Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 4, Week 1 - 15 October 2021

A PRAYER FOR HAPPINESS

Father,

Please help me to rest in your happiness, To allow a smile to linger on my lips, To dwell within a wonderful memory, To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope, To engage with life in all its variety, To take in the beauty of others joys, To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith, To carry the truth close in my heart always, To rejoice at new life and To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy, To taste the kindness of friendship, To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss A single drop of heaven, To catch each moment And drink in the great joy of life.

Amen.

PRINCIPAL'S NEWS

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Mary's Mount Primary School,


Welcome back to Term 4! I trust that the holidays granted you time for rest and relaxation as a family. I certainly enjoyed my family time, long walks, and catching up with friends. The best part about my holiday was not waking to an alarm every morning. Another highlight for me during the holidays was celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday. It was a beautiful fun-filled evening where she was surrounded by significant adults and friends who have contributed to her becoming a generous, compassionate, warm-hearted young lady. For my husband and me, it was a time to reflect on just how quickly those 21 years have gone. Wrap your arms around your children and hold them tight in your loving care. The years you have with them go in a heartbeat.


TERM 4 PLANNER

The Term 4 Planner has been updated with all of our activities and important events for the rest of the year. Please take a moment to have a look at the planner and diarise. The planner is always linked to the school newsletter, but you can also always find the current planner on our school website under the 'Our Parents' menu.


MMPS COMMUNITY MEETING - 8 November, Monday

Two session times are available 9am for coffee and cake and conversation or 6pm for wine and cheese and conversation.


I am seeking your feedback and input on how we move forward as a community. The topics to be covered at both sessions are;


  • School Uniforms
  • Homework
  • Climate Survey Data - help us form the School Improvement goals for 2022
  • Early Years Outdoor Learning Environment


Andrew Thomas, the landscape designer who has developed the concept design for the Early Years Outdoor Learning space will be presenting the Mary's Mount Report at the 9am community meeting. I will be sharing this same information with those who can make the Community Meeting at 6pm.


Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and will value add to the decision-making processes.


OUT OF SCHOOL CARE – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

I have been approached by parents who are interested in Mary’s Mount Primary School investigating the viability of having an Out of School Care facility at our school. I am aware that this was investigated a few years ago and with growing interest, it is important for me to survey the school community.


The form below will be open for MMPS community members to access until Friday 22 October.

https://forms.office.com/r/h90bUy0EJ1


STAFFING NEWS

It is with mixed emotions that I share this news with you. Devina Branche and Tamara Ellenbroek have accepted permanent positions at Salvado College and will be leaving the MMPS family at the conclusion of 2021.


Devina and Tamara bring tremendous skill sets to their craft of teaching and we will miss them but wish them all the best in their new adventures. I am sure the MMPS family will make their last term with us extra special.


SOCIAL WORKER - Coming to MMPS in 2022

I am excited to announce that we will be welcoming Julie Merrills to the MMPS family for the start of 2022. Julie has worked in Catholic schools as a social worker for the past seven years and brings much experience in developing programs and initiatives to help students build resilience and life skills. Julie has expressed to me how excited she is to be joining the Mary's Mount community and looks forward to meeting the students and their families. Julie is passionate about supporting students and families through challenging seasons.


YEAR 6 CAMP

Next week our Year 6 students will be heading off on their annual camp. During the week, Mrs Leech, Mr Smith and I will all be spending some time at the camp with our students. I wish them a fun week and pray for good weather!


GIRLS TOILETS

At the end of the last term, it came to my attention that toilets were left in a state that was not appropriate. If this occurs again, I will need to put into place restrictions to the area, where children will not enter without adult supervision. I do not wish for this to happen, as it will be inconvenient for all involved. I request that you take time with your chil/children to discuss the importance of respecting ourselves, others, and our school property.


CONDOLENCES

It is with sadness that I share this news with you. Yesterday a funeral was held for Louisa Sizer who passed away suddenly over the school holidays. Louisa was the secretary at the Holy Family Parish for the past five years and was a great supporter and organiser who assisted in our relationship with the parish. Louisa's family is well known in the hills and St Brigid's community, with some family members part of our own school community. Louisa's happy, positive, and friendly personality was testament at her funeral yesterday that was overflowing out the doors of the Holy Family Parish. Our thoughts and prayers are with Louisa, her family, friends, parishioners, and all who knew her.


God Bless.

Emma Bell

Principal


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4;13

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TERM 4, WEEK 2 2021 CALENDAR

Monday 18 October
  • Year 6 Camp - Day 1

Tuesday 19 October

  • Year 6 Camp - Day 2
  • 7.30am - Mazenod Tutoring
  • 1.30pm P&F Meeting

Wednesday 20 October

  • Year 6 Camp - Day 3

Thursday 21 October

  • Year 6 Camp - Day 4


Friday 22 October

  • Year 6 Camp - Day 5
  • 9am Merit Assembly
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MMPS OPEN NIGHT - 29 October, 4.30pm - 8pm

ALL ABOUT OUR OPEN NIGHT

In two weeks time on Friday 29 October, we will be holding our annual school's open night. This year, as it is our 100th year celebration, we have extended the invitation to the wider community and invited past students, families and staff.


