A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Wasn’t the Christmas Fair an event to remember?  The rain didn’t dampen spirits as we ate, socialised and sang our way through ‘soggy’ Carols!  Thanks to everyone for supporting this wonderful event; the fact that you came along in huge numbers, despite the rain, meant that all the hard work and planning wasn’t wasted.  Thank you to Shelley Holt, Liz Gibson and their band of Christmas Elves, who worked tirelessly both on the evening and for many weeks prior.  I know the P & F welcome anyone who would like to get involved in any way next year.  If you are free tomorrow, why not come along to the AGM and see what being involved is all about.  The P&F are a wonderfully welcoming committee, always looking for new members; the AGM starts at 2:00pm in the administration building.

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback regarding the recent traffic trial. By all accounts it has been very well received. If the weather is dry this week, we will continue the trial with a few tweaks (thanks for your suggestions).  You will know if the trial is on as there will be a bollard with an arrow pointing to the back track on the days that it is on.  For those of you not keen on using the back road, a ‘spin off’ from the new system is that the car park has many empty and accessible spaces in which to park.

Transition into classes for 2018 will take place tomorrow from 11:30am until 2:00pm.  Students who are going into a new grade will spend time with their new teacher at this time.  There are a couple of staff changes for 2018 with the classes as follows:

  • Prep B: Ms Davina Bernau

  • Prep R: Miss Tara Riddiford

  • 1/2 F:  Mrs Veronica Fraraccio and Mrs Sharyn Downey

  • 1/2 H:  Mrs Monique Hales and Mrs Eliza Kelly

  • 1/2 P:  Mrs Nikki Passingham and Mrs Sharyn Downey

  • 1/2 C:  Mrs Brigitte Cooke

  • 3/4 F: Mrs Jenny Foley

  • 3/4 G: Mrs Danielle George

  • 3/4 M: Mrs Melissa Roberts

  • 3/4 R: Mrs Mary Rose and Ms Sharyn McCrae

  • 5/6 C: Miss Carlie Frisina

  • 5/6 B: Mr Peter Bekkers and Ms Sonya Lewis

  • 5/6 F: Mrs Jodie Fotopoulos and Mrs Eliza Kelly

  • 5/6 P: Mrs Melissa Primavera and Mrs Emma Lee Collins

We say farewell to Signora Loretta Bartilotta as she begins a wonderful life of retirement.  Thank you, Loretta, for the wonderfully rich Italian program you have brought to our school.  We will miss your infectious good humour and your kind heart and dedication.  We welcome Signora Maria O’Connor who will take over the Italian Program.

We also say farewell to Miss Camillia Acosta.  Camillia is our pastoral care worker and has shared her expertise in supporting our children and families with both love and compassion.  We wish her all the best as she takes up a posting in a mission in Tanzania.  A new pastoral care worker has been appointed; Mrs Meg Wright.  Meg, once a part of the wellbeing team here at St Mary’s will re-join us and we are most fortunate to have her return.

We also welcome Mr Lachlan Glennie who has graduated from ESO to teacher.  Having helped out enormously in the Performing Arts area, especially with Stomp and Production, we are very lucky to have him take over the Performing Arts and Extension programs across the school.

A reminder that this week the Year Six students have their end of year celebration as a year level at Luna Park.  The whole school will celebrate the end of the year with Whole School Fun Day onThursday 14th December This is a chance for each grade to celebrate the end of the year by enjoying a day of physical challenges, games and fun together.  Full summer sports uniform and school hat is to be worn on this day. As some of the activities involve water each child is to bring a small towel. Regular playtimes, eating times etc. will run on the day and children are to bring their lunch and drink bottle as normal (maybe an extra snack as they might get hungry from all the challenges).

Please note that out final weekly assembly will take place on Monday December 18th at 8:45am.  It is at this assembly that Students of the Term will be announced.  As always, we welcome you all to this assembly.

And finally, in the spirit of giving to those less fortunate, the Christmas Tree that supports St Vinnies is still in the office foyer.  We seek donations of presents, as every year they are distributed to families in need at Christmas time.


Students of the week:

PB: Breanna P/Kaide T         PR: Jaidah C/Jacob W

1/2F: Oliver W                       1/2H: Annabelle G

1/2P: Xavier C                       1/2R: Tarnee G

3/4C: Riley McC                    3/4F: Patrick V D L

3/4G: Phoebe R                      3/4R: Beau W/Levi S/Maya B  

5/6B: Riley L                          5/6C: Jesse Z  

5/6F: Mawson S                    5/6P: Isaac B


My prayers and thoughts for a lovely week.

Angela Glennie