Orana Catholic Primary School
Week 1, Term 4, 2020
Bless your eyes, that you may see that the world is beautiful.
Bless your ears, that they may hear the word of God.
Bless your mouth, that you may always speak words of truth.
Bless your hands that you may always work for good.
Bless your feet, that you may walk in God’s ways.
Bless your mind, that you may have wisdom and understanding.
Bless your heart, that you may be filled with the love of God.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Carers,
I have stepped into this term full of optimism and an energy to complete the projects that we have under way. The main project in action is the Early Years Play Space! What a weekend we just had, with busy volunteers working around the clock to bring to life a vibrant play area for the children to enjoy. While on duty this week we have noticed a calmness in the playground, the joy in the children and the conversation and and sense of awe and wonder. As a collective we have made this happen in such a short timeframe and I feel proud to have helped this come to life. There is a more detailed write up about the Busy Bee in the P&F section of the newsletter. Mrs Mavrick, also created a wonderful movie which demonstrates the acts of generosity from all involved.
CEWA STAFF BREAKFAST
Mrs Packer and I attended the Catholic Education Office Staff breakfast this morning. The breakfast is held every year to honour the winners of the QCE Awards and those who have served Catholic Education for 30 and 40 years. Miss Conny Whyte was awarded recognition for 40 years of service to Catholic education, it was an honour to be sitting with her today to celebrate this milestone. She asked us to say hello to you all!.
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK - RAISING AWARENESS in OUR COMMUNITY
Last Saturday was World Mental Health day. This week the Social Justice and Wellbeing group have organising activities centred around Mental Health. Mental Health is the way we think or feel about ourselves, the world around us and how we cope with bumps and hazards. The children, from every year group have completed gratitude cards. The cards express what they are grateful for in their life. When you are walking through the Quad area, please stop and have a read. The comments will warm your heart and fill you with joy. By giving time to such conversations we are raising awareness, we are reducing stigma, we are increasing the confidence in others to reach out if they need support. At Orana, we strive to pave the way for people to participate in wellbeing activities that help prevent mental health issues.
I am sure the Year 1-3 children will sleep well this evening after their first week of swimming lessons. They have been super stars at transitioning to and from the pool, they have one more week to go!
SAVE THE DATE - Volunteers Sundowner - Wednesday 25 November 5-6pm
In the Term calendar you may have noticed that a Volunteers morning tea is scheduled for Friday, 27 November. I have decided to change this to a sundowner which will be on Wednesday 25 November from 5 -6pm. This, hopefully will be a more suitable time for those wonderful volunteers who struggle to make it to the morning tea during the day. The staff would love to spend time with you and thank you for all your efforts during such a complex year we have had.
More details to come!
The Week that Was has so many wonderful photos of the tremendous Book Week Parade that we held on Tuesday this week. It was absolutely fabulous welcoming the Kindy children to participate. I was blown away by the imaginative and creative costumes that so many children and staff thought up. The staff Roald Dahl themed dress up was a hit and it was another gratitude moment for me. Working and being surrounded by people who seek to engage in school activities with such zest is delightful.
ORANA AGM - SAVE THE DATE
The 2020 AGM will be held on Wednesday, 25 November at 6.30pm. Put it in your diary and save the date!
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE 2021 ORANA SCHOOL BOARD - WE NEED YOU!
The School Board is comprised of the school Principal, Parish Priest and elected members, the Parents and Friends Association representative and a representative of the Parish. Interested Parents can nominate themselves for membership before Friday, 20 November, for involvement in the 2021 Board. Board meetings are held once a month and the Annual General Meeting is held in November.
Please click the link below to complete the Expression of Interest Form.
STAFFING TERM 4
Mrs Draper will be on leave from Wee 5 until the end of the year. We are fortunate to welcome Miss Seonaid Parker to staff for the duration of this time. Miss Parker has extensive experience in the Arts and this will allow choir and band to continue without interruption. We wish Mrs Draper all the best and will welcome her back to Orana for the beginning of 2021.
TERM 4 DATES to REMEMBER
Year 1-3 Swimming Lessons 14 October - 23 October
Orana Field Events - 20 October
Grandparents Mass - 23 October
Year 4- 6 Swimming Lessons - 26 October - 6 November
Sacrament of Penance - 29 October
Junior Assembly Music theme - SPECIAL TIME 2.30pm - 30 October
Every kind act is a prayer, Blessed Mother Teresa
RESPECT - GENEROSITY - EXCELLENCE
BUSY BEE - ORANA STYLE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - MRS LEECH
Grandparents Mass and Morning Tea
Friday 23rd October at 10am on the school oval followed by morning tea
The Grandparents Mass and morning tea is fast approaching. We would love for as many Grandparents to attend as possible. We would also love for families to send in photos of children with their grandparents, which we will be showing at the beginning of Mass and at the conclusion of Mass in the quad area.
Please send the photos you wish to share to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 21st October
Thank you to all those who volunteered to read at the mass, unfortunately not everyone could be involved on this occasion, I will be in touch with those required to read this week.
RSVP to the event by Wednesday 21st October by clicking on the link below.
The Week That Was!
P & F News
We’re off to a running start this term!
Last weekend, a very dedicated committee and a group of volunteers delivered new features to the Early Years playground – please check it out if you haven’t. This experience was humbling and heart-warming, I am constantly floored and amazed how generous we are to each other, and how fortunate we are to live in this community. From the generous support from our local businesses, to the time given by teachers and parents, and tireless effort in finishing this project. Many thanks to you all who contributed, you guys are such a joy to be around! And the best part? The children’s happy faces.
Thank you to Louise Palumbo for leading the committee, and the project coordinators: Cory O’Kane, Clarissa Van Der Heijden, Janet Kearney, Tanya Leech – you guys are awesome. The Early Childhood Teachers – amazing to see your energy. The volunteers – wouldn’t do this without you all!
Click the link below to view the long thank you and donation list.
Please note the next P&F Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, 28th October 2020, at 7 pm in the school library.
We are very excited to be able to have the school disco – please save the date (although I’m sure your children won’t let you forget) - see the funky flyer below.
If you'd like to get involved, please contact us as OranaPandF@gmail.com - we'd love to see you involved!
We are looking forward to this term!