Orana Catholic Primary School
Term 1, Week 9, 2021.
Prayer for Holy Thursday
My humble Lord,
May Your name be praised and adored above all things.
May You be exalted by Your humility and lowly service. I see in Your humble act, dear Lord, the deep love You have for me and for all. May I imitate that humble love in my own life so that my imitation of You will help to share Your saving love with others. Jesus, I trust in You.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The prayer above calls us to reflect upon the invitation of Jesus: “…as I have done for you, you should also do.” We are called to serve without counting the cost; aiming to be a model of the love of Christ. How can we respond to the invitation to live like Jesus in daily life?
Palm Sunday is a very important date in the Church calendar, that marks the beginning of Holy Week. On Saturday evening, the first Community Mass of 2021 was held at the parish. It was a wonderful occasion to gather together as a parish community. During the Mass the staff, School Advisory Council Members and the P and F Executive were blessed. After Mass, the Orana Faith in Action Award was presented to Tahlia. Congratulations Tahlia. Many thanks to Father Thai, Father Anthony, Mrs Alp, Ms Draper, the choir members and readers for their contributions and preparation that made this evening so memorable.
Over the weekend, Year 6 students Lucy, along with Elsie and Zavier, held a toy and book sale at the parish. Thanks to the generosity of these students and the parishioners of Saints John and Paul, the sale raised an outstanding $582 for Project Compassion. This is a heart-warming example of Christian Service and of these three young people living the Orana Motto, “To Give is to Receive”.
This week we continue our parent/teacher meetings. Staff have commented on the positive way that parents and students work together with staff to improve outcomes for the students. It is an expectation that a Term 1 meeting is held for each student. Thank you to all parents and carers who have already made and attended appointments. Term 1 meetings are a compulsory part of our reporting to parents process, so please contact teachers directly via Seesaw or email to make a booking if you have not yet done so.
On Tuesday, some of our senior students participated in the Interschool Swimming Carnival. They represented Orana with pride. Congratulations to the Interschool Team for coming 4th overall. A special congratulations to Joel who was awarded Year 6 Runner-up Champion Boy. This is a fantastic achievement.
Parents and Carers only have such a short time in their child’s life to be highly involved in their education. Being involved at your child’s school is a positive experience and it builds relationships not only within your family but throughout the school community. There are many ways to be involved in school life. The challenge is to be involved. At Orana, we welcome help within school hours and beyond. This may be in the classroom, through the P and F or the School Advisory Council, on sport days or excursions. Next Term, we will recommence parent help in the school. The P and F are also still looking for someone to fill the secretary position. This position could be shared and the handover will be thorough. If many parents contribute a small amount of time, the load is shared and the sense of community is strengthened.
The Make A Move Concerts this week were an incredible success. Students demonstrated their learning in Creative Arts, whilst displaying our school values of Generosity, Respect and Excellence, in the way they confidently worked together; were inclusive of differences and aspired to do their best. Many thanks to Miss Baronas, our Make a Move Teacher and Amy Dreyer for coordinating the program and the staff, parents and carers of Orana for their time and support.
Today the Year 5 students led us in a touching Easter Liturgy in the hall which was a truly moving experience. The Year 4 students led the Stations of the Cross, as we journeyed through each stage, depicting the Easter Story. Thank you to the Year 4 and Year 5 students and staff, Father Thai and Father Anthony. We are truly blessed at Orana to have parish priests that are so keen to be involved at our school. Please discuss the Easter story with your children and highlight the importance of this special time.
Today is the last day of Term 1. Tomorrow the staff will participate in a Future Focussed Learning Professional Development Day in collaboration with staff from Queen of Apostles and Yidarra. Regional connections allow opportunities for year level and subject area teachers to work with colleagues to improve teaching and learning for all students.
As we approach the holidays, it a good time to plan for some quality family time which includes some down time. We are so used to the rush of a busy life and almost feel guilty if we are not being productive. Research shows that there is a distinct connection between boredom and opportunities to be creative and innovate. Time to just ‘be’ is also linked to positive mental health. Relaxing our overloaded brains has a significant impact on our wellbeing. We as parents need to find the balance of structured activities and free time to ensure detrimental over-scheduling is avoided. I will be planning some family downtime these holidays and I encourage you to do the same.
Students return on Tuesday 20th April. Students will need to be in their winter uniforms. High standards of uniform presentation set a precedence for our school and the image we portray. The clear guidelines for uniform and grooming are available on our website. https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/parent-handbook/ These expectations are just that; an expectation, not a choice. Next term, staff will be following up on these expectations to ensure Orana students are united by wearing their uniforms with pride and to a high standard to assist in fostering a sense of community. We ask that you support the expectations stated on our website. The following areas from our website are often particulars that require attention.
- School uniforms and sports uniforms should not be mixed - e.g. tracksuit tops are part of the sports uniform not the winter school uniform.
- Shoes - White sports shoes OR blue sports shoes with Orana sports socks (other coloured sports shoes are NOT permitted).
- It is compulsory to wear the school hat before and after school, during lunch, recess and at sporting activities all year round.
- A student should not attract unwarranted attention as a result of their clothing or grooming (including style of haircut).
