Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

24 August 2018
Issue Twenty-four
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Music 
From the Library
                                    Dates
Community
Parish News
Canteen
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059
AU

               Principal's Message            

A Prayer for Friendship

Dear Lord,

Teach me to love others the way you first loved me. As I build relationships with others, let them see you in the extent of my generosity, the authenticity of my kindness, and the depths of my love.

All of those things are only possible through you, the God who abides with me and calls me friend. 

Amen.

 

Book Week

What an exciting week we have had at OLA celebrating Book Week. Thank you to Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale for coordinating the events that have been held throughout the week. The children enjoyed the Book Week musical incursion, Treasure Hunt. A HUGE effort was made by all on Wednesday for the Book Week Dress-up Parade, and the children loved having stories read to them by different teachers - 2G especially loved listening to Mr Martin's rendition of, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  Here are some photos from the week.

 

Performing Arts Festival Update

Well done to our Year 1 and Year 3 students who received a Merit Award for their performance in the Primary Choral Singing section of the Festival.

 

Congratulations also to our Year 5 students who received an Outstanding Award for their performance of Matilda in the Primary Musical section on Monday. They are also to be commended for being the recipient of the Catholic Primary Principals’ Award for Musical Excerpt (Primary) - what an amazing achievement! Well done to everyone involved in preparing the students!

 

Our final performance will be our Year 2 students on Monday. We wish them good luck with their Choral Verse piece.

Family Mass - Change of Date

The OLA Family Mass will be held on Sunday, 9 September, at 9.30am. This is to coincide with the celebration of Our Lady's birthday.

Welcome Back

This week, we welcomed back Mrs Jenni Hutton from her Long Service Leave. We thank Mrs Viv Farrugia who replaced Mrs Hutton during her time away.

Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass

This year, we will be holding a Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass on Friday 31 August. Please email your eldest child's class teacher to let them know how many family members will be attending the breakfast. The attached flyer has more information about this special event. We hope many of the father figures in our students' lives can join us on the day!

 

Late Arrivals

Just a reminder that students arriving after 9am must be signed in by an adult at the front office. Your child's arrival time is to be recorded on the iPad so that our attendance register can be updated. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.

Reconciliation Date Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to reschedule the Year Three Sacrament of Penance that was scheduled for Tuesday 23 October at 7pm. We are currently liaising with Fr. Ken to determine another date. We will notify Year Three parents via email as soon as we have more information. 

 

NAPLAN Student Readiness Test

Over the coming weeks, the Year Five students will be taking part in an online Student Readiness Test in preparation for the move to online NAPLAN Testing in 2019. This trial involves the children completing a sample writing assessment and an Omnibus (mixed) assessment to explore the tools and functions of the online system.

    

Have a great weekend!

 

Greg Martin

Principal

Parents and Friends

Teachers' Wishlist Update
 
When you support the OLA P&F events and fundraisers this is what you achieve!

Classes 1G and 1M made a combined purchase with their Wishlist dollars and literally filled their classrooms with awesome equipment, including: Turn and Learn maths boards, coloured sorting pop sticks, giant inflatable insects, Smart Chutes and Smart Chute cards that allow instant self-checking, geometry sets to form 3D shapes, alphabet stamps, magnetic letters, Paul Swan school friendly cards, giant magnetic tens frames and write and wipe packs! Phew, that list was exhausting!!

 

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80s Rewind - Quiz Night

Whether you were a fan of beer swilling Aussie cricketers or loved yourself a bit of Karma Chameleon, the 80s was a super special decade that deserves to be celebrated, so get into the groove and grab some of the last seats for the 80s Rewind Quiz Night!

 

Don't forget that even though there will be a prize for best dressed, 80s attire is definitely optional! Speaking of prizes, there will be raffles and competitions throughout the night, with tickets to WASO and WA Ballet, and family passes to Grand Cinemas and the WA Maritime Museum just some of the amazing prizes on offer.

 

We still need a lot more prizes though so please keep the donations coming in! Donations can be as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, toys raided from your re-gifting pile or vouchers for a store, salon, restaurant, experience etc. Nothing is too big or too small! Please have your donations in by Friday 31 August or, get in touch with the P&F about sponsorship opportunities for your business. Sponsors will be featured on the on-stage screen throughout the night - a great opportunity for brand awareness amongst the school community!

 

Click below to buy tickets:

 

Dad's Night with Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

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

RSVP: pandf@ola.wa.edu.au - by 5pm Monday 27th August

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All OLA dads and father figures are invited to come and spend an evening with School Principal Greg Martin and special guest speaker Karl O'Callaghan, for an informative and engaging conversation with WA's former Police Commissioner. Karl is a dad and a foster father and, through his work, has a plethora of experience dealing with youth. Mr Martin will also be providing pizza and beer for all the guests! See you there. Please RSVP to pandf@ola.wa.edu.au by close of business next Monday to secure your seat.

