NEWSLETTER | TERM 4/Week 3 - 27 October 2022

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Dear Parents and Staff

It seems quite strange for me to be writing my first newsletter of the Term in Week 3 after my recent period of Long Service Leave. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away from school and am very appreciative of the opportunity that I had to catch up with my daughter in London. After four years of not seeing each other in person, this was such a special time which I will treasure. During my time away I was able to relax and focus upon enjoying this special family time due to the support of our amazing staff, most notably, Mrs Daniela Boyle, who ensured that things, not only ran smoothly, but probably better than they would have if I’d been here. I am truly thankful to Daniela and our staff for providing the opportunity for me to enjoy this time with my family. I am also very appreciative of all of the parents and students who have enquired about my trip and expressed how happy they are to see me back. This is a wonderful school community that I am so fortunate to be part of.


These days we seem to have a “Day” to celebrate every possible profession and event. On most occasions I don’t pay much attention to this as, I believe, we should do our best to make everyone feel special every day, not just on a particular occasion. That said, tomorrow is World Teachers' Day and after the past few difficult years, I’d like to recognise, not only our Teaching staff, but all members of our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure that our children have been provided with as safe and supportive environment as possible. If you feel inclined, please take the time tomorrow to recognise their effort by thanking the staff who work with your children.


Congratulations to the children who were selected to represent our school at the Interschool Field and Track Carnivals on Monday and Tuesday of this week. There were many outstanding performances by our students, and we were very proud of all of their efforts. I will leave the overall results for Mr Webb’s article later in today’s newsletter but would like to highlight two particularly notable performances, that of Isabella Garcia winning the Year Six Champion Girl and Archer Brown being Runner-Up to Year Four Champion Boy.


As noted by Mrs Boyle in last week’s newsletter, our Open Afternoon will be held next Wednesday between 3.30 and 5.30pm. We invite all parents to come along to see the great work that their children have been doing throughout the year and to learn about some exciting school improvements that both the P&F and the Parent Advisory Council have been working on.

Mrs Mack will be holding a Book Fair in the Library throughout next week so Wednesday afternoon would be an excellent opportunity for parents to enhance their children’s reading resources whilst supporting the school in raising funds to purchase new books.


We have recently seen a spike in cases of Covid 19 both in the community and at school. We will be reminding the children about good hygiene practice and ask that you do the same at home.


For some time now, there have been children being dropped off outside the school gate, some as early as 7.30am. Our school gates will be opened by 8.00am each morning and these children are their parent’s responsibility, not the school staff. If you need to drop your children early, please consider utilising the Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) facility which was set up for this purpose. With the Government Child Care Subsidy, the fees are very reasonable. Please contact Sharmane Dowse in the school office for details regarding enrolment.


  • Next Tuesday the children from PP to Year 6 will be attending Mass for All Saints Day at 8.45am.
  • Next Friday is Outdoor Classroom Day and staff will be finding time during the day to engage their students in learning activities in the great outdoors. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us.


Don’t forget to purchase your ticket in the P&F Trailer and accessories raffle which closes next Monday, 31 October and is drawn on Friday 4 November. Follow the QR code below to purchase tickets.

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Was your child born between 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.



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Bible Studies

Each Tuesday evening commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023 Financial Year

The envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick your name off. If you are taking a set for the first time, please write your name and contact details next to the number that you are taking. Direct Debit forms are also available. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish.

Torchlight Procession

The Legion of Mary is organising a procession around Lake Monger in honour of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ on 28 October 2022. The event will commence at 7.00 pm with rosary and hymns. Please meet at the Gazebo near Powis Street near the Dodd Street carpark. All paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.

Safeguarding Induction for all Church Workers

All Church workers are invited to attend an online safeguarding induction. A Church worker is anyone in the Parish in any role – paid or voluntary.

