NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
1 April 2021
Dear Parents and Staff
As we come to the end of a very productive, though slightly shortened, Term it is time for everyone to take a break from the daily school routine. Whether you are heading away over the break or relaxing at home, I hope you all have the opportunity to recharge and refresh before we move into the next Term. An ideal way to start our break is to attend the Easter services over the coming weekend as outlined above. Easter is the most significant time in the Church’s Liturgical Year and attendance at the Services is both Spiritually fulfilling and enriching. As highlighted in this graphic, it is the sacrifice that Jesus made that has restored our relationship with the Father, so I hope, in amongst all of the family catch ups and the overindulgence in chocolate, you make the time to acknowledge the real reason for the Season of Easter.
Last Monday students from our Year Six classes participated in the Woolworths Perth Scorchers T20 Cricket Blast Schools Cup which was hosted at Kent Street High School. The great skill and excellent enthusiasm displayed by our players was too much for the other schools and they very deservedly won the tournament. Congratulations to all of our cricketers on an outstanding effort in representing our school.
The highly popular Art lessons taught by Mrs Annette Flexman will return for the next two Terms. All children (4 Y.O. Kindy to Year Six) will receive a series of 10 lessons during which they will create a masterpiece that links to a class theme. I look forward to seeing the many creative ideas and finished products.
What a wonderful night our very enthusiastic P&F organized last Friday. We are very fortunate in Western Australia to be in a position to hold events such as this and it was great to see so many families taking advantage of this privilege. Thank you to all who donated their time and energy to ensure that there was excellent food and entertainment for all to share.
- School recommences on Monday 19 April. The school gates open at 8.00am so please do not drop children at the school prior to this time. If you require an earlier drop off time, I suggest you consider enrolling your child in the school’s Outside School Hours Care centre. Fees are very reasonable especially for those eligible for a CCS rebate. Please contact Sharmane Dowse in the school office for enquiries and enrolments.
- Winter Uniform is to be worn from the beginning of Term 2. Unfortunately, girls’ tartan skirts and tracksuits have not arrived from our suppliers so children requiring these will be permitted to wear their summer uniform until the new stock arrives. We apologise for this delay, but the order was placed in October 2020 and the stock is somewhere on the ocean on its way to us.
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KINDERGARTEN CLASS NEWS
Term One has been a busy one in Kindy. We have settled into the routine and have had many fun learning adventures together.
In Maths we have been exploring numbers and shapes. We have expanded our counting and naming the numbers as well as making collections of items. We were shape detectives looking for shapes in the environment and making pictures with shapes especially using The Perfect Square book by Michael Hall.
In English we have been looking at letters, especially the ones our name start with and making pictures and necklaces with the letters on them. When we read books together in the class we have been trying to make up sentences rather than one word answers to questions.
In Religious Education we have looked at “Me” the way God created us and made drawings, paintings, collage and loose parts pictures of our faces.
In Integrated studies we had an incursion from AWCHA WA and we experienced how it would be if we needed to be in hospital and role played many situations with dress-ups and toys.
The canteen is making some exciting changes in Term 2, Pre-Primary students will be able to order recess as well as lunch and for the very first time Kindy students will also be able to order both recess and lunch.
Icy poles and ice-cream will still only be available to years 1-6. Orders must be placed by 9am at the canteen or online through MY SCHOOL CONNECT, we accept cash or eftpos.
Just a reminder that the Winter Menu runs in Terms 2 & 3, yes that means Pies and Sausage Rolls are back!
Unfortunately our tracksuits and tartan skirts have not arrived. Mr Winsor has given the year one students permission to wear their summer uniform until these items are available.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
Orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie (email@example.com). The order form and price list are on the school website (www.nds.wa.edu.au) under "School Services."
Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORMS SECOND HAND BUY & SELL
Did you know that a second hand uniform page, which is hosted and managed by Notre Dame CPS parents, operates on Facebook? This is a great place for you to buy and sell quality second hand uniforms. The active site is available to all members of the community who access Facebook. You can also access second hand uniforms at the school's uniform shop.
School Banking Coordinator
PARENTS' & FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
Term 1 P&F NEWS
The P&F has had a really fun start to the year. We kicked off with pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) which was very well received by all of the students, then worked with Brett Webb to support the National Ride to School Day. The final event for the term was the popular Night Market, which was very well attended. Unfortunately, due to the COVID outbreak just before term 1 commenced, we had to cancel the kindy morning tea.
