Dear Parents

First Holy Communion

This weekend is the culmination of the preparation period for First Holy Communion when most of our Year 4 children will receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for their first time. This sacrament is one of the three sacraments of initiation into becoming full members of the Catholic church. We remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper as the final meal Jesus shared with His disciples. At that meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember Him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with Him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become 'the body of Christ'. Please keep the Year 4 students, their families and the teachers of Year 4 in your thoughts and prayers. Two First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated this weekend, the 6.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday and the 10.30am Sunday morning Mass.

School Camp

Well done to the Year 6 students and the school staff for their success last week when they attended the Year 6 Camp at Ern Halliday campsite. The camps are designed to challenge and affirm the students to maximize their own potential as leaders within the school. Previous experience with school camps would indicate that such events have a lasting and positive impact and memories for the students involved. In addition to thanking the students and the staff in attendance, I would also like to acknowledge the significant effort and personal sacrifice that a number of our parents made in making themselves available to attend the camp over the three days.

Lightning Carnival

Our Year 5 and 6 students will be representing Orana Catholic Primary School in a number of sports next Tuesday 24 June. Orana will be fielding teams in netball, football (soccer), football (AFL) and volleyball in a round robin type set-up against various other similar sized Catholic schools. We wish all these students every success with their sports.

Car-park Notice

Coinciding with today's newsletter is a hardcopy of a revamped and simplified school car-park notice, with two copies distributed to every family, one copy for your own use and the other to be made available to other extended family members or friends who assist in collecting or dropping children off here at school. The responsibility in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all is a shared one involving the children themselves, the school staff, and parents and other caregivers attending the school. Please take the time to read the notice in regard to this and to implement the strategies and requests therein.

Thank you to teachers and parents

I would like to acknowledge the extra effort and contribution made by the staff and by parents recently to ensure that the learning opportunities for students here have been enriched and varied. To:

  • Year 1's who today spent most of the morning sessions with children and parents working to create olden day toys made from scrap materials. It was great to see so many working collaboratively with good support and encouragement.
  • Year PP who today visited the WA Museum and who was joined by a number of parent helpers for this visit.
  • Year 3 - technology and enterprise activity tomorrow morning (from 11.00am) when children and parents will participate in making a pillow/bean bag/pillow slip for use when they are participating in future Book Club activities.
  • Year 5 and 6 - thank you in anticipation of the parents who have already volunteered their services and support at next week's lightning carnival across the various sporting events.

Eagles School Visit

Tomorrow a representative from the West Coast Eagles, along with Rick the Rock (the Eagles mascot) will be attending school for a health promotion visit. Assembly for this will be in the School Hall commencing at 8.50am.

Prayer Service and Assembly

Year 1B will be leading the prayer service in the School Hall this Friday commencing at 8.50am immediately followed by the weekly whole school assembly. All are most welcome to attend.

David Barns

Principal