From the Principal - Carol Bell
Welcome to our first newsletter for 2021. We have had such an amazing start to our new school year here at St. Mary's College and of course, in the first three weeks so much has already happened. We are feeling very grateful for our wonderful start and along with all of you, we have our fingers crossed for a disruption free year. What has been most inspiring is how well our students have returned from their Christmas break and their desire to get stuck into their learning.
Our staff have been amazing in supporting our young people and families in making such an exceptional start. The parent nights were strongly attended and staff did a great job over both campus' in supporting the parents at the start of the year.
We enjoyed a beautiful P&F Sundowner on February 10th that launched our P&F association for 2021 as well as welcoming new families to our College. It was such a beautiful night and it was so lovely to spend time with our families. If you are interested in becoming involved with the P&F this year let one of the P&F Executive know or any member of the College Leadership Team. Our next P&F meeting takes place on February 24th and all are welcome.
It has been wonderful to see our new staff settling into life at St Mary's College and embracing the St Mary's way. Our new teachers have taken part this week in the CEWA Induction program, learning about Catholic Education in the Kimberley.
This year marks a number of key milestones for Catholic Education in WA, Australia and here at St. Mary's College. You may notice on the secondary campus fence a banner celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia, we are also celebrating 50 years of the beginning of Catholic Education Western Australia and the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Nulungu College and the Christian Brothers in the Kimberley. So 2021 will be a wonderful year of reflection and celebration of Catholic Education.
1:1 Device on Secondary Roll out a Big Success
On Friday, 9 February the secondary campus held a Parent information evening where we rolled out our one-to-one devices to every student on campus. This was an extremely successful evening and with at least 90% turnout. We would like to thank all the Parents and Guardians for making time to come in and sign our homeschool device agreements. Our first week of having devices in class has been a success and we look forward to more 21st-century learning in our classrooms.
This week we came together as a College community to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent. Lent is the Christian season of spiritual preparation before Easter. In the Catholic Church, Lent commences on Ash Wednesday and this liturgical season lasts for 40 days and 40 nights. During Lent, Catholics are called to fast, to pray and to give to others.
This year as a College we celebrated Ash Wednesday with students from year 4-12, members of our parish community and the CEWA Broome and Perth offices. Our Early years held classroom liturgies. Our Mass was a beautiful and reverent occasion enhanced by our lovely choir, musicians, liturgical dancers and the unveiling of our new banners taken from the work of Dr. Miriam- Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM; who was recently named Senior Australian of the year. You will recognise the work from the windows of Nulungu Chapel and our stationary. As we grow in size as a College and can no longer all fit in our Chapel it is fitting that we should be able to create a scared space outside using this beautiful artwork from our Chapel.
A special thank you to Fr. Alexis and Fr Patricio for celebrating our mass.
At the conclusion of our Ash Wednesday mass we also launched Project Compassion 2021. As a school community we aim to raise funds for Project Compassion during the Lenten period. The theme for Project Compassion this year is Be More.
This is inspired by the quote from St Oscar Romero, "Aspire not to have more, but to be more." Instead of aspiring to have more, we can focus on how we can Be more kind, more green, more involved, more aware, more giving. This Lent let us consider how we can be more for our neighbours around the world.
EASTER EGG RAFFLE
To help us as a community to give more to our neighbours this year, we have a new initiative as a College, the Easter Egg Raffle. We are calling all families to donate Easter Eggs to reception on primary and secondary from now until week 8 of this term. We will then create Easter baskets and raffle them off before the holidays. So please donate and buy tickets to help us to help our neighbours and think of others this Lenten season.
Student Representative Council 2021
This week on secondary we held our SRC Speeches and nominations. We had an overwhelming amount of nominations. It was great to see the number of students who want to lead in our community. Two representatives were voted in for each year group, with a new format of four students in Year 10. Congratulations to the following students for their appointment:
Year 7: Jaymee Banks and Lee Kearsley
Year 8: Fletcher Moase and Margaret Hamilton
Year 9: Chris Hunter and Savannah Day
Year 10: Rachel Wilson, Timmithy Rochford, Jye Lorimer and Amica Giancono
Year 11: Taya Tuffin and Neola Mawayo
These students will be invited to take part in our St Mary’s College Leadership Day next Friday at the Broome Camp School.
Our year 6 students have taken part in an extensive leadership journey over the last few weeks. This has involved reflecting on what it means to be a leader, presenting their speeches to the Year 5 and 6 students and then voting. The SRC were presented with their badges at a special assembly last Friday. We congratulate our Year 6 leadership team.
Save the Date May 6th - 50th Anniversary of Nulungu College and the Christian Brothers in the Kimberley.
