- A Message from our Assistant Principal
- St Mary's Prays
- St Mary's Congratulates
- Class Mass Times Term 1, 2021
- Reconciliation Program 2021
- Easter Passion Play 2021
- Cyber Safety - Year 5 and 6
- Staff Changes Week 8 - Term 1
- School Counsellor Visits Term 1
- Happy Birthday
- NAPLAN Practise Test - Year 3 & 5
- National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
- High School Taster Day for Year 6
- West Wyalong High School - Year 7 2022
- Around the school this week
- P & F News
- IMPORTANT DATES IN THE COMING WEEK
- Cyber Awareness Year 5/6 - Parent & Child Workshop
- Reconciliation Retreat Day - Year 3/4
- Paul Kelly Cup - Year 5/6
- National Day of Action Against Bullying
- CG Representative Cricket Trials
- Passion Play - Whole School
- Community Notices
Dear Parents & Carers,
We continue to keep Mr Nielsen in our prayers as he is still unwell and will not be back this week.
Last Wednesday I attended the Assistant Principal’s meeting in Canberra. Whilst many different aspects of Catholic Education in our Archdiocese were addressed, one that I would like to bring to your attention is the extra support all our schools are receiving for student counselling. At St Mary’s this has meant that we now have a school counsellor from Catholic Care visiting once a week instead of every fortnight as it has been in the past. This has come about after an Archdiocesan Survey in 2019 revealed that there was a huge need for more services to support schools and their students with the continum of pastoral care and wellbeing. Our school Counsellor, Emma McRae is employed by Catholic Care and visits every Wednesday for the full day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Emma for working with our staff, students and their families to ensure wellbeing / mental health for all.
As part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, our Year 3 /4 students will all take part in a whole day retreat tomorrow in the hall. At the retreat Mass on Tuesday morning we will welcome a new member into our Catholic Church community. Caitlin Parker will be baptised during the mass with her family, classmates and teachers as witness’. This is a very special time for Caitlin and may God bless Caitlin and her family as she takes a new direction in her faith journey.
Tonight Lachlan Ellis, Child Protection Officer from the Catholic Education Office Canberra, will be working with our Year 5/6 parents and their children on Cyber Safety. I strongly urge all our Year 5/6 parents to attend with their child/ren to keep you all informed on the latest in cyber awareness.
Last year Covid prevented the P & F from fundraising like they would normally do. This body of volunteering parents work hard to raise money for our school. There are a few different fundraisers on the go at the moment and I thank them for organising these.
I wish our Year 5/6 students all best for a fun and active day in Wagga at the AFL Paul Kelly Cup Carnival. It will be a great day to play AFL, interact with other schools and to work as a team.
Have a wonderful week everyone and stay safe.
Last Wednesday 10th March, the life of Fr Kevin Barry-Cotter was celebrated at the Cathedral in Manuka and he was laid to rest in Canberra.
Fr Kevin was St Mary’s Parish Priest from 1995 -2005 and would be fondly remembered by families and staff in our community today. Fr Kevin was a very gentle and humble man who made Jesus real in all he did and said. He was a strong advocate for Catholic Education and had a wonderful connection to our school during his time here. We give thanks for the life of Fr Kevin and his time in West Wyalong. May he rest peacefully now with his God.
Hope as “living water” enabling us to continue our journey.
The Samaritan woman at the well, whom Jesus asks for a drink, does not understand what he means when he says that he can offer her “living water” (Jn 4:10). Naturally, she thinks that he is referring to material water, but Jesus is speaking of the Holy Spirit whom he will give in abundance through the paschal mystery, bestowing a hope that does not disappoint. Jesus had already spoken of this hope when, in telling of his passion and death, he said that he would “be raised on the third day” (Mt 20:19). Jesus was speaking of the future opened up by the Father’s mercy. Hoping with him and because of him means believing that history does not end with our mistakes, our violence and injustice, or the sin that crucifies Love. It means receiving from his open heart the Father’s forgiveness.
