School Newsletter

Sport Week 4

Athletics

St Mary's Athletics Squad travelled to Coffs Harbour earlier in the Term for the Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival. All students performed well in their events. Sabrina Golding, Georgia Skeels, Callum Cameron, Huy Nguyen and Jimmy Walsh all were successful in qualifying for the Diocesan Athletics Carnival. Unfortunately we had a clash of dates with the Diocesan Carnival this week and Sabrina and Georgia represented our school at the NSW Schools Netball Cup in Casino and weren’t able to attend. Sadly, Huy injured his leg the day before and was a late withdrawal. Callum Cameron competed in the boys 11 years Shot Put. He came 4th with a put of 7.80m. Well done to Callum. Jimmy ran a very fast 17.90 in his heat, just missing out on the finals by 100ths of a second. 


Netball NSW Schools Cup

After a successful first round during Term 2 in this competition St Mary’s Year 6 students moved into the next qualifying stage at Casino on Wednesday. They had a great day with some success and were wonderful representatives of our school. Well done Year 6.

Yours in Sport

Peter Tonkin

Stage 3 News

This week we would like to share the many working spaces we use at school. See attached photos.This exercise was a Readers Theatre Workshop with fractured Fairytales. We try to utilise as much space as we can and give students the opportunity to learn where they feel comfortable at the time.

Year 4 Accendere Day

Last Friday year 4 participated in the Accendere day. We learned to understand our friendships, did some activities and played some fun games. After lunch, we put together a special liturgy just for year 4. We got some sweet treats from Miss Brown and hot chips for a recess snack. After recess, we went to assembly.  It was an amazing, fun day with our friends.

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Wednesday we held a ‘Special Food Day’ and the students were so excited to have chicken strips, sausage rolls and lasagnes for lunch and ice blocks for dessert! A huge thank you to our canteen volunteers Bree, Kellie and Nicola for running this day for our students.

We have been unable to open our canteen on a regular basis due to our extremely limited number of volunteers. We are investigating alternative options and one of these is to open on days when we have more volunteers available. Volunteering would involve starting at approximately 9am and finishing at 11:30am. If you are available to volunteer on any day of the week please complete this form.

We have now completed the Kindergarten 2023 interviews and offers of enrolment have been sent to families. We look forward to welcoming the students and families into our school community. Mini Mary’s will take place in Term 4 and further information will be sent out at the end of this term.

Information about enrolment for new and existing parents is on our website. If you are intending to enrol a child in Kindergarten next year you can start your online enrolment process here

The NSW Government is in the process of reforming the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 to ensure that every student is prepared and ready for their future. The new curriculum is being developed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA). 

This is the first comprehensive reform of the NSW school curriculum in 3 decades. It will build strong foundations in literacy and numeracy, with new English and mathematics syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 2.  The new curriculum will:

  • give teachers more time to concentrate on deep learning by reducing the hours teachers spend on non-essential learning and compliance requirements
  • better prepare Year 11 and 12 students for future work and study with new learning areas and career pathways
  • provide flexibility to meet students where they are at with the learning.

The staff at St Mary’s have been involved in all steps of the reform, starting with the consultation phase to ensure the new curriculum connects with practice and works well in the classroom.

The Kindergarten to Year 2 English and Mathematics Syllabus has been released and we will begin teaching it in 2023. 

All staff members have been participating in professional development to gain an understanding of the evidence and research underpinning the new syllabus and also the practical side of using the syllabus in our planning and teaching.

The Years 3-6 draft English and Mathematics syllabus was released earlier this year and the final version will be available to schools in 2023.

We are looking forward to implementing our new learnings into the classroom to ensure that all students achieve to the best of their abilities.

Please check the school calendar for events in Term 3.

Just a reminder that the allocated staff development (pupil free days) for this year are as follows. 

Day 1: Friday 8 April                                     Day 2: Tuesday 26 April

Day 3: Monday 18 July                                  Day 4: Monday 10 October 

The 2022 school year ends on Friday 16 December 2022. 

Warm regards



Jas Stuart

Assistant Principal 

Learning and Teaching

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School Fees update

With the introduction of Compass there are a number of changes to the fee paying process:
  • Statements are automatically sent via email at the end of each month.
  • The preferred payment of fees is via BPAY, EFTPOS or Compass.
    • BPAY: Please ensure you are using the current number. Contact the school office via email if you wish to check the number.
    • EFTPOS: cards may be used in the school office
    • COMPASS: open the app, click the cog wheel and open 'tools'. Your current outstanding balance will be on the screen.

Information relating to fee assistance due to the recent flooding was shared via our Compass App this week.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

MCC Enrolment Information

MCC Enrolment Information

Kiss and Drop Zone in Turf Street

Just a reminder that the Kiss and Drop Zone is currently signed as a one minute parking zone. This means that you cannot park your car in the kiss and drop zone for an extended period. The students arrive at Kiss and Drop at 3pm and are supervised in this zone until 3.20pm. Please consider arriving closer to 3pm for collection. 

The Kiss and Drop is designed for you to stay in your car while your child enters the car. If your child cannot open the car door and secure their own seatbelt, you need to park your car and walk to the gate to collect your child. The Kiss and Drop Zone does not function effectively and becomes congested if there are any hold ups or delays.

The school does not request the presence of the Grafton Police to manage traffic at the front of the school. However, there is a regular police presence on Turf Street monitoring the safety of the school zone. Please ensure that you adhere to all traffic signs in the area to avoid fines. 

Please check out our school Safe Travel webpage that details all the processes for travel to and from school. 

Parking in Hoof Street

There are a small number of parking spaces near the Sunrise Shop (corner of Hoof and Turf Streets) for use by their customers.  To assist this small business we suggest parking away from the corner.

Dear Parents and Carers

The installation of the new playground started last week and was completed yesterday.  The playground drew a great deal of attention from staff and students, and I am sure there are many students keen to try it out!  We have further projects planned which will commence in the near future - watch this space! Kinder students were happy to demonstrate the use of the playground to the builder during 'handover'.

In week 1 Kindergarten celebrated 100 days of school participating in themed activities during class, including teachers and students dressing up as a 100 year old.

NAIDOC celebrations were held at St Mary's last week and we were pleased to welcome a number of visitors to our school who assisted by working with students.  Many thanks to Mr Hegedus and Mr Skinner for their contributions to this important school event.

Kindergarten 2023 tours and interviews have been completed and I look forward to contacting the families with offers of enrolment in the coming days.  Additional enrolments are also being accepted via the online portal.  A link is located on our webpage. 

We hope you are able to attend our 'Family, Faith and Fun Night' being held next Tuesday (2 August 2022) at St Mary's Primary School.  The celebration will take place from 5:30pm - 7pm. We will enjoy family games, fun activities and dinner.

The second session of  'No Scaredy Cats' program for parents and carers is being held on 1 August - please refer to the flyer. We have a number of excursions and incursions coming up as well so please keep an eye on the Compass notifications. 

Our next P&F meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 August commencing at 5:15pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along.

Please check the calendar for additional events in Term 3.

Just a reminder that the allocated staff development (pupil free days) for this year are as follows. 

Day 1: Friday 8 April                                     Day 2: Tuesday 26 April

Day 3: Monday 18 July                                  Day 4: Monday 10 October 

The 2022 school year ends on Friday 16 December 2022. 

Information about enrolment for new and existing parents is on our website. If you are intending to enrol a child in Kindergarten next year you can start your online enrolment process here

On behalf of all staff at St Mary's, we wish you a lovely holiday break with the children who have worked very hard to achieve so much in the first semester of 2022. 

Warm regards

Jacki 

School Fees update

With the introduction of Compass there are a number of changes to the fee paying process:
  • Statements are automatically sent via email at the end of each month.
  • The preferred payment of fees is via BPAY, EFTPOS or Compass.
    • BPAY: Please ensure you are using the current number. Contact the school office via email if you wish to check the number.
    • EFTPOS: cards may be used in the school office
    • COMPASS: open the app, click the cog wheel and open 'tools'. Your current outstanding balance will be on the screen.

