Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning September 19

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Dear Parents and Staff

With less than a week to go in the Term I’m again wondering where the time has gone. I think that the busyness of the moment that we find ourselves in throughout the Term often draws our focus away from where we are in the context of the year. A comment that I hear quite often is that there is always something going on at our school and this is evident when we look back over the Term calendar. With Confirmation, Presentation Day, Assemblies, Fathers’ Day, Grandparents’ Day, Performing Arts, Athletics, excursions, 2020 Kindy Parent meeting, Book Week Parade and activities, Night of the Notables presentations, Masses and Liturgies, on top of all of the great class teaching, we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and I’m sure the forthcoming holidays will be appreciated by all. As the children finish on Wednesday next week, there won’t be a Newsletter, so I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this being such a successful Term and wish all members of our community a relaxing and safe break from the school routine.


Last Monday I was treated to an outstanding evening of entertainment at the Perth Concert Hall showcasing the talents of students from Catholic schools throughout Western Australia. This was the final concert for the Performing Arts Festival and many individuals and groups, including our Senior Dance Group, were invited to perform. It was a very late night for our dancers and when I had the opportunity to ask the organising committee why this was so they said that they wanted the evening to conclude with a very engaging performance which the girls and boys in our troupe certainly provided. The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, also made a point of speaking with me at the end of the evening to tell me how impressed she was with their performance, very high praise indeed. We are all very proud of our dancers and Mrs Donovan-Flintoff who prepared them so well. Congratulations to all involved.


Whilst the weather was far from perfect for our Carnival this morning, this certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of our competitors from Pre-Primary to Year Two who all participated to their potential in the wide range of events that Mr Webb had organised. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who assisted in making this a fun and engaging event.

Here are the Junior Carnival results:

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Woolworths have announced a new campaign called “Discovery Garden” where they have launched their collectable seedling kits. For every $30 you spend at Woolworths, customers can collect a seedling kit. Also, if you spend $15 on fresh fruit or vegetables within the $30 you’ll also receive a bonus seedling kit. They have a collection of 24 different varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs to collect. The campaign started on 11 September and will finish on 22 October.

So, when you do your shopping and you are offered a seedling kit, if you don’t want it, please still accept it and consider donating it to Notre Dame School because we would be delighted to receive it from you. We will use seedlings in our school vegetable garden and other gardens around the school. Just drop them into at the office and we will take care of them.

Many thanks

Bro Stephen Barker OSM


I look forward to staff and students using our newly renovated facilities as we begin next Term. Thank you to everyone for their patience throughout this Term as the works have been completed. I’m sure everyone will agree that the disruption has been well worth putting up with when they see the benefits that these facilities will bring to our school.


Children and staff are invited to wear neat casual clothes to celebrate the end of Term next Wednesday. We would appreciate a gold coin donation for the missions for the privilege.

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

Sunday 22 September @ 10.00am Mass



Merit Assembly

EDU Dance 'M' Concert


Presentation of Confirmation Certificates by Fr Quynh.


Presentation of Confirmation Certificates by Fr Quynh.


EDU Dance 'P' concert @ 2.15pm


Whole School Mass

Free Dress (gold coin donation for Missions)

Students conclude


Professional Development Day for Staff



Commences 14 October

End of Term for Students Friday 13 December

End of Term for Staff Friday 20 December


Thank you to all staff and parents/caregivers for your work and support for the students and School during this semester. I wish everyone a safe, restful and happy school holiday.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to all Confirmation candidates on receiving this sacrament. May they be blessed by the Holy Spirit.

Legion of Mary Mass

On Saturday 21 September 2019, Mass at 8.30 am will be celebrated for the Auxiliary members and members of the Legion. Parishioners are invited to Morning Tea in the Parish Centre after Mass.

Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Vi Nguyen and Father Bao Tran from Vietnam will be visiting the Parish on Sunday 22 September 2019. They will be celebrating Mass at 6.00 pm. Everyone is invited for fellowship in the Parish Centre after Mass.

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.

