Notre Dame Catholic Primary School
Foundations for Life Long Learning October 31
Dear Parents and Staff
Tomorrow will be a very busy day with our combined schools All Saints Day Mass in the morning and the Official Opening of our renovated Staffroom and Support Rooms in the afternoon.
Whilst our Mass, commencing at 9.30am, celebrates the life of All Saints, I like to take the time to reflect particularly upon the life of St Anthony of Padua whose name I chose to take when I was Confirmed many years ago. Like most of us I wasn’t really sure why I chose his name but, perhaps, in a strange way, maybe he chose me, as St Anthony was a teacher, a profession that I hadn’t even considered at the time of taking on his name. Whilst I may have achieved this similarity, I continue to work on the many other attributes that this inspirational Saint is said to have possessed.
Why not take a little time to re-visit your Confirmation Saint and consider how their life has or may impact upon our own.
I’m hoping that the wild and windy weather that we are experiencing today blows over by the time we commence the Official Opening ceremony for our renovated staffroom and classrooms tomorrow afternoon. The ceremony will commence once the children have assembled in the Mother Mary Piazza at 2.00pm. The ceremony will take around 40 minutes with the children then returning to class to be dismissed after receiving a juice box and a cupcake baked by Mrs Lisa Doyle. Parents and guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea in the newly renovated staffroom at the conclusion of the ceremony.
In very challenging conditions our Interschool athletes represented our school with great vigour and enthusiasm. At the time of publishing the newsletter we are unsure of the overall results, but we are very proud of the efforts and sportsmanship displayed by all of our representatives.
Our Open Night and Art Exhibition will be held between 4.00 and 6.00pm next Wednesday afternoon. I encourage all families to come along to see the great work that the children have been completing across all Year levels and the wonderful Artwork that they have completed with Mrs Flexman over the past couple of School Terms.
The process for the placement of children in classes for next year is currently being discussed by staff. There are four main considerations when determining placements:
· A range of Academic abilities
· Gender Balance
The staff spend considerable time and consult with both previous and future teachers before deciding upon the placement of each child. We are blessed to have excellent staff at Notre Dame who go well beyond what would normally be expected so children will receive a high quality of education no matter which class they are placed in. What parents hear from children at home is not always the reality of what occurs at school so please allow the teachers to place children appropriately based upon what they see and experience daily in the classroom and playground.
The Annual General Meetings for the Parents’ and Friends’ Association and the School Board will be held on Tuesday 26 November at 6.00pm. Nominations for representation on both groups are now open. Please see the P&F Report in this newsletter for details regarding becoming a member of the P&F for 2020.
School Board nomination:
There are two positions in total available for membership on the School Board with one current member nominating to continue for a further two-year term.
Below are the criteria for membership to the School Board as outlined in the Catholic School Board Constitution:
a) possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Board;
b) a deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff;
c) a desire to give service to the Catholic School Community;
d) a keenness to promote Catholic schooling;
e) an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Board; and
f) a sufficiency of time to devote to Board duties.
Nominations to the Board are to be in writing and handed in at the school office marked
“School Principal – Confidential”. Nomination forms are available on the school website or from the school office.
Should you require any further information please contact me through the school office.
TERM 4 UPCOMING EVENTS
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER
Combined Schools All Saints Mass (Yr 3-6) @9.30am
Official Opening of School Renovations @ 2.00pm
MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER
Scholastic Book Fair
Yr 2 Incursion Educated by Nature
TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Scholastic Book Fair
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Scholastic Book Fair
Open Night 4.00pm-6.00pm
FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
EVENTS DURING TERM 4
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER
Class Transition Day
Year 6 Graduation
TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER
Carols and Awards Evening
WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER
Thanksgiving Mass (Kindy - Yr 6)
STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL YEAR 2020
If your child/children will not be returning to Notre Dame in 2020, it is important that you advise the school office immediately.
OPEN NIGHT - WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER
YEAR 2 CLASS NEWS
On Monday 21 October, the Year Two Classes enjoyed a great morning riding bikes and learning about pedestrian and road safety rules at the Constable Care Safety School, in Maylands.
