Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

10 August 2018
Issue Twenty-two
               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            

Mary MacKillop Prayer

Ever generous God,

You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.

Plenary Council 2020

At last week's CEWA Executive Director's Leadership Forum, Lana Turvey Collins spoke to the 160 School Leadership Teams  about the Plenary Council 2020. A Plenary Council is a formal meeting of the Bishops and other representatives of all the dioceses of the Catholic Church in Australia. Its purpose is to discern what our Lord is asking of us in Australia at this present time. While the church should be asking that question continually, a Plenary Council is a particularly graced instrument for seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And it has the authority to make church laws on the results of its discernment. 


Although in the end it will be the Bishops who will vote on any future directions for the church in Australia, they will be making those decisions in the light of the people's views and thoughts. The last time a Plenary Council was held was in 1937, which makes the Plenary Council 2020 very different. We as Catholics, have an opportunity to participate in the Plenary and express our views.


For more information about the Plenary Council 2020, please refer to the link below.




Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

On Wednesday, the Year 5 children led Mass as we celebrated the feast day of Australia’s first saint, Saint Mary of the Cross, or as we commonly know her, Mary MacKillop.


Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1842. Her mission was to provide education for the isolated and the disadvantaged. To do this she began a new religious order, which provided education for the children in the outback regions in Australia. Her first school was in Penola, South Australia. She lived most of her life in western Victoria and South Australia.


Mary strived to discover God’s will in all things. She trusted in God’s providence. Her most famous saying is, ‘Never see a need without doing something about it.'


Feast of the Assumption 

Next Wednesday, 15 August, is the Feast of the Assumption. Please see the attached flyer for information regarding the day, and events that will be happening at OLA to celebrate our Feast Day.


Thank you to those families who have already sent in their donations for the Fete. If you have not done so already, can you please pass on your donations to your child's class teacher as soon as possible.


We hope that you can come along to join us for Mass at 9am and the Fete at 11am.


Feast of the Assumption Parent Help

If you are able to assist with organising the sausage sizzle lunch for the children on Feast Day (Wednesday 15 August) can you please email Rebecca Smith, [email protected] to advise her that you are able to help from 11.00am. Thank you in advance for your support!

Performing Arts Festival Update

Congratulations to the Recorder Club - Instrumental Ensemble that received an Outstanding Award for their performance last week. They have also been invited to participate in a final tournament for the Primary Instrumental Ensemble Shield. Well done!


We look forward to receiving the results of our Year 4 and Year 6 Liturgical Choirs who performed at St Benedict's School on Tuesday. On Monday, Year 1 and Year 3 will be participating in the Class Choirs section of the Festival. We wish them the best of luck!

OLA Kids' Pyjama Party Disco

What a wonderful night we had on Friday with the P&F Pyjama Party Disco. It was great to see the kids dance the night away to Mr Lacey's tunes! Thank you to all of the parents and family members who assisted on the night. Without your generosity events like this would not be a success - special thanks to Mrs Dani Wares for her commitment to organising the event and the P&F members for their support!

Welcome Back and Thank You

This week, OLA welcomed back Mr McIntyre from Long Service Leave. I would like to thank Ms Samantha Twomey who replaced Mr McIntyre during his leave. A thank you also to Mrs Ella Pearce who has been taking the children for Physical Education lessons while Mrs Stewart has been on leave. We look forward to having Mrs Stewart return next week. Mrs Scoble will also be returning next week, from her leave, and we welcome her back to the OLA community after her secondments.

After School Supervision

A member of the OLA Leadership Team (or staff member in their absence) is on duty at the school's front gate on Chester Avenue until 3.30pm. Parents are asked to please collect their children by this time. If you are running late, and are unable to collect your child by 3.30pm, please contact the Office on 9471 3000 so that your child can be notified and that the Leadership Team are aware.

Chester Avenue Access and Parking

A local resident, who lives on Chester Avenue, visited me last Tuesday to voice his disappointment with parents parking their vehicles over onto the pathway, along Chester Ave parking bays (over the verge). Elderly residents, especially those with gophers, are then unable get through and become trapped between the cars and fence. 


I have requested, in the past, that parents park their vehicles in the Dianella Plaza carpark and make their way to the school, via the main school entrance or the entrance near the church, but if parents decide to park their vehicles along the Chester Avenue  parking bays, I respectfully request the cars don't go over the pathway. I have made contact with the City of Stirling to discuss the best way to prevent cars from parking over the pathways.

Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass

A Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass has been scheduled for 31 August, commencing at 7.00am with the breakfast. A flyer will be sent home over the next couple of weeks. Fathers are encouraged to schedule this event in their diaries.



Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

P&F Teachers' Wishlist Update

The Year 4 kids are loving using their new mini white boards! Thanks P&F!

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80s Rewind - Quiz Night
"I feel the need, the need for a quiz night" 

There's still time to get tickets for the mintest quiz night in town! And even if you don't have a table, don't miss out on what's sure to be a great night for the OLA Community. To join in the fun, simply email [email protected] and we'll find your seats! 


Don't forget to visit Tom Cruise in the office to make a donation towards the prizes and raffles for the evening. Donations can be as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, toys raided from your re-gifting pile or vouchers for a store, salon, restaurant, experience etc. Nothing is too big or too small! Or get in touch with the P&F about sponsorship opportunities for your business!


Tickets can be purchased at http://www.trybooking.com/WTLI

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Dad's Night with Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

Date: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Where: OLA Library

RSVP: [email protected]


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OLA School Disco Pyjama Party Wrap Up

Oh what a night! Just over 300 kids braved the rain and wind to dance the night away at the ultimate pyjama party! Congratulations to the Year 6 Boys who retained the Dance Off Trophy with their awesome YMCA moves!


As always, school events can't happen without parental support so we would like to say an enormous thank you to the following people:

Disco Committee:

Dani Wares, Shaun Lacey, Marc Lehmann, Julia Sertorio, Pina Ricci and Lorri Griffiths

Inside Supervisors:

Magda Bartucciotto, Amanda Reid, Andresa Santos, Belinda Papalia, Sue Leem, Elishia Heaford, Jessica Giorgi, Krystie Multari, Carly Wood, Maria Barakovska, Laura Ocello, Fran Hunt, Tina Del Paggio, Jaqui Williams, Cath McGrath, Mirella Spagnolo, Mel Fisher, Josie Macri, Lisa Bolton, Nadia Infirri, Rob Evans and Karen Lione


Marc Lehmann, Leigh Wright, Ian Christensen, Darren Wares and Stephen McCubbin


Extra special thanks to Rosie and her team in the Canteen! Special mention to Neil Rawlings for the donation of the carpet and thanks also to the Year 6 students who assisted Mr Lacey in the first session and all the staff who attended.

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P&F Meeting next Tuesday (14 August)

The next meeting of the OLA Parents and Friends Association will take place next Tuesday 14 August at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.

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!


Looking after creatures is an important ability for small children.  In Pre-Kindergarten, we encourage the children to be curious and we teach them to appreciate the natural world. If we can inspire them with respect for other living things, then we can look forward to our earth benefitting from their care. In the last four weeks, we have been caring for our class silkworms. The children have observed them with magnifying glasses and counted them. The worms are fed on mulberry leaves and moult five times whilst in their worm state. It’s fascinating watching the life cycle of a silkworm!


There was a special request this week for the class to cook donuts. It;s lucky that Pre-Kindy owns a donut machine and therefore, on Thursday, we cooked some lovely mini donuts. We read the recipe and followed the instructions and everyone had a stir of the batter. As you can imagine, there were no leftovers!

Mrs Petkovic


In Kindy, we have been investigating the life cycle of the butterfly.  Our investigation table has been full of information for children to explore their learning.   We have read information books to get all of the facts about caterpillars and butterflies and we are now experts!  We have also read the classic Eric Carle story of, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The children have enjoyed many of the activities.  They have built a model of a butterfly with stones and twigs then drew their model. They have painted butterflies and talked about their symmetry. We have made amazing hungry caterpillars with playdough too.   We have been very busy little people and have learnt so much! 

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Last Friday night, we had our Pyjama Party Disco. We got to wear our favourite pjs and dance to our favourite songs, it was lots of fun! This week, we have been practising for our Performing Arts Festival item where we will be singing two songs, Polliwog and Mickey Mouse March.


Last week, our P & F Wish List items arrived and we were so excited to see what was in the boxes. We have loved using our new resources in the classroom, especially our geometry kit, Dive into Shapes, as we are learning about 3D shapes.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

We cannot believe that we are almost near the half way point of Term 3! The Year 3s have been super busy over the past few weeks, learning lots of new things and staying nice and dry with the wet weather that we have been experiencing!


Our assembly was a huge success, even if we did have to say that we loved homework! We are very excited and looking forward to singing the song we sang at assembly at the Performing Arts Festival next Monday.


This week, we also had a very special delivery! Thanks to the amazing P & F, both the Year 3 classes are now very proud owners of our own jellybean tables and wobble stools. The furniture is getting lots of use and we are so grateful for this classroom addition. Thank you again to the P&F!

Mrs Vella, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis

Year 5

Exciting things are happening in Year 5 this term!


