Term 2 Week 5 - 28 May 2020

In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again,

‘Peace be with you.

As the Father sent me,

so am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’

~John 20:19-23~

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost Sunday when we remember Jesus’ disciples receiving, in the form of tongues of fire, strength from the Holy Spirit, that was to help them as they went out to preach the Good News to the people from many lands. Perhaps it is a good time for us, too, to draw strength from the Holy Spirit as we continue the treacherous journey that lies ahead. Reciting the prayer on the left would be a good place to start.


As we come to the middle of the school Term, the normality of what occurs within the school gates makes the whole Covid-19 issue seem a little unreal. Whist we continue to reinforce a high level of personal hygiene for all children, staff and visitors and employ a number of enhanced cleaning procedures, everything at school is just….normal, which is a great thing for everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. The children have settled into regular class routines very well and continue to work hard. It’s as if the time that they were forced to not be at school has made them much more appreciative of the privilege that school attendance affords them. Let’s hope we continue to control the virus within the broader community, and we are able to open up our schools to parents in the not too distant future.


At our last P&F meeting the idea of doing something to take the children’s focus off all of the negativity that surrounds the Coronavirus issues, was floated by Hayley Keene, mother of Zoe – Yr 1M and Jaxon – KGM, so we have decided to have a day of Celebration tomorrow. The staff have a number of fun activities arranged for the children to participate in to celebrate being able to be back at school with their friends and teachers. In addition to free dress, the Disco and sausage sizzle and juice box, the P&F has generously provided an icy pole for each of the children. Each class is also producing a component of a banner that will be hung on the fence on Daly St over the weekend. I hope you like our design and message of hope that you will be able to see when you drop your children at school next Tuesday.


The afternoon drive through pick up in the Parish carpark appears to be running quite efficiently so I think we’re ready for the next level. We will no longer have a staff member on duty as parents enter the carpark to direct you to the correct lane. Essentially the method to follow is:

  • 2.40pm - Pre-Primary parents only to use the left hand lane.
  • Parents who arrive early for Year 1&2 children to use the right hand lane.
  • 2.50pm – Year 1&2 parents to use either lane.
  • Parents who arrive early for Year 3 and above children to park near the Gilroy St end of the carpark.
  • 3.00pm – Parents of Year 3 – 6 children to use either lane.

It is important that parents wait until their particular time to pick up their children as, if they arrive early, they may be asked to do a circuit so as not to block the flow of traffic.

I hope this makes some sense. We will monitor progress over the next few days and re-introduce a staff member to supervise if necessary.


  • Monday 1 June – Public Holiday – WA Day.
  • Tuesday 2 June – Children attend school.
  • Thursday 2 July – Children attend school for the full day.
  • Friday 3 July – Children do not attend school – Staff will be telephoning parents to discuss First Semester Reports and progress.
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A livestreamed Mass for Sundays will be celebrated by Archbishop Costelloe SDB at 11.00am.

The links are as follows and will be accessible from approx 11.00am:

Archdiocese Website –

Archdiocese Facebook -

The Record YouTube -


Notre Dame Church will be reopened from Tuesday 26 May, 2020 only for silent prayer, reflection and Holy Communion. The church will be open from Tuesday to Saturday in the morning each day at 9.00am for Silent prayer, reflection and Holy Communion. We are following the guidelines with only 20 people in the church at one time, with 1.5 metres distancing to be followed. Seating will be available only at the front of the church and those attending will be asked to help clean before leaving. A sign-in book will be available for you to write your contact details. Please use the Wright Street entrance to the church.

Adoration will begin on Friday 29 May from 9.00am to 5.00pm.


Reconciliation only by appointment. Please call Fr Quynh on 9277 4094.

Fr Michael Quynh - Parish Priest

Notre Dame Catholic Church

345 Wright Street, CLOVERDALE WA 6105

Tel: (08) 9277 4094




Was your child born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2021. Registrations for 2021 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2021. Registrations for 2021 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


We are halfway through the term and what a term it has been! We started with all children being fully engaged and participating in online learning and now we are all so glad to be back in our own classrooms. Online learning has allowed the students to explore new and engaging websites and apps but has also allowed the teachers to learn new and exciting things too. Through Teams and Seesaw the children became excellent online learners and were able to schedule their days to get through their many set activities. Have a look below at what we have accomplished so far this term.


