Padbury CPS Newsletter

Issue #11 - 23 July 2021


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.


Dear Parents

Welcome to Term Three. I hope that the children had a great break from all their hard work at school and enjoyed spending time with their family and friends. As I visited all the classrooms this week it was wonderful to see the children delving into their work, ready to start a brand-new term. We look forward to many exciting events at PCPS. Please continue to refer to the electronic school calendar, school website, school Facebook, PCPS Instagram and newsletter for important information which is regularly shared with the community.

Please keep the Year Four children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist in August at Our Lady of the Missions church. Please see the Religious Education section of the newsletter for dates and further information.

Our Pre Kindy programme is very popular and we are inviting applications for Thursday sessions this term. If you have a child who is 3 years old or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact Mrs Ellen at the office for further details.

Our inaugural Musical Production The Amazing Adventures of Super Stan, is proving to be a big hit with hundreds and hundreds of tickets sold for the 12-14 August. Our Musical Directors Mrs Bastow and Mr VB are in final preparations and are being ably assisted by Mrs Cusack, Mrs Carter and Mrs Tardrew, who are co ordinating the singing and dance moves for the production. Mrs Barry is assisting with backstage and with props and Mrs Hutcheson is looking after the Candy Store. Our young actors and actresses are putting in a huge amount of rehearsal time and are so keen to show off their talents! We have even invited some of our neighbouring Catholic schools to come along to a matinee session.

The P&F has many exciting events this term and I look forward to seeing you at the Ladies Market, Bogan Bingo and Father's Day Breakfast. We also have Sausage Sizzles continuing this term and the Car Space raffle as well.

Due the our very rainy July our new look welcome courtyard for families was not able to be started in the holidays as the artist needs dry days to commence her work. Keep an eye out during the term for this exciting project!

Have you been checking our PCPS Instagram, School Facebook Page and Newsletter for clues as to what is coming in our new Playgrounds?

I am pleased to announce that work commenced in the holidays! One part of the playground will be completed within the next two weeks while the larger component of the playground development will take most of this term to complete. The children are so excited and keeping guessing as to what is coming!

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Playground Committee which consists of the Leadership Team, Mr Hignett (staff member), Casey Gallagher and Cathie Farrell (Parent Reps) and Gianni Da Rui (Advisory Council Member). Their valued input, insights and expertise has been invaluable.

We also had great Student Voice for the playground development with our Student Playground Group and classroom brainstorming ideas providing many ideas and suggestions on what they would most like to see and enjoy at PCPS. A big thankyou to our children for their contributions.

Padbury CPS is a school of choice in the area and as such we want to tell everyone about our amazing school community. For the past three years we have been running school tours twice a term and encourage prospective families to come a take a look at what we have to offer. If you know of anyone looking to start school or someone who wishes to change school, please encourage them to visit our school website and book into one of these school tours.

Have a lovely weekend and keep warm.

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson




First Holy Communion Update

First Holy Communion for our Year 4's is slowly approaching. Some dates to be aware of below:

  • Commitment Masses - Weekend of 31 July/1 August
  • Parent/Child Workshops - Mon 2 - Wed 4 August (Times TBC).
  • First Holy Communion Sacramental Masses - Weekend of 21/22 August

Year 4 Teachers will email out more information after their meeting with Fr Cyp and the Parish Sacramental Coordinator on Monday of Week 2.

Message from the Parish -

The parish community very much looks forward to celebrating First Holy Communion this August with our Padbury and Whitford Catholic Primary schools.

For the safety and comfort of everyone, we are placing a cap on how many FHC candidates can attend each of the scheduled Masses. Obviously, this may not accommodate every family’s needs/requirements.

We ask that you work cooperatively with your school in regards to the allocation process.

The good news is, there will be no restriction on how many guests a family can bring to their child’s FHC Mass; provided there are no Covid-19 restrictions and or concerns at the time.

