St Mary's Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 4 ( 14 August, 2020)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Matthew 15: 21-28

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus meets the Canaanite woman.  The woman believed in Jesus and would not give up even when Jesus tried to turn her away.  Her faith was persistent.  Many people lose faith in God when things go badly in their life.  Sometimes they even blame him.  Jesus does not promise that we will never suffer if we believe in him, only that we will never suffer alone.  He promises to walk beside us even in our darkest hour.

Feast of the Assumption

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As Catholics we believe that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ died, her body was not subjected to the usual process of physical decay but was “assumed” into heaven and reunited there with her soul. This is a holy day of obligation – meaning that Catholics should attend Mass.  Fr Andrew will be celebrating Mass at 8.00am on Saturday morning.  This is aside from the normal weekend Masses.

Cybersafety Workshop

The feedback in regard to the Surf Safe Online presentation by Paul Litherland by the students, staff and parents has been overwhelmingly positive.  I know that everybody learnt something new (myself included) and while some of the information was confronting it was also thought provoking.  Paul has sent through two of his newsletters which are attached to this newsletter for your information.  You may want to consider subscribing to them. Thank you once again to the P&F for co-funding and supporting the presentation.

P & F Raffle

Thank you to those families that have purchased tickets or taken books to sell for the P&F raffle.  There are no books left to sell and only individual tickets left to purchase at the office.   Thank you to Mark and Chesney Maloney from Two Dogs Hardware Merredin for generously donating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes. First prize is an iPad. The raffle will be drawn at the assembly at the end of the term and money raised will go towards projects at St Mary’s School such as the nature playground and music resources.  Thank you once again to the P&F for organising the raffle.

Nature Playground

The Extension group with Mrs Millington has been planning a nature playground to go in the area behind the sheds. The plans are slowly coming to fruition – so watch that space to see it all unfold. Thank you to Scott Wilson, Brad Atkinson and Dave's Tree Service for their help so far!  And congratulations to Mrs Millington for securing a grant from Nutrien which will go towards greenery for the space.  This project is very much an example of learning in action!

Wellbeing Week

Next week is Wellbeing Week at St Mary’s School.  Given the events of this year – it is important for us to focus on wellbeing and mental health of not only the students but ourselves.  Use the extra time without homework to do something as a family.


All families are invited to join us for our first assembly for 2020 next Friday, 21 August 2020 at 8.50am.  Spaced seating in keeping with social distancing requirements will be placed on the lawn and outside the Library/Year Two/Year Three.

Book Week 2020

I have had a number of enquiries about Book Week 2020 – it is anticipated that this will go ahead in Week Nine at St Mary’s School.  Due to COVID19, the CBCA has moved Book Week to Term Four but due to the busyness of Term Four for our school – we will be holding it in Term Three.  The theme for this year is:  ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families,

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Liturgy

Last Friday, the Year 5/6 class presented the Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Liturgy in the Undercover Area. 

Thank you to Mrs McDonald and the Year 5/6 class for a reverent prayer opportunity with the whole school. Thank you to Father Andrew who led the liturgy.

Pyjama Day

Wednesday 19 August- Pyjama Day. Please dress in your pyjamas and bring a gold coin donation. All proceeds raised will go to the Mary MacKillop Today Foundation. 

Upcoming Liturgical Events

  • Saturday, 15th August- Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
  • The Year 3 class are reading at Mass on Sunday, 30th August at 10.30am. It would be wonderful to see as many families as possible at Mass to show their support of the Year 3 class. 

Mrs Zoe O'Malley

Acting Assistant Principal

Class News

Year One Class News

This term in Year One, students have been learning how to measure different items using uniform everyday objects. We have been using counters, cubes and dominoes. When measuring, we need to remember to use uniform objects, and measure in a straight line with no gaps or overlapping. 

We enjoyed tree planting with Mrs McDonald and the Year 6 students.

Have a look at our amazing Mary MacKillop portraits!

Year Three RE Corner

Performing Arts

In Term Three we make the move to incorporate more movement and dance into our lessons. This move sets us up for Term Four where we start to rehearse for the End of Year concert.

Whilst we still have a Drama focus we will be covering some of the Dance outcomes as well.

PP – Year 2

We are focusing on animals;

How they sound?   How they move?   What they do during the day?   How they interact with each other?

We have used music, movement and sound to create some interesting performances to share with each other.

We will continue to develop these skills throughout the term, eventually creating some mini dance spectaculars to share via Seesaw.

Year 3-Year 6

Our focus this term has been on Super Heroes. We have been discussing familiar characters and what makes them super. We have also been exploring Silly Super Heroes, where the children choose a hero with a certain silly characteristic and design a performance with a peer.

In the coming weeks we are moving onto Villains and how they would be different to Super Heroes.

More movement and music will be present in the latter part of the term.

Science Week 2020

Learning Cooperative Social Skills: Weeks One & Two- "Being a good sport"

Pre-Primary:     Jacob McGellin

Year One:    Sterling Roberts

Year Two:    Olivia Maloney

Year Three:    Mitchell O'Neill

Year Four/Five:    Anthony Tompkin

Year Five/Six:    Jessica Wahlsten 

Other News & Important Dates

School Photos - Specialist Groups

On photo day speciality group images (eg Year 6 Leavers, Bus & Library Monitors etc) were taken at your school. These images can be viewed and purchased at a unique website, which is DIFFERENT to where you order the portraits and class photos online.

1. To place your Order online simply go to

2. Click Specials 2020, then select the album titled: St Mary's School Merredin Specialist Groups - 2020 3. You will then be required to enter a password to view the Album. The password for this UMSHFNC20

4. Please ensure that you use your child’s name at the checkout

5. The images you are viewing are uncropped and will be cropped to fit to a 10x8 print (as per the first image in your gallery, a sample of layout & colour)

  • The online orders will be open until midnight on Sunday, August 23, 2020 – for the Bulk Pricing Offer
  • The Bulk Pricing Offer is $20 per print and these will be delivered to the school BY CLASS GROUP
  • After the $20 pricing expires, the photos will remain available online, but the photos are now at a cost of $35 per image and delivered to a preferred address.

If you have any queries please contact MSP Photography on 9240 8000 or via email on


Due to the Catholic Leave Day on Monday 24th August, Canteen will be on Tuesday 25th. Please ensure Recess and Lunch orders are in separate bags and returned to school Friday 21st August.

P&F Fundraiser

We’re really excited to announce our affiliation with @PonytailsAndFairytales and School Ponytails. We now have school uniform hair accessories available!

Shop through their website at > Shop by School > Find our logo, and our school community earns 20% from your purchase or click here

Get your order in by TUES 25th AUG, for FREE DELIVERY TO SCHOOL before the Faction Carnival on FRI 4th Sept.

Shop for bows and sports products online, where there’s PayPal, AfterPay, Cards, and Bank Deposit payments available.

If you shop through our school’s page, they know to allocate the funds to our school.  See flyer below for more info.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus,

when we turn away from you,

help us to remember that you walk with us.


Community Notices

Please click on the below link to view the Surf Online Safe Newsletter, Issue 8.

Please click on the below link to view the Surf Online Safe Newsletter, Issue 9.