ST MARY'S COLLEGE newsletter Issue 2, 2020

secondary update

OLNA Testing Years 10, 11 and 12

I would like to remind parents that to attain a WACE graduation all students are required to achieve a minimum level of literacy and numeracy as prescribed by the School’s Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). This can be done by attaining level 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN. If students do not meet this standard, they are then required to pass the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA). These assessments are held in March and October each year for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who have not attained the required level. The first round of OLNA testing will be held from March 4 until March 29. On Tuesday students received notification of which OLNA tests they are required to sit. Year 11 and 12 students were given this information at the end of last year, so this will just be a reminder for them. In Year 10 it is common for most students to have to sit at least one OLNA test and most students achieve the required standard by the end of Year 10.

If your child is required sit OLNA there are online practice tests available to all students by going to the following website:


username: olna

password: prac14

Communication with Teachers

As a College we encourage communication between parents and teachers as the more we know about your child, the more we can work together with you to help to ensure they are able to be the best they can be. Communication is the key. On the Secondary campus most communication is through SEQTA Engage and Learn or via email or SMS. By logging on to the SEQTA portal parents can see programs, test results absentee records and more. Teachers have also been encouraged to contact parents, via email or phone, informing parents of upcoming assessments or with any concerns they may have about your child’s progress. If you have not received any logon details, please let us know via email or calling reception on 91949504.

Please take the opportunity to contact us if there is anything important that you think we may need to know. As you can imagine, teachers spend most of the day teaching their classes, so they will probably not be able to answer your email immediately, but we do try to answer all queries within 24 hours. If your communication is urgent, please call the College on 9194 9504 or 9194 9580.

Further contact can also be made between teachers and parents, the old-fashioned way, through notes in the student planner. Please take the opportunity to look through your child’s planner to help monitor what homework, assessments or notes they may have.

Student Absences

If your child is absent from the College for any reason you are required, by law, to communicate the reason to the College. This can be done via, phone, email or written note.

Mobile Phones on Secondary

Students carrying mobile phones with them during the school day is a distraction to their learning. Our College policy is that students may bring their phones to school, but they must be placed in their locker from the time of the first bell at 7:45am until the end of the College day at 2:15pm. We would prefer that students did not bring their phones to school at all as they do not need them during the school day. If parents need to communicate pick up details or any other urgent information to students or if students need to contact parents, this should be done via the phone at student services. The direct line to student services is 91949580. This phone is available to students at any time if they urgently need to contact parents. Please DO NOT call or message your child during the school day on their mobile phone for any reason as they should not have their phones on them. If a student has a mobile phone out in their classroom, or at recess or lunchtime it is our policy that the phone is taken, given to the Head of House and should be retrieved by the student at the end of the day. If this happens a second time the phone will need to be collected by a parent. or guardian. If you wish to discuss this policy with me you are welcome to do so by email at lea.wilson@cewa.edu.au or by calling the College through Secondary reception on 9194 9504.

YEAR ONE, TWO and THREE have been very BUSY BEES

The classrooms have been full of activity with the students working with gusto in the classroom producing some fabulous work across the learning areas. They have shown they love to learn and share their journeys with all their fabulous friends. The Spirit of Jesus is displayed in all that they do. They are kind, help each other out and include everyone when they play. The students participated in a beautiful Ash Wednesday Liturgy and we would like to thank all the families that came along, it was very special to have you join us.


This term has certainly gotten off to a hectic start in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) area of the college. Students who had expressed an interest in attending North Regional TAFE last year have started their training. This year most of the NRT course training is being held in blocks, and students will miss classes for a week while they attend TAFE. The expectation is that they make connections with other students and their teachers to ensure that any work they have missed is caught up. This will require a strong commitment to both their TAFE studies and their school work.

I look forward to working with students and families to make the most of all the great opportunities available for students.

Ms Diane Popovich


A sneak peek at our new Performing Arts building..getting close now!


Rice House came together to celebrate Mass in the Nulungu Chapel. They had much to celebrate after winning the House Swimming Carnival last week.

Rice House was named after Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers and we are fortunate to still have Br Berkeley and Br Peter living in Broome and maintaining the Christian Brothers connections

Our Mob

Our Mob Playgroup is up and running again with sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:10am to 11:00am. Please call us on 0456 738 010 if you want to know more.

Hazel working on one of the Learning Games with mum’s guidance.

