Padbury Newsletter

Issue #19 - 28 November 2019

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Friday 29 November - Merit Assembly @2:30pm / Icy Pole Day

Monday 2 December - Pre-Kindy 2020 Orientation @9:30am

Tuesday 3 December - Transition Session (K-5) @9:45am / Year 6 Graduation Mass @6:30pm

Wednesday 4 December - Kindy Geckos Transition Session @9:45am / Year 5W Play @ 2:30pm

Thursday 5 December - EduDance Concert @ 2:00pm

Friday 6 December - EduDance Concert @ 2:00pm / Year 6 Graduation Party @5:30pm

Monday 9 December - Gelato Van PP-6 / Kindy Geckos Christmas Celebration=

Tuesday 9 December - School Christmas Sing-Along @9:00am / Pre-Kindy Christmas Parent Session @ 10:30am / Kindy Wallabies Christmas Celebration @ 2:00pm

Wednesday 11 December - Year 5W Play @ 9:00am / Whole School Staff Farewell and Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:30pm

Thursday 12 December - Year 6 Final Assembly @ 9:00am

Friday 13 December - Icy Pole Day / Last Day for Students


Dear Parents

Our school celebrated a beautiful Family Mass on the 17 November at Our Lady of the Missions Church. Thank you to the many families and staff who came along to this liturgy which was made special by children and parents greeting, reading, playing music, singing, altar serving, helping with collections, bringing and serving morning tea etc. Huge thanks to Kate Allen for co ordinating this mass with the assistance of Nat Bullen, Gisela Boston, Emma Marpole, Rafaela Rogers and Vonda Wu. Well done everyone. I look forward to the family masses in the new year.

Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday 1st December at 7pm at Our Lady of the Mission church. Our choir will be singing some carols so please come along and join in this special Advent celebration with the parish.

There will be a Christmas Eve outdoor family mass on the Our Lady of the Mission parish oval at 6.00pm. Father Cyprian is inviting all children to come along and participate as shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph etc. Santa will also be there with lots of gifts for children. Please see the Parish section of our newsletter for further details.

We will be having our whole school Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday 11 December, commencing at 2.00pm in our school hall. Parents are very welcome to come and celebrate our final mass together as a school community. During our special mass we will give thanks to God for our wonderful school year and ‘give’ to those who may be finding things a little difficult in our local community through our St Vinnies Christmas Appeal. Your generosity in giving items to make someone’s Christmas special, is very much appreciated. Just before out Thanksgiving Mass we will have our Farewell Assembly at 1.30pm in our hall to farewell staff who are leaving us this year. All parents are most welcome to come and join us.

Pre-Kindy 2020 Parent Meeting and Orientation

2 December 9.30-10.30am

in the Pre-Kindy classroom.

Our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) 2020 programme running on Tuesdays next year is full. We will be running a Thursday session from Term Two as long as we have viable numbers. If you have any queries regarding the programme, please check the school website or contact the school office and speak with Helen to enrol your child. If you have friends or neighbours with children who would be ready for a Three-Year-Old, please encourage them to enrol.

There are vacancies in Kindergarten for 2021 and beyond as well as some other year levels. If you know of anyone looking for a position, please recommend our beautiful school.

I have been busy reading reports and all the children have been working extremely hard and should be very proud of their efforts. I am sure that the children will be rewarded by receiving reports which will reflect their wonderful efforts. Reports will be available on SEQTA on Wednesday 11 December.

Book Fair started this week! Thank you to Lynda Ellison for co ordinating the annual Scholastic Book Fair with Vicky Ryan and Janine O'Shea. The Book Fair is a great place to buy books to read, Christmas presents and also earn reward points for our school. This year the children enjoyed a free Sanitarium breakfast to coincide with the opening of our Book Fair and to enable children to register for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at the same time. Scholastic and Sanitarium have formed a partnership to promote ‘Healthy Body Healthy Minds’ through promoting reading and healthy bodies.

Class teachers will soon be looking at class groupings for 2020. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and each child’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Class placements are a team decision made in consultation with both the year level teachers. Teachers spend a lot of time and give great consideration to the placement of children and I believe that their professionalism should be respected. Consideration for placement is made using the following criteria:

· Gender

· Pastoral/Social/Emotional

· Special Needs e.g. special education twins, etc.

