Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 2, Week 7 - 10 June 2022

Peace Prayer

Dear Lord

Let us pray that strength and courage abundant be given to all who work for a world of reason and understanding;

That the good which lies in every person’s heart, may day by day be magnified;

That we will come to see more clearly, not that which divides us, but that which unites us; That each hour may bring us closer to a final victory, not of nation over nation, but of us over our own errors and weaknesses;

That the true spirit of humanity - its joy, its beauty, and its hope, may live among us;

That the blessing of peace be ours - the peace to build and grow, to live in harmony and sympathy with others and to plan for the future with confidence.



Dear Parents and Carers


Today we received some fabulous news that our school was successful with applying for a $1000 Junior Landcare/ Woolworths Grant. Soon you will see three raised "Vegepod" garden beds around in our school grounds, placed closer to our classrooms. These "Vegepods" will not only provide our children with overall well-being by connecting to nature, it will also involve them in critical thinking, teamwork, environmental stewardship, expression of creativity and problem-solving. We are looking forward to getting started on this important eco-project next term. Well done Sustainability Committee for your time on creating the successful application.

Coffee and a Chat with Mrs Bell and Mrs Merrells

Now that we can welcome the community back onsite I would like to invite our school community to a coffee and a chat with myself and Julie, our Social Worker. As part of our strategic direction over the coming three years, we have developed a Wellbeing Strategy, MMPS Way 2 Wellbeing. Julie and I would love to share with you how we have progressed and where our vision is going. It is an exciting time at MMPS in the well-being space and our communication and engagement with you are vital to the successful rollout of this initiative. Please fill in the RSVP to let us know if you can attend. There will be yummy Shirley treats on offer and a warm cuppa.

Life Link - Together we will make a difference – 2022

On Tuesday the Year 6 students attended the online Life Link launch. They were totally absorbed in the session and came away with learnings that will assist them in their daily interactions with others. It provided them with insight into agencies dedicated to serving the needs of others.

Please click the link to the Welcome to Life Link 2022 webpage.

Please see below reflections from Year 6 students on their experiences.

The Lifelink launch has helped me learn that there are people out there who are suffering and really need each other’s support and love. The thirteen agencies assist people with disabilities, give to people who are homeless, help people to interact with one another, and treats everyone equally. Today we can make a difference and help all those in need. Xylia Clohessy

Lifelink helps all people in need and helps all of them, disabilities and all, all around Western Australia, with businesses everywhere! I know Lifelink is one of the greatest helping groups of people ever, probably the best even! Felix Osenton

Volunteer Induction Program training

Miss Thresher held a volunteer induction session on Tuesday morning with parents in our school community. It was an opportunity to welcome them to the volunteer program, explain the Code of Conduct that all members of the MMPS community adhere to, and hold each other accountable.


Every 5 years non-government schools across Western Australia engage in a whole school audit process. This is a chance for us as a community to ensure that we are meeting National Standards and that we provide a safe and educationally sound learning environment for your children.

As a staff and School Advisory Council, it has provided us with rich conversation and affirming discussion knowing that we are working diligently to provide this opportunity to our community. This morning, the external audit facilitator interviewed staff, our School Advisory Council Chairperson, and the leadership team. We have been provided with verbal feedback and will await a formal report letting us know of any recommendations for improvement.

I am affirmed by the dedication of staff in preparation for the audit where we need to demonstrate evidence and documentation of how we as a school adhere to Department of Education standards. A proud moment for me as a principal to be working with such a productive and united group.


We are halfway through Term 2 and our teachers are currently working on end of Semester 1 reports. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and Catholic Education Western Australia have acknowledged the impact of the high rates of absenteeism of students and staff due to Covid-19, on the ability of schools to meaningfully report with grades. The reports that you will receive this term will therefore be modified as was the case in 2020 when we had our first cases of Covid and lockdown days in Western Australia. There would be very few families in our school community, who have not been touched by the impacts of Covid, over the course of Term 1 and 2 this year. Consequently, our school will not be providing grades in this semester’s report. Our reports will have a general comment with an indication of student effort. A deeper conversation around student progress will be discussed at the Three-Way Interviews in Week 2 of Term 3.