We thank you for all your understanding and support in this matter. Wishing you the very best as you prepare for FHC.

Kind regards & God Bless

Brigid Fredericks

Sacramental Co-ordinator

Our Lady of the Mission Church

Thought for the Week

The term ahead is shaping up to be the biggest yet - with Carnivals, Musical production, First Communion, multiple new playgrounds and so much more! PCPS is an amazing place to be! Have a wonderful term ahead!

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals

Pastoral Care


Congratulations to the van Wyk family (Joshua 2V) on the arrival of their beautiful little girl, Alexia Joy.


Condolences go to the Carlyon family (Blaine Yr6) on the sad loss of Adam, one of our beautiful dads at PCPS. Our prayers, thoughts, love and support are with you all.



Our Musical tickets have been COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! Due to popular demand, we have released a small number of extra seats.

The cast looks forward to showcasing the musical in Week 4!

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Choir News....Save the Date

Our school choir from Years 4, 5 and 6 is participating in the One Big Voice Festival, held at RAC Arena on Friday, August 20, commencing at 12:30pm. Parents, carers, grandparents and friends are invited to attend this festival. Ticket sales will be purchased through RAC Arena Ticketek.

Please regularly check Seesaw for further information regarding ticket sales and where our choir is placed for best tickets.


Learning Support Programme at PCPS

Over the last couple of years the Leadership Team in collaboration with the staff have worked extensively to develop a streamlined, progressive and research evidence based Learning Support programme. Prior to 2019 there were only two learning Support programmes that catered for Year 1 & 2 students only, which means only a small number of students were targeted with intervention. There was no learning support for Yr 3-6. Since 2019 this has changed dramatically and we are now providing learning support school wide, catering for students across Years 1-6, to ensure an equitable approach to learning support, and to cater for the needs of all students throughout our school.

Padbury Catholic Primary School believes all children can learn and succeed. We provide a range of learning support programs that enable individual students experiencing challenges in their learning with Mathematics and Literacy, to reach their full potential. These include:

- Differentiated Curriculum
- Individual Education Plans
- Learning Support Programs

Educational Learning Support is based upon data analysis and the needs of the individual child. At Padbury Catholic Primary data may be derived from NAPLAN, regular standardised testing, Learning Support testing, classroom assessments, psych reports and therapist reports.

Whenever there is a concern teachers complete a Managing Student Concerns Profile. This is then discussed with the Leadership Team. A meeting occurs with parents to gather further background information and make them aware of the school concerns. The Leadership Team collaborates with the teachers, CEWA consultants and external agencies (when necessary) to determine an action plan which may include:

· Feedback and recommendations to class teacher

· Referral to external agencies such as Speech/ OT/ Paediatrician

· Referral to Child Development Services

· Consultation with CEWA Students with Disability Consultant

· Social Work / counselling intervention

· Developing a behaviour support plan

· Psychometric assessment by CEWA non-government psychologist

· Other interventions as per recommendations from external agencies

The class teacher then meets with the parents to discuss the action plan and recommended strategies.

Differentiated Classroom Programs
Within the classroom, teachers develop and implement programs that are tailored to individual needs. We use flexible groupings, technology, visual timetables and scaffolded supported learning. It is not unusual to have Educational Assistants supporting the teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers use a range of assessment tools, including standardised testing to identify what students know and where a student may require support.

Short-term and targeted intervention, with flexible entry and exit points is supported by excellent classroom instructors. This involves a combination of high-quality classroom teaching and intensive small-group intervention lessons, enabling learners to make accelerated progress where possible.

Individual Education Plans
Classroom teachers, in collaboration with families, external agencies, the Leadership Team and Learning Support Teachers, implement environmental and / or curriculum adjustments which are designed to support the child achieve their individual goals.

Learning Support
Classroom teachers work closely with the Leadership Team and Learning Support Teachers, to provide scaffolded support and extra assistance which aims to meet individual needs.

