Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 3, Week 4, 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 the Assumption of Mary

Almighty God,

You gave a humble Virgin

the privilege of being

mother of your Son,

and crowned her

with the glory of heaven.

May the prayers of the Virgin Mary

bring us to the salvation of Christ

and raise us up to eternal life.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.


Dear Parents and Carers

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated every year on August 15th. This feast commemorates the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her assumption, body and soul, into Heaven. It is the most important Marian feast, and it is also a Holy Day of Obligation.

Last weekend, our Year 6 students and their families displayed their commitment to the Sacrament of Confirmation at the parish Masses. Please keep these students in your prayers as they take this step in their faith journey. The parent and child workshops take place this Thursday at the parish.

At Orana we highly value the relationship and communication between home and school. If your child sees that the school respects the home and that the home respects the school, and that we both have high expectations, they are more likely to aim to achieve these expectations. Expectations of positive behaviours extend beyond our students and apply to all members of our community including staff, families and wider community members. Anyone associated with our school is bound by the Code of Conduct that is available on our website.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our School Advisory Council and P and F members, who volunteer their time to make Orana a better place for students, staff and community members. Earlier this week, a defib was installed on the fence near the main gate for community and school use. This was sourced through joint venture between St John and Lotterywest Heart Grant. Orana is now one of over 5,500 registered locations, the system has proven to saves lives of cardiac arrest victims in over 400 recorded cases! I urge all community members to download the St John’s First Responder App. Please support the P and F Science Week Busy Bee on Saturday 21st August. See the flyer below.

Orana Catholic Primary School’s success in the 2021 Catholic Performing Arts Festival continued this week. These achievements are a testament to the commitment of and students, parents and Ms Draper. Thank-you students for showcasing your talent. Orana will host Performing Arts Festival sessions in the hall again this Friday.

Thank-you to Mrs Perrigo for coordinating the ICAS Testing at Orana. This has been a smoothly run and efficient service, providing a service to students from our community and beyond.

At the recent Primary Principal Conference, I heard Glenn Mitchell speak on Mental Wellbeing. He is an excellent speaker with candid and inspiring story. Aquinas College has extended an invitation to our community to hear Glenn speak on Monday 16th August. Please refer to the flyer for further information.

God bless and take care,

Dee Johnston



We encourage families to ensure that all students arrive on time to school. Being punctual ensures that children are calm and relaxed about their day ahead of learning. Year One to Six students should be in class ready to learn at 8.50am when the bell chimes.

Dates To Remember

TERM 3 - WEEK 4/5

Saturday 14th August - Science Week begins

Saturday 14th August - and Child Camping Event

Sunday 15th August - Feast of the Assumption

Monday 16th August - Swimming Lessons begin

Monday 16th August - ICAS English

Tuesday 17th August - PAF Junior and Senior Choir

Wednesday 18th August - School Banking recommences.

Thursday 19th August - Kindy Blue and White Bunnings Incursion

Thursday 19th August - PAF Percussion Solos, Classical Guitar Solos

Friday 20th August - No Assembly

Friday 20th August - Priest Visit Pre-Primary

Friday 20th August - Confirmation Retreat Day

Saturday 21st August - P & F / Science Week Busy Bee

Faith In Action

Altar Serving Training

Year 4 children have made their First Holy Communion, they are welcome to learn how to be an altar server. This takes place this Monday, 16th August at Saints John and Paul Parish from 3.30-4.30pm. Just turn up if you would like your child to be trained.

Confirmation Retreat

This Friday, 20th August, our Year Six students will spend the day at the Parish of Saints John and Paul to participate in a retreat as part of their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This will begin with Mass at 9am. We encourage parents and carers to stay with their children for the Eucharist. Pick up time is 2.30pm from the Parish.

Social Justice Group

This term the Social Justice Group are planning to hold a second hand book and toy sale in Week 7. This could be a great opportunity to clean out your toy box and bookshelf! The money raised will be used to purchase gifts to put in the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers which we will be organising in Term 4. This is one way of showing GENEROSITY to those less fortunate than us. If you have any books or toys you would like to donate, please put them in the basket situated outside the Year 4W classroom. Let’s make this Christmas a very special one for those less fortunate than us. Let's get those donations in!

Thank you.

Science Busy Bee

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Science Week Competition

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From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

Fr Thai is currently taking a well-deserved holiday. He will return to our parish after the 15th August.

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

P & F News

Hello Orana!

The Disco Committee has been formed, led by Kate Guilfoyle and planning is underway. Save the date – Disco is planned to be on Friday, 10th September 2021. If you are available to volunteer on the day, please get in touch by contacting P&F via Facebook/Messenger, or email at Oranapandf@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more info!


Our traditional Father's Day Breakfast is on again. Come along on Friday morning before Father’s Day and spend breakfast with your kids, have a chance to catch up with other Dads and Fatherly Figures and enjoy a yummy BBQ bacon & egg roll and/or muffins. All orders will be online through the P&F store only, no cash sales on the day.

Friday, 3rd of September
7.30am - 8.30am in the Quad

See you there!


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School Banking recommences this Wednesday!

School Banking day recommences this Wednesday. We now have a new banking coordinator. Thank-you to Flavia Ricciardo for volunteering to on this role. Please send your banking books into the office on Wednesday morning.


School-age play: why it's important

At this age, your child might develop new hobbies and interests through play. For example, your child might start to read more and really enjoy books and magazines about things that interest him – motorbikes, horses, bugs and more. These kinds of activities encourage your child to keep following his own interests and learn for himself.



Kath Warburton


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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

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.

Friday 24th September – Catholic Day (Pupil Free Day)

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

CCTV Cameras

Please be aware that Orana Catholic Primary School utilises CCTV for security purposes.

The Week That Was!


Protective Education Program Workshop

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