St Mary's Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 6 (30 August, 2019)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Luke 14: 1, 7-14

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says: “When you give a party, do not ask your friends and rich neighbours, because they will repay you by inviting you in return.  No, when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled and the blind, for they cannot pay you back.  Your reward then will be made in heaven.”  The theme of this reading is humility.  Our culture glorifies the fit, the fast, the strong, the rich, the powerful.  Yet in the Kingdom of Heaven, those who are humble are the ones God rewards.

St Mary’s Day

Next Friday, we are having St Mary’s Day, to celebrate the wonderful history and culture of our school.  The day will begin with Mass in the Church at 9.00 am, followed by a range of activities that highlight the school and its history.  The students can wear free dress and lunch will be a sausage sizzle with a treat at the end of the day.

Fathers Day Liturgy

We had a great turn out of dads, grand dads and kids at the Fathers Day Liturgy and Breakfast this morning!  Mrs Herbert organised a reflective liturgy to start the day which reminded us how important fathers and father figures are in our lives.  When this was over everyone tucked in to a beautiful breakfast cooked by the amazing staff at St Mary's!  The children were so excited and proud to have their dads at school!

Book Week

What a wonderful display of superhero costumes we had on Wednesday as we celebrated Book Week!  Thank you to all the parents for supporting the students in getting costumes organised and also to the staff for getting into the spirit of the day!  The day started with a visit from Chief the Dingo – a big thanks to Asha Carr and Sandy Hooper for making this happen for us.  Sandy then stayed on to share her knowledge of dingoes with the students.  After the parade, the students completed a range of activities in mixed groups on some of the CBCA Short-listed Books.  The day would not have been as successful as it was without the hardwork and coordination of Mrs Riethmuller and Mrs Discenza.

P&F Meeting

We have a P&F Meeting on Monday night at 7.30 pm in the Library – the final one before the St Mary’s Spring Fair.  Please come along to support the P&F and all the wonderful work they do.

School Audit

St Mary’s School is having their School Registration Audit on Wednesday, 4 September.  The purpose of the audit is to see that St Mary's School is running as it should as an education institute.  The Auditors will be meeting with the Board Chair, the Leadership Team, a group of staff, a group of students and a group of parents.

Fathers Day Wishes

I wish all the St Mary’s School community dads, grandads and significant males a relaxing and restful day on Sunday being spoilt by your loved ones.

God Bless 

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Mrs Hannah Herbert 

Religious Education Coordinator 

Other News & Important Dates



Please see below the Tuckshop Menu and Roster for Term Three.  As you can see, we are still in need of addition  volunteers to fill our roster.  If you are able to help please drop in and see Damiana  or contact the office.

Term 3 Tuckshop Menu


Class News

Year Three RE Corner

In Year Three we are learning about the Sacrament of Holy Communion to support the Year Fours in the coming week. We have learnt about the two parts of the Mass; the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We have just started to investigate the parts of the Church and what makes them special. We can’t wait to create a tour of the Church to learn about the different parts of the sanctuary. 

Pre Kindy Class News

We have made a great start to Term 3, welcoming Aisha, Corey and Lylah to our crew! The students are loving the new pond area and have enjoyed making new friends.

Music News

This Term we had the pleasure of having the musical group “Wyniss” come and visit our school. In preparation for this we looked at the culture, costumes and musical instruments that we would see from this group coming from the Torres Strait Islands. We also had fun learning the lyrics, actions and string games that go with their music. Their performance was amazing and I hope the students took as much pleasure from the experience as I did! I was very impressed with how much many of the students took from the learning experience.

A quick look at what else we have fitted in this term!


This term we have attempted a few partner style dances such as “The Shearer and the Drover” and “The Pony Gallop”. These dances are helping us learn about Tempo and Beat. We are also learning about loud and quiet.

Year One

This term we have been learning about Form by moving, singing, playing and creating to different parts of a song such a verse and chorus. We’ve used instruments and had turns being choreographers!

Year Two

This term we have been learning about sound symbols and exploring different ways we can play instruments. We have been creating symbols for different sounds that we make with the instruments and had a go of writing our own musical score with these symbols!

