Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 4, 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 Healing

Lord of Heaven,

I rest underneath your mighty wings of love

I dwell within your gentle heart.

I know there is healing in your touch.

Through the sufferings of Christ I can ask for restoration

And trust in your goodness.

You are my Lord, my Saviour,

My healer and my friend.

I dwell within your gentle embrace.


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Dear Parents and Carers,

Today is World Teacher’s Day. The P and F showed their apprecation on behalf of the parent community of the efforts of our wonderful staff. These teachers and support staff are committed to the education of the children of Orana and strive to provide the best possible learning opportunities. We truly are blessed at Orana with a wonderful staff and community. Thank-you to all involved.

Last night our Year 3 students attended the parish rehearsal for the Sacrament of Penance, the final step in their preparation. The Sacrament of Penance is a celebration of God’s love and mercy, a spiritual healing by God’s grace. The prayer above is a one of comfort and restoration.

Schools are very complex institutions where relationships exist at several levels between students, parents and staff. Ideally, these are all aimed at providing the best learning ground for students. Occasionally, difficulties or challenges occur for students and it is tempting as adults to utilise our relationships to jump in and rescue our students. At school, students are learning for life and it is important for us as adults to allow students the opportunity to make mistakes so that they can learn from these. It is equally important to allow students the opportunity to experience real feelings and to help and support them to sort out their own problems and challenges. As professionals, we are there to support students when they need this support but this should not be the first port of call. If students don’t learn from mistakes and challenges in primary schools then where would we like them to learn. The safe environment of a Catholic primary school is an excellent place to learn about the challenges of life and to help us build resilience and life skills in our children.

Students are arriving at school well before supervision commences at 8.30pm. Students should not be left unsupervised before this time. Parents need to stay with their children until 8.30am or utilise the before school care service at OSHC. Recently, some students have been left unattended in the quad as early as 8am. The only students that should be at school at this time are the choir and band members, who are supervised by Ms Draper.

Our School Community AGM is approaching. This is an opportunity to hear reports on the progress of the school in the past twelve months and includes an Advisory Council Report, P&F Report, Principal’s Report, election of Board Members for 2022, election of P&F Executive for 2022 and announcing of staffing for 2022. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate support for the community and the entities that work to provide the best educational environment for your child. There are three positions open on the School Advisory Council and all positions on the P&F Executive are vacated each year.

Advisory Council membership conditions are:

(a) a commitment and desire to promote Catholic education and give service to the Catholic School Community;

(b) a commitment to the safety, wellbeing and pastoral care of all students and staff;

(c) an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with the Principal, school leadership team and all other members of the Advisory Council;

(d) the possession of skills, competencies and experience that are reflective of, relevant and beneficial to the Catholic School Community; and

(e) a sufficiency of time to devote to Advisory Council duties.

The Advisory Council is made up of the Principal (Ex-Officio); the Parish Priest (Ex-Officio), four to six persons, an additional member nominated by the P&F and an additional member nominated by the Parish. This year four (4) of these positions will be vacated and will need to be filled at the AGM.

Criteria for membership of the P&F Executive shall be:

Any parent/guardian of a child attending the school, or any person who supports the objectives of the Association.

The P&F Executive is made up of the Principal (Ex-Officio); the Parish Priest (Ex-Officio), President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to Four (4) additional members. The positions that are not Ex-Officio will be vacated and will need to be filled at the AGM.

Nominations for the Advisory Council and P and F Association need to be received by Friday 19th November.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position on the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive for 2022, please complete the information on the relevant form below and email it to the office at admin@orana.wa.edu.au If nominating someone else, please ensure that they are aware of the nomination.

Advisory Council Member Nomination Form

Name of person you would like to nominate:

Nominator (if different from above):

Contact Phone Number of Nominee:

P&F Nomination Form

Name of person you would like to nominate:

Nominator (if different from above):

Contact Phone Number of Nominee:

Position Nominated for (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, member, etc):

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, class teachers will soon be looking at class groupings for 2022. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and the children’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Whilst we attempt to satisfy genuine requests this is not always possible. If for any particular reason, you have a class placement request, please put this in writing via email to myself.

The following are rarely valid requests and generally are not able to be considered:

a) Requests for a particular teacher as staffing can change for various reasons.

b) Requests for a child to be in a class with a particular student. At times, we get conflicting requests where a parent would like their child to be in the same class as a particular student and the other child’s parent has requested that the two children be separated. There are also occasions where parent requests conflict with their child’s request.

Valid requests include:

a) Separating or keeping twins together.

b) Providing insights into your own child’s personality or learning needs/style.

b) Respectfully providing the school with insight into relationship issues a child may have with another student.

All class requests must be emailed by the Wednesday 3rd November. Requests after this time cannot be considered.

Take care and God bless

Dee Johnston


QCE Award - Quality Catholic Education Award

Congratulations to our team who were awarded a certificate of Merit for the Quality Catholic Education Awards. This team included Mrs Tormay and the students from the Year 6 Social Justice Group and Miss Purio and the Year 3 students. We are incredibly proud of the way our community puts others before themselves.
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Faith in Action

Sacrament of Penance

This Thursday, we ask that children celebrating the Sacraments of Penance (Year 3) attend the rehearsal with a parent at 5.30pm in the church of Saints John and Paul, Willetton.

