NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Foundations for Life Long Learning - 2 AUGUST 2018
Dear Parents and Staff
As the weather became increasingly worse as the day progressed yesterday I seriously questioned my decision to brave the elements with only the protection of a cardboard box and my sleeping bag. However, the thought of so many having to do this each and every night of the year without the relative safety of a very secure school setting made me consider that I was, perhaps, being a bit soft. So, ably accompanied by David Shumack (Bursar) and Jason Tyrrell (Year 5 Teacher), we took on the challenge in the knowledge that it was to be only one night and there was plenty of coffee to keep us internally warm even if, externally, we were freezing. After an uncomfortable night on the hard concrete floor we awoke full of energy for the day ahead. Thank you to all families for donating the gold coin for Pyjama Day. We will invite a member of the Notre Dame chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society to an assembly in the near future to receive this on behalf of those in great need. The total amount collected for the day was $501.25.
A very special thank you to Mario Fisicchia who brought us each a large hot chocolate during the evening to help keep us warm.
We were all very proud of the excellent efforts of our Interschool Cross Country team at last Thursday’s Carnival at Tomato Lake. In a very close competition we came a very creditable third overall with some wonderful individual efforts. Mr Webb’s article later in the newsletter has all of the results.
I’m very much looking forward to our Year Three children’s performance in the Primary Sacred Choral Music section of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools & Colleges which will be at 1.15pm next Wednesday 8 August at the St Benedict’s Church in Ardross.
BISHOP’S RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT
This online assessment is conducted each year for children in Years Three and Five with the Year Five assessment next Wednesday and the Year Threes the following week on Thursday 16 August. We are confident that all of the children have been well prepared for their assessment and we are sure that we will be proud of their efforts.
WEEK 4 EVENTS
MONDAY 6 AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST
Yr 3 Performing Arts
BRLA Yr 5
FRIDAY 10 AUGUST
PP: Funky Fitness
MONDAY 13 AUGUST
The Cyber Bully Incursion Yrs 5 & 6
TUESDAY 14 AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST
Our Lady of Assumption Combined school Mass @ 9.30am
Choir Performing Arts
THURSDAY 16 AUGUST
BRLA Year 3
FRIDAY 17 AUGUST
Assembly Year 3M
PP: Funky Fitness
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Altar Servers play a very visible part in Parish liturgy. For the young person, their time of altar service plays an important part in their personal spiritual growth. The Altar Servers’ ministry is to serve in the sanctuary in areas pertaining to the altar and lectern. They assist with the smooth flow of the liturgical rite, enhancing the spirit of worship and prayer.
In July 1992, Pope John Paul II confirmed a Vatican clarification that the 1986 Code of Cannon Law #230 allows both males and females of any age to assist at serving Mass.
For further information about this special ministry, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.
Feast of Mary Mackillop
The Feast day will be celebrated with a Mass at 8.45 am on Wednesday 8 August 2018, followed by morning tea in the Parish Centre.
Life in Christ Seminar
The Seminar will be held in the Parish Centre, 7.00 – 9.30 pm on Friday 3 and 10 August 2018. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.
San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir – Choral Concert
The Concert will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018 commencing at 2.00 pm in Notre Dame Catholic Church. The Concert will be followed by afternoon tea in the Parish Centre. Tickets for this event are $15.00. Proceeds from the tickets will go towards the building of the proposed new Presbytery and Parish Office.
SVDP Winter Appeal
Donations of blankets or non-perishable food items are welcomed for the appeal and can be placed in the box located at the school side entrance of the Church.
Dr George Sekulla JP
Notre Dame Parish Council
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2019
If your child turns 3 between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 and you would like them to attend 3 Year Old Kindy in 2019 at Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, please contact the front office on 6272 7100 between 8.00am and 3.30pm.
SALUTING OUR GRANDPARENTS!
CLASS NEWS - KINDERGARTEN
What a great start to Term Three we have had in
Kindergarten! The children have settled back into
school and we have had a busy few weeks. We have
started to learn about community workers and we had a
lovely visit from the Belmont Fire Station. They showed
us how the fire hose works, what they have to do in case of a fire and what firemen have to wear. We all had lots of fun!!
In Maths we have been learning about positions and reading Rosie’s Walk to show different positions of over, under, through and around. The children have been doing a number of activities to learn about positional language including painting the positions, positional games and trying out the positions themselves.
MINATURE PRODUCTS PRODUCTION
Coles has launched a promotion featuring miniature versions of popular products like Nutella, Vegemite, West-Bix and Tim Tams. If you are a regular Coles shopper and are not collecting the ‘little shop’ products, we would love for you to donate them to the school as they can be used to enhance our numeracy and literacy programs. Please drop unwanted collectables to administration.
