St Mary's Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 10 (25th June, 2021)

Dear St Mary's School Community

Value in Focus: Forgiveness

We accept apologies and give others the opportunity to do the right thing and to have another chance.

Mark 5: 21-43

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is approached by a man named Jairus, to heal his very sick daughter.  This story reminds us that too often people live their lives oblivious to the wonder of God.  They move through life half asleep, disconnected from people and blessings that God gives them.

Netball Carnival

The Year Three to Six students participated in the Netball Carnival today against a host of schools from around the wheatbelt.  As always, the St Mary's students displayed the school values and were active participants for the entire day.  All the students had fun and some also found a new appreciation for netball!  Thank you to all the parents who helped as either coaches or umpires, those who were supporters of our teams, to Mrs Criddle for coordinating the teams, to Collgar Wind Farm who sponsored our participation and to Netball WA for organising the carnival.

School Photos

School Photo Day went smoothly yesterday and the photographers commented on the manners of the children and what a lovely school we have.  The promotional photo shoot was a success (we have some future models in the making at St Mary's) and I look forward to sharing these with you as we update our website and through other promotional material.

Phase 5 Restrictions

You undoubtedly would be aware that the Premier lifted Phase 5 Restrictions earlier this week.  This means that at school the two square meter rule is abolished for adults and we can resume all events without crowd limits.  Staff are very excited to have been able to return to the staffroom (which is much, much warmer than the Hall).  While restrictions have been lifted, it is important that we do not become complacent.  If you are unwell - please do not attend school events and if your children are unwell please do not send them in to school until they are better.  Thank you to those families that have adhered to this request in the last few weeks - your support is much appreciated.


The St Mary's School Facebook Page has been underway for over a term! This is a great way for us to promote our wonderful school and community. Thank you to everyone that has interacted with the page since its inception. Don't forget to like the page and share posts with friends and family.  Help us spread the word about what a great school we have!

School Choir

Thank you to those students who nominated to be in the Choir.  Unfortunately, we have not received the numbers to make it financially viable for us to have a choir.  While I appreciate that this is disappointing, moving forward, Mrs Dolton will be organising a choir specific to any special events that may occur.  Students and families will be advised about these closer to the time.

Media Statement

Please take the time to read the attached media statement in relation to funding in Catholic Schools across WA, but also specific to St Mary’s School.  Our school relies on government funding as a source of income to ensure that it can provide the best outcomes for families who seek a Catholic Education for their children.

Media Statement: 9 June 2021


Please find below a document relating to the Collection of Student Data.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

ICAS Assessments

The nomination closing date for ICAS Assessments has been extended. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the below Permission Form by Friday 2nd July. 

ICAS Assessment Letter and Form.

Student Background Information

Each year the school needs to submit data to ACARA based on the information families provide the school.  If your information has changed please complete the form below.  Please be aware that we do not submit personal information that identifies individuals or their circumstances.

The form can be completed online with the link below.

Principal Absence

I will be attending a Principal’s Professional Learning opportunity on Monday, 28 June.  Mrs O'Malley and Mrs Riethmuller will also be away from school therefore, Mrs Grant and Miss Walsh will be responsible for the school in our absence.


The Year Three/Four Class will be leading our final assembly for the semester next Friday morning.  All are welcome to join us in the Undercover Area at 8.50am.

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families,

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Our Year Six students participated in the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, 13th June. It was a wonderful celebration. Thank you to all the parents, staff and Father Andrew for their hard work in preparing the students for the sacrament.

Congratulations to:

Sam Adamson

Blair Carr

Jake Casella

Jonah Clarke

Lachlan Cooper

Charlotte Criddle

Savannah Dean

Ava Downsborough

Olivia Geier

Tyler Geier

Alexis Kermode

Olumiji Onikola

May the Gifts of the Holy Spirit develop and strengthen within you as you journey throughout life.

