Orana Catholic Primary School
Week 10, Term 3, 2020
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Carers,
Sometimes I crave the joy of childhood. I remember how it felt to peddle your bike as fast as you possibly could and feel the wind in your hair. Sometimes, I felt brave enough to take my feet off the pedals without a care in the world. The innocence of seeing life though a child's eyes, to laugh, to sing, to play! My wish for the Orana community is to enjoy a holiday period full of innocent joy; of laughter, of play, of dance! We have had such a turbulent year and for many around the world, it continues. While walking with my husband along the beach this morning, we both reflected on how grateful we are to be in Perth, to experience freedom and a quality of life that at times we take for granted.
Have a safe and joy filled holiday, Orana family.
The Year 4 cohort celebrated their First Holy Communion on the weekend. Thank you to all involved in preparing the students and to the families for participating so reverently in the services on Saturday and Sunday. It was a beautiful experience, with COVID-19 restrictions, the number of those attending was reduced. This however, provided a prayer filled and spiritual space. We have had positive feedback from families from our community and from parishioners from St John and Paul Parish. The children are invited to attend Mass this coming weekend, 6.30pm Saturday evening or 10.30am on Sunday to receive their certificates and enjoy a celebration cake together.
VISITORS TO ORANA
During the week representatives from St Mark's visited our school. It was recommended to them to come to see us as we are known to be a school that integrates technology across the curriculum at an outstanding level. Not only did our Year 4,5 and 6 students and teachers showcase our expert handling of the iPad and cross curriculum integration we showcased our schools values and beliefs. The feedback from all who attended was that our students are respectful, conversational, quietly confident and an absolute credit to us. One comment which really struck me was, you can feel the positive culture of this school everywhere you look.
ORANA AGM - SAVE THE DATE
The 2020 AGM will be held on Wednesday 25 November. 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.
THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, SAUSAGE SIZZLE, FREE DRESS and ICY-POLES
The Year 6 children wish to thank the Orana community for supporting the Sausage Sizzle Day today. The funds will be going towards the graduation events that are planned for the end of 2020. Thank you to the volunteers who helped out today, in the cooking and distribution of the food for the children. We would like to thank The Corner Butcher, Morley for their kind donation of ALL the sausages for this special event.
The Early Childhood Playground Busy-Bee Committee - CALLING ALL HELPER BEES!
The Busy Bee group are calling for volunteers to help our community grow. The team would love some extra people to help out over the weekend of 10 & 11 October, 2020. Please click the link below to see the details. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my all time favourite days on the school year! Orana will be celebrating Book Week in Term 4. The Orana Book Week Parade will be held on Tuesday 13 October. You have the holidays to think of your costume for this event. The theme of Book Week for 2020 is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'.
TERM 4 DATES to REMEMBER
Book Week Parade - 13 October
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
Every kind act is a prayer, Blessed Mother Teresa
RESPECT - GENEROSITY - EXCELLENCE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - MRS LEECH
Grandparents Mass and Morning Tea
Friday 23rd October at 10am outside
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 shown on our outdoor display TV in the quad area during morning tea.
Please send the photos you wish to share to email@example.com by Monday 19th October.
Look out for a SEQTA notification at the commencement of next term requesting numbers for attendance to assist with catering. I will also be in touch with grandparents who have volunteered to take part in the mass.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR SOCIAL WORKER - Kath Warburton
A MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Rice Cake Day
A very big thank you to everyone who contributed to Rice Cake Day. We raised $620 which will provide around 500 meals for the homeless. Thank you to the Year 6s who did a fabulous job in organising this fundraiser and to those who donated rice cakes and gave monetary donations. This is real example of GENEROSITY and RESPECT.
EXCELLENT work Orana!
ORANA UNIFORM NEWS
If you would like to book a uniform fitting in Term 4 please click the link below. Uniform Concepts, Nell Graysons highly recommend a uniform fitting appointment due to COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing requirements.
The uniform shop will be closed at 5pm on Friday 25th September, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 29th September. Normal trading hours throughout the September holidays will be in place, for families to get a head start on their Term 4 and 2021 uniform purchases.
The Week That Was!
P & F News
Hello Parents, Carers & Friends,
That's a wrap for Term 3! Last week we welcomed a new addition to the school in the form of wall mural art. All students had the opportunity to watch the process of creating this artwork - we hope this gave our children the opportunity to learn about the creative production process. If you haven't check it out yet, please do.
I hope you have had a wonderful time so far and enjoying the school community. Speaking of community, we are in need of volunteers to come and partake in our upcoming Early Childhood Busy Bee - Saturday 10th October, 2020.
We're adding new features in the Early Childhood Playground Area - please get involved! Contact Oranapandf@gmail.com to put your name down, and see the information flyer in this newsletter for further info.
Stay well and have a good holiday everyone!