Orana Catholic Primary School
Term 1, Week 4, 2021.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we journey through the second week of Lent, we are reminded by the prayer above of our call to “Aspire not to have more, but to be more”, a famous quote from Saint Oscar Romero. Saint Oscar Romero lived his life by Catholic Social Teachings. His work to assist the poor and marginalised is reflected today through the work of Caritas. Please give generously to the Project Compassion Appeal.
On Wednesday 24th February, we held a “Bushfire Relief - Dress in Red Day” to raise money for the many Western Australians who were sadly impacted by the bushfires earlier this month. We raised a total of $1342.95 which will be forwarded to the Lord Mayor's Disaster Appeal. This is a fantastic effort that demonstrates both the generosity and empathy of our Orana community.
Thank you to parents and community members who attended the first Parents and Friends’ meeting for this year, on Tuesday evening. The P&F includes every parent and carer in the school and is led by a P&F Executive including a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The role of the P&F is primarily to build community and also to raise funds for the benefit of our students.
Please note and support the upcoming community events:
- P&F Welcome Sundowner – Friday 12th March
- P&F Stargazing Night – Saturday 20th March
On Thursday, our Year 6 Leadership teams were announced. The 2021 teams are; Orana Service, Social Justice, Sustainability, Pod Squad, Sport, Quaddies and Fitness. We look forward to seeing our leaders embracing their roles of service to the Orana community.
The first School Board Meeting was held last night. Now that Catholic Education WA has become incorporated, the School Board is now referred to as the School Advisory Council. This year we will be working to the School Advisory Council Transitional Terms of Reference. We welcome and look forward to working with the following newly appointed School Advisory Council Members; Craig Mattock, Barbara Cook and David Giuffre.
Due to the Code of Conduct and child safety, adults are not permitted to use children’s toilets. If parents and carers need to use bathroom facilities, please come to Administration and you will be directed to the staff toilets.
Uniforms unite our students with each other by creating a sense of belonging. Please encourage your child to wear the uniform correctly and with pride. Current uniform reminders include:
- Students hair which is longer than collar length needs to be tied back and off the face using blue or white hair ties. No extreme hairstyles are permitted.
- White sports shoes OR blue sports shoes with Orana sports socks (other coloured sports shoes are NOT permitted.)
Students are permitted to wear:
- a watch, a chain with a Holy medal.
- plain studs (3-4mm) or sleepers (10-11mm) in each ear lobe (one pair maximum).
- a Medic Alert bracelet (this is the only bracelet permitted).
Staff will be reminding students of our uniform expectations. For more details, please refer to the parent handbook on the website under the tabs of Grooming and Uniforms.
Kindy interviews for 2022 will commence early next term. If you have a child who is due to begin Kindy in 2022, please ensure your application has been received by the school office.
During the week, at my son’s school, I had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker Claire Eaton, a local author and Mindset Coach for Youth and Parents. Whilst her books target high school students, she shared a mindset concept of “above and below the line thinking” which could be simplified for discussions with primary school students. The concept is the choice we all have to think about any given experience in a ‘light and helpful way’ (above the line) or a ‘not so helpful way’ (below the line). I particularly connected with this and the following strategy to increase awareness of our thoughts .
“Think your way to a better day”
- Catch your thoughts
- Check your thoughts
- Choose your thoughts
- Change your thoughts
If you are interested in reading more, please go to the following website. https://www.claireeaton.com.au/
Please join us for our Junior Assembly next Friday, the 5th March. Parents and carers are also invited to join us for the assembly. Please sign in using the SafeWA app and maintain physical distance.
Best wishes and God bless,
Faith in Action
This week, each class received a new Bible for their classroom which was blessed by Fr Anthony during our Ash Wednesday Mass. Our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 3 classes now have the Catholic Children's Bible and our Year 4 to 6 classes have the Breakthrough Bible.
The Catholic Children's Bible has vibrant illustrations to engage the children and allow them to “dive in” to Scripture and become immersed in the stories. The Scripture stories are unpacked in three ways throughout the Bible;
- Understand It! This section enables children to comprehend central themes by using child-friendly backgrounds and commentary.
