Padbury Newsletter

Issue #11 - 23 July 2020

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Sat 25/Sun 26 July - First Communion Commitment Masses @OLM Parish

Fri 7 August - Pupil Free Day (Staff Development Day)

Please check the community calendar for future dates as the calendar is regularly updated.


Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term Three. I hope that you all had a great holiday break and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine we had and kept warm on some of those chilly days. It is wonderful to see all the children again, keen to start afresh this term after what was a topsy turvy Semester One.

Please keep the Year Three and Year Four children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist this term. Please see the Religious Education section of the newsletter for dates and further information as this year the programme will be a little different due to COVID.

Our Pre Kindy programme is very popular and we now run sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. We only have a few vacancies left for Thursday so if you have a child who is 3 years old or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact Mrs Ellen at the office for further details.

We are also enrolling children for PK 2021 and 2022. We are full for Kindy 2021 but we are enrolling now for Kindy 2022 and 2023. Please ensure that you have enrolled your little ones and if you can’t remember if you have handed in an enrolment form, please give Amanda a call at the front office and she will check for you.

Hopefully your children have been coming home and telling you about some of the fantastic additions/changes to our school. We have now integrated the Learning Hub with the Library where it is now a place for reading, book borrowing, research, small group work, technology, etc. We are currently creating a new ‘Device Lab’ to exist in the current Library Workroom. This Lab will house computers, robotics equipment as well as our Makerspace materials.

The former Learning Hub has been refreshed and made into The Arts Studio for drama, art etc. where the students art work will be on constant display. Later this year we will also have our inaugural Art Exhibition, something exciting to look forward to. The Arts Studio will also house our Green Screen room and we will be updating the screen and lighting to enhance this room. We also plan to use this room as a recording studio for possible future podcasts created by students.

We have created a Green Space (you can’t miss the green wall!) within the school and are currently working on bringing this to life with our sustainability initiatives – Water Wise, Waste Wise, recycling, Energy Wise and gardening.

We have also created a Proud Padbury pinup board (facing the junior primary sandpit) where will be showcasing some of our achievements within the community.

Padbury CPS is a school of choice in the area and as such we want to tell everyone about our amazing school community. For the past two years we have been running school tours twice a term to encourage prospective families to come a take a look at what we have to offer. If you know of anyone looking to start school or someone who wishes to change school, please encourage them to visit our school website and book into one of these school tours.

As we have not yet had the Phase 5 government update we are continuing with COVID procedures and protocols from last term. A few reminders include:

· Parents are able to come onto the school site to drop-off/pick-up their child/ren however cannot enter classrooms before/after school.

· Physical distancing of one person per 2 square metre is still a requirement for all adults. Therefore, if you are coming on to the school site for drop offs/pick-ups please do not gather together in groups and ensure that physical distancing is maintained at all times.

· Please drop off/pick up your child/ren and we ask that you then leave the school grounds promptly

· Pre-arranged parent meetings can now occur onsite, with adherence to physical distancing and hygiene protocols. Meetings must be pre-arranged. Telephone meetings will still be available.

· Father Cyprian is now permitted to come to the school for class masses/liturgies/prayer sessions

· We will continue with our live stream assemblies to the classrooms. Merit awards will continue to be presented in the classrooms by the Leadership Team. A photo will be sent home of your child receiving their award.

· MBA sport (external providers) can continue with physical distancing requirements for adults (2 square metre) and hygiene protocols.

· Netball training will continue with adherence to physical distancing requirements for adults (2 square metre) and hygiene protocols.

· Uniform shop will continue to be open by appointment only through booked via When attending the uniform shop for your scheduled appointment, please drive round the back of the school and park in the bays by the courts. Flexischools operating as normal with deliveries to the classroom. Any further uniform queries please contact Uniform Manageress Kylie Giles at or mobile 0418905442

· As the health and safety of all our students and staff is our highest priority, we continue to have in place a range of sustainable cleaning, hygiene and safety measures to minimise risks of COVID-19 transmission in our school environment.

· You can find resources prepared by CEWA’s Psychology Team here - These may assist in supporting your child during this COVID19 period

I would like to once again thank parents for your full cooperation, patience, support and adherence to all directions and requests as we all journey together during COVID19. You are truly amazing, thank you.

Have a great weekend with your family.

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson


religious education

First Holy Communion

A reminder that those students in Year 4 who are participating in the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are required to attend any of the OLM weekend masses as these are the First Holy Communion Commitment Masses.

Please remember to bring along your completed 'Commitment Pack' which was handed out at the end of last term.

* If you are yet to drop off your Sacramental Enrolment Forms, please do so over this coming weekend's Commitment Masses.



At the end of last term, the PCPS Staff reviewed our Homework Policy and made some slight adjustments/updates. The updated policy will be uploaded to the school website in the coming week. Some adjustments to some year level homework time expectations times were made.

Maximum recommended times per night for homework are:

Years 1-2: 15 minutes

Years 3-4: 20 minutes

Year 5 & 6: 30 minutes

The times above do not include reading. Students should complete a minimum of 15 minutes of reading each night.

If you have any queries please see your classroom teacher, who will be outlining homework expectations this week.

