Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

04 May 2018
Issue Ten
                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            

Treat people in life the way you want to be treated.


Welcome Back

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.

CECWA Strategic Directions

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. 


Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care

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.


Parent and Student Survey

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.



ANZAC Day Service

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


Term Overviews

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.  

OLA P&F Constitution - Extraordinary Meeting

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]


Commitment Masses - Confirmation Candidates 

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.

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 [email protected]  



New Protective Behaviors Program

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). 

Canteen - Change of Operating Days

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.

Mothers' Day Breakfast & Mass

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. 


Special Thanks

Thank you to Mrs Pauline Coluccio for providing the floral crown for the Beginning of Term Mass on Wednesday 2 May.

Canteen Helpers

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



Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

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 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.

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.


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.

ICAS Testing Dates 

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

             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.


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!



2018 P&F Fundraising - Teachers' Wish List 

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.

School Banking 

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 Meeting - Tuesday 8 May 

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.



P&F Recommends.....

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

Contact Us

The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at [email protected]


Dates To Remember

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

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 cots, prams, etc please contact Debbie at SOS 0403 367 767.


Mercy College Open Day

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 Collection

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


Mr Joseph Tran

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.


Dianella Plaza
High Tea for Mum


Pregnancy Assistance

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.


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- 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. 


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.


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

Running Club and CPSSA Swimming Carnival  

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 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
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.



May, Month of Our Lady

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."


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 5 May  6.00pm

Seina Bolzonella, Ella Minniti,  Ethan Trott

Sunday  6 May  9.30am

Elizabeth Coelho       


Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates - (Assembly)

No Assembly This Week


Year 1: 

Year 2:  

Year 3: 

Year 4: 

Year 5: 

Year 6: 






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


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

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.


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




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
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OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
Constitution for OLA School Parent Organisations 2018.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf
Mothers Day Breakfast 2018.pdf
CECWA Letter to Parents and Friends Groups.pdf
CECWA Strategic Directions Survey .pdf
Expression of Interest OLA -OSHC.pdf
P&F Association Constitution.pdf