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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...

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  • 24/11/16
    Dear Parents and Friends This coming Sunday, we enter the season of Advent, a time for us to reflect on our lives and to prepare to celebrate the gifts given to us through the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In the first week of this time of preparation, we are called to be people of joy and hope – joy in all that has been given to us and to have hope in our daily lives, knowing that God is always with us. The Advent Wreath focuses us on our preparation for the great celebration of Christmas. Its candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and that his coming brought new hope to the people. As Christians, we believe that Jesus has come into our world bringing the good news of the Father’s love. He continues to come into our lives, inviting us, through the day to day interactions we have with each other, to recognize and reflect God’s love. Every time you experience the kindness, support or a reassuring smile from another person, you are experiencing the presence of Christ in your life. This is also a good time to reflect on the diversity within our communities. Do we respond to the needs of others in a fair and compassionate way, bringing to them dignity and hope as they live their daily struggles? This coming Sunday, we enter the season of Advent, a time for us to reflect on our lives and to prepare to celebrate the gifts given to us through the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In the first week of this time of preparation, we are called to be people of joy and hope – joy in all that has been given to us and to have hope in our daily lives, knowing that God is always with us. The Advent Wreath focuses us on our preparation for the great celebration of Christmas. Its candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and that his coming brought new hope to the people. As Christians, we believe that Jesus has come into our world bringing the good news of the Father’s love. He continues to come into our lives, inviting us, through the day to day interactions we have with each other, to recognize and reflect God’s love. Every time you experience the kindness, support or a reassuring smile from another person, you are experiencing the presence of Christ in your life. This is also a good time to reflect on the diversity within our communities. Do we respond to the needs of others in a fair and compassionate way, bringing to them dignity and hope as they live their daily struggles? As we enter into the season of Advent, take some time with your family to reflect on the true and wonderful meaning of Christmas and how each of us can bring joy and hope to others.As we enter into the season of Advent, take some time with your family to reflect on the true and wonderful meaning of Christmas and how each of us can bring joy and hope to others. PARISH FETE Last Saturday we enjoyed a wonderful day as we came together as a community for the occasion of our Parish Fete. There was a real sense of being one as so many people rolled up their sleeves and assisted on the day. Thank you to everyone for being there - whether as a helper or being present showing your support for our Parish. I congratulate the Fete Committee who have worked so hard over many months to bring the day together. A special thank you to Belinda Thomas, leader of the Fete Committee. Belinda’s ideas, energy and dedicated commitment played a big part on the success of the day. Thank you to all members of the Fete Committee - Denise Chang-Faux, Sarah Lorkin, Melanie Mayne, Janet Laing, Alessandra Marciano, Amie Oakey, Katie Field, Rachael Livy, Pat Arzenti, Amanda Greig, and Carmel Ritchie. The Committee put in many months of hard work behind the scenes which allowed the day to come together with such success. Well done to everyone involved. SACRAMENTAL DATES 2017 First Eucharist 22/23 and 29/30 April at Parish Mass times Saturday 6.30pm Sunday 8.00am, 10.00am, 5.00pm Confirmation 20 August at 1.30pm and 3.30pm First Reconciliation 28 October at 10.00am, 31 October at 5.30pm and 7.00pm STAFFING CHANGES There will be some staffing changes for the 2017 school year. Leaving us to be closer to their homes and thus reduce travel time are Corey Missen and Josh Crowe. Corey will join the staff of St. Peter Julian Eymard Mooroolbark and Josh will take up a position at St. James Vermont. Rebecca Skippen is returning to her position at St. Columba’s Wilston QLD, Laura Bumpstead is setting off to travel the world and Karen Lawson is finishing up so that she can spend more time with her family. We are sorry to bid farewell to these staff members but wish each of them happiness and success in all that they do in the future. Joining our Team in 2017 are Alison Hall from St. Francis of Assisi Mill Park, Rachel Perissinotto currently at Mother of God Ivanhoe and Sebastian Gould a graduate teacher. Marianna Di Fabio will return to her fulltime position and Nichole Sorockyj will also work fulltime in 2017. Joining us in part time capacities are Penny Connelly and Laura Ciavarella. CHANGE As we draw closer to the end of the 2016 school year, students often become a little anxious about what the new school year will be like for them – who will be my teacher and will I know the other students in the class now that I am not with my best friend? Change can be challenging, especially for children, although some children seem to have the natural ability to dive into the unknown and meet the ”new” with enthusiasm. If your child shows signs of unease when they join their new class, please reassure them that they will be supported and that they have the ability to make new and exciting friends. As you will be aware, teachers spend considerable time and professional judgement putting together classes that we feel will provided the best learning environment for your child. Now that class groups have been finalized, changes cannot be made. TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT REPORT Attached to today’s Candela is the Traffic Management Report developed by the School Advisory Board following consultation with parents late in 2015. Please be aware that as from the beginning of the 2017 school year, from Monday to Friday, both the traffic access gate and pedestrian gate leading into the property from William Street, will be locked at all times other than between the hours of 8.00am and 9.15am and again from 3.30pm and 4.30pm. There will be a code available to access the pedestrian gate. JUNIOR PLAYGROUND The final stage of our Junior Playground is now being completed. A small basketball facility is being installed with artificial turf as the surface. In preparation for the laying of the turf, a group of dedicated helpers came to school on a recent Saturday and installed drainage to ensure the area remains well drained. A big thank you to John Wood, Phill Goulding, Ben Tosetto and Julian Wood. This show of support is very much appreciated. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to three ex St. Mary’s students who were recently invested as members of the Parade College Prefect Team for 2017. Well done to Aiden Hrup who is the College’s Vice Captain, Thomas Williamson on his appointment as Sport Prefect and Benjamin Fahey who has been appointed as Community Action Prefect. Wonderful to hear that you are taking on leadership within your school community. CAROLS NIGHT On Wednesday 7 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 and are to bring with them a drink and a snack. Parents are asked not to bring food to your child during the singing of Carols. 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. AGM PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION The AGM of the Parents’ Association will be held on Wednesday 30 November commencing at 7.00pm in the Meeting Room (Uniform Shop) The PA does amazing work in organizing fun activities for our students and families and also supporting our school through fundraising. For the PA to continue their invaluable contribution to our school in 2017, new members are required. So maybe it is your time to put your hand up and come along and be a member of this group of parents who are committed to our school. In doing so, along the way you will build solid and long term friendships. Please come along and lend your support. WORKING BEE The advertised Working Bee for the 10 December has been cancelled. Thank you to those who had volunteered to attend. We will look forward to seeing you at one in 2017. SINCERE SYMPATHY On behalf of all. I extend sincere sympathy to the Oscari family on the recent death of Mina Oscari, great Grandmother of Luke (Prep B) Condolences are also extended to Lisa Murray and her family on the recent death of Lisa’s very much loved Grandfather. Our thoughts are also with Carmel Ritchie and her family on the recent death of Carmel’s loved father. May the memory of the beautiful times you have shared with your loved ones bring you comfort at this time. May they Rest in eternal Peace. Regards, Helen Principal
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