Whitford Catholic Primary School

Newsletter 29 - 21st September 2016

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians

In this last week of term, there are so many people to thank:

  • Mr D’Adamo, staff and students for the exceptional way they planned, participated, competed and behaved during the Athletics Carnival last week. Bridgewater Park was a terrific venue, and being so close to school, made walking to and from the venue a very pleasant exercise. Thank you to parents who both helped out on the day or came along to watch and especially to Pina Pettinicchio who did all the negotiating for the use of the park with the City of Joondalup……..a top effort by all.
  • The mums, dads and students who came along to help out at the Busy Bee on Saturday did a truly outstanding job in getting so many things done. They barrelled and spread mulch, oiled playground equipment, cleaned up garden areas, potted plants, added to the nature playground in pre-primary and built a play platform in this area. Overall, an outstanding effort co-ordinated by Chris Pawle. Donations of food from Coles at Hillarys and Baker’s Delight in Mullaloo was very much appreciated and went down well! Thanks also to the cooking team on the day!
  • Fr Joseph, Fr Renald, Fr Mark, staff, parents and twelve of the best priests in the area who supported our Year Three children as they made their First Reconciliation last week. It was a truly memorable service and an important opportunity for the children to strengthen their relationship with Jesus and others.
  • Everyone involved in sharing our children's learning journey on Tuesday afternoon-Thank you.

Opening up the doors of Mercy and celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy today has been a lovely way to mark the end of a busy term. Being blessed with some beautiful weather was great as Mr Simon Forrest, Elder in Residence at Curtin University opened our celebrations with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. The Moorditj Dancers from Wesley College were fabulous, as were our own children throughout the liturgy and during the family picnic. May we continue to reflect on our own works of mercy and remember that we are God’s words in action when we speak and act in mercy.

Many blessings

Tamara McGougan


Principal for a Day

Today it has been very much fun being the Principal. I have really enjoyed going to pre-primary, kindy and pre-kindy and giving my class free time. We also watered the plants in the greenhouse and had a meeting with year 5's about bullying. My favourite thing about today was going to pre-kindy because we got to play the whole time, even with the worms from the worm farm. Today I had an awesome day.

By Audrey Pettinicchio

Today I was the Assistant Principal for the day! It was really fun and I got to wear free dress.

First I went to my class to tell them we could have free time! Then we went to the greenhouse to water the plants. After that we went to the pre-primary classrooms to help out and give out stickers. After recess we went to the kindy classes to help with some art and play. Then we did some jobs around the school. Then after lunch we went to the pre-kindy to play on the play ground with them.

My favourite part of today was EVERYTHING! I did not expect that I wasn't going to be in class for the whole day. All together I think I had an amazing day!

By Paige Acacio

Together with the funds raised at the cake stall, the sale of raffle tickets and the earlier sale of wrist bands the student leaders raised $472.30, which will go towards purchasing a "buddy bench". Well done everyone.

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Welcome Back Mr De Maio

As you are aware, Mr De Maio is on Long Service Leave for the remainder of this school year. During this time he is completing his Early Childhood Studies and for the first four weeks of Term 4 he will complete a practicum in our Kindergarten classes. Good luck Mr D and welcome back.

Absentee Line 9404 4244

Parking Issues

Parents are to be reminded that under no circumstances are they to remove bollards to access the oval parking, as duty of care to our students is paramount. Year 6 students are rostered on to remove these at 2.45pm each day. If you notice that the bollards have not been removed after this time please notify the front office.

Important Dates



  • Grand Final Show Your Colours Day - gold coin donation

  • 11:00am - 12:45pm Mini Fete

  • Last Day of Term 3 for Students

Tues - 11 OCTOBER

  • First Day of Term 4

Wed - 12 OCTOBER

  • 09:00am - 10:00am Year 6 to attend Mass

Thurs - 13 OCTOBER

09:00am - 10:00am Year 5 Blue Surf Life Saving

Tue - 18 OCTOBER

  • Scitech Challenge Day (LIGHTS)
  • 06:30pm - 07:30pm Protective Behaviours Parent Talk

  • 07:30pm - 09:30pm School Board Meeting

Wed - 19 OCTOBER

  • 09:00am - 10:00am Year 5 to attend Mass
  • 07:30pm - 09:30pm P&F Meeting

Thur - 20 OCTOBER

  • 09:00am - 10:00am Year 5 Blue Surf Life Saving

Fri - 21 OCTOBER

  • 02:00pm - 02:45pm Assembly - PP Blue


  • Final Day for Students for 2016

View the full Online Calendar Here

Mini Fete

Just a reminder that the annual mini-fete will take place tomorrow between recess and lunch. Everyone is encouraged to bring in coins and visit the stalls that the year 6's have been working hard to create. All money raised will all go to Fr Joe for the missions.

Summer Uniforms in Term 4

Just a reminder that Summer Uniforms must be worn from the first day of Term 4. Tomorrow is your last chance for purchasing summer uniform before the holidays.

The Uniform Shop will be open from 8.15am - 9.30am.

To order uniforms online click here

To view the Uniform Price List click here

P&F News

P&F Meeting

A reminder that the P&F meeting is on tonight at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. All are welcome and it’s a great way to be informed about what’s happening at WCPS.

To view tonight’s agenda, please visit http://www.whitfordcatholicps.wa.edu.au/images/PF_Meeting_Agenda_21st_September_2016.pdf

Fair Donations

Please visit the following link to view the items needed for next term's Country Fair:


WCPS Paver

*** LAST DAYS *** Purchase your Engraved Paver Now

This is your last chance to secure an Engraved Paver as a

permanent momento of your time at WCPS. To participate

in this history stamping fund raiser, go to the following url:


For further information, contact Ines at ielloy@yahoo.com

The closing day has now been extended to Thursday 22nd September

Nadine Cooperwhite


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WCPS 2016 Parent Christmas Party

We are keen to continue to build a strong sense of community and would like to invite our school parents to our first big Christmas party where we will combine all year groups. Please join us for a social evening overlooking one of the best sunsets whilst catching up with new and old friends.

Event details are:

Date: Friday 25th November from 6:30pm;

Venue: West facing room upstairs at The Breakwater;

Tickets cost: $32 each plus booking fee on Trybooking – copy and paste this link to book : https://www.trybooking.com/MZOE

Ticket includes: Selection of 4 hot and 3 cold finger foods and a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival;

Dress Code: Smart Casual with a hint of Christmas!

We hope that you understand that we had to estimate numbers and have no precedent to work from so we have a maximum of 300 tickets. Book early to avoid disappointment – we are very excited!

Your 2016 PEACE Reps

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Knitted Tree Project

Thank you to the Di Girolami family who created this colourful start to our Knitted Tree Project.

If you have someone in your family who loves to knit or crochet, we would love to get them involved by knitting/crocheting a piece that will be added to other families' pieces to make this colourful installation.

Get those needles or crochet hooks out over the holidays and start creating! Thanks.....Tamara McGougan

Canteen News

To order online click here

To view the PP - Year 6 Canteen Menu click here

To view the Kindy Canteen Menu click here

- Please be advised that we switch over to the Summer Menu next term.

- Menu can be found online at the end of this week.

- Lasagne and Ravioli will still be available until we run out of stock, maybe put an alternate menu on order just in case we run out.

-On the first week back, not all the summer menu items will be available due to stock not being delivered yet.

Thursday 22nd September – END OF TERM SPECIAL ONLY



Muffin $1.50

Chicken $1.20


Lorraine Hughes-Smith, Catherine Camilleri

Tuesday 11th October


Chicken Wedges $1.20

Mini Cupcakes 60c


Mary-Pat Whelahan

Thursday 13th October


Yogo $1.60

Mini Pizza $1.30


Carissa Tang Nian, Ines Elloy, Julie Pestana



Our Wednesday group finally had a sunny day last week so we enjoyed lots of time outside. The dinosaur water play was a favourite! The Pre-Kindy children have also been taking some time each day to listen to relaxation music and do some kids yoga. This week we are making some yummy biscuits to finish another wonderful term in PK. Have a wonderful break everyone!


A big THANK YOU to all who helped mulch our kindy gardens and oil the wood,it looks great! It was lovely to see so many parents in the kindy rooms this week to see the children's' work!

We love creating patterns and pictures at kindy!


On Monday we had an amazing excursion to Perth Zoo! We had a lesson with a teacher from the zoo, all about Feathers, Fur and Scales. We learnt so much about Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and Birds. We saw so many different animals from all parts of the world, that our poor little legs were exhausted by the end of the day. It was such a fabulous experience. Thank you so much to all our parent helpers, we really couldn’t have done it without you! We wish you all a safe holiday and look forward to seeing you all relaxed and ready for the start of Term 4!

Year 1

What structures are in your community? In Year 1 we have been constructing our own communities. We have been thinking hard, choosing the structures that we know we need in our community. Some on a daily basis like our houses, schools and shops. Some on a weekly basis like sports centres and some that we only visit yearly like the zoo.

Year 2

We have had such fun designing and building robots that help us! We tried to use as many recyclable materials as we could. Theo's robot has arms to pick up and grab things, Conn's 'Ninja Bot' has weapons, Sofia's robot is designed to help kids read - it can even google words that a child doesn't know! Sarah's robot helps look after the dog by washing it and putting its jumper on. If you could have a robot to help you, what would you like it to do?

Year 3

We have been reflecting on our Reconciliation and are feeling closer to God and cleansed!

Here is a thank you letter written by one of our students:

Dear Father Joe and Father Renald

Thank you for giving up your time to do this wonderful sacrament. I got a surprise when Luigi the lamb came in. I did not expect a lamb but I guess it fitted into the story of the lost lamb.

