St Mary's College Term 3, version 4

Message from the Principal

Once more we have had a busy conclusion to the term here at St Mary’s College with much colour and vibrancy in the many events and opportunities that our community has been involved in during this last month of Term 3.

The Father’s Day activity afternoon on our primary campus was a great occasion. It was so wonderful to see so many of our dads and Father figures come along and enjoy some time with the kids. Everything from painting and noughts and crosses to tug of war and of course the students versus Fathers footy game accompanied by the good old sausage sizzle. Everyone involved had a lovely afternoon. A truly joyous occasion.

It has also been carnival season here at St Mary’s College and the College Phys Ed team from primary and secondary have been very busy. We have enjoyed our own Inter-house carnivals on both primary and secondary and hosted the local schools for the Interschool carnival competitions. Our wonderful staff ensured that all four carnivals were amazing experiences for the students. We had record numbers of students participate across primary and secondary and it was wonderful to see so many students eager to represent St Mary’s College in the Interschool competitions. Our secondary team were valiant but were bumped by Broome Senior High school for top honours, but our Primary team took out the top spot. Congratulations to our wonderful students who gave their all. I do want to especially recognise our Phys Ed team on both campus's who work together to well to support each other with the running of these amazing events. Well done team.

We are also at that time of the year where our Year 12 students are just starting their mock exams, finishing off their course work and preparing for graduation. It is hard to believe we are here again, and I wish all our students the very best in the coming weeks as they make their final preparations and reality hits that their high school days are nearly at an end. I would like our community to please keep our year 12’s in their thoughts and prayers at this time. It is always a time of great hope and enthusiasm but also of hard work and nerves. Good luck to everyone as we work together to ensure our students finish the year well and are looking forward to the many opportunities that await them following graduation.

I had the pleasure last night to attend the annual Yo Fest where so many of our talented drama and dance students took to the stage to share their messages on health and wellbeing. It was a wonderful evening. Our students were brilliant, it was so great to see our students performing monologues and group drama pieces. Our dancers were stunning as always and what powerful, thoughtful messages on such relevant topics such as the impact of social media, domestic violence, being true to who you are in the face of challenging expectations from society. I was very proud of them all. A special thank you must also be extended to our wonderful Performing Arts team who as always prepared the students so well and were there to support them of the night.

With one final week to go of term, I hope all our students and families enjoy a restful and safe holiday period and I look forward to welcoming everyone back in Term 4 for the final chapter of 2021.

Carol Bell - Principal

Our Mob playgroup

Our Mob Playgroup recently went on excursion to the Yawardani Jan-ga (Horses Helping) Program where they were warmly greeted by Professor Juli Coffin and her beautiful horses: Paris and Awesome as well as Elvis, Baba, Romeo and the others. Our little ones loved grooming, painting and sitting on the horses.

We are so lucky to be able to do something like this. Thank you Professor Juli Coffin and Mala Fairborn.

Merrilee Lands - Our Mob Facilitator

year 2 Classroom

Year 2 have had such a busy term with our wonderful prac students, Miss Grace and Miss Gabby joining us along the way for lots of learning. We have been so busy creating our wonderful poetry booklets that we can't wait to share with our family and friends in Wk 10 at our Poetry Morning Tea. We learnt all about acrostic, haiku, cinquain, and limericks. We have developed our writing so much which is so exciting, and we are super proud.

We have also been learning all about the history of Broome with Miss Sarah and Miss Melis. We learnt about how the landscapes around us have changed as well as all about Sammy the Dragon and the Festival of the Pearl, Shinju Matsuri. We loved exploring old and new technologies with Miss Gabby and Miss Grace, it was so exciting making butter the old fashioned way!

We also completed a waste audit in our classrooms and are so proud of ourselves because we have reduced our waste from Term 2 because we have been trying so hard to have waste free lunchboxes. Go Year 2! Thanks to all of our parents and guardians that have been helping us make waste wise lunchbox choices.

Year 2 are finishing Term 3 with a bang, we can't wait for our museum excursion next week, as well as swimming lessons and Poetry Morning Tea. Thanks so much!!

Shannon O'Connor - Teacher

The waste warriors

The Waste Warriors have been working super hard this term to encourage and educate our friends and teachers about waste free lunchboxes.

Check out this video to find out all about it!

Well done to all of the students who have been making such great waste wise lunch box choices


Shannon O'Connor - Teacher

Primary Interschool Carnival

On Friday 10th September, SMC hosted 7 other primary schools for the West Kimberley Interschool Athletics Carnival. Students showed absolute excellence in their events as well as brilliant teamwork and encouragement of other students. I am so proud of our students!

A special mention to our medal winners who received these from their individual events:

Paityn Dann - Year 1 Champion Girl

Nevaeh Cox - Year 2 Runner Up Champion Girl

Alizai Thomas-Lawford - Year 3 Champion Boy

Jonni Ockerby-Topliss - Year 4 Runner Up Champion Girl

Kobe Hart - Year 5 Champion Boy

Spencer Groenenberg - Year 6 Champion Boy

Virginia Balacky - Year 6 Runner Up Champion Girl

Congratulations to the Grand Relay team who really brought it home for us! We won the carnival overall each and every athlete who competed in the jumps and track days contributed to this - GO SMC!

