Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

01 March 2019
Issue Four
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
Social Worker
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
OLA Sponsors
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Weekly Prayer

Lord, help us to study and apply your Word to our lives each day. Help us make this a discipline of the mind and heart, empowered by Your Spirit, transforming us each day more and more into your likeness. Help us have self-awareness of when we’re falling into temptation and turn quickly back to you. Thank you for your tender mercy and love, ever leading us onward.



Sacraments at OLA

A reminder that enrolment forms for the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation close on Friday 8 March. Father Ken will not accept enrolment forms after this date.


Commitment Masses will be held on Saturday 9 March at 6.00pm, Sunday 10 March at 7.30am, 9.30am or 5.00pm. All candidates are required to attend one of these masses and hand their commitment form to the OLA staff members who will be at the altar before the recessional hymn. Commitment forms do not need to be handed in with the enrolment form.

Spelling Mastery

As mentioned in previous newsletters, OLA is adopting the explicit spelling program, Spelling Mastery. The aim of the program is to raise student achievement in the area of spelling through the explicit teaching of strategies, spelling rules, graphemes (letters) and phonemes (sounds). Initial testing has been conducted and a Parent Information Session will be offered in Week 8, the day and time will be confirmed in next week's newsletter.

Thank You - Family Fun Night

What a wonderful night was had by all last Friday at the Family Fun Night. A HUGE thank you to the fantastic P&F and volunteers who made the night such a success. Thank you to all of the families, staff and vendors who attended the night. What a great way to celebrate the start of a new school year.


P&F Movie Afternoon

Please refer to the P&F page of this newsletter for information about The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part fundraiser.

Parent - Teacher Interviews

This term, Parent - Teacher Interviews will be held on the following days:

Week 9

Monday 1 April - KG, 1G and 5M

Tuesday 2 April - KM and PPM

Wednesday 3 April - 3M and 4M

Thursday 4 April - 2M


Week 10

Monday 8 April - 1M, 3G and 4G

Tuesday 9 April - PPG, 5G and 6G

Wednesday 10 April - 6M

Thursday 11 April - 2G


During these meetings, families will receive an interim report of their child's progress. Online booking for the interviews will open closer to the time.

Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 5 March

Just a reminder that Tuesday 5 March is a Pupil Free Day for students. Staff will be attending a Professional Development Day facilitated by Brendan Spillane.

Ash Wednesday Mass

The OLA community is invited to join us to commemorate the start of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday 6 March at 9am.

Adult Use of Toilets

Adults are requested to please use the toilets located in the Sr Goretti Hall at all times. As part of the OLA Code of Conduct, student toilets are to only be used by students. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

New Signage

After much anticipation, the new OLA signage has finally been completed. The location and modern design make OLA more visible to the wider Dianella community. Thank you again to the Marketing Sub-Committee for their tireless work with this exciting project.

Previous Newsletters

Previous newsletters are available on the OLA website. Although the site is under construction, this feature remains so that parents can access past information and notices.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2020

Placements for the Kindergarten positions will be finalised towards the end of Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2. If you haven't completed the enrolment forms for your child, please do so as soon as possible.

OLA Sport Carnival Protocols 

The Leadership Team together with Mrs Jodie Stewart and in consultation with CPSSA have formulated OLA's Sport Carnival Protocols. A copy of the protocols is attached below. 



Have a wonderful long weekend!


Mr Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

OLA Private Screening of The Lego Movie 2 

Join us as we take over the cinema at Event Cinemas Morley to enjoy The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part, on Sunday 24 March. The much anticipated follow up to the first Lego Movie promises to be a load of fun and laughs, that all ages can enjoy. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from the Trybooking link below. All money raised will help us fund the smart screen TVs in all the classrooms.



Family Fun Night - what a blast!

Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy OLA's Family Fun Night last Friday. The event was so much fun, with kids (and adults!) bouncing from one activity to the next and digging in to the delicious foods that were on offer from the food trucks and the canteen!


As always though, an event like this doesn't happen without dedicated parents and staff, so please acknowledge the people in the list below who made the night happen:


The P&F Committee Natalee Cunningham, Felicity Lam, Laura Ocello, Katie Catena and Narelle Roberts. The Staff, especially Franco Arace and of course, the Leadership Team. Special mentions must go to two amazing school dads - Nathan Leber, who played live music throughout the entire event and Si Lam who installed all of the beautiful lights, helped by none other than Greg Martin's sons Nicholas and Christian! Special mention also to Amanda Cipriani who spent her Friday decorating the silent disco room, so that the kids would have a special space to dance in. Thank you also to the kids from Chisholm, Trinity, Servite and Mercedes Colleges, who gave up their Friday night to volunteer at this community event.


