St Mary's Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 4 (26 February, 2021)

Dear St Mary's School Community

Value in Focus: Responsibility

We have a duty to be accountable to ourselves and to others.

Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10

In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about Jesus’ transfiguration.  The word transfiguration describes something that changes.  When Jesus was transfigured, his appearance changed to something glorious.  The butterfly is a symbol of change.  A caterpillar goes into a cocoon.  When it emerges, it has undergone a transfiguration, and is transformed into a beautiful butterfly.

Photos/Digital Images Permission

Due to a number of changes to the digital platforms that St Mary's School will be using for promotional purposes - the permission form that all families sign upon enrolment has been updated.  A hard copy has been sent home with the eldest child in each family and an eForm has also been uploaded to Skoolbag.  Families have the option of completing either form.  The permission form must be completed and returned to school by Friday, 12th March.


Last Sunday evening I was fortunate to attend an event commemorating the 50 years of CEWA.  It was visionary of the bishops and leaders at the time to create a system of interconnected schools – 50 years later we are the beneficiaries of that vision.  That sense of system was clearly evident on Monday at the Leaders Forum where leaders across the system reflected on Quality Catholic Education and system policies.  At our GEMS meeting on Tuesday, those connections were evident again, as we spent the day sharing the journey of our individual schools, reflecting on wellbeing and good practice in the early years, all within the regional context that the GEMS schools share.

Long Weekend/Pupil Free

Please be reminded that Monday, 1 March is a public holiday and that we have a Pupil Free day on Tuesday, 2 March.  The staff will be travelling to Southern Cross to take part in a Wellbeing Professional Learning opportunity with our colleagues at St Joseph's School.  Enjoy the four-day weekend with your children.


Next Friday, we will be having our first assembly for the year lead by Year 4/5.  This will be held in the Undercover Area and all are welcome to attend.  Please be reminded that we are under Phase Four restrictions and physical distancing is required by all adults.


We offer our congratulations to the Crofts family (Lachlan – Pre Kindy) who recently welcomed a baby girl Charlotte.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families,

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Sacramental Information Session

On Thursday 11th March there will be a Sacramental Information Session for all students making First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2021. It will be held at 3.30pm in the Library. Students are not required to attend this session.

Project Compassion

Families would have received their Project Compassion donation boxes this week. Please donate generously this Lent, and return boxes to the school office by the end of Term One. Project Compassion helps many unfortunate families and your contributions are greatly appreciated.

On Thursday, 1st April, St Mary’s School will be raising money for Project Compassion. Students will be permitted to wear free dress in the theme of Easter and are encouraged to create an Easter Bonnet. We will be having an Easter Bonnet Parade in the undercover area after the Holy Week Liturgy on Thursday, 1st April. Please bring in a gold coin donation. 

Lenten Appeal

Thank you to those families who have donated non-perishable food items to our Parish. Please continue to donate, as all proceeds help families in need within our community.

Kind regards,

Mrs Zoe O'Malley

Assistant Principal

Class News

Year Four/Five Class News

Wow! It’s definitely been a very busy start to 2021. We have started to settle into the year with our new classmates and teacher and we are beginning to get the hang of our new routines. We’ve set our SMART goals for Term One and talked about our expectations for the year. We’ve also had two weeks of swimming lessons already which was a nice way to start some of our very hot days.   

Year 4/5 has some new friends too! We have written to our new pen pals at Renmark Primary School in South Australia and we are all eagerly waiting for a reply.

Now our focus is on getting ready to present the first assembly in Week Five. We have started to practice and hope we will be ready in time as that week has a public holiday, a swimming carnival and a tennis tournament!!

Pre-Primary RE Corner

In Pre-Primary for Religious Education, we have been learning that we are all unique and special in different ways! We listened to a special story from the Bible called Jesus and the Children that taught us about Jesus’ love for others. We learnt about who we might see as part of the Church family and made our own Church with a Priest, adults and children. We have been talking about how we can show love to others in our own lives.


This term in Science we are looking at ‘Earth and Space Sciences.’

It has been an exciting time for NASA recently with the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars. The team working on the project were very excited with their dream becoming a reality.

Adam Steltzner, the rover’s chief engineer, stated, “When we do such investments, we do them as a gesture of our humanity.”  Some things they will be investigating are the surrounding rocks, whether they are volcanic or sedimentary.  More images will be posted on the NASA website as the week unfolds.  Please tune in or download the NASA app. 

Pre–Primary are learning about the effects of the changing world.  They will be investigating a number of elements from why the weather changes, how we move from day to night, seasonal changes and how animals cope with the changing seasons.

Year One will be observing and reporting on the weather.  They will be looking at star constellations, the phases of the moon, what meteorologists do and the instruments they use. 

Year Two class are investigating our earth’s resources and how we can look after them. They will be investigating waste and looking at what we do at Saint Mary’s to adopt sustainable practices.

Year Three and Four are investigating the power of the sun and how it changes certain materials. The class will look at the interaction of the sun, moon and earth.  How and why erosion begins and the damage it creates.

Year Four and Five are looking at weathering and erosion.  They will be investigating different kinds of landforms and rocks and fossils.  They will look at how human actions change the earth’s surface.

Year Six are investigating how earthquakes occur.  How Tsunamis change the earth’s surface.  Why do we have extreme weather events and how do we predict and measure earth’s natural disasters.

Other News & Important Dates

Let Us Pray

Father, you delight in Jesus and you delight in us.

Turn our hearts towards you and transfigure our lives with the light of Jesus.


Community Notices

Football Tipping Registration Form

Below is the link to the St Mary's 2021 Football Tipping Competition Registration Form.

Football Tipping Prizes and Rules

Below is the link to the St Mary's Football Tipping Prizes and Rules.