Padbury CPS Newsletter

Issue #9 - 18 June 2021


Mercy: Be thoughtful, warm and respectful in all you do and say



Pupil Free Day - Friday 18 June

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


Dear Parents

Our PCPS Social Justice, Reach Out With Love, project is a wonderful opportunity for us all to reflect upon and be thankful for all that we have in our lives and to think about those who are less fortunate in our community. This year we are focussing our love on providing Winter Woollies for those in need in our local community. Please see the newsletter for further information. Your gifts of love will be very much appreciated by those who are in need.

Pre Kindy and Kindy 2022, 2023 enrolment interviews are currently taking place. If you have a child who is due for Pre Kindy or Kindy, please ensure that your application has been received by the office so that you have a place secured. If you have friends and neighbours with children in these age brackets, please encourage them to view our school website and submit an application.

Tuesday 2022 Pre Kindy is full. Due to the huge popularity of the programme, if we have enough numbers, we will commence a second Pre Kindy class on Thursdays from the beginning of the year. If you are interested in doing one or both days, please let Mrs Allen know in the office asap. If you have relatives, friends, neighbours who have a 3 yr old, please chat to them about coming on a school tour or direct them to our school website to find out more about our Pre Kindy programme.

The P&F Extraordinary Fathers League have organised a Poker and Sport Night for Saturday 19 June. It will run similar to the previous years with a few prizes, giveaways and lots of opportunities for dads to either play/watch some sport and get to know one another, especially new dads to our school. See the flyer in the newsletter for further information.

The Advisory Council (formerly called School Board) is currently working on a Master Plan for PCPS. Essentially the Master Plan provides an opportunity for the Advisory Council to think strategically long term and to align our school's vision and goals with the built form and provide reassurance of a clear and well-founded base for future direction.

As part of this Master Plan the Advisory Council is presently planning for some amendments to the Early Learning Centre, the school playgrounds and a welcome courtyard. Part of the Master Plan will also include future improvements such areas as minor upgrades to the classroom wet areas and Pre-primary toilets.

New look courtyard for families to meet and greet – We are very excited to be commencing work over the coming months on the construction of a beautifully landscaped space directly opposite the upper carpark. The new-look courtyard will include a beautiful mural which will breathe new life into the entrance of our Early Learning Centre and will also be transformed into a vibrant open space for all families to meet and greet.

The space will be an inviting area, offering shade, lighting, art and gardens for all our Padbury CPS families to enjoy. Design for this project started in mid-2020 in consultation with our Advisory Council and will continue into 2022. We thank them for their support and work in this area. Look out for further information and updates of this exciting project in our upcoming newsletters.

Outdoor learning nooks for our Early Years Centre - In recent years, there has been a great deal of research on the impact of outdoor learning in the early years and how it can improve emotional, intellectual and behavioural development. Based on this knowledge, we are very happy to announce another wonderful project coming to our Early Learning Centre in the coming months.

Outdoor learning nooks will be built into our verandas, outside the Kindy and Pre-Primary classrooms. These learning nooks will support our focus on early literacy and numeracy development, as well as allowing for further development of our children’s creativity, problem-solving, independence and overall confidence. Design for this project has commenced this year in consultation with our Advisory Council and will continue into 2022.


The Playground redevelopment is an exciting project for the entire school community but especially so for our children. I am pleased to announce that work will commence in the July school holidays, with various sections being completed in a few months to be enjoyed by the children this year! Some sections of the playground redevelopment will be concluded in the Christmas holidays. Whilst there will be redevelopments in both the Early Learning Centre and Junior playground area, there is a particular focus on the middle/upper playground area as this is currently an area lacking in quality playground spaces. Click on the video directly after my section to have a quick sneak peek at what is to come!

I would like to thank the P&F for their very generous contribution of $21,500 as well as a $23,200 election commitment from the office of Caitlin Collins MLA. Both amounts will assist us with the playground development.

On Friday 18 June, the teachers will be taking part in a professional development day with the focus being on Prayer, Early Childhood Education and Information Technology.

