Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 3, Week 6 - 26 August 2022

'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

The JOY of Reading

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the love of books. The Book Week assembly was a huge success, thanks to Mrs. Smith and the wonderful book-loving Mary’s Mount community. The staff of Mary’s Mount was led expertly by Mrs. Giancono and Mrs. Smith. Mr. Palmer was the star of the show with his fabulous acting prowess.

Click on the link below to view a brilliant article that highlights what a great book does for your brain.

Mrs. Gamble and Mrs. Smith have been sharing the Book Council award shortlisted books with the children over the past few weeks. The children have been sharing with me which is their favourite and the enthusiasm for reading is heart-warming.


Congratulations to the wonderful Year 2 and choir group representing Mary's Mount Primary School this week. Not only did they perform superbly on stage, but their behaviour was spectacular. Thank you to Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Leech for preparing the students for this special event.


The Very Reverend Father Peter Whitely, our Vicar General 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. Today I was fortunate enough to join the Year 6 group as they walked to the Holy Family Parish to practice for this special event.

I received an affirming email from a member of our school community this afternoon. It was wonderful to receive such an email affirming the behaviour of the children as they walked through Kalamunda. It really does lift your spirits to receive emails that show appreciation for our school community.

Maths Parent Evening – Tuesday 30 August, 6pm

Ben Saulsman, who is the Numeracy consultant from CEWA will be sharing with parents his insights on teaching maths at Mary’s Mount Primary School. Ben has been working alongside the teachers here at MMPS as we focus on creating a whole school approach to teaching maths. Ben is a fabulous presenter and I highly recommend you attend this session. Come along, share some refreshments and enjoy the fun and great information you will hear.

Click on the link below to RSVP.

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 29 August

  • 7.45am Let's Run

Tuesday 30 August

  • 7.30am: Homework Club (MMPS Library)
  • 8.20am - 8.30am: Prayerful Moments - Chapel Open
  • 9am Reconciliation Retreat @ MMPS

Wednesday 31 August

  • P&F Fathers Day Stall & Raffle

Thursday 1 September

  • 8.20am - 8.30am: Prayerful Moments - Chapel Open

Friday 2 September

  • No FAM Club this week due to the Father's Day Breakfast
  • 7.45am Fathers Day Breakfast and Prayer Service

Saturday 3 September

  • 6pm Community Mass @ Holy Family Parish (even classes)

Sunday 4 September

  • Fathers Day
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Our Year 6 students will be celebrating their Sacrament of Confirmation tonight (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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Have you purchased your tickets?

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.


We would like to say a special Thank You to all of our parent community who help in so many different ways to support our school P&F events and activities. We know and understand life is busy, but it is amazing how much we accomplish in a year. All of these events could not happen without your constant support.

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 2 September

Friday 9 September

Friday 16 September

Friday 23 September

Thank you.

Angeline Biggin


We are excited to share with you that The Cottage Playgroup will be back up and running on a Monday morning and to kick start the new reopening, we are holding an Open Day on Monday 12 September.

Families with young children 4 years and under are invited to the school hall for a morning of fun with the opportunity to meet other families, ask any questions and find out how to register for Playgroup.

If you would like to come along on Monday 12 September, please RSVP via the link below to confirm your attendance or you can email us via if you have any questions.

Please RSVP to the Open Day Here

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FAM Club will not run next Friday 2 September due to the Father's Day Breakfast and Prayer Service. We look forward to seeing you back again on the oval on Friday 9 September!
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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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