NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Foundations for Life Long Learning - 19 JULY 2018
Dear Parents and Staff
Even though I was enjoying the beautiful weather and relaxing in the United Kingdom at the end of last Term I still kept an eye on the events at Notre Dame. Having read all of the Report comments prior to leaving I was particularly impressed with the obvious effort that most of the children have been putting into their work throughout the First Semester. As I said to the children at our morning assembly on Monday, our success should not be determined purely by the results that we achieve but by the effort that we afford to our work. We are all born with an array of talents, capabilities and potential and it is how we work towards realising these that is most important. It has been a long-held belief of mine that one of, if not the most important aspect of education, is relationship. This was highlighted in Pope Francis’ address to the Italian Union of Catholic School Teachers in 2015.
“In a society that struggles to find points of reference, young people need a positive reference point in their school. The school can be this or become this only if it has teachers capable of giving meaning to school, to studies and to culture, without reducing everything to the mere transmission of technical knowledge. Instead they must aim to build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel accepted and loved for who he or she is, with all of his or her limitations and potential.”
I believe that the staff at Notre Dame embrace all that Pope Francis has said and continue to draw the best from the children through their genuine care and concern for each and every child who, in turn, feels safe and secure within their class. I commend our staff for their ongoing commitment to quality education through the development of strong reciprocal relationships.
As the Principal of a school you are often heavily involved in everything that is happening on a daily basis. This can become a little overwhelming at times and is difficult to take a break from. At Notre Dame I am blessed to have such wonderful support from all of the staff that this is possible for me and, whilst I am constantly interested in how things are going, it is this support and the confidence and trust that I have in the staff that allows me to take a genuine break away from school. I sincerely thank all staff and especially Carmel Cutri ably supported by Daniela Boyle and Bro. Stephen for affording me this great opportunity to spend time with my daughter in the UK.
Where would we be without Grandparents? In our world today when both parents are often working to get ahead and provide the best for their family, Grandparents often fulfil a wide range of support roles so that the children are where they need to be when they need to be there and with the equipment that they need for the day. Next Wednesday it’s our turn to thank the Grandparents by hosting a special Mass for them, sharing the work that the children have been doing in class and providing morning tea prepared by the staff and served by our Year Six Leaders. To assist us with catering please respond to the invitation that was recently sent electronically to all families.
Each year we hold an Open Night to showcase aspects of the work that children have been doing. Last year this was accompanied by the amazing Art Exhibition coordinated by Mrs Annette Flexman. Whilst we won’t be putting on such a grand display of the Artwork this year, it will be displayed in each of the classes on Open Night. With this in mind we have decided to move the Open Night to the Fourth Term on Wednesday 24 October to ensure that all children will have completed their art projects.
The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment 2018
At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 30th July in Term 3. The assessment will be accessible to students online.
The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) tests developed and marked by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by CEWA and will become available to schools in Term 4.
The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school based assessment programs in RE.
Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any enquiries regarding the administration of The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment.
Edu-Dance commences next week. It is a creative hip-hop dance program designed to improve coordination, musical appreciation, self confidence, fun and fitness. The program will run all Term and will conclude with a concert giving the children an opportunity to experience the excitement of performing in front of an audience. Children are to wear their sports uniform on their nominated Edu-Dance day.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN 2019
If your child turns 3 between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 and you would like them to attend 3 Year Old Kindy in 2019 at Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, please contact the front office on 6272 7100 between 8.00am and 3.30pm.