To all of the parents who helped out in one way or another, your efforts are truly appreciated. Thank you Amanda Cala, Josie Macri, Kathy Swavley, Gina Bastian, Mel Fisher, Steve McCubbin, Mark Lehmann, Sandford Rodericks, Rob and Luciana Di Ienno, Lisa and Wayne Bolton, Jade Pacecca, Fiona Macdonald, Michelle McCort, Amanda Reid and Skye Turner!



Footy Tipping 2019

If you are one of the few people who Cath McGrath didn't sign up at the Family Fun Night, then make sure you hop online ASAP to register for  OLA's AFL Footy Tipping Competition. First Prize is $1000! Entry is $50 and those who enter and pay before Friday 8 March will go in the draw to win a bottle of Monkey Shoulder Whiskey. As well as an amazing 1st prize, there's $500 up for grabs for 2nd prize and $250 for 3rd prize, along with weekly prizes of $25. Please use the link below to enter, and email Cath at [email protected] if you have any queries.



Class Representatives

Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who have signed on to be a Class Representative. The P&F Committee is looking forward to working with you throughout 2019. A special mention to those parents who have taken on the role for multiple classrooms - we are so grateful for your efforts.

Social Worker

A Word from the Social Worker

Hello Parents and Families of OLA


A little while ago I attended a talk presented by Dr Helen Street titled ‘Better than OK: Helping Young People to Flourish at School and Beyond’.


So what does it mean to flourish and how can we help our kids achieve this at school? How can we support their wellbeing? How can we help to find a way for our kids to be connected to life and what they are doing?


Dr Street describes flourishing as a combination of feeling well and doing well. She emphasised that being successful is not the same as flourishing (if anyone has read Andre Agassi’s autobiography you will know that while he was a successful tennis player he did not flourish – he hated tennis!).


According to Dr Street there are 6 ways in which we can better support children to flourish. Very briefly these are:

  1. Play – life is becoming very reactive and losing creativity. Children need more free time to find out what engages them. Dr Street emphasised that the play needs to be self-directive and children need to have choice and control when they play. They need to play to learn.
  2. Mastery and Mistakes – we need to let our children make more mistakes and they will become more creative. Many inventions are the result of mistakes (The Slinky, Penicllin, and even Potato Chips!). To master something means that children will have to expect obstacles and mistakes and learn to be tolerant of these mistakes.
  3. Diversity and Strengths – Dr Street says that we need to focus on strengths; the things that children enjoy and finding their passion. This will help to build their confidence and resilience and then allow them to work on the things that they are struggling with. Here Dr Street spoke about positive education and embedding ideas of wellbeing into education and everyday life. She stressed that we need to acknowledge that a school is a group of very diverse people and kids need to be allowed to learn in their own way and time.
  4. Health and Lifestyle – a bit of a no brainer! We all need adequate sleep, a healthy diet and exercise. Dr Street did emphasise that sleep helps to consolidate learning and that primary school aged children need 10-11 hours of sleep a night.
  5. Motivation – Here Dr Street talked about the difference between intrinsic motivation (when behaviour is driven by internal rewards) and extrinsic motivation (behaviour is driven by external rewards or to avoid negative consequences). Intrinsic motivation is about finding the joy in the things we do. In her research, Dr Street has found that reward systems (extrinsic motivation) do not work. They are about short term compliance only. Rewards are not part of the process of what we are doing. We need to find ways that create a positive emotional connection; that make kids feel good about themselves (I am still not sure how to intrinsically motivate my kids to pick up their Lego but I am working on it!).
  6. Effective Communication – Dr Street spoke about how we can communicate better with our kids. If they have made a mistake the things that don’t work very well are: telling off, long involved explanations (guilty!), minimalising the problem. Apparently we need to acknowledge the extent of the problem and make sure they feel that they still belong in the world. When we communicate we can use social stories, we need to listen (and pick out details), empathise, ask for guidance (How can I help you? What do you need from me?), avoid solutions, be a cheer squad and finally, if the conversation/discussion (argument) is going nowhere, Dr Street suggests shutting it down but offer them the last word.

