Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning September 12

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However, the helper, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything.

He will remind you of everything

that I have ever told you.

~John 14:26~

There has been quite a lot of debate recently about the selection of the All Australian AFL team and, particularly, the appointment of Nathan Fyfe as Captain rather than Shannon Hurn. Whilst it is not my intention to debate this topic, I acknowledge that either would be a very worthy choice due to their talent and expertise both as a player and a leader, and it is this aspect that I want to highlight. We are all born with immense potential and, while this will vary greatly, it is what we do to nurture and develop this that will ultimately determine the talent and expertise that we possess. Just as Nathan Fyfe and Shannon Hurn have contributed many years of hard work and dedication which have culminated in their selection at the top of the cream of current AFL players, I see a parallel for our Year Six children as they continue their Spiritual journey with Reconciliation this evening and the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 6.00pm Mass on Saturday. During the Confirmation Mass Fr Quynh stretches his hands over the candidates and says:

All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

At the point of receiving these Gifts the children have great potential but, only if they nurture and continue to develop them, with dedication and expertise similar to that displayed by Nathan Fyfe and Shannon Hurn, will they fully realise their true potential.

I look forward to sharing in this great occasion for the children and their families and seeing them continue to grow as mature, responsible members of our Catholic Faith.


In last week’s newsletter I wrote about Nano Nagle, the Presentation Sisters and their charism. As a follow up to this I have asked Brother Stephen, our Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care) to provide us with an insight into his Religious Order and what it means to him to belong to this.

Charisms of the Servite Order

The Order of the Servants of Mary (Servite Friars) is a Catholic religious order of which I am a member. The Order was founded in 1233 by a group of seven merchants from Florence, Italy. Initially they were part of a religious society who would gather together regularly in common devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. After a period of time, seven of these men decided they wanted to form a small community. It was at the time in the church where new religious orders were being formed and they adopted a life of poverty living in urban areas, often having an itinerant lifestyle, preaching, evangelising and ministering to the poor. These groups started the Medicant movement which was in contrast to the religious orders of the time who lived a Monastic model - living in one stable community away from the people, owned property and other wealth. Throughout the centuries the Servite Order has spread to most of the continents around the world.

Since the founding of the Servite Friars in the Medicant Tradition, our charisms have always been community and Mary. Although these charisms have remained, the way in which they are expressed have changed through the centuries to meet the needs of the times. For example, community at one time or another has meant the friars would be living under the same roof in a large priory and all doing the same ministry. These days, it is more than likely friars will belong to a local community but may not be living under the same roof and this is often due to the variety of ministries the friars are involved in. Our devotion to Mary is under the title of “Our Lady of Sorrows” celebrated on 15 September. This is a very old devotion based in scripture. From this, the order has adopted the virtues of Mary and members try to model her hospitality and compassion. In today’s society with Mary as our model, we commit ourselves in a particular way to comfort and stand with those who suffer and who are alone, especially those burdened with cancer. The patron saint of cancer is a Servite, St Peregrine.

On a personal level, the charism of community for me is about belonging and being actively involved. It is also about using your skills to support the group and taking a part. It is being there through the various situations that the community or individuals face in their lives, whether it be the joys, the disappointments or grief. For the charism of Mary, she is the perfect model of compassion. She is my inspiration to be gentle, kind and calm in situations and how to stand with those who are suffering. As Mary did at the foot of the cross, it is not about what you say in these situations but about being there and having empathy.

Bro Stephen Barker OSM

Assistant Principal/Pastoral Care


Further to my article in the newsletter of 29 August in which I advised of how impressed the members of the Performing Arts Committee were with the performance of our Senior Dance Group, I have recently been informed that they are this year’s recipient of the Presentation Sisters Award for Primary Dance and that they are invited to perform at the Final Concert at the Perth Concert Hall on this coming Monday evening, 16 September. This is wonderful recognition of an exceptional performance by the children which has been very skilfully choreographed and coordinated by Mrs Tiffany Donovan-Flintoff. Congratulations to all, I look forward to joining with many parents and staff in seeing another great performance on Monday.


I’m sure the children were pretty tired when they arrived home last Friday after a great day of fun activities to celebrate the works and inspiration of the Presentation Order of Sisters. Whilst having an excellent day we managed to raise $2070.35 which will be passed on to the Sisters to help with their missionary work. Thank you to all who contributed towards making this such a successful day.


As mentioned in the last two newsletters our school is conducting this Survey to assist us in future planning and decision making. To date 48 families have completed the survey and we would like many more to do so to ensure that the results are indicative of the thoughts and beliefs of a wide range of Notre Dame families. Please follow the link below to access the Survey:


Access Code: ND2019P


Copies of NAPLAN results have arrived and will be posted to parents to arrive early next week. Our overall results are excellent as can be seen in the grids below.

National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN School Results 2019

NAPLAN results in comparison to CEWA similar schools.

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Next Thursday, 19 September, our Student Leaders have been invited by our State Member for Belmont Ms Cassie Rowe MLA to join her for lunch at Parliament House. This is a great privilege for our students, and we thank Ms Rowe for affording them the opportunity to attend. Mrs Daniela Boyle and Bro. Stephen Barker will accompany the students.


