Padbury CPS Newsletter
Issue #1 - ???? 2022
Newsletter #1 - 10th February 2023
Be welcoming, friendly and inclusive in all you say and do
PADBURY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL ONLINE
As Bushfire season approaches in the Summer months, a copy of our Bushfire Plan can be found here on our website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/formsandprocedures
SCHOOL COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Please check the PCPS community calendar for upcoming and future dates as the calendar is regularly updated https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/community-calendar
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I am extremely impressed with how the children have settled into their classrooms seamlessly over the last week and a half and now that swimming lessons are finished, we will be able to get into more of a routine!
Thank you to the many parents who have provided positive feedback on the Parent Teacher Electronic Information Sessions. Your continued support of the PCPS staff and our school is always very much appreciated.
We are very blessed at our school to have such a dedicated and professional staff who are totally committed to providing the very best education for the children as well as nurturing and caring for all children on a pastoral care level.
Special welcome to new our staff members for 2023:
Pre-Kindy Teacher Mrs Westrope; Kindy Teacher - Mrs Passera; Yr 1 Teacher Miss Berittieri; Yr 5 Teacher Mrs Wardrope; Yr 6 Teacher Mr Darby and Education Assistant Mrs Williams.
We look forward to them sharing their special gifts and talents within our school community.
The 2023 Leadership Team consists of Mrs Margaret Williamson (Principal) and Ms Mac Callisto (Assistant Principal PK-2) and Mr Peter O’Mara (Assistant Principal Yr3-6).
We are always available to meet with you at any time should you have any concerns or queries regarding your child’s education however as the first port of call please always speak with your child’s classroom teacher.
Welcome Mass and Ash Wednesday Mass
We welcome back Father Cyprian, Parish Priest at Our Lady of the Mission and Father Francis, Assistant Parish Priest. We look forward to their spiritual guidance throughout the year.
Next Tuesday 14 February we will have a Welcome Mass at 9am in the school hall with our children from PP-YR6. The following week on 22 February we have our Ash Wednesday liturgy at 9am in the hall. Parents are most welcome to join us.
Code of Conduct
A reminder that every member of the PCPS community is expected to adhere to our PCPS Code of Conduct which can be found on our school website https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/_files/ugd/8592a2_cad84a6a559846588999dd460b13ed33.pdf
Our Code is like the 40km/h speed limit outside our school in the mornings and afternoons. It defines behaviours that keep our students safe, at school and elsewhere. Children surrounded by adult and peer behaviours described in the Code are more likely to recognise and choose healthy relationships for themselves.
We each keep our students safe by following our Code of Conduct, and encouraging and reminding each other to do so. For parents, compliance is a condition of your entry to our school premises.
Student Code of Conduct
Our students have a Student Code of Conduct to follow which can be found on our school website and which each class teacher works through with their class - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/_files/ugd/8592a2_365fc3be014a46b9a27e2e976abea850.pdf
Policies, Procedures and Protocols
Parents are asked to familiarise themselves with our school website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/ especially the sections on Policies and Forms and Procedures in Our Community section.
Padbury Cares is a group of school group volunteers (parents and staff) who provide assistance to families in our school community during a time of need (either short or long term) due to illness, bereavement, family crisis, birth of a newborn or any type of change. If you are going through a time of need or if you know of a family that requires assistance please make contact. The information that is provided to Padbury Cares remains confidential.
We also look for volunteers to be part of this valuable and rewarding program so if you can offer assistance in any way we would love to hear from you. Some examples of help that we offer are providing a simple family meal that is delivered to the school office for collection; transporting of children to and from school; ironing, cleaning, shopping, baking, gardening, dog walking etc. Generally, we would ask you to help once a semester. Please note once you register your name will stay on our database and you will not need to re-register with each new school year.
Huge thanks to Padbury Cares coordinator Ruth Tan (0412 358 746) who is so pastoral in her approach with our families. Please contact her, the front office (9404 4000), your class teacher or one of the Leadership Team, should you need some assistance or wish to volunteer.
More details can be found on our school website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/padbury-cares.
P&F Icy Pole Days are back! Icy poles are sold to children from Years 1 to 6 during lunch time every second week on a Friday. Items include gluten free and sugar free/reduced items. Big thank you to Nicole Cornwall for co ordinating this for the children this year.
This year the P&F are holding a Family Movie Night as our welcome back to school event on 24 February. Details will follow however please place the date in your calendar.
