Mary's Mount Primary School
Term 2, Week 6 - 28 May 2021
God of all creation,
As we journey together in this Great Southern Land, we pray for healing, forgiveness and unity, creating a path of good will, with justice and compassion. Jesus, through the power of your love, you have given us the courage, wisdom and strength to share our gifts and talents in humility. In peace and understanding we reconcile with each other. Creator Spirit, we come together in prayer and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received. Allow your Spirit to wash over us and give us strength to walk together as one.
In 2021, reconciliation is more than just raising awareness and knowledge. The theme for this year is “More Than A Word”. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. You can learn more by visiting https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/
At Mary’s Mount Primary School our aim for 2021 to raise awareness and consciously commit to embedding Aboriginal Perspectives across our curriculum and in our conversation. We encourage you to grow in your conversation of reconciliation with your children at home to support our commitment. The Snapshots movie for this week will highlight the awareness building that has taken place at school this week.
200 Years of Catholic Education
Mrs Leech, Nate and Niamh, our Year 6 leaders and I joined with the Nation on Monday to celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. It was a simultaneous celebration with schools throughout Australia joining in prayer. It was a national first – the event was livestreamed with participants from every corner of the country coming together. The national Mass marked the bicentenary of the first ‘official’ Catholic school that opened in Parramatta, NSW, in October 1820.
100 Year Gala Dinner
For those who attended the Gala dinner held on Saturday 22 May, I am sure you will agree that it was a night that we will not forget. The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, Deputy Executive Director Mr Wayne Bull, were in attendance. I have received affirmation from them both, that I should be proud of my community. I am immensely proud, as I know you are. The evening was highlighted by multiple generations sharing in joyful memory sharing and conversation. It is apparent that many ex-students are keen to know about the Mass at the Cathedral in Mary’s Mount week and also our Open evening that will be held on Friday 29 October. Information will be shared via email, Facebook and on our school website under the 100 Year tab.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the marvellous committee who put this night together, to Linzi Moore, Maria Bonomi, Natalie O’Brien, Naomi Holly, Bettina Hanna, Joanne Bailliff, Jane Taylor and Gabby Hoffmann we celebrate you and thank you!
Parking and Pick Up – Davies Crescent
Can you please remind your children that if they are getting picked up on Davies Crescent, they are to wait with the teacher on duty until their parents (or lift) arrives. Students should not be making their way unsupervised along Davies Crescent, nor waiting alone at the end of Davies Crescent near College Road. It is also important students do not cross Davies Crescent or College Road for their own safety.
P&F – A word of thanks
Thank you to the P&F for your contributions to our school. We are blessed to have such a dedicated team working for and with our community. The goal is to provide enriched experiences for the children of Mary’s Mount Primary School. Along the way, strong community relationships are formed and nurtured. We treasure our relationship with you and thank you for the following 2021 initiatives that you have supported to date;
· Highway Heroes – Parent workshop and student resources
· Lunchtime Chess Club – purchase of Chess Sets
· Library Resources
· Nature Playground – plants
· Harmony Garden – bush tucker plants
· Shade Sail over the playground
Interschool Cross Country Team
Congratulations to the Interschool team for their awesome achievement at the carnival on Monday. Well done to Mrs Curulli and the team on their preparation and commitment. You can read all about our Cross County in the article below.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
TERM 2, WEEK 7 2021 CALENDAR
Tuesday 1 June
- 1.30pm Year 4 Reconciliation
- NO Mazenod Tutoring this week (Exam week for Mazenod students)
Wednesday 2 June
- 5.45pm Supper, Workshop 6pm Eucharist Parent & Child Workshop at Holy Family Church
Thursday 3 June
Friday 4 June
- Year 1 Assembly and Merit Awards
- 7.45am Running Club (Week 4) (Pre-registered students only)
- P&F Tuition Fee Raffle Draw
Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.
INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL
On Monday 24th May 40 students from Mary’s Mount Primary competed in the Interschool Cross Country Carnival at Good Shepherd Primary school. All the students displayed dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship on the day which was fantastic to see.
A special mention to the following students who received a medal on the day:
Livinia May (1st), Sophie Perazzo (3rd), Joe Guimelli (1st), Johnas Holly (1st), Maisie Dickenson (3rd), Lucas Raschella (1st), Jonte Holly (3rd) and Cordel Antoine (2nd ) in the reserve race.
A big thankyou to Mrs Retel and Mr Smith for helping out on the day as well as Bailey Smith and Angus Iving from Mazenod. Mary’s Mount Primary School placed first on the day out of eight schools. A well -deserved effort by all the team. Well done!
Teresa Curulli 🙂
Phys Ed Teacher
100 YEAR GALA DINNER - WHAT A WONDERFUL EVENING!
Fast forward a few more years and Linzi, now a parent at our school, was one of the key coordinators of the event alongside our other fabulous volunteers listed below. Please take a moment to thank these people if you see them around as many hours of planning and preparation goes into an event like this, and we are thankful for all they did.
