St Mary's College TERM 4, VERSION 3

Message from the College Leadership Team

Dear SMC community,

The term has been moving along so quickly, it is wonderful to see the commitment, dedication of our students and staff to be focusing on teaching and learning even as things start to heat up and the end of year is looking closer.

Last week our Catholic community visited the cemetery for All Soul’s Day to remember the souls of those faithfully departed. Our Primary classrooms visited graves of those souls known and unknown and reflected and prayed for everyone who has gone before us. Our Parish led a beautiful Mass that evening to remember all the Souls and celebrate the Eucharist together. It was so special to see so many St Mary’s students and families coming together for this day. Yesterday we remembered and reflected on the importance of Remembrance Day and participated in class liturgies and prayer services to remember `those who gave their tomorrows so we could have our today…Lest we forget’

Our Year Seven and Eight students have been participating in Retreats led by staff. A wonderful moment in time to reflect on their Religious Education teaching and learning, as well as nurturing their faith development journey. The students have demonstrated the values of our College and our motto of listening hearts through their interactions and sharing on these days.

We have had a busy fortnight on the events calendar and in reflection as always these are the extra community events that make our College shine and celebrate the wonderful community we are blessed to have here. Our first example of this was our parents arranging the most fabulous Movie Night for our entire community to enjoy. Not only was it a night enjoyed by so many, it also was a super fundraiser for our P&F and the work this committee does to support our students and staff is so appreciated. A special mention to this hardworking group of parents and all those families and staff that supported our event.

We saw the conclusion of a very successful swimming lessons for our Years 3-5 students. This is the first time for many years we have been able to access this opportunity for our years PP-5 cohorts and we are so pleased with our students and grateful to the Broome swimming teachers. It is such an important skill and assists our students to develop important life skills. Selected primary and secondary students represented St Mary’s at Cricket, Soccer, Netball and Football carnivals with pride and competitiveness. Our students have such a diverse range of talents and staff to support these interests. So lucky!

Our Year Eight students were then treated to their Social Event on Secondary. The night was spent running around the campus enjoying games of laser tag and feasting on pizza. It was a wonderful event that ensured students for to celebrate as a year level in a social and fun way! A special mention to our staff and families who supported this opportunity! It is the Year Sevens turn to have this social fun next week.

We then spent the following Friday night dancing the night away at our Primary Disco with our Hollywood theme. Our Year six student leaders, along with our exceptional staff facilitated this event as a community event and a fundraiser for our new musical school bell.

On Thursday night we celebrated the Arts with the Secondary Arts Gala. There was spectacular showcase of Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Food, Wood and Digital Technologies. What a magnificent demonstration of the Arts and the high level of skill and talent our students and staff possess. Showcasing the Arts on a bigger platform in Perth we were delighted to see two of our students shone at the YOHFEST.

No sooner do we farewell our Year 12 students and support them with their exams, we are then welcoming and inducting our newest students to our College in our Kindergarten. We welcomed new little people and their families with our Parent Workshop and class induction days. We are so excited to welcome all of these milling little faces in 2022. We are still taking enrolments for our Early Learning Centre for 2022, so please let our community know to get students enrolled so they are ready to commence in February. Our new three stream Pre Primary facility is so close to being finished and we are getting super excited to share this new space with you all, it is going to be wonderful to have all of our early years classes capped at 25 students per class.

In amongst all of our teaching, learning and community events we achieved some very big tasks behind the scenes that are just as important to the success of our College. The School Advisory Board approved them 2022 budget, so we look forward to another year of financial stability for our College, being able to provide the wonderful opportunities and resourcing for our students who are at the Centre of all we do. We completed our school registration audit, this is completed every five years to ensure our school is meeting all requirements and expectations. Our team did an incredible job to complete this process and celebrate the wonderful procedures the school work so hard to maintain for student and staff success and safety. We also have been busily constructing the 2022 calendar, along with our three year strategic plan and look forward to sharing these shortly with our community.

Next week we farewell our incredible Business Manager Miss Amy as she leaves us on Maternity Leave to have her first child. We wish Amy and Dale every happiness and joy that a new life brings and know they will both be wonderful parents. We look forward to hearing all about the new little arrival and having Miss Amy back next year.

We welcome Mr Matt Ristovic as our replacement to the College Business Manager position whilst Miss Amy is away. Mr Matt is on secondment to the College from the Bunbury Diocese CEWA Office. Matt has an accounting and auditing background which will be a wonderful asset to us for the next six months.

