Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 1, Week 6, 2023



Our community values an attitude of caring deeply about people and treating them with dignity. We care about ourselves and the world around us. Respect is evident when:

• we treat others as we want to be treated
• we express feelings in a peaceful way
• we speak courteously to everyone
• we bring honour to ourselves, our families and our school
• we recognise the achievements of each person
• we build positive relationships
• we show equal justice and fairness

Lenten Prayers for Busy Days

Sometimes we need short, simple prayers to remain close to God during our busy days. Here are some easy prayers you can say to feel connected to God during Lent this year:

  • “God, may Your light guide my day, and your spirit bring me peace. Amen.”
  • “God, may my sacrifice of today of (state your Lenten sacrifice) remind me of my dependence on You for all the blessings I enjoy. Amen.”
  • ”May I stand in solidarity today with all my brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. May we be united in your love, and may I work to build your kingdom here on earth.”
  • “Heavenly Father, I’m truly sorry for the moments today where I missed the mark. I ask for your forgiveness and the strength to better follow Your call tomorrow. Amen.”
  • ”God, I lift up (name of the person you’d like to pray for) today. I ask that you bless them abundantly today and throughout Lent. Amen.”
  • “Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything. Amen.”


From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


Congratulations to the following staff who will join our Orana team. Tammy Jenner has been appointed to teach our Stretch / Gifted and Talented Program. Christine McNess and Camden McGillivray are Education Assistants and have been appointed to join our support staff team.

International Women’s Day

This Wednesday was International Women’s Day, a time to acknowledge the achievements of women in our community – our mothers, grandmothers, wives, partners, sisters, daughters and friends. The theme this year is “Embrace Equity”. Equity means creating an inclusive world. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias and seek out inclusion. For more information: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/


“Communication works for those who work at it.” John Powell

We have been working on establishing clear lines of communication. This is so important so families know where to access what you need. Whole school formal communication is emailed via seqta. These emails replace most of what used to be printed and sent home. The newsletter is a ‘go to’ spot for the most up-to-date weekly communications and links. Seesaw is for digital sharing of student work, class based information and whole school reminders.

Footy Tipping Competition

Many thanks to Damien Kelly for offering to coordinate the Orana Footy Tipping Competition through the P and F. The competition format has changed a little to comply with the new financial management processes for P and F Groups. Please sign up to the competition before the season starts. Payment is due before the end of Round 2. For more information, please see the flyer below.


Next week, students in Years 3 and 5 will be involved in NAPLAN testing. This is a national test to track the progress of Year 3 and 5 students for the country, the state, systems and for schools. Some students become anxious around these tests by the attention placed on them by the media. These are a snapshot of how your child has performed on a particular day and should not cause any stress for your child or family. Your child just needs to know that they need to try their best. It is important that routines are maintained as per a regular school week and that children, as expected each week, attend, are well rested, well fed and happy to come to school. We utilise these tests for school planning and monitoring along with many other sources of data.

Building Progress

We are progressing to the next stage of the new building project. As on Monday 13th March, the path between Year 6W and the building site will no longer be accessible. Access to the school will be through the main pathway past the office. Entry to OSHC will be via the pathway and gate to the west of the Science room.

Sacramental Enrolment Masses

This weekend our Year 3, 4 and 6 students and their families will attend a Sacramental Enrolment Mass at the parish on either Saturday evening at 5.30pm or Sunday morning at 10.30am. Please pray for these students as they embark on their sacramental faith journey for this year.

Kindy and Pre-Kindy Enrolments 2024

Kindy and Pre-Kindy interviews for 2024 will commence early next term. If you have a child who is due to begin Kindy or Pre-Kindy in 2024, please ensure your application has been received by the school office.

P and F Friday Fundowner

We look forward to the P and F Fundowner this evening. Thank-you to the P and F Committee members and volunteers for all your efforts in preparing for a fabulous evening.

Senior Assembly

We also invite you to join us for the Senior Assembly on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm.

Best wishes and God bless.

Dee Johnston


Faith in Action

Free Dress Day for Caritas Turkey and Syria Appeal.