OLA on Facebook

If you're new to OLA you might not know that we have a Facebook page! Jump on board and keep up to date with what's happening in our fabulous community. Use the link below to find our page.

https://www.facebook.com/OurLadysAssumption/

 

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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 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 pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

What's Happening at OLA!

Pre-Kindy

The Pre-Kindergarten children have been discussing the importance of fathers in the family.  The teachers scribed the children’s comments on some activities they love to do with their daddy, and these are displayed in the classroom for parents to read. The teachers also used a quiz sheet for the children to answer some questions, to see how much they knew about their daddy. We are also making a gift for daddy but it’s a surprise!

 

Last week saw us weeding the vegetable garden and feeding the plants with worm whiz from the worm farm. Each day the children climb the obstacle course when they come outside to play, and luckily the weather was sunny on Thursday!  We have a weather chart to record the weather and the day of the week. The teachers took the opportunity to put the tumble mat outside for the children to practise somersaults and roly polys. Children develop physical competence through large muscle movements as well as fine muscle movements. Outdoor learning lends itself to practice using large muscle movements in; climbing, balancing, swinging, sliding and tumbling.

Mrs Petkovic

Kindy

Book Week was so much fun at school this week. We visited the school library and met the librarian from Dianella Library. She read us two stories, sang some songs and we received a special Better Beginnings book bag. Of course, our favourite part of the week was dressing up and taking part in the book parade with the rest of the school.

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Last Monday, we went to the Vasto Club in Balcatta to perform at the Performing Arts Festival. We sang two songs, Polliwog and Mickey Mouse March. We had lots of fun! Last Wednesday, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption at OLA. The Year Ones held a Lucky Dip Stall that all the children loved. It was a very exciting day at the fete; playing games, dancing to music, having our faces painted and painting pet rocks. We enjoyed our whole school shared sausage sizzle too.

 

This week was Book Week and the theme this year was, Find Your Treasure. On Monday, we watched a musical incursion called, Treasure Hunt. On Wednesday, we got to dress up and walk in the Book Week Parade.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

Week 5 and 6 have flown by and have been filled with festivities, fun and food!

 

The Year Threes enjoyed OLA's Feast Day. Our cupcake and cookie decoration stand was a hit with students of all years who decorated their creations with lots of different forms of sugar! We sold out of cupcakes and raised over $150. Thanks again to all of the parents for their generous donations.

 

In Health, we have been learning about healthy eating and looking at making healthier food choices. We were so lucky to be able to visit Grill'd in Subiaco and to DESIGN, MAKE and EAT our own burgers. This was the first time that Grill'd had ever opened up their restaurant for an activity like this, so the students felt very much like VIPs! All students had an amazing time and all of their plates were left empty! Needless to say - Grill'd burgers got the Year Threes approval! We thank Grill'd Subiaco again for this amazing opportunity.

 

Finally, Book Week had our classes filled with pirates, unicorns, superheroes and many other famous characters! 

Mrs Vella, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis

Year 5

Wow! This week has been a whirlwind.  We started our week by performing at the Performing Arts Festival.  Our excerpt of Matilda was awesome according to our teachers and parents.  In fact it was sooo fabulous that we received the OUTSTANDING award, which means we came first in the Musical Division.  Mr McIntyre and Ms Knight are very proud of us and the effort we put in over the past weeks. So we started our week with Matilda and we will be ending our week with Matilda at the assembly on Friday. 

 

In English, we are doing explanations and this week we read about how the human eye works. We deconstructed it and are currently writing our own version of it. Did you know our retina is like a projection screen, except it shows all of the pictures upside down! Our brain just automatically flips it back over. Such interesting things we learn in Year Five.

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre

Music 

Performing Arts Festival 2018 Final Concert

Please see flyer for further details.

 

Performing Arts News

Our participation in the 2018 Performing Arts Festival continues, and all OLA students in Year 1 to Year 6 are having the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of appreciative audiences. This is affording our students valuable and authentic opportunities to develop their musical, public speaking and dramatic skills, and of course their confidence and self-esteem. The feedback we are receiving from adjudicators, spectators and of course families is very encouraging. While the Festival emphasises participation over competition, our success this year is particularly noteworthy. This week, we received notification that our Year 5 received an 'Outstanding Award' in the Primary Musical section, with their very lively and energetic performance of an extract from, Matilda: The Musical, and they will be awarded the Primary Musical Shield at the conclusion of the Festival. Our Recorder Club, who also received an 'Outstanding Award', are invited to a play-off against other primary music ensembles for the Primary Instrumental Ensemble Shield, and this play-off will take place on Friday 31 August.  In addition, we received notification that both our Year 1 Class Choir and our Year 3 Class Choir have received 'Merit Awards.'

