Uniform Price Increase

Due to an increase in yarn costs, labour costs, import charges and local freight charges, Lowes has advised that they will be increasing their uniform prices from Term 4 2022.

Please find following a list of increases that will take place next term.  We suggest if you are looking at purchasing new uniforms to do so before the price increase comes into effect next term.

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APRE: Terri Leotta

October - Month of the Rosary

Next Term all classes will pray The Rosary each day in October. St Mary's honours the Blessed mother of Jesus and our school booklist requires that each student have their own set of Rosary beads throughout Prep to Year 6.

If your child does not have rosary beads, please purchase a set through our school office for $12 or source them from home, St Vincent de Paul or South Mackay Newsagency.

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From our Principal - Mr Wes Rose

Year 5 Camp to Seaforth
All the best to the Year 5 students who will attend camp at Seaforth Pines this Wednesday-Friday.  Students will enjoy low ropes, orienteering, beach games, archery and team building games.  I thank the staff (Mrs Rokic, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Gordon) and parents (Mr Ricciardi, Mr Stables and Mr McNamara).  A reminder that Yr 5 students need to arrive at school by 8:15am tomorrow (Wed 17/8) and will return to school via bus Friday afternoon 2:30pm.

Staff News
I am away for the remainder of the week, attending the Year 5 camp.  Mrs Leotta is acting principal in my absence.

Lockdown Drill
Today we practiced our school lockdown procedures.  In the event of a human threat, severe storm, etc., the school will go into lockdown. During a lockdown, students and staff are alerted via a calming song over our PA system.  On this sound, everyone moves indoors, locking door and windows and shelters inside under desks until the threat passes.  Afterwards, students return to their normal classroom and the attendance roll is taken.  I thank staff and students for practicing this drill today with sensibility and urgency.

Uniform Reminders
I issue an important reminder to all parents about our school uniform guidelines.  We are noticing the vast majority of students are adhering to the uniform expectations, which is pleasing to see.  However, we have noticed that there are a couple of areas that some students and parents need to be reminded of.  They include;

  • Boys hairstyles. Be neat in appearance and not falling into eyes or past the collar. Hair may not be dyed or worn in a style that is extreme or inappropriate for school (e.g. no tracks, rat’s tails, mo-hawks, top knots, hair no shorter than gauge 2 or undercuts that have a large variance between length).  This includes mullets.
  • Girls earrings. We are noticing some girls wearing large, dangly earrings that are not appropriate for school. Girls are reminded that studs and sleeper style earrings are preferred.
  • Winter clothing. A reminder that the school jumper is to be worn. Navy trackpants (boys/girls) or navy tights (girls) can also be worn. Please avoid undershirts and other, non-school jumpers.
  • School shoes. Plain black footwear is to be worn each day. An all-black jogger is recommended.

To access our full uniform guidelines, please click here.

Reading Assessments
You may have noticed that your child’s teacher has been released over the past week to conduct Diagnostic Reading Assessments (DRA) with their students.  As a school, we use DRA to track reading growth and achievement.  DRA is also used to identify strengths and weaknesses and set reading/comprehension goals for each student.  I thank the teachers for their diligent work in administering these tests, which form an important part of our ongoing monitoring and assessment practices.

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APRE's Reflection

The Assumption of Our Lady - 15 August  

On Monday, 15 August the Church celebrated the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

Although defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven has been accepted from back to the earliest of Christian times. The Assumption signals the end of Mary's earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. 

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Quote of the Week

"Nature always wears the colours of the spirit."

