From our APRE - Mrs Terri Leotta

Mackay Homeless Expo
St Vincent de Paul will be holding a stall at the Mackay Homeless Expo next Thursday 2nd June. Unfortunately their stock of non-perishable foods and blankets which are handed out to people experiencing homelessness, are running very low.

They are seeking any donations of these items. The donations can be dropped off to school or at the Vinnies office on the corner of Juliet and Hamlet Street.

This year we will also support the Vinnies Winter Appeal and ask that any of these same items be dropped into the school office by the end of Term 2.

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.

Thank you once again to Year 5R who have created beautiful artworks in her honour. Some more of these have been showcased below.

Backflips against Bullying
Today all students watched, cheered for and participated in the Backflips Against Bullying performance. This program was chosen by St Mary’s because it is evidence-based and is supported by Evelyn M Field OEM, respected psychologist and author of the Australian schools handbook to anti-bullying ‘Bully Blocking’. In addition to this, Backflips Against Bullying is a registered Trusted E-Safety Provider with the Australian Government. The programs have been carefully tailored to reduce bullying amongst students through role play demonstrations of real-life scenarios delivered through high-action, music and content geared to the students’ level. Clear messages were given to students which included what to do if you were being bullied, the effects of bullying, the importance of standing up for others and the negative effects of retaliation.

Mrs Terri Leotta
Assistant Principal: Religious Education