In Science we are learning all about light. We know that light reflects (or bounces) off an object and into our eyes. This is what makes us see! Also, we've learnt that light travels in a straight line.  We used mirrors to reflect the light around a box to see. We love Science!


Then, in Maths this week, we have been learning about improper fractions and mixed numerals. Improper fractions are when the numerator is larger than the denominator and mixed numerals are numbers that include both whole numbers and fractions. We have had lots of fun converting improper fractions into mixed numbers.

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre

Sports News

Running Club

Don't forget to join us at Waverley Reserve at 8am for OLA Running Club!


Performing Arts Festival 2018 Final Concert

Please see flyer for further details.


Performing Arts Concert for Catholic Schools

The Performing Arts Festival is ongoing at present. Our Year 6 Recorder Club participated last week, and this week, we received notification that they received an Outstanding Award in their section. Well done, girls and boys.

This week, our Year 6 and Year 4 classes participated in the liturgical singing section, and both classes were very highly rated by the adjudicator. Both year groups received special commendation for their use of instruments to enhance their performance, and our soloists all gave very impressive performances.

Abner from Year 6 also participated in the woodwind section, playing the clarinet.


Next Monday, our Year 1 and Year 3 students will take the stage, participating in the class choir section.  We are very proud of how well our students perform and participate in these events.

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

From the Library

Book Week 2018

Book Week is all about focusing on books.  Book Week is being celebrated this year during Week 6 commencing Monday 20 August 2018.  This annual event highlights the importance of reading and draws on the joy of stories and creativity of Australian books. Book week is about:

  • encouraging students to read,
  • to learn about new books,
  • to share favourite writers and illustrators,
  • to look again at old favourite books , in different ways
  • to take time to read alone and just read


Details will follow shortly of the many events we have planned for Book Week 2018.  Children will be invited to dress up as their favourite book character and join the  school in a parade in the Shared Facility on Wednesday 22 August at 8.50am. More details to follow.


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale



Monday 13 August

- Performing Arts Festival Class Choirs Year 1 and Year 3 (9.30am-11.00am)

Tuesday 14 August

- Yr 3 Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment

- ICAS Mathematics Assessment

- Board Meeting 6.00pm

- P&F Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 15 August

- Feast of the Assumption Whole School Mass 9.00am (all families welcome)

- School Fete 11.00am - 12.30pm (all families welcome)

- Sausage sizzle lunch for students

Thursday 16 August

- Maths Olympiad and Games

Sunday 19 August

- 9.30am Family Mass


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.

Mercy College Enrolments 2019

Tour Morning, Thursday 16 August 2018 – 9.00am – 10.30am.


A student led tour to see what we have on offer at Mercy College, followed by a meet and greet with Senior Leadership over morning tea.  Please phone our Enrolments & Marketing Officer Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223 to register.  Year 7 – 2019 closing soon, please submit your application as soon as possible.  


St. Mary's Cathedral Concert Series 2018


Chevron City to Surf for Activ

Get on board and support Perth's longest running community event, raising money for Activ Foundation - WA's largest provider of services for people with intellectual disability.


Mercedes College Open Morning


Triple P Free Parenting Seminar

You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.


Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:

  1. Children's Behaviour - The Tough Part of Parenting
  2. Raising Confident Children
  3. Raising Emotionally Resilient Children

The next FREE 3 week Series is held:


When:             15 August 2018

Location:        Maylands Rise

                           28 Eighth Ave, Maylands

RSVP:             Bookings are essential and places are limited.


Please visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups to book your place.


To find other available programs visit our website

www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups or check the attached information leaflet.


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 11 August 6.00pm

Danika Knight, Xavier Scott

August - Month of the Immaculate Heart

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.


This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions, Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offences committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart.


On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.


National Vocations Awareness - Sunday 12 August 2018 at 3pm

Archbishop Costelloe will lead a Holy Hour in the Cathedral praying for Vocations. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. All are welcome. The Church in Perth needs more priests and religious. Each one of us can do something about this. Firstly - pray each day. A simple prayer may be the cause of one person saying 'yes'.  Secondly - talk about the possibility of a vocation to others.  Lend your voice to the call of the Lord.

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. 

Save the Date!! - Cathedral Fund-Raiser Concert - 'Sing with Sound of Trumpets' - Sunday 19 August at 2.15pm.  Features Cathedral choir and the brass ensemble from the WA Dept of Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band.  Details and tickets at Piety Stall.

Also in Music News - Please check out the Director of Music blog on the new Cathedral website: www.stmaryscathedralperth.com.au


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


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
RISE Maylands SS Poster T3 2018.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
Feast of the Assumption Flyer.pdf
Final Concert.pdf