Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 1, Week 3 - Friday 19 February 2021


God of hope and compassion,
You remind us of the need to turn away from our own desires, and to care for our neighbours throughout the world.
We pray that during this time of Lent, we may grow in understanding of the challenges faced by those who do not have much in our world as we make a home for them in our hearts.

As we think about the challenges of others, help us to challenge ourselves to ‘Be More’ kind, more generous, more courageous and more compassionate. Be with us as we walk side by side with our global brothers and sisters.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The pillar of focus this week is CHRIST.

We live, teach and learn through Christ by following the Gospel message of love, vigilance in pryer and devoted sacramental celebration.

Since the beginning of this year I have witnessed God moments every day. I see Jesus in the way children treat each other and especially in the way they have welcomed me into their community. Each day I feel the Spirit of Jesus and I find God Moments happening around me. This Lenten season is an opportunity for us all to practice God Moments in our interactions with others.


For 2021, Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion theme is ‘Be More’. It challenges us to venture into a new experience of compassion, and is taken from the invitation of St Oscar Romero, to “Aspire not to have more, but to BE more.”

Our challenge to ‘Be More’ takes us beyond ourselves. This Lent, you are encouraged to make simple lifestyle changes and act for social and environmental justice, so that you may ‘Be More’ in your own lives and in the lives of others.


On February 16th (Shrove Tuesday), Mrs Bell, Mr Smith and The School Leaders Isabelle Haley, Ava McDougall and Niamh Tallon were chosen to attend and represent our school, Mary’s Mount Primary School, at the Caritas Donation Event hosted at Corpus Christi College.

The day started with a very special Smoking Celebration held by a descendant of the Wadjak Noongar Boodjar. The Smoking Celebration was a bit similar to a natural incense. Special native plants were smoked and spread around the room with a feather from an eagle found in America.

Everyone was then brought in for a Mass that included Prayers of the Faithful led by students of Corpus Christi and Holy Communion was given by students too and the priests.

After the Mass, every school, including us, was then invited to enjoy some yummy recess. This included pancakes, a fruit cup, a choice of different toppings and whipped cream and a juice box. We surprisingly met some of the former Year Sixes, Cristal Bazioli and Brooklyn North they now attend Mercedes.

After recess we learnt about the people who use Caritas. A lady called Jamila had to flee her country, Myanmar, and walk for six days with her daughter in her arms. She arrived at a camp in Bangladesh. They explained to us how it was very muddy and rainy at first. It’s hard to believe how horrible it would be to flee your country without any supplies and carry your own child on foot.

The girls worked in separate groups with different people from different schools and thought of ideas to fundraise, raise awareness and giving equality. We talked to people that are associated with Caritas and asked them questions. They were answered by a very important lady with Caritas on a zoom call as she was in Sydney and couldn’t attend the Caritas Event. After a long day of learning about a special donating curriculum, the girls, Mrs Bell and Mr Smith returned to school with their minds happy and fulfilled with knowledge.

Ava McDougall, Izzy Haley and Niamh Tallon

Year 6 School Leaders


Thank you to those who attended the information session on Tuesday evening. It was an opportunity for me to introduce myself and share my vision for MMPS. Mary's Mount Primary School is focussing on the development of a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for 2021. This program is called Highway Heroes.It is a research-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum developed by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange. Highway heroes teaches children fundamental skills for social, emotional and learning wellbeing and comes with its very own language. It is fun, practical and inclusive. The registration link to the parent information session is further down in the newsletter. Please consider coming along to learn about how you can continue the Highway Heroe's language in your homes.

The link to the principal address is below;

The teachers also had an opportunity to share classroom practices and expectation for the year. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all educators at Mary's Mount Primary School. The amount of time and energy it takes to prepare for such an evening is endless. I have received some lovely emails from the school community affirming my address and the efforts of the teachers. thank you to those who have been in touch. It is affirming to know that the message has been positively received.