Year 3 Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, 4th November 6pm - Sacrament of Penance at the Church
  • Saturday, 6th November 5.30pm Mass or Sunday, 7th November 10.30am Mass - Certificate and Celebration.
Homeless Food Roster - Social Justice Group

Congratulations to our Social Justice Group for making 100 sandwiches guided by Mrs Tormay and Mrs Da Cruz that were given to out in the Homeless Food Roster by staff. This is making a real difference to peoples' lives.

Dates To Remember

Term 4 - Week 4

  • Monday, 1st November - All Saints' Day
  • Tuesday, 2nd November - Interschool Athletics
  • Tuesday, 2nd November - P and F Meeting, 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 3rd November - Year 5 Your Move Canning Bike Education
  • Wednesday 3rd November - Leadership Lunch, Year 1.
  • Thursday, 4th November - Year 6 Transition Program
  • Thursday, 4th November - Sacrament of Penance, 6pm at the Church.
  • Thursday, 4th November - Assembly - Senior Certificates
  • Friday, 5th November - Year 1 Liturgy
  • Friday, 5th November - Reunion Rehearsal, 11am.
  • Saturday, 6th November - 4 Decades of Orana Celebration, 2pm
  • Saturday, 6th November - Junior Community Mass and Penance Certificate and Celebration 5.30pm
  • Sunday, 7th November - Penance Certificate and Celebration, 10.30am

Always check the Orana Website for the most up-to-date calendar.

Our Leadership Groups - Social Justice Team

The Orana School Motto is To Give is to Receive.The Year 6 Social Justice Group aspire to put these words into action.

In Term One, the focus was to promote Project Compassion and the whole school united to raise more than $1500 for Caritas to provide basic essentials for those less fortunate.

Each term, the Orana staff purchase, cook and serve food for the homeless in Perth. The Social Justice Group offered to assist, so they organised and ran a plant sale which raised over $1200. This money was used to buy food to provide approximately 400 meals. Next week the students will be making 100 sandwiches which the teachers will distribute to the homeless.

Third term was also busy as the students organised a second hand toy and book sale. This involved collecting and sorting the items, setting up the stalls and manning them before and after school. The money raised from this project will be used to buy small gifts to put in Christmas hampers which will be organised this term. It has become a custom that each Orana class makes a hamper which is then distributed by the Sts John & Paul St Vincent de Paul Conference. This will be the big project this term. Watch out for further information in the coming weeks!

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From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

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

From the P & F

Hello from the P&F,

This week I have been approached by Rebekah Hogan, our very own Science Teacher, who has excitedly asked me to check on the Vegepods, asking if I can spot the baby pumpkin growing in one of the pods. I am really thrilled to hear this, as what we have done as a P&F community has borne fruit (literally! – I mean pumpkin is a type of fruit right?). Take a look at the photo of the Vegepods that we put in late August. Come for a wander and check out what’s growing beautifully in there. And while you’re at it, please check out the insect hotels we’ve built as well as the reflection garden.

Our next P&F meeting is on Tuesday, the 2nd November 2021, at 6.30pm – please join us for the last meeting for the year. We’ll discuss about our ongoing projects, and planning for our Sundowner for Term 1 in 2022. If you know anyone or would like to nominate yourself as President or Vice President role, please do so by contacting Oranapandf@gmail.com.

Today we will be celebrating our teachers – the P&F will be treating the teachers to morning tea and spoil them. Stay tuned for the photos!



On Site Speech Pathology at Orana – 2022

Talk the Talk Speech Pathology is concluding their services at Orana by the end of the 2021 school year. Orana Catholic primary School will still continue this service in 2022. The school is currently in discussion with possible providers to commence in the new year.

Kind regards

Kathryn Alp

Assistant Principal

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Please click on the link to register your attendance.


We look forward to seeing you there.

We are fast approaching our FOUR DECADES OF ORANA celebrations. The events will be held over two days. There is a variety of experiences for current and ex-students and families.

For current students and families:

‘The Reunion Show Dress Rehearsal’
Friday 5 November, 11.00am, School Hall

‘Happy Birthday Orana’
Friday 5 November, 12 noon, Undercover Area
including Time Capsule Ceremony and Birthday Cake

‘Four Decades of Orana’ Community Mass
Saturday 6 November, 5.30pm, Church of Ss John & Paul

For ex-students and families from four the decades of 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s & 2010’s:

‘School Reunion’
Saturday 6 November, 2.00 - 4.30pm
Entry through Querrin St gate, Parking on the Oval
Meet your old friends, tour the classrooms, enjoy an ice cream and a sausage sizzle.
‘Reunion Show’ starts at 2.45pm in the School Hall.

‘Four Decades of Orana’ Community Mass
Saturday 6 November, 5.30pm, Church of Ss John & Paul

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.


Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

Parents and kids alike love sports, and it's easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. Yet there is much more to be gained from the sports experience than a winning record. When children and teens are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Good sportsmanship is one of the life lessons that children can learn from sports. You can help your children understand and value good sportsmanship while making sure they have a safe and fun sports experience.

Good sportsmanship may seem hard to define, but its hallmarks include being able to win without gloating, respecting one's opponents, and being able to lose gracefully. Here are some important principles to instill in your children:


Kind regards

Kath Warburton

Social Worker


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

CCTV Cameras

Please be aware that Orana Catholic Primary School utilises CCTV for security purposes.

The Week That Was!

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