The format of the evening is similar to previous year open nights, however we have expanded the following:


  • BLESSING OF THE NEW SACRED SPACE @ 5.30pm - The blessing of our new Sacred Space will take place at 5.30pm. Please join us in this area at this time for this liturgy.
  • FOOD VANS - This year, we will have moroccan, pizzas and an icecream van. This is in addition to the Lion's Club sausage sizzle and freshly made dounuts.
  • OPEN CLASSES - All classes will be open available for parents and visitors to wander through and see what our students have been working on.
  • ARCHIVE DISPLAYS - All of our school's archives, photos and memorabilia will be on display in both the multipurpose room and the chapel.
  • SELF GUIDED HISTORICAL TOUR - Booklets will be handed out on the evening guiding you through a historical tour of our grounds.
  • PERFORMING ARTS - Our school choir, FOCUS music group and performing arts students will be performing during the evening on the steps of the Pre-Primary class in the quandrangle area.
  • ART SHOW - Our annual school art show will be on display in St Joseph's Hall including the opportunity to bid on some wonderful class artwork that has become a tradition of our annual art show.
  • MERCHANDISE - We have 100 year memorabilia on sale including key rings, tea towels, the opportunity to order our special 100 year artwork that was commissioned earlier in the year.
  • VISITOR REGISTER - Please add your name to our special 100 Year visitor register by completing an attendance card.


HELPERS - We are in need of a few helpers for the evening. If you can offer some time on the evening, please let us know by completing the form here


We are looking forward to seeing you all at our Open Night. Please also spread the work to our friends and family, and any past students who have attended our school over the years.

** CURRENT TERM 4 PLANNER - Updated 21 Sept **

Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners for 2021. These planners are available on our website via this link.

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P&F UPDATE

Our MMPS Lego Masters Competition will be held tomorrow and we can't wait to see what creations will be entered. Best of luck to each of our entrants and a very special thank you to Sam Blair for coordinating this year's competition. Winners will be announced and presented with their prizes on Friday afternoon.


We are pleased to be partnering with the school to host our 100 year anniversary School Open Night on Friday 29th October. There are many small jobs that we need a hand with on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so we'd love some volunteers to help out - you can even bring the children! Please open the Open Night Volunteers Form below to check out the roles and see if you can help us with anything before the event or on the night. Every little bit helps!


** Click here for the OPEN NIGHT VOLUNTEERS' FORM **


Our next P&F Meeting will be held next Tuesday 19th October from 1.30pm in the hall. We'd love as many parents as possible to attend so please join us - even if you have never been to a meeting before. Littlies are welcome to attend too!


Yours in education,


MMPS P&F Committee

E: pfmarysmount@gmail.com

** Scholastic Bookclub Orders Close Wed 27 October **

The current bookclub will close orders on Wednesday 27 October. Please remember, all orders need to be placed online.

CANTEEN NEWS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are always on the lookout for additional helpers and volunteers, so if you can help out on any of the Fridays below, please either contact Angelina or email admin@mmps.wa.edu.au and we will pass your information on.


Friday 12 November - Two volunteers needed

Friday 3 December - Two volunteers needed


Be sure to check out the online menu each week when you order, as the items will change. There are lots of new drinks, and some new food additions too which will change over the term.


Thank you.

Angeline Biggin

MMPS STUDENTS ARE COVERED BY ACCIDENT INSURANCE 24/7

Accidents will happen, and they can be costly. Playing sport, riding bicycles, at home and in the playground, students are at risk from injury.


Student Care is a student accident insurance policy specifically designed for kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities. Student Care provides benefits for a range of events such as death, total and permanent disablement, loss of sight and broken bones resulting from personal accident injuries. The policy also covers medical services for which a Medicare benefit is not available, such as dental and physiotherapy. Student Care is a world-wide policy that is purchased by educational institutes to cover all enrolled students.


All students enrolled at Mary’s Mount Primary School are covered 24/7 by the CCI Student Care Insurance Policy.


Even though you may not be out of pocket for treatment for a broken bone, fracture or damaged tooth, you may still be eligible for a payment from CCI as some injuries are entitled to a one off payment.


So if your child has injured themselves and requires treatment, we recommend you submit a claim to CCI as you may be entitled to a claim. In addition, if the damage requires ongoing treatment, or follow up, then you may also be entitled claim for that at a later date too.


So whether the accident happened at school, at home, a friend's house after school or while playing footy on Sunday morning, be sure to submit a claim online. It is quick and easy.


For more information visit our school website here.

COMMUNITY NEWS

MAZENOD - YEAR 7, 2024 INTAKE

Enrolment Information for the Year 7, 2024 intake.

Applications for Year 7 2024 enrolment intake closes in Term 4 on FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER. If you are interested in your son attending Mazenod and wish to be involved in the whole enrolment process, please download our Application for Enrolment form via our website. Please return together with the requested documentation listed on the Application Form to registrar@mazenod.wa.edu.au before the due date. For further enquiries, please contact Lyn McDonald on 9291 1532.

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 😊.


Melissa Giumelli

Chapel Roster Coordinator

0430390044

melissagiumelli1@gmail.com

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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

MARY'S MOUNT PRIMARY SCHOOL

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