Just a reminder we have extended our timeline for our Catholic Scholarships for Years 7-12 for Catholic families and students wishing to join our fabulous College, these close on Friday 12th November. Please spread the word regarding this exciting opportunity.

We wish you and your families every happiness and thank you as always for your support of our College.

Yours in Faith Amy, Coby, Sarah and Simon - College Leadership Team

Congratulations Miss Sarah

Our amazing Miss Sarah came to visit us on primary this week with her four week old newborn Sonny 💙 There were so many staff wanting a cuddle! We loved him visiting us and Miss Sarah of course! Congratulations to Sarah, Lenny and Big Brother Bodhi on such a gorgeous addition to your little family.

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal of Primary

2022 Kindy Orientation Day & Parent Information

Janelle Kennedy - Deputy Principal of Primary

Our Mob

The Our Mob Playgroup families were invited to the launch of the new Better Beginnings Literacy Pack for Aboriginal Families entitled Little Fulla Yarns at the Broome Public Library. The Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Arts: Heritage - Honourable David Templeman did a story time session with one of the books from the Pack that our little ones loved.

Merrilee Lands - Our Mob Facilitator

Strategic Plan

This week all staff have been invited to review and explore our draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025 that was created earlier in the year during consultation meetings with our external facilitator. It was wonderful for staff to come together and explore, review this document again as we work towards a final collaborative plan to launch at the start of 2022 to our community. We still have further consultation and review with our School Advisory Council, however we are feeling excited about how this is looking for our future planning and strategic direction of our College.

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal of Primary

Poetry Slam

Our Poetry Slam students are busily preparing for the upcoming Poetry Slam event! It is so fabulous to see our students taking on these extra challenges with such enthusiasm and focus. Thanks to Miss Jen for leading this team. Looking forward to our St Mary’s showcase and the big Interschool event!

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal at Primary

Waste Wise

Our Waste Warriors thanked and recognised our incredible Grounds and Maintenance Team and Canteen Team for their contribution to our sustainability focuses. These teams help us to be plastic free, dispose of waste in a recycling way, feed and care for chickens just to make a few ways they support us being Waste Wise!

Thanks for being such Waste Warriors 💚 We are so grateful 💚

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal at Primary

All Soul's Day

Last Tuesday our Primary students took flowers and visited the cemetery. The children respectfully led each other in prayer, remembering loved ones and sharing stories.

It was then wonderful to see many of our students then celebrating mass with our Parish in the cemetery this afternoon.

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

Primary Hollywood Disco

Last Friday evening the Primary students enjoyed a Hollywood themed disco in the Secondary performing arts studio. A great night was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the incredible staff that helped out on the night and all the kids that attended. It was so much fun!

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

Primary Employment

We are blessed at St Mary’s College to only employ the very best staff members. If you know someone who is amazing enough to be a part of our St Mary’s College team please encourage them to apply. We are currently looking for team members for some very opportunity roles; • Our Mob Teacher • Our Mob Aboriginal Teaching Assistant • Early Years Teacher • Jarrarr Buru Education Assistants • Aboriginal Teaching Assistants Please visit our College web page for further information and details of how to apply.

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal of Primary

Movie Night

The St Mary’s Parents and Friends Association held their annual Moonlight Movie night last Friday the 29th of October featuring the newly released movie Moon Bound. This event was sponsored by the Road Safety Commission and was held on the secondary campus to promote the awareness of wearing seatbelts and overcrowding of vehicles.

This was a wonderful community event which saw around 330 people attend and enjoy a movie under the stars, free movie snacks upon entry, beautiful meals and drinks provided by Matt’s Filipino Cuisine, Ichiban Sushi, Domino’s and Kombi Keg. The night opened with entertainment from the school band. This was followed by a quiz on the legal requirements of car restraints, seatbelts, appropriate seating in vehicles, with the answers open only to the children. It was amazing to have so many excited children coming forward with their knowledge and thoughts on these requirements.

With the support of the Road Safety Commission, we gave away some amazing door prizes purchased from many local businesses that have continued to support our community over past years.

The winners of the Movie Night Raffle on the night were:

1st Prize - Melody Miolin – “Mangrove Pendant” $899.00 Kindly donated by Broome Stair Case Designs.

2nd Prize – Jayden Gregory - Family Pass Pearl Farm Tour $316.00 Kindly Donated by Willie Creek Pearls

3rd Prize – Aamodt Family – Sunbeam Dehydrator $229.00 Kindly Donated by Harvey Norman.

