Mary's Mount Primary School
Term 3, Week 3 - 6 August 2021
Teach us to be like You in all our ways.
Teach us kindness, gentleness, generosity, and to be
giving, forgiving, loving and caring.
Teach us to follow in Your humble footsteps.
Guide us to the place You want us to be, take control.
Mould and shape us into the brilliant beings we were
always defined to be.
Dear Parents and Carers,
To laugh often and much,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better...
to know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived:
that is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does it mean to you to be just a little kinder in your daily life? To me, it means greeting those I meet with a smile. Seeking to be kinder than necessary is so important because everyone we meet is fighting some kind of battle. A random act of kindness could help a person work through a hardship they are carrying. Through our kind actions we are modelling to those around us how to treat others with respect. To be kind is to demonstrate respect.
How can we as adults and leaders of our community share kindness with each other? How can the children in our care learn from us and aspire to be kind in all they do?
CYBER SAFETY TALK
For those who came to the cyber safety talk last night (Thursday evening) I wish to thank you. The message you received from our guest speaker will empower you and your family to navigate the digital world more informed and with confidence in this space. A key message for me was to try not to ban gaming or social media, but to keep the lines of communication open, and to educate and monitor usage.
A handy tip is to mirror your child's screen time by mirroring their device to the smart TV so that their activity is highly visible.
I was hoping to see more of you there last night as this is such an important topic. The school has invested in becoming a member of ySafe for the safety of our community and to support our children to be safe online. It is important that the home and school message and language works in harmony. Your engagement in the resources we provide you will ensure the success of this initiative.
We are pleased to announce that our school has partnered with Australia’s leading cyber safety experts, ySafe, to provide you with support in managing your children’s safety and time online.
As a part of our partnership with ySafe, we have received our very own Parent Cyber Safety Hub. This Hub is a rich source of live information directly from ySafe’s multidisciplinary team of cyber safety experts. You can access our Cyber Safety Hub using the link below:
About the Parent Cyber Safety Hub
The Hub includes expert advice on the most pertinent cyber safety issues and frequently asked questions around platforms like TikTok, Fortnite, Instagram, and more. There are app reviews with age and safety recommendations, along with a range of guides and resources to help ensure healthy boundaries around screen-time & gaming, and step-by-step instructions for using parental controls and filtering out inappropriate content.
FREE Device Monitoring Tool for Parents
Mary's Mount Primary School has partnered with the parental control experts, Family Zone, to provide our parents with added cyber safety support in the form of Family Zone Insights. Family Zone Insights is a monitoring app that sends parents an alert if their child accesses risky or inappropriate content online. For more information about Family Zone Insights, and for instructions on how you can set up an Insights account, visit the Family Zone Insights page of our Cyber Safety Hub (under Cyber Safety Tech)
We are extremely excited to be able to offer you this level of expertise and support in an area that we know has been very challenging for many parents to manage. If you have any questions regarding the Hub, please contact Gabrielle Hoffmann or Sinead Muscat, our Digital Technology Co-ordinators.
HOMEWORK CLUB - Tuesday 10 August
Homework Club will be held in Year 2 as the Book Fair is set up in the library.
Mrs Jo DeBarro recently tendered her resignation. I have had the opportunity to communicate with Jo over the past few months and she has expressed her great love of Mary's Mount Primary School. I extended the invitation to Jo to write a piece for the newsletter. Please see below.
It is with great sadness that I recently tendered my resignation from Mary’s Mount Primary School after fifteen years. Unfortunately, my throat problems have escalated to the point where my voice is now a whisper, which means returning to the classroom is no longer an option. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Mary’s Mount and working with such dedicated people for whom the welfare of the children in their care is first and foremost. The parent body at our school are supportive of the staff and welcoming to new families in a way that makes us a true community. Lastly, the children at our school are amazing. They give their all, whether it is in the classroom, on the sporting field or in the playground. They are caring and compassionate and try every day to “raise the bar.” I will miss you all and wish God’s blessings on each and every one of you.
Mrs DeBarro will be invited to join us towards the end of 2021 for an assembly so that the children can farewell her.
WELCOME BACK MR SMITH
Next week we welcome back Mr Smith to school! We have all missed having you around Mr Smith.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
THE MMPS CODE OF CONDUCT
A reminder that every member of the Mary's Mount Primary School community must behave in the manner described in our Code of Conduct.
Our Code is like the 40km/h speed limit outside our school in the mornings and afternoons. It defines behaviours that keep our students safe: at school, and elsewhere. Children and young people surrounded by adult and peer behaviours described in the Code are more likely to recognise and choose healthy relationships for themselves.
We each keep our students safe by following our Code of Conduct, and encouraging and reminding each other to do so.
