Message from the College Leadership Team
Dear SMC community,
What a wonderful start to Term Four we have had. There have been so many opportunities and celebrations for our students and families that we should feel extremely grateful for.
The farewell of our Year 12 students is always a bittersweet experience. Some of these students have been with us since Kindergarten, what a journey and connection to have with education and our College. We took time to congratulate these students for their achievements, commitment and send them off with our best wishes last week. The Graduation Mass at Nulungu, ceremony at our Performing Arts, and dinner at the Mangrove Hotel were really special events for our young people and their families. Those that have supported and guided our students through their incredible journey can be proud of what wonderful young men and women they have become. It was heartwarming to exchange stories and share tears of joy. We know that they will do wonderful things in their future with the lessons and values that our College has nurtured in them.
Our Presentation Night showcased the incredible gifts and talents of our students in the Arts, as well as recognising outstanding student achievement. We are grateful to our students, staff, and families for making it such a memorable occasion.
Today we celebrate ‘World Teachers Day’, at St Mary’s College this day is about celebrating all of our incredible staff. It takes a village to support a student in an educational environment and what a village we have! Please take time to thank staff on this day and recognise the extra commitment that they are always so willing to make to ensure the success of every student. We are so thankful to have a staff that always place the students at the centre of everything they do and focus upon.
Tonight we hold our Annual P&F Movie Night. This is a community event that provides our school and Broome community the opportunity to come together in a relaxed and fun way. There will be a great movie on the big screen, as well as delicious food, drinks and treats available for purchase. We take this opportunity to thank our P&F members who have done so much to make this night a success. We look forward to seeing you all there this evening, not only is this a super night out, it is also an important fundraiser for our P&F committee.
Monday is All Saints Day, where we reverently remember all the Saints known and unknown. On Tuesday we will come together with the Parish community to celebrate All Souls Day with a mass in the Cemetery at 5pm. We encourage all families to join our Catholic community for this celebration of the Eucharist to honour and pray for the dead. Our students and staff will take time to visit the cemetery during the day to remember those souls and participate in prayers for special members of their family and community.
We have extended our timeline for our Catholic Scholarships for Years 7-12 for Catholic families and students wishing to join our fabulous College. Please spread the word regarding this exciting opportunity.
We are saddened to inform you of the unexpected passing of Mrs Bell’s father last week. We send strength and prayers for our College Principal Mrs Bell and her family during this sad time and request our community also keep Mrs Bell in your prayers and intentions.
We wish you every success and happiness at the start of this term and thank you as always for your support of our College.
Yours in Faith Amy Hyett, Coby Rhatigan, Sarah Gardner & Simon Jones.
Presentation Night was a delightful opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students and to officially farewell the graduating class of 2021.
Congratulations to all our award winners who were recognised for their persistence, and commitment to their studies. They are undoubtedly inspirational role models for all students.
As a new member of staff at the College, I was particularly impressed with the family friendly vibe of the evening and the extra effort required to have students looking wonderful in their formal school uniform on a hot and balmy Broome evening.
Thank you to outgoing Head Girl, Rosa Hungerford-Morgan, and Head Boy, Vincent Bartlett, for their masterful job as MCs for the night.
Our student performers from K-12 were absolutely fantastic! We were entertained with some memorable moments including the beautiful dance choreography, the adorable Cha Cha Slide by the Primary school, not to mention the comedic SMC news.
Thank you to every staff member who contributed their time and effort to put the evening together. A special mention must go to Mrs Tania McKenna for organising the whole evening, Mr Justin Cudmore for the wonderful audio-visual displays, and Miss Megan Lord for arranging the fabulous prizes.
Finally, a big thank you is extended to our ATAs and the P&F for providing a delicious array of refreshments throughout the evening, the smell of curry slow cooking all day had the whole school excited for dinner.
I look forward to celebrating further College successes with our community in the near future.
Behind the Scene! Cooking with Love!
