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Welcome to St Mary's Parish Primary School

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...

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  • 23/06/16
    Dear Parents and Friends, Dear Parents and Friends, Term 2 is almost finished and as always, it has been a full Term for everyone. Being in a School Review year, a major focus has been our continuing work around reviewing our achievements over the past four years and planning for further growth into the future. Following our discernment over a number of months, it became clear to staff that empowerment and growth were themes that would enable us to further extend school improvement, therefore we have taken “Empowerment to Grow” as our ongoing theme into the next four year School Improvement Plan. Under this banner, we have identified four focus areas – these being Teacher Capacity, Gender Education, Communication and Relationships which we will work through to enable us to achieve the best for our community and students. A highlight from this Term was the unveiling of our Totem Poles and Plaque on Sorry Day and the installation of a heart in our Reflection Garden. The mended heart shows that as a community, we acknowledge the pain and suffering of the Stolen Generation and is a symbol of our community’s role in showing compassion in order to promote healing and reconciliation. The Totem Poles remind us that we acknowledge the wrongs of the past, but in doing so, we believe that we have the power within us to move forward. Dr. Arnold Zable’s words inscribed on the plaque “a new world from an ancient past” is at the heart of who we are as a nation – a nation built from an ancient tradition, moving forward with a new life and vitality through the contribution of a diverse community. Today you will receive your child’s first Semester Report. All students have worked well throughout this Semester and you will see the progress they have made. I congratulate all students and trust, with the support of teachers working in collaboration with you the parents, that this learning continues into the second Semester. PARENT FORUM A Parent Form will be held on Wednesday 20 July commencing at 9.15am. As we are working through our School Review, this will be an opportunity to hear from parents your thoughts around future school improvement and planning for the future. Your presence and input would be very much valued. ASSEMBLY DATES Assembly will be held on Monday 18 July and Monday 22 August commencing at 2.40pm. All parents and friends are welcome to attend. EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMS Students in Years 1, 5 and 6 will participate in the Footsteps Dance Program next Term. Sessions will be held each Friday commencing on Friday 15 July and will run for nine weeks. It has been decided that due to the School Performance being held in Term 3, we will not be holding the Basket Supper Dance at the completion of the Yr. 5 and 6 program for this year. Yrs. Prep and 4 will participate in a Gymnastics Program which will commence on Monday 11 July and run each Monday for the Term. THANK YOU Thank you to those parents who worked on the Bunnings Barbeque on Saturday 11 June and raised $950.00approx for the school. It was an incredibly cold day, so your willingness to be a part of this fundraising activity is even more appreciated. A special thanks goes to Marco Hall who coordinated this event. SECONDARY SCHOOL ENROLMENT CHANGE The enrolment timeline for Catholic Schools has changed and will impact on students who are currently in Yr. 4. This will mean that current Yr. 4 students who will be commencing Yr. 7 in 2019 will need to make application to a Catholic Secondary school when in Yr. 5 by 25 August 2017 and will be notified of their placement in Term 4 2017. For students currently in Yr. 5, the process will remain in its current form with applications needing to be lodged when in Yr. 6 by 17 February 2017 with offers of places being notified in Term 2 2017. WORKING BEE Thank you to all who came along to our Working Bee last Saturday. The support from our families is very much appreciated. This year, Working Bees are not being assigned to a particular class as families were asked to nominate activities that you were able to support. Our next Working Bee will be held on Saturday 16 July. We look forward to seeing those who nominated for this Working Bee in attendance and any other parents who are able to come along. SCHOOL PERFORMANCE Our School Performance with all students participating will be held next Term. Due to numbers, it will run over two nights, these being Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September. This year, families with surnames beginning with L- Z will perform on the Monday night and those beginning with A – K will perform on the Tuesday night. There may be some exceptions in-order to balance numbers. The Performance will be held in the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School Kalinda Road Ringwood. Further details will be conveyed to you next Term. GRANDPARENTS’ DAY We will be celebrating Grandparents’ Day on Tuesday 26 July which is on the Feast of Ss Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, thus grandparents of Jesus. We will celebrate Mass at 9.15 am and there will be an opportunity for grandparents to visit classrooms. STUDENT/TEACHER/PARENT MEETINGS Student/Teacher/Parent meetings will be held on Wednesday 27 July and Thursday 28 July. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss future learning in light of what has been achieved in Semester One. Online Bookings for Meetings will open on Tuesday 12 July (second day of Term 3) Meeting times will be as follows: Wednesday 27 July Thursday 28 July Prep – Yr. 2 2.30pm – 3.30pm Yr. 3 – Yr. 6 2.30pm – 3.30pm Yr. P - Yr. 6 4.00pm – 5.30pm Yr. P – Yr. 6 4.00pm – 5.30pm Yr. P – Yr. 6 6.00pm – 7.00pm IS IT YOUR’S? Every day we are hearing from students the all too familiar story that they have misplaced some part of their school uniform. Any items found are placed in the Lost Property cupboard which is located in the entrance of the Frayne Learning Centre (Junior School Building) Parents are very welcome to check for any lost items – you may need to ask at the Office for access as these doors are usually locked. To assist with the issue of lost clothing, I ask that you regularly check your child’s clothing as often students will pick up the wrong sweater etc. resulting in them wearing someone else’s “lost” clothing. It would be appreciated that such clothing be returned to the Lost Property cupboard where you will most likely find your child’s rightful item. END OF TERM Term 2 will finish on Friday 24 June at 1.45pm and classes will recommence on Monday 11 July. Helen Anderson Principal
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