Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School Newsletter

Term 4 - Issue 4. 12th December- FINAL newsletter for 2019

Dates to remember:

Thursday 12th December

  • Last day of school for students. Free dress day.

Friday 20th December

  • Last day for ELC

Monday 6th January

  • ELC resume

Thursday 9th January 

  • Office open

Thursday 16th January

  • Uniform shop open 9:00am-2:00pm

Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st January

  • Pre-ordered uniform available to collect

Sunday 26th January

  • Australia Day

Monday 27th January

  • Australia Day public holiday

Thursday 30th January

  • Students first day of Term 1, 2020

Message from the Acting Principal- Brett Wilson

Dear Families,

We thank the staff of the Catholic Education Office for their dedication and support to the continued growth of Mother Teresa. It has been wonderful to have had so many experienced, calm and knowledgeable members of our home office guiding us through the early stages of our school life.

2019 has been an amazing year, we have much to celebrate, and much to be proud of. At the start of the year we took a giant leap forward as we moved into the second phase of the school’s life welcoming students from Transition to Year 6. Our 2018 students must have been overwhelmed and excited by the opening of the whole school and a sudden influx of a further 120+ students. 

We all arrived at the start of the year nervous, but thrilled to be here. We made adjustments throughout the year, understanding when changes needed to be made to the way we did things. We were able to do this successfully because of the people that make up our Mother Teresa school community.

Our Parish Priest, Father Tom has been a constant presence at our school, bringing the Catholic story, traditions and celebrations to our community. Father Tom works with our students every week without fail, sharing the good news of the Gospel and bringing the stories of Jesus to life. Father Tom always comes with a smile and a laugh. He shares his experiences and involves our students in the ritual of reconciliation, liturgy and mass. He enthusiastically immerses those students and staff familiar and unfamiliar with the Catholic Church to give them insight into how and why we celebrate the life of Jesus. We thank you for dedicating so much time to our school Father Tom and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Our parents have been patient and supportive, volunteering their time, attending our celebrations and offering their feedback. We listened and we grew as a result.

Our students have been amazing. You all came from different schools to be here and you have all adapted to our school life and represented Mother Teresa incredibly well. Without you, there is no school and it is you who bring life to the school. You heard about something called the Mother Teresa Way, you talk about it and show it every day and hopefully our values of hope, joy, love, community and compassion, our motto of doing small things with great love and always using kind words, kind thoughts and kind actions will stay with you for the rest of your days.

You were introduced to the Mother Teresa Way by our foundational Principal, Mrs Jo Martorella, who has done an amazing job of establishing the school, of filling it with students, hiring our teachers, ISAs, our ELC and OSHC staff. Jo worked with everyone required to open this school, including builders, representatives from the Catholic Education Office, from Government and elsewhere. Jo helped to build a vision of teaching and learning excellence that will grow and evolve and help make this school a shining light for education in the Northern Territory. While it is sad that Mrs Martorella is leaving, she will always have a presence at our school and we will remember her and honour the work that she has done. We wish her and Mr Martorella all the very best as they continue their journey.

This leaves me to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the Mother Teresa staff. They have been stoic and determined, supportive and caring, brave and professional. They have worked and given their all this year with the students of Mother Teresa foremost in their mind. They have delivered an excellent standard of education which is why we will see the majority of you again in 2020. We will also welcome new students growing from 55 at the start of 2018, to 170 this year, to over 200 in 2020, just within the school. Our ELC continues to grow, full to the brim with a waiting list of hopeful families. Our Out of Hours School Care also expands next year due, in no small part to the ongoing hard work of our OSHC staff. Some of our staff will leave and we will honour the contribution of both our departing students and our departing staff in the days to come.

We thank everyone present today for the contribution they have made to Mother Teresa and we look forward to an exciting 2020 with our acting principal Mr Graham. I pray you have a relaxing Christmas break, where you spend time with your families and come back ready to learn and grow next year.

