Dear Parents and Staff

This evening at 6.00pm our Confirmation candidates, along with their parents, will participate in a number of activities that draw together the elements of the Sacramental journey that they have been on over the past few weeks. At this workshop they will explore the origins of the Sacrament, the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, the links between Baptism and Confirmation, the selection and role of the Sponsor and the format of the Mass at which they will be Confirmed on Saturday 13 August. The evening will commence with the following prayer inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives as our counsellor and guide.

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Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

And kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And you will renew the face of the earth.


by the light of the Holy Spirit

you have taught the hearts of your faithful.

In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right

and always rejoice in your consolation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Please continue to keep these students, their families and their teachers in your daily prayers.


Please note that the Junior Athletics Carnival will be held on 25 August, not 26 August as was initially planned, as some of the children are involved in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival on this day.


The children in the Junior classes regularly take home class books to assist them with their reading and we are very appreciative of the support that we receive from parents with this. It has been brought to my attention that some of the readers are being returned to school in a poor state with water marks and drawing on the pages. Whilst individual books can be replaced, it is time consuming and an unnecessary cost. Please make every effort to look after the books when your child brings them home so that all may have the opportunity to experience the full range of this resource.


It is now less than two weeks until our Book Week Parade. I’ve been thinking about my costume, have you?

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Our Choirs and Dance groups have been practising hard for their upcoming performances and I’m looking forward to seeing them at the following venues:

· Year Three Choir St Benedict’s Church, Ardross 17 August

· School Choir Vasto Club, Balcatta 24 August

· Year 2 Dance Group Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 26 August

· Senior Dance Group Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 26 August


We have recently re-commenced putting the cones in place in the access to the Administration carpark as parents and carers have continued the dangerous practice of using this as a drop off and pick up area. Much to my surprise and frustration, this has not deterred some as they have been driving across the grassed verge from Daly street to access the area. Whilst I generally admire ingenuity, this appears to be more of an insolent gesture rather than particularly clever. The drive through drop off zone in the Parish carpark is supervised every morning and operates very efficiently. Please use this rather than vandalising our verge and putting your children’s lives at risk.

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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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Bible Studies

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

St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal

Boxes have been placed in the Church for donations of blankets and in-code non-perishable food items. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023

New sets of envelopes are available from the school's side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick the box. If taking a set for the first time, please write your details in the space provided next to the number you have taken. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your continued support of the Parish.

Feast of St Mary of the Cross (Mary Mackillop)

Mass will be celebrated on Monday 8 August 2022, commencing at 9.00 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church.

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: 17 August at 7.00 pm, 25 August at 2.00 pm, 13 September at 7.00 pm and 28 September at 10.00 am.

Sponsor a School Bag

This is a charity project run by Buckets for Jesus. Library bags are filled with school supplies and a small toy. The bags are sent to the Philippines, Kenya, Vietnam, Myanmar and India. Since 2015, more than 20 000 children were blessed with school supplies. A list has been placed on the Notice Board with what is required. A box has been placed at the school side entrance of the Church for any donations or you can fill the bag yourself and return it to the Parish Office. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Archdiocesan Marriage Mass

All Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass on 20 August 2022, commencing at 10.00 am at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth. A blessing will be bestowed on ALL married couples who attend. In addition, do you know a couple celebrating 10, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 plus years of marriage? The Archdiocese would like to give these couples a special commemorative certificate as part of the celebration.

Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate at

All certificate requests must be received prior to 11 August 2022 to enable time for printing.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Have you ever wanted to see the Holy Land? Join Monsignor Michael Keating on his Holy Land Pilgrimage from 24 November to 9 December 2022 to Jordan and Israel. To register your interest, please send a WhatsApp or txt to 0433 771 979, or phone 6118 7313, or email

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


Father Quynh has informed the school that he is visiting Vietnam this term and therefore will need to change the dates of the Confirmation Sacramental Program. Please see below for new dates:

Parent and Child workshop: Thursday 4 August at 6pm commencing in the Church

Reconciliation: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August at 9:45am in the Church

Celebration: 13 August at 6pm

Stefanie Bradshaw


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 class teacher.