-Emerson

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Student of the Week

Week 5, Term 3 Student Award Winners

Prep CAlexander For your excellent work in our maths rotations this week. You worked really hard at learning how to read number names. Well done!
Prep CBridie For your amazing reading this week. You were so focused and read beautifully - you are a reader! Keep it up!
Prep PDeclan For great work in maths rotations this week. You worked quickly and carefully to complete your number words worksheet. Keep up the wonderful work Declan!
Prep PAinnah For your wonderful work in maths this week. You showed us that you can read all your number words to ten! Well done Ainnah!
1BHeidi For the wonderful responses you had in the writing task Messy Habits!  You are amazing!
1LEileen We are so impressed with you efforts in behaviour, listening and aways trying your best in class!  
2ASantiago For the wonderful effort you are making in your learning.  You are improving every day!  Keep persisting, Santiago!
2BOliver Oliver, you are becoming an amazing reader. We can see you are putting great effort into your fluency when reading. Keep it up!
2BJayda Jayda, thank you for being a great role model in PE. You are continuously kind and encouraging to your peers & always helpful with retrieving equipment. You are a Super Star!
3BAshton For being a subtraction with trading, Super Star. You have worked hard to master the strategies and calculate correctly. Well done!
3BIsabella For the joy and positivity you bring to every part of the day. You look for the best in every situation.
3MLexie For the focus and determination you showed when completing your reading assessment this week. You are an amazing reader who thinks critically about what you have read. 
3MAva For the improvement you have made with your reading so far this term. All the practice you are doing in class and at home is paying off. Keep up the great work Ava!
4CAsha For your conscientious approach to learning and active participation in all class activities.  It is great to see the start you have made to learning this semester. Well done Asha. 
4CCharlie For your commitment to reading and your approach to tackling unfamiliar words in texts.  It's great to see your reading fluency improve as a result.  Great work Charlie!
4CThe Dingoes Boost GroupFor amazing Mrs Brazil - your Boost Leader, with your diligence and initiative. Well done Rahill, Ava, Zander O, Isabelle and Sefton.
4KBlake For your wonderful work in BOOST reading.  Mrs Brazil was very impressed with your care, consideration and use of the glossary to create a meaningful summary of your favourite chapter.  Well done!
4KIndy For your wonderful work in BOOST reading.  Mrs Brazil was very impressed with your use of the glossary to create a meaningful and cohesive summary of your favourite chapter.  Keep it up!
5LEmelia For the resilience you've shown this week and for your courage when asking for assistance. Absolutely wonderful to see your efforts to improve your understanding. Keep it up!
5LVictoria There's always a reason to make someone smile and you found it this week. Thank you for taking the time to share your humour and kindness with your teacher!! 
5RAva For your improved effort and attitude towards maths lessons. Keep trying hard, you are going great.
5RHarry For continuing to try hard and persist through challenges. You have been working really hard and taking on feedback to improve. Keep it up!
6MLennox For your creative, original and humorous fantasy narrative. You have used rich vocabulary and riveting descriptions to bring it alive. Amazing work Lennox. 
6MLayla For the joy and positivity you bring to the classroom every day. You work hard, try your best and always have a smile on your face. 
6VGracie For using descriptive, emotive vocabulary choices in your writing this week . Great work Gracie!
6VArmani For displaying the virtues of persistence and determination in all learning tasks this week. Your teachers are so pleased with how hard you have been working Armani. Keep up the great work. 
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Sport News

At last Friday's assembly Mrs Sibley presented special sports awards for outstanding effort at this year's St Mary's Athletics Carnival.

Well done to:

- Oliver S for breaking the under 10's girls 800m record;
- Ava C for breaking the under 11's girls high jump and 100m sprints; and
- Tommy H for breaking the under 12's boys 800m record.

We would also like to congratulate Tommy H and Madison M on their performance at the Mackay District School Sport Athletics trials and their selection to compete for the Mackay team in both 100m and 800m at the Capricornia Athletics Trials.

St Mary's Battlers

The Battlers had another great win last week against Marian with a final score of 26-nil.  We play our final round game tomorrow against Fitzgerald State School at 4pm on field 4.  We invite any school supporters to come and join us at the game where we hope to secure a spot in the finals. 

A further message to any under 12 girls interested in participating in the Karen Murphy Cup on Tuesday 13th September from 4-6:30pm, please see me for more information.

