Week 4, Term 3 2022 - 2nd August 2022
Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week. Each day included at least one event where students could learn and grow through sharing, giving or experiencing new cultures.
Many hands, hearts and minds worked together to allow our students to enjoy these experiences. It reminded me of this wise tale…
An old man was worried about his sons who were always quarrelling among themselves. In order to teach them a lesson he asked them to break a bundle of sticks tied together. After much effort and complaining, neither son could. Their father came forward quietly and he simply untied the bundle. Then they were able to break each stick easily enough.
It is said that the greatest power we have over darkness, is unity.
We stand together as a school community – united in our goal of education and learning from Christ to be ‘the best people we can be’. We have been supported since our inception by our parish community and it was wonderful to again enjoy a Youth Mass and pizza together to begin Catholic Education Week.
Our school community has been enriched by the support of so many over our 98 years and in so many varied ways we continue to welcome your support today. Although we may not be able to fully recognise every action, commitment, positive comment or service to our school, each of these contributes to who we are as a school and I thank you for these actions. Your efforts continue to cultivate the unity that we need to succeed.
Have a wonderful week.
From our Principal-Mr Wes Rose
Catholic Education Week
I am sure that students, staff and parents thoroughly enjoyed last week’s celebrations for Catholic Education Week. I sincerely thank the staff and parents who organized these festivities; it is greatly appreciated.
P&F Volunteer Draw
On behalf of the P&F I would like to thank all the volunteers that have contributed their time throughout term 1 & 2. We have had many successful events so far, including Mother’s Day stall, Ninja playground opening and our ‘Day at the Races’ Trivia Night. The assistance (big or small) provided by all of our helpers really do make a big difference to each event and your efforts are greatly appreciated.
This year, we really wanted to acknowledge the efforts of our volunteers, so as a committee, we thought a name draw at the end of each term with a little gift as a small token of our appreciation would be a wonderful way to say thanks. Our first name draw was drawn on assembly at the end of term and our winner was Kylie Ferriday! Thank you, Kylie for all you do for our school. We are always looking for parent helpers so keep an eye out for our next fundraising events.
Melissa McGuiness: P&F Events Committee Member
Mackay District Athletics Carnival
All the best to the following athletes who are competing at this carnival on Thursday-Friday at the ARC. These students will compete against the best athletes in Mackay for a place in the Mackay District School Sport team.
10yrs Girls: Heidi Mapp, Magenta Newland, Madison Malagueno, Ava Callinan
10yrs Boys: Tom Hurley
11yrs Girls: Emmi Burgess, Mayson Vassallo
11yrs Boys: Leo Christensen, Eddie Rose, Tom Louw, Bodene Tass, Harry Vella
12yrs Boys: Sonny Richardson, Fynn Shears
Deadly Australians Visit
Yesterday we hosted a visit from Marc Dorse, a scientist and herpetologist who has a travelling reptile show, ‘Deadly Australians’. Marc brings a wealth of knowledge of all manner of Australian reptiles and spreads the message of conservation and of keeping safe around the hundreds of biting and stinging animals that inhabit our area. I thank Marc for once again visiting St Mary’s. Each child received an informative poster about some of these deadly Australian animals.
Quote of the Week
From the Office-Important Reminders
Do we have your correct personal and address details?
Please ensure all residential addresses and other personal details held by the school are up to date and correct.
The easiest way for families to check this information is by logging into their Parent Lounge account by using the 'Parent Lounge' tile on the St Mary's App or on our St Mary's School website smmrok.catholic.edu.au to review what is recorded.
1. Click on the Parent Lounge icon
2. a) Enter your Username (Parent code located on school fees statements-6 digit number) and
If you do not know or have misplaced your password, click on 'Forgot Password?'
b) Click 'Login'
Once logged in - Click “Parent Details” then “View Address Details”.
- If address details are correct, no further action is required.
- If the address is incorrect, change it via “Update Address Details” then “Update Address” in Parent Lounge. Once saved the address will be updated.
Monday to Friday
8am to 3:30pm
Students who arrive late to school, are to sign in at the School Office. If you collect your child early before 3pm you must also notify the school office before leaving school, so the school roll can be updated.
Student absences from school can be advised through our St Mary's Schoolzine App by clicking on the 'Absentee' tile and completing your student's details. Parents can also use our designated phone number 4994 8271 or email SMM_Absences@rok.catholic.edu.au to inform the school if your student is to be absent.