A reminder that parents should not be parking in the parking bays marked 'Staff' or Principal/Assistant Principal in the top carpark at any time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thought for the Week

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals



Congratulations to Mrs Sarah La Galia and her husband Jason who welcomed baby Anton Emmanuel La Galia into the world on 7th July. We can't wait to meet little Anton!

School Photos 2020 Info

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LEgo Masters - Donations

We will again be starting up our LEGO Masters Competition for Years 3-6 Students throughout Terms 3 & 4. If you have any LEGO (decent quality) that you are looking to get rid of/would like to donate, we would certainly appreciate any donations. If you are able to donate any, please leave in the front office, or deliver to Mrs Barry's Year 4 classroom (opposite the Chicken Pen). Thank you! We can't wait to share some of our creations with you!

Mrs Deb Barry

Lego Masters Co ordinator

Padbury Cares - Thank you!

Thank you so much to all the staff at Padbury Catholic Primary School for the beautiful card and gift to the staff at Joondalup Hospital. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and for helping us keep safe during these unprecedented times by following the healthcare guidelines❤️

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PCPS now has an OFFICIAL FaceBook and Instagram page!

If you haven't already done so, please like/follow/share us!


padbury cares

Here is the direct link to the Padbury Cares page on our website, should you wish to register.

Social Worker's Corner

Help your child get the worry bug under control…from Parenting Ideas

Many children worry about seemingly little things that they have no control over. Sometimes ‘It’ll be right, Don’t overthink it’ responses will help but at other times worries need parents concern and understanding but they also need some practical tools and ideas to help them cope now, and build strength so they can minimise the impact of worries in the future. Try these strategies:

Give the worry a name: Somehow giving a worry a name makes it feel less scary and more manageable.

Put your worries in a jar: Wouldn’t it be great to put all your worries into a safe and throw away the key? Children can write their worries on some paper and lock them away in a jar by the side of the bed at the end of the day. It’s good to know that their worries can’t get out because they are locked up tight.

Limit talking time: It’s good if children can talk about what’s on their mind but talking needs to be contained to prevent their worries from dominating their lives.

Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety: Anxious kids are very sensitive to their parents’ concerns and worries. One way we actually build their concerns is by continually reassuring them that things will be fine. One reassurance should be sufficient most of the time followed by “I’ve already talked to you about that.” Continually going over old ground can allow worries to linger longer than necessary.

Worry about the things worth worrying about: Worrying is energy-sapping and can take up lots of time. Help your child to distinguish between what’s worth worrying about and what’s not. Helping them prioritise their worries helps them feel like they are in control.

Give them the tools to relax: playing, reading, listening to music, mindfulness, walking the dog.

It’s not that worriers can’t function well. They generally over-function as they come to grips with their anxieties. Not only can worry-warts be hard for parents to live with, but they can become difficult partners and friends as adults. This makes childhood the perfect time for parents, not so much to nip worries in the bud but to give natural born worriers some tools and strategies to make life more tolerable now and, importantly, in the future.

Ali Fisher

Social Worker

Sustainability corner

Battery Recycling at PCPS

Do you know that you can recycle old batteries here? The Mindarie Regional Council has provided us with a special bin to collect batteries that can do our environment harm if they end up in landfill with our other waste. The bin is currently located in Miss Wilson’s classroom near the sports shed. We would love to have less batteries put into landfill.

Which batteries can be collected?

Dry cell batteries include AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable), C, D, button batteries, 9V, 6V and cordless power tools.

Which batteries cannot be collected?

Lead acid batteries, such as car batteries, cannot be collected. Please contact your local council for details of how to dispose of these batteries.

Plastic Free July

From ditching plastic straws, using cloth shopping bags, and purchasing loose vegetables there are many ways to reduce plastic use. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions find alternatives to single use plastic.

You can get involved in Plastic Free July by making small swaps in your daily life such as using containers instead of cling film or saying no to plastic cutlery. Next time you go to the beach or your local park, you can ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ and pick up a few pieces of litter, preventing it from entering rivers and oceans and protecting wildlife who may mistake it for food.

The best changes are the ones that that you can make for life, with no change too small to make a difference.

Think Green Living Guide

To encourage residents to Think Green and take steps to minimise their environmental impact, the City of Joondalup has developed the Think Green Living Guide.

This Guide provides information and helpful actions that can be taken across the topics of energy, water, waste, transport and biodiversity.

Check out the Think Green Living Guide and take action to reduce your environmental impact, save money and protect and enjoy local biodiversity.

Ms Stephanie Wilson, Mrs Rachel Wood, Mrs Natalie Millar, Mrs Kathryn Carter

Sustainability Team


Parish Update

Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP

Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish

Website :

24:7 Whitfords Youth Group ONLINE

For all youth in Years 6-12

Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays 7pm-8:30pm @ 24:7 Whitfords Online (Messenger Group Chat).

Coming up: 24:7 Whitfords Online Youth Group: Mental Well-being, THIS FRIDAY! (Last Online Youth Group)

2020/21 RCIA Program: Would you like to become a Catholic or know more about our Catholic Faith? Please come join us on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the parish centre, starting Thursday 30th of July 2020. Contact Mrs Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517 for more information or you are welcome to just come join us.

Children's Liturgy

Children's Liturgy will return on the first Sunday of Term 3.

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