Thank you

RE Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to begin by congratulating our inaugural Year 6 class. They had a fantastic celebration on Monday celebrating all of their achievements!

2019 has been a milestone year in the history of Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, and I am blessed to have played a part in the school’s journey. There are so many things we are proud of that are reflected in the way we as a school live out our school values at school and in the wider community.

 End of Year Mass

On Friday we had our closing mass to celebrate 2019 and give thanks to the wonderful year it has been!

Supporting St Vincent de Paul Society

On Monday, Ms Fay Gurr- President of St Vincent de Paul NT visited us and thanked everyone for supporting their Christmas Appeal.

Last Friday, we raised $982.95 which will go towards St Vincent De Paul sponsor a child’s education.

We thank Lia Finocchiaro for her generous donation of sausages on the night.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020. I hope you enjoy a restful break with your loved ones and I look forward to seeing you all next year!

 God Bless,

Justina Fernandes

Important Dates at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish

Simbang Gabi Novena

from 16th December at 4:30 am


Tuesday 17th December at 7pm

Christmas Eve 24th December

Children’s Mass 7pm

Midnight Mass at 12 midnight

Christmas Day

Masses at 8:30 am and 6pm

RE News

Letter from Mrs Martorella- foundational Principal

Dear Students of Mother Teresa Catholic Primary and Early Learning Centre,

I am writing to each one of you as the foundational principal of Mother Teresa Catholic Primary. I want you to know that I am extremely proud of you all. You will always be in my prayers and heart. When the school started in 2018, we chose the values of Mother Teresa based on Jesus as our model and inspired by the life and work of Mother Teresa; Faith, Love, Community, Compassion, Hope and Joy. I want you to remember your faith and these values will take you through your life. 

Faith- Remember to always go to your heart room in good times and in bad. Jesus is always there for you. He loves you always. Remember each day to be grateful for all you have in your life.

Love- Remember to love one another and forgive those who have done you wrong.

Community- Remember to help those in the community who are poor, sick and alone. They need us to show them love. Be active and care about your community. Make a difference wherever you can.

Compassion- Try to understand how others feel and give them your support by listening and being there to comfort them. Show you care to all who are in need of love and support.

Hope- Be positive and look around at the wonderful world God has created. We must always believe that life is beautiful and each one of us can always make things better.

Joy- God has given us so much to be grateful for. Be happy, smile, laugh and bring joy to the world.

Each day as you arrived at school you welcomed me with your great big smiles. You said good morning and always asked about my day or weekend. In class, you worked hard and did your very best. I have seen you grow in your confidence with your learning and make wonderful friendships with others. Each of you came as a new student and you were very nervous, as I was as a foundational principal.  However, you were brave and before long you settled into school. You gave me so much joy as a principal and director of the Early Learning Centre. I loved you coming to my office to show me your work. You were proud of your great work and achievements. You made me very proud as principal and I am truly grateful.

Please continue to love your parents and thank them for choosing a great school for you. Thank your teachers every day for their love and support for teaching you. Don’t forget to be proud of who you are!  God gave you special gifts and talents that make you unique. Stand up for what you believe in and let your light shine! Please continue to work hard, be kind, include others, be welcoming and know that you can make a difference in the world by, ‘Doing small things with great love’ to everyone you meet. May God Bless you and keep you safe always!

Mrs Martorella

Foundational Principal Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School / Director Early Learning Centre

End of year awards and Christmas concert ! What a fantastic night.

Congratulations to our 2020 School Captains- Tanner Hann and Lilly Gray. Tanner and Lilly have big shoes to fill after the amazing effort from our 2019 School Captains Jayden and Natalia.

Sadly, we have to farewell to some of our amazing Teachers who are leaving MTCPS.... Ms Sheridan Staples, Mrs Rae Hamilton, Ms Inoka Munasinghe, Ms Caitlyn Saunders and Mrs Nicole Robson.. Thank you for all of your hard work- you will be missed.

Parent thank you..

Christmas/Holiday Office opening hours

2020 School term dates