Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 3, Week 10 - 23 September 2021

** SCHOOL CLOSED FRI 24 SEP to MON 11 OCT (incl) **

The last day of Term 3 is Thursday 23 Sept. School will be closed between Friday 24 Sept and Monday 11 October. Students will return to school to start Term 4 on Tuesday 12 October.

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PRINCIPAL'S NEWS

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Mary's Mount Primary School,


INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Congratulations to the Interschool team and the staff and parents who supported the children at the carnival. It was a joy to witness the children cheering for each other, nurturing each other and participating with gusto for MMPS. I was so proud of the efforts and sheer determination to try their best. I must say the team games were slick (probably due to the morning practice). Thank you to Mrs Curulli for an outstanding effort in preparing the MMPS children for this event.


3 YEAR OLD KINDY 2022

The Mary’s Mount Primary School 3-Year-Old program will run on a Thursday in 2022. The decision has been made in consultation with staff and families entering the program. We will be delighted to see our 3-Year-old poppets every Thursday, starting at the beginning of 2022.


If you have friends who are interesting in joining our vibrant MMPS community, please tell them to call the office 9290 5200 or email admin@mmps.edu.au.


OUT OF SCHOOL CARE – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

I have been approached by parents who are interested in Mary’s Mount Primary School investigating the viability of having an Out of School Care facility at our school. I am aware that this was investigated a few years ago and with growing interest, it is important for me to survey the school community.


The form below will be open for MMPS community members to access until Friday 22 October.

https://forms.office.com/r/h90bUy0EJ1


COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

As you may have heard, all Western Australians aged 12 to 15 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health has also announced it is offering allocated times for school students aged 16 years and over and school-based staff to access WA Health clinics.


More information about clinic locations can be found on the HealthyWA website.


Please find attached a letter from the Chief Health Officer, providing details about the clinics, including information about consent. Click Here to Read the Letter from CHO.


If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, please visit the HealthyWA website.


Thank you for your support in keeping our students, staff and community safe. I trust you will have a holiday spending time together as a family thriving in what brings you joy.


God Bless.

Emma Bell

Principal


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4;13

CANTEEN NEWS

THANK YOU

You may recall at the end of last year and the beginning of this year we put a call out for a Canteen Manager. At the time, Michelle Sanderson offered to take on the role for a period of time or until we found someone who wanted to take the role on permanently.


Due to other work commitments, Michelle will be stepping aside from the MMPS canteen in Term 4. Thank you Michelle for doing this job for the past three Terms. You have done a wonderful job and we appreciate all you have done.


Taking over from Michelle is Angeline Pang-Biggin. Angeline has been a consistent helper in the canteen over the past few years, and we would like to welcome you as our new Canteen Manager.


I know you will continue to support Angeline as you have Michelle.


We are always on the lookout for additional helpers and volunteers, so if you can help out on a Friday, please either contact Angelina or email admin@mmps.wa.edu.au and we will pass your information on.


Emma Bell

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TERM 4, WEEK 1 2021 CALENDAR

Monday 11 October
  • SCHOOL CLOSED - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 12 October

  • 7.30am - Mazenod Tutoring TBC

Wednesday 13 October


Thursday 14 October


Friday 15 October

  • P&F Lego Masters Competition
** CURRENT TERM PLANNERS - Updated 9 September **

Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.

HARMONY GARDEN PLANTING DAY

With much excitement last Friday, the whole school got involved with planting out our Harmony Garden.


What an awesome day, wonderful weather, fantastic helpers and tremendous excitement and positive energy from the children.


Our Harmony Garden is envisioned to be a restorative "Heal Country" area within our school and is a gift from our current 2021 students to the students in the future who attend MMPS. As this area grows it will be and become a place where classes can visit to gather in the yarning circle to learn, observe and reflect on Aboriginal perspectives, nature, biodiversity, ecological and social changes, and inspire creative, innovative ideas. It will provide a quiet, emotionally healing space for small groups to visit and connect to our land through nature and its beauty, encouraging the wonder and awe of God's creation.


A very special mention and huge thanks must go to:


  • Mr Matt Moore for his time, expertise, guidance, and donation of some of the plants. His knowledge with planning, identifying, and planting on the day was invaluable and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


  • Mr Steve Phoenix for his behind the scenes dedicated and hard work (over many weekends) preparing the site and making the pathway. The Phoenix family donated the materials and all their time to making the pathway and we very much appreciate everything you did.


  • SERCUL for providing 250 plants to our school as part of the Phosphorus Awareness Project grant it receives from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), which aims to educate the community about the environmental impacts of too many nutrients entering our waterways. Thank you SERCUL again for your support to our school, this is not the first time you have assisted one of our ecological projects.


  • Our awesome P & F who are always supportive to our Earthcarers projects, who granted some funds to this project that will be utilized during the next stage of development of this important area of our school.


  • Finally, thank you to all our awesome parent helpers, volunteers, staff, and students who got involved on planting day. This was a perfect example of our beautiful school community coming together to truly make a difference to our environment.


