Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning - 18 October 2018


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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for,

forgotten by everyone,

I think that is a much greater hunger,

a much greater poverty

than the person who has nothing to eat.

Mother Teresa

Dear Parents and Staff

Yesterday morning we had our Opening Mass for this Term which was magnificently led by our Year Three children. There were some very tricky readings which the children handled very adeptly. During his Homily Fr Quynh asked the children about what they had done during the recent school holidays. I was amazed to hear how many had been on overseas trips during the break. This is just another indication of how connected and “small” our world has become. In my childhood issues from other parts of the world appeared to have little impact and influence upon what was happening in Perth. Nowadays the closeness of our world means that whatever happens anywhere in the world can have a very significant effect on each of us, wherever we live, which adds to the complexity of the task that we all share, parents and teachers, in preparing our children for their participation in the global society.

A very positive note in all of this was the news article about Luke Vincent, the little boy who was enamoured by Prince Harry’s beard and, even though he was told not to touch either the Duke or Duchess of Sussex, gave him a massive hug. There is so much that we can learn from the innocence of someone who is not confined by inhibitions. He even said that he thought Prince Harry is equal to his favourite person, Santa Claus. What an uplifting story in amongst the daily gloom that seems to pervade our news items.


I’m looking forward to seeing all families at our Open Night next Wednesday 24 October between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Be sure to visit all Year levels and have your passport stamped to go into the draw for some fabulous prizes. Also, don’t forget to visit the Book Fair in the Library to purchase some books to enhance your child’s home library.


Mr Webb and his band of helpers have been working hard over the past couple of weeks to have our Interschool Field and Track competitors well prepared for their Carnivals next week. I am confident that all competitors will give their best and that we will all be proud of their efforts.


I am aware that the School Requirements lists that were sent home to parents only last week had a very short response timeline. I have spoken with staff at Ziggies, our preferred suppliers, and they are happy to extend the return date for orders until Monday 29 November.


Our school operates on a very tight budget and relies upon the prompt payment of fees to be able to meet our financial commitments. Please endeavour to have all remaining school fees paid as soon as possible. Should you be experiencing difficulties in paying school fees please make an appointment to see me to discuss options.


Over the past few years our P&F Association has offered many great sessions on educational topics to assist parents in best providing for their children’s growth and development. There are some limitations with these as they can only be held on one occasion and not all parents are able to attend. Hopefully this initiative that the P&F is providing will allow parents and staff to gain advice and support through a range of articles and videos that may be viewed at your leisure. Parent TV is an initiative that has been developed by an Australian mum who has collated information on a wide range of child related topics which are presented by experts in the particular field. The P&F has purchased user rights for all parents and staff in the Notre Dame School community so please take the time to log onto the website below and register. There will also be useful tips each week in the P&F section of the newsletter.

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Parents, If your child/children will not be returning to Notre Dame in 2019, it is important that you advise the school office immediately.



Merit Assembly


Scholastic Book Fair


Yr 4-6 Field Interschool Athletics

Board Meeting @ 5.30pm


OPEN NIGHT @ 4.30pm-6.30pm


Year 1-6 Interschool Athletics Carnival


Assembly Year 2M



All parishioners who have volunteered their time and talents to Notre Dame Parish over the last twelve months are invited to the Thanksgiving Celebration of the Eucharist @ 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 October followed by a light supper. Please place your name on the attendance sheet provided at the Church entrance.


If you are interested in joining the Catholic community or deepening your understanding of the Catholic faith, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 or Ann Semaan on 0400 736 180.


Venue: St Mary's Cathedral @ 10.00am. Everyone is invited to attend this special Mass. Any couples celebrating 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or even 70 years wedding anniversaries can register for a commemorative certificate at

Notre Dame Care: Transport Volunteers required

Volunteers are needed to assist with transport for weekend Masses and on weekdays for doctor's appointment. Please contact the Parish Office if you are able to assist.



