MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
We are finally at the end of the year and are busily bringing 2020 to a close. What a year it has been. There have been many challenges, but in the face of them all, our community has continued to grow from strength to strength. This has certainly been a year for thinking outside the box and for being creative. I am so proud of how well our staff, students and families have worked together to not only overcome the challenges of 2020 but have ensured that our students have thrived. At the end of the day everything we do at St Mary’s College has the student at the centre.
College Board and P&F
In recent weeks we have had two very successful College Board and P&F AGM’s. We are so very fortunate to have a dedicated Board and P&F who work tirelessly with our College Leadership Team, staff and families to ensure that St. Mary’s College is in the very best position it can be moving forward. At the AGM’s we reflected on the year that was, in particular the success of our Stage 11 build, the successful application for Stage 12 and the successful application for our primary campus becoming three streams in 2021. The Board and P&F both acknowledged the tremendous work undertaken by the College to move to remote learning during the COVID lockdown and the successful management of that period. I would like to sincerely thank all our Board members and our P&F for their tireless support. We also say farewell to Katrina Comito, P&F President and P&F Board Representative who is relocating with her family to the Southwest. We thank her for all her tireless work, energy and commitment to St. Mary’s College over her time with us. We wish Katrina and her family all the very best. We also elected two new Board Members at the AGM, Andrew Graffen and Grant Astles, along with new P&F President Sherri Gawel. We welcome them and thank them for their service.
2021 School fees
In 2021 CEWA has committed to a 0% increase on fees across the system. This is welcome news for our families and we will support this position in 2021. Please be aware that this means that we won’t be changing our digital technologies levy as planned, to offset some of the cost of the new IPad program across primary and secondary. This will come into effect in 2022 instead. This will be a very modest increase in 2022, to help the College afford this new initiative and ensure that our students are well positioned with the 21st century skills they need in today’s world.
Please be aware we are changing how you will receive your fees in 2021. We are moving to an annual billing system which will show you upfront what your fee commitment is for the whole year, rather than being invoiced a term at a time. Please do not worry, this does not change our payment options that are available to all families. We are however, including a discount of 5% for families who pay their fees for the year by the end of Term 1 2021.
As always at this time of the year we have staff who are leaving us. As a community we farewell all our departing staff and wish them well in all their future endeavours. In 2021 we will also welcome new staff and I am delighted to confirm that we begin the year with a full compliment of teaching and ATA and EA staff.
Leaving us in 2020 from our primary campus are; Franque Batty, Bernie Windle, Idaani Ariyaratne , Cara Turner, and Lauren Montgomery will be taking leave for twelve months.
Leaving us in 2020 from our secondary campus are; Stephen Snelson, Alida O’Brien, Sharon Ferguson, Chris Cole, Diana Jans and Kate Costello.
All our departing staff go with our very best wishes.
And finally, at this time of the year we take some time to reflect on all that Christmas is. Christmas, is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundations of our faith. It’s also a celebration. It’s when we celebrate God’s love for the world through the birth of the Christ child: Jesus. In celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas time we are renewed with hope, love and joy. I wish you all a most joy filled, happy and holy Christmas, as well as a wonderful time with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming you all in 2021.
OUR MOB GRADUATION
Our Mob Playgroup had a very successful and busy year in the playgroup.
Miss Merrilee and Miss Collie worked closely with our families to provide a wonderful learning environment for our children aged 0-4 years old.
The Our Mob Playgroup graduation was one of our greatest highlights, with the room filled with many local families including lots of mums and dads and grandparents.
It certainly rained red with 20 Pre-Kindy students graduating from our Playgroup this year.
There were some children within this graduating group who have been with us from the time they were babies. We wish them well as they take on new challenges and new learning in Kindy in 2021.
EARLY YEARS TRANSITION K-3
The students were buzzing with excitement as they had their second transition day in preparation for next year.
They had a great time exploring their classroom and play spaces for 2021.
They were greeted with big smiles from our amazing teachers and were so engaged in the fabulous activities prepared for them.
Jarrarr Buru CHRISTMAS LUNCH
YEAR 6 GRADUATION
Year 6 Graduation was celebrated on Tuesday 8th December. We commenced with Mass followed by a fabulous ceremony where students were presented with their certificates and gifted a wooden cross. The students then enjoyed a wonderful dinner together followed by a fun Disco!
Thanks to the families and teachers that have supported these fabulous students through their Primary years.
We had twelve Year 5 and 6 students perform in the Poetry Slam 2020. They used the spoken word to explore some heart felt topics and they wowed the audience with their performances. Their original poems captured the crowd and they performed like pros. We congratulate these students on their outstanding efforts.
This semester students from Year 2-6 have had the opportunity to collaborate together and learn through investigations.
Through the inquiry model the students have used critical thinking skills and creativity to solve-real world problems.
They have been challenged to use digital technologies to think outside the square.
The Wiggle Bots, Makey Makey, Spheros and Microbits allowed our students to explore, invent and create.
This week (and year!) has thrown a lot at us...but the spirit of the school community has remained positive and the year ended with a great assembly this afternoon.
Thanks to all the families and friends who joined us. Good luck to our Year 6 students about to start high school.
We also wish those staff and families leaving us all the very best - you will be missed! Have a happy and holy Christmas and we will see you all again in the new year!
Thanks so much!
secondary house sports day
On the final Thursday of term St Mary’s Secondary enjoyed a house sports day.
When the plan was initially made it was made in the mindset that we would be enjoying wet seasons hot sticky weather. But on the day that was not the case the wet had truely come to town, really putting a dampener on our plans!
Contingency plan in place and the BRAC still open for business we pushed on with our fun day and offered options for all students.
Teachers organised an array of activities including, minute to win it, board games, origami, Christmas craft, ping pong, swimming and inflatable at the BRAC, Christmas movies and basketball. At recess all students celebrated as we shared Christmas cake.
The students had a wonderful wet day.
Thank you to all the College staff who got stuck in on the day and braved the rain!
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