FROM THE PRINCIPAL : Carol Bell
A very warm welcome back to St Mary’s College for 2020. I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome all our new families to St Mary’s College and our new staff. As always the beginning of the new school year is an exciting and busy time for all, but both staff and students have made a tremendous start to the new school year, which has been amazing to see. I have to say as Principal it has been an absolute privilege to witness the care, love, support, dedication, organisation and commitment of all staff to the commencement of the new school year, establishing students into new routines, making students feel welcome, reassuring parents and assisting new staff to find their feet.
I have had a wonderful time moving around both primary and secondary campus’ in the last two weeks, talking with parents, students and staff. It has been so beautiful to see such great work generate such a wonderful, positive and optimistic tone across our College. The combined efforts of our whole community has meant that we have begun the school year with great joy.
Our Year 7 students have settled in really well to College life and are now coming to the end of their transition program this week. For the first two weeks students have undergone a special program to ease them into secondary school life, teaching them necessary skills to be successful in the secondary school environment. Core subjects will begin teaching their curriculum from next Monday and we look forward to the Year 7 camp in Week 6.
This year we are continuing to build on the great work from previous years. We have much to look forward to as we embrace a College wide PBIS- Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support Framework, through a trauma informed lens across our whole College K-12. While our primary campus have been using this approach for some time, this is new to our secondary campus. On the first PD day for staff this year the PBIS secondary team launched the PBIS approach on secondary with all staff. The secondary staff have enthusiastically embraced the approach that aims to teach students the behaviour we wish to see in a positive and empowering manner. The secondary will continue with the expectations of; Be Kind, Be Respectful and Be Responsible but will have also add Be Your Best. Students will be rewarded for positive behaviour through the Dojo program. We are also continuing our work with developing staff professional practice across the College with the introduction of our Professional Growth Program. This program aims to work with teachers on how they are teaching, collecting data, giving feedback and enhancing teaching practice. Our teachers do an amazing job but those of us in the teaching profession understand that teaching is always developing and evolving and therefore there are always new things to learn. The teachers are very much looking forward to formalising this work.
Our capital development plan in Stage 11 continues on the Secondary campus with the opening of three new GLA- General Learning Area classrooms ready for the start of this year. The addition of these modern, state of the art facilities have been enthusiastically appreciated by both staff and students alike. Bright, modern and equipped with the latest technology and flexible furniture, these classrooms are a great window into the future direction of our secondary campus. Work continues on the Performing Arts Building which we are expecting to be ready for the start of Term 2 and the refurbishment of the Food & Textiles building with new staff hub, Food and Textiles classroom and three more new GLA’s on the top floor expected to be completed by the end of the year. Following this the College grounds between the new GLA’s, Performing Arts Building and Food and Textiles Building will be beautifully landscaped giving the grounds in this part of the campus much needed revitalising.
This week two parent Information Nights were held on both Primary and Secondary and it was wonderful to see so many parents attend. We love to see you come into the College and meet with our staff. The partnership with home and school continues to be vital to the work we do with your children. This year we are aiming to provide more social based opportunities and moments of celebration to encourage parents into the College. To launch this our P&F are holding a Welcome Sundowner to all Families on Tuesday Feb 18th from 4pm. It would be wonderful to see you all there. We are also still looking for parents to join our P&F Association, so if you are interested please let the College know asap or come along next Tuesday night. A big thank you to those parents who have already indicated their interest.
I look forward to continuing our work together this year and if you see me about on the College grounds please come and have a chat. I am always interested to hear from our Parents and Families. Best wishes for 2020.
Student Leadership- 2020
On Wednesday Feb 13th the College inducted the 2020 Student Leadership team in Year 6 and Year 11 and 12 at our Whole College Welcome Liturgy and Assembly. During the assembly the students and Principal Carol Bell paused to consider what student Leadership means. Here is an excerpt from Mrs Bell’s Principal Address regarding our student Leadership at St. Mary’s College:
‘Young people need peers who are going to encourage, support and lead them. To be respected as a leader your peers need to feel that you can empathise with them; that you understand their tials and tribulations, that you understand their needs and are willing to represent those needs to the College Leadership team. When it comes to leading young people, those who take it on are best placed to lead you because they are you.
You are to be congratulated and deserve to celebrate obtaining these roles. But really, that is the easy part. The difficulty lies in exhibiting leadership when adversity strikes or when situations arise that challenge your position or code of ethics. Leadership is easy when everyone agrees with you and the decision is popular. The true test of leadership emerges when navigating the right path and this can be testing.
SRC 2020 your election to office is an indication that staff and students have great faith in you. As St Mary’s College Principal, I know what an honour and a privilege it is to be a leader of our College. I hope you feel the same pride and enthusiasm. I look forward to working with you, hearing your ideas and together helping the College leadership team better understand the needs of our students.’
We congratulate all our SRC for 2020 and wish them the very best in their leadership journey.
