Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

08 February 2019
Issue One
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
Sports News
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Prayer for a New School Year

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today.


Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to. We welcome those who are new to this community and ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.


Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this school, and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.


We ask this in Your name.




Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break and are looking forward to the exciting 2019 school year. I am excited about 2019 as we continue to implement new and engaging initiatives. As we implement the changes and initiatives, the community will be informed - watch this space.


OLA Strategic Plan and Goals - 2019

Late 2018, the school launched the new OLA Strategic Plan (2019-2021). As we strive for excellence in 2019 and beyond, our vision is to continue to provide an environment that is conducive to learning and accepting of all cultures. In 2018 we made some changes to how we teach and learn and 2019 will be bringing more exciting changes as we work towards a whole school approach to how we educate. Attached to this section is the School's Strategic Plan. 


New Recess and Lunch Times

This year, we have implemented split Recess and Lunch times to maximise the children's access to the play areas. After only one week of the change there has been a positive response from students and staff about the impact it has had on playground issues and accidents.


The new break times are as follows:

Kindy, PP, Years 1, 3 and 6​

Recess: 10.20 – 10.40​

Lunch: 12.35 – 1.10​

Years 2, 4 and 5​

Recess: 10.40 – 11.00​

Lunch: 1.00 – 1.35

New School Values - RICE

As mentioned at the recent Parent Information Sessions, and in our new OLA Strategic Plan, our new school values in 2019 and beyond are Respect Integrity Compassion Excellence (RICE). These values will be embedded in everything we do at OLA and as we learn more about what these values look like at OLA, we will be introducing a RICE initiative to encourage the children to live out these values in everything they do.


Respect – Accepting others for who they are, taking their feelings, wishes and rights into consideration.

Integrity – Being honest and truthful in our actions.

Compassion – Showing others we care by reaching out to those in need and sharing what we have.

Excellence – Striving to be the best that we can be and persisting when faced with challenges.


Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

New Signage

Over the coming weeks, new signage will be installed along the boundaries of OLA. These signs will make OLA more visible to the community and I would like to thank the Marketing Sub-Committee for their tireless work in designing and organising these signs.

OLA Commissioning Mass

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the school's Commissioning Mass, scheduled for next Wednesday (9.00am) to support our Year 6 Students, Board Members and P&F Executive in making a commitment to serve our community, with Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence (RICE) in 2019. The Year 6 students will be receiving their ministry badges during the celebration. We look forward to seeing you all at the mass.  

Thank You, P&F!

Thanks to the generous contribution made by the OLA P&F, new Smart TVs have been installed in all classrooms, Music Room and Science Room. These TVs will significantly enhance the use of technology within our classrooms and add a new dimension to the school life of our 21st century learners!

New Staff and Families

I warmly welcome to OLA our new staff and families and hope they experience the joy I have experienced of being a part of such a wonderful school community.


Michael Morris - Assistant Principal

Maree Musca - Year 3M Teacher

Tiana Versace - Year 4G Teacher

Angela Ireland - Year 4M Teacher (Thursday and Friday)

Juliet King - Social Worker (Mondays)


Sacramental Information & Celebrations

Please be advised the OLA Sacramental Celebrations are Parish based and not school based. As a school, we will be supporting and assisting our Parish Priest, Fr Ken, and the OLA Parish, in preparing the students as well as coordinating the events. Please be advised the decisions made about the programs have been made by the OLA Parish and not the school.


We at OLA School will be preparing the students during the Religious Programs, and information will be distributed to all families. If your children attend Trinity Junior School, the information will be emailed to the Trinity Leadership Team in the near future. Parents of students who do not attend OLA school will have two options of obtaining the relevant information - via Trinity or the OLA Parish. All information will be available, from Trinity and the OLA Parish, from Friday 15 February. The students attending OLA will be receiving the information via class emails.