· Academic ability

· Relationships

Every effort is made to place children where it is felt they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed. All teachers at PCPS are very professional and of an excellent standard and children will receive a high quality of education no matter which class they are placed with. If your child has special pastoral issues which may need consideration, please ensure that you have made a time to meet with your child’s class teacher before Monday 2 December. Parents should understand that requests for particular placement cannot be guaranteed. Requesting a certain teacher is not a consideration. Once class groupings are finalised they will not be changed so please do not contact the teachers, Leadership Team nor the office after the cut-off date nor once you receive details about your child’s class.

It is good for families to know placements for the following year so that they are able to arrange for children to get together over the holidays if they wish. Parents will be notified of their child’s teacher via SEQTA on Friday 20 December. If your child is not returning to PCPS in 2020 please advise the office in writing before 2 December.

On Wednesday evening we held our Volunteer Thank You Supper and our Annual General Meeting for the School Board and the P&F. We had a good turn out of parents despite competing with the U2 concert! Please find some information from the AGM below:

A huge thank you to the P&F for their outstanding ‘friend raising’ and fundraising in 2019. There is a great team of parents who make up our very enthusiastic and keen P&F Committee. I thank the Executive for their outstanding effort this year. Special thank you to Susan Kadak for all her great work as President this year. She provided a very smooth transition leading the new Executive this year and her never ending enthusiasm, dedication and support to Padbury CPS is very much appreciated. Many thanks to Taryn Smith in the role of Vice President. Her support this year has been wonderful and I would like to thank her for all her contributions in this role and for being a great support to Susan. Thank you to Sally Kelly for her great work this year as Treasurer. Her financial expertise and commitment is always very much appreciated. Thank you to Ella Pearce for being so efficient and organised in your role as Secretary this year and for keeping us updated with minutes and agendas. The 2020 P &F Executive remains the same for next year.

We have been fortunate to be surrounded by a keen, positive and truly vibrant, P&F Committee who have given so much of their time to lead a plethora of portfolios this year - Faith and Education, Padbury Cares, Sausage Sizzles, Icy Pole Days, School Photos, Mother and Father’s Day breakfast/Morning Tea, Family Fun Night, Discos, EFL, Christmas party as well as Book Fair. Big thanks to all Class Reps too for your continual support as a link with the parents. All P&F Portfolio holders and committee members have worked together seamlessly as a team to enrich our school community and provide for the children, staff and parents. I thank you for all your hard work in organising a variety of spiritual, social, fundraising and parent education events this year – a brilliant effort. I look forward to working with the P&F in 2020.

I would like to say a special thank you to Kylie Giles who has made the transition to the taking over the Uniform Shop so smooth. Thank you also to the uniform shop volunteers, I really appreciate your support and I know Kylie does too.

My sincere gratitude and thanks to Father Cyprian for his spiritual guidance of our students and staff and all in the parish. Padbury Catholic Primary has a strong relationship with the parish and it continues to grow with the support of our wonderful parish priest who has always been so obliging with our initiatives this year. Father Cyprian’s words of encouragement are truly appreciated. I also extend sincere thanks to Father Truc and now welcome Father Francis to the parish and look forward to working with him too. Special thanks to Tricia Starkie, former Parish RE Co ordinator and to Brigid Fredericks, the new co ordinator, for their coordination of the parish based sacramental program, which has been excellent. They are so supportive of our school community and we look forward to working with them in the new year.

My sincere thanks to all 2019 Board members for their contribution and dedication during the year. Particular thanks to Brad Schrader, School Board Chairperson. His dedication and support has been very much appreciated and I thank him for his expertise and generosity of time in overseeing the building projects. Thank you to Cameron Sargeant for all his work on the Board this year and for taking on the role of Vice Chair. Sheree Merry has been the School Board Treasurer this year and I thank her for her valued input and dedication in reviewing the finances of the school this year and for working closely with Denise Davis, Finance Officer, and the Finance Committee.

