Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning 13 June

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-40

Over this coming weekend many of our children will receive the Sacrament of Eucharist as they make their First Holy Communion. Their Reconciliation last Thursday evening was the final step in their journey and we wish both them and their families many blessings at this very important time. Please keep all of the children, their families and their Teachers in your prayers.

PYJAMA DAY (and night!)

Whilst the temperature last night only dropped to 8.3°C, to Bro. Stephen, Mr Tyrrell and me, sleeping in our cardboard boxes, it felt much colder than this. We all had a reasonably good night’s sleep, although it is difficult to find a comfortable position when lying on the hard concrete floor. We were, however, fortunate to have good quality sleeping bags that kept us relatively warm and were spoilt by the Millington and Fisicchia families who brought us hot chocolate, cookies and pizza. Luxuries such as these are not generally available to the many who regularly sleep rough throughout the Perth suburbs. The relative safety of sleeping in the secure school grounds is also something that the homeless would rarely experience. It is my hope that our experience for one night has helped the children to better understand just how fortunate they are and that the privileges that they often take for granted are not afforded to all. In addition to the awareness aspect of the sleepout, the children raised $675 which will be presented to our local chapter of the Society of St Vincent de Paul to assist them in their work with the homeless. Thank you to all of the children and staff for embracing this initiative which has the potential to improve the lives of many. A very special thank you to Caroline and Ross Stafford who were on Parent roster in their daughters’ classes (Charmian – PPM and Alycia – 4KM) yesterday. As you can see from the photo they certainly got into the spirit of the day.


The renovations to the Staffroom and the Library will commence next Monday, 17 June. As advised in previous newsletters there will be some disruption due to the renovations.

Please note:

· The carpark on Oswell St will not be available for parent use as the builders will establish their work compound in this area.

· There will be security fencing erected in front of the Pre-Primary classes to allow access for the builders between the staffroom area and the Library. Staff will be available on Monday morning to show families how to access the Kindergarten and the Pre-Primary.

The building work is scheduled to continue throughout next Term with handover during the October holidays. I apologise for the inconveniences that the renovations will cause but trust that they should not significantly hinder our school’s operation.


These will take place on Wednesday 3 July with classes finishing at 12.00pm. Please collect your children promptly at this time so that the Teachers have time for a short break before starting their interviews at 12.30pm. These meetings are particularly important as they expand upon the written Report that you will be able to access online on Friday 28 June. The interviews are for 10 minutes duration which should be sufficient time to discuss your child’s progress however, if you do require more time, please make an appointment to meet with the Teacher on another day. We will again be using Parent Teacher Online (PTO) for booking interview times. There is a link to this programme on the school website and bookings may be made from 4.00pm on Friday 21 June. When you open the booking site you will see “Obtain PIN/Password” on the right hand side. When you click on this you will need to enter the email address that you use for school communications. You will then be sent a password that you can use to access the booking schedule.

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Was your child born between 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.

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Merit Assembly

Eagle's Cup NDCPS V St Munchin's (Away game)


First Eucharist@ 6.00pm


First Eucharist @ 10.00am


Board Meeting


Year 3-6 Mass @ 8.45am

Kindy Excursion - Scitech


Eagles Cup @ Maida Vale


Merit Assembly

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The Year 6 have had another busy term, representing the school on the sporting field as well as on an excursion to Parliament House. We have been preparing for our careers expo which will be held on the 27th June (2.00 -2.45pm) and have been making our own smoothies in class as well as working on our major art piece for term 2.

Cup - Netball B Team

The Netball B team is one of two Notre Dame school Netball teams in the Eagles Cup. Most of the players are first timers, like me. The Netball B team has the only male player for the school, also me. I, and most people in the B team can say that we are learning and improving quite quickly. So far we have lost 2 games and won 2 games.

Gaby 6M

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Eagles Cup - Netball A team

The netball A team has improved a lot since their first game. They lost the first couple of games but now their teamwork, strength and abilities are a lot better. They recently played against St Joseph's and we won 10 – 6. The first game we played against Sacred Heart and lost by one with the score 8 – 9. The next game we played was against St Emily’s and they beat us by a lot, but they were really good. Last Friday we played against Xavier and they lost by 4 and the score was 7 – 4. Hopefully they win their next games though!

Ava 6M

Eagles Cup – Soccer

So far the Eagle’s Cup soccer team has been trying very hard. We’ve played three matches and lost three, but have been trying our best. I think we’ve improved a lot.

Tyson 6P

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Eagles Cup – Football

So far this year the NDCPS football team has won every game we have played and we think we have played very well. We have had two games at home and one game at St Emily's Primary School. We are playing very well as a team and hopefully we will keep winning.

