Padbury CPS Newsletter

Issue #18 - 12 November 2021


Service: Make a positive difference in the life of others


Padbury Catholic Primary School is an education community committed to following in the footsteps of Jesus, living our motto ‘Love One Another’ (John 13:34)


Our Vision is to educate the whole child, Inspiring Hearts and Minds, to become faith-filled, creative, life-long learners through meaningful and innovative experiences.


Our Vision comes to life through our core values which are inspired by the Gospels and our Mercy charism: Compassion; Service; Mercy; Justice; Dignity; Hospitality; Stewardship; Excellence



Please check the community calendar for upcoming and future dates as the calendar is regularly updated.


St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

This week we launch our St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. The appeal will run until 1st December. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for further details. Each class will be given a family scenario as a focus for the collection of items. The Yr 6 Spiritual ministry students will provide each class with a basket where items can be placed. Thank you in anticipation of your support. I was speaking with the head of the St Vincent de Paul chaplin for this area the other evening and he commented on how very generous and giving PCPS families are and he passes on his thanks.

PCPS Family Mass

All families are invited to come celebrate the PCPS Family Mass this Sunday 14 November at 11am at Our Lady of the Mission Church. Big thanks to parents Liz de Haas, Kate Allen, Natalie Bullen and Emma Marpole for organising the special mass and to all who have volunteered to take part. Come and celebrate this liturgy together and then enjoy a BBQ lunch afterwards. See you there.

Remembrance Day

Yesterday the staff led us in a beautiful Prayer Service for Remembrance Day. On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes' silence was observed and we reflected on the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts.


PCPS Kindy PrePrimary Year One and Year children performing plus PCPS School Choirs

Book this date in your diary now - Carols by Candlelight on Thursday 9 December 6-8pm. Padbury Catholic Primary School and Whitford Catholic Primary School will be holding Carols by Candlelight in conjunction with Our Lady of the Missions Parish on the oval right near the church. All children from PCPS are invited to attend with their families and enjoy carol singing and a picnic.

All Kindy to Year Two children will be involved in performances on the night as well as our School Choirs.

Sausage Sizzles and food vans will be available. Further details coming soon.

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Thanksgiving Prayers and Farewell Assembly

We will be having a whole school Thanksgiving Prayers and Farewell Assembly on Friday 3 December at 2pm in our school hall. We will give thanks to God for our wonderful school year followed by our Farewell Assembly. Parents are most welcome.

Advent Prayers and Carol sing-a-long

We will be having our Advent Prayers and Carol sing-a-long on 6th December at 9am in the hall. Children are invited to come dressed in Christmas theme or Christmas colours on this day. Parents are most welcome to join us.


At PCPS we have a thorough handover procedure between the staff for the end of the year and also a transition programme for all classes which has been highly beneficial. This will take place on 3 December.

Children will move up a year level for the morning and spend some time with year level teachers. The Pre-primary classes will have additional parts to their transition programme to ensure that the children have been well prepared for the move to the ‘big part of the school’.

Mrs Fisher, our social worker, will also be on hand to assist, not only at the beginning of the year but also during the year, with transitioning.

Classes 2022

Teachers will soon be looking at class groupings for 2022. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and each child’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Class placements are a team decision made in consultation with both the year level teachers. Teachers spend a lot of time and give great consideration to the placement of children and I believe that their professionalism should be respected. Consideration for placement is made using the following criteria: Gender; Pastoral/Social/Emotional; Special Needs e.g. special education, twins, etc; Academic ability; Relationships.

Every effort is made to place children where it is felt they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed. All teachers at PCPS are very professional and of an excellent standard and children will receive a high quality of education no matter which class they are placed with. If your child has special pastoral needs which may need consideration, please ensure that you have made a time to meet with your child’s class teacher before Monday morning 29 November. Parents should understand that requests for particular placement cannot be guaranteed. Requesting a certain teacher is not a consideration. Once class groupings are finalised they will not be changed so please do not contact the teachers, Leadership Team or the office after the cut-off date nor once you receive details about your child’s class.

It is good for families to know placements for the following year so that they are able to arrange for children to get together over the holidays if they wish. Parents will be notified of their child’s teacher via SEQTA on Friday 17 December.

If your child is not returning to PCPS in 2022 please advise the office in writing before 26 November.

Pre-Kindy and Kindergarten for 2022

The following dates and times are for the Parent Meetings and Student Orientation sessions to be held in the next few weeks:

Pre-Kindy 2022 Parent Meeting and Orientation

30 November at 9.30am in the Pre-Kindy classroom

Kindergarten 2022 Parent Meeting

16 November 1.30pm in the school hall

Kindergarten 2022 Orientation

Kindy Wallaby 18 November 1.30pm

Kindy Gecko 19 November 1.30pm

Our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) 2022 programme on Tuesdays and Thursday is full!