Thank you to Richard Haynes for taking on the role of Secretary this year and for ensuring that we are all organised with minutes and agendas. Thank you to Meg Horne for her role as P&F Rep and for keeping the Board updated on all P&F events and activities during the year. Thank you also to Peter McKenzie and Gianni Da Rui for their contributions on the Board this year. Their knowledge and expertise has been appreciated.

Thank you to Rafaela Rogers for her great work in the role of Parish Rep over the past two years. Her passion and dedication has been a blessing for the Board. Rafaela concludes her time on the Board this year as she concentrates on the family business. Thank you Rafaela.

My sincere thanks to all 2019 Board members for your contribution and dedication during the year and for always having the children at the forefront of your decisions. Their commitment has been very much appreciated.

There were three Board members who renominated for the vacant School Board positions and they were accepted. Therefore, the School Board remains the same for 2020 with the welcome addition of Emma Marpole as the new Parish Rep. I look forward to working with the Board in 2020.

Staffing for 2020 was also announced at the AGM and there is an update further in the newsletter. Please note that there may be changes to the staffing list prior to school commencing next year.

Board Objectives for 2020

Community Engagement

• Community focused decisions and marketing

• Staffing, programmes and facilities

Capital Works

• Preventative maintenance and minor capital works/replacement items

• New works

• Playgrounds (subject to consultation)

• Security

Strategic Planning

• School Strategic Plan following on from CEWA Strategic Plan

The School Board has agreed to increase School Fees by 4%, not the maximum 6% which CEWA have recommended.

2020 Focus Areas



  • Mercy Values, Mercy Value Certificates and Banners
  • Mercy crosses
  • Engagement with Sisters of Mercy



  • Whole School Approach
  • Literacy Blocks
  • Guided Reading
  • Literacy Development – Diana Rigg
  • Learning Support re-structure- Literacy and Mathematics
  • Introduction of MiniLit and Levelled Literacy Intervention

Drama/Art teacher

Early Childhood Education

  • Shared beliefs and understandings
  • Early Childhood Charter

Aboriginal Education

  • Transforming Lives – whole school approach


  • Marketing Plan
  • Sustainability – Green space
  • Chaplaincy Worker - Social Worker

Exciting news for 2020… The Board and the Leadership Team are very excited to be offering a Drama/Art Teacher and a Chaplaincy Worker-Social Worker from 2020.

The Padbury CPS Board would like to thank those families who have paid their school fees and are up to date. Should you have any outstanding fees, please pay these immediately. As per the school fee policy, the School Board Finance Committee

will take action to recover any unpaid fees through a debt collection agency which may in turn affect your future credit ratings.

There are a number of methods in which families at the school can pay their school fees. These include: credit card; EFTPOS, cash, cheque, direct debit and internet banking. Please see the Finance Officer, Mrs Denise Davis, at the school office for further details

on the direct debit and internet banking options and for payment of school fees.

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather this weekend.

Mrs Margaret Williamson





Please find below all 2020 Sacramental dates for your diaries.
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Transition for 2020

This year we have introduced a formal Transition session for all year levels. The Transition session will be held on Tuesday 3rd December (Week 8) at 9:45am.

During this time, the 2020 year level teachers will introduce themselves, explain their class rules and provide a fun learning activity that focuses on getting to know the child. The product of this work will be retained by the teacher as it will be displayed for the first day of school next year. This will help to provide a sense of belonging and connectedness to the new classroom.

This formal transition session is a wonderful opportunity for children to start developing relationships with their new year level teachers by getting to know them and how the classroom will run. This is particularly beneficial to children who can be anxious when around new people. Children are able to see similarities and differences between their current and new year level. This formal transition session forms part of our transition strategy, to support PCPS students transitioning from 2019 to 2020 classes. Kindy Geckos transition session will be on Wednesday 4th December at 9:45am.


2020 Booklists are now available!! Please go to our website to download booklists and follow instructions for ordering -

Please note the ordering cut-off date - Friday 13th December.

Semester 2 Reports Update

For our Semester 2 Reports, we have updated the way we report your child's progress to you, so that you are provided with more targeted detail, in any easy-to-understand format.

As such, at the end of this Term, you will notice a few changes with what is included in the report, including an extra document:

1. You will still receive a formal academic report, uploaded to SEQTA Engage. This formal report will contain all elements previously included in reports, however there will no longer be comments for Religious Education, English and Mathematics. The general comment will still remain.

