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Dear Parents and Staff

It was both a pleasure and a privilege to be able to attend the Dance section of the Performing Arts Festival last Friday evening to watch our wonderful Year Two and Senior Dancers perform on the big stage at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Both groups gave spectacular performances and, whilst I’m terribly biased, I felt they were the best two performances of the evening. The Adjudicators appeared to agree with my thoughts, awarding a Merit to our Junior Dancers and an Outstanding to our Senior group. Congratulations to Miss Rognetta and Mrs Donovan-Flintoff and their teams of helpers for preparing the children so well.

It was also wonderful to see the dancers from Ngalangangpum School, Warmun which is based in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 3,000 kilometres northeast of Perth. This is the first time that this school has performed at the Festival, and it has been a huge logistical operation for them to come to Perth to share their talents.

Another aspect of the evening that was very evident was the large number of our parents and other family members who were at PCEC to support the children. At Notre Dame we pride ourselves on our community spirit and this again shone through with such a large number of family members and staff in attendance.

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  • Congratulations to the members of our School Choir for receiving an Excellence Award for their performance at the Vasto Club last Wednesday. They sang beautifully and certainly deserve this accolade.
  • The final Concert for the Performing Arts Festival will be held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on the evening of 12 September, and I am hopeful that, fingers crossed, one of our entries may be invited to perform at this event. If this is the case, we will inform parents as soon as we are advised.


Thank you to all of the fathers, grandfathers and father figures who joined us for breakfast yesterday morning. I hope you and your children enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time together at school. Thank you also to all who were able to stay for the Mass that followed. The Mass, celebrated by Fr Tim Corcoran, was hosted by our Year Three children who read beautifully.


Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the Senior Field Events Carnival next Tuesday at Ern Clarke Athletics Centre in Cannington. I’m sure Mr Webb will, as always, have everything super organized to ensure a great day for all.


The students who have been involved in the Enrichment Programme (GATE), under the guidance of Miss Horne and Mr Seers, will present the projects that they have been working on for a number of weeks to their parents and the students from the Year 4, 5 & 6 classes next Thursday morning at 9.00am. I’m looking forward to hearing all of their creative ideas and seeing how the teams have worked together to develop them.

Next Friday, 9 September, we celebrate one of the most eagerly awaited days of the year when we honour one of our Foundresses, Catherine McAuley, with a day of fun activities. Our day will commence with Mass at 8.45am followed by activities based upon the life of Catherine and the history of the Mercy Sisters. After recess is our mini fete which is always a lot of fun for everyone. In the afternoon we have fun with our buddy classes before heading home exhausted at the end of the day.

A free sausage sizzle and juice box lunch will be provided for all children and staff, and all are welcome to wear neat casual clothes on the day. Parents are asked to provide $5.00 for each child which will be passed on to the Mercy Sisters to support their missionary work.

We would appreciate if any parents are able to assist with the cooking and putting together of the lunches. Please contact Stefanie Bradshaw ( if you are able to assist.


For the safety of all it is important that children do not play on any of the equipment both before and after school as there is not adequate supervision for this to occur. Children are able to play handball games or to talk to their friends before school and there are no games to be played after school.


Congratulations to Year 5P for their wonderful Assembly this morning. It was great to see them showcase their recently held “Night of the Notables” speeches so that the other classes got to see all of the effort that they had put into both their costumes and their presentations.


Parents may have seen the trailer that has been parked outside the school office just inside the gates. This, along with a list of wonderful extras, is First Prize in the P&F Raffle to raise funds for new playground equipment to be erected in the Nature Playground. There are also excellent Second and Third prizes with something for all members of the family. At $20 per ticket with only 500 on sale, this represents great value. To purchase tickets please use either the QR code or the URL on the flyer below. Our thanks to Loadstar Trailers and all of our other sponsors as listed on the flyer.


The Leadership Team will be attending this Conference in Melbourne and will be away from school from tomorrow, Friday 2 September until Thursday 8 September. Please advise the School Office of any issues or concerns and the staff will relay these to me.

