4 November 2021

Dear Parents and Staff

I had intended commencing today’s newsletter by writing about the whole school All Saints' Mass celebrated on Monday but then I awoke to the news yesterday morning that a miracle occurred overnight with Cleo Smith having been found alive and reunited with her family. What made this an even more emotional experience for so many is that her safe return, after 18 days missing, was not the outcome that we were expecting as history suggests that, after such a significant length of time, searches of this nature often have much more dire outcomes. But, in this instance, this is not the case, and we can all rejoice in the dedicated work of our Police Service that has led to this wonderful outcome. Each year at the meeting for new Kindergarten children’s parents I thank them for trusting us to care for and nurture their most precious gift in their absence each day. Events such as Cleo’s disappearance and remarkable return only serve to highlight the trust that parents place in us and the responsibility that we have to honour this. I’m sure many of you already have but, if not, please give your children a huge hug and tell them just how special they are.


  • Surely, I shouldn’t need to write again about unsafe practices by drivers and pedestrians around our school.
  • Surely, parents are able to manage their time so that they’re not in such a hurry that they continue to drop and collect their children on the street rather than parking or using the drop off and pick up facilities supervised by the school staff
  • Surely, the recent events where a child was taken while her parents slept, and another has died due to being hit by a car while crossing the road have made us all aware of just how quickly our children can be taken from us.

Can we please put an end to the dangerous practices that continue around our school on a daily basis? I don’t want our school community to be the next suffering from a tragic incident.


I hope parents enjoyed the opportunity on Tuesday afternoon to visit their children’s class to see some of the wonderful work that they have been completing throughout this year and to catch up with their teachers.

It was lovely to hear our School Choir performing their songs from the Performing Arts Festival to an appreciative audience and to experience the amazing Art Exhibition that was co-ordinated by Mrs Annette Flexman. Whilst the Artworks were certainly the stars of the show, Mrs Flexman’s clever presentation of them to create themes for each Year level’s work was exceptional. I’m sure you all join with me in thanking Annette for all of her wonderful work both with the children’s creations and the wonderful presentation of this. I am aware that Annette spends countless hours coming up with ideas and creating props and am very appreciative of all that she does to promote the Arts in our school. We are truly Blessed!

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3 YO Kindy

Reading a story and having a morning tea picnic outside as well as the many outdoor activities that they do every day in Pre Kindy.

Pre Primary

· Making mud

· Water trolley play

  • Bubbles
  • Making potions from nature
  • My nature walk little booklets
  • Drawing with chalk
  • Building with big blocks
  • Bikes

The children will be allowed to float between the different activities as they wish.

Year One

· Write their spelling words with chalk on the pavement or in the sand

· Do a Nature play bingo where they go on a nature walk with a friend to find, for example, something soft, something red, something that flies, something matching their height, a creepy crawly …

· For our prayer unit in RE they are going to go outside and write a prayer to God thanking him for the gift of the great outdoors/what they like about the great outdoors

· Have a mindfulness session outside to sit and be still to listen to sounds, feel the breeze etc

· and, of course, have Crunch and Sip outside

Year 2M

We are doing an outdoor scavenger hunt and also making faces using natural materials that we find.

Year 2P

We are doing a mix of literacy, mathematics and art activities throughout the day.

· Spelling activities with chalk using the paving

· Measuring the area of the pavement slabs

· Exploring 3D shapes in the environment

· Drawing nature in detail using magnifying glasses

· Leaf rubbings to see the details

· Reading in the sunshine

Year 3M

· Using their wellness journal to complete a gratitude page where they try to think of something for each letter of the alphabet that we are grateful for. We will use our school environment as an inspiration.

· We don’t really love cloudy days but today we will be hoping for some clouds so that we can lay on the grass and let out imaginations go wild as we try to identify and sketch what we see.

Year 3P

Engage in rotations for a range of activities exploring 3D shapes.

Year Four

Participating in activities encompassing various aspects of the curriculum to gain stamps to complete their Nature Passport.

Year Five

Working in small groups in the Mother Mary Piazza to create prayers about nature which include the four elements of prayer: praise, thanks, sorrow and petition.

Year Six

· Doing some Smiling Mind meditation under a tree on the oval.

· We will enjoy the sunshine while we read some of our class novel, Chinese Cinderella, which supports our learning of Chinese history, culture and traditions.


The Gospel reading from last Monday morning’s celebration was from Matthew 5:1-12 and is known as the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus outlines the eight ways for us to work towards living a happy Christian life. Whilst they are given the name The Beatitudes, I like to put a slight twist on this name and refer to them as the Be Attitudes which, I feel, challenges us to not only read the words, but to actively do something about them. If we were all able to be true to each of these eight statements, the world would surely be a better place for everyone.

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On Tuesday morning our school community gathered in the Mother Mary Piazza to bless our Charism Journey which follows the path of both the Presentation and Mercy Orders of Sisters who founded our school. Fr Quynh blessed the plaques, the basket and the lantern which are symbols of the Mercy and Presentation Charisms respectively. Whilst the lantern, basket and plaques are visible signs of the journey, the real treasure lies in the depth of information which may be sourced by accessing the QR codes embedded into the plaques. This is a good opportunity to explore our school's history with your children.

Stefanie Bradshaw

Assistant Principal

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Bible Studies

Each Tuesday evening commencing at 6.00pm in the Parish Centre.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2021 – 2022 Financial Year

The envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick your name off. If you are taking a set for the first time, please write your name and contact details next to the number that you are taking. Direct Debit forms are also available. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish.

