Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning - 7 February 2019
Welcome back! Although we have only been back for a few days, the regular school routines have certainly kicked in. Already the children have settled into their work and the staff have been very happy with their efforts. It appears that everyone has returned full of energy and refreshed after the long summer break. I'm sure parents are happy that school has recommenced but also a little sad that the "easiness" and relaxation of the holidays has been replaced by the daily school routines of lunches, drop offs and pick ups. I wish all members of our community; children, parents and staff, a very successful and happy 2019.
I think we've set a new record with complaints from our neighbours about parking. Normally we manage to get through to weeks two or three before we are contacted. Not this year, though, as we've already had neighbour requests that parents refrain from parking on the verge during drop off and pick up. I understand how difficult parking around the school can be, particularly at these peak times, but I can equally understand our neighbour's frustration when their reticulation is damaged by parents from our school. Please do not park on verges or block driveways around the school as this will probably result in the City of Belmont Rangers being called to police parking.
- Signora Jenny Nicolao, our Italian Teacher for the past three years has decided to reduce her workload and will be moving from Notre Dame to take up a position in a smaller Catholic school. We will miss Jenny and wish her every success in her new school.
- Ms Monica Giora and Mr Rudy Alvarez will share the teaching load for Italian lessons in 2019. Class teachers would have informed parents which of these teachers will be teaching their class at last evening's information meetings. I'm sure all members of our community join with me in warmly welcoming Monica and Rudy to our staff.
- Miss Erin Horne and Miss Naomi Fimmano have joined our teaching staff, both teaching in Year Three.
- Ms Kirsty McGann and Miss Kirstie Juffermans have commenced in Education Assistant roles in Kindergarten.
- Mrs Joanne Millard and Mr Michael Safe have returned after a leave of absence during 2018.
We wish all of our new and returning staff success and happiness during this year.
DUTY OF CARE
Throughout last year a number of children either arrived at school very early or were collected late in the afternoon. Our school will only guarantee duty of care of children from 8.00am until 3.15pm unless there are specific programmes, such as homework club, offered by the school. In the mornings staff are busy preparing for the day and there is often review of the day's work and meetings after school which do not allow for adequate supervision of children. We understand that there will be the occasional one off situation when those collecting children may be caught up and are a few minutes late but, for some parents, late pick up after 4.00pm was a regular occurrence last year. If you have been unable to drop and collect your children at the appropriate times please ensure that arrangements are made to alleviate this.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
Throughout the year staff will participate in a range of Professional Development Days. The children do not attend school on these days.
I'm very much looking forward to our P&F's Welcome back to school Night Market next Friday, 15 February. This is a great opportunity for us all to gather and enjoy each other's company in a relaxed environment. There will be a fantastic array of food and drinks available to purchase so, unless you want to bring your own picnic meal, why not have a night off and enjoy the many great options that the P&F has arranged.
During the school holidays the following works have been completed.
- The carpets have been replaced in all of the Year Two and Year Four classrooms
- The Canteen has been upgraded to include overhead storage racks above the food preparation bench and large sinks with vegetable wash taps have been installed.
- The school oval was cored and received maintenance to ensure that it is in very good condition for the new year.
- The photocopiers throughout the school have been upgraded.
Thank you to all who contributed to these works particularly Mike Holtmeulen, Jeff Austen, Paul Caridi and David Shumack. Through their efforts our school remains well-resourced and was ready for us to commence the new school year.
Term 2 : Tuesday 30 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 : Monday 22 July to Wednesday 25 September
Term 4 : Monday 14 October to Friday 13 December
WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY
Whole School Mass
FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY
Notre Dame Night Market 5.00pm-8.00pm
MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY - FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY
Year 6 Camp
WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH
Ash Wednesday - Combined Schools Mass @ 9.30am
SATURDAY 9 MARCH
Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm
SUNDAY 10 MARCH
Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 10.00am
MONDAY 18 MARCH - FRIDAY 29 MARCH
Swimming Lessons PP-Yr 5
THURSDAY 21 MARCH
Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop @ 6.00pm
THURSDAY 28 MARCH
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation @ 6.00pm
All students K-6 have an allocated library time, please encourage your child to remember to return their library books on that day. All students MUST have a library bag to borrow. Students with overdue books are not allowed to borrow until their books are returned.