Thank you to our Gala Dinner Planning Committee: Naomi Holly, Bettina Hanna, Linzi Moore, Natalie O'Brien, Maria Bonomi, Joanne Bailiff, Emma Bell, Jane Taylor & Gabby Hoffmann.
A bit of last minute shuffling meant we had to move our pre-dinner drinks indoors, but that didn't dampen the mood. A pre-dinner champagne with background music by the Mazenod Blues Band was a great way to start the evening. This was followed by a welcome address from Emma Bell, welcome to country by Mr Ugle and our 100 Year prayer led by Sue Blair which started the formalities for the evening. A lovely three course meal with entertainment by Jordan Bonomi and Shari Cumming, EMCEE and past MMPS student Tim MacMillan including reflections by past students of their time at MMPS, ensured everyone was kept entertained. The evening and fun progressed with the addition of a photo booth, raffle draw and silent auction, when everyone kicked up their heels on the dance floor to Hi-NRG. (Note - next time we need to order a bigger dance floor :-).
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported this event. Almost 300 people were in attendance including current families, staff, past staff and students as well as special guests.
The room was decorated lovely with the inclusion of beautiful native flower arrangements created by our volunteers where a "little bit of the hills" was brought to the evening. Guests each received a special 100 Year cookie to take home, and the addition of personalised napkins including the printing of the historic M on them brought the old and the new together.
There are a few photos below, but we will have more to share with you next week.
Please click here to RSVP for the MMPS Centenary Mass on Thursday 17 June 2021 at 10am. Please spread the word. We hope to see you there!
Our School community has another Sacramental Mass fast approaching:
Sunday, June 13th, 9am Community Mass at Holy Family Church
I would like to invite ALL Choir Members to attend the Mass to support our Year 4 Cohort in leading the congregation in song as they celebrate receiving their First Holy Communion.
Year 4 Choir Members will not be able to attend as Choir as this is their special day.
Could you please complete your Child/Children's attendance intention through the attached Forms link below by Friday, June 11th. Please note Choir members attending will need to meet me at the Church (in the Organ area) at 5.45pm for both Masses.
Please ensure Choir members attending are dressed in neat, tidy attire and that they have had plenty of water on their way to Mass and being to the toilet prior to Mass commencing.
Thank you for your musical support.
HELP DEVELOP THE STEM STARS OF THE FUTURE
The West Australian is running a cash competition named, 'STEM Classroom Cash'. The funds could be used for classroom or whole-school resources to take our children's STEM learning to the next level.
We need your help to collect entry coupons from Saturday's edition of The West Australian on May 29, June 5, 12 and 19.
Once collected please have your child pass onto the Miss DeMarte in the Year Five classroom.
GREEN TEAM UPDATE
Come on Mary's Mount Primary School !!! Let's get recycling and win a prize for our school. We are so pleased to be in partnership with Wonder.
Drop off your bread bags and bread tags to our MMPS Community Recycling Hub starting from Monday. We have placed a special collection bin for the bread bags and tags.
Let's stop all that nasty plastic from going into landfill. Bring it to school and you will not only be helping us to win a prize for our sustainable school, but you will also be doing your bit to help our environment stay clean and healthy.
Mrs Henderson and the Student Green Team
Many thanks to those parents who joined us for our P&F Meeting this week. We had a very positive meeting and finalised several projects and plans for the rest of the year. We will be partnering with the school to provide support for the 100 year Open Day in October so have decided to move Breakfast in the Park from September this year back to it's usual date of early March to retain it's annual alignment within our events calendar. We also decided this would decrease the number of P&F supported events in September/ October, thereby reducing the amount of support requested of families and staff. Moving to March also provides more certainty around COVID restrictions, greater sponsorship opportunities and our ability to successfully fundraise for the school. We are excited to be moving BIP back as it allows us to provide extra support for the school's many special anniversary activities this year.
Our P&F will be coordinating the Centenary Mass Morning Tea, which will take place on 17th June at the Cathedral in Perth. Given we will be catering for around 400 people we will be asking families if they are able to donate a plate to share for the morning tea and/ or assist with setting up and support on the day. Please advise if you can assist in either way by completing this form via the link below. We need lots of donations and help so dust off those recipe books now!
Morning Tea Donation Link - https://forms.office.com/r/KvgYmXQSVh
And... don't forget that our Tuition Fee Raffle is drawn next week. Make sure you get your tickets by next Wednesday 2nd June!
Yours in education,
MMPS P&F Committee
Please read the information below regarding a number of admin housekeeping items.
HOW TO EMAIL THE SCHOOL OFFICE
When contacting the school office with general emails and correspondence, to ensure your message doesn't get missed and can be responded to in a timely manner, please use one of the emails below and not individual people.
email@example.com - for all administrative enquiries including absentees, late drop offs or early pick ups, newsletter content, canteen and all other general queries or emails regarding school matters.
firstname.lastname@example.org - for school fee and payment enquiries.
email@example.com - for all uniform shop enquiries.
Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
3K & 4K 2022 ENROLMENT INTERVIEWS
Emails have been sent to all families who have applied to 3K. 4K letters will be emailed home on Tuesday for 2022 with details on the enrolment process and interviews. If you have not recieved an email by mid week and believe you should have, please contact the school office ASAP.
LABELLING OF SCHOOL UNIFORM ITEMS
We have had a surge in numbers of items ending up in the school office with no names or incorrect labelling. Can you please take a moment this weekend to check the names on your children's school jumpers and sports jackets and pants in particular.
FAMILY FORMS & CONTACT DETAILS
All families will be receiving a hard copy of a print out of the contact information we hold on our school records. Can you please check the details on this paperwork when you receive it, make any corrections and then return the form to the school office. Even if the information is correct, we will require you to sign the form and return it so we can verify the information has been checked.
Jane, Gabby & Deanna
Ticket sales close 2nd June - This is your last chance to buy tickets. You could be the lucky winner of $1,000 towards your MMPS school fees!
CANTEEN NEWS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Thank you for supporting our canteen's reopening this term with orders and volunteering your help. We are looking forward to continue to provide yummy food for our students in Term 3, but can't do it without your help.
If you can provide some assistance in the canteen in Term 2 on any of these dates, please contact Michelle Sanderson or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on to Michelle.
Week 7 Friday 4 June - Volunteers Needed
Week 8 Friday 11 June - Volunteers Needed
Week 9 Friday 18 June - Volunteers Needed
Week 10 Friday 25 June - Volunteers Needed
MMPS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CORNER
This week during classes dedicated Digital Technology time the Year 3 class focused on practising their typing skills using the website TypingClub.com. TypingClub is a web based and highly effective tool we are using in our classrooms.
All About Typing Club
Typing Club is a fantastic choice to help students master keyboarding skills. It starts with brief lessons that include speed and accuracy assessments. Fun videos peppered in between lessons focus on skills, and students get instant feedback. Students receive badges for progress and can skip around as needed. TypingClub has several exciting courses, including animated-story lesson plans that allow students to animate their own stories and cause them to unfold as they type.
There are tons of data about student performance, including strong and problem keys, practice time, and even instant replays that can empower advanced students to improve. Teachers can also turn on accessibility options like voice-over, font sizes, screen readers, and more. TypingClub's game structure, feedback, and badge rewards make it our top choice for an addicting experience. As students strive for five-star scores, they'll learn new skills on their way to mastery.
IT Learning Area Coordinator
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING TICKET WINNERS!
Carnival Fever is on this year at the Cannington Showgrounds from 5th to 7th June from 10am to 5pm each day. The ticket price includes your rides, but there is also lots of entertainment, food and showbags too. So if you are looking for something fun to do on the long weekend, head on down to Cannington and Carnival Fever with the family.
Congratulations to the following students who have each won 4 tickets to Carnival Fever -
3K - Sadhbh M
4K - Sophie G
PP - Archer S
Y1 - Tiarna R
Y2 - Olivia C
Y3 - Sawyer B
Y4 - Callum S
Y5 - Max B
Y6 - Nate G
We’re all on it - The Highway of Life - with all of its ups and downs, twists and turns. Being a happy and thriving traveller along life’s journey is based in key skills that every child has the right to learn so that they can flourish. Social, emotional and learning-to-learn skills are just like any other skills we teach a child like walking, talking, reading and writing. They need time, specific focus and an opportunity to practise them often enough so that they become part of the psychological muscle. Highway Heroes gives children the opportunity to learn and practise key skills in a fun, supported and experiential way, with a step-by-step approach to building competence.
Marys Mount had launched Highway Heroes and Little Highway heroes this term. The first module we are focusing on is called ‘Connecting for Friendships’. We encourage you to check out our well-being tab on our school website where you will find some helpful resources and tips related to our current module. Students will also be engaging with home activities throughout the term.
CONNECTING 4 FRIENDSHIP; PLAYGROUND RESILIENCE & WISDOM
Module 2 teaches a child how to make and keep friends along the Social Highway of life. Not every child is a social butterfly and is able to make friends with ease and not every child knows how to grow their friendship base and then to sort out the to-be-expected friendship bumps along that journey.
Childhood friendships are relationships that form the templates of how to manage a range of social situations throughout life. Knowing how to make a friend and to join in is an essential skill for every child – one that they’re going to need throughout their primary school years and beyond.
This Modules engages children in learning about how their internal representation of their social world impacts their behaviours and provides multiple opportunities to actively practise skills that increase their friendliness, social acceptance and ability to manage friendships that are sometimes difficult.
WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION?
We have added a new page to our website that we will be building on as we progress along the Highway of Life. So if you are after more information about this program and what we are doing at MMPS, be sure to check back on our website from time to time. Of course you can also ask your child's teacher or contact the school office if you would like more information or have any questions.
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