Learning Support takes a variety of forms:

· Teacher support - identifying specific learning needs of individual students; assistance in implementing environmental and / or curriculum adjustments, strategies and programs.

· Small groups or individual students may be withdrawn during the course of the week to participate in further scaffolded and sequential learning intervention activities. These groups are fluid and are identified through teacher assessment, learning support assessment and Staff Case Management Meetings. They may change as the learning needs of the students change.

· Working with the student's support network, often consisting of CEWA educational support consultants, teachers, therapists, school psychologist and parents, to ensure facilitation of processes and strategies to maximise learning opportunities for students.

The Learning Support program may operate both in the classroom and / or Learning Support rooms, thus providing a purposeful learning environment that is able to cater for a variety of learning styles and needs.

Literacy Support

At Padbury Catholic Primary School we believe that the earlier a difficulty is identified via processes such as Kindergarten screening, Speech Therapy and On Entry Data, the better the student with additional needs can participate meaningfully within the school community.

OLI (Online Literacy Interview) is a programme designed to assess students in Pre-Primary and can assist with:

· assessing the progress of students in literacy, numeracy and phonological awareness.

· analysing individual student work and providing data to indicate in which areas students are achieving or underachieving.

· predicting future performance in order to identify and monitor individual students who might benefit from early intervention.

Observation Surveys are completed individually for all students Years 1 during Term 1. Additionally, all new students in Year 2 and those who have been identified as requiring additional support are assessed using the Observation Surveys.

The Observation Survey incorporates six literacy tasks, all of which are necessary for describing a young child’s emerging reading and writing behaviours.

They include: Letter Identification; Burt Word Test; Concepts about Print; Writing Vocabulary; Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words and Text Reading.

Observation Surveys are also completed for children in Year 3 with a reading level of 19 or lower.

MiniLit is an evidence-based, explicit and effective early literacy intervention program for teaching reading skills to children who fall in the bottom 25% of the expected range for their age group in Year 1 or Year 2.

MacqLit is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers. It is ideal for students who fall in the bottom 25% of a standardised reading test or curriculum-based measure, and who have particular difficulties in the area of word recognition.

This program is specifically aimed at struggling readers in Year 3 – Year 6.

It provides teachers with a comprehensive sequence of lessons that includes all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a small group, supplementary intervention program designed to support students who are experiencing difficulty in meeting their year level achievement goals. The aim of the intervention is to help students to meet year level targets in literacy.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language. At Padbury Catholic Primary School many of our Learning Support Programs are suited for children with Dyslexia.

This year we have introduced Sounds Write an additional intervention program. This program is a highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing utilising a linguistic phonic approach. It teaches the skills, conceptual knowledge and code knowledge that are essential for learning to read and spell successfully.

The Sounds Write program is currently being trialled for beginning readers in Year 1, with the aim to develop this well-developed synthetic phonic program as an intervention program for older students where appropriate.

Numeracy Support

The Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI) is a one-on-one conversation between teacher and student that features a number of numeracy-based activities. All Year One and those children not reaching the year level benchmark in Year Two, are individually tested in Term One of each year. Data from these assessments can be used by teachers to pinpoint a student’s progress in Mathematics.

Mathematics Recovery small group work is run with students from Year One to Year Two who require support with key concepts in early numeracy skills. Children are actively involved in ‘hands on’ mathematical learning. They use equipment to assist in developing mathematical knowledge, share and listen to the learning of their peers and reflect on and record their understandings in a supportive, fun and challenging environment.

We have mathematics support through our Maths Recovery Programmes in Year 3-6.

Intensive learning opportunities, including a small group intervention led by a Specialist Teacher, are provided to students who are not meeting the year level benchmark. Programs provided cater for individual/groups specific needs and strategies used are based upon a research-based intervention approach, enhancing mathematical understanding through rich mathematical experiences.

Please speak with your classroom teacher, Learning Support Teachers or one of the Leadership Team should you require further information.