What day is my child’s library day?
Monday: 6M, 6P, 1M, 3P, 3M
Tuesday: PPM, 5P, 4M, 4P
Thursday: 2M, 5M, PPP, 2P
Friday: KM, KP, 1P
Lunchtime @ the Library
The library is open Monday to Friday every week of the school term. It is also open at lunchtimes (except Wednesday) for students to read or play games such as lego, connect four, twister, chess, snakes and ladders and uno.
Volunteers are always welcome in the library. Please drop in an see me if you are able to assist.
Monday 11 February: NO VOLUNTEER
Wednesday 13 February: NO VOLUNTEER
Friday 15 February: Ros Lovick
If you are able to volunteer in the canteen on Monday, Wednesday or Friday even for half an hour please come and see me at the canteen and place your name on the roster.
Here are a couple of reminders when ordering from the canteen.
- Kindergarten students cannot order from the canteen.
- Pre-Primary students cannot order recess or purchase ice cream/icy poles.
- Ice creams and icy poles cannot be ordered through your lunch order. They must be purchased directly from the canteen.
- Sushi orders must be placed by 10.00am on Wednesday for Friday each week.
- EFTPOS facility is available at the canteen.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
During Term 1 the Uniform Shop will be open on
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Orders and payment can also be made at the front office.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
PARENTS' & FRIENDS' COMMITTEE
KINDY MORNING TEA
On the first day of term, the Notre Dame P&F hosted a morning tea to welcome all of the Kindy parents and carers to the school. The morning tea was an opportunity for families to meet each other, learn more about the Notre Dame school community and also hear from Darryl and the P&F.
The P&F would like to say a big thank you to all of those who volunteered their time to assist on the morning and to those who prepared a yummy dish to share. The food was delicious!
The Notre Dame Night Market is back again on Friday 15th February. There will be a licenced bar, food stalls and free entertainment. If you can volunteer any time on the night to assist with the bar, please text your name and email to Kelly on 0407 632 690.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the satay sticks will no longer be available at the Night Market. Sorry for any inconvenience.
FIRST P&F MEETING
The first P&F meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 12th February at 6pm. All are welcome.
CLOVERDALE DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE
CHISHOLM CATHOLIC COLLEGE
OPEN DAY/SCHOLARSHIP and ENROLMENT INFORMATION
The College's annual Open Day will be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Guided Tours will begin at 8.45am, 11am and 1.15pm from the Performing Arts Centre. Parking will be from the entry on May Street and as directed.
Bookings for tours are essential and close on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Bookings can be made via our website or please contact our administration office on 9208 2500.
The Principal also invites applications for College Scholarships and Bursaries including Academic Scholarships, Indigenous Bursaries and Music Scholarships. More detailed information regarding the Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on the College website under Enrolments.
Requests for application forms should be directed to the College Enrolment Registrar, Mrs Anne Balmer on 9208 2516. Please note that applications for scholarships close on Wednesday 13 March 2019.
Enrolment interviews for Year 7 places for 2021 will commence shortly. The deadline for consideration for the first round of applications (including Siblings) will close on Friday 15 March 2019.
Please note that interviews and offers continue throughout first and second term for new families. Sibling interviews will occur over two evenings on a date to be advised.
Please consult the College website: www.chisholmcc.wa.edu.au for further information regarding College Enrolment and enrolment criteria.
MENINGOCOCCAL ACWY VACCINE
A professional training course for those that work on the front line with clients or customers!
Date: Tuesday 26 February WEST LEEDERVILLE
Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm
A course to provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you help others in a safe way.
Date: Tuesday 7 May WEST LEEDERVILLE
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
This course provides a variety of practical strategies for professionals to incorporate into their work with adolescents.
Date: Tuesday 28 May WEST LEEDERVILLE
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm