Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

01 June 2018
Issue Fourteen
               Principal's Message            
Assistant Principals' 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            

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Christopher McCandless

First Holy Communion Parent-Child Workshop

Many thanks to the Year Four students and to their parents for attending the First Holy Communion Workshops on Wednesday evening. Both workshop presentations were facilitated by Mrs Jacqui Morgan, CEWA Catechist Consultant. The workshop was very informative and engaging. The children have been very well prepared for the Sacrament of Eucharist which will take place on Saturday 9 June and Saturday 16 June.

Nature Based Playground

This week, the children were very excited to see the  Nature Based Playground  reopened after repairs. Over the next few weeks, tradesmen will be adding new sections to the playground.


The structure has been assessed and approved to be structurally sound by a civil/structural engineer.

ECE Playground works

During the Term Two holiday break, tradesmen will commence a few repairs in the  Early Childhood playground area outside the Pre-Primary and Year One classrooms.  

City of Stirling Rangers

Just a reminder that the City of Stirling Rangers will be out in force and issuing infringement notices on Chester Ave. Please be respectful of our neighbours by not blocking their driveways.


I am pleased to announce that Miss Rebecca Smith will be continuing in her role as Assistant Principal until the end of 2018. With Mrs Scoble returning in Semester 2, the Leadership Team will consist of 3 Assistant Principals until the end of the year.


Thank you to Mrs Luisa Durkin for continuing in her role as Miss Smith's replacement.

Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care - Business Plan

Thank you to the parents who completed and submitted the 'Expressions of Interest' form.


The data received has now been collated and the OLA School Board has approved moving to the next phase of the process, which is formulating an OLA OSHC Business Plan, in consultation with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).


A final decision will be made by the OLA School Board once the business plan has been formulated and presented to the members. 

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]  


Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 5 June

The staff will be attending a professional development day with the inspirational Jesuit Priest, Fr Richard Leonard, hence students return to school on Wednesday 6 June.

Next Week's Year 6 Assembly - Earlier Start

Due to the Year 6 Assembly item being longer than the previous assemblies, the assembly on June 8 will commence at 2.30pm and not 2.40pm (The Year 6 assembly only). Unfortunately, the Leadership Team will be attending a Regional Leadership meeting and won't be present for the assembly, but were fortunate enough to have seen the students perform their item this morning.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Greg Martin


Assistant Principals' Message

Parent Volunteers Required

Parent volunteers are required to assist with covering the recently purchased reading books. If you are able to spare a few hours to help with book covering on the days listed below your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Book covering will take place in the Multi Purpose Hall between 8.30am and 10.30am on each of the following days:

- Wednesday 6 June  

- Thursday 7 June   

- Friday 8 June   

If you are able to assist with book covering please leave your contact details with the front office staff. 

First Eucharist at Our Lady's Assumption

n Wednesday, our Year 4s and Parish Candidates shared in a First Eucharist Retreat Day and Parent-Child Workshop. The children are getting very excited about receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. Details for the masses are as follows:

4G – Saturday 9 June 4.00pm

4M – Saturday 16 June 4.00pm

Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this special event in their lives.

ICAS Testing Dates 

The next ICAS Assessments will take place on Wednesday 13 June (Spelling) and Thursday 14 June (Writing). More details will be provided closer to the time.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disabilities (NCCD)  is a joint  state and federal government initiative. Catholic schools, along with government and independent schools across Australia, will again be participating in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data. Our involvement in this process is crucial as it will provide valuable information about support required for a students in our school.


The NCCD is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities. It uses a very broad definition of disability, taken from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which includes a range of health issues and learning difficulties where schools implement strategies to support students in participating effectively in their learning.


The Data Collection will take place in August. No personal or identifying information about any student will be included. Parents will be contacted if their child is placed on the database. Please take the time to read the fact sheet for parents and carers.


Vel Erskine and Rebecca Smith

Assistant Principals

Parents and Friends

Save The Dates!

OLA P&F wants you to put these dates in your diary! More details to come, but in the meantime if you would like to hop on board and help out with the school disco or the quiz night we’d love to have you! Simply email pandf[email protected]


Incredibles 2 P&F Movie Event

Come and enjoy a viewing of Incredibles 2 with your family and friends at 2pm on Sunday 24 June at Grand Cinemas Warwick. This exciting movie is fun for the whole family and tickets are just $15 per person, plus the Candy Bar will be offering discounted combos for OLA customers on the day! Please note that ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 15 June, so don't delay, click on the trybooking link below to secure your seats now!




Entertainment Books 2018/19

Orders are now being taken for the 2018/19 Entertainment Books.


