25 March 2021

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Dear Parents and Staff

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday which commemorates Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem where he was to celebrate the Passover with his disciples. During this celebration people placed palm branches at his feet as he rode into the town. This is in stark contrast to the events of the following Friday when Jesus was to be crucified. How things could turn so quickly and why so many people not only supported this, but encouraged it, is a mystery. As Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, the classes will be involved in Liturgy of the Word celebrations throughout next week with their buddy classes as they prepare for the events of Good Friday and Easter.


Congratulations to all of the members of our swimming team who represented our school so well at last Tuesday’s Interschool Carnival. I was very impressed to see the determination of each and every competitor to contribute to our school’s performance. We managed a very creditable Fourth placing with particularly notable individual performances by Emali Davies (Year 4 Champion Girl) and Ava Lee (Year 6 Runner Up in each of Open Butterfly, Open 100m Freestyle and Champion Girl). Again, congratulations to all, most especially Emali and Ava.


These will be held on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March. The schedule for the photos is included further on in today’s newsletter. Please ensure that your child is in the correct uniform for their photo day.


Please note that it has been necessary to licence certain areas of the school for the sole use of the Outside School Hours Care each day between 7.00 and 9.00am and 2.30 and 6.00pm. Please do not enter the school Multi-Purpose Hall or sit at the tables outside the Hall during these times as this contravenes our licence. Thank you for your assistance with this.


· Term One concludes at 3.00pm on Thursday 1 April

· Term Two commences at 8.45am on Monday 19 April


From the beginning of next Term, the children in Pre-Primary will be able to order Recess items as well as Lunch and the children in 4 Year Old Kindy will be able to order both Recess and Lunch items. Unfortunately, 3 Year Old Kindy children will not be able to order as the Canteen does not operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


  • Dads’ & Kids’ Campout – This event was a great opportunity for dads to spend time with both their kids and other dads from our school. Thank you to Adam Ciccarone and Stuart Doncon assisted by Drum Parry who coordinated the night and ensured that we were all very well fed and entertained.
  • Market Night – After the false start at the beginning of the school year, this anticipated evening is finally here. There will be a range of food, drinks and entertainment to cater for all tastes so come along from 5.00pm tomorrow evening to share in the fun. Please be aware that the parking area on the Wright Street side of the Church and some bays near the Parish Hall will be reserved for use by parishioners who will be attending Stations of the Cross.

Thank you to the members of our P&F Committee who continue to work so hard to provide these and many other wonderful community events for us all to enjoy.

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Wow, what a busy and fun start to Year Two we have had. We have been learning so much and can’t believe that we are almost at the end of the term.


In Religion we have been learning about Lent and we have written Lenten promises that are displayed in our classroom. We have discussed how we can do more for others during the season of Lent and how we can show love to those around, just as Jesus did. We have also started learning about Holy Week and the special events leading up to Easter Sunday.


Last week we had our Year Two liturgy and invited our parents to attend. It was held in the Mother Mary Piazza and we were very lucky that it was such a beautiful day. Our theme was forgiveness and how we can make things right when we have made a mistake. We all sang and read fantastically and made our parents and teachers proud.


This term we have been very lucky to participate in Makerspace. We have been engaged in many technology based and STEAM tasks. We have been programming using clever little robots called Ozobots, learning how to use the Minecraft App to build with coding techniques and enjoying making movies using Green Screen on our iPads. We have also been looking at Google Maps and seeing what makes a community by exploring the Cloverdale and Belmont areas. We then designed and built our own communities using construction materials.

Children’s Comments:

Charmian: I like playing Minecraft and it is my first time using the App.

Marlin: I liked making a TNT house in Minecraft.

Kirah: I love how you can be very creative when you are using Green Screen.

Naishe: I like the Green Screen App because you get to record your voice and also write what you are saying. You also get to search what book or place you like to use for the Green Screen App.

Ishaan: I like Ozobot because when you make the code of the colour it will change the colour of the Ozobot light. Also I like how you can use the code with the textas to make the Ozobot faster or slower.

Lilia: I like making the community because it was fun. We made our communities out of boxes. My community has a lot of people. It had a cookie shop in mine.


We have been learning to draw with detail by creating our very own portraits. We have focused on the features and lines within our face and trying to make them look like ourselves. We think we have done an amazing job and are very proud to have them displayed in the class.

Class Assembly: Last Friday 2M had their class assembly and it was about the different communities that we belong to. 2P are looking forward to performing their assembly next term.

