Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 2, Week 4, 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

Ascension Prayer

Dear Jesus,

We thank You and praise You for the mystery of Your Ascension into heaven. We ask You, dear Lord, to be with us always!

During the forty days after Your Resurrection when You appeared to Your Apostles, You told them that You would be with them always. As You prepared them for Your Ascension into heaven, You instructed them and helped them to understand that they could hope to spend eternity in heaven with You.

Please help us to always remain close to You, and we particularly ask You today to help us and all people to grow in the virtue of hope!

Help us to grow in love for You each day of our lives. Give us the grace to look forward to the hope of spending eternity with You in heaven.

Lord, hear our prayers!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/ascension-novena

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

This weekend we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. We learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and our commissioning to share the good news of Jesus.


Confidentiality is an essential aspect of creating a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, and families. By upholding confidentiality, we can foster an atmosphere of trust and respect, allowing for open communication and effective collaboration.

To support this culture of confidentiality, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Respect Privacy: Please refrain from discussing personal and confidential matters of other students, families, or staff members within the school premises, as well as outside of school. Protecting the privacy of others is crucial in maintaining a positive and inclusive community.

2. Secure Information: Safeguard any documents or communications provided by the school. Avoid sharing such information on public platforms, including social media.

3. Follow Protocol: If you have concerns or inquiries regarding your child's education or any school-related matters, please communicate directly with your class teacher. This ensures that information is shared in a confidential and appropriate manner.

4. Reporting Concerns: If you become aware of any potential breach of confidentiality within our school community, please promptly notify the leadership team.

Junior Community Mass

The Junior Community Mass was a lovely celebration as a parish community. The Mass was dedicated to mothers and grandmothers in the school and parish community. Congratulations to Micaela (Kindy) and Aiden (Year 1) who were awarded the Faith in Action Awards for demonstrating our motto “To Give is to Receive” in daily school life.

First Holy Communion

Last weekend’s Masses were also the start of the sacramental journey for our Year 4 students who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion. Last night, the Parent and Child Workshops were held at the parish. Thank-you to the sacramental team at the parish and the Year 4 staff.

Numero Workshop

Over the last fortnight, Year 4 to 6 students and staff have participated in Numero workshops. Numero is a mental maths card game for primary and secondary students. Benefits of playing Numero include increasing fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Numero® is ideal for introducing and reinforcing both simple and complex maths concepts within a game situation. Ask your child about Numero.

Fair Game Sport Free Dress Day

Today, students enjoyed wearing their sport attire to raise money for Fair Game. Fair Game is an organisation that takes donations and recycles your old and loved sporting equipment to some of the most remote and under-serviced communities in Australia. Thank-you to all that supported this worthy cause. We raised $348.25 and collected a variety of equipment. Re-using and recycling reduces landfill and supports our school’s sustainability efforts.

Road Safety Week

This week is Road Safety Week. The theme is ‘No one plans a crash – make every journey safe’ campaign Peak times in and around schools are extremely busy and young children need assistance to navigate moving to and from cars safely. Please drive slowly, park correctly and have heightened awareness for our children.

2024 and 2025 Kindy Places

Enrolment interviews for 2024 Kindergarten and Pre-kindergarten are now underway. To be in line with the processes of other schools in our region, we will now process 2025 enrolments applications for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. If you have a child who is not yet enrolled, please contact the office or refer to the enrolment tab on our website for more information.

Term Planner

The latest Term 2 planner can be found on our website. Any changes or updates will be added to the dates section below in the newsletter and the Events Calendar, also on our website.

Athletics Carnival - Change of Date

The School Athletics Carnival will now be held on Wednesday, 13th September.

Best wishes and God bless.

Dee Johnston


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May: The Month of Mary

The Memorare is a very beautiful and powerful prayer, a prayer of complete trust in Our Lady’s powerful intercession.It is a prayer which reminds us that Mary is ready to help us when we need it.

The Memorare

Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known

that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,

or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,

O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me.

Faith in Action

Social Justice Team

This term the Social Justice Team will be organising a second handbook sale to raise money for the Telethon Kids Institute. The Telethon Kids Institute is an Australian medical research institute focused on the prevention of paediatric disease and the development of improved treatments to improve the health and wellbeing of children. The Institute’s vision is simple - happy, healthy kids.

