Padbury Newsletter

Issue #18 - 14 November 2019

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15 November 2019 - Icy Pole Day / Interschool Cricket

17 November 2019 - PCPS Family Mass OLM Church @ 9:30am

19 November 2019 - Kindy Wallabies Excursion - Jungle Gym @ 10:30am / Pre-Primary Priest Visit @ 11:15am

20 November 2019 - Waste Free Wednesday / Kindy Geckos Excursion - Jungle Gym @ 10:30am / Board Meeting @ 5:15pm

21 November 2019 - School Tour @ 9:30am

22 November 2019 - Merit Award Assembly @ 2:30pm

25 November 2019 - Kindy Geckos Superhero Day

26 November 2019 - Kindy Wallabies Superhero Day / Year 2 Liturgy @ 11:15am

26 November - 29 November 2019 - PCPS Book Fair in Hall Foyer @ 8-9:30am and 2:30-4pm

27 November 2019 - Waste Free Wednesday / School AGM @ 6:30pm

29 November 2019 - Icy Pole Day / Merit Award Assembly @ 2:30pm


Dear Parents,

October is the month of Mary and we have been dedicating the Rosary to our Mother in heaven. Our Year Six children have been so reverently and respectfully leading the rosary for classes in our special Prayer Garden.

On Monday the Year Two led us in a beautiful Prayer Service for Remembrance Day. Over one hundred years ago on 11 November 1918, four years of conflict came to an end. Almost 62,000 Australians died fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation. Please keep all those who have fought or died serving our country, in your prayers.


Our school will be celebrating a second PCPS Family Mass this Sunday 17 November at Our Lady of the Missions Church at 9:30am. We would love for as many families as possible to come and celebrate this special liturgy and are looking for children and family members to read, play music, altar serve, help with collections etc. Father Cyprian has a small memento gift for all Year Six children and following mass there will be morning tea and free ice-cream at the Glory Be Café. Big thanks to Kate Allen for co-ordinating this mass with the assistance of Nat Bullen, Gisela Boston, Emma Marpole and Rafaela Rogers. I look forward to seeing you all there.

We will be having a whole school Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday 11 December, commencing at 2.00pm in our school hall. Parents are very welcome to come and celebrate our final mass together as a school community. During our special mass we will give thanks to God for our wonderful school year and ‘give’ to those who may be finding things a little difficult in our local community through our St Vinnies Christmas Appeal. Your generosity in giving items to make someone’s Christmas special, is very much appreciated. Just before out Thanksgiving Mass we will have our Farewell Assembly at 1.30pm in our hall to farewell staff who are leaving us this year. All parents are most welcome to come and join us.

Last week I attend Our Lady of the Missions Parish AGM and presented a report on behalf of our school community. Father Cyprian expressed his sincere thanks for the close school and parish relationship and has enjoyed working with the Leadership Team, sacramental teachers, staff, students and families throughout the year. The parish appreciates all the wonderful work that is occurring at PCSP as we endeavour to grow closer to Jesus by living out our school motto of Love One Another.

Dates for your diary –

Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 1st December at 7pm at Our Lady of the Mission church

Christmas Eve outdoor family mass on the parish oval at 6.00pm. The animals are back and so being Santa in his classical car with lots of gifts for children. Father Cyprian is inviting all children to come along and participate as shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph etc.

On Wednesday we were delighted to be joined by our Year Six grandparents as they shared in a special morning tea together at the school. The Year Six children researched their family history and made family trees, completed grandparent biographies, designed family crests and researched a family heirloom. The morning concluded with a lovely morning tea. A big thank you to the Yr Six children and Yr 6 staff for a beautiful day.

This week we welcomed Kindy 2020 children and parents to PCPS. The children were so excited to attend their orientation mornings and they had a little taste of what Kindy will be like for them next year. I would like to thank our current parents who welcomed our new families and shred some words of wisdom with them over morning tea and to our Kindy staff who welcomed our new Kindy children with open arms.

Pre-Kindy 2020 Parent Meeting and Orientation

2 December 9.30-10.30am

in the Pre-Kindy classroom.

Our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) 2020 programme running on Tuesdays next year is full. We will be running a Thursday session from Term Two as long as we have viable numbers. If you have any queries regarding the programme, please check the school website or contact the school office and speak with Helen to enrol your child. If you If you have friends or neighbours with children who would be ready for a Three-Year-Old, please encourage them to enrol.

There are vacancies in Kindergarten for 2021 and beyond as well as some other year levels. If you know of anyone looking for a position, please recommend our beautiful school.

