28 April 2022

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Dear Parents and Staff

As I welcome you back to school, I am optimistic that there may be a small glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel in our ongoing journey with COVID 19. The Health Minister’s announcement earlier this week that restrictions would be relaxed is great news for all of us and will allow our school activities to return to being much more community based with different Year levels permitted to join together and parents allowed to attend events. This has been a long time coming and I pray that we all remain safe and continue to enjoy the freedoms associated with living in our great country that we remember so fondly.

Please, though, don’t let the light that we see be on a locomotive heading towards us!


As per the most recent government announcement, the wearing of masks at school will not be mandatory for parents, students or staff from tomorrow. Whilst this is the mandate, community members are welcome to continue with the practice of wearing a mask if they wish.


Yesterday our Year Four students attended their Retreat Day conducted by 24/7 School Ministry as the commencement of their journey towards receiving their First Holy Communion on the weekend of 18 & 19 June. Please remember to keep these students, their families and their teachers in your prayers at this most significant time.


Tomorrow, at 9.00am, we have the first of our Merit Assemblies for the Term and next week we will be entertained by Year 6 (Thursday) and Year 2M (Friday) as they present their performance Assemblies. We are so pleased that parents will be able to join us for our Assemblies and look forward to you sharing in your children’s great achievements.


The lifting of restrictions has also allowed us to proceed with our Mothers’ Day Breakfast and Liturgy of the Word next Wednesday. If you are able to attend, please fill in and return the flyer that has been sent home with the eldest child from each family today.


It gives me great pleasure to welcome the following staff to our Notre Dame Community and I wish them much happiness and success in their new roles.

  • Renee Miller, yesterday, commenced Drama classes with the 4 Y.O. Kindergarten to Year Two classes. Each class will receive a one hour lesson per week throughout this Term with the Year Three to Six classes joining in the fun in Term 3.
  • Hayley Dunn joins us teaching the Year 4M class on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Sandy Thet, who currently works in OSHC, joins the 3 Y.O. Kindy team on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Madeleine Sy has had her EA role in Year 1P extended for the remainder of the year.
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As part of our ongoing process of improvement, our school and Leadership will be reviewed during next week. This is a very involved process which sources information from all staff, students, Fr Quynh, the School Advisory Council and The Parents’ and Friends’ Association. The Review Panel, consisting of peer Principals and representatives from the Catholic Education Office, will be here from Monday to Wednesday to examine our policies, processes and performance to guide us in our forward planning.

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We have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break and have returned wearing our Winter uniforms for the first time.

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On our first day back this term we commemorated ANZAC Day with the school in the Mother Mary Piazza. We made our poppies last term and they were joined with poppies from every class and placed around the Piazza. Briannah and Nekiyah placed a poppy with the others on behalf of Year 1.

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We have only been back a few days and have already learnt many things about a narrative. Did you know that a narrative is a story that needs characters, a setting, a problem and a solution? We have also learnt that is it important to sequence the things that happen in the story – this means putting events in the order that they happened. We plan to discuss our favourite fairy tales and help each other work out the characters, setting, problem and solution in each of them.

We look forward to writing our own narratives throughout the term!

Miss McKinlay and Ms Carlton


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


Canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


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Congratulations to all of the winners of the Easter Raffle and thank you to everyone who supported it. We raised close to $1200 which is amazing.

School Holiday catch ups

We hope that families were able to catch up over the school holidays and make use of the P&F contribution towards coffees! We appreciate the Class Representatives coordinating this on behalf of the P&F.

Now that restrictions have been lifted, we hope to start planning some more P&F social events over the rest of the year. We’ll keep you posted after our next P&F meeting (10th May).

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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.

Nicole Beresford




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