Padbury Newsletter

Issue #9 - 18 June 2020

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


Dear Parents

It was wonderful to share our first 'Online Assembly' together as a school last Friday afternoon. Students joined in live in their classrooms via Microsoft TEAMS, with Mr von Bergheim and Mrs Hutcheson leading assembly. It was wonderful to be able to say our school prayer and sing our school song together, albeit from different locations. Certificates were also awarded on Friday afternoon just before assembly commenced. Congratulations to those who received a certificate. We will continue with online assemblies on Fridays until further easing of restrictions are announced.

At Padbury CPS we have a large number of students who ride to school each day, particularly in the warmer months. At times, we can have over 60 bikes in our bike racks on any given day. This is fantastic to see and we encourage those students to continue to ride to school as it is a wonderful form of exercise, as well as reducing the amount of car traffic around the school at peak times. Currently our bike rack sits out at the main entry point of our school. This location is less than ideal due to this area being a main thoroughfare for students and parents, as well as the bikes being exposed to the elements during wet weather months. As such, last year the P&F and School Board started a process of exploring the possibility of building a dedicated bike shelter at PCPS.

We are excited to let the community know that the P&F and School Board, have finalised plans for a bike shelter, to be constructed in the top carpark area (alongside the fencing parallel to Gibson Avenue) and works will commence in the coming week or so. The shelter is expected to be finished by mid-July. Our students were very excited about this news when they were told at our online assembly last Friday. Keep your eye out for construction progress!

Our PCPS Cross Country will be taking place next Friday 26 June for Year 1-6. The children have been practising with Mr Hignett for this special day and are really looking forward to it. Unfortunately due to COVID19 restrictions we are unable to have parents come to watch however Mr Hignett will be taking photos on the day and some video footage to share with you all.

Mrs Amanda Ellen (Admin Officer at front office) and Mrs Alisia Tardrew (Year Six Teacher) have settled into Padbury CPS beautifully as our new staff members over the past two weeks. We warmly welcome them to the Padbury CPS community. Please join us in making them feel welcome and say hello when you see them.

As tomorrow is a Pupil Free Day for PCPS students, we hope they enjoy the long weekend.

The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for me and my family as my mother recently passed away. I would like to say thank you to staff, children and parents for your beautiful words of condolence, thoughts, prayers, cards and flowers during this sad time. It is very warming to know that there is so much support and love from my Padbury family.

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson


religious education


2020 Sacramental Program: We are now able to provide some update on 2020 sacramental celebrations. In the event that further restrictions are eased and we can have more people allowed at gatherings; we are tentatively going to celebrate First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation for all school-aged students as earlier planned - Please refer to your calendar of events:

First Holy Communion:

PCPS - 29th & 30th August at 6.30pm, 11am and 5.45pm

First Reconciliation

PCPS & PREP - 28th October at 7pm

* Class teachers will forward further details to you closer to the dates.

In the unlikely event that further restrictions are not eased, we shall provide alternative dates, times and procedures for the celebration of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.

Unfortunately, celebration of Confirmation remains on hold as we work through a number of logistical matters on the same. We are confident to have details soon and celebration happening sometime this year. Due to uncertainties and tight timeframes, there will be no workshops and no commitment Masses for all the three sacraments. We shall go straight to celebrations. Keep an eye on our parish newsletter and communication from your school or from our sacramental coordinator.

- Fr Cyp

* If you are yet to drop off your Sacramental Enrolment Forms, please do so ASAP to the Parish.


Accessing Semester 1 Reports

It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's report at the end of this term. To do this go to the following site: and use your current username and password credentials.

If you have remembered your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your password” link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, please contact and we can remind you of your username.


Pre-Primary - Year Six reports will be released on SEQTA Engage in Week 10 on Wednesday 1 July @3:30pm. Parents will need to have sorted their log in details before this time (as per the message above). As Reports will be slightly different this semester (Due to Covid-19 remote learning), there will be no Elaborations Document (as was introduced in Semester Two of last year) to accompany these reports. The Elaborations Document will return in Semester Two.

Thought for the Week

Have a great fortnight ahead!

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals


Annual PCPS Cross Country

Our School Cross Country will take place on Friday 26 June on the school oval starting at 9:00am and finishing approximately 1pm. Children from Year 1-6 will be participating and there will be a separate race for each gender in each year level.

It is expected that all children will participate. In the past we have had some senior students not take part, supported by a parent note. However, we really do need your parental support to ensure all children understand that participation and achieving their personal best for the team is the ultimate goal. We are positive that all parents will see the importance of this whole school event and accordingly encourage their child to demonstrate residence and participate.

Courses for each year level.

Year 1- 1 lap of the school oval. (Approx 400m)

Year 2- 1 ½ laps of the school oval (Approx 600m)

Year 3- 1 lap of the school grounds + 1 lap of the school oval (Approx 1200m)

Year 4-1 lap of the school grounds + 2 laps of the school oval (Approx 1600m)

Year-5- 1 lap of the school grounds + 3 laps of the school oval. (Approx 2000m)

Year-6– 1 lap of the school grounds + 3 laps of the school oval. (Approx 2000m)

Unfortunately this year, due to current Covid19 restrictions, spectators will not be permitted to watch the races. We will take some photos and short videos to try and keep you all in the loop.

Interschool Cross Country has been cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions and the State Cross Country, which is normally held in Term 3, has also been cancelled at this stage. If restrictions are lifted by the Government then the State Cross Country event may go ahead, however at this stage it is unlikely.

Please ensure your child is wearing their sport uniform next Friday 26 June. I know they are looking forward to a great fun day.

Mr John Hignett

PE & Sports Teacher

Reach out with love

We thank you for your generous donations for our 2020 Reach Out With Love Project! We received a huge number of canned goods - what an amazing community!

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Performing Arts Festival

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival will go ahead this year however it will be very different. It will be in electronic form only, not in person. Performers will be requested to provide an electronic recording of their performance (more details to follow later) and there will be no fee for entry.

The closing date for me to submit entries is the 15th June so you need to contact me with the relevant details now. Electronic Recordings are due 21st August. Please note that piano recordings are not permitted on a keyboard. Solo/Duo sections are only for Years 4, 5 and 6, however Bible Reading is open for Years 1 to 6.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Sylvia Cusack

Music Teacher


PCPS now has an OFFICIAL FaceBook and Instagram page!

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


Lost Garmin

One of our Year 1 students has lost a Garmin watch. It is a black spiderman vivofit 2 junior garmin programmed on the screen with ZEPHYR. It was lost last Monday 8th June. Please contact the office if you have found or seen it. Thank you.

padbury cares

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

Sustainability corner

Eggcelent NEws!

Our new Chickens have hatched their first egg!! FInger's crossed it is the first of many more to come!

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

Masses are now being offered at our Parish. There are now weekday and weekend masses but with limited numbers so people need to book by phoning the parish office or emailing them.

With best wishes,

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.

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