For Staff, our Code of Conduct is a lawful direction and forms part of your employment agreement.
For parents, compliance is a condition of your entry to school premises.
You can easily find our school's Code of Conduct on our school's website under compliance via the link below, or collect a hard copy from the sign in desk in the front office.
TERM 3, WEEK 4 2021 CALENDAR
- Book Fair - Day 4
Tuesday 10 August
- 7.30am - Mazenod Tutoring (Change of location this week it will be in the Year 2 classroom)
- 9am Reconciliation Retreat at MMPS
- Book Fair - Day 5
Wednesday 11 August
- Book Fair - Day 6 (Final Day)
Thursday 12 August
Friday 13 August
- 9am Assumption Mass (Year 1)
- Bee Incursion Pre-Primary, Year 1 & Year 5
Sunday 15 August
- Feast of the Assumption
Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.
HOLY FAMILY PARISH CAKE STALL - THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, the Holy Family Parish are holding a cake stall after Saturday 6pm and Sunday 9am masses to raise funds for the parish. Please take some extra cash to mass and support their cake stall.
It's not too late to purchase a brick. You can still order them online via TryBooking, however orders will close on 13 August.
Many thanks to those who attended our P&F Meeting this week. We had a full agenda and powered through a lot of items that we believe will make a positive difference to our school now and into the future. Of note are our commitments to provide funding for:
- Sacred Space - landscaping items
- Entrance Cross - to be located at the front office to replace Mary once moved
- 2022 Year 6 Leavers Jackets
- Lego Masters Competition - Term 4
We are also in the planning phase of coordinating a Fathers Day Stall, Fathers Day breakfast and School Disco. We will also be supporting the school run the School Centenary Open Night in October, a wonderful event that will require us to come together to showcase our school community. We're proud to be a part of celebrating 100 years of excellence in education at Mary's Mount and hope you will join us in supporting these school and P&F activities.
Yours in education,
MMPS P&F Committee
GREEN TEAM NEWS
Dear MMPS Community,
Some students in Year 5 voiced their ideas and as a result a new eco initiative will be starting next Tuesday and then every Tuesday from then on.
"Be a Lunchbox Zero Hero" will be running every Tuesday starting from 10th August. Please pack your child a waste free/ no packaging recess and lunch in their lunchboxes.
IDEAS OF WHAT TO PACK FOR LUNCH
- Chopped fruit and vegies
- Small whole orange, banana, and apples
- Cheese cubes
- Yoghurt in a small tube with a reusable spoon
- Home-made muffins, cakes, or muesli bar slice
- Salad - carrot/cucumber/capsicum sticks/snow peas/small tomatoes
- Popcorn - air popped
- Dried fruit
- Hardboiled egg
- Use reusable plastic containers or sandwich cloths to package food
- Involve the children
- Keep costs down - avoid buying snack sized packages
- Vary fillings of sandwiches
- Remind children to put any uneaten food back into their lunchbox
- Finger food - cut into bite sized pieces
- Bake in bulk (when you have spare time) and freeze savoury and sweet muffins, scrolls, pikelets, scones for a quick lunchbox snack
- Precut fruit and vegetable and pop them in an airtight container
Together we make a difference.
Mrs Henderson and the student Green Team
2022 ENROLMENTSIt is that time of the year when we start looking at 2022 classes and enrolments. Should you not be returning to Mary's Mount Primary School, please ensure you let us know as soon as possible and place your intentions in writing addressed to the Principal. It helps us with forward planning and allows time for interviews and orientation. We thank you for your assistant in this matter.
3K & 4K 2022 STUDENTS
Thank you to everyone who assisted the enrolment process for 2022 by attending an interview. We have now completed all interviews and letters of offers will be distributed next week.
2023 ENROLMENTS for 3K & 4K
If you have a child who will be starting school in 2023, we encourage you to submit your applications in the near future. We have been reviewing our school's enrolment process for 2023 and beyond. As we finalise the changes, we will let you know how this will impact future enrolments, so keep an eye out for that information.
2021 BOOK FAIR
This year’s Book Fair will run in Term 3 Wednesday 4 August to Wednesday 11 August 2021.
The books will arrive on Wednesday 4 August 2021. The students will view books on this day.
Library will be open to sell the books between 8.20am to 9am & 3pm to 3.30pm on:
- Thursday 5 August
- Friday 6 August
- Monday 9 August
- Tuesday 10 August
- Wednesday 11 August (Final Day)
We hope to see you in the library!
BOOK WEEK - 23 AUGUST to 27 AUGUST
BOOK WEEK - Monday 23 August -Friday 27 August 2021
Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds
Bigger, Better, Brighter, Past, Present, Future
DRESS UP DAY - Tuesday 31 August
Students can decide which world to dress up in.
