Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

30 March 2018
Issue Eight
                Principal's Message            
             P & F News
Important information
                              News from the class ..
Sports News
From the Library
Parish News
Merit Certificates
Uniform Shop
Board News .....
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

                Principal's Message            

The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away. 



Easter is a time when we celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.


As stated in the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which was Sunday. His resurrection announces the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. 


Since Easter also represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind and it is the most important holiday on the Catholic liturgical calendar.

Reporting to Parents

During the first two weeks of Term 2, parents will be invited to attend a parent/teacher meeting to discuss their children's progress. During the meeting, the parents will be given their children's Term 1 Interim Report.


In 2019 and beyond, both the parent interviews and issuing of interim reports will occur during the last two weeks of Terms 1 and 3. As in previous years, detailed reports will be issued at the end of Terms 2 & 4. 


An on-line schedule link will be included in next week's newsletter so that parents can select their time slots 

Acting Assistant Principal

Congratulations to Rebecca Smith who has been appointed as the Acting Assistant Principal for Term 2. Mrs Durkin will be relieving Ms Smith during her Administration days, which will be every Thursday and Frday for Term 2.

Coding Club

Commencing in Term 2, OLA will be commencing a 'Coding Club' after school. The club is open to all students in Year 5 and 6. The purpose of this club is to increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. It involves block-based coding using Scratch (created by MIT) and is themed to attract students with varied interests.


A note went home today to Year 5 and 6 students. If your child is interested, please ensure they complete the application form before Friday 6 April 2018.

Long Service Leave

We wish Mrs Barclay and McAuliffe a safe and relaxing break from school. Mrs Barclay will be on leave over the next fortnight, leading into the school holidays and Mrs McAuliffe will be taking leave during the last week of Term 1.

Kindergarten Applications For 2019

Parents with siblings due to start Kindergarten in 2019 will be receiving a letter explaining the new process to take  place in 2018 and beyond.


Interviews for the 2019 Kindergarten place places will be taking place during the last two weeks of Term 1 and the the first two weeks of Term 2. If you haven't completed an enrollment form for your child, please do so ASAP and submit it to Chris Balen in the office. If you require an application form, please email Administration at [email protected] and an application form will be emailed to you.


An information session has been scheduled for the 5th April, at 9.30am, in the multipurpose room, opposite the library and this information will be included and sent to all families who have submitted applications.


Attached below is an application form as a WORD  document.


Mothers' Day Breakfast

Please read the attached flyer advertising our Mothers' Day breakfast next term. For catering purposes, we will be requesting numbers closer to the date. 


Important Message

From Pam Tuckett (Branch Librarian Dianella Library) - 


The start to the school year has highlighted our shared access to the school through the staff carpark.  We have many parents and children wandering through the staff carpark when staff are trying to park in the morning.  I wonder if you could remind them to use the footpath.


Although the area is well signed, parents continue to allow their children to play in the library loading bay whilst chatting in the drive way access to the loading area.  It would be most appreciated if you could remind parents and children that this is not a play area.


Thank you for your support with the above.

Police Newsletter 

Congratulations our wonderful P&F Team - see attached article.


Canteen Helpers

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


On a Lighter Note..................

In losing a friendly wager with Mrs Erskine and Mr De Petro, I have been forced to include the following - 'Hawthorn will win the AFL Grand Final in 2018''.  Attached is the Hawthorn club song which will will be played after winning the Grand Final.


It is been a very difficult day for me, but there is always a return match. You're all welcome to play the attached YouTube clip, but  I suggest you don't.

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing Easter Break. School returns on Wednesday 4 April,


Greg Martin



             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.


OLA Footy Tipping is Back for 2018

Join in the fun and show us just how much you know about this great game of ours – or how little, whichever the case may be!  The cost is still only $50 for the season and the prizes will be as follows (dependent on numbers):-


1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

Weekly Prize: $25 gift voucher


Family and friends are invited to join the competition too.  

To participate simply register by Wednesday 21 March at the following link (please note this is different to last year):



And make your payment to: Bank Transfer - OLA P&F, BSB: 066 016  A/C: 1000 8898.  Or: cheque or cash left at the school office in an envelope addressed to Mrs Cath McGrath with details of who the payment is for.

Coles Sports for Schools

Wow!  As a school, you have already donated over 7000 vouchers!  Keep them coming though, as the boxes will be in the office until the last day of Term 1 - we might even break the 10,000 mark!




Contact Us

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

Join the Parkrun Family

Walk, Jog, Run, Volunteer - See flyer for more information



Dates To Remember

Friday 30 March

Good Friday

Sunday 1 April

Easter Sunday

Monday 2 & Tuesday 3  April

Easter Monday & Easter Tuesday

Wednesday 4 April

School commences

Term One Calendar



Servite College Open Day


Larche Walkability

Join Friends of L'Arche Perth as we come together again on the shores of the Swan River to take part in our L'Arche WalkAbility 2018 on Sunday 8 April 2018.  Please support this special annual event and join us to show your support by visiting Everyday Hero.  See attached for more information.


