a resource. Some topics overlap with both programs, hence staff will make a decision about which new topics will be covered and communicated to parents.
This Protective Behaviours program is used by all other Catholic schools and is endorsed by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).
As previously communicated, the Canteen will be operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Term 2 Canteen Menu can be viewed and downloaded from the Canteen section of this newsletter.
The Mothers' Day Breakfast will be held in the Shared Facility next Friday, from 7.00 - 8.30am. All mothers and OLA children are invited to attend the breakfast organised by the OLA Staff. For catering purposes, please email your eldest child's teacher if you will be attending, and the number of people attending, including children. Following the breakfast, all mothers are invited to the Mothers' Day Mass which will be held in the church commencing at 9am.
Please read the attached flyer advertising our Mothers' Day Breakfast and Mothers' Day Mass.
Thank you to Mrs Pauline Coluccio for providing the floral crown for the Beginning of Term Mass on Wednesday 2 May.
Urgent - assistance required in the canteen. Please volunteer and assist Rosie in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Next term at OLA, we will be celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Below are the important dates for these events:
Saturday 5 May 6.00pm or Sunday 6 May 9.30am
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
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.
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.
A reminder that in Week 3, Tuesday 15 May through to Thursday 17 May, NAPLAN testing will be taking place in Years 3 and 5. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) is a federally mandated assessment administered Australia-wide during this week and children in these year groups will sit the tests on the following days:
- Tuesday (Language Conventions and Writing)
- Wednesday (Reading)
- Thursday (Numeracy)
Whilst it is only one assessment and a snapshot of your child’s progress, we encourage parents to please have their children at school, well-rested and alert to allow them the best opportunity to succeed. All assessments will take place in the morning.
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
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.
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!
In 2018 the OLA P&F is proud to be raising $19,000 for our Teachers’ Wish List fund!
At the beginning of the year, teachers were asked to consider what items they would love to have in their classrooms to improve learning or the classroom environment. These requests became a ‘wish list’, which the P&F has agreed to fund! Each classroom along with the music program and the Library have been granted $1000 each. We’re so excited to be able to give our school these extra resources that would usually be out of reach.
Your participation in P&F events and activities this year will help us reach this $19,000 goal. Keep supporting fundraisers such as footy tipping, Entertainment Books, raffles and school banking and keep an eye out for fun events coming up for parents and kids!
Our Lady’s Assumption is lucky to have a community of parents and friends dedicated to ensuring our kids have an exceptional primary school experience, so we know you will get behind this initiative and we are grateful for your support so far.
Please note that in order for the classrooms to enjoy the benefits of these items as soon as possible, the school administration has agreed to cover the $19,000 cost initially and the P&F will repay the school throughout the year, as funds are raised.
Thank you to Lina Brunini and Deanna Marocchi for generously volunteering to take over the school banking administration. School Banking will now take place on Friday mornings in the Pre-Kindy room.
Many thanks also to the outgoing administrators Julia Sertorio and Rosie Samuels for giving their time to ensure that school banking was available for the past couple of terms. Great job ladies!
P&F meetings will now be held on the second Tuesday of each month, starting next week. The P&F meeting will begin at 7.30pm and will be held in the school staff room. All are welcome to attend.
Please join us for a special meeting to ratify the new P&F constitution. For the document to be ratified, at least ten people must be in attendance, so if you have an interest in how the P&F works, please come along. The meeting will take place in the Library at 2.30pm on Thursday 17 May. The meeting will only take 20-30 minutes.
The ever insightful Maggie Dent will be presenting, together with Dr Kaylene Henderson, on Children and Anxiety. This special event will be held at Sacred Heart College on Saturday July 21st. For tickets visit Maggie’s website www.maggiedent.com/events
The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at [email protected]
Monday 7 May
- Parent Interviews: PPM, 1G, 2G, 4M, 6G and 6M
Tuesday 8 May
- Parent Interviews: KG
- Year 6 to Chisholm - Bugsy Malone Musical
Wednesday 9 May
- Parent Interviews: KM
- VIOLA Training 9.00am
Thursday 10 May
- Parent Interviews: PPG, 3G, 3M and 5M
- Interschool Swimming Carnival
Friday 11 May
- Parent Interviews: 2M
- Mothers' Day Breakfast from 7am, Mass 9am
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
Starting Over Support in Bayswater are in desperate need of baby furniture. If you have any unwanted cots, prams, etc please contact Debbie at SOS 0403 367 767.
Mercy Open Day/Tour Morning has been scheduled for Thursday 17 May at 9.00am. To register, please phone Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223.
Nappy Collective collect leftover unused disposable nappies and redistribute them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need. Please view their website for collection points http://www.thenappycollective.com
Please remember in your prayers Mr Joseph Tran who recently deceased and entered into eternal life.
Eternal rest grant unto him o lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Do you have unwanted maternity clothing, nappies, toiletries, baby clothing up to size 0, baby baths, bassinets. 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.
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 protected] 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.
On Wednesday 2 May, we had our first Running Club for 2018. There were 42 students ranging from Pre Kindy to Year 6 running, jogging, walking and chasing ducks with their parents. It was wonderful to see so many children participating in this whole school activity which will serve them well for their Cross Country event later this term. Our highest year group represented was Year 6 with 10 students attending. Everyone is welcome - 8am at Waverley Reserve. Children are permitted to stay in their Sports uniform for the entire day.
We are looking forward to the CPSSA Swimming Carnival next Thursday 10 May. If you are able to help with time keeping please let me know [email protected] . Thank you to the three parents who have volunteered already.
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 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.
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:
Saturday 5 May 6.00pm
Seina Bolzonella, Ella Minniti, Ethan Trott
Sunday 6 May 9.30am
No Assembly This Week
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
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.
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 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