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Dear Parents and Staff

As I’ve greeted children and their families back to school at the front gate this week, it has been wonderful to hear about their holidays. I am envious of the many who took the opportunity to head to the north of our state to enjoy the beautiful weather and the peaceful, relaxing surroundings. We are so fortunate to live in such an amazing place with so many diverse environments to explore. My break was nowhere as exciting as that experienced by so many of you, with a lot of my time spent catching my breath after the busyness of the first Semester and planning for the great things that we have this Term and next. With Confirmation, NAIDOC Week, Performing Arts, Book Week, Night of the Notables, Awesome Aussies, Interschool Cross Country, Junior Athletics Carnival, Edu-Dance and Mercy Day there is plenty to look forward to. In amongst all of this we will ensure the same quality of teaching across the curriculum is maintained so that the children continue to grow in all aspects of their learning.

Today you should have received a letter co-signed by the heads of the public, Catholic and Independent education sectors regarding encouraging everyone in our school to wear masks as a preventative measure against the spread of the new Covid-19 subvariants which appear to be very contagious. Whilst the wearing of masks is strongly recommended in this communication, it is important to remember that the choice to do this currently remains with you and that decision will be respected by all of our staff. Please take the time to carefully read the communication so that you are fully informed about this issue.


New Staff Members:

  • Mrs Michelle Cianflone will be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays replacing Mrs Danielle Bewley in the Special Needs and EALD Coordinator roles.
  • Miss Carol Zanlongo has commenced working in an Education Assistant role in Year 4M.
  • Miss Rachel Whelpdale has joined the team in KGM in an Education Assistant role.

I’m sure all members of our community will make these new staff members welcome at our wonderful school.

Staff Movements:

  • Mrs Kim Mack has commenced as our Library Technician replacing Mrs Sarah Sarmardin.
  • Mrs Mary Evangelista has taken over Mrs Mack’s role in Year 2M and in Special Needs support.

Congratulations Mary and Kim on your new roles.


These will be taken next Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs Bradshaw has included the timetable in today’s newsletter.


As advised last Term, the Kindergarten gate near Oswell St will not be open before and after school to allow staff to complete preparation for the day’s activities. Please note that the administration carpark is not a drop off or pick up zone and the area will be cordoned off should parents continue to use it as such.


Whilst, earlier in my report, I expressed my envy of those who managed to travel during the recent holidays, my turn is not far away as I will be taking the last week of this Term and the first two weeks of next Term as Long Service Leave. During this time, I will be travelling to the UK to visit my daughter who I haven’t seen for the past four years.

I am very pleased that Mrs Daniela Boyle has been appointed to replace me during this absence. Daniela is an exceptional educator and leader, and I am very happy that the school will be in such capable hands.

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Was your child born between 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for our 4 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.


If your child was born between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, they are eligible for our 3 Year Old Kindergarten program in 2023. Registrations for 2023 are now open. Contact our office on 6272 7100 for further details.



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Father Quynh has informed the school that he is visiting Vietnam this term and therefore will need to change the dates of the Confirmation Sacramental Program. Please see below for new dates:

Commitment Masses: Saturday 23 July at 6pm and Sunday 24 July at 10am

Parent and Child workshop: Thursday 4 August at 6pm commencing in the Church

Reconciliation: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August at 9:45am in the Church

Celebration: 13 August at 6pm

Stefanie Bradshaw


Online order forms have been sent home.

Please ensure all children are wearing their full winter unifo

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During Term 2 we enjoyed weekly drama sessions with Mrs Miller in which we were encouraged to use our imagination to be various creatures and to show different emotions. We explored bears and the story of ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’. We pretended to open a present and showed the emotions we would use when this happened. We read Possum Magic and acted out parts of the story.
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Pyjama Day

In June we wore our pyjamas to school and donated a gold coin to remind us how lucky we are at home and we thought of others who are not so fortunate. The donations went to St Vincent de Paul to assist homeless people. Mr Winsor read us a story of the Cranky Bear.
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We are continuing to learn new letter sounds that we commenced last term. We made kites for the sound Kk and we flew them on the oval. For the sound Ee we did elastic band activities and for the sound of Uu, we made umbrellas and had underwater fun!

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In Maths we have been working on our number knowledge through games and activities. We put numbers in order, measured items with blocks and used play dough to make numbers and shapes. We also explored positional language such as under, on top of, between and next to and sorting objects according to their attributes
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Integrated Studies and Religion

In Religion we looked at relationships and in particular people in our lives we can trust. We read Koala Lou and looked at the special relationship between the two koalas.

Near the end of term, we experienced an incursion about science called Einsteins' Australia.

We explored sensory science by making slime, snow and reactions. We had icky sticky fingers, made volcanos with bubbles that foamed and climbed and watched our snow expand.
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Mrs Harland & Mrs Hawthorne


From this term our Library will be open at lunchtime on the following days:

Monday and Wednesday - Years 1,2 and 3

Tuesday and Thursday - Years 4,5 and 6

Friday - Closed

Come in and participate in games and activities hosted by our amazing Year 6 Library Monitors.


Theme: Dreaming with eyes open...

Artwork: Jasmine Seymour

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Mrs Mack

Library Technician


The opening times are : Monday & Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm during the term.

Apologies for the delay on the arrival of the white sport Polo tops. The uniform will arrive early next week.

Thank you.

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator.


The canteen is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can place your order online at MY SCHOOL CONNECT or over the counter at the canteen, we accept cash or eftpos.

I rely on parent volunteers to assist me in running the canteen, so if you have even half an hour spare please pop in and lend a hand or see me to pick a date and time that suits you.

Hope to see you at the canteen soon.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator

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Students have put their creative skills to the test as they built different items and objects using only recycled materials. They also used fine motor skills to build their creations.
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Children had fun learning to build unique creations using Lego Bricks. They built chomping crocodiles, spiders, monkeys and much more. Everyone showed off their imagination skills, their creativity as well as fine motor skills throughout this activity. Additionally, they either worked collaboratively in a team or on their own to complete their creations.
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Children dressed up in their national costumes and cooked some traditional dishes, such as pizza, damper and lamington balls. Additionally, they responded to diversity with respect. At the end of the day everyone learnt how to say "HELLO" in different languages.


Mum’s Catch Up

Friday 19th August at 7pm

“The Lounge Room” The Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park

Nibbles provided. Please RSVP by 12th July with dietary requirements.

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P&F Trailer Raffle

One of Notre Dame’s very generous families has kindly donated a caged trailer for us to raffle to try to raise funds to contribute to the Nature Play upgrades. The raffle will launch on 1st August and tickets can be purchased online. There will be 3 prizes available in total. Flyer and online ticket sales link available shortly.

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School Disco

Thank you to all of the parents who helped in the lead up to the event and on the day. We had such a high number of RSVPs this year we had to do multiple shopping trips to buy supplies as numbers kept increasing. Thank you to the volunteers who cooked and prepared the sausage sizzle, supervised on the night and to those who worked non-stop in the canteen for almost 4 hours!!! We hope the kids had a wonderful time. Special thanks to the staff who stayed back even though they had an early start for parent-teacher interviews the next morning.

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Containers for Change at Notre Dame

As well as recycling your drink bottles at school, you can also assist with fundraising for Notre Dame Primary by donating your 10c refunds from all of your containers at home to the school account. The scheme ID for Notre Dame Catholic Primary School is C10461063.




Keyed Up Music will be teaching voice, violin, woodwind, and drum lessons in Term 3 after school. Starting from $24.75 for 20min individual lessons. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning one of these instruments, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at