APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Orana Catholic Primary School has been renewed as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2017 as continued recognition for sustaining an exemplary learning environment where innovation, leadership, and educational excellence are practised.
The leadership and staff at Orana Catholic Primary School have shown that they demonstrate the five best practices of an Apple Distinguished School: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment - ensuring that all students are prepared for future success in work and life.
The School Concert Band was awarded the Parents and Friends Federation Award for the best Primary School Concert Band at the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival in 1999, 2011 and 2013. In 2014 the school won an inaugural award, The Zenith Commendation Award for Sustained Improvement (Primary), which it won for the second consecutive year in 2015. This award was in recognition of the school's substantial growth in our performing arts programme over the last few years. In 2015 the Orana Senior Choir was awarded the Archbishop Foley Award at the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival for Primary Liturgical Choir. In 2011,2013 and 2016 the School Band were the recipients of the P&F Federation Award.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Orana Catholic Primary School was acknowledged by the Catholic Education Commission of WA in 2011 for its innovative approach to learning with an Award for Excellence in the category of DEVELOPING A HUNGER FOR THE LEARNING ADVENTURE.
Orana has been a flagship school in Western Australia for the 1:1 device program for primary school students. All teachers have upskilled themselves to become proficient at integrating ICT into the curriculum.
The school has also been generous in sharing its knowledge by hosting visits from other schools and Principals across WA and nationally.
The outcome of the program is to provide students with a deeper engagement with their learning. It has allowed differentiated learning to take place naturally.
"In WA we are most fortunate that our Catholic schools are abundant with educators who rise to the challenge and create the best possible impressions on our children - people who honour that trust and share a genuine desire for each child to succeed."