Foundations for Life Long Learning - 9 AUGUST 2018

God of hospitality, who welcomed all, help us to be accepting and open to all whom we meet. May we live out Mary MacKillop’s words, “Never see a need without doing something about it”, and be willing to help all those in need.

Provider God, you gave us Mary MacKillop. She spent her life loving you and bringing your love to the poor children in Australia. She still works on through her Sisters of Joseph and their Associates.

We thank you God and pray that you will bless us so that we can follow her example.

We ask this in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Dear Parents and Staff

Yesterday, 8 August, was the Feast day of our first, and only, Australian Saint, Mary MacKillop, the daughter of Scottish migrant parents, who was born in Melbourne in 1842. At 16 years of age Mary moved to Penola in South Australia to work as a governess on her uncle’s farm. Here she met Fr Julian Tenison Woods who shared her dream of educating the poor. In 1866 Mary, along with Fr Woods opened the first free Catholic school in Penola. The following year, at 25 years of age, Mary established the Sisters of St Joseph, the first Catholic order founded by an Australian. The mission of the order was to teach the poor and within three years there were 70 Sisters in the order educating children at 21 schools in Adelaide and country South Australia. In 1871 Mary was excommunicated after disagreements with Bishop Sheil on the grounds that “she had incited the Sisters to disobedience and defiance”. In 1872 Mary was completely exonerated and the Order continued to grow under Mary’s leadership, expanding to over forty schools in and around Adelaide, with many also in Queensland and New South Wales. In 1883 the Order established schools in New Zealand and Victoria in 1889. In her later life Mary’s health deteriorated and she was left paralysed on her right side. She remained leader of the Order until her death on 8 August 1909.

Mary was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 19 January 1995 and on 17 October 2010 was declared a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI, being now known as St Mary of the Cross.

Mary was a remarkable woman who remains an inspiration to us all.

"Let us try to keep God with us by charity of thought, word and act."



Congratulations to our Year Three children who represented our school so well yesterday in the Primary Sacred Choral Music section of the festival. The adjudicator’s comment that “this was sung with considerable enthusiasm and conviction” was very appropriate. Thank you to Mr Loiacono, Mrs Pirie and Mrs Bradshaw for preparing the children for their performance.

I look forward to hearing our School Choir perform at the Vasto Club in Balcatta next Wednesday at 1.00pm.


In 2010 Planet Ark commissioned an independent study on the battery recycling behaviour of Australians. Some of the findings were:

  • About 345 million handheld batteries (mainly AA and AAA) are purchased in Australia each year of which 81% are single use.
  • Approximately only 6% of all batteries are recycled with the remainder going to landfill through being deposited in household garbage bins.
  • 75% of respondents to the study said that they would definitely recycle batteries if there was an easy way to recycle them.

Even though this study was eight years ago, the situation does not appear to have improved significantly but there is an answer. Our school has a battery recycling bin in the school library so I encourage everyone in our community to bring in their spent batteries so that they can be recycled. In correspondence from the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council who collect our batteries they state that our school has collected 13.20kg of batteries over the past 12 months. This doesn’t appear too bad, but the school that has collected the most in the same period collected 588.6kg. This is an amazing result and would be very difficult to better however I’m sure we could do much better than we have in the past. I encourage everyone to get on board and bring in their spent batteries for the sake of our environment.


Please refrain from parking on the grassed areas near the school office and on Daly Street as this blocks the view of drivers and is potentially very dangerous for children and parents.


As our school runs on a very tight budget I encourage families to ensure that school fees are paid in a timely manner. Should you be experiencing difficulties with payment of fees please make an appointment to see me.

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The Cyber Bully Incursion Yrs 5 & 6


WACA VISIT 8.00-8.30am

ICAS Mathematics


Our Lady of Assumption Combined school Mass @ 9.30am

Choir Performing Arts at Vasco Club, Balcatta @1.00pm


BRLA Year 3


Assembly Year 3M


PP: Funky Fitness



Commitment Mass for Confirmation @ 6.00pm


Commitment Mass for Confirmation @ 10.00am


Parent/Child Workshop Confirmation @ 6.00pm


Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates


Confirmation Mass @ 6.00pm


Monday 20 August - Thursday 23 August

BOOK WEEK commencing with Book Week Parade on Monday 20 August

Friday 24 August

Performing Arts Dance @ Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre @ 7.00pm


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Fr Michael Quynh Do

Parish Priest


60th Anniversary of the Parish

The Cloverdale Parish (Notre Dame) was canonically established on 20 March 1960. In 2020, the Parish will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary (60 years) through events organised by the Parish Council.

