Rehearsals Week 6

The Senior Choir will be performing at assembly on Friday 29 August. Senior Choir practice on Monday morning will be at 8.30 am. We need ALL members of this Choir to be at this rehearsal please, hence we have made it an 8.30 am start.

There will be NO JUNIOR CHOIR PRACTICE NEXT TUESDAY 26 August. After all your hard work you can have a week off. We will resume again on Tuesday 2 September.

Band Practice is on as per normal at 8.00 am every Wednesday morning. We have the school open night to rehearse for, which is a big programme of music. Please do your best to be on time.

Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 1 classes will be singing on Friday 22 Augusrt at the Vasto Club in the session before the school choirs. Best of luck to our piano players and Yr 6 classes who will perform next week at the Festival, which will be the final week.

Band Performance

The school band performed last night at Chisholm Catholic College. A BIG Thank You to all the parents for getting the students there on time. Your support is greatly appreciated. The band did the school proud and once again performed wonderfully. Well done to you all for your hard work!

Friday 22 August - Primary Choirs - Vasto Club, Balcatta

Both our Senior and Junior choirs will be performing between 1.00pm - 2.30 pm.

Uniform: Full winter uniform, jumpers on and socks and shoes for girls, no stockings.
Tickets: Parents are invited to attend. Tickets will be sold at the door for $4.00.

Saturday 23 August - WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

This weekend there will be 64 guitar ensembles performing. Orana will be one of the very few primary school ensembles. A big thanks to Mrs Alexander for preparing the students and giving up her own time to allow our students to perform in such events. The event runs from 10.00am-6.00pm on Saturday and 9.00am-6.00 pm on Sunday.

Venue: Carine SHS, Everingham St, Carine
Uniform: Full winter uniform, jumpers on and stockings for girls.
Time: Meet in the warm-up room at 2.00pm (Room 3). Performance time is scheduled for 2.40pm. However they may run ahead of schedule. You are free to leave once you have performed.

Congratulations to our Classical Guitar Ensemble who have made it to the playoffs for the shield. They will be performing again at Trinity College on Friday 29 August to a panel of adjudicators. Please ensure you have returned your slip to Ms Draper.

Perth Summer Orchestra Camp - 21-22 January 2015

This exciting Camp is open to Wind, Brass and String musicians from primary school to year 7. Students need to be at the standard of Grade 2-Grade 5. (Students don't need to have sat exams.) Ms Draper has the application form if you are interested. We do have a number of musicians at Orana who would be eligible to participate.

More information can be found on the website.


Monday 25 August - Bec Pattterson, CAN YOU HELP PLEASE

Wednesday 27 August - Audrey McLauchlan, Kylie Cook, Sarah Johnston

Thursday 28 August - Melissa Jackson, Paola Mena, Sorelle Miller


Photos will take place on Tuesday 2 September and Wednesday 3 September. A personalised envelope has been sent home with each student. Consider your options and return the envelope to the class teacher by Friday 29 August. Please note that you now have the option of placing your photo order online instead of filling in the pre-paid envelope, refer to your child's envelope for details (ring 9342 3465 if you have queries).

Family Photo

If you wish to have a family photo taken, please collect this special envelope from the school office as soon as possible. Carefully read all instructions on the ordering envelope as money may be in one envelope and recorded on another. No envelopes should be placed inside another envelope. All students will have the opportunity to purchase Specialist Group Photos (e.g. choir/band) once the photos have been delivered to the school at $15 each. More information related to group photos will be given at a later date. If you have any further questions please call in to speak with me.

Conny Whyte
Assistant Principal


Orana Race Night

Save the Date - Saturday 25 October. This is a major fundraising event to help raise money for a new playground climbing structure. More information, including sponsorship details will be given soon. Start thinking about getting your table together.

Fathers' Day Breakfast Sausage Sizzle

A note was distributed last week for the breakfast on Thursday 4 September. If you did not receive an order form please come into the school office. RSVP Friday 29 August.


