Dear Parents and Friends,
Last Term, staff, following consultation with the School Advisory Board and with input from a representative group of students, explored who we are as a community and how we want to be into the future. Following this process, a Vision statement was formed. I feel very proud to present to you the following statement which will guide all that we do into the future.
St Mary’s is a:
With Empowered Learners
Engaging Justly in the World
We felt that we are dynamic in that we, students, parents and staff are continually learning and growing and that our students are being presented with endless opportunities and resources to take their learning further. We also felt that we work together in a dynamic way to build community. We want our students to be empowered and equipped with the skills to be life-long learners who wish to make a difference in their world. As a Catholic school we aim to be people of justice where our students are encouraged to actively engage in the world in-order to make it a better place for all people.
Our Parish Fete which was held last Saturday was a huge success. The weather was perfect, there were a variety of stalls and activities and the buzz around the place was indicative of the good time people were enjoying. With all events such as this, there is always a core group of people who give many hours to the planning and organization and those who assist on the day. I thank all these people and salute you for all that you do for our community. A special thank you to the Fete Committee who tirelessly worked over many months to bring about such a wonderful day for all of us. Well done Andrew Wolczko, Denise Chang Faux, Belinda Thomas, Maree Brick, Clare Hall, Sarah Lorkin, Janet Laing, Francis Wood, Mary McEntee, Elyse McHardy and Catrina Studdert. Congratulations and many thanks to Maree and Clare who have retired from the Fete Committee after many years of dedicated work. Well done to Andrew who is stepping down as Fete Committee Leader after 10 years’ service. Andrew will continue assisting on the Committee so we will still reap the benefits from all his knowledge and skills when it comes to organizing a Fete. Your work is truly appreciated Andrew. The profit on the day is yet to be announced but it is anticipated that there should be a good return. Monies raised will go to support the work of our Parish as it ministers to the people of Greensborough.
Our final Working Bee for the year will be held on 13 December (not 6 December as listed in the School Calendar). This Working Bee is for all families and this year, more than any, we need the support of many people. Besides preparing our grounds for Christmas, work will focus on the next stage of our Junior Playground. If you have particular skills that could assist with the development of this area, please contact the School Office or call Phil on 0423821734 so that these works can be planned prior to the day. We really want to have the playground looking more inviting as we welcome our new Preps in the New Year.
On Wednesday 10 December we will gather together to join in the celebration of the birth of Jesus - our savior. Carols will commence at 7.00pm. (students are to arrive at 6.30pm)This event will be held at the Outdoor Entertainment Centre, Diamond Valley Sports Complex, Civic Drive Greensborough. (Melway Ref: 11 A10) BYO drinks, nibbles, chair/rug and be ready to enjoy the peace and goodwill of Christmas. We have been directed by the Centre that we are to park on the grassed area accessible through the open gate near the Library.
ST MARY’S FEAST DAY
We will celebrate our Feast Day on Friday 5 December. The day will begin with Mass at 9.15am. Following Mass, there will be a day of activities and a Picnic lunch. This day will also be a Fundraiser to support the Akuei family following the loss of their father. Students are asked to gain sponsorship for a Walk-a-thon which will form one of the activities on the day. For each $5 raised, they will receive a raffle ticket to enter a draw for a number of prizes which are being funded by staff. Let’s all get behind this fundraising effort in support of one of our families.
FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
There will be an evening of Carols at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 7 December commencing at 7.30pm. Our School Choir will be performing at this gathering. Others performing are The Diamond Valley Brass Band, The Diamond Valley Singers and All Saints Friendship Club. All very welcome to attend.
Principal Helen Anderson