Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

12 April 2019
Issue Ten
               Principal's Message            
A Message from the School Board
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
Parents and Friends
Social Worker
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            

End of Term Prayer

We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right; to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others, to be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us. May we always be conscious of you in our lives.



Stations of the Cross

Yesterday, our Year 6 students led us in the Stations of the Cross. During the lead up to Holy Week, we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by dying on the cross. The Year 6 students represented his trials during Good Friday in a reverent manner. Thank you to the families who joined us for this service.


Beginning of Term Mass

On Wednesday 1 May at 9.00am, the Year 6 Christian Service Ministry will be leading the OLA community in the Beginning of Term Mass. We hope you can come along to celebrate the start of a new term with us.

ANZAC Day Service

Please join us for our annual ANZAC Day Service on Thursday 2 May at 11.00am. The service will be held in the Sr. Goretti Hall.


Uniform 'Fire Sale' & Update

The Uniform Sale continues.


A parent approached me this week and asked me the question, "How will you know if the students not wearing the school uniform, during the transition period, are telling the truth and not just wearing free dress?" I replied by stating that I would have no idea, but then went on and mentioned The RICE Values, especially the first two, Respect and Integrity.

RICE Values Update

This term, we have focused on introducing the new values (Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence) to the students and working with them to understand the common meaning. We are now excited to announce the ways we are going to implement the RICE values and share them within our community.


Next term we are going to focus on:

- The Year 6 students creating a short video clip for each value using images and captures of how the RICE values are lived out at OLA. The videos will be used as promotional material on the School Facebook page and website.

- The Year 6 students are designing a unique symbol for each value. These will be placed in locations around the school to remind the students of the values.

- A new addition to the newsletter titled, RICE is Alive at OLA, will focus on how the values are being exhibited within the classrooms. Each year level will publish an item once per fortnight.

STRETCH and REACH Programs

The STRETCH and REACH programs that were introduced at OLA in 2018 will be continuing in 2019. Students have been selected for the programs and parents have been notified of their child's participation and an outline of the projects that are being covered. These wonderful programs will be commencing in Term 2.

Term 2-4 Planner

Please see the attachment for an updated 2019 planner. This document is also located on the new school website and is updated at the start of each term. Please remember to refer to the interactive calendar on the website for the most up to date information.


Pupil Free Days - Term 2

Please be advised the following dates are pupil free days:

- Friday 31 May

- Tuesday 4 June

- Friday 5 July


Staff will be attending Professional Development on these days. 

Canteen Menu

Please see the Canteen section of this newsletter for the Term 2 menu.

Good Luck

We offer Mrs Velma Erskine all the best as she heads to Northampton in her Acting Principal's role for Term 2. We look forward to welcoming her back to OLA in Term 3.

 Year 6 Ministries

Attached to this email are the reports from each Ministry Group. Congratulations to our Year 6 students who have displayed sound leadership throughout the term, within their ministry. Commencing next term, the groups will be rotated so they're given experience in each ministry group. Thank you to Mrs Barclay, Mr De Pietro and Ms Figueira for coordinating the events and the reports.


Next Term, the students, in small groups, will be having a chat and pizza lunch with me to talk about how we can continue to grow as a school and be better at what we do at OLA. Thank you to Mrs Barclay for coordinating the above.


Innovation & Enterprise - Board Games

All OLA students are invited to board games sessions next term. Thank you to Mrs Barclay for coordinating these sessions. Parents, please read the attached flyer.


OLA Board Update

Please take the time to read the OLA Board Report, from our Board Chairperson Amanda Cipriani, in the OLA Board Section of this newsletter.


Have a safe and relaxing holiday break.


Mr Greg Martin


A Message from the School Board

OLA School Board Update

The role of a School Board is not often clear, however as Chair of Our Lady’s Assumption School Board for 2019 I hope this is something that I can communicate effectively during the course of the year. The Board is made up of elected members including parents in the school community, representatives from the Parish, and the Leadership Team. Our official role is to provide strategic guidance and planning for the school as well as advising on policy and monitoring the financial performance of the school. The Board does not have a role in the day-to-day management of school, which is successfully managed by the Principal and Leadership Team.


An update on the Board’s decisions will be communicated in real-time via the school newsletter, however I will endeavour to provide a quarterly update on the actions and achievements reached each Term. These achievements will largely be measured against the Strategic Plan 2019- 2021, which can be found at https://www.ola.wa.edu.au/pdf/plan_strategic2021.pdf


The Board met twice in Term 1 and it has become very clear that the Leadership Team with the support of the OLA staff have been working extremely hard to cultivate and embed a number of opportunities to enhance student learning and wellbeing within the school.


Academically, this has included developing a consistent school-wide approach to assessment and explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy; a range of intervention programs for learning support as well as the Sensory program; establishing opportunities for learning extension; upgrading digital technology within each classroom as well as new devices for Year 4 students and extending staff learning as part of a digital transformation program.


