Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning 19 March

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Dear Parents and Staff

The situation with regard to the COVID-19 virus is obviously at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. The uncertainty of what the future holds has caused much angst and worry for many in our community. We have seen the evidence of this in our supermarkets with the shelves stripped bare of most items as people panic in the hope of being prepared for what may lie ahead. This uncertainty can lead us to a state of despair, and we need to keep in mind that our leaders both nationally and at our state level are being advised by a wide range of experts on ways to keep us safe and mitigate the spread of the virus. We are told, and the statistics suggest, that we in Australia are in a strong position at this stage in dealing with the virus. At the school level we are constantly reminding the children about maintaining a high level of hygiene and have taken the following steps in an effort to provide a safe and supportive environment for all.

  • The soap dispensers in all of the toilets are checked before recess, before lunch and after school each day to ensure there is adequate available for the children and staff to use.
  • The drink fountains have been de-commissioned to avoid cross contamination. Children may fill their water bottles at the fill point outside the school office or in the wet area in their classroom.
  • Checks are conducted for all contractors, volunteers and visitors to our school.
  • The staff have been working on plans to deliver lessons to children remotely should we be advised of a school closure.
  • We are currently working on a matrix to follow in the event of school closure.
  • We have developed a plan to follow should there be a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • The swimming lessons for PP to Year 5 have been cancelled. (A full credit for the swimming lessons will be applied to all school accounts).
  • The Dads’ and Kids’ Campout has been cancelled.
  • The Parents/Child workshop and the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance have both been cancelled.
  • The Interschool Swimming Carnival scheduled for Monday 30 April has been cancelled.
  • Catholic Education WA continues to liaise with the Education Department and The Association of Independent Schools and is providing our school with daily updates.

Please be assured that we will continue to implement supports and changes as the need arises based upon the advice that we receive from Catholic Education WA. The safety of everyone in our community is our first priority and we will do all in our power to maintain this. With this in mind parents are requested to:

  • If you or a close family member has returned from overseas recently, you or they must self-isolate for 14 days and parents are to advise the school of the situation immediately.
  • If you or a close contact have been tested for COVID-19 you or they must self-isolate until after a negative result has been confirmed. It is imperative that you advise the school immediately of both the testing and the result.
  • Should you or a close contact be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus you must advise the school immediately so that we may implement appropriate procedures.
  • Please remember to maintain a sense of perspective. Whilst we are all worried about the possibilities of contracting the virus, we need to trust that we are all following the guidelines regarding self-isolation, testing and reporting. We have already had instances of family members being trolled online with accusations that were totally untrue. Nobody should be exposed to this type of vilification, most particularly in what is supposed to be a Christian community.


As stated above, the staff have been working on the delivery of offsite lessons should there be a school closure. These will be implemented only if there is a full school closure as it is not possible to cater for the needs of a few families that have made the choice to keep their children home and to maintain the regular class lessons for those attending school. The following advice was sent to me by the Executive Director of Catholic Education WA, Dr Debra Sayce, yesterday.

Attendance at school (new information as at 18 March 2020)

Should parents choose to keep their child at home without seeking medical advice, it is not a requirement that schools provide curriculum work and activities. We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances where consideration be given to provide support and resources where possible. The priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs. In the event of a temporary school closure, schools are asked to enact their curriculum continuity plan.

Whilst there is not a requirement for us to provide work, we will send the parents of those choosing to not attend some generic work that may not be directly related to the areas of the curriculum that are being covered at school at the time.

Please keep safe and take care.

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Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop @ 6pm - CANCELLED


Year 6 Assembly - CANCELLED


Junior Swim Day - CANCELLED

Merit Assembly - CANCELLED


Interschool Swimming Yrs 4-6 - CANCELLED



Board Meeting @ 6pm


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60th Anniversary of the Parish

On Friday 20 March 2020, Cloverdale Parish celebrates its 60th Anniversary. It was on this day in 1960, that the Archdiocese of Perth established the new Parish.

The decision to form a new Parish was a result of rapid post war development in the Belmont district. The increase in population in the local area highlighted the inadequacy of the existing Mass Centres to cater for the growth in Catholic families attending Mass.

Families living in the Cloverdale area previously attended Mass at St Therese’s Catholic Church in Kewdale. During this time, Cloverdale was part of the Belmont, Carlisle and Redcliffe Parishes.

Project Compassion

Parishioners are encouraged to support Project Compassion 2020 by taking a box or set of envelopes home and contributing over Lent. Donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible. You can donate via credit card or by EFT.

Please contact 1800 024 413 for details on donations or

Lenten Reflections and RCIA

Tuesday evening in the Parish Centre, commencing at 6.00 pm followed by RCIA at 7.00 pm.

Legion of Mary

The Legion meets every Thursday in the Parish Centre at 12.45 pm.