Homework Club

Homework Club will commence in Week 2 Term 3, Tuesday 26 July. The Mazenod students are excited for the program to start up again.

Welcome back Father Suresh

We welcome Father Suresh back from his trip to visit family in India. We are looking forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your trip.

God Bless.

Emma Bell

Be the best part of someone else's day - Ben Crowe


Visit our website here for the current Term 2 Planner and key dates for 2022.



Monday 13 June

Tuesday 14 June

  • 1.30pm P&F Meeting
  • 1.30pm Reconciliation, Y4

Wednesday 15 June

  • 9.00am Year 1 Math's Kit - Parent Help - CLH

Thursday 16 June

  • 9.30am Eucharist Practice @ Holy Family Parish, Kalamunda

Friday 17 June

  • Grandparent's Day
  • 9.00am St Emilie's Feast Day Mass (Y2) & Grandparent's Morning Tea

Sunday 19 June

  • 9.00am First Eucharist @ Holy Family Parish

Snapshots @MMPS Term 2 Week 6 & 7
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On photo day speciality group images (eg Green Team, Y6 Leaders etc) were taken at our school.

These images can be viewed and purchased at a unique website, which is DIFFERENT to where you order the portraits and class photos online.

1. To place your Order online simply go to

2. Locate our Schools Name, then select the album titled Mary's Mount PS Specialist Groups - 2022
3. You will then be required to enter a password to view the Album. The password for this HDBWF22

4. Please ensure that you use your child’s name at the checkout

5. The images you are viewing are uncropped and will be cropped to fit to a 10x8 print (as per the first image in your gallery, a sample of layout & colour)

  • The online orders will be open until midnight on Tuesday 21st of June 2022 – for the Bulk Pricing Offer
  • The Bulk Pricing Offer is $20 per print and these will be delivered to the school BY CLASS GROUP
  • After the $20 pricing expires, the photos will remain available online, but the photos are now at a cost of $35 per image and delivered to a preferred address.

If you have any queries please contact MSP Photography on 9240 8000 or via email on


MONDAY 13 June - FRIDAY 17 June | Next week is Mary's Mount Week when we celebrate 101 Years of Mary's Mount Primary School.

Mary's Mount Week is an important week on our school calendar, when we remember the founding Sisters of our school and reflect on our school's history by participating in a variety of activities during the week.


Our students will participate in historical tours of our school led by Mrs Sue Blair. The tours include a walk around our school and a visit to our school's archives. Students will also participate in a number of other activities with their class during the week while reflecting on those who have shaped our school community over the past 101 years.


We will be celebrating mass on St Emilie de Vialiar's feast day - 17 June commencing at 9am. After mass, we will be holding a special Grandparents morning tea honoring all the grandparents in our school community. We have put a call out for donations towards morning tea below. Please RSVP for mass using this form here -


We will be displaying a special photo montage after Mass on Grandparents Day on 17 June, and invite you to email a photo of your child/ren with a grandparent or their grandparents or other special significant person in their lives to by Monday 13 June.

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Next week is Mary's Mount Week and on Friday 17 June we will be celebrating with St Emilie Mass at 9am followed by a special morning tea for the Grandparents of Mary's Mount Primary School.

For the morning tea, donations of homemade treats are needed. If you are able to bake a cake, make a slice, biscuits, or a plate of savoury food for the morning tea, please let us know as soon as possible and please let us know what you may be making.

Please remember that foods are not to contain nuts as per the school's policy.

Some ideas are, but not limited to:

  • Sweet: choc brownies, mint slice, small scones with jam & cream, cup cakes, caramel slice, biscuits
  • Savoury: mini quiches, sausage rolls, plate of sandwiches

Baked goods can be dropped to St Joseph Hall's kitchen on Thursday afternoon or early Friday morning before mass.

Please click on the link here and complete the online form detailing your donation if you are able to bake or email

This is a great annual school community event, and one we know, many of our grandparents look forward to.

Thanking you in advance.

MMPS Admin


Year 3, 5 and 6 choir members are invited to the Holy Communion Mass on June 19th, 9am at Holy Family Church.

Choir members who are able to support the Year 4 class as they receive their First Holy Communion are asked to meet Mrs Freeman in the Choir area of the Church from 8.45am for a 9am start.