Children Praying the Rosary

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is inviting children worldwide to pray the Rosary during October. For further information, please visit the website

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


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 term, the year sixes have been working extremely hard on their Greek myths and legends trading cards. Each student chose a Greek god, such as Apollo, a goddess, such as Artemis, a mortal, such as Arachne, and a creature, such as Pegasus and put them onto Pokémon style trading cards. They had to write a short paragraph on each character and draw a picture on the other side. They then laminated them so the extraordinary pieces of work don’t get ruined. They look amazing and are very informative.

By Hollie 6M

Senior Dance Group – Year 6

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On the 23rd of August the Notre Dame dance group performed at the Perth Convention Centre. Their theme was “Wear Sunscreen”. Not only did the costumes look fabulous but it carried an amazing message. The judges loved their performance so much that they received the “Presentation Sisters Award” and invited the senior dance group to perform on Monday 16th September at the Perth Concert Hall. The Notre Dame senior dance group worked very hard as they only had one week to practice. Well done to Mrs Donovan-Flintoff and the Senior Dance group.

By Celina 6M

Parabolic Curve Art

In Year Six, we have been doing parabolic curves, which are curves made of straight lines (yes, it is real and entirely possible). To make them we had to: draw an 18 x 18 design, then paint a piece of wood, then tape the design onto the board, hammer nails into the design then finally, rip off the design and wrap string around. During the hammering, we made a lot of noise (as you might have heard). Now, that the process is finished, they all look great. Good job year sixes!

-Lilly, Year 6P

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Confirmation is a sacrament that seals you with the Holy Spirit and you renew your Baptismal promises. In class we learnt about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

On the 2nd of September we went on a retreat where we played games that helped us recognise the Gifts and Fruits and we also talked about how we can use these Gifts and Fruits in our

everyday life.

I can’t wait to make my Confirmation because in life I would like to live like Jesus and to do that I would need the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Charlotte 6P

Book Week

On the 14 of August, the school had the book week parade. This year's theme was 'Reading is my Secret Power'. There were many fantastic costumes and a big variety of book characters that the students had chosen. One child from each class was chosen as the best dressed. The next week we had Book Week. Mrs Sarmardin made some fun activities such as, who could draw the best book mark. She also put some short sentences from different books around the school and the library so the students could guess what book the sentence came from.

Ella 6M

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Mrs Flexman, Mr Webb & Mr Seers


"Notre Dame Worm Wee" will be on sale 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


The Notre Dame Dance Group have had an exciting week. Not only did they receive an Outstanding Certificate for their performance and win the Presentations Sisters’ Perpetual Shield for Primary Dance, but they were also invited to perform at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday night, 16 September as the finale act.

They once again performed amazingly! The cheers from the audience were wonderful.

The backstage crew, at the Concert Hall, commented on their excellent behaviour, vibrant energy, fabulous dancing and wonderful costumes and props.

Congratulations to all the dancers. I am really so proud of you all!

I would like to say a special thank you to all the wonderful staff and parents who provided extra support throughout this past week. I really appreciated the assistance with costumes, hair, makeup and supervision at the venue. It is your help, that allows us the opportunity for the children to look fantastic and dance amazingly.

Mrs Tiffany Donovan-Flintoff

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






Toasted/fresh sandwiches plus whatever is in the freezer/fridge is available for today, see canteen to find out what products are available.

Sorry no online available on Wednesday.

If you are able to volunteer in term 4 please come and see me and put your name on the canteen roster or just pop in if you have time to spare.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator

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The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday and Wednesday of next week.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


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



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Cards that Count is back again in 2019, giving students the opportunity to create their very own professionally printed Christmas cards to distribute to family and friends.

Students should have received their templates on which to create their artwork. The completed templates need to be returned to the class teacher by Friday 18th October.

Online viewing of the cards and ordering will be available from Monday 28th October until Sunday 10th November. The professionally printed cards will then be delivered back to the school on Wednesday 4th December.

Cards will be available in packs of 10 for $12 with profits going to the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, to help families in need at Christmas time.

If you have any questions, please contact P&F member Nicole Beresford on

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.


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Aranmore Catholic College

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The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth.

Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001.

Friday 25 October 6-9pm - WOMEN in the CHURCH: REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm.

Saturday 26 October 9.30 - 4pm - WOMEN and the GOSPEL OF MARK: INSIGHTS FOR TODAY - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville.

RSVP by 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.


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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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