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  • We engage students in positive and active learning
  • We uphold the philosophy of Equity and Excellence in Education
  • We promote respect and care for everyone in our community

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St. Mary’s school is a place where, not only your child, but your whole family will be welcomed and valued as members of our community. At St. Mary’s we are acutely aware of the privilege it is to be invited into the educative process of your child. We recognize that your child is a special gift given to you, and now you are inviting and entrusting us to enter into a partnership with you, to guide and support their growth as a person along with their academic learning. Read more...

Principal's News

  • 23/07/15
    Dear Parents and Friends, Term 3 has commenced with a rush and a very chilly stretch of winter weather. My beanie, gloves and overcoat have been getting a ‘work out’. The students have settled back in to school quietly and calmly and were very excited to see their friends and share all their holiday adventures. My holiday adventures were amazing and although I enjoyed my leave and my travels I am very happy to be home and to be back at St. Mary’s. I would like to warmly thank Helen Hannay who filled the role of Deputy Principal in my absence. I’m not sure I was really missed because of her dedication and professional approach. Last night we had the Reconciliation Family Night for those students and families preparing for the Sacrament. The presenter was Paul Spence who first addressed the parents while the children worked on activities relating to the Sacrament in the Frayne Learning Centre. The importance of the gift of forgiveness was touched upon along with keeping in mind to be humble and compassionate toward self and others. Paul also spoke about the value of self-respect because if we have respect for self, we will respect others which is the basis of living a truthful and fulfilling life. This linked very much for me into our Term Value of ‘Honesty’. ART SHOW We will be presenting our biennial Art Show for your pleasure on the 29 and 30 July. All students are invited to submit two pieces of their Art work which will be completed at school. There will also be a silent auction held to sell pieces produced by levels and to raise funds for the Opening the Doors Foundation. Opening hours will be from 4.30pm – 7.30pm on each night and after 10.00am Mass on Sunday until 11.45am. The Official Opening will be at 5.45pm on Wednesday 29 and the choir will perform on both nights at 6.30pm. Entry will a gold coin donation. Please make sure you come along to support this great area of our curriculum and view your child’s work. CELEBRATING 60 YEARS As you would all be aware, St. Mary’s Parish and School are celebrating 60 years this year. The major event marking our 60 years was the Ball which was held on the 18 July at the Sovereign, Northcote. It was a terrific night with lots of fun had by all who attended. A huge thanks to the organising committee for their work in organising such a successful event. WORKING BEE CANCELLED There was a Working Bee scheduled for this Saturday 25 July for the Year 3 Families. The Working Bee has been cancelled as there is inclement weather forecast for Saturday. STAFF CHANGES and ARRANGEMENTS We are very happy to welcome Emily Walton who will take on the role as teacher of Prep A. I trust all in our community will welcome Emily to St. Mary’s. Helen Anderson is on leave until 10 August and is having an enjoyable and fascinating trip. In her absence Liz Sullivan is Acting Principal while Erin Whitbread and Gabee Leone are sharing the role of Deputy Principal. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEYS This Term Parent surveys seeking feedback about a number of aspects of the school’s operation and parents perceptions about matters such as educational opportunities, parent engagement etc. are available online for parent feedback. This year, these surveys will be available to all parents. All Staff and students in Yrs. 5 and 6 will also complete the SIS Surveys. The surveys are able to be completed online between 20 July and 7 August. Details as to how to logon have been communicated. Your support in completing these surveys will be much appreciated. There will be 50 hard copies available from the Office should you prefer not to go online. DISCOVERY CENTRE CLOSURE As many of you will know the fence and Discovery Centre were damaged in an accident on Saturday evening. Thankfully no one was hurt. At this stage the Library will be closed until further notice. The insurance company have been out to assess the damage and they will now begin the process of having repairs completed. SCHOOL CLOSURE The school will be closed on Monday 10 August. Staff will continue with their learning around Thinking in the Curriculum. SECONDADRY SCHOOL ENROLMENT FOR YEAR 7 2017 Parents of current Yr. 5 students are advised that the enrolment dates listed below are for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. However, I suggest you check with schools you may wish to enroll in to ensure they are following this schedule. Parents are also advised to enroll in two schools. The Archdiocesan Enrolment Policy for secondary schools can be found on the Catholic Education Office Melbourne website www.ceomelb.catholic.edu.au. You are advised to read the enrolment policies of the secondary schools you intend to apply for, and check the priority parish status of your own parish in that policy. Key enrolment dates are: All applications to colleges close 26 February 2016. Offers of places to prospective Year 7 students are to be posted 22 April 2016. Final date for acceptance by parents of offers made is 6 May 2016. Acting Principal Liz Sullivan
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