Dear Parents

School Reports

These have been sent home with your child today. They are the first written report for the year and, as an interim report, provide insight into the current progress your child is making. This is a time for us to reflect on the progress made by children over the semester. We all want to see our children achieve the very best that they are capable of. Our aim is to ensure that children are motivated to learn and achieve to their potential. I would like to acknowledge the professional efforts of our staff who have put in many hours to assess the children's learning and to ensure that the reporting to you, the parents, is as meaningful as it can be. I thank the staff for their professionalism, hard work and commitment in producing reports that clearly demonstrate the children's learning.

Rice Day

Thank you to all who took part in Rice Day on Tuesday. It was a great expression of empathy for others in the world and the students took part with good spirit. Many thanks to the people who loaned rice cookers and helped to cook and distribute the rice. What a wonderful team! Special thanks to Mrs Wall from Year One, for all her organising and coordination of the Rice Day.

Student Pick-Up

During the day we have numerous calls to the main office requesting that staff members relay messages to students as to altered pick-up arrangements for that afternoon. There are two pick-up areas for the collection of students; the green shed drive-through and the back gate area. These are the only staff supervised areas for the collection of students after school and, in the interest of student safety, no other arrangement should be practiced. Children should be aware of which area they are to be collected from and in the case of parents leaving their car to collect students from the quad, etc then those parents must be on the school grounds prior to the bell so that children are not left waiting unsupervised. Thank you sincerely for your assistance in this matter.

Student Achievements

I would like to, at this point in time, acknowledge the achievements of Orana's current and past students. I am always happy to receive information about what students are doing and am relying on family members or friends to inform the school of these. It is especially difficult to keep track of the achievements of students who have left the school.

Congratulations to:

  • Ceicilia Limargana (Year 1) - recently won a piano competition for U8's here in WA. In recognition of her performance, she has been invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
  • Llenell Lai (Year 5), Isabella Huggins (Year 5) and Olivia Davis (Year 3) have been selected to travel to Melbourne these holidays with the WA State Calisthenics Team.
  • Emmanuel Ikladyous - Music Scholarship to Aquinas College for 2015 onward.
  • Luke Carratello - accepted into John Curtin College of Arts for 2015.

Past students:

  • Kurt Wesley (2008), Aleisha Wesley (2010), Aidan Richards (2009) - represented WA at the National Triathlon Championships in Bendigo earlier this year.
  • Oliver Mavrick (2011) - In January of this year Oliver competed in the Australian Optimist Sailing Dinghy National Titles. There were 350 students competing, 30 of who had come from overseas. The titles were sailed at Mornington Yacht Club in Melbourne, Victoria. Oliver finished in 7th place and as a result was asked to join the Australian Optimist Sailing Team. Oliver went on to sail as part of the Australian team in the New Zealand Optimist Championships and finished 16th which was a respectable result for his first international sailing regatta. Oliver is now sailing a 420 sailing dinghy, a fast and exciting double handed boat.
  • Claire Coten (2012) - In April at the 2014 National Age Swimming Championships in Sydney, Claire won Gold in the 13-year-old 100m Freestyle and Bronze in the 13-year-old 200m Freestyle. This gives Claire the number 1 ranking and number 3 ranking respectively in Australia for these events.

End of Term

School term concludes for all students tomorrow, 3 July. Classes will recommence for all year levels from Monday 21 July. Staff will be attending professional development on Friday 4 July here at school, the focus of which will be a Catholic Education Office-led Cultural Immersion Program.

Enjoy the upcoming school holiday period.

David Barns