25 November 2021

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  • Forget Where’s Wally and Elf on the Shelf, from next Wednesday, the amazing Go Find Gabriel returns. Each day throughout December the Angel Gabriel will be appearing around our school and I encourage you all to be on the lookout to locate this very clever messenger for the birth of Jesus. I wonder where he will appear first!

  • A couple of years ago, Mrs Evangelista and her helpers created the most exquisite Advent Calendar which will be at the school gate each morning with a beautiful wreath circling the days of the month. Please take the time to check out all of the beautiful images that make up this wonderful school treasure.


Thank you to the staff and parents who attended the ACM on Tuesday evening. Reports were presented by the Chair of the School Advisory Council, the President of the P&F along with my Report, all of which covered the events of the 2021 school year. These will all be on the school website in the next week or so. The P&F have listed their committee members in their section of the newsletter.

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Thank you to all members of our community who have volunteered to serve on both groups, your support and guidance are truly appreciated.


The Year Six students had a session with the team from Elevate education this morning as part of their preparation for moving into High School next year. Below is an extract from their website which outlines their philosophy. I have spoken with the Year Six students and they have told me that they found the presentation very helpful.
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Thank you to the children in our School Choir who performed for the residents at Faulkner Park Retirement Village and Belmont Forum shopping centre yesterday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend either performance but have it on good authority that they performed very well and were a credit to our school. On Thursday of next week, the Choir will perform for the Notre Dame Church parishioners and then the residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Glendalough. It is wonderful to see our children sharing their talents with the wider community.


I can’t see what all of the excitement is about this event to be held tomorrow. Everyone gets covered in dye that ruins your clothes and takes days to get out of your hair and off your skin, but everyone just loves it. Hopefully I can manage to stay relatively colour free, but I doubt it!

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The classes are almost ready to entertain their families on Tuesday 7 December at 6.00pm. Families are welcome to bring along a picnic dinner to enjoy before the concert begins. Please take note of the following so that we may all have an enjoyable evening:

  • The children are to be in their classrooms by no later than 5.45pm so that the staff may get them organised before taking them to their allocated seating area.

  • The children will be sitting along the pavement outside the hall and the Year One classrooms so please do not sit in these areas.

  • There will be an area directly in front of the stage for the Kindergarten children to sit prior to their performance.

  • Immediately after the Kindergarten performance parents are invited to take their children to either sit with them for the remainder of the concert or to go home if it is felt that they are tired.

  • All other children are expected to stay with their teacher and class for the entire evening.

  • After each class performance, before the children leave the stage, three awards will be presented for each class.

  • After all class performances, Awards will be presented for Science, Music, Art, Library and Italian. Awards are not presented for Physical Education as children have already been acknowledged for their performance in this area at the various carnivals throughout the year.

  • An area will be roped off and only those on blankets are to sit in front of this. Those who wish to sit on chairs will need to sit behind the roped off area and bring their own chairs as no school chairs will be available to use.

  • For safety reasons the verandahs outside the upper Primary classes are not to be accessed during the concert.

  • The concert should take approximately one and a half hours.

  • At the end of the concert parents will be asked to collect their children from their seating area. No children will be permitted to leave unless a parent is there to collect them.
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St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Boxes have been placed at both entrances of the Church for donations of ‘in-code’ non-perishable food items for Christmas Hampers. Donations will be received up to 13 December 2021. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Bible Studies

Each Tuesday evening commencing at 6.00 pm in the Parish Centre.

Planned Giving Envelopes 2021 – 2022 Financial Year

The envelopes are available from the School side entrance of the Church. Please take the same number as last year and tick your name off. If you are taking a set for the first time, please write your name and contact details next to the number that you are taking. Direct Debit forms are also available. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish.

Live Christ Share Christ Seminar

Advent Preparation will be held on Saturday 27 (9.30 am – 12.00 noon) and Sunday 28 (11.00 am – 5.00 pm) November 2021. Come along and discover what it means to have Christ in your life.

Filipino Mass

Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church on Sunday 28 November 2021, commencing at 3.00 pm. Mass will be followed by fellowship in the Parish Centre.

Parish Morning Tea and Christmas Carols

This event will be held on Thursday 2 December 2021 in the Parish Centre, commencing at 9.00 am. Everyone welcome.

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

On Saturday 4 December 2021 after the 6.00 pm Mass and on Sunday 5 December 2021 after the 10.00 am Mass, a fundraising event has been organised to support the ETG Youth Conference. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



If you are selecting OPTION 2 SCHOOL PICK UP (paper form or online), please return your list to the school by tomorrow Friday 26 November, 2021

Please organise to collect your pre-packed bag from the School Library on 27 January 2022 from 12.15pm-1.00pm. Please note Uncollected pre-paid orders will remain at the school and uncollected unpaid orders will be returned to Ziggies Educational Supplies in Canning Vale.

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Wow what an exciting and busy term we have had in 3 Year old Kindy.

We are so glad the weather has improved so we can enjoy playing outside in the sunshine.

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Making towers with Duplo has been popular this term.
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We use our counting skills to count how high our towers were.

We loved “Outdoor classroom” day. After our initial mat session, we stayed outside the whole morning. We played, we had morning tea and even did our activities outside. It was so much fun we wish we could do it every day.

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We have been exploring some classic fairy tales; “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The Three Little Pigs”.

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We did some art work around these stories and are now learning to answer questions about the stories. We are so clever.

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The last few weeks we have been hard working little elves making special things for Christmas. It will be exciting to give them to our families.

We are looking forward to Christmas and the holidays. It is hard to believe the year has gone so quickly. The teachers are so proud of how much we have learnt and developed this year and will be sad to see us go to 4YO Kindy.

