NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Term 2 Week 4 - 21 May 2020
Dear Parents and Staff
We have all been back now for three and a half weeks and things at school have very quickly fallen into the normal school routine. Whilst we tend to focus upon the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has thrust upon us, there are definitely some positives that we can take from the experience.
- Whilst parents have not been allowed to come onto the school grounds, this has led to drop offs being much more efficient with parking spaces almost always available.
- There appear to be far fewer separation anxiety issues as the children know that mums and dads are not allowed on the school grounds, so they don’t expect them to stay.
- The children have shown just how capable they can be in taking responsibility for their school things and getting to class which has seen their independence grow.
- Needing to “stand guard” at the school gate has meant that I get the opportunity to interact with the children on a much more regular basis.
- We have needed to be creative in our thinking with regard to after school pick-ups and this now appears to be operating quite efficiently.
- Being in a bit of a bubble, a little like the photo above, we are able to provide the children with the security of things just being normal, at least at school.
WE HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE
We have been very fortunate in Western Australia to have not experienced the devastating extent of Covid-19 that has ravaged much of the rest of the world and I hope we can look forward to a future full of optimism.
As a welcome back gesture for all of the children we will be holding a Celebration Day next Friday 29 May. On this day the children are invited to wear neat casual clothes, they will have some time to attend a Disco co-ordinated by the Year Six students and each class will produce a panel for a mural message that we will hang on our school fence along Daly Street. Class teachers will arrange other activities throughout the day and the children will be provided with a sausage sizzle and juice box for lunch. Please advise teachers via email of any dietary requirements and provide your children with morning tea and crunch and sip.
We look forward to a great day celebrating our good fortune at being able to be back at school together continuing our learning journey.
DADS’ & KIDS’ CAMPOUT
Thank you to all of the families who took up this challenge last weekend. Whilst it was a bit cold, I was very happy that it didn’t rain. The cold weather also gave the dads an excuse to play with fire! I hope everyone had a great night.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
As advised by email, our scheduled Professional Development day for staff, which was to be held on 2 June, has been postponed so all children are expected to attend school on this day. There is also a change to our end of Term arrangements. Due to parents not being able to come onto the school grounds we have cancelled the Parent/Teacher afternoon that was to be held on Thursday 2 July so children will attend for the whole day on this date. Friday 3 July will be a pupil free day so that Teachers will be able to contact parents by phone to discuss children’s Reports. There will be more information regarding this in future Newsletters but please make arrangements for children to not attend school on 3 July.
3 & 4 YEAR OLD KINDY
A reminder that the gates to the Kindy will be open from 8.40am from next week for the foreseeable future.
NOTRE DAME PARISH
SUNDAY MASS LIVESTREAMING INFORMATION
A livestreamed Mass for Sundays will be celebrated by Archbishop Costelloe SDB at 11.00am.
The links are as follows and will be accessible from approx 11.00am:
Archdiocese Website – www.perthcatholic.org.au
Archdiocese Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/perthcatholic/
The Record YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFFqA8iYLlIVIb72LXMYFQ/live
Many thanks and God bless.
Fr Michael Quynh - Parish Priest
Notre Dame Catholic Church
345 Wright Street, CLOVERDALE WA 6105
Tel: (08) 9277 4094
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APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2021
Was your child born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017?
If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2021. Registrations for 2021 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2021
If your child was born between 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2021. Registrations for 2021 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
YEAR 2 CLASS NEWS
What a fun and unique start to the term we have had in Year Two!
We really embraced online learning and adapted well to the changes in our daily routine.
By using online learning, we have become amazing at navigating our way around our iPads.
This week we all returned to class and we were really excited to have all of our friends back together!
In Religion we learnt about the role of the priest during Mass. We also learnt how we are part of the ‘Church’ community. We explored the procession of gifts in preparation for the Eucharist and shared with each other special celebrations we prepare for with our families.
We then learnt how the Eucharist is the important part of Mass when the priest changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. We do this to remember Jesus as he asked us to, during The Last Supper.
This term, we have been learning about money. We have had lots of fun ordering, sorting and adding money. Adding money is a tricky skill but we are getting really good at counting small collections of coins and notes.
We have been keeping a class Blog on Seesaw. This has given us the opportunity to share special things about ourselves. We have shared about our pets, our favourite sport and our favourite musical instruments. We have enjoyed using this blog.
Comments from the children:
I liked online learning because there were so many books we could read and learn about. They were interesting.
I thought it was nice to go online and it was fun to do it. We had lots of books to read. I enjoyed Religion and learning about what the priest does when he is working. He baptises babies.
I like the story map tasks during writing. I enjoyed typing my story plan on the theme ‘Caught You!’. I also liked to read the books on EPIC.
I liked online learning because we got to listen to our prayer songs and do ‘Just Dance’ in the mornings. I also liked doing reading on the website Epic!
It was really fun learning online! I liked listening to stories and reading online. We also did lots of fun maths activities.
Mrs Donovan-Flintoff & Mrs McKinlay
Due to Covid-19 we are waiting to receive a number of uniform items made overseas. I will inform parents as soon as these arrive. I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
As parents are not permitted onto the school grounds at the moment, orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) The order form and price list are on the school website (www.nds.wa.edu.au) under "School Services."
Uniform Shop Coordinator
PARENTS' & FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION
Technology is here to stay so let’s make sure we use it with our kids the best way we can!