Dear Parents

First Holy Communion

This weekend is the culmination of the preparation programme for the Year Four students who are to receive for the first time, Holy Communion. This Sacrament, one of the three initiation sacraments within the Catholic Church recalls the sacrifice Jesus made for us through His death and resurrection. We recall the Last Supper as the first Eucharistic celebration and Jesus giving of Himself as a sacrifice for us all. When we receive Communion, 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'.

We thank all who have helped prepare the students for this important day and ask that you keep the Year 4 students, their families and the Year 4 teachers in your thoughts and prayers.

There are to be two Holy Communion Masses celebrated this weekend, the 6.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday and the 10.30am Sunday morning Mass.

Stranger Danger

In response to a number of parental enquiries following the publicised incident earlier this week in Shelley, every class has re-visited aspects of the Stranger Danger message and the children have been reminded of some of the common sense and safety practices required. Two very good websites for parents to reinforce this message and to refer to are located at the following link (specifically for children to access) and link (good information for parents).

I am very aware that some students know a great deal more about the events of Tuesday. Consequently some classes in the school have been provided with more discussion time in relation to the specific event. With respect to some in our school community I wish not to write any more about this specifically but would like to reassure all that the safety of each and every person here at Orana Catholic Primary School remains of the greatest importance. There needs to be a balance between the education, awareness, risk assessment and common sense.

"The aim is to teach children to be safe, to be aware of predatory strangers, and to be self-protective. Teaching protective behaviours or 'stranger danger' is a delicate balance of raising awareness, without unnecessarily alarming children, or paralysing them with fear. It is equally important to emphasise that the majority of adults are caring, loving and responsible - not 'bad people', to globally fear." (I Stay Safe website).

OSHC Centre

In accordance with the licensing requirements under which the Orana Out of School Hours Centre operates, notice is hereby given of a fee increase for one component of the OSHC operation. As from the next vacation care period (commencing Monday 6 July 2015), the daily rate for vacation care attendance will increase from $55 per day to $60 per day. This daily rate does not include OSHC incursions or excursions. There are no other OSHC fee increases for the 2015-2016 financial year planned.

Rates for the OSHC will be:
In school term
Before school - $12
After school - $24
Vacation Care and Pupil Free Days - $60 (this does not include incursion or excursion fees).

Lightning Carnival

Our Year 5 and 6 students will be representing Orana Catholic Primary School in a number of sports next Tuesday 23 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.


At this week's Assembly honour certificates and news from the middle and upper primary year levels will be shared. All most welcome to attend.