Mrs Millard, Miss Jufferman & Miss Watkins


This term we have been painting, talking and sharing about what we did in the holidays. We did a variety of different activities but everyone enjoyed their time at home or on short holidays away. After painting or drawing what we did in our holidays, the teachers recorded what we said for sharing with the class. Talking or oral language is a very important part of our literacy activities as we learn so much this way.

During numeracy activities we have looked at number stories and used The Doorbell Rang story as a sharing activity with cookies.

We have been counting with larger numbers and trying to count higher than we have been able to before.

We also made patterns which repeated, starting with simple patterns then moving to more complex patterns using a variety of materials.

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During integrated studies, we explored Aboriginal Education through songs, stories, painting and craft activities. We played with story stones which had symbols on them as well as black, red and yellow play dough.

We joined together for a NAIDOC week liturgy as well as art activities around the Rainbow Serpent story and the Aboriginal flag.
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During Religious Education we read stories and wondered about baby Jesus and what he was like. We brought in baby photos to display, guess and compare. Many were easy to guess but some were harder.

We recently celebrated our Kindy Liturgy with Father Quynh, Mr Winsor and some parents attending.

Our theme was “We Give Thanks to God” and we also sang ‘A Gift to You’ and ‘Thank You Lord For Making Me.’

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We eagerly await Wednesdays as we all enjoy Makerspace activities. We design, construct, share and discuss our constructions and share what we have done with our families on Seesaw. We use plastic cogs and other items to build our Monkey Islands, wooden magnetic block to make a variety of buildings, the cubetto playset, box construction and Knex plastic construction.

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We look forward to our last weeks in kindy and also Christmas and eagerly await what next year will bring in Pre-Primary.

Mrs Harland and Mrs Hawthorne.


Sponsorship money and donations are due back by Friday 3 December. Prizes will be drawn on Monday 6 December at assembly.
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Brett Webb

P.E & Year 6 Teacher


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


School Banking is held every Thursday from 8.00am in the library.

Barbara Jamieson

School Banking Coordinator


Free access to the ySafe Cyber Safety Hub

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Following on from the student, teacher and parent sessions held on Monday 8th November, all Notre Dame parents/carers now have access to the ySafe Cyber Safety Hub for a whole year. To access the hub, please use this link: No passwords required.

You will find a range of information and resources, including:

Parent Advice:

  • Cyber Safety Guides
  • Dealing with Issues
  • Creating a Safe Home

  • Cyber Safety Tech:
  • Setting up Parental Controls
  • Guides (Google Safe Search, YouTube Restricted Mode)

App and Game Reviews:

  • Including Among Us, Call of Duty, Facebook, Fortnite, Discord, Messenger, Minecraft, Roblox, YouTube and much more.

Colour Run Lapathon

When: Friday 26th November

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Where: Miles Park

Fundraising for upgrades to the Nature Playground. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who have volunteered to assist on the day.

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Annual Community Meeting

On Tuesday 23rd November 2021, the Notre Dame P&F had their Annual Community Meeting and have elected the Committee for 2022. Thank you to all of those who nominated for positions.

  • President: Nicole Beresford
  • Vice President: Joanna Barber
  • Secretary: Rebecca Blomfield
  • Treasurer: Julian Twohig
  • P&F Representative to the School Advisory Council: Julian Twohig
  • Class Representative Coordinator: Michelle Carberry

Night Market 2022

Friday 11th February 2022 (Week 2)

Food trucks, silent disco, bouncy castles.

****If you are interested in hosting a food stall, please contact Nicole Beresford via email by week 9 of term:****

All vendors need to have a registered food business and public liability insurance.

Quiz Night Fundraiser Update

All invoices have now been paid and the total amount raised was almost $12,000!!! This will go towards playground upgrades, in addition to any profits made from the Colour Run. Thank you so much again to our amazing and supportive school community.

Nicole Beresford

P&F President


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It's normal for our kids to experience anxiety from time to time...

Dr Kaylene Henderson - Child Psychiatrist shares more as she explains the types of anxiety that is present in children, find out more here:

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As parents, we can sometimes find ourselves comparing our kids journey to other children or feel worried when other parents make comments. It's so important to learn not to fixate on what your child can't or can't yet do, and focus on their potential. It is not anyone else's business to judge your child on their progress and development. Read this blog post to learn more!

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Many parents dangle the ‘digital carrot’ to entice kids to behave or motivate their behaviour, or ban the gaming console, or the TV as a form of punishment. Dr Kristy explain whether we should use screens as a reward and/or punishment tool, without making you feel guilty if this is what you’re currently doing. You’ll understand why using screen-time to reward behaviour is only effective in the short-term and how it alters your relationship with your child. This video will also help you to appreciate why punishing kids with screens can have detrimental consequences.
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We hope you have a wonderful week!

The ParentTV Team


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Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, drums and keyboard group lessons during this school term. 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


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Mercedes College | A College for every girl in the heart of your city!

We have limited places available in all year groups for 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit the Mercedes website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.


Cloverdale School Dental clinic is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Our phone number is 9479 7222.

Our last day will be Thursday 16th December 2021, we will reopen Monday 31st January 2022.

If you have an emergency during this break, the Mt Henry Clinic, 43 Mt Henry Rd, Salter Point, will be open during all work days from 8:15 am to 4:30pm, Mon to Friday. Their phone number is 9313 0552.

Loose teeth are NOT deemed an emergency. Please encourage children to wobble their loose teeth until they fall out on their own. Some loose teeth tighten up again, then loosen. Cloverdale School clinic is a very busy centre, and we really appreciate your patience with waiting for appointments. Please contact us should you have any queries.

Best wishes for a relaxed and safe school holidays

Sharon, Daniela, Tess, Megan, Phyllis, Elle and Nina

Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff

180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)

Cloverdale 6105

Ph: 9479 7222