Centre for Liturgy – Reflection Evening

Father Paul Turner renowned theologian and author will present some reflection and formation on the celebration of the Eucharist based on the words of the third dismissal formula of the Mass. The event will be held on Tuesday 24 March 2020, 7.00 – 9.00 pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 17 Angelico Street Woodlands. To register your attendance, please contact Geraldine Schivardi on 9207 3350 or by email

MJ Keating Catholic History Lecture

The University of Notre Dame Australia, in partnership with the Archives Office, are launching the first MJ Keating Catholic History Lecture on 31 March 2020. The lecture series aims to tell the story of the Catholic Church in Western Australia and Australia from new and engaging perspectives. The first speaker will be Dr Colin Barr, Santa Maria Lecture Theatre ND1, University of Notre Dame Australia, 19 Mouat Street Fremantle. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


What a fun start we have had to Year One!

In Religion we have been learning about Lent and made promises of something kind we can do for others during this time. We have been learning how Jesus showed love to others and how we can also do this. On Shrove Tuesday we all enjoyed making and eating our delicious pancakes. The following day, Ash Wednesday, Brother Stephen came to class and put ashes on our forehead and spoke to us about their importance.

We had some of our Grandparents come into class to share items from the past. It was interesting seeing old telephones, clothes, radios, photographs, irons and even football jumpers! We started our first floorbook of the year by asking lots of different questions about the past and over the term we will answer these. Last week we went on an excursion to Peninsula Farm, Maylands and learnt all about the Hardey family and especially enjoyed playing games from the past such as hopscotch, quoits, skipping and horseshoe toss.

During writing we have been learning how to create recounts and are getting very clever at including when, who, where, what and our feelings. If you stop by our classroom one afternoon you might even see our excursion recounts on display.

In Maths we are exploring number facts to ten. These can help us solve lots of different addition problems. We are trying hard to learn which months are in each season and how our weather changes.

We have become observant artist and noticed line all around us. We have thought about different emotions and draw angry lines, happy lines, sad lines and silly lines.

We have also been technology whizzes this term and we are learning lots of different apps to help us learn including PicCollage, Book Creator, Popplet and ExplainEverything. We enjoy getting onto Mathseeds and Reading Eggs and can now log in all by ourselves.

Julie Carlton, Emily McLure, Julie Pirie, Leoni Notte, Lisa Fasolo, Kirsty McGann, Blair Gaudoin



Many parents often ask how they can support their child’s education and foster enthusiasm for learning – a great way is to join a public library as library membership is invaluable. It provides you with access to tens of thousands of resources (both physical and digital), use of technology in the Library and an array of programs for all ages. Memberships are available both online and in the Library and you can access digital resources instantly online once signed up.

You can make suggestions, request items and more by logging into your library account including access to digital books, audio, games and apps. Best of all, Library membership is free! YES, FREE!!

Digital Books, Audio and Magazines (for children and adults)

You can borrow eBooks, audiobooks and magazines from anywhere at any time to read on your device or personal computer. All you need is your Library card and PIN.

- Cloud Library​ *Use your Library PIN

- Overdrive *No PIN Required

- Borrowbox Library *Use the last 4 digits of your library card number as a PIN.

- RBDigital *Create an account and password Using your library card.

Games and Apps for Growing Minds

- Busythings keeps children from two to twelve 'edu-tained' with adorable and engaging games focussing on maths, spelling and procedural thinking.

- Storybox Library is a video library of oral storytelling. Children can browse and view high profile Australian storytellers and actors reading the best children's books of past and present. Select ​Ruth Faulkner Library from the Library drop-down menu and enter your Ruth Faulkner Library card number.

- Encyclopedia Britannica Online will inspire your child to explore their interests with fact-checked, child-friendly information. The site also provides links to age-appropriate trusted websites and games.

Ruth Faulkner Library’s friendly staff would be happy to assist with accessing any of these resources. You can contact them on 9477 7150, email or visit for more information.

Mrs Sarah Sarmardin

School Librarian


To celebrate Harmony Day on Saturday, 21st March the Year 2P class based their assembly on the concept of Harmony and loving one another as Jesus taught us. This week the children participated in classroom activities that explored the concept of harmony within our world. We also mapped our various cultural backgrounds, by placing our photos onto the world map outside the library. The children enjoyed placing their photos and learning where we all come from. We thank Mrs Flexman for creating this map for us.

Mrs Donovan-Flintoff and Miss Gullotti

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Interschool Swimming & Junior Swim Day - Cancelled

Unfortunately with circumstances rapidly changing due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel both the Interschool Swimming Carnival and Junior Swim Day that was scheduled for later on this term. At this stage these events will be unlikely to be rescheduled. Please email or come and see me if you have any queries.