Information relating to fee assistance due to the recent flooding was shared via our Compass App this week.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

MCC Enrolment Information

MCC Enrolment Information

Kiss and Drop Zone in Turf Street

Just a reminder that the Kiss and Drop Zone is currently signed as a one minute parking zone. This means that you cannot park your car in the kiss and drop zone for an extended period. The students arrive at Kiss and Drop at 3pm and are supervised in this zone until 3.20pm. Please consider arriving closer to 3pm for collection. 

The Kiss and Drop is designed for you to stay in your car while your child enters the car. If your child cannot open the car door and secure their own seatbelt, you need to park your car and walk to the gate to collect your child. The Kiss and Drop Zone does not function effectively and becomes congested if there are any hold ups or delays.

The school does not request the presence of the Grafton Police to manage traffic at the front of the school. However, there is a regular police presence on Turf Street monitoring the safety of the school zone. Please ensure that you adhere to all traffic signs in the area to avoid fines. 

Please check out our school Safe Travel webpage that details all the processes for travel to and from school. 

Parking in Hoof Street

There are a small number of parking spaces near the Sunrise Shop (corner of Hoof and Turf Streets) for use by their customers.  To assist this small business we suggest parking away from the corner.

Year 1

Last week Year 1 celebrated NAIDOC Week and participated in Storytelling and Art activities. They really enjoyed drawing their own dot artworks and creating their own stories using the Aboriginal symbols. The students found it very interesting learning about what all of the different symbols represent.

Year 2

Year Two have begun learning about Persuasive texts in English. We have spent the past two weeks identifying what a persuasive text is, brainstorming topics we have different opinions on and even having some mini debates in the classroom. 

Over the past few days we have loved becoming the ‘teacher’ and examining some samples of student writing to co-construct our Bump it Up Wall. This will help us improve our writing throughout this unit as we can take ownership of our learning and use the Bump it Up Wall to see what we need to do to improve our persuasive writing.

Year 3

Year 3 students worked collaboratively to create this indigenous designed mural for our classroom. Each student was given a section to colour and the finished result is displayed in our classroom.

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Stage 3 Camp Review by Sienna Patricks

Stage 3 camp was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done. We did so many amazing things including: The Planetarium, Mount Coot-Tha, The Wheel of Brisbane and SUNCORP STADIUM! We went to The Botanical Gardens, Sparklab, The Queensland Museum, even a Police Museum. We watched the stars, we went six times around a Ferris Wheel, did experiments and solved mysteries. While we were going on these various adventures we stayed at Marist College Ashgrove who made us breakfast and dinner Monday Tuesday and Wednesday and packed us lunch. At night time we had fun with our friends and I don’t know about the boys but the girls had a blast.

Athletics Carnival

What a fantastic day it was for our school Athletics Carnival. The weather was perfect, the track was ready and our athletes were primed. Thank you to all those involved with the organisation and volunteering during the day. Many hands make light work and that was the story of this carnival. The P&F were wonderful in organising food, Little Athletics provided us with all necessary equipment, MCC lent us the mobile BBQ and staff/volunteers ran the activities.

Official Results 

Athletics Carnival Champions

Junior Girl - Harlow Callaghan

Junior Boy - Braxn Nipperess, Riley Cornish

11 Years Girl - Sabrina Golding

11 Years Boy - Callum Cameron

Senior Girl - Ellie Wills

Senior Boy - Zaden Nipperess

Carnival Champion - Sabrina Golding

Winning House - Patricius

Congratulations to all our winners on the day and well done to everyone who participated. Go Patricius.

The next step for our school's Athletics Squad is to compete at the Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival, Coff Harbour Stadium, Wednesday 20th July, 2022. Students who have made this squad will be notified through Compass and hard copy notes.

Yours in Sport

Peter Tonkin

Dear Parents and Carers

Today we wrap up Term 2 and it's hard to believe that we are half way through the year.