Details on how to download the St Mary's App can be found by clicking the link below.
Once downloaded, please complete your registration, using our school passcode 4142.
If you have any queries or difficulties downloading the app please contact the school office.
From our P & F
St Mary's P&F Committee is excited to announce a fun new event added to this year's social calendar.
Paint & Sip with the talented Kylie Ferriday
Sunday 21 August 10am - 12.30pm
Tickets on sale now. www.trybooking.com.CBKRW
Tickets are limited, so get in quick.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
Premier's Reading Challenge
Our week 3 class skipping champions were:
Prep C - Adelaide Coles
Prep P - Remi Peady and Nate Lyons
Year 1B - Dillon McConnon
Year 1L - Matilda O'Keeffe
Year 2A - Sienna Ware
Year 2B - Isabelle McLachlan
Year 3B - Nina Lucas
Year 3M - Isla McGowan
Year 4C - Lacey Cheyne
Year 4K - Addison Cookson
Year 5L - Jordan Wood
Year 5R - Madison Malagueno
Year 6M - Emmi Burgess
Year 6V - Harry Roberts
Well done to Ava Miles (4C) and Mila Taylor (3B) for their fantastic fundraising efforts this week.
St Mary's has raised $2453 so far, which is almost halfway to our target of $5000. This is a tremendous effort in such a short amount of time.
St Mary's Battlers
The St Mary’s Battlers were lucky enough to participate in a skills and drills development session conducted by the North Queensland Cowboys last Wednesday at school. The skills session must’ve been of great benefit because the team went on to beat Northview convincingly that afternoon!!! The Battlers drew on some of their younger players in Ryan Bettini and Zac Shepherd, who helped to secure the convincing win of 32-6. Tomorrow, we take on West Mackay at 4pm on field 4.
Please note this Friday on assembly will be our official Challenge Cup wrap up and we invite all parents and friends to attend.
100 Days of Year One
Yesterday we celebrated 100 days of Year One and the students and teachers looked every bit the part. 100 days smarter and 100 days brighter.
Student of the Week
Week 3 Term 3 Student Award Winners
|Prep C||Louis||For your expert addition number sentence work! You were able to complete number sentences quickly, correctly and all by yourself - you are a star!|
|Prep P||Cara||For great work during our Maths Rotations weekly sessions. You are an eager participant in all activities and it's great to hear that Wednesday Maths Rotations is your favourite part of our week! Keep up the wonderful work Cara!|
|1B||Riley||For the quickness and accuracy you showed to complete growing number patterns. You are a shining star!|
|1L||Aarya||For a wonderful newsy letter to our friend Claire.|
|2A||Artik||For settling well into our class and the St Mary’s community!|
|2B||Mia||Mia, you have started this term with such an enthusiastic attitude. You should be proud of yourself. You’re a superstar.|
|3B||Millie||For the confidence you've shown in your abilities this week. It is so wonderful to see.|
|3M||Ollie||For your amazing description of a refugee fleeing her home. You clearly described how terrifying it would be to leave a country in the middle of a war through your use of descriptive language and onomatopoeia.|
|4C||Annalise||For the huge improvement you have made in your reading comprehension. Well done Annalise.|
|4K||Kalani||For your impeccable book presentation! It is always a pleasure to read your work and see your neat artistic flair when completing activities. Keep it up!|
|5L||Nev||You have a new focus and determination in your learning this term. Keep up the huge effort Nev! Super-impressive!!|
|5R||Deepthii||For always taking on board feedback and continuing to improve your work. Your determination and persistence is fantastic.|
|6M||Sunny||For your persistence and grit in maths while learning algebra. You have nailed it Sunny!|
|6V||Zakayah||For showing GRIT, determination and a never give up attitude when learning to solve algebra equations. You are the 6V algebra queen!|
|6V||Kaylani||Your teachers are so proud of the confidence and compassion you displayed during our visit to Good Shepherd Lodge this week. Keep up the great work Kaylani!|
Learn To Skate!
If you are interested in learning to skate come on down to the Mackay Leisure Centre on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm and get your skates on. The first two lessons are free and all abilities and ages are welcome. For further information contact Mackay Roller Sports Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lyle Denman on 0432 170 997.