Week 8, Term 4 2020 - 24th November 2020
From our Principal - Mr Wes Rose
Our students have been busily learning several Christmas dances under the expert tutelage of our Performing Arts teacher, Mrs Wood. Next Friday 4th Dec from 8:45am in the Basketball court we will host our Christmas Assembly, where our students will showcase these performances. All parents/relatives are invited to attend. Due to health requirements, there will be a QR Code sign in register that all visitors will need to complete upon arrival. Parents are asked to remain in the parent seating section and adhere to COVID-safe protocols during the event.
2021 School Leadership
Next Wednesday 25th November from 8:30am in our hall, the year 5 students will present their leadership speeches to teachers and year 4 and 5 students. Below is a list of nominees for 2021 leadership positions.
Leaders will be announced at assembly on Friday 27th November.
Year 6 Graduation Dinner
All the very best to our Year 6 students, who will enjoy their graduation dinner this Thursday 26th November at the Mackay Turf Club from 6:30pm. This dinner is always a special rite of passage for our students and I am glad that we can still go ahead with this event. Many thanks to the organising committee for making this event a reality.
2021 Orientation Session
This Thursday 26th November, all St Mary’s students will participate in an orientation morning in readiness for the 2021 school year. Our current Year 6 students will attend the Mercy College orientation day, from 8:30am-3pm. All current Prep – Year 5 students, as well as several new students to St Mary’s, will spend the morning with their class teachers for next year. We will also host our 2021 Preps, who will visit from 9:00am- 10:15am.
Semester Two Reports
Please note that Semester 2 report cards will be available via Parent lounge from 4pm on Wednesday 2nd December. To access Parent Lounge, follow these simple steps;
- Open the St Mary’s schoolzine app and click the ‘Parent Lounge’ tile. Alternatively, click here.
- Login with your username (6 digit ID code which can be found on your school fee account). Your password remains the same as previously used.
- Click on the ‘Academic Reports’ tab.
If you have any issues accessing your Parent Lounge account please contact the school office.
2021 School Dates
Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April (10 weeks)
Friday 2 April - Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday 5 April - Easter Monday Public Holiday
School Holidays Friday 2 April to Sunday 18 April
Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June (10 weeks)
Sunday 25 April ANZAC Day
Monday 3 May - Labour Day Public Holiday
School Holidays Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July
Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September (10 weeks)
School Holidays Saturday 18 September to Monday 4 October
Monday 4 October - Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 5 October to Friday 3 December (9 weeks)
Quote of the Week
House Shirt Day
All students are invited to wear their white, green or blue house shirt to school tomorrow, Wednesday 25th November in support of the Year 5 leadership speeches.
End of Year School Mass Invitation
Seafarer's Annual Shoebox Appeal
Can you help us support Seafarers Mackay with their annual Shoebox Appeal? Your donation of toiletries, board games and other Christmas treats will bring a little Christmas joy for those seafarers visiting Hay Point and Mackay after spending many months at sea. Donations will be placed in shoe boxes and distributed to the seafarers who will greatly appreciate your generosity. Please send your donations to the school office.
Mrs Terri Leotta
Sacramental Program 2021
Our Sacramental Program for children wanting to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Communion has been on hold for 2020.
In order for the program to resume in 2021, we require an indication of how many students wish to begin or recommence their preparation.
Please complete the form below to register your child so that further information can be provided to you.