Senior Swimming Carnival (4-6) - Bayswater Waves

Last Thursday, students from years 4-6 participated in the annual Senior Swimming Carnival held at Bayswater Waves. We were blessed with delightful weather for the day and students eager to showcase their talents. The day started off with the 50m events and some fantastic races, in particular the year 6 races, with some calls within arm’s reach between places 1-3. A huge congratulations to the Faction Captains on their first carnival and providing a fantastic atmosphere for their respective factions! Many thanks also go out to the parent helpers and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the carnival. Below are the Champion Boy and Girl results for each year group:

Year 4 Champion Girl R/UP - Kate South (Nagle)

Year 4 Champion Girl - Emali Davies (Prendiville)

Year 4 Champion Boy R/UP - Christian Haddleton (Prendiville)

Year 4 Champion Boy - Logan Sahb (McAuley)

Year 5 Champion Girl R/UP - Ava Lee (Nagle)

Year 5 Champion Girl - Leah van den Adel (Prendiville)

Year 5 Champion Boy R/UP - Callan Hunter (Nagle)

Year 5 Champion Boy - Van Holtmeulen (Prendiville)

Year 6 Champion Girl R/UP - (TIE) Madison Loiacono (McAuley) & Claudia Oee (Prendiville)

Year 6 Champion Girl - Eliza Seinor (Prendiville)

Year 6 Champion Boy R/UP - (TIE) Fynn Tomasini, Dylan Austen & Mark Ayad (McAuley)

Year 6 Champion Boy - Ashton Waters (Nagle)

There was a bit of a lead by Prendiville by the end of the 50m events but the 25m events proved to be tight between McAuley and Nagle who provided a big push at the end to challenge the reigning champions. Prendiville were too good yet again taking out their 4th consecutive Senior Swimming Carnival. Well done to Prendville and all students who competed!

Champions - Prendiville 1358

2nd - McAuley 1331

3rd - Nagle 1195

4th - Mercy 604

Brett Webb

Sports Teacher


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The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday 23 March and Thursday 26 March.

Opening times : 1.30pm-3.30pm

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.



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Packed with Goodness workshop CANCELLED:

Due to the growing concern surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the latest advice from the Department of Education is to cancel all non-essential meetings and gatherings within schools. For this reason the Packed with Goodness team will be cancelling all sessions scheduled for the remainder of Term 1 and all of Term 2 2020. The P&F will look to rescheduling this later in the year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The Notre Dame P&F Constitution has now been updated based on feedback from the school community. Thank you to those who provided input. The changes will be voted on at a Special General Meeting, just prior to the next P&F meeting on Tuesday 17 March at 6.00pm in the staffroom. All are invited to attend. If you would like to view the final draft, please contact the front office for a copy or your Class Liaison.



Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

We are 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 who 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)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222



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Aranmore Catholic College

For over a century, Aranmore Catholic College has offered a first-class education in a safe, supportive environment. From our Year 7 Passport to Success program, to our highly respected Specialist Music and Sporting programs, Aranmore staff are committed to helping students achieve personal success, whatever their interests or talents.


Due to recent health updates and advice regarding COVID-19, Aranmore Catholic College has decided to postpone our Open Day, which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday 7 April, until later in the year. We are however, continuing to process enrolments for 2022 and 2023 and warmly invite applications. There are also currently limited places available for Year 7 in 2021.

If you would like a personal tour of the College, be informed of the next Open Day or receive a College Enrolment Pack, please

As a precautionary measure to manage the possible spread of the Coronavirus, Aranmore Catholic College production of The Addams Family will be postponed to 9 – 12 September. Shows were previously scheduled to run from 6 – 9 May. As such, the special primary school matinee will now be hosted on Wed 9 September (from 11am – 2pm in the Aranmore Centre for Arts & Sports Science).

NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION - Sunday 29 March @ Tavolo Restaurant, Belmont

In June this year Sarah Lovegrove, Mum to James (Year 3) and Thomas (Pre-Primary) will trek 100km to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. As a breast cancer survivor Sarah is committed to helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation in achieving their goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

On Sunday 29th March, Sarah is hosting a Long Table Lunch at Tavolo Restaurant in Belmont and would love your support. Tickets are $99 each and include:

- Tavolo signature drink on arrival

- Choice of Entree

- Choice of Main

- Shared dessert platter

- Deluxe Gift Bag

There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at

Sarah Lovegrove

M: 0419 955 601


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Save the Children is looking for donations of quality 2nd hand children’s toys for younger children to sell in our Op Shops.

No Soft Toys please.

We are looking in particular for:

  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Barbies
  • Action figures
  • Fisher Price type play activity centres and suchlike

Funds raised assist vulnerable children in Western Australia, Australia and overseas.


Denny Soewito

Save the Children l Administration Officer

Address: 1074 Hay Street, West Perth WA

Phone: 08 9267 3900 | Fax: 08 9486 9503