Pre Kindy 2023
There are limited paces left for our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) programme this year.
Please contact Mrs Ellen at the office ASAP if you are interested in enrolling your 3yr old. Information can be found on our website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/pre-kindy and fee information can be located at https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/fees
PK & K 2024 and Beyond
We are currently enrolling for Pre Kindy and Kindy 2024, 2025 and beyond so please get your application in for your child as soon as possible.
Change in School Start Time 2023
Every 5 Years all school are required to undertake an intensive School Registration Audit, mandated by the government.
I am very pleased to announce that PCPS passed this rigorous assessment with flying colour colours.
Only one item needs adjusting and that is our school hours. Commencing 2023, our school start time will be 8.40am instead of 8.45am. So please adjust your alarm clocks!
Yr 6 Camp
The Year Six children have had an awesome time at camp this week at Woodman Point. Big thanks to Yr 6 class teacher Mrs Barry and Mr Darby, as well as Mr Hignett and Mrs Williams for giving up their own family time to be with the children. Special thanks to Mrs Bastow, Ms Callisto and Mr O'Mara who also spent time at camp with the children on different days this week. I was with them today and I can tell you that there are some very happy but tired campers ready for a goodnight sleep in their own beds tonight!
Enjoy the gorgeous summer weather with your family on the weekend.
Mrs Margaret Williamson
Our condolences go to the Abdallah family Charlotte (5O) and Elias (2W) on the loss of their father/grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Our condolences go to the Winter family Winter (4W) and Wesley (6W) on the loss of their father/grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time
Congratulations on the newest addition to the Darby family! A little cutie!
Felix Hector Darby born 18December at 4.40pm, a healthy 3.4kg and 50cm.
The PCPS staff send their love to you and Jen and Lucy. Enjoy all the precious moments together.
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
If your child is Catholic and in Year 3, 4 or 6, they are in a Sacrament year in 2023. It is an exciting time and we look forward to supporting them starting with;
Sacramental Parent Information | Wednesday, 15th February
7:00pm – 8:00pm at Our Lady of the Mission
The night is for parents but students can attend if you wish
Sacramental Enrolment Mass | Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th of February
Please choose Saturday @ 6:30pm OR Sunday @ 9:30am OR Sunday 5:45pm | Our Lady of the Mission Church
Please send Sacramental Forms with your child to the Sacramental Enrolment Mass.
NOTE: Sacramental Forms to be sent home with your child on Monday, 13th of February.
For further information or clarification, please email email@example.com
Early Childhood Renovations
It was such a wonderful sight to see the excitement in all the childrens faces as they walked through the gates of the Early Childhood Centre. Pre Kindy, Kindy and Pre Primary classrooms had a total renovation over the christmas holidays and look amazing.
New floors were installed that make the rooms look nice and bright. Each of the classrooms have brand new kitchen areas which will allow for some excellent learning opportunities for cooking. The classrooms have been fitted with spacious storage space that has already been filled! All the staff and the children are enjoying their new learning spaces.
Our wonderful team of educators spent many hours organising and arranging their rooms to make them a welcoming environment for their children. We thank them for their marvelous effort.
Ms Mac Callisto
Assistant Principal (PK-2)
Early Childhood Education Congratulations
NQS in Action Project The Early Years Team at CEWA developed a resource for Early Years Teachers across WA sectors to support teachers and leaders with the implementation of the National Quality Standard.
Each sector (Dept of Education WA, AISWA and CEWA) are represented within this publication with examples of practice that showcase the National Quality Standard in Action in Western Australian Schools.
Submitted stories from PCPS have been chosen to appear in the final publication.
Many thanks Mrs Millar (Pre-Primary Teacher) and congratulations on this great achievement and for being willing to share her Early Childhood Practice with other WA school communities. Well done!
Mrs Margaret Williamson
After School Procedures
Children may be collected from the Kiss and Ride which is supervised by staff until 3:20pm, after which, any child left is taken to the office and Mrs Ellen will phone parents to collect.
Parents may also collect children directly from the classroom however, parents must ensure they are at the classroom door by 3pm. If you normally collect from the classroom and your child is not collected at 3pm, they will be asked to go to the Kiss and Ride where they will be supervised until 3:20pm. You can walk to the Kiss and Ride shelter to collect your child from there.
Children are not to be waiting to be collected from any other area in the school. For example, children cannot wait for parents on the oval, on the playground etc. Staff will send your child to the Kiss and Ride area if they find them waiting in another area.
