Dear Parents

If it is Monday and you are only reading the newsletter now, this is not of your doing but mine. Apologies but factors conspired against time deadline to have the newsletter published as usual on each Thursday.

School Production

It is really hard to know where to begin in acknowledging the many people following what I believe was an outstanding school production and showcasing of talent. I will confine my thanks to groups within school community as the strength of what we witnessed last week was in the coming together of many for the greater good.

To the students first and foremost for the discipline and talent you showed, the class contribution along with the individual talent was a real highlight of the production, all this coming with maximum student participation across all year levels from kindergarten and above.

To the parents for your support in volunteering your time and contribution in costume design and making, a very big thank you. In addition to those who helped there were many others who volunteered their services and were not called on. Nevertheless to be overwhelmed with offers of assistance was in itself greatly appreciated.

Finally I would like to thank most sincerely the whole staff here at Orana for the months of work preparing, practising and performing the students for the production. Not only was the storyline original (based on three children's picture books and then written into story by Mrs Perrigo and Mrs Green), but over a lengthy period of time a growing number of committee members from staff met regularly outside school hours to plan and ultimately execute the four performances.

Well done one and all.

Sports Carnival (Inter-school)

This week we compete against a number of schools in the annual inter-school athletics carnival. Field events were conducted today and the main track events will be held this Thursday 8 November (Santich Park, Spearwood). I take the opportunity to wish all our school representatives every success.

School Visit

As part of the parish visit by the Archdiocese of Perth's Auxiliary Bishop, Don Sproxton, Bishop Sproxton will be visiting the school this forthcoming Friday 9 November. Bishop will be at school from 2.00pm onward.

Remembrance Day

On Monday 12 November the school will commemorate Remembrance Day with a service at 11.00am (School Hall). Children who belong to service clubs (Guides, Scouts etc) are invited to attend in uniform. All parents are invited to attend the service.

Swimming Lessons

The ability to be able to swim proficiently is an important skill every child should have the opportunity to pursue. Swimming lessons are an important part of the school's curriculum. For our students in Years,1,2 and 3 these commence next Monday 12 November and continue daily through until Friday 23 November. The actual swimming lesson times are;

Year 3B and 1B - 12.50pm

Year 3W and 1W -1.30pm

Year 2B and 2W -2.10pm

* The above are not departure times or arrival back at school times.

P&F Meeting

A late reminder that there is a P&F Meeting this evening in the staffroom commencing at 7.00pm.

AGM

The Annual General meetings for both P&F and School Board take place next Monday evening (12 November please note 7.00pm start time). The primary function of these Meetings is the presentation of reports from P&F and School Board. All are welcome to attend. From previous experience the meetings will be finished no later than 8.30pm.

Class Groupings 2013

Discussions regarding class placements for next year will shortly commence. In consultation with your child's present class teacher, I will be compiling the class lists for 2013. There are a number of factors that must be taken into account when balancing classes, including academic ability, gender, interpersonal relationships, and social dynamics. Parental requests are an additional factor and I would like to make clear my policy on this aspect.

Parental requests can only be met in exceptional circumstances. However if you believe that there is such a circumstance in relation to your child, you are invited to outline this in writing and addressed to me by Monday 19 November. No requests will be considered after this date and please do not ask your child for their preferred teacher as this does not constitute an exceptional circumstance. When writing your request, please be clear on the reason for such as unsubstantiated requests cannot be considered. The class lists will be posted on a school notice board from 19 December.

Please note that I will not be conducting interviews with parents regarding class placement. The above process is an opportunity for you to explain, in writing, the exceptional circumstance you believe is present with regard your child's placement in 2013. Finally it should be said that requests will be considered on their merit but do remain as such, requests. The final allocation of students to the respective classes for 2013 is at the school's discretion taking into consideration all of the above mentioned factors. In some circumstances it is not appropriate nor prudent to elaborate on the decision made.

David Barns/ Principal