Mrs Belinda Battaia
belinda_battaia@rok.catholic.edu.au

Jump Rope for Heart

JRFH is still going strong at St Mary’s with students mastering more skills each week. Congratulations to Eddie and Yongkang for mastering the ‘Dipsy Doodle’ which is an advanced skipping trick!

Well done to the 24 students who have been raising money. You have raised a combined total of $3077.77 for Heart Research so far.

This week our skipping challenges are the ‘Running Man’ and the ‘Flip Turn’. 

Week 5 Skipping Champions

Prep C - Asha S                                                                           Year 3M - Elly
Prep P - Remi and Hudson                                                    Year 4C - N0 PE lesson in week 5
Year 1B - No PE lesson in week 5                                        Year 4K - Brinda             
Year 1L - Ellie                                                                              Year 5L - No PE lesson in week 5
Year 2A - No PE lesson in week 5                                       Year 5R - No pe lesson in week 5
Year 2B - Saylah                                                                        Year 6M - Suporna
Year 3B - Nina                                                                             Year 6V - Harry & Kaylani

Simone Sibley

HPE Teacher

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Book Week Parade

Book Week will officially run from 20th-26th August 2022.

St Mary’s will be holding its annual Book Week Parade during this week on Tuesday 23rd August. This year’s theme is 'DREAMING WITH EYES OPEN...'

Students are encouraged to start thinking about their favourite book characters and how a creative costume might come to life for this celebration.

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From our P & F

REMINDER:  Paint & Sip with the talented Kylie Ferriday

Sunday 21 August 10am - 12.30pm

Tickets on sale now. www.trybooking.com.CBKRW 

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Book Fair

Open Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th August! 
8am-3pm in the Makerspace  (Library)

Come along to find the best new books and help earn free books for our library! EFTPOS available.

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Premier's Reading Challenge

READ, READ, READ.....!    ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO!

Reading period finishes on Friday 26th August

The first class to submit all their student's
reading forms will win a fabulous prize.!

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Community News

MACKAY OZTAG SUMMER JUNIOR SEASON

Registration now open!!!|
FREE come and try day September 21st & 28th
Souths Junior Rugby League Fields (25 Casey Avenue)
4:15pm - 5:15pm
Bring along a waterbottle, joggers/football boots and a friend

Summer Season

Kicking off October 5th - runs for 10 games
Ages u6 - u15 boys & girls 
Registration $11 membership, $85 Rego, Official Oztag shorts $25 or Tights $35
Games played from 4pm on Wednesday's with the draws released the Sunday prior
Bring along your team (minimum 11 players), or bring a small group or just yourself and we can help find you a team.

No experience needed as our dedicated referees are there to help along the way

ALL players receive a medal

WE ALSO ACCEPT FAIR PLAY VOUCHERS!!!

For more information please contact Courtney on 0431 081 712 or jump on our website www.mackayoztag.com

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Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is nearly here! It will open at 8am on Monday 15th August so come along to find the best new books and help earn free books for our library! EFTPOS is available.

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From the Office - Finance Department

Dear Parents

A friendly reminder that school fees were due last week, Tuesday 2nd August. Thank you to those parents who have made payment or entered into a payment arrangement.

If you are yet to pay fees, could you please make payment as soon as possible.

If you need to enter into a payment arrangement, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 4951 1743 to discuss payment arrangement options.

Mrs Kathy Parrish
Finance Officer

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From our Principal - Mr Wes Rose

In our prayers
We keep Mrs Donna Berardi (1B teacher) and her family in our prayers following the passing of her uncle, Mr Kevin Bagley. Donna will be away this Thu-Fri attending Kevin’s funeral.