We are considering running another day on Wednesdays. Please contact Mrs Ellen at the office ASAP if you are interested in enrolling your 3yr old. Information can be found on our website - and fee information can be located at

There are very limited vacancies for other year levels for 2022. If you know of anyone looking for a position, please recommend our beautiful school.

Code of Conduct

A reminder that every member of the PCPS community must behave in the manner described in our Code of Conduct - Code of Conduct and Guidelines PCPS (

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 and young people 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 Staff, our Code of Conduct is a lawful direction and forms part of their employment agreement. For parents, compliance is a condition of your entry to school premises.


Thanks to Elva MacDonagh and her team for co ordinating Icy Pole days for the children this term, especially with the onset of this warm weather and thanks to Mel Barrett who has been organising Book Club this year. Thank you ladies, you make our children smile!

Thanks to Nick Lynch for organising the Dad and Kids Camp recently which I heard was loads of fun and to Tara Pellicano for organising the disco for the children which is on tonight!

P&F Facebook Page

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.

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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.


The Advisory Council (formerly known as School Board) would like to thank those families who have paid their school fees and are up to date. Should you have any outstanding fees, these are to be finalised by 30 November (unless other arrangements have been made). As per the school fee policy, the Advisory Council Finance Committee may take action to recover any unpaid fees through a debt collection agency which may in turn affect your future credit ratings. There are a number of methods in which families at the school can pay their school fees. These include credit card, EFTPOS, cash, cheque, direct debit and internet banking. Please see the Finance Officer, Mrs Denise Davis at the school office for further details.


The Annual General Meeting for the P&F and Advisory Council (formerly) School Board and the Volunteers Supper will be held on Wednesday 17 November in the school hall, commencing at 6.00pm.

Reasons you should come to the AGM:

· Show your support of the hard-working Advisory Council and P&F

· There will be a brief review of 2021 Advisory Council and P&F activities

· Office bearers for the Advisory Council and P&F will be elected

· 2022 staffing will be announced (if finalised). You will find out your child’s year group teachers for 2022

· 2022 school fees will be presented

· Focus areas for 2022 will be shared

· As a special thank you to all volunteers who have assisted in any way throughout the year such as P&F, Advisory Council, reading rosters, excursions, covering books, craft and the list goes on and on…You are invited to our Volunteers Supper at the conclusion of the AGM. It is our way of saying thank you for all that you do at PCPS.

Please consider if you would like to nominate/re-nominate for the P&F Committee and/or a class representative for 2022.

Please rsvp your attendance for catering purposes by completing the RSVP below.

Parish AGM

Earlier in the week I attended Our Lady of the Mission Parish AGM and presented a report on behalf of our school community. Father Cyprian expressed his sincere thanks for the close school and parish relationship that exists. He has enjoyed working with the Leadership Team, sacramental teachers, staff, students and families throughout the year. The parish appreciates all the wonderful work that is occurring at PCSP as we endeavour to grow closer to Jesus by living out our school motto of Love One Another.

Have a lovely weekend with your families.

Mrs Margaret Williamson



Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 6pm

4 O'Leary Road

Padbury, WA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Congratulations to the O'Loughlin family (Lily PK) on the birth of their baby boy, Freddie and to Egan family (Callum PP) on the birth of their baby boy, Cian.


2022 Sacramental Dates

Please see below for 2022 Sacramental Dates. Should any of these change, parents will be notified.
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St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal

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2022 Kindy – Year 6 Booklists are now available on our school website -

Please note the order closing date is Friday 10th December. Teachers will send home any remaining resources for students by Friday 3rd December so you can take stock and consider what is required from the booklist for 2022.


All classes enjoyed many engaging activities in nature last Thursday. Such a fun way to learn!

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals


Scitech Challenge Day

Last week, on Monday and Tuesday, the Year 5 and 6 Extension students went to Scitech and represented Padbury Catholic at the Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day. We learnt about the engineering design process and were given a challenge to solve. Our challenge was to design and make a Perth attraction, aimed at a certain group of people. We competed against other schools and got to see what they created. Once we finished building, we had to vote for our favourite attraction. We were also able to spend some time exploring Scitech and we watched a light show.

By Jasmine, Lily and Tane


All classes have been creating beautiful, interesting and colourful masterpieces this semester. These prices will be sent home in the coming weeks.

If you have art and craft materials you no longer need, we might be able to use them. A donation box will be left outside The Studio near the drink fountains and boys bathroom.

