NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
1 July 2021
Dear Parents and Staff
Whew! We’ve finally come to the end of our First Semester, a period that has been “bookended” by COVID lockdowns. It was only in last week’s newsletter that I suggested that we need to remain vigilant and within a couple of days we have had new cases of the COVID virus within our community thrusting us back into lockdown. Whilst we are all hopeful of a speedy return to our Western Australian “normal” way of life, we all need to be guided by those who are charged to make decisions regarding the safety of our community and comply with what they put in place. If we can’t do the travel that we had planned or access activities around the city, perhaps it’s time to dig out the board games, fire up the streaming channels and share some quality family time together. Whatever the outcome over the next few days, let’s all try to make the best of the situation because we do still live in one of the safest places on the planet and we should be forever grateful for that.
Wishing all families and staff a safe and enjoyable holiday break.
As stated in the COVID – 19 Lockdown Update letter that I sent out on Tuesday, these meetings will now be conducted via telephone. Teachers will contact parents as close as possible to the meeting time that they had booked so please try to be available at that time and remember to limit the call to a maximum of 10 minutes.
Whilst a conversation over the phone may not be the most effective method of communication, the meeting is particularly important so that you are able to ask your child’s teacher about aspect of the Semester Report that you may need clarified. It also allows discussion regarding areas of improvement and how these will be addressed as the year progresses.
JUST IN CASE!
Tomorrow afternoon the staff will be working on strategies to employ in the event (unlikely, we hope) that the lockdown will continue into the next school Term. Obviously, we would like this to be an unnecessary use of our time but, as we are constantly reminded, the future is impossible to predict.
I’m sure all of the children and staff enjoyed the opportunity to wear free dress today. As a result of the generosity of families in providing the gold coin donation we have collected $500 which will be forwarded to the Archbishop’s Lifelink Appeal which supports many Catholic agencies in the Perth Archdiocese in their work assisting those less fortunate than us.
I’m hoping all of the shops are open over the school holidays as it is a good time to replenish your children’s stationery supplies so that they have all items necessary for them to achieve at their best.
School recommences on Monday 19 July.
Thank you to all staff and parents/caregivers for your work and support for the students and School during this Semester.
I wish everyone a safe, restful and happy school holiday.
St Vinnies Winter Appeal
Boxes have been placed at both Church entrances for donations of blankets and in-code non-perishable food items. Donation envelopes are also available. These can be placed in the second collection basket during Mass. Thank you for your ongoing support for the St Vincent De Paul Belmont Conference.
Soup and Bing Night
This event will be held on Saturday 17 July 2021 in the Parish Centre after the 6.00 pm Mass. Choice of three soups and bread roll. Games of bingo included. BYO drinks. Price TBC. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.
Each Tuesday evening commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.
Planned Giving Envelopes 2021 – 2022 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.
Dr George Sekulla JP
Notre Dame Parish Council
NOTRE DAME PRIMARY SCHOOL FACEBOOK
ABSENCE FOLLOW UP
Parents, If your child/children have not attended school during this term and you have not replied to the SMS, emails or follow up notes, we would appreciate you doing so as soon as possible. Please make sure the name of the student, class and reason for not attending school is stated on the note or email.
It has been a very busy term of music making. In the Junior end of the school, the children have been learning and refining their musical notation skills as well as learning to sing songs.
In Year 3 and Year 4, the children have been learning about some composers from the past who were able to compose music without the wonders of modern technology and discovered a few fun facts about them.
In Year 3, the children have also been learning to sing two pieces for the liturgical music section of the Performing arts Festival next term. The choir has been doing the same at their Wednesday morning rehearsals. More information will be sent out about these performances early next term.
Year 5 and 6 have been busy learning new skills over the last two terms. Year 5 have been learning Line Dancing as part of their program and there are some definite “twinkle toes” amongst the two classes!
Year 6 are beginning to notice how pleasant the sound of the Recorder can be when played properly. They should have a couple of recognizable pieces learnt In the next few months.
