Orana Catholic Primary School
Week 9, Term 3, 2020
A PRAYER FOR HOPE
I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.
Some say that the sky is at it's
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light from
head to toe. To bask in your glory.
To know that all is right in the world,
as you have planned, and as you want
it to be.
Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and glory.
In your name I pray,
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Carers,
I attended assembly this morning and the Year 2 class provided a wonderful message of how we can change the world through persuasive writing. Rachel and Edrick shared their writing with us. Edrick spoke about the need for more play to recharge our brains for learning! Great idea, Edrik. We provide extra brain breaks during the day for this very reason. Rachel shared her message about kindness, which I have included below.
Why you should use kind words in the playground
It is very important to always use kind words and actions in the playground. Being kind makes people feel accepted and happy, helping you make friends because you are an easy person to be around.
Firstly, you must agree that kind words makes people feel happy and accepted. Kind words soften the heart and helps you make friends. When you say kind words to someone they say kind words back to you. Giving compliments and praise during games makes people feel good and builds team spirit.
Secondly, in my opinion, kind actions are helpful and make you powerful to make the world (and playground) a better place. By being kind you can make other people's day by just smiling or by giving them a helping hand.
Finally, it is clear that mean words hurt everyone's feelings so you need to use kind words in the playground so you don't hurt their feelings. If you have a problem with someone, you can use 'straight talk' to help solve the problem by saying exactly what the problem is, but still using kind words and being respectful.
For all these reasons you must agree, that being kind is extremely important. So you must be kind in your words and actions to everyone in the playground.
Please keep the Year 4 children in your prayers over the weekend as they receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. Miss Power, Mrs Tormay and Mrs DeBoni have prepared them so well for this special time in their life. Today the children completed the final act in preparation by engaging in the Rite of Reconciliation with Father Thai and Father Anthony. God bless you all and your families as you celebrate together.
ORANA AGM - SAVE THE DATE
The 2020 AGM will be held on Wednesday 25 November. Put it in your diary and save the date!
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE 2021 ORANA SCHOOL BOARD - WE NEED YOU!
The School Board is comprised of the school Principal, Parish Priest and elected members, the Parents and Friends Association representative and a representative of the Parish. Interested Parents can nominate themselves for membership before Friday, 20 November, for involvement in the 2021 Board. Board meetings are held once a month and the Annual General Meeting is held in November.
Please click the link below to complete the Expression of Interest Form.
ANYA BROCK - Artist in Residence Friday, 18 September
What a super day the Orana community has experienced today. Anya and her team have been working away all day with classes visiting to witness this magical artwork come to life. This could not have happened without the perseverance and dedication of Bronwyn Mattock. Bronwyn has been the driving force behind this P&F initiative and the school is so grateful to her and the P&F in funding this awesome project.
The time-lapse footage will be available shortly and will appear on our school website and social media pages for your viewing.
THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, SAUSAGE SIZZLE, FREE DRESS and ICY-POLES
Don't forget to order a sausage sizzle for the last day of this term to support the Year 6 children and their fundraising for the up and coming graduation from primary school. Children can also come in free dress for $1 and can purchase an icy-pole for $1 from the canteen at lunchtime.
Please click the link below to access the online link.
The Early Childhood Playground Busy-Bee Committee
This committee is determined to make a difference to our Early Childhood playground this year. Working together with the Kindy & Pre Primary teachers, they have hatched a plan to deliver a mud kitchen, water feature, sensory pathway & musical/sensory wall. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community, and leave our mark to the school. The committee are calling for volunteers during the day, if you are happy to lend a hand on that day, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you are keen to help out. Please scroll down to the P&F section of the newsletter to view in more detail.
One of my all time favourite days on the school year! Orana will be celebrating Book Week in Term 4. The Orana Book Week Parade will be held on Tuesday 13 October. You have the holidays to think of your costume for this event. The theme of Book Week for 2020 is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'.
TERM 3 DATES
We are coming to the end of term and I would like to remind you that the students last days Thursday, 24 September. OSHC will be open on Friday, 25 September for your convenience.
Year 1-3 will be attending swimming lessons from 14 October-23 October. Times of lessons will be shared by your child's teacher next week.
Year 4-6 will be attending swimming lessons from 26 October-6 November. Times of lessons will be shared by your child's teacher early Term 4.
Quote of the Week
Max, 4W reacting to seeing Anya's beautiful artwork...
"That is the best artwork I have ever seen. The birds look so real and I love being in 4W because I get to see it while I am working"
Every kind act is a prayer, Blessed Mother Teresa
RESPECT - GENEROSITY - EXCELLENCE
ORANA UNIFORM NEWS
If you would like to book a uniform fitting in Term 4 please click the link below. Uniform Concepts, Nell Graysons highly recommend a uniform fitting appointment due to COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing requirements.
The uniform shop will be closed at 5pm on Friday 25th September, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 29th September. Normal trading hours throughout the September holidays will be in place, for families to get a head start on their Term 4 and 2021 uniform purchases.
The Week That Was!
P & F News
Good day to you all!
The P&F had our last meeting of the term on Wednesday 16 September 2020 and we have had a jam-packed agenda filled with exciting happenings. All that is left is for you to come and help to make it happen 😊!
The Early Childhood Playground Busy-Bee Committee
This committee is determined to make a difference to our Early Childhood playground this year. Working together with the Kindy & Pre Primary teachers, they have hatched a plan to deliver a mud kitchen, water feature, sensory pathway & musical/sensory wall. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community, and leave our mark on the school. We are calling for volunteers during the day, if you are happy to lend a hand on that day, please e-mail email@example.com with your details. No skills are required, if you have any tradesman skills/equipments for the specific task for the day, it’s a bonus. Stay tuned for more info coming out soon!
Please save the date – 10th & 11th October 2020 (last weekend of the school holidays)
Session 1: 9 am -12 pm
Lunch break : 12 pm – 12.30 pm
Session 2: 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm
The more hands-on-deck the more progress we can achieve together as a team. Hope to see you all there!!
School Disco Committee
Planning has begun for the event that all kids would have been looking forward to. For now, SAVE THE DATE! Friday, 13th November 2020. Stay tuned!
Wall Mural Project
The P&F & the school have collaborated to beautiful our school! See if you can spot this when you drop off the children on Monday!
Father’s Night Out Event
Calling all dads of Orana for a night of fun at the lawn bowling green and to enjoy each others company. More details to follow.
If you are keen to participate in any of the committees above, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you in touch with the relevant committee.
I would like now to leave you with some photos of the Father’s Day Breakfast – and take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers (including the teachers who came early and help us with the event!).