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- :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 efreshments 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 upto 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!  Procceds from an annual Book Fair and Second Hand book sale are also donated to Wheelchairs of Kids.

Keep reading

Mrs Luisa Durkin


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.



                              News from the class ..

Year 3M News

As part of our Speaking and Listening program, Year 3M have been discussing the difference between fat questions and skinny questions. Fat questions require a fair bit of thought and the answer is detailed. Skinny questions, on the other hand, don’t require too much thought and the answer is generally 1 or 2 words. Mr Martin was invited into the class to answer some well thought fat questions. The class had a wonderful time getting to know Mr Martin and have brushed up on their questioning skills. Some of the questions asked were: How did you become a Principal? What are your hobbies when you are not doing school work? If you could travel back to any age, what would it be and why? Who is someone you admire and why?


OLA P&F Class Raffles

Some of our wonderful Easter baskets!


Sports News

Sporting Schools Triathlon

Yesterday afternoon, a small group of athletes participated in the Sporting Schools Triathlon at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. Students from Year 3-6 completed a swim leg with the choice of 25m, 50m or 100m. This was followed by a cycle leg where participants completed course laps according to their age. The triathlon finished with a run leg of 600m. Everyone was thoroughly exhausted after completing their event but, were proud of their efforts and were rewarded with a participatory medal. Thank you to those parents and siblings who were there to support our triathletes. 

Sporting Schools Tennis also finished this week with our coach Jack Baldwin. The children from Year 1 and 2 had great fun improving their hand eye coordination and tennis skills. Next term Sporting Schools will offer Gymnastics to Year 1 and 2. Priority will be given to those students who missed out in Term 1. A non-contact form of Rugby Union will be on offer for students in Year 3-6. These clubs will begin in Week 3. Expression of interest letters will go out when we return after the holidays. 


Running Club will commence  in Term 2 (2 May)and will be held on Wednesday mornings from 8.00am until 8.20am at Waverley Reserve (opposite car park). Students are permitted to wear their sports uniform and remain in this for the school day. Students will run/walk for 20 minutes and for every lap completed they receive a mark on their arm. These marks are tallied over the course of 2 terms to achieve a final distance. Many students have run more than a marathon distance in this period. Parents and younger siblings are encouraged to participate in this challenge too. Parents are required to stay with their children and at the conclusion of running club walk their child to the school gate. If this is not possible, please arrange with another parent who will take on this responsibility. It is a great way to start the day, improving fitness and stamina as we head into the Cross Country term!



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.

Holy Week Services

Holy Thursday : 7.00pm Mass

Good Friday :    10.00am Stations of the Cross

                               3.00pm Passion Service

Holy Saturday: 6.30pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: 9.30am Mass


April, Month of The Blessed Sacrament 

Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of the altar (Catholics define this change as transubstantiation). However, only the Catholic Church has developed the practice of Eucharistic adoration. Every Catholic Church contains a tabernacle in which the Body of Christ is reserved between Masses, and the faithful are encouraged to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Frequent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is a path to spiritual growth.

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

Good Friday (am)

James Philip

Good Friday (pm)

Jasmine McGrath

Holy Saturday 31 Mar Easter Vigil  6.30pm            

Siena Bolzonella

Sunday 1 Apr 9.30am                     

Jasmine McGrath, Adam Lambert,

Gabriella Magalhaes, Nicole Santacroce

Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates -  2.40pm (Assembly)

Watch this Space.....





Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Mondays 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, Nonas all welcome!

Mrs Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.

Mrs Tania Longman



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.



Mrs Tania Longman

Uniform Co-ordinator



Winter Uniform

Now is the time to start thinking about winter uniforms especially if you have a child in Year 1.  These can be ordered online at ouronlinecanteen.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 on $5.00 each in size 9 – 12 and     13 -3.


  • Maroon Track Top
  • Maroon Track Pants
  • White Sport Socks with Dominican Strip




Summer Uniform

Please remember to wear full Summer Uniform (as listed below) for the photos on 28 & 29 March

Girl’s Summer Uniform

  • Maroon and gold check dress with embroidered school crest
  • Short white school socks with gold and maroon stripe
  • Black leather school shoes (not joggers)
  • Gold, maroon, black or white scrunchies/ribbons for shoulder length hair


Boy’s Summer  Uniform

  • Dark grey shorts
  • Dark grey short sleeved shirt with crest on pocket
  • Short grey socks with Dominican stripe
  • Black leather school shoes (not joggers)

Mrs Tania Longman

Board News .....





Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Student Medical Request Form.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
L'Arche Perth WalkAbility poster 2018 V2.pdf
Term 1 Calendar.pdf
Canteen Menu Term 1 2018.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.doc
Mothers Day Breakfast 2018.pdf
Police Newsletter.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.doc
Application for Enrolment Form 2018.doc
Mothers Day Breakfast 2018.pdf
Police Newsletter.pdf