Highlights of this term include our Cross Country and Athletics carnivals; excursions to the Saraton and Brisbane; NAPLAN for Year 3 and Year 5 students; the Sacrament of Confirmation; school liturgies for ANZAC Day and Mothers Day; a return to weekly Mass at St Mary's Church; school photos and the Semester 1 school reports which were shared with parents this week. 

The Semester reports give an insight to your child's effort and achievements to date.  It has been pleasing to see the progression of the students since their assessments in Week 1 Term 1. Please email your child's teacher should you wish to meet with them to discuss the report.

On Wednesday we welcomed Mrs Jenny Allen, Director of Catholic Schools in the Lismore Dioese to St Mary's Primary. The staff of the Catholic Schools Office support and guide us in all areas of school life and it's wonderful to be able to welcome them back into St Mary's.

The installation of our new playground commences Week 1 of next term. This represents a major capital inprovement for St Mary's Primary School and we are sure this long awaited project will be very much appreciated by all students. 

Also in Term 3 we will continue our enrolment process offering additional school tours for prospective Kindergarten students and their families, as well as enrolment interview times.

On Tuesday 2 August 2022 we would like to warmly invite you and your family to celebrate family and faith at St Mary's Primary School.  The celebration will take place from 5:30pm - 7pm. We will enjoy family games, fun activities and dinner.

Please check the calendar for additional events in Term 3.

Just a reminder that the allocated staff development (pupil free days) for this year are as follows. 

Day 1: Friday 8 April                                     Day 2: Tuesday 26 April

Day 3: Monday 18 July                                  Day 4: Monday 10 October 

The 2022 school year ends on Friday 16 December 2022. 

Information about enrolment for new and existing parents is on our website. If you are intending to enrol a child in Kindergarten next year you can start your online enrolment process here

On behalf of all staff at St Mary's, we wish you a lovely holiday break with the children who have worked very hard to achieve so much in the first semester of 2022. 

Warm regards

Jacki 

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School Fees update

With the introduction of Compass there are a number of changes to the fee paying process:
  • Statements are automatically sent via email at the end of each month.
  • The preferred payment of fees is via BPAY, EFTPOS or Compass.
    • BPAY: Please ensure you are using the current number. Contact the school office via email if you wish to check the number.
    • EFTPOS: cards may be used in the school office
    • COMPASS: open the app, click the cog wheel and open 'tools'. Your current outstanding balance will be on the screen.

Information relating to fee assistance due to the recent flooding was shared via our Compass App this week.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

MCC Enrolment Information

MCC Enrolment Information

Kiss and Drop Zone in Turf Street

Just a reminder that the Kiss and Drop Zone is currently signed as a one minute parking zone. This means that you cannot park your car in the kiss and drop zone for an extended period. The students arrive at Kiss and Drop at 3pm and are supervised in this zone until 3.20pm. Please consider arriving closer to 3pm for collection. 

The Kiss and Drop is designed for you to stay in your car while your child enters the car. If your child cannot open the car door and secure their own seatbelt, you need to park your car and walk to the gate to collect your child. The Kiss and Drop Zone does not function effectively and becomes congested if there are any hold ups or delays.

The school does not request the presence of the Grafton Police to manage traffic at the front of the school. However, there is a regular police presence on Turf Street monitoring the safety of the school zone. Please ensure that you adhere to all traffic signs in the area to avoid fines. 

Please check out our school Safe Travel webpage that details all the processes for travel to and from school. 

Parking in Hoof Street

There are a small number of parking spaces near the Sunrise Shop (corner of Hoof and Turf Streets) for use by their customers.  To assist this small business we suggest parking away from the corner.

Stage 3

A feature in the Stage 3  classroom is the Bump it Up Wall. This is where students look for ways to improve (Bump up) their writing. They compare their writing with examples of other graded texts and make improvements to their own writing.

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Science & Technology: Stage 2 

In Science and Technology this term, Stage 2 has been learning about the properties of different materials. We conducted an experiment to discover which sports ball has the highest elasticity and recorded our attempts in slow motion using the iPads. We were able to get a clear view of what was happening with some surprising results.

