Padbury Newsletter

Issue #10 - 27 June 2019

NAIDOC Week Prayer

May you always see the beauty of the Earth

May you always taste the sweetest fruit
May you always hear the laughter of the People
May you always feel the warmth of the Flame
May you always smell the perfume of the flowers
May your dreams always be happy ones
May your friends always be with you when you have need
May your stomach always be full
May you never feel hurt

* By Francis Bodkin of the Bodkin-Andrews clan of the D’harawal Peoples

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27 June - Boy Choir Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:15am / Year 2D Buckingham House Excursion / Kindy West OZ Wildlife Incursion

28 June - The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast Day / Sausage Sizzle Day / Merit Award Assembly @ 2:30pm

29 June - Eucharist Commitment Mass @ 6:30pm

30 June - Eucharist Commitment Mass @ 9:30am


1 July - Guitar Club Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:20am

3 July - Girl and Boy Choir Years 3, 4, 5, 6 @ 8:15am / Pre-Primary Art Gallery WA Excursion / Waste Free Wednesday

4 July - Winter Lightning Carnival / Boy Choir Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:15am

5 July - End of Term 2 students and staff

7-14 July - NAIDOC Week

8 July - 19 July - School Holidays

22 July - Start of Term 3 students and staff / Guitar Club Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:20am

26 July - Sausage Sizzle Day


Dear Parents

On Friday morning we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This special feast day reminds us of the great love that Jesus has for all of us and how we can open up our own hearts and share our love with all those we meet each and every day, especially those who may be going through a difficult time, who may be sick or who are less fortunate.

I would like to sincerely thank all families for their contribution to Reach Out With Love, which is part of our Social Justice programme at PCPS. Your donations of Winter Woollies has been outstanding. Your kind and generous donations will go towards making someone’s cold winter, warm and full of heart felt love. Thank you so much.

Please keep the Year Four children in your prayers as they are currently preparing for their First Holy Communion. Commitment masses are being held this weekend at the parish and the children will be asked to pledge their full commitment to receiving this very special sacrament.

May, June and July are eventful months for all Aboriginal children, families and communities. We recently celebrated National Reconciliation Week and we are now heading towards NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week 2019 is officially held 7-14 July. This year’s theme is “Peace to this house and all who dwell within”. During this special week we are asked to reflect and make time to look for inner peace in our busy lives and celebrate our families, friends and the wider community, God’s message of peace and love for all.

As part of our celebrations at PCPS, our Aboriginal Education Team have organised activities for our children for Tuesday next week. Students will work in their classrooms with Yr5 and Yr6 buddying with PP and Yr1, creating a poster based on the 2019 NAIDOC Poster. These posters will form part of a display in the library. The children will also read some Dreamtime Stories. The children will then take part in some traditional Aboriginal games on the oval. This will be a tabloid set up and the Year 6 ministries will assist running four junior games (PP-2) and four senior games (3-6). Many thanks to Mrs Dastlik, Mrs Barry, Mrs Eccles, Mrs Millar, Mrs Humphries and Mr vB for co-ordinating the NAIDOC events.

On Tuesday evening we had approximately 35 parents attend the talk about protective behaviours with Ms Justine O’Malley. She provided valuable information regarding the Keeping Safe programme we run at our school and brought along many resources recommended for parents to use at home with their children. Special thank you to Nat Bullen, Kate Allen and Catherine Parker from the PCPS P&F Faith and Education portfolio, for working with the Leadership Team to organise this event.

Congratulations to our PCPS Cross Country Interschool Team for taking out the winning shield this year! There was a friendly competitive atmosphere in the air amongst the 23 schools competing last week and I was so very proud of our children trying their very best, encouraging one another and displaying great sportsmanship. Huge thanks to Mr Hignett for all his hard work on the day and in the preceding weeks with training. The other highlight at the carnival was our wonderful team of parents who ran the Sausage Sizzle on the day ensuring that spectators and competitors didn’t go hungry. Big thanks to Sheree Merry and Cindy Aquino and all the parents who banded together and assisted on the day. You did a phenomenal job, thank you.

The new Entertainment Book is out now so please order your copy.

Big thanks to Jacqui Mc Namara for co-ordinating the sale of the books this year.

First semester reports will be sent electronically on Wednesday, 3 July. The children have been working extremely hard and parents should be very proud of their achievements throughout the first half of the year. A reporting brochure of how to read the reports will be included with the report. Please do not hesitate to see your classroom teacher should you have any difficulties interpreting the report.

