Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning August 8
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop we ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dear Parents and Staff
On 17 October 2010 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary McKillop’s sainthood at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. St Mary of the Cross, as she is now known, is the first Australian Saint and today, 8 August, is her Feast Day, the day upon which she died in 1909. Mary was born on 15 January 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne. At 18 years of age she moved to Penola in South Australia to work as the governess for her aunt and uncle’s children and it was here that she started her work with the poor and marginalised. In 1866, along with Father Julian Woods, the local Parish Priest, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph and in 1867 the Rule of Life for the Sisters was instigated. According to this Rule, the Sisters were to:
1. Live poorly, owning nothing in their own right
2. Depend on Divine Providence for their subsistence
3. Go wherever they were needed
4. Do all the good they could, and never see an evil without trying to remedy it.
In 1866 Mary and two of her sisters, Annie and Lexie, opened a Catholic school in Penola which was open to all who wanted to attend, whether Catholic or not. On 15 August 1867 Mary pronounced her religious vows and made her final profession on 8 December 1869.
Mary was very dedicated to her vows, her teaching and her work with the poor, and, even though she was excommunicated in 1871, always maintained her devotion to the Rule of Life that had been set. She was, and is, a guiding light for all of us to follow in holding true to our beliefs and the rights of all to justice and fulfilment.
Congratulations to our wonderful P&F who provided the Disco for the children last Friday evening. Although I was unable to attend, I have heard that the children had a great time and that there were many very innovative dance styles on display. One of our school families kindly donated a Google Mini device for us to raffle as a door prize which we did at last Friday’s Year 1M Assembly. Fittingly Alyssa Arias from Year 1M was the winner and I am sure she and her family will enjoy using their excellent prize.
Mrs Sarmardin has a range of activities planned for the children to complete during our Book Week celebrations with the highlight our Parade on Wednesday morning. I look forward to seeing the clever and innovative costumes that parents and children come up with. This year I’m particularly interested in what the staff will wear to let everyone know that “Reading is their Secret Power”.
COMBINED SCHOOLS MASS
The children in Years 3-6 from St Maria Goretti and Notre Dame will join together to celebrate Our Lady’s Assumption Mass in our Parish church next Thursday, 15 August, at 9.30am. Parents are most welcome to join us.
Our renovations are moving along well with the builders assuring me that they are on track to complete all of the work ready for the start of Term 4. Thank you to all members of our community for their patience in dealing with the disruption that the works have created.
P&F COCKTAIL PARTY
Tickets are now available for this great evening to be held on 19 October at Forster Park on Abernethy Rd. Due to the size of the venue there are only 200 tickets so go online to ensure so you don’t miss out.
CITY TO SURF
CITY TO SURF
Flynn Plimmer in Year 6M is running in the 12km City to Surf to raise funds for a 3yo with SMA2 (Spinal Muscular Atropy). Please see link below if you would like to support him.
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
Was your child born between 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016?
If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2020
If your child was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 , they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2020. Registrations for 2020 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.
BISHOPS' RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT
Over the past two days the students from Years 3 and 5 have participated in the online Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment. Congratulations to all students for their efforts during this assessment. The school results will be sent to the school at the end of term 3 and individual results for the Year Five students are expected at the beginning of Term 4.
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 6.00pm for Confirmation candidates
SUNDAY 11 AUGUST
Commitment Mass @ 10.00am for Confirmation candidates
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST
THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates @ 6.00pm
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Confirmation @ 6.00pm
Certificates will be presented on Saturday 21 September @ 6.00pm Mass and
Sunday 22 September @ 10.00am Mass
TERM 3 EVENTS
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST
Assembly Year 3M
MONDAY 12 AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST
Book Week Parade @ 8.45am
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST
Feast of the Assumption Combined Schools Mass @ 9.30am
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
YR 5 CLASS NEWS
Busy? Did someone say busy? We are really rocking in Year Five and there isn’t a minute spare in our days, we are so busy learning.
Our main focus this Term is on sustainability. The Year Fives have become Waste Wise Warriors! Twice a week Year Five students collect the Crunch & Sip scraps from each classroom to feed our worms. Yes, you read that right. We have a worm farm! It is behind the library in our garden area. All classes are welcome to visit the garden and see the worm farm in action.
The worms use their tiny teeth to chew up the Crunch & Sip scraps and turn them into “worm wee” and fertiliser that can be used on gardens. The Year Fives, along with the Year Six Environmental Council, are planning to harvest the “worm wee” and sell it to the school community. If you have any spare milk bottles (with lids) please bring them in and give them to Brother Stephen.
We have even designed logos to use on special labels for our “worm wee”. Just like a bottle of fertiliser from Bunnings, only ours will be 100% natural! Here are some of the logos we designed.
Keep a look out for the Year Five Waste Wise Warriors around the school. We are in training to fight the world’s waste problem.
Mrs Jennings, Mrs Crabbe and Mr Tyrrell
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Parents and Caregivers are most welcome to attend our Book Character Parade which will be held in the Multipurpose Hall on Wednesday 14th August at around 8.45am. Students are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character. Classes will be invited up to the stage to show their wonderful costumes. This is an annual event that the whole Notre Dame School community supports, and many staff try and come up with the most inventive costumes!
We look forward to seeing you on this special day which celebrates books and literacy!
Mrs Sarmardin and the Library Monitors
MONDAY 12 AUGUST: VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST: SUE CLAYTON 9.30-11.05
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST: SUE CLAYTON 9-11.05
Thank you to the lovely ladies who came and helped in the canteen last week your time was appreciated. If you are able to volunteer in the canteen in Term 3 please come and see me and put your name on my roster or just pop in if you have time to spare.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
The Uniform Shop will be open on
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 1.30pm-3.30pm
Orders and payment can also be made at the front office.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.
P & F NEWS
P&F COCKTAIL PARTY FUNDRAISER
CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENTS WA
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WOMEN AND THE BIBLE: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite women to join us and Rabbi Sheryl Nosan to “re-view” women and the Bible.The roles of women in the scriptures are varied and complex and include women as challengers, change agents, and as inspiration for those working towards greater understanding and equality of ministry.
Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6-9pm in the Staff Room Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave, Perth.
Light refreshments will be served from 6.00-6.30pm.
Parking is available and the Red & Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale Street.
RSVP by 18 August:Email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 08 93975988 SMS 0400 886 835
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.
Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming