NEWSLETTER | TERM 4/Week 1 : 13 October 2022

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Welcome to the final Term of the year. I hope students, staff and parents/carers had a relaxing holiday and are finding renewed energy ready for the home stretch. It was wonderful visiting the classrooms this week and hearing about families who took the opportunity to make the most of the recent changes to travelling restrictions reuniting with family and friends interstate and overseas. It is reassuring to know that we are returning to some form of normality.

We have had a very busy start to the Term with the rescheduled Field Events and Track and Team Events for our Year 3-6 students taking place on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The students displayed excellent sportsmanship and a fun day was had by all. Congratulations to McAuley who were the overall winners on the day and a big thank you to Mr Webb for ensuring both days ran smoothly. I will leave the results and information about individual performances for Mr Webb to report on in his article in next week’s newsletter.

On Wednesday, the school community came together to mark the beginning of Term with a whole school Mass. It was a time to celebrate and thank God for all that we have and for bringing us all back to school safely. We are all looking forward to a productive Term and wish our Year 6 students all the very best for their final nine weeks as Primary School students.


We have been fortunate to have secured the services of Mrs Ellen Phelan who has been appointed as the school Social Worker. I welcome Ellen to our wonderful school community, and I know she is looking forward to helping with the pastoral care of our students.


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October 8th-15th is Mental Health Week in Western Australia. This year’s theme ‘Where we live. How we live. What we’ve lived’ is a reminder that how the body, mind and environment interconnect, is essential to overall wellbeing. During Week 2, students and Staff will explore the theme through many different activities and learning opportunities organised by our Staff Wellness Committee and Year 6 students.

Mental Health Week Activities


Theme: Move

Whole School Activity: Straight after announcements whole school Just Dance led by the Faction Captains

Lunch activity: Year 6 students will be running a disco in the hall at second lunch.


Theme: Healthy eating

Classroom Activity: To promote today’s theme, check out the fun and easy ‘Crunch and Sip drama time activity’ to do in your classroom.


Theme: Mindfulness

Lunch Activity: Music and mindfulness colouring in the library at second lunch.


Theme: My Emotions and Self-Care

Lunch Activity: Craft in the library at second lunch


Theme: My Happy Place

Mental Health Week Liturgy

Whole School: Students wear their school uniform but with one green item of clothing e.g. green scrunchie, green socks, green shoes, green top

Lunch Activity: Outdoor activities outside of the library at second lunch

Staff Wellbeing: Craft @3.30pm

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· Monday 7 November- Staff Professional Development Day

- Students do not attend school on this day

OSHC will operate for those parents who require this service. Please contact the school office for details


On Wednesday, 2 November, parents are invited to join with their children to visit classes to see the great work that the children have been doing throughout the year. The Open Afternoon will take place between 3.30-5.30pm. Parents are also encouraged to come along and enjoy the Book Fair in the school library on 31 October- 2 November.

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The Term Four Planner is available to view on the school website under Parent Communication. Please take the time to diarise the dates applicable to your children.


A reminder to parents and students that in Term 4 students are expected to wear the full summer uniform.

Daniela Boyle



Message from Ellen Phelan, our new Social Worker

Hello Students, Parents and Families,

My name is Ellen Phelan and I have just started as the new social worker. I will be working at the school on Mondays between 8.00am and 3.30pm.

As a quick reminder here is what a school social worker does:

  • Assists and supports students where social and emotional issues may be impacting on their learning;
  • Provides counselling for students;
  • Works closely with school staff whilst respecting families and students' privacy;
  • Can refer students/families to outside counsellors/services as required or requested;
  • Can provide information on community resources;
  • Supports the religious values of the Catholic School Community.

Please remember:

  • There is no cost to parents for the school social work service;
  • Discussions and any records made are considered private and confidential. Any discussions with other school staff will only be as required for the student’s welfare.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.

Ellen Phelan

Social Worker



Was your child born between 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.