Artist in Residence lessons/ Art Extravaganza
In the lead up to our annual Art Extravaganza, we will once again host Ms Maria Lenz as our ‘artist in residence’.  Over the course of 2 weeks, Maria will work with all students to create an eye-catching piece of visual artwork to display at our Art Exhibition, which will be held at school on Tuesday 13th September from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  As well as the exhibition in the hall, we are excited to have wine, nibbles and live music ‘on the green’ near F Block.  This event is always a wonderful feature of our school community, so I urge all parents to save the date and make it along to this great event.

Staff News
This week, we welcome Mrs Nella Simpson, who commences as a Teacher Assistant.  Nella brings a wealth of experience in the early childhood setting and has been a key member of our relief teacher assistant ranks for some time.  I am sure that she will thoroughly enjoy working at St Mary’s. 

This Wednesday to Friday, Mrs Belinda Battaia (APC) will attend the Diocesan Curriculum Conference in Rockhampton.

Baby News
Congratulations to Scott, Courtney and Dominic Waine (1L) on the safe arrival of baby Lachlan last week.  

Uniform Reminders
I issue an important reminder to all parents about our school uniform guidelines.  We are noticing the vast majority of students are adhering to the uniform expectations, which is pleasing to see.  However, we have noticed that there are a couple of areas that some students and parents need to be reminded of.  They include;

  • Boys hairstyles. Be neat in appearance and not falling into eyes or past the collar. Hair may not be dyed or worn in a style that is extreme or inappropriate for school (e.g. no tracks, rat’s tails, mo-hawks, top knots, hair no shorter than gauge 2 or undercuts that have a large variance between length).  This includes mullets.
  • Girls earrings. We are noticing some girls wearing large, dangly earrings that are not appropriate for school. Girls are reminded that studs and sleeper style earrings are preferred.
  • Winter clothing. A reminder that the school jumper is to be worn. Navy trackpants (boys/girls) or navy tights (girls) can also be worn. Please avoid undershirts and other, non-school jumpers.
  • School shoes. Plain black footwear is to be worn each day. An all-black jogger is recommended.

To access our full uniform guidelines, please click here.

Reading Assessments
You may have noticed that your child’s teacher has been released over the past week to conduct Diagnostic Reading Assessments (DRA) with their students.  As a school, we use DRA to track reading growth and achievement.  DRA is also used to identify strengths and weaknesses and set reading/comprehension goals for each student.  I thank the teachers for their diligent work in administering these assessments, which form an important part of our ongoing monitoring and assessment practices.

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Principal's Reflection

Most weeks, I meet with several students who are experiencing peer conflict and other friendship issues.  While dealing with conflict is a normal part of growing up, it is important to guide our young people through these situations using compassion, logic and pragmatism.  Importantly, I have found that there is rarely a ‘cut and dry’ situation where a victim is blameless and the aggressor holds complete fault. 

In these discussions, one maxim I often refer to is the ‘Golden Rule’.  The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated.

Various expressions of this rule can be found in the tenets of most religions and creeds through the ages. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although different religions treat it differently.

In the Christian tradition, Jesus makes reference to this rule several times in his ministry.  During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states, “Do for others what you want them to do for you” (Mt 7:12). Again, in Luke’s gospel (Lk 10:27) the rule is expressed as, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself”The importance of this principle is borne out in the lived example of Jesus Christ, who, in word and deed, perfectly illustrated this philosophy.

However, I am sure that you would agree, the simplicity of this short statement belies the great difficulty of enacting it in our everyday lives.  We usually find that treating people the way we want to be treated comes easily towards those we like; but is incredibly hard towards people we don’t. 

Therein lies the challenge of the Golden Rule. The fact is we will never fully achieve the fulfilment of the golden rule, as different people and different situations shape our interactions one way or the other.  We can only strive to do and be better each and every day. 

All the very best,

Wes Rose
Principal

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Prep Vision Screening

Visit by Registered Nurse for Free Prep Vision Screening

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening checks for common eye conditions that may impact your child’s ability to see and therefore impact their learning and development.