Jorje Harman - Teacher

year 7 aces

This term, the Year 7 ACES students have had lots of fun learning about simple machines and have worked effectively and collaboratively to design and build their own ancient machine. The high standard of their final products was impressive, especially considering how students had to source their own resources and work in pairs to build their models under a time constraint.

For the rest of this term, most of the students are building a Rube Goldberg machine, however, two of our students are designing and creating a children’s story book that will be handed into Broome Hospital on completion.

It has been another enjoyable and successful term with the Year 7 ACES and I look forward to some more exciting projects in Term 4.

Amanda Davies - HOLA Learning Extension & Follow the Dream Co

Broome Interschool Spelling Bee

On Tuesday the 15th of September, four Year 7 students, Imogen Sansoni, Nathaniel Taverner, Lachlan Taylor-Fuller and myself, Lei Yuen, competed in the Year 7 and 8 Broome Interschool Spelling Bee against Broome Senior High School and Derby District High School at Cable Beach Primary.

Firstly we competed in the traditional whiteboard spelling where all competitors did well. In the Dictionary Dash, I managed to win the first two words but was beaten on the last. Boggle was a tough round for most but it was definitely an enjoyable part of the competition. A girl from Broome Senior scored five bonus points for making the word “oestrogen”. We were all very impressed. My personal favourite round was, Scrabble. Unfortunately too many vowels was our downfall with Broome SHS winning that round. Speed-Spell then followed before the competition concluded with a round of “Four Pictures, One Word”.

When the results were revealed a Broome SHS student was named overall winner and there was a three-way tie for second. After talking with my teammates we agreed it was an enjoyable event and we felt very privileged to be able to compete.

I would like to thank Ms Carla Hall for supporting us on the day, Mr Ben Court for helping organise the team and Cable Beach Primary for hosting the event and doing a terrific job getting the event running smoothly. We look forward to returning next year to hopefully take out the title!

Lei Yuen – Year 7 Rice

Ben Court - HOLA - English, Humanities & Social Science

Secondary Interschool Carnival

The Interschool Athletics Carnival was held on the 3rd of September with perfect conditions and a slight breeze all day to keep competitors a bit cool. With perfect conditions for the athletes, they produced some awesome results and all students represented their schools with pride and great sportsmanship. It was a great contest between St Mary’s, Broome SHS and Derby SHS with the race for first place being close all day between St Mary’s and BSHS, with BSHS taking out the win. We managed to stay close to the program timing which meant all relays were completed and presentations were done on the day, with enough time for Derby to make the long drive back home. I would like to thank all the parents that came to support their children, all the staff that made the event run so smoothly, Broome little Athletics for the use of their timing gates and all the athletes who gave it their best on the day.

Below is a list of Champions and runners up from SMC, as you can see by the number of them, we performed very well.

U13 Female Runner up – Jahzara-Lyn Hunter

U/13 Male Runner up – Drey Collins

U/14 Female Champion – Henrietta Ningella

U/14 Male Champion – Tremaine Hart

U/14 Male Runner up – Phillip Pigram

U/15 Male Champion – David Pigram

U/16 Female Runner up – Nevada Croft

Open Male Champion – Jobe Bedford

Steven Gregory - HOLA Physical Education

Year 10 Outdoor Education Camp

This Term the year 10 Outdoor Education class have been developing their expedition skills. This week the class took part in their Hiking and Fishing Expedition. Students walked part of The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail from Willie Creek to Barred Creek and set up camp overnight at Barred Creek. The camp provided students with an opportunity to gain experience in personal preparation and organisation, leadership and working together in a group. After their hike along the coast the students spent the rest of the afternoon fishing, swimming and exploring the area while watching the tide come in.

The students worked as a team to cook dinner on the Trangias and started a fire to sit around at night where students told stories and toasted marshmellows. The students then went ghost crabbing with their torches before heading to bed. Wednesday students woke up with the sun and again spent the morning fishing, swimming and as the tide went out exploring down the creek. Lewis Varga caught a big mud crab which was put on the fire to cook for lunch before returning back to school.

The students should be commended on their outstanding behaviour and effort throughout the camp, it was an overall positive experience for everybody. A big thankyou to Mr Braden for coming on camp with us and helping out as well as Mr Steve for helping with the car

Teagan Butler - Teacher

Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp

The Yr 11 Outdoor Education students had the opportunity to put the skills and knowledge gained in class into practice during week 9 when they embarked on their expedition to Danggu (Geikie Gorge). They spent 3 days paddling up the river, setting up camp and being fully self sufficient. The panning done during class sessions leading up to the expedition proved to be invaluable as the students performed very well in all areas, from preparation, packing to camp craft skills.

Their paddling skills improved immensely over the 3 days along with their teamwork and leadership skills. It was a great opportunity for many students who had not been out on country in that area before.

We would like to give a massive thank you to the P&F who contributed a large amount of funding to the purchase of the kayaks, paddles and life jackets, without this support, the expedition would not have been able to happen and the experiences and memories made by the students would not have occurred. Another thanks to Mr Ben and Miss Brooke for coming along on the trip to help with supervision and running of the expedition.

Steven Gregory - HOLA - Physical Education

Canteen On-Line


Shire of Broome