St Mary's Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 4 (5 November, 2021)

Dear St Mary's School Community

Values in Focus: Trust

We rely on each other to do the right thing.

Gospel: Mark: 12: 36-44

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus shares the Parable of the Widow with the disciples.  The widow gives all that she has in comparison to the scribes who give lot of money but still keep some for themselves.  The key message in this story is about being true to who we are, rather than presenting an image of ourselves that we think makes us look good. The scribes Jesus refers to, are not honest about who they are. But the widow who puts the two small, almost worthless coins into the treasury is not ashamed to let people see her for who she is.


St Mary’s hosted our GEMS network colleagues on Monday and Tuesday, where we looked at school improvement practices and planned for 2022.  Everyone was full of praise for our school and they were amazed by the Pre-primary students who led the All Saints Day Mass on Monday with such maturity and reverence.

Grandparents Morning

We celebrated our Grandparents today - the pride and joy in the faces of both the grandparents and the grandchildren was so lovely to see.  The grandparents started the day in classrooms, before joining the school for a special liturgy dedicated to grandparents and then sharing morning tea together.  Thank you to Mrs Riethmuller and Mrs O'Malley who put the morning together, to the staff who helped with catering and to the Year Six leaders who led the liturgy.  

Year Six Bus Students

All Year Six bus students who are attending Merredin College in 2022 are required by Student Bus Services to go online and re-apply, as bus pick-up and drop-off locations in Merredin will be different. (Going to and from Merredin College as opposed to St Mary's School).

For further information, please contact Tamra Hendricks on 

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons for Pre-primary to Year Two commence on Monday for two weeks.  Information about the swimming has been sent home to families and individual teachers have also provided information on Skoolbag.  Hopefully the weather is favourable for little people to swim!

Wellbeing Week

Week Five is Wellbeing Week and as we move towards a busy time of the year it is important that we take time out to focus on ourselves and our mental health and wellbeing.  For me, there is nothing better than being engrossed in a good book.  During the January holidays I read the book, ‘The Happiest Man on Earth” by Eddie Jaku, I found this book profound in its simplicity with lots of good messages.  One of which I would like to share with you: ‘Happiness does not fall from the sky:  it is in your hands.  Happiness comes from inside yourself and from the people you love.  And if you are happy and healthy, you are a millionaire.” 

Remembrance Day

On Thursday, 11 November we will be holding a Remembrance Day liturgy at 11.00am on the lawn.  All are welcome to join us.

School Banking

I regret to inform you that the Commonwealth Bank will be discontinuing their school banking program across Australia from 2022.  Therefore, St Mary’s will no longer be running school banking after this year.  For more information, please go to the link or contact school banking coordinator Tosha Munro on 0433309743 or  I would like to sincerely thank Tosha Munro for taking on the coordinator’s role this year and to all the families and parents who have supported the program by having their children participate in the program or helping at school on a Wednesday morning!

Parish Sausage Sizzle

On Saturday 6th November St Mary’s Parish is organising the Two Dogs Sausage Sizzle.  Please stop by and support this fundraiser as  all monies raised go towards supporting St Mary’s Parish.

Values Mural

The St Mary's Values Mural is complete.

Locally based Meridian Regional Arts Inc, through Covid 19 Collaborative Community grant funding, were able to offer St Mary's School two Artist in Residence programmes over the past few months.

Artist in Residence, Chloe Flockart, with the support of members of Meridian, provided an immersive art programme where students learnt the basics of colour mixing through to the creation of mini wood sculptures, wire sculptures and three mini murals.

Artist in Residence, Jess Spring, together with the school community and Meridian volunteers - and through the design and colour suggestions of students - created a very colourful and vibrant mural. 

This Artist in Residence programmes, which was provided to the school community at no cost, was valued at over $20,000, and comprised of artist fees, volunteer time and materials.

Meridian Regional Arts connects community through arts opportunities.

Thank you to Meridian Regional Arts, Chloe Flockart and Jess Spring for bringing our values mural alive!

God Bless and have a lovely weekend with your families,

Ms Adriana Coniglio


Religious News

Children’s Liturgy

Sunday, 7th November at 10.30am. Look forward to seeing you there.


Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on 14th November;

Patrick O‘Neill, Zac Crees, Greta Gethin, Hamish Carr, Wilson Mason.

Food Hamper Donation

Have you donated yet?

Please drop your contributions off to the box in the Library.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Mrs Pauline Riethmuller

Assistant Principal

Class News

Year Four/Five RE Corner

This term we have been learning about how people come to make good choices as young people grow and change. We have been learning what a conscience is and how having a conscience helps and guides people. We discovered there are a lot of things in the world that influence the choices we make. It could be our friends, siblings, school or sports or that we are being pressured to make choices we don’t feel comfortable with.

We have discussed that Jesus teaches people to choose loving words and actions.

We created an infographic to show how we recognise our own sins and ask for forgiveness. We know how hard it is to love they neighbour as Jesus wants so we keep trying our best to follow the commandments.   

Kindy Class News

In Kindy we have been very busy learning all about Fairy tales. The children have loved listening and discussing a new story each week. They have had the opportunity to act out different events through our puppet show dramatic play corner. It has been fantastic to see how they can retell classic stories and add on their own twist.

In Mathematics we have been working on making collections and practising our one-to-one correspondence. We have looked at the different ways we can make a collection through using a range of strategies such as: rolling dice, ten frames, and number recognition.

Our Religious Education unit this term is ‘Creepy Crawlies’. We have had lots of fun going on nature walks, reading books and creating different types of insects. During Term Two our topic was 'Growing and Changing" and this week the students were thrilled to discover that the seeds they planted at the start of the year have finally grown.

In HASS we are beginning to learn about the people in our community, we have had group discussions about who keeps us safe. We are very excited to have some of our local community services visit us in a few week’s!


The term started and we hit the ground running with our T20 Cricket carnival against Merredin College in week one. St Mary’s came away winning both the boys and the girls divisions. Well done to everyone.

As the term continues we are focusing on a few different skills and lots of revision. The junior years are looking at revising fundamental movement skills and putting these skills into practise in game situations. The middle and senior grades are working on team work and collaboration with others to solve challenges in invasion games and using tactics to overcome stumbling blocks.

In Health our main focus across all year levels is safety in the outdoors, from bike safety to beach safety to sun safety. Just this week the junior grades were investigating the Sunsmart message and we built some mini shades to reinforce the message of seeking shade. Here are some of their creations.

Other News & Important Dates

Containers for Change

Our Containers for Change bins have now been clearly labelled and are located near the 'Drop and Drive' area, making them more visible and accessible for everyone.

If it is more convenient for you to drop your recycled goods off directly to the depot at 3 Benson Avenue, please quote the St Mary's School code and then our school receives the benefits;  C10323720

St Mary's Parish Merredin - Mass Times

This week;

Saturday 23rd October - 6.30pm in Merredin

Sunday 24th October - 10.30am in Merredin

Kellerberrin - Sunday 8.00am

Let Us Pray

May you be held by the God of compassion

as you remember your loved ones today.

May god be with you in your sorrow,

and comfort you in your loss.

May your God, your family and your friends,

give you strength and confidence.

May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace,

and may the light of God's promise fill you with joy and hope.


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