Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning 1 August
Grey hair is a crown of splendour;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Dear Parents and Staff
We were blessed to have a full church for our Grandparents’ Day Liturgy yesterday. During his homily Fr Quynh spoke of the very significant role that his grandparents have played in his life and development, particularly in supporting his vocation to the Priesthood. He told the children that they should listen to their grandparents as there is much that they can learn from them. I hope the children listened carefully to Father’s words and pay heed by following the wisdom of their grandparent’s guidance and advice. A highlight of our Liturgy was the Kindergarten children’s first time attendance at a school Mass, joining us for the Opening Hymn and receiving a special blessing from Fr Quynh before returning to class just after the Opening Prayer.
After Mass the grandparents had the opportunity to visit their grandchildren’s classes before enjoying a beautiful morning tea prepared by our staff, served by our Year six leaders and co-ordinated by Joanita Stapleton.
Thank you to all of the grandparents for making the time to come along and be part of our day and to all who contributed to making it such a success.
INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
As I’m writing this article our runners are getting onto the bus to head off to Tomato Lake. Over a number of weeks the children have been well prepared so that they are able to give their best performance at the Carnival. We are very proud of all of our competitors and wish them the best of luck in their events.
HOMELESSNESS WEEK (4 - 8 AUGUST)
At our staff prayer this morning Danielle Smith and Margaret Hennessy reminded us that it is Homelessness Week. Some very confronting facts are:
- Two in every five people counted as homeless are under the age of 25.
- Only 7% of people experiencing homelessness sleep rough. The rest are in cars, crisis accommodation or couch surfing.
- Over 200,000 Australians are waiting for public and community housing. The longer they wait, the greater their risk of homelessness.
- Homelessness is not the result of personal failings. The main causes of homelessness are poverty, unaffordable rents and family violence.
- Nationally, homelessness grew by 30% from 2006 – 2016.
This situation is an indictment on our society. A quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi states that “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” If we are to accept this premise, I think we have a lot of work to do.
Please consider supporting one or more of the many agencies, such as the Society of St Vincent de Paul, which work to alleviate this complex problem.
P&F COCKTAIL PARTY
Tickets are now available for this great evening to be held on 19 October at Forster Park on Abernethy Rd. Due to the size of the venue there are only 200 tickets so go online to ensure so you don’t miss out.
CITY TO SURF
CITY TO SURF
Flynn Plimmer in Year 6M is running in the 12km City to Surf to raise funds for a 3yo with SMA2 (Spinal Muscular Atropy). Please see link below if you would like to support him.
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
Was your child born between 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016?
If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
If your child was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
The following procedure must be followed if emails are sent to the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) or class teachers:
- Name of student
- Class of the student
- Reason for the absence
- Full name of the parent/guardian (please note the email address is not sufficient as it does not necessarily have the full name of the person sending it).
You may utilise the Absentee icon on the school website and notify the school of the student's absence, thus avoiding an SMS or an absentee follow up letter.
THE BISHOPS' RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT 2019
At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 5 August in Term 3. The assessment will be accessible to students online.
The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) tests developed and marked by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by CEWA and will become available to schools in Term 4.
The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of students performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school-based assessment programs in RE.
Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any enquires regarding the administration of The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment.
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm for Confirmation candidates
SUNDAY 11 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 10.00am for Confirmation candidates
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST
THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates @ 6.00pm
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Confirmation @ 6.00pm
Certificates will be presented on Saturday 21 September @ 6.00pm Mass and
Sunday 22 September @ 10.00am Mass
TERM 3 EVENTS
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST
Assembly Year 1M
MONDAY 5 AUGUST
TUESDAY 6 AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST
Yr 5 Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment
THURSDAY 8 AUGUST
Yr 3 Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST
Assembly Year 3M
MONDAY 12 AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST
Book Week Parade
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST
Combined Schools Assumption Mass
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
YEAR 3 CLASS NEWS
We have started this term looking at poetry writing. We learned how to write Haiku poems. Haiku poems originated in Japan and have three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables and the third line has five syllables. Here are some of the Haiku poems that we wrote in class.
Waves are crashing fast
Tide is drawing closing in
Ocean calming down
By Emali Davies
People are laughing
The sea is moving slowly
The sun is shining
By Michael Jemetz-Meza
The rain is falling
I can hear the birds chirping
Flowers are blooming
By Isla McGruddy
In Maths we have been learning how to measure length using centimetres and metres. We used tape measures and rulers to measure the length of objects such as our body parts and even lolly snakes!
Bishops Religious Literacy Assessment
In Week Three we will be completing the Bishops Religious Literacy Assessment. It will assess how much we know about Jesus, the Bible, the Church and the Sacraments. The test will be done on our iPads and we have been practising very hard.
GRANDPARENTS' DAY - MASS/CLASS VISITS & MORNING TEA - 31 JULY
MAN WALKS ON THE MOON - CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!!
On Monday, 29 July, Mrs Notte’s father, Mr Teraci, came to our school to talk to the students about the Apollo 11 Mission to the moon. Mr Teraci was one of the many people who helped put man on the moon. He talked about his time in Carnarvon and vital role the community played in the Apollo 11 Mission to the moon. Carnarvon was used as a space tracking station; it was the largest space tracking station outside the United States of America. Mr Teraci also spoke about the experience as being “mind-blowing” and how wonderful it felt when the mission was successful.
By Ella B 6M
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
To celebrate Children's Book Week we will be having a special book character parade on Wednesday morning on 14 August. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. The theme for this year is 'Reading is my Secret Power." Staff and students can dress up as characters that have a special power - they can be smart, super funny, have an amazing imagination or have a magical power. In previous years, the most imaginative costumes have been ones that have been home made with things found around the house or recycled materials. I hope you have fun planning your costumes and look forward to seeing you at this special event.
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
Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.
P & F NEWS
The school disco was held last Friday in the multi-purpose hall and there were some very cool dance moves on display from all of the year levels! The P&F would like to thank all of the parents and carers who volunteered their time to assist on the night, ensuring everything ran smoothly and everyone had a good time. We would also like to thank the staff for allowing us to use the canteen and library space, especially given the current renovations in progress.
A parent from our school community has kindly donated a Google Home Mini as a door prize for the disco so all of the disco tickets have been kept and a lucky winner will be drawn at this weeks assembly.
P&F COCKTAIL PARTY FUNDRAISER
Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.
Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP SERVICES
CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION: 14 August 2019 @ 6.30-8.30pm
Details of a Cyber Safety Presentation, offered on behalf of Telethon Speech & Hearing, for all child educators and parents.
The talk will provide up to date information and resources for school leadership teams.
Comprising presentations by three leading experts on cyber safety and online awareness the following topics and more will be covered:
- Cyber bullying
- The predatory use of gaming networks and apps to target increasingly younger children
- The safe and recommended amount of screen time for various ages
- Grooming of children through online forums
All attendees will receive a free Family Zone Service for 12 months.
Family Zone’s innovative cyber safety platform has been chosen by over 600 schools and more than 350,000 families across Australia, New Zealand and the US (www.familyzone.com.au)
Early bird tickets are available until Friday 7th July for $30 from www.tsh.org.au with all proceeds supporting the children who rely on the essential services at Telethon Speech & Hearing.
For further details please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Early Intervention • Hearing Impairment • Speech & Language • Audiology
I am in the Marketing Department Monday - Thursday. For any urgent queries,
please contact Reception on 9387 9888.