st mary's newsletter term 3, issue 4

Kris Kross visits Pre Primary


Congratulations to Taylah and Sienna Puertollano who were confirmed at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral last Sunday. Bishop Christopher urged the girls to be what God called them to be, to do what God called them to do and to follow the model of their saints’ names, Mother Teresa and Catherine of Sienna.

Year 10 TAFE

The year 10 students dabbled in the Beauty salon at the Broome Tafe on Friday. They were taught how to braid and style hair.

Students Shine in Mock Interviews

Year 10 students participated in Mock Interviews as part of the Careers class this week. Having selected an actual job advertisement in an industry area of personal interest, they have been practising their responses to standard interview questions and developing positive body language to maintain throughout an interview.

Staff from Job Skills Centre are conducting the interviews and have commended the students on their high standard of industry knowledge, confidence, communication skills and enthusiasm for the task. Pictured are JSC staff members Pepita Wilson (L) and Tracey Deegan with students Rosa Hungerford-Morgan, Zachary Linton and Vincent Bartlett.

St Mary's College Choir

At the end of August, the St Mary’s college choir participated in a special concert called ‘Jirril Walgu Ngan-ga’ Music Night – A Celebration of Indigenous Languages. This music night was the inaugural event to celebrate this year as the Year of Indigenous Languages. As always our college choir represented us beautifully with a song called ‘Marrulgunburu’. This is a song about the good food we can find in the ‘Marrul’ season. The entire song was in Yawuru language and our choir performed it beautifully, supported by Ms Natalie Dean. The night was opened by all choirs singing this year’s NAIDOC song, VOICE TREATY TRUTH and the finale was a moving arrangement of ‘From little things Big things grow’ sung both in English and in Yawuru language. This special event was hosted by Broome Primary with plans to make it an annual event. We congratulate the members of our college choir and look forward to their future performances.


In kindy this term we have been looking at different books and this week we looked at dinosaurs. We coloured dinosaurs, we made dinosaur collages, we had a dinosaur dig and small world play using dinosaurs.

Proud Mary's win the Shinji Dragon Boat Races

Wonderful to see staff and students jubilant together in their win on the weekend. CONGRATULATIONS PROUD MARY'S - winners of the Shinju Matsuri Dragon Boat Race 2019

Centacare Presentation Inspires and Challenges Students

Year 10 students recently welcomed Heather Taylor and Michael Bradley from Centacare Kimberley into their Religious Education class as part of their ‘Restoring God’s Justice in the World’ topic of study. In what was an inspiring and challenging presentation, students learned about the practical ways Centacare staff work with people in unfortunate circumstances to create change and create positive life opportunities. Heather and Michael impressed upon students the need to have genuine compassion and empathy in a similar way Jesus had when reaching out to the poor and be a true ‘Listening Heart’ to instil hope and empowerment in others.

Upcoming Events

Primary Inter-school Carnival

In Term 3, St. Mary’s Primary students attended early morning training sessions to get ready for the Inter school Athletics Carnival. We had a fantastic turnout to these training sessions, with about 25-35 students attending regularly. This dedication and commitment really paid off as the athletes on the day of jumps started strongly, ran well, and displayed amazing techniques throughout the day – just a few of the things we had been working on at training.

Our jumps got us in second place after the first day, a great place to be in lead up to the track day. On Friday we got off to a great start on the day and were neck and neck with Roebuck and Broome Primary all morning. Some inspirational sprints in the later stages of the carnivals helped put us cement second place but once again it would come down to the relays to decide the shield. The teamwork, camaraderie, and the cheering from the sidelines gave us a late charge in the day but we were unable to come home with the shield. None-the-less still an astonishing effort from all students!

The benefit of having the chance to train for the relays and fine tune our techniques at the early morning training sessions cannot be underestimated; the competitors should be extremely proud of the way they prepared for this carnival and it was fitting that all of their hard work paid off. Every single person in the team contributed and they should all be congratulated!

The early morning training sessions would not be possible without the help of the teachers who get up early to supervise and also the staff and helpers who feed the hungry students a delicious breakfast afterwards. A massive congratulations to every member of this team for such a fantastic effort! Also, congratulations to all the students who also won medals for being champions in their age group.

The Blue Tree Program

Our students on both primary and secondary got onboard with The Blue Tree Project in week 8 in time for RUOK day. This project encourages people to choose a dead tree that needs a “blue lease on life” and paint it in memory of those who have lost their battle with depression and those who are battling the illness. It is a symbol of hope and a message of connection to get our community talking about mental health and the importance of getting help or talking to someone when we are not travelling so well. Check out the Blue Tree Project website for more information.

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