- MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- NEW PARENT ACCESS MODULE (PAM)
- WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
- CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK OPEN DAY 2021
- CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- MIDDLE CLASS ACTIVITIES
- SENIOR CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
- PIE DRIVE
- PARENTING IDEAS
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
- Mother's Day Breakfast
- SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2021
- TERM DATES 2021
- COMMUNITY NEWS
It was great to see so many of our mums and grandmothers at the Mother’s Day breakfast on Friday morning. The atmosphere in the Mary MacKillop Hall was amazing as we celebrated this special event together as a school community. After having to cancel this event last year, due to COVID-19, it was great to be able to welcome everyone back. I’m sure you all enjoyed a croissant or two and a coffee or juice, just like the staff enjoyed putting the event on for you. I would like to thank you all for supporting this event and also thank those that contributed to making it a huge success.
The Family Liturgy was also a fantastic celebration. It was great to see parents, grandparents and special friends in our school for this event. The Foundation, Grade1, 2 and 3 students led the Liturgy beautifully and were excited to have you present as a part of the celebration.
I would also like to thank you all for supporting the Mother’s Day stall. I’m sure that you all appreciated your carefully selected Mother’s Day gift from your child. Thank you also to Janette and Tayla for coordinating the gifts for the stall and to Ian for assisting them with the sales.
INSIGHT SRC SURVEY
Thank you to all the parents who completed the Insight SRC Survey. I understand that this survey can be quite tedious and repetitive, however it provides great information for our school and allows us to reflect on our current practices and help plan for the future.
This week our Grade 3 and 5 students completed NAPLAN. NAPLAN involves the students completing tests in Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), Writing, Reading and Numeracy. These tests are one way that we at St Mary’s track the progress of your child in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. I would like to congratulate all our Grade 3 and 5 students for completing these tests so positively and confidently.
CONFIRMATION FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION
We have a number of current and past students preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Communion. These celebrations will take place at the Church at the end of May and in early June. Thank you to the parents and students who attended the meetings last week and this week. These meetings are an important part of the Sacramental Program and help to prepare you and your child for these Sacraments.
Our Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will all compete in the Yarram and District Cross Country on Monday, 17th May. Students in the Under 9- and 10-year age groups will run 2km, whilst those students in the Under 11- and 12-year age groups will run 3km. The Cross Country can be a challenge for some students, so I encourage all our students to simply do their best.
VICTORIAN OPERA ONLINE WORKSHOPS
All St Mary’s students will be participating in the Victorian Opera Online Workshops. These interactive workshops will take place over the next 4 weeks, culminating in a performance of the story Parrwang Lifts the Sky. These workshops will provide the students with a behind the scenes look at how an opera performance is put together and the process of bringing it all to life. We are all looking forward to this.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Catholic Education Week runs from Friday, 21st May until Friday, 28th May. During this week, St Mary’s will celebrate all that is good about Catholic Education.
On Monday, 24th May, St Mary’s has an open day, where new and existing parents can in and visit our school and be taken on a tour. These tours will allow parents to see our classrooms in action and the amazing opportunities we have to offer here at St Mary’s. If you know of any friends or family who may be interested in sending their children to St Mary’s now or in the future, please encourage them to make an appointment for a tour.
Portal for communication with parents.
All families should have received an email notification from email@example.com (this may be in you Spam Folder) in regards to setting up your new Parent Access Module (PAM) account. This email will provide you with information regarding the set-up process. Please read the information carefully and complete the required steps, as per the instructions. All families are required to register as this will eventually become St Mary’s main Learning Management System.
Please contact the school office if you have not received the email.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TERM 2 2021
14th National Walk Safely to School Day
School Assembly 2.45am
17th Yarram & District Cross Country 10.30am
Pie Drive Orders Due Back
Catholic Education Week starts
St Mary's Open Day 2021 9.00am - 4.30pm
|25th||26th Year 4, 5 & 6 attending the YSC Production at The Reagent Theatre||27th Whole School Mass||28th|
|31st May||1st Pies to be collected at school||2nd||
First Reconciliation 6.00 - 7.00pm
|7th||8th||9th||10th Healthy Harold Visit||11th School Closure Day|
|14th Queens Birthday Public Holiday||15th School Advisory Committee Meeting @ 5.15pm||16th||17th||18th|
25th Last Day Of Term 2
TERM 3 2021
|12th First day of Term 3||13th||14th||15th||16th|
|19th||20th||21st Year 3 & 4 Phillip Island Camp||22nd Year 3 & 4 Phillip Island Camp||23rd Year 3 & 4 Phillip Island Camp|
|26th||27th School Advisory Committee Meeting@ 5.15pm||28th||29th||30th School Closure Day|
|2nd Yarram Eisteddfod||3rd Yarram Eisteddfod||4th Yarram Eisteddfod||5th Yarram Eisteddfod||6th Yarram Eisteddfod|
Book Week Library Visit
Book Week Dress up Day
|30th Sep||31st Sep||1st||2nd||3rd School Closure Day|
|6th||7th School Advisory Committee Meeting@ 5.15pm||8th||9th||10th|
|13th||14th||15th||16th||17th Last day of Term 3 2.20pm finish|
Throughout the past 2 weeks, the students in the Year 2/3 classroom have been researching the great artist - Pablo Picasso. They have delved into the history of his life, read stories about him and studied the famous artworks that he created. In particular, they have learnt about CUBISM, an artistic movement co-created by Picasso, which uses geometric shapes in the depiction of humans and other forms. The photo shows some students holding the 'cubist' portraits that they created, using oil pastels. These were inspired by Picasso's series of paintings and drawings based on 'The girl with the Ponytail'.
Next week, students start to explore the interesting life of Dutch post-impressionist painter - Vincent van Gogh.
May is National Family Reading Month and families are asked to make reading a priority and a part of their daily routine by reading together on all 31 days.
We are looking for volunteers, who may be interested in doing a letter box delivery of our new St Mary's pamphlet. This can be done on a weekend to get the children involved.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the school office for more details.
In this case...... Many hands make less letter boxes.
FRIDAY 11TH JUNE - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
MONDAY 14th JUNE- QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
FRIDAY 30TH JULY - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
MONDAY 1ST NOVEMBER - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER - MELBOURNE CUP PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Sacrament dates to remember:
Sunday 30th May - Sacrament of Confirmation at 11.00am Mass
Thursday 3rd June - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6.00pm at St Mary's Church
Sunday 6th June - Sacrament of First Holy Communion at 11.00am Mass
|Wed 26th May-23rd June||Lets Talk about Parenting-online||Parents Building Solutions-Online|
|Tuesday's in Term 2||Afterschool Family Connections||After School Family Connections - Churchill|
|Thu 10th June||Parenting Anxious Kids- online||Parenting Anxious Kids-online|
|Thu 17th June||Understanding Your Child's Behaviour- online||Understanding Your Child's Behaviour - Online|
|24th June||Self-Care for Parents -Online||Self-Care for parents - Online|