Michael Grose is one of Australia's leading parenting and educational writers and speakers. He is the author of nine books for parents and he shares some reflections on report time…

Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Pleasure and pride if they are performing well but considerable angst when children are not progressing as you hoped. Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Kids of all ages take their cues from their parents, so your reaction to their school report can affect the way they see themselves as learners and as people.

Before you rip open the sealed envelope containing the report do a little self-check to see if you are in the right frame of mind:

1. Are your expectations for your son or daughter realistic and in line with their ability? Expectations are tricky. If they are too high then kids can be turned off learning. Too low and there is nothing to strive for. Pitch your expectations in line with your child’s abilities. A quick check of your child’s last report cards may provide you with a good yardstick.

2. Do you believe that children learn at different rates? There are slow bloomers, late developers and steady-as-you-go kids in every classroom, so avoid comparing your child to siblings, your friends’ children and even yourself when you were a child. Instead look for individual progress.

3. Are you willing to safeguard your child’s self-esteem rather than deflate it? Self-confidence is a pre-requisite for learning, so be prepared to be as positive and encouraging as possible. Reports should provide you with an idea of your child’s progress in all subject areas, their attitude and social development.

Here are some ideas to consider when you open your child’s report:

Focus on strengths- Do you look for strengths or weaknesses first? Take into account your child’s effort and attitude to learning. If the report indicates that effort is below standard, then you have something to work on. If your child is putting in the required effort, then you cannot ask any more than that, regardless of the grading.

Broaden your focus away from academic performance to form a picture of your child’s progress as a member of a social setting- How your child gets along with his or her peers will influence his happiness and well-being, as well as give an indicator to his future. The skills of independence and co-operation are highly valued by employers so don’t dismiss these as unimportant.

Take note of student self-assessment- Kids are generally very honest and will give a realistic assessment of their progress. They are generally very perceptive so take note of their opinions. Discuss the report with your son or daughter talking about strengths first before looking at areas that need improvement. Ask for their opinion about how they performed and discuss their concerns. After reports are read and discussed celebrate your child’s efforts with a special activity or treat. In this way you will recognise progress and remind them that the holidays are just around the corner when they can forget about assessment, tests and reports for a while.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the parent community for all that you do to assist us within the school from being on classroom rosters, helping in the canteen, library, supervising on excursions, being on the P&F Committee and School Board and so on. The staff and Leadership Team truly appreciate your continual support of our endeavours. Your words of encouragement and thanks mean a lot to us.

I would like to wish all children and staff a very well-deserved holiday break. Please travel safely and enjoy time with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you all in Term Three.

Margaret Williamson


Pre-Kindy Update

As of Term 3 this year we will be expanding our Pre-Kindy programme. Pre-Kindy will run every Tuesday and every Thursday.

Once children turn 3 years of age they can attend Pre-Kindy. In Pre-Kindy we nurture creative and active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts all in a safe and secure environment. Our little ones learn through imaginative, cognitive and sensory play, both the indoors and outdoors. Our little ones learn to socialise, take turns and are introduced to basic routines and rituals. We focus on the three key concepts of the Early Years Learning Framework of Being, Becoming and Belonging. There is always lots of fun to be had including activities such as cooking, story and singing time and our 'Walk of the Week' through the school, where our little ones visit the chickens, the prayer garden, the library and other areas of the school. This helps our little ones to develop that sense of 'belonging' to a larger community.

If you have a child who is 3 years old or soon turning 3 years of age or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact the school office for further information.



Eucharist Commitment Masses

This weekend we have the Padbury Catholic Eucharist Commitment Masses, held at Our Lady of the Mission Whitfords. All students in Year Four who are participating in this Sacrament are required to attend one of these Masses, and bring along their Commitment Card (as handed out by your classroom teacher). If you have any queries, please see Mrs Woodall or Mrs Barry.

Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment

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). This one assessment will be completed online.

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment is a standardised assessment that is developed and marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, and short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school-based assessment programs in RE. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Office and will become available to schools in Term Four.

The testing dates will be in Term 3, Week 3:

Year 5 - Wednesday, 7 August

Year 3 - Thursday, 8 August

If you have any queries please see myself, or the classroom teacher.

Reach out with Love

Our Winter Wooly dress up day was a huge success, with all students enjoying wearing cosy clothes to school last Thursday. Thank you for your support of our Reach out with Love Winter Wooly Appeal. We have received a large amount of donations - all for a worthy cause! Mrs Woodall and our students will now pack up all of these donations into backpacks, ready for distribution by St. Vincent De Paul.



