- MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- WEEKLY PRAYER
- School Fees
- JUNIOR CLASS ACTIVITIES
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
- TRANSITION DAY FOR 2021 FOUNDATION STUDENTS
- FUN FRIDAY
- PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEW
- SCHOOL PHOTOS
- School Hats & Drink Bottles
- PARENTING IDEAS
- SCHOOL ABSENCES
- CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
- A LITTLE BIT OF ST MARY'S HISTORY
NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in the first full week in July, but in 2020 it has been postponed due to the pandemic until this week, November 8th – 15th. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for students to learn about First Nations Peoples’ history and connection to land. The theme for this year, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. It is hoped that all Australians will celebrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. It is also an opportunity to recognise that this county has the world’s oldest oral stories, the world’s first maps, and the earliest paintings of ceremony.
During this week children have participated in activities that recognise and celebrate the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
Remembrance Day was commemorated on Wednesday, 11th November. Remembrance Day in Australia is dedicated to remembering all Australians who have died as a result of war. The students and staff at St Mary’s held a prayer service, made a wreath, which was placed at the cenotaph and completed a variety of other activities to recognise the amazing sacrifice of our fallen soldiers.
On Tuesday we welcomed our nine 2021 Foundation students to St Mary’s for their first transition day. It was amazing to see how confidently they entered the school and how comfortable they were working in the Junior space. They all had big smiles on their face as they were leaving and they all appeared to have had a highly successful first session. We look forward to welcoming them back again on Tuesday, 17th and 24th November.
School photos are next Wednesday, 18th November. Please make sure that your child wears the correct St Mary’s Summer uniform and that they have returned the photo form to their classroom teachers.
Friday 13th November - Fun Friday School Disco
Monday 16th November- School Photo orders to be returned to classrooms
Tuesday 17th November - School Advisory Board Metting @ 5.15pm followed by the end of year dinner at 7.00pm at the Country Club.
Wednesday 18th November - School Photos - order packs have been sent home this week.
Wednesday 25th November - Parent/Teacher Interviews 2.00pm - 7.00pm (virtually or over the phone).
Friday 4th December -Fun Friday Colour Run
Thursday 10th December - End of Year Mass & Year 6 Graduation Lunch (More information will be sent home as we receive COVID-19 updates from Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Ltd.)
Friday 11th December- Year 6 Graduation Fun Day
Friday 18th December - Last Day of Term 4, 1.00pm finish
Thurday 28th January - First day for students for 2021
Reminder to families that school fees are now due unless period payments are in place.
Please contact Heather at the school office if you have any questions in regards to school fees.
Parent Teacher Interview (phone or Video)
Teachers will be holding parent/teacher interviews either by phone or video call on Wednesday 25th November 2.00pm - 7.00pm. Students are not required to be part of the Parent/Teacher Interviews.
To make a booking please go to
- go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the event code vnt7f.
- or click on this link: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code?code=vnt7f
Enter the information required
- Parents Name
- Phone Number
- Preferred Interview Method - enter (Phone OR Video)
- number of students
- Students Full Name
- Choose Junior or Senior Teachers
- Choose the time(s) you want.
Interviews are strictly 10 minutes only. To allow for technical issues it is vital that parents keep to this schedule and end their appointments in a timely manner. If you think you will need more time, please discuss this with your teacher at the appointment.
If you have selected a video appointment, PLEASE KEEP THE EMAIL SOMEWHERE SAFE. You will need to return to the email on the day of your appointment.
3 minutes before your appointment time, click on the VIDEO LINK (next to your appointment time) and follow the onscreen instructions.
If you have selected a phone appointment, please check that the phone number you have provided is correct.
5 minutes before your appointment is due to start, please have your phone nearby. The teacher will call you and may be calling from a number without any caller ID (Silent number).
If you have any further enquiries, please contact the school office on 5182 5659
Photo order packs have been sent home with students. If you did not receive your photo order pack and family pack or misplaced them, please contact the school office as we have spares. Please return all orders with correct money by Monday 16th November.
Students are to wear their correct summer uniform with their royal blue jumper. No sports polo fleece or sports jackets are to be worn for the photos. We also ask that the students have black polished school shoes. No sneakers please.
School Hats must be worn at recess and lunch times in Term 4.
Please ensure all students have a water bottle with them everyday as the drink fountains are not to being used at the moment. Students are able to refill drink bottles in the classroom when needed.
Parents are legally required to notify the school of any absence during the school year. This notification may be done via the school website, school app, by phone, email - firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing. When there is an unexplained absence, parents will be contacted by phone and if parents are unable to be contacted student emergency contacts will be phoned.
Christmas Raffle 2020.
We will be holding a Christmas raffle to raise money for the School’s Heesco Mural.
We are asking all families if they could donate an item to add to the final prizes.
There will be a box in the foyer for donations from now until the
Raffle tickets have gone out today so please look out for them.
Tickets will be $1.00 each with booklets of $20.
We ask that all tickets, sold or unsold be returned to the school by Friday 4th December.
The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday 8th December during the day.
Thank you for your support!
St Mary's Sports Day in 1956.......
St Mary's in 1956 had two sports houses, pink and white house. In the photos below you will see the two house teams. There was no royal blue uniform in 1956, it looks like the students are dressed in white sports uniforms and wearing a pink or white sash. Maybe there is a relative or someone you know in the photo.