Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Foundations for Life Long Learning - 6 December 2018

NOTRE DAME PARISH - CHRISTMAS MASS TIMETALE

Dear Parents & Staff
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Our prayer reflection today is the very simple message from our beautiful Advent Calendar (above), created by Mary Evangelista and Carmel Kempton, as we await the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

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May the Lord be ever present in your homes and every aspect of your lives at this most joyous time of the year.


GRADUATION/THANKSGIVING MASS

I had a dream so big and loud

I jumped so high I touched the clouds

Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh


These are the first few lines of the song by the American Authors that were sung by our departing Year Six children at the conclusion of Mass yesterday morning. My hope for them as they move into the next stage of their educational journey is that they will continue to have big dreams and work hard to achieve them. We were all very impressed by how mature the Year Sixes were at their Graduation last Friday evening. One of the most moving parts of the celebration is the exchange between the departing students and the current Year Fives. The Year Fives present the Year Sixes with a personalised candle to symbolically lead them on their journey beyond Notre Dame and the Year Sixes present the Year Fives with a lantern representing the light of leadership. We wish all of our departing students all the best for the future and hope to see them coming back to visit us from time to time.


CAROLS AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

We were a little concerned when the skies turned dark on Tuesday afternoon. After 38 degrees on Monday it looked as if we might have some rain. Fortunately, though, the weather held off and the dreariness of the cloud cover was soon overtaken by the amazing performances by the children. Thank you to everyone who contributed to another great evening of outstanding entertainment. I am constantly in awe of the creativity and innovation that we see each year. Congratulations to all of the children who received Awards on the evening, you should be very proud of your efforts.


Our Student Leaders for 2019 were also announced.


Congratulations to:


  • Ruhansi Abeywickrama
  • Ava Carbery
  • Charlotte Glynn
  • Hollie McGruddy
  • Gabriel Beasley
  • Ruairi Harvey
  • Ross Proctor
  • Nate Tomasini


I look forward to working with the Student Leaders and all other members of the Year Six group throughout 2019.


SILENT NIGHT

I hope everyone enjoyed our short play at the Carols Evening to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first performance of the most iconic of all Christmas Carols, Silent Night, which was written by Fr Joseph Mohr with music composed by his friend Franz Gruber. Little did they realise the significance that their hauntingly beautiful song would have on so many for such a long time. Thank you to all of the staff and children who performed in the play or joined in the singing with the choir. A standout performance in the quite serious play came from Mr Jason Tyrrell with his the very interesting Irish/Scottish/Austrian accent.


WELCOME

It gives me very great pleasure to welcome Miss Naomi Fimmano to our staff to teach the Year 3M class on Mondays to Wednesdays next year. Naomi joins our school after spending the last two years working in a range of schools in London. We look forward to meeting with Naomi next Tuesday when she joins with us for our handover of student information.


FREE DRESS

To celebrate the end of another eventful and exciting year at Notre Dame the children and staff are invited to wear neat casual clothes tomorrow. There is no need for a gold coin donation on this occasion.

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2018 TERM 4

FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER

Students conclude

2019 TERM 1 DATES

Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April

2019 SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS

Term 1 - Reconciliation : Thursday 28 March @ 6.00pm


Term 2 - Eucharist : Saturday 15 June @ 6.00pm

& Sunday 16 June @ 10.00am


Term 3 - Confirmation: Saturday 14 September @ 6.00pm

2019 Term 1

TUESDAY 29 JANUARY TO FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Administration Office is open


FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

2.30-4.30pm Pickup Pre-packaged 2019 Book List

2.30pm-4.30pm Uniform Shop opens


TERM 1

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY

4 YR OLD to Yr 6 Students commence

Kindy Parent Morning Tea


TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

3 YR OLD commence


WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Parent Information Night - Pre Primary to Yr 6

UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Notre Dame Night Market 5.00pm-8.00pm


MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY - FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Year 6 Camp


WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH

Ash Wednesday - Combined Schools Mass @ 9.30am


SATURDAY 9 MARCH

Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm


SUNDAY 10 MARCH

Reconciliation Commitment Mass @ 10.00am


MONDAY 18 MARCH - FRIDAY 29 MARCH

Swimming Lessons PP-Yr 5


THURSDAY 21 MARCH

Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop @ 6.00pm


THURSDAY 28 MARCH

Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation @ 6.00pm

CLASS NEWS

Wow … what a year! How grown up we are now – all ready for Year 2!


Over the year we have learnt sight words, skip counted, written narratives, used our imagination that God gave us, added, had incursions, learnt about indigenous seasons, subtracted, given news presentations, measured, created mobiles, wondered at God’s creation, gone on excursions, had swimming lessons, wrote reports – the list goes on but, most importantly, grown into independent learners.


We designed and created our very own future mode of transport. We displayed this during Open Night and enjoyed sharing our creativity with everyone.


This term we also learnt how to appreciate other people’s point of view. We can use a point of view to help us write a persuasive text. We found this challenging.


What we have enjoyed about being in Year 1:


I really enjoyed doing maths because I like math and Dad does it at home with me. I also like to do things on the iPad with the whole class – Delilah Goh


I have enjoyed movement breaks, colouring-in and writing about our holidays – Christian Fisicchia


I enjoyed Science, especially when we did experiments. I also liked working on the iPad – Rawly Hunter


I have enjoyed doing Art and reading and learning about Jesus – Jessica Tan


We had fun in Math. We learnt about subtraction and adding. We also learnt how to make good choices and how to make friends – Jack Cleary


I have enjoyed writing, sport, math, religion and making new friends – Michael Schneeberger


We wish everyone a safe and relaxing Christmas and holiday break.

Miss Rognetta, Ms Carlton, Mrs E, Mrs Notte, Mrs Sheehan, Mrs Brisbane, Mrs Davidson and Miss J

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MUSIC NEWS

It has been a very fruitful and busy few weeks for the members of the School Choir. We have sung for the Senior Citizens of our parish, as well as a visit to Faulkner Park Retirement Village and the Little Sisters of the Poor. Added to that was Graduation last Friday night, the School concert this week and the End of School Year Mass.


I have received so much positive feedback about the choir visits over the last couple of weeks. I cannot tell how joyful and uplifted I feel when I hear positive comments about the children’s singing and behaviour- it makes my day!


A huge thank you to Mrs Notte, Mrs Stapleton, Mrs Lawrie and Mrs Evans for their assistance with the choir throughout the year and in particular on our excursions over the last couple of weeks. These ladies have given of their time throughout the year and I am very grateful to them. We have had a host of other staff helpers throughout the year at various times and I am grateful to them as well.


Thank you to the choir members for their positive and enthusiastic work throughout the year. I am very proud of you all! Thank you also to your parents for the sacrifices they make to get you to choir rehearsals.


Finally, thank you to Mr Winsor for his encouragement and support and of course our musical Parish Priest- Fr Quynh.


I wish all choir members and their families a very happy and holy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all next year.


Mr Alessio Loiacono

Music Specialist

Instrumental Recital

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CANTEEN NEWS

Wising everyone a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


POT LUCK FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER

What we have left in the fridge/freezer is on sale eg burgers, pies nuggets etc please see canteen on the day for availability. Please check before ordering on Friday as some stock will be low.


Hope to see you at the canteen soon.


Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator

UNIFORM SHOP

SPECIAL OPENING TIME:

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2.30pm-4.30pm



During Term 1 the Uniform Shop will be open on



MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm.



Orders and payment can be made at the front office.



Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator

SCHOOL BANKING

Every Thursday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.

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