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Welcome to Term 4. I hope all staff and students had a well-deserved break and are looking forward to the Term ahead.

Bible Studies

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

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023 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.

Paint and Sip Morning

Beginners and budding artists are invited to join for an Art class with water-coloured paints followed by morning tea on Saturday 15 October 2022 in the Parish Centre, 9.15 – 11.30 am. The cost is $25.00 which includes all materials and morning tea. Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 people and bookings are required. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. All proceeds to the Parish Building Fund.

Torchlight Procession

The Legion of Mary is organising a procession around Lake Monger in honour of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ on 28 October 2022. The event will commence at 7.00 pm with rosary and hymns. Please meet at the Gazebo near Powis Street near the Dodd Street carpark. All paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.

Safeguarding Induction for all Church Workers

All Church workers are invited to attend an online safeguarding induction. A Church worker is anyone in the Parish in any role – paid or voluntary

The session will cover the Safeguarding policies and procedures, the importance of Safeguarding in the Parish, and the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer. To register, please phone Ingka on 9221 7762 or visit

Available session dates include: 21 October at 10.00 am; 26 October at 7.00 pm and 1 November at 10.00 am.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

The Parish will hold its annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon on 1 November 2022 in the Parish Centre. Doors will open at 10.00 am and tickets are $10.00 per person and available at the door. Sweeps and raffles will be available. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet to share. Tea and coffee available.

World Youth Day

This event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023. To register your interest or for further information, go to the CYM website or the World Youth Day Lisbon website

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


Wow, we have had a super start to Term Four!

In Writing, we retold our holiday adventures and used snapshots to help us write a recount. We had the opportunity to illustrate these special moments too. In Spelling, we have been revising High Frequency Words and have had lots of fun making them using play dough, connector cubes and writing them on mini whiteboards.

In Maths, we have begun learning how to represent two and three-digit numbers with base-10 blocks. We have explored different ways to form and break up these numbers. It has been great learning about expanded notation for two and three-digit numbers using lots of hands-on materials along the way.

During Religion this week, we have commenced learning about how people like to spend time with others and how they like to talk and share with each other. We have discovered that people take time to talk to family and friends and share what they think and how they feel. We created some cool Pic Collages about this.

Our Health focus this term is safety. We had a class discussion about how actions can affect the safety of ourselves and others, and the different ways we can be safe. We also learnt about the importance of dialling 000 in an emergency and then completed a sequencing activity for calling this important number.

In Art, we made paper telephones. We had a choice of making either a traditional or mobile phone. We are looking forward to using these when we learn about how to speak to a police, ambulance or fire service officer in an emergency.

During HASS we have been learning about the cultures that are represented in our community. We have begun to investigate why it is good to live in a community that embraces many different cultures. We are looking forward to learning about the important celebrations that we celebrate and we can’t wait to create surveys in class about the cultures and backgrounds of our families.

Miss Gullotti & Mrs Donovan-Flintoff



My Book Review by Spartnance Gwizhi

The Cloud Searchers

Amulet Series Book 3

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Suitable for Ages: 8 and older

The Cloud Searchers is the third book in the Amulet series and is about a girl named Emily and her little brother named Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters. The group charter an airship in the search of Cielis, a lost city, there they hope to find help from The Guardians Council Stonekeepers. However, Emily must find Cielis before The Elf King finds her.

I really liked the book and want to continue reading the series because I like graphic novels.

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Our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on 31 October – 2 November 2022 before school at 8am and after school at 3pm.

You and your child will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects children love and want to read about. From newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and favourites.

This is also a great way for you to discuss your child's interests in the wonder of books, and every book sold benefits our school by adding resources to our library.

Mrs Kim Mack

Library Technician


If your child is not attending school, could you please email Administration on and the class teacher. An SMS is automatically sent if we have not received notification. Please reply to the SMS with the name of your child and the reason why the student is not attending school. Also please note, if your family is going on holidays the absentee notification must be sent to and the class teacher.


