St Mary's College Term 2, Issue 3


Last Friday, we celebrated our Feast Day and the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians at our College. For those of you new to our community the history of our feast day and the Patron of our College goes back a long way.

The feast day of Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800’s. Napoleon Bonaparte jailed Pope Pius VI who died in jail. When Pope Pius VII was elected he too was jailed by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainbleau.

The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.

The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness.

As a College community we also pay special homage to Our Mother Mary under the title of Help of Christians and each year we come together to celebrate and give thanks for her protection but also in celebration of our thriving community under her patronage.

This year we had a wonderful day, beginning with a whole College Mass on our secondary campus which included a special procession, the crowing of Mary and the laying of flowers, liturgical dancing and reflection on what Our Lady means to our community. These are all rich traditions of our College.

Following our Mass we had a wonderful afternoon of activities organised in each House with rotations as our primary and secondary students engaged together, helping each other, enjoying fun activities and celebrating our wonderful community. A great day was enjoyed.

Usually we would also celebrate our Feast Day on May 24th, the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians but we adjusted our calendar this year so that we could take part in the celebrations of 200 years of Catholic Education which was held this year on Monday May 24th. A wonderful mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral here in Broome at the same time as masses were held all over the country to commemorate and celebrate the rich tradition and contribution of Catholic Education in Australia. The Prime Minister even sent a special message of acknowledgement which was played during the mass. A contingency of students from St Mary’s College along with students from other Kimberley schools and staff from the CEWA Broome office and Notre Dame participated in this special mass. This was followed by a lovely morning tea at the St John of God Heritage centre.

Carol Bell - Principal


Hi, I’m Tai Gibson from Year 6 and I just did the World’s Greatest Shave and I’m here to talk about that.

The reason that I did the World’s Greatest Shave is because my godmother has blood cancer and the foundation supports blood cancer and leukaemia which are types of cancer and have killed many people. At the end I raised almost $1800 which is fantastic!

Phillipa Mitchell - Teacher Primary

west kimberley cross country carnival - primary

Congratulations to our Interschool cross country team who participated in the West Kimberley Cross Country Carnival on Friday 21st May at Cable Beach.

All of our students showed excellent sportsmanship and determination on the day. A special mention to James Mitchell, Anthea Corpus, Francis Graffen, Alby Bell, Alizai Thomas-Lawford and Jayden Gregory who were medal winners in their respective age groups.

Students have been training well for a few weeks now and the way they conducted themselves on the day is a credit to the efforts they put in. Our team finished up second overall - go SMC!

Jorje Harman - Teacher Primary


On Wednesday 26th May the Primary Campus welcomed Aunty Daisy Howard to share her stories regarding Sorry Day. Thank you to the students and staff for acknowledging this important day in such a respectful way.

Janenell Kennedy - Assistant Principal Primary

waste wise update

There has been lots of exciting things happening on the Primary campus in our waste wise journey.

Firstly, a huge thankyou to Miss Tahlia, Miss Jorje and Miss Di King for attending the Waste Wise Schools professional development day on Thursday the 6th of May. It was fabulous to see such excitement and passion within our staff for the environment and discuss some upcoming plans for the College.

We have also had lots of really passionate students attending our Waste Warriors meetings on Thursdays at lunch time. They have been involved in whole school cleanups and are working on Nude Lunchbox Campaign at the moment...stay tuned! These students have shown commitment, dedication and so much knowledge about sustainability. Keep it up team!

Another huge congratulations and thankyou has to go to our absolutely amazing canteen staff who have now successfully transitioned the primary campus canteen to a green canteen, which means they are now using very limited single use plastic. All of our lunch meals are served in recyclable packaging or reusable containers that get returned to the canteen and washed in our fabulous new dishwasher. We are so proud of our green canteen and it is all because of the hard work of our wonderful canteen team, Kristy, Janice and Sherina. Thanks to Amy as well for supporting them along the way!

This week all of the classrooms are carrying our waste audits to see how and where we can better manage and reduce our waste as a school. Checkout the Bilari classroom completing theirs!

If you would like to know more about SMC's waste wise journey or would like to support in any way please get in touch with Miss Shannon at school or via email shannon.oconnor@cewa.edu.au

Shannon O'Connor - Primary Teacher


The kiddies and parents from Our Mob Playgroup acknowledged the Stolen Generation People by placing flowers they made around our Mother and Child Statue and the Bush Hibiscus we planted in our yard.

Merrilee Lands - Our Mob Facilitator


The Year 12 Outdoor Education students have recently completed the Gibb River Challenge bike ride. They rode 660 kilometres over 5 days with 370 other riders and as many support staff. What a fabulous experience!

Braden Famlonga - Teacher Secondary


On Wednesday the Secondary Campus marks Sorry Day. This day is a very significant day for lots of people in our community. We gathered together to be reminded of what this day means and what action can we continue to take going forward.

Students then took part in a smoking ceremony. A big thank you to Maxine and Maree from Yarwu who helped us with our smoking ceremony. Thank you to Ms Carlene, Ms Clare and Ms Helen for their organisation and contributions to this event.

