Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning - 1 November 2018
Dear Parents and Staff
This morning our Year 3 to 6 classes celebrated Mass for All Saints Day along with the upper classes of children from St Maria Goretti’s school. The Gospel from Matthew was taken from the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes. I like to adopt a small play on words and rather than the Beatitudes, which give us a guide as to how we should live our lives, I like to see them as the Be Attitudes, which call us to action not merely words and thoughts.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5: 3-10)
OPEN NIGHT PASSPORT WINNERS
We had the draw for the prizes for Passports completed at our recent Open Night at our assembly last Friday. The lucky winners were:
Many of the Year levels have established Facebook pages through the P&F to share information that may assist parents in ensuring that they are aware of school events and issues such as lost uniform etc. It has come to my attention that some of these pages have been used by parents to vent about situations that occur at school. This is unhelpful and only causes unnecessary angst rather than addressing the concern. Should parents have issues or concerns regarding the happenings at school these are best addressed by contacting either me or one of the other members of our school Leadership Team.
SCHOOL BOARD AND P&F AGMs
These will be held on Tuesday 27 November commencing at 6.00pm. Details regarding P&F positions are in their section of the newsletter.
We are seeking nominations from members of our School community to fill five vacancies to serve on the School Board for a two-year term commencing in 2019. Two current members of the Board are nominating for re-election.
Criteria for membership of the Board is:
· possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Board;
· a deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff;
· a desire to give service to the Catholic School Community;
· a keenness to promote Catholic schooling;
· an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Board; and
· a sufficiency of time to devote to Board duties.
Nominations should be on the form which follows this article and be handed to the school office by no later than Friday 16 November 2018.
Please contact me if you would like clarification of the duties of Board membership.
Parents, If your child/children will not be returning to Notre Dame in 2019, it is urgent that you advise the school by FRIDAY 2 November, 2018.
CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS - Monday 24 December 2018 @6.00pm @ Notre Dame Church
Fr Quynh has asked the school to place an advance notice for the Christmas Vigil Mass at Notre Dame Church. He is inviting students to do the Readings and Prayer of the Faithful. The children attending the Family Mass will process with him at the beginning of the Mass. The children are most welcome to be dressed in the real theme of Christmas – Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, sheep and wise men (kings).
If you are attending the Christmas Vigil Mass and your child would like to participate in the readings etc. please notify Daniela Boyle or Joanita Stapleton from the Notre Dame Liturgy Committee.
FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER
THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (ALL SOULS DAY)
WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Year 1 Liturgy @ 10.00am
FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER
Remembrance Day Service @ 8.45am
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
3YO KINDY ORIENTATION 1.00-2.00pm
YEAR 5 CLASS NEWS
The Year 5 kids have been working extremely hard this term to be prepared for Year Six.
Brother Stephen has been coming into Year Five each week to prepare them for leadership, next year.
In English, we have working hard on poetry inspired by the books Flood and Fire by Jackie French. We have also been reading books like Harry Potter and Captain Underpants to find figurative language.
In preparation for open night, we worked hard on things like idioms, figurative language, art and activities for our parents to complete. We also made Kahoot quizzes for our families to see how well they know us.
In Health this term, we have been focusing on the Respiratory System. Did you know that the lungs are the only organs that can float on water? We made PowerPoints, Keynotes and posters explaining the parts of the Respiratory System.
Miss Cutri, Mr Tyrrell & Mrs Crabbe
Last week, students from Notre Dame represented the school at the annual Field and Track Athletic carnivals held at Gerry Archer over two days (Tuesday & Thursday) The year 4-6 students participated in the field events on Tuesday with the year 1-6 students participating in the track and team game carnivals on Thursday. The senior year groups had the school well placed in 3rd position with some great individual performances in the Turbo Jav and Shot put events. It was great to see the Year 1 participate in their first Interschool Athletics Carnival, with some fantastic running performances across the year group. The big improvement for Notre Dame was in our team games, with consistent top places throughout the year group, which has been a goal on improving from last year. I would like to congratulate the Year 6 leaders over the two days for the way they fought it out in each race, team game and assisting the junior groups in preparation for their races and relays. Notre Dame finished up in 6th place overall, with some very athletic and impressive runners from the other schools proving just a bit too strong for us this year. St Joseph’s led from Tuesday to the end of the Thursday carnival and were deserved winners. Many thanks to all the teachers, EA and parents who assisted with training over the last couple of weeks. I’d also like to thank Mrs Gilmour, Mrs Davidson, Mrs Tomasini, Mrs Sheehan, Mrs Lawrie, Miss Rognetta and Mr Tyrell for their assistance helping out on the two carnivals. We look forward to next year's challenge and improving on the foundations set by our junior year groups.
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
Letters have been emailed out to parents outlining how to register their child to help raise money for the program. Students have also received their sponsorship forms to assist. We are looking at a School goal of $5000 this year. Every small donation per student will help us achieve this goal. I’ve included the link below:
Next week's roster
Monday 5 November - Mei Lie (1 hr)
Wednesday 7 November - Mei Lie (1 hr)
Friday 9 November - Ros Lovick
THANK YOU EVENING
14 NOVEMBER 2018
Notre Dame Staff Room
Refreshments & Finger foods provided
RSVP by Monday 12 November
The Thank You Evening invitation is open to everyone who has volunteered in the canteen or volunteered with the students' banking.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
Monday & Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Orders and payment can be made at the front office.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
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We hope you have a wonderful week!
Sam and the ParentTV Team.