WEEK 2 EVENTS
FRIDAY 20 JULY
Talk from Sister Frances about Peru
PP: Funky Fitness
MONDAY 23 JULY
TUESDAY 24 JULY
P&F Meeting @ 6.30pm
WEDNESDAY 25 JULY
Grandparents' Day Whole School Mass led by Yr 6
Grandparents' visit to classroom
THURSDAY 26 JULY
Yrs 4-6 Interschool Cross Country @ Tomato Lake
FRIDAY 27 JULY
Assembly Yr 3P
PP: Funky Fitness
MONDAY 30 JULY
TUESDAY 31 JULY
Yr 1-2 Health incursion
Board Meeting @ 6.00pm
WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST
4YO Kindy Orientation Meeting @6.30pm
THURSDAY 2 AUGUST
Dental screening PP, Yr 3, Yr 6 @9.00am
FRIDAY 3 AUGUST
Assembly Yr 5P
PP: Funky Fitness
Invitation to Grandparents' Day
Makerspace in the Library
Great news! Our school is developing our makerspace in the library! What this means, is that on Wednesdays different areas of the library will be devoted to ‘making or creating’ different things. One area will be dedicated to building with recycled materials. For this area to be a success, we need your help! Please send any cereal boxes, cookie boxes, milk or orange juice lids and paper towel rolls you have lying around to school with your child. (Please wash out milk lids before sending them). This will be an ongoing project, so please, send often!
Thank you in advance,
The Makerspace Team
Mrs Dyke, Mrs Mullins and Mrs Sarmardin
Recycled Materials List
- Please send donations to the library
Milk/juice carton lids
Paper towel rolls
BOOK WEEK 18-24 AUGUST
Book Character Parade Monday 20th August
Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature and you will often see children's book character parades.
Tristan Bancks, a children’s author, sums up this years book week:
The Australian Children’s Book Week theme for 2018 is ‘Find Your Treasure’. Such a perfect description of the search to discover your next great book. An incredible story can feel like treasure when it speaks to you and understands the way you think and feel. But not every book is perfect for everyone. I put down just as many books as I finish, but I never give up the hunt for my next great read!
Notre Dame School will be celebrating by starting Book Week on Monday morning (20th August) with a parade. Each year level has an open theme of “My Favourite Book Character”. All Primary School students can dress as their favourite book character and bring either the book or a copy of the front cover. Start planning for your costume now!
MINATURE PRODUCTS PRODUCTION
Coles has launched a promotion featuring miniature versions of popular products like Nutella, Vegemite, West-Bix and Tim Tams. If you are a regular Coles shopper and are not collecting the ‘little shop’ products, we would love for you to donate them to the school as they can be used to enhance our numeracy and literacy programs. Please drop unwanted collectables to administration.
This term we have a very busy term with the Performing Arts Festival. We have individuals performing in the Instrumental solo section, the dance group, the Year 3 class choir and the School choir performing.
The following students will perform in the Piano solo section of the Festival:
Ross Proctor (5P)
Gabriel Beasley (5M)
Lali Dimitriadis (6P)
Bede Kareng (6P)
Nate Tomasini (5P)
Charlotte Glynn (5M)
Kristen Rebuelta (5M)
The dance group will perform on Friday 24 August (7pm-9:30pm at the Perth Convention Centre)
The Year 3 class choir will perform in the liturgical music section on Wednesday 8 August (1:15pm-2:15p at Saint Benedict’s Church, Applecross) and
The choir will perform on Wednesday 15 August (1pm-2:30pm
at the Vasto Club, Balcatta).
All students have been working very hard to prepare for their respective performances. We know they will represent our school with pride.
SEDA Dockers visit - Tuesday 24 & 31 July
On 24 & 31 July SEDA students from the Fremantle Dockers will be running AFL clinics for all year 1-6 students. Students will be permitted to wear the sports or faction uniform on these days. Sessions will be running for 40 minutes and no other equipment is required for these days. Please email if you have any queries about these sessions.
Interschool Cross Country
Students selected for the Interschool Cross Country team will continue their training next Tuesday at Miles Park (7.25am - 7.55am). We wish the students all the best of luck when they compete against our Interschool counterparts next Thursday at Tomato Lake Reserve.
Due to a change of size the whole hot rolls will now be a $1 cheaper and half a roll will not be available.
FRIDAY 20 July Soup: Chicken & vegetable $4.00
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL - Dance Tickets
UNIFORM SHOP OPENING TIMES
On Monday 30 July the Uniform Shop will be CLOSED but will open at 1.30pm on Tuesday 31 July. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
PARENTS' & FRIENDS' NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
Term 3: Tuesday 4 September
Cyber Safety Education sessions for students, teachers and parents, conducted by YSafe
Further Information to follow.