A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school on Tuesday 16th August to conduct vision screening for children in their prep year. Your child does not need a Medicare card in order to participate in screening.  Parents do not need to be present for screening, however if you would like to be, please contact the school to arrange this.

If your child’s vision is screened, you will be advised of the results in writing. If a vision concern is found, you will receive a phone call from the nurse to discuss referral to an eye health professional for further assessment. If a vision concern is identified and your child requires glasses, eligible health care card holders may be assisted with free basic glasses through the Spectacle Supply Scheme.

Participation in vision screening is not compulsory. If you do not wish for your child to participate in screening, please complete the consent form and indicate that you wish to decline screening.

If you have any questions, please contact the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program on 1800 687 372.

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Sport News

Mackay & District Athletics Carnival

Last week the following athletes competed at the Mackay District Athletics Carnival at the ARC.  Students tried their very best against the best athletes in Mackay for a place in the Mackay District School Sport team. Well done to all students for displaying great sportsmanship and resilience in warm, sunny conditions.

10 yrs Girls: Heidi Mapp, Madison Malagueno, Ava Callinan
10 yrs Boys: Thomas Hurley
11yrs Girls: Emmi Burgess, Mayson Vassallo
11yrs Boys: Eddie Rose, Tom Louw, Bodene Tass, Harry Vella

Congratulations to Thomas Hurley for his 1st placing in the 800m and 1500m and Madison Malagueno for her 3rd placing in the 800m and 1500m races. Both students have been invited to attend the Capricornia Trials to compete in the 800m and 1500m races on the 22nd and 23rd of August at Mackay ARC.

Jump Rope for Heart

St Mary’s have gone skipping mad! There are students out skipping before school, at both lunch times and at home which means there are some amazing tricks and challenges being displayed each day. A huge thank you to all families for supporting this program at home. Many students are trying to master the ‘Criss Cross’ and it was fantastic to see some of our Prep students proudly showing off their ‘Criss Cross’ skills in PE last week. Go Preppies!!!

We have raised $2,948.05 as a school and are well on our way to reach our $5000 target. It’s not too late to register online at www.jumprope.org.au/parents. Even if you do not wish to raise money, logging on to this link will give your child access to many skipping videos to further challenge them. Well done to Eddie Richards (Prep C) for your super fundraising efforts so far.

Congratulations to the following class skipping champions from week 4. A huge shout out to Matilda O’Keeffe (1L), Dillon McConnon (1B) and Madison Malagueno (5R) who have been class champion for 3 weeks in a row.

Prep C - Lishwanth Yuvaraj               Prep P - Cayden Baillie
Year 1B - Dillon McConnon                Year 1L - Matilda O'Keeffe
Year 2A - Finn Suratman                     Year 2B - Rohan Tennant
Year 3B - Nina Lucas                              Year 3M - Ava Corrigan
Year 4C - Oliver Standish                     Year 4K - Georgie Duncan
Year 5L - Nev Lucas                                Year 5R - Madison Malagueno
Year 6M - Jack Macey                             Year 6V - Harry Roberts

Simone Sibley
HPE Teacher

St Mary's Battlers

Last Wednesday’s game was our toughest yet, as we opposed a strong West Mackay State School.  The final score was 22 all, but West Mackay scored first claiming the win. 

Proud moments for our coaches were our team defense efforts and our sportsmanship on the field.  Tomorrow we play Marian State school at 4:50pm on field 2, with the last of our round games occurring next week before finals begin.

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2022 Prime Minister's Spelling Bee

Next week every student in Years 3 – 6 will participate in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. This is an online spelling competition which will be completed during class time.  It is free to enter and there are great prizes to be won.  Consent forms have been sent home for parents to sign. Please return signed forms to your class teacher.  Your child can have go here: Try the Bee!

If you have any questions, please see Mrs Paul or your class teacher.

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Quote of the Week

"I believe the world is incomprehensively wonderful; an endless prospect of magic and wonder."

-Ansel Adams

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