Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue Nine
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
Social Worker
From the Library
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 Grandparents

Lord Jesus,

you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Look with love on grandparents the world over.

Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society.

Support them! As they grow older,

may they continue to be for their families

strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardian of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions.

Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,

that they may pass on to future generations the fruits

of their mature human and spiritual experience.



Parent Information Session - Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2020

All community members are invited to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2020 Information Session on Thursday 11 April at 9.30am. The Information Session will be held in the Fr. O'Mara Centre. The Leadership Team will be presenting and a tour of the school will be offered by our Year 6 students, tea and coffee will be provided for all families at the conclusion of the session. Parents are encouraged to invite family friends who have young children commencing in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in 2020.

Grandparents' Morning Tea and Open Morning

What a wonderful morning we had at OLA! It was fantastic to see so many of our grandparents join us for the Open Morning and Morning Tea. Grandparents are an extremely important part of our students' lives and we are glad we had the opportunity to celebrate them today.


I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Mrs Meyerkort and Mrs Barclay for coordinating the event and setting up the Fr. O'Mara Centre, our OLA Board Member, Mr Sigle, for assisting in the purchasing of food items and setting up, the OLA staff for providing the morning tea items and to all our wonderful OLA grandparents for being such wonderful and special people!



Stations of the Cross

All families are invited to join us in the church for Stations of the Cross on Thursday 11 April at 2pm. The Stations will be re-enacted by our Year 6 students. We hope you can join us.

Uniform 'Fire Sale' & Update

The Uniform Sale continues, the current specials can be found on the Uniform Shop page of this newsletter.


It has been brought to my attention there is still some confusion in the community about the OLA current and future school uniforms hence the reason why I am sending out this flyer to all families.


As communicated to all community members in recent weeks, the decision has been made to update our school uniform to a more modern, comfortable uniform that will cater for the needs of both genders at OLA as well as have the new school’s crest on items of clothing. Also stated in my previous correspondence, there will be a transition period of 5 years, which is a fair amount of time given to families to change over to the new uniform (from my experience as a leader, schools normally give 2 years maximum with some schools changing over immediately and requesting parents to purchase the new uniforms). Because of the 5 year transition period, the decision was made to have a ‘fire sale’ of the current old stock, with most items reduced to 50% below the original cost. Items of clothing were also bundled and are being sold as a package.


I am attaching a FAQ sheet so there is clarity as to what the students can and can't wear. It also answers questions parents are asking to seek clarity. Each week I will update the FAQ (adding  the new questions parents ask at the top of the page). Please take the time to read the attached document. If I don't include an update on the uniforms in future newsletters, it will mean no further questions have been asked. 


Term 2-4 Planner

Please see the attachment for an updated 2019 planner. This document is also located on the new school website and is updated at the start of each term. Please remember to refer to the interactive calendar on the website for the most up to date information.


Pupil Free Days - Term 2

Please be advised the following dates are pupil free days:

- Friday 31 May

- Tuesday 4 June

- Friday 5 July


Staff will be attending Professional Development on these days. 


Have a great weekend!


Mr Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

The Annual Easter Raffle is Underway!

Thank you for so generously donating items to the class Easter Raffle! By now you should have received your child's raffle ticket. Please return the ticket along with $3 to your teacher before the draw next week. Please note, you will need to write the child's name on both ticket stubs and give one to the teacher and one to your child. Goodluck!


Surf Online Safe - Parent Information Session

We've had a great response to this event, so get in quick to reserve your seat by using the trybooking link on the flyer. Paul Litherland is one of Australia's most in demand speakers on kids and cyber-safety, so don't miss your chance to hear his wise words for keeping our kids safe online.


OLA Sponsors Page

With the school newsletter reaching over 300 families per week, the OLA Sponsors Page in this newsletter is the perfect place to advertise your business to the school community. For just $50 per term ($5 per week!) you can tell the readers who you are, what you do and how they can contact you. It's also a great place to promote special offers for the OLA community. To arrange your placement, simply email [email protected]

Social Worker

Referral Form

Juliet Lennon

Social Worker

From the Library

Book Covering

The Library is in need of new volunteers to assist with book covering throughout 2019. Please pop in to the Library on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons if you are able to help.


2019 Scribblers Festival

In the Library this week, I have been sharing information about the upcoming 2019 Scribblers Festival in May. The students have been very interested to hear about some of the fantastic authors who will be speaking at this festival. Many of these authors are popular in our Library, such as Matt Stanton, Jacqueline Harvey, Megan McDonald, Kylie Howarth and Alison Lester. Check out the Festival details at this link: https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/


As part of the lead up to the 2019 Scribblers Festival public libraries across WA are participating in The Golden Feather Hunt. There are some fantastic prizes on offer for this hunt, which has already begun. See participating libraries and more information here: https://www.scribblersfestival.com.au/golden-feather


I would love to encourage our OLA students and families to take part and enjoy this festival celebrating reading and literature for young people, it promises to be a fun-filled weekend.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Claire Dale

Library Officer

Sports News

INtennisCITY Lunchtime Tennis

The INtennisCITY Lunchtime Tennis competition wound up this week with player rankings and finals. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Charlotte King, the Schools Development Officer from Tennis West, on Wednesday. She was very impressed with the standard of tennis she saw from our Years 5 and 6 students.