Books are available in hard copy or as a digital subscription, however, if you purchase a digital subscription you can enjoy the benefits straight away! Hard copy books will be available in late May.  Books and digital subscriptions cost $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


Thank you to the wonderful Chris Macri for organising the sale of the Entertainment Books!


Contact Us

The P&F now has its very own email address! You can contact us at [email protected]


Monday 4 June

- WA Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 5 June

- Pupil Free Day


Wednesday 6 June

- Students return

- Archbishop's Lifelink Launch


Thursday 7 June 8.00am - 8.00pm

- Year 6 at Sacred Saints

- PP Excursion to Brownes Dairy Factory


Friday 8 June

- 2.30pm Assembly Year 6

What's Happening at OLA


In Pre-Primary, we have been consolidating our ability to recall a familiar story. We have been using sequence cards, iPads and picture prompts to assist us with this. We are getting much better at including details of the beginning, middle and end of stories.


In Maths, our focus has been measuring length and weight using words such as; longer than, shorter than, heaviest and lightest. We have been learning about why it is important to measure from the same starting point.


A snapshot of PPG…

A snapshot of PPM…

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

During Week 4, we enjoyed listening to Mrs Claire Dale read us the National Simultaneous Storytime Book, Hickory Dickory Dash. In 2G, we loved the challenge of making a tower with our buddies from Year 5. But, the highlight was performing our amazing Information Report themed rap for our Assembly Item!

We all dressed up as rappers and we showed the school all that we have been learning about report writing. To celebrate our learning in Religious Education about the sacrament of Confirmation, we sang, It’s Your Turn To Shine.


We have also been learning about fractions and we cut up our fairy bread into halves, quarters and eighths! Mrs Kristen Dempster wowed us this week, when we learned about amazing mixtures in Science.


We hope you like our photos!

Mrs Meyerkort and Mrs Barclay

Year 4

Over the last few weeks, both Year 4 classes have been preparing to receive First Holy Communion through the Sacrament of Eucharist which will be taking place on Saturday 9th and 16th of June. Students have been learning about the Sacrament of Eucharist specifically, how and why people receive Jesus through the Body and Blood.


On Wednesday 30 May, students participated in their Retreat Day. This was facilitated by Karl and Gardenia who lead the students through a day of games, activities and reflection. Karl asked the students to think of superheros, and identify what ‘super powers’ they have and they likened this to Jesus. Students made the correlation that Jesus was special as he was able to perform miracles. Students played a series of fun games that allowed them to work collaboratively in teams.


Later that evening, our parents joined us for the First Holy Communion Parent-Child Workshop. This was facilitated by Jacqui Morgan  from Catholic Education Western Australia. The session outlined the stages of the Mass and had a strong emphasis on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Students were able to try the unconsecrated host, this was a very exciting time for them.


We are very excited and a little bit nervous for our First Holy Communion and we ask that you please pray for us as we prepare to receive Jesus for the first time.

Mr Kirry, Miss Mannas and Ms Dean

Year 6

In Year 6, Week Five commenced with an introduction to units of measurement and their uses. We have worked together and have done a few hands on activities that we have enjoyed.


In Literacy, we are learning to structure a narrative piece of writing properly and use our creative imagination to captivate the readers. Mr D and Miss Figueira made it clear ...unicorns, portals and ‘it was only a dream’ are not to be found anywhere in our writing.


We have been spending some time preparing and practising for our upcoming assembly that we will present to the school at next Friday’s assembly. With our ideas, along with the assistance from our teachers, we have produced and come up with an assembly item. We have had many fun rehearsals and bloopers. We have been using the skills we have learnt in class to project our voices and hopefully entertain the audience.


Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Sports News

Sporting Schools Clubs

Sporting Schools Clubs have commenced. There is plenty of room for the Rugby Club on Wednesdays which is open to Years 3 to 6. Please email me at [email protected] for more information regarding Rugby Club.

Cross Country

Our Junior Cross Country event for Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 will take place on Wednesday 13 June at 9.00am at Waverley Reserve. Please note times and distances below.

9.05am Year 2 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.15am Year 2 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.25am Year 1 Girls (approx. 600m)

9.35am Year 1 Boys (approx. 600m)

9.45am Year PP Girls (approx. 300m)

9.55am Year PP Boys (approx. 300m)

10.00am Ribbon Presentations for place getters 1st to 4th for all races.


Our Senior Cross Country event for Year 3-6 will take place on Monday 18 June at 11.00am at Dianella Regional Open Space (entrance off Light Street). It is expected that all children will participate. Please note times and distances below.