Our Extraordinary Fathers League (EFL) has organised a great fishing clinic for dads and children on Saturday, 16 November at Pinnaroo Point from 9-11am. It is professionally run by Recfishwest and they will provide the rods, tackle, bait, sunscreen and teach you as well! It will cost $8 per person and you can book on Flexischools. Just bring Sun Smart clothing and water bottles. This event is limited to 30 participants so be quick! If dad can’t make it mums are more than welcome!

Don’t forget our Icy Pole days this term. Annette Harvey and her team are ready for a busy day, especially with the onset of this warm weather.

Thank you to Lynda Ellison for co ordinating the annual Scholastic Book Fair with Vicky Ryan and Janine O'Shea. The Book Fair is a great place to buy books to read, Christmas presents and also earn reward points for our school. This year's Book Fair will take place from 26-29 November at drop off and pick up times. We will also be hosting a free Sanitarium breakfast to coincide with the opening of our Book Fair on Tuesday 26 November. Scholastic and Sanitarium have formed a partnership to promote ‘Healthy Body Healthy Minds’ through promoting reading and healthy bodies. Come and register for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at the same time.

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The Annual General Meeting for the P&F and School Board and Volunteers Drinks and Nibbles will be held on Wednesday 27 November in the school hall.

Come between 5.45-6.30pm for drinks and nibbles and then stay on for the AGM which will commence at 6.30pm.

Reasons you should come to the AGM:

· Show your support of the hard working School Board and P&F

· There will be a brief review of 2019 School Board and P&F activities

· Office bearers for the Board and P&F will be elected

· 2020 staffing will be announced. You will find out your child’s year group teachers for 2020

· 2020 school fees will be presented

· Focus areas for 2020 will be shared by the Board and P&F

· As a special thank you to all volunteers who have assisted in any way, big or small, in or out of the classroom, throughout the year such as P&F, Board, reading rosters, excursions, covering books, craft, carnivals and the list goes on and on…You are invited to our Volunteers Drinks and Nibbles. It is our way of saying thank you for all that you do at PCPS and for making our school shine!

Please rsvp your attendance for the AGM below.

Our P&F Executive will be continuing in their roles as they were only elected last year. Therefore, we have no vacancies for the Executive however if you would like to join as a General Member please complete the nomination form below.

We have three Board members up for renomination next year and they will all be renominating however should there be anyone wishing to nominate for one of these three positions you are welcome to do so. You will need to complete a nomination form (below) and return it to the school office by Friday 15 November. Please click the link below for a nomination form. Voting will then take place on the night of the AGM and candidates will be asked to speak for no longer than a minute in support of their application.

Padbury CPS AGM

Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 6:30pm

School Hall

Annual General Meeting for the Padbury CPS School Board and P&F.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Class teachers will soon be looking at class groupings for 2020. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and each child’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Class placements are a team decision made in consultation with both year level teachers. Teachers spend a lot of time and give great consideration to the placement of children and I believe that their professionalism should be respected. Consideration for placement is made using the following criteria: Gender; Pastoral/Social/Emotional; Special Needs e.g. special education, twins, etc; Academic ability; Relationships etc.

Every effort is made to place children where it is felt they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed. All teachers at PCPS are very professional and of an excellent standard, and children will receive a high quality of education no matter which class they are placed in. If your child has special pastoral issues which may need consideration, please ensure that you have made a time to meet with your child’s class teacher before Monday 2 December. Parents should understand that requests for particular placement cannot be guaranteed. Requesting a certain teacher is not a consideration. Once class groupings are finalised they will not be changed so please do not contact the teachers, Leadership Team or the office after the cut-off date, nor once you receive details about your child’s class.

It is good for families to know placements for the following year so that they are able to arrange for children to get together over the holidays if they wish. Parents will be notified of their child’s teacher via SEQTA on Friday 20 December. If your child is not returning to PCPS in 2020 please advise the office in writing before 2 December.

In the past Pre-Primary and Year One classes and teachers have looped however due to staff leaving, temporary staff members coming in to the school and staff moving to different year levels next year, this is not possible.

However, we have introduced a thorough handover procedure between the staff for the end of the year and we have also introduced a formal transition programme for all classes. The Pre-Primary classes will have additional parts to their transition programme to ensure that the children have been well prepared for the move to the ‘big part of the school’.

Mrs Fisher, our social worker next year, will also be on hand to assist, not only at the beginning of the year but also during the year, with transitioning.

The Padbury Catholic Primary School P&F (Parents and Friends) Facebook Page is a celebration of all things Padbury, with the intent to build upon our strong community spirit. The page is also a great way to share information with our community about events, fundraisers, sporting and academic achievements. Please note that Padbury Catholic Primary School Class Pages are set up in the same spirit and also follow the Code of Conduct as below.

