Padbury Newsletter

Issue #17 - 29 October 2020



Fri 30 Oct - All Saints Mass

Sat 31 Oct/Sun 1 Nov - Confirmation Commitment Masses @OLM Parish

Fri 6 Nov - Whole School Aboriginal People's Exhibition @1:30-3:45pm / Icy Pole Day

Tues 10 Nov - Year 6 Priest Visit

Wed 11 Nov - Remembrance Day Prayer Liturgy / Board Meeting / P&F Meeting

Please check the community calendar for future dates as the calendar is regularly updated.


Dear Parents

On 1 November it is the feast of All Saints whereby we honour all of our saints and the great inspiration they are for us all. On Friday afternoon we will celebrate a whole school mass in honour of All Saints. On the 2 November is the feast of All Souls whereby we pray for all those who have passed away and hold their memories close to our hearts.

Congratulations to our Year Three children as they celebrated the Sacrament of Penance on Wednesday evening at Our Lady of the Missions Church. It was a beautiful celebration and I am so proud of the way the children were so respectful and reverent whilst receiving the sacrament. It was so lovely to see many family members going to Reconciliation as well. Thank you to the Year Three teachers Mrs Bastow and Mrs Holness for preparing the children so beautifully and to Father Cyprian and all the priests who came along to assist. It is important that we remind our children that this is not a ‘one off’ sacrament and we need to encourage them to receive this sacrament on a regular basis so that they can deepen their relationship with Jesus and ask him to help them make good choices in their daily lives.

On Wednesday 11 November we will be having a Prayer Service for Remembrance Day. Over one hundred years ago on 11 November 1918, four years of conflict came to an end. Almost 62,000 Australians died fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation. Please keep all those who have fought or died serving our country, in your prayers. LEST WE FORGET

On Friday we celebrate World Teachers Day. Each and every one of our staff members are ‘teachers’ as we all teach, nurture, encourage and support the children at PCPS in all that we do whether we are in the classroom, out on the sporting field or in the office. I thank our outstanding staff for all their commitment, dedication, patience, sense of humour and positivity. It is a pleasure and privilege working with them all and we are truly blessed to have our children in their care.

Congratulations to our Year Four teachers Mrs Barry and Mrs Woodall who have been recognised for their work in creating the PCPS 2019 Aboriginal People’s Exhibition. They were awarded with a runners up Certificate of Merit at this year’s CEWA Quality Catholic Education Awards. Sharon Davis (CEWA Aboriginal Education Team Leader 2019) stated, “Today was the best practice in embedding Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum, that I have seen since I started at CEWA in 2015.” Outstanding work ladies! Our 2020 Exhibition has expanded to include all year levels across the school from Pre-Kindy to Year 6, as they explore and come to new understandings.

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Over the last Term students at Padbury Catholic Primary School have been immersed in integrated learning driven by the central idea of exploring the cultures and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the truth of our shared history. This learning will culminate in Djooroobidiny, an interactive exhibition celebrating our learning in a whole school Exhibition to be held on Friday 6 November. Invitations for parents to join us for this Exhibition have already been sent home and we would love for you to join us along with the Education Ministers representative, Members of Parliament, CEWA staff and specially invited guests with Aboriginal heritage.

A live webinar will be held on 4 November 1.30-2.30pm to discuss the cultural capability of educators. The webinar panel will consist of Sharon Davis (CEWA), Education Director (AIATSIS), Carly Jiya (AITSL), Alana Raymond (Reconciliation Australia), Zana Bowen (World Vision) and our own Year Four Mrs Deb Barry. Congratulations Mrs Barry on being specially selected! Hear directly from those working to ensure the voices, stories and perspectives of First Nations peoples are authentically embedded within the curriculum. Please click on the following link to register your interest in listening to this webinar.

Pre-Kindy and Kindergarten for 2021- The following dates and times are for the Parent Meetings and Student Orientation sessions to be held in the next few weeks:

Pre-Kindy 2021 Parent Meeting and Orientation

1 December 1.30pm

in the Pre-Kindy classroom

Kindergarten 2021 Parent Meeting

17 November 1.30pm

in the school hall

Kindergarten 2021 Orientation

Kindy Gecko 23 November 1.30pm

Kindy Wallaby 26 November 1.30pm

Our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) 2021 programme running on Tuesdays has limited vacancies. Please enrol now for this programme and if you have friends or neighbours with children who would be ready for a Three-Year-Old, please also encourage them to enrol. If you have any queries regarding Pre-Kindy, please check the school website or contact the school office and speak with Mrs Ellen or Assistant Principal (PK-2) Loretta Hutcheson. There are very limited vacancies for other year levels for 2021. If you know of anyone looking for a position, please recommend our beautiful school.

