Padbury Newsletter

Issue #13 - 22 August 2019

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23 August 2019 - Sausage Sizzle Day / Prayer Assembly Year 1 @ 2:30pm

24 August 2019 - Feast Day: St Bartholomew

27 August 2019 - Book Week Incursion Years 4-6 @ 9am / Book Week Incursion PP-3 @ 11am

28 August 2019 - Waste Free Wednesday / Board Meeting @ 5:30pm / P&F Meeting @ 7pm

29 August 2019 - Performing Arts Festival: Year 3 & 6 Choral Singing / Kindy Geckos Father's Day Celebrations @ 4pm / Kindy Wallabies Father's Day Celebrations @ 5:30pm

30 August 2019 - Father's Day Breakfast @ 7:30am / Father's Day Assembly - Pre-Primary @ 9am / One Big Voice Concert (Year 4 and Year 5 & 6 Choir)

31 August 2019 - Tournament of Minds Regional Competition


1 September 2019 - Father's Day

2-4 September 2019 - Scitech Space Dome Incursion

4 September 2019 - Waste Free Wednesday

6 September 2019 - Merit Award Assembly @ 2:30pm / School Disco

9-11 September 2019 - Parent Workshops for Reconciliation

10 September 2019 - Year 4 Mass @ 11:15am

11 September 2019 - Waste Free Wednesday / Board Meeting @ 5:30pm / P&F Meeting @ 7pm

12 September 2019 - School Tour @ 9:30am

12-13 September 2019 - First Aid Incursions K-6

15 September 2019 - Padbury Catholic Primary School Family Mass @ 9:30am Our Lady of the Missions Church


Dear Parents

Father Cyprian celebrated three First Holy Communion Masses recently where the children were supported by their families and the PCPS staff. The children were so reverent as they received Jesus for the very first time, drawing them into a closer relationship with God. May their souls continue to be nourished by Jesus body and blood each time they come to mass. It was lovely seeing the children surrounded by their families on the weekend and it is a reminder to all of us of the special gift that our loved ones are to us. I congratulate our children, their families and our Year 4 teachers, Mrs Woodall and Mrs Barry, for ensuring the reverence of the Sacrament was evident throughout all the masses. Special thanks to Father Cyprian and RE Parish Co ordinator, Patricia Starkie for their support of our children and families in this parish-based sacrament.

Last Thursday it was the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast day celebrates the assumption of Mary’s body into heaven and honours Mary as the mother of us all. We celebrated together with a whole school mass, beautifully led by some of our Year Six leaders, and spent some time praying to Mary and thinking about her life and how special she is in our lives.

Our school will be celebrating a Family Mass on Sunday, September 15 at Our Lady of the Missions Church at 9:30am. Please mark the date in your diary. We would love for as many families as possible to come and celebrate this special liturgy and are looking for children and family members to read, play music, altar serve, help with collections etc. Following mass there will be morning tea. Please click on the following link for further information- I look forward to seeing you there.

Currently in Australia there is great momentum in restoring a focus on Science in our schools. Science instils a such sense of intrigue and helps in our understanding of how and why things work, explains the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems ranging from the human body to sophisticated machinery. Science is exciting! Last week we celebrated National Science Week. Special thanks to Mrs Roberts and Mrs Ewen our Science specialist who did some wonderfully creative activities in class with the children, including quizzes and competitions – my favourite being the creation of rockets! In a couple of weeks our children will be fortunate to participate in an incursion that ties in with this year’s theme of ‘Destination Moon: More Missions More Science. Giving children opportunities to explore Science in a different way will hopefully develop their passion and possibly inspire some to pursue a job in this field in the future.

We have a large number of students showcasing their talents this year in many different ways at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival – vocals, instrumental soloists, duets and ensembles, choral music, choirs, speech, bible reading and drama. Congratulations to all our students who have been participating to date. I am very proud that our children have the courage and confidence to share their talents and perform in front of large audiences. We are so very fortunate at PCPS that staff support these extra curricula activities so that the children enjoy these wonderful opportunities.

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classes and reading stories to the children this week as part of our Book Week celebrations. We had such a variety of book characters such as Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella etc and so many characters with 'secret powers' (the theme this year) such as the power of friendship, the power of prayer, the power of imagination, the power of many creative costumes! It was wonderful to see the children and staff dressed up on Wednesday! Big thanks to Mrs Eccles for organising a great week for the children to enjoy. Thank you also to Mrs Barry who led the book week dress up parade. We all had such fun!

