Dear Parents

Confirmation

This weekend the majority of Year 6 students will be received fully into the Catholic Church when they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. All Parish candidates, of which our students numbered close to half of those to receive the sacrament this year, met with His Grace Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, as one of the final requirements before the Confirmation ceremony itself is conferred. We pray for all candidates, for the teachers and catechists who have prepared the students and for their families. We also pray for Archbishop Costelloe, Fr Thai and Fr Daniel as they carry out their duties and responsibilities.

Cross Country (training)

Thank you to the students who have started the school's training in the lead-up to the cross-country carnivals and to Mrs Loretta Wesley for again training the students here at Orana. However, there is a slight variation to the involvement in the training sessions. For the duration of the training period, those students attending cross-country training on their non-sports uniform day, have the option to train in their school sports uniform and continue wearing that uniform for the rest of that school day; or as is the case now, attend training in casual sports clothes but change into the correct school uniform before school officially commences. Please keep in mind when planning what your child will wear, of such things as Performing Arts Festival events, as these will dictate the uniform required.

Performing Arts Festival

The 25th Annual Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival commenced last Thursday with the Opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Don Sproxton at St Mary's Cathedral. With close to 200 of our students participating in this year's Festival, it is planned to provide a weekly account of students or classes who receive a special mention as part of their participation.

Congratulations to Ceicilia Limargana on receiving a Certificate of Merit in the Bible Reading Section of the Festival.

Prayers

In your thoughts and your prayers, I would ask that you keep in mind those within the school who are experiencing difficulties and hardship within their lives at present. Today a large number of people from within the Orana community attended the Funeral Mass for Mrs Narelle Ikladyous, mother of Emmanuel in Year 6. As written last week, Narelle's connection with the school goes back to when Emmanuel started school here in Kindergarten and Narelle was a frequent participant in all school activities.

One of our Year 4 students, Abi Kalaiarasan, is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital. Abi has been battling a debilitating illness for several years now and more recently been confined to a wheelchair. During the last school holidays, Abi fell ill and is, as indicated, in the ICU at PMH.

I am aware of other families within the school and extended community who are experiencing challenging times at present; our collective prayers would be most welcome and would show support for these people at this time.

Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday with honour certificates for students in the middle and upper primary years. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Morning Tea

Following this Friday's assembly there will be a parents' morning tea in the hall. All are welcome to attend with a special invitation extended to those new to the school.

David Barns
Principal