Padbury Newsletter

Issue #4 - 21 March 2019

A Prayer For Harmony

Dear God,

You created all people in your image.

We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and cultures in Australia and in our community.
Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us.
Grant that we may always promote the justice and acceptance that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.
Grant that we may show equal respect to all persons of different cultures that we may come across.
And help us to remember and appreciate that we are one country, with many stories.

(A prayer by Joanne Doueihi from DLS Revesby Heights)


22 March: Interschool Swimming Carnival / Harmony Day Assembly Year 4 @ 11am

25 March: Early Years Matters 6:30pm

26 March: Year 5 Reconciliation with Students @ 11am

27 March: Year 3 Excursion @ 9am / Sacramental Parent Information Night @ 7pm (OLM)

29 March: Icy Pole Day / Merit Award Assembly

2 April: Year 3 Liturgy @ 11am

3 April: Year 5 Excursion - Whadjuk Gift @ Mater Dei College


Dear Parents

What a great evening we had at our Family Fun Night. There were stalls galore, lots of entertainment for the children and a DJ blaring out music to get people up and dancing. There was a great buzz in the air and a beautiful community spirit. Big thank you to Sally and Matt Kelly for co ordinating the P&F event and their band of parent helpers on all the stalls who helped to make this evening such a fun night for all, bringing families together for the new school year. Thank you also to our P&F President Mrs Susan Kadak and all P&F Committee members for their support and to all the families, staff and Father Cyprian who came along on the night to share in the fun.

Thank you to Mrs Vicky Kay and Mrs Enza Matera for all their hard work in organising the school photos this year. It ran very smoothly and we hope to see lots of happy and smiling faces when Kapture Photography deliver the photos!

Thank you to Annette Harvey and her band of helpers who organised the Icy Pole day, the children loved it!

What a wonderful day we had at our School Swimming Carnival last Friday. The Year Three to Six children competed with such great sportsmanship, camaraderie and had loads of fun. It was fabulous to see children striving to achieve their personal best, other children challenging themselves to swim outside their comfort zone and children being encouraged by their faction as they chanted from the stands. Congratulations to Mercy Faction who won!

I would like to thank Mr John Hignett, our Sports Teacher, for his thorough planning and organisation, enabling the day to run so smoothly and to all the parents and staff who assisted on the day. Your help was truly appreciated. Thank you also to all the parents and grandparents who filled the stands and came along to cheer and support the children, it was wonderful to see you all there encouraging the children.

I wish our interschool swimmers all the best as they complete in the Interschool Swimming Carnival on Friday. I know that they will represent Padbury CPS with pride.

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. At Padbury, we have families from many different nationalities and we celebrate and embrace the individuality and uniqueness of all. This year, to celebrate Harmony Day, we will have a special assembly led by our Year 4 students and an incursion Mana The Spirit of Polynesia where, through dance, music, multicultural themes, history and geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect will be the focus.

It is always wonderful to hear positive feedback from the school community. Thank you to those parents who have chatted with me or sent an email/letter about what they love about Padbury CPS. I always love to hear your good news stories! Also a big thankyou to families who are spreading the word about our fabulous school and encouraging friends, neighbours and relatives to enrol. Word of mouth is the best publicity so keep it up! Over the next few weeks the classrooms teachers will be available for you to meet with them to discuss your child’s progress thus far. This is such a valuable opportunity which supports the education partnership that we believe to be a vital component to student success. I encourage you all to make a time to meet with your child class teacher before the end of the term.

Classroom teacher supervision begins at 8.30am when classrooms are opened. Children should arrive at school in good time so that they have 15 minutes to prepare for the day and unpack bags. Children should go immediately to their classroom when they arrive at school at 8.30am and not leave the classroom without the teacher’s permission. At the end of the day teacher supervision concludes at 3.20pm. Should you need to drop children off to school early or pick up after 3.20pm please book your child into OSH Club Before/After School Care which runs in our hall.

Mrs Margaret Williamson




Sacramental Parent Information Night

The Parent Information Night for all Sacraments (Y3 Reconciliation, Y4 Eucharist & Y6 Confirmation) will be held next week. The details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Where: Our Lady of the Mission Parish Hall

Guest Speaker: Mario Borg

Caritas: Project Compassion

At our Ash Wednesday Mass, each child received a Project Compassion donation box to take home. The box is provided for students or families to make a donation to Project Compassion 2019. If you would like to donate, but would prefer to do so online, you can visit

You may wish to watch the short Project Compassion video below as a family.


