23 June 2022

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Dear Parents and Staff

During two beautiful Masses, our Year Four students and some from Years Five and Six made their First Holy Communion over last weekend. The children were all magnificently presented, and it was obvious just how special they felt. I was impressed by their confidence while reading and the reverence that they maintained throughout the services. Thank you to the parents for presenting their children so smartly and to Fr Quynh and the staff who prepared them so well. It was such a pleasure to be able to return to enjoying the celebration without the restrictions of the past few years.

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There are a few staffing changes that will occur over the next couple of weeks and as next Term commences.

  • Mrs Kim Mack is moving to the Library to take over from Mrs Sarah Sarmardin, working Monday to Thursday each week.
  • Mrs Mary Evangelista will be moving to Year 2P to take on the position vacated by Mrs Mack.
  • Miss Carol Zanlongo will be joining the Year 4M class in an Education Assistant role, replacing Mrs Evangelista.
  • An appointment will be made before the end of this Term for an additional Education Assistant to work in Mrs Harland’s Kindergarten class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

I look forward to working with all who are taking up these positions and wish them happiness and success in their new roles.


The Teachers and Leadership Team have been working hard to have your children’s Reports ready for parents to download from this Friday afternoon at 4.00pm. Please see below for information regarding accessing the reports.

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Mrs Bradshaw has included, in today’s newsletter, the process for booking meetings with Teachers for the morning of Friday 1 July through the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) link, which is on the school website. These meetings are particularly important as the written Report can only convey some of the information about your child’s progress. Please ensure that you book your time with the Teacher/s so that you are able to be fully aware of their achievements and the ways in which you may support their learning.


From the commencement of next Term, the access gate on Oswell Street will not be open before and after school. This will release staff so that they can assist with the preparation for the day. Please enter through the main gate or the gate near the Church. These gates will be closed at 8.45am each day and parents/carers will need to enter the school through the office if they arrive after this time.


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Thank you to all members of our community who supported our recently held PJ Day. Your generous donations have now been tallied and we will be inviting a member of the local chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society to join us at the Year 3P Assembly, next Thursday morning, to receive the cheque for $605.20. Again, thank you all for your generous donations and for supporting those in our community who are less fortunate than us


This school Term concludes:

· Next Wednesday, 29 June, for the children in 4YO Kindy.

· Next Thursday, 30 June, for the children in 3YO Kindy and Pre-Primary to Year Six.

· All children are invited to wear neat casual clothes to celebrate the end of Term, except for the Year One and Two Classes who are to wear their sport uniform as they will be attending the Spare Parts Puppetry performance.


It was with great sadness that l Iearnt this week of the passing of Sr Joan Buckham RSM who may be known by some members of our community. Sr Joan was a member of the Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea and a stalwart of Catholic Education Western Australia serving in a number of Mercy schools in Western Australia before her appointment as Deputy Director of Catholic Education WA. It was in this role that Sr Joan was instrumental in my first appointment as a Principal and I will be eternally grateful for her wise counsel and support. Sr Joan leaves behind an indelible mark on our system and everyone who knew her. Eternal rest grant unto Sr Joan, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.


I am pleased that the number of parents who continue to break the law by stopping in the street to drop and pick up children appears to have dropped again over the past week. There are still those who do not believe these rules apply to them and continue to put the lives of their children and the children of others at risk. The drive through drop off and pick up zone near the church works very efficiently and is a much safer option. Please use this facility to ensure the safety and peace of mind of all.

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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 all Year 4 students who made their First Holy Communion during the weekend 18 and 19 June 2022. The Communicants looked amazing. It was a wonderful occasion celebrated with parent/caregivers, families and the wider Parish community. Thank you to all staff involved in preparing the Year 4 students for this sacrament. A special thank you to Father Michael Quynh Do for celebrating Mass. It was wonderful to hear Father Michael sing in French and Vietnamese.

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.

Filipino Monthly Mass

Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Sunday 26 June 2022, commencing at 3.00 pm.

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.


