Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning October 24

Do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure

as long as you have done your best.

Mother Teresa

Dear Parents and Staff


INTERSCHOOL CARNIVALS

I wish all of our competitors the best of luck in the Interschool Field (Tuesday) and Track (Thursday) Carnivals to be held at Gerry Archer Athletics Track next week. I am sure that they will give their best effort and make us all very proud of them.


OFFICIAL OPENING

The memory of the disruptions from our renovations to the Staffroom and the Library have quickly faded as the new term has commenced with all of the facilities being very much enjoyed by the children and the staff. To acknowledge these great new facilities, we will be holding an Official Opening next Friday, 1 November, at 2.00pm in the Mother Mary Piazza. I invite all families to join us for this significant milestone.


DANCE ASSEMBLY

Tomorrow afternoon we are breaking with our tradition of holding Assemblies in the morning as we revisit the wonderful recent performances of our Junior and Senior Dance Groups during the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival. The performances will commence at 2.30pm on the oval as this will allow us all to see and acknowledge the great efforts of the children and teachers. I hope to see many parents there.


OPEN NIGHT

Parents be sure to save the date for our Open Night from 4.00 to 6.00pm on Wednesday 6 November. Each of the classes will be set up with activities for parents and children to participate in and Mrs Flexman will be displaying the artwork that the children completed over the past two Terms. This is a not to be missed event!


AGMs

The Annual General Meetings for the Parents’ and Friends’ Association and the School Board will be held on Tuesday 26 November at 6.00pm. Nominations for representation on both groups are now open. Please see the P&F Report in this newsletter for details regarding becoming a member of the P&F for 2020.


School Board nomination:

There are three positions in total available for membership on the School Board with one current member nominating to continue for a further two-year term.


Below are the criteria for membership to the School Board as outlined in the Catholic School Board Constitution:

a) possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Board;

b) a deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff;

c) a desire to give service to the Catholic School Community;

d) a keenness to promote Catholic schooling;

e) an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Board; and

f) a sufficiency of time to devote to Board duties.

Nominations to the Board are to be in writing and handed in at the school office marked

“School Principal – Confidential”. Nomination forms are available on the school website or from the school office.


Should you require any further information please contact me through the school office.


WA BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE

I have been contacted recently by Cassie Rowe MLA, Member for Belmont, about this great initiative. In last week’s newsletter I wrote about the dangers for children immediately after school. Why not take this opportunity to reduce some of the traffic pressure by parking a short distance from the school and allowing children, under supervision, to scoot, ride or skate back to the car. It’s a win-win situation as we may reduce traffic congestion and the children will get some additional exercise.

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TERM 4 UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

Dance Assembly @2.30pm


TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER

PP/Yr 1/Yr 3 Incursion - Constable Care

Interschool Jumps and Throws (Yr 4-6)

P&F Meeting


WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER

Yr 1 Excursion - Brownes Dairy

Parent Camp/Leadership Meeting @ 5.00pm


THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER

Interschool Track (Yr 1-6)


FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Combined Schools All Saints Mass (Yr 3-6)

Official Opening of School Renovations @ 2.00pm

EVENTS DURING TERM 4

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER

Scholastic Book Fair (4-6 November)

Yr 2 Incursion - Educated by Nature


TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Board Meeting


WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

Open Night


FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER

Class Transition Day

Year 6 Graduation


TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER

Carols and Awards Evening


WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER

Thanksgiving Mass (Kindy - Yr 6)

CLASS NEWS

In Year 4 we have been working on our teamwork skills and our ability to work co-operatively in groups. We have a saying that, “Together Everyone Achieves More”.


When we work together, we always try our best, respect others with our words and actions and work collaboratively to get the job done!


Here are some thoughts about teamwork from our Year 4 students:

“If you work together in a team you are more likely to achieve something excellent.” Keely 4P


When we work in a team we work quietly, sensibly and encourage each other and use everyone’s ideas.” Christian 4M


At the end of last term we read, ‘The Rainbow Fish’. In the story the rainbow fish is selfish. He keeps his sparkling scales to himself and does not share with others. As a result, he had no friends. In the end he decides to share his scales with the other fish. He makes friends with them and has a much happier life. In Year 4 we make sure we are always kind, caring and share with our friends so that we can all be happy and enjoy our time at Notre Dame Catholic Primary School.


What did I learn from The Rainbow Fish?


“I learnt that when you share with others it makes you and the people you share with happy.” Nicola 4P


‘I learnt that sharing is caring and if you share with others you are generous and are living the way Jesus taught us.” Callan 4M


We also created a fabulous underwater scene with two rainbow fish. Each of our fish has one sparkling scale and this scale reminds us to not be selfish, to always share and be kind to others.

We have commenced work on our Awesome Aussies and look forward to presenting all our hard work on Friday November 22, so parents please circle this date in your diary because it is something you won’t want to miss!