Head Boy: Levi Heard
Head Girl: Poppy Stewart
Deputy Head Boy: Liam Unicomb
Deputy Head Girl: Tasman Stevens
Barbier House Captains: Rhiannah Mckeon
O’Brien House Captains: Neveah Dann
Rice House Captains: Jahzara-lyn Hunter
Ward House Captains: Nalana Savo
Year 11 &12
Head Boy: Daniel Ralph
Head Girl: Isaiah Mckenna
Cultural Captain: Enya Lippert
Ministry Captain: Georgia Carter
Sports Captain: Luke Hungerford Morgan
Barbier House Captain: Dre Bedford
Rice House Captain: Sean Belda
O’Brien House Captain: Brody Andrews
Ward House Captain: Djalen Monck-O’Meara
The Year 6 team have been busy preparing their students for the Leadership Speeches held on Monday in the library. Leading up to this event, the Year 6 students were given many opportunities to explore as a group what leadership is. There was a strong emphasis upon the fact that as Year 6 students, they do not need a badge in order to lead by example. Visits were made by Mrs Carol Bell, the Primary Leadership Team and a group of Year 12 leaders to share their experiences of being leaders and the qualities they believe help shape a good leader.
Look at how much fun we have been having in Kindy, so far this year!
Celebrating Our Students
Congratulations Leah Pigram
Circa Contemporary Circus one of the world’s leading performance companies. As part of the Perth Festival 2020 it joins with a local cast of circus performers, dancers and young people.
Congratulations and Best wishes to our Year 11 student, Leah Pigram who is currently performing in ‘Leviathan’. “Leviathan sees 36 performers take the art of circus in an exhilarating new direction. They hang from a grid suspended in the air and propel themselves across the state, tumbling, balancing and soaring together”. Well done Leah!
We also acknowledge former students Georgia Deguara, Director and Creator of Yuck Circus and Louis Biggs in ‘Briefs’ as part of the 2020 Fringe World Festival
Congratulations Georgia Carter
In the January holidays, Year 12 Student Georgia Carter participated in the UWA Indigenous Business Summer Camp.
As part of the camp students participated in an entrepreneurial competition and Georgia was the winner of the competition. As a result, Georgia has won a trip to New York and will meet with successful start up CEO’s and entrepreneurs in a few months time. What a fantastic achievement and opportunity. We wish Georgia all the very best in her travels.
Our start to the 2020 school year was a very successful one! Big smiles and exciting stories were told by everyone about their spectacular holidays. Inside the Year 1-3 classrooms it has been buzzing with excitement with new teachers, students and old friends. There have been wonderful things to learn, discover, explore and discuss!
Did you know we have a new Canteen Menu? AND EFTPOS?!
Check out our fabulous new Canteen Menu!
Don’t have cash – don’t worry! We have EFTPOS facilities in the Canteen on both the Primary and Secondary Campus 😊
Did you know our Uniform Shop has moved?
Please visit our uniform shop on the Secondary Campus via the Port Drive entrance. The uniform shop is open on Monday and Wednesday morning 7am-10.30am 😊
The first billing of school fees will be billed Week 3 of Term 1. Please ensure the College has a current email address as these will be emailed to you.
Do you hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card?
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.
2020 Secondary Assistance Scheme
The State Government, through the Department of Education, provides financial support to eligible parents through the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS). The aim of the scheme is to assist low income families with secondary schooling costs.
Eligible parents/guardians, who hold a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card, with students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 studying full-time secondary course at a WA private school will be able to apply for the SAS in 2020.
The SAS consists of two allowances:
• $235 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school); and
• $115 Clothing Allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian).
“The year 9’s are learning about the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit in Religion. Students had to create the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit using play dough. As you can see from the pictures, some innovative and creative ideas!”
Primary Breakfast club
To ensure all of our students can engage in a wide range of subjects, many of our Year 11 and 12 students study using the Catholic Education WA online courses called ViSN. Last Thursday - Sunday Miss Katie, Miss Lea and our ViSN students went to Perth to meet their online teachers and the students who they will be working with. We have students studying 9 different courses through this online medium. One of the many benefits of this course is, students, get to practice the way many University Courses are run giving them a Head start for when they leave school.
The picture shows, Year 12 students Isaiah McKenna and Luke Hungerford- Morgan with students from Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, learning from four students from Russia, who are on the screen. The Russian girls presented World War II from their perspective, with stories of their grandparents and what it was like for them. Our students will now prepare a presentation for them. What wonderful learning.
1C met their buddies from 5JH
primary Book Fair is Coming!
Selling dates are Monday to Thursday of Week 4, before and after school! We look forward to seeing you there.
Jarrarr Buru happenings!
Week one was an amazing week for inclusion on the Primary! Our students have spent most of their time in their new classrooms getting to know their teachers and building connections to their classrooms. Transitioning to a new class can be very unsettling for many of our students. It has been wonderful to see our JB kids being a part of their classes, experiencing success and building independence as they work alongside their peers. Ellen and Beth have been working with class teachers to develop learning plans that best suit the individual needs of our diverse learners and the Jarrarr Buru program will begin in week three.
In 5JH this week we participated in a Teamwork Challenge involving spaghetti and marshmallows! Students had to build the tallest tower using only these materials and their teamwork skills. It was awesome to see all students showing leadership qualities teamwork skills such as communication, mateship and cooperation.