Orana Catholic Primary School
Term 4, Week 2, 2021.
The Month of Mary
October is traditionally the month of the Rosary where we honour Mary by reciting and reflecting on these prayers. Below is a link to an outline on how to say the Rosary which can be used at home: http://www.how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com/support-files/basic-rosary-guide.pdf
Dear Parents and Carers,
Today we farewelled Ms Christine Walsh with a thanksgiving Mass. Ms Walsh has served the Orana community for the past four and a half years. Thank-you to all involved in marking this special occasion. We wish Ms Walsh all the best in her future endeavours.
The Loreto Endeavour Award is given in honour of the first principal of Orana Catholic Primary School, Sister Myrene who was a Loreto sister. Today we welcomed Loreto Sister Francine Roberts and Sister Margie Burke to present the award. The 2021 Loreto Award winner is Mason Chan. Mason has been recognised by his peers as a great example of a person who lives out our school values on a daily basis. He is a worthy winner of this prestigious award.
This week, our Kindy students had a Teddy Bears' Picnic with their grandparents. It was delightful to see the students joy as they sang to their grandparents. They then shared morning tea, a visit to their classroom and a play.
On Monday, our Year 3 students visited the Schoenstatt Shrine for their retreat day, in preparation for their Sacrament of Penance. Thank-you to the staff who facilitated this faith formation experience.
All staff have been asked to focus on setting high expectations for students as students who have high expectations of themselves are more likely to succeed. The way we complete our work, move around the school, line up outside our classrooms, maintain our uniforms and our environment are all ways that we can aim high for students and help them to develop a positive image of themselves and their school. As a school community we need to collectively have high expectations of our children. It is important that as significant adults in our children’s lives, we are consistent and aligned in our attention to this. Thank-you for your support.
Annual General Meeting - Thursday 25th November, 6pm
Our School Community AGM is approaching. 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 groups that work together 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 email@example.com
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):
Class Placement Requests
As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, class teachers will soon be looking at class groupings for 2022. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and the children’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Whilst we attempt to satisfy genuine requests this is not always possible. If for any particular reason, you have a class placement request, please put this in writing via email to myself.
The following are rarely valid requests and generally are not able to be considered:
a) Requests for a particular teacher as staffing can change for various reasons.
b) Requests for a child to be in a class with a particular student. At times, we get conflicting requests where a parent would like their child to be in the same class as a particular student and the other child’s parent has requested that the two children be separated. There are also occasions where parent requests conflict with their child’s request.
Valid requests include:
a) Separating or keeping twins together.
b) Providing insights into your own child’s personality or learning needs/style.
b) Respectfully providing the school with insight into relationship issues a child may have with another student
Take care and God bless
QCE Award - Quality Catholic Education Award
Loreto Endeavour Award
Today we presented the Loreto Endeavour Award to a most worthy student. It is given in honour of the first principal of Orana Catholic Primary School, Sister Myrene who was a Loreto sister. Sr Francine Roberts and Sr Margie Burke, who are Loreto Sisters were at Mass to present the award. Amity Herbert, last year’s recipient, delivered a wonderful speech about her experiences at Orana, demonstrating our Gospel values.
The Loreto Endeavour Award was awarded to: Mason Chan.
Below is a summary of the statements that Mason’s peers included with the nominations.
· Mason is respectful to everyone. He shows respect on the playground and in class. Mason is polite, has wonderful manners and always says hello and goodbye. He shows care for others and respects their talents.
· Mason puts others before himself. He is helpful and makes time for others. It is important to Mason that his friends are happy. Mason happily works with different classmates.
· Mason sets high standards for himself, is focused, dedicated and never gives up. He is good at many things but is also very humble. Mason willingly helps others and shows excellence every day.
Faith in Action
Sacrament of Penance
This Thursday, we ask that children celebrating the Sacraments of Penance (Year 3) attend the rehearsal with a parent at 5.30pm in the church of Saints John and Paul, Willetton.
Year 3 Dates to Remember:
- Thursday, 28th October 5.30pm - Rehearsal at the Church
- Thursday, 4th November 6pm - Sacrament of Penance at the Church
- Saturday, 6th November 5.30pm Mass or Sunday, 7th November 10.30am Mass - Certificate and Celebration
Dates To Remember
Term 4 - Week 3
- Monday, 25th October - Your Move Canning Bike Check Up
- Wednesday, 27th October - Year 6 Art Excursion and Year 2 Wireless Hill Excursion
- Thursday, 28th October - Sacrament of Penance Rehearsal 5.30pm at the Church
- Friday, 29th October - World Teachers' Day
- Friday, 29th October - Assembly - Junior Certificates
- Friday, 29th October - Fr Thai visiting Year 5 students
Always check the Orana Website for the most up-to-date calendar.
Our Leadership Groups - Fitness Group
Did you know we need to be active EVERY day?
Why, you ask? Well, it’s great for our concentration, memory, how we behave and of course keeping our bodies healthy!
This year, the Year Six fitness teams have worked really hard to create fun, engaging and active opportunities for the whole school to keep fit.
Throughout the year, the teams created and ran 10-week programs for the school to follow, one morning each week.
This term, our fitness team are doing something a little different and encouraging movement by setting up obstacles courses and movement games in the hall. The students will be engaging with these activities at their leisure during lunch.
Keep on moving!
Music Instrumental Programme 2022
There will be a meeting in Week 3 for families interested in joining our award winning music programme. The meeting will take place in the music room on Wednesday 27 October at 6.30 pm. Our instrumental tutors will give a presentation and demonstration of their instrument and you will have an opportunity to talk to the tutors and ask questions. Students are eligible to learn an instrument at Orana from Year 3 to year 6. This meeting is for new students wishing to join our music programme in 2022. Existing students do not need to attend. Music enrolment notes for 2022 will be distributed to existing students in Week 4.
Music Specialist/Brass Teacher/Apple Teacher
From the P & F
Hello from the P&F,
The committee behind the Orana Community Camp Out last August are keen to gauge interest for the next Camp Out event. If you are interested in taking part in the next Camping event, please fill out the survey via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6PVBFH8 . This will help us plan for the next event.
We are also still calling for nominations for the soon to be vacant Executive positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer. We are hoping to receive nominations by the next Orana P&F meeting on the 2nd November 2021, and announce the appointment by the Schools Annual General Meeting which will be held on Thursday, 25th November 2021.
Today we farewelled Christine Walsh as the outgoing Orana CPS Principal. The P&F would like to thank her for her tremendous support for her years served and enabling the P&F community to grow as strong as it is today. Her leadership has paved the way to build a positive and supportive community. Farewell Christine and all the best from all of us!
The P&F Committee
SOCIAL WORKER NEWS
Information about Squid Games
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Nominated Supervising Officer - OSHC