Mary's Mount Primary School
Term 2, Week 11 - 2 July 2021
NAIDOC PRAYER - Heal Country
God of all wonder,
We pause in the busyness of our days to listen deeply to the wisdom of this land and those who belong to it. May our minds be open to dialogue,
May our hearts be open to transformation and
May our hands do the work of reconciliation.
We ask that the Spirit accompany us on our journey of healing on these lands, seas and waterways.
We also ask the Spirit of peace be with all those who are living a life of fear, dispossession and distress.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus our brother and friend.
Dear Parents and Carers
‘God is the greatest trainer.
When you think you cannot give anymore, he will challenge you and ask you to give him six more. God will challenge you when he knows you have the capacity within you,
for God always believes in you.’
How relevant is this quote in our current lockdown situation. When we are presented with COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, I can become a little anxious about how things will go and what is coming at us next. I am sure I am not alone in my thinking.
What inspires me the most, are the people within our own school community and those in my family that show such courage and positivity in these times. I continue to be inspired personally by their way of still being grateful. We really do have special people living among us here at Mary’s Mount Primary School. I see signs every day of life giving energy that make us realise that there is much to be thankful for.
The one thing God will make sure happens, is that if we have not taken time out for ourselves to refuel, then he will wait for us to be ready for the next challenge. God knows our capacity. He understands us better than we understand ourselves. As a Catholic school community, we acknowledge that we are made in his likeness. When you think more deeply about this, you can see why we have unlimited potential.
This is why the quote above resonates with me. God knows our capacity. When you have given so much to your day, dinner is done and you go to sit down for half an hour to have a cuppa at 8.30 at night, and you hear your little ones call out, mum or dad, and yes, you are needing to give six more. Just be gentle on yourself. You have the capacity. I mean, God always believes in you, otherwise you would not be sent these little moments of extra effort and joy.
In the end, we are so blessed here at Mary's Mount Primary School. We have so many good people that will just continually give out goodness. It is what allows us to be who we are. Not saying everything is easy, but so much is done with gentleness. For this I know we are all grateful. We only need look at our kids each morning and realise it is all worth it. During these next couple of weeks of holidays, do look after yourself and your families. It has once again been a busy term with many things achieved by our students in their learning.
May we all find the time of rest that is needed for us to be our best self for others. Take care and we very much look forward to seeing you back in Term 3. Exciting times ahead!
STUDENT REPORTS: Pre-Primary to Year 6
Student reports were distributed online via SEQTA Engage on Monday. If you have not yet logged into the system, you will need to via the 'Welcome' email that has been sent to all parents. Please note, hard copies of reports will no longer be sent home, so please ensure you download and save your child's reports from the system.
3-WAY INTERVIEWS – Year 1-Year 6
We will be conducting 3-way interviews in Week 2 and 3 of Term 3. Your child’s teacher will be in contact to organise interview times.
I wish you all a fun, safe holiday and hope you are able to spend some quality family time together. See you next term!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
TERM 3, WEEK 1 2021 CALENDAR
- Term 3 Commences - Students & Staff Return to School
Tuesday 20 July
- 7.30am Mazenod Tutoring
- Y5 Excursion - Mundaring Hills Discovery Centre
Wednesday 21 July
- Y5 Growth & Development Student Workshop
- LIFELINK Crazy Hair and Free Dress Day for Gold Coin Donation
Thursday 22 July
Friday 23 July
- 9am NAIDOC Paraliturgy - school hall. All welcome.
Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.
To commemorate our centenary, we are selling personalised bricks. This is your opportunity to create a long-lasting legacy with a personalised engraved brick to be laid into the crucifix pathway of our Sacred Space.
Did you know that our P&F Committee has provided over $13,000 in funding for various school programs, projects and initiatives just this Term? Those items include full funding of the 'Highway Heroes' program, purchasing a large new shadesail to cover the Oval Playground area, four new chess sets for the school's 'Chess Club', plants, materials and machine hire for the school Nature Playground, 'Bush Tucker' plants for our school garden, plants and materials for the school Harmony Garden, venue hire costs and in-kind support of the Cathedral Mass Morning Tea and we've also donated $2000 to the school to purchase new books for the school Library!
These initiatives couldn't have been supported without the great fundraising ability of our families and local community so a very big thank you to every family that has supported our P&F and school fundraisers and events this year - our Big Splash Welcome Party, Tuition Fee Raffle, Lapathon, Mothers Day Stall, Easter Raffle, Nature Playground Busy Bee, Welcome Morning Tea and Cathedral Mass Morning Tea. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated by us all and demonstrates that when we all work together and put a little cash in, we can do great things for our school which benefits every student now, and many into the future!
We wish every family a very happy and safe school holidays and look forward to a wonderful Term 3.
