2 December 2021

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Dear Parents and Staff

We commenced our Advent journey this morning with the first of our four Liturgies that celebrate each of the weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Some of our very cute Year One children acted out the Gospel which referred to God’s all-encompassing love and concern for us. Tomorrow, and again on Monday and Tuesday we will continue our journey, lighting a new candle each day to recognise this wonderful time of waiting.


Tomorrow evening we officially farewell our Year Six Students at their Graduation Mass. Many of these children have been at our school for the past nine years which represents approximately 75% of their life and many of the staff have been with them for most, if not all, of this journey. Thus, it can be a sad time for all of us as we bid farewell to this amazing group of students as they venture to new opportunities at High School and beyond. But it is also a very exciting time for the students as they make new friendships and embrace the challenges of new surroundings, teachers and subjects. I wish all of our graduating Year Six students every success for the future and thank them for their wonderful contribution towards making our school such a wonderful place of learning for all of us.

If you are humble,

Nothing will touch you,

Neither praise nor disgrace

Because you know what you are.

Mother Teresa


Whilst a full list of staff for 2022 will be included in next week’s newsletter, there are two staff who will be retiring at the end of 2021.

  • Carol Smith has been an Education Assistant at our school for the past 30 years working in the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary. She has a deep desire to see the children become “the best that they can be” and an excellent sense of humour. Carol will be sadly missed by all of us, especially the children who have had the privilege to work with her, which would number around 900. In her retirement, I am led to believe that Carol will be pursuing her penchant for Karaoke. One piece of advice, stay away from Carol unless you’re into public singing.

  • Denise McGregor has been employed as our School Social Worker for the past 20 years, having commenced her employment at Holy Name School. Denise may not be well known by many of the parents as much of her work is confidential. However, the parents whose children she has assisted know her very well and, I am sure, greatly appreciate the wonderful support that she has offered. The results of her work often go unseen as Denise assists children with their concerns in a way that provides pathways forward rather than focussing only on the issues of the past. Denise has been a highly valued member of our staff who will be very sadly missed. I wish her much happiness with family and friends in her retirement.


The 2022 class lists and Teacher Placements may be accessed through the school website from 4.00pm this afternoon. Whilst it may appear to be a simple task to allocate children to classes, the Teachers and Leadership Team have spent many hours assessing what, we feel, will be the best placement for children within the class group, with particular consideration given to:

  • Academic ability
  • Friendships
  • Gender balance
  • Behaviour
  • Relationship with the Teacher


Immediately after recess tomorrow the children will have the opportunity to go to their new class to meet their 2022 Teacher and complete some “About Me” activities which will assist the Teachers in providing a smooth transition for the children when they come back to school after the holidays.


Congratulations to the very dedicated members of our School Choir who entertained members of the Notre Dame Parish and residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Glendalough before having a Pizza Party and Play at Braithwaite Park in Mt Hawthorn. Thank you to Mr Loiacono, Mrs Evans and all members of the Choir for their dedication to the Arts throughout this year. I look forward to the Choir leading the singing at our Carols Evening next Tuesday
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I hope all of the children have a wonderful time with their friends next Thursday when they go on their class excursions. I’m especially looking forward to the water slides that the Pre-Primary to Year Two classes will be enjoying on the school oval.


I’m very much looking forward to welcoming our families to our Carols Evening next Tuesday at 6.00pm. Families are welcome to bring along a picnic dinner to enjoy before the concert begins. Please take note of the following so that we may all have an enjoyable evening:

  • The children are to be in their classrooms by no later than 5.45pm so that the staff may get them organised before taking them to their allocated seating area.
  • The children will be sitting along the pavement outside the hall and the Year One classrooms so please do not sit in these areas.
  • There will be an area directly in front of the stage for the Kindergarten children to sit prior to their performance.
  • Immediately after the Kindergarten performance parents are invited to take their children to either sit with them for the remainder of the concert or to go home if it is felt that they are tired.
  • All other children are expected to stay with their teacher and class for the entire evening.
  • After each class performance, before the children leave the stage, three awards will be presented for each class.
  • After all class performances, Awards will be presented for Science, Music, Library, Art and Italian. Awards are not presented for Physical Education as children have already been acknowledged for their performance in this area at the various carnivals throughout the year.
  • An area will be roped off and only those on blankets are to sit in front of this. Those who wish to sit on chairs will need to sit behind the roped off area and bring their own chairs as no school chairs will be available to use.
  • For safety reasons the verandahs outside the upper Primary classes are not to be accessed during the concert.
  • The concert should take approximately one and a half hours.
  • At the end of the concert parents will be asked to collect their children from their seating area. No children will be permitted to leave unless a parent is there to collect them.
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St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Boxes have been placed at both entrances of the Church for donations of ‘in-code’ non-perishable food items for Christmas Hampers. Donations will be received up to 13 December 2021. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Bible Studies

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

Planned Giving Envelopes 2021 – 2022 Financial Year

The envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick your name off. If you are taking a set for the first time, please write your name and contact details next to the number that you are taking. Direct Debit forms are also available. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish.

