St Mary's Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 10 ( 3 July, 2020)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Matthew 1; 25-30

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke and put it on you.  Learn from me for I am gentle and humble in spirit and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and the load I put on you is light.”  We all feel badly about mistakes we have made.  Our shame can make us avoid Jesus.  Yet Jesus is gentle and full of compassion.  He longs to share our burden with us and give us rest.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

This Sunday 5 July,  is Aboriginal and Torres Islander Sunday.  Although NAIDOC week has been rescheduled until later in the year, NATSICC has decided to keep our own Catholic celebration of First Nations Faith and Spirituality.  The theme for this year is Together in the Spirit. 

Family Feud

Thank you to the P&F for organising a virtual Family Feud on Friday night.  This was a great way to spend a winter’s night and those that participated enjoyed coming up with answers to the questions.  Congratulations to the Amm Bam Family who came first by 1 point!

Term Three

Term Three begins on Tuesday, 21 July.  The Monday is a Pupil Free Day and St Mary’s School staff will be travelling up to St Joseph’s Southern Cross for Professional Development.


The Term Three planner has been added to the Newsletter.  It is hoped that all events will be able to take place as planned as the State Government moves towards Phase Five of lifting restrictions.  This will be confirmed once school returns for Term Three.

Assistant Principal

Mrs Riethmuller will be on leave again in Term Three to care for her husband who is unwell.  Mrs O’Malley will continue in the Acting Assistant Principal role.  Please keep the Riethmullers in your prayers as Glen continues with his treatment.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will reopen in Term Three on Tuesday mornings from 8.30am to 9.00am.

Orders can be placed via email to Ms Holmes at or by accessing an order form on the school website. Orders will be collated and be ready for collection every Tuesday.


We welcome the Goodwin family to St Mary’s School.  Isabelle commenced Pre-Kindy on Monday.

Save the Date

Please save Wednesday, 12 August in your diary.  St Mary’s School (in conjunction with St Mary’s P&F) will be hosting Paul Litherland.  Paul is considered one of Australia's leading presenters on the subject of Internet Awareness and is in very high demand.  Further information about Paul can be found on his webpage at:  I suggest that at least one adult from each family commits to attending what will be a very worthwhile presentation.  Paul will be presenting to the Year 4-6 students and staff also.  Further information will follow at the start of Term Three.

Thank You

As we come to the end of what has been the strangest term I have ever been a part of, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the parent community for their support of the staff and school over this time.  I understand that some of the restrictions placed on schools have been challenging for parents but your support and understanding has been much appreciated.  Thank you to the staff who have responded to the ever-changing demands placed on them with agility and focus and always with the best interests of our students at the core of their decisions.  Finally, to our beautiful students who did not miss a beat all term.  Their resilience, independence and general attitude never ceases to amaze me.  I am truly blessed to be the principal of such a wonderful community!!

Happy Holidays

It would be an understatement to say that everyone at St Mary’s is ready for a holiday!  And a well deserved one at that!  I wish everyone a very restful holiday – if you are travelling, travel safe.  If you are staying home, enjoy the relaxed pace of holidays.  I look forward to seeing everyone back rested and rejuvenated for Term Three.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families,

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Bibles, etc

If you are looking to purchase Bibles, Rosary Beads etc for yourself or for your children please visit Gatto’s Christian Shop at 1/108 Wanneroo Rd, Yokine WA 6060 or their website at

Term Three Reminders

·     Students making the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of First Reconciliation: please attend ONE Commitment Mass-

25 July 6.30pm, 26 July 10.30am, 1 August 6.30pm, 2 August 10.30am.

·     First Holy Communion Parent Information Night- 4 August at 5.30pm in the school library.

·     First Holy Communion Retreat Day- 9 September.

·     Sacrament of First Holy Communion- 13 September at 10.30am.

Mrs Zoe O'Malley

Acting Assistant Principal

Class News

Year Two Class News

Year Five/Six RE Corner

This term we have learnt a lot of new things in Religious Education. As May is the month of Mary, we really got to know our rosary beads and how close to Mary we feel when we pray the Hail Mary.

The rosary beads provide a physical method of keeping count of the number of Hail Marys said as the mysteries are contemplated. The fingers are moved along the beads as the prayers are recited. The Hail Mary is said on the ten beads within a decade, while the Lord's Prayer is said on the large bead before each decade. We researched the four mysteries and we didn’t quite realise there were so many special parts to the rosary beads.

PE - Faction Cross Country

Thursday, 18 June 2020 saw us finally run our Faction Cross Country carnival. The weather was looking very unreliable but, in the end, we were able to complete the event without much disruption. It was so great to see parents back onsite to cheer on their children and support the event. 

Results are as follows;.


Boys Champion - Koby Sayers

Runner Up - Patrick O'Neill

Girls Champion - Angelica Kraske-Beck

Runner Up - Olivia Maloney


Boys Champion - William Elliott

Runner Up - Blair Carr

Girls Champion - Ellie Atkinson

Runner Up - Camee Roberts


Boys Champion - Jacob Barnett

Runner Up - Darrius Sutherland

Girls Champion - Lily Brooker

Runner Up - Zoe Olanrewaju

Faction Shield

1st                    Salvatorians               362

2nd                   St Joseph                    296

3rd                    Mackillop                   293

Winter Carnival

Friday, 26 June 2020 we held our Mini Winter Carnival at the St Mary’s school oval. All students from Year Three to Year Six participated in three sports, netball, football and soccer.

The students were separated into faction teams to compete against each other in the three sports. We played netball up until recess, soccer until lunchtime and football after lunch.

We were lucky to have the assistance of Paul Reid – Regional Development Manager WA Football Commission, in the afternoon to help us manage the football and we thank him for his vast knowledge, energetic approach and prizes at the end of the games.

The students really enjoyed the day and I am sure some would have had some sore bodies over the weekend.

Thank you to the parent spectators who came along to support their children and the students for their fantastic display of sportsmanship throughout the day.

Learning Cooperative Social Skills: Weeks Seven & Eight- "Sharing materials""

Pre-Primary:     Norah Swarts

Year One:    Van Creagh

Year Two:    Ella Gregory

Year Three:    Xavier Amm

Year Four/Five:    Charlotte Criddle

Year Five/Six:    Zoe Olanrewaju

Other News & Important Dates

Term Three Planner


Let Us Pray

Lord God, You are kind and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in love.  You support us when we fall and you give us rest when we are burdened.

Community Notices