NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
10 March 2022
Dear Parents and Staff
Since our first positive case of Covid – 19 on Tuesday evening of last week, the number of positive cases has now grown to 22. Whilst this is a significant increase, it is not entirely unexpected, as this is reflective of the growth in the number of cases across our state. The positive aspect that we can take from the infections are that, in most cases, the symptoms have been reasonably mild and that the number of close contacts has been kept to a minimum due largely to the extended weekend that we have just experienced and the change to regulations with regard to the wearing of masks and the definition of the close contacts rule. As the number of positive cases increases, we are conscious of the possibility of overwhelming our community with constant updates. This morning there were students who tested positive in two of our classes and the parents of the children in the Year levels were informed via the following letter.
As we move forward and, it would appear, that the number of cases will increase, we will send a letter similar to this to the parents of the Year level concerned. A brief update will be included in the newsletter each week which will include relevant information that we receive from the Health Department and Catholic Education WA.
A number of parents have chosen to keep their children home from school due to their concerns regarding the spread of the Covid – 19 virus. It is certainly not my place to tell parents how to manage their children’s welfare, but I am duty bound to point out the expectations regarding school attendance. This is that all children and staff are expected to attend school unless they have been directed by the Health Department or the school to isolate due to either contracting the virus or being a close contact. As of this morning, the definition of close contact has changed and I will be informing families of the regulations as they are provided to me, but the decision that some parents have taken to keep children home as they are close contacts of close contacts is not appropriate.
We will continue to support our families as best we can and are currently offering face-to-face teaching for all who are expected to attend school. Only those who are directed to isolate will receive remote learning as it is very difficult for the staff to manage both platforms. I trust I have the support of our community in our endeavours to maintain as “normal” a learning environment as possible for all of our children. I am very happy to discuss any issues or concerns with parents. Please make an appointment through the school office if you wish to do this.
Whilst it is disappointing that we won’t be able to hold our Reconciliation Sacramental evening this year, I’m sure the children are still very excited about meeting with Fr Quynh over the next two Wednesdays to receive the Sacrament. Please keep these children, their families and teachers in your prayers at this very special time in their Spiritual journey.
First Reconciliation sessions:
- Year 3M and children from Year 4 – 6 - Wednesday 16 March at 9.45am
- Year 3P - Wednesday 23 March at 9.45am
Thank goodness we are able to go ahead with this event next Monday, 14 March at Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre. Whilst we can’t have the same level of assistance from our parents this year, Brett Webb has everything under control for a great day of competition and fun. To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable, safe day, please note the following:
- We request that only immediate family attend the Carnival to support the students.
- Students will need to stay in their factions within their Year group with one of their class teachers.
- Unfortunately, no parents will be able to assist with the Carnival.
- Students will need to wear masks on the bus with a bus allocated for each year group.
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Sacrament of Penance
Due to the current COVID restrictions we have had to make some changes to how the children will be receiving the Sacrament of Penance.
Parent/child workshop information has been sent home this week to all families who has a child that will be receiving the Sacraments. Please work through this with your child and return the activities by Friday 11 March.
3M Reconciliation: Wednesday 16 March at 9.45am
3P Reconciliation: Wednesday 23 March at 9.45am
Children from other Year levels who have enrolled to receive the Sacrament will be allocated one of the Wednesdays and parents will be advised once this has been determined. Parents are welcome to attend however, due to group gathering regulations, siblings and extended family will not be able to join us.
Notre Dame Catholic Primary School Library is pleased to offer you in 2022, a web based eplatform resource that contains our eBook collection. This will supplement our hard copy book collection.
What is an eBook?
An ebook is an electronic book, one that you read digitally on your tablet, laptop, computer, smartphone or other devices including eBook readers.
Advantages of eBook collection
Staff, students and parents can borrow eBooks 24 hours a day seven days a week from any location. You do not need to physically visit the library to access our eBook collection.
You can easily download to most smart devices including smartphones.
You don’t have to physically return the book.
How do I borrow an eBook?
Download the free app onto your device OR alternatively click on ePlatform on your child’s iPad.