- Students' hair which is longer than collar length needs to be tied back and off the face using blue or white hair ties. No extreme hairstyles are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, mohawks, part or complete head shaving, dyed hair, rats tails.
- Hair shaving is permitted, but no shorter than a #3.
- Hair colouring, hair gel, make-up and nail polish are not acceptable.
Students are permitted to wear:
- a watch, a chain with a Holy medal.
- plain studs (3-4mm) or sleepers (10-11mm) in each ear lobe (one pair maximum).
- a Medic Alert bracelet (this is the only bracelet permitted).
The Term 2 Planner is now available on the website. https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/calendar/ This is a forward planning document and at times, updates are made. Please regularly check the newsletter and the Events Calendar on the website for the most up to date information.
Kindy enrolment interviews for 2022 will commence early in Term 2. If you have a child who is due to begin Kindy in 2022, please ensure your application has been received by the school office so that you do not miss out.
Wishing you many blessings for your Easter holidays.
Best wishes and God Bless
2021 Professional Development Days Reminder
The following dates are pupil free days for 2021. For your future planning OSHC will offer a full day program on these dates.
Thursday 1st April – Future Focussed Learning Professional Development
Monday 19th April – Restorative Practices Professional Development
Monday 19th July - Future Focussed Learning Professional Development
Friday 24th September – Catholic Day
Monday 11th October – Data Analysis Professional Development and Wellbeing Session
Faith In Action
Our Holy Week has been truly filled with times of reflection and prayer. The Orana Community Mass was held to celebrate Palm Sunday was a wonderful celebration with so many members taking part in the Mass. Children from both choirs lifted the night with song. Many thanks to families who could join us, including our P & F Executive and School Advisory Council who were blessed by Fr Thai.
A big congratulations to Tahlia in Year Six. Tahlia received our first ‘Faith in Action’ Award for asking Ms Draper is she required help in packing away after Ash Wednesday Mass in her free time. What a trooper!
Thank you to our dedicated staff who have modelled how we can ‘Be More’ during this Lenten time. As we know, children learn how to act through the role models they have surrounding them. Orana staff and a child’s family example are the number one way children learn positively, including how to treat one another. This is how we ‘Make Jesus Real’ in our current times.
A special mention to Lucy in Year Six. Her call to action was amazing. Lucy sold pre-loved books and toys before and after our Mass to raise money for Project Compassion – an incredible $582! Lucy’s project also addressed the need for sustainability. She recycled valuable items that can be given another life instead of going into landfill.
Together with the efforts of the students at school, the Orana children have been able to contribute around $1700 to initiatives around the world that empower our most vulnerable people to overcome poverty and injustice. Thank you to Mrs Tormay and her Year Six leadership team who made this area of need such a high focus in our school.
To conclude our term, Orana community came together today to celebrate the events of Easter, the most important time in our liturgical calendar. Year Five showcased the events of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday in a moving and engaging presentation. Thank you to our wonderful Year Five teachers and children for your work in presenting this to our school.
This was also followed by Stations of the Cross prayed with us by Year Four teachers and students who were also giving of their time and shared this with the parish last Friday night.
May your Easter with your loved ones be a safe and holy one.
Kathryn Alp – Assistant Principal
From our Parish of Sts John & Paul
Enrolment for the Sacraments
If your child is in Year 3, 4 or 6 and you have not yet collected an enrolment form for the respective sacrament after Mass, Magdalene will be available after 10.30am Mass on 11th April. If this time isn't suitable, please contact Magdalene at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange another time.
Please visit the Parish website for the latest information on weekend Masses, in particular, Holy Week services.
Interschool Swimming Carnival News
Well done to all students in Years 4-6 who were selected to compete at the CAPSS Inter-school Swimming Carnival for 2021. The students represented their school over various swimming strokes, distances and relays. The students were wonderful sports people, cheering their school and competitors on. A special thank you to all the parents, staff and students who attended the event and assisted in the organisation of the day. Now to the results! Orana did exceptionally well with the majority of our students placing in the top 4 for their races. A huge congratulations to Joel from Year 6 who took home the Year 6 runner-up. Overall, Orana placed in 4th position with a total of 88 points.
Well done to our fantastic competitors!
Physical Education Specialist
NEWS FROM THE P&F
Well, you blink and that’s Term 1 2021 wrapped up! What a successful term we have had. I hope you are enjoying being a part of the Orana Community.
We have started on our Colour Run Fundraiser – which is to be held on the 25th May 2021. To register your child, please go to https://www.schoolfunrun.com.au/. We also need volunteers for the day. If you can help during the day to run the events, please register your interest by filling the form in this link https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/Nn8tHEUf#/0.
Also, please save the date for the upcoming Mother’s Day Breakfast event on Friday 7th May 2021. Volunteers are needed for the event. Please contact email@example.com for your interest. Dads, this is a good time to show your appreciation to the Mums. 😊
On behalf of the P&F Executives, we wish you and enjoyable and safe Easter and holidays.
Social Worker News
The Benefits of Boredom
‘Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves’ – Dr Vanessa Lapointe
‘Children need time to themselves – to switch off from the bombardment of the outside world, to daydream, pursue their own thoughts and occupations, and discover personal interests and gifts.’