I met with Kate MacRae during the week to discuss the completion of Phase 2 of the Nature Playground. Kate was able to share with me the history of the wonderful work of volunteer parents and friends of MMPS who dreamed and created such a great play area for the children of this school. During our conversation I could feel Kate's passion and drive for the project, which marries so well with my educational philosophy.

Over the coming weeks you will hear about a Busy Bee that will be held on Saturday 27 March.

We would love as many volunteers as possible to finish this fabulous community project!


For those who do not know, Miss Karlie De Marte had some exciting news to share when we returned to school this year. During the January holidays she got engaged. Congratulations, Karlie and we wish you all the best!


Ex-students of Mary's Mount Primary School who went on to study at Mazenod and St Bridget's had great success in their 2020 ATAR results. We congratulate William Bidstrup, Samuel Edmands and Melissa Chester for all achieving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank greater than 90, placing them in the top 10% of the 2020 Year 12 population. Well done to all!

I hope you have a happy and restful weekend.

God bless,

Emma Bell


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4;13


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Monday 22 February
  • 9am - 10.45am - Cottage Playgroup
  • Return paperwork to admin including sacramental forms, photo & excursion permission forms & IT forms.

Tuesday 23 February

  • 6pm - School Advisory Council meeting

Wednesday 24 February

  • School Photo Day - Staff @ 8am / Family photos @ 8.30am

Thursday 25 February

Friday 26 February

  • Canteen Closed
  • Merit Assembly & St Emilie Award
** CURRENT TERM 1 PLANNER - Updated 19 February **

Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planner, also available on our website.


We’re all travellers along life’s busy highway – some ups, downs and detours along the way. Helping your child to learn the skills to grow their resilience factors, to be a good friend – and to have good friends too, to know how to stick up for themselves and how to manage those big feelings when they settle in will help them zoom along towards being self-accepting, happy and flourishing.

Come along and join in finding out about the Highway Heroes program that will teach your child these skills and how you can use the Highway Heroes language of wellbeing in your home.

Highway Heroes is a research-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum developed by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, drawing on a collective 60 years of clinical experience with hundreds of thousands of children and their families. It’s used in hundreds of schools around Australia – and around the world too! Highway Heroes teaches children fundamental skills for social, emotional and learning wellbeing and comes with its very own language.

It’s fun, practical and inclusive and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.



Places are limited and are already filling fast - RSVP your attendance here.

For more information, please ask your teacher, or contact the school office.

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All completed Payment Options Advice forms were due back to the office today - 19 February 2021, regardless of the payment option chosen. It is important every family completes and returns the form, as we will be required to follow up any families who have not yet returned the paperwork. If you haven't returned this form, please send it in to school on Monday.


These forms were sent home this week and are due back at school this Monday 19 February.


Order forms for school photos were also sent home this week. School photos can be ordered online. If you would like family photos (a group photo of your children who are currently enrolled at MMPS), you will need to collect a 'family photo' order form from the school office and return it, including payment by Monday.

COLLECTION NOTICE - for parents/guardians 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) would like to advise you that a request has been made for your child’s school to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth).

The school is required to provide the department with the following information about each student at the school: • Names and residential addresses of students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s) • Student residential address (excluding student names) • Whether the student is a primary or secondary student (education level) • Whether the student is boarding or a day student (boarding status).

Your child’s school generates a unique and unidentifiable record number for each student record. The number is only used by the school for this collection. It is not allowed to be used for any other purpose. The number indicates to the department that each record provided is for one student.

Please click here to view the full details in regards to this Collection Notice including it's Purpose and Use and Disclosure of information.

Thank you for your assistance with all of this beginning of the year paperwork. If you are missing anything or have any questions, please contact us in the school office.