Code of Conduct


We ask that any comments made, are done within the spirit of our school motto “Love One Another”. Any negative comments will be deleted at the discretion of Admin. No photos are to be included in comments. This is to ensure that those children who are not permitted to have their photo displayed are protected.

Raising Issues
The Padbury Catholic Primary School pages are not a forum for issues to be raised regarding staff, students or parents/families of students. This is best done directly with the school as per our School policy. We will not support interactions that incite or fuel negative sentiments.

Not Including Names
We ask that you do not use the names of our staff, students or family of students unless these are already publicised in the original post.


The Padbury Catholic Primary School pages are not to be used for the advertising or promotion of individual and family businesses, services or products.

Underage Facebook Users

Padbury Catholic Primary School does not endorse children under the 13 year old threshold imposed by Facebook creating their own Facebook account. We all need to be good social media role models for our children. The Padbury Catholic Primary School Facebook pages operate under the Commonwealth Telecommunications Act and Facebooks Terms.

See you all at the Family Mass this Sunday.

Mrs Margaret Williamson




Bishops Religious Literacy nAssessment

Earlier this year our Year 3 and 5 students sat the Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA). Results have come through to the school and all Year 3 and 5 students will be bringing home their hard copy report in an envelope this afternoon.

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Collection

Mrs Woodall is again coordinating our St Vincent De Paul Christmas Collections for 2019. Please see flyer below for details. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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2020 Booklists are now available!! Please go to our website to download booklists and follow instructions for ordering -

Please note the ordering and cut-off dates.

Semester 2 Reports Update

For our Semester 2 Reports, we have updated the way we report your child's progress to you, so that you are provided with more targeted detail, in any easy-to-understand format.

As such, at the end of this Term, you will notice a few changes with what is included in the report, including an extra document:

1. You will still receive a formal academic report, uploaded to SEQTA Engage. This formal report will contain all elements previously included in reports, however there will no longer be comments for Religious Education, English and Mathematics. The general comment will still remain.

2. To replace the Religious Education, English and Mathematics comments, each student in Years 1-6 will receive a second report document titled 'Report Elaborations.' These elaborations break down these three learning areas into a range of main outcomes under each of the different subject strands, and your child's progress against these outcomes is reported through a tick-box, indicating their level of achievement.

This document will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage alongside the formal report, so you will receive two report documents for the end of Semester 2. If you have any queries with reports, please see your classroom teacher. Reports will be released on Wednesday 18th December.

Last Day of Term

A reminder that the last school day for students is Friday 13th December.

Safety Reminder

If your child walks or rides to and from school, could I ask that you speak to them and remind them about the importance of road safety and following traffic signals throughout their journey.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal


Christmas Sing-Along

Our Padbury Christmas Sing-Along will be held in Week 9 on Tuesday 10th December at 9:00am in the school hall.

Year 5W Class Play Performance

Year 5W will perform their original class play 'Goldilocksmith' in the school hall on Wednesday 4th December at 2:30pm and Wednesday 11th December at 9am. Families and classes are welcome to attend either session.


This Saturday November 17th at 9.30am, as we head into the Christmas season, Padbury Catholic Primary will host a family mass at Our Lady of Missions, to be thankful and to think of others before and at Christmas time. Please dress with white to signify a life that appreciates those with less choices and a pure heart.

LifeLink, the Catholic charity will be launching its Christmas appeal that weekend, helping thousands of West Australians in need each year. There will be free vanilla ice-cream after the mass at the Glory Be cafe, with just a gold coin donation to LifeLink for extras like various sprinkles, chocolate sauce. So we can all enjoy—and with your little extras, people in need can feel the joy of Christmas too.

Father Cyprian will also give the Year 6's a small memento gift and bless them with a bright future as they go onto high school. Volunteers for reading, singers, altar and ice-cream servers, plus more are needed. Please click


Kindy Orientation 2020

This week we welcomed our new and old families to our Kindy Orientation afternoon. An opportunity to reconnect and build new friendships as the children and parents start their new year in Kindy at Padbury Catholic Primary School.

It was great to see so many familiar faces and welcome all the new families on board. Our new students enjoyed their transition afternoon and began to make some new friends along the way.

A big thank your to our current Kindy family Mums who helped to set up a lovely afternoon tea to welcome the new cohort.

We look forward to working with you all in 2020.

The Kindy Team

Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day

The Year 5 and 6 Extension students competed in the Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day. They had to embrace the idea of a Circular Economy and use waste materials to design a solution to a school-based problem. All teams engaged with the task and produced some inspiring inventions. We even came home with a prize. Well done, Extension students.

