A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Don’t tell anyone, but I think we’ve almost made it! With so many challenges this year, I’m feeling quite emotional when I reflect upon the outstanding efforts of our students, our families and our staff. Everyone deserves to be proud of their achievements this year and everyone deserves a restful and fun filled holiday! Thank you one and all. We are so blessed to call St Mary’s our school.

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!)

A few other housekeeping bits to take note of please:

 Current statements for 2020 were sent out last Monday, we are grateful to the families who have made payment already. If any family is in the position where they will find difficulty in settling the full outstanding amount by the due date, please make contact with myself. See attached fee schedule for 2021 fees and levies on page 4 of this newsletter and also on our website. Please contact accounts@smmountevelyn.catholic.edu.au for all queries about your school fees.

 Lost Property is on display outside the office. Please help yourself as required.

 Written Academic Reports will go home on Wednesday, please look for these.

 Parents and Friends AGM is at 7pm tomorrow evening via google meet https://meet.google.com/ntx-kbrw-

 Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 5pm in the church with carols about 20 minutes before hand. We’d love to see you there.

With so much to look forward to we are also tinged with sadness 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 you leave primary school that each of you will continue to make yourself, your families and St. Mary’s proud.

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 Borg, Vitale, Clinch, Jones, Burns, Sunderland, Reichman, Zmegac, Pearse, Ouwehand, Atherton, Hoiles, Pearce, Alderman, McCallum, Sawyer, Hecht, Wilson, Coleman, Pritchard, Stafford, McLean, Ludwig, Smith, Demetriou, Peters, Ruta, Kearney, Eastmure, Elderhurst, Panizo, Van Den Essen families as their last child leaves Year Six. We also say a reluctant goodbye to the following children: Kalian, Phoenix, Paige, Hamish, Leevi, Shiloh, Emmett, Peyton, Oliver and Jax. We thank each of them for the many ways in which they have contributed to St Mary’s over the years and give them our best wishes, prayers and love to take with them to their new communities.

The ‘farewells’ continue as we bid Mrs Danielle George ‘adieu’. Mrs George has been a wonderful teacher, colleague and friend and we wish her every best wish as she goes to her new school. We thank her for her magnificent work here at St Mary’s, we will miss her greatly.

On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge and thank every community member for the support they have shown me across this school year. No matter the difficulty, I have always found incredible support, which has so generously been shared by you all.

Last day of Term 4 is Thursday 17th December at 3.15pm – school resumes for Years 1-6 Thursday 28th January with Prep joining us on Friday 29th January 2021

I pray that you have a blessed, happy and safe Christmas and New Year.