Orana Catholic Primary School
Term 4, Week 5, 2021.
REMEMBRANCE DAY PRAYER
God our Father, your Son Jesus gave up
His life to free us from the power of sin and death.
He showed us that the greatest love is in
giving up one’s life for others.
Today we remember those who fought and
died for our freedom. We ask you to bless
and console them together with their families.
Help us to understand the sacrifices they
made in leaving their loved ones to face the
horrors of war. May we never forget their generosity.
May your Holy Spirit give us the courage to
resist evil in all its forms and show us how
to be peacemakers through prayer and
action, lest we forget those who fought,
suffered and died that we might have the
freedom and peace we enjoy today.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have now passed half way through Term 4 and students have had a great year as a whole. It is important that we complete the year to the same high standard that has been set so far in regard to living our school values, using our manners, wearing uniform correctly and completing work and homework with care and effort.
Last Saturday we celebrated the much anticipation 4 Decades of Orana. Many thanks to the students who preformed remarkably well, the staff and the parents, both past and present for their contribution and attendance. Many thanks to Mrs Perrigo, Mrs Green and their team who have worked tirelessly to make this an event to remember.
We also had our Junior Community Mass on Saturday. Thank-you to the students that sang in the choir and participated in Mass as readers and servers. Our parish is the heart of our faith community and our connection with the parish is very important to our school. Last weekend, our Year 3 students also received their Penance certificates and celebrated at the parish. Congratulations to them all for taking this step in their faith journey.
Yesterday we had a Remembrance Day service, led by our Year 6 students. It was a special time of prayer, respect and gratitude where we paused, acknowledged and remembered those who have given their lives in service of their country. Please discuss the significance of this celebration with your children.
Many thanks to Clarissa van der Heijden and the team of P and F volunteers for coordinating a successful canteen lunch. What a treat for parents and staff to have the opportunity to order lunch. The children were very excited to have a hotdog for lunch.
Mrs Kirsty Byrne will be extending her maternity leave next year. Best wishes to her and her family. Mrs Dayana Lombado will also be taking leave for 2022 to study. We wish her well in her endeavours. Mrs Jodie Harrold will also be leaving Orana to study next year. We also wish her well and acknowledge her contribution to the Orana community. It is fabulous to see our staff modelling a desire to continue their journey as life long learners. We also welcome Mrs Shelley Hardingham to our staff for 2022. Mrs Hardingham has been a relief teacher at Orana this year.
The automated entry gate is still under construction. We are waiting on a SIM card to ensure solid connectivity, after the unseasonal weather on Tuesday resulted in a loss of 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.
Our School Community AGM will be held on Thursday 25th November at 6.30pm in the library. 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, Principal’s Report, election of Board Members for 2022, election of P&F Executive for 2022 and announcing of staffing for 2022. 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. There are four positions open on the School Advisory Council and all positions on the P&F Executive are vacated each year.
Advisory Council membership conditions are:
(a) a commitment and desire to promote Catholic education and give service to the Catholic School Community;
(b) a commitment to the safety, wellbeing and pastoral care of all students and staff;
(c) an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with the Principal, school leadership team and all other members of the Advisory Council;
(d) the possession of skills, competencies and experience that are reflective of, relevant and beneficial to the Catholic School Community; and
(e) a sufficiency of time to devote to Advisory Council duties.
The Advisory Council is made up of the Principal (Ex-Officio); the Parish Priest (Ex-Officio), four to six persons, an additional member nominated by the P&F and an additional member nominated by the Parish. This year four (4) of these positions will be vacated and will need to be filled at the AGM.
Criteria for membership of the P&F Executive shall be:
Any parent/guardian of a child attending the school, or any person who supports the objectives of the Association.
The P&F Executive is made up of the Principal (Ex-Officio); the Parish Priest (Ex-Officio), President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to Four (4) additional members. The positions that are not Ex-Officio will be vacated and will need to be filled at the AGM.
All nominations need to be received by Friday 19th November.
If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position on the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive for 2022, please complete the information on the relevant form below and email it to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If nominating someone else, please ensure that they are aware of the nomination.
Advisory Council Member Nomination Form
Name of person you would like to nominate:
Nominator (if different from above):
Contact Phone Number of Nominee:
P&F Nomination Form
Name of person you would like to nominate:
Nominator (if different from above):
Contact Phone Number of Nominee:
Position Nominated for (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc):
We will host a volunteers' sundowner prior to the AGM from 5.30pm in the quad. This is an opportunity to thank the many parents that have volunteered throughout the school year. We hope you can come along.
In recent newsletters, requests for Class Lists for 2022 have been mentioned. Classlist requests are now closed. We acknowledge that change is a challenging time for students and their parents. We ask that families trust the professionalism of our committed staff to make the best possible allocations for the students in our care.
Best wishes and God bless
Faith in Action
Teens4Christ Ministry - attention our Year 6 students moving to highschools
The T4C caters to a group of high school aged teens who get together once a month to interact with other teens in the parish and grow in the catholic faith.
It's a great place to develop leadership skills because as they grow older, we allow the teens to lead in song or organise games etc.
We have our sessions on the second Saturday of the month from 3 to 5 pm at the Parish centre followed by the Youth mass in the church at 5.30pm.
The teens join the youth for mass taking part in either singing in the choir, taking the offertory etc.
Our program for the afternoon.
3 - 3.20 High energy indoor games
3.20 - 3.30 Praise and worship through song
3.30 - 4.15 Formation either through Video, talks, group activity
4.15 - 4.40 Food, Announcements etc
4.40 - 4.50 Cleaning and move to church for choir practice
Some of the topics we have already presented and based on the Liturgical calendar.
Way of the cross- Journey to the foot of the cross
Lenten Fast afternoon from 1pm to 6pm during lent
Saints and Relics
Graces from the Holy Rosary
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Power of Prayer
We are happy to talk to parents if they are interested in learning more about the ministry.
Our next session is on Sat 13 Nov 2021 at 4pm followed by Youth Mass at 5.30pm and then pizza after Mass. Note for under 18's, we all have Safeguarding in place.
Faith in Action Award
Congratulations to Naksh in Year 1 who was awarded our most recent "Faith in Action" Award for the way he treats others. We are lucky to have Naksh at Orana!
Apple Distinguished School 2021-2024
Orana’s Award as an Apple Distinguished School was acknowledged at our Assembly this morning. This is the 6th consecutive time that this has been awarded to our school. It is a recognition that the school has a clear vision for how our technology-rich environments support learning goals. There are only 48 schools (primary and secondary) Australia-wide, that are recognised for their leadership in innovation through technology.
Dates To Remember
Term 4 - Week 6
- Monday 15th November - Year 5 Theatre Sports Incursion
- Wednesday 17 November - Yr 5 Bike Education
- Wednesday 17 November - Year 3 Leadership Lunch
- Friday 19 November - Year 2 Liturgy
- Friday 19 November - Whole School Assembly - Senior Certificates
Always check the Orana Website for the most up-to-date calendar.
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 email@example.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.
SCHOOL PARKING BAYS
SOCIAL WORKER NEWS
Helping Kids with the End Of Transitions
It’s the time of year when transitions loom large in young student’s lives.
There are graduations, end of year special morning teas and concert.
There are some “move up” days, when students visit their future teachers’ classrooms.
Transitions aren’t always 100 percent fun for kids though. Here are a few parent tips for helping children through transitions at the end of the school year.
Nominated Supervising Officer - OSHC