All the Aboriginal Teaching Assistant's from Primary and Secondary bonded together coooking up a storm for the Presentation Night. The menu of the night were Broome style curries beef and chicken, spaghetti Bolognese and hot dogs rolls. Also assisting the ATAs with peeling and cutting all the veggies were the Year's 10 and 11 in Mrs Zoe class. The students were awesome helpers and we are so grateful for their help.
2022 Kindy Information & Orientation Day
"Movie Night - TONIGHT"
Here is a photo of our Waste Warriors who have been educating the school on waste wise initiatives. They were lucky enough to be chosen as the winners of the Quality Catholic Education Awards for Stewardship.
World Teacher's Day Breakfast Today
💙W O R L D T E A C H E R S D A Y 🧡 Today we celebrated the wonderful educators we have here at St Mary’s with a yummy breakfast. Our staff here at St Mary’s nurture and care for our students with an energy and enthusiasm that is truly appreciated. Happy world teachers’ day!
Year 12 Graduation
The Year 12 Graduation day was a wonderful day of celebration. Thank you to Mark Flanagan and Yoshi Hunter for their words of wisdom. A special thank you to Annalis Harbin for co-ordinating the whole day.
Year 11 Food & Technology
In Week 2 the Year 11 General Food Technology students took part in The Great Australian Bake Off Challenge. Producing a baked product of their choice from particular categories they were critically judged by selected teachers and only 1 winner was determined. Congratulations to Neola Mawoyo for her Lotus Biscoff Cupcakes!
Big Business Day Out
How hot was it on Saturday the 18th of September? So hot that all the chocolate in our stalls was drinkable. Over the last few months, all of the year 11 business students have been working tirelessly to create and design a new business to be debuted at the weekend courthouse markets. With the birth of Jerky-street, Jar Bakery and Kimberly Baking, the students were able to experience the uncertainty and need of adaption of starting a small business.
The journey to start our small business was long and tiring but worth it in the end. The morning was hot, and all the young entrepreneurs prepared themselves for a long morning of sales. It was a slow start, but the customers started rolling in and the quest to make the largest profit had begun. Fighting against the heat and influx of flies, the year 11’s managed to befriend the neighboring market stalls. Getting the opportunity to learn and converse with people who run small businesses, listening to stories of success and learning from their mistakes, the year 11’s were able to translate their textbook learning into real life.
It was a great insight of how to start and run your own business.
Follow the Dream Year 12 Graduates
During term 3, our Year 12 Follow the Dream graduating students, Djalen Monck-O’Meara and Dre Bedford, were invited to a morning tea to acknowledge and congratulate them for their participation in the Follow the Dream program over the course of their time at St Mary’s College. Both students have been members since 2016 and both have graduated achieving their OLNA– what an achievement!
The Polly Farmer Foundation generously funded the morning tea as well as the gifts which were presented to each student. Both students also received a certificate of participation and a $100 visa card voucher.
The Follow the Dream program has had a significant positive impact on our students throughout their years of schooling and I believe this has certainly assisted these graduates to all complete their courses successfully. Both Djalen and Dre have been accepted onto the UWA Aboriginal Orientation course, which they accessed through the program; both will be attending the orientation camp during the beginning of December. This course could potentially offer both boys an entry to a degree course at UWA.
Chevron Focus Enviroment Competition
Congratulation to Romany Stevens for entering in the age group from Years 7 to Years 10. The category was focus on WA's native species through the Seven West media (WA) Newspaper.
Caption: A trio of stilts at the shore of Cape Leveque, in the beautiful, unique Kimberly. I like this photo because it conveys a sense of peace.
Justin Cudmore - Teacher at Secondary
Senior Art Gala
On Thursday 11th November the Senior Art Gala will be held in GLAs 1-2, with performances from dance, music and drama students in the performing arts building. All staff are more than welcome to attend, supporting the students and voting in the 'people's choice awards'. There will be door prizes and a raffle on the night. Food will be provided.
Catholic Scholarships - Due date EXTENDED
We have extended our timeline for our Catholic Scholarships for Years 7-12 for Catholic families and students wishing to join our fabulous College. Please spread the word regarding this exciting opportunity! Use below image and link it to this page https://www.stmarysbroome.wa.edu.au/scholarships.html