After a term of preparation the children are ready to perform.

· ‘M’ Classes Friday 20 September

· ‘P’ Classes Monday 23 September

Both concerts will be held in the School Hall commencing at 2.15pm.


Tickets are now available for this great evening to be held on 19 October at Forster Park on Abernethy Rd. Due to the size of the venue there are only 200 tickets so go online to ensure you don’t miss out.

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This evening the Year 6 Confirmation candidates will participate in the Second Rite of Reconciliation in the Church at 6.00pm. We ask the Notre Dame Community to please keep the Year 6 Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they prepare to receive this special Sacrament on Saturday 14 September at 6.00pm.

Stefanie Bradshaw

Assistant Principal


Confirmation @ 6.00pm

Certificates will be presented on Saturday 21 September @ 6.00pm Mass and

Sunday 22 September @ 10.00am Mass


Parish Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all members of the Parish who attended the meeting on 8 September 2019.

SVDP Street Appeal

The Street Appeal will occur on 13 September 2019 at two locations: Bunnings Belmont and IGA at Belvidere Street. If you are able to volunteer on the day at either location, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Notre Dame Youth Group

The Group’s next fundraising event for the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a cake sale on 29 September 2019. The event will occur after the 8.00 am and 10.00 am Mass in the Parish Centre.If you would like to donate any baked goods to be sold on the day, please contact Anthony on 0419 219 991. All baked goods must have ingredients displayed.


Sessions will commence on 1 October 2019 for those people wishing to be a Catholic or to learn more about the Catholic faith. If you require further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



Reconciliation for Confirmation candidates @ 6.00pm


Assembly Year 5M

EDU Dance

Athletics - 400m @ Miles Park


Confirmation @ 6pm


EDU Dance

Senior Dance Group - Perth Concert Hall @ 7.00pm


ICAS English


Year 5 Night of the Notables


Junior Athletics Carnival

ICAS Mathematics


Merit Assembly

EDU Dance 'M' Concert



Closes for students on Wednesday 25 September


Commences 14 October

End of Term for Students Friday 13 December

End of Term for Staff Friday 20 December


The Notre Dame P&F have the opportunity to sell discounted tickets to this years Perth Royal Show.

If you are planning on taking the family why not purchase the tickets through us for a great discount and you get to support the school at the same time. Simply click on the link below and enter the code.

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This has been another busy term for the kindy classes.

This term we started to look at Community Workers.

We commenced the term with a visit from the Belmont Fire Department engines. We learnt a lot from the fire fighters and enjoyed squirting the hose and sitting in the big engine.

At the end of week one many families attended the P & F disco and enjoyed dancing.

Then we had a hospital incursion where we had the opportunity to dress up and experience a variety of activities related to being in hospital such as crutches, a wheelchair and blood pressure monitoring.

Then we attended mass for a blessing on Grandparent’s Day and had many grandparents visit our classroom during our activity time.

We have been using a device for the iPads called Osmo which has helped us with letter making skills and copying pictures. There is also a story telling app for it. We are also learning to take turns and help others with Osmo.

Next we participated in Book Week by dressing up as our favourite book characters.

We have also celebrated Father’s Day by making gifts for our Dads and inviting them into our classrooms after the successful Father’s Day breakfast.

We participated in a Mascot Challenge involving a bright orange soft ball which helped us with our throwing, catching and bouncing ball skills.

As a part of our cultural program we assisted Mrs Smith to cook a mild curry and rice which we enjoyed.

Last week we participated in a variety of activities for Presentation Day and had many parents and grandparents helping us. Thank you!

We look forward to many more adventures this year!

Mrs Panzich-Sekulla, Mrs Harland, Mrs Bordoni, Mrs Dique, Miss Juffermans, Mrs McGann, Mrs Smith and Mrs Terranova.


The first "Notre Dame Worm Wee" sale will be next Monday afternoon at the end of the school day in the Mother Mary Pizza. The cost will be $2.00 for a 2 litre bottle of concentrate. Try it out, it will be good for your garden.

Brother Stephen


Online Ordering System

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

SCHOOL PHOTOS INFORMATION Our School Photos will be taken on:

Main School - Monday 21st of October 2019 and Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Class Photos/Portraits:

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

  • The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey. 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 04.11.2019. Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to or call our office on 08 9240 8000.

Family Photos:

  • Envelopes can be obtained from Administration.

  • Family photos are taken each morning before school.

  • Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers

    on photo day.

  • If you do not have the correct money we will provide any change needed when photos

    are delivered to school.

  • Family photos cannot be ordered online.

Special/Sports Group Photos:

• If your child is in a Special/Sports photo you will receive a link and password to the online gallery after photo day. You can then view and order if required. Photos will be delivered with the school’s bulk order.

Please Note: Class Groups, Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online




What an amazing day we had last Friday for Presentation Day!

