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 (Year 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. A reminder that vocal soloists are not permitted to use recorded backing. However, instrumentals are allowed to use recorded backing.

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:

"Looking Upwards" Concert on Saturday 5 April 2014. UWA

WA's Premier A Grade Brass Band, The Royal Agricultural Society of WA Brass, is presenting their first concert for 2014. With a theme of looking upwards, they are presenting an exciting programme including the Star Wars Suite, Mars from Holst's Planet Suite as well as many other titles incorporating the sun, moon and stars! Tickets are available from the door for $15, $10 Concession and Children under 15 are Free. Concert will commence at 6.30 pm at the Callaway Auditorium - University of WA Music Dept. There will be no interval so a great concert to take the kids to.


There will be no swimming training tomorrow morning (Thursday 27 March) as it is our Swimming Carnival day. Well done to all those who have made the effort to attend early morning training. Training next Tuesday (1 April) and Thursday (3 April) will be for Inter School Swimming Team members only. Although the team will not be finalised until after our carnival, the top two place getters for A division 50m events should attend training.

Orana Swimming Carnival Program 2014

Please note that times are approximate and we cannot guarantee the exact time your child will be swimming in a particular event.

For administration purposes, students are required to arrive at school as per usual and travel to the carnival on the bus with their class teacher.

It is an expectation that ALL students remain at the Pool under the supervision of their class teacher for the duration of the carnival.

*100m Div A only * Butterfly Div A Only


It is important that parents keep the school informed about any changes to their phone numbers, addresses, etc and to help with this we have, several weeks ago, sent a request to families to update their details. A "Full Family Details" sheet was sent home with the request that these be returned to the office. Thank you to all families who have already returned their information. Reminders will be sent home in the next few days to those who have not already sent their sheet back to the school office. Please check the details on the sheet and return it to the office by next Wednesday 2 April.


Tuesday 1 April at recess in the Quad. All cakes to be sold for 50 cents. Please support us.


We have been advised by Scholastic that our book orders have been delayed even further. The delay is beyond our control. Orders should be here by the end of the term. Thank you for your understanding. Rachel & Sarah.


Another flyer regarding our Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser was sent home last week. 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. Should you require an additional order form they are available in the front office. For further information please contact Katrina (0403 176 452) or Lisa (0419 012 512).


Monday 31 March - Una Henderson, Bridgette James

Wednesday 2 April - Toni Carratello, Linda Twomey, Diana Barzotto-Boggon

Thursday 3 April - Rick Berwick, Eloise Flower, CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?


How much physical activity should my child be doing?

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. But more is better, so encourage your child to be active for up to several hours each day.

Children need a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. 'Moderate activity' is any activity which is similar in intensity to a brisk walk e.g. bike riding or active playing. 'Vigorous activity' is any activity which makes your child "huff and puff" e.g. organised sports, ballet, running or swimming laps.

Any activity that requires your child to expend energy should be encouraged. Go to Raising Children for more information.

Physical activity - family activities

If you're looking for ways to help your family be more active, why not try…

  • Walking or riding to school together;
  • Visiting the beach to play cricket or Frisbee;
  • Taking the dog for a walk;
  • Doing some gardening (try building a veggie patch!);
  • Visiting the local swimming pool;
  • Playing at the park;
  • Going for a bike ride;
  • Bush walking;
  • Outings that involve walking (like the zoo);
  • Participating in a community walk;

Buying children presents that encourage physical activity (like sports equipment or a kite).

For more information go to

Physical activity for kids

Physical activity should be part of a child's daily routine. Physical activity is not only fun, but also important for healthy growth and development. Being involved in physical activity helps kids to make friends and learn physical and social skills. The two points to remember are;

  • Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day
  • Children should not spend more than two hours a day using electronic media for entertainment (e.g. TV, computer games, internet), especially during daylight hours.
  • Remember, by encouraging your child to be active when they are young, you are helping to establish a routine that will stay with them throughout their life.

For more information, go to Nature Play WA or Raising Children

Screen time - limit your child's use of TV and computer games

Children and adolescents should not spend more than two hours a day on screen based activities. Excessive screen time often leads to poor health, poor fitness and overweight.

Activities like surfing the net, watching TV and playing screen games can be educational, but all of these things involve sitting still for long periods of time. It is better for your child's health and wellbeing if they are doing something more active during daylight hours.

For more information, go to Raising Children


Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is very common in children. Bedwetting has nothing to do with dreaming, and children who wet the bed are not "just being lazy".

If your child wets the bed, there are a number of things you can do to help, such as using a waterproof mattress cover and establishing a before-bed toilet routine. It is not helpful to punish children who wet the bed. Fluids should not be restricted, even before bedtime. Sugary or caffeinated drinks should be avoided.

If your child is still wetting the bed after five and a half years of age, seek help through a referral by your local doctor. A bedwetting alarm is an effective and safe method of treatment available for nocturnal enuresis and may be appropriate for your child.