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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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Thank you to all staff for organising the wonderful Father’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday 31 August 2022. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.

I would like to wish all Fathers and Father-figures a happy Father’s Day on Sunday.

Bible Studies

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

St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal

Boxes have been placed in the Church for donations of blankets and in-code non-perishable food items. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023

New sets of envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick the box. If taking a set for the first time, please write your details in the space provided next to the number you have taken. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your continued support of the Parish.

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: 13 September at 7.00 pm and 28 September at 10.00 am.

Sponsor a School Bag

This is a charity project run by Buckets for Jesus. Library bags are filled with school supplies and a small toy. The bags are sent to the Philippines, Kenya, Vietnam, Myanmar and India. Since 2015, more than 20 000 children were blessed with school supplies. A list has been placed on the Notice Board with what is required. A box has been placed at the school side entrance of the Church for any donations or you can fill the bag yourself and return it to the Parish Office. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Catholic Faith Renewal – Thanksgiving Mass

An invitation is extended to all Parishioners to an evening of Song and Prayer commencing at 7.30 pm followed by Mass at 8.00 pm on Friday 2 September 2022. The venue is St John and Paul’s Church, Pinetree Gully Road, Willetton. A talk will follow the Mass by Father Thai Vu on ‘The Authority of the Pope’. Fellowship and a light supper afterwards.

Legion of Mary 48 Hour Perpetual Bouquet

In honour of Our Lady’s birthday – 8 September – lists have been placed at both sides of the Church for Parishioners to place their name in the committed time slot. Your Rosary can be prayed wherever is convenient. The scrolls will be presented at a special Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday 8 September 2022 at 12.10 pm. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.


During the past months, the kneelers in the Church have been recovered. Next is the sanding and revarnishing of the pews. This next task will be completed during the months leading up to Christmas and New Year.

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 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.

MERCY DAY - Friday 9 September

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We were very grateful that the sun was shining last Thursday for our Athletics Carnival! We had a fantastic day competing with our friends and joining in the many teams games.

I liked it because I kept trying and I never gave up.


I could use up all my energy, especially in the pass ball game.


I really enjoyed running in the lanes with my friends.


My favourite game was the flag in bucket relay because there were flags and we could put them in the buckets.


In Maths we have been learning about grouping and sharing. Sometimes when we share the groups are equal and sometimes there is a remainder.

We have been inspired by the works of Vincent Van Gogh and have recreated his very famous painting ‘Starry Night’ using oil pastels and even wool!

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We have also been learning the difference between a fact and an opinion. This has helped us in writing informative texts about our chosen animal. It has also helped us in MakerSpace using the Scratch Jnr and GreenScreen apps.

We look forward to dancing in the EduDance Concert at the end of the term – we will be the ones dressed in Hawaiian shirts and board shorts! See you there!!

Year 1 Teachers


Junior Athletics Carnival - Thursday, 25 August

Last Thursday, PP - Year 2 students participated in the Junior Athletics Carnival held on the school grounds. We were blessed with beautiful weather, which is not a normal circumstance for our junior carnivals :). It was fantastic to see so many parents coming to support their children. The day ran with the help of the Year 6 Faction Captains, who dressed the part and were fantastic in helping with each event.

The day couldn't have run so smoothly without the fantastic support from our junior staff, along with the place judges who helped me calling some close calls. Many thanks also to the parents and staff who helped set up tents in the morning, as well as to Mr Caridi who helped me set up the track. Well done to our overall winners, McAuley, who've taken out every Junior Athletics Carnival at Notre Dame - this is a fantastic achievement! All factions and students should be very proud of their efforts, with not much difference between each placing. Below are the final placings and a few snaps of the day. We now look forward to the Senior Field Events Carnival (3 - 6) held at Erne Clark next Tuesday, 6 September.