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I am very pleased to announce that our Cross Country team has taken out first position at the recently held State competition. There were over 68 schools participating and it is a huge achievement for our school to take home the shield four years in a row! Congratulations to our amazing competitors who committed themselves to the many training sessions provided by our Sport teacher Mr Hignett and for their determination to achieve their personal best. Huge thankyou to Mr Hignett for his efforts in supporting this extra curricula event.

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I hope to see many of our PCPS dads at our special Father’s Day Breakfast and Assembly on Friday, 30 August at 7.30am. Mark the events in your diary and keep the date free. I look forward to seeing lots of dads on the day.

Our second disco is coming up on the 6 September with the theme of Super Powers! Check the flyer in the newsletter for further details. Thankyou to Tara Pellicano and Lauren Giuffre for organising this P&F event and for making it a special event to look forward to for the children.

PCPS has operated with only one Assistant Principal for the last few years however a school of our size, and with our large staff, usually has two Assistant Principals to ensure an efficient operating structure. An additional member of the Leadership Team will enable our school to be far more effective in many areas including teaching and learning, curriculum, religious education and pastoral care, improving outcomes for all of our students. Two Assistant Principals will ensure that the students learning and pastoral needs are prioritised with a dedicated Assistant Principal taking responsibility for and focussing on each cluster (PK-2 and Yr 3-6).

Recently I advertised for a second Assistant Principal and the interviewing process is now complete. I am pleased to advise that Mrs Loretta Hutcheson was the successful applicant and will be joining us in 2020. Loretta has been an Assistant Principal for 8 years at Mary Mackillop school and was also seconded to Catholic Education WA for 1½ years as a School Curriculum Support Consultant. Please make her welcome when she joins our school next year.

The Padbury Catholic Primary School P&F (Parents and Friends) Facebook Page is a celebration of all things Padbury, with the intent to build upon our strong community spirit. The page is also a great way to share information with our community about events, fundraisers, sporting and academic achievements. Please note that Padbury Catholic Primary School Class Pages are set up in the same spirit and also follow the Code of Conduct as below.

Code of Conduct


We ask that any comments made, are done within the spirit of our school motto “Love One Another”. Any negative comments will be deleted at the discretion of Admin. No photos are to be included in comments. This is to ensure that those children who are not permitted to have their photo displayed are protected.

Raising Issues
The Padbury Catholic Primary School pages are not a forum for issues to be raised regarding staff, students or parents/families of students. This is best done directly with the school as per our School policy. We will not support interactions that incite or fuel negative sentiments.

Not Including Names
We ask that you do not use the names of our staff, students or family of students unless these are already publicised in the original post.


The Padbury Catholic Primary School pages are not to be used for the advertising or promotion of individual and family businesses, services or products.

Underage Facebook Users
Padbury Catholic Primary School does not endorse children under the 13 year old threshold imposed by Facebook creating their own Facebook account. We all need to be good social media role models for our children. The Padbury Catholic Primary School Facebook pages operate under the Commonwealth Telecommunications Act and Facebooks Terms.

Have a lovely weekend with your families.

Margaret Williamson




First Holy Communion

Our First Holy Communion Masses last weekend were a beautiful celebration, and I wish to congratulate all of our First Communicants, as well as their teachers. Our Year Fours were able to participate in the Eucharist for the first time at school last week during our Feast of the Assumption Mass. Our Year Fours conducted themselves with reverence and respect.

Reconciliation - Save the Date

Our Sacramental Program continues later this term, with our Year Three students participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parent workshops will be held in Week 8 between Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th September. More info will follow in the coming weeks.
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A huge thank you to the community for their support of our Kiss & Ride procedures this term. We have had smooth sailing with Kiss & Ride on O'Leary road so far!!

Our remaining issue is with parents parking in the YELLOW ZONE (outside Pre-Primary and Kindy - see picture) in the top carpark in the morning. During the morning this yellow zone is only for KISS & RIDE drop off. Parents should not exit their vehicle or park in this area. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal


Student Newsletter

Padbury Catholic Primary School is a very busy place and we wanted a way to show the Padbury families and community the amazing things that the students do at school. Padbury Matters is a newsletter, written by Year 6 students, that provides the students with a voice and a platform to showcase the talents and achievements of every student in the school. Students will feel important, be more engaged and motivated knowing that their hard work and efforts are being celebrated throughout our community. Please click on this link to read the first edition -

Mark Randazzo

Year 6 Teacher


Our Kindy room has again been a busy hive of activity as we welcomed the World of Worms an incentive from the Mindarie Waste Education Program in promoting sustainability and linking into our learning of healthy foods and lifestyles. The children had a great time exploring and researching the life of a worm and the purpose they play in sustaining our gardens and plant growth cycles.