A series of talks, praise and worship and discussions by Chris Hew & May Ong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be held at Orana Catholic Primary School, Willetton in the school hall on 19 September from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Saturday 20 September from 8.30am - 5.00pm, concluding Sunday 21 September from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Mass will follow at Ss John & Paul Parish, Willetton at 6.00pm. Come and experience a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, meet others and enjoy listening to a humble and gifted man share his life stories. For further information contact Sandy 0432 428 919, Michelle 0412 652 827 or Patrick 0449 136 475.


Inspire Retreat presented by The Catholic Guy Team gathers people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power of God in a real and relevant way through Scripture, music and the arts. The Catholic Guy Team holds life changing events around Australia presenting a fresh approach to faith and life. Date: 5-6 September 2014 at The Sadler Centre, Corpus Christi College, Murdoch Drive, Bateman. Children aged 2 to 10 years can be pre-registered for the special daytime program. Free admission. More information and Registration details can be found here or Phone 1300 734 880.


2014 Hall of Excellence and 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Dinner, Friday 12 September 2014. Commencing at 7.00pm in the Patricia Rodrigues Centre, La Salle College, 5 La Salle Avenue, Middle Swan. Tickets $65 (Alumni members $60). Includes buffet dinner and drinks. To book your table or individual tickets, please contact the Administration Office on 9274 6266 or email


National Dental Health Week and Hearing Awareness Week fall in August this year, so here are some timely health promotions.

Dental health - Keep your child's teeth healthy

Teeth are important possessions. Here are some tips for keeping them healthy.

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Parents should supervise tooth brushing until children are 8 or 9 years old as they haven't got the dexterity to brush the molars properly until then.
  • Adults and children should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Toothpaste should be spat out after brushing and never eaten or swallowed. Do not rinse your mouth out with water after brushing your teeth.
  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing and store it hygienically. Replace your toothbrush regularly.
  • Older children and adults should floss their teeth daily.
  • Eating and drinking healthily is important for keeping your teeth healthy - try to keep away from too much sugar, especially between meals.

For more dental health information, go to our website.

The School Dental Service provides free general dental care to school children throughout Western Australia, ranging from pre-primary through to Year 11 (or 17th birthday). Contact your closest School Dental Therapy Centre or Dental Health Services on 9313 0555 for further information. Those requiring interpreter services should refer to the Dental Health Services Interpreter Service information.

Ears - Keeping ears clean

Ears produce wax (called cerumen) for protection. Wax and tiny hairs inside the ear canal prevent small objects getting down inside the ear. The ear has a clever mechanism for cleaning itself. There is a natural movement of old skin, wax and dirt away from the eardrum toward the outer end of the ear canal. This means that all you need to do to clean ears is to wipe around the outside of the ear with a damp cloth regularly. If a build-up of wax blocks the ear canal, special ear drops available from a chemist may soften the wax. Sometimes a visit to a doctor may be necessary in order to physically remove the blockage.

The old saying that you should never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow is true! That's because placing anything into the ear has the potential to cause damage.

If something does somehow become lodged in the ear, seek expert advice about having it removed. Never attempt to remove it yourself. Don't poke around in ears. If there's a problem, get professional advice.


All pre-primary to year 3 children were given a registration form for an After-School Dance Clinic starting Friday, 22 August (3.25pm - 4.25pm). We will conduct it on the school grounds.

The activity is coordinated and run by Physical Education and/or Dance Specialists; all with their Working With Children Checks. The Clinic focuses on Maximum Participation during Organised and Fun 6 x 1 hour sessions. The cost for the clinic is $60.00 per child.

If you are interested in letting your child learn dance skills and you have not yet registered, then please pick up a registration form at school reception and return it there by Thursday 21 August. If you have any queries, please call Jacob Aquino on 6162 0932.