4 March 2021

Dear Parents and Staff

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This week we will examine the second of the Pillars of Lent, Fasting. I think there would have been a collective cry of despair by Fish & Chip shop owners a number of years ago when it was announced that the act of Abstinence; not eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays throughout the year, had changed so that this no longer applied to Fridays throughout the year. Fasting is different from Abstinence in that it requires us to limit the food that we eat but does not restrict what this food may be. As I understand, the purpose of Fasting is to assist us to “walk a while in the shoes of others”. We, in Australia, are very privileged and, whilst we do experience difficulties at times, these are generally quite insignificant when compared to what so many, worldwide, encounter on a daily basis. Limiting our daily intake of food throughout the Season of Lent could have two very significant effects; we could donate what we save to assist those less fortunate than us and perhaps we could lose those COVID Kilos that we promised to remove as part of our New Year’s resolution.


Our Year Three children are well on their way to being ready to receive the Sacrament of Penance in a couple of weeks. The next step in their journey is the Parent/Child Workshop which will commence in the Church next Thursday at 6.00pm before moving to the school Library where a range of activities will be completed. Please continue to keep these children, their families and their teachers in your prayers at this very special time.


The first of our Performance Assemblies will be presented by Year 4M tomorrow in the Multi-Purpose Hall commencing at 9.00am. I have been advised that we are to maintain the same protocols as were in place last year for the time being.

  • The presenting class and their buddy class (Pre-Primary M) are the only students to attend.
  • The performance will be live streamed to all other classes.
  • Two family members only per child are invited to attend and all must sign in at the school office.

I look forward to enjoying our Assemblies again and hope that we will be able to return to all of the children being able to watch them live in the very near future.


This will be held next Thursday 11 March at Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre, Broun Avenue in Embleton commencing at 9.30am.

The Carnival is always a great event that caters for all swimming abilities. Mr Webb has, again, produced a programme that will have all of the children engaged throughout the day with fun and challenging events. Parents may take their children home at the conclusion of the Carnival at 2.00pm but must have arranged this with their child’s class teacher prior to the day of the event.


50 families have already signed up for this great night for dads and their kids. Please ensure that you register by 10 March to assist the organizers with their planning.


I have received a request from a neighbour in Sydenham Street that parents please refrain from parking in front of residents’ driveways as this is very frustrating. Please consider using the Drive through Pick up that operates every afternoon in the Parish carpark as this is a very safe option for the children and alleviates much of the parking congestion around the school. Also, please do not stop on the streets surrounding the school to either drop off or collect children. This is a very dangerous practice and could very easily lead to serious injury or the death of a child.

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What a fun start to Year One we have had! The children have settled in beautifully and are enjoying the routine of ‘big school’.


On Shrove Tuesday we enjoyed having a pancake made by the parent helpers and then made our very first PicCollage showing how delicious they were to eat. We made a Lenten promise about something kind we could do for either our family or friends and discussed the importance of prayer during Lent.


We have been working hard learning about place value. Did you know that the 1 in teens numbers actually means 1 lot of ten! Whilst we have been practising this we have also been working on writing our numbers correctly. Maths is a lot of fun and we have been playing a lot of great games to help us with this.


We have started our fun new spelling activities and the children are very clever at sounding out their words and writing each sound. Last week we were very excited to take home our reading books and we are working very hard to learn lots of new words. In writing we are sharing with our friends what we have been doing on the weekend and trying our best to write a recount about this.

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We are learning about items from the past that were used in the home, at school and as well as toys. On March 8 at 2pm we have asked any of our older family members if they would like to come and share items from their childhood with us. We hope to get lots of special guests!

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Finally, we have had lots of time to play and the children have all enjoyed our wet area that has been turned into a special building area with lots of wonderful creations being made.

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Ms Carlton, Mrs Pirie, Mrs McLure and all the Year One Team.


Canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the canteen. Please see me at the canteen.

Thank you to the Notre Dame School community for their continued support. Please remember to order your Sushi on Wednesday for Friday. See the attached flyers for the Lent specials.

Hope to see you at the canteen.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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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."

Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

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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Friday 5 March 2021

St Norbert College warmly invites prospective students and their parents to tour our excellent College, its contemporary facilities and extensive grounds. Tours will be conducted at 9.00am and 1.00pm.

Enrolments for Year 7 in 2023

We have commenced our enrolments for 2023. Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Hughes on 9350 5433.

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Aranmore Catholic College’s 2022 Scholarships are now open.

If your child excels in Academics, Music, Science, Mathematics or has an entrepreneurial spirit, apply today at

Applications close mid-March.


Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Cloverdale Dental Clinic is 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, consider withdrawing from the school service. This will enable us to service those that are unable to access private dentistry. If circumstances change, you are welcome to re-enrol at any time.

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

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