In these times of trouble, when everything seems fragile and uncertain, it may appear challenging to speak of hope. Yet Lent is precisely the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation which we have often mistreated (cf. Laudato Si’, 32-33; 43-44). Saint Paul urges us to place our hope in reconciliation: “Be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). By receiving forgiveness in the sacrament that lies at the heart of our process of conversion, we in turn can spread forgiveness to others. Having received forgiveness ourselves, we can offer it through our willingness to enter into attentive dialogue with others and to give comfort to those experiencing sorrow and pain. God’s forgiveness, offered also through our words and actions, enables us to experience an Easter of fraternity.
Through recollection and silent prayer, hope is given to us as inspiration and interior light, illuminating the challenges and choices we face in our mission. Hence the need to pray (cf. Mt 6:6) and, in secret, to encounter the Father of tender love.
Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2021
Dear Lord of infinite wisdom and knowledge, help me to always place my trust in Your goodness and care for me.
Help me to daily turn to You in my need and to trust that You will answer my prayer according to Your perfect will.
I place my life into Your hands, dear Lord.
Do with me as you wish.
Jesus, I trust in You.
|Harriet Bell||Annabelle Brose||Harrison Cumming|
|Evie Cuthbertson||Lachlan Foster||Ruby Glasgow|
|Rose Hague||Jessica Hardie||Hugo Harper|
|Kirby Logg||Charles Murdoch||Toby Nielsen|
|Caitlin Parker||Gigi Patton||Charlotte Pursehouse|
|Maive Stewart||Molly Stokes||Toby Westaway|
Congratulations to our students who ran the cross country on Wednesday.
The top 5 students in each age group qualify for the Western Region Cross Country, to be held in Boorowa on Tuesday 30 March 2021. Well done to the following students:
8/9 Girls - Chloe Morton, Zahli Cattle, Edith Dean, Molly Gaynor, Georgina Patton.
8/9 Boys - Billy Pettit, Hugh Ridley, Will McDonell, Toby Westaway, Hamish Braunberger.
10 Year Girls - Alexandra Patton, Montana Crouch, Ruby Glasgow, Eleanor Ramsay, Hannah McDonell.
10 Year Boys - Oliver Cumming, Max Cuthbertson, Nate Sams, James Dean, Frederik Bell.
11 Year Girls - Asha McDonell, Catherine Curry, Hannah Campbell-Pike.
11 Year Boys - Bobby Bryant, Bodhi Cattle, Toby Nielsen, Hugo Haprer, Zack Gaynor.
12 Year Girls - Grace Kellahan, Amelia Alchin, Layla Player, Ashley Thomas.
12 Year Boys - Charles Murdoch, Nate Pursehouse (dead heat for 1st place), Edward Curry, Jackson Downey, Lachlan Foster.
Tuesday 16 March at 9am - 3.20pm
Retreat Day in St Mary's School hall
Sunday 21 March at 9.30am
Commitment Mass at St Mary's Church
Wednesday 24 March at 5.30pm
Reconciliation Sacrament at St Mary's Church
Reconciliation Retreat Day Details
Tuesday 16th March 9:00-3:20
- St Mary’s School Hall
- Students wear casual clothes: please remember no thongs/slides and no singlet tops (sun safe policy)
- Students need to bring water bottle, recess & pencil case
- Hot chips and a popper will be provided for lunch. Please let Mrs Haworth know by Monday afternoon the 15th of March if there are any dietary requirements that need to be accommodated.
Caitlin Parker will also be receiving the Sacrament of Baptism during our retreat day, cake will be provide as part of this celebration at recess.
Every student will have a special role in depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering and death. This story is the centre of our Catholic Christian faith and we are very proud to be re-enacting this sacred story.
We would like all students to bring black t-shirts and black leggings/jeans/shorts on Thursday for the play. Students will change into these clothes at school, their class teacher will specify further via Seesaw at a later date.
We welcome all parents, grandparents and carers to our Passion Play. There will be a booking system coming out next week as we have limited seats due to COVID-19 regulations. All parents and visitors will also have to sign in on arrival.
Can you sew? Would you like to help?
We need volunteers to help sew new costumes for our Passion Play. The costumes are not complicated and any help will be appreciated.
Please click here to email the school office if you can help.
Cyber Safety Workshop for 5/6 Parents
The Cyber Safety workshop for our Year 5 & 6 parents to attend WITH THEIR CHILD/REN is on tonight Monday 15th March from 5.00 - 6.30pm in the Year 2 classroom. Please meet on the new concrete area in front of the current school office.
We strongly recommend that parents/ carers attend this workshop tonight. If you have not replied regarding attendance you are still most welcome.
Our school counsellor, Mrs Emma McRae, will be visiting our school every Wednesday for 2021.
Please follow this link for detailed information on the service provided to our families by Catholic Care.
If you would like to make a confidential appointment for your child please contact the school office or you can complete an online form at this link:
This information can also be found on our school website and the SZApp and includes a link to the referral form.
Happy Birthday to
Mae Dean, Rose Hague, Stella Murrells, Will McDonell, Annabelle Brose and Reuben Ridley
who celebrate their birthdays in the coming week.
We hope you enjoy your special day.
- 9.30am till 11am - Year 5 omnibus online NAPLAN test.
- 11.30am till 1pm - Year 3 omnibus online NAPLAN test and the Year 5 writing online.
St Mary's will be marking the National Day of Action against Bullying next Friday 19th of March.
To reinforce this theme students may wear mufti to school, with an emphasis on the colour orange. This can just be a splash of colour or the whole hog!
Infomation Evening - YEAR 7, 2022
Monday 22nd March
6.30pm - 7pm
Belinda Duncan, the Year 7 Year Advisor and Mr Greg Sheens, Principal of West Wyalong High School invite our current Year 6 parents and their children to attend an information evening at St Mary's on Monday the 22nd of March. This will be held in the Year 2 classroom from 6.30 till 7pm.
Please refer to the letter sent home from West Wyalong High School, and if you require further information regarding this evening please contact Belinda Duncan at the high school on 6972 2700.
St Patrick's Day - Green Treats
Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser
This year, in conjunction with the French Hot Bread Bakery, we are organising a Hot Cross Bun Drive to raise money for our school.
The buns are the same price as the French Hot Bread Bakery, $6 for 6, so why not buy them through the school and help us raise some dough!!
The hot cross buns are guaranteed baked fresh the day you receive them, varieties available being traditional and no-fruit/plain.
All orders must be received and paid for by Friday 26th March. Orders will be ready on Wednesday 31st March.
Orders are preferred through the QKR! App, however manual orders and cash can be received at the school office using the link below.
We would like to encourage everyone to gather as many orders as possible. Order for yourself, friends, family or neighbours – all orders are welcome!!
We have included a table to help you record your orders. Please click here to open form and print if needed.
We thank you in advance for supporting our Easter Fundraiser!!
Easter Raffle Information
Tickets will be sold for a special raffle for our students on Thursday 1st April. This will be drawn on the last day of school. Tickets will be 50c with a limit of $5. We will put a reminder in the newsletter the week before so the children don't forget.
15 Mar 2021
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Parent and Child Workshop Monday the 15th of March at 5pm
All parents and children of Year 5/6 are invited to attend this workshop facilitated by the Canberra/Goulburn Child Protection Officer Mr Lachlan Ellis. This will be held in the Year 2 classroom. We strongly encourage parents to come along with their children to be informed and ask questions to ensure their children's safety in the cyber world.
16 Mar 2021
17 Mar 2021
19 Mar 2021
19 Mar 2021
01 Apr 2021
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Location: St Mary's Church
Address: Church Street, West Wyalong, 2671, NSW