Taj 6P and Anniroze 6M

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Art Yr 6

For the past few weeks, Year 6 have been working on Water Colours and using techniques to show the bold colour of the water colour paints. This term the year 6 are doing a water colour tree for art. First we had a plank of wood for the base of our tree and then we started drawing a rough sketch of a tree. After we were happy with our tree, we had to go over the tree outline with pencil and press hard so we could see the outline properly for the next step. Next we had to use a hot glue gun to outline the pencil outline. After the hot glue dried, we had to cover the plank with gesso. Gesso is like an undercoat for paintings. After the Gesso had dried, we put on a layer of white acrylic paint. After we finished covering everything with the paints, we had to colour the tree in with water colour paints to make it more colourful and alive. We hope the finished product will be amazing and full of colour.

Nihara 6M
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Visit to Parliament House

When the year 6 students arrived at Parliament House we received a warm welcome from Cassie Rowe and our tour guide. When my class and I entered the building, I was blown away by how nice the main level looked. Our class went upstairs and our guide told us about all the items in the room. After that our tour guide took us to the lower house. We stood in the public viewing area of the room and it was very interesting. Our tour guide told us about the lower house and the member’s seating. After the lower house we were taken across the hallway into the upper house. In the upper house we also sat in the public viewing area and our tour guide told us about the House. When our guide told us about The Dismissal, I was very interested in what he was saying. After visiting the houses, our class was told about more of the interesting items in the room. Then we moved to a little outside area. Cassie Rowe prepared us some little juice cartons as a snack and we were also rewarded a Parliament House pin to wear. Overall I loved Parliament House.

Samantha 6M

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On Thursday the 6th of June I presented my healthy smoothie project. What I did was I got up at the front of the class room and I talked about the ingredients I used, my method and the health values of all the ingredients. Then I put all the ingredients in the blender as well as milk and ice then I blended it. After we finished blending I talked about the nutritional value of all the ingredients. The colour was purple because I put in blueberries, bananas and mangos. Then the class had a taste test of the smoothie and they said that they all really liked it (my healthy smoothie).

Suraiya 6P

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Mr Webb, Mrs Flexman & Mr Seers


Eagles Cup - Round 4 vs Xavier CPS

Below are the results for the latest round against Xavier.

AFL - Win

Soccer - Loss (5 goals to 8!!!)

Netball A - Loss

Netball B - Win

Lightning Carnival (Maide Vale Reserve) - Thursday, 20 June

A reminder to all year 6 parents that the Lightning Carnival, which culminates the Eagles Cup, will be on next Thursday, 6 June, at Maida Vale Reserve in Kalamunda. Bus permission forms have already been returned with the Eagles Cup note earlier in the term. Fixtures for the day will be placed on the class Microsoft Teams site if you wish to view them. This will include a map of the areas where each team will play. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the carnival then please email or come and see me.

2019 Cross Country Carnival - Tomato Lake Reserve

Last Thursday, 6 June, students from years 3 - 6 participated in the annual Notre Dame Cross Country carnival held at Tomato Lake Reserve. We were lucky enough to have a pleasant morning and all the students turned up very excited and ready to get the carnival under way. The day started with a walk of the track so all students were familiar with where they needed to run to as well as stationing our fantastic parent and teacher helpers along the track to assist students with their races. Years 3 & 4 students ran a 1.2km track with the year 5 and 6 completing a 1.5km track. The day started with the year 3 in their first ever cross country carnival. It was amazing to see how many students completed the track so quickly, with the year 3 girls a standout race for the day!

There were many close calls between placing for all races, in particular the Year 6 boys' race which came down to only a metre or two between 1st and 2nd place. This was a great race to finish the day off! There were also some great chants throughout the day, helped run by Mr Tyrell. Well done to our faction captains who did an excellent job of preparing students for their races and motivating their factions. The cross country carnival is a great competition as not always coming first will get your team over the line, it is about having enough consistency throughout all the races in each year level. Prendiville came out the eventual winners, by 102 points! Well done to Prendiville who proved, yet again, too strong! I would like to sincerely thank all the fantastic parent helpers who assisted with track supervising and place judging on the day, as well as the teachers and staff who assisted with various roles on the day. It’s always great knowing how helpful, knowledgeable and fun our Notre Dame staff are when it comes to carnival days! Great job and well done again to Prendiville!

Below are the final results and champion boy/girl positions.

