Whitford Catholic Primary School

Newsletter 37 - 25 November 2020

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we continue to pray, as a community for Nicole, Sean, Cian and Lucy McConnon, on the recent passing of Paul McConnon, please note the following funeral arrangements:

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Our Year 6 students need to be congratulated on the amazing effort they put into ensuring success of the recent mini-fete which they organised last week. Their extensive planning of activities, commitment, personal contributions and enthusiasm was fabulous. The oval was a real hive of colourful activity, with a great vibe of fun all day. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers for supporting their students and to all children for participating so actively throughout the day. Raising $2599.15 was an awesome effort and I’m sure all monies raised will be put to a worthy St Vincent De Paul cause.

Student Awards: Prendiville Catholic College

It is always great to see what our past students are up to, and it is with much delight that we have been advised of the following Prendiville Award Winners for 2020.

Overall Academic Awards of Excellence:

Year 7: Audrey Pettinicchio

Year 8: Amon Ross

Year 9: Amara Ross

Good Shepherd Award (upstanding student who supports others)

Year 7: Cameron Dunlop

Year 8: Lachlan Dunn & Andrea Kemp

Other Award Winners:

Sienna Forsyth, Abby Plummer, Sienna Wornes, Christopher Sanders, Amy Sanders, Madison Leen, Freya McGrath, Micaela Wornes, Emily Tang, Andrew Mekhail, Alessio Traynor, Sinead Finnegan.

We look forward to hearing about how our Whitford students from other schools have gone as well.

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Many blessings

Tamara McGougan


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Plastic Free Friday 27 November

This coming Friday, the student leaders are strongly encouraging all students to use reusable containers for recess and lunch. Please try not to use plastic wraps, plastic bags, disposable wrappers etc.

Lets see how we go! Thankyou

Jace, Ashley-Rose, Jacob and Jaydn.

Class Transition Day - Monday 7th December

On Monday 7th December between 11am and 12pm, students from Kindy to Year 5 will spend time in the classes they will be going to in 2021. This will be a good opportunity for staff and students to meet each other and plan for next year.

Please be aware that we have a stringent process for allocating students to classes. The needs of all children are considered, with staff members liaising carefully to find an appropriate class balance based on specific criteria, including:

  • academic needs
  • special needs
  • gender balance
  • pastoral care and welfare needs
  • social and emotional concerns, together with student relationships

Although we are sometimes nervous about change, planning for the future is always an exciting time and one that we do not take lightly, so please be assured that we have your child's best interest at heart. Thank you for your continued support of the staff in all that they do.

Important Dates

Thursday 26 November

  • Year 5 Surf Life Saving - Mullaloo

Friday 27 November

  • Junior Merit Award Assembly

Monday 30 November

  • Year 6 Outback Splash Excursion

Tuesday 1 December

  • Year 7 State Schools Orientation Day
  • Whitty Dads 2021 Campout Briefing Session 7pm Library

Thursday 3 December

  • Year 5 Surf Life Saving - Mullaloo

Friday 4 December

  • Principal Farewell 1.30pm
  • The Arts Show/Christmas Carols 5pm-8pm

Merit Winners

Congratulations to the following students who will receive a merit certificate at this week's Junior Merit Award Assembly commencing at 2.15pm


Ben Carter

Jett Schrader

Gabriel Tonelli


Lochlann Quinn

Louis Vartesi

Maya Mardhiono

Stefan el Daher


Siobhan Hood

Joshua Beveridge

Atlas Gibbo-Jr


Adela Muntean

Emmersen Pickard

Ewan Gorman

Jai Carroll

Lachlan Noble

Max Beaton

Sophie Fox


Jessica van der Kwast

Kya Cashman

Lilly Hanley


Cael Cejas

Matthew Gorovoi

Shayla Sommer

Lola Wallington


Niamh O’Shea

Scarlett Hawkins

Mitchell Annand


Ava Lewis

Shi Yang Su

Tama King

Sophia Thrumble


Noah Mooney

Rhea Bulsara

Malachy Young

Oliver Chiera

Congratulations to our Senior 2020 Aussies of the Month

The winners were presented with their certificates last Friday. Congratulations to Karina Slade, Abby Robinson, Taleah Broadley, Kabashanth Balasubrimanian, Patrick Campbell and Lucy McConnon (absent)

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Booklists for 2021

This year we are ordering our school Booklists for Pre-Primary - Year 6 through Ziggies. Ziggies is a WA family-owned business based in Edgewater. By ordering your child’s required items through Ziggies, the school receives a commission. Ziggies also supports the Make A Wish Foundation by donating $1.50 of every click and collect order.

