Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

11 May 2018
Issue Eleven
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' Message
P&F News
What's Happening at OLA
Important information
From the Library
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Mothers Are Special!


Mothers' Day Mass and Breakfast

Thank you to all mothers  and children who attended our Mothers' Day Breakfast and Mothers' Day Mass celebration this morning. Mothers and grandmothers are all very special people and I wish them all a very special day this Sunday on Mothers' Day.


A huge thank you to Peter Sigle who spent many hours during the week purchasing breakfast items as well as setting up for the breakfast. His efforts and support is always appreciated at OLA. Thank you also to Ben Sigle, for coordinating the music, and to all the staff who cooked the breakfast and assisted on the day.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated.


Reports Online - SEQTA

As we move towards becoming paperless at OLA, all future semester reports will be uploaded to the SEQTA platform to be download by parents.  Later in the term, parents will be receiving their own personal log on details to SEQTA. Once the reports are uploaded, parents will be notified and will be able to download their children's reports. More information to come later in the term.

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. The survey will close today. 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

OLA is currently completing a feasibility study to determine if a school based OSHC and Vacation Care program can be established at the school.


If there is a possibility your children may attend the program, please complete the attached expression of interest PDF below and email the completed document to [email protected] by Friday 25 May.


Parent and Student Survey

 A reminder that the closing date has been extended to Friday 18 May.


If parents wish to participate in the survey please click on the link below. www.tellthemfromme.com/ola


Term Calendars

Attached to this section, are the Term Calendars. They will be uploaded onto the school website early next week. The school's interactive calendar has also been updated for the remainder of the year. Please note the PDF Term Calendars (attached) are updated at the beginning of each term. Please refer to the school's interactive calendar,  which is updated regularly.  


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]


Uniform Sub-Committee

A Uniform Sub-Committee has been established to review suggestions put forward by parents. The committee members are Rebecca Smith (Assistant Principal) - Chairperson, Peter Sigle (School Board Representative), Natalee Cunningham (P&F Representative), Tania Longman (Uniform Shop Coordinator) and Anella Tollis (Staff Member). 


All suggestions put forward by parents will be reviewed by the School Board Sub-Committee and recommendations put forward to the School Board to make a final decision. If you have any suggestions, please email Rebecca directly at  [email protected] 


NAPLAN Testing Schedule (attached)


Merit Certificate Recipients

The Merit Certificate page of this newsletter has been removed and handed back to the classroom teachers. If your child will be receiving a merit certificate, classroom teachers will notify you, via an email, on the Monday of the week leading up to assembly.

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]  



Have a great weekend and happy Mothers' Day to all our wonderful mothers!

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

Sacraments at Our Lady's Assumption

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



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.


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 - @Our Ladys  Assumption.


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!


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.



Extraordinary Meeting for the Ratification of the P&F Constitution

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.

Contact Us

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


Dates To Remember

Monday 14 May

- Kindy Mothers' Day Morning Tea


Tuesday 15 May

- NAPLAN commences

- Bishop Sproxton to visit Year 6s


Wednesday 16 May


- Confirmation Retreat Day

- Confirmation Parent/Child Workshop 6pm


Thursday 17 May

- NAPLAN concludes


Friday 18 May

- Year 2 Assembly


Saturday 19 May

- Sacrament of Confirmation 6G Saturday 6pm


Sunday 20 May

- Sacrament of Confirmation 6M Sunday 9.30am

What's Happening at OLA


The start to the term has been busy and smooth. With Mother’s Day around the corner, the children are cleverly creating beautiful master pieces for their own special mummy…sshhhh! We are learning about our families this term and the children’s work reflects this, through activities such as; bathing baby dolls, washing doll’s clothes, pegging them on the line and ironing them! We are learning new songs like, Skid-A-Marink and Suzy Had a Baby, and we are discussing what we do with our family. This term, one focus will also be on learning our surname!