Mrs Margaret Williamson


Extension Programmes at PCPS

Spotlight on some elements

The Extension Programs at Padbury are designed based on the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, mainly focussing on Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities and Ethical Understanding. Each program is specifically targeted to facilitate skill building from these Capabilities and allow students to demonstrate their acquisition.

Students are explicitly taught what these skills are and how to develop them. They are then guided to practise these skills while receiving targeted feedback to move them along the continuum. Students are then given the opportunity to demonstrate their level of skill development through a final assessment or task.

The topic/subject/theme of each program varies depending on student interest, student need or access to current stimuli, so each year, the program can look very different. This works because the content is not the key component of the program, rather, the skills are the focus.

Below are some examples of topics that have been covered in Extension classes.

Philosophy and Passion Projects

Students learn all about philosophy and how to ask big, open questions and then discuss their perspectives and thoughts with each other, based on supplied stimuli or matters that are of interest to them. Some examples of stimuli include picture books, clips, current events and pieces of art.

Students may discover how relatively tiny sub-atomic particles are and how enormously large major components of our universe are, or how different children over our world live their day to day lives.

They then have the opportunity to ask deep questions about these concepts and explore their own developing understanding with the group.

This process leads on to Passion Project students might complete in the upper years. Given stimuli in, for example, the areas of STEM or Global Citizenship, students will develop their ability to identify issues that need solving, ask investigation questions, devise how such questions might be answered, conduct research, and combine the findings with their own informed opinion or perspective to answer their inquiry.

Breakout Challenges

Students are invited to ‘escape’ from digital and physical Breakout Box challenges before being guided to design and build their own for their peers to experience.

Breakout Box challenges are mental and physical adventure-based games in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives and unlock the locks.

The students have to make connections, use their logic and reasoning skills, and test and modify when seeking solutions and acting.


PCPS has recently upgraded their robots from Lego Mindstrom NXT to Lego Mindstorm EV3 for the Extension Robotics Program.

Students in Years 5 and 6, who show and interest or aptitude for Robotics, are invited to participate in the program.

Students build and modify their robots before using computers or iPads to program their robot to perform tasks.

Students have the opportunity to devise their own challenges and solve them by applying their creative problem solving skills during the free-programming sessions. Examples of possible challenges are: to program the robot to move around an obstacle course; to walk; to hit a ball; or to start or stop the robot using the sound sensor, ultrasonic sensor or colour sensor.

As a final activity, the students may be given a robot scouting mission where they have to program their outer space exploring robot to bypass hazardous terrain and arrive safely in a hangar.

We are continually reviewing our Extension program, at PCPS and introducing new elements. Keep an eye out in future newsletters for other spotlights highlighting different elements.

Mrs Remigio

Extension program Teacher


A new term a new you! 5 ways to live a fully charged life.

The start of a new term is always a good time to try something new. Check out the 5 tips from the Big Life Journal (below).

Just a reminder that I am available at school on a Monday and Tuesday to support our school community. Please feel free to pop in, phone or send me an email

Ali Fisher

Social Worker

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Parish Update

2021-22 RCIA Program: This program starts on 22nd August and runs every Thursday in the parish centre at 7.30pm. Those interested to contact parish office or contact the coordinator, Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517

Adult Faith Formation: The parish is running a four-week course entitled ‘Created in the image of God; an introduction to Christian Anthropology’ The course runs for four Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the parish centre starting on 28th July ending on August 18th.

Parish & schools combined Carols by candlelight: We are still keen to go ahead with this event on December 9th at 6.00pm on the oval and still in discussions.

FYI: There will be an African liturgical performance at 11.00am Mass on Sunday, 1st August during FHC commitment Mass which I ask we encourage more families to attend if they want.

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 :

Vinnies Support Centre

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MBA Sports will be returning for our After School Club once again next term. Same time, same place, head to their website to secure your place.