Thank you to our wonderful parents who assisted with cooking and distributing sausage sizzles - your time is much appreciated. Thanks also goes out to our wonderful Year One families who donated delicious cupcakes for the whole school to have for morning tea!

We commenced our day with a wonderful celebration at Mass led by Father Quynh. All students, including our awesome Kindy’s, were so reverent. Father Quynh talked about Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters and how their legacy lives on today. After Mass, all students went back to their classes to learn more about the Presentation tradition.

Our fete commenced after recess and what a time we had! The stalls included mini golf, throw the coin on the chocolate bar and guess how many lollies in the jar.

The afternoon was dedicated time spent with our buddy classes which gave us another opportunity to spend some time together.

Best of all, we raised money for the Presentation Sisters!

The countdown is on for Mercy Day 2020.

Stefanie Bradshaw

Assistant Principal


Well done to the choir members on their recent performance in the Primary Choral section of the Performing Arts Festival. The children sang two very challenging pieces and certainly brought some of those challenges to light. We are very proud of you all!

Thank you to Mrs Notte and Mrs Evans for their assistance at rehearsals and in the preparation of the performance. Thank you also to the parents who support our work by bringing the children to rehearsal and those who supported us with their presence at the performance. We are very grateful to you all.

A reminder that the Confirmation Mass is this Saturday (14 September) at 6pm. The choir children will need to arrive by 5:30pm so we can have a quick rehearsal before Mass begins.

Well done also to the Year 3 choir who received a Certificate of Merit for their performance in the Liturgical Choral section of the Festival a couple of weeks ago.

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2019 Junior Athletics Carnival - Thursday, 19 September @ School

A reminder that parent helpers have been notified by email with their jobs for next Thursday. The program for the day has also been attached with the newsletter and sent to parents via email. Many thanks to all those who put their hand up to assist with the day. I know the students and staff are all looking for a to a fun day!

2019 Senior Athletics Carnival - Thursday, 17 October @ Gerry Archer

A reminder that notes have been sent home regarding the Seniors Athletics Carnival next term for years 3-6 students. Please ensure forms are returned ASAP. Parent helpers would be greatly appreciated for the day. The program of events has been sent to parents by email as well as placed on the school website.

Field Events - Senior Athletics

On Monday and Tuesday students from years 3-6 participated in their jumps and throws which will go towards the Senior Athletics Carnival next term. I would like to congratulate all students on their fantastic sportsmanship and participation throughout the events this week. I’d also like to thank the parent helpers and staff who worked tirelessly to provide a fun but competitive environment for our students. A reminder that the 400m events for years 4-6 will be held this Friday at Miles Park (times below). If there are any other parents who may be able to assist with place judging then that would be greatly appreciated.

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Mascot Challenge (Kindy - Year 2)

Over the last couple of weeks students from Kindy - Year 2 have been participating in the Cricket Australia Mascot Challenge. All students receive a scorchers stress ball, a certificate and stickers for when they have completed a skill. Below are some photos of students participating in the challenge. Keep up the great work guys! If you would like to know more about the challenge please visit this website -

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Brett Webb
P.E & Year 6 Teacher
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Next Week's roster

Monday 16 September : Volunteer Required

Wednesday 18 September: Karon Russell

Friday 20 September: Volunteer Required

Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the cooking and distribution of the sausage sizzle for Presentation Day.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Coorinator

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The Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday 16 September 2019 but will be open on Tuesday 17 September from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Sorry for any inconveniences.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.



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Child Protection Week is so important and we need to help arm parents with the correct, research-based information so that they can help teach their children!

Click this link to view.

As parents, we hear the facts about child sexual abuse and we are scared.

But, we can’t control the behaviour of others, and we can’t keep our kids locked away for their entire childhoods. So, what do we do? How do we keep our children safe?

Holly-ann Martin of Safe4Kids has been working in the field of child abuse prevention education for many years and has come to a pretty simple conclusion in this time: EDUCATION.

Watch the full video on ParentTV here:

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.


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Registrations for Little Athletics opened on Saturday 7th September and will open for seniors on Tuesday 1st October.


Tait Forster | Sporting Schools Coordinator | Athletics Australia

Athletics House, Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, VIC 3206 | T (03) 8646 4573

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Enrolments will be closing soon for the Professional Training courses below. Secure your place NOW!

This one day course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to

help you help them in a safe way, without feeling you have to advise.

“Accidental Counsellor”

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2019 WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Fees: $220 ($200 concession)

This two day training workshop is for those professionals who have little or no experience

in working with the particular challenges of working therapeutically with children, and

who wish to extend their understandings and skills in using expressive therapies with children.

“Working Therapeutically With Children”

Date: Thursday & Friday 5 & 6 September 2019 WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Fees: $440 ($400 concession)

A professional half day training course for those that work on the front line!

“Defusing Angry and Abusive Customers”

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019 WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm

Fees: $110 ($90 concession)

If you wish to register for any of these professional training courses, please call (08) 6164 0239 to complete the enrolment.

Community Education

Ph +61861640200

Address 22 Southport Street, West Leederville WA 6007
Post PO Box 1206, West Leederville, WA 6901

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You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.

Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at

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