From the Principal's Desk
'Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection!'
'Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection!'
A number of our teachers have commenced their learning journey on 'Learning Sprints' and attended a professional development today. Building teacher capacity, upskilling of all staff, as well as increasing student learning and achievements is the key to transforming OLA.
‘Play’ is a necessity for all children as the continued pressures to succeed in all areas can sometimes override important learning of life skills. Latest research tells us that play is a key facilitator for learning and development across domains, and reflects the social and cultural contexts in which children live. There has been an explosion of research on the brain, with neuroscientists reporting that active brains make permanent neurological connections critical to learning. The importance of ‘play’ is closely related to the development and enhancement of children’s fine and gross motor skills and their body awareness. They develop skills that enable them to feel confident, secure and self-assured.
As humans we have a basic need to belong to, feel part of the group and to learn how to live and work in groups. Play serves several functions in satisfying these needs and developing these social and emotional life skills. Evidence also suggests a strong relationship between play and cognitive development. Studies indicate a positive relationship between play and student learning. Improvements to attention, planning skills and attitudes, creativity and divergent thinking and language development are all positive aspects of nurturing play in our schools and homes.
As educators and parents it is imperative that we advocate ‘play’ to optimise brain function and prepare our children for the social, work and home scenes that they will play a role in as adults. Having stated this, it’s important we don’t confuse ‘Play’ with just having a great time. Intentional play based learning, with the explicit teaching of concepts, needs to be embedded in the activities so that the children are always learning
Please refer to the Board section of the newsletter.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful P&F parents for working so tirelessly to organize the night. As we continue to bring many learning opportunities to our children, as well as establishing a culture that is inclusive and supportive, it would be great if parents could support our P&F members and volunteer to assist. All the details are in the P&F section of the newsletter – many hands make light work and bring people together as one family. OLA is a family!
Thank you to those who attended the presentations last night, organized by the P&F and thank you to Phill Knipe and Marc Lehmann for their presentations. If you have any further questions about Phill’s presentation, please refer to the P&F section where his contact details have been uploaded. He is more than happy to take your calls and answer questions.
Over the last few weeks, staff members have been networking regularly to formulate a meaningful leadership program for our senior students. During a meeting held a couple of weeks ago, where a number of Board members attended, many ideas and opinions were put forward for discussion. These comments have been collated, are being reviewed and a decision will be made in the very near future about moving forward.
To inform you all of what has transpired over the last few weeks, in relation to the Leadership Roles and awards, I approached the staff about making the Ministry roles more meaningful and having roles where students are given every opportunity to grow and develop as leaders, as well as serving the community. In one of my recent newsletters I wrote about minimizing down time and giving the students every opportunity to learn. This also applies to future Ministry Roles. The roles assigned to the Year 6 students will be meaningful and purposeful to their development as future leaders.
Below are the comments/opinions raised and discussed at the meeting:
I will keep you all informed.
Congratulations to all the junior grade students who took part in the swimming carnival this week. It was wonderful to see the students enjoying themselves during the various planned activities. Thank you once again to Mrs Stewart for coordinating the event and to all the wonderful staff and parents for assisting during the day. The Year 1 staff have included a blog in this week’s newsletter.
Urgent - assistance required in the canteen. Please volunteer and assist Rosie in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Please refer to the Important Dates section for the updated Term 1 calendar. Terms 2-4 calendars will be updated in the coming weeks and uploaded to the newsletter.
With only 4 weeks until the start of the AFL season, students have been asking me which team I support. If you walk into my office you will notice a framed ‘Honour Roll’ of the all the great Collingwood players who have won awards, such as the Brownlow Medal, as well as a Collingwood scarf and signed Peter Daicos cards. Yes I am a avid Collingwood supporter, and have supported them since 1977 when I watched the great VFL Grand Final replay, the day the great Phil Manassa ran from the half back line and kicked the goal of the century.
I am very much aware there are many supporters who support the Eagles and Dockers, such as Mr Kirry , Mrs Meleca, and Mrs Menegola, and I think Fr Ken walks around with an Eagles’ lanyard, and other clubs such as Hawthorn (Mrs Erskine and De Pietro), but Mrs Durkin and I will be holding firm this year, as strong true Magpie supporters, and witnessing the rise of the mighty Collingwood football club in 2018!! Mrs Durkin and I have also discussed the changes to the OLA school uniform with the colours changing to black and white, with the Collingwood emblem embroidered on the new shirts. Exciting times ahead as we transform OLA into a Collingwood School.
And with above to ponder .................. have a relaxing long weekend.
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.
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.
