NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
2 June 2022
Dear Parents and Staff
It can be easy, at times, to become complacent about just how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place as Western Australia. The freedoms that we experience and the opportunities to enjoy such a beautiful, easy-going, country are not shared by many around the world. Our public holiday on Monday is a time for us to reflect upon our good fortune and to celebrate with family and friends. I hope everyone has an enjoyable long, long weekend basking in the amazing Western Australian weather.
I expect to see everyone arrive at school bright and early as we all get to wear our PJs which means we won’t need to spend time getting into our normal school clothes. Whilst wearing our pyjamas can be a lot of fun, there is a serious side to this event. Every night many thousands of Western Australians sleep rough on and around the streets of Perth and the surrounding districts. Why this is the case is very complex and certainly not for us to judge. A significant part of our pyjama day is to raise awareness of the plight of those who do not have the comfort of a bed to sleep in and a loving family to care for them. By sleeping the night in a box in the covered area at school, Bro Stephen, David Shumack, our Bursar, and I hope to lead the children to a realisation that there are many sleeping rough who need our support. It will be one uncomfortable night for the three of us which fades into insignificance in light of those whose circumstances mean that they sleep rough every night.
A gold coin donation by children and staff would be appreciated. This will be passed on to our local chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society to assist the vulnerable in our community.
Miss Rognetta’s Pre-Primary class will be presenting their first ever Assembly tomorrow and I can’t wait to learn about all of the wonderful things that they have been doing in class.
STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Next Tuesday, 7 June, is a Professional Development Day for staff when we will be upskilling in the Mathematics and Design and Technology areas of the curriculum. Children do not attend school on this day, but our OSHC will be open for families that wish to access it. Please contact the school office for details.
I have not written about the parking and dropping off issues for some time as I felt that the constant reminders were being ignored and being seen as unimportant. Unfortunately, the issue, far from resolving itself, has grown significantly. It is imperative that parents park legally and walk their children to the school gates or use the drive through drop off near the church which is supervised by staff each day. Stopping in the street to drop children is to cease. It is a selfish act that places children at serious risk of harm. If you are short of time, please organise to arrive a bit earlier so that you don’t feel the necessity to engage in such dangerous practices. The safety of all children should be paramount, but I feel that some parents are putting their own needs and wants ahead of this. I realise these are harsh words, but it is time that we all took responsibility for keeping our children safe.
NOTRE DAME PRIMARY SCHOOL FACEBOOK
Each Tuesday evening commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.
St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal
Boxes have been placed in the Church for donations of blankets and in-code non-perishable food items. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Cathedral Choir Auditions
St Mary’s Cathedral Choir is looking for young singers to join them on an exciting journey of music-making, prayer, and friendship. Auditions for the 2022 intake are coming up soon and are open to boys aged between 6 – 14 years of age. For further information, please contact Jacinta (Director of Music) on 9223 1377 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking in the Spirit National Prayer Pilgrimage for the Plenary Council
People across the country are invited to participate in a national prayer pilgrimage as the Catholic Church in Australia prepares for the Second Assembly of the 5th Plenary Council in Sydney, New South Wales, from 3 – 9 July 2022.
We pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and grace for the members who will gather and also for ourselves and the Church, that we may have the courage to follow where God is leading us.
Access Walking in the Spirit Prayer resources at:
Aid to the Church in Need Australia
ACN has launched its ‘Helping for the Priests of Tomorrow’ global campaign. For 75 years, the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need have generously supported the formation of seminarians. In fact, some of these men now serve as priests in Australia today. At the current time, ACN is supporting some 15 000 seminarians on the path to the priesthood.
Please read and reflect on the stories and discern to help ACN, spiritually and financially, to form the priests of tomorrow.
Caritas Australia – Appeal for Ukraine
In a matter of weeks, millions of people have fled the conflict in Ukraine. Our long-standing partner, Caritas Ukraine, is on the ground, supporting people in need during this unfolding humanitarian crisis. Help provide urgent assistance including shelter, food, clean water, medicine and psychological support to people affected by this crisis. Please donate www.caritas.org.au/ukraine or call toll free 1800 024 413.
