Performance for the City of Canning Schools Concert, Saturday 8th November at the Canning Town Hall, 12 noon

A note has gone home to students involved. Please return your slip to Ms Draper ASAP. Even if you can't make the performance you need to return your slip so we know who is available. The call time for this performance has changed to 11.55. Please make sure you are there by then.

Rehearsals for Term 4

Senior Choir: Monday 8.15am

Junior Choir: Tuesday 8.15 am

Band: Wednesday 8.00 am

Guitar Ensemble: Thursday 12.55 pm


Congratulations to the following Orana students for their achievements during the last school holidays:

West Coast Spring Dance Festival

1st Place Under 12 Years Musical Theatre Solo SHAKIRA GOLTMAN and winner of the Perpetual Trophy

1st Place Under 10 Years Musical Theatre Solo SKYE COLCOTT and winner of the Perpetual Trophy (Skye has only just turned 4! Youngest in her category)

2nd Place Under 10 Years Musical Theatre Solo Jaymi Cann

2nd Place 6 Years and Under Song and Dance Solo SKYE COLCOTT

2nd Place 15 years and Under Musical Theatre Trio SHAKIRA GOLTMAN, MONTANNA MILLER and Georgia Shehade ex Orana Student

Showcase National Championships

1st Place Song and Dance Solo SKYE COLCOTT

1st Place Vocal Solo SKYE COLCOTT


1st Place Musical Theatre Solo SHAKIRA GOLTMAN

2nd Place Musical Theatre Solo TEMILY GOLTMAN

2nd Place Musical Theatre Duo SHAKIRA GOLTMAN and TEMILY GOLTMAN

Skye also won an award for Style, Shakira a Rising star award AND Shakira was placed in the Top 10 for her age category!! There were 700 competitors in Perth and because Skye, Shakira and Temily did so well they were selected to represent Perth in the NATIONALS being held at Jupiters in QLD on the Gold Coast in January!! Huge achievement and they are so excited!


Your photo orders were sent home this week. Should there be any discrepancies please contact "MSP Photography" within 14 days on 9342 3465 as we are unable to assist with any discrepancies.

The school band photo, guitar and ensemble and the senior and junior choir photos are now available for viewing in the school office. To purchase a photo please record your name on the appropriate list in the office. The cost is $15 per photo. Payment by EFTPOS or Credit Card only. Thank you for your cooperation. The final date to order is Friday 30 October.


Alison is need of help in the canteen next week. If you are able to assist please see Alison. Thank you.

A big thank you to everyone who made cakes or slices to sell, distributed lunches or assisted with the selling of these delicious goodies during the carnival. Your assistance was very much appreciated and once again contributed to a successful day.


Our whole school Mass scheduled for Tuesday 4 November will now be held on Tuesday 28 October in the school hall. Mass will commence at 11am. All parents are most welcome to attend.



The disco will be held in the school hall and hosted by 'Bop till you Drop' and the P & F. Tickets are $5 per child, which includes a surprise PLUS a drink and chips as you leave. Kindy to Year 2: 4.45pm - 6.15pm, Years 3-6 6.30pm - 8.00pm. Tickets on sale next week.


Please collect your Chalk and Parent Direct toys from the school office as soon as possible. If you ordered from only Chalk or Parent Direct, you will have one bag or box to collect. If you ordered from both catalogues you will have two bags, two boxes or one bag and one box to collect. Your items have been bundled together and labeled with your name on the front of either the bag or the box. If you have any queries, please contact Cherie on 0421 026 663.

ART FUNDRAISER - Greeting Cards, Calendars and more!

We are doing a fundraising campaign with Kids Card Designs. Your child has produced a fantastic piece of art, which will be sent home for you to see along with an order form. These will be sent home at the beginning of Week 3, on either Monday the 27th or Wednesday the 29th for Kindy students.

The artwork can be turned into a whole range of useful products including - iPhone cases, iPad, iPod and iPad Mini cases, a fabulous ready made Recipe book with your child's art or a family photo on the front cover of Greeting Cards, Calendars, write on/wipe off Magnetic fridge planners, handy sized Diaries and for you to order.

These fundraising products are unique, as they will feature artwork designed by your child or a family photo, and will provide a lasting memento for you to give as a gift or keep for yourselves.

Artwork and order forms will go home together. Please return all orders, payments and artwork by the date outlined on the order form.

To place an order, please see the following:

  1. Please return the order form, art and payment together to your child's classroom.
  2. Please DO NOT fold or staple the artwork as this damages the artwork, which can affect final images.
  3. For families, please return all siblings artwork, orders and payments compiled together (please not stapled), handed in by one child.

