Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

29 June 2018
Issue Eighteen
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA
Sports News
Important information
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            



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.  



Farewell & Welcome

Last Wednesday, at the End of Term Thanksgiving Mass, we farewelled Mr Clive Chitty. Mr Chitty has been an educator and leader in our system for over 40 years and has worked at a number of different schools, including Education Department Schools. 


We also said farewell, for now, to Mrs Barclay (New Year 6 Teacher at Infant Jesus School, Morley), Mr Kirry (Acting Assistant Principal at St Luke's, Woodvale) and Mrs Meyerkort (Long Service Leave). 


I welcome Ms Lauren Dean and Mrs Jodie McCarthy as the new tandem replacing Mr Justin Kirry in Year 4G and Mrs Christine Peters who is replacing Ms Lauren Dean in Year 4M. I also welcome back Mrs Di Scoble from her short term principalships. Mrs Scoble will be the science teacher in Years 3-6 as well as a support teacher.


Grandparents' Mass, Classroom Visits and Morning Tea

A Grandparents' Day has been scheduled for Wednesday 25 July, with a 9am Mass (Whole School Mass) and morning tea. All grandparents will be invited to visit their grandchildren's classrooms, straight after mass and before the morning tea, to view the wonderful work the children have completed.


Please mark the date in your diary and let all grandparents know about the event.


Changes to OLA Uniform Policy

At the recent Board Uniform Sub-Committee meeting, the members reviewed the suggestions put forward by the parent community and have endorsed the following changes to the policy, commencing next term.

  • Plain, black school sandal with buckle or Velcro permitted during the summer months - Terms 1 & 4 (Optional).
  • No decorations or embellishments permitted on school uniforms or shoes/sandals.
  • When representing the school at formal events, closed black school shoes with socks or tights must be worn.
  • In 2015, children were able to wear sport shoes of any colour and this will continue. The shoes will need to be suitable for physical activity and supportive.
  • A new microfibre bucket hat will be implemented.
  • Boys will be permitted to wear shorts during the winter and spring months - Terms 2 & 3.
  • Shirts will remain long or short sleeve.
  • Tie, socks, tights and jumper to remain.

Ongoing - To be investigated further and no decision has been made.

  • A unisex option will be investigated so that girls can have the option of wearing pants (Optional for parents)
  • Adjustable skirt options for junior primary girls
  • Options for a button cardigan (Optional for parents).

The school's Uniform Policy will be updated next term to reflect the decisions made by the Uniform Sub-Committee.

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Applications For 2019 & 2020

Parents with siblings due to start Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten in 2019 and 2020 are requested to complete the attached application form if they haven't done so already. We are also accepting applications for 2021 and beyond. Once the application has been completed, please email Administration at [email protected]  


Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently

A Message from Rosie Samuels (Canteen Manageress)


As Term 2 comes to a close, it's now time to coordinate helpers for Term 3.


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 email it directly to me at [email protected] 


Thank you

Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress


Term 3 Pupil Free Days

Pupil Free Days have been scheduled for the first two days back in Term 3, Monday 16 July and Tuesday 17 July. Please mark these dates in your diary. School commences for students on Wednesday 18 July.


Please take note the school website calendar is updated regularly during the term and the Term PDF calendars, uploaded to the school's website, are updated at the end of each term. For more up to date events, please refer to school website calendar.


Attached are the updated calendars. 



It has been a very busy Term 2 and I thank you all for your support. May you all have a relaxing two week break.


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Resilience Kit - Kids & Anxiety Information Session at OLA

Date: 30 October 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: OLA Library


As families, we can increase emotional resilience to help our children develop positive coping skills before more serious difficulties occur.  You are invited to a FREE EVENT at Our Lady’s Assumption School to help us understand anxiety, behaviours and protective factors for our children.