Dr George Sekulla JP
Notre Dame Parish Council
CONFIRMATION DATE CHANGE
Father Quynh has informed the school that he is visiting Vietnam next term and therefore will need to change the dates of the Confirmation Sacramental Program. Please see below for new dates:
Commitment Masses: Saturday 23 July at 6pm and Sunday 24 July at 10am
Parent and Child workshop: Thursday 4 August at 6pm commencing in the Church
Reconciliation: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August at 9:45am in the Church
Celebration: 13 August at 6pm
Wellbeing Committee - Warm Milo
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
We enjoy homework club because you have time to finish off your homework, also additional time to study for tests and work on some of your assignments. If you don’t have any work to finish off you can play board games, do art or just chill out with your friends.
By Logan and Jay 6P
Eagles Cup: AFL
Our year 6 footy group have won all our games so far. Against St Munchins we won by more than 100 points, the next game we won by forfeit because St Emilies had to cancel. The game against SMG we won by more than 30 points. Our footy team is going really well, and I am confident that we can win overall. Doing footy is really fun and we love it. We are working on our kicking, hand balling, goal kicking and pressure. All our teammates are talented in footy in their own way.
By Ciaran and Tristan 6P
Eagle’s Cup: AFL
I have been doing great this year in Eagles Cup. I have had fun and enjoyed playing the game. I started playing AFL this season and I am gaining more experience. We have played St. Munchins and SMG but were a bit disappointed that St. Emily’s forfeited. It could’ve been fun playing with them. We beat St. Munchins by 103 points. It was a good game. Doing Eagles Cup with my friends is fun.
By: Aidan 6P
Eagles Cup: Netball
It’s so exciting getting ready for Eagles cup. You grab a netball jersey with your position, take off your jewellery, and play! The best thing is that it is such an easy sport to play, it may take a bit of practice but I’m sure I will get the hang of it. There’s also a range of positions to choose from like Goal shooter to wing defence.
By Jessica Madu 6P
Soccer Eagles Cup
In soccer training we’ve being learning how to pass a throw in (We make sure to keep both legs on the floor), passing straight and diagonally, communicating to each other and shooting. Our first match we won 10-1 to St Munchins and last Friday we won 21-1 to SMG. Together we will be unstoppable! Go team Notre Dame!
By Bellarmine, Samuel and Eli L. 6P
This term in MakerSpace, we did an activity which is called Scratch. Scratch is a coding website where you can create an avatar then code it to make it say things, do actions, fly or spin to your liking. This year the Year 6’s are learning about Migration so they made a migration assignment to code a story about someone migrating (moving to a different country).
Sophia Rullo 6M
In our MakerSpace activities, we are using an app called Excel. Excel is an app that you can use for calculating data and sort it out onto a spread sheet. When the Year 6 use Excel in the future, it will be a useful life skill.
Francheska Lagat 6M
In MakerSpace we have been put in different groups. I was put in the Minecraft group where you needed to build a church including the altar, an aisle, some pews and a priest. I have started and it's fun and great for learning.
Bryce Mansfield 6M
The Year 6 have been busy making their art projects from the start of Term 2. In class we have been making city perspectives using rulers, pencils, outlines and coloured pencils. We started by lining up the pencils then used the outline pens to make it darker and easier to see what we coloured. Finally we finish with the background.
Elan Steck 6M
In Art we are currently learning about drawing things in perspective and using the colour wheel. Our task this term is to draw a city in perspective, then outline it in black sharpie before colouring in the buildings in the order of the colour wheel. We are all in various stages of this project and are learning lots. We are having so much fun developing our artistic talents. Here are some examples of some students art:
Emali Davies 6M
To start off our learning for migration, we read a book by Morris Gleitzman named Girl Underground. It was a about a girl called Bridget and her friend Menzies who try and free their friends, Jamal and Bibi from a detention centre. After we finished reading the excellent book, we started to write a narrative about a character and their immigration story to Australia. Everybody really enjoyed writing it, coming up with different adventures for their protagonist.
