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St Mary's College Newsletter Term 1 - Week 9

Message from the Principal

As Term 1 draws to a close we think back on an amazing term here at St Mary’s College. It is hard to believe that one year ago we were entering a local lockdown here in the Kimberley and one year on, we are so fortunate to have shared all the amazing experiences that our students, staff and families have enjoyed so far this year. It has been so wonderful to run our many events, engaging with our families and our students and enjoying the fullness of school life. From discos to Science experiments, Year 7 camp to our House swimming carnivals, sundowners and social gatherings to assemblies and excursions, life at St Mary’s has been embraced and cherished by all. As we approach Easter it makes us truly grateful for all that we have, all that we enjoy and all that we can share together.

Easter is the most significant of our liturgical celebrations and Holy Week offers us a wonderful time to reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. It is easy at this time of the year, with Easter holidays and the changing seasons, to get caught up in all the distractions of our society. Whether you're faced with a long list of to-dos that includes preparing for a delicious Easter feast or hunting for the best Easter egg ideas, it's important to take some time for ourselves to quietly reflect on what Easter is all about, to refocus on the true message of Easter, one of hope from darkness, of new beginnings and new life. As John reflects: John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

I wish all our community a wonderful, safe and Holy Easter. I hope it is filled with wonderful family moments and I look forward to our students returning for Term 2 eager to continue with the great start that we have experienced in Term 1. Happy Easter.

Carol Bell - Principal

School Holidays Information

Revised Pupil Free Days - 2021

Please note the additional pupil free day on 23 April 2021 - for the Whole College

Stations of the Cross at Primary

Today the Primary students respectfully and reverently presented the Stations of the Cross. Each class presented the series of events of Jesus’ last day on Earth as a man. Thank you to the students for such a meaningful reflection, the teachers that prepared them and the families and friends that joined in this event.

Mrs Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

Reconciliation Day

On Saturday 20th March, 24 students from Years 4 and 5 along with 3 Parish children celebrated their First Reconciliation. Many family and friends came along and supported these students for this beautiful celebration. Thank you to the Year 4 Team for their guidance and preparation of these candidates!

Keryn Moase - Assistant Principal of Primary

Harmony Day

Monday 15th March marked the start of a very special week. Harmony Week is an important time on our annual calendar when we get to celebrate cultural diversity, respect and inclusion for all. Our primary students came together for a dress parade on Friday 19th March to celebrate ‘Everyone Belongs’. Children from all different backgrounds celebrated their cultural heritage and traditions by dressing in tradition or significant clothing to show where they are from and who they are. It was wonderful to see that this melting pot of cultures continues to build harmony within our school community. Thank you to everyone who came along in support of our celebration.

Janenell Kennedy - Assistant Principal of Primary

Primary Interschool Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to our Interschool Swimming Team who finished in second place on Friday. Our students showed excellent team work, spirit and sportsmanship on the day. No doubt the early training sessions each week helped them improve their times and techniques for the carnival day. Congratulations to Olive Stewart in Year 3 who came runner up Champion Girl for her age group and also to Kai Birch in Year 6 who came runner up Champion Boy for his age group. A big thank you to Miss Beth and other parents who assisted and supported us on the day. Go St Mary’s!

Jorje Harman - Teacher Primary

Year 7 BBQ & Games Night

Last Thursday evening the Secondary campus hosted a Year 7 BBQ and Games night. The purpose of the night was to celebrate one term complete with our Year 7s and to allow parents a chance to get to know each other. It was a wonderful afternoon with a really good turn out. Thank you to all the parents that attended and to the staff and parents who volunteered to help.

A massive thank you to our P&F who joined us on the night and organised a $100 Tenderspot voucher as a door prize. Congratulations to our very own staff/parent Darren for being the lucky winner!

Sarah Gardner - Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

Secondary End of Term Assembly

Today Secondary had their final assembly of term. This assembly started with an Easter Liturgy where we all had an opportunity to reflect on the 14 stations of the cross in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

During this assembly the nominated SRC representatives were presented with their badges. Please see the updated list of SRC representatives below:

During this assembly we also celebrated our Academic Achievements. This term saw a record number of Excellence Certificates being awarded.

Sarah Gardiner - Deputy Head Pastoral Care

Year 8 Humanities & Social Sciences

The Year 8 HASS class has been learning about special places and environments that are a part of our lives and our culture. As a class reward, for working to the best of their ability, the students chose to visit one of these special places. The chosen special place was the St Mary’s Primary School, in particular the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classrooms. Students visited both Kindergarten and Pre-Primary at their recess break and assisted students with choosing the correct food to eat and playing on the equipment.

Logan also showed off his drawing talent by teaching a captivated kindergarten audience how to draw!! The Year 8’s had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the reward for their excellent effort in class and being able to share special moments with our Kindy and Pre-Primary students.

Antonietta Scriva - Head of Learning Area - Learning Support

Secondary Interschool Carnival

On Friday 19th of March, the interschool swimming team made the drive to Derby to compete for the day. It was great to have a cool change in the weather which made the day around the pool very nice. We set off at 6.45am to get there for the first race, where we competed hard all day with some great results. It was awesome to see some students step up and swim in age groups above their age so that we could fill some of the races, showing a great team first spirit. It was a tough day of competition in the pool with some high calibre swimmers from Broome SHS. We ended up second overall on the day but had some great individual performances with Sofia Rand runner up Champion Girl for Yr 9, Rachel Wilson runner up Champion Girl for Yr 9, Brianna Binning runner up Champion Girl for opens and Nathan Ralph Champion Boy for opens. The students showed great spirit and sportsmanship all day. I would like to thank Teagan Butler, Brooke Bennett and Braden Famlonga for their help in the lead up to the carnival and hard work on the day.

Steven Gregory - Head of Learning Area - Physical Education

News from the Canteen

More information regarding School Lunches Online can be found on the College website

All things Finance

Amy Hyett - Business Manager

Church Times for Easter

Nulungu College 50th Anniversary

Flying Doctor Community BBQ

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