NEWSLETTER | TERM 4/Week 2 : 20 October 2022

Lord, help us to always believe in ourselves so that we can achieve our goals and have a positive attitude towards life. When we need to tackle new challenges or difficulties which come our way, help us to face our fears and not have negative thoughts, but think and believe, “I can do it.” Let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, we give you thanks for how you have wonderfully made and given us a unique body. Help us to care and be respectful of them by making sure we eat the right foods, by doing enough exercise and have the appropriate rest. Let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, in our environment there are special places for each of us to find safety and happiness. Help us to enjoy them and continue to find the calm and peacefulness we desire. Let us pray to the Lord.

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Dear Parents and Staff

At Notre Dame, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our students through our educational programs, Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) and Mindfulness. This week was an opportunity to highlight the importance of Mental Health and Wellness at school by celebrating Mental Health Week. The students and Staff participated in a range of activities that raised awareness of the connection between our mind, body and environment and the impact this has on our mental health. The chalk quotes displayed around the school are a daily reminder of how positive self-talk can improve self-esteem, stress management and wellbeing. Thank you to our creative and artistic Year 6 students for their inspirational quotes.

On Monday our bodies were put to the test with a whole school Just Dance, a lunchtime disco and a range of fun outdoor activities organised by the Faction Captains. The message is that “Movement Matters!” When our bodies move, so do our brains, enhancing mental clarity, improved mood, better brain function, and 'happy' hormone release.

Healthy eating for our bodies and minds was high on the agenda as students created a vegetable puppet theatre and developed their own vegetable and fruit advertisements in drama.

Students were also given the opportunity to participate in Mindfulness activities such as mediation and mindful colouring. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce worries, anxiety and distress; create a sense of calm and learning how to relax and regulate emotions.

Liturgies were celebrated in all classrooms under the direction of teachers. The students reflected on how a healthy environment makes them feel safe and happy allowing them to be the best person they can be.

We were delighted to have Brodie Mack (son of Kim Mack), present to the Years 3-6 students on Monday. Brodie facilitates workshops and programmes in schools around Western Australia for Zero2Hero, a WA-based organisation dedicated to increasing the understanding of mental health issues and the awareness of mental health services among children and young people. The presentation was an invitation for students to learn strategies to maintain good mental health and practical tips

such as the SEATBELT acronym to support their own mental wellbeing.

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Sincere thanks to the Wellness Committee for organising a delicious morning tea and for creating a calm and relaxing space in the staffroom. We are all looking forward to the Craft and Sip session on Friday afternoon led by Mrs Annette Flexman.

On Friday, students are encouraged to wear their school uniform with one green item of clothing e.g., green scrunchie, green socks, green shoes, green top.

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On Wednesday evening, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association hosted Paul Litherland a renowned cyber safety speaker.

Mr Litherland is the 2022 State Recipient of the Australian of The Year and a former West Australian Police Officer who served for over 20 years. He is the owner of Surf Online Safe, a Perth-based Internet Awareness consultancy and widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading keynote speakers on cyber safety.

During a series of presentations he gave to students in Years 5 and 6, and Parents, Paul covered the following topics.

  • Digital citizenship – where our kids are going online, the apps they are using and the information they are sharing.

  • Online footprint – how easy it is to find kids online and what parents can do to minimise the risk.

  • Social networking and networking in general – how the systems work and how to overcome their reach.

  • Online gaming and website use – the risks and uses.

  • Tips and tricks – how to keep an eye on your kids through software and hardware.

Thank you to the P&F for supporting presentations like these, that help inform and protect our children in the ever changing, fast paced world that is the internet.

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We are currently in the process of creating 2023 class lists, in preparation for our whole school transition events later this term. This is always a complex process as multiple considerations must be made to ensure that all of our students are placed in an environment that will best support their learning needs.

These include:

  • Academic ability
  • Friendships
  • Gender balance
  • Behaviour
  • Relationship with the Teacher

Class teachers have a good understanding of each student's academic development and social and emotional needs and will take all this knowledge into consideration when determining class placements.

We are all looking forward to Mr Winsor returning from LSL on Monday and hearing about his time spent overseas with family.

Daniela Boyle

· Wednesday 2 November- Open Afternoon

- Visit classrooms between 3.30-5.30pm

- Book Fair commences on Monday 31 October-2 November

· Monday 7 November- Staff Professional Development Day

- Students do not attend school on this day

- OSHC will operate for those parents who require this service. Please contact the school office for details.


In July, Teagan Scott (Year 5M) participated in the Western Australian State Squash Championships and won the U11 girls division and came runner up in the U13 division. This result saw her get selected for the Australian Junior Championships which were held this month. In the individual competition Tegan came third place and in the teams event she came runner up.

