Mary's Mount Primary School
17 May 2019 | Term 2 | Week 3
As most of you would be aware, this week, we had a little bit of excitement with our NAPALN assessment.
You would have heard in the news or read in the papers that this was a National problem and not isolated to any one area. Most of the issues related to a connectivity problem on the Tuesday, (first day of the assessment), but were slowly rectified by Thursday.
Today I received an update from CEWA. I am aware that daily meetings have been held since Tuesday by the On-line Assessment Working Group (OAWG) and the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to determine a just and equitable resolution to the problems encountered by many students on Tuesday during the writing assessment. CEWA has representation on OAWG.
OAWG and ACARA have been pursuing a wide range of possibilities to reduce any negative impact that might have occurred for students. A meeting was held yesterday and a recommendation was reached. This recommendation is now awaiting approval from the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC), the authority that needs to ratify the recommendation before it can be enacted. As soon as a decision has been reached, all schools will be informed via the right agencies. For us this will be through ACARA and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).
As Principal at Mary’s Mount Primary School, and as a staff we have also expressed our concerns about this issue. Please be reassured that SCSA and ACARA are conscious of these concerns and that ongoing conversations and review of the impact of Tuesday’s difficulties with the assessments continue to take place as detailed above.
I will forward more information to parents as it arrives.
RECONCILIATION PARENT WORKSHOP
I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible from our Year 3 class at this Tuesday’s, ‘Reconciliation Parent Workshop.’ Please be aware that the workshop will be at the Holy Family Parish Hall, commencing at 6.00 pm. Fr. Greg Donovan will be our facilitator for the evening.
Congratulations to all our students who participated in our annual Cross Country. Again, it was fantastic to see the children running and just trying their best. We had some students who ran the whole course, some who walked and ran the course, some who walked the whole course and so on….however, it didn’t matter. The most important thing was that all our students had FUN.
A big thank you to Mrs Hayward for organising and preparing our carnival. Carnivals are always big events to organise and do take many hours of work, so many thanks Emma.
God Bless you all and your families.
IMPORTANT DATES - WEEK 4
Tuesday 21 May
7.30am - Mazenod Tutoring (Library)
7.45am - Running Club - Years 4,5 and 6
6.00pm - Reconciliation Parent Workshop @ Holy Family Parish
Wednesday 22 May
8.15am - Choir Practice
2.45pm - Rosary (Chapel)
Thursday 23 May
7.45am - Running Club - Years 1, 2 and 3
9.10am - P&F Meeting
Friday 24 May
8.50am - Merit Assembly
All day - Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat
Click here to view the full Term 2 Planner (last updated 9 May 2019)
2019 MARY'S MOUNT CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL
2019 MMPS CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Thank you to all of our budding cross country runners who did a superb job today at the carnival. We were lucky to have some fabulous weather, and thanks to all the parents who came along to support the runners.
The results are as follows:
1st Walsh 98 points
2nd Nicholson 80 points
3rd McKenna 68 points
4th Fraser 62 points
Champion Boy and Girl
Champion Taylor Croft and Emma Lancaster
Runner up Lachlan Griffiths and Layla Barnes
Champion Marcus Menara and Macy Boisvert
Runner up Alex D’Ascenzo and Cristina Echeverria
Champion Kian Barnes and Mika Barnes
Runner up Jonte Holly and Sienna May
Champion Oliver D’Ascenzo and Sahara Donelan
Runner up Lucas Raschella and Maisie Dickenson
The inter-school Cross Country is on Thursday 6 June at Good Shepherd Primary School in Kelmscott. Students who have qualified for the inter-school team will receive an email next week.
Well done everyone! It was great seeing everyone cheering each other on and supporting each other.
CHOIR NOTICE -
A reminder Choir has now moved to Wednesday mornings, 8.15am start. With One Big Voice and the Catholic Performing Arts Festival fast approaching it is important that Choir members are prompt to rehearsals.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE P&F
It has been an exciting start to Term 2 with the arrival of new instruments, movement props and a keyboard in the Music Room. Students across all year groups have already started using these new resources to enhance our music time. From Kindy to Year 4 moving to music with scarves, to Year 5 and 6 students creating ensemble performances with classroom percussion. And all year levels benefiting from the easily accessible keyboard now set up in the room.
As the MMPS Choir rehearses in preparation for upcoming Term 3 events, the keyboard has been a welcomed addition to our Wednesday mornings. There are many eager students looking forward to sharing their piano talents with their peers and I look forward to the opportunities having the keyboard will create.
Many thanks to the P&F for their generous donation that has helped the music space grow and we look forward to sharing in new and exciting musical experiences.
ARE YOU A PAST 1988 MARY'S MOUNT STUDENT OR KNOW ONE?
A reunion is being organised so check out the details via the FaceBook link below! Be sure to share with those you know who might love to catch up with past friends!
LAPATHON DONATIONS DUE NOW!
CAN YOU HELP THE P&F WITH SOURCING A BBQ TRAILER?
Do you know a steel fabricator who might be able to help out with this and provide a competitive quote? We are sure there is probably a parent in our school community with a contact or two.
Or, can you help ring around and source some quotes for a BBQ trailer?
If you are able to help out, please email the P&F via firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
PS. The pic included is one example of a style. There are a number of styles of BBQ trailers.
DO YOU HAVE A BABY OR TODDLER? COME ALONG TO THE COTTAGE PLAYGROUP!
The Cottage Playgroup is now meeting again every Monday morning during the school term (excluding public holidays) at Mary’s Mount Primary School in the Cottage.
Sessions run from 9.00am to 10.45am (after school drop-off).
Playgroup is a great opportunity for Mums, Dads, Carers and Grandparents with bubs and toddlers (0 to 4 years old) to get together for a cuppa, chat and some fun.
New families are welcome to join at anytime during the year, and you don’t have to be an enrolled family of Mary’s Mount Primary School to join The Cottage Playgroup – everyone is welcome.
Please feel free to come along on a Monday morning, say hello and check out our The Cottage Playgroup. No need to pre-book. Just show up.
FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW!
Last week our littlest 3 Year Old Kindy children joined with our excited Pre-Primary students to set up their very own Early Childhood Area worm farm and compost bin.
Mr Coniglio got his hands dirty to help settle in our new composting worm friends to the junior part of our school. The children loved spending their play time preparing the soil in their garden beds ready for planting their first crop of veggies and herbs next week.
Don't forget to log in to our “Sustainability at MMPS Blog” for our latest news https://sustainabilitymmps.blogspot.com/
PLEASE JOIN US IN THE ROSARY
We invite parents and families to arrive at school a little earlier on Wednesday's for pickup and join us in the chapel.
We hope to see you there.
HOLY FAMILY PARISH NEWS
Mary’s Mount Primary School is the parish school for Holy Family Church in Kalamunda.
Fr. Antony Suresh celebrates mass with us each fortnight and the sacrament of reconciliation with the older students once a term.
Parish Priest : Fr Antony Suresh
Parish Secretary : Louisa Sizer
This Week : Fourth Sunday of Easter
MERCEDES COLLEGE PRODUCTION
Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au. If you would like to know about Mercedes College, follow us on Facebook.