Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

19 October 2018
Issue Thirty
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
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            

A Prayer for Forgiveness

Dear Lord,

I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me bless those who have hurt me. Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me.


School Board – Marketing Sub-Committee

In recent weeks, the School Board’s Marketing Sub-Committee has been working collaboratively with the school’s Leadership Team to refresh the school’s visual brand, in particular, the school crest.


The current school brand has, over the past decade, undergone many changes, resulting in a range of inconsistent crests. For this reason, and to embody the school’s future strategic direction, the OLA Board Marketing Sub-Committee has been charged with creating one new crest to bring consistency to the school brand and to drive us forward as a community. It will of course, also be sympathetic to OLA’s strong history and Dominican roots.


An email introducing the new crest and explaining the evolution of the school brand will be sent to all parents early next week.

Sacrament of Penance

Yesterday, our Year 3 students and Parish candidates participated in a Reconciliation Retreat Day. The retreat was facilitated by Karl and Brigid from Faith Retreat, and saw the children engage in activities and discussions to deepen their understanding of receiving the Sacrament of Penance.


In the evening, Stephen Harris from CEWA led the children and their parents in a reflection of the meaning of the sacrament and how it relates to every day life. We wish our candidates all the best for their First Reconciliation on Thursday evening at 7pm.


ICAS Results

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2018 ICAS Assessments. All children who completed assessments have received their certificates and some achieved exceptional results. A full list of the results is attached below.


Maths Olympiad

Well done to the Year 5 and Year 6 students who took part in the 2018 Maths Olympiad. Special mention to Madeleine in Year 5, and Sophia and Elena in Year 6, who received a trophy for achieving in the top 30% of the Australasian competition. Medals and key rings were awarded to Ava, Ashlee, Daniel and Kelsey in Year 5 and Elizabeth, Frankie, Michael and Luke in Year 6 for achieving in the top 40% of the competition.

End of Year Concert

The OLA End of Year Concert is scheduled for Friday 30 November at 6pm. All children will be showcasing their Dance item during this concert and families are invited to bring along a picnic dinner to spend the evening on the green! Details of costumes will be included in next week's newsletter.

End of Year Water Fun Day

On Thursday 6 December, OLA will be holding a Water Fun Day for students to celebrate the end of a wonderful school year. Each class will be allocated a set time throughout the day where they can enjoy the inflatable equipment. Further information about this day will be emailed out to families later in the term.

Sensory Program

The OLA Sensory Program is well underway and is being held every Monday and Wednesday morning for the selected 39 students. Feedback from the students has been extremely positive and we thank all staff who have been involved in getting this program launched at OLA!


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Coles Sports for Schools Vouchers - What a Haul!!

Last semester, the OLA community accumulated 32,580 Coles Sports for Schools vouchers! This immense number of vouchers has translated into some fantastic sporting equipment for the school, which you can see in the pictures below. Thank you to everyone who handed in vouchers and to Laura Ocello for sorting them  - it really is a worthwhile 'exercise'- pardon the pun!


OLA received:

1 x mini trampoline 

10 x agility poles and weighted bases 

2 x measuring tapes 

16 x soft balls 

15 x tee ball gloves


(click on images for full view)


Thank You Rosie

The P&F wanted to say a special thank you to Rosie Samuels for donating the profits made from coffee sales at the OLA Faction Carnival to the P&F - all $200 of them!! Great job Rosie and thank you!!!

Parent Information Session 2019

The P&F have been lucky enough to secure a presentation by respected cyber safety expert, Paul Litherland, next year on 30 April. Paul is one of Australia's foremost presenters on kids' online safety and has presented at over 400 schools across the country, including Mercedes College, St Brigid's College and Infant Jesus Primary School. Tickets for the evening session will be made available soon, along with further details. Paul will also be presenting separately to our Year 5 and Year 6 students.


Cards that Count- Deadline for orders Friday 2 November

If you are one of the many families who are participating in Cards that Count, you should have now received your sample card and instructions for ordering. As you know, there's no obligation to purchase any packs of your kids' cards, but if you would like to make an order, please do so by Friday 2 November. Every packet you purchase provides $5 to the P&F!

Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

What's Happening at OLA!


Last week, the Pre-Primary children attended the OLA Athletics Carnival. They did a fantastic job participating in the games that Mrs Stewart taught them during Sport in Term 3. The games included; Egg and Spoon Race, Sack Race, Ball in the Hoop and Circle Ball. The children also completed their very first running race. What a wonderful day it was!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

This week, in Year 2, we have been learning about the features of a persuasive text. We have been discussing reasons why we should wear our school uniform to school and coming up with reasons as to why we should not wear a school uniform to school.


In Maths, we have been exploring division and creating equal groups with counters, cubes and play dough. We have learnt that we need to make sure our groups are always equal when we are sharing. In our numeracy rotations, we have been working with Miss Croft and Miss Rotondo, playing numeracy games and using counters to solve simple division facts.

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

Here we are in Week Two and we already have experienced some wonderful things.


Our first week of Dance saw the beginning of some great moves and quick thinking by us to learn the new and intricate steps for our dance. We will work towards learning more steps each week to perform a choreographed dance extravaganza at the end of the term which will include excitement, colour and catchy tunes. Dance has been interesting and lots of fun for us. What a fantastic way to exercise and develop coordination at the same time.