Children are not to be playing on the playground after school unless they are being supervised by their parents. Children who are walking or riding home are to leave the school when the bell goes at 3pm.
As part of Padbury Catholic Primary School’s endeavour to provide meaningful learning experiences and opportunities for all students, based on their need, we offer an Extension Program to students who demonstrate a need for intervention on top of what is offered within their regular classroom setting.
Students are selected for entry into the program based on results from an array of standardised tests administered from Years 3-6. The program and activities offered within the Extension Program differ
from year to year however are always derived from the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and will explicitly teach Critical and Creativity thinking skills. Students are currently being tested and classes will commence next week.
The Maths Extension Programme takes place in the form of fluid classes. Students that excel in a particular learning focus area are extended for a period, engaging in problem solving activities and investigations.
As part of our endeavour to encourage all students to challenge themselves, we offer the opportunity to take part in a variety of competitions designed to allow our students to demonstrate their particular skills and talents, extend their abilities and collaborate with like-minded peers. The competitions vary from year to year and may include: the Solar Car Challenge, Mathematics competitions and Tournament of the Minds.
We aim to assist students in developing the skills to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. Skills such as the ability to pose big questions; identify information and ideas; organize and process information; connect ideas; seek solutions and alternatives; elaboration; set goals; develop work habits; risk taking; flexibility; imagination; collaboration and self-reflection are among some of the outcomes that we will work towards
Instrumental Music Lessons
Lessons will begin next week for students who have enrolled to learn Piano, Guitar, Violin, Voice, Drums or Flute. Lessons are provided through Violin Sports, Lombardi School of Music and Rhys Wood Music.
If you are interested in your child commencing lessons, please complete the application form and return it to the office next week. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Twine.
THE CHICKENS ARE COMING
I am available to support parents and children with issues that may be impacting on their experiences here at school. I am available Mondays and Tuesdays. Please feel free to pop into the office or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find a list of potential Paediatricians attached to the end of this newsletter. As anyone looking for a Paediatrician will know, the current situation is very difficult. Please use this as a guide and continue making contact with other Paediatricians with the hope their books may reopen and/or that they may have a cancellation.
Paediatrician Availability February 2023
Below is a list of Paediatricians we believe may be accepting new referrals. The current situation with Paediatricians is likely to be ever changing so please use this as a guide and continue to make contact with other Paediatricians with the hope their books may reopen and/or that they have a cancelation.
Murdoch Paediatrics 9310 8778 email@example.com MURDOCH
Dr Charles Crompton and Dr Andrew Bullock
Accepting referrals through email for ADHD, ADD only. Email through: GP referral, 1 recent school report and if parents could also summarise the issues they are having with their child. Doctors will assess the reports and then parents will be contacted for an appointment.
PaedsPlus 6388 4422 firstname.lastname@example.org CURRAMBINE
Dr Gareth Kameron and Dr Omid Khojasteh
Books open for new referrals. Referral via website only. Waitlist updates published online and updated frequently. Approx 2 years for ADHD. In-house paediatric allied health team including dietitian, occupational therapist, provisional psychologist and speech pathologists. Recruiting for a psychiatrist to join the team.
Smart Paeds 9468 3622 email@example.com MT LAWLEY
Dr Imali Yap Kulatunga, Dr Amber Tahir
Books will open in March 2023 for four weeks only to accept new referrals for appointments in May. Note: SmartPaeds were inundated last time they opened their books and needed to close them earlier than expected.
PaedsWest 9271 1425 firstname.lastname@example.org MT LAWLEY
New paediatrician (female) commencing in March but unable to accept referrals until she is settled in.
Patches Assessment Services 6280 1259 email@example.com NEDLANDS
Dr James Fitzpatrick
One-off assessments only (ASD, ADHD, FASD) - six month waitlist. Unable to assist with ongoing ADHD medication management, however can do assessment and provide diagnosis. GP referrals to specifically mention indicating behaviours and what is to be assessed for eg Autism. Full assessment service provided in-house with speech pathologist and psychologist if required. See the Patches website for their referral form
BabySteps 9387 2844 firstname.lastname@example.org WEMBLEY
Dr Stephen Bilkey
Accepting general paediatrics. Developmental referrals from April 2023.
St James Family Medical & St James Specialist 9352 2910 email@example.com u HAMILTON HILL
Dr Benedicta Itotoh Currently accepting developmental, allergy and general medical referrals.
