St Mary's School Donnybrook

2021 Week 1 Term 3

We want our children to be: Caring, Believers, Open, Secure, Well-Balanced, Generous, Creative

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Dates to Remember

Thursday 29 July: Interschool Cross Country for selected students

Friday 30 July: Bookclub orders and payment due back to the office if ordering

Monday 2 August @ 6pm: SAC Meeting

Wednesday 4 August: Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment Year 5

Thursday 5 August: Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment Year 3

Monday 9 August @ 9am: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Liturgy in the Multi-Purpose Room

A note from the Principal

Dear Parents & Caregivers

In Catholic schools, we aim to think, speak and act like Jesus did. We work to emulate Him and uphold the values, lessons and faith that He passed down to us through the Gospels. He was the ultimate example of servant leadership, willing to give His life in service for us.

Does that mean, however, that we need to sacrifice ourselves and give our all in service of others? There was a time when this was believed to be true. Jesus gave all so we should be prepared to do the same.

As parents, teachers, and leaders in our community we are constantly in a place of service to others, be it either for our children or for the community in which we try to give back to. There does exists a point, however, our service to others impacts on our being and this in turn affects the amount of positive impact we can have on others.

In order to be an effective parent, teacher or community member who serves the needs of others you need to make time for yourself. You need to take time to recharge, and you need to make time for those most important to you. If you do not make time for yourself, you will not be able to lead others, or parent, or teach to your true potential. If you do not make time for your loved ones, you may find yourself alone, and again, this will affect your ability to serve the needs of those around you.

As we come to the beginning of a new term, it is important to ask what are you doing to look after yourself? And, how are you going to make time for those most important to you? If you can achieve these things you are going to be better placed to meet the needs of those you serve. Making time for yourself is not being selfish, it’s being self-aware. Take care of yourself and your loved ones this term.

School Opens at 8:30am

We have a large group of students turning up at school before 8:30am at the moment. Unless organised with the class teacher, students are not to arrive at school before 8:30am as there is no one on duty to assume responsibility for them. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Author Visit

Yesterday we had children's books author, Gabriel Evans, visit our school, read to our students and teach them about illustrations. Gabriel is a local Bridgetown author and illustrator whose book ‘Norton and the Bear’ has been shortlisted for this year’s CBCA’s Picture book of the Year. The link to the book and further info can be found at Thank you to Mrs Pettersen for organising the visit.

SW Cross Country Championships – Years 3-6

Some of our students will be representing our school at next week’s Southwest Cross-Country Championships being held at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School in Gelorup. Runners who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their respective year levels, and who completed the course without stopping have been selected to go. We wish our team all the best and know that they will do us proud.

Security Cameras

Over the holidays we had security cameras installed across the school. The cameras are vital in helping us keep our premises safe out of school hours. Thank you to the Bendigo Bank in Donnybrook who supported us financially in getting them installed.

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA)

At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3 and Year 5 students in Catholic primary schools across Western Australia will take part in the BRLA from the week commencing Monday 26 July in Term Three. Information has been sent home to parents.

CBCA Book Week

Please be advised that the Children’s Book Council of Australia book week, fair and parade will be held during Week 6 this term. The theme for this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

Carpark Concerns

Some parents have expressed their concern regarding the speed at which cars are entering and leaving the rear carpark. The safety of our students is paramount and as such I ask all parents to please slow down and keep an eye out for our children when driving through this area and the adjoining streets.

2022 Kindergarten Enrolments

St Mary’s is currently taking enrolments for Kindergarten in 2022. If you know of anyone with children looking to commence Kindy next year, please have them contact the office for more information.

2021 3-Year-Old Playgroup

This week, St Mary’s commenced its first ever 3-Year-Old Playgroup, St Mary’s Mini Marvel’s Playgroup, for children preparing for Kindergarten in 2022. To register your interest, please contact the office.

Kind Regards

Mr Andrew Gammon


P & F News

Today's P&F meeting has been postponed with a new date to be advised shortly.

Term 2 was very successful with both the Market Day/Wood Raffle and Meal Deal. The Market Day/Wood Raffle raised $2420. Thank you to everyone who was involved with these events either by donating time or produce.

Containers for Change

St Mary's P&F have a collection BIN in the back car park for everyone who would like to help raise funds for the P&F. If you are wanting to drop containers off personally the school number is C10280626

Read-A-Million Words

The new badges have arrived and we are very excited to start presenting them at our next assembly. If you would like to receive one of these new badges bring in your 'Read-A-Million' completed sheets to the office.