NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

3 March 2022

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Dear Parents and Staff


I imagine that you’ve probably all heard enough from me this week with the many communications about the positive Covid cases in our Year Three classes. Both of the infected students have been quite unwell but appear to be recovering now. I’m sure you all join with me in sending our support for them and their families and will keep them in your daily prayers. None of us would ever wish to experience the pain of seeing our children suffering in this way but, sadly, I think this is the future that we face. I ask you all to remain vigilant particularly as our state borders are opened and the possibility of infection being brought into our state increases. I look forward to our Year Three children returning next Wednesday and hope they are keeping up with all of the remote learning activities that their teachers are providing.

ASH WEDNESDAY

Yesterday we celebrated Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Due to the current Covid regulations we weren’t able to celebrate Mass as a whole school, with each of the Year levels holding a Liturgy of the Word in their classes. Their teachers distributed the Ashes, which had been blessed by Fr Quynh, by sprinkling them onto the top of each recipient’s head. I visited the Kindy and Pre-Primary classes and was so impressed by the reverence shown by the children as I distributed the Ashes to them and their teachers.

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BIKE REPAIR STATION


Last year our school participated in Your Move which is a free program helping students get active by increasing walking, scooting and riding to school. Because so many students took up the challenge presented by Mr Webb, we have received a Bike Repair Station which is located next to the Hall near the bike racks. This is a fabulous addition to our school and will ensure that students, staff or parents can carry out repairs to their bike just like Christian Haddleton is doing in this photo.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Due to the current indoor physical distancing regulations, the Commitment Masses for the children making their First Reconciliation later this Term, will not be held on the weekend of 12 & 13 March. Mrs Bradshaw will be in touch with families to advise of alternate arrangements for the completion of the Commitment forms.


STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As part of our ongoing renewal to teach Catholic Education in our school, the staff will, tomorrow, be involved in a day of development, understanding and reflection about Prayer and our school’s Charism. Children do not attend school on this day and our Outside School Hours Care is available for families who require this service. Please contact the school office for details.

LABOUR DAY

Next Monday, 7 March, we have a public holiday to commemorate the achievements of organised labour in implementing the eight-hour day in the middle of the nineteenth century when previously workers were required to work 10 - 12 hours a day for six days a week. Thankfully our predecessors have not only provided us with a much better working week but also a holiday to remember this great achievement. I hope you all enjoy the extended weekend.

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Sacrament of Penance

Due to the current COVID restrictions we have had to make some changes to how the children will be receiving the Sacrament of Penance.


Parent/child workshop information has been sent home this week to all families who has a child that will be receiving the Sacraments. Please work through this with your child and return the activities by Friday 11 March.


Reconciliation Celebration:

3M Reconciliation: Wednesday 16 March at 9.45am

3P Reconciliation: Wednesday 23 March at 9.45am


Children from other Year levels who have enrolled to receive the Sacrament will be allocated one of the Wednesdays and parents will be advised once this has been determined. Parents are welcome to attend however, due to group gathering regulations, siblings and extended family will not be able to join us.


Stefanie Bradshaw

Assistant Principal

YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS

What a camp week it turned out to be! Despite our original plans changing, we were so happy to have put together a memorable camp week for the Year 6 students. From a day out in Fremantle visiting the Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison, to participating in many adventurous activities at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre (and much much more), it was a week we surely won’t forget. Thank you to all the Year 6 students for their willingness to push themselves outside their comfort zone, their impressive teamwork skills, and their enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to see you all thrive during the week!

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My favourite thing about camp 2.0 was probably archery because I got to have a go at something new and I scored 23 points but it is also about having fun as well. I also enjoyed the flying fox with Isabella.G it was scary at first but than I got used to it. - Chloe Davidson 6P

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On Tuesday we went to Fremantle Prison. It was fun. We got to go in the dark room where they kept the prisoners for misbehaving. On Thursday we went kayaking. It was fun when we had our own boat and started playing netball with the kayak. On Wednesday we did Archery. It was fun because we learnt how to load the arrow into the bow and shoot it. Camp 2.0 was very fun. - Samuel Annan 6P

This year’s camp was amazing even though our camp got cancelled, our lovely teachers Mrs Martin, Mr Webb and Mrs Flexman did organise camp 2.0 which every Year 6 enjoyed. One of the activities was kayaking. Kayaking is really fun as we got to learn how to kayak on the Swan river right next to our adventure camp. One funny thing about when I was kayaking, is that when we were lining up to play a game, the river’s current was so fast that I had to use all my energy to go back into the game again, so that’s just one of the many activities that Year 6 did. - Sophia Rullo 6M

l loved doing the outdoor activities at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre! My favourite activity was definitely the flying fox. I went upside down and went zooming across the grass! On my first try l was a little nervous, but l did it anyway and l had so much fun! - Tiahna M

My favourite thing about Camp 2.0 is archery because I was part of the winning team and I liked shooting bows, also I shot a few ants. I loved the scones because I made them and they had jam, whipped cream and it was lemonade flavour. Since I now know how to make the lemonade scones I can finally say I can bake. - Eli Lazarte 6P

My absolute favourite activity in camp was archery. I loved how we got to shoot actual arrows at the target. The bow was called a recurve bow and the arrow nocked on to the bow and you had to wear an arm guard in case the bowstring hit your arm whilst shooting. I almost hit the bullseye, but I just missed and hit red! Our guide was very helpful and kind. In conclusion I had an awesomely fun week at camp! - Elliette Blomfield 6M

My favourite part of camp was when we went zip lining. First, we walked down the hill and to the tall tower. When we arrived, we were taught how to safely apply our full body harnesses and zippies. We then had to choose a partner to fly down the zip line with, I chose Bella. Next, we walked up the metal spiral staircase and once we reached the top our instructor opened the gate. He then clipped us onto a lifeline. Next, he clipped our zippies onto the zip line and unclipped our lifeline. He then said 1, 2, 3 and we stepped off the platform and flew down the line. - Jessica McAullay 6M

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Mr Webb, Mrs Flexman & Mrs Martin

LIBRARY NEWS

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Notre Dame Catholic Primary School Library is pleased to offer you in 2022, a web based eplatform resource that contains our eBook collection. This will supplement our hard copy book collection.

