Dear Parents

Stations of the Cross

Thank you to the Year 4 Teachers and Year 4 Students for leading the parish with Stations of the Cross last Friday evening. Thank you also to Bella, Liam and Curtis, three Year 6 students for their narration of the Stations. The same presentation will be made to the school community on the afternoon of Thursday 2 April commencing at 2.00pm in the Hall. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

Parent/Teacher interviews

At the same time this is being published the interviews between parents and teachers are taking place. We value communication between home and school in the partnership that exists to educate your child. These formal interviews are important therefore in ensuring that a clear picture of the current progress your child is making is given and that any concerns or issues are raised and addressed.

The following might be useful background information (even though you may have already had the interview) highlighting some fundamental differences in how children of today learn and experience the world as compared to previous generations.

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people's awareness about people, especially children, with Autism. The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is held on April 2 each year and since its inception in 2008, an increasing number of buildings across Australia and the world have turned their lights blue to promote Autism awareness. In support of the day and in particular, students here at Orana with Autism, your child is encouraged to come dressed in blue on this day. We ask that in return a gold coin donation be made to support the Autism Association work here in Western Australia. There is to be a whole school assembly on this day followed by a morning tea. For more information, please click on the link in the notices section of the newsletter.

This YouTube video is one story about children with Autism. You may wish to watch this with your child.

Student Support Program (support required)

The School Board has, at its March monthly meeting, decided to trial a support program for students requiring extra assistance and tuition in the literacy (spelling) learning area. The program, "Toe by Toe", is a highly structured multisensory reading program" which has over time proved to benefit children identified as having difficulty with their spelling and to accelerate the individual rate of proficiency. It is an intervention programme we are trialing on a one to one basis. The program both compliments and supports the school's whole class approaches to teaching spelling already undertaken here.

"Toe by Toe" is conducted, as indicated, one on one and the maximum benefit is attained through daily repetition of the program. It is prescriptive in detail and very simple for adults to tutor students. There is next to no training required beyond matters that are essentially procedural in nature. Initially it will be conducted for children in Years 4-6. The limitation to the program is in the human resourcing of such as ideally the ten minute sessions are carried out almost daily. This is where parents and grandparents can greatly assist and support the school.

If you believe you have 10, 20, or 30 minutes of time, on one, two or more days a week or fortnight between 8.30am in the morning up to 9.00am we would love to have your involvement and participation. Commitment is based on your availability and time - there is no onus, once in the program, to have to attend every day.

You will receive training (although you will be supported until comfortable to proceed) and costs to you will be no more than your time. If you feel that this is something you may be willing and able to participate in, you are cordially invited to a no obligation meeting and briefing next Wednesday morning in the library immediately following the morning assembly. If you want to discuss this further with me, please make contact through the Office.

Out of School Hours Care (Vacation Program)

We are really fortunate to have a quality OSHC Centre onsite here at Orana. The staff is both committed and caring to all in their care. Again this school holiday period, the Centre will operate each day from Easter Tuesday onward. More detailed information about the upcoming program and how to book is available here.

Interschool Swimming Carnival

Our interschool swimming squad will travel to Rockingham Leisure Centre next Tuesday 31 March for the Interschool Swim Meet. Congratulations to those students who have been selected to represent Orana this year at the carnival. Thank you to the parent helpers, in particular Kylie Coten once again, and thank you to our sports teacher Mr. Chatt for his work in preparing the students for this event.

Parking Bays

Concern and frustration have been expressed in relation to parents parking in the bays marked and reserved for parents with younger children (parents with prams bays) when clearly these people do not have younger children or infants. We have all experienced the difficulties of doing anything in a set time frame when it comes to unloading and loading children and prams into cars. Please consider supporting those in our community who really would appreciate that these bays are kept available for families with younger children and infants.

AFL Season

Not withstanding my belief that this season for me will be both short in duration yet long in suffering, there are only 8 days before the AFL season starts. Our school runs 2 activities to bring members of our community together - the Dockers Raffle and Orana2015 Tipping Competition. It is not too late to participate. Please email to register your interest.


Whole school assembly this Friday with honour certificates for the students in the junior classes. At this assembly, the Year 3 students will be displaying their "olden day" toys they made with parents and grandparents last Friday.

End of Term

School concludes for Term One next Thursday 2 April and recommences on Monday 20 April at the normal starting times. We change from winter to summer uniform at this time with a two week cross-over period where students may come to school either in summer or winter uniform depending upon the weather or what is available at home. From Monday 4 May it is expected that all students are at school in the correct winter uniform. Our Uniform Shop is open each Tuesday from 8.30am-10.30am.