Padbury Newsletter

Issue #11 - 25 July 2019

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July 2019

25 July 2019 - Feast Day: St James the Apostle

26 July 2019 - Feast Day: Sts Joachim and Anne / Sausage Sizzle Day

29 July 2019 - Guitar Club Years 4, 5 and 6 @ 8:20am / Coding Club @ 3:10pm / Cross Country @ 3:10pm / Eucharist Parental Workshops @ 7pm

30 July 2019 - Year 6 Mass @ 11:15am / Eucharist Parental Workshops @ 7pm

31 July 2019 - Girl and Boy Choir Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 @ 8:15am / Cross Country @ 3:10pm

August 2019

1 August 2019 - Boy Choir Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:15am

2 August 2019 - Merit Award Assembly @ 2:30pm

5 August 2019 - Guitar Club Years 4, 5 and 6 @ 8:20am / Coding Club @ 3:10pm / Cross Country @ 3:10pm

6 August 2019 - School Tour @ 9:30am / Reconciliation Year 4 students @ 11:15am

7 August 2019 - Girl and Boy Choir Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 @ 8:15am / Bishop's Test Year 5 @ 9am

8 August 2019 - Boy Choir Years 4, 5, 6 @ 8:15am / Bishop's Test Year 3 & Year 5 @ 9am

9 August 2019 - Communion Retreat Year 4 @ 9am / Prayer Assembly Year 3 @ 2:30pm / Sausage Sizzle Day

10-11 August 2019 - Holy Communion Masses Year 4 @ 11am


Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term Three. I hope that you all had a great holiday break and kept warm on some of those chilly days we had. It is wonderful to see all the children again, keen to start afresh this term. Term Three is always filled with many events so please refer to the school calendar, website and newsletters for details.

At the end of Term Two we held an Assembly to say farewell and thank you to Mrs Michelle Dastlik for her teaching service at Padbury Catholic. The Year Two students sang a lovely blessing song, and spoke so warmly about their teacher. I thank Michelle for her wonderful contributions to the Padbury Catholic community and know you will join me in wishing her well for her future endeavours. We welcome Miss Paula Gomez-Rivera, who has commenced as our new Year Two teacher for the remainder of the year.

This week Mrs Johnston and Mrs Hawkins accompanied two Year Six students, Bridget Gibbons and Kirsten Tan, to mass to celebrate the opening of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The children were wonderful PCPS Ambassadors. Thank you to Mrs Sylvia Cusack and staff members who have been busy preparing our PCPS musicians, singers and entertainers to take part in the Performing Arts Festival this year. We have a huge number of entrants which is wonderful to see. Please check the Music section of the newsletter during the term for scheduled dates and times of all the events in which our school will be participating. Best wishes to all of our entrants.

Please keep the Year Four children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist and will receive Jesus for the very first time on the 10 and 11 August at Our Lady of the Missions church. There are a number of parent meetings held in relation to the sacramental programme which parents need to attend. Please see the Religious Education section of the newsletter or the school calendar for dates.

Did you know that we have a Coding Club at PCPS? Mrs Barry runs the club and it is such great fun! We have some excellent new robots called Probots and the Coding Club have been playing with them and have found many uses for them for all age groups. If you are interested in the Coding Club it is held every Monday afternoon straight after school.

As of Term 3 this year we will be expanding our Pre-Kindy programme. Pre-Kindy will run every Tuesday and every Thursday.

Once children turn 3 years of age they can attend Pre-Kindy. In Pre-Kindy we nurture creative and active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts all in a safe and secure environment. Our little ones learn through imaginative, cognitive and sensory play, both indoors and outdoors. Our little ones learn to socialise, take turns and are introduced to basic routines and rituals. We focus on the three key concepts of the Early Years Learning Framework of Being, Becoming and Belonging. There is always lots of fun to be had including activities such as cooking, story and singing time and our 'Walk of the Week' through the school, where our little ones visit the chickens, the prayer garden, the library and other areas of the school. This helps our little ones to develop that sense of 'belonging' to a larger community.

