It’s definitely a busy time of the year for all students. With the Yr 12’s now completed their ATAR exams, we wish them the best with wherever their path takes them.

The Year 11’s and Yr 10’s have now started their semester 2 exams, finishing up at the end of this week. The Year 11’s will be at school till the end of Week 7, collecting marks from exams, finishing of courses and cleaning up their lockers ready for a well deserved break.

The Yr 10’s will still be busy once they finish their exams, with Leadership day on Monday and Tuesday of week 7, getting exam marks back on Wednesday and helping with the Year 7 orientation day on Thursday. They will finish up on Wednesday of week 8 and will too enjoy a well deserved break.

Yr 8 and 9 students will commence exams in Week 7 to assess their knowledge on their subjects throughout the year. It can be a very anxious time for all students during the exam periods, so please keep this in mind, keeping students to a routine and having an organised study plan can be a real benefit during this time. We wish all the students the best in the exam periods and hope that all the hard work they have put in during the year will be reflected in their results. Thanks.

Steven Gregory - Deputy Head of Curriculum Secondary


Phillipa Mitchell - Primary Teacher

our mob playgroup

Our Mob Playgroup having fun at the Water Park at Town Beach.

Merrilee Lands - Our Mob Facilitator
Year 2's

Year 2's have been learning all about different ways we can talk to God. We have explored guided meditations, formal prayers like the Rosary, Glory Be, Hail Mary and the Our Father as well as talking to God in nature and with some mindfulness colouring ins. We then created these wonderful artworks about talking to God when we are sad and shouting to God when we are happy. We know it is really important to talk to God every day because he loves us and we love Him.

Shannon O'Connor - Teacher Primary
year 5jr assembly

This Monday the students from Year 5JR presented a fantastic dramatisation of The Eureka Stockade. Along with merit certificates, two hard working year 6 students were awarded a Woodside + Scitech Science Award for their efforts in this learning area.

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary
Year 6 - economics guest speaker

The Year 6’s have been learning about small and big businesses and the three levels of business. They were lucky enough to have Katrina Comito come in and share about her business, Pearl Sea Laundry. She gave a great insight into how a business runs and what resources are required to maintain a business. Katrina told the students about how she started out with a small laundromat and now runs a very successful laundromat, dry cleaning and commercial laundry in Broome. The students asked some great questions to further develop their understandings. We really appreciate the time Katrina gave up to come in and share with us.

Phillipa Mitchell - Teacher Primary
Year 6 science at secondary

The Year 6’s created volcanoes as a part of their Earth and Space Sciences unit of work. On Tuesday they made them erupt!

This Term in Year 6 Science students have been covering ‘Earth and Space Sciences’, specifically learning about the structure of the Earth and the dynamic nature of our planet. One activity involved the students making model volcanoes out of paper mache, painting them, and then erupting them with their choice of lava colour!

Congratulations to Levi Page and Romany Stevens for receiving the ‘Woodside Scitech Science Award’ for their efforts this year in Science class. Both Levi and Romany demonstrated a strong curiosity and commitment to their learning in Science throughout the year and for this they are to be commended, well done!

Phillipa Mitchell - Teacher Primary & Mark Ross - Teacher Secondary
year 6 - clontarf

The Year 6's were invited to play a game of basketball against the Fitzroy DHS Year 5/6 Clontarf students. The Clontarf Academy from St Mary’s secondary campus organised the game as part of the Year 6's transition to high school. It was a great game, with SMC taking home a win. Big thanks to Mr Brad, Nathan and Gus for organising and supporting the boys.

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary
chess tournament

Our 2020 Chess tournament has begun, with 37 students from Year 3 to Year 6 are competing today. Good luck to all those students involved and a big thank you to Miss Di for facilitating this event.

Dianne Leitch - Library Manager - Primary
primary disco

Last Friday night the Primary students enjoyed a fluoro disco at Notre Dame. The students had a fantastic time. Thanks to those students who attended and the staff who supported this event.

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary
djuki mala workshop at primary

Yesterday a groups of extremely lucky students from the Primary Campus were invited to attend a workshop with the Djuki Mala dancers. Students were selected for their hard work and dedication to the Dance learning area as well as displaying the PBS qualities of Being Kind, Respectful and Responsible when in these lessons. The Djuki Mala dance troupe is from Elcho Island in the Northern Territory and they are in town for a series of shows this weekend. Thank you to The Djuki Mala team along with The Shire of Broome - Broome Civic Centre for allowing our students this amazing opportunity!

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

News from the Arts and Technologies Department SMC will celebrate the year long creative efforts of our students at our Senior Art Gala, held on the Secondary Campus on Wednesday 25th November. A showcase of visual arts, dance, music, food, textiles, woodwork and ICT will be on display from 5 pm to 7 pm. We look forward to welcoming SMC families to the College for this amazing showcase.

In the art studio, Year 8’s have been working on celebrity portraits this Term. Young artists include Christopher Hunter, Taj Hutchinson and Rammika Gallagher.

