Week 10, Term 2
From the Principal
As we close the semester and I come to the end of my time at St Mary's, I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you, our parents, for your generous support throughout the term. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated teachers, school officers, and administration staff for their commitment to providing a caring, supportive, and educationally rich learning environment for the children at St Mary's.
Each school day I have witnessed children encouraged to ‘be their best' and the promotion of the school as a place where faith, fun, and learning take place. It was a pleasure to celebrate at Mass this morning all that has been accomplished this term and the growth of each individual within our school community.
Next semester, Mrs. Alicia Ninnes will competently take on the role of acting principal founded on her solid knowledge of the school, the staff, the parish, and the students. Alicia will be supported by Mr. Matthew Knight in the role of acting APRE. Matthew is a very experienced and highly successful teacher in Catholic schools. He is currently the Year Six teacher at Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale in Townsville. Prior to this, Matthew taught in the United Kingdom, and in the Brisbane and Rockhampton Dioceses. Mr. Knight brings with him a great passion and enthusiasm for Catholic Education and we look forward to welcoming him to St Mary's. Thank you for the trust you put in our school as we continue with your help and the commitment of our staff, to make St Mary's the best school for your children.
On behalf of all the staff at St Mary's, I wish you and your families a very happy and relaxing mid-year holiday period. When school returns, we have many events and gatherings to look forward to. These include:
- The commencement of our Pre-Prep program from Week 1
- NAIDOC week celebrations in Week 1
- Mulkadee Arts Festival in Townsville in Week 2
- Catholic Education Week in Week 3
- Burdekin Festival of the Arts in Week 7
- Quest for Knowledge in Week 9
Mary's Marvellous Big Day Out
Religious Life of the School
Today we celebrated the end of a busy semester with a whole school mass in the Church. It was lovely to see so many parents and community members in attendance. Thank you to Father Sibi for leading us in prayer.
At the end of the mass, we acknowledged all of the students who have worked hard to receive 10 and 20 praise notes this semester. Congratulations to all students who received an award. We also farewelled Mrs. Sharyn Bell and our student leaders presented her with a gift in gratitude for her leadership and guidance over the last six months. As many will be aware, I will be stepping up into the Acting Principal role for the next semester. I look forward to serving this school in this capacity and welcoming our new Acting APRE, Mr. Matthew Knight.
Have a safe and happy holiday and we will see you all in Term 3!
Alicia Ninnes (Assistant Principal / Religious Education)
Sports Carnival 2022
Thanks to everyone who was able to come and be part of our Athletics carnival last Friday. Well done to our students for their sportsmanship and participation on the day. Special thanks to Karen Jones and Julie Muir for coordinating the day. Thank you to all staff and volunteers for making it a day to remember for the children. Congratulations go to MacKillop house on winning the 2022 St Mary's Athletics Carnival. Congratulations also to all our age champions featured in the following article.
We hope you enjoy the gallery of images below.
Athletics Age Champions
Congratulations to all our age champions who received their medallions at the parade on Monday.
Back row: Ruby Prossor, James Finn, Tess Weldon, Quade Cristaudo, Aislinn Ninnes, Ella Wilson, Daniel Szollos.
Middle row : Sam Murray, Kendall Malone, Elodie Robertson, Jake Land, Mason Drysdale - White.
Front row : Lazariah Prior, Abigail Wood, Jayden Kirk.
Safe Just and Fair
Please enjoy our Year 6 leaders' video to help teach the younger children about the Mary's Way. How to be Safe Just and Fair by showing good sportsmanship.
Next Term - Pre Prep program
The Pre-Prep Program this year will be coordinated by Mrs. Alana Browning, Ms. Lindy Anderson, and Mrs. Tanya Dederer who all have extensive experience working in the Early Years. The program will operate each Friday, (8:45 am - 2:45 pm) for the duration of Terms 3 and 4, commencing on Friday 14 July and concluding on Friday 25 November 2022 (Week 8 Term 4). There will be a small fee of $10 per week to cover the cost of resources and consumables.
Next Term - NAIDOC Celebrations
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. As NAIDOC week falls within the school holidays we recognise this special week, our first week of Term 3. There will be activities throughout the week, however, our special day of celebration will take place on Thursday the 14th of July. On this day, we have invited the students from St John Bosco in Collinsville and St Colman’s in Home Hill to join us for our school celebrations. We offer our thanks in advance to Juru Enterprises and Uncle Jim for their support on the day. The program for the day is as follows :
10:00 NAIDOC liturgy
11:20 Unpacking the NAIDOC theme
11:30 ROTATIONS— including weaving, dancing with Juru Enterprises, Dadirri, Ranger talks with Uncle Jim, and Indigenous sports
1:20 Buses depart for Home Hill and Cannonvale
From the Guidance Counsellor
A SPECIAL REPORT: Dealing with Disappointment
The Coronavirus is impacting families around the world and changing how we do things on a daily basis. In many cases, it has resulted in the indefinite postponement of many special, and often long-awaited events, such as milestone birthdays, sporting competitions, school trips and family holidays.
Disappointment can be a tricky emotion to deal with at any age, but particularly for young people whose world has been turned upside down in a matter of weeks. Although disappointment is a normal part of growing up, adults need to remember that kids have a lot of choice regarding how they respond to it. Their response will determine the impact on their future happiness. Disappointment is considered a healthy and positive emotion that is essential to a child’s emotional, intellectual and social development.
It is important to help kids manage their disappointment in order to avoid stronger emotions such as anxiety and depression. Although your first reaction may be to fix the problem, it is better to encourage them to find the words to express how they feel.
In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some tips on how to help a child process disappointment and look at the problem objectively.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school guidance counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report:
This Week's Award Winners
On Monday, our weekly awards were presented to students following Mary's Way by showing "S" Show Respect.
Mary's Way Award Winners: Angus Murray, Eli Bodsworth, Scarlette Bear, Andrea Firth, Robert Eldred, Knite Land, Scarlett DeLacey-Green, Nataya Byers, Jack Lawrance, Amy Das.
Praise Note Winner of the Week: Elle Young.
MultiLit certificate recipients: Oscar Watson, Mason Drysdale-White, Rafferty Pilcher.
Family Fun Day appreciation certificates for stall workers: Ryda Acton, Joel Young, Ines de Solar, Elle Young, Indi Johnson, Imogen Browning, Aislinn Ninnes.
Super Writer: Wilhelmina Nowlan.
Click the below link for a special Happy Birthday Song.
Tuckshop and Lunchboxes
A reminder that Nude Food Fridays continue this term. We are encouraging students to minimize single-use plastic on Fridays to protect our oceans. Use those reusable containers as much as you can! Our Containers 4 Change program is still going so please remember to put your poppers, plastic bottles, and other suitable containers in the blue bins. All money raised through the Pilchers Containers program will be donated to the EcoBarge Volunteer and Turtle Rehabilitation program in the Whitsundays
Tuckshop - TERM 3
Please be advised that tuckshop will not be available on the first day of term 3, 11th July.
Tuckshop will resume on the Wednesday 13th July.
Mary Mackillop OSHC
OSHC at St Mary’s Catholic School is now operating Monday to Friday from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and 2.45 pm to 6.00 pm.
If you would like more information or to register, please contact Miss Rob on 0428 216 062 OR at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another fun filled week at OSHC !
We hope you all enjoy the school holidays and look forward to welcoming you all back to OSHC in Term 3.
From Ms Robin and the OSHC team.