Dear Parents

Cross-Country

Training continues in preparation for the interschool cross-country carnival to be held on Tuesday 8 September at Manning Park, Hamilton Hill (just near the end of Phoenix Road). Teams of five runners per event will compete with the first four runners across the line from each school having their results recorded. Congratulations to all those runners who will be representing the school for this. Their names are listed in today's newsletter, the medal winners are the first three named in each group.

Performing Arts Festival

I would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's Performing Arts Festival. In total we received 45 Honourable Mentions or Certificates of Merit out of a total of 63 separate entries into the Festival involving about 180 different students in the school. This is a large participation rate for any school and there are not too many other schools that could boast such an achievement level across many different categories. Congratulations to the students for all their many hours of continual practice and special mention to our teacher of Music here at Orana, Sarah Draper. Her expertise, dedication and discipline has allowed students to shine in the area of Arts to a level that is receiving recognition throughout the Catholic schools sector and beyond.

Whilst the final week for our students in the Performing Arts Festival was to be last week, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I am able to announce that the Senior Liturgical Choir are this year's recipient of the Archbishop Foley Award for the Primary Liturgical Choir section, and have been invited to perform at the Performing Arts Final Concert on Monday 14 September (Perth Concert Hall).

Seating is reserved for all performers in the Festival Concert. Performers do not need to purchase tickets, however, general bookings for the Concert are available online through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au or Ph 132 849. You should book without delay as tickets do sell out quickly for this event.

School Photos

Thank you to all for the extra effort in ensuring that the students were both prepared and well-presented for the school photographs this year. The photographers have now concluded their work here and we should expect to have the photos returned in about 4 -5 week's time. Thank you to Miss Whyte for coordinating the programme again this year.

Open Night

This evening is the school's Open Night, an opportunity for parents and extended families to view the work on display, not only your child's work , but also the great work being produced across all year levels. This year we have invited new families entering the school in 2016 families to attend.

Thank you teachers for the effort that has been put into ensuring that the classrooms are ready for tonight's Open Night. Special thanks to the children who are the producers of the work on display. Parking is available on the school oval (enter from Querrin Avenue onto oval and exit through onto Chelmer Way.).

Open Night is from 5.00pm - 7.00pm and I politely remind parents that the evening should not double as an informal parent teacher interview time. We value communication between school and home on the progress of your child but at a more suitable time than what Open Night offers.

Kindergarten Fathers Day Movie Night

Attention Kindergarten Dads

The Kindergarten Movie night is to be held on 3 September from 6.00pm-7.00pm in the school hall.

Fathers Day Breakfast

We look forward to seeing all the dads and granddads on Friday morning at 7.30am for breakfast.

Grandparents Mass

A reminder that we have the Grandparents Mass on this Friday as we want to recognize these special people for what they provide by way of support both here at school and within their respective families. This Mass will commence at 9.00am on this Friday 4 September in the school hall.

2015 Australian Mathematics Competition Results

Earlier this term we had 56 students from Years 3 -6 participate in this event which is conducted across a number of schools throughout Australia. Our students collectively received;

Distinctions: 11

Credits: 15

Proficiency: 24

Participation: 6

A Prudence Award was awarded to the student who received the highest number of consecutive questions correct. Congratulations to our Year 4 student Daniel Walters who received this honour.

Short-term Absence

Our Groundsman, Mr Jock McArdle is travelling overseas this weekend and will be away from school for a total of four weeks. In Jock's absence, Mr Mitchell Lewis will be attending to some of the work usually done by Jock. This information is provided primarily to make people aware of the change of personnel, to welcome Mitchell and to wish Jock a safe and eventful holiday break from school.

ANZ Introductory Loan Scheme (P&F initiative)

In conjunction with the ANZ Bank, any new home loan that identifies Orana Catholic Primary School as the school of association will result in this school receiving the sum of $300 for every $100,000 new mortgage taken out through the Willetton Branch of the ANZ Bank. The offer is open to any customer who takes out a home loan provided this is done through the Willetton Branch, is a new loan, and identifies Orana Catholic Primary School. For further information please see the ANZ Referral Form link in the Notices section under P&F News.

Edudance Concerts

The very popular and once again successful Edudance programme will culminate next Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September with performances on both days. Blue classes will perform next Wednesday afternoon from 2.20pm followed the next day with the White classes. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend these performances in the school hall.

No Assembly

As we come to together for both Father's Day breakfast and for whole school Mass, there will be no assembly on this Friday afternoon.