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

Thank you for your time and assistance.


What a busy two weeks we have had to the start of Term Three!

God wants us to all feel loved and to belong. It has been wonderful learning about different groups that we belong to. Examples of these are: The Church, school, family and sporting clubs. We participated in activities to find new, interesting facts and talents about our peers. This allowed us to get to know the people in our class more. We learnt that the Church is only a church if it has people, the people are the Church. We all enjoyed creating our own Churches in Art, using pop-sticks and other collage and drawing materials. We are now learning about how, through Baptism, we become a part of God’s family. We are looking forward to sharing special items and photos of our own Baptisms.

A healthy lifestyle is important! Emotional well-being and feelings, hygiene, drinking water, rest, exercise and healthy eating choices are all part of living a healthy lifestyle.

The children will explore these lifestyle choices in a variety of fun, inquiry-based activities throughout the term.

We are enjoying:

  • Taking pictures of each other acting out different feeling faces and sharing times that we felt like that feeling.
  • Inquiring about the different nutritious foods that our bodies need to keep strong and healthy.
  • Playing ‘I Spy’ using various foods from the five food groups.
  • Creating a Healthy Food Wheel.
  • Exploring the benefits of drinking water and investigating how often we drink water.
  • Creating healthy menus.
  • Creating a book, using the Book Creator App, about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

When writing our own healthy menus, we need to cater for nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner; using lots of ‘interesting’ adjectives. We have been exploring the cost of food both in restaurants and shops and pricing foods based on reasonable, competitive prices. We can’t wait to add prices and draw illustrations for each of these meals.

We have also continued exploring the past and present. We have found it fascinating to inquire about old and new toys and the ways people communicated then and now. We have been watching a series about a family who explored the past to the present from the 1950s till now. This helped us in our inquiry about changes in technology that are of benefit to us such as cooking dinner, washing clothes and communicating with people outside our home. We have also talked about changes that may now make life more challenging, such as less face to face communication, more paperwork, less family time.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham started last week and we have been investigating where this event is being held, what the word Commonwealth means and the names of the many countries that are competing in the games. We are enjoying completing many of the activities such as reading about the games, designing a new medal, designing a new batton, creating world globes, drawing flags and designing a new mascot.

In Mathematics we are expanding our number skills. We are developing our ability to solve mental addition and subtraction problems more quickly, using a variety of strategies. We have also been learning how to solve two-digit and three-digit addition and subtraction problems using number lines, MAB blocks and the jump and split and counting on strategies. We have learnt many new, funky songs with supercool actions to help us remember some of these strategies. In Geometry we have been exploring 2D shapes, the concept of flip, slide and turn and symmetry. We have demonstrated this knowledge through shape collages and symmetrical pictures.

Children’s comments:


I liked when we learnt about three-digit numbers because it was fun to do our Monster task. I also like doing our artwork about Our Community, it was really fun to make things like building the house, the parks and the school.


I have enjoyed making the Commonwealth Game Rings because it had all the flags and I got to learn about them. They were made into a chain.


I have enjoyed learning about numbers in Maths, especially counting in 5s and 10s to 1000 from any number. We have been learning about pricing products for our shop. We check the prices at Coles and Woolworths then we see what is the better price. Then we price our products and put it in the shop so customers can buy from our shop. I’m looking forward to spending time on the Tinkering Table because it will be really fun to see what is inside some old printers and other technology.


I have enjoyed learning about addition and subtraction because it is fun to learn about things you don’t know. I get to use counters and MAB blocks to help me learn. In English we get to make our own stories and maybe when we grow up we can be an author or bookmaker.

Sue-Ellen Gullotti and Tiffany Donovan-Flintoff

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Dress Up Your Bike, Scooter or Shoes Day! - Tuesday, 9 August

Notre Dame students from Year 1 - 6 will have the opportunity to dress up their bike, scooter or shoes as a part of the Your Move program. This will be held on Tuesday, 9 August, in week 4. Parents are more than welcome to also join in for the morning by dressing up their own mode of active transport and coming to school with their child. Children who choose to take part in the promotion will be able to wear their sports uniform for the day.

