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Leadership Message – Issue Fifteen

The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September (8 September) birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Anne and Joachim, Blessed Virgin Mary’s Parents, were infertile, but prayed for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.

Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.

Leadership Message – Issue Fifteen

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Sacrament of Eucharist

Congratulations to all our Year 4 students who received the Sacrament of Eucharist recently. Thank you, again, to Dr Nathan Leber, for working with the children during the workshops, the Year 4 teachers for preparing the students and the Leadership Team members for assisting with coordinating the event. Thank you also to Fr Ken for his spiritual guidance through the children’s sacramental journeys.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation has been given the ‘green light’ by Archbishop Costelloe and will now proceed as scheduled. More information will be disseminated to the Year 6 Parents in the days leading up to the celebrations, on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September.

OLA Open Night and Learning Journeys

Thank you to all the families who made the effort to attend our OLA Open Night in Week 6. Over 90% of our families made the effort to visit the classrooms and share, with their children, their achievements thus far. Thank you to all the teachers who gave up their family time to be present on the evening. With so many schools cancelling their ‘Open Night’, because of the pandemic, I am proud to say, to my colleagues, we were able to proceed, with restrictions and social distancing, so the children wouldn’t miss out.

School Disco – Movie and TV Characters

A huge thank you to Narelle Roberts, for coordinating the event and the Disco Sub-Committee (Fiona Monteleone, Mel Fisher and Jade Pacecca, Teresa Musca, Brooke Casella, Vicki Stoiche, Kate Bonanno and Karen Lione) who assisted Narelle with the coordinating, ordering and the counting of money. Thank you to everyone involved, including all of the parent helpers. Special mention and thanks to Shaun Lacey for supplying us with the music on the night! Your DJ skills certainly made the night one to remember, especially for our Year 6 boys who won the annual Dance Off! Thank you also to Maria and Anisha for running the very busy canteen on the night. The children had a great time last Friday night!

OLA Father’s/Caregiver’s Day Breakfast

Thank you, again, to all the Fathers/Caregivers, who attended the breakfast last Wednesday morning. The Father’s/Caregiver’s Day breakfast, was a great opportunity for the community to say ‘thank you’ to all dads, grandfathers, and caregivers in our community. It was also an opportunity for the children to spend time with their caregivers, over a sausage and egg in a bun. Thank you to Mr Allsop, Maria and Anisha for organising the food and the teachers who assisted with the celebration. We hope all dads, grandfathers and caregivers in our community had a happy and relaxing Father’s Day yesterday. Thank you for all that you do for your children and families!

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/teacher interviews have been scheduled for Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 September (Monday: Pre-Primary, Years 1&2, Tuesday: Years 5&6 and Wednesday: Years 3&4). More information will be sent out to all parents when the online booking form goes ‘live’ on SOBS (Schools Online Booking System). More information will follow with a link on Monday 14 September.

The Fathering Project

A number of parents have stated there is a perception in the community the Fathering Project is only for dads and their sons. This is not the case, it’s about establishing a greater bond between dads/grandfathers/caregivers and their children, both daughters and sons. Please refer to The Fathering Project page of the newsletter for the latest update.

School Photos

Our School Photos will be taken on:

  • Wednesday 16 September 2020
  • Thursday 17 September 2020

Download the 2020 School Photo Schedule

Class Photos/Portraits:

Every student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.

  • Photos may be purchased using the online ordering system. Your child should have been given an online ordering instruction slip containing a unique student shootkey code.
  • Log onto and follow the prompts to place your order.
  • If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.
  • The expiry date for online ordering is the 23.09.2020 Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to or call the MSP office on 08 9240 8000

Family Photos:

  • Envelopes can be obtained from school reception.
  • Family photos will be taken each morning before school.
  • Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the photographers on photo day.
  • Please use the correct amount of money, if paying by cash.
  • Family photos cannot be ordered online.
  • Once photos have arrived at school, families will be notified. Family photos will remain at reception for parents to collect.

Please Note: Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online.

Extreme Hair Cuts/Styles

We have noticed a number of students coming to school with ‘extreme haircuts’. Defining ‘extreme’, it includes letters/symbols/numbers shaven within the hairline. I would appreciate if parents supported the school policy on grooming, which excludes these extreme styles – Thank you.

Bus Advertising

Over the next few weeks, a number of buses in the surrounding areas, will be displaying/advertising our school with a photo of some of our students (on the back of the bus). A huge thank you to both Amanda Cipriani and Narelle Roberts (both a part of the OLA Marketing Team) and Amanda Reid for making it happen. Attached is the photo, selected by MSP Photography, advertising our school on the back of buses.

New Entry to the School

Commencing this week (Week 8) the double gates next to the church will remain locked, at all times, during the week. Franco has constructed a new gate, between the Sr. Goretti Hall and existing double gates. It will be unlocked every morning and afternoon. We have made the decision to keep the double gates locked for safety reason (so cars do not drive on to the carpark in the mornings and afternoons).

Thank you.

Greg Martin, Michael Morris and Rebecca Smith

The OLA Leadership Team

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