Sarah Gardner - Deputy Principal Pastoral Care


Photo envelopes have been sent home with your child TODAY! See below all relevant information for Photo Day.

biggest morning tea at secondary

On Tuesday the 25th May the Food Technology students hosted the Biggest Morning Tea. An annual event that raises vital funds to make a big different for those impacted by cancer.

The students held a bake sale selling products they had made in the weeks prior. Overall over $800 was raised for the Cancer Council! A massive achievement!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Biggest Morning Tea as well as Teacher Baker Creator who donated our raffle prize and to Miss Veronica who works tirelessly behind the scenes.

The lucky winners of the raffle were:

1st Prize Rocky Road donated by Teacher Baker Creator - Helen Howard

2nd Prize Home Baking Package - Carol Bell

3rd Prize Box of sweet goodies - Cherie Milne

4th Prize Box of savoury goodies - Chloe Rings

Kendra Anderson - Teacher Secondary


We extend a HUGE thank you to the P&F who have generously donated funds (a total of $30,014!) to support special initiatives of the College in 2021. On Monday evening the P&F met to review all applications and below are the projects being supported this year.

  • Secondary Outside Play Equipment - $6,000
  • Kris Kross Costume $7,814
  • Kayaks for Secondary Outdoor Ed program - $6,000
  • Staging for assemblies and masses - $5,000
  • Display Boards - $3,500
  • Outdoor Furniture for Primary Well-being Hub - $500
  • Waste Warriors Vests & Interactive Minyirr Park Walk QR Codes - $700
  • Secondary Outdoor PBS Games - $500
Our wonderful parents, friends and supporters of St Mary's College

broome graphics novelist

Last Tuesday the Year 8 English classes hosted Broome graphic novelist, Brenton McKenna, to speak about his journey as a writer and illustrator, and his graphic novel Ubby’s Underdogs. Brenton is currently Australia’s only Indigenous published graphic novelist and his incredible journey started right here at the college. Students were very excited to listen to the stories of how Brenton started out as a comic book artist, his time at school and of how his career as a graphic novelist has taken him on crazy adventures around the world. Brenton discussed the process of creating his work and shared some wonderful advice with students about developing their own drawing skills.

The Year 8 cohort has been recently studying Ubby’s Underdogs in English and have begun working on their very own comic stories using Book Creator on their iPads. Ubby’s Underdogs offers a delightful romp through the Broome of the late 1940s just after World War II, and just as the town’s pearling industry is going into a decline. The town is explored through the antics of various teenage gangs and nefarious characters from a variety of differing ethnicities and backgrounds.

We are so grateful to have had Brenton share his knowledge, passion and humour with the Year 8s, which was made all the more special by the relationships and connections he already shared with the students and school.

All three graphic novels from the Ubby’s Underdogs trilogy are available through Magabala Books.

Ben Court - Acting Head of English & HASS


Year 9 & 10 Examinations

Over the next two weeks, we will be running an examination program for all Year 9 & 10 students. Many students have quite high anxiety over exams when they enter the senior school where exams are mandated. One purpose of our exams is to give students practice at sitting exams so that when they have exams in Years 11 and 12 the students will be more comfortable with the idea of exams and have developed some good examination techniques.

In Year 9 the exams are only for an hour and will count for only a small percentage of their overall mark. Over the following years, the exams will be over a longer time, will count for a larger portion of their overall mark, and be more rigorous. The end-of-year exams will be on the entire year’s work. In term, 4 Year 8s will also have exams, which will be only on the work from Semester 2.

Hopefully, by putting such a program into place, we will ensure that as our students progress into the senior years, they are well prepared.

Please see the Year 9 and 10 examination timetables below. All Year 9 and 10 students should have received a copy of this timetable.

Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students will begin work experience on Monday, June 14th for a week. Year 10 students have been given forms and logbooks. All Year 10 parents will receive an email today, outlining the process and how they can help their child.

Year 10 2021 Subject Selection process for Year 11 in 2022

There will be a meeting of all Year 10 parents on Tuesday 22nd June, (Week 10) to outline the process for subject selections for Year 11 in 2022. It is important that all Year 10 students and at least 1 guardian attend this meeting, so that students can properly plan for their senior school years and choose subjects suitable for their goals and abilities. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre.

Lea Wilson - Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Online Canteen - Join TODAY!

Many of our families are making the most of the super quick and easy Online Canteen! For those of you who have not joined up, go ahead and register for School Lunch Online - it is super quick and makes life easy on those busy mornings! Once you register, you can add all your kids to your account, whether primary, secondary or both🤩

Scan the QR Code now!!

This QR Code will take you directly to the School Lunch Online websire

Haven’t started paying 2021 fees yet?

There’s loads of options to pay your school fees - so please don’t hesitate to contact the College to work through the options available to you.

Do you hold a Centrelink Concession Card ?

Please ensure a current copy of this card is provided to the College to ensure all relevant discounts can be applied - a simple photo of the card can be emailed to admin@stmarysbroome.wa.edu.au.

Amy Hyett - Business Manager