As you can see from our many photos, we were all being safe and happy! All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as it was an active, educational, high energy excursion. What a hands on way to learn!
On the 21st October Year 2 went on an excursion to Constable Care Safety House. We rode bikes on a pretend road and there were real traffic lights and signs. My bike was 24 inches and had gears.
My Dad came to the excursion. The director taught us to be a safe pedestrian and how to be safe in the car. In the outside part of Constable Care we ate recess on the fake road and played around and pressed the buttons. We did a task and we had to find blue boxes and in the boxes were challenges and questions about road safety which we had to answer.
My favourite bit was riding the bikes because we got to stop at the stop lights.
Mila Paddon (2P)
ONLINE ORDERING SCHOOL PHOTOS
MSP Photography have notified the school that there seems to be a glitch with the online ordering which is not allowing parents to order online. If you wish to place an order for school photos please call MSP Photography on 08 9240 8000. The cut off date to order has been extended to Friday 8 November to avoid parents being charged late fees.
ONLINE ORDERING - SPECIAL GROUPS
On photo day speciality group images were taken at your school. These images can be viewed and purchased at a unique website, which is DIFFERENT to where you order the portraits and class photos online.
1. To place your Order online simply go to https://mspphotography.shootproof.com/
2. Click Specials 2019, then select the album titled: Notre Dame CPS Specials - 2019
3. You will then be required to enter a password to view the Album. The password is NTRED19
4. Please ensure that you use your child’s name at the checkout
5. The images you are viewing are uncropped and will be cropped to fit to a 10x8 print (as per the first image in your gallery, a sample of layout & colour)
- The online orders will be open until midnight on Sunday 10th of November 2019 – for the Bulk Pricing Offer
- The Bulk Pricing Offer is $20 per print and these will be delivered to the school BY CLASS GROUP
- After the $20 pricing expires, the photos will remain available online, but the photos are now at a cost of $35 per image and delivered to a preferred address.
If you have any queries please contact MSP Photography on 9240 8000 or via email on email@example.com
NATIONAL WATER WEEK 21-25 OCTOBER
National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our best to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.
The theme for National Water Week this year is ‘It’s time to change the world’ which encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water and how we can protect it, so we have it in the future.
Throughout the week students have been participating in various waterwise activities to promote awareness around water conservation
NOTRE DAME SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOK FAIR
Notre Dame School Library Book Fair
Book Fair 4th – 6th November
When: Monday 4th November
Tuesday 5th November
Wednesday 6th November
Time: Before school 8am-8.30am
After school 3pm-4pm
Mrs Sarmardin and the Library Monitors
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
The library would love any volunteers who are able to assist with the sales of the books. If you are able to help during the Book Fair, please come and see me in the library.
See you at the Book Fair.
Mrs Sarmardin and the Library Monitors
End of Term for Students Friday 13 December
End of Term for Staff Friday 20 December
NEXT WEEKS ROSTER
Monday 4 November: Mei Lie 8-9
Wednesday 6 November: Volunteer required
Friday 8 November: Ros Lovick
Hope to see you at the canteen soon.
The Uniform Shop will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays in Term 4.
Opening times : 1.30pm-3.30pm
Uniform Shop Coordinator
Every Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30am in the School Library.
P & F NEWS
2019 CARDS THAT COUNT
ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW AVAILABLE
Thank you everyone who took part in the Cards that Count Program in 2019.
Online viewing of the cards and ordering is now available until Sunday 10th November. The professionally printed cards will then be delivered back to the school on Wednesday 4th December.
Visit www.cardsthatcount.com.au, select ‘Order Cards’ and enter your child’s unique code.
Cards will be available in packs of 10 for $12 with profits going to the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, to help families in need at Christmas time.
If you have any questions, please contact P&F member Nicole Beresford on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MERCEDES COLLEGE 2020 ENROLMENTS
A sound education is an investment in the future of your daughter. Mercedes College is committed to providing an affordable education for those families seeking an all girls’ Catholic education in the Mercy tradition. For those families wishing to explore options, the Principal is always available to speak with you. Vacancies are still available for 2020; for more information please contact the Enrolment Officer on 93231323.
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