Gemma Lee Taylor from Resilience Kit will discuss:

• How common is anxiety and how we can all feel anxious from time to time

• Some of the risk and protective factors for healthy emotional development

• How developing social and emotional skills can help to prevent anxiety • Why building resilience in the family is important


Gemma and her team specialise in the delivery of evidence-based mental health programs for people of all ages, using the internationally acclaimed FRIENDS Resilience programs. To date, Resilience Kit have helped hundreds of Perth children, adolescents and adults build resilience, prevent and reduce anxiety. Find out more about Resilience Kit at http://www.resiliencekit.com.au  Spots are limited. RSVP is essential. RSVP to [email protected]

Dad's Night - With guest speaker Karl O'Callaghan

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

All OLA Dads and Father Figures are invited to our first Dads Night in 2018. With guest speaker, Karl O'Callahan, our former Commissioner of the WA Police (2004 to 2017).
Karl is a father, grandfather and foster father. He'll be talking about his own personal and professional experiences and how important Dads and Father Figures are to kids.
Karl will speak for about an hour and there's time afterward to chill out and chat. With beer & pizza!


This is a free event.

We hope to see you there.

Incredibles 2 was totally incredible!

Thank you to the more than 100 parents and kids who attended the Incredibles 2 movie screening at Grand Cinemas Warwick last Sunday.  What a fantastic action packed movie it was for all the family! As an added bonus, the event raised over $600 for the Teachers’ Wishlist Project. Congratulations to our door prize winners Natalie D’Ercole, Amanda Reid and Amanda Cipriani.


School Disco 2018


Quiz Night 2018

Big hair - don't care! OLA 80s REWIND Quiz Night : Friday 7 September. More info coming soon.....


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 simply fill in the form in your homework folder and return it to the office or 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]



Friday 29 June

- 2.40pm Assembly Year 4

- School concludes

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July

- Pupil Free Days

Wednesday 18 July

- School commences for students

- 9.00am Whole School Mass

Friday 20 July

- 10.00am PAF Mass - Infant Jesus

- NAIDOC Celebrations 1.15pm - 3.00pm

Wednesday 25 July

- Grandparents Day- Mass 9:00am followed by morning tea

What's Happening at OLA


It has been a wonderful term of learning in Pre-Primary. Here are a few photos of some of the hard work we have completed this term.


In PPG, we have included photos of our amazing paintings of the story, How the Birds Got Their Colours. We wrote prayers to God thanking him for creation. Our mini monsters were connected to the story, The Monsters’ Party. We practised fine motor work by creating outline hearts. Finally, we designed a neighbourhood map. Each person in the class contributed to the map. We hope you enjoy our photos.

In PPM, we painted what we can see out of our own windows at home. This connected with the story, I Looked Through My Window, which we were reading during shared reading. We also created collage animals to show our, ‘what could happen next’ prediction for the story, Rabbit and Rooster’s Ride. With Mrs Durkin, we created artwork to show places that are special to us. In Health, we looked at the different needs and wants of our pets.

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

Our Year 2 children have each completed a colourful and creative diorama! After all the research was completed, the children wrote a draft and then a good copy of a report on their own choice of a sea creature. The proper format for a report was followed, and the results are amazing! When creating their own diorama, each child used a variety of art and craft items, including; play dough, alfoil, pom poms, wool, card and pipe cleaners.  Each sea creature diorama is truly unique!

Mrs Meyerkort and Mrs Barclay

Year 4

During our Art lessons we recreated Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Vase. We learned about brush strokes, contrasting colours and shading. Our vase designs are unique and colourful. It is lovely to have a room of beautiful flowers. Thank you, Van Gogh for the inspiration.


Our next challenge in Art is to create a paper city view. That is a city that is made up of seven layers of paper. We start at the background, move to the middle ground and finally look at the foreground. We have drawn our drafts and can’t wait to put all the layers together and add details to final design.


We have been preparing for our final item for this term. Yes, the Year 4 Assembly is on Friday, 29 June at 2.40pm. We hope we can impart some of the things we have learnt in Science and some tips to improve our environment. We can all make a difference to the Earth. The topic ‘Packaging It Better’ is more than appealing packages. It is how we can create packages that don’t impact on future generations e.g. no more single use plastic bags in shops, means less landfill.

Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean


Year 6

During our Science lessons we have been investigating insulators and conductors. We found many materials in the classroom and ourselves, which served as both…..from gold earrings, chair legs and our ministry badges.


Mr D’s ‘antique’ overhead projector gave us some exciting images which we enlarged and coloured. Images varied from cartoon characters to a selfie of Miss Figueira, we also had a large representation of Marvel characters …. please feel free to visit Year 6 to view these amazing art pieces.


