Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

17 August 2018
Issue Twenty Three
               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            

Feast of the Assumption Prayer



Father in heaven,

all creation rightly gives you praise,

for all life and all holiness come from you.

In the plan of your wisdom

she who bore the Christ in her womb

was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.

May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness

and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Feast of the Assumption - Thank You

Thank you to all members of the Our Lady's Assumption School community who made our Feast Day a success. On Wednesday, Fr. Ken led the School and Parish in a wonderful celebration of Our Lady. The children enjoyed singing along with Fr. Ken as part of the Mass.


The fete was jam packed with fun events, tunes and time with friends and family. The stalls raised a HUGE $1181.30 for Caritas Australia. This donation will help many people in Australia who are in need. 


Special mention to Mr Peter Sigle for coordinating the setup and organisation of lunch. Thank you to Amanda, Nigel, Josie, Lisa and all volunteers who assisted with preparing and cooking the sausage sizzle lunch for the students. Thank you also to the staff for their organisation and support on this special day.


OLA School Improvement Team (SIT)

During the first few weeks of Term 3, an OLA School Improvement Team (SIT) was formed to support the Leadership Team in raising standards at OLA. The team will be meeting regularly and as decisions are made, these will be implemented and students and parents advised.


The team consists of teachers, educational assistants, non-teaching staff and a member of the Leadership Team. I thank the staff members who have volunteered to be on the team and for giving their time own time.

OLA Sensory Program

Commencing in the near future, a 'Sensory Program' will be established to support students in various classes.  The Sensory Program is an intervention program designed to support students to develop their sensory motor skills through specific activities that target fine and gross motor skills. The program will run on a daily basis, from 8.30am to 9.00am. 


Parents, of students who would benefit from the program, will be contacted in the near future and invited to participate in the program.

Performing Arts Festival Update

Congratulations to the Year 4 and Year 6 Liturgical Class Choirs who participated in the Sacred Choral Music section of the Festival. Both choirs received an Excellence Award. Well done!

Assembly Time Change - 2.30pm

Next Friday, 24 August, the Year Five Assembly will commence at 2.30pm.

Family Mass - Change of Date

The OLA Family Mass that was scheduled for this Sunday, 19 August, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 9 September, at 9.30am. This is to coincide with the celebration of Our Lady's birthday.

Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass

This year, we will be holding a Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass on Friday 31 August. Please see the attached flyer about the planned celebrations. We hope many of the father figures in our students' lives can join us on the day!


Book Week

Please see the Library section of this week's newsletter for information about next week's Book Week events at OLA. Thank you to Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale for coordinating these events. We can't wait to see everyone's costumes on Wednesday morning!


Testing at OLA

This week, students in Year 3 completed the Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment. We also concluded ICAS Testing for students in Years 3 - 6 who chose to participate in these tests. Results will be available to families in Term 4.

Chester Avenue Access and Parking

A local resident, who lives on Chester Avenue, visited me last Tuesday to voice his disappointment with parents parking their vehicles over onto the pathway, along Chester Ave parking bays (over the verge). Elderly residents, especially those with gophers, are then unable get through and become trapped between the cars and fence. 


I have requested, in the past, that parents park their vehicles in the Dianella Plaza carpark and make their way to the school, via the main school entrance or the entrance near the church, but if parents decide to park their vehicles along the Chester Avenue  parking bays, I respectfully request the cars don't go over the pathway. I have made contact with the City of Stirling to discuss the best way to prevent cars from parking over the pathways.


Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

Woolworths Earn and Learn Update

Remember all those months ago when the P&F asked parents to help us collect Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers? Well we're pleased to say that you gave us thousands of stickers and, in return, the school has received some fantastic resources including magnetic maths shapes, Mobilo construction and various sensory items that will be of great benefit to many students. Thank you to everyone who contributed!


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80s Rewind - Quiz Night

Grab one of the last tables for the totally awesome 80s Rewind Quiz Night and join professional Quiz Master Craig McAllister for a laugh out loud night with OLA staff, parents and friends.


Don't forget that even though there will be a prize for best dressed, 80s attire is definitely optional! And if you don't have a table that's no reason to miss out either. To join in the fun, simply email pandf@ola.wa.edu.au and we'll get you seated! 


Please keep the donations coming in - Tom Cruise wants more people to visit him in the office so don't forget about him! Donations towards the prizes and raffles for the evening can be as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, toys raided from your re-gifting pile or vouchers for a store, salon, restaurant, experience etc. Nothing is too big or too small! Or get in touch with the P&F about sponsorship opportunities for your business!