School Banking has started again this year and you can find us on Tuesday mornings 8.00am-8.45am in the Pre-Kindy room. Don't forget for every 10 deposits made your child can choose a reward such as earphones, handballs and pencil cases! If you are new to the school or are Interested in starting all you need to do is open an account for your child at the Commonwealth Bank in Dianella Plaza then bring their account number to us and start saving! Remember the school earns commission from every deposit your child makes which goes back into the school to fund things like books, resources and equipment!
We are also looking for 2 new volunteers to take over the role of School Banking Co-Ordinators. It only takes a couple of hours once a week and is really simple to do, you can even change the banking day to suit your schedule! Please see Mrs Rosie Samuels in the canteen on Monday or Thursday or see both co-ordinators on Tuesday morning during banking time. Alternatively you can contact Julia Sertorio at [email protected] for more information or with any questions you may have about the role.
Mrs Rosie Samuels & Mrs Julia Sertorio
School Banking Co Ordinators
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.
Student lists for Tennis and Triathlon have been placed on the window outside the office. Our subscription for Tennis has been filled and those students who unfortunately missed out will be placed on the priority list for Term 2. Tennis commences this Monday 26th March and students will be required to sign in with Mr McIntyre outside the shared facility at 3.10. There is still room for Triathlon, so please see me in the office if you would like further information. Triathlon commences the 7th March
The Senior Swimming Carnival will be held on Wednesday 7th March at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. Permission letter went home yesterday so please return these asap. There is a copy attached below. If you are able to help at the Carnival please let me know.
Please find a copy of the program with approximate times. A copy of the named program is available to view on the window outside the Library.
On Tuesday afternoon students in Years 1 and 2 participated in the Junior Swimming Carnival. They had a fun water aerobics, kickboard races, Ping Pong Ball Challenge, noodle races, running races and swam around an obstacle course. Classes had lots of fun moving in the water and cheering for each other. They were assisted by Sam, Elena, Zoe, Elizabeth, Anthony, Ethan, Frankie and Michael Stephenson from Year 6. Thank you to those parents who came to support your children.
Senior Swim Carnival will be held at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre next Wednesday 7 March. Please find attached the program with approximate times for the events. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help for the Carnival. I will send you an email with further information.
Mrs Jodie Stewart
Mini Vinnies 2018
Thank you to all the Year 5 and 6 children for applying for Mini Vinnies. Congratulations to the following members:
Indi Priest, Alex Bolton, Siena Gabriel, Tahlia Piantadosi, Sienna De Filippis, Emily Casella, Grace Hoosen, Tiana La Cava, Alivia Chapman, Ruby Scanlan, Jasmine McGrath
Ella McDonald, Aidan Priest, Sophia Lomma, Angela Samuels, Serena Galloway, Natalia Lacey, Zoe Peters, Danika Knight, Adam Lambert
Meeting times and dates to be determined asap. Stay tuned!
Our focus is planning Fish Friday and Dress up Fashion Parade J
Mrs Barclay, Mrs Knight and Mr McIntyre
Each Class has a Project Compassion box, and there is one in the Staffroom, Admin area and Canteen. We encourage children to donate a little change in order to make a difference to the people supported by Project Compassion. Have a look at the posters on display around the school.Staff Free-Dress Fridays will continue during Lent.
On Tuesday 27 February Year One had their first Junior Swimming Carnival. We had lots of fun doing water aerobics to music. There was a lot of excitement as we participated in lots of different swimming races, including; kick board races, noodle races and running races in the water. Our classes got to challenge each other in the Table Tennis Ball Challenge and the Hoop Challenge. For the Table Tennis Ball Challenge we had to put the table tennis balls into the buckets as quickly as we could, what a mission! The Hoop Challenge involved swimming around the pool, going through hula-hoops and under tunnels. We had an awesome afternoon!
In addition to their weekly class music lesson, our students have the opportunity to take tuition in a number of instruments at OLA. Piano lessons are very popular, and we currently have 51 students enrolled. These lessons take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Band Room in the church car park, and are provided by teachers from Keyed Up Music.
On Wednesdays, violin and flute lessons are on offer, also in the Band Room, and at present there are six students taking violin lessons, and two doing flute lessons.
On Thursday afternoons, we have drum tuition in the Music Room, and there are six children enrolled.
On Friday mornings, seven students take guitar lessons. One student has signed up for clarinet lessons this year.
There is a notice on our school website providing full information regarding instrumental tuition, and if you would like to discuss this further, you are very welcome to call in to me in the Music Room before/after school on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mrs Tania Longman
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.
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
90th Birthday Fra Christopher Ross OSM
This week Friar Servants of Mary Christopher Ross celebrated his 90th birthday. Mass of celebration last Sunday morning at St Denis Joondanna, was a gathering of servite friars,religious sisters,friends,college staff, and former students. Fra Christopher known to many through his years at Servite College and parish work over many years since his arrival in Perth from America. Blessings to Fra Christopher.
