St Mary's College Newsletter Term 3, Week 4


Congratulations to all the students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. A big thank you to Bishop Christopher and the Parish staff for all their support.


Goolarri trainers Elaine Rabbitt (L) and Kira Fong work with Rayliegha Banks and Jorja Pickett to complete their Certificate II Leadership (Media and Events) school-based training qualification. The students have been attending week-long blocks of training at Goolarri Media Enterprises to develop diverse and transferable skills in workplace communication, event promotion, project planning and collaboration using social media

Term 3 School Fee's

Term 3 school fees have now been billed, and posted to you. Thank you to those of you who have made arrangements for payment. For those families yet to do so, please contact Amy Hyett, Business Manager on 9194 9507, or amy.hyett@cewa.edu.au to make a plan for payment. Alternatively, please feel free to make a time to pop in and chat.

Please remember, if you hold an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, please provide a copy to reception on either campus, to ensure the relevant discount is provided to you.

Year 5 Lombadina Camp

School camp to Lombadina was a great experience. We stayed in tents with some of our friends and did many activities like swimming, snorkelling, crabbing, going to the hatchery, listening to the Bardi Jawi Rangers and learn about what they do. We really enjoyed going to the beach for the afternoon to swim and fish. We also thank Miss Janenell, Mr Brad and Mr Ameer for inviting us into their backyard.

By Ari and Poppy

Year 11 Retreat

On the 9th of August the Year 11 students headed to the St John of God Heritage Centre and participated in the Year 11 Retreat. The day was a spiritual and reflective day on the topic of leadership. They were challenged to understand themselves, to have resilience, to develop self-worth, to have ‘Grit’ and to be ‘Shepherd Leaders’ like Christ. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and thanks to all who were able to make the day possible.

Assumption Stature Presentation

At Mass last week, Bishop Saunders made an impromptu presentation to the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret with a statue of Our Lady of the Assumption. Sister Dorcas and Sister Clare are currently working with the primary and secondary students of St Mary’s College. The statue came from the Our Lady of the Assumption parish of Kalumburu. The Sisters and the people of Kalumburu will celebrate the Assumption feast day on 15th August.

Speak For Faith 2019

‘Speak for Faith’ is a competition run by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia open to all Catholic high schools in the state. Twenty-three students from across the Catholic Education sector had the chance to participate in this competition in 2019. Two of our year 11 students, Luke Hungerford-Morgan and Isaiah McKenna competed from St Mary’s this year. Luke and Isaiah spoke well in the heats with Isaiah advancing to the final in Perth. Only six students made the final. Isaiah spoke exceptionally well around the subject of Reconciliation and the role the church has in addressing the issues of the past in Australia. Although Isaiah did not achieve an award, it was commented that she was articulate and inspirational. Well done Isaiah and Luke!

Performing Arts Festival

From the Chair of Catholic Arts, John Aldous

"The liturgical dancers performed in a very prayerful, reflective and meaningful way, and we thank them and their teacher Vicki Thompson for their exceptional movement, which is a credit to the school. The Mass was very well received by all who attended and the Festival Committee are very grateful to you for the support of your College and for travelling to Perth for this special occasion."

What Been Happening in Year 3H?

Town Library

On Monday 5th August the Year 3 classes went to the Broome Town Library. When we got there a lady from the Library came and gave us a tour of the Library. We went to the Library to meet James Foley the illustrator and author, he was very funny. He told us about his books and shared stories with us. He also showed us how to write books and to create interesting illustrations. When we went back to school we created our own book covers for stories that we are going to write.

Yawuru Seasons

At the end of Term 2 it was NAIDOC Week. We went to Yawuru and learnt about the six Yawuru seasons. We learnt about all the weather changes, the plants and animals that are around and what people would do in these seasons. When we got back to school we made our own seasons wheel. Miss Belinda even made us damper. We have been looking at the changes around us to check what seasons we are in.

History of Broome

We have been looking at the history and changes that have occurred in Broome over the years. We created postcards to share with our friends and family about why they should come to Broome and some of the interesting landmarks that they might see. We have looked at the pearling days in Broome and the famous landmarks that we can see around us. We also looked at the different cultural groups that have called Broome home and why they came to Australia. We focussed on the Yawuru people and the impact that they have had on Broome. We enjoyed bringing all our ideas together and sharing what we had learnt with each other.


Progress on the new drama / dance building and the framing for the slab at the Secondary College.

NRT Construction Students - Building Skills for a Future Career

Certificate II Construction Pathways students John-Bill Quilisadio, Brody Andrews, Robert Wynne and Kondwani Phiri recently completed a unit of competence in scaffolding installation, use and dismantling at North Regional TAFE during a week of block training. Using a purpose-built structure and industry-standard scaffolding equipment, the students were required to work safely to install the uprights and work platforms, demonstrate how to work safely on it, then correctly dismantle and pack all components away. NRT lecturer Noel Swart said he was pleased with the progress the students were making in the course, particularly in group tasks such as this where teamwork is an important element.

Year 10 Gateway

On Friday the year 10 Tafe GATE students had a visit from Tom Forest who stared in the Kununurra Kid and now based in Broome working for the ABC. Tom got them to pre record themselves for the radio. The Year 10s thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tom’s journey and all of the opportunities that are available for them in Media.

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