As mentioned previously, I would like to make all families aware that we, as a school, do not make the decisions about the Sacramental Celebrations, but will be supporting the decisions made by Father Ken and the OLA Parish. If you're unable to attend the Commitment Masses, workshops, etc, you will need to make contact with Fr Ken and not the school.


This year, the Commitment Masses for the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation will be held on the same weekend.


Candidates who are wishing to participate in these sacraments need to complete an enrolment form (handed out in Week Three) and return it to the Parish Office. Candidates will then need to attend one of the following Commitment Masses:

- Saturday 9 March: 6.00pm

- Sunday 10 March: 7.30am, 9.30am or 5.00pm


Further information about the sacraments will be distributed to the relevant year levels in Week Three.


It is with sadness that Rosie Samuels has resigned from her position as Canteen Manageress and has accepted a position at Kelmscott Secondary School. This position will be Rosie's business which has been contracted out. Rosie's last day at OLA will be Thursday 14 February. Please join us at the Commissioning Mass next Wednesday, commencing at 9.00am in the OLA Church to farewell Rosie.


Having completed interviews recently, I warmly welcome Mrs Maria Giangiulio as the Canteen Manageress and Miss Anisha Giangiulio as the Canteen Assistant. Maria has vast experience in the ordering and preparation of food in a number of organisations and we look forward to welcoming her next Tuesday. Maria and Anisha will be working closely with Rosie during the transition period in Week 2.


Attached to this section is the canteen menu for Term 1.


Daily Fitness & Sensory Programs

Commencing Week 2, an exciting daily fitness program will commence at OLA, from 8.10am-8.30am. Students will be encouraged to join in the activities as they arrive at school in the mornings. The Sensory Program will also commence next week for selected students.  

Updating Medical Records

If your child has a medical condition please visit the School Office to update their records and hand in their medications. Please also notify your child's class teacher.

New OLA School Website

The OLA website is still under construction and we hope it will be completed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we will continue with the website and newsletter format that we have. 


Community members will be advised when the new website, app and newsletter have been launched.

Social Worker

Message from Juliet King, our new Social Worker


Hello Parents and Families of Our Lady’s Assumption!


My name is Mrs Juliet King and I have just started work at OLA as the social worker. I will be working at school on Mondays between 9 and 3pm. You can contact me anytime by email at [email protected]


If you would like me to engage with your child please talk to your child’s teacher or fill out the Social Work referral form.

As there has not been a social worker at OLA previously here is what I do:


Very briefly a social worker…

  • Assists and supports students where social and emotional issues may be impacting on their learning;
  • Can provide counselling for students as part of the schools pastoral care program;
  • Works closely with school staff whilst respecting families and students' privacy;
  • Will refer students/families to outside counsellors/services as required or requested;
  • Can provide information on community resources;
  • Supports the religious values of the Catholic School Community.

Please remember:

  • There is no cost to parents for the school social work service;
  • Many issues can take some time to resolve and cannot be ‘fixed’ overnight;
  • Discussions and any records made are considered as private and treated confidentially. Any discussions with other school staff will only be as required for the student’s welfare.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.


I look forward to assisting your children to thrive in the school environment and making their school experience be the best it can be. Attached is a brochure about my services.


Juliet King

OLA Social Worker



God bless.


Mr Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Welcome to 2019!

We hope you are as excited as we are about the year ahead! As you would have read in our first email of the year, OLA's P&F Committee have committed to paying for the new smart screen TVs that are being installed in all classrooms this term. These interactive TVs allow staff to use the latest technology to assist in teaching our kids. Some of the money for these TVs was raised last year, with the remainder to be fundraised in 2019 by the P&F (that's you guys!).


Kicking us off in 2019 will be the incredibly popular Family Fun Night on Friday 22 February (Week 3). This event brings the whole community together and this year there'll be so much for the kids to do they won't know where to start! Of course, the event can't happen without parent help, so please put your hand up to help out for 30 minutes on the night.

We need people for the following jobs:

- Front gate security

- Raffle ticket sellers

- Fairy floss sellers

- Glitter and temporary tattoo appliers


Simply email [email protected] and let us know the time and role that suits you best. 