“It was heaps of fun to come together with other states and make new friends. I am looking forward to the next championships which will be held in Brisbane next year!”



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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Bible Studies

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

Planned Giving Envelopes 2022 – 2023 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.

Torchlight Procession

The Legion of Mary is organising a procession around Lake Monger in honour of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ on 28 October 2022. The event will commence at 7.00 pm with rosary and hymns. Please meet at the Gazebo near Powis Street near the Dodd Street carpark. All paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094 for further information.

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: 21 October at 10.00 am; 26 October at 7.00 pm and 1 November at 10.00 am.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

The Parish will hold its annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon on 1 November 2022 in the Parish Centre. Doors will open at 10.00 am and tickets are $10.00 per person and available at the door. Sweeps and raffles will be available. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet to share. Tea and coffee available.

November Memorial Masses

Memorial Masses will be celebrated on the weekend 5 – 6 November 2022 at all Masses to pray for all those who have passed away during the past 12 months (1 November 2021 – 1 November 2022). Lists have been placed at both Church entrances for Parishioners to write down the names of deceased relatives or friends and which Mass you will be attending. You will be invited to process with Father Michael at the nominated Mass and place a memorial candle.

Please include the relevant information by 28 October 2022.

World Youth Day

This event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023. To register your interest or for further information, go to the CYM website or the World Youth Day Lisbon website

St Vincent de Paul Collection

Thank you to all Parishioners who kindly donated to the recent appeal. The response was amazing with $1900 collected during the Masses held on the weekend 9 – 10 October 2022. All money collected will be directed to support programs in our local community.

The Record Magazine – Issue 37 October 2022

Articles in this month’s Magazine include:

· Annual Marriage Day Mass 2022

· Promoting Catholic Education – UNDA

· 2022 Mandorla Art Award

· 2022 Social Justice Statement

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council


We can’t quite believe that this is our last term in Year Four! We are excited about the fun and engaging learning experiences that are planned for our final term this year.

Sports Carnival

The Year Fours had a very busy and active start back to school this term, with our field and track events taking place over the first two days of Term Four. The students did a wonderful job with everyone working well as individuals and as teams. It was great to see the students cheering on their peers and trying their best across the two days. We wish the students selected to compete at inter-school the best of luck!!

Awesome Aussies

Towards the end of last term, the students worked very hard researching and putting together an autobiography and a speech about their chosen Australian icon, or ‘Awesome Aussie.’ After a lot of hard work and preparation the children presented their speeches in front of their peers as well as hosting a parent afternoon in each classroom. The students were dressed up as their icon, and in character, they answered a series of questions from the parents and teachers about their researched icon throughout the afternoon. We were so impressed with how prepared the students were, and how well they responded to the parents’ questions and conversation. They did Year Four very proud, and we all enjoyed learning some new facts about impressive and interesting Awesome Aussies.
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Edu Dance Performance

During Term Three we had so much fun participating in weekly Edu Dance lessons, which included high energy dance moves and learning a new routine to the ‘James Bond’ theme song. Together with the talented Dance teachers, the Year Fours delivered an engaging and energetic dance routine at the end of term dance concerts.

Congratulations to all the students who performed so confidently at the concert. It was great to see them in their tuxedo costumes, having fun and entertaining us all!

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Mrs Bradshaw, Mrs Dunn, Mrs Pethick &M Mrs Crabbe


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Our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on 31 October – 2 November 2022 before school at 8am and after school at 3pm.

You and your child will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects children love and want to read about. From newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and favourites.

This is also a great way for you to discuss your child's interests in the wonder of books, and every book sold benefits our school by adding resources to our library.


Please return all overdue library books to prevent book replacement fees from incurring.

Mrs Kim Mack

Library Technician


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 the class teacher.


If your child is booked at OSHC and not attending before and after school care it is important that you please email


Senior Athletics Carnivals - Field Events & Track/Team Games

Wow! What a way to start the term with back-to-back athletics carnivals! The year 3 - 6 students came into both days very excited and keen to do the best for their factions. While the forecast didn't look too bad, we were greeted with some not so ideal weather on Monday. This didn't deter our students who put in some fantastic individual performances throughout the field events carnival. We started the day with Year 3 in their first 400m races, which I have always found to be one of the toughest races! All students should be very happy with the way they performed and behaved throughout the day. Many thanks to the fantastic staff who worked tirelessly all day and to the parent helpers who assisted with many jobs.

