St Mary's School Donnybrook

2022 Term 4 Week 8

We want our students to graduate as confident, capable and compassionate members of society who lead with their head, their heart and their hands

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Dates to Remember

Thursday 1 December: Kindy 2023 Orientation Day

Friday 2 December @ 9am: Final Assembly for Year 6 Graduating Class

Friday 2 December: P&F Pizza Meal Deal

Wednesday 7 December @ 5.30pm: Graduation Liturgy and Awards Evening on the Basketball Court (or in the church if the weather doesn't co-operate)

Friday 9 December @ 9am: Whole School Thanksgiving Mass - parents welcome

Friday 9 December: Last day of school for 2022 for students


Sunday 18 December @ 5pm: Combined Churches Christmas Carols at All Saints Anglican Church Donnybrook

Saturday 24 December @ 6pm: Christmas Vigil

Sunday 25 December @ 8.30am: Christmas Mass Capel

Sunday 25 December @ 10am: Christmas Mass Donnybrook


Wednesday 1 February: First day of school Term 1

A note from the Principal

Dear Parents & Caregivers

A Christmas Reflection

Christmas is often a very busy time for families. It is a time to catch up with loved ones who are often far away, to share meals together and to celebrate the holiday period. It can be easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas.

First and foremost, Christmas is about Love. God loved us and so He gave us His most precious gift, Jesus. Christmas is a time where we are called to come together and to love one another. The love that we share in our human relationships with others is a reflection of the love of God, calling us to give of ourselves for others.

At Christmas, we remember that Jesus was born in poverty, and this is a reminder that we are called to look for the face of Christ in the poor. This may be our family and friends, it may be our neighbours, and it may be reaching out to those far and wide. Love can look like a gift, a cup of coffee, a handheld or even a smile shared.

Christmas is also about forgiveness. Love takes commitment and work, and sometimes we don't get it right. We're not perfect. But with God there is forgiveness, and second chances. Christmas is a time of renewal, of fresh starts, of forgiving others and of coming together.

So, this Christmas take the time to breathe and slow down. Remember what Christmas is about, reach out to those in need, forgive those who may have done wrong by you, and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

Finally, our student leaders will be collecting non-perishable items to give to the Church for their Christmas hamper appeal. The Church aims to reach out to those in our community who need a little extra support this Christmas. If you are able to help in any way, please bring your donations to your child's classroom.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe and enjoyable holiday break with your loved ones.

Parents & Friends and School Advisory Council Annual Community Meetings

Last week, our Parents and Friends and School Advisory Council Annual Community Meetings were held. The minutes from these meetings can be found on our school website under the School Information tab. Again, thank you to those on the P&F and the SAC for their support and counsel this year.

Nativity and Christmas Concert

Last week we held our annual Nativity and Christmas concert. The night provided a great opportunity to celebrate our faith, our students and the year that has been 2022. Thank you to our teachers whose efforts ensured our students were well prepared and the night ran smoothly. Thank you also to Taryn Lindsay for her energy and dance instruction. It truly was a great night.

Final Assembly

This coming Friday 2nd December at 9am will be our final assembly for the year. This assembly will provide us the opportunity to say goodbye to our Year 6 students as they prepare for their next schooling journey. We will also be playing the graduation slideshow and showcasing a fun catwalk experience for them. I encourage all parents of Year 6 students to attend.

Graduation and Awards Liturgy

Our Graduation and Awards Liturgy will be held on Wednesday 7th December at 5:30pm. All students are expected to attend. This event will be a Liturgy so it will be shorter than last year’s Mass. The end of year awards, graduation certificates and 2023 leaders will also be announced. This will be outside on the basketball court if possible, and in the Church if inclement weather. The graduation slideshow will not be played as quality of viewing cannot be guaranteed outside.

Thanksgiving Mass

Our final Thanksgiving Mass for 2022 will be held at 9am on Friday 9th December. Parents are invited to join us.


Mrs Wright has been working very hard to coordinate our choir and the students have thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. On Saturday 10th December, our choir will be singing at the Lions Club Community Carols at 7pm. This promises to be a great opportunity to showcase our students and highlight some of the opportunities provided at St Mary’s. Make sure to get along, support the choir and enjoy a fun community event together.

P&F My Child’s Artwork Fundraiser

Information regarding 'My Child’s Artwork' fundraiser was sent home earlier this week. By logging on using the details provided, you can purchase a number of different items with your child’s artwork printed on them. The money raised will go to the P&F. If you did not receive the information, please contact the office.

Bush Fire Emergency

Please be advised that St Mary's is within a Bush Fire risk area. In the event of a bush fire, we have processes in place for the safe evacuation of our students and the reunification of them to their parents.


St Mary’s has had a number of new enrolments for the commencement of 2023. If you are interested in joining a thriving community, making the most of the low fees initiative, or seeking a quality Catholic education for your child then phone 97324700 to secure your spot.

Mr Andrew Gammon


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