Orana Catholic Primary School
Week 8 Term 4, 2020
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Carers,
CHRISTMAS FAMILY PRAYER
The extended Orana family are invited to pray the below Christmas Family Prayer in your homes during the Christmas season. Recognising the additional challenges 2020 has presented for our world, this family prayer is an opportunity to connect in solidarity with our wider faith community during this special time in the Church's calendar, celebrating the birth of Our Saviour Jesus. Please click on the link below to view the Family Christmas Prayer.
ORANA CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Thank you to the Orana community for joining us on Wednesday evening to share in the beautiful story telling of the Orana children in prose and song of the Christmas story. We have had such affirming feedback of how the evening ran and the enjoyment felt by children, parents and extended family members who were in attendance. I would personally like to express my gratitude to the staff of Orana who worked tirelessly to prepare for this event. It is such a special night on the Orana calendar, especially this year as we've not been able to gather in community as much as we would have liked, we wanted to make it extra special. I believe we achieved our goal in bucket loads!
The Premier announced on 25 November, that specific businesses and venues will be required to maintain contact registers for the WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing from 5 December. Schools are NOT included in the list of venues required to maintain a contact register. I saying this, Orana continues to enforce hygiene and cleaning measures in line with COVID-19 Phase 4 requirements.
BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS OF ORANA - A CALL TO ACTION
As we approach the end of the school year, we can all become tired and a little irritable. For the children of Orana, we are consistently encouraging them to keep the values of Orana in the forefront of their minds. We reinforce the values of generosity, respect and excellence on a daily basis. Please continue these conversations at home as we wish for our community to finish the year full of optimism and enjoyment of each others company.
Miss Purio and Mrs Marshall attended the guitar concert on Friday evening. They were entertained by a host of amazing musicians who all should feel suitably proud of their achievements. They commented on how impressed they were with the professional approach all students adopted in their performance. Most importantly when there was a little bump, the performers soldiered on and continued performing. What a great tool to have in your toolkit. Congratulations to all performers, family members and Mrs Rebecca Vouyoucalos for supporting the students.
SENSORY ROOM UPDATE
A band of merry helpers have been working hard to make sure the Sensory Room is ready for a grand opening next week. I will wait until then to extend my formal gratitude to the many people who have assisted in making this dream come to life.
For the remainder of 2020, school banking will be processed on a Friday. The school has been directed by the Commonwealth bank that for banking to be processed, that bank books need to be presented on a Friday ONLY. No bank books are to be handed to the front office on any other day, other than the FRIDAY.
Watch this space for changes to the banking system at Orana in 2021.
THANK YOU GILBERTS for YOUR DONATION
The Orana family would like to extend our gratitude to the Gilbert's Southlands store for their ongoing support of our school. We are indebted to you and your generosity of spirit. The children of Orana' educational experiences are enhanced because of your generosity.
TERM 4 DATES to REMEMBER - Week 9
Monday 7 December - Reports sent home via SEQTA
Tuesday 8 December - Students will be visiting their 2021 classrooms and meeting their teacher/s
Wednesday 9 December - Kindy Christmas Party
Thursday 10 December - Graduation Mass 9.30am Graduation Assembly 2.20pm
Friday 11 December - Students last day
Every kind act is a prayer, Blessed Mother Teresa
RESPECT - GENEROSITY - EXCELLENCE
The Week That Was!
A MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP GROUP
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hampers
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated items for the hampers. We were able to make up 20 hampers and three large boxes of toiletries. Mr Mike Miller from the Willetton St Vincent De Paul Conference was extremely impressed and grateful for our effort and they will deliver the hampers to needy families on the Sunday before Christmas. A big thank you to the Year 6s in the Mini Vinnies/Social Justice group who did such a great job in organising, bagging and checking the hampers. An excellent example of Orana demonstrating GENEROSITY.
A MESSAGE FROM THE YEAR 6 TEACHERS - Message for Year 6 students
YEAR 6 GRADUATION DAY INFORMATION
The end-of-year events for the Year 6 students are as follows:
Thursday 10th December:
Mass – 9:30am in the School Hall. Students to wear summer uniform and, after lunch, will get changed into graduation shirt and shorts for the assembly.
Final Assembly – commences at 2:20pm in the School Hall. Students to wear graduation shirt and shorts for the assembly.
Graduation Celebration – 6:30 – 8:00pm in the School Quad. Students to wear their Orana summer uniform.
Friday 11th December:
Last day for all Orana students.
· Year 6 Activity Day at Orana. Lunch provided for the year 6 students. Students are to wear their graduation shirt and shorts for the Assembly.
On this day, Year 6 students will be involved in water activities. Students are required to bring: bathers and vest, towel, shorts, t-shirt, thongs, sunscreen, school hat. They may also bring a water gun.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR SOCIAL WORKER - Kath Warburton
With praise, understanding, and some structure you can smooth out back-to-school jitters...Read below how you can help your child prepare for the new school year.