As the end of year draws near, I would like to advise parents that all Library Books are due back on Wednesday, 5 December. Please help us by rounding up your child's books, popping them into their Library Bags and reminding your children to visit the Library by next Wednesday. Thank you for your assistance.

Lyn Perrigo / Teacher Librarian


Final Band Rehearsal

The final band rehearsal for the year will be Week 8 - Tuesday 4th December.

Final Choir Rehearsal

The final choir rehearsal for the year will be Week 9 - Monday 10th December. (This is for all junior and senior choir members who will be singing at the Graduation Mass.) If you are not singing at the Mass you do not need to come.

Final Instrumental Lessons

Next week (Week 8) will be the final week that tutors will be coming in for instrumental lessons. A big thank you to our great instrumental teachers who do a wonderful job over the year with our students at Orana.

Return of School Musical Instruments

School instruments only need to be returned to Mrs Draper if:

  1. You are leaving the school.
  2. You are no longer continuing on your instrument next year.
  3. Your instrument requires some maintenance work.

If you are continuing on the same instrument next year you need to keep your instrument over the holidays so you can do lots of practice.

Instruments that are being returned can be delivered to the music room at the conclusion of your last lesson or band rehearsal.

Instrumental Music Program 2013

Notes have started to be distributed to students in Years 3-5 who are interested in learning a musical instrument next year. Current students wishing to continue also need to return a permission slip. Please return this to Mrs Draper or the Front Office no later than 7 December to be considered for a place next year. Please be mindful of the expected commitment required before accepting a place in the Music Program. It is expected that students have the time to commit to home practice at least 4 times a week to make satisfactory progress. Please note the additional information in regard to guitar tuition that is offered at school. The instrumental note refers to Acoustic Guitar. Mrs Alexander teaches Classical Guitar whilst Mr Kutolowski offers lessons in Bass Guitar or Electric Guitar for children not wishing to learn Classical Guitar.


Monday 3 December - Christina Vink, Allison Pivac

Wednesday 5 December - Helen Friesner, Danae Dunn, Nicole Richardson

Thursday 6 December - Susanne Shehade, Loretta Albertini, Rosita Chan


The last day for canteen orders is Thursday 6 December. Thank you.


Attention Kindy & Pre Primary parents. A reminder to purchase your uniforms for next year from the Uniform Shop. Avoid the rush of the special opening day on Friday 1 February and come in between now and Tuesday 11 December. Our opening days and times are each Tuesday & Thursday morning from 8.30am - 10.30am. Faction lists for Kindy children going into Pre Primary next year are now available.


Just a reminder to get your entries in for the chance to win your own personal parking bay for Term 1, 2013. This is your last opportunity as the winner will be drawn on Friday 7 December at the final assembly of Term 4.


Rehearsals for the Christmas Eve Children's Mass at Ss John & Paul Church began on Wednesday 28 November at 5.15pm. Choir for children 7 years and above, and Nativity for Children 4 years and above. Details of rehearsals will be sent by email. If you would like to be involved in the choir or Nativity play, please contact Gaylor Murray on 0419 867 889 or Natalie D'Cruz on 0407 981 861 or email


Class Act Performers are holding their end of year concert at The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 9 December at 2.00pm. Tickets are $15 for children 12 years and under and $25 for adults. Free afternoon tea is also provided. Why not come along and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of entertainment. For more information please contact Andrea Colcott at


The Willetton Netball Club for the winter 2013 season require netballers. Registration is on Saturday 9 February 2013 at the Willetton Netball Courts, Burrendah Boulevard from 9.00am - 1.00pm. All levels of experience and ability welcome. New uniform for upcoming season. For further details please contact: Stacy (President) on 0438 947 140.


A Sustainability & Eco Arts Fair

'An event to heighten the public awareness of the inherent Spirituality, Beauty & Fragility of the Swan Canning Riverpark'. Saturday 8 December 2012 at the Kent Street Weir Park, Wilson from 12 midday to 5.00pm. "Blessing ceremony at 5pm". Other events include: Sustainable Living Options, Musical Bands, arts, crafts and food. Children's entertainment, Castledare Miniature Railway, Scitech Roadshow Exhibits, Organic and Fair Trade Products. More information at


Jack, Emily and Lachie are in need of a caring home in the Mandurah area. Jack and Emily are adventurous and affectionate 18 month old twins. Lachie is nearly three, loving, energetic and eager to please. The children are in need of a long term family placement where there is stability, nurturing and patience. This is a foster care position and the applicants will be assessed and supported as Wanslea foster carers. Interested persons should have energy and spare time to give to children, be able to work in a team environment, and have room in their home. You will receive a tax free subsidy, support and training to care for these three children. If you are interested in providing a foster care placement for Jack, Emily and Lachie please contact Debbie Petterlin at Wanslea on 9245 2441 or For more information about foster care and Wanslea please go to


Can you help? Interested in volunteering as a Play Coordinator in the Megazone - the play area at PMH? Positions are now available for people over 18 years of age who have the necessary skills to assist with recreational programs for patients and their families. Activities include conducting art and craft sessions, assisting with Stitches the Bear visits and organising play, games, movies and some sporting activities. Register your interest with Anne Smith on 9489 1189 or