Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

27 July 2018
Issue Twenty
               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            

Prayer for the Performing Arts Festival 

God our Father in Heaven 

May we always cherish the gifts that surround us, and share our blessings with each other. 

May the Word of the Lord give us courage to preach your word through the creative means of music, dance and drama, 

Lord teach us what we should do. 

Let our thoughts and actions be guided by your grace, and may your spirit help us in promoting the Word of the Lord to others. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 



A Special Kind of Love

There’s a special kind of love that grandchildren have for their grandparents. It’s filled with respect for their wisdom and accomplishments; With gratitude for the values they’ve given us… with delight in the stories of our family that they remember and share. It’s a special kind of love that’s built on a lifetime of caring and giving. It’s the kind of love that’s felt for you my dear grandparent, today and always.


Courtesy of Grandparents Association, Westport, Co. Mayo

Grandparents' Morning at OLA

On Wednesday morning, we had a tremendous turn out of grandparents at our OLA Grandparents' Morning. It was wonderful to acknowledge these important caregivers in our students' lives.


Many thanks to Mr Sigle for his assistance with the setup and organisation of the morning tea. Thank you also to Mrs Coluccio for the flowers.


Performing Arts Festival 

Congratulations to our three candidates who participated in the Bible Reading section of the Performing Arts Festival. Ava (5G) received an Outstanding Award, Tahlia (6G) received an Excellence Award and Isaac (4G) received a Merit Award. Well done to all participants!

OLA Kids' Pyjama Party Disco

Next Friday, 3 August, the OLA School Disco will be held in the Shared Facility. There will be two sessions on the night:

Kindy - Year 2: 5.30 - 7.00pm

Year 3 - Year 6: 7.30 - 9.00pm


Please refer to the P&F Page of this newsletter for more information.

P&F Upcoming Events

The P&F have been busy organising a number of events for families at OLA. Please refer to their section of the newsletter for more information.

Brightpath Assessment Tool

Last Wednesday, the Leadership Team members attended a Professional Development Day to prepare the staff in implementing the assessment tool at OLA. The Brightpath Assessment Tool will support OLA teachers, as well as educators across Australia, in comparing their students’ work to calibrated exemplars.


From the workshops we will be scheduling over the next six months, the OLA teachers will be gaining the knowledge and experience to make a professional judgement and to determine scaled scores for their students.



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.


Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently

A Message from Rosie Samuels (Canteen Manageress)


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



Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

OLA P&F Presents - 80s Rewind Quiz Night

For one night only, step back in time to the era of big hair, amazing musicians and the best movies ever made! Tickets are just $20 per person and can be purchased individually, in tables of 8 or tables of 10. 


If you don't have a table, simply email [email protected] and we'll find a radical team for you to join. BYO food and licensed bar available. Purchase your tickets here: 


Dads' Night - With Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

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

RSVP: [email protected]


Resilience Kit - Kids and Anxiety Information Session at OLA

Date: 30 October 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: OLA Library

Seats are nearly filled for this essential information session for parents and carers.

RSVP to [email protected]


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.


Take a look at this recent feature of Resilience Kit in The Sunday Times.

Find out more about Resilience Kit at http://www.resiliencekit.com.au  

OLA School Disco - Pyjama Party Security

The hot chocolate and marshmallows have been ordered, the song requests are being made and the coolest pjs are ready to rock! 


Thank you to everyone who has already put up their hand to volunteer at OLA's School Disco Pyjama Party next Friday. If you are able to help with security at the front gate on the evening, or would like more information about this role please email [email protected]. Men and woman are both welcome to do this job! Parents are still needed to fill roles at the entry table and for inside supervision for both sessions. Please refer to the email from your class representative for the volunteer schedule. 


P&F Teachers' Wishlist Project Update

The School Library was thrilled to receive money from the P&F to purchase new books to help build the library collection. Here's a picture of just some of the titles!


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]

What's Happening at OLA!


In Term 3, the Pre-Kindergarten children are working on a term-long project involving three dimensional thinking and construction, using wood scraps. They will be exploring the shape, size and quality of wood through sorting, building and experimenting using the different shaped pieces of wood. This week, the children sanded back some of the rough edges of the blocks of wood with sand paper.


After the children have played with the blocks of wood they will select an interesting assortment of wood shapes to explore. Using those pieces of wood and glue, they will construct a three-dimensional shape. By keeping track of the interactions and dialogue that occurs, the children will revisit their construction, over the term. Doing this will enable me to remind them of their earlier comments and ideas. Later in the term, they will enhance their wood work with natural media to extend their thinking. There is a great deal of analytical thinking required in the designing process and later with the completion of the task, the children will draw a representational picture of their work.


This term, we will follow the life and growth of the silkworm, with the class. The children will become aware of the life cycle of the silkworm and help care and nurture the worms as they grow and change into moths. This will take approximately ten weeks.


Exciting times in Pre-Kindergarten!

Mrs Petkovic


To tie in with NAIDOC Week, the Kindergarten children have been learning about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  We read a Dreaming story called, How the Birds Got Their Colours, and the children painted these birds and retold the story. We also read another Dreaming story called, The Echidna and the Shade Tree, and the children made little echidnas with playdough and loose materials.  We learnt about how the Aboriginal people might cook and then we pretended to make a fire outside and cooked up some bush tucker! We have also enjoyed learning some Noongar language and have had a go at writing some of the symbols used to communicate and tell stories. We have also looked at the Aboriginal flag and some children had a go at painting the flag.  Next week, we have more great activities planned, as we look more closely at Aboriginal art and tools.