Year 7-12 Art Challenge 'InkTober' This year SMC ran the 'InkTober' Challenge, students had to draw an original image each day following a word prompt during the Month of October using an ink pen. Students have created some amazing and creative work. InkTober diaries will be on display in the Secondary Library during Week 7 of Term 4. Congratulations to all students who participated and improved their drawing skills. Winners to be announced soon.

Marie Little - Art Teacher Secondary

Compact Event On Wednesday, the 11th November, the Year 7 Follow the Dream students and their families were invited to a Compact Ceremony for 2020. This event is usually held during Term 2 with Broome Senior High School (BSHS) and their Year 7 Follow the Dream students; but due to Covid-19 restrictions the event was postponed to Term 4. For the first time in the history of the Follow the Dream program in Broome, St Mary’s held their event independently from BSHS. It was also the first time the event was held in the Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa venue at Nyamba Buru Yawaru, which was very special.

The Compact ceremony, as explained by our students on the night, includes a ‘Compact agreement’. The word Compact originates from the Latin term ‘Compactus’. This word is over 400 years old and relates to an agreement for action between different parties. This event was to sign an agreement between 12 new Year 7 students and their families, Coordinators and Sponsors to officially sign them up to the Follow the Dream program.

It was a fun night, where the Year 7 students and their families, Coordinators and Sponsors took part in a surprise activity to sign their agreements. All students presented a speech throughout the night and were presented certificates for joining the Follow the Dream program. A delicious meal, including desserts, were served during the evening for all to enjoy.

I would like to thank the Sponsors and their representatives; Mr Michael Roe, North West Training Manager for Woodside and Mr Ray Garrett, Program Manager, Graham Polly Farmer Foundation for attending the event and speaking during the night. It was also great to see the tutors of Follow the Dream Program, who were also able to make it to the event; It was wonderful to have their company and assistance throughout the night. Many thanks also to Sarah Gardner, Deputy Principal (Pastoral) Secondary, for attending the night as our CEWA representative and officially closing the Ceremony.

I would also like to say a special thank you to Isaiah McKenna, Graduating Head Girl of 2020 for attending the event, saying a few words of encouragement and sharing her journey in Follow the Dream throughout her years at St Mary’s College. I would also like to thank Sienna Puertollano, one of our Year 9 Follow the Dream students, for volunteering to be our photographer for the night; you did a great job! I look forward to our next Ceremony and hopefully it will run as usual during Term 2 in 2021.

Amanda Davies - Head of Learning Area - Learning Extension & Follow the Dream Co-ordinator Secondary
Dianne King - Teacher Secondary
The grEAt australian bake off - secondary
Paula Bray - Teacher Secondary

Recently St Mary’s P & F held our annual Moonlight Movie Night. It was a wonderful evening with a great turn out by our school community to enjoy the movie “Spies in Disguise”. The Road Safety Commission sponsored us with a very generous contribution which enabled us to support local businesses that have donated to St Mary’s P & F in various ways previously. This year we had delicious food supplied by Little Waroeng, Monalisa and Bushy’s Pizza and Kombi Keg served an amazing range of refreshing drinks – these wonderful businesses also donated a portion of their profits on the night. A huge thanks to all our generous sponsors who supplied door prizes or raffle prizes. A special mention must go to Chelsea Stewart, Rose Mitchell, Nina Durack, Kristy Beckingham and Val Birch for co-ordinating the event and to all the parent volunteers that made the night such a success.

Katrina Comito - Parents & Friends President
Parents & Friends AGM

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the P & F AGM which is to be held on Fri Dec 4th 2020 at 5.15pm. Some Committee positions will be vacant and we encourage you to think about being more involved in our beautiful St Marys community by nominating for a role or just come along and support us - all parents and carers are welcome to attend.

See attached SMC College Board nomination form for 2021 form your information.

Katrina Comito - Parents & Friends President

Please ensure the College has a current email address as these will be emailed to you.

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.

See below forms attached for your information.

Amy Hyett - Business Manager

former student of St Mary’s College

Rquia (Kia) Benterrak was a former student of St Mary’s College from Kindy to Year 9. In Year 10 she left Broome to commence boarding school at Iona Presentation College in Perth.

After completing her Year 12 studies, Kia was accepted into the University of Notre Dame Fremantle to complete a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts Degrees.

After 6 and a half years of study, she finally completed her double degree in July 2018.

In 2019, Kia was given the unique opportunity to work as a Legal Associate for a Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia.

In 2020, Kia commenced her College of Law studies which enabled her to be admitted to the bar. On 2 October 2020, Kia was admitted to the Bar as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Kia’s admission to the court was by the Honourable Peter Dowding SC who has been her mentor during her years of study at Notre Dame. On the day of admission, she was proudly joined by her parents Krim Benterrak and Ms Josie Mazzulla (our Primary Art Specialist).

Josie Mazzulla - Teacher Primary

Diana Jans - Head of Learning Area - Learning Support Secondary