School Administration

T. 9290 5200


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MMPS Digital Technologies

On Thursday, our Year 5 and Year 6 classes learned all about Algorithms in Digital Technologies. The students scanned a QR code and completed an Answer Garden brainstorm as a class. Students used ScratchJr to code an algorithm and create an interactive game. It was so much fun, and they are really looking forward to our next Digital Technologies lesson.

What is an Algorithm?

An algorithm is a set of guidelines that describes how to perform a task. Think of an algorithm as step-by-step instructions that create a predictable pattern in a set of numbers or in lines of code.

Mrs Muscat

ICT Learning Area Coordinator


We came away from the Parent Information Night feeling so blessed to have a wonderful new leadership team at the school and such devoted teaching staff who are obviously so passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated to their roles in supporting and guiding our children on their journey through school this year - and we hope you did too.

Both the school and P&F hope that all parents will join us in coming together in our 100th year to be actively involved in the school and support the various educational and social initiatives that will be hosted by the school this year. Research shows that when parents are more engaged in their child's learning and take an active role in school activities, there is an increase in motivation, good behavior and higher educational outcomes for students. We like to call it 'Parents as Partners'! There will be many opportunities to participate in supporting your child's class activities this year, and many opportunities to participate in P&F initiatives - so please be involved where you can. We all lead busy lives and understand that not everyone can provide time, we just ask that you help where you can. Every little bit helps!

We look forward to welcoming all families to our Big Splash Welcome Back Party on Saturday 6th March from 3-6pm at school. More information on this event will be sent home next week.

Yours in education,

MMPS P&F Committee


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CANTEEN NEWS - Closed Until Notified

Please note, the school canteen will not be open at this point in time until further notice. Thanks for your understanding.

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Registrations for the 2021 Winter Netball Season are now open.

Net Set Go - for girls & boys from pre primary to year 5

NETSETGO Registration link

Juniors - for girls and boys aged 11 to 17 years

Played at Ray Owen Sports Complex Saturdays from May to September. Training sessions are held at Ray Owen or Maida Vale courts.

Boys Saturday Competition - This is for 12 to 15 year old’s. Following last year's competition, KDNA are hoping to invite other associations to participate so potentially this competition could be a Home and Away format.

Junior Registration link


Applications are invited from students entering Years 7 and 10 in 2022 to sit the St Brigid’s College Scholarship Examinations. For further information and to download an Application Form, please visit the College website:

Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday, 5th March. The Examination date is Saturday, 20th March 2021. Please return the completed Application Form to the Principal’s Assistant via email -

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Lesmurdie Mazenod Junior Cricket Club (LMJCC) is currently seeking players for our Junior Blasters and Master Blasters competitions for the second half of the season which run through to the end of March.

JUNIOR BLASTERS Ages 5-7 | 60 mins

Junior Blasters is for kids learning the basic skills of cricket with participants building their skills through fun, game based activities. The games are designed for small groups to ensure that every child gets a go, allowing them to test and learn new skills. When they have mastered the basics they will be ready to graduate to Master Blasters where they can play modified games of cricket. All equipment is provided and parents can join in the fun. Fees are inclusive of a Junior Blasters pack (includes a t-shirt with your child’s name on it and bucket hat in your choice of Big Bash team colour, bat & ball, personalised bat sticker sheet & progression tracker.)

MASTER BLASTERS Ages 7-10 | 90 mins

Master Blasters is a fun, social, safe cricket program for boys and girls who can bowl with a straight arm over 14m. It is much shorter than traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time. All the equipment is supplied and the games usually take place at the same venue each week. The modified format ensures that everyone gets a chance to bat, bowl and field. Fees are inclusive of a Master Blasters pack (includes LMJCC club playing shirt, Big Bash player cap in your choice of Big Bash team colour & progression tracker.)

Further information can be found on our website and on our Facebook page (@LesmurdieMazenodJCC).

Please direct your registration enquiries to the Registrar, Suzie Zuber, at

General enquiries about the LMJCC can be directed to the Secretary, Gary Warden, at

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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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