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Dear Parents and Staff

As we come to the end of the AFL season each year, a few players decide to hang up their boots and turn their focus towards endeavours other than chasing an inflated piece of leather around a ground each weekend. Two outstanding players from our Western Australian teams, Josh Kennedy and David Mundy have made this decision this year. I suppose you're wondering where this is leading to when the most significant event on our school calendar is this weekend’s Confirmation for many of our Year Six students. Well, let me try to pull some similarities from the two seemingly different events.

Both of the abovementioned AFL players were born with the talents (gifts) to be excellent footballers, as were many others. So why did these players become so good at their craft and others didn’t? There are many factors, but, I believe, a large part of the reason is that these two nurtured and developed these God given talents through their commitment and dedication coupled with the support of others around them.

So, how does this relate to the Sacrament of Confirmation? When we receive the Sacrament, we all receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The part that the Gifts will play in guiding us throughout our lives is dependent upon how we, just like the AFL players, nurture and develop them and how much support we receive in doing this. So, whether the students want to be a great sportsperson, artist or an outstanding advocate for what is right and just (or all of these), they must work to develop their Gifts rather than wait for them to appear magically.

I look forward to joining with the Candidates and their families at the celebration on Saturday and ask you keep all of us in your prayers.


As was reported in last week’s newsletter, our school’s P&F was nominated as a finalist in the Building Positive School Communities section of the Catholic School Parents Western Australia Awards which were announced last Friday evening. Whilst our school wasn’t the chosen recipient of the Award, I am so proud of all that they do to make our school a welcoming place and a hub of community for all of us.

At the Awards evening I was also nominated in the building positive Catholic School Communities section. I was very surprised and humbled to have been announced as the recipient of the Principal Award of Excellence in this section. I am very thankful to the P&F for my nomination and for the many wonderful messages of support from the community that I have received since the announcement.

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Mrs Mack and her Library Monitors have been working hard to ensure that everything is ready for our Book Week Parade next Tuesday morning and that there will be activities for the children to participate in throughout the week. There have been hundreds of entries submitted in the competitions that have been running over the past week and Mrs Mack is finding it very difficult to choose the winners who will receive a book prize donated by Cassie Rowe MLA, our very generous Member for Belmont.


I am so proud of Charlotte Doyle from Year Six who has committed to have her head shaved in support of cancer. Please see her note below and support her fundraising efforts.

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Was your child born between 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.



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Congratulations to Father Michael Quynh Do who completed his first six-year term, on 6 August 2022, as Parish Priest at Notre Dame Catholic Church.

His Grace, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has extended his term for a further six years. Thank you, Father Michael, for all that you do in the Notre Dame Parish. It is sincerely appreciated.

Last Sunday, after the final blessing at the 8.00 am Mass, it was my privilege to offer congratulations on behalf of the Parish to Father Michael and acknowledge the invaluable contribution that he has made to our wider community.

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Bible Studies

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.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023

New sets of envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick the box. If taking a set for the first time, please write your details in the space provided next to the number you have taken. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your continued support of the Parish.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament will be celebrated in the Parish on 13 and 14 August 2022, at the 6.00 pm and 10.00 am Masses respectively, for students in our two Catholic schools. Please keep these students, their sponsors and teachers in your prayers as they make their final preparations for this Sacrament.

Feast of the Assumption – Holy Day of Obligation

Mass will be celebrated on Monday 15 August 2022, commencing at 6.00 pm at Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Prayer Intention for Small Business

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

Safeguarding Induction for all Church Workers

All Church workers are invited to attend an online safeguarding induction. A Church worker is anyone in the Parish in any role – paid or voluntary.

The session will cover the Safeguarding policies and procedures, the importance of Safeguarding in the Parish, and the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer. To register, please phone Ingka on 9221 7762 or visit

Available session dates include: 17 August at 7.00 pm, 25 August at 2.00 pm, 13 September at 7.00 pm and 28 September at 10.00 am.

Sponsor a School Bag

This is a charity project run by Buckets for Jesus. Library bags are filled with school supplies and a small toy. The bags are sent to the Philippines, Kenya, Vietnam, Myanmar and India. Since 2015, more than 20 000 children were blessed with school supplies. A list has been placed on the Notice Board with what is required. A box has been placed at the school side entrance of the Church for any donations or you can fill the bag yourself and return it to the Parish Office. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Archdiocesan Marriage Mass

All Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass on 20 August 2022, commencing at 10.00 am at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth. A blessing will be bestowed on ALL married couples who attend. In addition, do you know a couple celebrating 10, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 plus years of marriage ? The Archdiocese would like to give these couples a special commemorative certificate as part of the celebration.

Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate at

All certificate requests must be received by 11 August 2022 to enable time for printing.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Have you ever wanted to see the Holy Land ? Join Monsignor Michael Keating on his Holy Land Pilgrimage from 24 November to 9 December 2022 to Jordan and Israel. To register your interest, please send a Whatsapp or txt to 0433 771 979, or phone 6118 7313, or email

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


If your child is not attending school, could you please email Administration on and the class teacher. An SMS is automatically sent if we have not received notification. Please reply to the SMS with the name of your child and the reason why the student is not attending school. Also please note If your family is going on holidays the absentee notification must be sent to and class teacher.


If your child is booked at OSHC and not attending before and after school care it is important that you please email

Thank you for your time and assistance.


Kaya! Term 3 in Year 3 has been eventful so far.

We have been learning about Aboriginal people and culture. We started by learning that NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This has tied into our HASS lessons on Aboriginal culture this term. Did you know that sacred sites are places that have special meaning under Aboriginal tradition? Sacred sites are places within the natural landscape such as rocks, lakes, and trees. A very famous sacred site is Uluru. We created some art works of Uluru using oil pastels and paint to create our backgrounds and texta and crayons for Uluru.

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The Dreaming is the heart of Aboriginal culture. The Dreaming is a set of beliefs and laws that shapes life. Each cultural group has its own Dreaming. One of the ways that Aboriginal culture is passed down from generation to generation is through story telling. Dreaming stories tell people how the world and everything in it was created. They also help to keep the connection between people and country and past and present strong. We read many Dreaming stories such as How the Birds Got Their Colours and Tiddalick the Frog and then had a go at writing our own stories.

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We have also learnt that Aboriginal people told stories orally or by using symbols. We learnt about different Aboriginal symbols and painted them to create some simple stories. We look forward to learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and going on our excursion to the WA museum Boola Bardip this week.

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Miss Tana & Miss Horne


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The day has almost arrived for everyone to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and participate in our book parade at 9am.

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Our school library has purchased some of the new and popular shortlisted books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Your child will have the opportunity to listen to some of these being read to them during Book Week and are welcome to borrow them.

Mrs Mack

Library Technician


Dress up your bike/shoes day - Tuesday, 9 August

On Tuesday, students had the option to come to school and dress up their bike, scooter or shoes for the day. It's been awhile since we've had some sunshine and Tuesday was no different with wet weather greeting our students in the morning. As this was an optional event and we had postponed last week, we decided to leave the day as planned. It was still great to see some very excited students dressing up their shoes, bikes and scooters for the day. There were also some very resilient parents joining their kids in the not so ideal conditions, even some getting their morning run in with their children. Many thanks to the fantastic Year 6 helpers who came early in the wet to help give out raffle tickets, take photos, give out prizes, stickers and help greet everyone coming to school. This created a great atmosphere for students coming to school and the ringing of bike bells were heard until the class bell - this would have been welcome relief to teachers setting up their classes in the morning. Unfortunately, due to the constant rain we had to cancel our planned obstacle course, but we will look for another day in the term when we can provide this option again for our students.

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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


The opening times are : Monday & Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm during the term.

Thank you.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator.


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 and 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.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Mum’s Catch Up

Friday 19th August at 7pm

“The Lounge Room” The Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park

Nibbles provided. Please RSVP by 12th August with dietary requirements.

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P&F Trailer Raffle

Tickets are now available. Please see flyer included with the newsletter. Three prizes up for grabs. All profits to go towards upgrading the nature playground. A big thank you to our sponsors Loadstar Trailers, Cassie Rowe MLA, Bunnings Belmont, Reading Cinemas Belmont, Zaneta Mascarenhas MP and Councillor Robert Rossi.

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Awards of Excellence in Building Positive Catholic School Communities.

Congratulations to our wonderful Principal Darryl for winning the Catholic School Parents WA Principal Award of Excellence in building positive Catholic School Communities. It was also really lovely to see Brother Stephen, Stefanie Bradshaw and Daniela Boyle all attend the awards evening in support of Darryl and give a mighty loud cheer when his name was called out!

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Could you please contact the front office if you have lost any of these items. They have been handed to the front office.
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Stage Door School, located at 17 Coolgardie Terrace (off Lords St, next HBF Stadium) has now restarted its popular acting classes for young people. Check out our web site, if you are interested. Inexpensive classes are on Mondays and are in groups for 8 yrs – 12 yrs, 13yrs – 17yrs. A few private singing classes also available, for all ages.

Many thanks

Ian Westrip OAM, Director,Stage Door


Tee-Ball registration have opened for 2022/2023 season. Please check details from the flyer.
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Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 3 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning one of these instruments, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at