“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.."
During the course of the year I have had the opportunity to talk to many parents about a whole range of matters. As expected the majority of these conversations relate to their child’s or children’s learning journey at St Mary’s Primary School. I am pleased that parents are taking the time to engage with the school about matters of importance. One of the most common themes of these conversations is what St Mary’s offers students in terms of the complete learning package.
St Mary’s is very proud of the activities that are offered in each classroom and the extra curricular activities that compliment each student. This is an area that we look to expand in 2020.
During Term 3 the following activities took place at St Mary’s:
Year 3 Excursion-National Museum Story Pole Project K-6
Parent/ Teacher Interviews NED Visiting Performance K-6
Girls Rugby League Public Speaking Competition
Feast of the Assumption Personal Development Night Yr 5-6
Crazy Hair Day K-6 Mortimer Shield
Trent Barrett Shield Book Week K-6
Character Parade K-6 Author Visit K-6
Book Performance K-6 Staff Professional Learning
Year 1 Excursion- Temora Year 5 Excursion- Chowder Bay
Grandparents Liturgy Fr Tom’s Farewell
Cricket Blast Mission Day Liturgy
Kindy-Set-Go Orientation Preschool Little Saints Playgroup
As you can see these activities are varied and compliment the good learning that takes place at St Mary’s Primary School. I would like to thank all of the staff and parents who assist in any way to make all of these opportunities possible to our students.
With a range of activities, opportunities and experiences children become well rounded individuals and reap the benefits. Benefits include:
better developed life attributes, such as: creativity, persistence, and the ability to communicate and collaborate.
a more positive outlook on learning.
develop more self-control and a better ability to cooperate with peers.
have higher cognitive abilities.
Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing all students on Tuesday 15 October.
It was lovely to have so many Grandparents, Parents and Friends join us on Friday of last week for our annual Grandparents Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Grandparents for all they do for us and for the important role they play in our lives. Our Infants children proudly hosted our Liturgy in the hall and then Grandparents were invited to visit their grandchildren in their classrooms. Finally our grandparents were treated to a delicious lunch, which they enjoyed with their grandchildren out in the sunshine!
We would like to thank everyone for joining us, our wonderful Infants children for their beautiful procession, reading, scripture presentation and singing, our Primary children for their respectful responses and singing, all the staff who assisted us in various ways and to Mrs Shelley McCrae for her amazing catering!
Farewell Fr Tom
On Thursday of Week 8, our school Farewelled Fr Tom with a blessing, a song and some gifts in the hall. We thanked him for his time with us and wished him well at his new Parish in Charnwood ACT. Fr Tom will move to Canberra this weekend.
Day of Many Colours
To celebrate World Mission Month, St Mary’s is holding a Day of Many Colours today!
We will be participating in a Liturgy with the focus on praying for children around the world and a shared lunch with our Peer Support groups on the playground. The students wore a t-shirt in any of the following colours: red, blue, yellow, white or greento symbolise the different continents of the world.
We are looking forward to a colourful day!
Lastly, we would like to wish everyone a very safe, blessed and relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.
An invitation is extended to parents who would like to make an appointment to discuss anything that should be considered when teachers determine the placement of your child for 2020. Please note that all appointments need to be completed by 31 October.
Pupil Free Day - Monday 14 October
Please be advised that Monday 14 October will be a Pupil Free Day. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 15 October for the first day of Term 4. Please remember your hats and water bottles!
Please be advised that as of 2020 Year 4 students will not be required to provide a personal device. Technology/devices will be provided by the school. Please note that students in Year 5 and 6 (2020) will continue to use their iPads for the remainder of their schooling at St Mary’s. Additionally, they will have access to other devices.
More information in relation to the strategic direction of St Mary’s Primary School in relation to technology will be released during Term 4.
Year 5 Classroom Refurbishment
During Week 8 the Year 5 refurbishment commenced. The classrooms received new carpet and the walls have been lined with pinboard. It is anticipated that the rooms will be completed during the school holidays with the installation of new blinds and some painting.
St Mary’s is proud of the new classroom facilities on offer and look forward to expanding this project into 2020 with the refurbishment of more classrooms.
St Mary’s Uniform Policy
Please be advised that the St Mary’s Primary School Uniform Policy has now been implemented. The updated policy has been distributed to all families. A reminder that the St Mary’s backpack is a compulsory item for all students from K-3 as there has been a rolling implementation for several years. The backpack is available for purchase from the office.