Yours in education,
MMPS P&F Committee
This term we have delved into our new Social and Emotional program, 'Highway Heroes' and 'Little Highway Heroes'. We have focussed on Module 2 'Connecting for Friendships" which teaches children how to make and keep friends along the Social Highway of life.
Not every child is a social butterfly and is able to make friends with ease and not every child knows how to grow their friendship base and then to sort out the to-be-expected friendship bumps along that journey.
Knowing how to make a friend and to join in is an essential skill for every child – one that they’re going to need throughout their primary school years and beyond.
Throughout the term, students have enjoyed learning about how to identify a bump or a hazard and specific tools they can use to assist them, like the Friendliness SPICE, the triples A's of Assert, Accept and Argue when dealing with normal and nasty refusals, as well as how to identify friendship flare ups on a scale consisting of a zero, spark, flame or fire. Students have learnt about super thinking and stinking thinking and the importance of straight talk for friendship flare ups by using an assert response. Many classes enjoyed creating and sharing role plays and our Year One class shared a fantastic assembly item with us earlier in the term about the Friendliness Spice.
The program has allowed multiple opportunities for students to actively practise skills that increase their friendliness, social acceptance, and ability to manage friendships that are sometimes difficult.
We created a wellness walkway outside the administration block, our 'MMPS Family Highway of Life' and every student in Pre-Primary to year 6 enjoyed drawing their face and adding their vehicle to the highway.
Stay tuned for more updates on Highway Heroes next term as we delve deeper into the module.
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 3, please contact Michelle Sanderson or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on to Michelle.
Every Friday in Term 3 - Volunteers Needed
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 😊.
Chapel Roster Coordinator
SEASONS FOR GROWTH PROGRAM
We are ready for our second round of Seasons for Growth to start early Term Three. This time we are looking for children in year 3-4.
"Seasons for Growth" focuses on learning to live with change and loss. The work is motivated by Mary MacKillop’s principle, “Never see a need without doing something about it.”
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Mary's Mount Primary School we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence early 2021. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need the practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The programme focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Some families will receive an invitation in the near future with more details about the Seasons for Growth programme. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the programme.
Mary's Mount Primary School is pleased to be able to offer this important programme and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved.
If you require further information please contact Miss DeMarte (Program Coordinator and Companion).
Karlie De Marte
Season's For Growth Coordinator & Year 5 Teacher
SCHOOL HOLIDAY HOUSEKEEPING
Please also ensure all uniforms are clearly labeled with your child's name, especially if you have purchased second hand items.
Thank you in advance.
2021 BOOK FAIR
This year’s Book Fair will run in Term 3 Wednesday 4 August to Wednesday 11 August 2021.
The books will arrive on Wednesday 4 August 2021. The students will view books on this day.
Library will be open to sell the books between 8.20am to 9am & 3pm to 3.30pm on:
- Thursday 5 August
- Friday 6 August
- Monday 9 August
- Tuesday 10 August
- Wednesday 11 August (Final Day)
We hope to see you in the library!
BOOK WEEK - 23 AUGUST to 27 AUGUST
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 - Thursday 26 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.
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!
CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENTS WESTERN AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE
The 2021 CSPWA Conference Dinner and Awards of Excellence will take place on Friday 6th August at The Astral Crown, followed by a half-day Conference on Saturday 7th August. The theme of the Conference is “Put your Own Mask on First” with a focus on parents looking after themselves first before others.
The cost of the pre-Conference dinner is $99/person and the Conference is $49/person for affiliated schools and $99/per person for non-affiliated schools. We will be offering a discounted price to affiliated schools of $130/person to attend both events.
MERCEDES COLLEGE PRESENTS ANNIE
Annie is one of the best known and loved musicals of all time. Set in 1930s New York City, Annie is an orphan who never gives up hope that one day she will find her parents and sticks to her belief that tomorrow will always be a better day. Annie goes on a series of adventures, meeting Sandy the dog and millionaire Oliver Warbucks and eventually finds the family she has always been looking for. Big production numbers, huge cast and lots of fun and laughs are in this show. Bring along your students and join in the fun of Annie.
Mercedes College is renowned for their outstanding musicals. More than 100 students will perform this musical at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.
To book tickets please visit www.ticketek.com or contact Ticketek directly on 1300 364 001.
We hope to see you there!
SWAN VIEW SHOW - STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
The Swan View Show Committee would like to invite your students to participate in this years' show to be held on 4 September 2021 at Brown Park Swan View by entering in the poster competition. First prize $20.
Posters should be on A4 size paper and include an agricultural theme - farm animals, rides and slides, farm machinery etc. The name of the artist, and the name of the school should be included, preferably on the front for all to see and acknowledge.
Posters can be mailed to the address below or dropped off at Unit 34, 6 Keane Street Midland. Closing date is Friday 27 August 2021, 5pm.
Please get in touch if you have any queries. We look forward to receiving lots of entries.
Swan View & Districts Agricultural & Arts Society Inc.
P O Box 1051
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