Performing Arts Festival

If there are any students wishing to enter the performing arts festival as a soloist please see Ms Draper for an entry form. Students must be year 4 and above to enter and meet minimum requirements. The Orana Instrumental teachers will be entering a number of students and will notify you of this. Students who learn an instrument outside of school are also eligible to be entered by their music teachers. There are categories for all instruments including vocal and piano solos. There is also a category for solo bible reading should anyone be interested in that. If you would like the information and entry forms please see Mrs Draper. Entries need to be back at school by week 2 of term 2.

Term 2 New Rehearsal Times

To allow all children to attend Monday morning assembly there will be a change to band and senior choir rehearsals for next term. Junior Choir will remain the same. Senior choir will move to Wednesday and band to Thursday morning.

Tuesday 8.15 am Junior Choir (Yr 2-3)

Wednesday 8.15 am Senior Choir (Yr 4-6)

Thursday 8.00 - 9.10 am School Band

All rehearsals take place in the music room. Please be on time. If you are late to rehearsal you need to come in quietly. Lateness is not an excuse for missing the rehearsal.

Please Remember to Take Your Instruments Home for the Holidays

Band members have lots of work to do on their band music and choir members need to have all their words learned for next term. All students have their own copies of music and song words so there is no excuse! There are only 10 rehearsals remaining until the Performing Arts Festival. Have you practiced today?


Dennis Holland from TOTAL CHESS will be running an after school Chess Club at Rostrata Primary School in Willetton.

The contact details are listed below:



The after-school Chess Club will commence in term 2 on Monday 13 May and continuing every Monday of the school term (except the public holiday) until 1 July from 3:30pm - 4:45pm. The club will consist of a short lesson to teach chess skills and tactics, a tournament game where participants can win awards at the end of the term and a raffle quiz with questions about the lesson where prizes can be won. The term fee of $35 will be for 7 weeks which is $5 per session. Full payment must be made on the first lesson for the remaining weeks of the term attended. For registration details, please see the website or telephone Dennis on the above-mentioned telephone number.


There will be a price increase for some of our uniform items from the commencement of Term 2. The first two weeks of Term Two is a transition period from summer to winter uniform. All children will need to be in full winter uniform as from Monday 20 May. The opening hours for the uniform shop in the first two weeks of Term Two are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 10.30am. As from Week 3 we will only be open on a Tuesday morning from 8.30am to 10.30am.


Congratulations to Mrs Benstead who won the car bay raffle for Term 2. Thank you to all who participated.


A reminder to students and families to collect vouchers when they shop at Woolworths. These vouchers will be redeemed for educational resources for our school. For every $10 spent at Woolworths you will receive a Woolworths Earn & Learn Point. Pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet and once it is completed, just bring it back to school or drop it into the Collection Box at your local Woollies. Thank you for supporting this endeavour.


A flyer was sent home last week with information regarding the ordering of the 2013/2014 Entertainment Books. Books are $65.00 each. You can order these through the school office or online at

Ordered books will be available from the school office on Tuesday 7 May.

ORANA CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - 4-Year-Old Kindergarten 2015

Interviews will take place during term two for enrolment into the four-year-old kindergarten for 2015 (DOB 1/7/2010-30/6/2011). The three-year-old kindergarten may also be offered for these children in 2014. The four-year-old kindergarten is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the three-year-old kindergarten runs each Friday during the school term. Application forms are available from the school office or email or an Expression of Interest may be lodged using the link available on the school website


We are having a Kindy parent dinner / drinks at The Burrendah, Southlands on Friday 10 May 2013 from 7.00pm. Please let us know if you can make it. RSVP Katrina (Kindy White) on 0403 176 452 or Rachel Heron (Kindy Blue) on 0404 233 290 by Monday 6 May 2013. We look forward to seeing you there.


Come along and enjoy an afternoon recital of Italian songs at the Parish of Ss John & Paul, Pinetree Gully Road Willetton on Sunday 21 April from 3.00pm - 4.30pm. It will be held in the Parish Hall. Featuring Veronica Santoro (ex Orana student) with guest Amelia Santoro (also ex Orana student), accompanied by Roma Conway. Cost is $10 Adult, concession donation. All proceeds will be donated to The Leukaemia Foundation. Afternoon tea provided Please RSVP to Tickets also available at the door.


The menALIVE Men's Weekend, to be held at St Thomas More Parish in Bateman on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013, is an opportunity for men to explore what makes them feel fully alive. The experience of the weekend is powerful and dynamic and many men are inspired and encouraged with a new sense of purpose and mission. The weekend is organised by men in your local community and conducted by an experienced team of menALIVE leaders. It is suitable for all men from 18 years of age. The cost is $40.00 per person (concessions available) for the weekend, which includes workshops, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and BBQ dinner on Saturday. For more information contact: Jim Brown on 0417 972 030 or email or contact Vincent Tan at


Families working together: Getting the balance right. Play, work, balance, family, time. Come along and celebrate this week with a Family Fun Day. Tuesday 14 May 2013 at the Thornlie Community Centre, 14 Glenbrook Road, Thornlie from 10.00am - 1.00pm. Free sausage sizzle from 12.00 midday. There will be free fun activities, games, free pre-loved book for each child, cuddly critters and more. For more information, please contact Hailey on 9490 1866 or email


Up to the age of 12 years. Relationships Australia are running this workshop and will discuss: the importance of the mother-son-relationship, what boys need from their mums, practical ways to improve and maintain a positive and rewarding relationship. Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 1 Ord Street, Fremantle from 6.30pm - 900pm. Fee $25 per person. Places are limited so book now on 9489 6322.