13 May 2021

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Dear Parents and Staff

This week has been very significant for our students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist over the weekend of 29 & 30 May in our Parish church. Last weekend they attended their Commitment Masses and followed these with a Retreat Day facilitated by 24/7 Youth Ministry on Monday. On Wednesday the 4M class attended Reconciliation and the 4P class will do the same next Wednesday. This evening parents will attend a workshop with their children at 6.00pm commencing in the church, where Father Quynh will address them before they move on to the school hall to complete activities as the final step in their preparation. Please remember to keep all of our children about to take this significant step in the Faith journey in your prayers along with their families and teachers.


Our Year 1P class will be presenting this week’s Assembly and I’m looking forward to learning about many of the exciting things that they have been doing in class. They will be joined by their Year 5P buddies and two members of each child’s family are invited to attend.


I was privileged to attend the Awards Presentation for the WA School Library Association (WASLA) last evening at which our amazing Library Technician, Sarah Sarmardin, was announced as the Library Assistant of the year. Sarah is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious Award and I am sure you all join with me in congratulating her and thanking her for the wonderful work that she does to make our Library the exciting hub of our school.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Library has recently been refurbished with new furniture courtesy of our supportive and generous P&F. Make sure you visit their article in today’s newsletter for photos of the Library and the other school initiatives that they have helped to fund.


The Writing assessment for this year’s NAPLAN was conducted for children in Years 3 and 5 on Tuesday morning and the Reading assessment, after a few nation-wide technical issues, was conducted this morning. Thank you to parents for ensuring that their children are well-rested, have had their breakfast and are at school on time, all of which assist them to perform at their best.

This afternoon I received the following communication regarding the technical issues experienced this morning.

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Please ensure that you do not park on the Wright Street side of the church as this area is reserved for parishioner parking only.

Also, a number of families continue to stop in the street to drop off or collect children. This is both a very dangerous practice and illegal. Please use the drop off zone between the school and the church as this is supervised every morning from 8.00am.

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50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Church

On Sunday 16 May 2021, the Parish celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the completion and the opening of Notre Dame Catholic Church.

On 2 October 1969, Archbishop L. J. Goody gave approval to the construction of a Parish Church. A contract was negotiated with E. J. Russell and Sons on 24 September 1970 to build the Church. Work commenced in early October 1970 and was completed in March 1971.

The Church of Notre Dame (known as Notre Dame Catholic Church) was blessed and opened by His Grace, Archbishop L. J. Goody on 16 May 1971.

The plan of the Church is in the form of a cross, the two side wings contain weather screened entrances, storerooms, and confessionals. The west wing contains the sanctuary. Behind the sanctuary is a sacristy and facilities. The Church building is capable of seating 500 people.

The four main gables meet at the center, and support a spire clad with white marble chips. The white cross on top, 50 feet above ground, is illuminated at night by two powerful floodlights.

A special Mass at 10.00 am will celebrate the golden anniversary of the opening of the Church on Sunday 16 May 2021. Morning Tea will follow the Mass in the Parish Centre.

First Holy Communion – Commitment Mass

Congratulations to all children who participated in the Commitment Mass last weekend at Notre Dame Catholic Church. Please keep our children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of the First Holy Communion.

Global Prayer Marathon

Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the month of May, praying for the end of the pandemic. The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families and communities all take part in reciting the rosary. For further information please contact the Parish Office.

Church Workers Safeguarding Training

The Archdiocese is offering Training during April – June 2021 for Church workers and volunteers. It is a requirement that all Church workers are familiar with the Safeguarding program. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Bible Studies

This event is held each Tuesday evening, commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.

Parish Raffle – Outdoor Garden Statue

Tickets 3 for $5.00 are available after Mass from school side entrance. Drawn end of May. Proceeds of raffle to Parish Building Fund. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers play a very visible part in Parish liturgy. For the young person, their time of altar service plays an important part in their personal spiritual growth. The Altar Servers’ special ministry is to serve in the sanctuary in areas pertaining to the altar and lectern. They assist with the smooth flow of the liturgical rite, enhancing the spirit of worship and prayer.

In July 1992, Pope John Paul II confirmed a Vatican clarification that the 1986 Code of Cannon Law #230 allows both males and females of any age to assist at serving Mass.

For further information about this special ministry, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.


Wishing all students in Years 3 and 5 every success with their NAPLAN assessments.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



We have hit the ground running back at Kindy this term. The children have shown just how grown up and confident they are as their parents drop them at the door and they independently put their things away and complete their name writing each morning.


As a part of our ANZAC day activities, each child created a poppy which they put into the grass outside our Kindy rooms. It was a lovely display that the children made to honour those who served in the wars to help make our country a safe place to live.

