St Mary's College Term 4, Version 1

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Term 4! I do hope our community enjoyed the school holidays and are all ready for the final push this term. This is a vital time in our College calendar as we say farewell to our Year 12’s, celebrate the year and all that has been achieved at Presentation Night and begin the process of recruiting and planning for 2022.

While all of this is happening it is also important for our students to focus on finishing the year well. As the Year 12’s leave, the opportunity is there for our Year 10 and 11 students to step up into their leadership positions in preparation for next year. It is an important time for our year 7-9 students to focus on their studies and ensure that they are using their time well. As I have said to our secondary students we are a long way from holidays yet and we must make the most of our time. We have renewed our focus on uniform to ensure we are coming to school with the right mindset and are ready to learn. We really appreciate all our parent support in ensuring your children are leaving home in the correct uniform, it really does help them to come to school and to focus.

Our Year 6 students are also preparing well for their transition to secondary and their upcoming graduation. They have very much enjoyed their time on the Secondary Campus for Music and Science each Tuesday and are looking forward to their upcoming Orientation day. Thank you to all our Year 6 parents who have returned their intentions form for Year 7. If you have yet to do that, if you could return to our Year 6 teachers as soon as you can that would be great.

We also have Presentation Night next Friday evening on October 22nd. This is one of the most special nights on the College calendar where we come together as a K-12 Community to reflect and to celebrate all the wonderful work of the year. All students are expected to attend with a parent but please feel free to bring the whole family. Our talented music students will keep us all entertained from 5pm, food will be available and we ask that everyone is seated for 5.45pm for a 6pm commencement time. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

As always it is the time of the year where we also say farewell to staff and welcome our new staff for 2022. We have a number of staff on a year’s leave next year and some who are moving on to other opportunities. We will publish a comprehensive list in the coming weeks. I did want to acknowledge our College leaders who are moving on next year. Ms Sarah Gardner- Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care- Secondary will be finishing her time with us as the end of the year for new adventures and we wish her the very best. Ms Jennifer Rudyard- Assistant Principal Primary, has accepted a principalship in Darwin for 2022. We congratulate Jen on this wonderful appointment and wish her and her family best wishes in their next chapter. Our wonderful Business Manager – Ms Amy Hyett will also be making her departure in four weeks time on maternity leave. We wish Amy and Dale all the very best as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby.

We have been celebrating St Mary’s College at a system level this week. Every year Catholic Education Western Australia award winners from across the system for the wonderful work that happens in Catholic schools. Schools nominate and are then awarded from four categories, Catholic Identity, Community, Education and Stewardship. This year St Mary’s College was the winner of the Stewardship Award for Waste Warriors. This is our environmental program that is working hard on ensuring all our food waste does not go to landfill but keeps our chickens going at the Chicken Palace instead and that we are plastic free. Congratulations to Ms Shannon for initiating this project and her wonderful waste warriors for all the work they do, they have changed the ways of our primary campus, our staff and are now infiltrating our secondary campus. Great work everyone.

At the CEWA Breakfast those who have served in Catholic Education for 30 and 40 years were also recognised. It was wonderful to have Ms Carlene Smith and Mr Michael Lake formally recognised for their 40 years of service to Catholic Education. For Ms Carlene all those years have been served here in our community at St Mary’s College, what an achievement. She has some amazing stories of how life has changed over this time. Mr. Lake is not far behind Ms Carlene with the majority of his 40 years also served here in Broome. We congratulate them both and thank them from the bottoms of our hearts for all that they do. We will recognise there achievement of these amazing milestone at our Presentation Night.

I look forward to welcoming you all next week to either our Year 12 Graduation or Presentation Night.

Carol Bell - Principal

Presentation Night

2022 Kindy Information & Orientation Day

Janenell Kennedy - Assistant Principal of Primary

Construction & Parking

As we continue works on the Primary campus, with the brand new Pre-Primary coming closer to completion, we have now commenced works on the Secondary Campus. These works involve renovations to the existing library, to convert the building into general classrooms.

As a result there is now construction sites on both the Primary and Secondary Campuses.

The safety of our students and staff is absolutely paramount, therefore we remind families of the importance of parking and drop off arrangements on both campuses.

So where do you park/drop off/pick up on Secondary?

  • Parking available in Guy St car park
  • Utilise the kiss and drop in the Guy St car park
  • NO before or after school pick ups or drop offs at the Port Drive entrance, and NO PARKING anywhere else

So where do you park/drop off/pick up on Primary?

  • Parking available in Dakas St car park (in front of Our Mob)
  • Parking available in Dakas St (main car park)
  • Utilise the kiss and drop – please remember to display your family sign on your dash/window to help at this busy time
  • NO PARKING anywhere else

It's Primary Book Fair Time

Book Fair time again!

The Primary Library will once again be overflowing with books, and students, parents and friends are all invited to come in, browse and choose a book or two to buy.

There is an amazing range of books and activity kits to choose from and prices will suit every budget. There are some great bargains for Christmas for all ages! The Fair is here in the first 2 weeks of Term 4.

Students on Primary have had the opportunity to look during library time in Week 1. They have probably brought home a ‘wish list’ of books they would really like to own. Next week, the Fair will be open for buying to everyone before and after school from Monday 18/10 to Thursday 21/10. Please come along and buy a book to encourage your child in their reading journey.

Sale Times: Monday 18/10 - Thursday 21/10 7.30 – 7.50 am and 2.15 – 3.00 pm. Cash sales preferred but online payment available. 😊

Dianne Leitch - Primary Library Manager

Secondary Campus PBIS focus is UNIFORM

We appreciate the support of caregivers with the PBIS focus of 'Unifom'. An email has been sent home showing the uniform expectations in the Uniform and Personal Presentation Policy.

Students who do not have correct uniform will be be asked to rectify the issue ASAP.

The uniform shop is OPEN on Monday and Wednesday morning from 7.00am to 10.30am.

Sarah Gardner - Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care

Celebrating St Mary's at CEWA breakfast - Perth

Congratulations to staff Shannon O'Connor, Carlene Smith & Michael Lake

St Mary's College won the 2021 QCE Award for Stewardship with Waste Warriors! The chicken palace featured prominently in the presentation. Congratulations to Shannon for initiating the project and all her hard work with the staff and students in keeping us green. Also thank you to all staff that have embraced the initiative so enthusiastically.

We also celebrated 40 years of service for Ms Carlene and Mr. Lake in Catholic Education. They were both awarded with beautiful medallions and certificates - congratulations to both Carlene and Michael for their incredible service to Catholic Education.

Carol Bell - Principal

Movie Night

Parent & Friends Committee

Kimberley 9's Carnival

In week 9 of Term 2, we took 50 year 7-9 students to Cable Beach to participate in the inaugural Kimberley 9s Football Carnival. The Kimberley 9s is a joint initiative with the Fremantle Dockers Purple Hands Foundation, who is partnered with the WA Police and supported by the WAFC & Garnduwa. The event is a modified version of AFL, played on the shores of Cable Beach with teams consisting of 9 players from schools all over the Kimberley.

This event is a reward and incentive to school aged students that have shown positive behaviour both in and out of school. The day allowed for students to show off their football skills, as well as create a positive relationship with officers.

Brooke Bennett - Teacher

Term 4 Calendar

Note a current calendar is also available on the College website.

Messages from our Canteen

Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre

Sarah Keenan