Mary's Mount Primary School
Term 2, Week 9 - 18 June 2021
Prayer to Saint Emilie
You who in the church,
wanted to continue
to manifest the Father's love.
as realised through
the Incarnation of the Son,
grant us your docility to the Spirit,
your audacity and
your apostolic courage.
May we be called to follow you in
living for God's glory,
we lift our hearts in prayer;
be with us today St Emilie.
Dear Parents and Carers
Wow! To say I am proud to lead this exceptional school community is an understatement. The positive feedback we received from the wider MMPS community and members of the Cathedral was nothing but praise. We had over 350 people in attendance at Mass yesterday, for such an enormous and impressive sacred space, being the Cathedral, we filled it to capacity with our Mary’s Mount spirit!
The children from Mary’s Mount Primary School need to be commended for their reverence and acknowledgement of the sacred space they were in yesterday. Many people approached me with affirmation for the children. There was one piece of feedback that filled my heart with joy. I was approached at the conclusion of mass by a past member of the MMPS community. She commented to me on how I must be proud of my staff. She said, so often people praise the children and say how well they were on the day, but she spent time at mass observing our staff. She mentioned that she noticed the care and attention we gave each student, that the love from our staff was evident in their actions towards each other and the children.
What a priceless observation, and so very true. I thank the staff from the bottom of my heart for who they are and what they bring to our community.
The morning tea at the conclusion of mass was another success story. Thank you to the committee who coordinated this for the school. From the floral arrangements, to the amazing baking, every person who attended left will a full belly and an equally full heart.
Thank you to those who attended and who made a contribution to the collection for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition. We raised $325.
On Sunday 13 June our Year 4 students received the Body of Christ for the first time. Our Holy Family Parish was bursting with family and friends who shared in this joyous occasion. We thank Mrs Sinead Muscat and the Catechist team for our parish for preparing the children to receive this Sacrament.
SCHOOL ADVISORY CHAIR CONFERENCE
Formerly the Catholic Schools Board Chair Conference, the Catholic Schools Advisory Council Chair Conference is held bi-annually and brings advisory council chairs from Catholic schools across the State together. The conference is convened to advise chairs of the strategic direction of Catholic education, to discuss the governance, policy and regulatory environment for Catholic schools and to provide opportunities for dialogue about the context of individual school environments.
Following the establishment of CEWA Limited, the role of school advisory councils has been extensively reviewed and a key focus of the conference will be to discuss the role of parents in Catholic schools. Karen Rucchin is representing Mary’s Mount Primary School at the conference today.
Karen was asked by Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director of Catholic Education to join a panel discussion at the conference. It was an honour when I sent this request to Karen who humbly accepted the invitation. Karen spent time over the past week speaking with staff and School Advisory Council members to seek perspective for her panel presentation. We are looking forward to hearing back from Karen about the experience.
Last week, an invitation was emailed home to all families to complete a survey about our school's climate. This survey is an opportunity for you to tell us how things are going for you and your children. I would like to mention, the individual results of the survey are not shared with the school. All surveys are anonymous and the answers are managed by an independent third party who then compile the results and report on the information collectively.
All schools participate in this survey periodically, and although completion of the survey is voluntary, I encourage you all to take some time over the coming week or two and complete the survey to assist us with future planning and school improvements.
WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR SCHOOL WITH LOVING HEARTS
Throughout the year all children and staff of Mary's Mount Primary School have, under the lead of Mrs Wendy Hull-Deane created ceramic hearts. The purpose was to create Welcome Hearts at the main entry points to our school, our Front Office, Early Years area and our St Joseph Hall. Please take time to enjoy the individual hearts on display in these spaces of our school. Each heart is unique as is each individual who created it. Collectively, we are a full hearted community who welcomes all. Thank you Mrs Hull-Deane for coordinating this creative display of welcome.
FAREWELL MRS FREEMAN
This week we say goodbye to Mrs Freeman for six months as she heads off on maternity leave. We wish Mrs Freeman and her family many blessings during this joyous time and we can't wait to meet baby Freeman soon.