Should you have order queries please contact: or 0435 240 270.

This is a healthy fundraising venture where kids get to use their creativity to raise funds for our school, and we encourage you to get on board.

Thank you for your support.


There are still a few seats left for our Race Night, so get in quick to support our Fundraiser to purchase a new climbing structure for the kids.

There will be live horse races on the big screen to bet and win money on. Lots of door prizes and giveaways, all included in the seat price. Come dressed for the races if you like, we will reward your effort with prizes for the best hat and fashions on the field. Auction items on the night as well - all to raise money for a good cause!!

Saturday 25 October, gates open 6.00pm, 1st race starts 7.00pm. How to bet information on the night.

Fully licensed NO BYO, CASH BAR (strictly 18+ event), but bring your nibbles.

Seats $20 (single seats or tables of 10 available). There will be no seat sales on the night.

For more information or seat bookings, please contact a rep at


The P & F holds 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 date for this term is Friday 24 October. Please come along and join us if you are free.


Our first meeting for Term 4 will be next week (Wednesday 29 October) at 7.00pm in the staff room. All parents are welcome to attend.


The Willetton Parish Pastoral Program has great pleasure in introducing the new Orana School Liaison Coordinator, Joyce Dass. Please make her welcome. Her role will be to keep us informed of any short-term emergency needs of families at Orana. We would like to thank her very much for volunteering to be part of our parish pastoral care program. Contact details of all the Coordinators' are available on the poster and brochures at Orana. Betty Thompson


A few cases of head lice have been reported throughout the school. It would be appreciated if you could check your child's hair carefully for head lice and / or eggs. For more information and treatment options, please visit the website.


Carrying a backpack can injure your child's back if care is not taken. Here are some helpful tips for protecting young backs:

  • Make sure that your child's backpack does not weigh more than 10% of his/her bodyweight.
  • Choose a backpack with broad shoulder straps that are well padded and adjustable so it sits comfortably on the shoulders. I should have waist and chest straps to keep the load in place and help evenly transfer the load to the hips and pelvis.
  • Encourage your child to wear both straps at all times to distribute the weight.
  • Choose a padded back-support that allows the pack to fit 'snugly' on the back.
  • Adjust the straps so that the backpack fits close against the child's back.
  • Choose a backpack, which fits the child. The size should be in proportion to his/her body.
  • Pack the heaviest items closest to the body and the lighter items further out.
  • Make sure that your child is carrying only what she/he really needs to carry.
  • Take notice of how your child is carrying the backpack - if your child is leaning forward to carry the backpack, tighten the straps or lighten the load.
  • When packed, ensure the backpack doesn't sag or pull backwards.
  • Clip on the waist straps to keep the load in place when walking or cycling.
  • Do not carry the backpack for long amounts of time, take regular breaks.

For more information visit this website.


Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can be detected by a simple examination of the back.

The normal spine has three curves - one in the neck, on in the upper back and one in the lower back. These curves can be seen from the side, but when you look from behind the spine should appear straight. If the spine has a sideways curve, this is scoliosis.

An information leaflet about Scoliosis will be distributed to all year 6 and 7 students. Please read through the information provided and check your child for scoliosis as described in the leaflet.

If you have any concerns, please contact your General Practitioner or Community Health Nurse, Fiona on 93135418.


Good vision is important for learning and quality of life. Watch for any of the following in your child:

  • Covering/closing one eye when reading;
  • Holding books very close;
  • Complaining of eyestrain or headache;
  • Complaining of double vision or blurred vision with reading or board viewing;
  • Complaining of words moving on a page;
  • Losing place when reading, or skipping words and lines;
  • Inattention or short attention span when reading, or;
  • Rubbing the eyes.

Please note: Medicare covers the cost of an eye examination.

If you have a concern about your child's vision, please contact a doctor, optometrist or your local Community Health Nurse, Fiona on 93135418.


Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or see the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are 'blind' to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds.

An information leaflet on colour blindness will be distributed to all year 6 students in term four. Please take the time to read the pamphlet.

For more information and see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group here.

If you have any concerns, some general practitioners, eye specialists or optometrists can perform colour vision testing. You can also contact your local Community Health Nurse, Fiona on 93135418.


Keynote & Workshop

This workshop for parents and educators, explores perceptions, beliefs and attitudes around education. Come along on Monday 27 October from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (light supper included) at the James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office, Ruislip Street, Leederville. The workshop is FREE. To book tickets, click here