This week your child will bring home a booklist with all requirements for 2021. If you would like to see what is on the book list please see below:-

Click here for Year 6 Book list

Click here for Year 5 Book list

Click here for Year 4 Book list

Click here for Year 3 Book list

Click here for Year 2 Book list

Click here for Year 1 Book list

Click here for PP Book list

There are 3 options when ordering: -

Option1 – Delivery (online).

Option 2- Click and collect (online).

Option 3 – Visit the store.

Alternatively, general items such as glue sticks, rulers, scrapbooks etc may be purchased from your store of choice ie: Big W, Officeworks etc.

Please Note: All orders will be processed through Ziggie’s NOT Whitford Catholic Primary School.

Is your child not returning to WCPS in 2021?

As we are currently finalising our class lists for 2021 could you please notify the front office by email ASAP to admin@wcps.wa.edu.au if your child will not be returning to our school in 2021. Failure to give a terms notice will incur a penalty of one term's tuition fees.

Music News

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Everyone is invited to attend this great evening of song and joy. Kindy students will be kicking the festivities of this year with Jingle Bells. All students must be at school no later than 6.15pm, ready for a 6.20pm start. This year, students will sit with their class teachers in rows near the front of the stage area on the oval. Students will wear their sports uniform and decorate themselves with Christmas accessories (eg: Santa hat, flashing necklace, tinsel, etc.). The concert will conclude approximately 7.20pm. Students from Year 3 to Year 6 are also highly encouraged to attend with their families. It will be great to have everyone there!

Don't forget to start practicing the words of The Twelve Days Of Christmas for our massive community sing-a-long. Come dressed as your favourite characters from the song if you like. It is going to be wonderful!

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send me an email (steven.ostaszewskyj@cewa.edu.au).


Our School Choir will be singing at the Art Show on Friday 4 December 2020 at 5.45pm - 6.00pm. All students in our choir are expected to participate in this event. Students have been working well to get their songs ready in time and we can't wait to share 3 inspiring songs with the school at the Art Show. Please save this date and time in your calendar.

Date: Friday 4 December 2020

Time: 5.45pm - 6.00pm

Loction: School Oval

Dress: Full school uniform.


All students in Year 4, 5 and 6 will require a Recorder for their Music classes in 2021. Unfortunately this was not included on some booklists, however, having this instrument is a requirement. The Recorder is a wonderful instrument for beginning musicians because it makes learning and playing Music accessible to students of all abilities. Students this year are able to retain their Recorder for use next year. The Front Office has Recorders for sale, however, stock is very limited.

Steven Ostaszewskyj

Music Specialist

Dance and Drama News

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Candice D'Adamo

Dance and Drama Specialist

Semester 2 reports available online Friday 11 December - Do you have your login details?

Whitford Catholic Primary School utilises the SEQTA Engage Parent Portal for parents to access student reports for students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 at the end of each semester. If you have not already done so, please log in to SEQTA Engage to ensure you are able to access your child's report.

To do this you need to go to the following site: https://whitfordcatholicps.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au and use your current username and password. This link is also found on the homepage of the school website under WCPS families - SEQTA reports.

If you have remembered your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the "Forgot your Password?" link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The password reset link in the email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately.

If you have forgotten both of these, then please contact the school and we can remind you of your username.

If you are new to using SEQTA Engage you will receive an email to set up a new log in account. This email will expire within 7 days so please, action this as soon as possible. If you have not received your sign-up email by week 10 or have any issues, please contact the school.

Year 6 Parents - Report Reminder

Just a reminder for Year 6 parents to please print off all of your child's reports from SEQTA as soon as possible as you will not be able to access reports once your child leaves the school.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal - Donations due Thursday 12 December

In 2020, we will be supporting the Parish with the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Each class has been asked to help by donating food items for hampers. To ensure that the hampers have a variety of food items to provide a meal on Christmas Day, we have asked each year to bring in different items. Please feel free to donate other non-perishable food items if you wish.

