St Mary's College Newsletter Term 2 2020, Issue 1

message from the principal

Mrs Carol Bell

Welcome to Term 2

When I reflect and consider what we have all experienced these last few months I am truly amazed at the road we have travelled together. In all my years in education I have never experienced anything like it. It is unheard of to be unable to plan in a school community beyond a few weeks and to feel that you just have no idea what the landscape might look in the immediate future. That was certainly the position we were in towards the end of last term and into the holidays. We really had no idea exiting Term 1 what Term 2 would bring, how it would impact our College, our families, and our students. I have to say it is with much relief that we find ourselves in the position we are in here in Broome, as we tentatively begin to look forward and make the transition back to our usual operations.

I am truly grateful to our entire College community for all their positivity, feedback, trust, and support during this time of uncertainty. The staff have worked tremendously hard across all sectors of our College to meet the many challenges we have faced. Our teachers have spent so much time investing in their own learning, upskilling, and doing their best to engage students and families in meaningful ways while remote learning as well as working with students who were onsite. I appreciate it has been a difficult time for parents too, as families have tried to juggle remote learning, working from home and all the usual day to day tasks that still must happen. It has truly been a mammoth effort on all fronts. In this time of need as a community we have called on our faith to guide us, uniting us in solidarity and service. As Pope Francis has said: Our Life spreads light when it is given in service. The secret of joy is living to serve.

I do want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers for all their dedication and service, our TA’s and ATA’s for all their assistance, our cleaning crews for taking on the extras that we have asked of them to keep our environment safe, our wonderful ladies on primary and secondary reception who have fielded so many calls and assisted our families so ably. To our maintenance crew who have continued to ensure our grounds look amazing and completing all the little jobs that have been asked of them as we worked to make our environment safe.

A special thank you to our Assistant Principals on Primary and Heads of House along with our student services teams, for their tremendous pastoral care of staff and students during this time and to the College leadership team for being simply amazing, for always saying yes, for going above and beyond and for ensuring there was no stone left unturned in getting St Mary’s College through this period. I feel so proud and fortunate to work with such an amazing committed group of people here at St Mary’s College, it has been inspiring. Lastly to our College Board who have been tremendous in providing feedback and support as we have worked through our various plans. I deeply appreciate all your insights and advice as we have navigated our way.

As I stated in my letter to parents and guardians this week, we will resume onsite teaching and learning from Monday May 11. Of course, we will still make provisions for those unable to re-join our community at this time. I do encourage parents to send students back to school where-ever possible. I am comfortable that at present our students are safe at school, guided by health advice and our confidence in the measures we are taking at school to keep everyone safe. If you have any concerns, I encourage you to contact us to discuss further. We remain committed to meeting the needs of our community.

I am not sure what the next few months will bring but we should all have confidence moving forward that as a community we are adaptable and flexible, and we will meet any future challenge with confidence and love. We will continue to work with Catholic Education Western Australia and review our position as the months unfold and if necessary, we will make changes as we need to.

We move into Term 2 with joy and optimism that the worst is now behind us and look forward to resuming our College calendar and normal routines as the Term proceeds. We will continue to keep you informed as we continue our move

During a challenging time, where our ability to hold fundraising events was limited, we are super proud to be contributing $1,159.28  to support the world’s most vulnerable. Our College conducted a number of events such as PD Day, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day, Harmony Day and St Patrick’s Day, in addition to making small donations to the Project Compassion donation boxes distributed across the College.

Well done St Mary's College!

a word from our head boy and girl

rice house morning tea

Rice House secondary students enjoyed a 'take away' morning tea on Tuesday 5 May to celebrate the feast day of their patron, Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers.

The Rice House crest was designed by student Abbey Ford. The celtic cross is taken from the original Christian Brother emblem and is central to our daily lives and shows our respect for students from all directions. The vine is taken from the Oceania Edmund Rice logo which represents new life coming from the cross which gives us inspiration. The book symbolises the bible and knowledge and guides our commitment to do good works. The bright star is for guidance. The sea eagle which is our mascot signifies the Broome region, our strength, and the ability to soar to great heights. The flame represents the Holy Spirit and gives encouragement to shine.

Thank you Miss Amy & Rice House Students!

week 2 on primary...

Week Two is almost done, and what a fabulous start to the term it has been! The students settled in so well and adapted to the remote learning routine with enthusiasm. Seeing their smiling faces as they chatter excitedly with each other has been a beautiful sight. Those working from both school and home have been so well supported by their amazing teachers who have provided them with engaging activities. We thank all of our parents for their support.

...in year 2

Goodness me its been busy in Year 2 this week! We have been so amazing, Miss Shannon and Miss Melis were so impressed with how we have been KIND, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE this term! We are so happy to have most of us back at school and have been using See Saw in our lessons to connect with some of our friends at home and have been completing our activities to the best of our ability.

and.... on secondary the focus was on relationships

Relationships, Relationships, Relationships

This week the secondary campus reintroduced Wednesdays extended Homeroom to our timetable. The objective of this Homeroom was to build and re-establishing relationships between students in Homeroom and their Homeroom teacher. Ms Amy created a wonderful lesson that started with acknowledging the good in each of our lives. Students shared stories about their time away from school and took part in many team building activities including the birthday line up and secret identity. This was followed up with team Kahoots and motivational videos. There was a happy, friendly atmosphere in every Homeroom. Thank you to the Heads of House and Homeroom teachers who ran activities.

all things academic on secondary !

Mrs Lea Wilson - Deputy of Curriculum


We received our OLNA results on Monday for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who were required to sit OLNA. Year 10s have already received paper copies of their results and Years 11 and 12 students will receive theirs today. Overall our results were very encouraging with a large number of students completing the requirement for WACE graduation in this round of testing.


Despite COVID-19 and students having a somewhat disrupted learning environment, we feel we are in a comfortable position to run Semester 1 Exams for all Year 11 and 12 ATAR students and all Year 9 and 10 students.

The Year 11 and 12 Exams will run from Monday, May 25 through to Thursday, June 4. This is an extremely important opportunity for our students to practice the required skills for their final WACE exams at the end of Year 12. The Year 11 and 12 Exam timetable is listed below.

Year 10 Subject Selections

Towards the end of this term, all Year 10 students will be required to choose subjects for Year 11. Information about this process will be given to parents of Year 10s over the coming weeks. It would be wonderful if parents could start to discuss with their child what their aspirations are for the future. During Careers classes, students will be looking at this and individual career counselling and help with subject selection will be offered to all Year 10 students and parents.

please keep your child home if they are sick

It is important that we continue to look after ourselves and others in the community.

If you child is unwell, please keep them home.

If you child presents unwell whilst at school, please make arrangements to collect them if phoned.

Please keep your child at home, to get some rest, and return to school when fit and well again.

Thank you for your support.

2020 influenza vaccine

Phone orders welcome!

Both our Canteen and Uniform Shop are now taking phone orders!

Please call our canteen on 9194 9570 from 7am daily to place an order for your child's recess or lunch.

Please call our secondary reception on 9194 9504 should you wish to place a phone order for uniforms for your child. Please allow a couple of days turn around as our uniform shop is only open Monday and Wednesday mornings.