Year Three

This term we have been learning some different songs and studying their lyrics. We have had a go at creating our own lyrics and accompanying vocal effects. This always creates many laughs!

Year Four

This term we have been listening to different examples of music and how they can suggest different moods, feelings and emotions. are currently creating a musical piece to accompany a slideshow of pictures.

Year Five and Six

This term we have been learning about Celtic music and the instruments used to create the ballads and singalongs associated. From this we have learnt a Celtic song and had a go of creating and performing one ourselves by looking and recreating the form of the lyrics. 

Assembly Award Winners

Christian Values & Excellence Award Winners

Pre Primary:      Nate Sayers and Harrison Amm  

Year One:           Patrick O'Neill and Michayla Maiolo

Year Two:            Xavier Amm and Tayla Montgomery

Year Three:         Joshua Smith and Judd Cooper

Year Four:           Jack Kudas and Blair Carr

Year Five:            Lily Brooker and Darci Jefferys

Year Six:              Baillie Dean and Olumide Onikola

Phy Ed Award Winners

Pre Primary:          Toby Sharp

Year One:                Wilson Mason

Year Two:                Maya Dean

Year Three:             Tomas Kraske Beck 

Year Four:               Gracie Hayes-Thompson

Year Five:                Jessica Wahlsten

Year Six:                  Arabella Sutherland

Science STEM Award Winners

Kindy:              River O'Meagher

Pre Primary:  Payton Palmer

Year One:       Caitlin Carlson

Year Two:       Mitchell O'Neill

Year Three:    Rebecca Mullins

Year Four:       Jack Kudas

Year Five:        Darrius Sutherland

Year Six:          Cullum Montgomery        

Cooperative Learning Social Skill for week 4&5

Including Everyone

PP:                      Emily Kermode                  

Year One:         Ruby Smith           

Year Two:         Chloe Bartlett                 

Year Three:      Archie Gethin     

Year Four:        Savannah Dean       

Year Five:         Lara Anderson      

Year Six:           Ned Millington   

St Mary's P&F

St Mary's Faction Athletics Carnival Morning Tea

In addition to the Sausage Sizzle, the P&F will also have Morning Tea available at the Faction Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 10th September.

Plate of Morning Tea with Hot Drink    $5.00

Tea/Coffee/Milo                                          $2.00

Plate only                                                      $3.00

Thank you for supporting the St Marys P&F

Athletics Carnival Sausage Sizzle Order Form


Book Club Issue 6

Issue 6 Book Club orders are due Friday, 6th September.

Orders can be placed online via

St Mary's Footy Tipping

2019 St Mary's Footy Tipping Winner!!

The overall winner of a trip for two to the AFL Grandfinal is................ 



Second Prize of $500: Brendan Smith


A huge thank you to all our sponsors! We look forward to seeing everyone back next year.

Final Leaderboard

Congratulations to Round 22 Winner Hoppingmad Sponsored by Mdn Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Round 23 Winner Desperate 2 Get 2 melbourneAgain Sponsored by Transplus Pty Ltd.

TipperRound 23Total
2Brendan Smith8136
5Desperate 2 Get 2 MelbourneAgain9133
8Teresa C8132

School Fair Competitions

Colouring Competition

Entries can be returned to the front office at St Mary's School


to Mrs Sutherland at Merredin College

Entries must be received by 3pm on Friday, 20 September.

All entries will be displayed a the St Mary's Spring Fair on September 21st

Winners will be contacted by phone.

Entries will be held for collection until the end of school term only at St Mary's School.

Pre Kindy/Kindy/PP Colouring Comp


Year 1/2 Colouring Comp


Year 3/4 Colouring Comp


Year 5/6 Colouring Comp


Lego Competition Entry Form


Let Us Pray

A Prayer for Fathers

God our Father,

we give you thanks and praise

for Fathers young and old.

We pray for young  fathers

newly embracing their vocation

May they find the courage and perseverance

to balance work, family and faith

in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own fathers

who have supported and challenged us

May they continue to lead 

in strong and gentle ways.

We remember fathers around the world

who children are lost or suffering

May they know that the God of compassion 

walks with them in their sorrow

We remember fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers

who are no longer with us

but who life forever in our memory 

and nourish us with their love


St Mary's Parish Roster


Community Notices