 

The final class to take the stage is our Year 2, and they will perform in the Choral Verse Section on Monday, giving a delightful rendition of, The Shark by Roald Dahl.

 

Well done to all our students!

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 mary.mcauliffe@cewa.edu.au

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

From the Library

Book Week 2018

·         What a big week it has been at OLA Library!! 

·         We had a fantastic response to all the activities that were organized for Book Week. The purpose of Book Week is to expose children to a wide range of literature and nurture a love of books and reading. 

·         There was an amazing collection of characters for our Book Week Dress up Parade. Staff and students certainly showed their creativity by producing colourful and interesting costumes to depict their favourite book characters. Thank you everyone for getting into the spirit of the occasion. 

·         The production ‘Treasure Hunt’ was based on the Book Week theme ‘Find Your  Treasure’. The show was a fantastic mix of storytelling, songs, simple props and costumes.  ‘Treasure Hunt’ really entertained the children and held their attention for the entire time.   

·         Many thanks to City of Stirling for providing Better Beginning packs for our Kindy classes. Year 5 students attended a very interesting and informative ‘Meet the Author’ session  at Dianella Library.

·         Students have enjoyed participating in ‘Find your Treasure Hunt’ throughout the school. All students who have found a treasure will be in the draw to win a major prize. The winners will be drawn on Friday at Assembly.

·         Thank you to Mrs Rosie Samuels for organizing the special Book Week menu. The students certainly enjoyed buying and more importantly eating these delicious treats.  

·         The success of these activities during Book Week would not have been possible without the great support and enthusiasm of our students, parents and staff.  

·         Well done, everyone. 

Keep reading! 
Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale

 

What a big week it has been in the OLA Library!! 

 

We had a fantastic response to all of the activities that were organized for Book Week. The purpose of Book Week is to expose children to a wide range of literature and nurture a love of books and reading. 

 

There was an amazing collection of characters for our Book Week Dress-up Parade. Staff and students certainly showed their creativity by producing colourful and interesting costumes to depict their favourite book characters. Thank you everyone for getting into the spirit of the occasion. 

 

The production, Treasure Hunt, was based on the Book Week theme, Find your Treasure. The show was a fantastic mix of storytelling, songs, simple props and costumes. Treasure Hunt really entertained the children and held their attention for the entire time.   

 

Many thanks to City of Stirling for providing Better Beginnings packs for our Kindy classes. Year Five students attended a very interesting and informative ‘Meet the Author’ session at Dianella Library. Students have enjoyed participating in the ‘Find your Treasure Hunt’ throughout the school. All students who have found a treasure will be in the draw to win a major prize. The winners will be drawn today at Assembly.

 

Thank you to Mrs Rosie Samuels for organising the special Book Week menu. The students certainly enjoyed buying, and more importantly eating, the delicious treats.  

 

The success of these activities during Book Week would not have been possible without the great support and enthusiasm of our students, parents and staff.  

 

Well done, everyone. 

 

Keep reading! 

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale

 

                                    Dates

Monday 27 August

-  Performing Arts Festival Year 2 Choral Verse 9.15am

Tuesday 28 August

- P&F Dads & Father Figures Event 7.30pm

Friday 31  August

-  Fathers' Day Breakfast from 7.00am followed by Mass at 9.00am

Community

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.

Donate Life

This year marks ten years since ex-student Deakin received his life-saving liver transplant. Deakin joined with The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP to show support for organ and tissue donation. You can read the full article in Tuesday's Community Newspaper.

 

Mercedes College Open Morning

 

Iona Presentation Senior School Open Morning

 

VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.  You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.

 

VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.  Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming

 

Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: dianella@perthcatholic.org.au

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times

Weekdays

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am

Weekend
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 25 August 6.00pm

James Philip

Sunday 26 August 9.30am

Adam Lambert

August - Month of the Immaculate Heart

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

 

This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions, Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offences committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart.

 

On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.

 

2018 Year of Youth Child Protection Week Breakfast - 4 September

2018 Year of Youth Child Protection Week Breakfast - 4 September 7.30am - 9.00am Duxton Hotel Ballroom, 1 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, RSVP; safeguarding@perthcatholic.org.au or telephone 9221 7762.  Cost $49.00 per person.

Canteen

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 rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 

 

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.

The Uniform Shop will not be open for trading on Tuesday 4 September and Friday 7 September

Special

The following items have been reduced:

 Size 14 Short Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 10 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 12 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 14 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Now $15.00                        

Ordering

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.

 

Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
CANTEEN VOLUNTEER ROSTER 2018 TERM 3.pdf
Fathers' Day 2018.pdf
Final Concert.pdf