11.00am Yr 3 Girls Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.20am Yr 3 Boys Race (approx. 1.2km)

11.40am Presentation of Yr 3 Medals

11.50am Yr 4 Girls Race (approx. 1.5km)

12.10pm Yr 4 Boys race (approx. 1.5km)

12.30pm Presentation of Yr 4 Medals

12.40pm Yr 5 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.00pm Yr 5 Boys race (approx. 2km)

1.20pm Presentation of Yr 5 medals

1.30pm Yr 6 Girls Race (approx. 2km)

1.40pm Yr 6 Boys Race (approx. 2km)

2.10pm Presentation of Yr 6 Medals


Six course marshals are required for each event for the safety and well-being of all our students. If you are able to help for all or part of the day please let me know via email [email protected] or see me in the office.  Mud maps of each Senior Cross Country course are available to help prepare your child for their race.



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. 

Brother Olly's Wheelchairs

 Wheelchairs for Kids are a group of retiree volunteers under the guidance of Christian Brother Br. Olly Pickett and Rotary Club of Scarborough Rotarian Gordon Hudson, who make and distribute up to 300 wheelchairs per month to poor disabled children in developing countries.  Millions of wheelchairs are needed.  It costs $200 to build a wheelchair and gives each child the freedom of mobility and liberates a carer. 


At OLA we collect ring pulls from cans and at the end of each term we deliver these to the workshop.  The scrap aluminium is sold and the funds used to buy materials to make the wheelchairs.  Each class have a specially marked container that they keep these ring pulls in.  At the end of the year the class that has collected the most ring pulls is given a token of appreciation for all their effortsPlease ask family and friends to start collecting ring pulls, so we can make a difference!  Proceeds from our annual Book Fair and Second Hand book sale are also donated to Wheelchairs of Kids.

Keep reading

Mrs Luisa Durkin


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.


City of Stirling Cycle Facility

The City of Stirling has a State Awarded and Nationally recognised BMX and Skate Strategy that has been in development since 2013.  A family in our school community has been working closely with the Council on this exciting project. This initiative will provide physical opportunities for families in the area, and for kids in non-organised health activities after school or on the weekend.


At this time, the City of Stirling is seeking feedback from the wider community around the Dianella Regional Open Space Cycle Facility. If you would like to view the FACT SHEET for Dianella BMX and Cycle or offer feedback on this initiative, please follow the link below.


Important 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

Saturday 2 June  6:00pm

Siena Bolzonella 

Danika Knight


Sunday 3 June    9:30am

Elizabeth Coelho

Save the Date
Invitation Feast of the Sacred Heart

All are welcome to attend Our Lady's Assumption Church for the Solemn Mass, Procession and Benediction on Sunday 24 June 2018 at 2pm.

Join us in praying for the sick, for the dead, for the peace in the world, in  our families, and the celebration of the Eucharist. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall.

First Sunday Devotions 

In honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, come join us in prayer:

Holy Rosary

Devotion to Mary

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Blessing of the Sick

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 

Please join us on Sunday 3 June between 2.30pm to 3.30pm at

Our Lady's Assumption Church

June, Month of The Sacred Heart

June is the month of the Sacred Heart. A devotion long practiced privately, it was officially approved in the 1800s. Devotion to the Sacred Heart encourages participation in Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration and to receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month 


Candles for all Occasions 

An opportunity to have your own personalised candles carefully hand crafted by Benedictine Nuns.  For further information please contact the Nuns directly via the website:



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!


Mrs 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.


Winter Uniform

All children should be wearing full winter uniform.  The Uniform Shop will not be open during the school holidays.


Uniforms can be ordered online at https://quickcliq.com.au/ by sending an order form to [email protected] or by coming into the Shop.


Winter Uniform - Term Two and Three


  • Dark grey melange school trousers
  • Dark grey long/short sleeved shirt with crest on pocket
  • Maroon school jumper with embroidered crest
  • School tie maroon/grey tartan
  • Short grey socks with Dominican stripe
  • Black leather school shoes (not joggers)


  • Maroon/grey tartan check pinafore (Year 1-4)
  • Maroon/grey check skirt (Year 5-6)
  • Lemon long sleeved blouse or short sleeved blouse
  • School tie maroon/grey tartan
  • Maroon school jumper with embroidered crest
  • Grey tights (available through school uniform only) – MUST be worn on formal occasions
  • Lemon socks with gold and maroon stripe
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Gold, maroon, black or white scrunchies/ribbons for shoulder length hair

Girls' socks have been changed to an all year round sock $9.00 a pair.  Alternatively, you can still wear the lemon socks for two (2) years.  These are currently on special for $5.00 each in size 9 – 12 and   13 -3.



  • Maroon Track Top
  • Maroon Track Pants
  • White Sport Socks with Dominican Strip

Mrs Tania Longman

Uniform Shop Manageress




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Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
The Art of Giving.pdf
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Application for Enrolment Form.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