- Live It! This section provides instructions to encourage the children to apply the meaning of each story to their lives through engaging activities and prayers.
- Tell It! This section has framed illustrations which help the children to retain and comprehend the passage by having them retell the story in their own words.
Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics, is a Good News Bible translation. Similarly to the Bible for our younger students, this Bible has the following three sections throughout; Pray It! Study It! Live It! which assists young people to apply the lessons of the Bible to their lives.
Our students are enjoying exploring their new Bibles in class. This is what some of our Year 2 and 6 students had to say about their new Bible;
- "I like the Bible because it is interesting." Ben 2B
- "I like our new Bible because it is bright and colourful and has lots of pictures!" Violeta 2B
- "I like the Bible because Jesus and God are being kind to other people." Willva 2B
- "We like that the Bible has adult and kid content. It's easy to read, has easier to understand language with a timeline, it includes scripts to do plays, songs, prayers and maps to help us see places in the Bible. We also liked how it shows how to pray the rosary and that it includes quizzes. The cartoons and illustrations help to give us visualisations of the people in the Bible. It's also lighter than a normal Bible!" Amity, Lucy, Tahlia 6W.
Project Compassion - Annual Lenten Appeal
As part of our Religious Education lessons during lent our students are exploring this year’s Project Compassion theme, ‘Be More’ and ways they can earn money at home to raise money for the appeal. Thank you for your generosity and donations towards Project Compassion.
Sacramental Enrolment Masses
On the following dates, students who are enrolling in the Sacramental Program for First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Reconciliation must attend one of the Mass times below with their family or a parent/carer. Following the Mass at Sts John and Paul Church, you will be required to attend the Parish Hall to receive an enrolment form for this year's Sacramental Program.
- 13th March - 5:00pm, 6:30pm
- 14th March - 10:30am
From our Parish of Sts John & Paul
Project Compassion Boxes
If you would like a Project Compassion box for your family, please join us for Mass and pick one up from our Parish foyer.
Please visit the Parish website for the latest information on weekend Masses.
Dates To Remember
- Monday 1st March - Labour Day, Public Holiday
- Tuesday 2nd March - Interschool Cricket Carnival (Select Year 5 and 6 students)
- Thursday 4th March - 'Make A Move' lessons (Blue classes)
- Friday 5th March - Junior Assembly
- Friday 5th March - Year 3 Priest visit
- Friday 5th March - 'Make A Move' lessons (White classes)
NEWS FROM THE P&F
It is the end of Week 4 and we hope everyone has settled into their routines with Term 1 well underway.
Our kick off P&F meeting took place this week! We’d like to thank Mrs Dee Johnston for attending and must say she did an exceptional job with updating us on a number of things currently in the works at our school. We discussed a host of other agenda items, which included the Sundowner, the Stargazing event, Science Room upgrade and even the possibility of adding a Defibrillator to our school grounds, to name but a few.
If you are interested in getting involved in the planning stages of any of our events, please email us! Events that the P&F will sponsor and where you can get involved in this year are as follows: Stargazing Evening, Mother’s Day Morning Tea, Colour Run (possibly a slime run - how excited would that be for the kids), School Disco, Father’s Day Breakfast, Busy Bee Weekend, Movie Night, Father’s Nights Out and Fundraising (Examples; Cookie Dough, Wine, Pasta, Cadbury Chocolates).
We’d love to see all of you at our first event for 2021, which is the Sundowner on Friday 12th of March. Ticket and food purchasing is now live, click the link below to be taken to the online shop to purchase your entrance ticket and order food for the night! Flyers have also been added to the classroom doors with a QR code to make it easy to reach the online shop from your mobile phone. More information will come through on the Event Page, which can be found on the Parents of Orana Facebook Page, so make sure to have a look and stay up to date.
Have a lovely weekend, feel free to drop us a line and let us know if we can assist in getting you better connected into the Orana Community: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orana P&F Executives