We have a shop in our dramatic play area this term. There will be lots of learning in Mathematics, for example; counting money, sharing, and turn taking. So far, the shopping trolleys have proved very popular! The new measuring tape was also a hit! Some children were keen to use the toy tape measure and measure how tall their friends were. They even measured Mrs Petkovic!  I think we may well do some more measuring this week too!


May God bless you all.

Mrs Petkovic





During the last week of Term 1, the Kindy children took part in a special incursion conducted by Nature Play Solutions. Becky, the Loose Parts presenter, brought her big truck full of ‘junk’ and loose parts. Loose parts are the opposite of toys. Toys are designed with specific purposes; loose parts are not. Some of the items included steering wheels, ropes, computer keyboards, tyres, blankets, legless chairs, walking sticks, pool noodles, springs, buntings, tripods, boogie boards, the list goes on!


As the Kindy children picked up these items, their imaginations ran wild. We had children setting up for a big party, creating traps to catch dragons, making waterslides and surfing, having garage sales and so much more. It was incredible to watch all the children so engaged in this open-ended play and it was interesting to listen to all the conservations that were taking place.


The Kindy children had such a fun time during this incursion and couldn’t stop talking about it after. It was the best way to end the term!


Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor


Year 1

This week we have been sharing stories about our awesome mums as we lead up to Mothers' Day. We have enjoyed reading the story, Super Mum, and making our own connections to our ‘super mums’. We have painted and decorated pictures of our mums, we have written a description about our mums and we have even made a little treat for them. We have been learning about adjectives and we have brainstormed adjectives to describe our mums.


This term, we have been learning about skip counting. We have used beaded number lines to skip count in tens, ordered number cards to skip count in fives and twos, learnt songs about skip counting and played lots of Maths games.


Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi


Year 3

Our current Art focus has been on Australian Landscapes, more specifically, Uluru. The children viewed several pieces of artwork created by Danny Eastwood, who is well known for his Aboriginal artwork, using lines, dots and pictures.  The children were asked to recreate Danny Eastwood's Uluru painting, using the mediums of oil pastels and paint. Below is a selection of what some of our clever Year 3s created. 


Mrs Calleja, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis


Year 5

Year 5s have had a wonderful start to Term 2. At the moment we are working hard and preparing for NAPLAN next week.


In writing, we have been focusing on persuasive texts and making sure we include all of the correct structures. We have been learning about rhetorical questions and emotive language.  It is the only time we are allowed to be bossy with our writing and not think about other people's thoughts or opinions.  We have  even been allowed to use 'fake' facts, so that has been a lot of fun.  We have been  self editing our work  to make improvements. We hope you enjoy reading some of our writing samples below.

In Maths, we are continuing to develop our knowledge of times tables. Times tables is something that we all agree is essential and that we need to be able recite automatically. It helps us in so many other areas of Maths.   So, every day, we spend time practising our tables and we are all showing constant improvement. 


Life in Year 5 is pretty amazing and we look forward to the rest of our learning journey this term.


Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre


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


La Salle College Annual Quiz Night Friday 27 July 

Tickets are now on sale for La Salle College's Annual Quiz Night on Friday 27 July. Tickets are $13 ($11 Alumni members). Tables of 10. Please call the Administration Office on 9274 6266 to secure your table. Proceeds going towards student facilities and resources. 

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.



From the Library

Volunteers needed!


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.



Save the Date
Invitation Feast of the Sacred Heart

All are welcome to attend Our Lady's Assumption Church for the Solemn Mass, Procession and Benediction on Sunday 24 June 2018 at 2pm.

Join us in praying for the sick, for the dead, for the peace in the world, in  our families, and the celebration of the Eucharist. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall.

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:



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]la.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 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
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Mercy Logo_cmyk.jpg
The Art of Giving.pdf
Mothers' Day 1.jpg
CECWA Letter to Parents and Friends Groups.pdf
CECWA Strategic Directions Survey .pdf
Expression of Interest OLA -OSHC.pdf
P&F Association Constitution.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 3 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 4 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 3 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 3 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 4 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 2 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 3 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 4 Parent Calendar.pdf