Terrific Twos

During Term Four we will be given many opportunities for fun and inquiry learning. We have already had a busy start to the term learning about lots of different types of safety. This week we visited the Constable Care Safety School where we learnt all about road, bike and pedestrian safety.

We thank all the parent helpers who came to help us.

Comments from students abut excursion:

"I went on an excursion with Year Two. It was fun. My favourite part was riding the bike and playing on the iPad. The other class got the iPad first and my class got to ride the bikes. We also had a treasure hunt there. I was very excited going there."


"On Monday 15 October the Year Twos went on an excursion to Constable Care Safety School. First, we listened to Prue speak about road safety and how it is important to have certain features on your bike. It is illegal not to have a bell on your bike. A stand is a good feature to have on your bike. When riding a bike you should have a helmet on your head. Next, we split into our classes and our class learnt how to use an iPad app. We used the app to follow a map with our group leaders. One of the places we went was called Powerline. It asked us about how far we needed to be away from the line. I answered the question correctly, 8 metres. After recess I got to ride a 20inch bike. I had a booklet that asked us to stop at a stop sign, traffic light, railway crossing and a give way sign. As we went through all of them we got a stamp in our booklet."


Mrs Donovan-Flintoff, Mrs McLure & Mrs Lalli



We recently received our Coles Sports for Schools equipment from all the fantastic students and parents bringing in coupons to our school to help purchase new equipment for the school. The Coles vouchers were spent on a much needed electronic pump to ensure all equipment is ready to use at recess and lunch for students, as well as re-supplying lost and broken equipment in the sports shed. A big thank you to the entire Notre Dame community for assisting with this great initiative!


Letters have been emailed out to parents outlining how to register their child to help raise money for the program. Students have also received their sponsorship forms to assist. We are looking at a School goal of $5000 this year. Every small donation per student will help us achieve this goal. I’ve included the link below:

SENIOR ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Gerry Archer Athletics Track (Thursday 11 October)

Last Thursday, Year 3 – 6 students participated in the Senior Athletics Carnival at Gerry Archer Athletics Track. This finished off their Athletics over term 3 where they participated in field events and 400m races which all went towards the main carnival. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day and a number of parents volunteering to support the students with a fun atmosphere. The day started off with our terrific Year 3 running in their first 200m races. They set the pace early for the year 4 – 6 students, who showed off some great running efforts. The split of the carnivals allowed for more participation in our team game events which gave students greater opportunities to earn points for their factions.

All students participated in 200m, 100m and team game events. There were some fantastic team performances throughout the day, with Prendiville and McAuley showing their consistent efforts across all team games. Mercy showed their dominance in the individual events and Nagle showcased good performances across all events. The day ended with the year group baton relays, as well as some very keen teachers and parents taking on the mighty year 6! It was a tight battle, but the parents and teachers’ team just snuck across the line to remain undefeated.

There were some consistent individual performances across all carnivals which were acknowledged with Champion Boy & Girl awards in each year group. Below are the winners of each year group:

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I would like to congratulate all students on their fantastic sportsmanship displayed throughout the day as well as every student trying their hardest to help their faction. I would like to say the results were close, but it was a landslide Mercy victory! They showed fantastic consistency across all carnivals and are now back-to-back Senior Aths Champions. Thank you to all the teachers and parent helpers who helped tirelessly out on the day and the great parent support. On Friday, the Overall Athletics shield was also announced, with Mercy taking out the Overall crown. Below includes both the senior and overall points.

Well done to our Junior Champions, McAuley, and our senior/overall champions, Mercy!

Brett Webb

Sports Coordinator

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Book Fair @ Notre Dame School Library

Week 3: Before and after school

Monday 22ndOctober

Tuesday 23rdOctober

Wednesday 24thOctober

(Book Fair will be on during the Open Night)

Parents and students are invited to our yearly book fair where you will have a hands-on experience to discover a love of books and ignite a life-long passion for reading. Children read more, understand more, and are more likely to continue reading when they have access to many books, and have the opportunity to choose what they read.