In addition to the events listed above, we have also been able to financially support the Dads’ and Kids’ Campout, contribute towards new pin up boards for kindy, coordinate the Easter Raffle, and also commit funds to the tennis courts and library upgrades, which were voted on last year.
Planning for the major fundraiser for 2021 will ramp up in term 2. The P&F are planning an adults only Quiz Night at the school. Other events and ideas we have been discussing in our meetings are a possible Dads' get together, and an education event for parents and students. Whilst we are always wanting to keep our school community updated with the latest cyber safety advice, we are also looking into reputable presenters who focus on building resilience in our children. We are in the process of obtaining quotes and checking availability of the speakers. The P&F welcomes all new ideas and suggestions, and if you would like to assist in the planning of any of these events, please get in contact with us. Our two meetings for term 2 will be on Tuesday 4th May (week 3) and Tuesday 8th June (week 8) at 6pm in the staffroom.
We wish you all a safe and happy Easter, and a lovely break.
NOTRE DAME NIGHT MARKET
I hope everyone had as much fun at the Night Market on Friday as I did. The silent disco, amusement rides and face painting were very popular again and the food was amazing, as always. I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the parents and carers who helped put the Night Market together. We start planning in 4th Term and are working right up until the day to make sure everyone has a great time. This year, with the rescheduling due to COVID, we were unable to lock in Hills Silent Disco and the paid bar staff we engaged last year so this meant less heads for the disco and the need for parents to help out with the bar at the last minute. So another big thank you to the parents who assisted with rescheduling all of the vendors and entertainment, booking alternative options, and also the parents who gave up their time on the night to work behind the bar. It is very much appreciated.
The P&F would also like to thank all of the staff at Notre Dame who support the Night Market year after year. The teachers ran a food stall on the night, sell soft drinks for us, provide us with equipment for the vendors, stay back after school while we hang the lights, organise floats for the bar and provide the P&F with generous donations from the sale of their dinners.
The rescheduling of the Night Market also meant we had to run the event during lent, which impacts on Parish events. We would like to thank Father Quynh and the Parishioners for their understanding.
BEACON App: Cyber Safety for parents
Beacon is designed specifically for parents as a personalised, one-stop-shop for reliable information about the online world. It arms parents and carers with the knowledge they need to confidently help navigate their children’s digital behaviour and reduce harms we know are associated with being online. Beacon will shine a light on the online world with:
• Articles and videos backed by the latest research
• Tailored content and alerts, unique to your family needs
• Create your own family agreement
• Help and services that are available to you and your family
The Supporting Family Conversations website is run by Telethon Kids Institute and focusses on children who are transitioning to high school. It has free resources and tip sheets available for when you start talking with your child about staying safer around alcohol or the online environment.
For more information, go to: https://supportingfamilyconversations.com.au/
ARANMORE CATHOLIC COLLEGE
Aranmore Catholic College’s 2022 Scholarships are now open.
If your child excels in Academics, Music, Science, Mathematics or has an entrepreneurial spirit, apply today at aranmore.wa.edu.au.
Applications close mid-March.
CLOVERDALE SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC INFORMATION
Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
Cloverdale Dental Clinic is a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.
We are a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.
It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, consider withdrawing from the school service. This will enable us to service those that are unable to access private dentistry. If circumstances change, you are welcome to re-enrol at any time.
If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.
If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.
Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff
180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)
Ph: 9479 7222
These April school holidays METRONET will have a full-scale model on display at Yagan Square, giving people an early opportunity to see inside Perth’s new C-Series trains.
METRONET would like to invite school families to attend the free family-friendly event from Saturday, 3 April to Sunday, 18 April between 9am and 5pm.
Visitors can walk through the carriage and along with the railcar, there is a 1:50 scale model on display, and kids can get involved with a scavenger hunt.
Thursday mornings between 9am-10am are reserved for Quiet Hour, where the display will be low sensory to cater for those who prefer to experience the train in this environment.
Walk-ins will be welcome and families wanting to skip the queue will be able to register for free VIP tickets at www.metronet.wa.gov.au/all-aboard.
If you need any further information on the event, or could share some promotional materials, please just let us know by return email or at 9326 3666.
As the biggest railcar order in the state’s history, the METRONET Railcar Program will deliver 246 new C-series railcars to Perth’s rail network. The trains will service an increased demand from METRONET projects and replace the A-series trains that currently operate on the Armadale/Thornlie, Fremantle and Midland lines.Find out more about the Railcar Program and METRONET at www.metronet.wa.gov.au.
Communications and Engagement Team
p: (08) 9326 3666 | w: metronet.wa.gov.au