A Message from the Principal

  


 

Dear Parents, Families and Guardians,

I think we made it!  Week 3 of Advent and the end of the 2021 school year. It is a time that is filled with relief, fun and sadness. It is important that we celebrate all the good work that has been done throughout this difficult year and so this week we continue to with many fun activities. But there is sadness too, as we farewell students, families and staff.  I am sure that many memorable friendships have been forged during the time spent in primary school and it is important that we remember that whilst the children move on to secondary school, they will always be “St Mary’s people” and their links with the parish continue. On behalf of the school community I thank the graduating students for their wonderful contribution to our school over the years.  They will remain forever in our thoughts and prayers.  I am confident, as I see you leaving primary school, that each of you will continue to make yourself, your families and St Mary’s proud. 

And to our wonderfully supportive parent community, thank you for trusting us and supporting us again this year. Despite the difficulties, we have been able to come together for the good of our children, and parents your efforts have not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. I’m also conscious that there are several families who are grieving the loss of family members or in the midst of supporting those who are very ill. Our continued prayers extend to the following families especially at this time: Corrone, Webb, Derix, Williams, Blencowe.

We also farewell those families whose last child now moves on and thank each of them for their support in so many differing aspects of our parish school community. Our great appreciation goes to the following families: Austin, Basset, Bogojevic, Calcagno, Cecere, Chamberlain, Durante, Geldard, Godwin, Handy, Kearton, Maggs, McCormick, Mercuri, O’Toole, Piccioli, Pollock, Preston, Riddiford, Rieschieck, Sculthorpe, Soden, Steels, Sterling-Cox, Van Der Linden, Vann, Wade, Willocks.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at St Mary’s, who have worked tirelessly under extreme conditions this year. Their dedication and love shared with everyone at St Mary’s has been truly remarkable. A special shout out to the teachers who have used their last scraps of energy to arrange the Whole School Fun Day, Carols and Year Six Fun Day; the kids have had ‘a ball’! 

And to our students who are returning in 2022; you have made your teachers and your parents very proud this year. The resilience and bravery you have shown has been nothing short of remarkable…you are true SURVIVORS!

Please check out all that is happening this week, just so you can keep up with us!

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT PICK UP ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE LAST DAY:

School ends for the year at 3:15pm on Thursday Dec 17.  There will be a separate email outlining changed pick up conditions for Thursday afternoon that I need all parents to read and observe. The change to pick up arrangements will enable the Year Six Graduates the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Guard of Honour in a Covid Safe manner (last set of logistics for the year I hope!)

What’s on this week?

  • Monday 13 Dec Year Six Fun Day (onsite)
  • Monday 13 Dec Year 3/4 Movie Excursion
  • Tuesday 14 Dec Year Prep – 2 Movie Excursion
  • Wednesday 15 Dec Final Whole School Assembly 9:00am. Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor event. Parents may like to join us (double vaccination required). There will be a covid marshal ensuring Covid safe practices are in place (we recommend you wear a mask for this event). This assembly will also be shared via google meet.
  • Wednesday 15 Dec Icy Pole Day. Icy poles will be on sale at first recess for a gold coin donation. Please note no change will be given (due to Covid safe practices).
  • Thursday 16 Dec Year 6 Graduation events begin:
    • 9:00am Candle Ceremony: Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor event. Parents may like to join us (double vaccination required). There will be a covid marshal ensuring Covid safe practices are in place (we recommend you wear a mask for this event).
    • 10:00am students from various levels present farewell item to year 6 students.

Year Six Buddy final time together.

  • 12:30pm Year 6 Graduation Luncheon.
  • Guard of Honour Year 6 2:10pm
  • School ends for the year at 3:15pm on Thursday December 16.
  • 4:00pm Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Para liturgy. Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor event. Parents may like to join us (double vaccination required). There will be a covid marshal ensuring Covid safe practices are in place (we recommend you wear a mask for this event).
  • Your child’s Report will be available online tomorrow Tuesday 14th December from 4.00pm. An email will be sent tomorrow at 4.00pm with the link to the reports portal and information on how to login.

On behalf of the St Mary’s staff I wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a very safe New Year!

My prayers, best wishes and gratitude.

  Ange