Contact your local Community Health Nurse or Community Health Centre, (Fiona Ewing) on (93135418) for more information.

Speech and language disorders

A speech disorder is when a child has difficulty pronouncing sounds correctly for their age. If it is not corrected, it can affect the ability to read and write. It may be necessary to seek help for your child if he or she:

  • has trouble moving or coordinating his or her mouth;
  • is six months or more behind the approximate age range for speech sounds;
  • speaks very immaturely compared to other children the same age;
  • gets frustrated about speaking;
  • has hearing loss, and/or;
  • is poorly understood by people who don't know your child.

A language disorder is characterised by delays in learning to talk and understand language. It is different to a speech disorder - a speech disorder is when children have difficulty pronouncing words correctly.

It's important to remember that children learn to speak at different rates, but if you do have concerns about your child's speech and language development, talk to your local Community Health Nurse (Fiona Ewing) on (93135418). Go to for more information.


Bullying - support for your child at home

If your child is being bullied, you should always take action. It can also be helpful to give your child some skills to handle any future bullying or negative social behaviour to stop it getting worse. These skills can help your child's social development.

Give your child as much support and love as you can at home. Offer plenty of support at home while you, the teacher and your child come up with a plan for fixing the bullying. Let your child know that the situation is not their fault, and it can be fixed. You can give support by listening and talking. You can also give your child ideas for coping with the bullying.

Talk to your child about some of the different ways of dealing with bullying behaviour and why these work. This will help your child feel more confident and less powerless about being bullied.

Some ideas:

  • Ignore it and move away from the bully. Encourage your child to physically remove themselves from children who are teasing or bullying.
  • Tell the bully to stop. Standing up to bullies in a calm way lets them know that what they are trying to do is not working.
  • Avoid high-risk places. By keeping away from situations where bullying occurs, your child can avoid the attention of bullies - as long as they are not missing out on activities because of this.
  • Stay around other people. It can help to have others around to protect your child if they are feeling threatened.
  • Ask other people for support. Others probably understand what your child is going through and are likely to help if needed. Bullies are less likely to strike if they can see that your child has backup.
  • Tell the teacher. Your teacher will be able to help your child deal with the problem, and come up with a plan. The bully might not even know that the teacher is helping your child.

Bullying - useful links provides information for parents on bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools. Bully Free Australia Foundations vision is to protect and empower Australian children and adolescents to live a fulfilling life free from all forms of bullying. is the National Centre Against Bullying is creating caring communities for children.


See the College in action on Friday 4 April or Saturday 5 April 2014. Tea and coffee available in the McDonald Building at 9.00am, with formal presentations commencing at 9.30am. This will be followed by a tour of the College grounds, concluding at 11.00am. RSVPS are essential. Please RSVP by Thursday 27 March by visiting: For further information please contact Mrs Janice Hewett, College Registrar on 6330 0226.


Kidogo Arthouse is a bustling independent art centre located at the water's edge at Bathers Beach in Fremantle, Western Australia. We run kids classes every school holiday. If you like colours, art, drawing, painting and fun - come and join us!! We are accepting bookings now. To book your kids (5-12 years old) in to a Kidogo Kids Art Programme please call 9335 9636 - 0401 333 309 or email .


Fun, outdoor, group fitness and walking groups

Join Barb and Caris for fun outdoor fitness sessions catering to all levels of ability. All classes held at Willetton Park, Donald Street (adjacent to the Guide Hall). Ladies only class Tuesday 9am, Mixed class Sunday 10am. First session half price or bring a friend for free! Walking group starts this Saturday 29 March. Meet at Shelley Foreshore Park 6.30am. Suits walkers or joggers - includes warm up, stretching and cool down - only $5 session. Personal training also available. For details call Barb: 0411 630 975 or Caris 0415 999 817 or email or visit our website


Behaviour Tonics are running the following courses at their rooms in Wembley.

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course

31 March, 2 & & April, to 9.30pm (2 to 12 yrs)

Growing Your Kids Socially (3 to 7yo)

Thursday 20 & 27 March, 7 to 9pm.

For more information please call 9382 1182 or go to


Broome Street Cottesloe. All ages wanted: U/6 / U/17. Rego Forms available at Club Rooms. Training: Tuesday (optional) & Thursday from 5-6pm.


School Holiday Kayaking Lessons for children aged 8 years and over

Venue: Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Henley Drive, Champion Lakes. Dates: Tuesday, Thursday 15, 17, 22, 24 April 2014. Time: 8.30 - 9.30am. 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 on 0401 311 817 or email:


Knowing What To Do In An Emergency Situation Could Save Your Child's Precious Life. Kids First Aid offers the only first aid courses delivered exclusively by experienced paramedics, designed to teach parents, grandparents and caregivers how to respond calmly and confidently to 10 of the most common first aid emergency situations. Courses available now: Bull Creek Primary School Sunday 6 April, 10am to 1pm. Book Online Today: or call 1300 138 133. Private sessions also available.