Orana Catholic Primary School

Term 4, Week 7, 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.


May today there be peace within you.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forgot the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.

Let His presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance and to bask in the sun.

It is there for each and every one of you.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Congratulations to all our flute and guitar students who performed in our concert on Tuesday evening. It was a lovely evening of ensemble playing with a great finale of 50 musicians playing together. It was also wonderful to have the 5 flute players from Yidarra Catholic Primary school participate in our concert. A big thank you to Ms Draper, Mrs Alexander and Mrs Robertson for all their efforts over the year. Thank you to all the families for attending the concert and supporting our musicians. The rest of our musicians will be entertaining us next Wednesday night at the Orana Carols in the Park.

This year, our Year 6 students have been outstanding leaders of our student community and have led various teams that assist in setting the tone of our school. Today at assembly, they shared snippets from each leadership team. All Year 6 students have displayed leadership responsibilities throughout the year, in their respective teams. On Thursday December 9, these students will graduate from Orana Catholic Primary School. We take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication to our school and for the way they have conducted themselves as our leaders this year.

Thank you to community members who attended our Annual Community Meeting (ACM) last night. It was an opportunity to hear the progress made by the School Advisory Council and P&F Executive and how the school achieved its targets this year. This year was a very productive year and I wish to thank all Advisory Council members and the P&F Executive members and volunteers for their commitment and dedication to our school. The annual reports will soon be uploaded to the website (under the Practical Matters tab).

We would like to thank Mr Andrew Counsel who concluded his time on the Board. Andrew has been an excellent contributor on the Board/Advisory Council, consistently bringing a sense of advocacy for what is best for our school and students. Andrew has served the Orana community for the last 7 years, including 1 year as treasurer and 5 years as chairperson. Andrew has also been involved in several interview panels for staff appointments. Thank you also to Mrs Amanda Walker who completed a 2-year term on the Board/Advisory Council. Amanda has been the Board/Advisory Council Secretary this year and we appreciate her efficiency and organisation in recording and documenting Board / Advisory Council business. Mrs Yvette Mistry also concluded her term on the Board/Advisory Council. Yvette has shared her knowledge and experience in education and has stepped In to record meeting minutes when needed. We thank Yvette for her service to the community. Thank-you also to Mrs Emma Monaco for her service to the Board/Advisory Council. She has also concluded her term and we thank Emma for her contribution to the direction of the school. As an ex-student, Emma’s historical context has been insightful.

Many thanks to Mr Louie Sugiyanto for his leadership of the P & F as president for the last two years. Louie’s energy and enthusiasm has been contagious. We appreciate the part he has played in assisting to build community. Mr Cory O'Kane also concludes as Vice President. Cory has been instrumental in improving the the school through his resourcefulness and energy. Mr Paul Hadley also concludes his time as treasurer of the P & F. We thank Paul for his time in organising the financials for the P & F and ensuring the projects are financially viable.

The Advisory Council and P&F Executive for 2022 are:

2022 Advisory Council

Barbara Cook

Gary Dunlop

David Giuffre

Chris Mattock

Borhan Milani

Craig Petta

Candice Van Kampen

Carmelle Wilkinson

Fr Thai

Kathryn Alp

Dee Johnston

2022 P & F Executive

President – Borhan Milani

Vice President –Shehan Goonetilleke

Treasurer – Priya Narsing

Secretary – Helen Harley

Class Representative Coordinator - Clarissa van der Heijden

The Annual Community Meeting Report (including staffing information for 2022), Advisory Council Chairperson's Report and Principal’s Report will soon be on the school website.

This is a hectic time of the year and there are many events, tasks and dates in our minds. Despite all this, we need to ensure that we take the time to do the important things with patience and with the right attention to detail. The most important of these is how we treat each other. Students are tired, parents and staff are very busy and in this time, we can help each other immensely by being kind, generous and being thankful for having each other in our lives. A happy supportive community is one where children feel safe to grow.

Please keep an eye on the school calendar as many events including the Year 6 Graduation, Kindergarten Information Night, Kindergarten Meet and Greet and the Orana Carols in the Park are all fast approaching.

Have a restful weekend.

