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The Land of OZ DVD

Don't forget to get your copy before school closes next Wednesday. If you have lost the form, just pop into the School Library to collect a DVD.

DVDs are $25 each.


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 there is no need to attend.

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 with your instrument next year.

  3. Your instrument requires some maintenance work.

If you are continuing with 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.

Purchasing an Instrument

If any parents are considering purchasing a musical instrument, please be aware that there are many cheap brands that do not last very long. We are happy to provide you with some advice on suitable brands.


Yesterday a letter was sent from Una Henderson (President of the P&F for Orana) asking that you consider taking on a role as P&F Class Representative for your child's respective class. Your help would be very much appreciated.


Open Day

There will be a special Opening Day for 2013. We will open on Friday 1 February from 9.30am - 12 midday and again from 2.30pm - 5.00pm.


Our canteen will not be open next week.


If any parent would like a blue chair bag ordered (ready for the start of the school next year) please email Nicole Richardson with your name, phone number, child's name and year and number of chair bags required. Cost will be $7.20 each. Money will need to be given directly to Nicole Richardson or sent in an envelope through the class basket system (clearly marked). All money must be received by the last day of term, Wednesday 12 December. Any questions please email or call Nicole directly 0417 943 434.


Early in 2013, Mercedes College will commence interviewing Year Five students who are due to start Year Seven in 2015. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes and have not yet requested an information pack, please contact Mrs Mandy Ludovico on 9323 1340 as soon as possible. Further information about enrolments is available on our website,


Bring along a picnic rug and hamper. Join Tod Johnston, Feline and the Canning City Brass Band for a family evening full of Christmas spirit. Sausage sizzle, churros, ice creams, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Carols will take place on Monday 10 December from 7.00pm (gates open at 6.00pm). Come to the grassed area of St John of God Hospital by the lake, 100 Murdoch Drive. Murdoch (entrance off Barry Marshall Parade). Entry: free unless you would like a carol book and candle for a gold coin donation. Parking is limited. Please consider using public transport.


School Holiday Kayaking Lessons for children aged 8 years and over

Venue: Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Henley Drive, Champion Lakes. Dates: Monday 7, 14, 21 and Wednesday 9, 16 and 24 January 2013. time: 9.00am - 10.00am. Cost $25 per lesson. Pay for one or more lessons. Pre requisite: must be able to swim 50 metres. qualified Level One Flatwater Instructor. All gear provided (boat, paddle pfd). Bookings and pre payment are essential (one week prior to lesson): Contact: Robyn Brown. Mob: 0401 311 817. Email:


Foster carers are urgently needed for kids in your neighbourhood, and you can help! You can be male, female, single, a couple, married with or without children, working full or part time, or even retired. There are a lot of ways that you can help - looking after children for short periods or for a long term placement, or even just on the occasional weekend. As a foster carer, you can play an important role in the lives of children in need. It's not just the child's life that changes - your life will also change as you experience the rewards and challenges of fostering. Call Fostering and Adoption Services, Department for Child Protection on free call 1800 182 178 or visit to find out more.