This is a very brief outline of some of the information that was presented but I thought you might find it interesting. I am in no way a perfect parent – far from it but I do try to do the best I can and sometimes doing some reading or going to a talk helps to re-energise and reassure me that we are all doing ok!


I have couple of Dr Helen Streets’ books which I would be more than happy to loan to anyone who is interested.  You might like to visit positivetimes.com.au for some related articles. There is a great one on allowing your kids to be bored (now I don’t feel so bad about ignoring mine until they find something to do).


Good luck! And as always don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.



Positive Parenting Pop Up Series

Claire Orange is a very engaging speaker and incredible parenting expert. She is on Channel 9 news every Wednesday afternoon and she will be presenting this seminar in the coming weeks.


Anxiety in Kids Seminar

Please see the attached flyer for information regarding an upcoming seminar focusing on anxiety in children.


Referral Form

Juliet Lennon

Social Worker

What's Happening at OLA!

Year 6 Student Ministries

Last Friday, the Year Six students were given their Student Leadership Group. They were very excited! The Year Six students are our student role models. They work hard and are successful in making our school a better place to live, work and play. They are the decision makers of tomorrow and we hope that through our Ministry Leadership Program they will develop skills and attitudes to help them become active citizens within our present community and in the wider community. 


We look forward to working together with the Year Sixes in the Leadership Groups.


Mrs Barclay, Miss Figueira, Mr DePietro and Mrs Erskine


Sports News

Swimming Carnivals

Permission slips for both the Junior Swim Fun Day (Years 1 and 2) and the Senior Swim Carnival (Years 3-6) were emailed home on Wednesday. Please return your child’s permission slip, via email, directly to the class teacher. Thank you to those parents who have offered to help on the day. I still have positions to fill if you are available!


The program for the Senior Swim Carnival is displayed outside the Library and a copy is also attached below. The names of the children in each event will be uploaded next week in the newsletter.


Sporting Schools

Permission slips for Triathlon and Tennis also went home on Wednesday. Spots are filling up quickly so if you wish for your child to be involved please return the permission slip ASAP. Tennis commences Thursday 14 March at 7.30am. Triathlon commences on Wednesday 20 March at 3.10pm.  

Lunchtime Tennis

The senior classes have had the opportunity to compete in a lunchtime round robin tennis competition. Years 3 and 4 play on Tuesdays and Years 5 and 6 play on Wednesdays. They play a new opponent every week for 10 minutes during their lunch break. Players self-umpire and then results are recorded at the end of each lunch break. Traditional scoring is not used, simple point  scoring is used with the highest score winning.


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher


Instrumental Tuition at OLA

This year, all instrumental music tuition at OLA is provided by Keyed Up Music. Individual and small-group lessons are available. All tutors are well qualified, and have current Working With Children certification. Lessons commence from 11 am, so that students do not miss core learning time in class.  Keyed Up Music will aim to schedule rotating lessons, so that the students do not miss out on the same class time each week. However, due to the different recess and lunch times, and class teacher requests, this is not an easy task, so there will be some experimentation before the best possible timetables can be scheduled.  We currently have 37 students taking piano/keyboard lessons, 4 taking violin tuition, and 5 taking drum lessons. There are a small number of students interested in guitar, flute and/or clarinet, but this cannot commence until we have a minimum number of students enrolled.


For further information, visit www.keyedupmusic.com.au or phone Therese on 1300 366 243 or email [email protected]

Thanks to Keyed Up Music

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Keyed Up Music for their donation to the Music Room at the end of 2018. We received 3 Casio keyboards and a Remo ukulele. These instruments are a marvelous asset to our music program, and our students will enjoy using them



Mrs Mary McAuliffe

Music Teacher



Monday 4 March

- Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 March

- Pupil Free Day

Wednesday 6 March

- Ash Wednesday Mass, 9.00am

Saturday 9 March

Sacramental Commitment Mass, 6.00pm

Sunday 10 March

- Sacramental Commitment Masses, 7.30am, 9.30am or 5.00pm


OLA Banking News

Join the Dollarmites on a savings adventure with School Banking! Every year the School Banking program launches a new savings theme and eight new exclusive School Banking reward items. In 2019, School Banking is taking children on a Polar Savers adventure to the Ice Cave of Savings. There are 8 new reward items for 2019 from the Polar Savers range:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set                
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffly Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

Just a reminder that School Banking is held each Friday morning between 8.15am – 8.45am in the Kindy G  Room. If you would like to know more about School Banking, feel free to pop in and see us or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking


Lina Brunini and Deanna Marocchi

School Banking Coordinators

Iona Presentation College Year 7 2020

Year 7 2020 Scholarship Applications now open.  See flyer for more details.


