Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 3, Week 8, 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.

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Dear Parents and Carers,

On 8th September, the church acknowledges the birth of Mary. Mary has taught us how to put our faith in God. She provides us with an aspirational model of trust and willingness to serve God.

It was “Are you OK?” Day yesterday. Many thanks to Kath Warburton, our Social Worker, for highlighting the importance of this initiative to our staff. This year’s message is “Are they really ok? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life."


For more information on mental health and wellbeing please contact our Social Worker Kath Warburton and refer to her weekly newsletter section below for various resources.

National Child Protection Week runs from the 5th to 11th September. We often talk about child safety and refer to what our emotions are telling us and who we can talk to if we are worried or feel unsafe. In the digital age this should include online behaviour. Talk regularly with your children about what they are doing online and how they should talk to a trusted adult including parents and teachers should they feel threatened or unsafe online.

Orana Catholic Primary School's music program has once again been highly successful in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Congratulation to our music students below and Miss Sarah Draper for her music leadership.

Orana Concert Band - Winners of the Catholic School Parents WA Award - Concert Band Primary section.

James Giuffre and Patrick Winfield - Winners of the Catholic School Parents WA Golden Jubilee Award - Instrumental Duet Primary section

These award winners will be presented with the Perpetual Shield at the Festival Concert.

In addition, Lara Vytialingam is the recipient of an Outstanding Award recommended by the Adjudicator and Lara has been invited to perform at the Festival Concert next Monday night at the RAC Arena.

Congratulations also to the Social Justice Leadership Team on their successful Book and Toy Sale. Over $300 was raised which will be used for St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.

Tonight, the P and F will host the disco. I'm sure the children will have a fabulous time dancing and joining together in fun musical games. Many thanks to Kate Guilfoyle and her team of amazing volunteers. Events such as these take hours and hours of preparation to ensure our students are safe and catered for, amongst the fun.

Thank you to parents who have been involved in the many events that have occurred recently including the Science Week Busy Bee, the Netball Windup, the Fathers’ Day Breakfast, the Performing Arts Performances, the P and F Disco and the Open Night Sausage Sizzle. We are blessed at Orana Catholic Primary School to have such a caring, involved and committed community. Thank you for what you do for our students.

Next Wednesday, 15th September, we will have our annual Open Night from 5pm-7pm. Classrooms including specialist rooms will be opened for you to walk through and view the learning on display. The Book Fair will also be on in the Library. Students whose parents are supportive of the school and are involved in the school, achieve better outcomes. The students will be very excited to have you here! Thank you to the Graduation Fundraising Committee for providing a dinner option. Orders via the P and F shop close on Sunday at 10pm. Please note, Open Night is not a time for individual parent meeting discussions. Our OSHC Service will not be open for viewing.

Carpark habits continue to put student safety at risk. The carpark in front of the office is not a drop off area; this is unsafe for children. The green shed drive through line is the only area for student drop off and as the name suggests is for driving through, not getting out of the car. Every day, parents are seen putting their own children at risk by dropping them in the middle of a carpark and crossing the carpark without using a crosswalk. Please always prioritise child safety.

Please pray for our Year 6 Students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend at the Saints John and Paul Parish. This is one of the Sacraments of Initiation and a very important step in their faith journey, as the students themselves commit to their faith.

Dee Johnston


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Accessible Parking

Please do not use the marked accessible parking bag unless you display a current ACROD Permit. There are members of our community that have permits and should have full access to these bays. Stopping, even for a short time, is not demonstrating respect to others with needs.

Dates To Remember


This Weekend - Confirmation Masses Saturday 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am

Monday 13th September - Performing Arts Concert RAC Arena

Wednesday 15th September - Interschool Spelling Bee Year 4-6 held at Orana

Wednesday 15th September - Open Night and Book Fair 5-7pm

Friday 17th September - Grandparents Mass 9.30am, Class Visits 10.20, Morning Tea 10.40

Faith In Action

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our children in Year Six will be confirmed this weekend. This is the second Sacrament of Initiation into our faith. It is a commitment of a mature Christian and a deepening of our baptismal gifts. Confirmation brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit that were granted to the apostles on Pentecost Sunday and is a sacrament of empowerment. It gives us the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in His mission, which Jesus left to the Church. ‘We are the Church’. Confirmation is administered by the laying-on of hands by the bishop or appointed priest, and the anointing with Chrism accompanied by prayer. Our candidates choose a sponsor for this sacrament. This is a confirmed Catholic whom the child admires and can rely on for support as they grow. Please keep our children in your prayers.

Grandparents' Mass

Please invite grandparents to our Mass this Friday, 17th September at 9.30am to celebrate the wonderful people they are. After Mass, we welcome grandparents to visit the classrooms to investigate what happens at Orana. At 10.40am, morning tea will be served in the hall. If parents who are able, can supply a plate of morning tea (no food that requires re-heating), please drop off to the hall kitchen prior to Mass. Thank you.

