Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning 21 February 2019

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Dear Parents and Staff

Brother Stephen Barker OSM, who joined our staff on a full-time basis this year after having worked part-time for the past two years, is a member of the Servite Order of Priests, Sisters and Brothers. As last Sunday was the Feast Day of the Seven Founders of the Order, I have included some information (below) about the history of the Servites. Bro. Stephen is a member of our school’s Leadership Team and is responsible for the Pastoral Care of both the children and the staff. We are all very thankful to Bro. Stephen for the wonderful work that he continues to do for all of us at Notre Dame.

Servite women and men are members of the Order of the Servants of Mary (O.S.M.), a Roman Catholic order of mendicant religious who lead a monastic life, including the choral recitation of the liturgical office, but do active work. The Order was founded in 1233 by a group of seven cloth merchants of Florence. These men, known collectively as the Seven Holy Founders, left their families and occupations to withdraw outside the gates of Florence and live a life of poverty, penance, and fellowship. In 1241 a part of the group departed for Monte Senario, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the city, where they continued their penitential life but lived in greater solitude as hermits. Gradually there developed a desire within these two communities for official recognition, and in 1256 the order was approved by Pope Alexander IV.

The Servites’ apostolic work consists primarily in preaching, administering parishes, giving missions, educating the young, and in fostering devotion to Mary, especially under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Servite family also includes sisters, traditionally known as Mantellate Sisters, engaged in many active works.


At last year’s Presentation of Awards evening our Student Leaders for 2019 were announced and at last Friday’s Assembly our Faction Captains and Library Monitors were presented to the school community. In addition to these specific roles there are many opportunities for all Year Six students to develop their leadership capabilities through working in their Council Groups; Environmental, Pastoral, Social Justice and Community Service. We are very proud of our Year Sixes and look forward to working with them throughout the year.

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The Year Sixes were very excited as they left at just after 8.00am on Monday for their week at Camp Quaranup in Albany. They were all still full of energy after the long trip and commenced activities immediately with some Rogaining (similar to Orienteering) activities. They spent Tuesday visiting many of the great sites in and around Albany before heading to Denmark on Wednesday for an exciting day of fun at the Denmark Thrills Adventure Park. Today they have been involved in canoeing, archery, bush activities and a visit to the wind farm and the Gap. After such a busy week I’m sure they will all be exhausted when they arrive back tomorrow afternoon at around 3.00pm

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Ash Wednesday - Combined Schools Mass @ 9.30am


Reconciliation Retreat @ Parish Centre


Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm


Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 10.00am


Swimming Lessons PP-Yr 5


Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop @ 6.00pm


Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation @ 6.00pm


I hope all staff and students have enjoyed their first three weeks of Term 1 and are looking forward to the wonderful learning experiences at Notre Dame Catholic Primary School.

Sports Day and BBQ

The Notre Dame Youth Association is organising its first youth event for this year on Saturday 23 February, 4.00 – 7.00 pm in the grounds of Notre Dame Catholic Primary School. The novelty sports will be followed by a BBQ. This is a FREE event. RSVP to Anthony at email or mobile 0419 219 991.

Centre for Faith – Lenten Program

Discerning Lent One Reading at a Time will be held in the Parish Centre on four Wednesday evenings in March (13 March – 3 April), 7.00 – 8.30 pm. The Presenter will be Joe Tedesco. For further information, please see the Notice Board at the Church entrance or visit

Gerbera Pots and Single Flowers

Gerberas in pots $7.00 each or two for $10.00. Single flowers, lots of colours to choose from, please place donations in boxes provided at the Church entrance.

All proceeds to the Parish Building Fund.

Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal 2018

Envelopes still available. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


We are happy as can be in Pre-Primary!

We have been in Pre-Primary for almost three weeks. The students are already trying their best to demonstrate the extraordinary learners that they are.

At the beginning of the year:

-We learn to be away from our parents for 5 days in a row!!

-We learn to work with new teachers and other adults.

-We learn simple rules and routines.

-We learn to question and answer.

-We learn to be independent.

-We learn to play in new areas of the school.

-We learn to go to the 'big school toilets'.

-We learn about going to specialist subjects and having different Teachers.

