Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 3, Week 5 - 19 August 2022

** Mon 22 August - School Closed - Pupil Free Day **

This Monday is a Catholic Day for staff and students. MMPS will be closed including the office.

'In the spirit of reconciliation, Mary’s Mount Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.'

Prayer for Confirmation Candidates


You send out Your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people,

so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent.

Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation as they listen to Your voice.

Open their hearts to Your Spirit and bring to fulfillment the good work

that You have begun in them.

As we prepare these children for Confirmation, make each of us an instrument of Your love.

Teach us to appreciate what is holy in others,

and to be patient with what we do not understand.

Deepen our faith in the Gospel and help us to pass it on by our example.

We pray that You will continue to guide us and sustain us.

Through Christ our Lord,



Dear Parents and Carers


Parents, families, and carers are a child's first and most important teachers. When families and schools work together children’s learning is enhanced.

Parents and families play an important role in supporting their child's education. Research has shown that when schools and families work together, children:

  • do better
  • stay in school longer
  • are more engaged with their schoolwork
  • go to school more regularly
  • behave better
  • have better social skills.

Please know that we are a phone call or email away if you, as a parent or carer need extra support in your role. We, as a school, can offer a listening ear, confidential support, and care for you if you are in need. As a connected community, we work in harmony.

Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It's as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both. Brene Brown


On Thursday of this week our Year 6 Confirmation candidates met with the Very Reverend Father Peter Whitely, our Vicar General who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for our students on Friday 26 August. We ask you to keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers. We thank Mr Stephen Sorgiovanni for preparing the children to receive this Sacrament. The children in Year 6 were highly engaged in the conversation with Father Whitely and gave insightful answers to all questions asked.


If you need to organise a time to meet with your child’s teacher, please make sure that it is pre organised. The reason for this is that you can be prepared for the meeting as can the classroom teacher. Dropping in before school or catching a teacher at the end of the day does not allow for a productive discussion. The staff of Mary’s Mount Primary School are dedicated to the ongoing learning journey of your child and wish for positive and purposeful discussions when they are required.


Congratulations Maisie (Year 6) on being awarded the Tenant's Choice Award at the Angelico Art Exhibition for WA Catholic Primary Schools on Tuesday night for her piece 'Still Life In Time'.

We are super proud of your achievement Maisie and know Mrs Hull-Deane was also very excited. Each year Mrs Hull-Deane enters a number of student pieces to the annual exhibition, but this is the first time we have had a winner.


This coming weekend is a long weekend. Monday 22 August is our Catholic Day which means there is no school for students or staff. We encourage you to take time as a family to enjoy this extra day to reconnect and recharge for the last 5 weeks of Term 3.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your extra day off on Monday. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday 23 August.

God bless

Emma Bell

Be the best part of someone else's day - Ben Crowe


Click here to view the Updated Term Planner for Term 3 - Last Updated 11 August 2022


Monday 22 August ** Pupil Free Day / Catholic Day - School Closed **

Tuesday 23 August

  • 7.30am: Homework Club (MMPS Library)
  • 8.20am - 8.30am: Prayerful Moments - Chapel Open
  • 11.15am - 12.45pm: Catholic Performing Arts Y2 & Choir Performance (The Vasto Club, Balcatta)

Wednesday 24 August - BOOK WEEK DRESS UP DAY

  • 9.00am: Book Week DRess Up Parade, School Hall
  • 1.45pm: Book Week Incursion

Thursday 25 August

  • 8.20am - 8.30am: Prayerful Moments - Chapel Open
  • 9.30am: Confirmation Rehearsal @ Holy Family Parish Kalamunda

Friday 26 August

  • 8.00am - 8.30am: FAM Club (Fun & Fitness at Mary's Mount)
  • 9.00am: Pre Primary Assembly & Merits with St Emilie Award
  • 6.00pm: Sacrament of Confirmation, Year 6 students, Holy Family Parish Kalamunda
Snapshots@ Mary's Mount Term 3 Week 5


A reminder that the MMPS Choir will be performing at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival next week.

Tuesday, August 23rd

11.15am-12.45pm (time slot)

at The Vasto Club

(5 Vasto Pl, Balcatta)

Dress Code:

Students will need to be in their Full Winter School Uniform - as detailed in my email.

Travel Arrangements:

We will be travelling to the venue by bus. Departing Mary’s Mount at 10.15am and arriving back at school by 1.30pm.Students will be given time for recess prior to departing school; and on return will have their lunch.

Audience information:

Parents and family are welcome to attend by purchasing tickets below:

Scroll down to find the date and session time listed above

Performance Works:

Students commenced rehearsal in the second half of Term 2 on two pieces of work. I encourage the students to play the songs at home and read through the lyrics several times before our Tuesday performance.

If your child is in the choir and you didn't receive an email from me with this information please email me asap. Please don't hesitate to contact the Office or myself with any questions.

Thank you,

Stephanie Freeman

Music Teacher



This year's theme is “DREAMING WITH EYES OPEN“. Dress up day is next Wed 24 August and will start with a parade in the school hall at 9am, and parents are welcome to come along. Children and staff are encouraged to wear their pyjamas!

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Our Year 6 students will be celebrating their Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, August 26th at our School Parish:

Year 6 Confirmation Mass

Holy Family Kalamunda Church

6.00pm Mass

(meet Mrs Freeman in Choir area from 5.45pm)

Neat, Smart-casual Dress

This is a request for Choir Students from Year 3, 4 and 5 to join us on the evening to provide musical support for our Year 6's on their special occasion.

