Dear Parents

Christmas Carols

Thank you to all for ensuring that last Thursday evening's Christmas Carols were such a success. It was fantastic to see so many families in attendance enjoying the Christmas goodwill and cheer. My thanks to all for attending and to the entire staff for the work in seeing this evening come to fruition. Thank you in particular to Mrs Draper for her work with the different choirs, to our talented staff and parent musicians along with parent vocalist Jodie Edwards, and all the children from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 6 once again for completing a job to the highest level.

Whole School Mass

Many thanks to those who attended the whole school Mass for students, staff and parents yesterday. It was fantastic to see so many parents and family members attend the Mass. Thank you to Fr Daniel for celebrating the Mass for us, to Mrs Woodgate for her preparation and organising, and special mention to those who participated by serving, reading, or as part of the music for the Mass.

Awards Ceremony

We also gathered for an Award Ceremony for the whole school yesterday morning. The following Awards were presented:

Loreto Award - presented to one Year 6, 2015 student in recognition of them displaying the values held by the Loreto Sisters, the founding Order here at Orana Catholic Primary School. The Award was presented this year by Sister Marg Finlay from the Loreto Sisters and awarded to Annika Ting (5B class).

Year 6 Awards

  • Academic - Grace Dunleavy (6B) and Deidre Godin (6W)
  • Orana Endeavour (Christian Leadership) - Grace Kingston (6B) and Brooke Waghorn (6W)
  • Music - Jeroen Sugunasingam (6B) and Yohann Gomes (6W)
  • Italian - Jessica Cotterill (6B) and Max deVries (6W)
  • Science - Ava Werch (6B), Deidre Godin (6W) and Lilli Mae McAuliffe (6W)

Michael Zoethout Award (in honour of a former teacher here at Orana Catholic Primary School) and presented to a student who shows Michael's love of life, sense of justice and respect for everyone.

Awarded to Jeroen Sugunasingam (6B)

Ms Sue Ellery, MLC (South Metropolitan) attended the Mass and Award ceremony before presenting a set of books to the school.


At this time of the year, we farewell a number of students and their families from the school community. I take this opportunity to offer a final farewell to the following staff from Orana Catholic Primary School:

Mrs Andrea Woodgate, Miss Kate Mavric, Miss Lara Scarterfield, Miss Meagan Baronas and Mrs Carmel Manera, all who are leaving the school. We also will say farewell for the time being, to Miss Dayana Nottage who has been seconded to work in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

Thank you to these staff members for their commitment and service to the community.

I would also like to acknowledge those students leaving the school and wish them every success in the future at their new schools. To the families of these students, a big thank you for the time and commitment you have given to the community, with special mention to those within the parent community who have served on the School Board and P&F over the years. The school is a richer place for having had your support. If you no longer wish to receive the school newsletter via email, please follow the unsubscribe link in this email.

End of Year Activities

Tomorrow is the final day for Year 6 students and their families. There will be a leaving assembly and traditional balloon release ceremony commencing at 2.30pm here at school starting off in the school hall. Parking for parents will be available on the oval.

Tomorrow is also the last day for kindergarten students for 2014 school year. It has been a big year for these very young students and they richly deserve their time off at home - equally so, the staff who have worked in this part of the school during 2014.

Year PP-5 students, your last day for lessons is Friday 12 December. Children will be dismissed from the undercover area from about 2.45pm. Again well done to all for the work they have completed in 2014 and thank you also to all those who have played a part in your education throughout this year.

School Fees

At the AGM of the School Board held late last month the School fees for 2015 were presented to the school community. The full list of fees can be accessed on the school website under the Practical Matters tab. Overall the School Board has increased fees at the minimum recommended increase being a 7% increase.

1:1 Laptop Distribution Event

Laptops will be distributed this evening at 6.30pm in the Year 4 classrooms. We look forward to seeing you and your child there as they receive their device.

2015 Timetable

Please refer to the School website for information relating to next year's starting dates and times, along with information relevant to your child's specific year level. The website is currently being updated with up-to-date information. This will be completed prior to 19 December.

Class Lists

This year the class lists will be displayed electronically. In addition to the physical list placed on the noticeboard outside OSHC, we would like to send the list out as a special newsletter on Friday 19 December. If you have already subscribed to the weekly newsletter you will be sent the whole school list. If you have not subscribed to the newsletter, please become a subscriber via the school website.

Where circumstances exist that you do NOT want your child's name placed on the class lists, it is imperative that you inform the Front Office of this before close of business on Tuesday 16 December. Your child's name will not appear on the class list and you will be informed of the class placement for your child on Friday 19 December at the same time as everyone else by personal email. The school subscriber list is generally only parents and grandparents of children here at Orana Catholic Primary School. I would ask however that the list not be copied in any form in respect of the privacy of individuals.

Christmas Wishes

On behalf of the staff here at Orana Catholic Primary School I would like to wish all families a holy and safe Christmas and a happy, relaxing and safe holiday period. I look forward to seeing the many who are returning back here for the start of a new school year in early February 2015.

David Barns