Best wishes and God bless

Dee Johnston

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Faith in Action

Advent & Christmas: From Promise To Fulfilment

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent - this week represents hope or the promise of the coming of the Messiah.

Click here to watch a wonderful 2-minute video about Advent


The origins of Advent and Christmas

The present pattern of a four-week Advent season followed by a Christmas season spanning the feasts of Jesus’ birth and baptism disguises a long and complex history. In spite of intensive efforts by liturgical scholars a definitive account of the origins of the Advent season and the feasts of Christmas and the Epiphany has proved elusive.


The season of Advent is peculiar to the Western church. It has no counterpart in the East. Outside of Rome, it may have arisen as a three or six week period of preparation for baptism on the feast of the Epiphany. Administering baptism on this day would have appealed at a time when the baptism of Jesus was the primary “epiphany” being celebrated (along with other revelations of Jesus’ identity such as the visit of the Magi, the wedding feast at Cana and the transfiguration).

When the birth of Christ came to be observed in Rome on 25th December in the fourth century, Christmas was taken to be the beginning of the year. Thus Advent, once it took shape, served as the conclusion of the year. It was characterised by an emphasis on Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time rather than on preparation for his nativity. In the time of Gregory the Great (590-604), Advent was shortened from six weeks to four.

Eventually a four week season became universal in the Western church that combined three themes: spiritual discipline (arising from preparation for baptism) and preparation for Christmas (originating in places such as Northern Italy before being adopted in Rome). It was only in the 10th century with the merger of Roman and Frankish liturgical traditions, that Advent came to be understood as the beginning of the church’s year.

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Dates To Remember

Term 4 - Week 8

  • Tuesday 30 November - Yr 6 Willetton Senior High School Orientation
  • Tuesday 30 November - 2022 Pre-Kindy and Kindergarten Information Evening 6pm
  • Wednesday 1 December - Carols in the Park:

5.00pm Family Picnic

5.45pm Students go to class to prepare for performance

6.00pm Carols

  • Friday 3 December - Pre-Kindy Christmas Event
  • Friday 3 December - Yr 1 Excursion - Kalamunda Historical Village
Always check the Orana Website for the most up-to-date calendar.

From our Parish of Saints John & Paul

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

From the P & F

Hello all,

Last night we have celebrated our volunteers with the Sundowner event and closed the night with Orana’s Annual Community Meeting. It was such a lovely event where we gather and acknowledge each other, and celebrate what it is that makes us a community – a sense of belonging.

The P&F Executive team for 2021 wishes to express our gratitude to our volunteers who have taken their time to make sure our events brought joy and wonder to our children. To the teachers who have gone above and beyond in supporting our activities, your time and energy are truly appreciated. Looking forward to 2022, the P&F can confirm that we have received nominations for the President and Vice President roles. Stay tuned!

We have received this from Nadia Lovelle, representing the both Kindy classes & the Pre Kindy classe who have expressed their thanks for P&F’s support in procuring classroom blinds which have allowed better classroom setting for the early year students. We are grateful to be able to help!

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As our last fundraiser of the year, we have set up a Wine Fundraiser, where a portion ($36 per case or $3 per bottle) of the sales from the selected wines (see flyer below) are donated to the Orana P&F. Thank you for supporting Orana P&F. For further ordering information, please refer to the below flyer, or visit https://wacellars.com.au/fundraising/orana-pf-wine-fundraiser/.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Orana P and F

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


The below bays are limited in number so please only use them if you have any infant children that you need to get in and out of your car, especially at peak drop off and pick up times. There is access and other parking available near the green shed.
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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.

School Banking will not be continuing at Orana in 2022. Please click on the link to view the letter from the Commonwealth Bank.



Responding to your Sensitive Child

Does your sensitive child engage in negative self-talk? As a parent it is heartbreaking to hear your child putting themselves down. Everyone engages in self-critical behaviour from time to time, but if negative self-talk is occurring frequently with your child, it is important to address it head on. If left alone, it can lead to a vicious cycle of negativity and low self-esteem. So how can you address this? Here are 8 ways to respond to your sensitive child’s negative self-talk.


Kind regards

Kath Warburton

Social Worker

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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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