1st - Prendiville (537 points)

2nd - Nagle (435 points)

3rd - McAuley (408 points)

4th - Mercy (406 points)

Year 3 Champion Girls

R/UP - Jessica McAullay (McAuley)

Champion - Isabella Garcia (McAuley)

Year 3 Champion Boys

R/UP - Ciaran Carbery (Prendiville)

Champion - Harry Chua (Mercy)

Year 4 Champion Girls

R/UP - Summer Heath-Dumps (McAuley)

Champion - Leah van den Adel (Prendiville)

Year 4 Champion Boys

R/UP - Cooper Forsyth (McAuley)

Champion - Oscar Leon Cranny (Nagle)

Year 5 Champion Girls

R/UP - Emily Fuge (Nagle)

Champion - Eliza Seinor (Prendiville)

Year 5 Champion Boys

R/UP - Fynn Tomasini

Champion - Samuel Chua

Year 6 Champion Girls

R/UP - Jazel Soriano (Mercy)

Champion - Ella Chilton (Prendiville)

Year 6 Champion Boys

R/UP - Luke South (Nagle)

Champion - Flynn Plimmer (Prendiville)

Running Club

Running club will continue until the last week of this term (Thursday, 4 July). If you wish for your child to join for the remainder of this term please email me directly - Any parents wishing to join in with running club are more than welcome.

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Mr Webb

Sports Teacher


Hi Everyone

I recently read this article about anxiety in children and thought it may be a helpful one to share with you all. it was written by Michael Grose

Denise McGregor

Social Worker

My child is anxious, what do I do?

If you're the parent of an anxious child, you're most certainly not alone. Millions of families all over the world are right there with you. Though it's helpful to know, we understand that it doesn't make the challenging role of parenting an anxious child any easier. What will is developing and deepening your understanding of childhood anxiety and the important role you play in helping them manage it.

While at first parenting an anxious child can feel overwhelming and difficult, I want you to think about it differently. Take a moment to recognise that you, your anxious child and your familty have been presented with an opportunity. You can't change what is happening right in front of you. You can't undo it. What will help your anxious child to flourish, despite their anxiety, is first and foremost someone recognising they need assistance.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety triggers part of the brain to fire up the fight-or-fight response or, as some aptly call it, the fight, flight, freeze or freak out response, to protect us from danger. It's an emotion, and like other emotions it has a start, a middle and an end. Except when it doesn't. That is the experience for an estimated half a million plus Australian kids and 117 million worldwide experiencing an anxiety disorder. That's how far reaching and common anxiety has become.

For these kids their experience of anxiety doesn't pass when the threat, danger or stressful situation has passed. The anxiety they experience can disrupt their day to day life and family life in both predictable and unexpected ways. Anxiety has the potential to stand in the way of kids being kids and their ability to enjoy the quintessential elements of a happy, relaxed, carefree, playful childhood; but it doesn't have to.

Anxious kids have a brain that works really hard to protect them from danger. A part of their brain is similar to the sentinel among meerkats who is always on their tippy-toes watchfully assessing the environment for threats. This means that anxious kids spend an inordinate amount of time with their fight or flight response in full swing.

It's not by choice. It's exhausting, and not just for the kids. Whether the threat is real or imagined, the brain and body react in the same way. An oversensitive brain will protect, protect, protect, even if the 'threat' seems innocuous to everybody else, or possibly isn't even noticeable. Once the senses signal to the brain that danger is apparent, it's comparable to opening the floodgates. The anxiety cascade begins as does the fallout, making a hard job more challenging for parents of an anxious child.

How to know if your child is anxious?

Anxiety exists on a continuum ranging from high calmness through to low calmness, mild anxiety through to high anxiety. This is different to the traditional view where anxiety is 'present' or 'absent'. Noticing if your child is moving away from a more calm and relaxed persona to feeling more stressed, along with any accompanying behavioural change, is your cue to 'watch and wait' over time to see if these changes in fact point to anxiety. Similarly, helping your child move in the direction of calmness helps buffer against stress.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety are grouped according to their impact on children's emotions and physiology, behaviour and thinking.

Emotionally and physically

It is common for anxiety symptoms to be physical given the changes that happen in the body when the fight or flight response is triggered. These include chest pain or discomfort, nausea, sleeplessness, tiredness, regularly crying over small problems, rapid heart rate and often appearing nervous.


It is hard for anxious kids to concentrate when they're feeling worried. It is equally challenging to concentrate when their body feels revved up like a race car that is stuck in the pits. It is no wonder anxiety shows in behaviours such as excessive fear of making mistakes, perfectionism, avoidance of activities that they feel worried or scared about, refusing to attend sleepovers and many other behaviours.


