Junior Choir Rehearsal Week 8

Due to the Mass next Tuesday morning (Yrs 3-6) there will be NO JUNIOR CHOIR PRACTICE on Tuesday 25 March.

The students should be practising all their words at home.

Orana Rehearsal Schedule

All our rehearsals are now up and running. Times are as follows:

Monday 8.15 am: Senior Choir

Tuesday 8.15 am: Junior Choir

Wednesday 8.00 am: Band

Thursday 12.55 - 1.30 Classical Guitar Ensemble

Please bring your music and water bottle to rehearsals.

Performing Arts Festival 2014

We encourage individual students to enter the Performing Arts. If you are learning a musical instrument, participating in singing lessons or studying drama you are eligible to enter the festival as a soloist once you get to Year Four. Individual categories include:

  • Bible Reading (Years 1-6)
  • Piano Solo / Duet
  • Instrumental Solo / Duet (On all instruments)
  • Vocal Solo / Duet
  • Solo speech and Drama

The Orana music tutors will be entering some students but we do encourage children who are learning privately to also participate especially on piano, string instruments or singing.

Entries for the Performing Arts Festival this year will be due at the beginning of Term 2. Please see Ms Whyte or Ms Draper for entry forms. Your Music Teacher will need to fill out the entry forms.

Australian Music Examination Board Competition

The AMEB is looking for a design for the cover of their new music diary.

If you would like to have-a-go at designing the artwork then you have until 1 May 2014 to enter your design. All details are available on their website:


School fee accounts are now due. Families who have not yet made payment of the annual amount are required to set up a direct debit plan with the school. Please ensure that the school has your payment plan by no later than next Wednesday 26 March 2014. If you have any queries in regard to this please do not hesitate to contact me on 9457 4907 or by email - Thank you for your cooperation in this regard. Ann Fissioli, Finance Officer.


Unfortunately, the books ordered through Scholastic have been delayed due to difficulties submitting the orders online. We hope to be able to distribute orders towards the end of next week. Thank you for your understanding. Rachel Heron and Michelle Puttick.


Orana will once again be involved in the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools. Mrs Draper is working with instrumental students, choirs and band member in order to enhance their skills as she has a number of group entries for the festival. If you are interested in entering your child in a section of the festival (they must be at a certain, competent level) please do not hesitate to talk to Mrs Draper or myself. School entries close on 7 May.


Monday 24 March - Nicole Civich, Sharon Bird

Wednesday 26 March - Michelle Puttick, Kylie Cook, Rosita Chan

Thursday 27 March - Shelley Watkins, Simone Paz, CAN YOU HELP


Another flyer regarding our Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser was sent home yesterday. Please get your orders in as quickly as possible and support your P & F. Orders must be in no later than Friday 28 March 2014. For further information please contact Katrina (0403 176 452) or Lisa (0419 012 512).



In an effort to boost the team numbers of the Year 2/3 netball team we would like to invite all girls and boys from Years 2 and 3 to come and try netball with no obligation.

Please come to training this Friday 21st March or the following Friday 28th March straight after school at the school netball courts, have a go and see what you think.

The season starts Saturday 29th March at Southern Districts Netball Club at Langford and runs to Saturday 9th August.

For further details please contact either the Coach Vanessa Storer on 0417 950 816 or Rick and Kathryn Berwick on 0417 347 115 - otherwise just turn up for training this Friday.


Saturday 29 March @ 7.00pm. Zapata's. Shop 30, South Terrace Piazza, Fremantle WA. RSVP by Wednesday 26 March to Rachel 0404 233 290 or Sharon 0405 818 250.


Our first dinner get together for the year is this Friday 21 March from 7.00pm at the Burrendah Tavern. RSVP as soon as possible to Melinda on 0412 626 828 or Reena on 0437 693 026.


Thornlie Library. For children 5-14 years old. Coaching. Competition. Use of Chess Clocks. Trophies for winners. Saturdays: 10.30am - 11.30am $7 per session. (Family: First child $7, Second child $5). Bernard Laugery 0434 403 097. email: Working with Children check N 620758


Sunday 30 March 2014 at Bathers Beach, The Esplanade, Fremantle. For further information, course map and online registration - or email


A new Christian Juniors Basketball Club is starting up at the Willetton Basketball Stadium in school term 4, 2014. The club is in need of people who would like to volunteer their time as either a Committee Member, Coach, Team Manager or General Helper. the next Committee meeting is set for 27 March at 7.30pm, 4 Tia Place, Willetton. For more information and to register your interest to attend the meeting call: Richard Sallows - 0450 392 620. Find us on Facebook. http://


Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It can have long-term effects on those involved.

Bullying can happen:

face-to-face (e.g. pushing, tripping, name-calling),

at a distance (e.g. spreading rumours, excluding someone),

through information and communications technologies (e.g. use of SMS, email, chat rooms).

Some conflicts between children are a normal part of growing up and are to be expected. These conflicts or fights between equals and single incidents are not considered bullying, even though they may be upsetting and need to be resolved. Identifying bullying can sometimes be difficult. Bullying is often conducted out of sight of teachers. Children are often reluctant to report bullying.

Bullying can be devastating for person's confidence and self-esteem. Children and young people need lots of love and support if they are being bullied. They also need to know that action will be taken to prevent any further bullying.

Bullying - talk to school staff

If your child is being bullied, involve the school as quickly as you can. Our School takes bullying extremely seriously and we will work with you to try to prevent further bullying.

Tell your child you will talk to the school. The school staff will assess the situation with you, and focus first on protecting the victim. Then they will look at changing the bullying behaviour and deterring others from bullying. The actions taken by the school will depend on the circumstances of the bullying and on the children involved.

Some key points

Discuss the problem with the class teacher or year coordinator.

Ask for the teacher's views.

Be assertive, not angry or accusatory.

End the meeting with a plan for how the situation will be managed.

Keep in touch with the school.

Making contact with the bully or the bully's parents directly is likely to make the situation worse. It is always safer to work with the school rather than to try to solve bullying on your own.