Our P&F will be celebrating the end of 2020 with the PCPS Parents Christmas party coming up on 27 November. Thank you to Marie Lewis and Cathy Farrell for organising this end of year celebratory event for everyone. Look out for details in the newsletter and Parent Facebook Page. The children enjoyed their first P&F Icy Pole day last week and are looking forward to the next one! Make sure you get your orders in on time or just book for the whole term!

The School Board would like to thank those families who have paid their school fees and are up to date. Should you have any outstanding fees, please pay these immediately. As per the school fee policy, the School Board Finance Committee may take action to recover any unpaid fees through a debt collection agency which may in turn affect your future credit ratings. There are a number of methods in which families at the school can pay their school fees. These include: credit card; EFTPOS, cash, cheque, direct debit and internet banking. Please see the Finance Officer, Mrs Denise Davis or Administration Officer, Helen Hughes at the school office for further details.

The Annual General Meeting for the P&F and School Board and Volunteers Supper will be held on Wednesday 18 November in the school hall, commencing at 6.00pm.

Reasons you should come to the AGM:

· Show your support of the hard working School Board and P&F

· There will be a brief review of 2020 School Board and P&F activities

· Office bearers for the Board and P&F will be elected

· 2021 staffing will be announced. You will find out your child’s year group teachers for 2021

· 2021 school fees will be presented

· Focus areas for 2021 will be shared

· As a special thank you to all volunteers who have assisted in any way throughout the year such as P&F, Board, reading rosters, excursions, covering books, craft and the list goes on and on…You are invited to our Volunteers Supper at the conclusion of the AGM. It is our way of saying thank you for all that you do at PCPS. Please rsvp your attendance for the AGM by completing the RSVP below.


Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 6pm


Annual General Meeting for the Padbury CPS School Board and P&F.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please consider if you would like to nominate/re-nominate for the P&F Committee and/or a class representative for 2021. We have four Board members up for renomination next year however should there be anyone wishing to nominate for one of these positions you are welcome to do so. Please contact the office for a nomination form and return it by Friday 6 November. Voting will then take place on the night of the AGM if there are more candidates than positions then nominees will be asked to speak for no longer than a minute in support of their application.

Have a lovely weekend with your family.

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson



religious education


Confirmation Commitment Masses are being held this weekend at Parish Masses at OLM. Confirmation candidates are required to take their commitment cards to one of the Masses over the weekend and hand to Fr Cyp.

Please keep our Year 6's in your prayers as they prepare for this special Sacrament.


Not returning in 2021?

Should your child not be returning to Padbury CPS in 2021 could you please notify the school in writing as soon as possible or click on this link and complete the online form. We have some families who are currently on the waiting list and quite keen to enrol their children. (Yr 6 families do not need to complete this form).


2021 Booklists have now been uploaded to the school website -

Booklists should be ordered by Friday 11th December. Teachers will send home any remaining resources for students by Friday 4th December so you can take stock and consider what is required from the Booklist for 2021.

As previously mentioned in the last Newsletter, we have managed to make between 15-39% total price reductions on all 2021 booklists compared to this year.

School Shoes

We have recently had some queries regarding appropriate kinds of black school shoes to be worn with the academic school uniform.

If you are about to purchase, or will be purchasing shool shoes over the coming holidays, please check the school website - - for examples of the type of academic school shoes (and possible places to purchase) suitable for Padbury Catholic Primary School.

There is now a document to help clarify these queries on the school website, direct link right here - PCPS School Shoe Examples

Book Week dress Up Day

PCPS will be holding our Book Week Dress Up Day on Wednesday 25th November (Week 7), so start thinking of those costume ideas!

This year's Book Week theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

Thought for the Week

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals



Our Djooroobidiny Exhibition is shaping up to be a wonderful afternoon. A reminder of the invitation all families were sent this week is below. We hope to see you there.

On this day (Friday 6th November) all students from 1-5 are required to wear their Padbury Sports Uniform (Padbury Sports top (as pictured). Year 6 students are requested to wear their leaver's shirt.

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Icy Pole Fridays are back!

Icy Pole Friday for Years PP-6 returns for Term 4 Friday 23rd Oct, in weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8.

Changes for 2020:
Icy Poles have now gone cashless and are available to order on Flexischools for the rest of the term. Children will only receive the icy pole you order for them on Flexischools, they can't choose one on the day like they did previously.

Cut off for orders is 12 mid-day the Wednesday before. Parent volunteers & teacher assistance are essential to bring this special treat to your kids, please be patient over the coming term as this new process evolves. Any queries please contact: Elva MacDonagh via email


This Week’s focus: 'Among Us'

As I teach in Year 4 and visit other year level classrooms, students often talk to me about what they are doing online, in particular what games they are playing. Recently students have been talking a lot to me about a new game they are playing called 'Among Us' which has exploded globally during Covid-19 lockdowns around the world.

