Mary's Mount Primary School

Term 2, Week 5 - 27 May 2022

National Sorry Day Prayer

Almighty and loving God,

you who created ALL people in your image,

Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past. You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced. We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask God’s forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits. In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope. Amen.


Dear Parents and Carers


Congratulations to Mrs Belinda Henderson and Mrs Gabby Hoffmann!

What an exceptional day. Thank you to the staff, children and parents who helped throughout the day. We had such a fun day, and the children who helped us were so well behaved and just a pleasure to have there. We have added up the money and are really excited to tell you we raised $1087.80 on the day from the seeds, worm tea, fairy floss and donations too!

A wonderful week to be at Mary’s Mount Primary School

I had a milestone birthday this week and the students, staff, and extended MMPS community helped me celebrate. I felt so very special when I arrived at school to find my office decorated with love hearts filled with affirmations. It is heart-warming to know that the children perceive me as someone who cares for them, that I have a big smile, I organise things for them, and I am kind and funny. My favourite comment was that I was a great principal, but not as good as Mr Sorg! Thank you to everyone for making me feel so special.


This morning the wonderful Year 1 class lead us in Mass. The children did a marvellous job with the readings and the whole school sang so beautifully. Thank you to Father Bill for celebrating mass for us today. We loved listening to your homily and stories. A special thank you to Miss Thresher who supported the children in preparing for this mass.


I attended a Catholic Principal information day last Friday and an important topic covered, was sleep. Not only for our young children, but for ourselves. Development of sleep routines that prepare your body for sleep are important for us all, no matter our age. My goal is to get 7-8 hours each night so that I do not fall into the danger zone of ‘fatigue’ due to not getting enough sleep (I will let you know how I go!).

A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is our primary source of recovery and should be held in very high regard when it comes to ensuring our health and our families’ health. We all know how we feel if we don’t get enough sleep. Tired, lethargic, and unmotivated. If we have repeated nights of insufficient rest, fatigue will build and build until you become sick and unable to engage in regular day-to-day activities.

Nights where we have a bad sleep are inevitable. It is normal for our sleep to suffer when we are stressed at work, at home, have a newborn, or for many other reasons. If it can be avoided, try not to engage in any high intensity exercise on days when you are not adequately rested. Try to listen to your body in these situations. Develop good physical awareness and body honesty to help you notice how you’re waking up every day. Pay attention to your body and be honest with yourself – if you need to rest, do so.

Sleeping well means getting enough sleep. How much sleep is enough varies among people. The number of hours you sleep is not as important as how you feel when you wake up. If you do not feel refreshed, you probably need more sleep.

Poor sleep can affect emotional and social interaction and increase risk of developing disease and depression. Make sure to get a good night’s rest where possible.

Top tips for a good night sleep:

  • Sleep is our best source of recovery. Sufficient sleep boosts our immunity, muscular recovery, and cognitive function. Make sure to rest adequately after restless sleep.
  • Be aware of your own body – listen to your body. Notice how much rest and recovery you are getting. Pay attention to your body and its signs. Neglect can lead to injury. Ensure you are getting at least 6 hours of a sleep a night.
  • Be consistent and maintain a routine and rhythm. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Set a good example and get the kids in the routine too.
  • Ensure you spend time in natural light. This helps to promote melatonin production in the body which tells you when to sleep and when to wake up.
  • Reduce blue light exposure in the evening. Blue light from electronic devices tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime which impacts your sleep.
  • Find time to relax and clear your mind before sleep. For example, listen to relaxing music, deep breathing, or meditation.

Source: “The Fathering Project” November 2021


Congratulations to the children selected to represent Mary’s Mount Primary School in the interschool cross country tomorrow. We wish them all the best and know that they will run their hearts out for Mary’s Mount Primary School.


Next Tuesday 31st is school photo day. Staff photos kick off at 8am followed by family photos and then class photos throughout the day. Please remember neat hair and polished shoes. We have also made arrangements for any students who will be absent on photo day to visit MSP and have their portrait taken within two weeks of photo day.


Today, we acknowledge the past policies and practices which caused hurt, dispossession and loss of connection, language and identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge that there needs to be recognition of the impact of past policies and practices and healing between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal peoples.

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, one year after the Bringing Them Home report was presented to parliament. The Bringing Them Home report was the result of an inquiry into the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and recommended an apology and reparations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This National Sorry Day, let us all reflect on the need for genuine reconciliation – not just in word, but in deed and in action. Genuine reconciliation requires acknowledgement of the harm done by those enacting past policies, and those who did not act out against these policies, so that healing can reach the whole community. Today, and every day moving forward, we are invited to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians.

Monday 30 May – National Sorry Day Liturgy 2.15pm

On Monday 30 May, Mary’s Mount Primary School will be holding a liturgy in the St Joseph’s school hall to deepen our understanding and acknowledgement of this important Day of Reconciliation. During next week the children will engage in activities that will enhance their understanding of the significance of Reconciliation Week as a nation.


Our new school culottes arrived today! Thank you for your patience. They will be packaged up and sent home tomorrow with everyone who has already placed an order. I can't wait to see our students wearing them next week!


You would have noticed that the Chapel still has fencing around the exterior. Mary’s Mount Primary School is working in collaboration with CEWA Ltd to resolve this issue. We are keen to be able to use our facilities as soon as possible and have this resolved. We thank you for your patience.

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 30 May
  • 2.45pm - Rosary (Month of Mary)
  • 2.15pm - National Sorry Day Liturgy

Tuesday 31 May

  • School Photo Day

Wednesday 1 June

  • Year 4 Eucharist Day

Thursday 2 June

** Pupil Free Day **

Friday 3 June

** Pupil Free Day **

Saturday 4 June

Sunday 5 June

  • World Environment Day
  • Pentecost Sunday
Snapshots @MMPS Term 2 Week 5

If your child is absent, please email or use the Absentee Form available on our school website. All absences must be recorded in writing.