All students who choose to dress up their bike, scooter or shoes will receive a small prize, a raffle ticket, stickers and a piece of fruit. Larger prizes will then be raffled out towards the end of the day. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in an obstacle course during school time (12.40pm - lunch time). This will be run by Mr Webb and Year 6 helpers. A poster for the day has been attached with this post, created by some fantastic Year 6 students.

Please email Mr Webb if you would like more information about the day.

Interschool Cross Country - Tomato Lake Reserve

Selected Year 4 - 6 students represented the school at the Interschool Cross Country Carnival last Thursday. Considering the wild weather we have had recently, we were blessed with a beautiful day. Students have been working hard training over the last few weeks to prepare for the day. We started with the Year 6 group who put us into a great position with consistent top 10 finishes and high placings - Isla finishing 2nd, Bella finishing 4th and Bellarmine finishing 2nd in their respective races. This was then followed up by some very determined running by our Year 5 students, including a 1st place finish for Eva, amazing effort! Our Year 4 ended the day leaving us in a strong position to be a chance of taking out the day - Archer taking out 4th place in his race. The points were very close between the top 4 schools, with Notre Dame coming in 4th place, 2 points behind St Joseph's in 3rd place. This was an amazing effort by our students, coming in our best position since we have changed to an 8 school carnival. Well done to overall winners, St Emilie's, who take out their consecutive title for Cross Country. Many thanks to Mrs McGruddy & Mrs Boyle who helped with various roles on the day. A big thank you also to the parents who came down to support the school. Below are the results and individual performances.

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Brett Webb

PE & Yr 6 Teacher


The Library has been hosting a Book Week Quiz and Drawing Compettion during class library borrowing sessions this week. The children have been very excited to draw their favourite book character, and winners will be announced at our Book Parade in Week 5.


Come to school dressed as your favourite book character on Tuesday 16 August at 9:00 am and participate in our annual Dress Up Day Parade.

Mrs Mack

Library Technician


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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In BSC children participated in Balloon Badminton competition that has become a popular sport nowadays. The older children also taught younger ones how to play. This play experience required hand-eye coordination and social interaction. One day this might become a Commonwealth Games or Olympic sport.
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In ASC children had chill out time together including watching Commonwealth Games 2022, chatting or guessing which food their peers were going to eat first as well as having a read of the FUN FACT stated on food labels.

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In ASC, children used fine motor skills and problem solving skills to build construction. They built the construction with Lego, duplos, train tracks, wooden blocks and plastic cups. They worked together in a team collaboratively to complete their masterpieces.

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As Commonwealth Games 2022 is held in Birmingham, England, children also participated in playing sports including soccer, tapball, balloon badminton, hula hoop and dodgeball at ND OSHC.

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During ASC children went head to head building lego bridges. This required the children to work on their team building skills and expand on their creativity. At the end the bridges were tested to see which would hold up with weights added on them.
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This week in BSC and ASC children enjoy participating in playing chess and checkers as they asked educators to play those board game again. Some of them are keen to learn how to play. Keep practising everyone! 👍👍. This requires problem solving skills.


Mum’s Catch Up

Friday 19th August at 7pm

“The Lounge Room” The Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park

Nibbles provided. Please RSVP by 12th August with dietary requirements.

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P&F Trailer Raffle

Tickets are now available. Please see flyer included with the newsletter. Three prizes up for grabs. All profits to go towards upgrading the nature playground. 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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Awards of Excellence in Building Positive Catholic School Communities.

Thank you to Darryl for acknowledging the P&F in the newsletter last week for their nomination for an Award of Excellence. The P&F forgot to mention that Darryl was also nominated for a Principal Award!!! Members of the P&F look forward to attending the awards evening this Friday to celebrate the achievements of our school community.


Could you please contact the front office if you have lost any of these items. They have been handed to the front office.
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Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 3 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning one of these instruments, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at