Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 3, Week 4 - 13 August 2021

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Dear Parents and Carers,


As educators it is important to be reflective of our practice and consider which is the best pedagogical approach to meet the needs of the children we are teaching. I am an advocate of staff sharing wisdom in the school and to also look out at other school practices. For a single stream primary school, the level of engagement of staff to put their hand up for middle level leadership opportunities is phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoy our Professional Learning Community meetings because educators at Mary’s Mount Primary School bring passion, research-based conversation and optimism to every conversation. The level of consideration that goes into decisions for your child is thoroughly researched and informed by the wisdom of our exceptional educators.


Tamara Ellenbroek is sharing her knowledge with Early Years Conference Committee for 2022. Tamara has joined the organising team for this conference. Our school has been asked to host a networking meeting to showcase our Early Years pedagogy and nature playground being incorporated in . Tamara is also on a NQS working party with cross sector Early years educators. The beauty of these connections is that Tamara can showcase our school and also bring ideas that match our context back to Mary’s Mount Primary School.

Yesterday, Sinead Muscat, our ICT Learning Area Coordinator, attended the Apple Roadshow. Gaining insight into why and how teachers enhance their curriculum delivery through the opportunities iPad provides. Participating in classroom visits and experiencing, she saw how the iPad is being used to transform education through creativity and collaboration. Also, hearing from school leaders about their journey bringing technology to their school and examples of innovation.


Please keep the Year 3 children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The children engaged in a retreat during the week and on Wednesday 18 August will be involved in a Parent and Child workshop held at Holy Family Parish.


The Year 1 children lead us in our Mass this morning. It was a beautiful mass and the children did a fabulous job with their readings. It is a blessing to be able to use the Chapel as the children’s singing sounds so sweet. The Chapel was alive with the sound of their voices singing in unison.


Yesterday we received some sad news about a much loved previous family from our school community. Dr Will Thornton was involved in an accident on Wednesday in the UK and tragically passed away. The Thornton family were active members of our school community during their time in Australia, with Belinda volunteering on our P&F Executive and a keen supporter of our school's art program. Their three children Lizzie, James and Tessa all attended school here at MMPS. I ask you to please keep Belinda and the Thornton children, as well as their friends in your prayers during this difficult time for all.


You may have noticed a change to our website with our policy page now referring to Catholic Education Western Australia Ltd (CEWA) Policies. The embedded CEWA policy hub is a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ for all community members regardless of which Catholic school(s) they are affiliated with – ensuring clear, consistent messaging on one platform for all Catholic schools in Western Australia. The policy page will continue to contain the most up-to-date policies and executive directives for your easy reference. Should you need to refer to the MMPS procedures (including Uniform & Grooming, Attendance, and Codes of Conduct), you will now find them on our newly created procedures page on our website under the 'Our School' menu. The MMPS procedures are under review and will be updated throughout Semester 2, 2021.


This afternoon the MMPS staff wished Assunta a beloved 80th birthday for tomorrow. Assunta has been an active part of our school community for many many years, and holds a special place in all our hearts. We wish Assunta a beautiful birthday celebration with Michael and her family, and ask God for blessings of good health and happiness on her special day.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

God Bless

Emma Bell


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Snapshots@ Mary's Mount Term 3 Wk 4


Monday 16 August
  • Constable Care Whole School Incursion

Tuesday 17 August

  • 7.30am - Mazenod Tutoring
  • 6pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Wednesday 18 August

  • 6pm Reconciliation Parent & Child workshop at Holy Family Church

Thursday 19 August

  • Dave Collard Whole School Incursion

Friday 20 August

  • 9am Year 5 Assembly and Merits
  • 3.15pm - Students Depart for One Big Voice (Concert commences at RAC Arena at 6.45pm)
** CURRENT TERM PLANNERS - Updated 4 August **

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


Fathers Day is just 3 weeks away - and the P&F have you covered! Our fabulous Pre-Primary families are busy coordinating a Fathers Day Stall for all students to attend in a few weeks time, while our wonderful Year 4 families are coordinating a Fathers Day Breakfast for all dads to enjoy on Friday 3rd September. The Father's Day Breakfast will be held from 7.30am in the Canteen area, with children also invited to enjoy a yummy breakfast with dad. Please RSVP online here by 27th August.

It was great to see students planting new trees in the Bush Tucker Garden this week. These native plants and several extra items were all donated by the P&F as our contribution to supporting education in Indigenous cultural learning and environmental awareness. We look forward to being able to taste the fruits of our students labour from the garden soon!

Yours in education,

MMPS P&F Committee


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Catholic Performing Arts News

Last Wednesday the Year Five students participated in the Choral Speech section at the Catholic Performing Arts. Students performed ‘Somethings There’ By Barbara Vance.

The Year Fives performance was fantastic. The adjudicator was most impressed with the way the students spoke clearly, used expressions, and worked together as a whole group.

Congratulations to the Year Five class on a wonderful performance!

One Big Voice

On Monday Choir students received an important letter regarding the One Big Voice Concert. Please make sure you fill out your child’s Subway order form and return the form by next Wednesday 18th August. Mary’s Mount Choir has been working hard every week practicing the One Big Voice songs, only 1 more week to go!! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sarah Skrzypek

Drama Teacher

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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.


  • Sandwich
  • Chopped fruit and vegies
  • Small whole orange, banana, and apples
  • Berries/mandarin/grapes
  • Cheese cubes
  • Dip
  • Yoghurt in a small tube with a reusable spoon
  • Crackers/Cruskits/Saladas
  • Home-made muffins, cakes, or muesli bar slice
  • Pizza
  • Salad - carrot/cucumber/capsicum sticks/snow peas/small tomatoes
  • Popcorn - air popped
  • Dried fruit
  • Sultanas
  • Sushi
  • 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.

Kind regards

Mrs Henderson and the student Green Team

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Thank you to the school community who purchased books from the Book Fair. $4800 worth of books was sold, giving the School Library approximately $1600 worth of FREE books.

A big thank you to the Year 6 students who helped with the fair. Also Mrs Gamble and Mrs Henderson who also gave of their time to help me.

I will be busy covering the books over the weekend and hope to have them back at school on Tuesday morning.

Come in and have a 👀.

Angela Smith


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.

Books Author

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!

Angela Smith



If you can provide some assistance in the canteen in Term 3, please contact Michelle Sanderson or email 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.

Michelle Sanderson

Canteen Manager

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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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