The session will cover the Safeguarding policies and procedures, the importance of Safeguarding in the Parish, and the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer. To register, please phone Ingka on 9221 7762 or visit

Available session dates include: 1 November at 10.00 am; 16 November at 2.00 pm; 7 December at 2.00 pm; and 15 December at 7.00 pm.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

The Parish will hold its annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon on 1 November 2022 in the Parish Centre. Doors will open at 10.00 am and tickets are $10.00 per person and available at the door. Sweeps and raffles will be available. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet to share. Tea and coffee available.

November Memorial Masses

Memorial Masses will be celebrated on the weekend 5 – 6 November 2022 at all Masses to pray for all those who have passed away during the past 12 months (1 November 2021 – 1 November 2022). Lists have been placed at both Church entrances for Parishioners to write down the names of deceased relatives or friends and which Mass you will be attending. You will be invited to process with Father Michael at the nominated Mass and place a memorial candle.

Please include the relevant information by 28 October 2022.

World Youth Day

This event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023. To register your interest or for further information, go to the CYM website or the World Youth Day Lisbon website

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


If your child is not attending school, could you please email Administration on and the class teacher. An SMS is automatically sent if we have not received notification. Please reply to the SMS with the name of your child and the reason why the student is not attending school. Also please note If your family is going on holidays the absentee notification must be sent to and the class teacher.


If your child is booked at OSHC and not attending before and after school care it is important that you please email

Thank you for your time and assistance.


It’s hard to believe that we are in the final Term of 2022!! What an exciting time of the year it is with Open Night, leadership preparation, end of year activities and of course Christmas! The weather is getting warmer, the summer holidays are drawing nearer and the excitement around the festive season is becoming more real. Our year five students have already been working hard in the first three weeks of school as they begin their preparations for being our new leaders in 2023.

Sports Carnival

Our sports carnival was such an exciting event which took place on the first two days of Term. Day one, which was the field events and the 400m started off with wild weather, and fortunately it cleared as the day went on. The track events and team games, on day two, were wonderful to watch and the weather was lovely and sunny. Congratulations to all of our competitors and especially to our Champions of the day:

Champion Girl – Eva Tomasini and Runner- up – Evie Shearing and Champion Boy – Chase Twynham and Runner up – Jack Pagoda
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Novel Study

This Term we will be completing a novel study using the book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We have enjoyed exploring the themes of friendship, justice and animal rights told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who lives in a shopping centre….did you know that it’s based on a true story? 5P has already begun the novel study while 5M are developing their grammar, comprehension and editing skills using a variety of texts. We are looking forward to both classes coming together to watch the movie The One and Only Ivan to celebrate the end of the year and all of our hard work!

Young Leaders Program

In the Young Leaders Program we have been working with Brother Stephen to teach us how to be leaders to prepare us for the Year 6 leadership program. We have completed activities to help us improve on our leadership whilst teaching us the skills of being a leader. Some of the activities have helped us with socialising, public speaking, organising events and having the confidence to lead groups of people. Brother Stephen has taught us the 5 building blocks and what they mean - Show the way: Team skills, Speak up: Public speaking, Think Team: Organisation, Have a go: Confidence and Step up: Responsibility. We created Power Point and Keynote presentations based on these building blocks.


During Mental Health week, we caught up with our Year One buddies. We just love spending time with each other. We played outside and completed activities together and discussed places we like to go where we feel safe.
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In Art, this term, we are looking at pattern and symmetry. We drew some detailed zentangles and used our copying skills to transfer gift wrap pattern onto paper. We are all very excited to start our Christmas art projects which we will begin in a few weeks' time.

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Mrs McCluskey and Mr Seers


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Next week our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday 31 October until Wednesday 2 November, before school at 8am and after school at 3pm.

It will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects’ children love and want to read about. From newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and favourites.

Keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner, and books make fantastic Christmas presents and stocking stuffers!

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Mrs Kim Mack

Library Technician


Interschool Athletics - Gerry Archer

This week culminated the athletics season with the two interschool athletics carnivals, held again at Gerry Archer Athletics Track. Selected Year 4 - 6 students represented the school at the Field Events Carnival on Monday, where we started with the gruelling 400m races. Notre Dame put in a gutsy effort with many place finishes, particularly in the Year 5 girls and Year 6 group. This put us in a great position for the rest of the field events, which we have previously been very strong in. Whilst I was positioned at the shot put station, a lot of our students were putting in admiral performances across all events, whilst Bro. Stephen bravely manned the school bay, Notre Dame ended the day well, finishing in 2nd position. This put us in a great position for the track/team games carnival for the next day. Well done to all students who competed in the field events day!

