MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Week 8 of Term 4 is upon us and we are beginning to finalise this year’s learning journey right across our College. There has already been a number of farewells and celebrations as our Year 11 and 10 students completed their year and we gathered to enjoy the Primary Christmas Concert and the “Our Mob” Graduation. There is still much work to do for our remaining year levels and our staff are busy working on the end of year reports.
As the year comes to an end, I do want to formally acknowledge to our community our staffing changes for 2021. The Primary leadership team will be releasing classroom teachers for 2021 this afternoon so it is important to acknowledge who is finishing with us, taking some leave and who will be joining us in 2021.
I do sincerely thank all our departing staff for their contributions to our community. The greatest asset we have are our people and each and everyone has contributed so much doing their time with us. We bid them farewell and best wishes.
On our primary campus;
• We will farewell Franque Batty, Bernie Windle, Idaani Ariyaratne and Lauren Montgomery will be taking a year’s leave.
• We welcome Lauren Halls, Sarah Truscott and Tahlia Pauley to our primary team.
• Tessima Sloan is officially starting as our Yawuru language teacher in 2021 and Yoshi Hunter will transition from relief teacher into a classroom position.
• Jacob Windle will be our Science and Digital Technologies Teacher in 2021. Jacob has previously been a Science Teacher and Coordinator and won prestigious accolades for teaching in this area.
• Jorjena Harman will be our Sports and Well-being Specialist in 2021. Jorje has a keen interest in this area and has some exciting ideas for this learning area and for all things sporting next year.
• Nicole Burrows will join our Jarrar Buru team as our third Inclusive Education Coordinator. Nicole will be moving from NSW where she has been the AP of teaching and learning.
• We are excited to announce that Kristi Pigram has been accepted into the Aboriginal Leaders Program and Shannon O’Conner & Tahlia Pauley into the Emerging Leaders Program.
On our Secondary Campus;
• We will farewell Stephen Snelson, Alida O’Brien, Sharon Ferguson, Diana Jans, Hayley Harris and Kate Costello
• We will welcome Cherie Milne, Georgie Perrott, Ben Court, Teagan Butler and Antonietta Scriva
• Diana Jans is stepping into the role of Consultant of RE at the Catholic Education Office in Broome and Antonietta Scriva who will join us on secondment for six months will step into the role of Head of Learning Support for this period.
Carol Bell - Principal
PRIMARY STAFFING 2021
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Final SRC Report for 2020
Phillippa Mitchell - Teacher Primary
OUR MOB - CHRISTMAS PARK EVENT
Our Mob Playgroup, ParentsNext and the Kindilink groups from Broome Primary School and Broome North Primary School came together for some Xmas fun and to meet Santa at the Town Beach Park.
YEAR 6'S ORIENTATION DAY AT SECONDARY
Orientation Day It was with great pleasure we welcomed our future Year 6's onto the campus to experience a day in the life of secondary.
Students started the day by organising themselves into their future House groups.
We came together as a whole group in the New dance studio and students were introduced to their Head of House.
Students then went to their period 1 class, this was House activities were students got to know each other. This session was primarily ran by our Year 10 Peer Support mentors who had recently been trained and prepared for this task.
From period 2 to 5 our future Year 7 students engaged in a range of full length lessons. These included, Art, Outdoor Ed, Dance, English and Maths. The students then returned as a house group and reflected on the day and went through some fundamentals of starting secondary school. It was a really great day had by all and we look forward to their start in 2021.
GIRLS GROUP CELEBRATION
We created our own ice cream sundaes to celebrate our learning.
We reflected on the strategies we have learnt and created a goal for next year.
Several of our Primary students nominated to undertake ICAS Assessments in the learning areas of English, Spelling, Mathematics, Digital Technologies and Science.
Congratulations to these students for challenging themselves, and in particular to Molly and Lachlan that received special awards.
YEAR 7 - 9 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION RETREAT
Year 7-9 Retreats Due to COVID interrupting the calendar this year, Term 4 was the term of Retreats for our 7-9 students.
This year, the retreats were based on Religious Education courses. Each Retreat day was filled with fun and games and times of reflection, culminating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In week 3 the year 9 cohort participated in a Retreat centered around the theme of Dignity and respecting the Human Person.
In week 4 the Year 8 cohort participated in a Retreat which explored the teaching of Stewardship and looking after the environment.
The Year 7 Students finished in week 5 with a Retreat which looked at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to live these gifts in their every day lives. It has been a challenging year for all of the students and the retreat days gave them an opportunity to reflect and think about the role that God has in our lives.
Thanks must go to all the teachers and support staff that were involved in these days for all of their hard work.
YEAR 10 & 11 FINAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LITURGIES
After a busy year and a final exam period the year 11 cohort finished the year last Friday the 27th of November. They participated in a final liturgy reflecting on the year that has gone. They prayed for each other and thanked God for the blessings they have received this year.
The Year 10 students ended the year with a liturgy on Wednesday the 2nd of December. This was a reflective and spiritual time as they too also thanked God for the year that has passed and looked forward with hope in the first week of Advent and the holidays to come.
A final Year 7-9 Liturgy will be happening in week 9 on the last day to finish the year at St Mary’s College.
ART GALA NIGHT
"The 2020 Senior Art Gala was a fantastic showcase of the arts and technologies faculty at St Mary's College. On display were visual arts, photography, ICT (digital printing), furniture and woodwork, textiles and delicious food. Performances in dance and music by students from years 9-10 were also enjoyed by parents, guardians, staff, students and special visitors from the Follow the Dream tour to the Kimberley. Well done to the arts and technologies team for promoting the creativity and efforts of students and staff throughout 2020."