Padbury Newsletter

Issue #15 - 19 September 2019

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20 Sep - Athletics Carnival / Sausage Sizzle Day

21-22 Sep - Reconciliation Commitment Masses

23 Sep - Mercy Week Fete Day

24 Sep - Interschool Jumps and Throws / Mercy Mass @ 2pm in Hall

25 Sep - Interschool Athletics Carnival / Last day of term for students

26 Sep - Pupil Free Day (staff development)

27 Sep - Pupil Free Day (staff development)


Dear Parents

The PCPS Family Mass was celebrated last Sunday at Our Lady of the Missions Church. I was thrilled with the many families who came along and to our committed families and children who took on various roles for the liturgy. I thank the great team of parents who organised everything and worked with the parish to bring this to fruition and encouraging families to join in. Father Cyprian was amazing as always. He warmly welcomed everyone and generated so much enthusiasm with our families. We are fortunate to have him as our parish priest. I look forward to the next family mass in November.

Please keep the Year Three children in your prayers as they commence their sacramental preparation for their First Reconciliation which will be celebrated next term. Please keep up to date with parent evenings and sacramental dates in the newsletter.

Padbury Catholic Primary School was founded by the Mercy Sisters in 1985. Next week we will be celebrating our origins during Mercy Week. Please join us for our whole school mass on Tuesday 24 September at 2.00pm in the School Hall.

Who are the Mercy Sisters? Throughout rural and urban Australia, in Papua New Guinea and internationally, our Sisters and partners in Mercy, minister to people with no voice and those seeking justice at home and beyond. Padbury Catholic Primary School seeks to support the Sisters in their mission.

On Monday 23 September we will be fundraising for Mercy Works who are the charity branch of the Mercy Sisters. Our Year Six students are busy preparing a mini fete to which all year levels are invited to take part. Please see the flyer in the newsletter.

Each year the Bishops issue a statement for the coming year on Social Justice Sunday, 29 September 2019. The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019-2020, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements of our digital world that may be harmful. The Statement reminds us that the new digital media cannot be seen as neutral or ‘unaffected by any moral considerations’. While many users do not realise it, the core business of social media platforms is to sell advertising and maximise profits. People’s personal lives may be reduced to data that is traded for profit or power, and it is used to target and influence us in ways previously unthinkable. The Statement amplifies Pope Francis’ call to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’, with the image of the Good Samaritan for inspiration. We are called not only to love our neighbour but to bring the love of God to the new global neighbourhood. The Statement points out that we are called not just to be inhabitants of this new digital world but active citizens shaping it. All of us, whether we are users, communities, industrial or political leaders have a role to play in rejecting hatred, divisions and falsehoods. We have a duty to foster a neighbourhood that promotes those human attributes and social values that lend themselves to genuine human encounter, love, understanding, beauty, goodness, truth and trustworthiness, joy and hope. You can follow the Office for Social Justice of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Facebook: @socialjusticeACBC Twitter: @JusticeCatholic Social Justice website (

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival has now concluded for the year. The Festival seeks to provide students with specific ‘performance platforms’ where they have the unique opportunity to give of their very best and perform to a public audience. Open to both primary and secondary school students, the performance categories encompass choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance aspects of the performing arts. Approximately 18,000 students enter the festival each year.

I am very proud and pleased to announce that Luka Babich (Yr 5) is the 2019 recipient of Our Lady of the Missions Shield for Vocal Solo. Congratulations Luka on an outstanding performance! Here are the adjudicator’s comments...’Blues are not easy to sing but you nailed this one! You should go to New Orleans. Your guitarist was brilliant; you are a real duo’. The brilliant guitarist was Luka’s class mate Kaden Griffin. Well done Kaden! (Most children performed with their teachers). Luka was then invited to sing the National Anthem with the La Salle Orchestra for the conclusion of The Catholic Performing Arts Festival at the Perth Concert Hall last Monday night. Needless to say his singing was outstanding! This follows on from the Rock Frogs success in 2018 in winning the shield for contemporary band.

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Congratulations to Padbury CPS Tournament of the Minds (TOM) STEM team on their performance last Saturday as they competed in the State Final. They came second! Well done! Big thankyou to Ms Ashleigh Remigio for assisting the children with their preparations for the competition.

The Year Four classes have been learning about Aboriginal Peoples’ history in an Integrated Learning Unit drawing from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), English, Science, Music and Art curricula. The central idea of the unit is based on the NAIDOC 2019 theme: ‘Voice Treaty Truth’. The children presented a fantastic exhibition last week in our school hall to display the outcome of all their learning activities. There was music, artwork, Dreaming stories, a comparison of the geographical and spiritual aspects of Uluru, a persuasive text on contemporary issues from an Aboriginal People’s perspective and an investigation drawn from the book “Young Dark Emu” and more! Huge thanks to the Year Four teachers Mrs Deb Barry, Mrs Megan Woodall and Mr John Hignett and to our marvellous effort of our Year Four students. I am extremely proud of their achievement.

