Week 5, Term 2 2022 - 17th May 2022
From our Principal - Mr Wes Rose
Every 3 years the Catholic Education: Diocese of Rockhampton conducts satisfaction surveys for schools. These surveys form part of our school improvement data and assist us to officially ‘check in’ with our stakeholders to monitor how things are going. St Mary’s survey will be open from 16th - 27th May. Parents, staff and Year 4-6 students have been sent a link to the survey, and I invite everyone to submit a response. Please check your email inbox and let the office know if you need assistance.
Well done to the Year 3 and 5 students who participated in NAPLAN online last week. From all accounts the students approached the tests with confidence and calmness. This week we will hold several catch up test sessions for students who were absent last week.
- Miss Banks is away this week. Ms Byrne (Wed/Thu) and Mrs Bourke (Fri) will teach the class.
- Next week, Mrs Cusack will attend a training session in Rockhampton focusing on ESL (English as a second Language). In her absence, Mrs Bolte (Tue/Wed) and John Lyons (Thu) will teach 4C.
- Mrs Jenni Motteram will be absent in week 6 and 7. Several relief staff will teach 6M in her absence.
I wish to advise that Mrs Laura Camilleri has tended her resignation. Laura is currently our Workplace Health and Safety Officer and over the past 10 years, has filled various roles across the school including administration assistant and teacher assistant. In her current role, Laura is known for her knowledge, efficiency and ability to ensure the health and safety of staff and students in all manner of school activities. On behalf of the school community, I thank Laura for her good work over the years and wish her all the best in her new role as WHS officer in the mining industry. Please note that Laura’s last day is next Thursday 26th May.
Free Dress Day
This Friday we will have a free dress day. We ask all students to bring in a gold coin donation in support for our St Mary’s Fair. I remind students that they need to wear sun safe and school appropriate clothes.
Relief Teacher Assistant – Positions Available
At St Mary’s, we are always looking to recruit great people into our workforce. At present, we have a small number of relief teacher assistants, and we are interested in expanding our relief pool. If you are someone who is interested in becoming a Teacher Assistant, either in a short-term relief role or a more permanent capacity, I invite you to contact Mr Rose for further information. Email me at email@example.com
Prep Enrolment Interviews
We continue interviews for Prep 2023. I thank the many existing families who have completed their prep applications for next year. A reminder that if you are yet to complete your Prep 2023 child’s online application, please do so asap, as it is past due. Please see the school office for assistance if needed.
Quote of the Week
St Mary's Trivia Night
Get set and racing for this year's Trivia Night "A Day at the Races".
What to expect:
* 8 Rounds of trivia fun
* $500 CASH PRIZE for the winning team
* Pizza & nibbles provided
* Raffles & games
* Prizes for the best dressed team
****NEW VIP TABLES AVAILABLE***
No single tickets will be sold - bookings for teams of 8 or 10 only
Nominate a table captain and book at table.
Bookings close Friday 27th May
Tickets can be purchased online by scanning below or click https://www.trybooking.com/BZDSN
St Mary's P&F - Major Raffle Draw
As part of St Mary’s P&F fundraising, we are having a Major Raffle Draw at the Trivia Night – Friday 3rd June 2022.
Raffle tickets were sent home today with the eldest in the family.
Cost: $5 each or 5 for $20 (1 sheet)
Extra raffle tickets can be purchased online via the QR code
or by clicking on the link: https://www.trybooking.com/BZOSE
Please return raffle tickets to the office by Thursday 2nd June to be in the draw to win one of these amazing prizes.
All raffles will be drawn at the St Mary's Trivia Night.
From our APC - Mrs Belinda Battaia
The Queensland Ballet’s Education Teaching Artists will be on the road visiting Central and North Queensland during June delivering free curriculum based school workshops for all ages and abilities.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary school have secured two incredible sessions with the ballet company’s highly skilled artists. Participation will be interest based, at school, free of charge on Tuesday 7th June.
If your child is interested, permission notes are available at the school office. Limited places, so please return notes as soon as possible. If you have any questions about this opportunity, I can be contacted by phoning the school office.
Mrs Belinda Battaia
Assistant Principal: Curriculum
Available to students in grades 2-4
Moving to learn
Based on instructional and directional language, this creative dance workshops explores the connection between how we can program a robot to move and how we can instruct or choreograph our bodies to move in specific ways. Students will be challenged and engaged in this interactive dance and STEAM workshop where pathways, directions, shape and dimension will be explored.
Available to students in grades 5-6
Lest we forget
This workshop explores the theme of war through repertoire selected and adapted from QB's 2016 triple bill, which draws from ballet and contemporary genres. Students will be guided through choreographic activities that will assist in creating their own, unique movements, providing opportunities for them to develop creativity and problem-solving skills.