Ashleigh Remigio

Extension Teacher

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Congratulations ton Bridget Gibbons who competed in the WA All Schools this weekend. Bridget had a great time competing!! She participated in the Para 100m, Para 200m and Para Long Jump. Bridget won three silver medals for her effort and had a PB for the 200m. She was extremely proud to represent Padbury Catholic and she has now qualified to represent Western Australia as a Para athlete in the above events at Nationals in Perth, December 6th - 8th. Outstanding work Bridget and good luck!

Sustainability Corner

Do you know what can be recycled from your household waste? Check the following links from the City of Joondalup if you are unsure.
Here is a list of what can and cannot be recycled from the City of Joondalup website:

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lids for kids

Did you know that plastic lids from bottles are too small to be sorted and go in your recycling bin? Joondalup City Council requests that you put them in your regular bin which will end up in landfill. Why not wash them, get rid of the white plastic insert and bring them to school where they will be collected to make artificial limbs?

Lids 4 Kids is one of the amazing groups recycling plastic lids into prosthetic arms using 3D printers. Why not help a child and the environment at the same time? Cleaned lids can be placed in the purple bin outside 5W. Ethan Hall in 6N will make sure that the lids go to where they need to go. Thank you

Battery Recycling

Did you know that the materials inside batteries can be recycled? Don't put them in your bin as they end up in landfill which is not good for the environment. Please send used batteries to 5W near the sports shed. These are picked up by Mindarie Regional Council each term. Please see Miss Wilson if you have any recycling enquiries.

What batteries can be collected?

Household dry cell batteries including AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable), C, D, button batteries, 9V and 6V.

Lead acid batteries, such as car batteries, laptop computer batteries and mobile phone batteries cannot be collected. Please contact your local council for details of how to dispose of these batteries.

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Staff Profiles



Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

I worked in inventory management for a number of different companies over the years. The hours were long and I wasn’t enjoying what was on offer. My family suggested that I look at working in a field that I enjoyed and that was gardening. I am an enthusiastic gardener at heart and enjoy spending time in my own garden receiving lots of compliments from neighbours and friends. I then started to study horticulture to learn more about my passion. My neighbour is a parent at Padbury Catholic School and noticed that there was a job advertised for ground staff. I decided to take the plunge and try for the position. Eighteen months later I’m enjoying my role and the joy of keeping the gardens at Padbury Catholic School.

What keeps the spark alive years later?

One of the joys of working with nature and gardens is a cyclical reflection of what you nurture, nurtures you back. Spending time mulching, weeding, pruning brings the glorious seasonal flowers. To be working in the outdoors you are constantly enjoying the elements of the weather and the stillness one feels being in God’s garden. For many mowing the lawn is a job that we put off, but I love the process of putting the detail and care into the lawn and the job satisfaction of standing on the oval and appreciating all the hard work.


Education Assistant

Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

I always grew up with kids around me coming from a very large family. When the extended family came together I was the one playing with the little kids and enjoying their company. As a little girl I always wanted to be a missionary and work with children in orphanages. In my adult years I trained as a secretary and worked for the police department. Once I stared my family and helped out on roster at my sons school I found my love of working and being with children rekindled. This support continued with offering extra support with the LAP Program. Several of the staff suggested I return and train for my Educational Assistant Diploma. When I graduated I was offered a position at Currambine Catholic and then moved to Padbury Catholic School where I have been for the last 8 years.

What keeps the spark alive years later?

The absolute joy and spring in each child’s steps bring a smile to my face. The children are so joyful and walk with vitality. I enjoy working with children who find school challenging and giving them the time and space to know that they are being guided along the way. The best part of this job is that it doesn’t feel like work and you getting paid for it at the same time. Working with a variety of staff and learning the different ways to support in each year level is what makes me want to get up every morning. I love the team work and the community approach with the children’s best interest at heart.

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Playgroup: Every Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 11am. Please contact Nicole Westneat for Tuesday playgroup on 0411 542 619 and Candace Bristow by text on 0431 759 370 or email for further information.

Parishioners: Wednesday playgroup is asking for any parishioners that are interested in spending some time helping to read to the kids and with other activities to contact Candace on 0431 759 370. A facebook page has been set up with more information, “OLM playgroup”.

Carols by Candelight: 1st December

Mass Times

Our Lady of The Mission Whitford Parish

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

Phone: 9307 2776 I Fax: 9402 4319


Website :

Weekend Masses

Saturday – 8.30am; 6.30pm
Sunday – 8.00am; 9.30am; 11.00am; 5.45pm

Weekday Masses

Monday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Tuesday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Wednesday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)
Thursday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Friday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)