The OLA Sports Carnival was a fun day for us. The individual events saw us pushing ourselves to compete at our best and persevering to finish long distance races that challenged some of us to achieve more than expected.  We also did our best to cheer on the members of our faction. The day proved to be perfect, perfect weather, perfect timing, perfect spirit and attitude by everyone, perfect game. We would like to thank Mrs Stewart and all those involved for organising and coordinating the events and the hard work they put into the Sports Day to make it memorable for us.

Mrs McCarthy, Ms Dean, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

An exciting but scary beginning to Term 4 as we, the Year 6 class of 2018, realise we have only weeks until our graduation. Our term commenced with Frankie and Tahlia attending the Regional Spelling Bee, thank you for representing Year 6 and taking on that challenge.


Numeracy’s concept of transformation introduced us to terminology such as; flip, rotate and slide. We completed questions and an art activity using the rotational rule.


Last week, we were introduced to this term’s Dance program. We started learning our routine which will be incorporated during the OLA Christmas Concert later in the term. Those of us whom enjoy the stage were quick to find the front of the dance floor, to learn and show off our moves!


On Tuesday we had our Graduation photo taken and look forward to its presentation to us at the end of the year.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Sports News

CPSSA Division B Athletics Carnival

Date:            Friday 26 October 2018

Time            8:30am

Venue:         State Athletics Stadium, Underwood Avenue, Floreat (entry via Challenge Stadium)

Schools:     Our Lady’s Assumption, Infant Jesus, Good Shepherd, Mary MacKillop, St. Kieran, Holy   

                       Rosary, Holy Cross, St Columba’s

Times:         9.00am               

                       2.00pm Presentations

Please return permission slips straight to me in the office. If you are able to help on the day, please let me know. Students are required to be at school by 7.35am as the bus will be departing at 7.45am.  

Running Club

A reminder that Running Club has moved to Tuesday mornings for this term. With the lovely spring weather it is a perfect chance to get in a few laps at Waverley Reserve before school at 8am.

Swimming Club

Swimming Club commenced this week with 28 eager swimmers ready to enter the pool at Chisholm College at 7am. Our oldest swimmers completed  over 600m in the short half an hour session.  Well done to everyone who attended.


Jodie Stewart

Sports Teacher


Australian Girls' Choir Open Day

The Australian Girls’ Choir (AGC)  has asked us to publicise their Open Day on Sunday 28 October. School aged girls are invited to go along to try out some fun complimentary classes, and learn about being part of the AGC. Circulars have been distributed to all girls attending OLA, and should you wish to obtain further information, please refer to the Circular.


Mary McAuliffe

Music Teacher

From the Library

Buy One Get one Free Book Fair


To thank parents for supporting our Book Club this year, we would like to invite you all to our Book Fair in the Library in Week 4. It is a great chance to stock up on your summer reading with a  Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on all purchases.


Monday 29 October


Tuesday 30 October

8.15am-8.40am and 3.05pm-4pm

Wednesday 31 October

8.15am-8.40pm and 3.05pm-4pm


We are looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with each session.  Please pop in to the Library, or phone 9471 3015 if you are able to help.


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale

Library Staff




Wednesday 24 October

- Dance Kindy - Year 6

Thursday 25 October

- Sacrament of Penance Year 3, 7.00pm Parish Church

Friday 26 October

- Interschool Athletics Carnival

- 2.15pm Assembly Year 2


Iona College Special Boarders' Reunion


Mercedes College 50 Year Reunion

To celebrate this milestone, the College invites ex-students from the Class of 1968 to reminisce with school friends over lunch. Join us on Friday 16 November at the Mercedes College, Conference Room from 11.45am for lunch. Hear from the current Principal, Mrs Kerrie Fraser and after enjoy wandering through the College’s Art Exhibition, viewing some of the student art works. For more information and to book, visit https://www.trybooking.com/YNVQ/.


Mercy College Year 7, 2019

We are finalising our Year 7, 2019 places before our upcoming Orientation Day.  If you have not enrolled your child for Year 7 please do so as a matter of upmost importance.  Any queries, please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof, Mercy College Enrolments on 9247 9223.



WAAPA Summer School 2018/2019


This Summer, WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students from Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in Rap, Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at g.metcalf@ecu.edu.au


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: dianella@perthcatholic.org.au

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

Children's Liturgy

The OLA Parish offer Children's Liturgy each Sunday during the 9.30am Mass. Please see the attached flyer for further information.


Month of the Holy Rosary

The Catholic Church designates October as the Month of the Holy Rosary. During this month, the faithful venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary especially under her title of Our Lady of the Rosary, and make special effort to honor the Holy Rosary with group recitations and rosary processions. St. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers, is the saint to whom Our Lady famously appeared and gave the prayers of the Holy Rosary to assist him as a spiritual weapon in combating heresy and leading souls back to the one, true Catholic faith. 



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


If you are able to assist in the Canteen during Term 4, please email me directly at rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 


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 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.


Tania Longman

Uniform Shop Manageress

Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Children's Liturgy.pdf
ICAS 2018 Results.pdf
Paul Litherland