Nulungu College, in Broome, was established in 1971 by the Christian Brothers as a school, firstly for Indigenous boys and later in 1974 for girls. In 1994, Nulungu became St Mary's College as it amalgamated with St Mary's Primary school and became the K-12 College we know today.
The establishment of Nulungu in 1971 marked the beginning of secondary education in the Kimberley. It also marked the commencement of service of the Christian Brothers in the Kimberley. This year we celebrate these significant milestones in our history.
We will celebrate the combined 50th Anniversary of Nulungu College and the Christian brothers on May 6th this year with a Mass, reception and BBQ. It would be great to have former students and our community join us for this celebration. More information to come.
News from the Secondary Art Studio
Years 7, 8 and 9 have already created some impressive observational drawings in Term 1.
Year 7's have honed their artistic skills by drawing sneakers, Year 8's have been creating tonal drawings and paintings and Year 9's have been completing botanical studies of local flora.
Well done to our incredible artists!
News from the Early Years
The start to our 2021 school year has been smooth and fantastic! The smiling faces and eagerness to be back learning with friends was seen in every classroom. We are so proud of the way the students settled back into school with such positive attitudes and love in their hearts. Our gorgeous students have shown their listening hearts by showing our school values each and every day.
Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
Alani: I am looking forward to being with my buddies.
Harper: I loved going to the pool to try for the swimming carnival.
Jayden: I have liked playing octopus at school.
Kyah: Something amazing about this term is seeing all of my friends.
Brianna: I love the reading corner and climbing on the playground talking to my friends.
Henry: Science has been awesome. We’ve been looking and learning at all the bones and skulls.
National Indigenous Business Summer Camp - by Tayla Puertollano
The National Indigenous Business Summer School WA trip was one of the best experiences in my life so far. I didn’t think I could become so close to people that I had only known for a week. Everyone there was so welcoming and comforting, friendships were built almost straight away. Throughout the week, we attended daily classes over at Curtin University, which was only a short walk from where we stayed. These classes taught us about the essentials of a business and how to create our own business ideas. Soon we were given a task, to create a business that included the incorporation of Indigenous food to share Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander culture. There were many great ideas among the different groups, and it was great to see the imagination and variety I was surrounded by.
We attended multiple business lunches and meetings, where we met with with many successful entrepreneurs and business owners such as Chevron representatives, the Bibbulman Fund, Chartered Accountants and more. This was a great opportunity as I was able to obtain an insight into a future in the business industry, meeting those people was truly a pleasure. Every night before bed, one of our Indigenous mentors Ingrid Cummings, sat us down for a yarning circle. These were where we could share anything that happened in our day or simply what we were thinking about and how we were feeling. Every night we spoke about something different, topics varied from generational trauma and Australia Day date change, to food and beaches, but those yarning circles were where all of us students built a connection with one another. It was incredibly special.
Overall I had an incredible time at the NIBSSWA Camp and would recommend it to anyone, I guarantee it will change your life.
Book Fair - Primary Campus
Our first Book Fair for 2021 opens for sales on Monday 22nd February in the Primary Library and it will continue until Thursday 25th February. Primary students have already had a chance to browse and find the books they want, and enthusiasm is high! Sale times are 7.30 – 7.50 am and 2.10 – 3.00 pm and students also have the chance to purchase items at lunchtime.
Parents and friends are all invited to come in, browse and choose a book or two to buy. There is an amazing range of books and activity kits to choose from and prices will suit every budget. Our school benefits from the sales so come and check it out!
Open Monday -Thursday 7.30 – 7.50 am,
2.10- 3.00 pm
Cash sales preferred but online payment available.
School Fees - 2021
For the first time, St Mary's College will bill the entire year fees per the 2021 School Fees Schedule, annually. You should receive this fee statement during week 4 via email, or if we do not hold a current email address, you will receive yours in the mail soon after.
You will notice that your 2021 Fee Statement appears a little different to the past, with the College now offering an early settlement discount; pay your 2021 School Fees in full by 1 April 2021 to receive a 5% discount!
In addition the 2021 Fee Statement includes options to pay via Direct Debit, as follows:
• 10 x Monthly Instalments
• 20 x Fortnightly Instalments
• 40 x Weekly Instalments
You may elect for the Direct Debit deductions to be made on the dates as specified, or alternatively please provide the start date that suits you best, as indicated on the form.
The College also accepts payments via Centrepay. Please complete the Centrepay Deduction Form and return to the College in order to arrange the regular deductions from your Centrelink payment.
Do you hold an eligible Centrelink Concession Card (Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card)?
If so, please ensure a copy of the card is provided to the College, in order for the relevant discount to be applied to the account.