5 August 2021

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Dear Parents and Friends

Yesterday afternoon we received the news that a “weak positive” COVID-19 result had been returned by a FIFO worker. Whilst, at this stage, there does not appear to be any transmission of the virus, events such as this are a constant reminder of the need for all of us to remain vigilant and maintain high hygiene levels. I wonder how many of us are still washing our hands for the length of time that it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

Western Australia remains the envy of most of the world, when the diagnosis of one case of the virus attracts our attention, considering there are so many places where tens of thousands are still being diagnosed daily. It is only natural for us to be thankful for our good fortune, but it is also important to ensure that we don’t forget the dire circumstances and suffering that exists in so many other places. Let’s remember to keep all of these people in our thoughts and prayers.


This Sunday is the Feast Day of our first Australian Saint Mary Mackillop. Born on 15 January 1842, Mary had a passion for educating the poor and established her first school in Penola South Australia in 1866. She was a woman of great character and, though confronted by many in the church hierarchy, never wavered from her mission. She has been the inspiration for the many Sisters and Lay staff who have followed in her footsteps and her legacy is as strong today as ever. Mary died on 8 August 1909 which is why her Feast Day is celebrated on this day.

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Our Confirmation candidates make their final commitment at Masses over the weekend before receiving the Sacrament on Saturday 28 August. Please remember these children and their families in your prayers.


You may see staff wearing scrunchies and wrist/armbands made of material with Aboriginal art on them throughout next week. This is part of our commitment to the First Nations peoples of Australia and the significance of their role, past present and future, in developing our wonderful country. The children will also be completing a range of activities within their classes in recognition of this contribution.


Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to drop into the P&F Disco last Friday evening but, by all accounts the children all had a great time with their friends. There are photos and a report in the P&F section of the newsletter.


The Australian census on 10 August 2021 will provide a snapshot of who Australians are and what is important to us. The census is a key tool that government uses to determine how organisations, schools, church ministries and community groups are prioritised, funded and empowered to best operate in our State.

If your faith is important to you or if you identify with Christian values, please use your voice in the Australian census when asked your religion.

This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the significance of faith-based families in our West Australian community and will support endeavours to secure equitable access to opportunities and resources.


The school Leadership Team will be away from school from Wednesday to Friday of next week participating in a Presentation Schools Conference. Ms Julie Carlton and Mrs Linda Harland will be in charge during this time, and they will be able to contact us should the need arise.


Our very active and supportive P&F will be holding this fundraising event on Saturday 11 September and are seeking the support of our community in donating prizes for the event. Please see the information in their section of the newsletter which outlines ways that you may assist them.

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I hope all staff and students have enjoyed the beginning of Term 3.

Take care during this continuing difficult time of COVID-19 as it remains a disturbing national pandemic.

Year One Assembly

Congratulations to the Year 1M students on their very enjoyable Assembly held on 30 July 2021. Thank you to the Year 1M staff for their work in preparing the students for their Assembly.

St Vinnies Winter Appeal

Boxes have been placed at both Church entrances for donations of blankets and in-code non-perishable food items. Donation envelopes are also available. These can be placed in the second collection basket during Mass. Thank you for your ongoing support for the St Vincent De Paul Belmont Conference.

Soup and Bingo Night

This event will be held on Saturday 14 August 2021 in the Parish Centre after the 6.00 pm Mass. Choice of three soups, bread roll and sweets. Games of bingo included. BYO drinks. Price is $15.00 per person. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 9277 4094.

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.

Archdiocesan Marriage Mass

Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth at 10.00 on 28 August 2021. A blessing will be bestowed on married couples attending the Mass. If you are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year: 10, 25, 30, 40, 50 or more and would like a commemorative certificate as part of the celebration, please register at before 19 August 2021.

Dr George Sekulla JP


Notre Dame Parish Council



Wow, Term 3 is set to be the busiest term in Year 3 yet! On top of all of our regular learning we are very grateful to have the opportunity to participate in so many extra curricular activities and showcase our many gifts and talents.


This term we have commenced our Religious Education Unit on Baptism. We are exploring how baptised people are guided by God’s family, the Church. We have learnt how stories of Jesus are found in the New Testament section of the bible. We read about Jesus being baptised in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and completed an activity where we were pretending to be an eye witness, reporting details of the event to a friend.

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Performing Arts

We have been working very hard during our music lessons to prepare for the Catholic Performing Arts concert in week 6. With the help of Mr Loiacono and Mrs Evans, we are learning two songs that we will sing at St Benedict's Church in front of other schools.


In HASS this term, we are learning about Aboriginal people and their culture. There is no written language for Aboriginal People, so in order to convey their important cultural stories, they use symbols and icons through their artwork. We have used these symbols to create and draw simple stories, which we then recorded verbally. The Aboriginal people believe in the Dreaming which explains how things have come to be. We have enjoyed listening to many Dreaming stories such as The Rainbow Serpent and How the Turtle Got Its Shell. We are using our knowledge of the Dreaming to create our own Dreaming stories and code them into animations on Scratch Junior. We look forward to learning more about Aboriginal culture during our excursion to Perth Hills Discovery Centre next week.

