Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

09 November 2018
Issue Thirty-three
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
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 Peace

Almighty God, we remember with thanksgiving, those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in times of war. We pray that their offering of their lives may not have been in vain. May your grace enable us this day to dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace; and give us the wisdom and strength to build a better world.



Remembrance Day Liturgy

All families are invited to join us for a Remembrance Day Liturgy on Monday 12 November at 10.50am on the oval.


Dads' Night - This Wednesday

Please refer to the P&F page of this newsletter for information about the upcoming Dads' Night at OLA as part of our introduction to The Fathering Project. We hope you can come along on Wednesday night.


Semester Two Reports - SEQTA Engage

Semester Two Reports will be made available to families via the SEQTA Engage Portal on Monday 3 December. Please take the time to check that you can still access the portal with the username and password you created last semester. We do not have access to your login details, so if you are experiencing difficulties with logging in a new email will need to be sent from Mrs Erskine. Please contact her via email [email protected] if you require assistance. To access the portal please visit https://ola.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/

Year 6 Student Leadership Opportunities Commencing 2019

It is with great excitement that we launch the new Year 6 Student Leadership Program. As of 2019, the Year 6 students at OLA will be provided with various roles and responsibilities throughout their final year of Primary School.


The roles include; Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and Faction Captains. The current Year 5 students are busy preparing their presentations in readiness for the vote in Week 7.


Please see the attached document for a copy of the Program.


Pre-Kindergarten Parent Information Session

The Pre-Kindergarten Parent Information Session will be held on Friday 16 November in the Fr. O'Mara Centre at 9.30am.

Thank You

Thank you to the families who are dropping their children to school at 8.15am and who are collecting their children by 3.30pm. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

This year, we are asking all OLA families to make a gift donation to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. This appeal seeks to assist others in need including; low-income families, those who are homeless and refugees and migrants.


Families are asked to please donate a gift for a child the same age and gender as their own child. For example, a female Year 1 student would purchase a gift for a female 6 or 7 year old. Please give donations to your child's class teacher by Wednesday 28 November. We thank you for your generosity and support with this initiative.


Dance lessons are in full swing as we prepare for our concert on Friday 30 November at 6pm. We hope that all families can join us to celebrate the end of a great year!

Swimming Lessons

This week, the children in Pre-Primary to Year 3 commenced swimming lessons at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. The feedback from children, parents and staff has been extremely positive and this has been a wonderful addition to what we have on offer here at OLA.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

The Fathering Project - Dads' Night: Christmas Drinks

Come and join like minded OLA dads and father figures for an early Christmas drink on Wednesday 14 November. Steven Rushforth from national organisation, The Fathering Project, will be speaking, along with Greg Martin. Check out the flyer below for more information! Please RSVP to [email protected]


Give a Little, Get a Lot

In preparation for another fantastic year in 2019, the OLA P&F has already started planning next year's community events and fundraisers and we would love to have some new faces helping us out on committees or as regular members of the P&F.


Each year the P&F coordinates the Family Fun Night, Parents' Bingo or Quiz Night, School Disco, Parent Information Sessions, fundraising movie sessions and sausage sizzles, and starting next year, preparations for the 2020 School Fete. With so many great community events and activities we simply need more hands.


If you are community minded, have a good heart and want to see your kids community thrive, please get in touch with a P&F member, come to the next P&F meeting (Tuesday 13 November at 7.30pm) or email us at [email protected]


We would love to have you on board as either a full P&F committee member or a sub-committee member who works on just one event/activity - no experience necessary and loads of support given. 😊 


Entertainment Books - Thank you Chris Macri

Thank you to the wonderful Chris Macri for once again organising the sale of Entertainment Books throughout the school community. This year there were 77 memberships sold, resulting in $1078 raised for the P&F.  A great result by one very dedicated parent. Thank you again Chris!

Cards that Count

Exactly 100 packs of Christmas Cards were purchased through Cards that Count, resulting in $500 of funds raised for the OLA P&F. Great job everyone! We hope your family and friends love their unique Christmas greetings. Packs are due to be distributed on Friday 16 November.

