Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning 25 JULY
Dear Parents and Staff
I’m not certain of the validity of the comments, above, attributed to Michelangelo and, rather than let the facts get in the way of a good story, I’m happy to accept their intent whatever the level of truth. The sentiments expressed in the reflection are very relevant to our vocation of teaching. A true teacher is constantly looking to find that “Angel” inside each and every child…..and so often we are surprised with what we see once we scratch the surface. Children are amazing with such a diversity of talents, whether they are in the purely academic domain, the arts, physical skills or emotional intelligence. It is one of the great joys of teaching to witness the moment when “the penny drops” for a child and share their excitement as they connect the pieces of the puzzle to gain understanding. Thank you, parents, for allowing us to be participants on this wonderful journey with your children.
As we enter the second semester of the year I look forward to sharing many of these exciting moments when I visit classes or when children come to my office to share their great achievements.
In this busy world that we live in I’m sure many parents wonder how they could manage without the help of their parents. We see so many grandparents at school each day dropping off and collecting children, helping out in the canteen and looking after the school banking. Next Wednesday it is our turn to acknowledge the great part that grandparents play in the children’s lives by celebrating Mass in their honour, having them visit classrooms and then join us for morning tea. I look forward to meeting with many of the grandparents and thanking them for all that they do.
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
This morning Bro. Stephen and I, along with three of our Student Leaders, attended the Opening Mass for the Performing Arts Festival at St Mary’s Cathedral. This is the 30th anniversary of the Festival and the beautiful Mass was a fitting way to celebrate the beginning of another great month and a half of performances showcasing the many talents of the students within our Catholic Schools in Western Australia. I was very fortunate to have been a member of the organizing committee when the festival commenced all of those years ago and am amazed that it has grown to the point where there will be 25,800 students involved over the next six weeks. Our school has strong representation from our Junior and Senior Dance Groups, our Year Three and School Choirs and a number of individual performers and I hope to be able to attend many of these performances.
Our wonderful P&F has organized our school Disco for this Friday evening as a great welcome back to school. Please see their flyer further along in the Newsletter for all of the details.
Our Bookweek dress up day and parade will be on Wednesday 14 August so it’s time to start thinking about your costume. This year’s theme is Reading is my Secret Power which provides plenty of scope for creative ideas. Mrs Sarmardin has more details in her article in today’s newsletter.
As we commence the second half of the year it is a good time to take stock of your children’s stationery items and replenish if necessary.
CITY TO SURF
CITY TO SURF
Flynn Plimmer in Year 6M is running in the 12km City to Surf to raise funds for a 3yo with SMA2 (spinal Muscular Atropy). Please see link below if you would like to support him.
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
Was your child born between 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016?
If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
If your child was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
- Name of student
- Class of the student
- Reason for the absence
- Full name of the parent/guardian (please note the email address is not sufficient as it does not necessarily have the full name of the person sending it).
You may utilise the Absentee icon on the school website and notify the school of the student's absence, thus avoiding an SMS or an absentee follow up letter.
THE BISHOPS' RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT 2019
At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 5 August in Term 3. The assessment will be accessible to students online.
The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) tests developed and marked by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by CEWA and will become available to schools in Term 4.
The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of students performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school-based assessment programs in RE.
Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any enquires regarding the administration of The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment.
TERM 3 EVENTS
WEDNESDAY 31 JULY
Grandparents' Day Mass
THURSDAY 1 AUGUST
Interschool Cross Country @ Tomato Lake
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST
Assembly Year 1M
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST
Yr 5 Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment
THURSDAY 8 AUGUST
Yr 3 Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST
Assembly Year 3M
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm for Confirmation candidates
SUNDAY 11 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 10.00am for Confirmation candidates
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST
Combined Schools Assumption Mass
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
GRANDPARENTS' DAY - WEDNESDAY 31 JULY
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Every year the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together by celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time school libraries celebrate Australian children’s literature by reading shortlisted books and having a Book Character parade. This year our theme is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’. Notre Dame will celebrate this week by having a book week parade where students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character and to bring this book to share with their classroom.
Costume ideas for ‘Reading is my secret power’:
1. Harry Potter
3. Cat in the Hat
4. Zac Power
5. Fern from Charlotte’s Web
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Mr or Mrs Twit / The Twits
8. The White Witch from Narnia
9. Pippi Longstocking
10. Alice in Wonderland
11. The Rainbow Fish
12. Thelma the Unicorn
13. Where the Wild Things Are
14. The very hungry Caterpillar
15. Friday Barnes
16. The BFG
17. Lintang, and the pirate Queen
18. Fantastic Mr Fox
19. Will Treaty, Ranger’s Apprentice
Start planning your costume now!
Monday 29 July: VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Wednesday 31 July: VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Friday 2 August: Ros Lovick
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
The Uniform Shop will be open on
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm
Orders and payment can also be made at the front office.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.
P & F NEWS
P&F COCKTAIL PARTY FUNDRAISER
Kids Helpline Official receive over 65,000 contacts each year from kids aged between 5 and 17 looking for help and support.
We have filmed with Kids Helpline to find out, after all these contacts, what are the top 3 things counsellors want parents to know about why kids are contacting them.
Watch the full video and more insight into young people from Kids Helpline here:
There are many contributing factors that can lead a child to develop anxiety. Why not check in here with Dr Jodie of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, to see if that gut feeling you have about your child is normal or not!
"How Do I Know If My Child Is Eating Enough?" by Deb Blakley, Dietician & Nutrionist.
Copy and paste this blurb and link together AFTER uploading the below image to Facebook:
"I just need to get food into him!" … if you have ever said these words about your child, then listen up! Find out what your feeding jobs are, and what jobs belong to your child. Understand your child’s growth patterns and decide if there’s a problem or not. We discuss typical child eating behaviours that cause your child to seem to eat poorly and what to do if your child’s growth has slowed or they have lost weight and are having trouble making up for it.
Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP SERVICES
CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION: 14 August 2019 @ 6.30-8.30pm
Details of a Cyber Safety Presentation, offered on behalf of Telethon Speech & Hearing, for all child educators and parents.
The talk will provide up to date information and resources for school leadership teams.
Comprising presentations by three leading experts on cyber safety and online awareness the following topics and more will be covered:
- Cyber bullying
- The predatory use of gaming networks and apps to target increasingly younger children
- The safe and recommended amount of screen time for various ages
- Grooming of children through online forums
All attendees will receive a free Family Zone Service for 12 months.
Family Zone’s innovative cyber safety platform has been chosen by over 600 schools and more than 350,000 families across Australia, New Zealand and the US (www.familyzone.com.au)
Early bird tickets are available until Friday 7th July for $30 from www.tsh.org.au with all proceeds supporting the children who rely on the essential services at Telethon Speech & Hearing.
For further details please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Early Intervention • Hearing Impairment • Speech & Language • Audiology
I am in the Marketing Department Monday - Thursday. For any urgent queries,
please contact Reception on 9387 9888.