A final reminder to please see the information below, from Tammy Hunter, regarding access to SEQTA Engage, to ensure you are able to access your child's report when it is released at the end of this term.

Parking - Reminders

Please ensure you (and any other relevant friends and family members are familiar with the below procedures for drop-off and pick-up at PCPS.

  • Other than the few Visitor bays near the office, there is no parking allowed inside the school gates in the morning. This area is a Kiss & Ride drop off area, which means the line of traffic needs to be constantly moving.
  • In the MORNING you can park along O'Leary road on the school side only - not on the resident side.
  • The oval is always available.
  • In the AFTERNOON you cannot park at all on O'Leary Road. This area is for a Kiss & Ride pick up section, which is also a moving line of traffic.
  • You cannot park on someone's verge on O'Leary road unless you have their permission.
  • There is no right turn from O'Leary Road into the school as this halts the efficient flow of traffic. Drivers are asked to drive down to the end of O'Leary, turn around at the cul-de-sac and then drive back up to turn left into the school through the gates.

We have been advised that due to ongoing issues with parking on neighbours verges, council Rangers will be frequenting Padbury Catholic in the future to ensure parking on verges does not take place.

We understand that parking can be a frustration, however following these procedures ensures the safest and most efficient processes for our school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead, and a relaxing holiday break! See you in Term Three!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal


Knitting Club Commencing

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School Fees

Thank you to the many families who are up to date with their 2019 school fees or who have made a time to meet with me regarding setting up a payment plan. School Fee update schedules were sent out at the beginning of this term and payment for Term 2 fees is required by 5th July (unless you are on a regular payment plan).

Our School Fee Policy can be found on our school webpage

We would like to remind parents that if you are withdrawing your child from Padbury Catholic Primary School, the school requires one Terms notice otherwise one terms fees is payable. This is in line with other Catholic school fee policies.

If you require further information or need to discuss your school fee account, please phone Mrs Denise Davis, 9404 4000, or email

Denise Davis

Finance Officer

Message from CEWA

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has been advised of recent incidents where employees in the organisation may have been targeted in an attempted cyber-attack. CEWA has systems and measures in place to monitor and respond to cyber security incidents and continues to work closely with cyber security experts to mitigate and address a potential breach. In instances where a breach may have occurred, CEWA follows a stringent reporting process including notification to those who may be affected.

Potential incidents of this nature are a timely reminder that cyber security is something that all members of our school community should be aware of. As cyber security incidents become more sophisticated, it is important to be aware that they may take the form of emails from people you don’t know, may appear to be from a person you may know, or may actually be sent via individual accounts.

It is important to be vigilant and take notice of the language used, the type of email (blank email body, or including links or attachments), and what the domain or the link actually points to. To best protect the security of your personal information, it is suggested that online passwords are regularly changed, that you carefully review the sender of emails and be cautious of links and attachments. You may also want to consider checking that the anti-virus software installed on your electronic devices is up to date.

If you believe you have been impacted, or have clicked on a link:

Install an Anti-Virus tool and scan all home computers.

· ( or provide free Anti-Virus software)

· Review your email account for misuse and signs of intrusions – unusual forwarded emails, mail rules, new sent items

Check for signs your account has been hacked

· Your password may have been changed

· Unusual inbox activity – for example, if you stop receiving email to your inbox, but can send emails without a problem

· You are receiving unexpected emails that appear different to your usual junk mail

· People you know advise you about unusual emails and random links

· Your system is acting up - redirected internet searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointers

If you discover you have been impacted:

· Make sure you can still login and change your password immediately

· If the same password is being used to log into other applications, change your passwords immediately

· If required, contact your service provider (email/internet)

· Check and register email addresses and/or credentials at

· Check sent items to see what emails have gone out and notify people if you are concerned that spam emails may have been sent to them from your account

Accessing Reports

It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's report at the end of this term.

To do this go to the following site: and use your current username and password credentials. 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 email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, please contact and we can remind you of your username.

Tammy Hunter

IT Support

School Tours

We encourage you and your family to join us so you can see our facilities first-hand and experience the wonderful school community of which Padbury Catholic Primary School is most proud.

The next school tour for prospective families will be held on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 9:30am. For more information please contact the front office (08) 9404 4000 or register online at

Annual Dental Screening

Please be aware that the Padbury Dental Therapy Centre will be attending the school to do our annual dental screening on Thursday 29 August, in the morning.

We will be screening all Pre-Primary, Year 3 and Year 6 children that are currently enrolled with our service. Should you prefer for your child not to be screened or withdraw from the service please contact the Padbury Dental Therapy Centre directly.