Ms Isobel Bevis and Mrs Sharon Davis from the CEWA Aboriginal Education Team were our special guests for this exhibition. Mrs Davis said Today was the best practice in embedding Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum, that I have seen since I started at CEWA in 2015. Congratulations! I just wanted to let you know that our hearts are full and we are so proud of what your school is doing’.

On Tuesday the after school Coding Club held its ‘show-off’ afternoon, with the children proudly explaining and sharing their very creative and somewhat complex coding projects they have been working on. There has been some great critical thinking and problem solving going on! It was great to see so many parents come along for the afternoon. Big thank you to Mrs Deb Barry, the Coding Club Co-ordinator, for providing this extra curricula opportunity for our children. Thankyou also to all the staff who have assisted during the term.

We have had a busy sporting start to the week with Jumps and Throws taking place on Monday and Tuesday and we look forward to a sensational school Athletics Carnival on Friday. Fingers crossed for some good weather. I would like to thank Mr Hignett for all his preparatory work as so much goes on behind the scenes which we do not see. I am very appreciative of this.

Thank you to all the staff for their help so far and in anticipation of their help, undertaking various roles for the carnival. Big thank you to all the parent helpers who assisted earlier in the week with Jumps and Throws and to all those parents who have volunteered to help tomorrow. Your assistance is always very much appreciated and highly valued and we could not run the carnival without you. I look forward to seeing you all in the morning. I know your children will love to see you cheering them on and supporting them.

Thank you to Marnie Cooper and the Year Five parents and students for organising the Coloured Hairspray & Zinc stall for tomorrow. They will be ready to start styling from 8.00am!

SidSeagull from the Cancer Council will be making an appearance at our carnival reminding the children to slip, slop, slap and Cancer Council SunSmart stickers will be handed out and plenty of sunscreen available for use at the stall. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations. The money will go towards SunSmart projects at our school.

There will be a P&F Sausage Sizzle for lunch for children and families at the carnival so look out for this stall. Thank you to Sheree Merry and Cindy Aquino for organising this and to everyone who has put their hand up to assist. It is very much appreciated and the lunch will be welcomed by many I am sure!

The Year Fours have created a wall of their understanding of ‘persistence and resilience’ in a sports carnival in the amphitheatre area. Well done Year Four! I know that the Padbury Sportsmanship will shine through on Friday!

Our second disco for the year was well attended by lots of children showing off their Super Powers! Thank you to Tara Pellicano and Lauren Giuffre for organising this P&F event and for making it a fun night for the children. Thank you also to Simon Pearce for organising the EFL Poker Night for our dads last weekend. I heard that all those who went along on the night had a great time.

The Uniform Committee has sent out a survey regarding a review of the school uniform. If you have not yet responded to the survey, please do so before the end of the term in order to have some input. The committee value your feedback and will review responses and then make a decision regarding moving forward.

An invitation from the Executive Director–

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) is reviewing our system policies supporting our 75,000 students and 12,000 staff in 162 schools.

We invite all students, parents, CEWA staff and members of your community to help by telling us: What makes a good Catholic school?

Facilitated sessions will take place at our Leederville office. You can book your preferred session time online and choose from:

* Early Years LOFT Sessions (for Pre K - Year 4 Students and their Family)

* Open LOFT Sessions (Years 4 - 12 Students, Families, Staff and Community)

During the school holiday sessions, participants will also help to create a mural alongside local artist Linzi Carter. This is an evolving creation, whose form will develop with each session. We welcome you to participate in this unique opportunity to have your say on the future of our schools. For more information and to register for a session, see:

I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who have written some beautiful emails and notes to me throughout the term or spoken to me personally. Parents have been commending some of the great programmes we have in place at Padbury CPS, written their appreciation of their child’s class teacher, written in support of the Leadership Team’s proactive nature, expressed their delight with the warm welcome they receive when they enter the front office, expressed gratitude for the wonderful pastoral care their child receives on a daily basis and the list goes on! I love receiving these emails and notes so thank you, thank you, thank you for your continual support and encouragement. It really means a lot to the Leadership Team and to our hard working staff. Our school motto of ‘Love One Another’ is truly shining!

There are two Pupil Free days at the end of this term as the staff will be taking part in professional development on the curriculum area of Religious Education. This will be the last newsletter for the term so I wish you all a wonderful holiday, enjoying time with your families and friends.

Mrs Margaret Williamson




Reconciliation - Important Dates

Reconciliation Commitment Masses will be held at Our Lady of the Mission Church over this coming weekend. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Missions Church. If you have any queries please see your classroom teacher.