Before the Reconciliation I felt nervous and kind of excited. When I was doing my Reconciliation I felt a little bit less nervous but still quite nervous. After it I felt amazed that already I have done my Reconciliation and I was very proud of myself.

In the future I will try my best to not sin again. If I do I will go back and do it again. And I will do my best to please God.

From Emily

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Year 4

What an amazing day we had at the Sports Carnival last week! Having covered 'leadership qualities' in Health, all the Year Fours showed outstanding sportsmanship on and off the field. Well done!

Year 5

We have been learning all about transformations in maths. We had a great session on tessellations where we learnt how to make our own tessellating shape and then created a pattern where there were no gaps or overlaps. How clever are we?

Year 6

We all had a great time getting in the spirit of teamwork and friendly competition for our last sports carnival together as primary school students. A big thank you to Mr D for making it all possible. Congratulations to the winning faction McAuley.

PE News


Congratulations to McAuley (Green) for winning our shield for this year’s Athletics Carnivals. This year was the first time we have had a split Junior/Senior Carnival and it gave all students from PP – Yr 6 more opportunities to participate in all the events. Our senior carnival at Bridegwater Park was a huge success and looks to be an ongoing venue for future carnivals. I missed the opportunity last Friday to thank Mrs Pina Pettinicchio for her ongoing support, time and effort into finding and booking a suitable venue for our carnival. Your assistance in this was hugely appreciated and I apologise for not recognising this on the day!

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL (Thurs 27th and Fri 28th Oct, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach)

Info will go out early Term 4 for the Interschool Athletics team and training schedule. This year’s Interschool team will be picked based on student performances from our recent Carnivals.


Info will be sent out early Term 4 for Year 1 and 2 swimming lessons being held at State Swim, Whitfords in weeks 7 & 8 next term.


Thank you to the families who have already expressed interest in next term’s Soccer Clinic being held at school by Nick Corrigan. All those families who have expressed interest have been given places and if you would like your child to participate please send through your child's name and year group to myself or the front office.

Adriano D’Adamo


Science News

During Science, the Year 2 and Year 3 children have been learning about different types of forces. This week they constructed catapults and were challenged to see how far they could get a marshmallow to travel. The higher you pitch a marshmallow upwards, the more energy you store in it. Instead of breaking their arms trying to toss marshmallows into the air, they made a simple machine that did it for them. A catapult uses elastic kinetic energy stored in the rubber band to launch the marshmallow skyward. Want to give it a try at home? Follow this link: http://www.superchargedscience.com/science-catapults.htm

Also, a reminder to all children to collect their robot from the Science room before the school holidays. We have enjoyed having their amazing work on display, but it is time for them to go.

Sarah Rose


Music News

PPB had fun last week singing and dramatising the Sleeping Princess during our music lesson.

Leanne Fragomeni


Lost Property

Parents please go through the lost property box as it is mounting up with unclaimed clothing and any items not collected will be donated at the end of this week.

Community News


Photos are now online. They can be found at http://photowest.fotomerchant.com/categories/events/whit-com-2016 and the password is WHITsf70. Please refer any queries to admin@photowest.com.au.


To view the Vacation Care timetable, please click here


KidSport enables local children to participate in community sport and recreation. Eligible young people (aged 5–18 years and listed on a health care or pension concession card) can apply for financial assistance (up to $200 annually) to contribute towards club fees. The fees will go directly to the registered KidSport clubs through the City of Joondalup. There are over 3,000 KidSport eligible children residing within the Joondalup area. KidSport information and the online registration form is available on the City’s website.

If you have any questions or queries in regards to the KidSport program please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Hill-Williamson (Club Development Officer) on 9400 4252.


If your soul could do with a dose of superfood, the Centre for Faith Enrichment is for you! Check out the wide range of online and face-to-face courses and events on offer by visiting www.cfe.org.au. ALL are welcome (you don’t have to be Catholic), there are no exams or assignments, and the environment is always relaxed and friendly.


You are invited to attend an 8 week Group of Triple P - Positive Parenting course. Triple P teaches positive, practical and effective ways to manage common issues which most parents will face.

Parents will learn effective parenting strategies such as ways to encourage behaviour you like, how to promote your child’s development and how to prevent or manage common child behaviour problems.

The next FREE 8 week Group is held:

When: 19th October – 7th December 2016

Location: Doubleview

RSVP: Bookings are essential and places are limited.

For more information or to register please call 9400 9551.

To find other available programs visit the website



You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.

Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:

1. The Power of Positive Parenting

2. Raising Confident Competent Children

3. Raising Resilient Children

The next FREE 3 week Series is held:

When: Commencing 10th November 2016

Location: Joondalup

RSVP: Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Please visit https://www.trybooking.com/MUVB to book your place or call 9400 9551.

To find other available programs visit the website


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