The Social Justice Team are organising a free dress day on Tuesday 14th March to raise money for the Caritas Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal. Students are to wear sports shoes, sports shorts, something red on top and red accessories such as a hat, socks, hair accessories etc. The colour red was chosen as this colour is in both the Turkish and Syrian flags. Students will be asked to make a gold coin donation. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

This is an example of putting our school motto “To Give is to Receive” into action.

Project Compassion

Project Compassion will continue throughout the season of Lent with each class having their own Project Compassion box. Project Compassion aims to work towards making the lives of others better around the world. This year’s theme is For Future Generations. Students may wish to do extra chores around the house to earn money or go without a special treat such as an ice-cream and donate the money to Project Compassion.


Sacraments in 2023 - Year 3, 4 and 6

If your child is in Year 3, 4 or 6, they will be celebrating the following Sacraments:

  • Reconciliation - Year 3
  • First Communion - Year 4
  • Confirmation - Year 6

Enrolment Masses for all these sacraments to sign up for the program takes place this weekend. Families may attend one of the following Masses and enrol for the program.

-5.30pm, Saturday 11th March OR

-10.30am, Sunday 12th March

If your child is in another year level and needs to celebrate a sacrament, please contact your child's teacher.

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Parent Teacher Interviews - Week 8 and 9 of Term One

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held from Monday, 20th to Friday, 31st March. Parents will be sent a link next week via Seesaw to book a time that suits everyone's schedule.

There will be one late evening available to cater for working parents.


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Make a Move Costumes

Our Make a Move concerts are fast approaching! Students have been busy refining their moves to showcase to our Mums, Dads, Carers and anyone else that wants to attend.

Please see below for information on the simple costumes that children will be asked to wear.

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Orana Footy Tipping

Please sign up before the first game on Thursday 16th March. Please sign up to the competition before the season starts. Information about payment through the P and F shop will be sent out soon. Payment is due by the end of Round 2.
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Expression of Interest: After-school Italian Teacher.

Do you know anyone that may be interested in teaching an extra-curricular Italian Language afterschool program? We have a good number of families that are interested in attending classes. The after hours program will be coordinated by Italo-Australian Welfare and Cultural Centre (IAWCC). If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact the office or more information. (admin@orana.wa.edu.au)
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Events Coming Up in Our Calendar

Harmony Week

NAPLAN Week - Monday 13th - Friday 17th

Wednesday 15th March - NAPLAN Writing - Year 3 and 5

Thursday 16th March - Make a Move

Thursday 16th March - NAPLAN Reading - Year 3 and 5

Friday 17th March - Make a Move

Friday 17th March - NAPLAN Conventions of Language - Year 3 and 5

Friday 17th March - Yr 6 Reconciliation

Friday 17th March - Senior Assembly 2.30pm

From Our P&F



‘A day off for parents/care givers to make lunch'.

Lock in Wednesday the 22nd of March for the Canteen Day. More details to come next week through social media and seesaw.

Also, we are looking for volunteers for the day so please email the P&F if you can help in anyway. oranapandf@gmail.com


We are still in need of a class reps for Year 6 Blue. Come and join the P&F team to help our kids and our wonderful Orana community!


We are looking for one member to join the P&F committee for 2023 - the Class Rep Coordinator. If you are interested please send us an email for more information at oranapandf@gmail.com or contact Shehan on 0402900660.


The Homeless food service will take place on the 28th of March.

Staff donate Salads/meat

Parents and staff help prepare Chicken Salad Boxes & make/donate sandwiches

We plan to prepare 150/200 boxes.

We look forward to your support.

Please email us with your availability to help us with the meal prep and sandwiches, on oranapandf@Gmail.com.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Orana P & F


The Benefits of Boredom

‘Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves’ – Dr Vanessa Lapointe

With the school holidays upon us, many parents will be frantically trying to find new ways to fend off boredom for their kids.

And thinking of new and exciting activities to do is always going to be a good thing…

Organised activities involving sports, music or education have proven to be beneficial to a child’s physical, cognitive, cultural and social development.


Kind Regards

Kath Warburton

Social Worker

From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

Please read below regarding our Pre-Easter Retreat - Discern God's Will.
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The Week That Was!

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