Mercy Week

Our Mercy Week celebrations (next week) are gearing up, with several events planned throughout the week. On Monday we will have our Mercy Week Fete Day (please see flyer below), and on Tuesday we will hold our Whole School Mercy Mass at 2:00pm in the school hall. All are welcome to join us for this special celebration.
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PCPS in the local news!

Padbury Catholic has been featured yet again in the Joondalup Times Newspaper. They have highlighted our wonderful success at the recent State Cross Country Finals. Please click the link to have a read. The article is yet to appear in print. Well done Padbury!

Lost Property

Please check lost property (located in the amphitheatre) before the end of this term, as any items that remain on Thursday 26th September will be donated to the Uniform Shop or St Vincent De Paul.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead and enjoy the holiday break!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal

New Administration of Schools Financial System and Family / Student database.

During the month of September the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia transitioned our school to a new school administration and finance system, Administration of Schools (AoS). This system is being deployed to all WA Catholic Schools.

As a result of this your BPay reference number for Padbury Catholic Primary School Fee payments has changed.

All families will soon receive an email with an attached Updated School Fee Statement, showing your current balance and updated BPay payment details. Families are asked to take note of the new BPay reference number (located on the School Fee Statement) and update your bank account details prior to making any further BPay payments.

You do not need to do anything if you do not pay your school fee account by BPay.

The change to your BPay reference number is for families who will continue to pay the remainder of their 2019 fees and future fees.

If you have any queries regarding your school fees please contact the school office or email

Mrs Denise Davis

Finance Officer

Uniform Survey

Over the last few years there has been discussion at different levels from the School Board through to the P&F and from parents in general regarding a review of the girls school dresses. As a result of these discussions, a survey was sent out to parents last year and the results were overwhelmingly positive, in favour of looking at another option for the girls.

As a follow on from this we invite you to take part in the survey below to provide your feedback which will assist the Uniform Committee to make the final decision about the uniform going forward. Please note this survey is relevant to the girls and boys in the school and there are boys shorts samples available for viewing too and a question in the survey relating to the boys uniform.

The Committee would like to keep the uniform standard throughout the school ie one uniform for all the girls. If there is a change to the girls uniform, there will be a grace period of 3 years, to enable the current uniform to be phased out.

Click or copy and paste to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. The survey will close Thursday 26th September.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to speak with Kylie.

Kylie Giles (Uniform Shop Manageress), Margaret Williamson (Principal), Sally Kelly (P&F) and Kari Stott (Parent Rep)

Uniform Committee


Final Results from The Performing Arts Festival

Luka Babich is the 2019 recipient of Our Lady Of The Missions Award for Vocal Solo/Duet (Primary). Luka was invited to sing the National Anthem for the conclusion of The Performing Arts Festival at the Perth Concert Hall last Monday night.


Luka Babich, Year 6 Stick Drama.


Sophie Monisse-Redman, Aileen Karuvelil Saju (x2), Declan Cooper, Kaden Griffin, Charlotte James, Abigail Leitch, Year 3H and 3 BR Choral Choir, Year 5 and 6 Sacred Choir.


Mahalia Mae Ellison, Phoebe Lyons, Rock Frogs, Year 1W and 1M Choral Choir, Year 6 Choral Choir.

Congratulations once again to all of this year’s participants, your enthusiasm and courage to perform is outstanding.

Mrs Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher

Tournament of Minds - State Finals

This year, we entered two teams in to the Tournament of Minds Competition held at ECU Joondalup. Our STEM was invited to compete in the State Final. The State Final consisted of a Spontaneous and a Three-Hour Challenge. The team was ‘locked-down’ for three hours to work out a creative solution to the problem they received on the day. Well done to the team on a brilliant effort, they have continued to do themselves proud and represent our school admirably.

Student Newsletter

The second edition of Padbury Matters is available now. Padbury Matters is a newsletter, written by Year 6 students, that provides the students with a voice and a platform to showcase the talents and achievements of every student in the school. Please click on this link to read the second edition -

Reading Recovery

Padbury Catholic Primary School would like to congratulate our Reading Recovery Students of 2019. These students have made excellent progress along their reading journey and have become fluent, expressive and accurate readers. These children have developed a love of reading that will follow them through life. We are very proud of their efforts.


Padbury Catholic Primary School would like to congratulate the EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding) Graduates of 2019. These students, have worked very hard and have produced outstanding results. We are very proud of their commitment to learning.

Kindy News


The Kindy children have gone ‘pizza crazy’ with an assortment of activities across number of learning areas over the past few weeks. They have had a great time exploring this topic in detail and have asked for more! The students have delved into fraction work, graphing, venn diagrams, ten frames and story telling through our Talk 4 Writing class learning and of course making our very own pizza with stretchy dough!