Aleerah-Jade and mum working on an animal puzzle.

Fun times in the Ice Cream Parlour.

Zane selling ice creams in our Ice Cream Parlour.

Year 4 / 5 playground

A huge thank you to the St Mary's College Parents & Friends for the funding to purchase the new swings installed in the Y4/5 Playground The students are having so much fun on the new play equipment!

It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful community of parents and friends that makes initiatives like this possible – THANK YOU!

SECONDARY House swimming carnival

This year’s House swimming carnival was a great success, with the weather turning it on, the hot conditions meant that we had lots of participants in events. With a couple of changes this year, such as nominations for events at school, medallions for 1st, 2nd and 3rd champions and swimmers competing in their year groups, this seemed to be welcomed by the students and allowed for them to compete against all their peers. It was great to see such great sportsmanship and house spirit throughout the day.

It was a tight tussle at the top of the leader board all day, but the eventual winners by 6 points were Rice, congratulations to them and Head of House, Miss Amy.

Order of winning houses were: Rice, Ward, O’Brien, Barbier

A list of all the Champion swimmers by age are below:


Steven Gregory

Head of Learning Area Health and Physical Education

primary house swimming carnival

As the day of the 2020 Primary House Swimming Carnival drew closer, the weather in Broome warmed up immensely to make a tough day for spectators and swimmers alike. With the mercury high, Thursday 6th March was the day that all the students in Year 3 – 6 were looking forward to in Term 1. It was their chance to represent their House in the first friendly competition of the year, vying for the Inter-House Swimming Shield in 2020. The House Captains this year did a magnificent job in helping their teammates, leading the cheers and working with their bay leaders.

The community of St. Mary’s always comes together on days like these and it was incredible to observe the teamwork and camaraderie of the staff and parent helpers. These people ensured that the students were able to participate in an exceptional carnival that ran like clockwork. A big thanks also to the maintenance and canteen crew who also made sure that the day ran smoothly. Without the help of these people chipping in, these wonderful community events would not be able to happen.

The contest for the shield was really a one-sided affair and there can only be one winner. Once the final race results came in and the scores were calculated, it was clear. Barbier were the 2020 Swimming Champions. Well done, Barbier!

Overall results

beach dance film

On Sunday 8th March on the Yagan Square Tower in Perth City, was our viewing of BEACH DANCE Film which was displayed to the public! Congrats to ST MARY’S COLLEGE BROOME for this awesome opportunity to ‘show off’ our beautiful community. Entry submitted by Dance , Digital Imaging /Photography Students, Mr Justin Cudmore & Ms Vicki Thompson. Thank you to Screenwest for selecting our submission

Year 10 Careers

We were fortunate enough to have Tegan Brown and Kevin Collard from the Department of Transport come in to Ms Amanda’s Year 10 Careers class and run an information session on preparing students for their driving test. Many questions were answered and students accessed a great deal of information regarding rules of driving in WA, both in remote areas and in the city. Students had great fun playing two games around learning to drive.

shrove tuesday

2020 student residential address and other information collection notice


School fees

The first installment of school fees has now been billed. This fee statement includes, if applicable to your child, the charge for each of the Y4, Y5, Y6, Y7 and Y10 Camps.

How can you pay?

There are many options to pay school fees as listed on the fee statement – BPAY, Cash at reception, EFTPOS at reception and direct bank transfer.

Did you know we also accept payment via Direct Debit and Centrepay?

Should you wish to establish a Direct Debit payment plan or Centrepay payment plan, please contact Amy Hyett, Business Manager on 9194 9507 or amy.hyett@cewa.edu.au, or drop in and see her.

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).


Year 7 Camp

Since Wednesday the Year 7s have had a fabulous time at the Broome Camp School. They have shown their skills at Archery, Fat Bike riding, rope climbing, raft building, in the talent quest and more. On Thursday they went to the Crocodile park and got to see crocodiles hatching from their eggs. They have been very enthusiastic and have had a really good opportunity to become closer as a Year group. They will be returning to their parents very tired. About 20 different staff volunteered to help at the camp, over different days wanting to get to know the year 7s better, including a guest appearance by Mr Yoshi from Primary.

RECONCILIATION commitment mass

On Saturday night 25 candidates from the school and parish committed to preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please pray for these children as they prepare for this next step in their faith journey.

Ash wednesday mass