Dear Parents

Christmas Carols

Thank you to all for ensuring that last evening's Christmas Carols and Concert was such a success. It was fantastic to see so many families in attendance enjoying the Christmas goodwill and cheer. My thanks to all for attending and to the entire staff for the work in seeing this evening come to fruition. Thank you in particular to Mrs Perrigo and Mrs Green for writing the script for last night and to Ms Draper for her musical work with the different year levels and to special guest, Kiralee Cottier (ex Orana student, now Year 9). The children from Pre-Kindergarten through Year 6 deserve a big vote of congratulations once again for completing a job to the highest level.

Whole School Mass

Whole school Mass for students, staff and parents is on this Friday morning in the school hall commencing at 9.00am. It would be fantastic to see lots of parents and family members attend the Mass. This Mass is traditional here at Orana as it provides the opportunity to ensure that the School's connection with the Loreto Sisters, as founding order of the school, is maintained. Following the Mass, one Year 5 student is awarded the Loreto Award, in recognition of their individual qualities portrayed and espoused by the Loreto Order's founder, Mary Ward who dedicated her life to transforming that of others through education and with a focus on seeking truth and justice for all.

School Fees

Following the last School Board Meeting held early this month, the School Fees for 2016 have been determined. In line with recommendations given to the Board from the Catholic Education Office the Board has increased school fees by 9% for 2016. A list of the fees can be accessed by clicking here. An explanation to the sources of funding available to Catholic schools can be located here.

The School Board is very aware of the financial stress a number of our families currently find themselves in. All matters relating to such should be raised directly with me knowing that matters pertaining to personal finances are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

2016 Timetable

The following key dates are relevant to the start of the 2016 Orana Catholic Primary School year:

Tuesday 5 January 2016 - OSHC reopens
Tuesday 19 January 2016 - School Administration reopens
Thursday 28 January 2016 - Uniform Shop open 9.30am-12.00pm and 2.30pm-5.00pm.
Friday 29 January 2016 - Orientation and Information sessions for PK, K, PP, 1, 2 and 3 (9.00am-10.30am).
Monday 1 February 2016 - Classes recommence for PP-6
Tuesday 2 February 2016 - K commences
Friday 5 February 2016 - PK commences

Please note that during January the School will be closed on Monday 25 January (pest control procedures) and Tuesday 26 January 2016 (Australia Day public holiday).

Class Lists

This year the class lists will again be displayed electronically. In addition to the physical list placed on the noticeboard outside OSHC, we would like to send the list out as a special newsletter on Wednesday 16 December. If you have already subscribed to the weekly newsletter you will be sent the whole school list. If you have not subscribed to the newsletter, please become a subscriber via school website. Where circumstances exist that you do NOT want your child's name placed on the class lists, it is imperative that you inform the Front Office of this before close of business on Tuesday 15 December. Your child's name will not appear on the class list and you will be informed of the class placement for your child on Wednesday 16 December at the same time as everyone else by personal email. The school subscriber list is generally only parents and grandparents of children here at Orana Catholic Primary School. I would ask however that the list not be copied in any form in respect of the privacy of individuals.

Year 6 Parents

With the departure of students into secondary school and the different devices required there, the School would consider buying back any MacBook Air, 11 inch that is surplus to the needs of your family. Our intent would be to use these as back up machines for Staff when required. Please make contact with the Front Office if interested.