Enjoy your day and please feel welcome to take some time to quietly meander through our new Harmony Garden watching and enjoying it as it grows.


Belinda Henderson

School Sustainability Coordinator

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MMPS STUDENTS ARE COVERED BY ACCIDENT INSURANCE 24/7

Accidents will happen, and they can be costly. Playing sport, riding bicycles, at home and in the playground, students are at risk from injury.


Student Care is a student accident insurance policy specifically designed for kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities. Student Care provides benefits for a range of events such as death, total and permanent disablement, loss of sight and broken bones resulting from personal accident injuries. The policy also covers medical services for which a Medicare benefit is not available, such as dental and physiotherapy. Student Care is a world-wide policy that is purchased by educational institutes to cover all enrolled students.


All students enrolled at Mary’s Mount Primary School are covered 24/7 by the CCI Student Care Insurance Policy.


Even though you may not be out of pocket for treatment for a broken bone, fracture or damaged tooth, you may still be eligible for a payment from CCI as some injuries are entitled to a one off payment.


So if your child has injured themselves and requires treatment, we recommend you submit a claim to CCI as you may be entitled to a claim. In addition, if the damage requires ongoing treatment, or follow up, then you may also be entitled claim for that at a later date too.


So whether the accident happened at school, at home, a friend's house after school or while playing footy on Sunday morning, be sure to submit a claim online. It is quick and easy.


For more information visit our school website here.

P&F UPDATE

Tomorrow evening's MMPS Olympics Disco is set to be a fantastic night out for all children attending, with our Year One parents putting the finishing touches just now on the awesome decorations and props that will be used on the night. A very big thank you to all of those parents who have assisted to date or are helping out on the evening. We'd love all children to arrive at least 10 minutes before their allocated session so that we can have everyone ready to enter our Olympics hall and enjoy the evening.


Our Lego Masters Competition will be held on Friday 15th October (Week 1 of Term 4) so get busy these school holidays and get lego building! We have some great prizes on offer and will be looking at building skill based on category, creativity, originality and overall presentation. Entries should be bought into the hall on the morning of Friday 15th October. Winners will be announced on the day!


Our P&F will be supporting our School Open Night, which will take place on Friday 29th October. We will need several helpers that can assist with a few small jobs leading up to the event, as well as on the day. More information will be provided in Term 4.


We wish you all a very safe and happy school holidays and look forward to welcoming you back to school in Term 4.


Yours in education,


MMPS P&F Committee

E: pfmarysmount@gmail.com

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COMMUNITY NEWS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHAPEL FLOWER ROSTER

Hi Mary’s Mount families,


I am currently recruiting volunteers to add to our dedicated chapel flower team at Mazenod College. If you have been considering taking up a volunteer job but don’t have too much time then this could be the position for you.


I only need you once per term, for roughly 20 minutes to simply change over the chapel vases with fresh flowers from your garden.


If you would like to be added to the roster or require more information please give me a call, I’d love to hear from you 😊.


Melissa Giumelli

Chapel Roster Coordinator

0430390044

melissagiumelli1@gmail.com

BETTER HEALTH PROGRAM

The WA Department of Health is funding the Better Health Program in the Perth metropolitan region. The ten-week program is available to families both face-to-face and online and we need your help to get the word out to the local community! We are currently accepting registrations for Term 4 2021, however they are filling fast and registrations close soon.


What is the Better Health Program?

The Better Health Program is a free, healthy lifestyle program for families. The program is evidence-based and is developed and delivered by qualified health professionals to support families with making sustainable health changes. Children (and their families) are eligible to participate in the program if they are:


  • Aged 7-13 years
  • Above a healthy weight


In Term 4 Face-to-face program locations include:

· Herb Graham Recreation Centre Mirrabooka, Tuesdays commencing 12th of October 2021

· Bounce Cannington, Wednesdays commencing 13th of October 2021

· Rebound Arena Port Kennedy, Thursdays commencing 14th of October 2021

· Latitude Air Edgewater, Thursdays commencing 14th of October 2021


For those unable to attend a face-to-face program, the online program includes:

· Weekly interactive modules

· Weekly phone coaching support with a health professional

· Lots of freebies (including a Garmin fitness tracker and other great resources)

· Prizes


Benefits to families:

· Learn about healthy habits in a fun and engaging way

· Support and resources to establish healthy habits

· Flexible program delivery - Face-to-face in the community or online


What can you do to help?

We'd be very grateful if you could spread the word about the program! Please see our promotional resources kit (attached). This contains both print and digital resources that you could share with students, families, colleagues and within your networks. We would also be happy to visit your school or organisation to give a short presentation and answer any questions you may have about the program. Presentations can also take place via Zoom or MS TEAMS.


If you would like further information about the program or like to book a presentation please don't hesitate to reach out via email, call us on 1300 822 953 or visit our website here.


With thanks,

Chris Vavakis

WA Project Manager / Accredited Practising Dietitian

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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

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