Dear Parents

Feast of the Assumption

There is to be a School Mass conducted this Friday here in the hall commencing at 11.00am. This will be the school's celebration for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) that commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. In the Catholic Church here in Australia this is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Performing Arts Festival

Elsewhere in the Newsletter is recognition for those who received Honourable Mentions as part of the Catholic Schools Performing Arts festival. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge at this time the Orana Liturgical Choir whose performance yesterday earned a Perfect Score with the adjudicators awarding the Choir Excellent on each component of their performance. This is a first for Orana Catholic Primary School in the years that Orana have been participating in the festival. In fact it could well be a first for any school in the 26 years the festival has been in operation. I would like to give a special acknowledgement to these students and to the fine work of Ms Draper in preparing the students. Next week the Junior Choir (Monday), School Band (Tuesday), and Senior Choir (Wednesday) all will be performing at the Festival.

School Incursion (PP-6)

Performer Michael Mangan attended Orana for a music incursion. Michael is a composer, teacher and Music Liturgist who is based in Brisbane, Australia. He has composed over 250 pieces that are widely used in Liturgy and Religious Education programmes and he has a wonderful ability to engage with students across the different year levels. This was very evident today in the way he engaged with the students.

Fundraiser

In support for one of our Year 4 students, Lachlan Johnson, (fundraiser toward the purchase and training of an assistance dog - see last week's Newsletter). There will be a sausage sizzle here this Friday. Information concerning this was also sent out with last week's Newsletter. We hope that the efforts of the wider community through this along with the donations already made, will go a long way to supporting the Johnson family and their efforts to fundraise for this programme.

League Tag Carnival

Congratulations to our senior students who represented the School at the Interschool League Tag Carnival yesterday. League Tag is very similar to 'touch rugby' with students having to 'steal' one of two tags attached by Velcro to the waist of opposing players. Like touch rugby there are limits to the number of tags stolen before a turnover occurs. Tries are awarded in the game. The feedback from Mr Chatt was that the students were both competitive but more so, fine ambassadors for the School in the way that they conducted themselves.

Open Night

For the past several years we have made all classrooms accessible for families to come and view what is happening. Again this year we open the doors for one evening; this year on Wednesday 2 September between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. I use this notice as the invitation to parents and the extended families to come to school and view work on display across all the different year levels. With the enormous amount of creativity and good work on display, this night is an opportunity to share that talent with others in the wider community. Parents, grandparents, as well as prospective new Orana families, all are most welcome on this night.

Children Not Well

Please err on the side of caution when deciding to send your child to school if you believe they are unwell. It is apparent that some children are arriving at school clearly unwell. We have, within a number of classes, a growing list of children absent due to different illnesses and ailments. To minimize the number of children becoming infected by others, please ensure your child, if sent to school, is fit enough for the day's work.

School Visit

The School will play host to several visitors this Friday morning as part of an ICT education visit and for them to see first hand how technologies are integrated into the different classrooms. In the short period the visitors are here, they will be given the opportunity to view the current work being done in Years 4, 5 and 6. Thanks to the staff and students who helped to ensure the visit is a successful one.

Vigilance and Courtesy (Car-park)

Attention and focus on safe driving in and around the car park and surrounding areas. Please ensure that the maximum speed limit is 8km/hour and that you remain vigilant and aware of what is happening around these areas. We endeavour to ensure the safe transition of students in and out of the School, therefore your utmost assistance is required at all times.

Congratulations

To our Year 6 student, Daniel Spence as part of the third placed WA State Ice-Hockey team at the recent National Championships. Over the course of the tournament, Daniel scored 3 goals and 4 assists.

Secondhand Sand Toys

We are seeking any pre-loved and non used sand toys you may have at home which are suitable for use by younger students here at School. A number of children mainly between PK - Year 3 are currently engaging in play in and around the sand areas. While we are in the process of purchasing new equipment, we would like to add this to stock what we can from families who no longer have use for this at home. Please keep in mind that our safety regulations restrict these to plastic and soft toys only.

Assembly

This week's Assembly commences at 2.30pm this Friday with honour certificates for the middle and senior students and with performances from both the Junior and Senior Choirs. All are most welcome to attend.