St Mary's College Newsletter Term 2 - Issue 1

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Term 2. I do hope all our families enjoyed their time together over the holiday period and shared a happy and joy filled Easter together. It is hard to believe that we have already completed two weeks of this term and it set to be action packed with lots of activity, as we witness the changing of the seasons and the lifting of the humidity.

Last week I had the privilege of attending a cross-sectoral meeting with all the Principals in the Kimberley to discuss crisis management and share different approaches to managing significant events that could impact on our communities. It was a wonderful collegial day that has led to new connections and a great sharing of ideas and information across the Department of Education, AISWA and Catholic Education. This was then followed by a second day where, as Principals, we had the opportunity to feedback to SCSA- Schools Curriculum Standards Authority on proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum K-10. This led to much fruitful discussion about what teaching, and learning looks like here in the Kimberley and across the country. Our Executive team from Perth including Dr. Debra Sayce our Executive Director of Catholic Education, spent time with us across both days and then we spent time reflecting on our future directions as a Catholic Education system.

Anzac Day is always a time for reflection and given that last year we were not able to assemble at Bedford Park and Perth and Peel were in lock down this year, our Anzac service took on special meaning for those in attendance. As we do every year the students from the Student Representative Council on both primary and secondary participated in the parade and the laying of the wreath service. This is an important time as we remember those who have given service to our country, our amazing and enduring friendship with New Zealand and the give thanks for all that we enjoy in freedom. Lest we forget.

This week we have also had many activities occurring across the College, with our second Parent/Teacher/Student conversations occurring on Tuesday evening on secondary and were again very well attended. I would like to thank our parents and caregivers for coming along and engaging with our teachers to learn more about how our students are progressing and learning. Our partnership with home remains a crucial part of the work we do here at the College.

Our First Eucharist students in Year 5 attended a beautiful workshop on Wednesday night with their parents and caregivers in the led into their sacramental preparation. Mr James and Ms Lauren, supported by Ms Keryn and Fr. Patricio led the students through some great practical activities to help them better understanding of the parts of the mass and the significance of the Eucharist. It was a beautiful evening. We wish all our recipients of First Eucharist all the very best as they begin their journey with a commitment mass this Saturday night at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral.

Next week we have a special celebration acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the ministry of the Christian Brothers in the Kimberley and the foundation of Nulungu College. Nulungu College is particularly significant in our history as it marked the beginning of secondary education in the Kimberley and laid the beginning of our secondary campus. This will be celebrated on May 6th with a mass, formal reception and BBQ on the secondary campus starting at 4pm. We invite our community to come along, particularly past students.

Secondary House Cross Country

The House Cross Country will be run on Friday 7th May (Wk 3).

Students should wear their sports uniform with their House shirt to school that day. Sunscreen will be supplied for students.

This is a compulsory school event, and everyone is expected to participate to the best of their ability.

You have 25mins to complete the course in order to get points for your house. The more people that cross the line, the better chance your house has of winning.

The format is similar to last year: Period 1 - Yr 11/12 Period 2 - Yr 10 Period 3 - Yr 9 Period 4 - Yr 8 Period 5 - Yr 7 Period 6 - Presentations in the undercover area.

When students are not running in their race, they will be in normal timetabled classes.

Steven Gregory - HOLA Physical Education

Nulungu College 50th Anniversary

On Thursday 6 May, we will be hosting a special celebration in conjunction with the Christian Brothers in Broome.

The Christian Brothers were invited by Bishop John Jobst, then Bishop of Broome, who recognised the need to establish a secondary school for boys in the Kimberley region. Nulungu (CBC) College was established in 1971, and this year, 2021, marks the 50th Anniversary of that opening. The Christian Brothers also extended their mission to other parts of the Kimberley for a period and remain in Broome today.

This week, several past teachers, including one of the founders of Nulungu College, Br Peter Hardiman, will travel to Broome from across Australia and from Papua New Guinea, to celebrate together, and to reconnect with some of their students and families from that time. Many of our St Mary’s families are looking forward to sharing stories and reminiscing about their school days.

The St Mary’s College community extends our congratulations and thank the Brothers for their selfless work and dedication, and for their wonderful contribution to the history and life of our College.

Please join us on Thursday 6 May at 4:00 pm at the Nulungu Chapel for a Thanksgiving Mass, followed by a BBQ and gathering afterwards. If you are attending please RSVP to Anthea on 9194 9502 or by email anthea.demin@cewa.edu.au before Tuesday 4 May.

Mother's Day Raffle

LOOK OUT for Tickets which will be distributed out to the eldest child in the family on Monday.

Parent & Friends Association

Caritas - Project Compassion - 2021

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign for 2021.

This year, the theme for Caritas Australia was ‘Be More’ for Project Compassion 2021. It challenged us to venture into a new experience of compassion. The generosity of all families, students, staff and community has enabled St Mary’s College to fundraise an incredible $6,670 to assist those who do not have the essential resources they need for their survival, those whose needs at this time are far beyond ours.

Our Canteen is now ONLINE!

Don't forget to sign up for School Lunches Online - a quick and easy way to order your kids delicious lunches!

Parish Youth Mass

Speaking Out Survey

Lea Wilson - Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Specialist Instrumental Music

Tania McKenna - Music Specialist Coordinator

Majarlin - Kimberley Centre for Remote Health