A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

What a better way to celebrate the end of a hard working term than with a fabulous Whole School Athletic Sports Day! The children ran, jumped and cheered their way through the day with Clegg House awarded House Champion Trophy, Mackillop House awarded the Spirit Award Trophy, Melba House awarded the Sun Smart Trophy and Valinda House awarded Best Conducted House Trophy. Congratulations to the students who conducted themselves with enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Thank you to the parents who assisted and spectated and thank you to the St Mary’s Staff for running such a wonderful event. A special word of thanks to our dedicated Sports Coordinator, Mrs Bec McCormick for her countless hours of work in ensuring that we could enjoy such a terrific athletics carnival day. Thankyou also to Mr Luke McCormick and the students from Mooroolbark Secondary College for helping out with the running of sports day.

Thank you to the following families who braved the dreadful weather on Saturday morning for the Working Bee. The McLean, Debono, Parker and White families together with Mrs Fraraccio, completed many tasks which will benefit all students. We are very grateful for their assistance. Thank you also to the Ripepi family for donating their time, equipment and expertise with the P & F funded Concrete Project. Stage one of the project sees new down ball courts installed. The following stages include an upgrade of the area outside the School Office, which has become hazardous and the widening of the footpath which causes many issues especially during winter. We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Vitale family in transporting the excavator to the school. This is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when parent initiative and P & F fund raising efforts come together to support school needs.

Next term I will be involved in the Catholic Education Melbourne, Leading Learning Innovation Immersion delegation. I am one of fourteen delegates from Melbourne who will be attending the National Catholic Education Conference in Chicago and then continuing on to work with educational specialists and in schools, in various parts of Canada. In particular, I will be looking at effective and innovative feedback structures which are having significant impact on student outcomes. This study tour takes in the first four weeks of next term. Mrs Veronica Fraraccio will be acting principal during my absence. Upon my return I will arrange opportunity for the sharing of my learning and encourage you to keep an eye out for the date once advertised.

Reminders for this week are:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews are this Wednesday from 3:30pm. If you’ve not booked an interview, could I suggest that you read the instructions for online bookings (over the page and on our website www.smmountevelyn.catholic.edu.au) as the bookings will close at 4pm on Tuesday.
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1 Friday 5th April at 2.30pm

For children that catch the bus home, buses will run half an hour early this day ……

  • First day Term Two Tuesday April 23rd.

It seems too early to be wishing you all a safe and holy Easter, however that is the reality! I encourage you all to join in with the Holy Week Ceremonies that will be held in St Mary’s Church.

Thank you to everyone; students, parents, extended family and staff for your wonderful contributions this term, all of which help to make St Mary’s School a wonderful place to be.

With prayers and best wishes,

   Mrs Angela Glennie



Congratulations to our students of the week:

PF: Spencer R                 PR: Grace O

1/2P: Amelia C              1/2M: Joel S               1/2H: Kaide T            1/2D: Jade D

3/4F: Sophie                   3/4M: Mikayla B         3/4G: Scarlett J           3/4R:

5/6B: Aaylah C                 5/6P: Joshua D           5/6T: Jayden T         5/6F: Olive K/Lily R