-We learn to sit on in our spots on the mat.

-We learn to put our hands up when we want to speak or ask a question.

-We learn to take turns with one another.

-We learn to work collaboratively in small groups.

In Literacy this week, we have been reading Wombat Stew. We have been using our imaginations and creating our own ingredients to put into our own stews.

In Mathematics we have been learning how to sort objects into groups and have been showing the teachers our great counting skills. We are looking forward to learning many new things in Mathematics and Literacy this term.

We are very excited to be playing in new areas such as the Nature Playground, Spider and the Adventure Playground. In our classrooms, we have been exploring and creating in our learning centres. We have learning centres for writing, reading, construction, art, investigation, fine motor and a home corner. These centres allow us to learn how to communicate and cooperate with others, exercise our imagination and express and carry out ideas; what a great start to our learning journey!

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Next week's roster:

Monday 25 February: No Volunteers

Wednesday 27 February: No Volunteers

Friday 1 March: No Volunteers

As there are no volunteers next week, if you have an hour or two or even half an hour, we would appreciate your help.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator


During Term 1 the Uniform Shop will be open on

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Orders and payment can also be made at the front office.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Every Thursday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.




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Family life is pretty tough going sometimes. Most days are a struggle between strong-willed children and frazzled parents.

ParentTV's Dr Justin Coulson has designed this online video course for busy parents who want their kids to be better, themselves to be calmer, and their family to be happier.

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How do you grow up grateful kids when gratitude is not a lesson that you can deliver while sitting around the dinner table; it is an experience more than an action...

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Sam, Britta and the ParentTV Team.


OPEN DAY - Friday 8 March 2019

St Norbert College warmly invites prospective students and their parents to tour our excellent College, its contemporary facilities and extensive grounds. Tours will be conducted at 9.00am and 1.00pm

Enrolments for Year 7 in 2021

We have commenced our enrolments for 2021.Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Hughes on 9350 5433.

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To Register click on this link:

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Attached is the City of Belmont Parks & Environment Events Calendar for 2019.
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Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC! Contact us if you would like to attend a free trial class in February.

Ph 6365 2100 or email


Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre is open from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday

We service school aged children/teens from Kindy & Pr-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of Year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.

If your contact details have changed/changes, please contact the clinic, as we send appointments to your home address and send SMS reminders to the current listed mobile phone number. We are a final year placement for the Curtin University's Bachelor of Oral HGealth students during university semesters. An experienced tutor will oversee all check-ups and procedures. If your child has a tootache or require emergency treatment, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist of the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.

Thank you in advance.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to email/phone.

Your Cloverdale Staff,

Amy, cherie, Robyn Sharon and Truc.

Cloverdale Dental Health Services

Cloverdale Primary School

180 Fisher Street


TELEPHONE: 9479 7222



The College's annual Open Day will be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Guided Tours will begin at 8.45am, 11am and 1.15pm from the Performing Arts Centre. Parking will be from the entry on May Street and as directed.

Bookings for tours are essential and close on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Bookings can be made via our website or please contact our administration office on 9208 2500.

The Principal also invites applications for College Scholarships and Bursaries including Academic Scholarships, Indigenous Bursaries and Music Scholarships. More detailed information regarding the Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on the College website under Enrolments.

Requests for application forms should be directed to the College Enrolment Registrar, Mrs Anne Balmer on 9208 2516. Please note that applications for scholarships close on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Enrolment interviews for Year 7 places for 2021 will commence shortly. The deadline for consideration for the first round of applications (including Siblings) will close on Friday 15 March 2019.

Please note that interviews and offers continue throughout first and second term for new families. Sibling interviews will occur over two evenings on a date to be advised.

Please consult the College website: for further information regarding College Enrolment and enrolment criteria.


A professional training course for those that work on the front line with clients or customers!

“Defusing Angry & Abusive Customers”

Date: Tuesday 26 February WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm

Fees: $110

A course to provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you help others in a safe way.

“Accidental Counsellor”

Date: Tuesday 7 May WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Fees: $220

This course provides a variety of practical strategies for professionals to incorporate into their work with adolescents.

“Mentoring Adolescents”

Date: Tuesday 28 May WEST LEEDERVILLE

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Fees: $220