A Message from the Principal
Well here we are already! There’s a sense of excitement and exhaustion in the air and little wonder when we reflect upon last week’s events. Our students and staff made a positive impact on many people in our community as well as the wider community with: the Christmas picnic, art show and carols, a visit from the residents from MiCare, whereby our students performed for them and provided morning tea, followed up by the Lilydale Rotary Christmas Function which saw our students, lead by Miss Frisina, singing carols on Friday evening! We are so blessed to have such a generous community who give of their time, effort and talent time and time again. As we head into the final week, we reflect upon all that has been, thank everyone and farewell others. It is important that we also celebrate all the good work that has been done throughout the year and so we are having lots of fun activities occurring.
On Thursday we farewell our Year Six Students. I am sure that many memorable friendships have been forged during the time spent in primary school and we want our students to leave us with a sense of belonging, knowing that they will always be “St. Mary’s people” and that their links with the parish and school 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.
We also farewell several families at this time of year. Thank you for your support in so many different ways: Anderson, Bambury, Cuteri, Dillon, Doddrell, Ellard, Franklin Kercher, Lewis, McCloy, Mercuri, O’Kane, Parker, Ramsay, Rumian, Ryan, Thurgood, Tucker, Walpole, and Wilson families. Our great appreciation, farewell, prayers and best wishes go with you all.
There are many other ‘thank- yous’ to be said. To the children, thank you for your enthusiastic participation in all aspects of school life this year. Each of you has contributed in your own way to help make St. Mary’s the happy and warm and respectful place it is. It is wonderful coming to school each day to work with such a delightful group of children. (Congratulations parents!) To all our parents, thank you for your ongoing support and for the multitude of ways in which you contribute to our school. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising and Mini Vinnies activities. Thank you to each one of you who take the time to join us for assemblies and masses. A huge thank you also to our hard working Parents and Friends, Craft Club, Garden Club, Education Board, classroom helpers and to our Tuckshop and Uniform Shop volunteers. This year our Parents and Friends have contributed greatly to school improvements with the prep sandpit, concrete project, SAT initiative soccer goals and generous gift to St Vincent de Paul, supporting parish families at Christmas time.
I would also like to thank our dedicated staff for all the hard work they have put into our school this year. They are a great team and together, work for the good of all children. A lot of time and effort goes into ensuring that the learning activities are engaging, targeted and challenging. Our staff also dedicate many hours to arranging the many extracurricular activities offered throughout the year. We are very blessed to have staff who embrace initiatives whole- heartedly and who look out for the wellbeing of each child. I am sure that you appreciate this aspect of our school as much as the children and I do. We also say thank you a temporary farewell to Ms Sonya Lewis who is leaving us to go on Maternity Leave. Our love and best wishes are with her and Rick as they prepare for the upcoming birth of their new addition.
I invite you all to join us as we celebrate our End of Year Mass tomorrow at 9am. I also invite all families to join us for Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 5pm (Carols at 4:30pm). I would love to see you all there.
The only thing left to say is, “Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and restful holiday.”
We’ll see you back here on Wednesday January 29 for Years One to Six, with the Preps joining us on Thursday January 30.
To assist with the beginning of the year ‘Car Park Overload’ we invite you to take advantage of the following options for the first few weeks of school until the extra demand for car parks settles:
- All students who utilise the ‘Kiss and Drop’ system either in the morning or afternoon can ask the duty teacher for a raffle ticket. There will be weekly special prize draws for this.
- Extra parking for people wishing to walk their child into school will be available on the oval, accessed via the bush road, with areas marked. Please note that people parking on the oval will not be able to drive off this area until the morning bell has rung at 8:45am. Exit from the property will be back along the bush road.
And finally a few points to be aware of this week…
- End of year Whole School Mass: Tues Dec 17, 9:00 am.
- Final School Assembly: Weds Dec 18, 8:45 am.
- Year Six Farewell Assembly: Thurs Dec 19, 9:00am.
- Year Six Guard of Honour: Thurs Dec 19, 3:00 pm.
- School finishes for the year: Thurs Dec 19, 3:15 pm.
Congratulations to our students of the week:
PF: Abbie W/Peyton S PR: Mitchell G
1/2P: Isabella C 1/2M: Brody T 1/2H: Arabella T/Nikita L 1/2D: Jade D
3/4F: Lexi F 3/4G: 3/4R: Harrison S 3/4M: Tarnee G/Xavier C
5/6B: 5/6T: 5/6P: Josh D 5/6F:
My prayers for a lovely Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.
Angela Glennie, Principal