1. Select START BROWSING
2. Scroll down and click to view your chosen title.
3. Select LOGIN to read this title.
Username and passwords for students in year 4 to 6 are their Mathletics username and password.
Students from Kindy to Year 3 – please ask your teacher for the required password.
4. Select LOAN. The Wheeler eBook interface will guide you on what to do next.
How many eBooks can I borrow and how long is the loan period?
You can borrow 2 books for a two week period. When the loan has expired, the book will automatically return to the Notre Dame eBook lending platform.
Enquiries- If you are experiencing difficulties or need help getting started please come in and see me.
Mrs Sarah Sarmardin – Library Technician
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
The catalogue for the Book Club has now been distributed to each class. Please note the closing date will be 9 AM on Thursday 17 March. No orders after this time will be accepted.
Please note the following:
- Books can be ordered online through the Loop system on Scholastic. If you have trouble with this I shall be in the library on Thursday morning,
- If you are ordering manually please ensure that the correct money is provided and the order given to the front office. No change will be given.
- if your child has completed the order please check that it is correct, and has their full name and class.
Many thanks for your help
Scholastic Book Club Coordinator
Danielle Lawrie has kindy offered to run the footy tipping competition again. Please see the flyer included in the newsletter today. Forms are available at the front office.
The P&F will be running the Easter raffle again, with support from Assistant Principal Stefanie Bradshaw. The flyer and raffle tickets will be sent home in the week beginning 21st March, and will need to be returned with any monies by Monday 4th April.
ySafe Cyber Safety Hub and Parent TV
Don’t forget that the P&F has funded memberships for the whole school community to the ySafe Cyber Safety Hub and Parent TV.
To access the hub, please use this link: https://nds.cybersafetyhub.com.au. You will get access to cyber safety guidelines, tips on how to set up parental controls, reviews of all the latest games and apps, plus much more.
To access Parent TV, go to www.parenttv.com/membership and enter our school's code “notredame.” You can set up a profile for yourself and your children and you will get emails with content relevant to their ages. Parent TV have pulled together a team of trusted parenting experts in the areas of health, technology, behaviour and everything in between and created a range of easy to access 2-5 minute videos answering just about every parenting question under the sun.
CLOVERDALE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE UPDATE - RED ALERT
Cloverdale School Dental Service update
From 5pm Thursday 3rd March 2022 we move to Red Covid 19 Alert.
All routine dental care will be cancelled from Friday 4th March. Only urgent treatment will be seen.
We will be cancelling patients by phone, putting them back onto our waitlist. They will be reappointed once we move back to Amber Alert.
Please contact us if you have any queries or your child has toothache. Loose teeth will not be considered urgent.
Phone 9479 7222
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this virus
Staff at Cloverdale DTC
Open Day | Mercedes College - Perth, Western Australia
The Open Day Tour provides an opportunity for prospective parents to hear from the Senior Leadership Team and enjoy a tour of College facilities led by some of our Student Representative Leaders. Each session offers families some light refreshments, where you will have the opportunity to speak with some of our Senior Leadership members and teachers.
Open Day Online
Located in the heart of Perth’s beautiful heritage precinct, Mercedes College would like to invite your family to our upcoming Open Day Online on Tuesday 15 March. Given the current Covid-19 climate, we have had to cancel our traditional Open Day tour and bring families a new online tour experience. Families will be able to book into a session of their choice; 8.30am or 11.00am.
The Open Day Online program will still include a welcome by the Principal, Mrs Kerrie Fraser, a live Q&A session led by key staff and students, and a self-led virtual tour. You will experience first hand why learning in the city will benefit your child's education. Registrations are limited, so please don't leave it too late to book: https://www.mercedes.wa.edu.au/open-morning/
Mercedes College is currently interviewing Year Four students who are due to start Year Seven in 2025.
If you are considering enrolling your daughter, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, book a tour or enrol on-line. For further information, please contact our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1340.
Interviews for enrolments for Year 7 2025 students are being conducted this Semester for sisters of current and past Mercedes students. If you have not enrolled your daughter, please contact our Enrolments Officer, Nicole Kirk, on 9323 1340 or enrol online via the College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au as soon as possible.