27 May 2021

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Dear Parents and Staff

We certainly learnt just how reliant we are upon technology as we started our week with a power outage in the area around our school. Whilst prepared for a “normal” week at school, the staff needed to quickly adapt lessons to be “old school” with pens, pencils and paper. Fortunately, they did this without disruption to the teaching programmes and the children received quality teaching throughout the electricity blackout. Everyone, however, was very happy when the power came back on early in the afternoon. Thank you to everyone who contributed to maintaining as normal a day as possible, particularly the canteen staff who needed to think laterally to provide lunches under difficult circumstances.


Finally, after weeks of preparation and waiting, many of our children will be receiving Jesus for the first time as they make their First Communion this weekend. Normally when receiving this Sacrament, the children are given the option to receive both the bread (Body) and wine (Blood) or either of these. Due to COVID 19 restrictions they are only able to receive the bread in the form of the Host. As stated in the The General Instruction of The Roman Missal decreed at the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (Item 282)

Above all, they should instruct the Christian faithful that the Catholic faith teaches that Christ, whole and entire, and the true Sacrament, is received even under only one species, and consequently that as far as the effects are concerned, those who receive under only one species are not deprived of any of the grace that is necessary for salvation.

Therefore, whilst receiving the Host only, the children will fully receive Jesus and His love for them.

Please keep all our First Communicants, their families and their teachers in your prayers at this very special time.


We experienced the most glorious weather yesterday for our Faction Cross Country Carnival for students in Years Three to Six. I spent most of the morning at various points around the track and was impressed by the children’s determination and focus. Congratulations to Mr Brett Webb who organised this very successful event and to all of the parents and staff who assisted with the Carnival.


I’m always so impressed with how hard the children are working and the fun they are having when I visit the Pre-Primary classes so, I’m very excited about what PPP have in store for us at tomorrow morning’s Assembly. They will be joined by their Year 4P buddies and up to two members from each child’s family. The other classes won’t miss out though as the performance will be live-streamed to them.


I am aware that there has been some angst expressed by parents regarding the use of downstairs toilets before and after school. These toilets are registered for use by the OSHC during these times and it is mandatory that they are locked and only opened by a member of the OSHC staff when they accompany a child to them. The upstairs toilets are available for all other students and community members to use both before and after school should the need arise. This use includes children who may need to change for sport training or dance rehearsals and should be used in preference to changing in classrooms.

I understand that this causes some difficulties however, the regulations governing OSHC are stringent and we must comply with them.


It’s not too late to register for this great event. Please see the information in the P&F section of the newsletter for specific details.

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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.

Anniversary Celebration

In this important anniversary year, I attended a national Mass for the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia celebrated on 24 May 2021. The well attended Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral brought together many schools from across the Perth metropolitan area to celebrate this significant milestone.

Today, Catholic education in Australia has grown to 1 755 Catholic schools educating 777 000 students and employing 100 000 teachers and staff. An amazing achievement.

Parish First Holy Communion

To be celebrated in the Notre Dame Parish, Saturday 29 May 2021 at 6.00 pm Vigil,

Sunday 30 May 2021 at 10.00 am, and Sunday 13 June 2021 at 10.00 am Mass.
Please keep the children in your prayers as they make their final preparation.

Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One

Plenary Council Prayer Campaign: People across the country are invited to participate in the “Fan the Flame” prayer campaign leading up the first assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. The assembly starts on 3 October 2021. For further information and resources

Pilgrim Statues

If you wish to have one of ‘Our Lady’s statue’ visit your home for a week.

Please contact Sandra Robinson on 0405 117 138.

Bible Studies

This event is held each Tuesday evening, commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.

Parish Raffle – Outdoor Garden Statue

Tickets 3 for $5.00 are available after Mass from school side entrance. Drawn end of May. Proceeds of raffle to Parish Building Fund. Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council




We were fortunate enough to attend a performance put on by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. The performance was called Bilya Kaatijin which means “Fresh Water Knowledge” in Noongar. It connected stories from the Noongar land, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Kikuyu people of Kenya to teach us about the importance of water to First Nations people around the world.

It was fun to watch and contained lots of important messages. We are looking forward to learning more about Aboriginal culture during Reconciliation Week and during our Aboriginal unit next term.

“My favourite part was when the birds went to Africa and she met her cousin and the mean pig because it was funny. I liked the pranks.” Sophia S 3P

“My favourite part was the acting and it was funny. I liked it when they went to New Zealand and they were singing the songs from Moana.” Isabel 3P

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During technology we have read the book Mechanica by Lance Balchin. It tells a story set in the future where animals have been wiped out due to pollution and global warming. Humans then build robotic versions of animals to live in the environment. We then designed and built our own Mechanica animals that have specific purposes to help humans and the planet.

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In Religion we have been learning about the Eucharist. Mrs Pethick and Miss Horne took us to the church for a special religion lesson where we learnt about the sacred objects in the sanctuary. We have also learnt about the mystery of the bread and the wine becoming the body and blood of Christ. We are now more aware that when God’s family celebrates the Mass, and receives communion, it remind us that Jesus is always with us.

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We completed our first set of NAPLAN tests this term. We wrote a narrative and then used our iPad to complete a reading, language conventions and numeracy test. We are very grateful for all of our teachers from Kindy to Year 3 who have helped us to prepare for NAPLAN. Miss Horne and Mrs Pethick were very impressed with the calm and focussed attitude of all of the Year 3 when taking the tests.

Mrs Pethick and Miss Horne


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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.


Thank you to the students on Monday for understanding about having to swap their favourite lunch orders for fresh sandwiches due to the power outage and for being so patient while we tried to sort out how to cater for them during our unique situation. To the staff who helped think outside the square to access online orders and for helping with the preparation of the orders a HUGE THANK YOU.

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

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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



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On behalf of our P&F and school community we warmly invite you to attend a friendly catch up and brainstorming evening at The Belmont Tavern on Wednesday 2nd June from 7pm.

We would love to see some new faces who bring new ideas on how we can better support our children and our school community.

Please come down, share a drink and have a chat - we really would love to see you there. For more information please contact Nicole Beresford, P&F President on

Nicole Beresofrd




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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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