For this week's Tech Tip I thought it might be a good idea to share an article aimed at parents which explains a little bit about 'Among Us'. I hope you find the article useful, as many of our PCPS students are playing this game currently.

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal

Pastoral Care


Irish Dancing State Champion

During the holidays, Tane Young competed in the Australian Irish Dance Association WA State Championships and won Sub Minor Boys 8 years Championship! Congratulations!


Please keep in your prayers Mya’s Nonna Janette McGrath who recently passed away. May she rest in peace.

Prayer Group

For the past eight years our PCPS Prayer group has been meeting, praying for our children, families, teachers and members of our extended school community.

We are delighted that the Prayer group can now resume.

We welcome you to join us when you can, or if you feel that you or any other member of our school community are in need of prayer.

WHEN: Wednesday 2:30 pm

WHERE: PCPS Prayer Room (near the admin building opposite the sandpit)

Please contact Rafaela Rogers 0450704014, should you require any information about this prayer group.

"Be still and know that I am God." ( Psalm 46:10)

Rafaela Rogers

PCPS Prayer Group Co ordinator

Social Worker's Corner

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P&F News

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To Parents/Carers, Teachers, Students, Grandparents and the whole P&F community.

To finish off 2020 on a happy note, we are VERY VERY excited to announce our P&F raffle now live on Flexischools!!! 😀

Here are the AMAZING prizes.....


Renault F1 Cap signed by Daniel Ricciardo (kindly donated by Daniel Ricciardo) with a 150 piece Bunnings toolbox (Valued at $140 - kindly donated by Ian Goodenough), Wembley Golf x2 Weekday Green and Cart Hire Vouchers (Valued at $164) and an Anytime Fitness Stirling 1 month membership, fitness consult and merchandise pack (Valued at $228)

2nd Prize:

Twin Pack of Parliament House Wine (kindly donated by Peter Katsambanis) with a $50 Bunnings Voucher and a Salon Express Voucher (Valued at $50)

3rd prize:

Warwick Super Bowl Game Vouchers with a Book Pack (Valued at $200) (kindly donated by Fremantle Press)

4th Prize:

The Pilates Co North Beach - 5 Class Pack (Valued at $150) with a 50% off Cacti and Co Voucher

5th Prize:

$100 worth of Alex Junior Coffee Tokens (kindly donated by Padbury Pharmacy and Alex Junior) - YES! That’s 20 COFFEES!!! and two 2 for 1 Vouchers to Adventure World

6th Prize:

MBA Sports School Holiday Camp Vouchers (Valued at $120) with a 20% off Hey Sweetcheeks Cupcakes Voucher

7th Prize:

Oh Hey WA Walking Tour Voucher (Valued at $80) with a Jesters Padbury Voucher (Valued at $20)

8th Prize:

Oh Hey WA Walking Tour Voucher (Valued at $80) with a Craigie Leisure Centre Gift Pack - Visor, Backpack, Water Bottle & Coffee Cup

9th Prize:

Iplay 1 x Super Play Pack (Valued at $26) with a Bakers Delight Whitfords Christmas Cake/Tarts (Valued at $25) and a City of Joondalup cooler bag

10th Prize:

Coffee Club Whitfords Voucher (Valued at $20) with an Iplay 1 x Play Pack (Valued at $20) and a City of Joondalup cooler bag

Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 and can be purchased on Flexischools or our ticket table (days TBC).

Raffle will be drawn at P&F Christmas Party (27th November).

Any queries, please contact Romina Cangelosi on 0417959347 or


PCPS now has an OFFICIAL FaceBook and Instagram page!

If you haven't already done so, please like/follow/share us!


padbury cares

Here is the direct link to the Padbury Cares page on our website, should you wish to register.


Parish Update

Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP

Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish

Website :

All Souls’ Memorial Service: Sunday, 8th November at 2.30pm in the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park.

Christmas Eve outdoor Mass rehearsal Tuesday December 22nd at 10-11am

24:7 Whitfords Youth Group

For all youth in Years 6 to 12

1st, 3rd & 5th Fridays @ Whitfords Parish Hall, 7pm

Coming up: Friday 30th October

Call Amanda 0421144992 or Luke 041822932 for more information

community news

Dental Clinic

If parents are attending the Dental Therapy Centre at Padbury Primary school please do not park on the MacDonald Ave side as there is building happening there over the next 2 weeks. Our clinic is on that side so best to park in the car park off Giles Ave and walk up the path to the clinic, it is clearly signed.

Padbury DTC
MacDonald Avenue, Padbury 6025
Dental Health Services (WA)
Email :
Phone : 08 9401 7285
Opening Hours: 8:00am til 4:00pm