St Mary's Bulletin

Term 2 - Week 5 (21st May, 2021)

Dear St Mary's School Community

Values in Focus: Trust

We rely on each other to do the right thing.


On Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost.  Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season and is called the birthday of the Church as it was from this event that the disciples went forth to spread the good news and establish the Church.

Our Lady Help of Christians

On Monday, 24 May we celebrate the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, patroness of Australia.  The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness. 

On this day we are also celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia with a Mass to be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth.  Our Head Boy and Head Girl, accompanied by myself and Mrs Riethmuller will be representing St Mary’s School. 

St Mary’s School will be having Mass in the Church at 9.00am to honour Mary Help of Christians, which will be led by the Year ¾ class.  All are welcome to attend.


Thank you to the Year Six class for sharing their camp adventures with everyone at this morning's assembly.  Following the assembly, i joined the Year Six students and their families, to view a Powerpoint of photos from the camp.  Even two months later, there was such a buzz of excitement in the Hall as the students reminisced and shared information with their families.  I am grateful for Mrs Riethmuller, Mrs O'Malley and Mr Chris Clarke who took time away from their own family lives to ensure that our students had a great experience on camp. 

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is a special day that occurs in Australia on 26th May every year. It is a day of remembrance and commemoration held to highlight the impact of past policies of forcible removal on the Stolen Generations, their families, and their communities.  National Sorry Day is of particular significance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.  The day is an opportunity for all Australians to remember past mistakes and build stronger bridges for a richer, stronger future together.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) begins on Thursday and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

Faction Cross Country (PP-6)

The students have all been training for the Faction Cross Country which is to be held next Friday, 28 May.  Please come along and cheer your children on as they complete the course.  Information about the day will come home via Skoolbag from Mrs Criddle.

Let Us Pray

Come Holy Spirit!

Fill our hearts with your gifts and kindle in them the fire of your love.


St Mary's School Merredin

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