The dental screening is a quick assessment of needs, growth and development, but does not replace your child's thorough examination at the clinic, which will be booked with you later in the year. If any children are not enrolled with our service, and would like to be, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Your friendly Padbury Dental Therapy Centre Team

Padbury DTC

c/- Padbury Primary School

MacDonald Avenue

Padbury 6025

Ph: 9401 7285



Our Kindy classes have continued to delve into the study of wildlife animals. Interesting facts have been collected and creative expression through an assortment of craft work. Did you know that a snake smells with its tongue or that a koala has pink eyes?

We followed up our investigative learning with a visit from OZ Wildlife were we got to meet these creatures face to face, share our learning and asking new questions.

Our search for the Gingerbread Man continues with no sight of him for the past two weeks. In the process we have managed to work with our two Kindy classes to design our own mini Gingerbread Man village hoping to invite him back and remind him that he will be safe in our care. We have continued to examine the story line and how the characters worked in sequence, as they ran to catch the gingerbread man. A great way to increase awareness of story sequencing and vocabulary in our daily conversational speech.

We look forward to sharing more of our learning in Term Three.

The Kindy Team


Waste Free Wednesdays

Please remember to try and pack your child a waste free lunch on Wednesdays. (Even better if you can do this every day!) We aim to reduce the waste produced at school and raise awareness of more sustainable options. If your child has any rubbish left over on Wednesdays, they are asked to bring it home. Thanks for your co-operation.

Waste Free Lunch Ideas

These products cut down on the single use plastic found in the school like Gladwrap and ziplock bags. Together, we can all make a difference.

Beeswax wraps and Silicone bags (found online especially on Ebay and Amazon.)

Silicone zip lock bags called Stashers (available at Kitchen Warehouse or even cheaper through iHerb)

Battery Recycling

Did you know that the materials inside batteries can be recycled? Don't put them in your bin as they end up in landfill which is not good for the environment. Please send used batteries to 5W (Room 17) near the sports shed. These are picked up by Mindarie Regional Council each term.

What batteries can be collected?

Household dry cell batteries including AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable), C, D, button batteries, 9V and 6V.

Please see Miss Wilson if you have any recycling enquiries.

Stephanie Wilson

Year 5 Teacher


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Protective Behaviours Parent Workshop

A big thank you to all the parents who came along on Tuesday night for the Keeping Safe parent information session. Justine O’Malley from CEWA presented some interesting and effective strategies, resources and conversation starters for parents to reinforce the knowledge and skills being taught by the classroom teachers. This information helps us to empower our precious children and ultimately keep them safe in a variety of environments and situations.


Parish Evangelisation Plan

We commit ourselves as a community to place the Gospel at the centre of all that we do, and to make explicit this Gospel wherever possible.

We commit ourselves in each group of our parish to reflect on this mission and to renew what we do in light of it.

We commit ourselves individually to participate in this mission, allowing the Gospel to penetrate our own hearts, and to live so as to be heralds of Jesus and his Gospel to others.

JAM Sessions

Fun, Friends, Faith, Food, Music.

We are very excited about the next J.A.M and Mini-J.A.M sessions to be held at OLM on Saturday 29 June at OLM.

This session will be run by 24/7 Youth Ministry and everyone is welcome!

Please contact the Church Office with any dietary requirements.

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Mass Times

Our Lady of The Mission Church

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

Phone: 9307 2776 Fax: 9402 4319 Email:

Weekend Masses

Saturday – 8.30am; 6.30pm

Sunday – 8.00am; 9.30am; 11.00am; 5.45pm

Weekday Masses

Monday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Tuesday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Wednesday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)
Thursday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Friday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)



Please see below for flyer about OSH Club holiday program - based at Padbury Catholic.


Aranmore Catholic College Specialist Program Scholarships for 2020 – Apply Today

Aranmore Catholic College warmly invites applications for scholarships for our Music, Netball and Rugby Specialist Programs. For further information, please visit

The closing date for scholarships is August 2019. Located close to public transport in Leederville, Aranmore is a co-educational school for Years 7 – 12. The College is renowned for our strong sense of community, teaching care and the outstanding opportunities available to students inside and outside of the classroom.


Trinity College are now accepting enrolments for students entering Year 7 in 2020 and 2021. To find out more and to access the enrolment form, please visit the Trinity College website: If you would like to book a personalised tour and learn more about the College, contact our Registrar via or (08) 9223 8121.