Reconciliation Retreat – Postponed Again to Monday, 18th October.

The date for the Reconciliation Retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine (children in Year Three) has been postponed again as Sr Lisette is unwell. Please say a prayer for her to return to her lovely vibrant self. This will take place in the 2nd week of Term 4, 18th October.

Our Leadership Groups - Quaddies

Quaddies is the leadership group which places toys and activities in the Quad for lunchtime play. The students cart trolleys filled with fun items to and from the library.

The main idea is to cater for children who want to play but do not want to go out onto the Oval or into the Library. It is an in-between space where they can breathe fresh air, talk with their friends and play games.

The Year 6 students roster themselves to set up and tidy up each day. They are also available to assist the younger students to settle into play.

From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

Fr Thai is back from his holiday with many exciting stories about his travels in the beautiful north of our state.

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

Spelling Bee - Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following students for their efforts in our Spelling Bee today:

Year 4

1st Smara V

2nd Charlotte M

3rd Evelyn L

Year 5

1st Evan C

2nd Xavier A

3rd Mason C

Year 6

1st Anu O

2nd Isabella H

3rd Lara V

The children who were 1st and 2nd place in the school competition will be competing in the Interschool Spelling Bee held at Orana this coming Wednesday. Well done to all!


Hi Everyone! The year 6 Graduation Fundraising team have received a few requests for open night food orders since we closed on Wednesday night. We had closed orders as we are required to pre-order all the produce in advance. However, to allow anyone who would still like to order food for the night to do so, we have made the decision to re-open Open Night food orders for a limited time only.

Please note, we MUST close orders on Sunday 12th of September at 10pm. We will not be able to take any more orders after this time and there will not be any sales on the night. So if you would like to order please get in quick! As always, we appreciate your support!

To order, please visit the link below!


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During Open Night, this Wednesday evening, the Library will be holding the annual Scholastic Book Fair. This pop-up bookshop allows families to browse and buy books for themselves or as gifts for others from over 50 publishers.

Please come through our front doors and take a look around. For your convenience there will be an Eftpos machine. The school receives a bonus for holding the fair and uses this to purchase books for the school library.

Lyn Perrigo

Library Specialist

Stretch Crew News

Our Stretch Crew were delighted to meet Mrs Claire Orange, co-author of Highway Heroes, at our last session. We had invited Claire to discuss the possibility of podcasting some of her resources. Claire actually had bigger ideas and asked whether Stretch Crew could lend their voices to the new digital products her company is producing around child safety. Claire very generously also offered to allow Stretch Crew to join DiGii Social which is her new app teaching students about cybersafety. Along with a school in Victoria our children will have access in order to locate any coding problems but also to learn along the way the do’s and dont’s of social media for their age group. We are overwhelmed to be part of Claire’s work. Claire is a child and family mental health author, advocate and speaker. To find out more, please visit Claire’s website: http://claireorange.com.au

Lyn Perrigo

Stretch Crew Coordinator

School Banking

School Banking day is held every Wednesday. We now have a new banking coordinator. Please send your banking books to the office on Wednesday morning.


75 ways to encourage your child.

Praise and encouragement nurtures your child's confidence and sense of self. By using praise, you're showing your child how to think and talk positively about themselves. You're helping your child learn how to recognise when they do well and feel proud of themselves. You can praise children of different ages for different things. Click on the link to see some examples of different ways to encourage your child.



Kath Warburton


We would like to thank families who have made a Vacation Care booking. We are now FULLY BOOKED for October Vacation Care. Your support is greatly appreciated.

On another note, due to our licensed hours overlapping with Orana's Open Night on Wednesday 15th September, OSHC are unable to participate in this great community event. After School will operate as usual and we ask families who would like to view OSHC to contact the service via email to arrange a suitable time to pop in. Science will be open as part of Orana's Open Night.

Caresse Lenzo

Nominated Supervising Officer - OSHC

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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.

Gilbert's School Program News

Orana CPS - 164 supporters, has received $2,604.00 in the SOS Program, + an extra $100 bonus since joining in May 2018. Current total $419.00 donated to the school.

Yidarra Catholic Primary School

The Yidarra Catholic Primary School P&F Committee would like to invite Yidarra community members past and present to a very special event on October 30th 2021.

Please join us in the joyful celebration of the history and contribution of Yidarra Catholic Primary School to the Bateman community over the last 36 years.

Tickets are available between Friday 3rd Sept - Friday 1st October.

Spaces are limited so get in quick!

All the details can be found at https://www.trybooking.com/BTZZG

Ticket price includes admission, a drink on arrival and food.

We can’t wait to see you there.

P&F Executive

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The Week That Was!

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