First semester reports will be sent electronically on Wednesday 30 June. The children have been working extremely hard and parents should be very proud of their achievements throughout the first half of the year. A reporting brochure of how to read the reports will be included with the report. Please do not hesitate to see your classroom teacher should you have any difficulties interpreting the report.

Just a reminder to parents that this is an eleven-week term and we have two more weeks of school left with holidays commencing on the 5 July.

Rug up and keep warm this weekend!

Kind regards

Mrs Margaret Williamson


New Playgrounds!



Reach Out With Love - Vinnies Appeal

‘Reach Out With Love' is our Christian service learning project encouraging our students to see the needs of others and act in the service of others. This year we are collecting winter items to be distributed by our local St. Vincent de Paul branch. Items we are collecting are:

  • Blankets
  • Winter Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Beanies

These items, in new condition, can be brought in to your child’s class and placed in the container provided until 1st July.’ Thank you for your support of those in need in the community.

Mrs Megan Woodall

Reach Out With Love Co Ordinator

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Semester 1 Reports will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage in Week 11 on Wednesday 30th June @ 3:30pm. This is for Pre-Primary to Year 6 families only.

A reminder that when accessing your child's reports on SEQTA Engage, you will have 2 reporting documents to read.

1. Formal academic report (PP-Year 6)

2. An Elaborations Document (Year 1-6 only) - These elaborations break down the Religious Education, English and Mathematics learning areas into a range of main outcomes under each of the different subject strands, and your child's progress against these outcomes is reported through a tick-box, indicating their level of achievement. Both documents will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage.

The picture with this Newsletter item shows that when you log in to SEQTA Engage, there are two documents to access Semester 1 Reports:

2021Semester 1 and

2021 Semester 1 Elaborations


It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's report at the end of this term. To do this go to the following site: and use your current username and password credentials.

If you have remembered your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your password” link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, please contact and we can remind you of your username.

Find out what is happening at PCPS!

A reminder that we have official school FaceBook and Instagram accounts for Padbury Catholic Primary School.

These accounts are a great way to follow what is happening in the school.

Although they are largely meant for promoting our wonderful school in the wider community, we know there are plenty of things that current parents would enjoy seeing on these accounts. If you have not yet, please follow us through the links below...

Thought for the Week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Mr Ryan von Bergheim & Mrs Loretta Hutcheson

Assistant Principals



EduDance is back for another year at PCPS and will take place in Term 3. This year EduDance class lessons will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students will need to wear their sports uniform on their EduDance day. Lessons will run from Weeks 1-9 (excluding Week 8). With a concert scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of Week 10 (more details about this will come out closer to the time).

The days are as follows:

Tuesdays- 1W, 2V, PPW, 5T, 4B, 6B, 3H & 3R

Fridays- 6WvB, 2PH, 5D, 1B, 4W & PPM

Mrs Alisia Tardrew

EduDance Coordinator


Our Musical finally has performance dates!

Performances will be held in Week 4 of Term 3 on the following dates in the school hall:

Thursday 12th August @6:30pm

Friday 13th August @6:30pm

Saturday 14th August @6:30pm

Musical tickets will go on sale on the following dates:

Week 10: Monday 21 June - Friday 25th June (families of students in the Musical only)

Week 11: Monday 28 June onwards (rest of the community).

A flyer will come home in the coming weeks with more details, including how to purchase tickets.

The students look forward to performing for the PCPS community!

Mrs Bastow & MR vB

Musical Directors

Lost Property

There is a range of Lost Property in front of the Green Space in the Amphitheatre. Please check to see if any belongs to your child. Any remaining lost property at the end of this term will be donated to charity or thrown out.

Choir News

🎶 Choir for Boys and Girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Tuesdays 8:15 in the hall.

🎶 Stick Rehearsal- Interested Year 6 Girls Wednesdays 8:15 in the hall.

