NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
9 June 2022
Dear Parents and Staff
Each and every night many in our community are forced to sleep in their cars, in parks or in other unsafe areas. It is easy for us to think that this is “their fault” but this is certainly not the case in many instances. In the Gospel of Matthew, we are reminded “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Chapter:7; Verse:1). We should not take this advice lightly as the circumstances of homelessness could have an impact upon any of us or those we love should our circumstances change. Our Pyjama Day, today, is a means of highlighting the plight of the many in our community who do not experience the same comforts that we take for granted. By wearing our pyjamas, we raise awareness of the difficult times experienced by many and by donating a gold coin, we show our support in offering some comfort to the vulnerable members of our community. Tonight, Bro Stephen, David Shumack and I will sleep in boxes in the undercover area to try to make this issue more personal in the children’s understanding. It will be one night of discomfort for us which will be all but forgotten after we have a warm shower and clean change of clothes tomorrow morning. This is not the case for many others, and I ask you to discuss the issue of homelessness with your children at a level appropriate to their understanding and to keep these very vulnerable people in your prayers.
SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
We have now received the results of the recently conducted School Climate Survey. The children, parents and staff all had the opportunity to contribute to the survey and we are very pleased with the results. Whilst very positive, the survey also provides rich data to assist us in our endeavours to continually improve. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the survey as we need to be aware of your thoughts, encouragement and challenges to make our school an even better place for your children to thrive.
PARKING/DROP OFF/PICK UP
I am extremely frustrated and disappointed that parents either don’t read the newsletter or don’t think the article that I wrote in last week’s newsletter applies to them. In the few school days since last Thursday’s newsletter, the number of parents/carers dropping their children in the street and parking illegally appears to have increased significantly. As this happens outside of the school grounds and under the supervision of the parents/carers, it isn’t under the school’s jurisdiction so I’m happy for parents to tell me to “pull my head in” and focus upon what happens within the school grounds but, as someone who deeply cares about the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community, I am happy to accept any negativity towards me if it means that our children remain safe. Please don’t engage in illegal or unsafe practices as I have previously witnessed in another school the devastation that this has caused both families and the wider school community. Your children are your responsibility, and it is up to you to ensure that they are safe at all times.
It’s the end of Week 7 of Term and only our second Merit Assembly. This creates a significant issue for our teachers: Which of the children who have been completing fabulous work over the past few weeks will they reward? I’m certainly looking forward to reading about all of their wonderful efforts when the Awards are presented tomorrow morning. Hopefully I won’t still be in my pyjamas!
Arosha Goonawardena from the P&F has organised for the dads at our school to catch up at the Sporting Globe Belmont Sports Bar tomorrow evening from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.
Please visit http://www.trybooking.com/BZPZA to register your attendance.
NOTRE DAME PRIMARY SCHOOL FACEBOOK
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.
Cathedral Choir Auditions
St Mary’s Cathedral Choir is looking for young singers to join them on an exciting journey of music-making, prayer, and friendship. Auditions for the 2022 intake are coming up soon and are open to boys aged between 6 – 14 years of age. For further information, please contact Jacinta (Director of Music) on 9223 1377 or by email email@example.com
Subscribe to ‘The E Record’
You can receive The Record via email. Please contact Jamie O’Brien on 9220 5900 or by email Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking in the Spirit National Prayer Pilgrimage for the Plenary Council
People across the country are invited to participate in a national prayer pilgrimage as the Catholic Church in Australia prepares for the Second Assembly of the 5th Plenary Council in Sydney, New South Wales, from 3 – 9 July 2022.
We pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and grace for the members who will gather and also for ourselves and the Church, that we may have the courage to follow where God is leading us.
Access Walking in the Spirit Prayer resources at:
Aid to the Church in Need Australia
ACN has launched its ‘Helping for the Priests of Tomorrow’ global campaign. For 75 years, the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need have generously supported the formation of seminarians. In fact, some of these men now serve as priests in Australia today. At the current time, ACN is supporting some 15 000 seminarians on the path to the priesthood.
Please read and reflect on the stories and discern to help ACN, spiritually and financially, to form the priests of tomorrow.
Caritas Australia – Appeal for Ukraine
In a matter of weeks, millions of people have fled the conflict in Ukraine. Our long-standing partner, Caritas Ukraine, is on the ground, supporting people in need during this unfolding humanitarian crisis. Help provide urgent assistance including shelter, food, clean water, medicine and psychological support to people affected by this crisis. Please donate www.caritas.org.au/ukraine or call toll free 1800 024 413.
Dr George Sekulla JP
Notre Dame Parish Council
CONFIRMATION DATE CHANGE
Father Quynh has informed the school that he is visiting Vietnam next term and therefore will need to change the dates of the Confirmation Sacramental Program. Please see below for new dates:
Commitment Masses: Saturday 23 July at 6pm and Sunday 24 July at 10am
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
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, 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.
School Disco 30th June- last day of term
We hope you can join us for an end of term disco on Thursday 30th June. There will be games, prizes, a free sausage sizzle and snacks available for sale at the canteen. Please register and bring a copy of your ticket to receive your free hotdog. We are looking for parent helpers to assist with set up, cooking hotdogs, selling items in the canteen, and cleaning up after. Please email Nicole on email@example.com if you can help.
Dad’s Catch Up
Friday 10th June 5:30-8pm at The Sporting Globe Belmont.
Please RSVP to assist with numbers for catering.
Next P&F meeting
Tuesday 14th June at 6pm in the staffroom. All welcome!
Containers for Change at Notre Dame
As well as recycling your drink bottles at school, you can also assist with fundraising for Notre Dame Primary by donating your 10c refunds from all of your containers at home to the school account. The scheme ID for Notre Dame Catholic Primary School is C10461063.
THE COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN PERTH
The Council of Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to hear Dr Mary Coloe PBVM at two free events in Perth. Mary is a Presentation sister and a professor of New Testament Studies at Yarra Theological Union. Her primary focus in teaching and writing is the Gospel of John. An inspiring and informative speaker, Mary explores John's positive message that affirms life and speaks to the heart of human desire. RSVP by Thursday 9 June to Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0400886 835. All welcome.
The Passion Gospel of John - Friday 10 June 6-8.30pm at James Nestor Hall Catholic Eduction Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville WA. Gather at 5.30pm for light refreshments.
Understanding the Woman at the Well Story - Saturday 11 June 9.30am-12 noon at Treacey Hall, Iona Presentation College Junior School Campus. Enter from 43 Victoria Street, Mosman Park (next to Playing Courts and opposite Cafe).
KEYED UP MUSIC
Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 2 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form
JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ATHLETICS CLINIC
School Holiday Athletics Clinic for boys and girls aged 8 to 16 years. Tues 5th & Wed 6th July 2022 . WA Athletics Stadium. 9am-3pm. $95 per day. Or $170 for both days. Includes a T-Shirt or Shoe Bag or Cap and also a certificate. CHOOSE ANY 4 EVENTS PER DAY! More Info: http://sprintingfast.com/
The unique event is coached by event specific coaches including Triple World Medalist coach Paul Edmiston and Paralympic Bronze Medalist Sarah Edmiston.