Dear Parents

Our Condolences

With sadness I write to inform the school community that one of our parents, Mrs. Narelle Ikladyous, passed away suddenly last Sunday. On behalf of the entire school community I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Ikladyous family, especially husband Frank and Emmanuel (Year 6). The Ikladyous' have been connected with Orana since 2007 and I am aware that Narelle would have been known to many past and present parents within the school. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family at this very difficult time.

I am also aware that some of our other families and staff here at Orana have recently experienced the passing of grandparents and extended family members within their own families. To these I also pass on the thoughts and prayers of the wider school community.

Welcome

Without taking away from what has been written, I would like to welcome all our families back to the school following the mid-year school holiday period, with a special welcome to the six new students (four families) who have commenced school here at Orana in Years K, PP, 1, 2, 3 and 4. We also welcome nine new students into the Pre-Kindergarten Program at this point in time.

To all these new and returning families a very warm welcome to Orana.

Staff Resignation

Mrs. Leonie Brown, the school's Administration Officer has tendered her resignation from Orana effective as from Friday 22 August. Leonie first started at the school in 1992 and would have been the very first contact many of the present and past parents have had with the school. There will be time in the near future for the school community to recognise and acknowledge Leonie's commitment, dedication, service and great affection for the school and many within.

Confirmation

The students in Year 6 are making their final preparations for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation to be conferred on the weekend of August 2 and August 3. Archbishop Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe will be visiting the Parish next Tuesday 29 July to speak to all candidates as an important last process in the preparation. Please pray for all candidates and their families.

Performing Arts Festival

Commencing tomorrow morning with a combined Catholic schools Mass is the 25th Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges here in WA. The Festival is a month long celebration showcasing the many different talents of students from the 160 Catholic schools here in WA. This year there are in excess of 19,000 students from the various schools participating in a variety of artistic and musical performances. Orana Catholic Primary school will be very well represented again this year with both Choirs performing along with the School Band. Year 1 classes and Year 6 classes will also be performing as well as many individual and small ensembles. In total we will have over 200 Orana students participating in the Festival.

Cross Country Training

During this term students from Years 3-6 will compete in the Schools Cross-Country Carnival from which a team is then selected to represent the school in an Inter-school Carnival later in the term. We are very fortunate to have Loretta and Dale Wesley (Matthew 6W) who have, for a number of years, trained our students in preparation for these events. Students from Years 3-6 are invited to attend early morning training as from tomorrow morning on our school oval commencing at 7.45am. Training will be carried out on each and every Tuesday and Thursday morning through until the Inter-school Carnival. Participation and personal improvement is the aim. This is not about the fastest runners only attending. The sessions are open to all children wishing to develop and improve their own fitness and well-being.

OSHC Fee Increase

Following the last School Board meeting in Term 2, it was resolved to make the following changes to the fees for attending our OSHC Centre.

Current Fee Charged New Fee
Before School $10 ($13 for Kindergarten child) $12 for all students
After School $20 ($23 -Kindergarten) $24 for all students
Vacation Care $55 per day (+$10-$15/excursion) $55 per day (+$10-$15/excursion)

The changes reflect the increases to costs associated with running the OSHC Centre. The School Board were very concerned that any increases be kept to a minimum and, in comparison to similar OSHC Centres, the new fees are still below that charged by other Centres. There was in the new structure an alignment with the fees charged for Kindergarten students. Now the same is charged for all other students so as to assist with the administrative side of charging fees (initially the difference existed because of the requirement of having to have a lower adult:child ratio for Kindergarten age children in the Centre). The fee increases will come into effect as from Monday 1 September.

OSHC Enrolments and Attendance

The following information is important procedural matters for our OSHC and the effective running of the program.

  1. We have a policy whereby parents wishing to make a permanent booking for their child do so on a term-by-term basis and that, once a booking has been made for the term, this is the basis on which you will be charged. The policy is in place to support planning and staffing. There are strict adult:child ratios in place and we are not legally able to enrol "walk-ins" if we cannot staff the Centre to the required ratio. This week we had thirteen "walk-ins" on Monday morning and nine extra children on Tuesday afternoon. On both occasions it was due to good fortune only that staff could be brought in with no notice at all. Parents must accept that a non-permanent booking means that your child cannot be accepted if the legal ratio is not met.
  2. We take casual bookings on the understanding that, if the ratio of adult:child is not met, your child may not be able to attend on that day. Even so, casual bookings are required in plenty of time for staffing arrangements to be put in place (ideally at least 48 hours).

P&F Morning Tea

The P & F will be holding a morning tea on the second Friday of every term after assembly. The invitation is extended to everyone, especially those new to the school. The first one will be on Friday 1st August. Please come along and join us if you are free.

Calendar

Both the electronic and hardcopy of the term's events will be published tomorrow 24 July 2014. The hard copy will be sent home with the eldest child in each family.

Assembly

This Friday morning in the hall. All are most welcome to attend.

David Barns
Principal