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Now that we have truly entered the Lenten season, it is a time when we experience God’s love, mercy and forgiveness so we too can do the same with others. It is important that we don’t just give something up for Lent, like chocolates, but actually do something, such as an act of kindness each day or praying together as a family. There are lots we can do to prepare for Easter.
Pope Francis has recognized the importance for His people to return to the Church and in His powerful Lenten message, ‘Come back to the Lord with all your heart during Lent' gives everyone the opportunity to return to God’s house and recharge their spiritual life by starting again, if we haven’t been to church in a while. As a spiritual leader, I am a member of the St Lawrence Parish and have been a part of the parish community for over 45 years (showing my age now). When I was appointed as principal at OLA, i made a commitment to the OLA school and parish and decided, as the spiritual leader and role model to the children, i would also attend mass at OLA. I am now committed to two parishes, attending both parishes on a fortnightly basis. I will be at OLA this Saturday 6.00pm mass and hope to see many OLA families during the celebration.
I have been in education now for over 30 years (once again i'm showing my age) and have noticed, in some cases, a decline in resilience in children during this period of time. This is only an observation, having been a leader and educator in five different schools. In my own personal opinion, I truly believe there is a direct correlation between resilience and confidence. Students who are resilient usually show confidence in their ability to 'bounce back' and very quickly overcome the obstacles placed in front of them. This also applies to adults as well. Resilience, I believe, is the key to confidence and taking safe risks to be better at what we all do.
Resilience is defined as 'our ability to cope with problems and change and bounce back after these challenges’.
Resilient people have:
1. Self-Esteem: Feel good about themselves and have a sense of being special and value just because who they are.
2. Skills: Skills to cope with stress and challenges.
3. Support & Good Role Models: At least one caring adult.
Outlined below are some ‘tips’ for how parents can help children become more resilient. Parents are the most important people in a child’s life and there are many things parents can do to foster resilience.
Steps Parents Can Take To Help Their Children Become More Resilient
The students are really excited about the Family Fun Night tonight and thank you , once again to all the parents involved in coordinating the event. Mrs Erskine and I have gone around all the classes this morning and explained/reminded the students about the following:
1. School day rules apply to the Family Fun Night event.
2. Students are not permitted to congregate in the toilets.
3. No pets permitted on the school site (OHS).
4. No ball games permitted during the night.
5. Area behind the main buildings are out of bounds (No line of sight).
Looking forward to seeing you all tonight at the event.
Congratulations to all the students who took part in the swimming carnival on Wednesday. The carnival ran smoothly, a credit to Mrs Stewart, the staff and parents who assisted during the day. Congratulations to the who won medals on the day and to the winning faction.
Urgent - assistance required in the canteen. Please volunteer and assist Rosie in the canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated!
With the AFL season only weeks away, I decided to catch up on what's been happening at the clubs and came across the predicted Top 8 teams for 2018. I thought I would share with you what the experts are saying.
1. Sydney Swans
5. Port Adelaide
8. Western Bulldogs
Notice no WCE or Fremantle?
Have a relaxing weekend and a great time at the Family Fun Night.
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.
URGENT - We are looking for 2 new volunteers to take over the school banking in Term 2. Due to the canteen day being changed to Tuesday Rosie & Julia can no longer continue the school banking. Its is very easy, takes up an hour of your time in the morning and the banking day can be any day that suits you & your family. School banking earns our P&F money that goes towards providing essential resources for the classroom and the school so we don't want to see it stop, however, if we can't find a volunteer by 30 March we will have to close it.
If you are interested or have any questions please call Rosie Samuels on 0413 022 583 or Julia Sertorio on 0433 996 678. Or see us Tuesday morning in the Pre Kindergarten room or at the canteen Mondays and Thursdays.
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 26 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 7 March
Yesterday students from Year 3-6 competed in the Senior Swim Carnival at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. There were some fantastic performances and some wonderful cheering throughout the whole day. Thank you to those many parents who gave their time to help at the Carnival especially to Mr Dropulich who started our races and kept the Carnival running smoothly and to Mrs Scott who helped position children for their starts in the 25m races. To those that time kept all day and those who gave ribbons. It is all very much appreciated!