Kind regards,

Mrs Zoe O'Malley

Assistant Principal

Curriculum News

Reconciliation Week

St Mary’s celebrated Reconciliation Week with students exploring this year’s theme ‘More than a word’ by undertaking a variety of activities in their classrooms There was also a display in the Library with a selection of books for the students to borrow.

A colouring in completion was held to help raise the student’s awareness that reconciliation is a journey for all Australians and that we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation.

The winners of the colouring in completion were;

Pre Primary – Year Two – 1st Clancy Sutherland and 2nd Sana Creagh

Year Three to Year Six – 1st Kate Growden and 2nd Maya Dean

Kind regards,

Mrs Pauline Riethmuller

Assistant Principal

Class News

Year Two Class News

We have been super busy in Year Two this term, learning about all the different mental and written strategies we can use to solve addition and subtraction questions. We used the Friends of 10, Count On, Count Back and Jump strategies. We have also been learning how to do vertical addition and subtraction, which we thought was a very cool and easy way to answer bigger questions. We have loved playing lots of board games to practise this. You can ask us any fast facts and we are pretty quick at answering them now!

Year One RE Corner

In Year One in Religious Education we have been looking at the Eucharist and how Mass uses the actions and words of Jesus at the Last Supper through Communion.  We have looked at the objects that are used, the chalice, the paten, the bells and the ciborium. There has been a lot of discussion and great questions asked.  


This term in Health we have been focusing on nutrition and all things that go toward keeping our bodies working properly. We have learnt about eating food from the colours of the rainbow and how to use the Australian Dietary Guidelines to make healthy choices about what we eat each day.

Pre-Primary, Year One and Year Two: Have participated in sorting activities, role play and we have used the Super Hero Food website to see how powerful good food can be.

Year Three/Four: Have been looking at healthy recipes for all times of the day and working with their peers to find out more about ‘super foods’.

Year Five and Year Six: Have delved more deeply into the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet and how this can impact on every day activities.

Bruce Rock Interschool Cross Country

Friday, 18th June we took our squad of eighteen competitors by bus to Bruce Rock. The weather was sunny but very cold. The students walked the course so they knew where to go and then the events began with junior girls. Every single student displayed the most outstanding sportsmanship and encouragement throughout the day.

The final results are;

Primary Shield Points

Bruce Rock - 27

Yilgarn - 34

Corrigin - 58

St Mary’s - 66

Merredin College - 67

Narrembeen - 68

Kulin - 72

Overall Shield

Corrigin - 7th

Yligarn - 6th

St Mary’s - 5th

Merredin College - 4th

Bruce Rock - 3rd

Kulin - 2nd

Narrembeen - 1st

St Mary’s Medallion Winners

Partick O’Neill - 1st

Camee Roberts - 2nd

Koby Sayers - 2nd

Congratulations to everyone of their efforts and conduct on the day.

Other News & Important Dates

Term Three Planner

The Term Planner can also be accessed in the Skoolbag main menu under "Term Planners 2021" 

2021 Footy Tipping Update

Round 13 was a cracker. In a true Stephen Bradbury moment, Flippy123 was sitting in 10th place for the week when they turned out to be the ONLY tipper in the top 10 to pick Collingwood to upset Melbourne and suddenly leapt into top spot for the week pocketing $50. Proves that even when you think you're done and dusted for the week, one lucky rough tip can see you hit the payday. Flippy123's weekly winnings were courtesy of Tompkin Engineering.

Round 14 was the last of the bye rounds and saw Cherrytomzz nip top spot for the week. Their $50 was generously donated by Elders Merredin.

Jim Ransom1 is the current leaderboard leader with a slightly better percentage than previous leader EDMW.   

Happy tipping!

St Mary's School Fair

St Mary's Parish Merredin - Mass Times

Saturday - 6.30pm

Sunday - 10.30am

Kellerberrin: Sunday 8am

Let Us Pray

Holy Spirit,

Wake us up!

Fill us with energy to live fully in your joy.


Community Notices

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