4th Prize – David Gawel – 1 Night Stay $198.00 Kindly Donated by Bali Hai Resort.

5th Prize – Lerontay Motohata – ARB Recovery Crossing Cover $155.95 Kindly Donated by Broome Toyota/ NW 4x4.

6th Prize – Shae Parriman – Gift Box $120.00 Kindly Donated by Artigiana

7th Prize – Lilli Forrest – Voucher $100.00 Kindly Donated by The Aarli.

8th Prize – Francis McElroy – Macrame DIY Clutch Kit Kindly Donated by Hang Me Up.

We would like to say a very big thank you to these local businesses along with Pearl Coast Distributors, Coles, Kimberley Camping and Outback Supplies, Matt’s Filipino Cuisine, Ichiban Sushi, Domino’s and Kombi Keg for their generosity and donation. And congratulations to all our winners!

It was so lovely to see our community coming together with family and friends and enjoying the simplicity of a night under the stars. Thank you to The Road Safely Commission for their support in this community event.

Sherylyn Gawel - Parent & Friends Association

Yr 7 to Yr 10 Catholic Scholarships - CLOSING TODAY!

Coby Rhatigan - Deputy Principal of Primary

Year 8 Social Night

Our Year 8’s had a blast of a time playing Laser Tag around the Secondary Campus last Thursday. Laser Tag was followed by Pizza, drinks and some dancing. Thank you to all the staff who volunteered their time to make this event happen.

Sarah Gardner - Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care

Year 7 Retreat - Living Faith with Kindness and Service

On Tuesday the 9 November, the year 7 students attended the year 7 Retreat. This main theme for the retreat was being Kind. During the day they explored the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, they discussed how these are acted out in our life today. They were encouraged to act with Kindness in their lives and to think about how they can complete acts of service in their community.

Nik Martinskis - HOLA Religious Education

Year 8 Retreat- Care for God’s Creation (Stewardship)

On Friday the 29th of October, the year 8 students went on Retreat for the day. The day was spent looking at the environment and caring for God’s creation. The first part of the day they reflected on what it means to care for God’s creation. One of the activities was a rubbish Audit, to see how well the school is doing with disposing of rubbish. They also spent time looking at the Wonder and Awe of God’s creation. They were challenged to change their ecological footprint and to make some changes in their lives to protect and preserve the environment.

Nik Martinskis - HOLA Religious Education

Year 9 Outdoor Education Class

On Thursday the Year 9 Outdoor Education class had their day trip to Crab Creek. It was a chance for the students to be assessed on their fishing skills which they have been working on throughout the Term. The day also provided students with an opportunity to gain experience in personal preparation and organisation, leadership, working together in a group, and develop trust in one another. We started with a bumpy drive out to Crab Creek where we searched for crabs in the mud on the low tide. A number of small crabs were caught to use as bait with one big Mud Crab being caught later. Once the tide came in it was time to have a fish unfortunately we had no luck. We then finished the day at the BRAC where the class had a cool off swim before cleaning all the mud off the gear. The class should be congratulated on their outstanding behaviour and efforts over the entire day.

A big Thank you to Steve, AJ and Tegan for coming along to help out, the day wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without you.

Teagan Butler - Teacher at Secondary

Year 11 Physical Education Studies Class

“Over the past 2 weeks the year 11 PE studies class have been participating in different methods of training in preparation for next years coarse. They have gone into the community and learnt and experienced 3 different training styles. Thanks to Natural Edge and Life and Soul who took the class through their workouts. When they are not at the gym they have gone over to the primary school and taken the year 5s and 6s in a basketball coaching session. It was great to see students from both campuses interact with each other. All students should be proud of their efforts.”

Teagan Butler - Teacher at Secondary


On the 29th of October our two YOHFEST Finalists Maddison Sprigg (Year 8) and Leena Muller (Year 9) competed in the 2021 YOHFest Grand Final in Mandurah. The students made it to the top 6 in the state and competed against Year 11 ATAR students in the Grand Final. A massive achievement in itself to make to the top in Western Australia. Maddison Sprigg won the overall Health Message award for her clear scripting and performance demonstrating this years theme of “Keeping Up Appearances”. Maddison has been awarded with a cash prize for her amazing work. Both Leena and Maddison received merit awards and high praise from the competing metropolitan/regional schools for their tremendous amount of talent and professionalism. Congratulations and well done for doing St Mary’s College proud!

Maisy Watson - Secondary Teacher

Secondary Gala Night

Marie Little - Teacher at Secondary

Canteen Information

Amy Hyett - Business Manager