Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 2, Week 9, 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.

Prayer for First Holy Communion

O Jesus, who has loved us with such exceeding great love

as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist,

inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Thy glory

by preparing worthily the little children

who are to approach Thy holy table for the first time.

Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus,

these young souls from the assaults of evil,

strengthen their faith,

increase their love and endow them

with all the virtues that will make them worthy to receive



Dear Parents and Carers,

First Holy Communion in our Parish is on this weekend. First Holy Communion or Eucharist is the second sacrament of initiation. Please prayer for our students who will recieve the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on the weekend. Thank you to their families, Father Thai, Father Anthony, Magdalene, our Parish Sacramental Coordinator, and the Year 4 staff who have prepared them for this very important moment in their faith journeys.

The ‘buzz’ from the Kids’ iPad conference continues. We have received many messages of thanks from both the schools that attended and the special guests. I have attached a link to a short video that showcases “The Day That Was!”


Most students are wearing the winter uniform correctly. Thank you to parents and students for ensuring that this is the case. It is important that the uniform is worn proudly and correctly presenting a positive image of self and school. As well as the presentation element of the uniform, it is essential that students wear clothing appropriate to conditions. All students, even if not wearing jumpers and jackets should keep these in their bags at all times in case conditions change and they are required. Please ensure uniforms items are clearly labelled with names so they can be returned. The lost property pile is continuing build. Please take a moment to check as you come by.

The Children's Crossing and Road Safety Committee will continue to survey the Apsley Road Children's Crossing. If you are aware of any enviromental factors or special circumstances that should be taken into consideration, please email admin@orana.wa.edu.au and we will submit them.

Semester One Reports will be sent via an electronic link at the end of term. The following information forms the introduction of the report and helps us to understand what the report indicates about your child’s learning. This is not the only reporting mechanism in the school but provides a summary of how your child has performed against a set of learning descriptors for each learning area in your child’s particular year level. Learning area descriptors were introduced at Orana in Semester 2, 2020. These descriptors clearly state the content assessed in each learning area and this semester will replace, in most cases, the subject area comment. A general comment will support the personal and social development sections to conclude the report.

Understanding this report

Children receive an overall grade (A to E) for their achievement in each learning area. In some learning areas they may also receive a grade for the learning area components assessed.

Grading scale


A The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what

is expected for this year level.

B The student demonstrates high achievement of what is

expected for this year level.

C The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of

what is expected for this year level.

D The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is

expected for this year level.

E The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is

expected for this year level.

The A – E grade scale summarises the standard of achievement associated with each learning area. The scale describes the depth of knowledge, understandings and skills that children working at that standard typically show.

If your child receives a `C’ grade, they are achieving at the required level for their year.

Maintaining a grade in a learning area from one semester to the next is an indication of positive achievement and expected development.

A child who is on an Individual Education Plan for one or more subjects will have progress reported against learning outcomes outlined in the Individual Education Plan – not using A-E grades.

Attitude and Effort Scale

O Outstanding VG Very good S Satisfactory I Inconsistent U Unsatisfactory

The Term 2 calendar can be found on our website. https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/calendar/

Any changes or updates will be added to the Events Calendar, also on our website.

God bless and take care,

Dee Johnston


Dates To Remember


Saturday 19th June - Sacrament of First Holy Communion, 5.30pm

Sunday 20th June - Sacrament of First Holy Communion, 10.30am

TERM 2 - WEEK 10

Tuesday 22nd June - Interschool Cross Country

Wednesday 23rd June - Funeral of Mrs Di McKay

Thursday 24th June - School Advisory Council Meeting 6pm

Friday 25th June - Sports Themed Dress Up Day - Netball Club Fundraiser (coin donation)

Friday 25th June - Senior Assembly

Friday 25th June - Year 3 Liturgy

Faith In Action

Orana Day – the Feast of Saints John and Paul

On the last day of term, 2nd July, we will celebrate Orana Day. This day acknowledges our Parish connection of Saints John and Paul and the history we share of Orana Catholic Primary School.

This year, we will celebrate Mass at 9.30am in the hall. During this Mass, we pray for our school community including the very special members who have been affected by events this year. Father Anthony will pray a blessing on us, the community of Orana Catholic Primary School. Parents are most welcome to come and celebrate Mass with us.

