Padbury CPS Newsletter

Issue #7 - 21 May 2021

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Pupil Free Day - Friday 28 May

Please check the community calendar for upcoming and future dates as the calendar is regularly updated.


Dear Parents

On Monday 24 May we celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Perhaps we can take some time to pray to Mary our Mother in heaven and ask her to look after our families and whatever may be troubling us at the moment.

Mary, Help of Christians, watch over us with love.

Intercede for us with your Son, to bless us,

so that we can be people of peace – people who love and respect each other.

We make this prayer through Jesus, your Son.

Further developing stronger links between the school, parish and home is an important part of our ongoing growth as a school. Last Sunday a large number of our students and families celebrated a special PCPS Family Mass at Our Lady of the Mission. It was terrific to see families involved with altar serving, reading, lighting candles, singing with the choir, guitar playing, serving morning tea etc. Big thanks to Nat Bullen, Emma Marpole, and Liz de Haas for all their hard work in planning for this liturgical celebration for our school community.

The Sacramental Programme with our parish is well underway. Please keep the Year Six children in your prayers as they are in the final stages of preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The children celebrated Reconciliation this week and next week they will take part in their Confirmation Retreat Day where they will spend time reflecting the sacrament they are about to receive, forming a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit who is nurturing their hearts. On 29 and 30 May, the children will receive the sacrament at Our Lady of the Mission Church.

Father Cyp and Father Francis continue to visit the school for class liturgies and prayers. Even our little Kindy children had special prayers last week.

Our Social Justice, mission fundraising this term will focus on Lifelink and our Year 6 Spirituality Council will be organising a special day for the children. LifeLink was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services and caring support to people in need throughout Western Australia each year. The work of LifeLink is a positive demonstration of Faith in Action.

On Monday Jed McQuane and Elizabeth Young, Year Six students, will be accompanying Mrs Hutcheson and myself to St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate a national mass for Catholic Education. This special mass will celebrate not only 50 years together as a CEWA system but also commemorate the rich 200 year history of catholic education in Australia.

The Leadership Team continues to network with regional schools and parishes on a termly basis. This year we have had Dr John Topliss from Notre Dame University working with us on Borromeo’s Way. This is a unique spiritual and Christian formation program for Catholic school leaders and their leadership teams. The program is designed to promote the spirituality of the Heart, Head, Hands and Feet with a Christ-centred focus. The program has three modules which integrates Christian faith formation with pastoral leadership and responds to the call for New Evangelisation of Catholic school communities. A particular focus of Borromeo’s Way in 2021 is to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrivals of Mother Ursula Frayne and the Sisters of Mercy, as well as the Benedictine monks led by Fr Joseph Benedict Serra (later Bishop of Perth) and Fr Rosendo Salvado (later Bishop of Perth). The program offers the opportunities to hear about the early history of the Catholic Church in Western Australia and the initial beginnings of Catholic education by the Mercy sisters at Mercedes College, Perth.

National Reconciliation Week is next week and is an opportunity for us all to recognise the positive contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have on our past and present lives in Australia. It is also a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. In 2020, our school held Djooroobidiny, an exhibition of learning by all the students of our school, about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The staff collaborated this term and have worked to formalise our commitment to reconciliation by writing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for PCPS with Narragunnawali (Reconciliation in Education Programme). We were delighted to find out that our RAP has been approved and will be published on the Narragunnawali website.

One of the actions required as part of our commitment is: We commit to building relationships with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that are built on mutual respect, trust and inclusiveness. We value these relationships and their role in helping to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous staff, students, children and community members. We are asking PCPS families and friends, if they have a family member, friend or community member with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and would like to share their knowledge and perspective with the staff and students at PCPS, through informal or formal learning opportunities, to please contact the school as we would value their input.

Also, as part of the RAP, we wish to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day and also launch our RAP on Thursday 3 June. We will gather as a school in the hall for a mini assembly, to announce our Reconciliation Action Plan and then the children will do a walk-through of each class to view the displays of the work completed.

Our next pupil free day on 28 May the staff will be spending time, in collaboration, reviewing the school’s Behaviour Management Policy. CEWA psychologist and behaviour consultant will be working with staff on this professional development day. Part of this process will involve ensuring that the policy reflects the social teachings of the Church and CECWA.

This term as part of our professional development the Leadership Team will be working with staff to refine the school’s Mission and Vison statement as well as reviewing progress to date on the school Strategic and Annual School Improvement Plans, which includes the educational goals for this year.

Pre Kindy and Kindy 2022, 2023 and future years enrolment interviews are currently taking place. If you have a child who is due for Pre Kindy or Kindy, please ensure that your application has been received by the office so that you have a place secured. If you have friends and neighbours with children in these age brackets, please encourage them to view our school website and submit an application.

Tuesday Pre Kindy 2022 is full. Due to the huge popularity of the programme, if we have enough numbers, we will commence a second Pre Kindy class on Thursdays from the beginning of the year. If you are interested in doing one or both days, please let Mrs Ellen know in the office. If you have relatives, friends, neighbours who have a 3 yr old, please chat to them about coming on a school tour or direct them to our school website to find out more about our Pre Kindy programme.

NAPLAN Online was held during Week Three of this term, with catch-up tests being held during Week Four. Testing is now complete. There was a lot of attention in the media about the technical issues some schools experienced, however, as communicated directly to Year Three and Five parents, NAPLAN Online testing at Padbury ran smoothly. Overall, the students enjoyed completing the testing on their iPads.