On Tuesday, we continued with the track/team games carnival. We were blessed with beautiful weather and all students keen to do the best for their factions. The day started with an opening ceremony, led by Nate & Ciaran from Presentation. All students had the chance to participate in multiple events and given the opportunity to showcase their talents on the running track. There was fantastic energy the whole day and it was easy to see the students, and even the staff, all enjoyed themselves! The standard of running throughout the year groups is always improving and the day culminated with the year group baton relays. McAuley stormed home in the relays to be crowned the Overall and Senior Aths champions! This is a clean sweep this year for McAuley, taking out every carnival! Well done to all factions who displayed tremendous sportsmanship and efforts for the whole day. A big thank you again to our amazing staff who worked tirelessly to ensure each student had a great day, as well as the parent helpers who were so generous with their time. I have included the Champion Boy & Girl results below, as well as the final points. We now look forward to the Interschool carnivals on Monday & Tuesday and look to improve from our finishing place from last year - go Notre Dame!

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WACA Visit - Year 1 & 3 classes

Last Wednesday, we were lucky enough to have Adam from the WACA, who is our South Metro rep, come and run some fun sessions for the Year 1 - 3 classes. Adam took the kids through games that focused on catching, reflexes, running, hitting, bowling and throwing…I know, a lot for one session! The kids had an absolute ball and are now looking forward to the cricket unit this term. If you may be interested in your child signing up to a local club, please click on the link to see what is available around your area - Sign Up.

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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


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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We had Bubble and Play Day at OSHC during vacation care. This activity encouraged the children to have social interaction with their peers. Daily activities included outdoor bubble play, flying paper aeroplanes, chess and checkers games and puzzles. They also made their hair stand on end by using balloons.This required hand and eye coordination, fine motor skills, physical play and problem-solving skills.

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Children participated in Mexican Food Day that encouraged them to show respect for diversity and they also had discussions about healthy eating choices. This encouraged the students to take turns and work collaboratively with their peers.
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In order to engage children in developing their creativity, imagination and enthusiasm, ND OSHC organised an Incursion for the children called “Einstein Small Fry Builders.” The children used their fine motor skills to make slime and balloon hovercrafts.

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Everyone enjoyed the Video Gaming experience in a truck that was run by Game Vault Perth. Children played some of their favourite games with their peers today. They also had dance along that encouraged them to have physical play. They then had a picnic lunch outside due to the beautiful weather.

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During the second week of Vacation care ND OSHC planned the program themed “Alice in Wonderland” that encouraged children to use their creativity, imagination and fine motor skills to participate in play experiences, such as mad hatter making, mad hatter tea party designing and decorating, playing musical chairs as well as joining in the Mad Hatter parade.

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The first week back to school, we participated in origami, paper weaving and working collaboratively to create a ballot box for daily activities.

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Children participated in outdoor and physical play with their peers. They participated in soccer play and chalk drawing. They also worked collaboratively to build sand castles. Additionally, they used communication skills while playing Marco Polo.


P&F Trailer Raffle- ONLY 11 DAYS LEFT!!!

Scan below to purchase tickets

Three prizes up for grabs- the first is valued at $4550. All profits to go towards upgrading the nature playground. Come and see the trailer outside school reception. To purchase tickets ($20 each) and to see full prize details, please go to:

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

P&F Annual Community Meeting

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22nd November- week 7

At the P&F ACM, all Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and nominations from the school community can be submitted. If you are interested in the role of President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, please consider nominating. For a confidential discussion on any of the above roles, please contact Nicole Beresford, P&F President on

The next P&F meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th October at 5:30pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Nicole Beresford


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Mercedes College | A College for every girl in the heart of your city!

We have limited places available in Year 7 for 2023. Interest welcome in other year levels for 2023.

If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit our website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or to book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.

Keyed Up Music

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My name is Julie-Anne Beasley, Club Manager of the Kewdale Little Athletics Club (KLAC).

KLAC is your local Little Athletics Club for all kids aged from Under 6 to Under 17. The main athletics summer season is coming up – FAST – and we wish to spread the message to the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School community.

We offer an inclusive fun environment for kids of every ability across all Little Athletics disciplines – sprinting, long distance running, hurdles, walks, jumps, and throws. We are registered to accept Kidsport vouchers for eligible families. Training takes place twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm) at the Gerry Archer Athletics Track. The Belmont Little Athletics Centre competition day is Saturday morning from October – March (with a Xmas/New Year break) also at Gerry Archer Athletics Track, Abernethy Road, Kewdale.

We welcome new and returning families from the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School community!

Kind regards,


Ms Julie-Anne Beasley

Club Manager

Kewdale Little Athletics Club


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