Orana Catholic Primary School

Week 3, Term 1, 2023



Our community values an attitude of caring deeply about people and treating them with dignity. We care about ourselves and the world around us. Respect is evident when:

• we treat others as we want to be treated
• we express feelings in a peaceful way
• we speak courteously to everyone
• we bring honour to ourselves, our families and our school
• we recognise the achievements of each person
• we build positive relationships
• we show equal justice and fairness

Salvado Prayer

Gracious God,

We thank you for the inspirational life of Dom Salvado; – the scientist, the explorer, the musician, the farmer and the builder.

The aboriginal people called him a friend.

Teach us to respect all cultures.

Help us to care for our land and its resources.

As in the great prayer of the benedictine tradition, we ask for the grace that our way of life may be pleasing to God.

May we have the patience to wait for God, and the perseverance to look for God.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord,


(A Journey of Transformation in the Spirit of the Risen Christ, Salvado House Prayer – Holy Cross College, 2019.)

Patti Lamb-Columnist (The Criterion Online Edition, 2016.)

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Salvado House Mass

Today we celebrated the Salvado House Mass. Bishop Salvado showed incredible generosity and respect during his life. He is remembered for the love and sympathy he showed for the Aboriginal community at New Norcia. The prayer above speaks to making time and space for God which is a fitting message as we prepare our hearts and minds for the upcoming Season of Lent. Thank-you to Mrs Fernando, Ms Mouttet, Mrs Alp and the staff that have chosen to be in the Salvado House for preparing and coordinating the Mass. Thanks also to the students who took an active part in participating in the Mass this morning.

Father Thai suggested that we initiate a House Award to recognise students that demonstrate the charism and character traits of the significant Catholics that the house was named after. Our inaugural winners of the Salvado Award are Aaliyah Koers and Rachel Steel. Congratulations to these students.

Community Mass

Last weekend, we held our first Community Mass for the year. This Mass is always a special celebration, where the staff and parent leaders of the school are commissioned by the parish. This is important in recognising our commitment to these roles and the important relationship we have with our parish. Thank-you to the parent leaders that attended.

Yvonne and Alexandra from Year 5 were awarded the first Faith in Action Awards for the year for the project that they have instigated based on our school motto. They will be leading a team to plan for a “To Give is to Receive Week” where we can focus on living our motto.

School Advisory Council

On Thursday evening our School Advisory Council met for the first time this year. These committed parent leaders give their time to assist in improving our school for students, staff and community. The role of the Advisory Council is to different to a private board of directors; playing an important role in building relationships across the school community. "The role of the Advisory Council is to support principals in fulfilling their responsibilities in leading the Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship functions of their school."

I would like to personally thank the following Advisory Council members:

Craig Petta – Chairperson

Chris Mattock – Deputy Chair Person

Barbara Cook – Secretary

David Giuffre – Treasurer

Candice Van Kampen – Member

Carmelle Wilkinson – Member

Shehan Goonetilleke - P and F Representative

Father Thai – Parish Priest

Gary Dunlop – Parish Representative

P and F Association

The P&F also demonstrate commitment to our school and assist in community building and fundraising for special projects and initiatives which particularly benefit our students. CEWA in consultation with Catholic School Parents WA, has adopted new Terms of Reference for P and F Associations to follow. There have been refinements made to the P and F function, processes and financial management. Adoption of these Terms of Reference was endorsed at the Annual Community Meeting and come into place this year.

I would like to personally thank the following P and F Executive Members:

Shehan Goonetilleke – President

Janet Kearney – Vice President

Priya Narsing – Treasurer

The P and F are seeking to fill the following positions


Class Representative Coordinator:

Please contact the P and F if you can assist or share one of these roles. You are invited to the first P and F Meeting on Monday 20th February. Please note the change of evening which will be trialed, due to parent feedback to the P and F Executive.


At Orana we value communication between home and school. Your class teacher is the first port of call. Teachers will respond to your communication as soon as practical after receiving your message. At times they cannot respond before school due to meetings or during the day while teaching. They will get back to you within a reasonable time frame. If urgent, please call Deb in the office. If after speaking to the class teacher you require further support, please email Kathryn Alp.

