Dear Parents

Welcome back to the start of the new school term. We have started the term with one new student (Carys) in Year 5 along with numerous new enrolments to the Pre-kindergarten programme. To these students and their families in particular a warm welcome is extended.

Royal Commission

As many are aware the Royal Commission into Child Abuse is currently sitting in Perth. A letter, from the Executive Director for Catholic Education here in WA, Dr Tim McDonald, can be found here.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data - Information for Parent/Carers

All Australian governments have agreed to implement a new annual national data collection on school students with disability. This data collection process is being phased in over a three-year period in 2013-2015. This year Orana Catholic Primary School has been selected. From 2015, this data collection will occur in every school every year.

It is a requirement for us as a school to contribute to this collection so as to assist Governments and Catholic Education to make better policies and to understand the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all our students.

On our school website there is a copy of the Information flyer for parents/carers. I would encourage all parents to read the information there as well as more information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability which can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/students-disability.

The term disability for the purposes of this data collection is quite varied. It includes individuals needing assistance including those of the following nature:

  • Medical - e.g. diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc
  • Learning - e.g significant speech delay, dyslexia, ADHD
  • Physical - e.g Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Sensory - e.g significant hearing and/or vision impairment

The identifying data will be collected at the school and Catholic Education Office level only with no individual student identified at the national level of reporting of data.

If you DO NOT want your child/ren to be included please go the school website, print off this form and send the reply slip back to the school office by Friday 16th May.

Congratulations

To Leo Boggon (PPB) who recently received a Children of Courage Award from the Lions Club. Leo received his medal at the Pan Pacific Hotel in front of over 500 people, one of 70 children receiving such an award. He was nominated for his courage after a tough 5 years of surviving and battling as a Heart Kid. From all accounts and the attached photo, he was a shining star!

Congratulations also to two of our students, Marcus (4B) and Ben (PKW) Allan, who along with two of the parents within the school community, Vanessa Chen and Lisa Davey, were received into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil Mass.

Term Two Activities and Events

Each school term has their differing and varied event that directs the focus of learning within various year levels. This term is no different. This afternoon we gathered as a community to commemorate the service of men and women who have served as part of the defence force in various conflicts and wars over many years with our ANZAC service. This is a most important and significant opportunity for young Australians as we remember, pray and give gratitude for the service and ultimate sacrifice made by so many.

Term Two will also see the following;

NAPLAN Testing

This national testing is for the Year 3 and 5 students. To be conducted during the week commencing 12 May 2014, this set of tests is given to students in these year levels (as well as Year 7 and 9) across all schools in Australia on an annual basis. Our focus is all year round as we aim to ensure good teaching and learning opportunities are in place on an ongoing basis. This is the best preparation for these tests. Parents need to be careful not to, with the best of intentions, inadvertently add pressure and anxiety onto their child in placing too great an emphasis on these tests. The best support in the lead up to the tests - ensure good routine and sleep patterns are in place, take a calm and measured approach to supporting your child and, be supportive with your words of encouragement to try one's best.

Sacramental Programmes

Confirmation (Year 6) and Reconciliation (Year 3) Commitment Masses will be during Term Two, with commitment expected from not only the candidates but equally from families supporting these students. Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) will be held on weekend of 21/22 June, primarily for the children in year 4 year level. The children preparing for Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation will also be on retreat at different times throughout the term.

Year 6 Camp

The camp is to be held between 11 and 13 June at the Ern Halliday School Campsite.

OSHC Assessment

Parents may recall that our Out Of School Hours Centre was to be reassessed this year following the outcome of a similar assessment that took place in July 2013. This took place over the last few weeks with a written report (our Quality Improvement Plan) submitted to the Regulatory body (Educational Care Regulatory Unit or ECRU) followed by an on-site assessment from the same body. The process is extensive, exhaustive, comprehensive and stressful for the staff involved and, whilst the final report and assessment is not known for several weeks, I am confident that the outstanding work undertaken by staff here at our Centre will be reflected in this year's rating given. In saying this it is due to the hard work of all our OSHC staff over an extended period of time that we have such a well-regarded, locally and within the Catholic education sector, Centre. In particular at this point in time I would like to acknowledge the work of Caresse Lenzo as the Nominated Supervisor, for her leadership of such a committed and united team within the Centre. Our OSHC is a valuable and necessary part of this school for so many students and families. Thank you to all who serve the community in this area of the school.

OSHC (use)

Out of School Hours Centres and day-care facilities are heavily regulated, a major reason why the rules, requirements, requests and processes you have to undergo are as they are. Often these require significant planning and notification from parents well in advance of their child/ren attending the Centre. Our need for this is often a regulatory body requirement and that non-compliance in many of these areas would be viewed as a breach of the licensing agreement we have entered into resulting in the Centre incurring significant fines or even de-registration.

Assembly

This week's assembly is a whole school one with honour certificates for students in the middle and upper classes. All welcome to attend.

David Barns

Principal