Our P&F are as busy as ever. The children are enjoying nice warm sausage sizzles for lunch. Thank you so much to Sheree Merry and Ann Sargeant for co ordinating and to their team of helpers. PCPS dads, book 19 June into your calendar as the P&F Extraordinary Fathers League have organised a Poker Night! It will run similar to the previous years with a few prizes, giveaways and lots of opportunities for dads to either play/watch some sport and get to know one another, especially new dads to our school. See the flyer in the newsletter for further information.

Towards the end of last year, the Leadership Team commenced exploring opportunities to redevelop our playgrounds. A Playground Committee was formed with parent, Advisory Council and staff representation and the Leadership Team. All students throughout the school have also been provided with an opportunity in class to share their ideas for their new playground.

Also, as part of the process, the Leadership Team took a selection of students (as representatives for all PCPS students) to explore and experience three interesting play spaces across Perth and they provided feedback on what they would like to see in their new playground areas.

Already many of the children’s ideas are being incorporated into the playground designs.

The Playground development is exciting for the entire school community but especially so for our children. We hope to be able to share some playground designs with you soon.

Have a beautiful weekend with your family and enjoy this glorious sunshine!

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson




Congratulations to the van Wyk family (Joshua Year 2) on the birth their baby girl, Alexia Joy.




Confirmation is fast-approaching. Please keep our Year 6 students in your prayers as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next weekend. They will be participating in a Confirmation Retreat on Thursday of next week.


Recycling Initiatives

We have introduced a range of new recycling initiatives at Padbury Catholic in our Green Space Area in the Amphitheatre. Some of our Environmental Ministry have made a video to introduce these to you. Please have a watch to find out more and feel free to bring in items for recycling!
Recycling Bins

Student Images

A reminder to all parents about sharing images and videos of PCPS students online. As part of our responsible use of Images/Videos at Padbury Catholic we remind parents of good online etiquette when it comes to posting images/videos of children other than your own.

There are many families in the school who do not give permission for their child's image to be used online. This can be for a wide range of reasons and it is important that all members of our community respect these wishes.

For example, recording a class Assembly is perfectly acceptable for your family to watch at home again at a later date or to show grandma or grandpa when you next visit, however sharing this video on your social media or elsewhere online without the express permission of all other parents in the class can cause problems and we ask that this is not done.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation to ensure all of our students' privacy are respected.


Just another reminder - we ask that parents DO NOT park in the bays marked 'STAFF' in the top carpark of the school. Staff are often at Professional Development or Off-Site meetings during the day and when returning to school they require these bays to park to be able to get back to their classrooms. Often staff cannot get a spot as parents are parking in these Staff bays.

There are parking bays available in the top carpark labelled 'Visitors', as well as parking available alongside the oval and behind the Senior block and Library for parents that are not aware. Entry for these parking spots is via the gate at the end of O'Leary Road. Kiss and Ride is also a fantastic and easy option for pick up!

We thank you for you understanding and cooperation.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals


Coding Club

Last Thursday, we started our first session of Coding Club for 2021. Coding helps to further develop children’s innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills. The children were provided with opportunities to use block code through Scratch. They created different scenarios and coded their ‘sprites’ to talk, think and move.

Mrs Renee Babac

Year 4 Teacher/Key Teacher Technologies

Musical Update

The Musical is well and truly underway! Our Year 5 & 6 students are rehearsing multiple times a week, including Monday afternoons. Acting, dancing, singing, sets, props, costumes and staging are all coming along nicely. Keep your eye out as we will be providing more information in the coming weeks about ticket sales and performance dates!

Mrs Bastow & Mr vB

Musical Directors

Knitting Club

Knitting club from Years 3-6 is on every Thursday at 12.55pm in the library. If you would like to learn how to knit, bring along your knitting needles and wool.
See you there.

Mrs Wood

Knitting Club Co ordinator


This morning some of our Year 5 & 6 students represented PCPS at the All Schools Cross Country Championships. They all ran their hearts out and we are very proud of their efforts!! Congratulations - a fantastic achievement. Special congratulations to Elijah, Eamon and Charlotte who have qualified for the 2021 School Sport WA Cross Country Team (by finishing in the top 10 for their age group)!! AMAZING!
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Before School Supervision

Before school supervision commences at 8.15am in the Undercover Area. Children must not be on the school site prior to 8.15am. If children from Year 1-6 are on school site from 8.15am, they must wait in the Undercover Area with the teacher on supervision.

We ask that even if Yr 1-6 parents are waiting with their children before school, please wait with your child in the amphitheatre where there is a teacher on duty each morning from 8:15am. If parents wait with their children outside classrooms, we often see that other children start to congregate there and this becomes a duty of care issue as they are not supervised by staff. We appreciate everyone's understanding to ensure all students' safety.

If you need to drop your child off earlier than 8.15am then please contact OSH Club (Before School Care).


Choir News

🎶 Choir for Boys and Girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Tuesdays 8:15 in the hall.

🎶 Stick Rehearsal- Interested Year 6 Girls Wednesdays 8:15 in the hall.

Mrs Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher


This Week's Focus: CommonSense Media

In today's Tech Tips I would like to share a wonderful resource with you which I have personally used many times. Common Sense Media is a great website resource which provides parents/adults with reviews and ratings for apps, games, movies, tv shows, books and more. If you want to know if an app, video game, book, etc. are suitable for a child of a particular age, simply use this website to search and it woill provide you with great information about suitability.

The link is:

Mr vB

Assistant Principal


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Parish Update

Mass Times

All Masses are held in the Church

Saturday - 8:30am; 6:30pm

Sunday - 8:00am; 9:30am; 11:00am; 5:45pm

Monday to Friday - 7:00am; 9:00am

24:7 Youth Group

For all youth in Years 6 to 12

1st and 3rd Friday @ Parish Hall, 7pm

Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.

Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP

Our Lady of the Mission, Parish Website :

Vinnies Support Centre

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