Mrs Pethick, Mrs Bradshaw and Mr Safe

NATIONAL WATER WEEK 21-27 OCTOBER 2019

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National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our best to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.


The theme for National Water Week this year is ‘It’s time to change the world’ which encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water and how we can protect it, so we have it in the future.


Throughout the week students have been participating in various waterwise activities to promote awareness around water conservation

SPORTS NEWS

Interschool Athletics - Year 4-6 Field events (29 October) & Year 1-6 Track/Team Games (31 October)

Training is underway and the programs have been sent out to parents by email. It is important that students attend the training sessions before the carnivals on the 29 and 31 October with both carnivals being held at Gerry Archer. If you have any queries about training or the carnival days please email me.

Senior Athletics Carnival - Gerry Archer, 17 October

Last Thursday, students from Years 3-6 participated in the annual Senior Athletics Carnival at Gerry Archer Athletics Track. We were blessed with a fantastic day and the students were keen to put their best foot forward for their factions. One of the highlights of the day was seeing the Year 3’s participate in the 200m races. It’s fair to say there is plenty of budding athletes in the year 3 group! There were some very tight races throughout the day and many thanks goes to our magnificent chief judge, Mr Seers, who loved being in the thick of things and at times multi-tasking using the photo finish app that helped decide some very close calls. The standards in the team games continue to improve with students really keen to showcase their skills in-front of the big crowd!


The day finished off with our baton relays, grand baton relay and of course the Parents' and Teachers' vs Year 6 race. There were some interesting outfits and attire, but none-the-less the teachers and parents showed they’ve still got it! Congratulations to Prendiville who took out both the Senior and overall shields this year, taken over a 3 year run by Mercy. Special thanks to the fantastic parent helpers and teachers who worked tirelessly throughout the day to make sure it ran smoothly. Below are the Champion Girl and Boy results as well as the final placings. We now look forward to the upcoming Interschool Athletics Carnivals to be held in Week 3 with students getting in some much needed training sessions before the big events.

2019 SENIOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS

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Brett Webb

Sports Teacher

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOK FAIR


Notre Dame School Library Book Fair

Book Fair 4th – 6th November

When: Monday 4th November

Tuesday 5th November

Wednesday 6th November

Time: Before school 8am-8.30am

After school 3pm-4pm


Mrs Sarmardin and the Library Monitors

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Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

The library would love any volunteers who are able to assist with the sales of the book fair. If you are able to help during the book fair, please come and see me in the library.

See you at the Book Fair.


Mrs Sarmardin and the Library Monitors

TERM DATES

TERM 4

End of Term for Students Friday 13 December

End of Term for Staff Friday 20 December

LOST PROPERTY

We have some jewellery, watches, a wallet, keys and adult sunglasses in the front office. If you have lost any items last term, please see us at the front office.
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Volunteers are requested for Term 4 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


If you are available for an hour or two, please see me.


Kayleen McLean

Canteen Coordinator

UNIFORM SHOP

The Uniform Shop will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays in Term 4.



Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator

SCHOOL BANKING


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

P & F NEWS

Tuesday 29 October we have our 7th Meeting for the 2019 Parents and Friends at 6pm.



To all those parents wishing to add value and comment, assist in the events or even just want to come and see what it is all about. Please reply to Clare on Nds.pandf@cewa.edu.au for catering numbers.


7 th Meeting will cover

- Preparation for the 2020 Night markets

- Colour Run

- Planning for 2020 education event

- Elevate education event 2019

- Fundraising ideas 2020


Clare Grosser - Administration Officer

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PARENT TV

When your child seems hell-bent on pushing your buttons, what can you as a frazzled do to try and defuse the situation?


You need to connect with them!


But in the moment, is there a quick and easy way to build this connection?


Thankfully for parents, the answer is YES!

Watch as child behaviour specialist Stephanie Wicker explains four evidence-based tips for connecting with your child! Watch the full video here: https://parenttv.com/videos/connecting-with-your-kids/

Most children aren’t strangers to "naughty words". And, they are pretty good at understanding what is considered "bad" language.


As children start getting older and doing their fair share of boundary testing, they tend to start slipping out a few swears to try it on.

So what is a parent to do?

"When Children Tell Lies" by Maggie Dent.

Let’s be honest, we all tell fibs. But what’s ok, what’s not ok and when do we worry? This video explores the phenomena of lying and why we do it sometimes to protect others' feelings, and sometimes to hurt others. It discusses how to help our children make this distinction and how to deal with it when children do lie – and when it becomes chronic.

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.

ST MARIA GORETTI'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL - FETE OPEN DAY

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WA YOUNG SALESIANS SUMMER CAMP

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CENTRE OF FAITH ENRICHMENT TERM 4

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CITY OF BELMONT

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VacSwim

Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons!


With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water.


VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as five years old.


There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming.

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