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

On Saturday 4 December 2021 after the 6.00pm Mass and on Sunday 5 December 2021 after the 10.00am Mass, a fundraising event has been organised to support the ETG Youth Conference. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Simbang Gabi – Nine Night Novena Masses

During the period 15 – 23 December 2021, Simbang Gabi will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church, commencing at 8.00pm. All are invited to attend this wonderful Filipino tradition. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Altar Servers

Congratulations to the eight new Altar Servers who completed their training with Deacon Albert Atkinson in 2021. These Altar Servers have been participating in Mass at Notre Dame Catholic Church since October. The new Altar Servers include: Juno Carson, Macberth Coutinho, Aiden Khoo, Antal Pravin Leo, Jackson Nofal, Paul Sekulla, Sienna Surnin, and Ryan Vadakkel.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



Social Justice - This term the Social Justice Council have been making posters, movies and Kahoots for the Saint Vincent de Paul Hampers. The posters are shown around the school. The Kindy to Year 3 have been informed by an iMovie and Years 4 to 6 have been informed by a Kahoot. We thank everyone for the fantastic response to the appeal.

Amelea 6P

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Pastoral care

We have been preparing for the end of year Christmas Activities. We have had an amazing time writing up leadership quotes and giving them to Year 5 in preparation for next year. Our group has also come up with a ‘make your own Christmas tree and candy cane hunt’. Pastoral care has been so busy organising activities and making sure they are all fun!

Abbey 6M

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Community service

I was asked to help in Mr Seers’ class. It has been really fun looking at the kids doing the work we did in Year 5. It is nice helping out the teachers and students and I am glad that we got the opportunity to do it in my last year of school.

Xavia 6M

Environmental Council

In the Environmental Council, we planted vegetables and cleaned the pebble river. It was a good opportunity to help the environment and the school. When Brother Stephen wasn’t here, we would help outside and pick up the rubbish.

Emily 6P

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Careers Expo

The Year 6 group presented a Careers Expo several weeks ago. We had to research about a job we were interested in doing, then we either did a poster or iMovie. On the day we had to dress up in our costumes, and the parents and teachers came to see our posters or iMovie. They also asked us questions about our chosen career path and how we planned to get there.

Maryam 6P

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Year 6 Plays

One of our activities for English was to write a play that we would perform to our buddy class. We have been making our masks for a very long time and finally we were able to use them. We also asked the other Year 6 class to come and watch our productions.

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Colour Run

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The whole school from Pre Primary to Year six went to Miles Park and had a run around, while getting splashed with water and colours. We wore beautiful tutus that Jett brought for us and we had a unicorn hat and wand. We were all a mess by the end of the run but it was worth it.

Van & Oliver 6M

Mindful Movement

On Thursday in Mindful Movement, we had time to relax and do poses to help our breathing.

Every Thursday during lunch Miss Fimmano gives us time to have fun and do some cool poses/moves that makes us happy and calm. It's optional, but that doesn't change the fact that lots of kids still go.

Jordan 6P

Tennis Games at Belmont Tennis Club

Some Year Sixes and Year Fives went to Belmont Tennis Club to have some games of tennis. They played in doubles with their friends. We had the best time playing against our friends, and some of us even learnt new skills.

Nyree & Summer 6M

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Mrs Flexman, Mr Webb & Miss Fimmano


Intra-School Tennis Fixtures - Monday 29 November

Many thanks to Lisa Brannan from Belmont Tennis Club for helping organise some tennis games for our Year 5 & 6 students on such short notice. All students were given an opportunity to nominate themselves to play some doubles games at Belmont Tennis Club with a partner of their choosing. All students played games with other students of similar abilities on a fun timed format. Thank you to Mr Seers and Mrs Davidson for helping out the students on the day. We will look for more opportunities to connect curriculum aligned lessons with local sporting clubs in the future.

