St Mary's School Donnybrook

2021 Week 7 Term 3

We want our children to be: Caring, Believers, Open, Secure, Well-Balanced, Generous, Creative

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Dates to Remember

Friday 3 September @ 7.30am: Father's Day Breakfast

Monday 6 September @ 6pm: SAC meeting

Wednesday 8 September: Science Engineers Without Borders Incursion (Year 2/3 - Year 6)

Thursday 9 September: AFL Football Clinic (PP-Year 6)

Friday 10 September: First Eucharist retreat day (Year 4)

Sunday 12 September @ 10am: First Eucharist (Year 4 Catholic students)

Wednesday 15 September: Jumps and Throws Day Year 1-6 (new date)

Friday 17 September: Athletics Carnival (new date)

Friday 24 September: End of Term 3

+Please note that the Interschool Athletics Carnival scheduled for 20 Sept has had to be postponed due to the location having works done. New date Term 4: Thursday 4 November


We are looking for donations of gumboots the Kindy/Pre-Primary children can wear during outdoor play. If your child has outgrown their gumboots we would love to take them off your hands (feet)!

A note from the Principal

Dear Parents & Caregivers

First Eucharist

The word 'communion' means to be united with and, as Catholics, we believe that in Holy Communion we are united in a special way with Jesus Christ.

At his last supper, Jesus said of the bread that he shared among his followers, "Take and eat, this is my body." When we receive Holy Communion, we believe that in a mysterious way we are sharing in the body and blood of Christ. Holy Communion and the whole celebration is also known as Eucharist, from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving.

First Eucharist is a special occasion - a further step in becoming one with Christ and united with the People of God. In Western Australia first Eucharist takes place in Year Four. Children should have an understanding of the sacrament that is appropriate to their age. Hopefully, this understanding will further develop over the years.

The church affirms that parents are the first educators of their children in the faith. You are handing on your faith to your children all the time. You have the wonderful responsibility of preparing your child to receive Eucharist for the first time.

However, the school does hold a special place in supporting parents in preparing students to receive their first Holy Communion. Given this, Mrs Thomson has been working very hard with our Year 4 students and on Sunday 12th September they will be receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time. We pray for them and wish them all the best for this very special occasion.

Staffing announcements

There will be a number of staffing changes for 2022. Information regarding this will be sent home to parents shortly via a separate email letter.

Interim Reports

Last Friday, interim reports were sent home informing parents of their child/ren’s school behaviours such as work ethic, emotional regulation, and attitude. If you have been requested or are requesting a meeting, please contact your child's class teachers a.s.a.p. to arrange a time to meet.

Father’s Day Breakfast

This Friday, 3rd September, we will be holding our annual Father’s Day breakfast from 7:30am– 8:30am behind the Library by the back oval. We look forward to enjoying a bacon and egg roll with the dads/uncles/grandads and kids.

Incursions and Clinics

Next week, our students will participate in a Science incursion (Engineers Without Borders) and AFL clinics. Students need to wear their sports uniform on the Thursday please. Both events promise to be exciting opportunities for our students. Thank you to Mrs Sheehan and Mrs Pettersen for organising them.


Our Athletics carnival is planned to take place over two days with the jumping, throwing and long-distance running events planned for Wednesday 15th September, and the sprints and team games planned for Friday 17th September. Information has already been sent home to parents via eldest in the family. If you are available to help on the Wednesday, please return the slip at the bottom of the letter that went out with the timetable as soon as possible.

2022 Enrolments

St Mary’s 2022 Kindergarten program is filling up fast and we are nearly at capacity. If you are interested in enrolling in Kindy next year, please contact the office a.s.a.p. We have places available in all other year groups as well.

Smart Watches

If your child has a smart watch and can communicate with you through it, please ensure they are not doing this during school hours. At school, students must speak with the teacher if something is bothering them or they feel sick, and the teacher will support them in the most appropriate way.

Dogs on school ground

We have had several people request to bring their dog to school, either for news or for drop off and pick up. Whilst I love dogs and have one myself, this is problematic, and we would appreciate it if dogs (or pets) could be kept out of the school grounds.

School Opens at 8:30am

We have a large group of students arriving at school before 8:30am at the moment. Unless organised with the class teacher, students are not to arrive at school before 8:30am as there is no one on duty to assume responsibility for them. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Carpark Concerns

Some parents have expressed their concern regarding the speed at which cars are entering and leaving the rear carpark. The safety of our students is paramount and as such I ask all parents to please slow down and keep an eye out for our children when driving through this area and the adjoining streets.

Kind regards

Mr Andrew Gammon


Book Coverers

Thank you to Mrs Joanne Swarbrick and Ms Janey Ip for covering our new books. You have done an amazing job and the books will be protected for a long time.

Piety Store

St Mary's Church, Donnybrook, has a newly opened Piety Store selling religious gifts and items.

The stall can be found in the entrance of the church and purchases can be made at any weekend Mass. An honour box is available for payment, CASH ONLY.

For further information or to order a special request item please contact Patricia Skill on 9731-0790.

Vac Swim

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at