Hymns and parts of the mass sung are well known to all our students and a Confirmation Choir rehearsal will occur at school next week prior to the Mass (during school time).

Could you please complete the forms link attached to RSVP your Choir member/s' attendance on the evening?

Stephanie Freeman

Music Teacher


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This information session is all about how your child learns Mathematics in Primary School. Research confirms that communication and collaboration between school and home is a key determining factor in the success of your child at school.

Ben Saulsman from Catholic Education Western Australia will be explaining how we teach and assess Mathematics in school and then we will be playing a few mathematical games.

We would love to share these insights with you. Come and listen to the information, have a glass of wine and some cheese, and play a couple of fun games!

Tuesday 30 August, 6pm - St Joseph's Hall

Please click on the link below to RSVP.
Maths Parent Evening

Karlie Meadows and Kris Williams
MMPS Y4 & Maths Coordinator

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Tickets are selling fast for the upcoming parent event so be sure to not delay, and reserve your tickets soon!

This event is for all families of MMPS. You can even bring other friends or invite past families who aren't current parents of our school community if you would like to - just purchase additional tickets via under the 'events' tab.

A bar will be available on the night with EFT faciliities. There will also be a raffle and silent auctions, and entertainment too.

Request for Donations

We are still requesting donations for the raffle and prizes. If you would like donate something for the raffle or auction that will be taking place on the night, please let us know via our P&F email or drop it to the school office.

Are you a Current Approved Manager? We need you...

Putting the call out to anyone that may have or know someone with a current Approved Managers card and would be willing to donate their time in support of the P+F parent night on Friday 16th September? Please get in touch with Belinda Adams or Linzi Moore to chat more about it or email us via the P&F email. Thank you !!


We have a busy Term 3 and 4 coming up with the following events and activities planned, so please be on the lookout for more information as these events come around. A sepcial thank you and shout out to all of the many hands and volunteers who make all of these events happen!

Term 3

  • P&F Father's Day Stall - Wednesday 31 August
  • P&F Father's Day Breakfast & Prayer Service - Friday 2 September
  • Special Lunch Order (Athletics Carnival Day) - Wednesday 7 September
  • MMAD's Bonfire - Saturday 10 September, 6pm - 9pm
  • P&F Parent Event 'A Night In White' - Friday 16 September
  • Science Incursion for students in 4K - Y6 (funded by the P&F) - Monday 16 September
  • P&F Student Disco - End of Term - Friday 23 September (after school)

Term 4

  • P&F Colour Run - Wednesday 26 October
  • School Open Night (Food available) - Thursday 3 November
  • P&F AGM & Thank You Sundowner - Tuesday 22 November 5.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Christmas Concert & Thanksgiving Mass (Pizza Orders) - Friday 2 December

NEXT P&F Meeting : Tuesday 13 September @ 1.30pm

MMPS P&F Committee


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Have you heard your child talking about interactions with their peers in the following ways?

  • She’s the worst friend EVER
  • He is ALWAYS saying or doing that
  • No one EVER lets me pick the game!

We can all tend to engage in what we call ‘all of nothing thinking’, which is when we focus on only the difficult or negative parts of a situation or relationship and ignore the positives, or the times that things went well. It is difficult for us as parents to know exactly what happens in social interactions for our children at school. But if you are hearing a lot of these ‘all or nothing’ statements from your child, it might be a clue that they need some help with reframing their ‘all or nothing’ thoughts.

In the Highway Hero’s program students are taught about managing their ‘Drama Llama’ thinking when it comes to their friendships. Students are taught to think about whether their reaction to the problem was proportionate to the situation, or whether perhaps their reaction was only focussed on the negative.

The authors of Highway Hero’s outline some ideas of how parents can help their children when they suspect that ‘Drama Llama’ thinking might be showing up

Monitor - your own response to situations. Are you prone to dramatic reactions or ‘all or nothing’ thinking yourself? Modelling calm behaviour and responses – that are proportionate to the situation- is doing a great deal towards helping your child to do the same.

Manage - your child’s heightened response to a situation. Talk about whether ‘Drama Llama’ thinking is showing up and model what a calmer, more helpful and less dramatic response would be. Help your child to practise moderating their response and noticing the positive parts of the interactions with their friends, not just focusing on what was challenging for them.

Teach - calming strategies. The Triple B’s- Breathing, Brain and Body remind your child to calm themselves before delivering their response. Breathing in 1-2-3 and breathing out 1-2-3. Get into some Supa Thinkin- “This is what I enjoyed today’. And then relax the body.

Emphasise - that how we think about something, makes a very big difference to whether we see it as a difficulty that can be solved or a problem that’s going to demolish us. Make this awareness a high priority in your household- and live by it yourself as an adult. Use difficulties that crop up in everyday life as an opportunity to give your children a window into the ways in which we can think about situations and respond to them in a helpful, measured way.

Mrs Julie Merrells

MMPS Social Worker



This term we managed to get through, but we are in great need of helpers for Term 3 and Term 4. Without helpers in our canteen, we can't provide yummy lunches for our students. So if you can help out mums or dads (or a grandparent or other relative), even for just a few hours, please either contact me or let the school office know via

No experience necessary. Lunch and a cuppa provided. New volunteers welcome - I would love to meet you - and the children love to see mum or dad helping out in the canteen.

Term 3

Friday 26 August

Friday 2 September

Friday 9 September

Friday 16 September

Thank you.

Angeline Biggin


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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 : Mary Syme

Current Parish Bulletin :


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