Items we love: scrapbooking paper, card board tubes (not toilet rolls), plastic or foam trays, wool, fabric scraps, old curtains, shoe boxes, gift boxes, thick packing cardboard, bubble wrap or plastic table cloths. These just a few ideas. Please do not buy items, we just want to reuse or use items you have no use for.

Mrs Tamara Bastow

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What to do when your child lies to you......

You enter the kitchen. Your child looks at you like she's hiding something. You see cake crumbs on the counter and the tips of her fingers. Did you eat the chocolate cake? Your child smiles up at you, chocolate stuck in her teeth and innocently replies, 'No'. You know your child is lying. The evidence is everywhere? And in that moment it make you mad. How could they lie to you? and so blatantly? So, what do you do?

What To Do When Your Child Lies To You | Happy Families

Mrs Ali FIsher

Social Worker

Protective Behaviours

At Padbury CPS we teach the children Protective Behaviours through the evidence based ‘Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum’ (KSCPC) which assists children to recognise unsafe situations, respond to unsafe situations and tell a trusted adult if they feel unsafe. The trusted adults in children’s lives might include parents, teachers, neighbours and emergency helpers such as Police and Counsellors from the Kids Help Line.

Protective Behaviours education through the Keeping Safe Curriculum is about providing children with information and skills that can help prevent abuse, without making children frightened of their world and also includes topics such as:

  • Feelings
  • Body signals/warning signs
  • Networks (trusted adults)/Persistence
  • Safe and Unsafe Secrets
  • Correct anatomical names for body parts
  • Rules about touch
  • Personal space and consent
  • Assertive skills – the right to say no
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Responding to emergency situations
  • Online safety

KSCPC is integrated into the Health Curriculum and taught in every year group from Kindy to Year 6. Classroom teachers also integrate the KSCPC topics into other curriculum areas. Every staff member at Padbury Catholic finds teachable moments to reinforce key safety messages such as “We all have the right to be safe” and “We can help ourselves be safe by talking to people we trust”.

There are many useful story books that can assist you in having safety discussions at home. WA Child Safety Services has an online bookstore Shop - WA Child Safety Services Protective Behaviours Books ( or request to borrow from your local library. Some suggested titles include:

  • Everyone’s Got a Bottom
  • My Body Belongs to Me
  • My Body What I Say Goes
  • My Body Your Body
  • My Underpants Rule
  • No Means No
  • Only For Me

If you want to follow up the recent situation with some targeted discussions about strangers – instead of sharing the ‘stranger danger message’ try these…

  1. Most strangers are good people
  2. However if you are ever approached by a stranger check with a trusted adult that you know before doing anything with a stranger
  3. If you are going somewhere with a stranger, stay in public (eg approaching the security guard when lost at the shops)
  4. If you need to ask a stranger for help because the trusted adults on your network are not available, try and find someone wearing a uniform or a Mum with children to ask for help. (Jasmine’s Butterflies reinforces this message when she asks the zoo keeper for help).
  5. If a stranger invites you into their house or car always so no and tell a trusted adult or someone wearing a uniform as soon as you can.
  6. If you every feel unsafe, like a stranger is following you or a strange car approaches you, find a trusted adult from your network or someone wearing a uniform to tell.

If you have any further questions please contact your child’s classroom teacher or me, Ali Fisher (Social Worker).

Mrs Ali Fisher

Social Worker


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Coming soon in 2022.......Electronic Property Tagging

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Choir News🎵

Tuesdays....8:15am in the hall...Students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all welcome to come and sing. Please note there will be no choir during the last week of term.

Mrs Cusak

Music Teacher


Parish Update

Parish & PCPS &WCPS combined Carols by Candlelight: December 9th at 6.00pm on the oval.

Mass Times

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 :

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Save the Date!

We warmly invite all families to celebrate a special family mass at Our Lady of the Mission on Sunday, November 14 at 11.00am. At this mass the families from PCPS will be participating in all parts of the Mass along with the parish community.

There are several opportunities for students to be involved in the Mass, particularly with Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and the lighting of candles.

It would be lovely to see volunteers from across the year groups if possible.

Please click on the link below to register your interest

If you or your child would like to play guitar at the Mass, please email ASAP to register your interest.

There will be a sausage sizzle after the Mass in the parish hall, with sausages and icy poles provided for all families. We would love some volunteers to help with this as well, so please add your name to the above link if you are able!

Please mark Sunday, November 14, 11am on your calendar, and we hope to see as many PCPS families as possible celebrating this special Mass.

Emma Marpole, Nat Bullen, Liz de Haas and Kate Allen

PCPS Parish Family Mass co-ordinators