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!


The weather has been so beautiful and sunny lately that last week the children enjoyed playing and learning outside. On Thursday, some children kicked the ball to each other, while others caught the ball. This is a fun way to develop ball skills. The playground is a safe supportive environment where the students can work, act, play and explore.


Another group of children used their imagination to build a ‘fire’ on the ground. They found some small sticks and spiked a foam (packing) chip onto the end. Then they ‘roasted’ marshmallows in the fire and pretended to eat them. That was a fun and creative way to share and participate whilst playing with friends. Children are encouraged to cooperate with others in small groups and play situations by listening, sharing spaces and learning to follow the rules to ensure that everyone participates equally and fairly.

Mrs Petkovic


We have continued to learn about outer space in Kindy. We have been learning about the Earth as one of the eight planets. We have learnt about how special our planet is because it provides life to people and animals. We have thought of ways we can help to take care of our planet. We looked closely at pictures of the earth and asked the children to use available resources to create their own interpretation of our planet. We then asked the children to tell us all about what they know about Earth and we wrote this below their picture. We did a similar activity with the sun. The children used different methods of painting to represent the sun. This time we encouraged the children to have a go at writing about the sun. They were pretty proud of their pictures.

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

This term, we have been having lots of fun participating in dancing lessons. We have been learning a special routine in preparation for our End of Year Concert. We have focused on lots of different moves and picked up the rhythm. We are on the way to being the next dancing superstars! We are looking forward to performing for you all at the concert.


This week, we started swimming lessons for the first time at OLA. We have had lots of fun getting on the bus each day and jumping in the water. We have been getting our hair wet putting our heads under water. We have loved using the kickboards and noodles. Some of us have been practising our freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. With all of our new skills we will be ready for the beach this Summer!

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

Last week, the Year 3s started a new Maths topic of Chance and Data and had loads of fun, sorting out and collecting data about M&Ms. Despite the temptation, we managed to make a table which tallied how many M&Ms we had of each colour. We then transferred that information onto a bar graph. Finally, after all of this Maths work, the children were rewarded with a bag full of M&Ms each.

Mrs Tollis and Mrs Pilatti

Year 5

POW! Is it that time of the year already! 


In Year 5, we have been working on using figurative language in our writing.  Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre thought we'd never get it in a million years, but really we found it a piece of cake. After reading some of our work, our teachers were as proud as peacocks and they are truly amazed at our brilliance.


In keeping with our figurative language, for Art we have been exploring Pop Art. We've created Pop Art using onomatopoeias , we think they really POP and make a statement.  We also created digital Pop Art using the iPads.  Some of our work is on display in the office if you are interested in checking it out.


Mr McIntyre and Ms Knight really have been working us to the bone, because we've also been designing and creating a new shoe line. We made a prototype using only newspaper and sticky tape and then, after careful consideration, we modified and remade them. We'll be doing a fashion parade at a later date, so get ready to shine.

Ms Knight and Mr McIntyre



Friday 9 November

-  Year 4 Assembly 2.15pm

Monday 12 November

- Remembrance Day Liturgy 10.50am

Tuesday 13 November

- Board Meeting 6.00pm

- P&F Meeting 7.30pm

Thursday 15 November

- Year 4 Excursion to Scitech

Friday 16 November

- Year 5 Summer Sports Carnival

- 2019 Pre-Kindergarten Parent Information Session 9.30am-10.30am


Iona College Special Boarders' Reunion


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

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 Souls

The month of November is dedicated to the souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on 2 November. The entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green.

Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.


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 [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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.


The new bucket hats are available from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $16.50.

Pre-Primary and Kindergarten Special Fittings

The Pre-Primary and Kindergarten letters regarding fittings were sent out earlier this week. We encourage parents to purchase uniforms prior to the end of the year. If you are concerned about sizing, I am happy to swap to a bigger size if your child grows over the Christmas holidays as long as the uniform has not been washed or worn.

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

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