Following this, our classes have coordinated a Mini-Fair that will be held around the school from 11.30am to lunch time. Each class will hold a stall. Families are asked to make a donation on that day. The money raised will go towards LifeLink. See attached link: https://lifelink.com.au stalls during the mini-fair do not require any payment other than an initial donation at the beginning of the day.

Our Graduation Committee will also be holding a lunch day. They will be selling sushi and pizza. See below for details regarding this in the P & F News section. This will be followed by a volleyball match between staff and our Year 6 Leaders. There is lots to look forward to!

Kathryn Alp - Assistant Principal

From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

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

Social Justice Group

Plant Sale - This Week!

It’s finally here! The Social Justice Group’s plant sale will be held next week from Tuesday to Thursday. Plants will be available before and after school in the quad. We have a wide selection at great prices. Please bring your cash and support this worthy cause. Money raised will be used to purchase food which the teachers will cook and serve to the homeless.

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Nights are getting Colder

As we are all aware, the nights are getting very cold. The Social Justice Group would like to help those who are in need by collecting warm blankets, beanies, gloves and socks. If you have any of the above items that are spare and you no longer need them, you can drop them off in the 4W classroom and we will give them to the Homelessness We Care organisers. We ask that they be in reasonable condition and clean. We thank everyone for your support with this project.

News from the Graduation Fundraising Committee


To celebrate Orana Day and the Feast for Saints John and Paul we will be having a special lunch order day. All children from Pre-Kindy to Year 6 can place an order. All profits go toward the Year 6 Graduation.

Friday 2nd July

- Mini Pizza’s

- Sushi

- Gluten Free options available

- Juice Boxes

Please see the attached menu

Lunchtime at school - no need for parents to do anything besides place their online order, food will be distributed to the children at lunch time

Order via our online store - https://orana-catholic-primary-school-parents-and-friends-association.square.site/

There will be no cash orders on the day so please order by 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟭.𝟱𝟱𝗽𝗺 to avoid disappointment 🙂..

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Oval Parking

Thank-you to everyone for your efforts in addressing the traffic flow at peak time around the school. We request that when parking on the oval that you reverse park in one row on the edge of the oval. Please continue this row around the fence line to the 2 large trees on the Chelmer Ave fence line. Please do not park on the main section of the oval. The grass required for school use, such as during athletic carnivals and sport lessons and is already showing signs of wear.
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ICAS Testing

This year the school will be a venue for ICAS Testing. ICAS testing is separate to the standardised assessments undertaken here. We understand some parents would like their children to participate in Writing, Digital Technology, English, Science, Spelling Bee and Mathematics testing. The school will offer the testing venue, setting up of iPads and supervision of tests. A direct payment plan to ICAS will be set up once we receive expressions of interest.

For further information, please explore the link below:


To send the school an expression of interest through Microsoft Forms:


Dates, payment and other information will be distributed at the start of of Term 3.


Lyn Perrigo

Teacher Librarian/DT Lead

Orana Catholic Primary School


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How to develop persistence in your child

If you want to see persistence, watch a small child climbing a tree. As they climb into the lower forks you can see the concentration: Tongue poking out, eyes squinting, looking upwards. They’re weighing up their options and making decisions like, ‘Which foothold will give me most leverage? Which branches will hold me?’

At some point, they realise their upper body doesn’t have the same strength as their lower body. They tire and falter… there’s a little slip…they reassess and shift their weight. From the ground, all you can do is encourage them, you can’t do it for them.

Children will go back to the same tree time and time again. Each time they will get a little higher. They persist. Unfortunately, as they grow older, some children stop persisting in challenging tasks, which is a problem with significant consequences.


Kath Warburton

Social Worker

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

School Banking

School Banking day is Wednesday. Please bring bank books to the office each Wednesday morning. We are not able to securely store personal bank books, so they must be brought in every Wednesday and will be returned on Wednesday afternoon.

2021 Professional Development Days Reminder

The following dates are pupil free days for 2021. For your future planning OSHC will offer a full day program on these dates.

Monday 19th July - Future Focussed Learning Professional Development

Friday 24th September – Catholic Day

Monday 11th October – Data Analysis Professional Development and Wellbeing Session

The Week That Was!