Old World - People from the past
New World - People from current day
Other Worlds - People from the future
INCURSION - Wednesday 25 August
Incursion by Perform Education – 1.30- 3.30pm in Hall
Bigger Better Brighter!
Is a highly interactive incursion where the entire audience will together explore the 2021 Book Week Theme trough a selection of the CBCA 2021 Shortlisted Books.
1. How to make a Bird. M MacKinlay
2. Norton and the Bear Gabriel Evans
3. Strangers on Country D Hartley and K Murray
4. Worse Things S Murphy and S Davis
5. Ellie’s Dragon B Graham
The library has purchased these books and more.
This positive, engaging and educational adventure is a fun filled and energetic celebration of overcoming adversity and finding resilience during life’s challenging moments. Bringing together all the elements of a great storytelling – a hero, a mystery, a quest and an exploration.
I can’t wait to see this performance!
DRAMA / CHOIR NEWS & INFORMATION
The Year 2’s, Year 5’s and Choir students have a huge term of performances. If your child is in Year 2, Year 5 or the Choir you would have received a letter this week outlining performance dates and ticketing information.
PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Year 2’s- 11.00am-12.30pm, Tuesday 24th August 2021, Vasto Club, Balcatta
Year 5’s- 11.30am-12.30pm, Wednesday 4th August 2021, Morley Recreation Centre
Mary’s Mount Primary School Choir- 11.00am-12.30pm, Wednesday 25th August 2021, Vasto Club, Balcatta
A reminder tickets need to be purchased through TryBooking link is on the Catholic Arts website: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/performingartsfestivalcatholicarts A reminder due to COVID-19 there will be no door sales on the day.
ONE BIG VOICE
Mary’s Mount Primary School Choir- Friday 20th August 2021 6.15pm start at the RAC Arena. Tickets are on sale through TICKETEK. Or through the One Big Voice website https://onebigvoice.com.au/information/public/matinee-or-evening/
The students have been working hard on their performances during our Drama/Choir sessions and we are so excited to be performing in front of an audience, next month!
Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries.
CANTEEN NEWS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you can provide some assistance in the canteen in Term 3, please contact Michelle Sanderson or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on to Michelle.
Every Friday in Term 3 - Volunteers Needed
You may have noticed some changes have been made to the QuickCliq site where you order lunches (and uniforms). Any issues with the site should be addressed to QuickCliq as MMPS doesn't have anything to do with it.
Please also note, the cut off time for orders is 8.40am on the Friday morning.
THE NYOONGAR SEASON OF DJILBA
We have entered the Nyoongar Season of Djilba.
Djilba runs through August and September. It is a transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer, rainy and windy days mixing with the occasional sunny day or two.
Djilba is the start of the massive flowering explosion that happens in the south-west of the state which starts with yellow flowering plants such as acacias. Other colours that are around at this time of year are creams, combined with some vivid and striking blues.
KALAMUNDA WATER PARK - OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT
I am writing to you in relation to the future of the Kalamunda Water Park - in particular the 50m outdoor pool and the water slides. The City of Kalamunda is currently undergoing a Business Plan to decide which of 4 options they will adopt to resolve the current situation with the facility. The situation at the moment is that there are two complexes proposed. An Aquatic Leisure Centre in Forrestfield/High Wycombe next to the new airport link train station is to be built within 5-20 years. The second consideration is the immediate upgrade and heating of the current Kalamunda 50m outdoor pool to include hot showers which will be open seven months of the year. This option will possibly include an indoor 25m heated pool and an outdoor half-court basketball area.
The Kalamunda City has provided the public with an opportunity to comment on these decisions and I am seeking your urgent support and also that of your school community. I would encourage you to complete an on-line survey before the 8th October to show the City that both complexes are important to people of all ages and we need to secure these facilities for the future of our children. The survey is on the City's website at www.engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au
Regards and thank you in advance for your support.
Andrea Williams, President, Maida Vale Masters Swimming Club.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND
Now the children are back at school, why not give yourselves some time together? What better way to celebrate the gift of your unique love than to make time to focus on your Marriage – your most precious asset. Come and join us at a Live-Out Marriage Encounter Weekend on 16-17 October 2021 to be held at Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef. Book online at www.wwme.org.au or contact Brendon and Valerie on 0424 220 625 or email email@example.com
HOLY FAMILY PARISH
Mary’s Mount Primary School is the parish school for Holy Family Church in Kalamunda.
Fr Suresh celebrates mass at the beginning of each term, for solemnities and special feast days and offers reconciliation to students who are preparing to receive their Sacraments.
Parish Priest : Fr Antony Suresh
Parish Secretary : Louisa Sizer