9 September 2021

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Dear Parents and Staff

The French term Notre Dame translates in English to “Our Lady” and thus the celebration of Mary’s birthday, 8 September, is particularly significant for our school. This is why we celebrate Presentation Day (or Mercy Day in alternate years) on or close to this date because of the deep devotion of our foundresses to Mary. The children always look forward to this day of enjoyable activities, but it is not only about having fun. Nor is it just about learning facts about the Presentation Sisters and their foundress, Nano Nagle. A significant purpose of the day is to assist children to develop an understanding of the value of service to others and the joy that this can bring to all, especially to those who are doing the giving. Education in this day and age needs to be holistic in its approach towards developing every aspect of the child and, whilst the types of career they follow may be influenced by their academic success, it is activities such as learning about the joy of giving and supporting those in need that will assist them to become the empathetic, caring adults that we all want to see in our world. It is our job to plant the seeds and then to nurture them along the journey. In the words of the great Australian poet Kev Carmody, made famous by singer, Paul Kelly:

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Whilst recently watching both Olympics and the Paralympics I was impressed by the way they continued with the events even when it was cold and raining. In true Olympic/Paralympic form, our children (parents and staff) did the same at our Senior Athletics Carnival today. Congratulations to everyone for the manner in which they maintained their focus to compete to the best of their ability. Mr Webb will share all of the details from today’s Carnival and Tuesday’s Field Carnival in next week’s newsletter.


As families were notified earlier this week, our Senior Dance Troupe has been awarded the Presentation Sisters’ Trophy for Primary Dance. This is a very prestigious award to receive and is a credit to Mrs Donovan-Flintoff and her wonderful dancers. Congratulations to you all for gaining such a prestigious Award for our school.


Without the support of grandparents many of our families would find it very difficult to be able to get everything done. I see grandparents each day dropping off children and then collecting them in the afternoon. They babysit so that parents can attend meetings and various school functions and they attend Assemblies, Award and Presentation nights such as Awesome Aussies and Night of the Notables. So, next Wednesday is our opportunity to thank them for the many great things that they do for us. Mass will commence at 8.45am and will be followed by an opportunity for grandparents to visit classrooms before enjoying morning tea in the staffroom.


These will be held on Friday 17 September and Monday 20 September. Please see the SEQTA email that has been sent to all families today for details about your child’s performance. We will, again this year, be rotating the parents of performers through the hall for each item so that they may easily see their child’s performance. All parents are asked to wait in the Mother Mary Piazza until called for their child’s performance.


  • The Year 5M Assembly will be held next Thursday, 16 September
  • This Term finishes for students on Wednesday 22 September with both the school and OSHC closed on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September.


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After extensive planning, this week is almost here. Please ensure that the notes which have been sent to the families of the children involved are returned to school by the due date so that we are able to plan appropriate transport and supervision. I’m very excited to be able to watch our Senior Dance Troupe and Choir perform at the RAC Arena on Monday evening and then, joined by the Junior Dance Troupe, at Yagan Square and Forrest Place in the city between 12.00pm and 2.00pm on Wednesday. Tickets for the Monday Concert are now available through Ticketek and I encourage parents who would like to attend to purchase tickets as soon as possible. All other events throughout the week are free to attend.

On Friday 17 September, the school choir will perform at Forrest Place and a selected group of students will be completing activities displaying things they have learnt in Makerspace.

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Father’s Day Breakfast

Thank you to all staff for their work in organising the Breakfast. An enjoyable breakfast that was very well attended. It was great to catch up with many Dads and Father figures during the morning.

Bible Studies

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

Planned Giving Envelopes 2021 – 2022 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.

Parish Raffle – Framed Crucifix

Tickets three for $10.00 are available from the School side entrance of the Church. All proceeds from the raffle go to the Parish Building Fund. Thank you for continuing to support Parish fundraising activities.

Safeguarding Sunday

The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Safeguarding Sunday on 12 September 2021. For further information, please visit

The Parish has two registered Safeguarding Officers: Velma Erskine ( and Sandra Irene (

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



In English we have been continuing to learn our letter sounds through fun and creative play experiences. We have played with fizzy frozen flowers, made recycled robots, balanced bears on bridges and squished jiggly jelly in our hands. There are always so many ways to have fun and explore while learning our new sound for the week. We have also been very brave in telling news to our class, we talked about our favourite toys and a special family celebration.

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In Maths we have explored different types of measuring including weight and capacity. We tipped, poured and hefted so many things. We have also continued to learn our numbers up to 10 and made collections of many different objects to match the numerals.

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In our integrated afternoons we have been exploring the topic of ‘Water’. We have wondered at God who created water for us to drink and for animals to live in, in rivers and the ocean. We also took a great interest in the weather, maybe because it has rained a lot, so we made our own water gauges. We have done many experiments using water including making our own rain clouds, rainbow in a jar and walking rainbows. We even created a boat with our buddies and experimented with sinking and floating on water. We also had a visit from Scitech during which we joined in more experiments and had a tonne of fun!

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A few weeks ago we participated in NAIDOC week activities and learnt about the traditional owners of our land and explored aspects of Aboriginal culture
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Finally, we were very lucky to have Mrs Davidson give us some silkworms to look after. They eat so much and have already grown big and fat like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Some of our silkworms have already started to spin their cocoons.
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We always have so much fun in Kindy!

Mrs Hawthorne and Mrs Harland


The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure that it runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer last term, your help is appreciated. If you would like to join our volunteer pool please come and see me in the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even if you are only able to give half an hour of your time, every bit helps.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator


Orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie ( The order form and price list are on the school website ( under "School Services."

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Did you know that a second hand uniform page, which is hosted and managed by Notre Dame CPS parents, operates on Facebook? This is a great place for you to buy and sell quality second hand uniforms. The active site is available to all members of the community who access Facebook. You can also access second hand uniforms at the school's uniform shop.


School Banking is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator


Quiz Night Fundraiser

The Quiz Night fundraiser is coming up on Saturday 11th September. Tickets are available individually or you can book a table of 8:

The P&F encourages everyone to invite past Notre Dame families as well as friends and family to the Quiz Night. If you are interested in coming to the Quiz Night but are somewhat burdened by the prospect of organising a table, please book an individual ticket and we will kindly organise it for you.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Beresford -

Save the Date- term 4

ySafe presentation for students and parents - 8th November

Colour Run- late November

Nicole Beresford

President, P&F

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Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons this term during school. Lessons start from $23.65 for a group of 2 or $34.10 for an individual lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at

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Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

We are a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.

We are a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.

It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, please feel free to remain with them.

If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.

If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.


Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff

180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222