Mary's Mount Primary School
Term 1, Week 6 - 12 March 2021
A PRAYER FOR WELLBEING
Lift me up for Your blessings today. I pray that you will anoint me with strength and self care today, tomorrow and always. I pray that you will grace me with patience and wisdom. I pray that You will encourage me throughout the day to take the correct steps to walk proudly, and behave well. I pray all of these things in Your name.
** ANOTHER FANTASTIC SWIMMING CARNIVAL AT MMPS **
The focus of the newsletter this week is RESPONSIBILITY.
We are all accountable for the education and well-being of our students so that they flourish spiritually, physically, intellectually and socially both now and in the future.
It is our responsibility as educators to do our best to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children to thrive. The staff of Mary's Mount Primary School consciously and systematically work to create a calm and safe environment. We strive to create conditions that enable the best possible learning opportunities for your child. The staff of Mary's Mount Primary School are dedicated, seek to support each other and work in harmony. This culture flows to your children who feel the unity and harmony and therefore feel safe and secure in the care of the staff of this school. How blessed I am to have found myself here, surrounded by colleagues who I already feel a deep connection with.
Responsibility to our community involves the processes that a school has in place if there is a crisis. This week we held a fire drill for the school community. Mr Smith was leading from the front, and made sure everyone knew their roles and responsibilities. We completed the drill in record time, with all classes making it to the oval in 8 minutes. Mr Smith has sent a feedback form to staff to inform any improvements for the process. Feedback is important, it enables the opportunity to welcome new ideas to inform best practice. Thank you Mr Smith for the fire drill plan and for leading us through the process, seamlessly.
SACRAMENTAL ENROLMENT MASSES
Our Parish and School Commitment Masses will be celebrated on Saturday 13th March at 6:00 pm, Sunday 14th March at 9:00 am and on Saturday 20th March at 6:00 pm in Holy Family Parish, Kalamunda. The commitment mass is an opportunity for sacramental candidates and their families to express their desire to fully participate in the Family Focussed, Parish Based, School supported Sacramental program. Candidates will need to bring their Commitment certificate (signed by their parents), their Sacramental Passports (which will be signed by their parish priest) and their commitment pledge.
Fr. Suresh will call up students to read their pledge, they will receive a sacramental candle and prayer from the parish and school. Candidates will need to hand their commitment certificates to one of the leadership team or staff attending the mass after they have read their pledge.
Please remember the number restrictions for each mass, only 3 members from each family can attend. If families have not RSVP on the form please do so, as we need to know how many members are at each mass. We look forward to supporting your child through this important part of their faith journey.
WASTE SORTED AWARD - WISH US LUCK
I’m delighted to share with you the fabulous news that we are a finalist in the Waste Sorted Awards 2021 (formally Infinity Awards) in the category of Waste Sorted School of the Year. This will be the third consecutive year we have been selected as a school finalist for our efforts with our waste management systems, eco-practices and education for sustainability.
Mrs Henderson and myself will be giving a presentation in West Perth next Monday afternoon, to a panel of judges from various Government waste management industries. The winners from all categories will be announced at a dinner event on the 5th May.
This year we are celebrating our fifth year since becoming a Waste Wise School in 2016. We are blessed and very grateful for the support we have received from our wonderful MMPS community. We thank you for taking action with us and encouraging change for a healthier environment. Our children are our future and we are committed to working with them on this learning journey.
Please say a little prayer for all of us and we will keep you informed of the outcome.
Some news I know many of you have been waiting for! Michelle Sanderson will be taking over the running of our canteen for the time being. Please support Michelle by volunteering if you can help her out. Thank you Michelle for your help with our canteen.
