St Mary's Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 2 (2 August, 2019)

Principal's Message

Dear St Mary's School Community

Luke 12: 13-21

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who had a good harvest.  The theme of the parable is providence.  As adults, there are times when we have an abundance of what we need and want and other times when things may be a little tight.  Through it all, if we try to stay faithful to God, trusting him and praying.  Somehow, God always comes through for us.


The students in Year Three and Year Five will be sitting the Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment next week.  These will be completed online.

Holy Communion

Preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Communion begins on Tuesday night with the Parent Information Night which begins at 5.30pm in the Library.  All students who will be receiving the Sacrament and their parents are expected to attend.

Feast of Mary MacKillop Mass

We celebrate the feast of St Mary McKillop of the Cross on Wednesday, 8 August 2018.  Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint. Mary was born in Victoria to Scottish immigrants. She was the eldest of eight children and spent her early years working to support her family. At the age of 24 she dedicated her life to God and took on the name “Mary of the Cross”.  Along with Fr Julian Tenison-Woods Mary opened a school in a disused stable in Penola, South Australia. Her vision was to provide education for underprivileged children. Many other women came to join her there, and Mary and Julian founded Australia’s first religious order: The Sisters of St Joseph.  Mary and the Sisters were committed to serving the poor – to going to where the need was and living amongst those in need. This took Mary all over Australia to many rural areas.  Mary was a model of forgiveness, insisting no ill be spoken of those who wronged her, while also remaining resolute in her convictions. Mary was canonised as Australia’s first saint on the 17th October 2010.  The Sisters of St Joseph started St Mary’s School and it is on her charism that our school is built.  Mass will be held in the Church at 9.00am led by Year Six.  All are welcome.

Code of Conduct

Conduct Statement 11: You act reflectively and ethically.

For STAFF this includes but is not limited to:

  Embracing the Catholic ethos, it ensures that we act ethically and in best practice to 

  provide  support and care for each student and their family.

  Using SEQTA as a means to inform relevant staff and the principal of information about

  students well- being, behaviour etc in a timely manner.

  Ensuring that visitors that come into the school are aware of the values/ policies that are  

  important when interacting with students within the school. 

For PARENTS this includes but is not limited to:

  Communicating with teachers within the school guidelines to keep them informed of any  

  issues or concerns that arise which concern their child. 

For STUDENTS this includes but is not limited to:

  Reporting to teacher/s when any issues or incidents occur. 

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

  When volunteers/visitors provide WWCC they sign to acknowledge that they have read 

  and accept these documents. 

P&F Meeting

The next P&F Meeting will be held in the Library on Monday night (5 August) at 7.30pm in the Library.  Please come along to support the P&F who do great things for our school.

Pastoral Care

We offer our condolences to the Discenza Family (Louise – staff) on the loss of their mother, mother in law and grandmother, Filomena Discenza who passed away on Saturday.  May Filomena rest in peace and may perpetual light shine on her.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families. 

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment

On Monday, students in Year Three and Five were provided with the opportunity to complete a practice Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment. They were made familiar with the various features of the online testing portal and had a chance to apply their Religious Education knowledge to ten multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions.  

On Thursday, the Year Three students completed the first part of the assessment. They will complete the second part of the assessment on Friday the 9th of August.

On Friday, the Year Five students completed the first part of the assessment. They will complete the second part of the assessment on Wednesday the 7th of August.

Feast of St Mary Mackillop

On Thursday the 8th of August at 9am, the Year Six class will lead the school in mass to celebrate the feast of St Mary Mackillop. All members of the St Mary’s school community are invited to attend. 

Mary Mackillop was the first Australian Saint to be canonised and was the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart were those that founded St Mary’s school over 90 years ago! 

The Assumption of the Blessed Mary

On Thursday the 15th of August at 9am, the Year Five class will lead the school in mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Mary. All members of the St Mary’s school community are invited to attend.

 On this day, we will celebrate how God allowed Mary to go to heaven to be with Jesus again

Mrs Hannah Herbert 

Religious Education Coordinator 

Other News & Important Dates - Term Three

Term 3 Parent Calendar - Full Version




Please see below the Tuckshop Menu and Roster for Term Three.  Thank you for all parents/care givers that have volunteered to help in our Canteen.

Term 3 Tuckshop Menu


Class News

Year Five RE Corner

We are learning lots in Religion in Term Three! This week, we have been familiarising ourselves with the website that we will be using to complete the Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA). The BRLA consists of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions relating to:

·         Jesus

·         Bible

·         Sacrament and Prayer

·         Church

Good luck to all students who will be completing the assessment! 

Next, we will be learning about the Sacrament of Communion. This will be made extra special as one of our class members, Alexis Kermode, will be receiving her First Holy Communion with the Year Four class later in the term. 

Kindy Class News

We have a new outdoor area in Kindy which is great.  We have a creek bed with sand and rocks, which includes a little fairy  There is an investigation wall with tubes and instruments.  The water wall with funnels is very popular in the garden area.  There is a new teepee in the sandpit with some log seats and a camping fire.  These changes and improvements have made a very exciting environment to explore in.

Other News

My Robots Excursion

The students in Year Three and Year Four were lucky enough to attend a very entertaining and engaging performance of My Robot at Cummins Theatre today. My Robots tells the tale of Ophelia who moves house with her family and has to start all over again with a new school and new friends.  Missing her old life and friends, Ophelia stumbles across a box that contains mysterious parts and gadgets.  She spends the night putting the pieces together to make a robot she calls Olivetti and together they take on the school bully and have great adventures. 

Musica Viva Incursion

On Wednesday the whole school participated a performance by the Torres Strait group called Wyniss where they delighted the students with songs, games, dances and instruments from their indigenous culture.

From the P&F

Book Club

Book Club # 5 Orders are due online by Saturday 3rd August. 

St Mary's Footy Tipping

Round Nineteen

Congratulations to Round Nineteen Winner Floppy Sponsored by ASHPASH Look

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Congratulations to Round Sixteen - Eighteen Winners

Thank you yet again to our generous sponsors.

16NonnaTwo Dogs
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Let Us Pray

God our Father,

gifts without limit flow from your goodness and bring us peace. 

Guide our life’s journey, for only your love can make us whole. 


St Mary's Parish Roster


Community Notices

VacSwim swimming lessons

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.  

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water. 

Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State. 

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at