We explored using magnified glasses, x-ray machines to see the eggs close up and of course even made our very own enormous worm after reading, sharing and the sing the song Herman the Worm.

Our focus over the past weeks has been on the story of Noah’s Ark with a number of provocations surrounding the feelings of the animals. How did they feel and what kept them feeling safe? A great discussion on the connection to heaven and how we pray to God through our prayers was shared. We even had a go at drawing our soul and how we connect to God through our words and actions.

The Gingerbread Man is still on the move and has been spotted on holiday with one of our staff members! Will he ever return?

We have been enjoying our immersion into sounds development and ventured out on a school sound hunt. Have a look at what we discovered! More sounds and more fun to share in the coming weeks.

The Kindy Team


In Years 4–6 students participated in a number of activities to celebrate National Science Week. Students used pictures of constellations to make models out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks. They also created moon rockets using a variety of materials that had to land safely when dropped from a height. We had quite a few “astronauts” (marshmallows!) crash land but the students had heaps of fun in the construction and launching process. We watched a video of the moon landing and completed a Kahoot! quiz about space.

Britt Ewen

Science Teacher


Due to Performing Arts preparations, please note changes this term for music clubs.

One Big Voice Choir: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15am in the hall (Years 4, 5 and 6 only).

“Small Choir” Mondays at 8:10am in the hall (selected students).

Guitar Club: Resumes on Monday, 2 September.

Choir: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 resumes on Wednesday, 4 September.

Boy Choir: Resumes on Thursday, 5 September.

FOR SALE...brand new vinyl guitar bags, full and 3/4 sizes only $10 each. Contact Sylvia Cusack in the hall or by email....

Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher

Performing Arts

Congratulations to our very talented students that continue to share their talent in The Arts.

The year one classes also performed at St Benedict’s Church in Applecross. They all looked amazing and sang beautifully. Well done Year 1W and 1M!

Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher

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Teacher Wellness



Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

I was a parent at the school and started by offering support with the Literacy Program as I loved working with children in small group settings. This then led to volunteering in the school library and building a rapport with the teachers. Some suggested I do the Educational Assistants course as they could see how much I enjoyed working with the children. This had never crossed my mind as school was never a good experience for me as I had mild dyslexia. Part way through my course the Principal at the time offered me a relief position for a staff member who was on leave and I jumped at the chance. From there I began my work as a staff member and haven’t look back having worked in the early, middle and upper primary levels for support.

What keeps the spark?

The smallest gestures have the biggest impact I have noticed on the children’s self-esteem that soars when you respect and honour them for who they are. Showing them that you are there to remind them of their full potential when they may be feeling doubtful, worrying about their school work or friendships. The impact this then has on their learning is quite incredible and such a joy to witness. I recently met a past student who shared that she vividly remembered me sharing with her that … ‘you can do anything.’ This is by far was the most rewarding and deeply appreciative experience as an Educational Assistant and is the reason why I still love the job so many years later.



Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in schools?

It all started when I worked in setting up the Parent Information Centre through the Department of Child Protection in an old farm house in Northam. My family was living there and I worked on offering a community space for parents to seek support with parenting. I love ICT and was asked if I was interested in setting up an online borrowing system for the parents who lived on remote farms to get the same access. I said yes and the rest was history! My love of ICT continued when I took on the position of ICT support at St Joseph’s Northam. When the family relocated to Perth seven years later I was employed in this same role and today I am currently working in two northern suburb schools, with Padbury Catholic Primary School being one of them.

What keeps in the spark?

What I love is the challenge of using new equipment and how to best implement these into school settings. I love helping people and getting them to understanding how we can use technology without complication! I bring a lot of patience and understanding to the work and have great problem solving skills. A lot of teachers feel relieved when I come in to resolve an issue. There is no greater joy then working with the staff and seeing the students enjoying the technology and using them to support the digital learning programs.

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Mass Times

Our Lady of The Mission Whitford Parish

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

Phone: 9307 2776 I Fax: 9402 4319


Website :

Weekend Masses

Saturday – 8.30am; 6.30pm
Sunday – 8.00am; 9.30am; 11.00am; 5.45pm

Weekday Masses

Monday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Tuesday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Wednesday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)
Thursday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Friday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)



Congratulations to Lana Winter in Year 6 who has been cast and will appear in the hit musical “The Wizard Of Oz” on the following dates at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.

Saturday 17 August 2pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 18 August 11am

In addition there are other show dates of

Saturday 24 August 2pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 25 August 11am

Saturday 30 August 2pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 1 September 11am

Tickets to the musical are available through or purchase tickets on Quote the code WIZARD to receive a $10 discount per ticket.