Mercedes College, Perth
Early in 2018, Mercedes College will commence interviewing Year 5 students who are due to start Year 7 in 2020. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College and have not yet requested a Prospectus, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 as soon as possible. Further information about the enrolment process is available on our website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au.
Chisholm College, Perth
The College’s annual Open Day will be held on Thursday 15 March 2018. Guided Tours will begin at 8.45am, 11am and 1.15pm from the Performing Arts Centre. Bookings for tours are essential and close on Friday 8 March 2018. To book please contact our administration office on 9208 2500. Applications for College Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on the College website under Enrolments. Requests for application forms should be directed to the College Enrolment Registrar, Mrs Anne Balmer on 9208 2516. Please note that applications for scholarships close on Monday 12 March 2018.
Mercy College Open Day
Wednesday 14 March 4.30pm-5.30pm followed by refreshments and our Music Soiree students performing. Discover what we have on offer at Mercy College. Opportunity to meet and talk with Senior Leadership. Senior students assisting with the tour. To register please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof 9247 9223.
Watch this space for future announcements
Friday 2 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
Monday 5 March
Labour Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 7 March
Senior Swimming Carnival -Years 3-6
Friday 9 March
4th Sunday of Lent
The Canteen operates on Mondays and Thursdays. 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
Family Fun Night – Superstar Supporters required!
Get set for The Family Fun Night 000 Party on Friday 9 March!
Taking place from 5pm – 8pm on the grounds of OLA, this event will bring families and friends together to enjoy loads of fun activities and great company.
To help make the event a huge success, the P&F are looking for some Superstar Supporters to help on the night. Tasks include selling Fairy Floss and Popcorn, main entry security and helping out on the raffle table. Each shift lasts for just 30 minutes, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the evening.
If you can only spare time during school hours, there’s fairy floss bagging and popcorn boxing to be done on event day from 12pm – 2pm. Don’t forget that teenagers are also welcome to volunteer, and may even be able to use the time towards their senior school volunteer hours!
Keep an eye out for the volunteer signup sheet at your classroom or simply email [email protected]
OLA is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools program!
When shopping at Coles you can receive a voucher for every $10 you spend. Vouchers can be placed in the OLA collection box located at Coles Dianella, or you can bring them into the school office.
At the end of the program we will be able to swap the vouchers for sports equipment – so let’s get shopping!
The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at [email protected]
Thank you for attending last night's presentations and thank you to Marc Lehmann and Phill Knipe for taking the time to present to those who were present. If you would like to contact Phill direct, below are his contact his details.
Parish Priest: Fr Ken D’Souza
Phone: (08) 9276 1008
Secretary: Amanda Reneaux
Parish Mass Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00am
Saturday—Vigil Mass 6:00pm
Sunday—Mass 7:30am , 9:30am and 5:00pm
Parish Youth Mass—Last Saturday of each month.
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:
Saturday 3 Mar 9:00am
Sienna Bolzonella, Danika Knight
Sunday 4 Mar 6:00pm
Elizabeth Coelho, Gabriella Magalhaes
The Parish is in need of palms for Palm Sunday, if you can help donate palms to the Parish please contact Fr Ken or Amanda on 9276 1008.
Dear OLA Community
As you are aware, the School Board organised a survey of parents and staff at the end of 2017. The purpose was to obtain opinions on areas in which the school is doing well and those requiring improvement in an effort to develop the next iteration of the School’s Strategic Plan. Thank you to all of those people who took the time to provide feedback. In all 144 responses were received.
Two questions sought feedback on the three greatest strengths and challenges of the school. The highest ranked responses were as follows:
Location Academic extension
Faith based learning High academic standards
Modern buildings and facilities Academic support
The questions that followed were grouped into five categories. The first four categories are considered the responsibility of the Leadership team:
Student behaviour and well-being
Parental engagement and communication
The final category is the responsibility of the School Board:
Facilities and resource allocation
Within each of these categories a number of statements were asked. Whilst the majority of responses were favourable (neutral or better), the data nevertheless provides a valuable insight to complement the student performance data that will be used to drive improvement. The new School Leadership team have reviewed the results and have already identified a renewed focus on teaching and learning as a priority for 2018. This is intended to drive academic opportunities and standards.
At the last School Board meeting the Board discussed the feedback received in relation to facilities and resource allocation and provided advice on the other categories. The challenge of prioritising limited resources to support programs focussed on supporting all students and at the same time extend those that are stronger academically, was discussed. The Board and P&F’s role in communicating resourcing decisions and in strengthening community was also discussed.
It was agreed that the data provides much to be positive about and with the appointment of a new experienced Principal, presents a strong basis for preparing our next Strategic Plan which will be a focus of the Board and the Leadership team over the coming months. Attached is the summary from the survey.
OLA School Board