New Newsletter Format!

You will have noticed that starting from today, we have commenced using a new format for our school newsletter. We believe this new web-based layout is more modern, interactive and user-friendly for parents. If reading the newsletter on a smartphone or tablet, it will adapt to fit your screen which will make reading easier on smaller devices. This new format also has a feature where you can translate the newsletter into a range of different languages should you so prefer (this button can be found at the very bottom of this newsletter). We hope you enjoy this updated newsletter format!

Harmony Day 2019

On Friday 22nd March we will celebrate Harmony Day as a school. This important initiative was created by the Australian Government as a day to celebrate our culturally diverse society. This year is the 20th anniversary of the very first Harmony Day, which took place in 1999. To mark these celebrations, our Year 4 classes will be leading us in a Harmony Day assembly at 11:00am in the Hall. Parents are most welcome to join us for this assembly. At the end of the day, the PP-6 students will take part in an incursion titled 'Mana: The Spirit of Polynesia' - with our guest presenter Bernard taking the students through Polynesian cultures exploring identity and values through dance and music. Please note: normal uniform is to be worn on Friday. There will be no orange dress up this year.

Pick Up Procedures

A few important reminders about procedures for drop off and pick up times. Mainly:
  • Please refrain from parking on the verges of our neighbours. We have had several complaints recently that this is occurring.
  • If turning into the main driveway entrance of the school, please do not turn right as this creates a bank-up of traffic. Instead, please drive all the way down the street, turn at the end in the cul-de-sac and then turn left into the driveway on your way back up. This will allow for a smoother flow of traffic during these peak times.
  • Please follow the 'Kiss & Ride' Procedures (map below).

The school thanks you for your cooperation to ensure the safety of our children.

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Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal


Please pray for the Stack family (Evan Year 5) on the recent passing of Siobhan, a much loved parent of our school community. Siobhan was an advocate for being Sun Smart and was instrumental in setting up the UV radar with our school. May she rest in peace.

It all started with a Lenten promise to raise money for the poor. Zoe in Year 2 (with help from her mum Chrisbel) sold 350 pieces of coconut macaroons, 30 cupcakes and some Filipino cassava cakes and raised $150 for Project Compassion. Zoe then made 20 thank you cards for all the people who bought and supported her fundraising efforts. Well done Zoe!

Padbury Cares is a group of volunteers who provide assistance to families in our school community during a time of need (either short or long term) due to illness, bereavement, family crisis, birth of a newborn or any type of change. Click on the following link for further information and to register to help someone in our school community who may be in need of some Padbury love and care -

We have a new arrival from the Arias family Hugo in Kindy Gecko, new brother called Huxley. The family of five include sister Honour and Mum Bianca and Dad Johnny. Congratulations to the Arias family.



Padbury Catholic has vacancies for Kindergarten and 3 Year Old Pre-Kindy this year. Please advise your family and friends if they have not yet enrolled for Kindergarten this year. If you are interested in Kindergarten for 2019, or Pre-Kindy for your 3 year old, please ring Helen on 9404 4000 for further information, or download and complete an enrolment form from our school website.

If you have a child who was born between 1 July, 2016 and 30 June, 2017 please submit an enrolment form at your earliest opportunity. If your child is a sibling of current students and you are unsure whether you have submitted a form, please ring the front office on 9404 4000 or email

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Extraordinary Father's League

Please see the flyers below for 2019 events as part of this wonderful initiative at Padbury.
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Jeff Cavins

The parish is hosting international author and speaker Jeff Cavins, this Easter, at our parish.

Friday 26th April 2019, at 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm (The evening will begin with Mass, the talk starts at 7.00 pm) TALK: “I’m not being fed: Discovering the food that satisfies the soul” For more information and registration please pick up a brochure at the back of the Church or visit

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Good Friday Stations of the Cross: Fr Cyp and the parish youth are inviting you to join in for dramatised stations of the cross on Good Friday at 10am. If you’ll like to take part, please contact Briar Walker on 0475 172 718 for details. Families are most welcome.

Our Lady of The Mission, Whitford Parish

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

T:9307 2776 F: 9402 4319

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Weekend Mass Times: SAT 8.30AM, 6.30PM SUN 8AM, 9.30AM, 11AM, 5.45PM