10 June 2021

Dear Parents and Staff

Fortunately, the temperature didn’t fall to the expected minimum of 11° last night with the cloud cover ensuring a very comfortable 14° and above. This meant that it was only the windy conditions and the hard floor that we had to contend with. David Shumack and I felt like we were on an episode of Big Brother when an intruder, Brother Stephen, joined us with his dilapidated cardboard box. It was an uncomfortable night for all of us but, it was only one night and we, and I hope all of the children, were made acutely aware that sleeping arrangements such as these are still very prominent within our community. Thanks to the very generous support of our community, we were able to raise $700 which will be passed on to the local chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society at an Assembly over the next couple of weeks. I was particularly pleased to hear from some parents that their children had donated their gold coin from their own savings which makes the gesture even more rewarding and certainly reinforces the message.

During Pyjama Day, I visited the Kindy classes to read them a “bedtime” story and in the Pre-Primary to Year Two classes we made up our own story using the Setting, Character, Complication (Problem) and Resolution format. The children in each class were the characters and they provided all of the other information to create some very unusual complications and resolutions. During these sessions I asked the children whose parents read to them regularly and only about half indicated that this happened. I’m not sure how accurate their responses were but I encourage all parents to take the opportunity to read to their children as this modelling is so important in instilling a love of reading that will hold your children in good stead for the future.

Our Leadership Team has recently taken on this challenge to read to the children with Mrs Bradshaw reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl to the Year Three classes, Mrs Boyle reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio to the Year Fours, Brother Stephen reading The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan to the Year Fives and I am reading Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks to the Year Sixes. The children appear to be really enjoying these sessions and look forward to us coming to the class a couple of times each week.


I look forward to seeing many of the wonderful things that the children in 5P have been learning at their Assembly tomorrow morning. They will be joined by their buddies from the Year 1P class and two members from each child’s family. The Assembly will be live streamed to all of the other classes.


Please note the following events which will take place before the end of this Term.

  • Semester Reports will be available online from 4.00pm on Friday 25 June. Details about how to access these will be forwarded to parents next week.
  • The last day of this Term for children will be Thursday 1 July (30 June for 4Y.O. Kindy)
  • Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on the morning of 2 July and parents will receive information on how to book an appointment during next week.


There appears to have been a significant increase in the number of vehicles dropping and picking up children by stopping in the street. I have written about this practice a number of times in the newsletter and acknowledge that it is not part of our jurisdiction. The safety of the children, however, is and this practice is placing them at significant risk of injury or perhaps even death. I have had reports from parents over the past week or so of very near misses when children have alighted from cars and almost been hit by other cars. I implore you to stop this practice as the potential consequences are unthinkable. Please make use of the drop off and pick up facility near the church. The few seconds you save are definitely not worth risking your children’s safety.

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If you have received or receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and would like to become an Altar Server, training will commence in June, date TBC. Please email or phone the parish With details of child’s name, parent/guardian name & contact phone number.

You will be contacted when a date has been set. or 9277 4094.



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Bree Jennings

Yr 5 Class Teacher


Walking School Bus - Friday Mornings @ Centenary Park (7.45am)

This is a parent run initiative with some planning and support from myself and other staff members. We are also looking to gauge from parents some other walking routes that might be of interest. For this to work we would need the help of parent helpers. Many thanks to Mrs Chua who has been helping with this initiative. If you would like your child to join the Walking School Bus on Friday mornings then please complete the form below. We are also looking for parent volunteers to help make the initiative a viable option for our school community.

Click on the link below - Walking School Bus Form

Fume Free Fridays

Notre Dame is looking to continue on from where we left off in term 1 to continue promoting active transport options at our school. ‘Fume Free Fridays’ will be our active travel day where students who choose to walk, ride, skate or scoot to school will receive a star card which will be punched by Year 6 helpers at the gates on Friday mornings. These cards will then be used to go into a prize draw at the end of the term. We are also working in conjunction with the Your Move team about some exciting initiatives available to our school through the ‘Term 2 Superboost’ promotion. We will keep the school community updated via the school newsletter.

Brett Webb

PE & Yr 6 Teacher


The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to ensure the canteen runs smoothly, so I would like to thank those parents who have given up their time to volunteer over the last couple of weeks, 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.

Kayleen McLean

Canteen Co-ordinator


Orders for uniform items are to be placed by emailing Mrs Danielle Lawrie ( The order form and price list are on the school website ( under "School Services."

Danielle Lawrie

Uniform Shop Coordinator


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 is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator



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 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.

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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


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)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222


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