Mrs Evans and Mr Loiacono
Eagles Cup vs St Joseph’s (18 June)
On Friday of week 9 we had our last round of fixtures against St Joseph’s, which always proves to be a hard contest. Well done to our Netball A team who went undefeated the whole competition, taking out the Fever Cup trophy. An appropriate time to present the cup to the team will be decided next term. I would like to thank Mr Paddon for donating his time in coaching the Netball A team. I would also like to thank Mrs Flexman and Miss Fimmano in coaching the Netball B and Soccer teams. It was a long competition this term but one I think the students enjoyed a lot and where we saw improvement in every single student who participated in the competition. Below are the results of the last rounds:
Netball A - Won
Netball B - Won
Soccer - Loss
AFL - Loss
Walking School Bus
Many thanks to Mrs Chua who has helped organise and run the walking school bus initiative from Centenary Park this term. This is a great way to connect with local families and organise a safe and active route to school for students. We have some things planned around safe travel routes for our school community that will be coming out next term. If you would like to start up your own Walking School Bus initiative with local families please don’t hesitate to contact me for any advice. Below are a few snaps from the Walking School Bus group.
Running club finished last Thursday with, again, another good turn out of students attending, mixed with our interschool runners training for next term’s interschool cross country carnival. Well done to the students, parents and staff who braved the cold every Thursday morning to improve their overall health and well-being…some wouldn’t think so at the time.
Last Friday was our last week of Bike Ed lessons for our Year 3 students. Many thanks to Anna and Noel from People on Bicycles who provided a fun, safe and engaging program for all students, as well as some big kids ;)! The students loved the program and it is vitally important to teach students at a young age the importance of bike safety. Below are a few snaps from the last session. Look out on the Your Move website for the latest stories from Notre Dame as we will have some exciting news coming in term 3!
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Due to the recent announcement of a Perth lockdown from Premier Mark McGowan, purchasing of tickets for the Performing Arts Festival will be kept on hold and re-open on Friday 9 July, from 8am. This decision will be dependent upon on any further announcements from the Premier and directives received from Catholic Education WA which may affect seating capacity restrictions at venues.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure that it runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer this term, your help is appreciated. If you would like to join our volunteer pool please come and see me in the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, even if you are only able to give half an hour of your time, every bit helps.
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORMS SECOND HAND BUY & SELL
Did you know that a second hand uniform page, which is hosted and managed by Notre Dame CPS parents, operates on Facebook? This is a great place for you to buy and sell quality second hand uniforms. The active site is available to all members of the community who access Facebook. You can also access second hand uniforms at the school's uniform shop.
School Banking Coordinator
PARENTS' & FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION NEWS
CARDS THAT COUNT
The P&F will be running the Cards that Count Program again in 2021. For those who are not familiar with this initiative, it allows your child’s unique artwork to be transformed into professionally printed Christmas Cards that can be distributed to family and friends. Blank templates are available from the front office. Each template has a unique code that you will need when ordering your cards online (further information to be provided in term 3 when online ordering opens).
Please see the information sheet attached. Templates need to be returned to the front office by 23rd July 2021. This will allow plenty of time for the cards to be produced and returned to families by early November, to beat the Christmas post deadlines.
Enrol with us at Mercedes College!
Mercedes College is currently interviewing for Year 7 2023 & 2024, with limited places available for Year 7 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.
Mercedes College Presents Annie
Annie is one of the best known and loved musicals of all time. Set in 1930s New York City, Annie is an orphan who never gives up hope that one day she will find her parents and sticks to her belief that tomorrow will always be a better day. Annie goes on a series of adventures, meeting Sandy the dog and millionaire Oliver Warbucks and eventually finds the family she has always been looking for. Big production numbers, huge cast and lots of fun and laughs are in this show.
Mercedes College is renowned for their outstanding musicals. More than 100 students will perform this musical at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.
Please contact Ticketek on 1300 364 001 or www.ticketek.com.
KEYED UP MUSIC
Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons this term during school. Lessons start from $23.65 for a group of 2 or $34.10 for an individual lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form
CLOVERDALE SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC INFORMATION
Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
We are a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.
We are a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.
It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, please feel free to remain with them.
If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.
If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.
Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff
180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)
Ph: 9479 7222