Oz Labels – 25% commission goes to OLA!

If you need to restock your labels, please consider purchasing them through Oz Labels, using the OLA fundraising code FRS1455. When you make an order, an impressive 25% of the value is donated back to OLA’s P&F. To make an order simply:

Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at [email protected]

Sports News


Welcome back to a new school year. This term it is all about tennis! Due to our success in delivering the Hot Shots program,  I was fortunate enough to attend the Annual Teacher’s Conference  in Melbourne as a guest of Tennis Australia. I joined 17 other teachers from around Australia to share in good teaching practice, was made privy to what Tennis Australia has to offer to schools and saw Serena Williams and Novak Djokovich play in the 4th round. The highlight of the two-day conference was playing Red Ball Hot Shots on the court in Melbourne Arena at 6am before the tennis stars came out for their warm up.  Watch this space for regular updates as to how OLA is achieving more participation in tennis through Hot Shots.


Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools will take place this term. We will be offering Triathlon for students in Years 3-6 on Wednesday afternoons in March. We will also be offering Tennis for students in Years 1-6 on Thursday mornings also in March. Permission letters will be coming out closer to the time.

Swimming Carnivals

The Junior Swimming Carnival for Years 1 & 2 will take place at Terry Tyzack on 13 March from 12.30-2.30pm and the Senior Carnival for Years 3-6 will be at the same venue on 14 March. Year 3 will attend from 9.00-11.00am. Years 4-6 will be there from 9.00-2.00pm. Students for the Senior Carnival will be required to select the event they wish to enter. This will be completed by Week 3.


Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher


Music Tuition at OLA in 2019 

Individual and small-group tuition in a number of instruments  is provided during school hours by Keyed Up Music. All tutors are fully qualified, and have current Working with Children certification. Lessons commenced this week, but if you still wish to enrol your child, please register online at www.keyedupmusic.com.au


Mrs Mary McAuliffe

Music Teacher




Wednesday 13 February

- Induction Mass (Staff, Board, P&F Executive & Year 6 Students) 9.00am

Friday 15 February

- General Assembly, 2.15pm



Iona Presentation College Year 7 2020

Year 7 2020 Scholarship Applications now open.  See flyer for more details.


Centre for Faith Enrichment

Please see the newsletter below for more information.


Open Day/Scholarship and Enrolment Information
- Chisholm Catholic College

The College’s annual Open Day will be held on Thursday, 28th February 2019. Guided Tours will begin at 8.45am, 11am and 1.15pm from the Performing Arts Centre. Parking will be from the entry on May Street and as directed.


Bookings for tours are essential and close on Wednesday, 20th February 2019. Bookings can be made via our website or please contact our administration office on 9208 2500.


The Principal also invites applications for College Scholarships and Bursaries including Academic Scholarships, Indigenous Bursaries and Music Scholarships. More detailed information regarding the 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 Wednesday, 13th March 2019.


Enrolment interviews for Year 7 places for 2021 will commence shortly. The deadline for consideration for the first round of applications (including siblings) will close on Friday, 15th March 2019.


Please note that interviews and offers continue throughout first and second term for new families.  Sibling interviews will occur over two evenings on a date to be advised.


Please consult the College website: www.chisholmcc.wa.edu.au for further information regarding College Enrolment and enrolment criteria.

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


Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our 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! Please email me directly at [email protected]  if you are able to help.


The Term 1 menu is attached below:


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.

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

Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
Iona Presentation College_Scholarships for 2020.pdf
Centre for Faith Enrichment.pdf
Children's Liturgy.pdf
OLA Priorities & Vision.pdf
OLA Strategic Plan (2019- 2021).pdf
OLA Strategic Plan (2019- 2021).pdf
Social Work Brochure OLA.pdf
Social Work Referral Form OLA.pdf
Social Work Brochure OLA.pdf
Social Work Brochure OLA.pdf
Music tuition 2019.pdf