Band Performance at Open Night

The school band will be performing between 5.15pm and 6.15 pm on Thursday 18 September as part of our school open night. Children will still have time to look through classrooms either side of our performance. Thank you to those people who have returned their band slips. I am still waiting on 12 more to be returned. I would appreciate these as soon as possible.

Performing Arts Festival

We are still waiting on Performing Arts certificates to arrive and will advise you at which assembly they will be distributed. They will not be distributed this week.

Perth Summer Orchestra Camp, 21-22 January 2015

Applications Close 15 September 2014. 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.


On Wednesday 27 August the Year 5 classes did a Rubbish Audit. We did a rubbish audit because we wanted to find results on how much people are recycling at Orana. The Year 5 classes would like to increase recycling at Orana and we think that if you think before you throw we might be able to recycle more at Orana. We had six buckets and sorted them into groups of food, paper, recyclable plastic, non-recyclable plastic, food packets, foil and others. Lots of fruit was thrown in the bin, some whole; and chip packets were all empty. Please encourage your children to recycle as this can give the Year 5's a head start.

Taylah Figliomeni


I am Ashley from Year 5 and the Year 5's had a rubbish audit last week sorting through all the rubbish that our school had thrown away. We did this rubbish audit to see how well our school recycled. After what we saw, we want to see a big improvement in how Orana recycles. We were sorting through different groups of rubbish like plastics, food scraps, recyclable plastic and a few other groups of rubbish. We were all really surprised by how much food and unwrapped things there were in the bins. There was also lots of unused paper that was perfectly fine to use. The most amount of rubbish we found was food. The weighed amount of food was 8.2 kilograms. After the next few weeks we hope to see a big improvement in how this school recycles.


Monday 15 September - Katrina Cooper, Nola Forde

Wednesday 17 September - Rosita Chan, Alison Gomes, Bec Patterson

Thursday 18 September - Rick Berwick, Eloise Flower, Lisa Hadfield


We are very excited to be launching Lil's first book "Ella's Story" at the school assembly this Friday morning 12 September 2014. Ella's Story was inspired by a class visit to Samson House whilst Lil Jasmine was in Year 5 in Mrs Bowran's class. Mrs Bowran inspired Lil through her teaching strategies and processes to explore her gift for telling a story. This story was written and illustrated by Lil and has taken 3 years to publish.

Ella's Story is currently available on with free postage at $21.99. It is also available in digital format for kindle and iBooks. We have pre purchased a small number, which will be available for $20 on the day, with the author's discount included. Part proceeds of this book will go to the Australian Mitachondrial Disease Foundation.

I have always believed that it takes a village to raise a child and I would like to sincerely thank the staff and community of Orana Catholic Primary School for their support over the last 5 years. We look forward to seeing members of our school community to celebrate this milestone event. Should you be interested in purchasing a copy signed by the author and are unable to attend the launch please email


Thank you to all the children and their fathers, grandfathers, and uncles that attended the Father's Day breakfast. It was a great success. The P & F Committee would also like to thank Woolworths Melville, particularly Richard Godin (Manager) for his assistance with donated produce for the breakfast.


A reminder that the toy catalogue orders from Chalk and Parent Direct are to be returned to the office by Friday 19 September (end of week 9). The toys will then be delivered in term 4 - in time for Christmas! If you have any queries, please email Cherie at


Seat sales are coming along but we still have a few more tables to sell. We would love to get as many people to come along and help this fundraiser night be a great success, and enable us to buy a new climbing structure for the kids!

This is going to be a fun, exciting night out with live horse races on big screens to bet and win money on. Lots of door prizes and giveaways, all included in the seat price. We will have a few fun games to play and a prize for the best hat on the night! There will also be a silent Auction of sports memorabilia and other items.

Fully licensed, No BYO. Seats $20 (single seats or tables of 10 available)

Saturday 25th October, gates open 6pm, 1st race starts 7pm. How to bet information (on the night).

Please get behind this Fundraiser. For more information or seat bookings contact a rep at


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.


Fathering After Separation - Tuesday 23 September at 27 The Crescent, Midland from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Cost $25.00. It is important for fathers to distinguish between their parenting role and the relationship break up. This seminar, held in a male-only environment, suggests ways in which fathers can keep in touch with children, even if hindered by formal access arrangements. For more information please phone 9489 6322.


Working with migrant and refugee families. This interactive workshop examines some of the issues that impact on migrant and refugee families and explores how workers can engage with families to provide support with parenting while considering their own cultural competence. Come along to 22 Southport Street, corner Cambridge Street on Thursday 18 September from 9.30am - 4.30pm. The cost is $165.00 Places are limited so book now on 9489 6322.