29 July 2021

Thank you, God,

for all your blessings to me and my family;

for the strength you give me each day

and for all the people around me

who make life more meaningful.


Dear Parents and Staff

Over the past week many of us have become immersed in the Olympic events taking place in Japan. It has become a time of national pride as we see “our” athletes achieving so well. What we don’t see, however, is the many years of dedication and sacrifice that has honed their natural talents and abilities to allow them to perform on this elite stage. Very few, if any, of our children will ever have the opportunity to participate in an event such as this but they do have the potential to succeed in life. We constantly hear the athletes speak about what their parents and family have given up to support their dream and how they couldn’t have achieved as much as they have without this support. My question is; What are you prepared to do to support your child’s dream? When you’re tired and just want to relax, are you still willing to read with or to your child? Do you let them help you with your shopping so that they learn the value of money and items, even though it will take quite a bit longer? Do you take the time to teach them new skills such as cooking or fishing? Do you let them make mistakes or do you always step in to resolve their problems? Wouldn’t it be great if, when a successful adult, your child was to tell you that they couldn’t possibly have been so successful without your loving support and direction? I think that would be the best feeling ever and worth more than a medal of any colour.


Congratulations to our children from Years Four to Six who represented our school so well in the Interschool Cross Country this morning. In very trying conditions the children all performed particularly well, placing Third overall. There were a number of excellent individual results which I will leave for Mr Webb to highlight in his article in next week’s Newsletter.

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It’s time to break out the dancing shoes and put on the party gear for this year’s P&F Disco tomorrow afternoon and evening. Our very supportive P&F have made all of the arrangements for this to be a memorable event, so we look forward to seeing all of the children enjoying a great time with their friends. Please remember that any photos or videos taken are not to be shared on social media.


The Year 1M class has been preparing for their BIG performance for some time now so I look forward to seeing lots of the fun things they’ve been learning in class. With the current relatively relaxed regulations parents and family members are welcome to attend along with all of the other classes in the school Hall from 8.45am tomorrow.


Many of our Year Six students will be receiving this Sacrament in a few weeks, so I ask all families to keep them in their daily thoughts and prayers during this time.

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In Year Four we are ready to explore!

Early Settlement that is.

It all began last term when our teachers took us to the Fremantle Prison to see first-hand some of the buildings that our early settlers had built and we gained an insight into just how hard colonial life would’ve been. Too much work and not enough play, we think!

These pictures of us show the exercise yards, prisoners were known only as numbers and had to line up against the wall here so the guards could quickly account for everyone.

In HASS, we have started to learn about living conditions in London in the 1700’s. Lots of people were out of work, didn’t have a place to live and many got sick. We are going to learn about some early explorers, such as Dirk Hartog and Captain James Cook. Then, towards the end of the term we are going to present our ‘Awesome Aussies’ project. We can’t wait to do a project and present it to our parents, but most of all, we are looking forward to dressing up like the Aussie we choose.

We have been reading 'Letters from a Convict Girl' in our English lessons. These letters are so interesting and give us such insight into the many emotions faced by many leaving their home, friends and family to move to a new country, Australia. We are going to write our very own letter, pretending we were on the First Fleet.

Continuing with this theme during art lessons we are sketching an interpretation of a boat from the First Fleet. These boats were huge, but they carried lots of passengers too and certainly weren’t as luxurious as the cruise ships we have nowadays.

In Maths, we are focusing on our times tables. We are becoming Maths Ninjas and gaining all of our belts, aiming for the black belt – this means we know all of our times tables, even the hard ones like 7x, 8x, and 12x.

By the end of this term we would have learnt so much, we will be (almost) ready for Year Five!

Mrs Bradshaw, Miss Gullotti and Mrs Woodley



Last Friday, the Year 6 faction captains collected student star cards as part of the ‘Fume Free Friday’ initiative last term to go into a draw for some great prizes. The students with the most star card punches would receive a $50 Rebel Sports voucher. A junior and senior raffle was then drawn to win a ‘Your Move’ backpack. Congratulations to Harry (5P) who won the Rebel Sports Voucher. Congratulations also to Leola (2P) & Amelia H (6P) who won the ‘Your Move’ backpacks. We will be continuing with the star card initiative on Friday’s this term for students who choose to walk or ride to school.

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Congratulations to Notre Dame who has now received Gold accreditation for all the fantastic work that has been done so far. We are looking at going bigger and better this term with a few promotions and initiatives planned with the help of our Year 6 students. Keep an eye out on the Your Move website and our newsletters to keep up-to-date.


Good luck to all Year 4-6 students representing Notre Dame at the annual Interschool Cross Country Carnival today at Tomato Lake. We wish the students the best of luck and hope it is a reasonably dry event…fingers crossed! It has been great to see so many students committed to training in not so ideal conditions over the last six weeks.


This term, students in Year 5 & 6 will have the opportunity to sign up for squash lessons at Belmont Saints Squash Club on Thursday mornings (7.20am - 8.10am). This is a Sporting Schools funded program which is of no cost for parents. There is a limit of 25 spots for the program so please ensure you sign up quickly to avoid disappointment. All Year 5 & 6 parents would have received a letter via email with the sign-up link. I’ve attached it here again if you wish to sign up your child. Please email me if you have any queries. Please click on this link.

Squash Sign-Up Form -

Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


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Book Week Activities will be held in the official Book Week dates from the 21-27 August. These activities will be hosted by the Year 6 Library monitors.

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Come to school dressed as your favourite book character! Participate in the Dress Up Day Parade, 9:00am in the Mother Mary Piazza.

If you need some inspiration please visit the link below:

Sarah Saramardin

Library Technician


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The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure that it runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer last term, your help is appreciated. If you would like to join our volunteer pool please come and see me in the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even if you are only able to give half an hour of your time, every bit helps.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

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


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Sibling rivalry is inevitable in all homes, but how can you stop it or turn it into something that's good? Watch this short video as expert Dr Justin Coulson explains.
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Being a parent, our days are spent attending to the many needs of our children and we tend to neglect our own. It's important to learn to also look out for ourselves! One way in doing that is investing into friendships. Our friends are there to support and encourage us along the parenting journey! Read this blog to learn why it's important and what you can do.
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The time we’re in is uncertain and its very different than most of us have ever had to navigate before. It’s okay to feel uncertain or concerned in this time and you’re not alone! Not having the answers is something we’re experiencing all around the world. In this video, expert Jason Gibson provides a 3 step process we can go through when we are finding times are hard.

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Mercedes College Presents Annie

Annie is one of the best known and loved musicals of all time. Set in 1930s New York City, Annie is an orphan who never gives up hope that one day she will find her parents and sticks to her belief that tomorrow will always be a better day. Annie goes on a series of adventures, meeting Sandy the dog and millionaire Oliver Warbucks and eventually finds the family she has always been looking for. Big production numbers, huge cast and lots of fun and laughs are in this show.

Mercedes College is renowned for their outstanding musicals. More than 100 students will perform this musical at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.

Please contact Ticketek on 1300 364 001 or


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