- A Message from our Principal
- St Mary's Prays
- UPDATE - School Sacrament Dates 2021
- 2022 Kinder Enrolment
- School Counsellor via Zoom
- NAPLAN Results 2021
- UPDATE - Year 5/6 Biannual Canberra Excursion
- Happy Birthday
- Staff Changes Week 1 - Term 4
- Compass Parent Portal
- P & F News
- IMPORTANT DATES IN THE COMING WEEKS
- School Counsellor Visit
- Last Day of Term 3
- Labour Day Public Holiday
- PUPIL FREE DAY
- Community Notices
Dear Parents and Carers,
First and foremost I must thank our entire school community for the commitment to learning that was displayed during our remote learning period. Our parents, students and teachers all played a key role in the last 3 and a half weeks and it appears learning at St Mary’s did not miss a beat.
Return to face-to-face teaching
While the remote learning was successful, it has been wonderful to have our school filled with students again. In fact, today has been one of the best attended days of the year. Teachers and students spent most of the day reconnecting and sharing stories from the last 4 weeks.
2021 NAPLAN results for Year 3 and Year 5 have been given to students to take home today.
It is important to note that the NAPLAN tests are designed to allow parents/carers and educators to see how students are progressing in literacy and numeracy over time – individually, as part of their school community and against national standards. As far as individual results, the tests are a snapshot of one day of a student’s life and results need to be compiled with a vast array of additional assessment data to gain a full understanding of where students truly sit in reference to expected outcomes.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s results please do not hesitate to contact the school.
As we look forward to Term 4 there are quite a few things that are unknown at this point in time and other events that are becoming clearer. Students will return to school on Wednesday 6 October, Monday is a public holiday and Tuesday will be a staff development day.
Unfortunately the Year 5/6 Canberra excursion has been cancelled with the original date being ruled out by restrictions. We are currently working on an alternative day excursion option as was the case last year.
More information on the usual term 4 events will be communicated early in the term when more is known about the restrictions we will be operating under.
As this is the last newsletter of the term, I would like to thank everyone for a huge 10 weeks and wish everyone a safe and restful holiday period.
You are a Lord who walks beside your people.
So we pray for people who walk for justice.
So we pray for those held down by the grindings of life
and the indifference of the world.
So we pray for all who long for bread
And the means to provide it.
So we pray for the children
And for those who are never noticed.
So we pray for courage and faith in our hearts
That we may take up the cross and find it leads to life.
St Mary’s Parish Sacramental Program, 2021
The Sacrament of First Eucharist for Year 3/4 students has been postponed until Term 4. Please note the proposed dates:
Retreat Day possible dates - Tuesday 12th October or Tuesday 19th October
Sacrament possible dates - Sunday 17th October or Sunday 24th October at 11am
Below is an online Eucharist resource for you to share with your children in place of the Eucharist Information Session.
Any enquiries, please contact Fr Dominic or Mrs Louise Daniher (REC) at St Mary’s School, 02 69723003 or email: email@example.com
Parents wishing to enrol their child in the 2022 Kindergarten class are asked to have their online enrolment application or enrolment forms completed ASAP.
This will allow the school time to finalise staffing arrangements for next year. Letters of welcome with orientation information will be sent once a student is enrolled.
Our school counsellor Mrs Emma McRae is working remotely at this time.
This week Emma will be available for Zoom meetings with our students on Wednesday.
The normal process applies if you would like to arrange a meeting for your child with Emma. If your child is new to counselling please complete the booking form which can be found on our website or on the SZApp or as a current client please contact the school office to be included in the booking list for this week.
The students in Year 3 and 5 have been handed their NAPLAN results today.
NAPLAN has been designed to give schools and parents a snap shot of student’s progression in English and Mathematics.
As can be the case with some tests, NAPLAN results don’t always match classroom assessment data. It is important to understand that NAPLAN is one of many forms of data that the school and teachers use to establish an overall indication of the progression of students in English and Mathematics.
If you would like to discuss your child’s NAPLAN results further please make contact with your child’s class teacher.
Happy Birthday to
Bodhi Cattle, Amelia Alchin, Ricky Smith, Edith Dean, Jay Player, Marlee Wendt and Molly Stokes
who celebrate their birthdays this week, during the holidays and in the first week of Term 4.
We hope you enjoy your special day.
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