St Mary's Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 2 (30th June, 2021)

Dear St Mary's School Community

Value in Focus: Faith

We believe strongly in God and in each other.

John 6: 24-35

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus explains to his followers that he is the ‘Bread of Life’.  When we go to Mass, the bread and wine becomes Jesus’ body and blood.  He feeds us with his own body.  We too are called to share Christ’s mission to feed the hungry.

Holy Communion

Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist will commence next Tuesday, at 3.30pm with a parent information session to be held in the Library for those students and their parents who will be receiving the sacrament later in the term.

CPPA Conference

The CPPA Conference that I attended this week was titled "Never Let A Good Crises Go To Waste".  These are famous words first used by Sir Winston Churchill.  The speakers (both virtual and present) over the three days really spoke to this theme and how it could be applied to leading schools.  I would like to share with you some of my takings from the conference:

Pasi Sahlberg (Finnish Educaor):  The value of play (structured and unstructured) for children can never be underestimated.

Glenn Mitchell (Former ABC sports journalist):  We ALL have a responsibility for mental health first aid.  Do not be afraid to ask "Are you OK?"

Karl O'Callaghan (Ex WA Police Commissioner):  Look for potential in each situation and 'turn crises into creations'.

Richard Gerver (British Educator):  Look for the simple – this is the ‘human’  and remember to try and 'colour in outside the lines a bit more'.

Karen Haddon (Mindfulness EAS):  Living and Leading with Gratitude, Resilience, Awareness, Compassion and Empathy and incorporate these into your life to improve wellbeing and mindfulness.

Glenn Stewart (High Performance Manager WCE):  Clarity, Alignment, Relationships, Systems are all essential elements that enable organisations to function and flourish.

Federal Census

Please find attached the Census Privacy Notice containing information about Census Day.

Family Friday

Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for Family Friday this morning.  It was lovely to see so many parents joining in the activities that the teachers had organised and sharing these with their children.

Parish Quiz Night

The St Mary's Parish Quiz Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, 12 August in the School Hall beginning at 7.00pm (for a 7.30pm start).  The cost is $10.00 per person and there is a limit of eight (8) people per table.  It will be BYO Supper and drinks will be on sale on the night (No BYO Drinks).  Tables can be booked through the St Mary’s School office or by phoning Judy Middleton on 0448944664.  Get your table organised and be a part of a fun night in support of our Parish!

Lost Property

There is a collection of items in the lost property box in the ambulant toilet. If your child is missing any uniform items, please check the box.

P and F

The next P&F Meeting will be held on Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Library.  Please go along to support the P&F as they prepare for the St Mary’s Fair which will be held on October 16th.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families - see you all in three weeks time!

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Book Week and Science Week

Our Book Week Parade and activities will take place on Wednesday, 25th August. Students are able to dress-up for the Book Week Theme of 'Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds,' or can alternatively dress up for Science Week on this day. 

The Parade will take place in the undercover area on Wednesday, 25th August at 8.40-9.20am. All parents are welcome to attend the Parade. After the parade, students will be split into multi-age groups to participate in Book Week and Science Week activities throughout the day. All students from Kindergarten to Year Six will be involved (Kindergarten until 12pm). 

Kind regards,

Mrs Zoe O'Malley

Assistant Principal

Class News

Year Four/Five Class News

Wow! We are already in Term Three. Our class has launched into learning about fractions; how to describe them, represent them and identify different types of fractions. We’ve decided that ‘Fractions are Fun’. Italian has seen the Year Fives busy with building a personally designed Minecraft house and the Year Fours are learning all about the Olympics, they are loving it!

We enjoyed the CSBP Hockey Clinic on Tuesday 27th July even though the weather was cold and blustery, but luckily the rain stayed away. We all got to learn some new skills and challenge each other to keep the ball from the other player. Some of us even won a water bottle at the end of the session. As our Athletics Carnival is this term, we are trying to practice our skills as often as possible so we can shine on the day.

Pre-Kindy RE Corner

In Pre-Kindy R.E news, we have been learning how to make the sign of the cross. Each morning we start our day with a prayer.  We begin the day by saying, "God is in our head; God is in our hearts and God is watching over our shoulders."  We discuss all the things that we are thankful for, our friends, school, families and so much more. We have also been learning some hymns during our end of day mat sessions. One of our favourites is the song ‘God is so Mighty’ we love singing and doing the actions.


The term has begun and so has the preparation for the Athletics Carnival. We will be focusing on all aspects of the carnival over the coming weeks at both Friday Sport and in Phys Ed lessons. Thank you to Matt White for marking out a running track for us to practise on.

Tuesday was our hockey clinic run by Rodney Johnson from Upper Great Southern Hockey Association. All students from year one to six participated. The students really enjoyed the activities and drills and learnt new skills they can use in movement challenges.

We look forward to the carnivals coming up later in the term and wish all the students the best of luck.

Other News & Important Dates

St Mary's Parish Merredin - Mass Times

Saturday - 6.30pm

Sunday - 10.30am

Kellerberrin: Sunday 8am

Let Us Pray

Lord God,

You give us bread from Heaven – your Son Jesus.

He is the Bread of Life!

Help us to believe.


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