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We have continued to read stories and talk about books. The children have been given the opportunity to tell their own story to go with a book that only has pictures. We have been very impressed and entertained by their creativity. We have been learning some new letter sounds; Pp, Ii and Nn have been introduced so far this term. Here are some of the fun play-based activities we have been doing to help reinforce the letter sounds.

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We are focusing on the numerals 0-10 and practising our counting collections using a lot of different types of concrete materials. We have also been using the dice dot patterns in many different ways, including playing Dominoes, and are trying to automatically recall what number they represent without counting.

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We began this term by learning about Mary, Jesus’ mum, and how during May we celebrate Mary as well as our own mums on Mother’s Day. The children made their mums some presents to show them how much they love them. We hope all of our mums had an amazing Mother’s Day and enjoyed their child’s hand made gifts.

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Mrs Hawthorne & Mrs Harland


Walking School Bus - Friday Mornings @ Centenary Park (7.45am)

This Friday, 14 May, we will be starting up a ‘Walking School Bus’ initiative from Centenary Park. This would be a parent run initiative with some planning and support from myself and other staff members. We are also looking to gauge from parents some other walking routes that might be of interest. For this to work we would need the help of parent helpers. Many thanks to Mrs Chua who has been helping with this initiative. If you would like your child to join the Walking School Bus on Friday mornings then please complete the form below. We are also looking for parent volunteers to help make the initiative a viable option for our school community.

This Friday is also ‘Walk to School Day’ - a great day to start off this initiative!

Click on the link below - Walking School Bus Form

Fume Free Friday’s

Notre Dame is looking to continue on from where we left off in term 1 to continue promoting active transport options at our school. ‘Fume Free Fridays’ will be our active travel day where students who choose to walk, ride, skate or scoot to school will receive a star card which will be punched by Year 6 helpers at the gates on Friday mornings. These cards will then be used to go into a prize draw at the end of the term. We are also working in conjunction with the Your Move team about some exciting initiatives available to our school through the ‘Term 2 Superboost’ promotion. We will keep the school community updated via the school newsletter.

Interschool Friday Sport

Last week, Year 6 students and selected Year 5 students participated in their first round of interschool sport fixtures against St Munchin’s. To say the students were excited is an understatement! Many thanks to St Munchin’s who hosted the first round of fixtures. Below are the results from the games:

AFL - win

Soccer - loss

Netball A - win

Netball B - win

Well done to all students and many thanks to the parents and family members who came down to support. We have a bye this Friday but we will be back for our next round of fixtures against St Emilie’s at home next Friday, 21 May. Netball will be played at the Kooyong courts and AFL/Soccer will be played at Miles Park.

Brett Webb

Sports Teacher


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Mrs Jennings

Year 5 Teacher


Mother’s Day art and craft week.

This week we made our mums a Mother’s Day card. The children really enjoyed making these along with their own home-made gift vouchers to go with the card.

We had a go at making Mother’s Day origami boxes which the children really enjoyed.

At OSHC, we really love getting creative with the train tracks and coming up with the most amazing builds. Working together as a team can help us build confidence and also helps with making new friends too.

Before school at OSHC, we really love to start our day with a good dance. Our favourite thing to dance to at the moment is pretending the game floor is lava.


Canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the canteen. Please see me at the canteen.

This term the 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.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator


Orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie ( The order form and price list are on the school website ( under "School Services."

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


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 is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator



Library and Tennis Court Upgrades

As Darryl mentioned last week the library furniture has arrived and it looks amazing. The P&F was able to contribute a total of $22,430 towards the upgrade as a result of our fundraising over the past few years, including Bogan Bingo and the Colour Run. We thank the school community for their generous support of these events.

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The new tennis courts are also very impressive and the P&F was able to contribute $10,000 towards this. The task to replace the existing courts was larger than anyone had expected initially so we are glad we were able to assist the School Board to get this completed for our students to enjoy.

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The P&F also assisted kindy to purchase two trendy pin up/noticeboards for the area to safely display kindy art work and for notices. Be sure to check them out when you’re next passing through.

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On behalf of our P&F and school community we warmly invite you to attend a friendly catch up and brainstorming evening at The Belmont Tavern on Wednesday 2nd June from 7pm.

We would love to see some new faces who bring new ideas on how we can better support our children and our school community.

Please come down, share a drink and have a chat - we really would love to see you there. For more information please contact Nicole Beresford, P&F President on

Nicole Beresofrd



Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons this term during school. Lessons start from $23.65 for a group of 2 or $34.10 for an individual lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at


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, please feel free to remain with them.

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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