Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 4, Week 6, 2021.



Generosity is an attitude of freely sharing our ideas and talents and giving our time generously. We show generosity by being welcoming, inclusive and promoting a sense of belonging.


O God,

Guide us in the way of truth and goodness.

Help us to live in such a way

as to bring honour to ourselves,

our families and our school.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Pray for us.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Please join us for the school community ACM (Annual Community Meeting) on Thursday 25th November at 6.30pm. This is an opportunity to hear reports on the progress of the school in the past twelve months and includes an Advisory Council Report, P&F Report and Principal’s Report. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate support for the community and the entities that work to provide the best educational environment for your child. At this meeting, Advisory Council and P&F Executive Members are elected for 2022. Staffing for 2022 will also be announced. We will host a Volunteers Sundowner from 5.30pm to thank parents for their contributions throughout this year. We hope to see you there.

Thank-you to the members of the community that have nominated for positions on the Advisory Council and the P and F for 2022. There are still positions on both the Advisory Council and the P and F Executive. If you are considering nominating and would like some further information, please contact the school or the P and F. The nomination cut off has been extended to close of business on Tuesday 23rd November. Please refer to last week's newsletter for details on how to nominate or contact the school office.

We wish our Year 6 students all the best as they attend the various high school orientations over the coming week. This is an exciting time for our leaders and can also be confronting. Our students are well prepared for this change, after participating in an excellent transition program led by our social worker Kath Warburton.

The automated entry gate is still under construction. We are waiting on a SIM card to ensure solid connectivity. Thank-you for your patience and for your continued commitment to driving slowly and safely in the carpark. I have spent some time in the carpark to increase awareness of the safe procedures. Please use the main gate for access to ACROD, Pram and the P and F bays. Please do not use the admin carpark as a thoroughfare to the green shed and as a pick up/drop off point; both of which increase risk to children and reduces efficiency. Students waiting to be picked up at the admin building at 3.10pm will be directed to the quad or the green shed. Please follow the safety procedures at all times.

To make the carpark safer and more efficient, the following procedures are now being trialled in preparation for finalising signage for 2022.

· The new automated gate (when completed) will be in use between 9.30am and 2.30pm for parents, visitors and deliveries.

· This entry will not be accessible for parents during peak pick up and drop off times.

· The admin carpark will be remarked for visitors and staff parking.

· Pram parking is for families with infants only.

· Families with ACROD permits will use the admin gate.

· Drive through will be accessible from the middle gate only.

Best wishes and God bless

Dee Johnston


Sundowner - 5.30pm

Thursday, Nov. 25th, 5:30pm

Orana Quad

Sundowner Flyer - https://bit.ly/3qMoj8G

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

ACM - Annual Community Meeting

The ACM will be held on the 25 November commencing at 6.30pm

Please see the attached Agenda below:

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Faith in Action

Advent & Christmas: From Promise To Fulfilment

The origins of Advent and Christmas

The present pattern of a four week Advent season followed by a Christmas season spanning the feasts of Jesus’ birth and baptism disguises a long and complex history. In spite of intensive efforts by liturgical scholars a definitive account of the origins of the Advent season and the feasts of Christmas and the Epiphany has proved elusive.


The season of Advent is peculiar to the Western church. It has no counterpart in the East. Outside of Rome, it may have arisen as a three or six week period of preparation for baptism on the feast of the Epiphany. Administering baptism on this day would have appealed at a time when the baptism of Jesus was the primary “epiphany” being celebrated (along with other revelations of Jesus’ identity such as the visit of the Magi, the wedding feast at Cana and the transfiguration).

When the birth of Christ came to be observed in Rome on 25th December in the fourth century, Christmas was taken to be the beginning of the year. Thus Advent, once it took shape, served as the conclusion of the year. It was characterised by an emphasis on Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time rather than on preparation for his nativity. In the time of Gregory the Great (590-604), Advent was shortened from six weeks to four.

Eventually a four week season became universal in the Western church that combined three themes: spiritual discipline (arising from preparation for baptism) and preparation for Christmas (originating in places such as Northern Italy before being adopted in Rome). It was only in the 10th century with the merger of Roman and Frankish liturgical traditions, that Advent came to be understood as the beginning of the church’s year.

Our Advent season will beginning next Sunday, 28th November.

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Dates To Remember

Term 4 - Week 7

  • Monday, 22nd November - Year excursion to the Art Gallery of WA.
  • Tuesday, 23rd November - Corpus Christi College Orientation Day and Squash Lessons in PE (and Wednesday).
  • Tuesday night, 6.30pm in the hall - Flute and Guitar Concert.
  • Thursday, 25th November - Year 6 Transition Program.
  • Thursday, 25th November - 5.30pm Volunteers Sundowner | 6.30pm ACM (Annual Community Meeting).
  • Friday, 26th November - 9am Assembly (Junior certificates) | 9.30am Year 4 Mass (parents welcome) | Pre-Kindy Dinosaur Incursion.
  • Sunday, 28th November - First Sunday of Advent.
Always check the Orana Website for the most up-to-date calendar.

From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

Please visit the Parish website for the latest information on weekend Masses.

From the P & F

Hello from the P&F,

P&F volunteers / nominations

Social (or shy!) and looking for a way to meet the Orana community?

Want to ensure your child(ren) have the best possible experience while they're at primary school?

Have great ideas and don't mind get your hands (occasionally) dirty?

Orana P&F are looking for new members and have the President and Vice-President roles vacant in 2022. If you are interested in joining the P&F or would like to nominate for either Executive role, please email oranapandf@gmail.com and we can provide you with some more information or even just grab a coffee / have a chat.



On Site Speech Pathology at Orana – 2022

Talk the Talk Speech Pathology is concluding their services at Orana by the end of the 2021 school year. Orana Catholic primary School will still continue this service in 2022. The school is currently in discussion with possible providers to commence in the new year.

Kind regards

Kathryn Alp

Assistant Principal


The below bays are limited in number so please only use them if you have any infant children that you need to get in and out of your car, especially at peak drop off and pick up times. There is access and other parking available near the green shed.
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School Banking

School Banking day is held every Wednesday. We now have a new banking coordinator. Please send your banking books to the office on Wednesday morning.


5 Secrets to Surviving Term 4

We’re almost there everyone……just hang in a little longer. As any parent knows, the last weeks of school can often be the most challenging. There’s the mixture of excitement for the summer holidays and exhaustion from a school year that’s proved different from other years! To help you get through the school term, we’ve compiled some top survival tips.


Kind regards

Kath Warburton

Social Worker


Caresse Lenzo

Nominated Supervising Officer - OSHC

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Grounds / Maintenance News

Families with trade businesses that would like to quote on potential jobs at school, please drop a business card into Administration or contact Paul Hadley on Paul.Hadley@cewa.edu.au or Administration on admin@orana.wa.edu.au

CCTV Cameras

Please be aware that Orana Catholic Primary School utilises CCTV for security purposes.

The Week That Was!

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