Pastoral improvements have been initiated with a newly structured and well communicated plan for students receiving the sacraments, and the school continues to maintain a strong association with the OLA Parish Team.


Culturally, the school has been re-energised with the introduction of the popular daily morning fitness program; extended Leadership opportunities for Year 6 Students including the new roles of Head Boy and Head Girl as well as the opportunity to attend a camp to Canberra. To match the school’s great strides forward to become contemporary, we also saw the marketing sub-committee’s 2018 rebranding of the school’s crest come to fruition with new school signage. The Board has also made the decision to update the school uniform, and this resulted in the commencement of a ‘fire sale’ of current school uniforms last week.


The Board’s focus moving forward will be the continual review of exisiting school policies and facilities, as well as providing financial oversight to ensure the school’s resources are managed and allocated sustainably to fund the priorities identified within the Strategic Plan. Future decisions and actions will continue to be communicated via the newsletter as required, and I look forward to providing the next update at the end of Term 2.


Amanda Cipriani

Board Chair

What's Happening at OLA!

Year 6 Student Ministries

This term we have begun our Year 6 Student Leadership Ministries. The first rotation saw the students involved in a number of in school projects:

Compassion Ministry – These children were focusing on a Stations of the Cross presentation with Mrs Erskine. They were helping us to stay prayerfully connected to the Lenten journey we all take, to celebrate at Easter the risen Christ.


Sport Ministry – What a fabulous day the Year 5 and 6 students had on Monday 8 April! Mr De Pietro and his team facilitated tabloid sports at Dianella Regional Open Space. Next term, they are looking at organising Sport Ministry members to teach games to younger children at recess and lunch.

Events and Communication Ministry – So many of the students at OLA participated in the colouring in competition under the direction of Miss Figueira. They were so gorgeous and the two winners will enjoy the Easter prizes.  Some children were invited to serve at Grandparents' Morning Tea on Friday 5 April. What a wonderful event for our special grandparents!

Christian Leadership –After leading the Ash Wednesday Mass at the beginning of Lent, we had a fabulous Crazy Sock day this week on Wednesday! This enthusiastic group made beautiful posters, announced the event and collected the $2 gold coin donations for Project Compassion. How crazy are our socks!

Mrs Barclay, Miss Figueira, Mr DePietro and Mrs Erskine


Sports News


On Wednesday afternoon, students from Years 3-6 participated in a triathlon at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. Our triathlon coach, Kathryn, designed a wonderful course that catered for all abilities in swimming, riding and running. Students had learnt about the transition area and how to go from one leg to the next efficiently. They put this into practise on Wednesday. Thank you to those parents and siblings who supported our students in their triathlon.


CPSSA Swimming Carnival

OLA will be competing in the CPSSA Swimming Carnival on Thursday 9 May. Please ensure your child has returned their permission slip as a hard copy or by email ASAP. We will continue our training sessions at Chisholm College on Wednesday 1 May and 8 May.  Our new swimming caps will be available in the Uniform Shop by Friday 3 May.

Chisholm Swim Academy

Chisholm Catholic College is pleased to announce it is now offering a number of new programs out of the College Pool. This will include a comprehensive Learn to Swim program, private lessons as well as junior swim squads. The program is open to the community and all students are more than welcome to take part. Enrolment forms are now available for Term 2, 2019. More information available here:




Running Club

Running Club for 2019 will commence on Tuesday 30 April at 8am at Waverley Reserve. All students, younger siblings and parents are invited to run, jog or walk around a 300m course for 20 minutes. Laps are recorded each week and tallied at the end of the year. Students are to wear their sports uniform and may stay in this for the day. Parents must remain at Running Club to walk their children back to school at 8.30 or arrange for another parent to escort their child. Let’s get record numbers to Running Club leading up to our Cross Country event later in Term 2!


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher

Parents and Friends

The Bogans are coming!!

Mark it in your diaries - Bogan Bingo will take over the Sr. Goretti Hall at OLA on Friday the 14th June! Keep an eye out for ticket sales, which will open next term!



Surf Online Safe - Parent Information Session

Don't forget to reserve your seat for this informative and important information session. Paul Litherland is one of Australia's most in demand speakers on kids and cyber-safety, so don't miss your chance to hear his wise words for keeping our kids safe online. 


OLA Sponsors Page

With the school newsletter reaching over 300 families per week, the OLA Sponsors Page in this newsletter 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. It's also a great place to promote special offers for the OLA community. To arrange your placement, simply email pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

Social Worker

Referral Form

Juliet Lennon

Social Worker


I will be at OLA on Tuesday 30th April and not Monday, 29th April. This will give the students and staff time to settle into the Term 2 routine.

Thank you


From the Library

Book Covering

The Library is in need of new volunteers to assist with book covering throughout 2019. Please pop in to the Library on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons if you are able to help.