What is an eBook?

An ebook is an electronic book, one that you read digitally on your tablet, laptop, computer, smartphone or other devices including eBook readers.


Advantages of eBook collection

Staff, students and parents can borrow eBooks 24 hours a day seven days a week from any location. You do not need to physically visit the library to access our eBook collection.


You can easily download to most smart devices including smartphones.

You don’t have to physically return the book.


How do I borrow an eBook?

Download the free app onto your device OR alternatively click on ePlatform on your child’s iPad.

1. Select START BROWSING

2. Scroll down and click to view your chosen title.

3. Select LOGIN to read this title.

Username and passwords for students in year 4 to 6 are their Mathletics username and password.

Students from Kindy to Year 3 – please ask your teacher for the required password.

4. Select LOAN. The Wheeler eBook interface will guide you on what to do next.


How many eBooks can I borrow and how long is the loan period?

You can borrow 2 books for a two week period. When the loan has expired, the book will automatically return to the Notre Dame eBook lending platform.

Enquiries- If you are experiencing difficulties or need help getting started please come in and see me.


Mrs Sarah Sarmardin – Library Technician

UNIFORM SHOP

The openings times are : Monday & Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

CANTEEN

Canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

The catalogue for the Book Club has now been distributed to each class. Please note the closing date will be 9 AM on Thursday 17 March. No orders after this time will be accepted.


Please note the following:


  1. Books can be ordered online through the Loop system on Scholastic. If you have trouble with this I shall be in the library on Thursday morning,
  2. If you are ordering manually please ensure that the correct money is provided and the order given to the front office. No change will be given.
  3. if your child has completed the order please check that it is correct, and has their full name and class.


Many thanks for your help


Kind regards

Barbara Jamieson

Scholastic Book Club Coordinator

COMMUNITY NEWS

P&F NEWS

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

We hope everyone enjoyed their pancakes on Tuesday. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with purchasing ingredients, mixing 18 big bowls of batter, cooking 560 pancakes, assisting with their preparation for the classrooms, and then cleaning up at the end. Sue, Mai, Kirstie, Michelle, Jo, Nat, Clare, Arosha, Rachael and Claire you guys were amazing! Thank you to all the teachers for serving all of the pancakes for us since we weren’t allowed into the classrooms this year.

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Footy Tipping

Danielle Lawrie has kindy offered to run the footy tipping competition again. Please see the flyer included in the newsletter today. Forms are available at the front office.

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Easter Raffle

The P&F will be running the Easter raffle again, with support from Assistant Principal Stefanie Bradshaw. The flyer and raffle tickets will be sent home in the week beginning 21st March, and will need to be returned with any monies by Monday 4th April.



ySafe Cyber Safety Hub and Parent TV

Don’t forget that the P&F has funded memberships for the whole school community to the ySafe Cyber Safety Hub and Parent TV.


To access the hub, please use this link: https://nds.cybersafetyhub.com.au. You will get access to cyber safety guidelines, tips on how to set up parental controls, reviews of all the latest games and apps, plus much more.


To access Parent TV, go to www.parenttv.com/membership and enter our school's code “notredame.” You can set up a profile for yourself and your children and you will get emails with content relevant to their ages. Parent TV have pulled together a team of trusted parenting experts in the areas of health, technology, behaviour and everything in between and created a range of easy to access 2-5 minute videos answering just about every parenting question under the sun.


Nicole Beresford

President

CLOVERDALE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE UPDATE - RED ALERT

Cloverdale School Dental Service update

From 5pm Thursday 3rd March 2022 we move to Red Covid 19 Alert.

All routine dental care will be cancelled from Friday 4th March. Only urgent treatment will be seen.

We will be cancelling patients by phone, putting them back onto our waitlist. They will be reappointed once we move back to Amber Alert.


Please contact us if you have any queries or your child has toothache. Loose teeth will not be considered urgent.

Phone 9479 7222


Thank you for your patience as we navigate this virus


Keep safe

Best wishes

Staff at Cloverdale DTC

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MERCEDES COLLEGE

Please click on this link for further details:
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Open Day Online

Located in the heart of Perth’s beautiful heritage precinct, Mercedes College would like to invite your family to our upcoming Open Day Online on Tuesday 15 March. Given the current Covid-19 climate, we have had to cancel our traditional Open Day tour and bring families a new online tour experience. Families will be able to book into a session of their choice; 8.30am or 11.00am.


The Open Day Online program will still include a welcome by the Principal, Mrs Kerrie Fraser, a live Q&A session led by key staff and students, and a self-led virtual tour. You will experience first hand why learning in the city will benefit your child's education. Registrations are limited, so please don't leave it too late to book: https://www.mercedes.wa.edu.au/open-morning/


Mercedes College is currently interviewing Year Four students who are due to start Year Seven in 2025.


If you are considering enrolling your daughter, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, book a tour or enrol on-line. For further information, please contact our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1340.

Enrolments 2022

Interviews for enrolments for Year 7 2025 students are being conducted this Semester for sisters of current and past Mercedes students. If you have not enrolled your daughter, please contact our Enrolments Officer, Nicole Kirk, on 9323 1340 or enrol online via the College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au as soon as possible.