Our love of pizza has then spilt into our love of sounds with our Kindy children building pyramids using sounds they know and love to sound out! Sounds go missing, sounds are found and sounding our words are all in the mix!

A jammed packed term of learning with a super supportive team and parent community.

We look forward to offering more of our program in our final term for the year.

The Kindy Team

Pre Kindy and Kindy 2020 Parent Workshop

Our Early Years classrooms opened up their doors to our current Pre Kindy and Kindy parents for 2020. A parent initiated event to provide support strategies for our community and ask those important questions of how we can best provide the connection between the home and school environment with children’s developmental milestones. The informal workshop offered parents the opportunity to observe and see first hand the many simple and practical ways we can provide play and learning examples in the home that extend the skills offered in classrooms. Our parents were offered examples of:

  • Inquiry Play
  • Social and Emotional Regulating Play
  • Gross Motor and Coordination Play
  • Fine Motor Strengthening Play
  • Pre Writing Play
  • Sensory Play
  • Scissor Play
  • Craft Play

A big thank you to the staff for supporting in the set up of the afternoon. We look forward to sharing these practices with our new students in 2020.

The Early Years Team

Ms Natasa Bebich and Mrs Megan Finlay

Father's Day in Pre-Kindy

In Pre Kindy we celebrated Father's Day with an early morning cuppa, muffins and activities with our Dads, Grandads and even Uncles! We planted vegetables in the garden bed we had prepared and weeded. We chose to plant strawberries, carrots, capsicums and tomatoes. There were loads of other fun activities like construction with tools, painting, sensory tub fun, building, playdough and outdoor games.

Mrs Megan Finlay and Mrs Heidi Mullen

Teacher Profiles


Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

I always wanted to be a footy player from the age of five and thought this would be the path I would have taken when I finished school. Teaching wasn’t something that I have ever considered as I wasn’t very engaged as a student even though my reports always showed I had so much potential. I spent a number of years travelling and then realised the importance of an education being the platform to give you so many options in life. Working full time with a family I persevered and completed my teaching degree. Through my studies I came to recognise that I wanted to teach in a way that students were engaged and knew they were getting the support they needed.

What keeps this spark alive years later?

There is an inbuilt passion for this work that I never had in others jobs. To be part of the team that empowers student to build the best versions of themselves is the key. Understanding daily the pressures and demands of this profession and knowing that with my peers we can work together to bring out our best. Working in the upper year levels there is an added responsibility in preparing them for high school and showing them the levels of responsibility that go with learning. The students see you as someone they respect and they don’t want to let you down. I have a very open and accepting approach to relationship building and often learn a lot from the students I teach. I am a great advocator of children having and voice and valuing what they offer. It is paramount that children feel safe and that they are being themselves.


Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

I used to work in an administrative job for many years and it often felt like ground hog day! After having children of my own I was itching for something different. I wanted the experience of going back to work where it would be fun. As a teenager and a young adult I was always the one that children would gravitate to at parties and family gatherings. You could say that I was a kid at heart and was known as the ‘kid magnet’. I had a child who found school challenging and I became aware of the support that was required and the important role the teacher assistant plays in the classroom. Years later one of my friends was Teacher Assistant shared that I should have a go at working in schools and inspired me to have a go. I first volunteered at my daughters school and loved it some much that I enrolled to complete my own certificate soon after.

What keeps the spark alive years later?

I love the buzz of of working in teams and sharing ideas, in particular the rapport with the teacher in the classroom. The ideas flow so well when more people are involved and the quality of learning offered to the children is this biggest reward. I have a love of art and enjoy creative and inspirational work opportunities. Give me any concept and I run with some many ideas! I have a very patient and nurturing manner that suits working with children in the early years. Allowing the space and opportunity for children to learn from their play experiences makes the job so worthwhile. I have a very approachable personality and enjoy a challenge. My stellar levels of commitment and dedication to my work makes me love it more and more. There is no greater joy than working with children to support every little milestone no matter how big or small.

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Term 4 Icy Pole Dates

Icy pole days are returning for Term 4, every second Friday starting from Week One (dates will be on the Community calendar).We would love some new volunteers to assist with the roster, if you’re available on Friday afternoons from 12.50-1.50pm please email Annette Harvey (

Gluten free, Peters lemonade icy poles will be available. All ice poles will be $1.20.

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Save the Date

Parish Dance 25th of October 7pm. At Whitford Catholic Primary School Hall. Online tickets AVAILABLE NOW! Paper ticket sales soon!

OLM 45th Anniversary

Our Parish will have a special celebration of forty-five years of faith on Saturday, 19th October from 2.30pm on the Oval, concluding with Mass at 6.00pm here in the church led by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. You are all invited to this special event of our Parish. Please invite your family, friends and fellow parishioners to come along.

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)