Abigail Htoo 6M
After writing our narrative on migration, we continued the topic in a HASS assessment. At the beginning we were given the option to do this assessment on many different platforms like PowerPoint, iMovie, Keynote, Popplet and a few more. To start off the assessment we answered many questions about migration and were then given the challenge to link them back to our class novel 'Girl Underground'. Annie says, “I like the HASS assessment because we get to learn even more about migration!”
Jess McAullay, 6M
Cross Country - Wednesday, 25 May @Tomato Lake Reserve
Students from year 3 - 6 participated in the annual Cross Country Carnival at Tomato Lake Reserve. After a week of wet and blustery weather, we were blessed with clear skies :). The day started with a walk to familiarise students with the course and to place our fantastic parent and staff helpers at their stations. Well done to Chloe and Bellarmine who welcomed the school community with our opening ceremony and acknowledgement to country. Year 3 & 4 students competed in a 1.2km race, whilst the Year 5 & 6 students ran a 1.5km race. Well done to all students for their fantastic efforts throughout the day. The factions were very close throughout the whole day but in the end McAuley took out their second carnival for the year. Many thanks again for all the parents who were able to help with various jobs and to our wonderful staff. Below is an overview of points and the champion students.
PE & Year 6 Teacher
The canteen is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can place your order online at MY SCHOOL CONNECT or over the counter at the canteen, we accept cash or eftpos.
I rely on parent volunteers to assist me in running the canteen, so if you have even half an hour spare please pop in and lend a hand or see me to pick a date and time that suits you.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
We hope you can join us for an end of term disco on Thursday 30th June. Please see flyer included in this newsletter. There will be games, prizes, a free sausage sizzle and snacks available for sale at the canteen. We are looking for parent helpers to assist with set up, cooking hotdogs, selling items in the canteen, and cleaning up after. Please email Nicole on email@example.com if you can help.
Dad’s Catch Up
Friday 10th June 5:30-8pm at The Sporting Globe Belmont.
As well as recycling your drink bottles at school, you can also assist with fundraising for Notre Dame Primary by donating your 10c refunds from all of your containers at home to the school account. The scheme ID for Notre Dame Catholic Primary School is C10461063.
The catalogue for the Book Club has now been distributed to each class. The close off date will be 9 AM on Thursday 9 June, 2022. No orders after this time will be accepted.
Please note the following;
- Books can be ordered on line through the Loop system on Scholastic. If you require any help with this I am usually in the library on Thursday mornings from 8.30 am.
- If you are ordering manually please ensure that the correct money is provided as change will not be given.
- Please ensure that the order clearly shows your child’s name and class.
- If your child has completed the order please check that it is correct.
Many thanks for your help.
Scholastic Book Club Coordinator
THE COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN PERTH
The Council of Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to hear Dr Mary Coloe PBVM at two free events in Perth. Mary is a Presentation sister and a professor of New Testament Studies at Yarra Theological Union. Her primary focus in teaching and writing is the Gospel of John. An inspiring and informative speaker, Mary explores John's positive message that affirms life and speaks to the heart of human desire. RSVP by Thursday 9 June to Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0400886 835. All welcome.
The Passion Gospel of John - Friday 10 June 6-8.30pm at James Nestor Hall Catholic Eduction Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville WA. Gather at 5.30pm for light refreshments.
Understanding the Woman at the Well Story - Saturday 11 June 9.30am-12 noon at Treacey Hall, Iona Presentation College Junior School Campus. Enter from 43 Victoria Street, Mosman Park (next to Playing Courts and opposite Cafe).
KEYED UP MUSIC
Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 2 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form
JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ATHLETICS CLINIC
School Holiday Athletics Clinic for boys and girls aged 8 to 16 years. Tues 5th & Wed 6th July 2022 . WA Athletics Stadium. 9am-3pm. $95 per day. Or $170 for both days. Includes a T-Shirt or Shoe Bag or Cap and also a certificate. CHOOSE ANY 4 EVENTS PER DAY! More Info: http://sprintingfast.com/
The unique event is coached by event specific coaches including Triple World Medalist coach Paul Edmiston and Paralympic Bronze Medalist Sarah Edmiston.