On Tuesday, we followed up with the highly competitive track/team games carnival for our selected Year 3 - 6 students. We came in looking to improve from our overall position of 6th from last year. Our Year 3 students started us off with the 200m event. The Year 3 students gave it their all, against some high-quality competition, and were able to achieve some important places. The Year 4 group followed up with some gutsy efforts and two top places. The Year 5 group again trying their hardest and achieving some top places. The Year 6 group followed this up again with some consistent places across all races. At the end of the 200m races we were in 3rd position.

Next up were the pass ball events, with Notre Dame again achieving some important places. At the end of the 200m and Pass Ball events, Notre Dame were in 3rd position, with Sacred Heart and Salvado close at our heels! The 100m events followed, with some blistering races across all year groups. Our Year 5 girls and 6 group were again the stand outs; achieving some very important places to keep us with the pack. A special mention to our Year 3 group, trying so valiantly in their first Interschool carnival. We also achieved some great results in the Year 4 races. The ever nerve-racking Leader Ball event followed, with Notre Dame achieving a top 4 place in 3/4 of the events, a great result! At the end of the team games we were in 4th position. The last events of the day were the baton relays, where Notre Dame put in some fantastic efforts across all year groups.

The noise at the carnival on Tuesday was amazing, with a fantastic atmosphere helped by the students and parents. A special mention to Mr Nardelli from SMG who was our roaming commentator and announcer for the day. The carnival was close over both days, with the last race ending up decidimg the top 5 places. Notre Dame can be very proud of their efforts, coming in 5th place, only a few points, with Salvado in 4th. The Interschool group also had new champions, with St Emilie's just edging out St Joseph's, to take out the title held by St Joseph's for the previous 6 years! Many thanks to Mrs Lawrie, Bro. Stephen, Miss Watkins and Mrs Pirie who helped over the carnival days. I would also like to thank the parents and guardians who helped bring their children to training over the last two weeks. We had some brilliant individual performances, which have been listed below with the final points. Well done to all and go Notre Dame!

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Year 4 Champion Boy - R/UP

Archer Brown

Year 6 Champion Girl

Isabella Garcia
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Brett Webb

Sports Coordinator & Yr 6 Techer


The opening times are : Monday & Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm during the term.

Thank you.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator.


The canteen is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can place your order online at MY SCHOOL CONNECT or over the counter at the canteen and we accept cash or eftpos.

I rely on parent volunteers to assist me in running the canteen, so if you have even half an hour spare please pop in and lend a hand or see me to pick a date and time that suits you.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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P&F Trailer Raffle- ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!!!

Three prizes up for grabs- the first is valued at $4550. Come and see the trailer outside school reception. To purchase tickets ($20 each) and to see full prize details, please go to:

Thank you to our school community for supporting our raffle to upgrade the Nature Play area. Although the equipment itself is not too expensive, the site work and soft fall material required has resulted in a quote of $100,000!!!

A big thank you to our sponsors Loadstar Trailers, Cassie Rowe MLA, Bunnings Belmont, Reading Cinemas Belmont, Zaneta Mascarenhas MP and Councillor Robert Rossi.

P&F Annual Community Meeting

22nd November- week 7

At the P&F ACM, all Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and nominations from the school community can be submitted. If you are interested in the role of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or Class Representative Coordinator, please consider nominating- a form is included below. For a confidential discussion on any of the above roles, please contact Nicole Beresford, P&F Chair on

Next year we will have some wonderful parents moving on from Notre Dame and starting their high school journey so we would love to see some new faces on the P&F. Without volunteers we can’t hold the regular events we do each year unfortunately.

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Nicole Bersford


Keyed Up Music

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Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at

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