St Mary's Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 4 (8 November, 2019)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Luke 20: 27-38

In Sunday’s Gospel, some Sadducees tried to trick Jesus but in his reply, he explains that God promises us eternal joy in heaven.  When couples fall in love and marry, they experience a glimpse of the glory of heaven.  Wonderful as marriage can be, it is only a shadow of the joy that awaits us all in heaven.

Wellbeing Week

We will be having our first Wellbeing Week next week.  Correspondence to all families was sent home via the Skoolbag App last week.  During this week, there are no meetings for teachers after school, and no homework for the children (reading shouldn’t be seen as homework – just what we do for enjoyment). This is an opportunity for families to spend the time they would have dedicated to homework and other school centred activities and spend time with each other.  It is all about our wellness and finding time to take care of our own health and wellbeing.  

NQS Audit

The Early Years (NQS) Audit will be taking place on Tuesday, 12 November.  This was previously planned for yesterday (Thursday, 7 November) but due to unforeseen circumstances had to be postponed.

Remembrance Day Service

All members of the St Mary’s School community are invited to attend the Remembrance Day Service to be held at 11.00am on Monday, 11 November on the school lawn.  At 11.00 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war and in all wars after this time.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Thank you to Shay Creagh for opening up her home and hosting a Melbourne Cup Luncheon on behalf of the P&F on Tuesday.  A great day was had by all who attended and approximately $1600 was raised!

Grandparents Morning Tea

Grandparents hold a special place in our families and are a wonderful resource in our communities. We would like to acknowledge all the grandparents in the St Mary’s School community by extending them all an invitation to the Grandparents Morning on Friday, 15th November. The morning will begin with the Year One assembly, followed by a visit by Grandparents to classrooms and then morning tea will be served in the Hall. I look forward to welcoming all grandparents to our school.


If you know that your child/children will not be returning to St Mary’s School in 2020, please advise the office, in writing, as soon as possible.  This allows us to make arrangements for the new school year.  This does not apply to families of Year Six students.

Administration Officer

St Mary’s School requires an Administration Officer for 2020 as Mrs Tania Geier will be moving to Perth with her family.  If you or someone that you know has the necessary skills, attributes and qualifications for the position please encourage them to apply.  Further information can found on the CEWA website .

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families.

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Altar Server Training

Congratulations to the following students who successfully completed their altar server training this week: Blair Carr, Jake Casella, Jonah Clark, Lachlan Cooper, Charlotte Criddle, Savannah Dean, Ava Downsborough, Olivia Geier, Tyler Geier, Logan Holdem, Xavier Holdem, Olumiji Onikola and Alexis Kermode. 

Sacrament Commitment Cards

All students who have participated in Holy Communion and Confirmation this year are asked to bring their commitment cards to school and give them to Mrs Herbert. Please do not worry if your child was unable to collect all of their stickers. If you or your child has misplaced their commitment card, please email Mrs Herbert ASAP.

Christmas Hampers

This year, it is the St Mary’s Parish turn to organise the Christmas hampers for the Churches Fraternal. During the month of November, it would be appreciated if each family could please donate at least one non-perishable food item. Examples of foods include, but are not limited to: tinned fruit, pasta, cereal, biscuits and Christmas items such as crackers and napkins. Each classroom has a basket where the food can be dropped. Please do not bring any fresh and/or frozen items and ensure that the food is within date. The class with the most items in their basket at the end of November, will be rewarded with extra play time at recess or lunch!

Term 4 Liturgical Events

Children’s Liturgy

Sunday 3rd November 10:30am 

Advent Liturgy

Monday 25th November 8:50am (Led by Year 5)

Advent Liturgy

Friday 29th November 8:50am  (Led by Year 4)

Term 4 Sacramental Events

Sacrament of Reconciliation Retreat Day

Thursday 14th November 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 17th November 10:30am

Mrs Hannah Herbert 

Religious Education Coordinator 

Other News & Important Dates

Term 4 Parent Calendar

Full Term 4 Parent Calendar


Book Fair Coming

Book Fair will be on us again next week in the hall.    

Once again we will have Eftpos facility.  There will be a wide variety of books available which will make fantastic Christmas presents.   

The fair will be open: 

Monday 11 Nov2.45pm - 3.20pm
Tuesday 12 Nov8.20am - 9.00am2.45pm - 3.20pm
Wednesday 13 Nov8.20am - 9.00am2.45pm - 3.20pm
Thursday 14 Nov8.20am - 9.00am2.45pm - 3.20pm
Friday 15 Nov8.20am - 9.00am9.30am - 10.40am


Term 4 Tuckshop Summer Menu


Class News

Kindy RE Corner

During Godly play this week we told the story of Baptism. We talked about the candles, the use of water and oil, as well as the use of white clothes or blankets. We used all of these to baptise our baby doll Sadie Daisy Kindy.

Year Three Class News

We have had a busy start to Term Four in Year Three. We are very lucky to have Mrs Natasha Hardy in our class for three weeks while she is on Prac. Mrs Hardy has done lots of interesting and exciting lessons about oral health, review writing, rules in the community and angles in Maths.

Phys Ed News

We have been lucky enough in securing another grant through the Sporting Schools initiative. We are looking at purchasing some new exciting equipment to use in both Phys Ed and Friday sport, also we are looking into some clinics for term one next year.

I will keep everyone up to date about what we end booking.


This term in extension we have been planning , designing , costing and drafting a plan for a new Nature Play Area.

Students have come up with some great ideas that will be presented to Miss Coniglio and the P&F for their input. 

Award Winners

Cooperative Learning Social Skill for week 1 - 3

PP:                   Clancy Sutherland

Year One:       Wilson Mason

Year Two:       Xavier Amm

Year Three:    Brock Barnett

Year Four:      Jack Kudas

Year Five:       Jacob Barnett

Year Six:         Baillie Dean

St Mary's P&F

Let Us Pray

 Lord God,

you call us to be one with you. 

We look forward with eagerness to our life with you. 


St Mary's Parish Roster


Community Notices

Merredin District Lawn Tennis Club

Triple P


2019 Junior Tennis Tournament Entry Form

  •  Entries Close: Wednesday 27th November - NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE 
  • Scan and email entries to: . Contact Meg 0428128153 for further information 
  •  Sunscreen & hat essential 
  • Entry Fees to be paid on the day of the tournament / Lunch can be provided by completing details below or bring your own 

Merredin Dental Mobile Visit

The dental team will be coming to Merredin in Term 4. The staff will be contacting parents of all enrolled patients for appointments. If you feel your child requires urgent care before their appointment please contact them on 0459241543. All school children from Pre Primary till Year 11 are eligible to be enrolled. For further details please contact the clinic.

WAAPA Summer School 2020

This Summer WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students in Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Film Making, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at