Life in Christ Seminar

The Seminar will be held in the Parish Centre, 7.00 – 9.30 pm on Friday 10 August 2018. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir – Choral Concert

The Concert will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018 commencing at 2.00 pm in Notre Dame Catholic Church. The Concert will be followed by afternoon tea in the Parish Centre. Tickets for this event are $15.00. Proceeds from the tickets to the building of the proposed new Presbytery and Parish Office.

International Centennial Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

The Statue will be visiting Notre Dame Parish on Tuesday 28 August 2018 from 12.00 noon. The visit will include a Rosary, Scapular investiture, Adoration and conclude with Mass at 5.30 pm.

SVDP Winter Appeal

Donations of blankets or non-perishable food items are welcomed for the appeal and can be placed in the box located at the school side entrance of the Church.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


If your child turns 3 between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 and you would like them to attend 3 Year Old Kindy in 2019 at Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, please contact the front office on 6272 7100 between 8.00am and 3.30pm.


I have introduced at Notre Dame a program called Drumbeat, it is now in its second year. If you are at the school in the latter part of the day on a Monday you might hear the drums. This is a hand drumming program to engage students in cooperating with each other and to explore a number of different relationship issues such as community, peer pressure, teamwork and others. The drum that the students learn to play is an African drum called a djembe. The students learn to play a few songs and to participate in some games using these rhythms. They are also given the opportunity to make up their own rhythms and are certainly engaged and have fun.

The program is conducted over 10 sessions for a period of 45 minutes during school time. Each of the sessions is structured to cover topics such as values, peer pressure, identity, social harmony, teamwork and emotional expression. At the end of the program the students do a small performance in front of their peers and parents or guardians. Yesterday two groups of Year 6 students performed for their peers, buddy class and some parents. They were awesome.

Bro Stephen Barker OSM

Assistant Principal/Pastoral Care

WACA vist

The WACA are excited to be visiting Notre Dame, next Tuesday 14th August !!!

Day: Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Time: 8am – 8:30am before school activities

Location : On the school oval

Players: Taneale Peschel (Western Fury)

Cost: ** FREE **

Bring your parents along, for this incredible opportunity, which has only been provided to

a limited number of schools, and get involved with cricketers !!

** We look forward to seeing you all out on the pitch **

Brett Webb

Sports Teacher

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Coles has launched a promotion featuring miniature versions of popular products like Nutella, Vegemite, Weet-Bix and Tim Tams. If you are a regular Coles shopper and are not collecting the ‘little shop’ products, we would love for you to donate them to the school as they can be used to enhance our numeracy and literacy programs. Please drop unwanted collectables to administration.

Thank you.

Miss Cutri


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Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature and you will often see children's book character parades. Generally, the CBCA Book of the Year winner's announcement is the third Friday in August, and CBCA Book Week commences the following day. Please see for the full list of wonderful Australian books being celebrated this year.

Notre Dame School will be celebrating by starting Book Week on Monday morning (20th August) with a parade. Each year level has an open theme of “My Favourite Book Character”. All Primary School students can dress as their favourite book character and bring either the book or a copy of the front cover. Start planning for your costume now!

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The theme this year is ‘Find your treasure’ and we have been talking with the students in library time that treasure doesn’t just have to be coins or pirates. A treasure inside your favourite book might be:

  • ‘magic’ that helps others eg. Possum Magic/Harry Potter/Matilda
  • ‘a faraway place’ eg. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/The Magic Faraway Tree/39 Storey Treehouse
  • ‘an adventure’ eg. Famous five series/ Harry Potter/Where the wild things are
  • ‘humour’ eg. Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus/Busting/The Twits/Gangsta Granny/Diary of a Wimpy Kid/Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing
  • ‘a love story’ eg. Swan Lake/Koala Lou/Velveteen Rabbit
  • ‘sport’ eg. Sporty Kids series
  • ‘mystery and suspense’ eg. 39 Clues series/Lemony Snicket series/Billie B Mystery series/Conspiracy 365 series
  • ‘fantasy’ eg. Alice in Wonderland/ Beast Quest series/Books by Emily Rodda
  • ‘a brave character’ eg. Wombat Stew/Anne of Green Gables/The second sky/Boy/How to bee
  • ‘a crazy or funny character’ eg. Giraffes can’t dance/Horton hatches an egg/Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!

