Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

31 August 2018
Issue Twenty-five
               Leadership 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

               Leadership Message            

A Prayer for Father's Day

Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. I ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfil your special purpose for their lives.



Fathers' Day

We had a wonderful turnout today at our Fathers' Day Morning. There are many important dads and father figures in our students' lives so it was fantastic to be able to celebrate them with breakfast and Mass. Thank you to Mr Peter Sigle and the OLA Staff for assisting with the organisation and running of the events.


Dads' and Father Figures' Night

On Tuesday night, OLA dads and father figures attended the P&F sponsored event with Karl O'Callaghan, former Police Commissioner of Western Australia.


Mr O'Callaghan discussed raising children in today's society. It was an insightful presentation and offered those in attendance the opportunity to hear about Mr O'Callaghan's experiences of being a father and foster father. Thank you for sharing this night with the OLA community, Karl!



Thank you to those families who have been parking in the Dianella Plaza carpark during pick up and drop off each day. If you do park in the bays on Chester Ave, please ensure you do not park your car over the footpath near the blue fencing as this restricts the access for prams, wheelchairs and gophers. Thank you for your support with this.

Upcoming Leave

Mr De Pietro will be on leave from Friday 14 September and will return next term on Monday 15 October. During this time, Mrs Viv Farrugia and Ms Samantha Twomey will be teaching 6M.

Chicken Pox

Please be aware that there have been some confirmed cases of Chicken Pox in our school community. Please see the information sheet attached for further information.



This week, members of the Leadership Team attended three days of professional development. The focus for these days was formulating a new three year Evangelisation Plan for OLA. Bishop Gerard Holohan and the Religious Education Faith Formation Team from CEWA facilitated the days and provided the Leadership Team with insights into Catholic Education in 2018. Topics covered included; the dynamics of the Catholic faith community, the importance of the Gospels and prayer.

Reconciliation - Confirmed Date

The Year Three Sacrament of Penance has been rescheduled to Thursday 25 October at 7.00pm.


80s Quiz Night

OLA is abuzz as we await the 80s Rewind Quiz Night being run by the P&F next Friday night. Well done to all of the people involved in the preparation of this HUGE fundraiser - it's a sell out! We can't wait to see the shoulder pads, lycra, fluoro and mullets that make an appearance on the night!

Performing Arts Update

As the Catholic Performing Arts Festival draws to a close, our Year Two students were our final performers and they did an amazing job in their Choral Speech performance on Monday. The talented students received an Excellence Award in this section of the Festival.


Our Year Six Recorder Club students will be participating in the Primary Ensemble Shield Play-Off this evening at 5.20pm at Trinity College.


What a season it has been for OLA! Thank you to the students, class teachers and Mrs McAuliffe for the hard work and dedication they have put into preparing each item.

With Sympathy

Please keep Mr Martin in your prayers due to the recent passing of his mother. Our thoughts are with Mr Martin and his family during this time.


Wishing all of the dads and father figures a wonderful Fathers' Day on Sunday!


OLA Leadership Team

Parents and Friends

Teachers' Wishlist Update

Mrs Dempster was thrilled to receive these resources for the Science Area to encourage higher level thinking and enquiring skills in the students.


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80s Rewind - Quiz Night

We are so pleased to say that the Quiz Night is SOLD OUT!!


It's going to be an amazing night, with lots of laughs and even more prizes! Fans of Nena's 99 Red Balloons (Luftballoons for the purists) will have a chance to play OLA's 99 Red Balloons for just $10 - with the grand prize an incredible family entertainment pack that everyone will love. There will also be raffles and games throughout the night, so don't come with an empty wallet - make sure you bring plenty of small notes to participate!


Don't forget to bring some food for your table to keep your brains firing all night and the bar will take cash or eftpos. But most of all, come along and enjoy OLA's biggest fundraiser of the year! 


Dads' Night with Karl O'Callaghan 

Our first night dedicated entirely to dads and father figures was a great success, with almost 40 OLA men attending the evening to gain some valuable insights into raising kids, from WA's Former Police Commissioner and father of four Karl O'Callaghan. 


Thank you to Mr De Pietro and Mr McIntyre for hosting the event, with Mr Martin unable to attend. The dads all enjoyed getting to meet some of the staff and other fathers at the school over a beer and pizza. 


We're looking forward to getting another Dads' Night up and running next year!


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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.



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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!


In PPG, we have been focusing on prepositions, such as; left, right, on, under, between, in front and behind. We have drawn pictures, used cubes and animal beanbags to help us learn and reinforce concepts. We even had beanbag animals hiding BEHIND trees, IN our bags and sitting ON our LEFT and RIGHT elbows!

In PPM we have been focusing on Australia. In English, we have been reading Australian stories while learning about the comprehension strategy of comparing and contrasting. We have started using the iPads to help us compare and contrast the main characters from these stories. When we read Koala Lou we made personal connections with the text and identified an activity we would like to compete in if we were in the Bush Olympics. Our classroom travel agent has also been a BIG success as we learn about Australia's place in the world.

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

In Year 2 this week we have been extremely busy. On Monday, 27 August, we participated in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival at the Morley Recreation Centre. The Year 2 teachers are overjoyed by the feedback from the judges as the children put on an amazing performance of the poem, The Shark by Roald Dahl. On Wednesday, 29 August, we were fortunate enough to have a tennis session with Anthony from the Tiny Tots program. The Year 2s looked like they were having an amazing time and have learnt some valuable tennis skills.


During literacy, we have been busy writing narratives. We have started our good copies which will be turned into a book that we will be sharing with our parents on Seesaw. Also, in numeracy, we have been learning about data and we had the opportunity to conduct a survey. We collected data from our classmates and translated that data into a picture graph. We have had so much fun conducting and analysing our surveys that we are eager to do this activity again. 


We have also been super busy making our fathers presents for Father’s Day. We are not going to share what these presents are as they are a surprise for our fathers on this special day. We have been learning about how special our fathers are and how we need to always listen to their wise advice. 

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

In our Protective Behaviours Program, we learnt about gender stereotyping. We are surrounded by this in many aspects. The class discussions have generated a myriad of ways that this is presented to us, from advertisements to everyday shopping. The major shop chains categorise girls' and boys’ clothes and toys according to colours. As results of this, it has captured our interest and we have lots to say on the subject. At home, we have been looking for advertisements that show gender stereotyping and were excited to present our findings to the class. All of our presentations were different. We were given the opportunity to spend time with our parents to discuss the task and they, in turn, provided feedback to our class teachers.


We were very excited about Book Week. So many books to read and so little time. What favourite book to choose to ‘Find the Treasure Within’. We came up with some novel ideas and unusual costumes. The hunt for the ‘Find the Treasure’ cards, had us put on our ‘thinking caps’ and decipher the clues our teachers gave us. Some of the clues were challenging but we found those yellow cards in the end. A brilliant idea Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale. We were so lucky to have Mrs Erskine read to 4G and Mrs Noonan read to 4M. We enjoyed the stories and they had an enthralled audience.


In reading, we are learning about ‘determining importance’. To discover the main ideas or the important facts versus the interesting facts. We were given the opportunity to discuss these in our reading groups and it was interesting what some people thought was important and what others thought was important. After much discussion, we finally agreed on what was important or essential to understand the text.


Ms Dean, Mrs McCarthy, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

We were very fortunate this week to have seen our fellow classmates present an oral presentation speech of their choice. This was a great opportunity for us to learn about our friends’ interests and about experiences, with topics ranging from the ‘History of Converse Shoes' to 'Albert Einstein’s Brain’.


The Arts is an area that we all love and we must say, we have some Leonardo Da Vinci’s among us. We looked at a one-point perspective piece of work and have created an amazing art piece that demonstrates a road that meets the city and the water.


In Numeracy this week, we have looked at different items of choice and have worked out discount percentages. What we thought would be a difficult concept has proven to be something not too difficult but quite enjoyable…..now we know why people love a sale!

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro


Performing Arts Festival 2018 Final Concert

Please see flyer for further details.


Performing Arts News

This week is our final week of participation in the Performing Arts Festival. On Monday, our Year 2 students participated in the Choral Verse section, and gave a terrific rendition of, The Shark by Roald Dahl. On Friday afternoon, our Year 6 Recorder Club, who received an ‘Outstanding Award’ in their section, will travel to Trinity College to participate in the Primary Shield Play-Off. They will be competing against other primary instrumental ensembles, and regardless of the outcome, it is a great achievement to be invited to compete. Well done to all!


Next week, we will publish the complete list of the awards we have received this year.


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

Tiny Tots Tennis

This week, students in all year groups participated in a tennis clinic delivered by Bayswater Tiny Tots Tennis Head Coach, Anthony Harbrow. He gave each class a half-hour session filled with fun tennis games. If your child is interested in learning to play tennis outside of school hours please phone 9471 8491 or email [email protected]


On Wednesday, our Pre Primary students received a free tennis racquet and low impact tennis ball from the ANZ Bank through Tennis Australia. This initiative is to encourage our students on the tennis pathway from a very early age.

Athletics Trials

Children in Years 3-6 will be participating in their track trials and long jump finals on Tuesday, 18 September, at Noranda Sporting Complex. Years 3 and 4 will be there from 9.30-11.00am and Years 5 and 6 will be there 11.00-12.30pm. If you are able to help for the long jump event for either session, please let me know in the office or via email [email protected]. Please ensure that the permission slip is returned to your child’s class teacher by Friday 14 September.

Good Luck

We also wish Lawson the best of luck as he represents OLA in the WA State School Boys and Girls Mountain Biking Championships next Thursday.


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher



Tuesday 4 September

- Kindy Fathers' Day Morning 9.30am

Friday 7 September

- P&F Back to the 80s Quiz Night


Congratulations and Good Luck!

Congratulations to Lawson who will be representing OLA this coming Thursday at the WA State School Boys and Girls Mountain Biking Championships. Good luck, Lawson!


Servite College Enrolments 2019

Year 7 2019 enrolments are currently being finalised.  If your child is in Year 6 and has not yet attended an enrolment interview, please contact College Reception on 9444 6333.  We welcome the opportunity to share our Servite community with new families and offer tours of our campus.  To download an application form or to register for a tour, please visit our website www.servite.wa.edu.au.  


A further reminder to parents of current Year 5 students, our Year 7 2020 enrolment interviews are underway and we encourage you to return your application forms to ensure that your child experiences the Servite Way.


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 1 September 6.00pm

Siena Bolzonella, Ella Madeleine

Sunday 2 September 9.30am

Elizabeth Coelho

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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2018 Year of Youth Child Protection Week Breakfast - 4 September

2018 Year of Youth Child Protection Week Breakfast - 4 September 7.30am - 9.00am Duxton Hotel Ballroom, 1 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, RSVP; [email protected] or telephone 9221 7762.  Cost $49.00 per person.


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 Uniform Shop will not be open for trading on Tuesday 4 September and Friday 7 September.


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.


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
2018 WA Schools Mountain Bike Championships.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
Chicken Pox Info Sheet.pdf
Final Concert.pdf