If your child is booked at OSHC and not attending before and after school care it is important that you please email


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On the first day of September holiday care, children made anything they wanted using recyclable materials. They also had outdoor play including sports, flying paper aeroplanes, chalk drawing and playing on the spider playground. They used creativity, social interaction and fine motor skills while doing the activities.
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Children had fun learning how to build unique creations using Lego bricks. Everyone showed off their imagination skills, their creativity as well as fine motor skills throughout this activity. Additionally, they either worked collaboratively in a team or on their own to complete their creations.
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It was DIY Day that gave an opportunity for children to make their own choices to participate in any play experience such as rock painting, animal stuffing, pencil case and watch creating as well as rhythmic ribbon stick making.
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The Carnival was held on Friday at Notre Dame OSHC. Children participated in a variety of carnival games that included Mummy Wrap Race, Donut Competition, and they also had picnic lunch in the Hall. Such a FUN day!!


The opening times are : Monday & Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm during the term.

Thank you

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator.


The canteen is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can place your order online at MY SCHOOL CONNECT or over the counter at the canteen and we accept cash or eftpos.

I rely on parent volunteers to assist me in running the canteen, so if you have even half an hour spare please pop in and lend a hand or see me to pick a date and time that suits you.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Scan below to purchase tickets

Three prizes up for grabs- the first is valued at $4550. All profits to go towards upgrading the nature playground. Come and see the trailer outside school reception. To purchase tickets ($20 each) and to see full prize details, please go to:

A big thank you to our sponsors Loadstar Trailers, Cassie Rowe MLA, Bunnings Belmont, Reading Cinemas Belmont, Zaneta Mascarenhas MP and Councillor Robert Rossi.

Save The Date:

Paul Litherland Cyber Safety Parent Talk

We are proud to announce Paul Litherland, founder of Surf Online Safe and 2022 WA Australian of the Year, will be visiting our school to conduct a cyber safety presentation for parents on Wednesday 19th October (Term 4, week 2). Paul will outline key points surrounding the online behaviours of our students and offer some good insight into where they are going online and the risks they are taking. Subjects include Social Networking, Juvenile Online Crime Risk, Sexting & Sextortion, The Law, Online Gaming Issues, and Safety and Control Options Apps, Software, Tips & Hints. To reserve your place at this event, please email Nicole at

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A big thank you to our sponsors Loadstar Trailers, Cassie Rowe MLA, Bunnings Belmont, Reading Cinemas Belmont, Zaneta Mascarenhas MP and Councillor Robert Rossi.


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

We have limited places available in Year 7 for 2023. Interest welcome in other year levels for 2023.

If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit our website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or to book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.

Keyed Up Music

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My name is Julie-Anne Beasley, Club Manager of the Kewdale Little Athletics Club (KLAC).

KLAC is your local Little Athletics Club for all kids aged from Under 6 to Under 17. The main athletics summer season is coming up – FAST – and we wish to spread the message to the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School community.

We offer an inclusive fun environment for kids of every ability across all Little Athletics disciplines – sprinting, long distance running, hurdles, walks, jumps, and throws. We are registered to accept Kidsport vouchers for eligible families. Training takes place twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm) at the Gerry Archer Athletics Track. The Belmont Little Athletics Centre competition day is Saturday morning from October – March (with a Xmas/New Year break) also at Gerry Archer Athletics Track, Abernethy Road, Kewdale.

We welcome new and returning families from the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School community!

Kind regards,


Ms Julie-Anne Beasley

Club Manager

Kewdale Little Athletics Club


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WAAPA is offering a Music Audition Preparation course for those students keen to study Contemporary/Jazz Music after graduation. Details can be found here:

Dr Gabrielle Metcalf| Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts| Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St. Mt Lawley WA 6050 | (08) 9370 6775

| 0417 180 811 | |

Please note I work Monday to Wednesday.

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