Many of the students in Year Four should have been receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this term and although this has been postponed, the students have been learning about the significance of the Last Supper and how we as Catholics celebrate the memorial of the Last Supper. The students acted out the most important part, the consecration, and have been able to summarise in their own words what happened during this event.

Humanities & Social Science (HASS)/Art/Writing:

As many people are dreaming about their next European holidays, the students have been researching different countries throughout Europe include basic facts and places to visit. This theme is also visible in our art sessions this term with the students recreating their own Italian or Greek monument with many Leaning Towers of Pisa’s being built in the Year Four wet area. Over the next few weeks, the students will also be writing a postcard from their chosen country as we focus on this genre of writing.

Design and Technologies/ Health:

This term the students have been learning about healthy eating choices and why they need to choose the correct options to keep their bodies healthy. As part of this, the students created healthy eating plates, where they drew and labelled various healthy foods on a paper plate.This week the students will be designing a healthy menu for a restaurant or café.

Online Learning Reflections:


I found that learning from home was a little bit different because I am more use to working with paper. Miss Gullotti and Mrs Bradshaw kept both classes busy with lots of cool tasks to do at home. I liked learning from home.


Learning from home was not as fun as learning at school because I missed seeing my friends each day. I found learning from home a little hard because I did not have paper worksheets all of the time. I liked being at home and learning in my pyjamas.


I liked learning from home because I could finish my work very early and play outside. I enjoyed completing Mr Safe’s maths activities on Seesaw.


I liked completing the art project from home. I got to create my own Leaning Tower of Pisa and to do this I used a pool noodle, paper, a pop stick and paint. I also liked doing the online morning fitness and Science work about push and pull forces.

Miss Gullotti, Mrs Bradshaw & Mr Safe

Year Four Teachers

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We started our Reconciliation Week with National Sorry Day on Tuesday 26th May. This was a special time for students to learn about the apology to the Stolen Generations by the Prime Minister in 2008. Students from Year 3 to Year 6 read a beautiful story called Sorry Day by Coral Vass. Sorry Day includes a special introduction and afterword from former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and is read poignantly by actor Trevor Jamieson. Students helped create a wonderful display of hands in the library to commemorate this occasion.

The story can be viewed online at:

The library also displayed our Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags as a symbol of unity and strength.

Reconciliation Prayer

by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

Holy Father, God of Love,

May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group 13 March 1997 Brisbane, Qld).

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Mrs Sarah Sarmardin



Appreciate parents re-checking your date on the lunch order before you select submit.
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Due to Covid-19 we are waiting to receive a number of uniform items made overseas. I will inform parents as soon as these arrive. I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

As parents are not permitted on the school grounds at the moment, 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


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A must watch course for every parent who has a school-aged child. Learn exactly what is and what isn’t classed as bullying, what to do if your child is being bullied, how to teach your child to deal with bullies and what to do if your child is the one bullying others.

Rachel is the founder of Stymie, an anonymous bullying reporting platform used nationally in schools, and works with students and parents on educating and empowering children to stand up against bullying.

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Mindfulness and Growth Mindset

In the same way, a gardener cannot force a seed or plant to grow, neither can a teacher simply make a student become more motivated, develop a growth mindset, or perform better at school. Rather, just as a gardener creates optimal conditions to help the seed and plant growth, so too does a teacher create the conditions and climate to cultivate personal and academic growth that can assist a student to flourish.

If the academic environment is carefully monitored, maintained and continuously tended to, meaningful growth can occur and students have the potential to thrive at school and beyond. Concepts such as ‘growth mindset’ and ‘mindfulness’ are integral to understanding and promoting students’ growth in the classroom.

Mindfulness Activity: The Face Massage
What to do (and avoid) if your child is being cyberbullied


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