The more voices we have supporting our peers and their families on the morning the better!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Freeman


Dear Families

Students from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 are invited to join Choir this term.

We are finally restarting every Tuesday at 8.10am in The Music Room.

With exciting material to prepare for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and Stirk Festival, I would love to see lots of students there.

Any questions please don't hesitate to contact me

Thank you

Mrs Freeman


The fundraising undertaken by our wonderful P&F and school community allows us to expand resources and equipment at our school that may not otherwise have been able to be purchased.

Recently, a number of requests were approved by the P&F, and so we - the staff of MMPS - would like to say a huge thank you to the P&F and our generous school community for the funds that allowed us to purchase items for our Year 4, Year 2 and Year 1 classes in addition to new shotputs, long jump mats, vortex and rakes for our new long jump pit.

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Marys Mount P&F Honey Drive!

Thanks to the Bellingeri Family, we will be selling local, all natural, Jarrah blend honey for $20 a kilo. We are also asking students to have a go at designing the label, there will be a competition running for all students to submit ‘bee-autiful’ creations. The lucky winner will have their design printed and used as the honey pot label.

Please refer to the competition design guidelines which has been sent home with students. Spare forms are available from the school office if required.

Honey will be available for purchase via the Quickcliq event page and will also available to purchase from the school (dates and times will be advised closer to the time). Honey will be distributed after the label competition closes on Tuesday 7 June.

So let’s create a ‘buzz’ and get some yummy honey into everyone’s tummies! All funds raised will go towards a new Marys Mount branded marquee and 4 x new faction marquees - just in time for the upcoming school sports carnival next term.


MMPS P&F Committee




Our students love to order from the canteen, and Fridays are a busy hive of activity but we can't do it without volunteers. So please consider helping out on a Friday, even a few hours will be greatly appreciated.

So if you can help out on any of the Fridays below, please either contact Angeline or email and we will pass your information on.

Friday 17 June

Friday 24 June

Friday 1 July

Thank you.

Angeline Biggin


I have recently started reading the book ‘The Strength Switch’ by Lea Waters and I am loving it! Lea shares how parents can use a strength-based approach to parenting to help their child to flourish.

Character strengths are defined as the inner strengths that are morally valued, like courage, kindness, gratitude, hope and humour. When we are using our core strengths in a certain situation, we feel energised, competent and like we are using the best of ourselves. Our character strengths are the building blocks of our personality, and they will be what our children rely on throughout their lives when faced with challenges and opportunities.

As parents, we can be unaware of our child’s strengths, and it can be very easy to focus mostly on the challenges that our children face. Having a strengths-based approach to parenting doesn’t mean that we ignore the challenges that our children face, but rather that we look for ways that they can use their strengths to overcome their challenges. We may also find that some of our children’s challenges are an example of them overusing one of their strengths, such as humour. Developing this awareness can be a helpful way for us to approach conversations with our children about the behaviours they need to work on.

A simple place to start is to become a ‘strength detective’ with our children. This involves deliberately looking out for times when our children are using their strengths and encourage them in this. We can do this by pointing out an action that we noticed and telling our children about the strength that we saw them use. For example, ‘I saw you sharing your toy with your friend, that is what we mean when we talk about being kind, kindness is a wonderful strength that you have.’

Below is a link to a video with some more information about parenting with a focus on character strengths.

Mrs Julie Merrells

MMPS Social Worker


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Understanding John's Gospel

The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invite you to hear Dr Mary Coloe PVBM at two free events in Perth. Mary is a Presentation sister and a professor of New Testament Studies at Yarra Theological Union. Her primary focus in teaching and writing is the Gospel of John. An inspiring and informative speaker, Mary explores John's positive message that affirms life and speaks to the heart of human desire. RSVP by Thursday 9 June to Kerry at 0400 886 835. All welcome The Passion Gospel of John - Friday 10 June 6-8.30pm at James Nestor Hall Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville,WA. Gather at 5.30pm for light refreshments. Understanding The Woman at the Well Story - Saturday 11 June 9.30am -12 noon at Treacey Hall, Iona Presentation College Junior School Campus. Enter from 43 Victoria Street, Mosman Park (Next to Playing Courts and opposite Cafe).


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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