Dear Parents

Thank You

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the students in the School who made their First Holy Communion last weekend and to thank Fr Thai, Fr Joe, our Year Four teachers, Mrs Morcombe, Mrs Green and Mrs Harrold, Magdalena Heldt as Parish Coordinator and all who participated in preparing these young students for this important Sacrament.

School Mass

No Assembly tomorrow morning as we will be celebrating Mass as a whole School. Tomorrow is close to the Feast day of Ss Peter and Paul and as we belong to the Parish of Ss John and Paul, our coming together at this time is poignant. Parents I can only stress once again that you are most welcome to be in attendance.

Staff changes and movement (Term Three)

Next term there are a number of temporary staff changes and movement.

In Kindergarten, Ms Melissa Raphael who has been working as an Education Assistant in the Year KW class, leaves us at the end of the Term as Mrs Kara Vaughan returns after a break from School. I take the opportunity to thank Melissa for her work here and service to the School and wish her every success for the future.

Ms Ann-Marie Liston (Education Assistant - PrePrimary) is also leaving as she has secured a position teaching English to adult learners. Again I take the opportunity to thank Ann-Marie for her work and service and wish her the best for the future.

The following staff will be away on long service leave:

Mrs Kerry Marshall (Year 3) for the duration of Term 3, to be replaced by Mrs Anita Urquhart.
Mrs Helen Morcombe (Year 4) for the first five weeks of Term 3 - replaced by Mrs Cherise McDonald.
Mrs Leanne Bidzinski (Student Support) on LSL and LWOP for 18 months as she travels around Australia. Mr Nik Hofmeester (Assistant Principal and Science) will relinquish the Science role in favour of Student Support, a position he has held previously in a different school. Mrs Lisa Tilzey returns to Orana Catholic Primary School after several years' absence as the Science teacher. Lisa is currently teaching Science in a different Catholic School in Perth.

Mrs Ann Fissioli (Finance Officer) on LSL for first two weeks of Term 3, replaced by Mrs Jane Foy who has also previously worked here in the Finance Officer position.
Ms Caresse Lenzo (OSHC Supervising Officer/ Education Assistant) is taking annual leave from the OSHC and staff already employed in the Centre will cover her position internally. Mrs Kathy Duncanson (EA in Kindergarten) will be replacing Caresse as EA for Pre-Kindergarten.

The above may seem a significant amount of changes; however in all cases, the replacing staff have current (or not too distant, past) experience working here at Orana Catholic Primary School, and I certainly do not envisage any disruption to the learning programme for students.

School Reports

All Catholic schools throughout WA are moving toward electronic copies of school reports being the norm for reporting on student progress to their parents. These will be sent out mid next week and accessed by a unique password already provided to families. The school will not be issuing hard copies of the reports; however, parents can print a copy from what is sent out. For our record and future archiving, we will retain a signed hardcopy of your child's report as is required under our legal responsibilities.

Term Three

We start the Term with two PD Days.

On Monday 20 July staff will be on PD looking at aspects of planning and programming using the Australian Curriculum. Tuesday 21 July staff will be attending a Religious Education Professional Development with Jesuit Priest, Fr Richard Leonard presenting.

Performing Arts Festival

This starts almost as the Term commences and continues through until early September. Orana Catholic Primary School, has over last several years been strong participants, in quality and number, for the Performing Arts Festival. With the first two days as PD Days, an additional Music Day will be conducted on the first Friday of Term. The usual music lesson programme will occur on this day, however a second programme for choirs, band and ensembles will run concurrently throughout the day to ensure final rehearsals are befitting of entry into the Festival.

Edu-Dance

This also starts from Week One of the new term. For those not familiar with Edu-Dance, something Orana has had every second year for the last six years, it is a cross between choreographed dance and aerobics done as a whole Class. Our P&F fund the programme within the School. This is one of the P&F's major commitments to the School this year and, as it benefits all students from PP-6, we are most grateful for their support and commitment. Edu-Dance is run over two full days each week for eight weeks, each class attending a 45-minute session during this time. In fairness to the Year 6's and others having to prepare, rehearse and perform at whole School Assemblies, for the duration of Term Three, the Friday whole School Assembly will be held on Friday afternoon (2.20pm for a 2.30pm start).