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. An information session has been organised for Wednesday 13 July 2022, 6.00 – 8.00 pm in St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Centre. 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


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

Stefanie Bradshaw


On Friday 1 July, parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and talk about their progress this year. Please book a time via the PTO tab on the top right corner of the school’s website. The link will go live from Monday 20 June 4pm to Wednesday 29 June at 4pm.

Please contact the front office if you are having any issues with booking a time.

Stefanie Bradshaw

Assistant Principal


We hit the ground running in Term 2! In Weeks 3, 4, and 5 we participated in our first ever NAPLAN testing. We completed a series of assessments in writing, numeracy, reading and conventions of language. We got to take the tests on our iPads and look forward to seeing our results some time next term.

In writing we have been learning about how to write procedures. We learnt that the instructions in a procedure need to be very specific so that anyone can follow them and know exactly what you mean. We learnt about using adverbs to help with this. A really fun way that we learnt about procedures, was by giving instructions to Miss Horne on how to make fairy bread! We then got a chance to make our own fairy bread and wrote a procedure.

Quotes about making fairybread

I didn’t know how to make fairy bread before that day but I thought it was fun. I didn’t know there was only three simple steps to make it! – Aviana

My favourite part was that we got to make our own fairy bread and eat it. – Leola

I like fairy bread now but I didn’t like it before. I learnt that procedures need to have an aim or a goal. – Inuk

I learnt how to make fairy bread and to spread the butter properly with the knife. I learnt how to cut bread and how to open a loaf of bread in the bag - Xavier

During reading we have commenced a novel study of the book ‘The 52 Storey Treehouse’ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. We have read the chapters independently, to a partner and aloud in groups. Then we completed activities about the book to show our understanding. In technology, we have constructed dioramas depicting our own ‘storey’ of the treehouse. We had so much fun planning, designing, constructing and using our imagination!

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In maths we have been learning how to measure. We learnt that mass is weighed in grams and kilograms, capacity in millilitres and litres and length in centimetres and metres. It has been fun learning about maths in such a hands-on way. This term we have also started maths rotations. This is where all the Year 3 join together and are taught different maths topics in groups with Miss Tana, Miss Watkins and Miss Horne.

In art, we have been learning about the contemporary Australian artist Pete Cromer. He is known for his artworks of Australian wildlife which feature bright, bold colours and different textures. We had a go at creating our own dream bird art inspired by him. First we did a directed drawing and then practised blending oil pastels and using the collage technique for the feathers. We think they look fantastic!

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Miss Tana & Miss Horne


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


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.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Here is a picture of all the spectacles that have been handed into Administration during this term. If any of these belong to you, could you please notify the front office.
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If you wish to book your children in and they do not currently attend our OSHC, you will need to complete enrolment forms. Please contact the front office and we will forward you the required documents.

The cut-off date for submission is Friday, 24 June 2022. Limited places available.

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School Disco 30th June- last day of term

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We hope you can join us for an end of term disco on Thursday 30th June. There will be games, prizes, a free sausage sizzle and snacks available for sale at the canteen. Please register and bring a copy of your ticket to receive your free hotdog. 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 if you can help.

Mum’s Catch Up

Term 3 2022. If you’d like to be involved in the planning, please contact Bec Blomfield on

Nature Playground Updates

The P&F Executive met with Darryl prior to Tuesday's P&F meeting to discuss the progress of the Nature Play upgrade at Notre Dame. Although the equipment itself is not overly costly, there are also site works required to prepare the area, and a requirement to install soft fall materials under the new equipment. The soft fall itself is $50,000! The P&F has committed funds raised from the Quiz Night and Colour Run in 2021 to go towards these upgrades, and will continue to allocate additional funds when available so this project can commence. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser launching in term 3.

Containers for Change at Notre Dame

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.




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


Cloverdale DTC opening hours for the July school holidays:

July School Holiday opening hours as follows:

- Open week 1: 04/07/22-08/07/22 (8.00am-4.00pm)

- Closed week 2: 11/07/22 – 15/07/22

In an emergency between the 11/07/22 and 15/07/22 please contact Mt Henry DTC on (08) 9313 0552.

For after-hours emergencies, please call your private dentist or contact the emergency service on 1800 098 818



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