Click below to buy tickets:


Dad's Night with Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

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

RSVP: pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

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All OLA dads and father figures are invited to come and spend an evening with School Principal Greg Martin and special guest speaker Karl O'Callaghan, for an informative and engaging conversation with WA's former Police Commissioner. Karl is a dad and a foster father and, through his work, has a plethora of experience dealing with youth. Mr Martin will also be providing pizza and beer for all the guests! See you there. Please RSVP to pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

OLA on Facebook

If you're new to OLA you might not know that we have a Facebook page! Jump on board and keep up to date with what's happening in our fabulous community.


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 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 pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

What's Happening at OLA!


What a busy fortnight we have had in Pre-Primary!


We had a great time preparing for our assembly and we enjoyed entertaining you with our song, Into the Bush. We thought it was so special the way the whole school joined in and sang along with us! Here are some photos from the afternoon.

Wednesday was the Feast of the Assumption. We celebrated the day as a whole school and joined the Parish for Mass. The fete was a HUGE success and we enjoyed having our faces painted, playing games, painting rocks and decorating cupcakes. Thank you to the families who came along to join in the celebrations with us!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

This week, in Year 2, we have had a super exciting time. On Wednesday, 15 August, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. The Year 2s ran a Spin the Wheel stall, where we raised money for Caritas Australia. We loved the photo booth that was run by Year 5. In the afternoon, we watched the Year 5s musical performance for the Performing Arts. They were amazing! We then got to practise our Shark Poem for the first time in front of an audience. We received some outstanding reviews and helpful tips from our peers. To finish off the day we spent time with our Year 5 buddies reading our favourite books and playing some games.


In class, we have been learning about the features of a narrative and this week we have started to plan and write our very own narratives using a storyboard. We are making sure that our stories have characters, a setting, a problem and a solution. Our stories are going to be amazing! 


In Art, we have been learning about Van Gogh’s artwork especially his sunflower pieces. We made a digital representation of sunflowers in a pot using Pic Collage on the iPads. The next project for Art is to sketch our digital pictures, outline them and paint them using different techniques.

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

Lots of exciting things have been happening for us in Year Four.


On Tuesday, 7 August, we attended the Performing Arts Festival at St Benedict’s Church to sing, Take and Eat and Clap Alleluia, both songs are by Michael Mangan. Our performance of Take and Eat was sung with reverence and respect. We put more energy into singing Clap Alleluia and tried to make it more uplifting with a faster rhythm and tapping sticks to welcome the Gospel. We feel we sang beautifully and our soloists Francesca and Ella sang with joy in their hearts. We would like to thank Mrs McAuliffe for putting the love of music into our souls and for all of her hard work. A special thank you to Mr Flamenco for giving up his free time and accompanying us on the organ/electric piano at the practices and the Performing Arts Festival.


Our Lady’s Assumption has great meaning for us. It is the name of our school and Mary is the compass for our lives. We celebrated our Feast Day with a heart-warming Mass and Father Ken added his own special touch. This was followed with Fete Stalls organised by each year level. Our fruit kebabs were not only healthy but delicious too. There were so many wonderful stalls to choose from. Wait there’s more! We were treated to a sausage sizzle for lunch. The day just got better and better.

Ms Dean, Mrs McCarthy, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

My Kitchen Rules presentations have dominated the past two weeks in our class. We were to film ourselves, for approximately 5 minutes, fulfilling a rubric instructing and preparing 30 sweet or savoury portions for our class to taste and score.


Our class produced a variety of yummy and interesting treats for us to taste. Grandmothers’ recipes to internet sensations were all on offer. It was great to see our friends in their homes surrounded by family, and cameo appearances of pets, assisting them in their presentations.


An incursion by Michael Nicholas, a cartoonist, TV scriptwriter and graphic artist was another highlight of the past fortnight. Michael shared his images of cartoon characters from a TV series, in production around the world and his ability to draw, with exceptional ease and detail.


Michael placed us in our faction groups and asked us to brainstorm a mascot image for our faction. The mascot is to demonstrate the values and traits of our school and faction. The Year 6 Challenge group will now review our ideas and present a mascot image for our opinions.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Sports News

Running Club - Week 6

Thank you for all of the warm ‘Welcome Back’ wishes after my knee surgery. I am now progressing well in my recovery. Please be advised that Running Club is still continuing to the end of Term 3. Year 5 and 6 may like to use it to prepare for the 800m running event for Athletics. Note that for Week 6, Running Club will be held on Thursday 23 August due to the Book Week Parade on Wednesday. It will then return back to Wednesdays. Please join us at Waverley Reserve if you would like to participate!