During the lead up to book week we encourage students to read a variety of books and we will be having some amazing library activities with the shortlisted books. Please come and visit the library during this exciting time.

Mrs Sarmardin

Library Technician

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Horrible Histories is an educational entertainment encompassing many media including books, magazines, audio books, stage shows, TV shows, and more. Students in our school borrow these ‘horrible’ books all the time as they are educational and entertaining. Some of the titles we have include:

  • Vicious Vikings
  • The Rotten Romans
  • Pirates and their Caribbean cappers
  • The Vile Victorians
  • The angry Aztecs
  • The incredible Incas

Fremantle Maritime Museum currently has a Horrible Histories Pirate Exhibition. This is a chance for children or adults to learn how to be a pirate. If you would like to find out more about the exhibition or series please visit:

Sarah Sarmardin

Library Technician

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Cloverdale WA 6105

(08) 6272 7100


Next week's roster:

Monday 13 August: Mei Lie

Wednesday 15 August: NO VOLUNTEER: 3P Roster

Friday 17 August: Tammy; Liz; 3M roster

If you are able to volunteer please fill out the attached form or come and see me at the canteen, any time you can spare is appreciated.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen coordinator


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Monday 1.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 1.30pm-3.30pm

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


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


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9 Talus Drive, Mt Richon WA 6112

Phone: 9399 2349/Fax 9399 5315

Mob: 0400 234 910

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With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.

VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.

Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at


A message from Sr Maree Riddler (Mary MacKillop Centre) regarding the wonderful Seasons for Growth Program Training days

The second Training Workshop for this year for the Young People’s Training will be held at the Mary MacKillop Centre South Perth on Monday & Tuesday 10t-11 September. Please open the Seasons for Grown Companion Training attachment for more information.

SFG Programs and Training are designed to help children, young people and adults understand and attend to their grief following change and loss experiences. SFG has several different versions available for children young people and adults.

Our September Training is for those who are working with Primary and Secondary age students and young adults in schools/colleges and other agencies. Those who participate in the Training two day program become a trained Companion and then are accredited to implement the program in their work place.

Details for registration to train as a Companion and more information click on the website link:

For those who live in the country not in the CBD and need accommodation in Perth we have an accommodation available in Irene Villa at an affordable rate (in the Spirit of Mary MacKillop). Many teachers have taken this opportunity to stay on site over the years.

If you would like to ring me or send an email regarding the programme or accommodation please do: 0414 683 926,

Sr Maree ~ God’s blessings to you all and may we reach out to those in need particularly those suffering with deep grief

Sr Maree Riddler rsj

Mary MacKillop Centre

Sisters of St Joseph

CentreWest Administration - Perth

PO Box 593, South Perth, WA 6951

D+ 61 8 9334 0933

M+ 61 414 683 926

"Be calm and full of hope." MMK1871


Additional Support with Reading, Writing and Spelling

Some children need more help learning to read and write than others, even with the best teaching methods at school. The DSF Literacy Clinic in East Vic Park provides expert tuition for those students needing extra assistance to develop strong literacy skills. Experienced teachers at the DSF Literacy Clinics provide students with enjoyable, high-quality tutoring and support. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, regardless of the reason they are struggling. This includes those students who are falling behind in years one and two (as early intervention is important in reducing the impact of literacy difficulties). Sessions are provided at a reduced rate because they are offered in small groups of up to four students, although one-on-one tuition is also available. Parents interested in further information can inquire in person or contact the DSF Literacy Clinic at The Park Shopping Centre in East Victoria Park on 9470 4140 or You can also learn more about DSF (The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation) by

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