If you have a child who is 3 years old or soon turning 3 years of age or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact the school office for further information.

The Working with Children Check (WWC) is a compulsory screening strategy in Western Australia and is mandated by the government. The Working with Children Act 2004 requires people who engage in ‘child-related work’ to apply for a Working with Children (WWC) Check. This includes work done by volunteers. Certain people, such as parent volunteers may be exempt from applying for a WWC Check in certain situations.

Grandparent volunteers require a Working With Children Check. If your child’s grandparent volunteers at Padbury Catholic Primary School eg. class roster, school sausage sizzles, carnivals etc they will require a Working With Children Check.

Thank you parents for taking the time to ensure that your children have returned to school looking so smart, fresh and clean in their school uniforms. I love seeing the children wearing their uniforms with such pride. Please refer to the school uniform policy on the school website-

It is vital that parents support the school by following this policy thereby ensuring that their children are wearing the correct uniform and jewellery and have appropriate haircuts as per the policy. Upon enrolment at PCPS all parents signed to indicate that they would fully support Catholic Education Western Australia and school based policies.

Over the next week I will be involved in a number of Catholic Education Western Australia professional development days, Principal Conference and Principal Appointment Panel. Please see Mr Ryan von Bergheim during my absence should you have any queries or concerns. There are a couple of days when both Mr VB and I will both be away from school attending professional development. Please see Mrs Megan Woodall who is second in charge when we are both away.

Message from CEWA

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I am writing to advise that Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has recently been the subject of false email representations designed to obtain personal information.

Our IT security team has systems and measures in place to monitor and respond quickly to cyber security incidents, and in this case, detected and quickly intercepted unauthorised access to a small number of CEWA email accounts.

Supported by an international cyber security firm, CEWA’s IT security team continues to take steps to identify any possible data breaches and limit potential effects on our staff, students and school communities.

You may have seen reports in the media that respected organisations worldwide have been subjected to similar illegal activity, and thus CEWA has not been specifically targeted. While investigations are ongoing, a confirmed data breach has been identified at one school and there is no evidence that any student data has been put at risk as a result of the breach. Additional cyber security measures were promptly put in place and the parent community informed.

This incident is a timely reminder of the importance of good cyber safety behaviours and additional information on cyber security can be found at

Fraudulent emails

Several tips are recommended in determining if you have received a fraudulent email:

• Use unique passwords across different online accounts.

• Treat any email you did not expect to receive with suspicion.

• CEWA and your school will never request your password in an email or over the phone.

If you have questions or concerns about the safety and security of your personal information, please contact CEWA’s cyber security partner, ES2, on 1800 372 732.

The safety and security of all in the CEWA community remains our highest priority and CEWA will continue to take measures to ensure online safety.

Yours sincerely

Dr Debra Sayce

Executive Director


Congratulations to Peter Young (Yr 6) who was one of the successful applicants for Mater Dei College Year 7 2020 HAWKS AFL Academy Scholarships. Well done, we are so proud of you!

Congratulations to Blaine Carlyon (Yr 4), who participated in trials for West Ham United as part of an international sweep of player identification. Blaine has made it through to the national camp on the Gold Coast later this year. If he is successful there, he will be invited to a 2 week academy visit of West Ham Utd club in London. Well done and good luck Blaine!


Welcome back to Term Three! I hope you all managed to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with your families. It has been wonderful to see all these smiling faces of our kids around the school again! The holidays are always a great chance to recharge and get ready for another term of fantastic learning... and this term is no different!


Reach out with Love

An enormous THANK YOU to all of our Padbury Catholic families for their donations towards our Winter Woolies Appeal. We received a HUGE amount of donations which we packed into backpacks for St Vincent De Paul. We had so much that we had to pack several large plastic bags with the remainder of the donations! A special thank you to Mrs Woodall and the Year 6 Spiritual Ministry for their coordination of this Reach out with Love Project. A great example of the Padbury Community living out ur motto - Love One Another. Simply OUTSTANDING!
This Padbury initiative has also been featured in the Joondalup Times Community Newspaper, which will appear in print in the coming weeks. Click this link to see the online article -

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment is coming up in a few weeks. The testing dates will be in Term 3, Week 3:

Year 5 - Wednesday, 7 August

Year 3 - Thursday, 8 August

Practice tests will take place next week. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Catholic Education Office and will become available to schools in Term Four. If you have any queries please see myself, or the classroom teacher.

Eucharist Parent Workshops

Year Four Eucharist Parent Workshops will be held next week over three nights: Monday 29th - Wednesday 31st July, with two sessions per night. Please ensure you have registered for one of these sessions as detailed in an email by the Year Four teachers. Please see Mrs Woodall or Mrs Barry if you have any queries.

Altar Servers

Please see below in the Parish News section of the Newsletter for information about Altar serving within the Parish.


Morning Procedures Year 1-6

Currently when Year 1-6 students arrive at school before 8:30am they wait outside their classroom until the class doors open at 8:30am. This year we have placed a teacher on duty from 8:15 - 8:30am. For duty of care reasons, starting on Monday next week (Week 2), when students arrive at school they are required to hang their bag up outside their classroom, and then move to the undercover area (where a teacher will be supervising) until 8:30am, when the teacher will dismiss students to their classrooms. Parent support is greatly appreciated.

Parking Blitz

A reminder that in the first few weeks of Term 3 we will be engaging in a parking blitz, so please ensure you (and any other relevant friends and family members are familiar with the below procedures for drop-off and pick-up at PCPS.

  • Other than the few Visitor bays near the office, there is no parking allowed inside the school gates in the morning. This area is a Kiss & Ride drop off area, which means the line of traffic needs to be constantly moving.
  • In the MORNING you can park along O'Leary road on the school side only - not on the resident side.
  • The oval is always available.
  • In the AFTERNOON you cannot park at all on O'Leary Road. This area is for a Kiss & Ride pick up section, which is also a moving line of traffic.
  • You cannot park on someone's verge on O'Leary road unless you have their permission.
  • There is no right turn from O'Leary Road into the school as this halts the efficient flow of traffic. Drivers are asked to drive down to the end of O'Leary, turn around at the cul-de-sac and then drive back up to turn left into the school through the gates.

We have been advised that due to ongoing issues with parking on neighbours verges, council Rangers will be frequenting Padbury Catholic in the future to ensure parking on verges does not take place.

We understand that parking can be a frustration, however following these procedures ensures the safest and most efficient processes for our school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thought for the Week

Have a fantastic fortnight ahead - it's good to be back!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal



In Pre-Kindy this term we have many new dramatic play spaces to explore and enjoy. We will be learning in more depth about various nursery rhymes during story, singing, sensory and art time. We will also be guessing the sounds of musical instruments during our oral language 'Mystery Bag' time and making music!

Mrs Finlay and Mrs Mullen


Year 4

At the end of Term Two, the Year 4 children held a Europe Expo, a culmination of a terms work exploring and learning about the countries of Europe. They exhibited artwork, a report, and a model of a famous structure from the country they were studying. They also brought delicious traditional food to share and dressed the part!

Deb Barry

Year 4 Teacher


Time to get your costumes ready - Book Week is just around the corner. We will be celebrating our “Secret Powers” in week 5 with the annual Book Week Parade.

Wednesday 21 August, 9am in the Hall

Book Week Incursion “Big Dreams” will be held on Tuesday 27 August,

9am Years 4-6

11am PP-Year 3

For a complete list of the CBCA shortlisted books click on this link:


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Altar Servers

Please be advised that if children are interested in becoming Altar Servers within the Parish, they will need to be in Year Four or above, after they have made their First Holy Communion. Our next new Altar Servers training is on Saturday, 7th September at 10am in the church. Look out for details in the parish bulletin closer to this date.

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)