A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Life Skills at St Mary’s

This term the students at St. Mary’s have been engaged in the program ‘Life Skills’. This program is a weekly experience that equip the children with the tools to develop the social, emotional and physical capabilities needed to thrive today. The children learnt the skill of mindfulness through physical activity such as yoga and team building games. Each week has had a different life skill such as honesty, teamwork and resilience. The children have explored what this looks like in their own lives and how they can build their own capacity to deal with social issues and to be a more resilient individual.  By embracing this approach to social, emotional and physical learning, we can better achieve a common language throughout the school.  That will address social, emotional and physical concepts, strategies for reducing anxiety and stress amongst students and along with increasing resilience and positive relationship skills.  The program was fully embraced by students and teachers and we feel it was a very hands on and consistent approach to wellbeing across the whole school.

Last week, the Senior School enjoyed two full days of STEM project work as the students constructed their buildings designed to withstand natural disasters.  The senior learning block became a construction site as students, teachers and parents, measured, sawed and glued their way to success!  Congratulations to all of the students for their commitment and enthusiastic approach to the projects.  It was wonderful to see some of the life skills in action as teams of students worked together to achieve a common goal.

This Sunday, we celebrate First Eucharist for twenty-seven of our students and families across the school and parish.  First Communion Mass will be celebrated in the church at 2pm this Sunday June 23.

Doesn’t the concrete pathway and entrance look fantastic? Thank you to the P & F for funding the project and to the Ripepi family for donating their time to carry out the works. This is a terrific example of what can be achieved through P & F fundraising efforts and family collaboration; a job well done!

Speaking of families coming together to help the school, this Saturday 9am is the next Super Working Bee.  We have renamed it a Super Working Bee as there are many projects to be completed on the day and so all hands are welcome. Please remember that attendance at a Working Bee comes with a $100 rebate from the maintenance levy included in your fees.

We hope that students are starting to plan their Italian Day costumes as next Tuesday is Italian Day!  As always, we stress it is not necessary to purchase costumes and we encourage families to be creative with what they can find at home.

Student Progress Reports will be sent home next week, so watch for these in your child’s bag.

With the end of term upon us (Friday week), we remind you that there is a 2:30pm finish on Friday June 28; please make arrangements for your child/ren to be picked up early from school on this day.

God’s blessings for the week ahead,

Angela Glennie, Principal

 

Congratulations to our students of the week:

PF: Alexis I                  PR: Sid B/Hayley D

1/2P: Paige H             1/2M: Cassie C           1/2H: Allira R/Joey O              1/2D: Evie A

3/4F:                            3/4M: Blake O             3/4G: Evie M                           3/4R:

5/6B: Chloe M             5/6P: Katelyn D           5/6T: Riley C                           5/6F: Tennille P