2021 SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Today Mary’s Mount Primary School students in years 3-6 participated in our annual Faction Swimming Carnival. It was fantastic to see all students showing team spirit for their faction. Each student tried their hardest and strived to achieve their personal best in either freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke or butterfly events. The end of the carnival finished off with relay races which highlighted teamwork and a bit of fun! A big thank you to all our amazing parent helpers and to the Mazenod students who assisted with timing. It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparent supporting the students today. A special to the staff who assisted today, without your help the day would not be able to run so smoothly. Congratulations to all our champion and runner up champions for each year group. Well done to Fraser for winning the spirit award and to Walsh who took the win for overall winning faction.
Finally, to Mrs Curulli, Trish and Trevor Veran for a seamlessly run carnival. Trish and Trevor, from Guildford Kalamunda Swimming Club volunteer their time to use each year to support the love of swimming in the community.
Student Voice 4 WELLBEING TAB - School Website
In the coming week I will be meeting with all children from PP-Year 6 to discuss with them what 'student voice' means to them. I will be introducing a flow chart so that they understand if they have a suggestion, a concern or an issue that they can approach adults to help them. There will be different avenues for them to do this. A feedback box will be available, an online form or they can verbalise their feelings to a significant adult. In the near future you will see signage around the school that directs people to the 'Wellness Walk Way'. This is where you will find the feedback box, Highway Heroes' resources and think spots for our community.
How the student voice flow chart looks will be determined by the feedback I receive from the sessions I hold with the children next week.
I hope you have a restful and joy filled weekend!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
SNAPSHOTS @ MMPS
TERM 1, WEEK 7 2021 CALENDAR
- Speech Screening
- Harmony Day - Gold Coin / Free Dress Day
Tuesday 16 March
- Year 5 Busselton Camp - Student's Depart
Wednesday 17 March
- Year 5 Busselton Camp
- Scholastic Bookclub Orders Due
Thursday 18 March
- Year 5 Busselton Camp
Friday 19 March
- Year 5 Busselton Camp - Return
Saturday 20 March
- 6pm Sacramental Enrolment Mass @ Holy Family Parish
Click here to download the most up-to-date Term Planners 1 and 2 are also available on our website.
Last date for online orders. Note - no cash orders will be accepted.
WELCOME BACK FROM THE P&F
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Big Splash event on Saturday, and especially to the Year 3 families who volunteered their time on the day. We were absolutely blessed to have great weather, great activities, great children and a beautiful display of school spirit on the day!
Thank you also to the families who attended our Morning Tea on Monday. It was great to meet some new families, our new school leaders and to celebrate International Women's Day together. Thank you to Sarah Harper and Bettina Hanna for helping to set up and our wonderful little band of helpers who helped us pack away on the day too.
Our P&F Meeting was well attended on Tuesday, with a new Committee elected and a fantastic line-up of new class representatives this year. Our new P&F Committee consists of: President - Anna Oakley, Vice President - Richard Bailiff, Secretary - Victoria Murphy, Treasurer - Mellissa Antione, Marketing and Sponsorship - Bettina Hanna, BIP Coordinator - Michelle Batten, General Committee - Kristen Callaghan and Angeline Biggin. Congratulations and thank you for taking on these volunteer roles!
The first of our two raffles for the year opened this week, with in-kind donations of Easter goodies kindly requested for our P&F Easter Raffle. We'll have 8 big baskets of Easter items to raffle on 1st April so make sure you get some tickets to be in the running for an awesome prize. This year we will also be making a donation to those families less fortunate in our community - our way of spreading some Easter joy and spirit to those in need and a great way to demonstrate the value of 'sharing is caring' to our children! We hope you will support us.
Yours in education,
MMPS P&F Committee
100 Year Gala Dinner - Sponsorship Request
CANTEEN NEWS - Open Friday 19 March
Thanks for your patience! We are pleased to let you know our school canteen will be open next Friday 19 March. Orders will be open online from Wednesday.
We are looking for some volunteers to help out, so if you can lend a hand, please contact Michelle Sanderson or the school office and we will pass your message on to her.
HOLY FAMILY PARISH
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 : Louisa Sizer