Performing Arts Festival 2014

We encourage individual students to enter the Performing Arts Festival. 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 4. 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 whilst instrumentalists 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 Draper for entry forms. Your Music Teacher will need to fill out the entry forms. Entry fees are $15 for solos and $25 for Duets. Parents need to cover the cost of individual entry fees.

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 this 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. The concert will commence at 6.30 pm at the Callaway Auditorium - University of WA Music Dept. A great concert to take the kids to as it won't be too long.


Monday 7 April - Bec Patterson, Allison Pivac

Wednesday 9 April - Sarah McLoughney, Lisa Hadfield, CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?

Thursday 10 April - Junko Walters, Por Ho, CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?


Well the 2014 Netball season got off to a flying start for all our Orana teams. First up was Orana 2 (Year 5's) who played brilliantly and won very easily 24-1. It was an amazing team effort and their coach was thrilled with their efforts. Next it was Orana 1 (Year 6's) who also put up an outstanding performance for their first game together and for a few players their very first game ever. Whilst they didn't chalk up a win, it was a very promising start. Orana 3 (Year 4's) were third to play and once they brushed off a few cobwebs also played a fantastic game for a 12-6 win. Lastly and certainly not least Orana 4 (Year 2/3's) played what was for all but one player their very first game of Netta - and what an amazing job they did. Losing out in a close fought 3-4, the girls had so much fun they can't wait to do it again next Saturday.


A reminder that it is not necessary for you to write a note or email if your child is leaving school early for an appointment. Similarly, there is no need to inform us via email or note that your child / children will be late. In either instance you simply come into the office and sign the appropriate form. Thank you for your cooperation.


To guarantee a place for the April school holidays all bookings must be in by 4 April. We are unable to take bookings if accounts are not paid up-to-date. We would like to thank you for your help in this matter. OSHC Staff.


House Points

1st Blue Faction 349 points

2nd Green faction 295 points

3rd Red Faction 268 points

4th Gold Faction 238 points

Championship Medals

Year Four Girls Year Four Boys

1st Elke Ruane 1st Brian Caffrey

2nd Molly Lennon 2nd Charles Bailey

3rd Sofia Mena 3rd Jesse Overmars

Year Five girls Year Five Boys

1st Isabella Foster & Carly Pizzuto 1st Max Coten

2nd Thomas Erkes

3rd Denae Civich 3rd Gianni Petta

Year Six Girls Year Six Boys

1st Olivia Notaro 1st Joshua D'Cruz

2nd Alexa D'Souza 2nd Trigg Faulkner

3rd Grace Dunleavy 3rd Art Ho


The Orana P & F Committee have decided to hold a Mother's Day Stall this year on Thursday 8 May 2014. The children will be given the opportunity to purchase a gift for their mums for $5. As the holidays are almost upon us and not much time when we return to school if you would like your child to purchase a gift, we are asking for students to start bringing in their money to their classroom teacher in an envelope marked Mothers Day Stall and with their name and class. A note will be coming home in the next few days with more information.

Thank you.

P & F Committee


The Riverton Dental Therapy Centre will be open during the April school holidays on the following dates:

Week 1 - Monday 14 April - Thursday 17 April

Week 2 - Wednesday 23 April

Friday 18 April, Monday 21 April and Friday 25 April are Public Holidays. Emergency treatment is available Week 2 of the holidays (excluding Wednesday 23 April) at South Thornlie Dental Therapy Centre. Phone 9459 4270.


Is your child a bully?

  • When it comes to bullying behaviour, your child might be the one affected. Or - shocking as this might be - your child might be the one doing the bullying. Stepping in early is the key to helping your child learn how to get along with others.
  • If your child's behaviour includes pushing other children who can't defend themselves, saying nasty things about them, or generally making them feel bad, it might be time to talk to them about bullying.

Signs that a child is bullying

  • If your child is bullying, someone will probably tell you - a teacher, another child's parents, or one of your child's siblings.
  • If you suspect your child is bullying, you could look out for the following signs;
  • your child talks about the other kids at school in an aggressive or negative way;
  • your child has money, toys or other things that don't belong to him/her.
  • Neither of these signs means your child is definitely bullying, but you might want to talk to your child's teacher to find out if there have been any problems at school.

What to do about your child bullying

  • Tell your child you think their behaviour is unacceptable and that you want it to end.
  • Explain to your child what bullying is. Try to be calm about it. Talk with your child about what he's doing and why he might be doing it.
  • Monitor your child's use of the internet and mobile phones.
  • Talk to the school (or organisation where the bullying is happening) about its approach to bullying. Ask what you can do from home to support the approach. Call back regularly to check how your child is behaving.
  • Some children bully because they themselves have been bullied. Listen to your child for clues that they might be a victim of bullying.
  • Sometimes children join in a group that uses bullying behaviour to avoid being bullied themselves. If your child is bullying so they can fit in, talk to the school or organisation about strategies they can learn to resist joining in.
  • It's best to do something about bullying sooner rather than later. You can have the most influence on your child's bullying behaviour while they are still young - the younger they are, the more likely they are to change the way they act.
  • You might be tempted to congratulate your child on 'standing up for himself', but making positive comments about bullying will encourage them to keep doing it.

What to do if your child continues to bully

  • If your child continues to bully even though you have tried strategies to get them to stop, you might need to take further steps. If the bullying is happening at school or a sports club, working with the organisation will give you the best chance of changing your child's behaviour.
  • The school or club will probably have a policy on bullying, and they'll use that to decide the consequences for your child. The most effective thing you can do is support the organisation's decision.
  • You can also set up a 'behaviour contract' for your child. The contract is made with you, the school and your child, so they know you're all working together. The contract can include things like what will happen if they bully and what will happen if they stop bullying. Include things they could do instead of bullying.
  • Talk to the school about whether your child needs counselling to help them stop bullying, and whether the school can either offer it or refer you to someone else. Counselling is particularly useful if your child is having trouble with self-esteem, dealing with anger or controlling his impulses.


April School Holidays. Learn to Sail Courses. Dinghy Sailing Level 1 & 2. Sailing Optimist & Pacer Class Dinghies. Monday 14 April to Thursday 17 April 2014 (9am - 1.00pm). Tuesday 22 April to Thursday 24 April 2014 (9am - 2pm).

After School Sailing

Wednesdays commencing Wednesday 30 April, 2014 10 weeks (4.00pm - 5.30pm). A great after school activity. Come down and learn to sail in a safe and fun environment. For more details contact On Water Group Office On 9364 5844. Email: or visit our website: http://


Royal Life Saving Society WA Swim & Survive Program. Pre Primary to Year 7. 30 minutes for only $2 per class. Learn to swim in a fun and safe environment. Canning ton Leisureplex, 233 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA 6107. Thursday evenings in Term 2 (9 May - 4 July). 30 minute lessons will run between 3.30pm - 5.00pm. (times allocated once booking has been confirmed). Register for the program by Wednesday 23 April 2014. To book please call Brittany on 9251 5722.


Gymnastics - 5 yrs & older. Recreational & Competitive Programs. Kindergym - Babies to 5 yrs Early child development. Free trial classes until the end of term. Spaces are limited so call to book your spot. Term 2 starting back on 28 April.