Performing Arts Festival 2018 Final Concert

Please see flyer for further details.


Performing Arts News

Earlier this week, we received notification that our Year 4 and Year 6 classes achieved an excellence award in the Liturgical Choir section. Well done, girls and boys.


On Monday, our Year 1 and Year 3 students took stage at the Vasto Club, Balcatta, participating in the Class Choir section. Both classes gave very impressive performances, and our teachers and families were so proud of them.


Next week, our Year 5 students will perform an excerpt from ‘Matilda: The Musical’ in the Primary Musical section, and the following week, Year 2 will perform in the Choral Verse section.  Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 is taking part this year, and we are very proud of how well our students are performing and participating.

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 mary.mcauliffe@cewa.edu.au

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

From the Library

Book Week 2018


During Week 6, commencing Monday 20 August, we celebrate  BOOK WEEK 2018.  This year the theme is, Find your Treasure.

Here are some of the events happening at OLA:

· Better Beginnings reading packs will be distributed to Kindy students on Tuesday 21 August at 2.30pm in Fr. O’Mara Centre. Parents are invited to come along and be informed about the program being run by  City of Stirling Libraries. 

· Teacher Storytelling will be conducted on Wednesday 22 August at 1.15pm. Teachers will read their favourite picture book  to another year level.

· Year 5 will be attending a ‘meet the writer’ session at the Dianella Library on Wednesday 22 August at 2pm. Class teachers will be sending letters home requesting permission for students to attend.    

·Dress  up Day will be held on Wednesday 22 August, Children from Kindy to Year 6 will be asked to come to school dressed as their favourite book character, or a character based on the theme, Find your Treasure. If possible, send along the book the character originated from. There will be a parade in Sr. Goretti Hall  at 8.50am. Please come along and watch.

· Some year levels from Pre-Primary – Year 6, will be entertained on Monday 20 August  at 1.50pm by Perform Education performing ‘Treasure Hunt’, a musical based on the Book Week theme in Sr. Goretti Hall. 

· Find your Treasure Hunt will be running for all students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6. Students can participate in a treasure hunt throughout the school from Monday 20 August 8.30am to Thursday 23 August 1pm. Gold treasure tokens will be hidden throughout the school for students to find and bring to the Library to swap for a prize.  All students who find a token will go into the draw for one of our major prizes. Prize winners will be announced at the assembly on Friday 24 August .

· Please support our Canteen, Mrs Rosie Samuels has made up a special Book Week Menu and will be selling ‘bookworms’.  


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale


Monday 20 August

Start of Book Week - Find Your Treasure

- Performing Arts Festival Year 5 Musical 10am-11.45am

Wednesday 22 August

- Book Week Dress-up Parade 8.50am

Friday 24 August

- Year 5 Assembly, 2.30pm


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.

St. Mary's Cathedral Concert Series 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.


Mercedes College Open Morning


VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.  You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.  Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: dianella@perthcatholic.org.au

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 18 August 6.00pm

Ethan Trott, Tahlia Griffiths

Sunday 19 August 9.30am

Nicole Santacroce

August - Month of the Immaculate Heart

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.


This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions, Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offences committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart.


On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.


Cathedral Fund-Raiser Concert

Sing with Sound of Trumpets - Sunday 19 August at 2.15pm.  Features Cathedral choir and the brass ensemble from the WA Dept of Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band.  Details and tickets at Piety Stall.

Also in Music News - Please check out the Director of Music blog on the new Cathedral website: www.stmaryscathedralperth.com.au


2018 Year of Youth Child Protection Week Breakfast - 4 September 7.30am - 9.00am Duxton Hotel Ballroom, 1 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, RSVP; safeguarding@perthcatholic.org.au or telephone 9221 7762.  Cost $49.00 per person.


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 rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 


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.

The Uniform Shop will not be open for trading on Tuesday 4 September and Friday 7 September


The following items have been reduced:

 Size 14 Short Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 10 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 12 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Size 14 Long Sleeve Lemon Shirts

 Now $15.00                        


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
VacSwim October.pdf
Feast of the Assumption Flyer.pdf
Fathers' Day 2018.pdf
Fathers' Day 2018.pdf
Fathers' Day 2018.pdf
Final Concert.pdf