Orana Catholic Primary School
Term 2, Week 1, 2021.
ANZAC Day Prayer
God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come. That the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth.This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to Term 2! Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable and restful Easter break. A break from routine can be refreshing for families and we are now ready for a new term of learning. Our attitude to learning and the way we perceive what we can achieve has a significant impact on how much we learn. What a child expects of themselves is the most powerful determinant of the success they will achieve. As key adults in our children’s lives it is our responsibility to raise our children’s confidence and assist them to develop high standards for themselves.
Many thanks to the Year 6 classes for leading the ANZAC Assembly, this morning. This was an informative and moving commemoration to those that have and are serving our country. Initially, ANZAC Day was a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April, 1915. Today, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia’s history and pray for those involved in wars, their families and for peace.
Earlier this week, the Year 6 students participated in an induction on flag raising protocols facilitated by Mr Adrian Hamill from DFES. We were very fortunate to have Mr Hamill share his expertise and we are grateful for his time. The students will now raise and lower the flags daily as part of their leadership role. It is so important that current and future generations are exposed to and have opportunities to engage with these customs.
Congratulations to students for the smooth transition they have made into winter uniform. Students wearing the correct uniform neatly and proudly raises their self-image and contributes to a positive school culture. School photos are scheduled for Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April. Thank you to all families for ensuring students are well presented in their uniforms for the photos.
At the end of last term, the teaching staff attended a Future Focussed Learning professional development day with the staff from Queen of Apostles and Yidarra Catholic Primary School. As a collaborative learning community, we explored the creative fluency within Inquiry Learning and how this can be applied across areas of the curriculum. The support staff participated in sessions specific to their roles, facilitated by Kath Warburton, Michelle Cottier and Joanne Godsell. Thank-you to these staff members for their leadership and for their passion for the students of Orana.
On Monday, the Orana Staff participated in a session on Restorative Practice in preparation for enhancing our Behaviour Education Plan. Restorative Practice compliments the Highway Heroes Program, our motto and Gospel values. `Restorative Practice in schools is a whole school approach that encourages behaviour that is supportive and respectful. It puts the onus on individuals to be truly accountable for their behaviour and to repair any harm caused to others as a result of their actions.
Kindy interviews for 2022 commence next week. If you would like your child to be considered for a place in Kindergarten for next year and have not yet put in an application form in, you will need to do so as soon as possible.
The latest Term 2 calendar can be found on our website. https://www.orana.wa.edu.au/calendar/ Any changes or updates will be added to the Events Calendar also on our website.
Enjoy the long weekend and God bless
Dates To Remember
TERM 2 - Week 2
- Sunday 25th April - ANZAC Day
- Monday 26th April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday
- Tuesday 27th April - School Photos
- Wednesday 28th April - School Photos
- Thursday 29th April - School Advisory Council Meeting 6pm
- Friday 30th April - Senior Assembly
- Friday 30th April - Year 4 Liturgy
- Friday 30th April - Icy pole sales at lunchtime
Faith In Action
Change of Saturday Vigil Mass Time
The Parish of Saints John and Paul have revised the times of Mass on a Saturday evening. From Saturday, 1st May, Mass will be celebrated at 5.30pm. This impacts the Sacramental Timetable. This updated timetable has been sent via Seesaw and is available on the website.
Vinnies Good Night In
Vinnies Good Night In, is an exciting and fun new event designed to bring friends and families together; whilst raising money for a good cause.
We know that having close relationships, being connected and having a support network of people around you are so incredibly important; especially when times are tough. For many Western Australians who experience financial hardship, don’t have secure housing or suffer loneliness and isolation, their only means of support is often Vinnies WA.
On Friday May 7, we encourage families in our Orana community to spend a Good Night In by hosting an event with your family at home.
During the evening at 7pm, you will be able to connect with St Vinnies by viewing their live stream, and by participating in the event you will learn how you can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable Western Australians; who are supported through the Vinnies WA Emergency Assistance Program.
Every little bit of support your school can offer can add up to a whole lot of good. Please go to https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-wa/good-night-in
Kathryn Alp – Assistant Principal
From our Parish of Saints John & Paul
Change of Mass Time
As of May 1, 2021, Saturday Vigil Mass will commence at 5.30pm. Please visit the Parish website for the latest information on weekend Masses.
Enrolment for the Sacraments
If your child is in Year 3, 4 or 6 and you have not yet collected an enrolment form for the respective sacrament after Mass, please contact Magdalene at email@example.com to arrange a time.
NEWS FROM THE P&F
Hoping you had a good break and are ready for Term 2.
Please note that our Colour Run is to be held on the 25th of May 2021 and please make sure to support our fundraising effort. To register your child, please go to https://www.schoolfunrun.com.au/.
We also need volunteers for the day. If you can help during the day to run the events, please register your interest by filling in the following form https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/Nn8tHEUf#/0.
Mother’s Day Stall, the children have always been excited to go “shopping” for their mums and we will have a variety of gifts for them to choose from. The stall will take place on Thursday 6th of May for all students from Pre-Kindy to Year 6 (Pre-Kindy will choose gifts on Friday the 7th May). The cost is $5 per child. If you would like for your child to purchase a gift, please make payment via our online store (link below).
Save the date for the upcoming inaugural special Mother’s Day Breakfast Morning event on Friday 7th May 2021 (7:30am in the Quad) to celebrate all our amazing Orana Mums. Volunteers are needed for the event; Dads this is a good time to show your appreciation to the Mums so please get onboard and consider volunteering at this event so we can give our Mums a chance to sit back and enjoy their coffee and food. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Food can still be purchased from our online store.
Perth Goju Karate Raffle
Just reminder, Perth Goju Karate, who hold Karate Classes on Wednesday afternoon at the school hall, have generously donated a year’s membership and monthly training (valued at total value of $1,175) that we’d like to raffle off. The prize is redeemable at any of their five locations. Tickets are on sale now at $5 and will be on sale until 30th April 2021. Raffle winner will be announced on the 1st May 2021. Please follow this link / QR code to purchase your tickets. https://checkout.square.site/merchant/A6CED84ST8X0W/checkout/AQOEMQQJT4ZBORR7HUDGTD5A
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Your Orana P&F Exec Team
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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.
Monday 19th July - Future Focussed Learning Professional Development
Friday 24th September – Catholic Day
Monday 11th October – Data Analysis Professional Development and Wellbeing Session