Mrs Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher

School Website

A reminder that our school website has a wide range of information on it, and is a great place to find out a range of information about our school, including upcoming events -


Spotlight on: Literacy

Each Newsletter we will share some Curriculum updates with you to keep you up-to-date with what is happening curriculum-wise in our amazing school!


Since 2019 PCPS staff have been working on developing our Literacy blocks to ensure they are consistent throughout the whole school and that our teaching and learning programs align with best-practice and current theory in the area of Literacy teaching. We have done a huge amount of work in this area, with Staff Meetings, Professional Development days and external training dedicated to ensuring we are offering the best possible Literacy program to our students at PCPS.

You will notice we have uninterrupted dedicated Literacy blocks throughout the whole school:

Junior classes in the Morning block and Middle/Upper classes in the middle block. Each daily Literacy block contains a spelling, reading and writing session. These sessions are highly differentiated to ensure students of all ability levels are being catered for in each classroom.

We also have Mrs Holness and Mrs Tardrew as our Key Literacy Teachers. Both of these staff members are outstanding Literacy teachers and they are helping to lead the way with staff in this area.

It was very encouraging on a recent CEWA Literacy PD that Mrs Tardrew and I attended, that the CEWA Literacy consultants praised the Literacy work that has been achieved at PCPS since 2019 and recognised what we are doing throughout the school as well researched and 'best practice'. Our ongoing professional development in this area ensures PCPS remains a progressive and outstanding school, particularly in the crucial area of Literacy.


The Importance of Play

Unstructured play and play dates are so important for your children. I am not meaning organised sports or activities that maybe they do with a friend. I am talking about good old-fashioned play where they create and imagine and dream. Sometimes on their own and sometimes with a friend. This is so vital for our children on so many levels but unfortunately is something that so many kids are missing out on.

More and more often kids are detailing their overly organised lives outside of school and so often I am having kids tell me they have never been on a play date or had someone over to play. This means kids are missing out on opportunities to build friendships, learn about relationships, establish connections within their community and to just be a kid that gets to play creatively.

Please support your child’s friendships by ensuring they have regular playdates with their friends and please resist the temptation to organise these plays with structured activities. Let them experiment and learn together. This is one easy and guaranteed way you can support your child’s emotional and social development.

Mrs Ali Fisher

Social Worker



Congratulations to Hunter from Year 2 who has had her art piece selected and exhibited in the 2021 City of Joondalup Art Exhibition at Joondalup Shopping Centre. Her art piece has been purchased!

Well done Hunter!


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Parish Update

Saturday 5th June

Feast Day: St Boniface

Sunday 6th June

Feast Day: The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

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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Catholic School Parents WA 2021 Awards of Excellence

Please find attached the Catholic School Parents WA 2021 Awards of Excellence and Conference flyers. The Conference will take place on Saturday 7th August, with the Awards of Excellence and pre-Conference dinner being held on Friday 6th August.


NAIDOC Week - Heal Country, Heal Our Nation

The City of Joondalup is celebrating NAIDOC Week with some free events for children.

NAIDOC Week from Sunday 4–Sunday 11 July is an annual national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Join the City in celebrating and commemorating the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at one of the many NAIDOC events across the month of July, including theatre performance Bilya Kaatijin, presented by Yirra Yakkin Theatre Company.

Bilya Kaatijin (which means “Fresh Water Knowledge” in Noongar) is the fourth and final story in Yirra Yaakin’s Kaatijin series. Connecting stories from Noongar land (south-west Western Australia) to Wonguktha land (the northern Goldfields), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Kikuyu people of Kenya, Bilya Kaatijin teaches us about the importance of water to First Nations people around the world.

Journeying through global dreaming stories, the show teaches its audience about the importance of accepting others, the power of empathy and the impact of climate change to the land and the Noongar seasons.

Bilya Kaatijin

Saturday 3 July 2021

Session One 10.00am – 10.45am

Session Two 12.00noon – 12.45pm

Redmond Theatre

Prendiville Performing Arts Centre

Free, ticketed event

To register for tickets , visit

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