Dear Parents

Welcome back to the start of this, the final school term for 2015, and a term that seems to fly by quickly. Most children appear to be already in summer uniform, however, we do have a two-week transition period from winter to summer uniform in place for the first two weeks of the school term. As from Monday 26 October all students will need to be in correct summer uniform. The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8.30am-10.30am.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is to be celebrated by the Year 3 students this Thursday evening (6.30pm-8.00pm) at the Sts John and Paul Church, Willetton. This Sacrament is a sign and experience of God's unconditional forgiveness and while we acknowledge this as the first time these students will attend the Sacrament, it remains something that can be celebrated repeatedly throughout one's life,

Strategic Plan - Parental input requested

The school is currently undertaking a process to implement a strategic plan in order to provide direction and focus for all associated with Orana Catholic Primary School. It will need to point to specific results that are to be achieved and establish a course of action for achieving them. Our strategic plan will also need to help the various sub-groups within the school to be aligned with commonly held goals. One very important part of this is to seek input from parents within the school community. You are invited to participate in a workshop here in the School Library next Monday 19 October (7.00pm - 8.30pm). An outside consultant, Carlyn Dyer will lead and facilitate the session. I encourage all parents to give real consideration to being in attendance at this workshop.

School Sports

Next Tuesday 20 October is our intra-school sports carnival to be held on-site commencing at about 9.00am. Parents are most welcome to attend the carnival. For those who may not have attended one of our school carnivals, you are well advised to come prepared with your own chairs or blankets and be prepared for weather around 30 degrees on the day. You will need to bring your own food however a coffee van is present throughout the day. Your child will be able to have lunch with you on the day. Parents and spectators sit on the southern side of the running track and students will be in their respective house bays on the northern side of the track.

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to assist on the day, those required will have already been contacted by Mr Chatt outlining your responsibilities and roles on the day.

Cyber-Safety Presentations

Next week there will be a series of Cyber-safety presentations here at Orana Catholic Primary School - one each for students, staff and parents. Details about the parent Cyber-safety presentation can be found by clicking here.

ANZ Introductory Loan Scheme (P&F initiative)

In conjunction with the ANZ Bank, any new home loan that identifies Orana Catholic Primary School as the school of association will result in this school receiving the sum of $300 for every $100,000 new mortgage taken out through the Willetton Branch of the ANZ Bank. The offer is open to any customer who takes out a home loan provided this is done through the Willetton Branch, is a new loan, and identifies Orana Catholic Primary School. For further information please see the ANZ Referral Form link in the Notices section under P&F News.

School Position (Vacancy)

With the resignation of Mrs Irene Wright as the school social worker effective as from the end of Term 3, the school will look toward employing a new school-based social worker. In order to broaden the field of potential candidates, it has been decided to have the new person commence as from the beginning of Term One 2016. This means that for the current school term the school will operate without the position filled. The school has access to external support should it be necessary. I would ask that your first contact be to me should circumstances require such intervention.

School Parking

There seems to be a habit creeping in whereby some children are, at the request of their parents, being picked up directly outside the Office during the 3.10pm-3.30pm-time period. This is not part of the school pick-up zone, nor is it a supervised area. The options available are for parents to collect children from the classroom, from the undercover area near the Canteen, through the designated drop off/pick up zone (the "Green Shed"), or from the area known as the "Back Gate". Any child waiting near the car park immediately outside the Office before 3.30pm will now be directed to sit inside the undercover area or to the green shed area.

For safety reasons, pick-up from the school after 3.30pm should be from the area immediately outside the Office.

Assembly

Whole school assembly this Friday. We move back to the 8.50am start time for whole school Friday assemblies. All parents are most welcome to attend.