From our APRE - Mrs Terri Leotta
May - The Month of Mary
May is traditionally dedicated in a special way to honoring Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. Year 5R have created beautiful artworks in her honour. We will be showcasing these works in our newsletter each week of May.
Mrs Terri Leotta
Assistant Principal: Religious Education
Domestic Violence Awareness Month - May 2022
On Tuesday May 24 students in years 3-6 will watch a free World Class BMX show and music performance for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This will take place on the school oval. Please see below for further information…
Reconcile Life Pty Ltd offer the school community, a FREE World Class BMX show and music performance for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, May 2022. Most people are not aware that our communities have some of the highest rates of Domestic & Family violence in Queensland. Since 2018, Reconcile Life has been delivering behavioural change programs, seminars, workshops and camps to those most at risk in our communities. Our facilitators, mentors and culturally appropriate programs have had positive impact on the lives of many of those families. One of our programs which began in November of 2020, along with BMX show sensations, JC Action Sports, was our Healthy Youth Relationships Presentation and the feedback had been outstanding! You can watch the highlights here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3429067217128532
Our aim with the "Good Ways Campaign" is to share with the school kids the importance of identifying Domestic and Family Violence among family, friends and peers. We want to help equip them with useful tools to not only recognise but to take action and counteract it where ever they see it. To be confident in actively and safely seeking help for themselves or those around them who may be experiencing DV. We acknowledge that this topic can be very difficult to talk about, however, we hope that that by helping start important conversations about family safety in an engaging and entertaining way, we can help students work towards creating a better and safer community together.
For more information, please visit https://reconcilelife.com.au/
Large Boxes Needed
This week for our MJR session we are in need of large boxes (large enough for 1 student to stand in). If you have any large sized boxes and are able to send them in to Mrs Leotta, they would be appreciated.
Congratulations to Tom Hurley and Zac Callinan for their efforts at Mackay District Cross Country. The boys will try out for the Capricornia team on the 30th May.
Congratulations to Zac Callinan for his selection in the Capricornia Soccer team. Zac will play in the Queensland Schools Championships in term 3.
Mrs Simone Sibley
Book Club Orders
Student of the Week
Week 4, Term 2 Student Award Winners
|PC||Lincoln||The amazing care and focus you displayed when completing your science weather work this week. Keep it up!|
|PC||Amelia||The happiness and enthusiasm you share each day in our class. You love to get your work done and encourage your friends to do their best. You are amazing!|
|PP||Jasmine||Being an independent classroom worker. Thank you for your great work in your writing and maths number books this week!|
|PP||Nate||Your great work in Daily 5 this week. You did a wonderful job making a sounds book with the letters a, m, t, and s!|
|1B||Jessie||Sharing insightful ideas when writing sentences with opposite words. Super effort!|
|1B||Emma||The positive and happy start you have had in your new year one class at St Mary's. It is a pleasure to see your smile everyday.|
|1L||Stevie||For awesome work counting in tens from any number.|
|1L||Paulo||For continued 100% effort in your learning.|
|2A||Elyse||For showing GRIT to learn the ‘jump strategy’ in Maths. Keep persisting!|
|2B||Abigail & Sidney||Abigail & Sidney, you were so diligent & put such great effort into completing your school work during your time spent at home last week. It is great to have you both back in 2B.|
|4C||Sophie||The conscientious and diligent approach in all your work and your willingness to help out in any way you can. |
You are a star!
|4C||Gavin||Your thoughtful and diligent approach to your work. Your work ethic is admirable. Keep up the great effort.|
|4K||Justin||Having an all round great week. You have shown determination to complete tasks and follow instructions straight away. I am impressed - Keep it up!|
|4K||Harper||Always being kind and helpful to your fellow classmates. You have shown patience this week and helped a friend with their reading - Thanks for being you.|
|5L||Thomas||It has been wonderful to see you put so much effort into your storyboard this week! Your determination and application to literacy has been superb! Well done! Keep up the great work!|
|5L||Victoria||You are an amazing young lady who is a wonderful friend and someone that always speaks with conviction and honesty. Great leadership qualities!!!|
|5R||Magenta||The effort and care you put into your Mary artwork and artistic statement.|
|5R||Mia||The virtues you displayed in your Mary artwork. You captured the essence of Mary beautifully.|
|6M||Leo||The thought and consideration you have put into the design and construction of your bridge in technology. You may become a great engineer one day Leo!|
|6M||Tayla||The hard work and persistence you are displaying in your maths. It is wonderful to see your results reflecting your efforts Tayla!|
|6V||Demi||Working hard to complete all class work and catch up on assessment tasks. Keep up the great work Demi!|
|6V||Mackenzie||Being an organised, efficient and responsible MJR group leader. Awesome work Macca!|