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Perth Scorcher Clinics (PP & Year 1)

Last Wednesday, Notre Dame were lucky enough to have Ben from the WACA run some cricket clinics for our PP & Year 1 classes. Year 1 classes have been currently learning striking, throwing and catching concepts in cricket so this came at a great time for the kids to learn some new fun activities and test out their skills. Many thanks to Ben for providing some fun lessons for our students!

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Notre Dame at Optus Stadium!

Well done to some of the Year 2 boys who played at Optus Stadium during the break of the Perth Scorchers Grand Final. What a fantastic experience for these students with a great result for the Scorchers!


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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure that it runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer this term, your help is appreciated. If you would like to join our volunteer pool please come and see me in the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even if you are only able to give half an hour of your time, every bit helps.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator


Orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie ( The order form and price list are on the school website ( under "School Services."

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


School Banking is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator


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Following on from the student, teacher and parent sessions held on Monday 8th November, all Notre Dame parents/carers now have access to the ySafe Cyber Safety Hub for a whole year. To access the hub, please use this link: No passwords required.

You will find a range of information and resources, including:

Parent Advice:

· Cyber Safety Guides

· Dealing with Issues

· Creating a Safe Home

Cyber Safety Tech:

· Setting up Parental Controls

· Guides (Google Safe Search, YouTube Restricted Mode)

App and Game Reviews:

· Including Among Us, Call of Duty, Facebook, Fortnite, Discord, Messenger, Minecraft, Roblox, YouTube and much more.

Colour Run Lapathon

Here are some photos from the Colour Run Lapathon last Friday, what a great day! Thank you to all of the parents and teachers who volunteered their time to assist with the lapathon. Don’t forget to return your donation forms by Friday 3rd December. The raffle will be drawn on Monday 6th December.

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Annual Community Meeting

On Tuesday 23rd November 2021, the Notre Dame P&F had their Annual Community Meeting and have elected the Committee for 2022. Thank you to all of those who nominated for positions.

· President: Nicole Beresford

· Vice President: Joanna Barber

· Secretary: Rebecca Blomfield

· Treasurer: Julian Twohig

· P&F Representative to the School Advisory Council: Julian Twohig

· Class Representative Coordinator: Michelle Carberry

Night Market 2022

Friday 11th February 2022 (Week 2)

Food trucks, silent disco, bouncy castles.

****If you are interested in hosting a food stall, please contact Nicole Beresford via email by the end of next week:****

All vendors need to have a registered food business and public liability insurance.

Quiz Night Fundraiser Update

All invoices have now been paid and the total amount raised was almost $12,000!!! This will go towards playground upgrades, in addition to any profits made from the Colour Run. Thank you so much again to our amazing and supportive school community.

Nicole Beresford



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Now that things are opening back up for those in the southern states of Australia we can imagine there must be a lot of mixed feelings! Some children may be feeling quite anxious about going back to school, and that is so understandable. Read our new blog post to learn about how you can help your child transition back to school!
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We hope you have a wonderful week!

The ParentTV Team


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Congratulations to Callan Hunter, Rawly Hunter, Van Holtmeulen, Kye Egan and Oliver Doncon on being selected to represent Cloverdale Comets in the U13's and U11's TBAWA State Team Championships. Thank you again to Cassie Rowe MLA and Samantha Rowe MLC for sponsoring both teams.

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Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons during this school term. Lessons start from $23.65 for a group of 2 or $34.10 for an individual lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at

Mercedes College | A College for every girl in the heart of your city!

We have limited places available in all year groups for 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit the Mercedes website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.


Cloverdale School Dental clinic is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Our phone number is 9479 7222.

Our last day will be Thursday 16th December 2021, we will reopen Monday 31st January 2022.

If you have an emergency during this break, the Mt Henry Clinic, 43 Mt Henry Rd, Salter Point, will be open during all work days from 8:15 am to 4:30pm, Mon to Friday. Their phone number is 9313 0552.

Loose teeth are NOT deemed an emergency. Please encourage children to wobble their loose teeth until they fall out on their own. Some loose teeth tighten up again, then loosen. Cloverdale School clinic is a very busy centre, and we really appreciate your patience with waiting for appointments. Please contact us should you have any queries.

Best wishes for a relaxed and safe school holidays

Sharon, Daniela, Tess, Megan, Phyllis, Elle and Nina

Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff

180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222