Website Links

A Term 1 Planner is available on the website under News and Events – Calendars or via the following link: https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/calendar This includes sacramental and key dates for the year. Please regularly check the Dates to Remember section of the newsletter for updates. Catholic Education WA’s Executive Directive (Policy statements) and various school-based guidelines are also available on the school website, including our Code of Conduct and School Behaviour Support Guidelines. Please take a few minutes to review these documents. https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/policies/

Ash Wednesday Mass

Next Wednesday we will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at 9.30am in the Hall. We invite you to join us on the Holy Day of Obligation.

Best wishes and God bless.

Dee Johnston



Did you know Orana is a registered Crunch & Sip School?

Participating in a daily in class Crunch & Sip break provides an opportunity for children to drink water and eat an extra serve of vegetables or fruit to support good health and to help with learning and concentration in the classroom.

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Parent Help in the Library

Are you available for an hour or so on Wednesday? We are looking for some parent helpers to assist in shelving the library books. If you can assist, please drop in and see Monica Fernando in the library or send an email monica.fernando1@cewa.edu.au


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Faith in Action

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. When we are asked to fast, our beliefs ask us to consider to fast (eliminate) anything that is blocking our relationship with God. What actions could you do to bring you closer to God this Lenten season?

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Repent and believe in the Gospel."

Ashes also symbolise grief. In this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Mass. You are most welcome to join us for Mass on Wednesday at 9.30am in the school hall.

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Events Coming Up in Our Calendar

Monday - 20 February 2023 - P&F Meeting - 6.00pm (Please note change of day)

Monday - 20 February 2023 - Young Engineers Club

Tuesday - 21 February 2023 - Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday - 21 February 2023 - Project Compassion Launch

Wednesday - 22 February 2023 - Ash Wednesday - 9.30am

Thursday - 23 February 2023 - Make A Move

Friday - 24 Swimming Carnival Yr 4-6 - 9.00am

Friday - 24 February 2023 - Make a Move

From our Social Worker - Mrs Warburton

Become an Energy Detective for your Child

Every parent will struggle at times to maintain their energy levels in order to keep up with their child/ren in our increasingly busy world.

When you throw a good dose of sleep deprivation into the mix, you can become familiar with feeling exhausted, lethargic or completely drained. This means you are quite obviously low on energy.

The same happens for our children who, without the mature executive functioning brain that we adults have, can struggle. Often this is exhibited through emotional upheaval, angst and behavioural challenges like meltdowns or tantrums.


Kind regards

Social Worker

Kath Warburton

From Our P&F

P & F Meeting

The first P & F meeting will be on Monday the 20th of February. From 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

We look forward to your participation as we have some exciting projects coming up.


We are still in need of 2 class reps. One for Year 6 Blue and one for Kindy Blue. Come and join the P&F team to help our kids and our wonderful Orana community!


We are looking for two new members to join the P&F committee for 2023. One for the Secretary position and one for Class Representative Coordinator.

If you are interested please send us an email for more information at oranapandf@gmail.com or contact Shehan on 0402900660.


The Orana Sundowner is scheduled for 10th March 2023. We would like a few volunteers to assist us in this event from 3:30pm to 6:30pm in a rotating manner on the day. Please email oranapandf@gmail.com or call / text Shehan on 0402900660.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Orana P & F

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From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

To the Parents of our Young Children…..

May We Suggest......

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the back of others’ heads. Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir etc. Sing the hymn; pray and voice the responses.

Children learn liturgical behaviour by copying you. If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me’.

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

To other members of the Parish…..

The presence of children is a gift to the church, and they are a reminder that our parish is growing.

Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. If you see a parent struggling, please offer them support!

Ash Wednesday Mass Times – 22nd February

7am, (9.30am at Orana), 10am, 7pm

Altar Serving at Orana and at our Parish

Once children have celebrated their First Holy Communion, they are eligible to be trained as an altar server where they can serve at the Parish or at Masses at school. The next training afternoons are on ….. If your child is interested in training, please click here https://forms.office.com/r/yPejV5K87d to register their interest and more information will be sent to you.

The Week That Was!

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