Dr Pratima Gulati Currently accepting neurology, developmental and general medical referrals. Relocating from Canada commencing in late March 2023.
On behalf of the P&F a very warm welcome back to the new school year. We are very excited for the year ahead and look forward to meeting you throughout the year at our upcoming events.
The role of the P&F
The role of the Parents and Friends (P&F’s) Group is to support the Principal to fulfil their responsibilities in leading the Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship functions of the Catholic school. A P&F collaborates with the Principal to coordinate activities that create opportunities for community engagement between parents, school staff, parish, and students. The P&F also supports the Principal to facilitate fundraising events for the benefit of students that complement the school budget.
Contact details for the P&F
Chair: Cathy Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chair: Megann Hunt email@example.com
Treasurer: Severine Hasenfratz Gibsonfamilyau@hotmail.com
Secretary: Sara Du Ri firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming P&F meetings
1 March - P&F meeting 6.45 – 7.45pm
29 March - P&F meeting 6.00 – 7.00pm
21 June - P&F meeting 3.15 – 4.15pm
16 August - P&F meeting 6.45 - 7.45pm
8 November - P&F meeting 6.45 – 7.45pm
15 November- PCPS Annual Community Meeting 6.00 – 7.00pm
Your Class Reps have now been confirmed and will be in contact shortly regarding your first class social event! A huge thank you for all the class representatives who have put their hands up to help this year.
Social Media Code of Conduct
As a friendly reminder stating out the new year that we have a social media code of conduct. Please click on the link below to read the guidelines.
As a reminder any comments made on any of the social media channels are done within the spirit of our school motto – “Love One Another”. Any negative or inappropriate comments will be deleted at the discretion of our Facebook Administrators. No photos are to be included in the comments. This is to ensure that those children who are not permitted to have their photo displayed are protected.
Reserved Car Bay
Congratulations again to the Morcos family!
The P&F has agreed to gift the car bay for Term 1 to a new family at the school. In our Random Acts of Kindness Draw the Morcos family will selected. Congratulations again and a very warm welcome to the school.
A friendly reminder for family and friends picking up your children to not park in the reserved bay.
SAVE THE DATE!
Annual Family Night - Twilight Movie
Our first P&F event for the year is coming and we couldn’t be more excited. We are so looking to seeing everyone there and to welcome our new families to our wonderful community.
Changes to P&F Terms of Reference
On 2nd September 2022, The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia approved a single model of operation for P&F’s in CEWA schools.
This will see the P&F operate as a committee of the Catholic school, governed by consistent Terms of Reference (attached) and common financial practices. This effect will take place from January 2023.
We encourage you to read through the Terms of Reference and, should you require further clarification, please contact Cathy Farrell, P&F Chair at email@example.com
The Terms of Reference can be found on our school website under Community - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/parents-and-friends
Padbury Catholic Business Directory
We are thrilled to be running our Padbury Catholic Primary School Business Directory.
The directory features businesses run by families within our Padbury Catholic School community. Please support our families via the link on a webpage: https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/businessdirectory
A huge thank you for all of the families who registered their businesses to kick off our first directory.
The money raised as part of this launch will help with ongoing events and activities run by the P&F Committee.
If you would like your business featured in the directory so that PCPS families can use your services, please contact Megann Hunt – firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Masses are held in the Church
Saturday - 8:30am; 6:30pm
Sunday - 8:00am; 9:30am; 11:00am; 5:45pm
Monday to Friday - 7:00am; 9:00am
24:7 Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6 to 12
1st and 3rd Friday @ Parish Hall, 7pm
Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Parish Website : www.olm.myparish.net.au
CSPWA Parent Induction Evening Invitation
The Catholic School Parents WA P&F Induction evening will take place on Thursday 2nd March from 6pm, at St Peter's Primary School in Inglewood (103 Wood St).
The Induction evening will cover the new P&F Terms of Reference, updated Office Bearer role descriptions, including new duties for the P&F Treasurer, and information on how to access our P&F resources and online induction. An induction webinar will be available after the event for regional and remote schools.
Sacred Heart College
Sacred Heart College would like to remind you that Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2025 are due by end of month December 2022. Expressions of Interest can be submitted through our College website and incurs a non-refundable $70 fee on completion. Expression of Interest families will be emailed mid-January indicating the commencement of the application process and next steps.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Sacred Heart College Registrar on 08 9246 8283 or email@example.com before December 14.
Location: O'Leary Road, Padbury WA, Australia