Mrs Terri Leotta
From our APC - Mrs Belinda Battaia
Last term we had many of our St Mary’s students in grades 4-6 participate in ICAS assessments. Receiving the certificates for these assessments has taken some time and we are still awaiting the English awards but before the year’s end I would like to congratulate the following students on their efforts across the four domains of Science, English, Spelling and Mathematics:
Science Participation certificates were awarded to: Lily Cheyne, Leo Christensen, Evie Clarendon, James Johnson, Emma Lalita, Harmoni O’Regan, Katie Sul, Tyler Wilson, Emma Pace, Ned Randell, Toby Campbell, Paige Duck, Sienna Eiser, Adysen Ruddick, Ruby Watt
Science Credit certificates were awarded to: Edison Rose, Lara Savige, Jacob Smart, Elena Paskins
Science Distinction certificates were awarded to: Zoe Ruddick, Sophia Dela Torre, Oscar Savige
Spelling Participation certificates were awarded to: Lily Cheyne, James Johnson, Emma Lalita, Ivy Martin, Sophia Della Torre, Charlie Galea, Brooklyn Jeffery, Rhys McKeown, Wyatt Noon, Max Reynolds, Charlie Smith, Sienna Eiser, Seb Francis, Emma Galea, Keean Rackham, Ruby Watt
Spelling Merit certificates were awarded to: Millie Camilleri, Asher Rogers, Alexis Kavanagh
Spelling Credit certificates were awarded to: Katie Sul, Harper Shields, Elena Paskins, Oscar Savige
Spelling Distinction certificates were awarded to: Lara Savige
Mathematics Participation certificates were awarded to: Lily Cheyne, Suporna Das, James Johnson, Joshua Kaddatz, Emma Lalita, Ivy Martin, Addison McKay, Harmoni O’Regan, Edison Rose, Tayla Ruddell, Katie Sul, Tyler Wilson, Charlie Galea, Jabob Smart, Brooke Wood, Paige Duck, Emma Galea, Ruby Watt
Mathematics Merit certificates were awarded to: Lara Savige, Zoe Ruddick, Harper Shileds, Charlie Smith, Charles Christensen, Seb Francis, Adysen Ruddick
Mathematics Credit certificates were awarded to: Millie Camilleri, Max Reynolds, Ally Kinnane, Grace Bowyer, Elena Paskins, Treyce Ciantar
Mathematics Distinction certificates were awarded to: Ryan Peach, Sophia Dela Torre, Oscar Savige
English Participation certificates were awarded to: James Johnson, Emma Lalita, Lucy Llewellyn, Katie Sul, Brooklyn Jeffery, Adysen Ruddick, Ruby Watt
English Merit certificates were awarded to: Lara Savige, Lily Cheyne, Sophia Dela Torre, Harper Shields, Grace Bowyer
English Credit certificates were awarded to: Emma Pace, Zoe Ruddick, Oscar Savige
English Distinction certificates were awarded to: Elena Paskins
Students who sat an ICAS assessment can view their tests in the student section of the Results and Reports Portal. A student accesses the Portal (https://www.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au/educational-assessments/results-and-reports-portal/) using their TAP-ID and PIN printed on the back of their ICAS student certificate.
Acting Assistant Principal Curriculum/Teacher
St Mary's Schoolzine App
It's been great to see many of our parents using our new Schoolzine App. We encourage more families to download this free app which will enable you to;
- advise student absences
- view the newsletter
- access Parent Lounge
- receive notifications
- plus other features.
Once downloaded, please complete your registration, using our school passcode 4142. More instructions on how to install the SZApp are shown in the flyer below.
If you have any queries or difficulties downloading the app please contact the school office.
St Mary's Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to all our students on your sportsmanship, participation and enjoyment at last Friday's 2020 Interhouse Swimming Carnival! We had much excitement throughout the day with 8 records being broken! More details on these record-breaking students will feature in next week's newsletter.
After much cheering and celebration, our Spirit Award, kindly donated by the Clarendon family was awarded to Illawong Blue.
Eungella Green once again took home the trophy for the fourth year in a row!
Thank you to all of our participants and an extra big thank you to our volunteers. We had many hands helping set-up, organize and run the carnival. Thank you.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart”
Mrs Caroline Kerrisk
We are pleased and excited to inform you that we’ll be producing a new eNewsletter with Schoolzine. The move to this new format will enable us to communicate with the school community across multiple channels. It will promote and enhance our engagement with parents, students and the wider community.
We believe you’ll find the eNewsletter highly engaging, as it will provide us with a more efficient and effective means of connecting with you. The new format will allow the inclusion of video, photo galleries, online bookings, mobile app, feedback forms, calendars and so much more.
The newsletter also has a sponsorship section which provides a great opportunity for local businesses to engage with our parent community. If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Schoolzine.
Phone Jude 07 5414 2363