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Principal’s Message – Issue Thirty Six

Prayer for Graduates

This is a special day in the life of the graduates.
As they embark on the next chapter in their lives, we pray
that the same hand that has kept them thus far will continue to be in their lives.
May Your hand of protection be about them, and may Your Word continue to be
a light unto their path. Help them to make wise decisions and to always keep
You first in everything that they do.

Amen

 

Principal’s Message – Issue Thirty Six

Volunteers’ Morning Tea

On Thursday morning, we celebrated the valuable contributions of our volunteers. Our school community is strengthened by the generosity of those who give their time to the classroom, on excursions and during special events. Sincere thanks for all that you have done, and continue to do, for OLA.

Graduation

On Monday night we will be celebrating our wonderful Year 6 students as they graduate from OLA. Father Ken will be leading us in Mass to acknowledge the accomplishments of these students as they have flourished at OLA. The Graduation Dinner Dance will be held on Thursday night in the Sr. Goretti Hall. It is bound to be two memorable nights for our graduates and their families.

Year 6 Student Leaders 2020

Congratulations to all of the Year 5 students for presenting their Leadership speeches last week. Students from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, as well as staff, voted for their three preferred candidates. It is with great pleasure that I announce the attached student leaders for 2020.

2020 Student Leaders

Staffing 2020

Further to last week’s correspondence about staffing placements, I advise the following for 2020:

  • Mr Justin Kirry has accepted a permanent position at St Luke’s School, Woodvale. Justin has resigned from his position at OLA and we will acknowledge Justin’s contributions to our school community at the End of Year Mass on Friday 13 December.
  • Mr Ciaran Allsop has been appointed as the new OLA Sport teacher for 2020.
  • We welcome Mrs Felicity Creagh, who will commence in 2020 as our new Chaplaincy (Social) Worker. Felicity comes with a wide range of experience, including King Edward Memorial Hospital and the Department for Child Protection.

We look forward to welcoming Ciaran and Felicity into our community next year.

Class Lists and Transition for 2020

Class lists for 2020 will be added to the noticeboard outside the office next Friday afternoon. All students will participate in a whole school transition on Monday 9 December and Tuesday 10 December, visiting their 2020 class with their 2020 cohort and teacher (if possible).

2020 Invitation to all Students

Further to our transition program occurring on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 December, parents are invited to bring their children on 30 January or 31 January, 2020 to once again meet their teachers, bring their stationery and booklists and possibly be allocated their seat. We’re hoping the students won’t feel as anxious over the weekend leading up to the start of the new school year on Monday 3 February, 2020. If parents are not able to bring their children on the above stated days, they will be welcomed on the first day of school, which is Monday 3 February, 2020.

2020 Booklists

Attached to this newsletter are the 2020 Booklists. Hard copies have also been sent home.

Sacramental Dates 2020

As families prepare for 2020, please take note of the dates below. The Commitment Masses for all Sacraments will be held on Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March.

Sacrament of Penance

  • Parent/Child Workshop: Thursday 22 October
  • Retreat Day: TBC
  • Sacramental Celebration: Thursday 5 November

Sacrament of Eucharist

  • Parent/Child Workshop: Thursday 7 May
  • Retreat Day: Monday 11 May
  • Sacramental Mass: Saturday 16 May

Sacrament of Confirmation

  • Parent/Child Workshop: Thursday 13 August
  • Retreat Day: TBC
  • Sacramental Mass: Friday 21 August and Saturday 22 August

Earn and Learn

Last Friday, Adam from Woolworths Dianella came to present the items that were funded through the Earn and Learn Program. It is fantastic to see that through our combined support of Woolworths, purchases to enhance our Bubs Play at OLA, OSHC and classrooms could be made. We also thank Adam for generously offering all of our students a fruit snack at the end of the day. Thanks also to Connor, from the Fruit and Veg Department, for attending as well.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Regional Spelling Bee on Friday 15 November. St Peter’s School hosted the event and there were numerous participants from our region.

Well done to the following students for representing OLA so proudly:

  • Year 3: Layla and Fred
  • Year 4: Ashlyn and Kylie
  • Year 5: Prashanth and Dhruv
  • Year 6: Daniel and Siena

All students were presented with their certificate at the conclusion of the event.

December/January Vacation Care Program

The new Vacation Care program for the December/January holiday period is now ready. Information about the program, and how to enrol, is attached for you.

OLA OSHC Vacation Program

Semester Two Reports

Semester Two Reports will go live to families on Monday 9 December. Over the next couple of weeks, I ask that you please check that you can access the SEQTA Engage Parent Portal, using the same username and password that you had in Semester One. If you are experiencing difficulties with accessing the portal, please contact Chris Balen in the Office for your username. If you require further assistance then please contact Assistant Principal, Mike Morris via email, michael.morris@cewa.edu.au

End of Year Concert

It is almost that time of year again, the End of Year Concert is almost upon us! Please join us next Wednesday at 6pm to celebrate the end of a wonderful year. A list of costumes for the concert is attached.

End of Year Concert Costumes 2019

Upcoming Dates

As we approach Week 7, please take note of these upcoming events:

  • Monday 25 November: Keyed Up Music Recital, 3.15pm (private students)
  • Thursday 28 November: Volunteers’ Morning Tea, 9am
  • Thursday 28 November: Keyed Up Music Recital, 3.15pm (private students)
  • Monday 2 December: Graduation Mass, 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 December: End of Year Concert, 6pm
  • Thursday 5 December: Graduation Dinner and Disco, 6pm
  • Friday 6 December: 5G Assembly, 2.15pm
  • Wednesday 11 December: PP-Year 5 Water Fun Day and Year 6 Excursion to Adventure World
  • Friday 13 December: End of Year Mass, 9am
  • Friday 13 December: Last day of school for students
  • Monday 3 February: First day of school for students

Important Canteen Information

With the Year 6 Graduation Dinner Dance scheduled for Thursday 5 December, the Canteen will be running on Friday 6 December instead. This will also be the last day that the Canteen will be trading. There will be no Canteen in Week 9.

Sad News

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Mary Barclay after the passing of her mum in Canada. Mrs Barclay will remain in Canada with her family during this difficult time.

Have a nice weekend!

Greg Martin
Principal

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