Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

07 September 2018
Issue Twenty-six
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Prayer for the Nativity of Our Lady

Father of mercy,
give your people help and strength from heaven.
The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son
was the dawn of our salvation.
May this celebration of her birthday
bring us closer to lasting peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Family Mass

Please join us this Sunday for the OLA Family Mass at 9.30am. We hope to see many of our OLA families there to celebrate Our Lady's birthday.

Sensory Program Update

The Sensory Program at OLA is due to commence in Term 4. Ms Mitchell and Mrs La Rosa have been hard at work organising resources and equipment so that the program can get underway. If your child is selected to participate in the program, you will be notified by Friday 14 September. An information session will be held for the families of selected students on Monday 17 September at 3.30pm in the Fr O'Mara Centre (Multi-Purpose Hall).


The Sensory Program will be a vital tool with assisting children, who will benefit from sensory regulation for their body movements, to function well in classroom situations. 


The sensory sessions provide a safe and secure environment for students to develop ways of interpreting sensory information and increase their learning capacity.  The group interaction aims to create a team spirit which will increase self-esteem and confidence.  In turn, this will assist students to refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical and linguistic skill sets.

Sacrament of Penance

This week, Year 3 families  received information regarding the Sacrament of Penance. Families of children receiving the Sacrament are required to return the enrolment form to the Parish Office by Friday 21 September. Candidates will need to attend a Commitment Mass on Saturday 13 October at 6pm or Sunday 14 October at 9.30am. At the conclusion of Mass, children will give Father Ken their signed commitment.


The Retreat Day for students will be held on Thursday 18 October and, that evening, two Parent-Child Workshops will be held. The first session will commence at 4.00pm and the second session will commence at 5.30pm, please indicate which session you would like to attend on the form that was emailed out.


All candidates will receive the Sacrament of Penance on Thursday 25 October at 7.00pm in the OLA Church. Please keep our candidates in your prayers as they prepare for their First Reconciliation.

80s Quiz Night - Tonight

Tonight's the night for the OLA 80s Rewind Quiz Night! The shoulder pads, hair crimpers and stonewash jeans have been dusted off and are ready to go! Thank you to the wonderful P&F who have organised this event, it is sure to be a fun night for all!

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the OLA community for their thoughts and prayers on the passing of my mum. I apologise if I have not responded to each email or text individually, but please know that I am deeply appreciative of your kind words during this difficult time for my family and I. Thank you.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

80s Rewind - Quiz Night

We're so looking forward to what's going to be a super cool 80s fest tonight! To ensure it’s a huge success, please read on for Quiz Night tips and information:


  • Bring $5 and $10 notes for the raffles and 99 Red Balloons game
  • Bring snacks for your table to enjoy through the night, as there’s no food available for purchase at the venue
  • Bring cash or your debit card to buy drinks at the bar
  • Dress up in 80s gear or don’t, it’s up to you!
  • Look for your unique table name to find your seats. If you’re team is yet to provide a table name you will be given a choice of The Bangles, ABBA, Duran Duran or Gold (think Spandau Ballet). First in best dressed!
  • Put your rubbish in the bin before you leave the venue or help the P&F pack up, we’d really appreciate the help!


  • Bring alcohol, this is only available from the bar on the night. No private alcohol is to be consumed on the premises

Vintage Louis Vuitton – closed bidding

The enormously generous Maranda Yujnovich has kindly donated a vintage 1984 Louis Vuitton Speedy 35. This bag is certified vintage and is valued at nearly $1500. Place your closed bid for more than the $500 reserve price and the highest bid will take home this amazing bag. 



Cards that Count

Calling all artists and kids who love to draw! The OLA P&F is happy to introduce a brand new initiative this year called, Cards that Count


Cards that Count gives each student the opportunity to design their own unique Christmas card that parents will be able to purchase in a pack to send to family and friends. Keep an eye out for the design templates, which will come home with the kids in the coming week, along with everything else you need to know about this very special addition to Christmas! 


Some examples below (click on image for full view if using a smart phone)


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.



(Click on image for full view if using a smart phone)


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 [email protected]

What's Happening at OLA!


Last week, the Pre-Kindergarten teachers decided to do an experiment using water. We placed a ‘magic’ egg into a bowl of water. The children had many ideas to share regarding what was inside this egg! Could it be a crocodile, a dinosaur, a duck, or another egg inside the shell? All will be revealed next week, when the egg cracks in the bowl of water, and something pops out. Science develops patience and perseverance in kids. It can also teach children to form their own opinions, rather than taking those of others for granted.


Mrs Dempster comes to visit the children every week to play fun games and read to them while Mrs Petkovic has lunch. Mrs Dempster showed the children how to use their whole bodies in movement this week. She used a large parachute, with the children holding onto the edges and moving it up and down. They wriggled it and wobbled it, holding onto to it in the strong wind, so it wouldn’t blow away! 


The children will be amazed when they come back to school on Thursday and see that the silkworms have been very busy and have all spun cocoons. There is one continuous thread of silk which is made by the silkworm, to construct the cocoon. In China, the end of the thread is found and the silk is unwound to make materials and garments. We certainly won’t be doing that! In three weeks’ time the moths will hatch out by breaking the thread of the cocoon and appearing.

Mrs Petkovic


This week, in Kindy, we hosted a very special morning to celebrate Father's Day. Dads, uncles and grandfathers came to Kindy to help their children build a wooden truck, with the help of Sheree from Bunnings Warehouse. There was much hammering, gluing and painting, as well as a lot of chatter and laughter. After the truck was built and painted, the children served their helper a donut and iced coffee to show their appreciation. The rest of the morning was spent playing together. It was such a lovely morning!