A huge thank you to the P&F committee’s ‘Teachers Wish List’ contribution. We have purchased some furniture to brighten up our classrooms as well as providing us with comfortable and fun areas to complete our work and carry out group activities in.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro




Sports News

Cross Country

We were certainly blessed with beautiful weather for the Senior Cross Country event on Monday at Light Street. There were some outstanding performances on the day and a few lovely surprises in the results. Congratulations to all those who completed the course showing resilience when things become tough over the challenging course. A very big thank you to Mrs King, Mrs Bolton, Mrs Russo, Mrs McGrath, Mrs Pellegrini, Mrs Bolzonella, Mrs Salvia and Mrs Lacey who were our course marshals for the day. Congratulations to the following age champions:

Year 3 Girls                                                                                                         Year 3 Boys

1st Ruby K                                                                                                              1st Andre

2nd Amber                                                                                                             2nd Cameron

3rd Siena D                                                                                                             3rd Antoni

Year 4 Girls                                                                                                            Year 4 Boys

1st Fatemah                                                                                                           1st Luca

2nd Zahra                                                                                                                2nd Nicholas

3rd Noemi                                                                                                               3rd Aiden R

Year 5 Girls                                                                                                            Year 5 Boys

1st Alexia                                                                                                                 1st Leo

2nd Grace H                                                                                                            2nd Alex B

3rd Tiana                                                                                                                 3rd  Ben

Year 6 Girls                                                                                                            Year 6 Boys

1st Elena                                                                                                                  1st Ethan

2nd Zoe                                                                                                                    2nd Frankie

3rd Siena B                                                                                                             3rd Luke


The result for the Overall Faction Champions was very close with O’Mara winning with 529 points.

The CPSSA Interschool Cross Country will be on Tuesday 24 July at Alderbury Reserve, Perry Lakes. Please return permission slips ASAP.


Running Club will return in Term 3 on Wednesday 25 July with Mr Nick Erskine.



La Salle College Annual Quiz Night Friday 27 July 

Tickets are now on sale for La Salle College's Annual Quiz Night on Friday 27 July. Tickets are $13 ($11 Alumni members). Tables of 10. Please call the Administration Office on 9274 6266 to secure your table. Proceeds going towards student facilities and resources. 

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.

Addams Family - Mercedes College

Mercedes College is proud to present its 2018 production of, The Addams Family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Find out what happens when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical comedy is proudly presented by the students of Mercedes College. Coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 27 July. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au.


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.


Transplant Australia

Transplant Australia are hosting a postcard exhibition and auction to support the work of Transplant Australia and to enable more children to attend the Australian Transplant Games.

Please find attached further information.


Keyboard Lessons

Next 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


Dianella Plaza School Holiday Activities

Week 1 – Tuesday to Thursday 3 to 5 July from 10am to 2pm – Ultimate Slotcar Racing.

Week 2 – Wednesday 11 July – 11am to 1pm – Treasure Hunt, mini animal farm, face painting, messy play


We also have an Incredibles 2 colouring in competition for you to win one of three prize packs including movie tickets.




Please visit the centre website for more details www.dianellaplaza.com.au



Important information


Please note that there has been a confirmed case of Measles within the school. A fact sheet has been attached for further information.


Be Allergy Aware!

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.


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' Thanksgiving Gathering and New Altar Servers' Training

For those Children who have enrolled as altar  servers there will be a Thanksgiving Afternoon Tea with sausage sizzle/pizza on June 30 at 4.30pm.  New Altar Servers are Heartily Welcome to join. There will be training session followed by  Saturday Vigil Holy Mass at 6pm.   

Parents, Big Thank You for your support and  commitment of your Children in this Holy  Ministry.

Altar Servers

Saturday 30 June 6:00pm

Xavier Scott, Tahlia Griffiths

Sunday 1 July  9:30am

Gabriella Magalhaes

July, The Month of the Most Precious Blood

The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.



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

As Term 2 comes to a close, it's now time to coordinate helpers for Term 3.


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.


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
Measles Fact Sheet.pdf
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
RISE Maylands SS Poster T3 2018.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
Dianella Plaza INCREDIBLES 2 posters 750x1000mm.pdf
Application for Enrolment Form.pdf
OLA Term 3 Parent Calendar.pdf
OLA Term 4 Parent Calendar.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 3 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 4 Cross Country Course.pdf
Dianella Regional Open Space Map Year 5 & 6 Cross Country Course.pdf