Interschool Cross Country Carnival
Tomato Lake Reserve - Thursday, 26 July
Last Thursday, selected Year 4-6 students represented Notre Dame at the Interschool Cross Country carnival held at Tomato Lake Reserve. Notre Dame were in charge of hosting the event and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. Students came into the day well prepared and ready to test themselves against some fantastic runners from our partner schools. Notre Dame started the day with some great results from our Year 4’s, with two top 3 places and consistent places in the top 15. Well done to Kayla Browne in the Year 4 girls for coming 1st and Samuel Chua in the Year 4 boys coming 3rd. This set up the day well for our senior year groups who did not let the rest of the team down with some hard and gritty performances that put us in a good position to take out the title this year. I would like to congratulate the Year 6 group who showed great leadership with various duties throughout and a fantastic collective effort in their races. Notre Dame had a fantastic day against some quality schools, coming in 3rd place overall. All the students should be very proud of their efforts and sportsmanship shown throughout the day. I would like to thank Mrs Millington and Mrs Chilton for again helping out with supervision duties on the course. I would also like to thank Mr Winsor, Mrs Sarmardin and Mrs Hennessy for their help with judging, supervision and scoring duties. It was a great day for our Notre Dame students and we look forward to next year’s carnival. Well done to Notre Dame and we congratulate St Emilie’s on their great win this year.
SEDA AFL Sessions (Year 1-Year 6)
Over the last two Tuesdays, students from the Dockers SEDA group in Leederville have been running AFL clinics for all our Year 1 - 6 students. We would like to sincerely thank the SEDA students and teachers for their hard work and dedication throughout the two Tuesday clinics. Below are a few snaps from the program.
Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature and you will often see children's book character parades. Generally, the CBCA Book of the Year winner's announcement is the third Friday in August, and CBCA Book Week commences the following day. Please see cbca.org.au for the full list of wonderful Australian books being celebrated this year.
Notre Dame School will be celebrating by starting Book Week on Monday morning (20th August) with a parade. Each year level has an open theme of “My Favourite Book Character”. All Primary School students can dress as their favourite book character and bring either the book or a copy of the front cover. Start planning for your costume now!
The theme this year is ‘Find your treasure’ and we have been talking with the students in library time that treasure doesn’t just have to be coins or pirates. A treasure inside your favourite book might be:
- ‘magic’ that helps others eg. Possum Magic/Harry Potter/Matilda
- ‘a faraway place’ eg. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/The Magic Faraway Tree/39 Storey Treehouse
- ‘an adventure’ eg. Famous five series/ Harry Potter/Where the wild things are
- ‘humour’ eg. Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus/Busting/The Twits/Gangsta Granny/Diary of a Wimpy Kid/Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing
- ‘a love story’ eg. Swan Lake/Koala Lou/Velveteen Rabbit
- ‘sport’ eg. Sporty Kids series
- ‘mystery and suspense’ eg. 39 Clues series/Lemony Snicket series/Billie B Mystery series/Conspiracy 365 series
- ‘fantasy’ eg. Alice in Wonderland/ Beast Quest series/Books by Emily Rodda
- ‘a brave character’ eg. Wombat Stew/Anne of Green Gables/The second sky/Boy/How to bee
- ‘a crazy or funny character’ eg. Giraffes can’t dance/Horton hatches an egg/Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!
During the lead up to book week we encourage students to read a variety of books and we will be having some amazing library activities with the shortlisted books. Please come and visit the library during this exciting time.
Next week's roster
Monday 6 August: Mei Lie
Wednesday 8 August: Charmaine McPherson
Friday 10 August: Tanya McAullay; 2P roster
If you are able to volunteer please fill out the attached form or see me at the canteen on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
CANTEEN CLOSED TOMORROW FRIDAY 3 AUGUST. ONLY PRE-ORDERED SUSHI ORDERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS.
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL - Dance Tickets
UNIFORM SHOP OPENING TIMES
Uniform Shop Coordinator
RELATIONSHIP AUSTRALIA - AUGUST
How is couple counselling different from individual counselling? Why do we as counsellors tend to find couples counselling the more challenging? Participants in this training will be introduced to the key principles of Systems Theory and to a number of the major approaches to working with couples, including Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples and John and Julie Gottman's work. How we develop our understanding of the couple dynmanic, how to intervene when the dynamic is receptively unhelpful and how to engage couples in the counselling process will be introduced.
Date: Thur 30 August & Friday 31 August
Venue: West Leederville
SCHOENSTATT SISTERS OF MERCY
Phone: 9399 2349/Fax 9399 5315
Mob: 0400 234 910
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.
VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming