Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning 20 February
Dear Parents and Staff
There was much excitement and screams of laughter as the children celebrated our 10 years of amalgamation on the water slide and bouncy castles last Friday. Our day commenced with Mass during which Fr Quynh recounted aspects of our journey so far highlighting that we have so much to be thankful for. During the Mass time some of our Kindy daredevils tested out the slide and their verdict was a big thumbs up. The fun continued with each of the classes throughout the day and then extended into the evening with the P&F hosting our annual Night Market consisting of great food and entertainment. Thank you to all who attended and made this such a positive start to our school year.
Next Wednesday morning at 9.30am our Year 3-6 students will join with the students from St Maria Goretti’s School to celebrate Mass and receive the ashes which are a reminder of our humanity and that we belong to God. Although not a Holy Day of Obligation, the celebration of Mass and receiving the ashes is an excellent way to commence the Season of Lent as we wait for Jesus’ glorious Resurrection at Easter. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence which means we should limit how much we eat and not eat meat. This rule does not apply to children.
At a special Assembly last Wednesday morning our Faction Captions and Library Monitors were presented with their badges. Congratulations to all students who have taken on leadership roles for 2020.
We are all aware of the devastation of the bushfires across Australia over the past few months. Rather than just talk about this issue, our Year Six classes have decided to do something. On Thursday 27 February all staff and children are asked, as a sign of solidarity, to wear their best Aussie clobber to school for the day. A gold coin donation will be collected and passed on to the St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal to support those who suffered throughout this terrible ordeal.
Last Monday two bicycles were stolen from the bike racks behind the Multi-Purpose Hall. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information which may assist please contact the school office.
YEAR SIX CAMP
The children were very excited as they left for camp on Monday morning. From all reports this excitement has continued throughout the week and we look forward to all of our campers, students and staff, returning exhausted on Friday afternoon.
Friday 28 February is a Professional Development day for staff and children do not attend on this day.
Please return Full Student Detail forms to the front office by Friday 28 February.
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FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
Yr 6 students return from Camp
Merit Assembly @ 8.45am
WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY
Ash Wednesday - combined schools Mass @9.30am
THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY
FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY
Staff Professional Development Day
FRIDAY 6 MARCH
Year 4P Assembly
SATURDAY 7 MARCH
Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm
SUNDAY 8 MARCH
Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 10.00am
Wow! What a fantastic couple of weeks we have had in Pre-Primary. We have been busy learning the routines, playing on the new playgrounds and catching up with all our friends.
During our literacy rotations we have been revising our letter names and sounds, reading some new and exciting stories and practising our fine motor tracing, gluing and cutting skills all in preparation for some writing. We are doing a fantastic job at using the letter names and sounds that we know to write our names. Keep up the fantastic work Pre-Primary.
In Mathematics we are busy becoming counting experts. We have been practising our counting from 1 to 20 and are even beginning to write our numbers. We have also been learning lots about sorting. We have learnt that we can sort ourselves, shapes, colours and objects.
Last Friday we had the opportunity to go on some fantastic water slides. We loved sliding fast down the slide and doing lots of jumping on the Frozen bouncy castle. We wish we could have a water slide at school everyday!
We have lots of exciting things to learn this term and can’t wait to continue our learning journey in Pre-Primary
Miss Guerinoni, Mrs Mack, Mrs Dique, Miss Rognetta, Miss Terranova and Miss Gollner
The Year Sixes have been working hard on organising a bushfire fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal. On Thursday 27th of February, all of Notre Dame will be able to wear Australian-themed costumes, such as Australian Sporting Teams, Australian colours, Australian Native Animals and so much more. Please bring a gold coin donation to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Bushfires in Australia have been getting out of control but we are working hard to help those in need. The money that we raise will go towards the St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal.
Together we can make a change
Written by Fynn, Lachlan, Ashton, Amalie, Emma , Gracean and Abby .
All students K-6 have an allocated library time so please encourage your child to remember to return their library books on that day. All students MUST have a library bag to borrow. Library bags can be purchased from the uniform shop. Students with overdue books are not allowed to borrow until their book are returned.
What day is my child’s library day?
Monday: KGP, PPM, 2M, 3P, 5P
Tuesday: PPP, 2P, 3M, 6M, 6P
Thursday: 1P, 1M
Friday: KGM, 4M, 4P, 5M
Lunchtime @ the Library
The library is open Monday to Friday every week of the school term. It is also open at lunchtimes (except Wednesday) for students to read or play games such as lego, connect four, twister, chess, guess who?, snakes and ladders and uno.
Mondays/Thursdays: Years 1, 2 and 3
Tuesdays/Fridays: Years 4, 5 and 6
CHESS @ the Library
Over the holidays the carpet in the library was replaced and we have a new chess board corner. The library will be hosting chess games on these square tiles during lunchtimes. We are excited about the chess pieces arriving very soon so that the games can commence!
KEYED UP MUSIC
The Uniform Shop will be open on Mondays and Thursdays in Term 1.
Opening times : 1.30pm-3.30pm
Uniform Shop Coordinator
School Banking will open on Thursday 20 February 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.
P & F NEWS
DADS' & KIDS' CAMP OUT FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020
AUSTRALIAN GIRLS' CHOIR - Complimentary Open Classes
The Australian Girls Choir is currently offering free open classes to school-aged girls during February and March. Attending an open class gives girls the opportunity to explore their musical and performance skills in a fun and nurturing environment. Girls have fun as they learn to sing, dance and perform in weekly classes that emphasise personal growth and self-esteem. Visit https://ausgirlschoir.com.au/openclass/ for more details.
The impact of doing this small thing has the power to change your relationship for the better - whether they are in preschool or in high school.
For more ideas on how to connect with your kids, watch Maggie Dent's video on ParentTV here: http://bit.ly/2HEM9yb
Like most parents, we wish we could protect our kids forever and shield them from hurtful experiences. However, as the prime time for bullying is when kids are not under our supervision, instead we need to equip them with the tools to diffuse and deal with bullying situations effectively before they go too far.
So how do you teach your children to handle bullies?
ST NORBERT COLLEGE
St Norbert College warmly invites prospective students and their parents to tour the college, its contemporary facilities and extensive grounds. Tours will be conducted at 9.00am and 1.00pm'
ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7 IN 2022
The college has commenced enrolment for 2022. Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Enrolment Office, Mrs Hughes on 9350 5433.