St Mary's Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 2 (25 October, 2019)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Luke 18: 9-14

 In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.   The message behind this parable is that no matter how good a person may be, we are always in need of God’s grace and mercy.  Often those who are most humble and aware of their sinfulness and brokenness, are the ones who are most open to God’s love.

All Saints Day Mass

Next Friday, 1 November the Year 4 students will lead us in the Mass for All Saints at 9.00am in the Church.  All are welcome to attend.

Year 3 Reading at Mass

The Year Threes will be reading the 10.30am Mass on Sunday.  All are welcome to attend.

World Teachers Day 2019

Today is World Teachers Day in Australia. The day is a great opportunity for everyone to recognise and appreciate teachers and the important role they play in shaping the next generation.  We are very lucky at St Mary’s School to have excellent teachers who always give of their best at all times.  Thank you to the P&F who on behalf of the community gave all the staff a lovely gift in appreciation for all that they do.

Merredin College Year 12 Awards Ceremony

I had the pleasure of attending the Year 12 Graduation at Merredin College on Thursday evening, 24 October.  It was wonderful to see past students of St Mary’s School be awarded for their endeavour, commitment to their studies and achievements.  Congratulations to Jack Downsborough for receiving the Sportsperson of the Year and Maddison Lane for the Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award, Highest Achiever General English and Highest Achiever General Visual Arts Award!

P & F Meeting

The last P&F Meeting for the year (before the AGM) will be held on Monday night at 7.30pm in the Library.  Please come along – it would be great to see a big turnout of families represented in support of the P&F.

School Fees

Reminders for outstanding 2019 school fees were sent home on Monday.  Could I please ask that all outstanding fees are settled by the end of the Term Four, 13 December 2019. 

Absence from School

I will be at a Budget Workshop at CEWA with Mrs Ryan next Friday, 1 November and Mrs Riethmuller will be at Reading Recovery PD.  On Monday, 4 and Tuesday, 5 November, Mrs Riethmuller and I will be at GEMS in Kalgoorlie.  Mrs Herbert will be responsible for the school during our absence.

2020 School Year

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.

Thank You

A big thank you to the Shire of Merredin for upgrading the footpath outside St Mary’s School.  This makes it so much safer for our students and their families to ride, walk, skateboard or scooter to school!  

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

All Saints Mass

On Friday the 1st of November at 9am, the Year Four class will lead the school in mass to celebrate the feast of All Saints. All members of the St Mary’s school community are invited to attend. 

All Saints day is a day dedicated to honouring and commemorating those who have died and are now in heaven with God. Everyone who has lived and died in Jesus’ love is considered a saint, even if they haven’t been canonised. 

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.

Term 4 Liturgical Events

Year 3 Reading at Mass

Sunday 27th October 10:30am 

All Saints Mass (led by Year 4)

Friday 1st November 9am 


(Year 4-6)

Thursday 7th November 1:30pm

Children’s Liturgy

Sunday 3rd November 10:30am 

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

  • Week 5  Monday 11th Nov  until Friday 15th Nov. 
  • Our annual Bookfair will coincide with our Grandparents morning tea on Friday. 
  • We will once again have a wide variety of books available for you to choose from.
  • More information to follow.


Term 4 Tuckshop Summer Menu


Class News

Pre Primary RE Corner

In Pre-Primary we have begun the Religious education unit called 'I Can Talk to God' we started the unit by investigating the ways we can communicate with others, eg. by phone, face time or writing a letter. We then looked at people showing different emotions and discussed that we can communicate how we are feeling through the way we speak and our actions. We will finish the unit by exploring the idea that we communicate our love for God and others through prayer and kind actions. 

Year Four Class News

In the Year Four class we are starting a new unit of work in Humanities and Social Sciences. We are learning about the history of Australia, in particular the First Fleet and the convict journey to our country. Last week we completed a QR code hunt, searching for facts to add to the historical narrative we will be constructing in the next few weeks. One of the QR codes took us to a video which we watched and found fascinating. If you would like to have a look yourself scan the link below. 

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Digital Technologies News

We have many interesting and varied activities planned for this term.  

The Pre Primary students will look at different symbols and be introduced to some language that we use.  They will look at what an algorithm means and do some ‘unplugged’ activities.  

The Year One students will do some revision of coding and look at the differences between hardware and software. 

The Year Two students will look at the importance of computer security.  This will involve reporting on data in different ways.  They will also use the Show Me app to integrate their Science knowledge. 

The Year Three students will look at what ‘information systems’ we have in our community.  They will look at the drag and drop coding, using a variety of sources.  The students will use the Show Me and Padlet app to show and share their knowledge. 

The Year Four students will look at programming a project.  The students will use the Hopscotch and Popplet app to integrate Science and Digital Technology. 

The Year Five students will become familiar with what a binary number is and why we use them.  The students will use the Hopscotch and the Padlet app to integrate the information. 

The Year Six students will look at some ‘unplugged activities’ on binary numbers.  They will become familiar with online safety and the protocol to use when online.   They will use the Minecraft. Popplet and Padlet apps to integrate Science.

Green Day

The ‘Environmental Ministry’ met and suggested some ways that we could fundraise to purchase new recycle bins for the class.   One of the ideas was for the students to dress up in ‘green’ to raise awareness of looking after our school, local community and the environment.   

It was a great effort by all staff and students and we are looking forward to purchasing some more recycle bins.   

St Mary's P&F

Let Us Pray


you are close to the broken hearted;

the humble sinner who calls to you. 

Be our comfort. 

Give us your mercy and grace. 


St Mary's Parish Roster


Community Notices

Wheatbelt Art Prize – Opening Night

Friday 1st November 2019, 7.00pm

Black Ant Gallery

88 Massingham Street, Kellerberrin

$10 entry including complimentary glass of Sparkling & canapés. Drinks available for purchase


A bus will be leaving the car park opposite the bakery at 6.00pm and departing Kellerberrin at 8.30pm.

Tickets $5 ea, can be booked and purchased until Thursday 31 Oct from Mia Davies MLA office, Old Town Hall, Merredin Ph.: 9041 1702

Merredin District Lawn Tennis Club

Triple P


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.