St Mary's College TERM 2, ISSUE 4

First Eucharist

On Sunday 30th May the First Eucharist mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral.

We had 23 candidates from the school along with two candidates from the parish. It was a beautiful celebration. The students participated reverently and were well prepared by the Year 5 teaching team.

Thank you to the families, school, and parish communities who helped celebrate this important event!

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

Primary - Broome Footy and Netball Carnival

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the Broome Carnival for Football & Netball on Friday 28th May at BRAC. Teams trained hard after school and the results on the day showed it was all worth it! Congratulations to our football team who went through the day undefeated and won the Dockers Shield!

Congratulations also to our Year 6 netball team who finished 2nd overall for the day! A special mention to Andy Gibb & Francis Graffen who were awarded the Endeavour Awards for the football team, for demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the day.

Special mentions also go to Shirley Wynne and Eliysse Johnson who were awarded the Endeavour Awards for our Year 6 and Year 5 netball teams. All students showcased the SMC values of being kind, respectful & responsible throughout the day.

A big thank you to Mr Joseph, Mr Brodie and Miss Matilda who helped to coach all of our teams on the day and also to the staff who have given up their own time after school to help out at training sessions. Go SMC!

Jorje Harman - Teacher Primary

Be YOU - Beyond Blue

Carla Cunningham - Teacher Primary

Secondary News Update

It has been a busy couple of weeks on the Secondary Campus, especially the curriculum side of the school, with a number of students being involved in many academic activities.

The Year 10’s have completed exams, flew away to Perth on camp, and will be on work experience all of Week 9.

The Year 9’s have also concluded their exam period and hopefully will be rewarded with some great marks for the time and effort they have put into study for these exams.

We also have a group of ViSN students heading down to Perth this weekend for some revision courses to help further their studies, a really great opportunity for those students.

Year 11 students have been away at North Regional TAFE for TAFE block week, completing competency units for their chosen courses, helping them get closer to their certificate.

We only have a few weeks left of term and it is important to stay prepared and focused right to the end of week 10.

In Week 11 we will have many students participating in Kimberley Cup, those who do attend this event will be back at school on an alternative program.

Steven Gregory - Acting Deputy Head of Curriculum

Secondary Visual Arts Studio

Year 9 students have been working with ceramics this week, hand building, and using the pottery.

Year 8 students are completing a group project examining street art, looking at the skills and styles of different artists.

Marie Little - Teacher Secondary

Year 12 Retreat

The Year 12 students recently spent 2 days in Lombadina on their Year 12 Retreat. The theme of the retreat was Culture and Story. This was a fitting time to be in the community as it was the end of reconciliation week.

The students spent the first day reflecting on the history of the community and mission as well as taking the time to reflect and rest after the busy time of exams. The second day was a slower pace spending time in creation and thinking about forgiveness and reconciliation in their lives. The students enjoyed this much-needed time away from school.

Thanks must go to Mrs Bell, Ms Cherie, Ms Janelle and Mr Tim for being such wonderful helpers and facilitators during the retreat.

Nik Martinskis - HOLA Religious Education

School Photos

We had very successful photo days on each campus last week! Thank you to the parents for returning their forms and payment.

We did have a few queries regarding the cost of the photos for each Primary and Secondary student. As you may have noticed both envelopes for Primary and Secondary students looked the same, however, each of the photo options for Secondary Students was $5 more.

MSP Photography has confirmed that in fact each of the Primary and Secondary photo products is in fact different, hence the cost difference.

Below is a sample of the Primary Photos.

The Primary Group Photo comes in an A3 sized folded into an A4 booklet with the group image and composite section on the inside of the pack.

Below is a sample of the Secondary Photos.

The Secondary Photos come in an A4 booklet containing multiple pages inside depending on how many students are in the year levels.

The difference of $5 in price allows for the additional sections of the Secondary Photos.

We hope this clarifies any queries families may have. For any other queries or concerns, please contact MSP Photography directly.

Amy Hyett - Business Manager

Australia Flags to Taiji

At the start of the term, the conversational Japanese co-curricular class sent Australian waver flags for the students at our sister schools in Taiji. Earlier this week Taiji’s new railway station was officially opened and the Taiji Elementary School students were present at the opening ceremony, with their flags, to bring the Australian connection to the celebrations.

The new railway station honors the many people who left Taiji to work in Australia, the USA, Canada, and other foreign countries. The design of the building was inspired by the historic train station on Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles, California where many people from villages on the southern coast of Kii Peninsula lived while working in the fishing industry in the early to mid 1900s.

The SMC staff and students look forward to using the new station when the Japanese Cultural Immersion recommences sometime in the future

Michael Lake - Teacher Secondary


Broome Little Athletics

Claudia on behalf of Broome Little Athletics