Please come and visit the book fair to celebrate books and reading. The book fair will be held in the library and will be open before and after school. This year, the book fair is open during our Parent Open Night so that students may purchase books with their families. A flyer will be sent home next week to view some of the books available to purchase.

Mrs Sarmardin

Library Technician


Our school is looking for volunteers to help us hold an incredible Book Fair!

Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October. The book fair will be open in the morning from 8.00 to 8.30am and after school from 3.00-3.30pm. Please let me know if you are available to assist with the book fair in the following areas:

• Setting up the Fair

• Checkout – handling money

• Packing up the Fair

• Helping shoppers at the Fair

Thank you so much!

Sarah Sarmardin

Library Technician

Book Fair Organiser


Dear Parents

Next week's roster

Monday 22 October: Mei Lie

Wednesday 24 October: Mei Lie

Friday 26 October: Ros Lovick

Thank you to Gwenda & Tanya for opening for me and to Ros & Yoshini for volunteering on Friday 19 October and finally thank you to Amanda for making the muffins, you ladies are all amazing.

I’m truly thankful to these ladies and all of my volunteers who give their time, many giving a hand before going to work themselves so thank you once again.

14 NOVEMBER 2018


Notre Dame Staff Room

Finger food and refreshments supplied

The Thank You Evening invitation is open to everyone who has volunteered in the canteen or volunteered with the student banking.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator


Opening Times for Term 4:

Monday & Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Orders and payment can be made at the front office.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


We are looking for a new banking coordinator and helper. If we are unable to get volunteers this service will be terminated.


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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 come along to our Open Day on Sunday October 28 to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC! Please contact us if you would like to attend the Open Day. Ph 08 6365 2100 or email

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This Summer WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students from Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in RAP, Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at


Fauna-Friendly Gardens with Mike & Mandy Bamford

Date: Saturday 20 October

Place: Centenary Park Community Centre, Corner Daly Street/ Barker Street, Belmont

Time: Registrations from 9:15am, Seminar 9:30am- 11:30am

Do you ever wonder about the animals which inhabit your suburb? You might be surprised at the creatures which survive there. Would you like to attract wildlife to your garden?

Ecologists Mike and Mandy Bamford will take you on an armchair tour of the weird and wonderful creatures which inhabit our city, and give you the skills to create a wildlife haven in your garden.

Includes a walk around Centenary Park lake to see the native plantings.

Register by email to or contact the City of Belmont Parks and Environment Department on 9477 7257.

Morning tea provided. BYO reusable coffee cup if you have one.

EMRC Earth Carer’s Course

Date: Wednesday 7 November- Wednesday 21 November

Time: 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm (Wednesday evenings) plus two Saturday field trips (10:00 am – 1:00 pm).

Earth Carers is a dynamic 3-week course for residents of Perth's Eastern Metropolitan Region (including City of Belmont), teaching practical ways to live with less waste. Learn more about what can be recycled in the community and tips to encourage others to reduce waste.

Over five sessions participants will learn about: waste management in WA, composting and worm farming, low waste living, green cleaning alternatives. The course includes a tour of the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Register at

For more information please contact the EMRC's Waste Education Team on 9424 222

Healthy Waterbirds, Healthy Lake

Date: Saturday 24 November

Time: 9am (registration), 9:30- 11am (walk)

Place: Tomato Lake, Scenic Drive, Kewdale. Meet near kiosk.

A morning talk and walk at Tomato Lake, brought to you by the City of Belmont and EMRC’s Bush Skills 4 Youth and Healthy Wildlife Projects. See the winning entries for the ‘Healthy Bird Gets the Worm - Primary Student Competition’ unveiled!

Learn about the birds which live, nest and feed in the area. A bird watching walk with binoculars and identification books will follow a talk about why feeding birds can cause serious health problems.

Suitable for families and adults.

Register by email to or contact the City of Belmont Parks and Environment Department on 9477 7257.

Come along for a free drink, tea or coffee and muffin at 9am. BYO binoculars and reusable coffee cup, if you have them.

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