If you have any books that you have finished reading and would like to donate to this worthy cause, please drop them off in the 4W classroom.

Further details will follow regarding the date of the book sale.

Many thanks for your assistance.

National School Improvement Parent Survey

Over the coming weeks, we will be collecting information from staff, parents and students to help us make informed decisions about how we can improve our school. The aim of this process is to build and maintain a positive school climate in which your child/children will flourish. To help us in our efforts, we will be inviting you to respond to the Parent and Caregiver Survey (PaCS), developed at Curtin University. Your response will provide us with information and foundational focus points to assist us in planning our school improvement efforts.

Your confidentiality

To protect your confidentiality, the survey is completely anonymous, there are no names attached to the data and there is no way for us to access your individual response. All responses go directly to NSI, where the results are analysed and aggregated into feedback reports. NSI is bound by a Code of Ethics and follows strict professional conduct.

Use of the data

NSI will aggregate all responses and provide us with a comprehensive feedback report. To enable us to target our decision- making, we may be provided with information based on your background information (e.g. are you the mother, father or caregiver). To protect your anonymity, we will only be provided with this information when responses from four or more people fall within any given category.

Please click on the below link to complete the survey. Your time and consideration are appreciated, and we look forward to working with you to improve our school.



Orana Playgroup

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Congratulations to Sienna Paterson (Yr 6) who represented Orana at the All Schools Cross Country Championships on Thursday 18th May placing 7th overall. Sienna is very proud of her efforts and having the opportunity to represent her school.

Sienna is very dedicated and passionate about her running and placed 4th overall earlier in the year at the Athletics State Junior Champs in her 1500m, 800m & 400m events.

Fantastic efforts, Sienna. We are so proud of you.

After-school Italian Classes Update

Thank-you to everyone that has expressed interest in the after-school Italian classes. The number of students and their year levels have been passed on to Italo. Due to unforeseen circumstances the teacher that was appointed is now no longer available. Italo will continue to recruit teachers. If you know anyone who may be interested, please ask them to contact the school office so we can direct them on to Italo.

Please Support Breast Cancer Care WA

Erin Blight, one of our parents, is taking a huge jump out of a plane, later on this year in June to help support Breast Cancer Care WA. Here is the link if people wish to donate for this remarkable cause and her bravery!

Breast Cancer Care WA caters to the unique needs and challenges faced by each individual, and are available for the whole family – husbands, wives, children and carers.


Events Coming Up in Our Calendar

Monday 22nd May - Young Engineers Club

Tuesday 23rd May - Homelessness We Care

Wednesday 24th May - National Simultaneous Storytime

Thursday 25th May - Pre-Primary Liturgy - 9.30am

Thursday 25th May - Advisory Council Meeting - 6pm

Friday 26th May - Senior Assembly - 2.30pm

From Our P&F


Please see attached flyers. We ask that hot food donations be dropped off between 4 and 4.30pm. Thank you.


The next P & F meeting will be held on Monday the 29th of May at 6:00 PM in the Library.

We look forward to your participation and support in our upcoming projects.


We would greatly appreciate it if a Parent/s could assist us in managing the P & F Notice board at the front of the school (opposite Y6B) from Term 2. This will be a commitment of no more than an hour a month. If interested, please email Shehan on oranapandf@gmail.com or text on 0468711412.

P and F / Staff Homeless Service

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From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

Fr Thai on Leave

Fr Thai is currently in France. He will is on the Camino Trail (a pilgrim trail). Fr Thai will be away from our Parish for around eight weeks. During this time, our Parish will be in the most capable hands of Fr CJ.

Altar Server Training

Do you have a child that has made their First Communion and would like to train as an Altar Server? Training happens at the Parish on a regular basis.

Please contact Pat Bonser on 9332 6219 or collettpat@hotmail.com


Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

Parents and kids alike love sports, and it's easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. Yet there is much more to be gained from the sports experience than a winning record. When children and teens are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Good sportsmanship is one of the life lessons that children can learn from sports. You can help your children understand and value good sportsmanship while making sure they have a safe and fun sports experience.


Kind Regards

Kath Warburton

Social Worker

The Week That Was!