As the minds of anxious kids are often on the lookout for threats and danger, they're thinking all the time: reflecting on events of the past, analysing situations and reactions from every angle, wondering what's going to happen next and worrying. If there was a "Worrying Olympics'' anxious kids would be gold medallists. Worrying and overthinking is a sign of anxiety.

How to help

There is so much you can do as a parent or teacher to assist your child to better manage their anxiousness. Start with the following approaches:

1. Learn how anxiety works

A thorough understanding of the physiology and psychology of anxiety, the events that

trigger anxiety in your child and how your child typically responds is the most important

step you can take. This knowledge will increase your confidence which, in itself, will be a

considerable source of calm for your child.

2. Give your child the tools to self-regulate

Anxiety won't disappear on its own. Children and young people need tools to recognise

and regulate their emotions so they are able to function when anxious moments appear.

Self-management tools such exercise, deep breathing and mindfulness will reduce their

dependence on you, allowing them to manage their anxious states. These lifelong skills

are invaluable for anyone who worries or who has a tendency towards anxiety.

3. Develop a lifestyle that minimises anxiety

A child's lifestyle also impacts massively on their anxiety. Anxiety management tools

will never be totally ineffective until it's supported by a lifestyle that promotes a healthy

mind and body. These seven lifestyles factors in their own way decrease the likelihood

of a child experiencing anxiety: sleep, nutrition and gut health, play and movement,

green time, knowing their values, volunteering and fostering healthy relationships.

While parenting an anxious child is an emotional rollercoaster, try to see each day as an opportunity to build greater awareness and resilience in your child.

Each day is peppered with pockets of time in which you can extend your child's understanding of anxiety, where it comes from and why, as well as guiding them to practise the skills that show their amygdala they're safe, calm their nervous system and restore their thinking brain back into action.

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The canteen is operational Monday, Wednesday and Friday for recess and lunch. I need help with set up, food prep, cooking, serving and clean up. Both mums and dads are welcome, so if can spare even half an hour of your time once a week, once a month, once a term or even just once a year please come to the canteen and place your name on the canteen roster.

I would like to thank the ladies who answered my call for help on Friday 7 June, Monday 10 June and Wednesday 12 June your time was appreciated.




Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator

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Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator


The Uniform Shop will be open on

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm

Orders and payment can also be made at the front office.


Please note that if you purchase or swap a uniform item off the second hand rack, please change the name of the previous owner. We have quite a lot of stock at present, so if there is anything you need in particular please come in and have a look.


Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.



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Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August. Tickets are available at If you would like to know about Mercedes College, follow us on Facebook.


Mazenod Presents Oliver!

Mazenod College presents Oliver! As the first school in WA to have built a theatre-in-the-round it is sure to put a twist on the well-loved classic, that you won’t want to miss. Mazenod ups curtains on its rendition of Oliver on 20 July for seven shows. Tickets are available at If you would like to know more about Mazenod College, follow us on Facebook.

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Sandi Phoenix, founder of the Phoenix Cups and Phoenix Support for Educators, goes through how her three children all have different Freedom Cup needs!

You can watch the full Freedom Cup Video here:

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Parenting is hard. It is even harder when our kids start to show signs that something is wrong with them.

When it comes to helping improve kids behaviour and the soaring issue of managing childhood anxiety, there is growing evidence that us as parents are getting it wrong.

We know this might be hard to hear but the only way we can turn this around is to fully understand exactly what is going on.

"How do I know if my child is being cyberbullied and what should I do about it?" by Rachel Downie - Founder of Stymie

Copy and paste this blurb and link together AFTER uploading the below image to Facebook:

These days, bullying no longer stops at the school gate when a child is picked up – it follows them home.

Rachel discusses what the signs are that your child is being bullied online and what can you do about it?

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.


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The Child and Adolescent Community Health is offering free 3 x 90 minute Seminar Series of various topics on 5; 12; 19 June 2019

The program is offered to all parents with children between the ages of 3 and 8 years

The program will be delivered by experienced Child Health and School Health Nurses

If further information is required, please visit our website

Pennie Nowland | Administrative Assistant | Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health

A: Level 2 Mason Bird Bldg., 303 Sevenoaks St. Cannington WA 6107(P O Box 974 Cannington WA)
: 6151 1308 | F: 6151 1333 | E:


Fauna Nightstalk

Date : 9/07/2019

Time : 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Location :TBC

​The City runs guided nightstalk events at various locations throughout the year. Commencing at sunset, the spotlighting walks run for approximately 90 minutes.

Place: TBC
Time: 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Register by email to or contact the Parks and Environment Department on 9477 7257.


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