Runner Up

Year 3 Girls



Year 3 Boys

Jordan G

Jacob G

Year 4 Girls

Ruby K


Year 4 Boys



Year 5 Girls



Year 5 Boys



Year 6 Girls

Grace R


Year 6 Boys



Sporting Schools Tennis Club

We finished our very popular Sporting Schools before school Tennis Club yesterday. With over 40 students ranging from Years 1-6 registered, our Coach Anthony from Bayswater Tennis Club delivered fun and challenging sessions. Developing volleys, forehands and match play were the focus of each session along with a whole lot of fun. If your child is keen to continue tennis lessons outside of school hours with Anthony, please phone Tel: 9471 8491 Mob: 0400 64 33 55 or email [email protected]

Mrs Jodie Stewart

Physical Education Teacher


Friday 5 April

- Grandparents' Open Morning, 9.00am followed by Morning Tea at 10.00am

Thursday 11 April

- Stations of the Cross, 2.00pm

Friday 12 April

- P&F Easter Raffle Draw

- Easter Assembly (4M), 2.15pm

- Last day of Term 1

Monday 29 April

- Term 2 commences


OLA Project Compassion

Our Lady’s Assumption School Community is GIVING IT UP FOR LENT!

Help meet our $1000 goal. Are you in? Join our page and make a donation to fundraise. You’ll be working alongside Caritas Australia, through Project Compassion, to change the lives of vulnerable communities around the world.  Your challenge will make a positive difference in your life and in the lives of others, by uniting your friends to support people living in poverty. Every donation helps provide life-changing support such as access to clean water, education and healthcare. Our page is live here https://lent.caritas.org.au/marybarclay


Crazy Sock Day!!

Pull out your craziest, most outrageous socks and take part in O.L.A.’s Crazy Sock Day. It will be Wednesday 10 April, 2019 to raise money for Project Compassion. Please wear your school uniform, along with your craziest socks and bring along a $2 donation to help those less fortunate than us. We look forward to seeing your crazy creations!!


Mercedes College  Production - Wicked


Trinity College Open Day, Wednesday 22 May

Trinity College warmly invites you to attend an Open Day for prospective students on Wednesday 22 May. Families can book the 9:30am, 12:00pm or 4:15pm session. Each session will have a welcome by the Principal, followed by student led tours of the College, concluding with light refreshments and a chance to chat with some of our teaching staff. Bookings can be made at: https://www.trinity.wa.edu.au/enrolments/2019-open-day/



Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am

Weekend Saturday—Vigil Mass  6:00pm

Sunday—Mass 7:30am, 9:30am and 5:00pm

Parish Youth Mass—Last Saturday of each month

Youth Led Liturgy & Fellowship Saturday 6 April

Youth Mass 6pm and Fellowship at 7:00pm in Parish Hall. Youth and families welcome. Food provided, with activities to follow. Please come and join in and meet some new people from Balcatta and Nollamara. Please call  Rhea on 0420980380 or  Anabelle on 0419945147 if you have any queries.

Morning Tea

First Sunday Morning Tea is on Sunday 7 April. Please bring a plate to share!  We look forward to seeing you there.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

April, the Month of The Holy Eucharist

Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is the most central and important to Catholicism. Holy Communion is offered at every Mass, and in fact, the ritual of the Mass is largely taken up with preparing the hosts (wafers made of wheat and water, or gluten-free) and wine to become the body and blood of Christ and the congregation to receive the body of Christ. Transubstantiation is the act of changing the substances of bread and wine into the substances of the Body and Blood of Christ.


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 contact the new Canteen Manageress Mrs Maria Giangiulio if you are available to assist.


The Term 1 menu is attached below:


Thank you.


Maria Giangiulio

Canteen Manageress


Online Ordering

To access online ordering for the OLA School Canteen click on the image below.


Uniform Shop

Current Specials

Boy’s uniform – tie, grey shirt and jumper - Normally $110.00  - Now $50.00


Girl’s uniform – winter tunic, tie, lemon shirt and socks - Normally $111.50 - Now $50.00


3 lemon shirts - Normally $63.00 - Now $30.00


3 grey shirts - Normally $79.50 - Now $35.00


Grey pants and grey shirt - Normally $60.50 - Now $28.00


Grey shorts and grey shirt - Normally $56.50 - Now $26.00

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

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
FAQ - School Uniforms.pdf
OLA Parent Calendar Terms 2-4 2019.pdf
OLA Parent Calendar Terms 2-4 2019.pdf
CPSSA Interschool Swim Team.pdf
Social Work Referral Form OLA.pdf