Miss Sharna McKinlay and Mrs Tiffany Donovan-Flintoff

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Ride2School Day - Friday, 19 March

Ride2School Day was last Friday and it was great to see so many students and parents throughout the day. Many thanks to all the students, parents and staff who joined us from our meeting point at Centenary Park as well as the parents and staff who helped greet students at out gates with lots of goodies. Thank you as well to Mrs Chua & Mrs Mansfield who organised fruit for students on the day, as well as the City of Belmont for donating fruit and various prizes.

Please have a look at the story I have posted on the YourMove website, hopefully we’ll get lots of points for our school :).

It was great to see that over 100 students rode to school and over 40 students chose to walk. This is a great effort by everyone in our school community. We are looking to promote one day a week in term 2 to be our main ‘active travel day’. Our next step will be reviewing the parent survey and seeing if parents would be interested in other initiatives, like the ‘Walking school bus’.

Great work, Notre Dame!

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Canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the canteen. Please see me at the canteen.

The canteen is making some exciting changes in Term 2, Pre-Primary students will be able to order recess as well as lunch and for the very first time Kindy students will also be able to order both recess and lunch.

Icy poles and ice-cream will still only be available to years 1-6. Orders must be placed by 9am at the canteen or online through MY SCHOOL CONNECT, we accept cash or eftpos.

Just a reminder that the Winter Menu runs in Terms 2 & 3, yes that means Pies and Sausage Rolls are back!

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Unfortunately our tracksuits and tartan skirts have not arrived. Mr Winsor has given the year one students permission to wear their summer uniform until these items are available.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

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."

Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


If your child has lost any item at school, please check in the Lost Property boxes located outside Administration. These boxes will be cleared at the end of term.


Did you know that a second hand uniform page, which is hosted and managed by Notre Dame CPS parents, operates on Facebook? This is a great place for you to buy and sell quality second hand uniforms. The active site is available to all members of the community who access Facebook. You can also access second hand uniforms at the school's uniform shop.


School Banking is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator


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BEACON App: Cyber Safety for parents

Beacon is designed specifically for parents as a personalised, one-stop-shop for reliable information about the online world. It arms parents and carers with the knowledge they need to confidently help navigate their children’s digital behaviour and reduce harms we know are associated with being online. Beacon will shine a light on the online world with:

• Articles and videos backed by the latest research

• Tailored content and alerts, unique to your family needs

• Create your own family agreement

• Help and services that are available to you and your family

The Supporting Family Conversations website is run by Telethon Kids Institute and focusses on children who are transitioning to high school. It has free resources and tip sheets available for when you start talking with your child about staying safer around alcohol or the online environment.

For more information, go to:

To view the tip sheet:


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Amidst the violence and betrayal of Jesus’ final days, when even those closest succumb to fear and denial, the scriptures draw us into a tender encounter of mutually empowering love: a woman anoints Jesus and prepares him for what lies ahead.

As a new heroism emerges from a Covid world and the uselessness of individualism, mechanistic responses and competition is exposed, may we recover the tender power of the anointing stories, and discover why all four evangelists chose to tell them.

Presenter: Dr Pina Ford Team Leader Catechist Service

The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invite you to join us at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville on Monday 29 March 5.30-8.30pm. Gather for light refreshments at 5.30-6pm. RSVP by Friday 26 March to Kerry at / 0400 886 835. All welcome.

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Aranmore Catholic College’s 2022 Scholarships are now open.

If your child excels in Academics, Music, Science, Mathematics or has an entrepreneurial spirit, apply today at

Applications close mid-March.


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Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Cloverdale Dental Clinic is a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.

We are a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.

It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, consider withdrawing from the school service. This will enable us to service those that are unable to access private dentistry. If circumstances change, you are welcome to re-enrol at any time.

If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.

If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.


Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff

180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222

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These April school holidays METRONET will have a full-scale model on display at Yagan Square, giving people an early opportunity to see inside Perth’s new C-Series trains.

METRONET would like to invite school families to attend the free family-friendly event from Saturday, 3 April to Sunday, 18 April between 9am and 5pm.

Visitors can walk through the carriage and along with the railcar, there is a 1:50 scale model on display, and kids can get involved with a scavenger hunt.

Thursday mornings between 9am-10am are reserved for Quiet Hour, where the display will be low sensory to cater for those who prefer to experience the train in this environment.

Walk-ins will be welcome and families wanting to skip the queue will be able to register for free VIP tickets at

If you need any further information on the event, or could share some promotional materials, please just let us know by return email or at 9326 3666.

As the biggest railcar order in the state’s history, the METRONET Railcar Program will deliver 246 new C-series railcars to Perth’s rail network. The trains will service an increased demand from METRONET projects and replace the A-series trains that currently operate on the Armadale/Thornlie, Fremantle and Midland lines.Find out more about the Railcar Program and METRONET at

Communications and Engagement Team

p: (08) 9326 3666 | w:

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