St Mary's Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 8 (21 June, 2019)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Luke 9: 11-17

Sunday’s Gospel is the Feeding of the Five Thousand where Jesus feeds a multitude of people with five loaves and two fish.  In this passage Jesus shows us that he cares deeply for his followers.  He nourishes us not only spiritually but physically as well.   As we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ) we are reminded that Jesus gives us his own body and blood so that we might live with him forever.


Congratulations to Alexis, Jack and Emily Kermode and Skye and Andrew Wilson who were baptised into the Catholic Church last Saturday.  This is an important faith decision that these children have made and we wish them all of God’s blessings at this special time.

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrates Christ’s love for all mankind.  It falls on Friday, 28 June.  We will be attending Mass as a school at 9.00am in the Church.  This will be led by Year Two.  All are welcome to attend.

Photo Day

A reminder that our Photo Day will be held on Thursday, 27 May.  All children are to be in their winter school uniform for photos.  Family photos will take place before school in the Hall.


The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year. The NCCD is a collection that counts:

·        the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability

·      the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.

Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Schools provide this information to education authorities; however, students names and personal information is not shared.  The collection of data is simply a sharing of the number of students in our school receiving adjustments and the type of adjustments they receive.

If you would like more information about this data collection, please read the parents, guardians and carers fact sheet which is available in a range of languages.

Code of Conduct

Conduct Statement 9: You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.

For STAFF this includes but is not limited to:

Disclosure to the Principal when interacting with parents/students after school hours

Staff are always visible when interacting with student - doors should be always open and windows clear 

Staff are required to report any breaches of the above.

Appropriate interaction with students


For PARENTS this includes but is not limited to:

Not approaching other children directly about concerns but going through the class teacher with their concern.

Social media interaction and presence – do not mention St Mary’s School, teachers, other parents or students in posts


For STUDENTS this includes but is not limited to:

Social media interaction and presence – do not mention St Mary’s School, teachers, other parents or students in posts.


For VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS this includes but is not limited to:

Having a Working with Children check

St Mary’s Fair

Planning is well and truly underway for the St Mary’s Family Fun Fair to be held on Saturday, 21st September 2019! I sincerely thank Mrs Asha Carr for taking on the key role of coordinating the Fair.  However, Asha cannot do it all on her own.  Thank you to those families that have already said they can assist on the day.  If you have not offered your services but would like to help please contact Asha.  Many hands make light work and this is a great way for all families to contribute to ensure that the Fair is a big success! 


Mrs Bianca Craine will be moving to Perth with her family at the end of Term Two.  We wish Mrs Craine and her family all the best of luck with this move and thank her for passion, commitment and dedication to St Mary’s School since 2008.  The process to employ a new teacher has begun and I will advise you of the successful applicant once this process is complete.  We will be farewelling Mrs Craine as a school community at the assembly on Friday, 5 July (last day of school).

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families.

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Bishops Religious Literacy Testing Information


Mrs Hannah Herbert 

Religious Education Coordinator 

Other News & Important Dates

Term 2 Parent Calendar - Full Version




Please see below the Tuckshop Menu and Roster for Term Two.  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 next term or contact the office

Term 2 Tuckshop Menu


Class News

Pre-Kindy RE Corner

Music News

Pre-primary This term you may have heard us singing some new catchy songs like “Little Rabbit foo foo” and "Tommy Thumb”. We have been learning about high and low sounds and loud and soft. We really love playing instruments and our new favourite “Sleepy bunny“ game.

Year One This term we have continued learning our rhythm patterns with the help of some funny songs and using our percussion instruments.  We have loved learning some new singing and dancing songs like “Rig a Jig Jig”  and “The Shoemakers dance”. 

Year Two, Three and Four This term we have continued with our rhythm and beat and some of us have had a go at using the Xylophones to play rhythm patterns to familiar songs. We have learned a Polynesian call and response song called “Tongo”. We have performed this using movement and singing. We have started learning about the Instruments of the Orchestra and some of the Instrument families. In Year Four we have begun to learn about different music feels and will focus on Funk.

Year Five and Six This term we have continued with rhythm and beat as well as had a go at using the Xylophones to play rhythm patterns to familiar songs. We have learned a Polynesian call and response song called “Tongo”. We have performed this using movement and singing.  We have been learning a few songs from our Jam books and have attempted “The yellow submarine” “Threw it out the window”, “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Dynamite”. In year Five we have begun to learn about Reggae music. In Year Six we have begun to learn about Hip Hop music and have had a go at a few dance moves too!  

Assembly Award Winners

Cooperative Learning Social Skill for week 4 & 5 - Staying on Task/Following Directions

PP:                             Stirling Roberts                 

Year One:                Greta Gethin     

Year Two:                Koby Sayers               

Year Three:             Isabella Stones

Year Four:               Lachlan Cooper

Year Five:                Zoe Olanrewaju

Year Six:                  Nash Barnett

Other News

Waste Wise News

Donate Clothes

Believe it or not, the throwing away of clothing is one of the biggest contributions we make to landfills today. We open up our cupboards; pick clothes that are no longer needed like a sweater that was fashionable last year, a ripped shirt, or some clothes that we just don’t want to keep any more. Where does it go? That’s right, to the garbage, and from there, to the landfill.

Instead of throwing away these old clothes, make better use out of it. First, make sure that these are clothes that you absolutely don’t need any more. Then, donate clothes to people in need or to a charity store, for example, Petticoat Lane.  You  could hold a sale in your garage (though assuming the clothes are still wearable, of course). You know what they say, another person’s garbage is someone else’s treasure.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus,

you are the living bread from heaven. 

My we live forever with you.  


St Mary's Parish Roster


Community Notices