Pre-Kindy & Kindy Bags of lollies, chocolates or packets of jelly.

Pre-Primary Packets of biscuits (sweet or savoury) or bags of chips/crisps

Year 1 Tinned fruit or vegetables

Year 2 Christmas cakes or puddings

Year 3 Tinned meats (e.g. ham, tuna, corned beef)

Year 4 Long-life milk, custards (long-life carton), cream (long-life or tube) or coffee (instant)

Year 5 Drinks (e.g. cordial, fruit juice, soft drinks), cheese (non – chill packet)

Year 6 Fruit mince pies, Christmas crackers

Please place the food items in the basket in your child’s classroom ready for collection on Thursday the 10th of December. Thank you for your continued support. Hopefully, we can help make someone’s Christmas a little brighter this year.

Sacramental Date for 2021

Please find below the Sacramental dates for 2021 to mark on your calendars. These dates will also be placed on the online calendar and the school calendar throughout the year.

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JB Hi-Fi Portal for iPad purchase

We have again been able to arrange a discounted price for the purchase of iPads from JB HiFi.

Please see below for the link to use to purchase iPad, case etc from JB HiFi Education. No need for stylus or keyboard. We recommend the iPad and case. Parents may source a headset/microphone from wherever they want.

https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod The school code is: wcps2021


The Canteen will remain open on Mondays and Thursdays for online lunch orders only.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer recess and no cash or paper bag orders will be accepted.

To place your order online please click here

To view our menu for Term 4 please click here

End of Term Special - Thursday 10 December

Domino's Pizza Meal Deal

2 slices of Pizza and Juice Box

Choice of :-

Simply Cheese


Meat Lovers

All orders must be made by 12 noon Monday 7 December ONLINE through Quickcliq

No late orders will be accepted and no other lunch items will be available.


Please click here for a copy of the WCPS P&F 2020 AGM Speech. This summarises our activities for the year. Thank you to our school community for your continued support.

P & F Committee

Traveling during the upcoming holidays?

As the end of the year approaches, some families may choose to leave Western Australia to travel to interstate or overseas destinations.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, sometimes rapidly, I encourage you to evaluate the necessity and impact of planned travel over the upcoming Christmas holiday break. For example, the Western Australian state government requires overseas travellers to undertake mandatory quarantine in a Perth hotel at their own expense.

Should you wish to travel, I ask that you consult the following websites and contact numbers to inform yourself about border restrictions, exemptions and quarantine requirements:

Entry to Australia

Website: COVID-19: Entering Australia

Phone: 1800 020 080

Entry to Western Australia

Website: COVID-19: Entering Western Australia

Phone: 13 26 843


Students who intend to travel to/from overseas destinations who are not listed in the Australian travel exemption categories will require two letters to support their applications to return to Australia:

1. A confirmation of enrolment letter from Lisa Rodgers, Director General of the Department of Education, Western Australia

2. A travel support letter from Dr Andrew Robertson, Chief Health Officer, Western Australia.

Please click here for details should you require support letters for your child.

Vacation Care - Whitford Little Buckets OSHC

Please click here to view vacation care program for Dec 20/Jan 21

OLM Parish News

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To view the current parish newsletter please click here

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2020 Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass Nativity Play

We are looking for children to be involved in the Nativity Play, which is a feature of the Parish Christmas Eve Mass on the Whitford Catholic school oval. Those children who feel they would like to a reading, and/or play the parts of Mary, Joseph, herald, innkeepers, shepherds and angels are invited to a practice on SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER AT 10AM. We will meet on the oval side of the church. Characters will be chosen from those present at the practice. All children are welcome to join us.

Enquiries: Leanne Fragomeni 0424 584 460


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Community News

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Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar group lessons next year after school. Lessons start from $18.65 for a group of 4. If you are interested in your child learning an instrument, ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enroll at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

WAAPA Summer School 2021

This summer WAAPA is thrilled to be able to offer an exciting school holiday program at our campus in Mount Lawley. There are classes for students from Year 1 to Year 12 in drama, acting, screen performance, film making, music theatre and of course Shakespeare. For information about the many courses on offer please visit waapa.ecu.edu.au/summer-school or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at explore.waapa@ecu.edu.au or 9370 6775.