Harmunity - Mercy College

Harmony Day, celebrated on 21 March each year, promotes and highlights the cultural diversity within Australian society. At Mercy College we celebrate the diversity of nationalities, cultures, languages and faith traditions that are represented within our Community.  We will gather as one Community, at 5pm Thursday 21 March, on the Primary Oval for a multicultural Liturgy and event which we have named “Harmunity.”


After the Liturgy we will have some multicultural entertainment including a lion dance, food stalls/trucks, bouncy castles and face painting.  So pack your picnic rug and fold-up chairs and head on down to Mercy College for a lovely family evening together.


We have been extremely blessed to have the beautiful St John’s Bible here on display in our Chapel from 3.30pm until 5pm on the same day; and we hope that visitors can come before our 5pm liturgy to also view this exquisite work of art and belief with the illustrations depicting the modern world and its dilemmas.  This is a rare opportunity for us in Australia and I encourage you all to take advantage of the privilege we have to have this Bible available for display at Mercy College.


For further information, please call 9247 9223 and to register your attendance, please email our Director of Mission, Mrs Melissa Cartner at [email protected]


Mrs Melissa Cartner

Director of Mission

Servite College Open Day - Save the Date

Welcome to the  2019 school year and our Open day on Tuesday 19 March from 9.30am  - 11.00am.  Flyer to follow shortly.


Trinity College Scholarships

Applications are invited for Trinity College Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020. To find out more and to access the application forms, please visit the Trinity College website: trinity.wa.edu.au. Applications close at 4:00pm on Friday, 15 March 2019. Examination date is Saturday, 30 March 2019 (Academic only). Please return completed application forms to the Registrar at [email protected].


Mercy College - Tour Morning

Mercy College is holding their next Tour Morning on Tuesday 12 March, commencing at 9.00am from our Chapel.  If you are considering Mercy for your child for Year 7 in 2020, please come along and see what we have to offer. The tour is senior student led along with members of our Senior Leadership, and concludes with morning tea and the chance to meet our Principal as well as our Deputies and other staff.  To register, please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223.


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


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

March, the Month of St Joseph

Throughout most of the rest of the Catholic world (with the exception of Ireland), the month of March is associated with St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus Christ. St. Joseph's feast day falls two days later on 19 March.



Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our 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! Please contact the new Canteen Manageress Mrs Maria Giangiulio if you are available to assist.


The Term 1 menu is attached below:


Thank you.


Maria Giangiulio

Canteen Manageress


Online Ordering

To access online ordering for the OLA School Canteen click on the image below.


Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm


Important News

The Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 12 March, Friday 15 March and Tuesday 19 March.

Fittings for Year 1 and new students to the School for Winter Uniforms will be:

Tuesday 26 March, Friday 29 March, Tuesday 2 April, Friday 5 April, Tuesday 9 April and

Friday 12 April.

Please put your name on the roster outside the Uniform Shop (on the white board). This time is allocated to fittings as it alleviates the queue outside the Uniform Shop.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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.


Tania Longman

Uniform Shop Manageress

OLA Sponsors

Welcome to the new OLA Sponsors page

With the school newsletter reaching over 300 families per week, this new page is the perfect place to advertise your business to the school community. For just $50 per term ($5 per week!) you can tell the readers who you are, what you do and how they can contact you. All money raised benefits OLA P&F. To take advantage of this opportunity please contact [email protected] to arrange placements and payments. Sign up for Term 2 now and we'll give you some free space in the next few weeks!


Have Sum Maths Fun Tutoring is a business created and run by Isabella - a Year 10 student at Chisholm!


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Iona Presentation Scholarships.pdf
OLA Sport Carnival Protocols 2019.pdf
Faction Swimming Program of Events and Participants 2019.pdf
2019 OLA Senior Swim Carnival Program.pdf
Anxiety in Kids Seminar Flyer.pdf
Positive Parenting Popup Series - Systems Discipline Boundaries.pdf
Social Work Referral Form OLA.pdf