Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 2, Week 3, 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 Mothers

Loving God,

As a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over your Church.

Bless these women,

that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.

Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, their sons and daughters,

may honour them always

with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Dear Parents and Carers

This weekend is Mother’s Day. We have many mothers, grandmothers and mother figures in our school who give their absolute best for the benefit of our children. We thank you for what you do and celebrate having such loving, generous, caring, gentle, selfless people in our lives. We would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers and mother figures a very happy Mother’s Day this weekend and hope you will spend a great day being spoiled by your families.

Thank-you to the P and F for organising and hosting the Mother’s Day stall to give our students an opportunity to choose a gift for their mums. This takes considerable time and we thank the volunteers for generously giving of their own time to acknowledge our mums and providing an opportunity for our students to live our motto; 'To give is to receive'.

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Kindy Mother’s Day events. The joy on the faces of the mums as they watched their children sing and share their thoughts about their mums was delightful.

The P and F Mother’s Day Tea this morning was a huge success. Mothers, grandmothers and mother figures all enjoyed lovely food, great coffee and the ever-popular photo booth. Many thanks to the volunteers on the committee and the P and F Exec for their hours of organisation and the Dads who volunteered on the day to spoil our Mums.

Please join us on Saturday evening at 6.30pm, at the parish, for our Junior Community Mass that will be dedicated to Mothers. May is also the month of Mary and it would be an ideal opportunity for families to share the Hail Mary together on a regular basis. During this Mass, Father Thai will bless the rosary beads for our class prayer tables.

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 shouldn’t cause any stress for your child or family. 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 and your child just needs to know that they need to try their best.

World Asthma Day was on Wednesday, an initiate by Asthma WA to raise awareness and support those impacted by asthma. At Orana we have access to asthma first aid kits and training. If your child is diagnosed with asthma, please send a current Asthma Plan prepared by your doctor to the school so the management of their condition can be supported and consistent. More information is available on www.asthmawa.org.au

In the afternoons, students are supervised at the back gate or the green shed until 3.30pm. Students are then escorted to administration by the duty teachers. If on occasion, parents and carers are running late, please park your car and collect your child from the office. The carpark outside the administration building is not to be used for drive through pick up or drop off. This is not safe and it causes traffic congestion. Thank-you for prioritising the safety of our students.

The Term 2 planner can be found on our website.


Any changes or updates will be added to the Events Calendar also on our website.

Enjoy the long weekend and God bless.

Dee Johnston


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Dates To Remember


  • 8th May - Junior Community Mass 6.30pm

  • 11th May - NAPLAN Writing
  • 11th May - P & F Meeting at 6pm
  • 12th May - NAPLAN Reading
  • 13th May - NAPLAN Conventions of Language
  • 14th May - Junior Assembly at 9am
  • 14th May - NAPLAN Numeracy
  • 14th May - Hotdog Lunch Day
  • 15th May - First Holy Communion Commitment Mass 6.30pm
  • 16th May - First Holy Communion Commitment Mass 10.30am

Faith In Action

Junior Community Mass Saturday, 8th May 6.30pm

Our first Junior Community Mass takes place this Saturday at 6.30pm at our parish, Saints John and Paul Church, Pinetree Gully Road, Willetton. Our church can celebrate Mass at 100% capacity on this date. Children from K-3 are particularly invited to celebrate with the Orana community and we will announce our first Junior Faith in Action Award. Our junior students will be reading and singing in the choir. Come join us as we celebrate Mary, our Mother and our own Mums.

History of the Devotion to Mary in the month of May

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honour Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, but the entire month.

It is common for parishes to recite the Rosary on a daily basis during May, and many erect a special May altar with a statue or picture of Mary as a reminder of Mary’s month. Additionally, it is a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary during May – a custom known as May Crowning. Often, the crown is made of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue. It is also a reminder to the faithful to strive to imitate our Blessed Mother’s virtue in our own lives. May Crowning, in some areas, is a huge celebration and is usually done outside of Mass, although Mass may be celebrated before or after the actual crowning.

The Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and the Glory Be, and concluding with the Save Regina, the Rosary involves the reciting of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s and the Glory Be. While reciting the decades, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of Our Lord’s life and Mary’s devotion to her beloved Son. As we journey through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the individual brings to mind the Lord’s incarnation, His passion, death and His resurrection from the dead. In this way, the Rosary assists us to grow in deeper appreciation of these mysteries and helps us to live our lives closer to God.

First Communion Preparation – Commitment Mass 15/16 May

Year Four students together with their families are invited to a Commitment Mass, in preparation for their First Communion on the weekend of 15/16 May at either Saturday 6.30pm or Sunday 10.30am. After Mass, parents/carers are asked to go to the hall to nominate which Mass time they would prefer for the sacrament day.

Kathryn Alp – Assistant Principal

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From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

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

Social Justice Group Plant Sale

At the end of this term, the Social Justice team will be holding a plant sale to raise money to buy food that the teachers will then cook and serve to the homeless in our community. If you have any plastic plant pots or milk cartons that you can donate for us to put plants in, it would be greatly appreciated. We would also be grateful for any plant cuttings. If you are able to help us, pots and plants can be dropped off at the year 4W classroom. The Social Justice group will take care of the plants until the plant sale. We will inform you of the specific date in the near future.

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Mother's Day Stall and Breakfast Volunteers

Many thanks to our amazing volunteers that spent hours organising for our Mother's Day Stall and Mother's Day Tea. These two successful events would not be possible without our wonderful team of volunteers.

Science Room - Busy Bee Day on May 8

The P&F are working with the school to organise a Busy Bee to do some building of storage units for the science room. We require a few Dads (and/or Mums) that would love to get involved with building a few Flatpacks. If you would like to help please contact the P&F at oranapandf@gmail.com

Colour Run - 25 May

Have you completed your child’s online profile yet for their Colour Run Fundraising? Please register and set up a profile for each of your children. To register your child, please go to https://www.schoolfunrun.com.au/

This year, we have an Orana Colour Run t-shirt available for purchase, or you are welcome to provide your own white t-shirt for the children to run in. The Orana Colour Run t-shirt can now be purchased from the online P&F shop for $7.95 via this link: https://bit.ly/34PMgAM

Next P&F Meeting

The next meeting is on the 11th of May in the Library at 6:00pm. Please join us as we discuss various school community topics and plan the forthcoming events for the year.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Your Orana P&F Exec Team

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Hotdog Lunch Day

TWO more days to order!

All children from Pre-Kindy to Year 6 are able to participate in the lunch day (with the exception of Kindy children as they will not be at school on that day).

Please follow the link to our shop and complete one ticket for each child that you wish to purchase lunch for.

Shop link: https://bit.ly/34PMgAM

Please order before 5pm, Sunday 9th May to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you don't place a double order (ie place an order on 2nd of May, forget that you placed an order and then place another one on a later date! Or that you simply forget to order because you think you previously made an order! All confirmations are sent to you via email so you are able to keep track that way.

All proceeds from the lunch day go towards the Year 6 Graduation.

Thank you in advance for your support!


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Social Worker News

Talking About School

Talking with your child about the school day shows you’re interested in what’s going on in his life. This interest boosts his mental health, happiness and wellbeing. It can also have a very positive effect on your child’s behaviour and achievement. It shows your child that you value school and education, which encourages him to value it too.


Kath Warburton

Social Worker

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

School Banking

School Banking day is Wednesday. Please bring bank books to the office each Wednesday morning. We are not able to securely store personal bank books, so they must be brought in every Wednesday and will be returned on Wednesday afternoon.

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

The Week That Was!

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