Dear Parents

School Community Support Request

I would like to draw your attention to the situation one of our families within the Orana School Community are going through at present. The Cousins Family has been a part of this school for a number of years. Youngest child Campbell is currently in his final year here and his older sister Victoria graduated from Orana in 2012. Their eldest brother, Lachlan (Year 12 Aquinas College 2013) sustained a life-changing injury in October of last year when he sustained an injury while swimming at Cottesloe Beach, the day before he was to graduate from his high school. Today Lachlan is classified as an incomplete quadriplegic and remains in hospital where he will be for some time yet. There does remain hope that, with the continued therapy Lachlan requires, he will continue to show signs of improvement and function in all aspects of his body.

As one could only start to imagine the implications are enormous and widespread for the entire Cousins family covering the financial requirements associated with rehabilitation and treatment, care, future transport, medical care and equipment to name but a few. There are two ways those who would like to support Lachlan and his family can do so, the first is a fundraiser co-ordinated through his friends at Aquinas College, the details for which can be accessed here; and the second is through donations made directly to the Lachlan Cousins Appeal which can be made through Bankwest (BSB 306-089 A/C 325158-5). Your prayers for Lachlan and his family are both encouraged and would be most welcome.

Cyber Safety

There is a great link below from the Australian Government's CyberSmart website that includes important information for parents and children regarding social networking sites. The link not only lists several commonly-used platforms but importantly covers a range of sub-topics relative to each one. Trolling, cyber-bullying, posting and/or receiving inappropriate images and comments, our digital foot printing, setting of privacy levels and, appropriate age levels for use of particular platform in question are all covered here to varying degrees.

I can only reiterate the responsibility for your child's online presence and use is a shared one between you as the parents, we as the educators at the school your child attends, and the children themselves as the users of these sites and devices. Educating young minds in how to be safe and how to take responsibility for their actions when online is improved when we all are working together.

School Camp

Today the Year 6 students, along with their teachers and ten parents of Year 6 students, left to go on the annual Year 6 School Camp at Ern Halliday Campsite in Hillarys. History would say that Camp is a highlight for the Year 6's and one that has many good memories well beyond the end of the current school year. We wish all on Camp a safe and most enjoyable experience.


As part of the History component of the Australian Curriculum, the Year One students attended Woodbridge House today, while our Year Two students will be on excursion tomorrow at Samson House. Woodbridge House is on the banks of the Swan River, close to the town of Guildford, and was originally taken up by the colony's first Governor, Captain James Stirling. Samson House in Fremantle is the original family home of the son of one of very early European settlers to WA, Lionel Samson and showcases home life for a middle-class, suburban family from late colonial days of WA settlement to more modern day 20th Century.

Rice Day

Many people in our world have one daily meal of rice or grain. On Tuesday 1 July (Week 10) we are asking the Orana community to have a bowl of rice only for their lunch as an expression of empathy for all these people. The cooked rice will be provided and we will be asking for everyone to bring their own container and fork/spoon to eat with.

We are also asking for some assistance. If you are able to help on this day, especially around lunchtime, we would be very grateful. Also if you have a rice cooker or a large lidded pot you would be happy to loan to us, we would love to hear from you.

Please send an email to if you can help in any way. Thank you for your support.


Next Tuesday the Year 3 - 6 students are attending Mass at the Ss John Paul Church. Mass will commence at 9.00am. Parents are invited to attend and most welcome.


In the final week leading up to First Holy Communion, please keep the Year 4 children, their teachers and Year 4 families in your thoughts and prayers.


There will be a whole school assembly (well almost, with Year 6's not here) this Friday with honour certificates for students in the senior classes. All welcome.

David Barns