Health and Physical Education

In Health we are learning how to keep our bodies safe and have read the book, “Everyone’s Got a Bottom,” by Tess Rowley. It teaches us how to keep our bodies safe and we are using a phrase from the book that says, “From my head to my toes, I can say what goes.”

We were very excited to dust off our dancing shoes and start Edu Dance this term. Our song sure does get the blood PUMPING!

We have been practicing hard for the upcoming Athletics carnival this term. This is the first time we get to compete in the senior carnival and this means there are a lot of new games and skills for us to learn.


We are carrying our HASS theme across to art and have integrated it with the Dreamtime story of How the Turtle Got Its Shell. We have coloured a picture that is linked to that story and have made some artistic crabs using aboriginal colours.

Miss Horne and Mrs Pethick


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Book Week Activities will be held in the official Book Week dates from the 21-27 August. These activities will be hosted by the Year 6 Library monitors.

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Dress Up Day! Wednesday 8 September

Come to school dressed as your favourite book character! Participate in the Dress Up Day Parade, 9:00am in the Mother Mary Piazza.

If you need some inspiration please visit the link below:

Sarah Saramardin

Library Technician


Inter school Cross Country - Tomato Lake

Last Thursday, Year 4-6 students from Notre Dame represented the school at the annual Interschool Cross Country Carnival held at Tomato Lake. Students have been looking forward to the carnival since last term and have had the opportunity to join in training sessions at Miles Park with the help of our fantastic parents and teachers. The day started off with our Year 6 group who provided some consistent places in both the girl and boy races. Next up was Year 5 with Isla (5M) running a great race and coming in 1st place with not a single runner near her. Our other Year 5 girls both finished in the top 6 which is a fantastic effort. The Year 5 boys followed suit with again some consistent high placed finishes with Bellarmine (5M) coming in 3rd place. Next up were our Year 4 with Eva (4M) following on from where Isla left off and winning her race with plenty of seconds to spare! Well done also to the rest of the Year 4 group who put in a great effort in their first Interschool Cross Country.

This year Notre Dame demonstrated a fantastic improvement across all year groups, resulting in us finishing in 3rd place! This is our highest place at the Interschool Cross Country Carnival and a great performance from our team. I’d like to thank Mrs Lawrie, Bro. Stephen & Mrs Scott who helped with various jobs on the day. We should all be very proud of our students and we look forward to the Interschool Athletics carnivals coming up next term. Well done to St Emilie’s who were crowned the winners again, with Sacred Heart coming in 2nd place. Please find some individual results below and the final school placings. Well done, Notre Dame!

Year 4 Girls Champion - Eva T (4M)

Year 5 Girls Champion - Isla M (5M)

Year 5 Girls 4th Place - Kate S (5M)

Year 5 Boys 3rd Place - Bellarmine T (5M)

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Brett Webb

Yr 6 & Sports Teacher


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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


We have been very creative over the weeks with lots of Olympic Games activities. We have created our own Olympic medals, drawn our favourite sport from the Olympics and created our own Olympic rings. We have created an athletes board with all the athletes who are competing in the Oympics along with the sport they are in.

As the weather has not been very nice outside, we were lucky enough to watch some of the athletes compete in the swimming and win many well deserved medals. The children really enjoyed pulling up a bean bag and watching the great success from the athletes.

We also have been very creative with origami and have made some great creations. Some were a tanker truck, box cubes and spinners.

Friendly Reminders

  • The OSHC will be closed on Thursday, 23 September and Friday, 24 September 2021.
  • Advise OSHC if your child/children will not be attending either via email or a phone call 0487 777 297.


If you have lost these teddies, please call at the front office as they are waiting for the rightful owner.
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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


School Disco

Thank you to everyone who attended the disco on Friday afternoon and a special thank you to all of the parents and carers who volunteered their time in the canteen, library break out area and with supervising in general. These events couldn’t happen without the support of the school community and the staff at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame Mum’s Night

Friday 27th August 2021. Please see flyer for details and RSVP via Trybooking for catering purposes. Food platters provided.

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Quiz Night Fundraiser Sept 11 2021

The Notre Dame Quiz Night fundraiser will take place on Saturday September 11, 2021. Bookings for tables of 8 will be available from next week, please keep a look out for the flyer.

The P&F are seeking donations for the Quiz Night that can be used as prizes, auction items and raffles. If you own or manage a business and would like to donate an item, service or voucher, please contact the P&F on and we will get back to you.

We will also be taking donations for hampers through the front office. If you have any of the below items that you would like to donate, unopened and in good condition, please place them in the tubs provided in the administration office:

  • Women’s and Men’s toiletries or beauty products
  • Children’s books or games/puzzles
  • Sporting equipment or outdoor games
  • Confectionary sweets and lollies

Thank you once again to our wonderful school community.

Nicole Beresford


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We hope you have a wonderful week!

The ParentTV Team



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

VacSwim swimming lessons

Primary school

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at

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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