Offertory and Collections

During the past four weeks, the Church has re-introduced the Offertory procession as part of Mass. In addition, the collection baskets are now being passed around the pews.

Project Compassion

Caritas Australia would like to sincerely thank all who have supported the Project in 2021. The following amounts have been raised:

· Nationwide - $10.8 million

· Archdiocese of Perth - $1.06 million

· Notre Dame Parish - $8 045.30

November Memorial Masses

Masses will be celebrated on the weekend of the 6/7 November 2021 for all those who have passed away in the previous 12 months (November 2020 – November 2021). Lists will be placed at both entrances of the Church to record deceased relatives. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

The Record Magazine – Issue 33 October 2021

Articles in this month’s Magazine include:

· Why a Plenary Council?

· Plenary Council: Spiritual Conversations

· Modern Slavery Statement Launch

· Youngest Plenary Council member

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



We have commenced MakerSpace each Wednesday in the library and will continue it for the remainder of Term 4. We have been enthusiastic about solving problems as we work our way through various design challenges. We are learning how to build and code robots using Lego WeDo, draw 3D objects using the Splat tool, collaborate with a partner to build a marble run and identify inputs and outputs using the Makey Makey program.

In Religion we have been learning how to pray to God. We have investigated how people appreciate the beauty and wonder of creation and what people realise about God as they spend more time experiencing creation. We have learnt that people pray for different intentions which are praise, thanks, petition and sorrow. We are now completing an assignment where we will write a prayer for each of these intentions.

As a part of Mental Health week in Week One, we learnt about the importance of positive self talk. We made a list of all of the things that make us unique and wonderful and presented these ideas in a creative way. We think they look pretty WONDERful. What do you think?

In literacy we have written our own Haiku poems. Haiku’s are short Japanese poems that follow a simple format. They have three lines, the first has 5 syllables, the second has 7 syllables and the third has 5 syllables. Here are a few examples of our fantastic Haiku poems.

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Miss Horne & Mrs Pethick


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Woolworths Cricket School Blast Cup - Regional Finals

In Term 1 our Year 6 boys took out the Interschool Cricket Blast Cup carnival so they will now be competing in the Regional Finals to be held at Yokine Reserve next Thursday. The winners from this carnival will then move forward into the state finals. We wish the boys the best of luck!


There have been a number of students without hats for most of this term. If your child does not have a hat then you need to purchase a new one from the uniform shop.

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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure that it runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer last term, your help is appreciated. If you would like to join our volunteer pool please come and see me in the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even if you are only able to give half an hour of your time, every bit helps.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Over the last two weeks at OSHC, we brought into our before/after school care program some activities that everyone gave a thumbs up to during the vacation care, such as…

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Meanwhile, we continued to demonstrate our enthusiasm as well as creativity in construction, art and craft, and many other areas.

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We strengthened the bond with our fellow OSHC kids through a good game of Noughts and Crosses, or a friendly conversation over the yummy afternoon tea.

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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."

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


School Banking is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator



On Tuesday 23rd November 2021, Notre Dame Catholic Primary will have their Annual General Meeting (AGM). During the AGM, all P&F positions will become vacant and anyone from the school community is welcome to nominate for a committee position. If you are interested in a position on the committee or as a Class Representative, please complete the attached form and return it to the front office by Tuesday 16th November. Forms are also available at the front office. For further information about any of the P&F roles, please contact P&F President Nicole Beresford via email on

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FREE ySafe cyber safety parent presentation:

When: Monday 8th November

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

All parents will receive access to a number of helpful follow up resources after the session. The children will also be participating in a session during class time on the Monday, and the teachers after school.

If you’ve ever struggled with getting your kids off their games and into bed, worried about knowing what your child is accessing online, or felt concerned that your child was spending too much time in the digital world, this session is for you! ySafe's experts will cover key topics such as the social media platforms that kids are using and how to make them safer, research-based information on gaming & screen time, and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home.

Click here to register:

Colour Run:

When: Friday 26th November

Time: From 2:00pm

Where: Miles Park (PP-Year 6). Kindy Colour Run on the school oval.

Fundraising for upgrades to the Nature Playground. Parent helpers will be needed to squirt the kids with colour and help them to count their laps. If you are able to help, please email P&F member Nicole Beresford on

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Night Market 2022

Save the Date- Friday 11th February 2022.

Food trucks, silent disco, bouncy castles.

Quiz Night Fundraiser Update

All invoices have now been paid and the total amount raised was almost $12,000!!! This will go towards playground upgrades, in addition to any profits made from the Colour Run.

Thank you so much again to our amazing and supportive school community.

Nicole Beresford

P&F President



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Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons during this school term. Lessons start from $23.65 for a group of 2 or $34.10 for an individual lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at


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Mercedes College | A College for every girl in the heart of your city!

We have limited places available in all year groups for 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit the Mercedes website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.


Cloverdale School Dental clinic is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Our phone number is 9479 7222.

Our last day will be Thursday 16th December 2021, we will reopen Monday 31st January 2022.

If you have an emergency during this break, the Mt Henry Clinic, 43 Mt Henry Rd, Salter Point, will be open during all work days from 8:15 am to 4:30pm, Mon to Friday. Their phone number is 9313 0552.

Loose teeth are NOT deemed an emergency. Please encourage children to wobble their loose teeth until they fall out on their own. Some loose teeth tighten up again, then loosen. Cloverdale School clinic is a very busy centre, and we really appreciate your patience with waiting for appointments. Please contact us should you have any queries.

Best wishes for a relaxed and safe school holidays

Sharon, Daniela, Tess, Megan, Phyllis, Elle and Nina

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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