• We believe everyday holds the opportunity for exciting learning
  • We value the uniqueness of each person
  • 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

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...

Important Dates

Principal's News

  • 09/02/18
    Dear Parents and Friends, On Wednesday 14 February, we will gather together to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This Mass will also mark the commencement of our 2018 School Year. Lent is a time of reflection and renewal. It is a time for Christians to consider how they live the word of God and to renew this living. The Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are one way in which Christians embody the values of justice, compassion, generosity and the giving up of oneself. Throughout Lent, our students will be raising money to support the work of Caritas – a Catholic Social Justice Organization. Each class will have a Project Compassion Money box, where a donation can be made throughout Lent. STEP UP As we set the scene for a positive learning environment for 2018 where everyone can be engaged and happy, each class is working through our Step Up Program. Over the four first weeks of Term, there is a specific focus on how we should act and behave. These areas of focus are based around our school expectations (the 4 Bs) which we use as our guide to support each of us to be the best we can be. Each of us is asked to STEP UP and make a difference. FIRE CARRIER PROGRAM “FIRE Carriers,” an acronym for “Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education,” is an initiative through the Catholic Aboriginal Ministry of Victoria. Through this program, the FIRE Carriers are commissioned to raise awareness of reconciliation for the wrongs of the past and to promote peace and justice for all, along with learning about and appreciating the rich culture of the Aboriginal peoples. Over the coming weeks, the students will be painting the Totem Poles that stand in our Reflection Garden. BAPTISM DETAILS On enrolment, a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate was requested. If your child has been baptised after their commencement at school, you are asked to supply a copy of their Baptism Certificate to the School Office. COUNSELLING SERVICE Bindi will continue to offer students at St Mary's Primary School counselling during 2018. Bindi is a registered psychologist who has worked with St Mary's since 2016. Her psychology service is an on-site school visiting service whereby counselling sessions can be bulk billed or funded through NDIS. If you believe that your child would benefit from counselling, please speak with the Director of Student Services and Diversity. GENERAL FAITH NIGHT Parents of students who are to receive either the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation this year are required to attend a General Faith Night which will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 251 Diamond Creek Road on both Monday 19 February and Wednesday 21 February To book the session that you will be attending, go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and then enter the event code zydbg Bookings close Monday 19 February. Families of students preparing for a Sacrament this year are also asked to attend one of the Parish Masses over the weekend of 17 and 18 February to receive a Blessing to enrich your child and family, as together, you commence the journey of preparation for the reception of a Sacrament. Masses are as follow: Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 8.00am, 10.00am and 5.00pm. WORKING BEE This Saturday 10 February, we will hold our first Working Bee for 2018 when Yr. 1 parents have been invited to attend. There are many tasks that need to be attended to so lots of support would be appreciated. Bring the whole family and take the opportunity to meet and get to know others. The morning’s work will conclude at 12.30pm when a Bar/be/que lunch will be provided. TUCKSHOP RENOVATIONS Tuckshop renovations have now been completed, therefore Lunch Orders will be available as from next Monday 12 February. The tuckshop was completely gutted and now looks amazing. There have been so many generous people who have assisted with these works and their contribution will be acknowledged. I personally thank each of you for being there once again to help make a difference at St. Mary’s. Today I would like to especially thank Belinda Thomas who project managed these works. She gave hours to this task and the result is a beautiful, modern facility. My sincere and heartfelt thanks for all that you have done Belinda. AGM PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION The Annual General Meeting of the PA will be held in the Uniform Shop on 28 February commencing at 7.00pm. The PA is instrumental in the life of our community through their work with the overseeing of the running of the tuckshop and uniform shop, along with organizing and conducting fundraising and social activities. They are an enthusiastic and vibrant group who work together for the common good. Your presence at the AGM would be much appreciated and if you are able to assist with their work, besides supporting the school, I am sure you would value and enjoy the experience. Kindest Regards Helen
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