2. To replace the Religious Education, English and Mathematics comments, each student in Years 1-6 will receive a second report document titled 'Report Elaborations.' These elaborations break down these three learning areas into a range of main outcomes under each of the different subject strands, and your child's progress against these outcomes is reported through a tick-box, indicating their level of achievement.

This document will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage alongside the formal report, so you will receive two report documents for the end of Semester 2. If you have any queries with reports, please see your classroom teacher.


Please note that in the last newsletter it was stated that reports would be released on Wednesday 18th December. However, this was an error and reports will be available on Wednesday 11th December. Your child's teacher will be available on Thursday 19 December between 8:30-10:00am should you wish to request an interview.

Top Carpark

Line marking for the top carpark will be done this weekend. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of maintenance. A reminder to keep the disabled bays free for those with ACROD parking permits, and those students with special needs that require these parking bays.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal


2020 Staffing news

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Edudance concerts

Please check flyers below which detail dates for each class EduDance concert, to be held on Thursday and Friday of Week 8 @2:00pm in the Hall. As always the hall will be full, so we ask that all adults attending follow and comply with staff direction and line markings on the floor.

Ms Natasa Bebich EduDance Co-ordinator

Christmas Sing-Along

Our Padbury CPS Christmas Sing-Along will be held in Week 9 on Tuesday 10th December at 9:00am in the school hall. This year we will be having a focus on the Nativity. Parents and extended family are welcome to join us.

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Collection

It is that time of year when we think of others at Christmas and reflect upon how we can give to those who are not as fortunate as our own family. PCPS is coordinating our St Vincent De Paul Christmas Collections for 2019. Please see flyer below for details. Your support is very much welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Mrs Megan Woodall

SVDP Co-ordinator

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Year 5W Class Play Performance

Year 5W will perform their original class play 'Goldilocksmith' in the school hall on Wednesday 4th December at 2:30pm and Wednesday 11th December at 9am. Families are welcome to come and enjoy the play.

Ms Stephanie Wilson

Year 5W teacher



Year 3 students, Ben, Lily, Lydia and Saoirse, made it to the national finals for their clip titled, ‘Brother Trouble’. I am very excited to share that they received the Audience Choice award. Well done to the team.

- Miss Remigio

pastoral care

Artist at work!

Congratulations to Roman Buratti (2W) who has been chosen to exhibit his artwork ''Electroboy' in the Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong Victoria. Well done Roman!

merit awards

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Padbury cares

Padbury Cares is a group of school group volunteers (parents and staff) who provide assistance to families in our school community during a time of need (either short or long term) due to illness, bereavement, family crisis, birth of a newborn or any type of change.

A service that Padbury Cares also offers is the distribution of second hand uniforms to families in need. If you have any uniforms that your child has outgrown we would love to be considered for finding a new home for them. The information that is provided to Padbury Cares remains completely confidential so please private message myself or Ruth if you have any uniforms you would like to gift.

Many thanks

Marnie & Ruth - Padbury Cares Coordinators


Playgroup: Every Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 11am. Please contact Nicole Westneat for Tuesday playgroup on 0411 542 619 and Candace Bristow by text on 0431 759 370 or email for further information.

Parishioners: Wednesday playgroup is asking for any parishioners that are interested in spending some time helping to read to the kids and with other activities to contact Candace on 0431 759 370. A facebook page has been set up with more information, “OLM playgroup”.

Carols by Candelight: 1st December

Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass:

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 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 Thursday 19 December at 9.45 AM starting in 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

Mass Times

Our Lady of The Mission Whitford Parish

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

Phone: 9307 2776 I Fax: 9402 4319


Website :

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)


Community Consultation

The City of Joondalup is undertaking consultation to help develop a Cultural Plan. We want to understand the needs and types of cultural events, services and facilities our residents enjoy so that we can better plan for the future. The City has an Online Survey available for all community members. We encourage you to complete this survey. Survey responses must be received by 24 December 2019. All participants go into the draw to win one of three $100 Coles Myer gift cards. For more information please visit the City’s website or contact via the details below.