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Dress up Your Bike Day - Prize winners

Last Friday, we drew raffle tickets for students who joined in the Dress up Your Bike Day festivities a few weeks ago. Year 6 students also helped decide the 'Best Dressed' winner, with some fantastic candidates to pick from. Well done to Inuk (3M) who took out the award. Below is a list of the raffle winners and a few happy faces. Many thanks also to Slater & Gartrell who have kindly donated some gift vouchers to the school.

Best Dressed - Inuk (3M)

1st raffle - Dyanni (5P)

2nd raffle - Hugh (3P)

3rd raffle - Jess (6P)

4th raffle - Teagan (5P)

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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


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As we celebrated book week, children had choices to dress up as their favourite book characters. The theme was “Dreaming with eyes open”. Everyone came up with a variety of costumes today.

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As week 4 this term, we had a group of children who made fidget with magnetic tiles, ND OSHC has extended children’s interest in making Fidget spinners with paper in week 6 as our extension. It worked well and children would like to continue making the fidget spinners.
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A group of children worked collaboratively as a team to build the tallest tower. While they were participating in this play experience, they used their creativity and problem-solving skills as well as numeracy skills.
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On week 5, children celebrated the National Science week. They watched the Magic Rocks growing and participated in making balloon Hovercraft. They enjoyed watching the air from balloons escaping.

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On Friday afternoon children asked to play chess and checkers. They show their problem-solving skills through board game challenges.

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Children had outdoor play that could get them to release their energy through soccer and dodgeball game. They played on the adventure playground and had fun digging deep in the ground and Pre - primary children pretended to make cookies with sand.

OSHC - September-October School Holidays Vacation Care Program

Contact the front office if you are interested in booking your child/ren into our Vacation Care Program.

The cut-off day for submission is Friday, 16 September 2022. Places are limited.

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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- Scan below to purchase tickets

Please see flyer included with the newsletter. Three prizes up for grabs. All profits to go towards upgrading the nature playground. Come and see the trailer outside school reception.

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

Save The Date:

Paul Litherland Cyber Safety Parent Talk

We are proud to announce Paul Litherland, founder of Surf Online Safe and 2022 WA Australian of the Year, will be visiting our school to conduct a cyber safety presentation for parents on Wednesday 19th October (Term 4, week 2). Paul will also be speaking with our upper primary students during the day regarding the risks of the internet and how they can protect themselves online. Please register via email to and see flyer in the newsletter for more information.

Cards that Count

With Cards that Count, students can turn their lovely unique art work into professionally printed Christmas cards for friends and family (and teachers!!)

The cards can easily be ordered via the Cards that Count website. The templates are now available from the front office and need to be returned by Thursday 1st of September. Online ordering will be available from Monday 5th - Sunday 18th September.

Catholic School Parents WA Parent Pilgrimage

Sunday 18th September

The CSPWA Parent Pilgrimage will follow the first section of the Camino Salvado pilgrimage route. It will commence at St Joseph's Church in Subiaco at 8:45am, go through the city to St Mary's Cathedral and along the river to Bardon Park in Maylands (a distance of approximately 8kms). On Pilgrimage, we encounter God, ourselves, others and nature.

Meet 8:45am at St Joseph's Church Subiaco
9am Mass at St Joseph's Church
Approximate end time 2:45pm at Bardon Park, Maylands

$5 per person.

Adult Only Event
Please wear appropriate footwear and pack and carry water, snacks, hat and sun protection. Some refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk in Bardon Park, Maylands.

To book, please see:

Nicole Beresford


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The catalogue for the Book Club has now been distributed to each class.. The close off date will be 9 AM on Thursday 8 September. No orders after this time will be accepted.

Please note the following:

  1. Books can be ordered on line through the Loop system on Scholastic.
  2. If you are ordering manually please ensure that the correct money is provided and the order given to the front office.
  3. if your child has completed the order please check that it is correct.

Many thanks for your help

Kind regards Barbara Jamieson

Scholastic Book Club Coordinator



Primary school

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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Tee-Ball registration have opened for 2022/2023 season. Please check details from the flyer.
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Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 3 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning one of these instruments, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at


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