2019 Scribblers Festival

In the Library, I have been sharing information about the upcoming 2019 Scribblers Festival in May. The students have been very interested to hear about some of the fantastic authors who will be speaking at this festival. Many of these authors are popular in our Library, such as Matt Stanton, Jacqueline Harvey, Megan McDonald, Kylie Howarth and Alison Lester. Check out the Festival details at this link: https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/


As part of the lead up to the 2019 Scribblers Festival public libraries across WA are participating in The Golden Feather Hunt. There are some fantastic prizes on offer for this hunt, which has already begun. See participating libraries and more information here: https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/golden-feather


I would love to encourage our OLA students and families to take part and enjoy this festival celebrating reading and literature for young people, it promises to be a fun-filled weekend.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Claire Dale

Library Officer


Monday 29 April

- Term 2 commences

Tuesday 30 April

- P&F Surf Online Safe Presentations with Paul Litherland

- 9.30am - Year 4

- 11.00 am - Year 6

- 7.00pm - Parents

Wednesday 1 May

- Beginning of Term Mass 9.00am

Thursday 2 May

- Anzac Day Liturgy 11.00am


OLA Project Compassion

Our Lady’s Assumption School Community is GIVING IT UP FOR LENT!

Help meet our $1000 goal. Are you in? Join our page and make a donation to fundraise. You’ll be working alongside Caritas Australia, through Project Compassion, to change the lives of vulnerable communities around the world.  Your challenge will make a positive difference in your life and in the lives of others, by uniting your friends to support people living in poverty. Every donation helps provide life-changing support such as access to clean water, education and healthcare. Our page is live here https://lent.caritas.org.au/marybarclay


Mercedes College  Production - Wicked


Mercy College Open Day - Open Day Friday 10 May 9.00am

Student led tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and concludes with morning tea with our Principal and other Senior Leadership staff.  To register, please phone Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof 9247 9223.

Anzac Day

The Mount Lawley-Inglewood RSL Sub-Branch warmly invite current and ex-service personnel and all members of the community to attend the 2019 Anzac Day Service!  At the conclusion of the official wreath laying ceremony, the general public are welcome to place their tribute at the Memorial on Thursday 25 April at 8.00am.  See attached flyer for more details.


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

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

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am


Saturday— Mass 8:00am and  6:00pm

Sunday— Mass 7:30am, 9:30am and 5:00pm

Parish Youth Mass— First Saturday of each month


Saturday 5:00 — 5:30pm

Holy Week Mass Times

Palm Weekend: Solemn Blessing of Palms Saturday 14 April 6:00pm

Holy Thursday: Holy Mass of the Lord's Supper Thursday 18 April 7:00pm

Good Friday: Way of the Cross Friday 19 April 10:00am, Liturgy of the Lord's Passion 3:00pm

Holy Saturday: Solemn Holy Mass Saturday 20 April 6:30pm

Easter Sunday: Holy Feast Mass Sunday 21 April 9:30am

Please note:

- There is no 5pm Mass on Palm Sunday

- No morning Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday

- No 7:30am or 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday

- Good Friday collections will be sent to the Holy Land for maintenance of the Holy places.

April, the Month of The Holy Eucharist

Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is the most central and important to Catholicism. Holy Communion is offered at every Mass, and in fact, the ritual of the Mass is largely taken up with preparing the hosts (wafers made of wheat and water, or gluten-free) and wine to become the body and blood of Christ and the congregation to receive the body of Christ. Transubstantiation is the act of changing the substances of bread and wine into the substances of the Body and Blood of Christ.


Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our direct telephone number is 9471 3021. 

The new Term 2 menu is attached below:

Thank you.


Maria Giangiulio

Canteen Manageress


Term 2 Canteen Menu

Thank you for your support during Term 1, especially the transition period. We are looking forward to introducing the new Term 2 menu. The menu is attached.


Online Ordering

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


Uniform Shop

Current Specials

- Boy’s uniform – tie, grey shirt and jumper - Normally $110.00  - Now $50.00

- Girl’s uniform – winter tunic, tie, lemon shirt and socks - Normally $111.50 - Now $50.00

- 3 lemon shirts - Normally $63.00 - Now $30.00

- 3 grey shirts - Normally $79.50 - Now $35.00

- Grey pants and grey shirt - Normally $60.50 - Now $28.00

- Grey shorts and grey shirt - Normally $56.50 - Now $26.00

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

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
2019 Anzac Day Poster FINAL-2.pdf
FAQ - School Uniforms.pdf
OLA Parent Calendar Terms 2-4 2019.pdf
OLA Parent Calendar Terms 2-4 2019.pdf
Ministry Reports.pdf
Board Game Night.pdf
Term 2 Canteen Menu.pdf
Canteen winter menu - page 1.pdf
Canteen Menu - Page 2.pdf
Canteen winter menu - page 1.pdf
Canteen Menu - Page 2.pdf
Social Work Referral Form OLA.pdf
Chisholm Swim Academy FINAL.pdf