While Mrs Freeman is away, we are excited to have Mrs Skryzpek join us in her place for the second half of this year. Mrs Skryzpek is putting together an exciting drama program for our students while Mrs Leech will assist our students with their Catholic Performing Arts and One Big Voice preparation.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
TERM 2, WEEK 10 2021 CALENDAR
Tuesday 22 June
- Year 4 Excursion Fremantle Prison
- 7.30am Mazenod Tutoring
Wednesday 23 June
Thursday 24 June
Friday 25 June
- No Assembly
- Year 5 & 6 Lightning Carnival
- 7.45am Running Club (Week 7) (Pre-registered students only)
Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.
MUSIC WIND UP
It's been a busy Semester in the MMPS Music Classroom -
Kindy & PP students have discovered, explored, and developed their understanding of the musical elements Beat & Rhythm and High & Low. We have had a lot of fun in the music room, listening and moving to music, playing instruments, and even creating our own rhythms and compositions with the classroom instruments!!
Year 1 to Year 4 have blown me away with their enthusiasm in singing, playing with the classroom instruments, group work compositions, and excitedly trying their skills in Ukulele. What fast learners we have in lower and middle primary!!
Year 5 and 6 students round out the creative musical talents of MMPS. Their enthusiasm and willingness to try any project set individually or in groups is always exciting to witness. They have been unafraid to express their individuality in their musical creations and performances, and it's been a joy to listen to. We have also shared in some exciting discussions when listening to the film compositions of the famous John Williams.
And I cannot forget Choir! This term many of our choir members have eagerly volunteered their time to support our school community in Mass. And this does not go unnoticed, quite often learning hymns at very short notice on top of the CPAF and OBV repertoire. Their enthusiasm and commitment in preparing for this week's 100 Year Mass was nothing short of outstanding and beyond the professionalism expectations of children at Primary age. I am so proud of each individual in our 52 strong Choir. Tuesday afternoons have been an absolute joy with you! I wish you all the very best as you continue to prepare for a big Term 3 of performances.
Congratulations to Isabelle Haley for her outstanding achievement in Choir and Singing. Isabelle was selected from hundreds of solo auditions for a call back and part allocation in the upcoming One Big Voice Festival.
Congratulations to Raya Zarris for her outstanding achievements in Choir and Singing. Raya was not only selected from hundreds of solo auditions for a call back and part allocation in the upcoming One Big Voice Festival; but she was also selected to take part in the One Big Voice Studio Choir for ongoing singing opportunities.
Please take a few moments to complete a survey about Mary's Mount Primary School. All responses are confidential and will be used for school improvement purposes and planning. Simply click on the box here and enter the code PACSMM.
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.
A very special and heartfelt thanks to those wonderful families who donated items for the Cathedral Mass Morning Tea yesterday. We were overwhelmed with the support of our school community and can't thank our fantastic volunteers enough for their time and dedication to making sure this event was a great success.
To our fabulous team of volunteers who helped coordinate this event - thank you for the extra efforts you put into organising morning tea for the 250 students and staff and over 100 guests at the Cathedral. The baking, cake making, serving, set up, clean up, flowers & decorations, popcorn making and general run-around was superb!
We hope your children enjoyed the special finger buns and popcorn that was provided to the students by the P&F upon their return to school. What a way to finish the day!
Our next P&F Meeting will be held from 1.30pm on Tuesday 29th June. The school will be providing an update on the Sacred Space at this meeting and we'll also talk through several other initiatives we have coming up. We'd love to see many parents from all year groups join us for this meeting so we promise to make it interesting and fun (and you won't need to take on any jobs)!
Yours in education,
MMPS P&F Committee
GREEN TEAM UPDATE
Hi MMPS Community,
We have been going along so well so far with bringing into school our bread bags and bread tags for recycling. So far, we have already sent off a 3 kg box of bread tags.
We know how much bread our families go through with making all those delicious sandwiches for your children for school lunches.
Please save the bag and tag and place it in the bin provided in our Community Recycling Hub at school so you can not only help us be in the running for a prize but also stop them from going to nasty landfill.
The Wonder Schools Competition closes now on the new date on 2nd July 2021.
Thank you and together we make a difference.
Mrs Henderson and the Student Green Team
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 10 Friday 25 June - Volunteers Needed
Week 11 Friday 2 July - Volunteers Needed
ENROL WITH US AT MERCEDES COLLEGE!
Mercedes College is currently interviewing for Year 7 2023 & 2024, with limited places available for Year 7 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.
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