The Biggest Family Show in Town!

Happening All WA Day Long Weekend at Cannington Show grounds. There will be Nickelodeon stage shows, meet and greets with Spongebob, Dora Explorer and Shimmer and Shine. Thrill rides, kids rides, family rides, games, X 5 Parkour demonstrations, Professional Wrestling Show, petting zoo, show bags and food vans!!!!

You Could Win a Family Pass!

The Hansen family have donated a family pass for each class. Riley and Noah will be drawing the winners tomorrow afternoon and we will announce them over the PA. Thank you to the Hansen family for donating these tickets.

Get your tickets online


As you are aware, next Tuesday 31 May is school photo day for students in 4K to Y6. In preparation for photo day, below is a some additional information that has also been included in our school newsletter.

Children will need to wear their correct full winter uniform, including shirt, pants, winter dress or culottes, school tie (see note below), jumper, school socks, school hair ties, polished shoes and be well groomed (no tights). Students will wear the school tie for photos, however if you don't have a tie, we will have spares available for students to borrow on photo day.

Ordering Photos
Orders for student photos need to be placed online. Your personalised Online Order Information Slip has been sent home with each student. The slip provides you with detailed instructions on how to order and pay for your photos online. Please read the instructions on your child’s order form carefully to ensure that your order is correct. Order slips DO NOT need to be returned to the class teacher or school. Last day for online ordering is 7 June 2022. Orders placed after this date will incur a substantial late fee, so please note this date.

Family Portraits
If you have more than one child at MMPS and are interested in having a group portrait of your children, you will need to collect a “Family Photo Order Form” from the front office. The Family Photo Order Form needs to be returned in the drop off box to the front office by Friday 27 MAY including payment. Payment details for these photos are included on the family forms. Should you not collect and pay for a family portrait, the family photo will not be taken.

Family portraits will commence at 8.30am on school photo day and parents will be responsible for taking their children to St Joseph’s Hall for these photos. It is imperative that families who are having family portraits are on time and ready to commence at 8.30am.

Absent Students on School Photo Day
If your child is absent from school on school photo day, you can still have their photo taken by visiting the MSP studio in Balcatta prior to Friday 10 June between 8am and 4pm. These photos will then be included in your child's class photos in the individual portrait section (unfortunately class group photos taken at MMPS on photo day will not be retaken).

If you would like to have your child's photo taken, please:

  • Send an email to and CC
  • In the email, let Heather know the day and time you will be visiting MSP and that you are from Mary's Mount Primary School
  • Visit MSP at 3/168 Balcatta Road, Balcatta

If you have any questions about school photos or photo day, please contact the school office.



Resilience is being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, and adversity. And the great news is that resilience is something that can be nurtured in all children. Helping our children to grow into healthy, thriving adults is complex, but it is not about clearing all challenges and adversity out of their way. Of course, sometimes we would like to pick them up and lift them over the things that cause them to stumble, but it wouldn’t necessarily be doing them any favours. Navigating through challenges alongside supportive adults, can help our children to develop the skills they need to flourish.

In the below video Dr Kaylene Henderson shares some simple tips on helping us as parents support our children to build resilience through allowing them to face both the ups and downs of life.

She encourages us that children need repeated practice in dealing with manageable setbacks and disappointments. She shares that often what we can do to support them best is not to rescue them. But rather, to let them know that we understand their disappointment and will help them to navigate the challenges that arise.

While it might be tempting to protect our child from setbacks and disappointments, we are giving them a greater gift by teaching them to manage these situations and building their resilience along the way.

Julie Merrells

MMPS Social Worker

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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.


We have received the letter below from the Catholic School Parents WA regarding their upcoming Annual General Meeting. Please have a read and reach out if you have any questions or would like more information.

Dear Parents,

As noted in our last newsletter and recent FB posts, the Catholic School Parents WA Annual General Meeting will take place in 4 weeks on Thursday the 16th June 2022. We are now in the process of setting the agenda and so we are now calling for agenda items. Please forward any items to by Wednesday 1st June. We also invite members from schools who are financially affiliated with CSPWA to consider nominating to Council at the AGM. In addition to contributing to the work of council at state and local level, Council members have the opportunity to represent CSPWA on national, state and Catholic education sector committees and working parties according to their experience. If this is something you might be interested in or if you would like to find out more, please contact Siobhan Allen, Executive Director CSPWA on 0409 025 683.

Please find below the link to the 2022/23 Council nomination form and AGM flyer.

2022 CSPWA AGM Notice

CSPWA New Councillor Nomination Form 2022

Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter.

Siobhan Allen
Executive Director

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 10 June

Friday 17 June

Friday 24 June

Friday 1 July

Thank you.

Angeline Biggin

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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. Payments are not only made for out of pocket expenses, but lump sum benefits for accidents including fractures and damaged teeth.

For more details including an information sheet and benefits table, please visit the Student Care Insurance Page on our school website here -

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.




Pachamama Out of School Care are after expressions of interest from Mary's Mount Primary School Families who would like to use their service with a pick up and drop off to our school.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please email Rocky via and include the following information:

  • Your contact details
  • Days required and specify if drop-off or pick-up are required (or both)
  • Year level(s) of children

Rocky Beaton

Executive Centre Manager

ph. 9291 3666

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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 :


If you have something you would like to submit to the school newsletter, please email your submission by Wednesday for inclusion in the weekly newsletter.