The Endeavour trophy was presented to O’Mara who showed great team spirit for the entirety of the Carnival.
Our Faction champions for the 9th year in a row were Dominica, well done! Congratulations go to the following age champions who received their medals at the conclusion of our Carnival
Year 4 Girls : 1st Isbella Ocello, 2nd Allegra Della Posta, 3rd Sophie Scott & Maddison Gangemi
Year 4 Boys : 1st Aleksander Trott, 2nd Max Belardo, 3rd Nicholas Dropulich
Year 5 Girls: 1st Tiana La Cava, 2nd Ruby Scanlan, 3rd Ella Madeleine
Year 5 Boys: 1st Blayde Dixon, 2nd Mason Ricci, 3rd Taj Spadaccini
Year 6 Girls: 1st Sophia Tonello, 2nd Sam Dols, 3rd Angela Samuels
Year 6 Boys: 1st Adam Lambert, 2nd Marc Parlongo, 3rd Frankie Didio
Sporting Schools Triathlon commenced this week. Please see the attached flyer for the Weetbix Triathlon that will be held at our Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.
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.
Mini Vinnies Fish Friday for Project Compassion
Order Forms still being accepted until Friday 9 March
Mrs Mary Barclay
As part of our Science theme ‘Feather, Fur or Leave’ the Year 3 spent a day at Perth Zoo on Friday 2nd March. We explored the zoo with the assistance of ten parent helpers. The students participated in a workshop, ‘Who am I?’ run by Zoo Keeper, Rob. Students investigated how to classify different animals according to their characteristics. We even had the chance to touch a snake! Everyone had a jam packed, fun filled and informative day.
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.
Second hand uniforms are available.
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
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
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.
Mrs Tania Longman
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.
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.
Pre-Primary: Vienna Bowling, Nicholas Tanno, Ethan Haug, Marc Haug and Joyce Ho,
Year 1: Annelise Casella, Giordana Ocello, Cooper Bright and Lara Moser
Year 2: Zoe Wright, Ciara Ognenis, Isaiah Hoosen and Kaela Bolton
Year 3: Isabella Hu, Cameron McGrath, Ben Beros and Taj King
Year 4: Nicholas Munrowd-Harris, Stella Spagnolo
Year 5: Layla Moncreiff and Leo Musca
Year 6: Xavier Scott, Sophia De Rosa and Zoe Peters
Friday 9 March
4th Sunday of Lent
Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 March
Year 6 Camp
Thursday 15 March
11am Yr 4 Reconciliation
8.50am Liturgy of the Word Year 1- 3
Friday 16 March
Mini Vinnies Fish Friday
Yr 3 Item and Merit Award Assembly
5th 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 this 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. Before the night begins though, please take note of the following housekeeping messages, to ensure you have a great time!
We’re so looking forward to this great event and hope to see as many of you as possible there! And thank you to all of our Superstar Supporters for putting their hands up to help on the night. Events like this don’t happen without you, so from the P&F and all the kids about to have a blast – thanks!!!
PS: On the night you will have the chance to enter the 50/50 raffle. This isn’t like any other raffle. The prize is cold hard cash and winner takes all! That’s right, one very lucky winner gets 50% of the total money earned from the raffle and the P&F get the other 50% to put towards fulfilling the OLA Teachers Wishlist. For example, if the raffle raises $2000, first prize will be $1000!! Tickets will cost just $2 for one ticket or $5 for three tickets.
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 21st 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.
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. Vouchers can be earned until the 3rd of April. At the end of the program we will be able to swap the vouchers for sports equipment – so let’s get shopping!
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]
Dianella Plaza is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday March 24 from 4pm to 6pm. The Plaza would love to see as many families join them in the hunt.
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.
The Church traditionally dedicates the month of March to the special veneration of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19. "He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife," says St. Bernardine of Siena. "He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'" Due to St. Joseph's leadership of the Holy Family, he has been declared the protector and patron of the universal Catholic Church.
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 10 Mar 9:00am
Sunday 11 Mar 6:00pm
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