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Last Wednesday, we had our Faith Day Afternoon. We invited our dads to join us for some board games, Liturgy and afternoon tea. We enjoyed playing a variety of games with our dads and friends. Thank you to Father Ken for celebrating our Liturgy with us. We had lots of fun sharing so many yummy treats with our dads.


Last Tuesday, we had a Tiny Tots Tennis incursion. We had fun learning about playing tennis, holding a tennis racquet and hitting tennis balls to our partners.


In Maths, we have been learning about telling the time to the hour and half hour. We have had fun playing games about time, and matching digital and analogue clocks to the written time. We have started learning about days of the week, months and seasons. In Spelling, we have enjoyed using some of our new resources to help us learn our weekly focus words.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

In Science, we have been looking at liquids and solids and how they change when they are melted and frozen. It was delicious and mouth watering watching chocolate melt.


As part of Speaking and Listening, we spoke 'off the cuff' about our dads. After researching, drafting and publishing a biography about our dad, we spoke about them to the class without using any prompts. We sure love an opportunity to talk!


We have also been studying measurement in Mathematics and had lots of fun using marshmallows and pasta to build the tallest possible tower. We have finished off our Religion unit by looking at the special prayer of the Rosary and we made our very own set of Rosary beads to pray this special prayer.

Mrs Vella, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis

Year 5

In Year 5, we have been making great use of the flexible learning spaces and new furniture. We have been working hard on the new rugs and coffee tables and have also been making great use of our funky new stools. We can't wait for the sofa to arrive, hopefully before the holidays.


Also we've been doing some great work with coding and algorithms using the Lego Mindstorm Robots.  Not only do we have to program our robots to perform set tasks, but we also need to problem solve  and debug our algorithms when they don't do what we want.  Probably the most frustrating thing is when we haven't programmed the robot correctly so it doesn't do what we hoped and thought it should do.  But it is all about problem solving and modifying our instructions. We feel so proud when it does exactly what we wanted it to!

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre


Wonderful things have been happening in STRETCH and REACH this term.


In Year 2/3 STRETCH, we have been working hard this term programming Bee Bots to follow commands. These commands develop our understanding of sequencing, computational thinking and the mathematical concepts of coordinates, distance and location. It has given us the opportunity to create and problem solve to achieve success. We also designed a map and wrote a set of commands for our Bee Bots to follow. The highlight was having our classmates and parents visit to have a play using our Bee Bot instructions.


In Year 4/5 REACH we had to design and make either a scaled model or picture of something we thought was great to showcase our school. We either took photos of our chosen area or used aerial view photos of the school taken by a drone. We are super proud of our work. The design works and explanations are currently on display in the Admin Office until the end of term. Come in and have a look!



Performing Arts News

2018 has been the best year ever for OLA in the Performing Arts Festival. Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 participated, and EVERY class received an award. What an astounding achievement!  Here is the full list of our awards:

Year 1      Beginner Choir section                        Merit Award

Year 2      Choral Verse                                             Excellence Award

Year 3      Class Choir                                                Merit Award

Year 4      Liturgical Choir                                       Excellence Award

Year 5      Excerpt from Musical                           Outstanding Award

Year 6      Liturgical Choir                                       Excellence Award, and Shield for Best Primary Musical

Year 6     Recorder Club                                          Outstanding Award


In addition, our Bible readers did us proud! Ava from Year 5 received an Outstanding Award, while Tahlia in Year 6 received an Excellence Award, and Isaac in Year 4 received a Merit Award. In the Solo Piano section, Daniel in Year 5 received an Outstanding Award. 


Our Recorder Club was rated the best recorder ensemble in the Festival, and were invited back last week to play-off against other primary music ensembles for the Primary Ensemble Shield. The nineteen boys and girls attended the play-off last week, and while the Shield was ultimately awarded to a string ensemble from Loreto Primary, Nedlands, our students gave another outstanding performance.


Well done to all.


Mrs Mary McAuliffe

Music Teacher

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 [email protected]

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

Sports News

Athletics Trials

Letters regarding the Athletics Trials and Long Jump Finals (Yr 3-6) were sent out this week. These will take place at Noranda Sporting Complex on Wednesday 18 September. Please return the permission slip to your child's class teacher.


We require the help of six parents per year group to run the long jump (raking, spiking and recording at each pit). Please email me [email protected] ASAP if you are able to help at the following times:

Yr 4       9.30am-10.15am

Yr 3        10.15am -11.00am

Yr 6        11.00am -11.45am

Yr 5        11.45am - 12.30pm


Many thanks in advance!

Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher



Friday 7 September

- P&F 80s Rewind Quiz Night

Sunday 9 September

- Family Mass 9.30am

Tuesday 11 September

- Board Meeting 6.00pm

- P&F Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 12 September

- Maths Olympiad & Games

Friday 14 September

- Assembly Year 1, 2.40pm


L'Arche Perth Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale via the Parish or School Office. L'Arche was a joint initiative of Jean Vanier and a Dominican priest in the 60s. Tickets are $25 with delicious Indian/Asian style dinner at just a mere $7.


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: [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.

Altar Servers

Saturday 8 September 6.00pm

Sophia Lomma

Sunday 9 September 9.30am

Abner Melder

Safeguarding Project

On Tuesday evening at 6pm, the OLA Parish will be holding an information session for families in the Fr O'Mara Centre (Multi-Purpose Hall). This session will look at skills and strategies to help increase the personal safety of your children. Tea and coffee will be provided.


Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a "Feast of the Sorrows of Mary" in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.


In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727 and assigned it to the Friday before Palm Sunday.


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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 [email protected] 


Thank you


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.



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                        


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.


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