- St Mary's Prays
- St Mary's Congratulates
- School Satisfaction Survey 2021
- Class Mass Times Term 2, 2021
- Winter Uniform and Ties
- School Assembly Time Survey
- School Reports
- Parent Teacher Interviews
- School Athletics Carnival Information 2021
- P & F News
- Around the school this week
- IMPORTANT DATES IN THE COMING WEEK
- CG Rugby Trials
- School Athletics Carnival
- Community Notices
The Feast of the Holy Trinity
Jesus’ instruction that the disciples go out to all the nations and baptise them ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ is an instruction that is still being carried on today.
Those precise words are used by the priest at every baptism.
They are also the words used in the sign of the cross – whether that is a personal, private blessing of oneself or a blessing of a group as in the introductory and dismissal rites as part of a Eucharistic celebration.
When we make the sign of the cross we use the words of Jesus.
|Indianna Bales||Ashton Barber||Finn Brown|
|Harry Carne||Ted Glasgow||Gemma Logg|
|Archie Maslin||Jay Player||Reuben Ridley|
|Nate Sams||Abigail Sturgess||Edward Tulloch|
Canberra Goulburn Cross Country
On Tuesday the 25th of May, Lexi Patton, Asha McDonell, Max Cuthbertson, Jimmy Dean, Chloe Morton, Amelia Alchin and Oliver Cumming travelled to Canberra to compete at the Canberra Goulburn Cross Country trials.
It was a freezing day in Canberra and despite this all of our children ran very well.
Lexi Patton qualified to compete at the MacKillop Trials in Sydney on the 8th of June.
MacKillop Touch Trials
Amelia Alchin, Asha McDonell and Bobby Bryant attended the MacKillop Touch Trials in Sydney on Thursday afternoon and Friday last week.
These are very competitive representative sport trials and our students all performed very well at this level. St Mary's is proud of their achievements.
Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union Trials
Harry Morton, Ted Curry and Grace Kellahan are in Canberra today trialling for the Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union team.
All three of our students played well in some tough games and enjoyed themselves. Ted and Grace were chosen in the Possibles & Probables, which was a huge achievement considering Grace was the only girl competing at the trials. They have to wait until tonight for the announcment of the Canberra Goulburn team.
During the next two weeks, closing Friday the 11th of June, we are inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you as parents/carers to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Mary’s War Memorial School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
During the next two weeks, students in years 4, 5 and 6 will be given the opportunity and time to participate in this survey during regular school hours.
Students’ names cannot be linked to their responses which allows it to be completely anonymous. Results will show all student scores combined together – it is not possible to single out individual students in the results.
The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey measures include such topics as emotional and social well-being, physical health, and behaviours and attitudes linked to student success. The survey also allows students to give their thoughts and feedback in open-ended question responses.
Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. Your child will not take part if either you or your child do not wish to.
If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please complete the complete this form as soon as possible.
If you would like more information, please contact Mr Nielsen.
A reminder that winter uniforms and ties need to be worn from Wednesday 2nd June. Students also need to move from shorts/skorts to long pants or skirts and tights. More information on skirts coming next week.
Ties are available from the school office for the price of $16.00.
Hats are now worn all year round.
Please ensure all items are marked with students names.
In 2021 we moved our Friday ‘What Ever You Do, Do Well’ award assembly to 1.50pm in the afternoon.
The purpose behind this move was to ensure prime educational time in the morning was utilised for learning. With some assemblies going for close to 30 minutes the school felt that an afternoon assembly would have less impact on student learning than the morning assembly.
We do realise that this time is potentially more challenging for parents to attend the assembly. Taking all this into account we would like to give you the chance to have your say.
Please follow the link below to participate in the St Mary’s School Assembly Time survey. THIS SURVEY CLOSES ON FRIDAY 4TH OF JUNE.
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to book a parent-teacher interview in Week 10, the booking link will be sent out via text in Week 9.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Reports will be sent home on Friday the 18th of June.
- creating your children (you can do all the children first),
- select one child at a time and choose their teacher,
- choose a booking time,
- review your booking.
- click next and choose to book again if necessary (ie.more than one child)
Arrangements for St Mary's athletics carnival on Tuesday 1st of June 2021
Students in Kinder and Year 1 will have recess at school at 11am and then walk to McAlister Oval to participate in races and games. Students are able to be picked up from the ground but those who are not being picked up by parents at the ground will be escorted back to St Mary's in time for the afternoon bell and buses.
Students from Year 2 to Year 6 have advised the school they will either get off buses at the public school stop (there will be a teacher on duty there), be dropped at the Oval by parents or come to school as normal and walk to the Oval accompanied by a teacher. The afternoon dismissal will work in reverse with students not going home with parents being accompanied to the public school bus stop or back to St Mary's after the carnival. If time does not permit students will catch buses from the public school.
Children should wear house coloured t-shirts and their sports clothes.
Thank you to those parents who have indicated they are able to assist on the day in the field.
Champion trophies and ribbons will be presented to students at assembly on Friday 4th of June.
Order of Events
The 1500m will be run on Monday the 31st of May directly after lunch at 1:50pm. All other events will be run at the carnival.
Don't forget to bring your baked treats to sell at the canteen. All goods gratefully accepted! We appreciate the support of our parents!
Our award winners last week.
During MJR this week we acknowledged Sorry Day and then the students made some official national sorry day flowers.
The five-petal Native Cotton, Desert Rose, or Native Hibiscus as we know it, was chosen to symbolise the scattering of the Stolen Generations and their resilience to the eugenic policies of Australia. This was initially proposed by members of the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation, and later endorsed by the National Sorry Day Committee.
This KSGAC Stolen Generation flower was adopted because it is found widely across Australia and it is a survivor. Its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.
Canberra Goulburn Cross Country
Some extra images of our cross country runners on Tuesday.
Mortimer Shield Year 5/6
Our Year 5/6 boys and girls competed at the Mortimer Shield League and League Tag Gala Day last Thursday.
It was a very cold day in Young and our players remained focused and committed even when it was so hard to keep warm between games.
Our boys team came up against some hard competition but managed to have two wins. Our girls tag team were on fire from the first game and won all their games and also the final. This team of very capable young ladies have now qualified to play at the next level of the competition in Wagga on the 22nd of June.
Our special thanks go to Mick Loudon and Jodie McDonell who were willing to take time out of their busy days to coach the students at school and then accompany them to Young on game day. We really appreciate their willingness to share imporant skills and knowledge with our students and it is fair to say that you did a great job!
Here are some wonderful images taken on the day.
Feast Day Activities
On a cold and windy afternoon on the school oval, we bravely utilised our missions and values, and played our tabloid sports games.
The games were fun and the students all got involved and had a brilliant afternoon team building with their MJR groups.
Preschool Visit for National Reconiliation Week
On Friday the Bland Preschool 3 year old class visited our Year 3/4 Trust class. The students shared Dreantime stories, watched Tiddalick the Big Green Frog, had fun with craft activities together and then enjoyed recess together.
It was a fabulous visit and a great morning was had by all.
Thank you to Ash Nicholson and Mrs Nielsen for organising and co-ordinating the fun filled morning.
31 May 2021
01 Jun 2021