Mrs Fruvall and Mrs Taylor

Year 1

Last week, we celebrated NAIDOC Week. We had lots of fun reading the Dreaming story, Tiddalick, and talking about the moral of the story. We looked at different Aboriginal symbols and dot painting. We designed our own boomerangs using these symbols and dot painting. We enjoyed the NAIDOC Assembly and learnt some songs and dance moves.


This week, we have enjoyed reading stories about grandparents, and sharing stories about our grandparents and the things we do together. We enjoyed creating a card for our grandparents to show our appreciation for them. We had fun seeing them at Mass and in our classrooms.


This term, we have been learning about subtraction using the strategies counting back and counting on. We have used number lines and manipulatives to help us problem solve number stories.

Miss Saraceni and Mrs Ravi

Year 3

What a busy start back it has been for us! After returning back from the Term 2 holidays, the children were excited to tell us all about what they did through their recount writing.


We also celebrated NAIDOC Week by looking at Aboriginal Dreaming and researched some famous and inspirational Aboriginal women.


We have also been very busy practising for our assembly where we are presenting a song and a wonderful poem about how much we love homework! Although we only had a week and a half to prepare, the children have been amazing and so enthusiastic! They will surely have everyone tapping along with their singing and persuading all students to love their homework! 


We are looking forward to a busy term ahead with a lot of new things to explore and learn.

Mrs Vella, Mrs Pilatti and Mrs Tollis

Year 5

What a fabulous start to Term 3 we have had. 


We all know that fruits and vegetables are really good for us, but did you know that different colours give us different nutrients and vitamins.  For example, we discovered that yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are great for eye health.  So it really is important to 'eat a rainbow' of fruits and vegetables.  Next week, we will be planning and creating a healthy salad and identifying how the ingredients will help our body.


We are also very excited and enthusiastic about our Performing Arts Musical Performance of Matilda in August.  We are all working hard to learn our lines and the choreography for the songs.  There is a lot to learn in a month, but we know we can do it and it will be amazing. 

Ms Knight and Ms Twomey

Sports News

Interschool Cross Country

OLA students once again proved themselves to be enthusiastic and well-behaved at the CPSSA Interschool Cross Country event this week at Perry Lakes. We were fortunate enough to have a clear sunny day and the children were encouraged by a large contingent of cheering and animated parents and siblings.


Twelve students from Year 3 to Year 6 represented OLA running cpurses between 1km and 2km. All students gave their best performances and shared large smiles and waves to students and parents, in the crowd, as they crossed the finish line.


Thank you to Mr De Pietro and Mrs La Rosa for supporting the runners on the day!


Running Club

Running Club will return in Term 3 on Wednesday 1 August.

OLA Netball

Due to an exceptional start to the season, our Year 5/6 netball team were re-graded into a higher division. The girls have continued to strive and improve each week whilst putting up a fight against some incredibly strong competition. We are so proud of our girl’s efforts and congratulate them for their commitment to the team. Go OLA!

Ms Knight


Performing Arts News

Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools & Colleges in Western Australia was established to help the students of Catholic schools and colleges experience the spirit and tradition of the performing arts.


The Festival seeks to provide students with specific ‘performance platforms’ where they have the unique opportunity to give of their very best and perform to a public audience. Open to both primary and secondary school students, the performance categories encompass choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance aspects of the performing arts. Approximately 18,000 students enter the festival each year, and the performances take place in Term 3. The emphasis is on nurturing the arts and giving a ‘best possible’ performance, rather than on competition between schools.


OLA has entered every year group from Year 1 to Year 6, so that our students will have the opportunity to perform publicly, and receive constructive feedback from an adjudicator. The following are the sections in which our students will perform:

Year 1              Class Choirs

Year 2              Choral Verse

Year 3              Class Choirs

Year 4              Liturgical Choirs

Year 5              Excerpt from a Musical (Matilda)

Year 6              Liturgical Choir

Year 6              Recorder Club (20 volunteers drawn from both classes)


We will keep you informed of our progress as the term goes by. Good luck to all our entrants and their teachers.

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]

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



Tuesday 31 July

- ICAS English Assessment

Wednesday 1 August

- Performing Arts Festival Year 6 Recorder Club 11-12pm

Friday 3 August

- P&F School Disco


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.


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.  Year 7 Scholarships -2019 close Friday 3 August, 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.


Chisholm College Alumni - Retro Bingo Night

Retro bingo is back for its 3rd year... it’s been so much fun we are doing it again!!   Don’t miss out on the best musical bingo there is. Sing and dance along to your favourite tunes while playing bingo. Dress up in ‘retro’ gear for the possibility of being named Best Dressed (or should I say most tragically dressed).

Date: Friday 10 August 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm sharp start.
Price: $10 per person (if you book 6 or more we will allocate you a table to yourselves)
Venue: Chisholm Catholic College Staffroom
Bookings: Ticket requests to [email protected]
Dress code: Retro 
BYO food and drinks.  Entry fee includes a bingo card for each game. For those who are serious, there will be more cards for you to buy on the night to increase your chances.

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.


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

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 28 July 6:00pm

Siena Bolzonella, Jasmine McGrath

Sunday 29 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 colour green. This symbol of hope is the colour 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


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
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
RISE Maylands SS Poster T3 2018.pdf
Grandparents' Day 2018.pdf