 

Our School Athletics Carnival is set for next Thursday at Junction Hill. Thank you everyone for your patience, assistance and organisation for this event. Hopefully we’ll have a nice sunny day with a fast track. Don’t forget the BBQ orders and money for the Cake Stall on the day.


Diocesan Cricket

Oliver Inskip and Max Lobsey travelled to Lismore on Wednesday for the Diocesan Cricket Trials. Due to the rain this trial has been postponed a number of times so finally the boys got to show their talent. Although unsuccessful in gaining selection in the Diocesan team, they played with skill and determination. Well done Oliver and Max, it’s been a very busy Semester for them both.

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Yours in Sport

Peter Tonkin

Dear Parents and Carers

Well, winter has certainly arrived and now is a good time for families to review the School Uniform policy (on our webpage) to ensure students are dressed appropriately for the chilly mornings.  Don't forget the all-important name on all school clothing to ensure lost items can be returned to the owner (and if buying from the clothing pool please 'scrub out' the previous owner's name).

Over the past two weeks, the focus of our teachers in their Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) has been on Religious Education. Teams have been working hard to plan authentic and rigorous learning experiences and assessment opportunities in RE that help to further connect students with their faith journey.

Our Athletics Carnival which was to be held on Friday 17 June has been moved to next Thursday (23 June) which will allow the fields at Pine Street, Junction Hill time to dry out.

Thank you to those parents who offered to assist and we ask parents who volunteered previously to contact us if you are no longer able to help on the new date - and it's not too late to add your name to the list of volunteers.

Another group of volunteers working tirelessly for our school is the P&F.  Their efforts in supporting our students, staff and school are invaluable.  If you would like to know about our P&F please email the school.

Today we held the second school tour for prospective Kindergarten students and their families.  It is wonderful to see the genuine interest being shown in our school. Thank you to Mr Green for assisting with the tours.

We also remember the students who are preparing to participate in the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday 29 June. We keep these students in our prayers as the prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

In Week 10 our Stage 3 students will travel to Brisbane for their annual excursion.  Although the excursion offers many learning opportunities it's also a chance for students to experience independance (along with lots of fun!) We look forward to their updates and photos on Facebook.   

Last newsletter I told you of the tremendous effort our teaching staff are making in preparing the Semester 1 report for each student.  These will be posted via the Compass portal and a message will be sent when they are available.

Just a reminder that the allocated staff development (pupil free days) for this year are as follows. 

Day 1: Friday 8 April                                     Day 2: Tuesday 26 April

Day 3: Monday 18 July                                  Day 4: Monday 10 October 

The 2022 school year ends on Friday 16 December 2022. 

Information about enrolment for new and existing parents is on our website. If you are intending to enrol a child in Kindergarten next year you can start your online enrolment process here

Warm regards

Jacki 

A New Visitor to our Sick Bay

Thank you to Sophie who knitted a small comfort doll (in sports uniform) which she donated to our sick bay.  We know it will be appreciated! 

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School Fees update

With the introduction of Compass there are a number of changes to the fee paying process:
  • Statements are automatically sent via email at the end of each month.
  • The preferred payment of fees is via BPAY, EFTPOS or Compass.
    • BPAY: Please ensure you are using the current number. Contact the school office via email if you wish to check the number.
    • EFTPOS: cards may be used in the school office
    • COMPASS: open the app, click the cog wheel and open 'tools'. Your current outstanding balance will be on the screen.

Information relating to fee assistance due to the recent flooding was shared via our Compass App this week.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

MCC Enrolment Information

MCC Enrolment Information

Kiss and Drop Zone in Turf Street

Just a reminder that the Kiss and Drop Zone is currently signed as a one minute parking zone. This means that you cannot park your car in the kiss and drop zone for an extended period. The students arrive at Kiss and Drop at 3pm and are supervised in this zone until 3.20pm. Please consider arriving closer to 3pm for collection. 

The Kiss and Drop is designed for you to stay in your car while your child enters the car. If your child cannot open the car door and secure their own seatbelt, you need to park your car and walk to the gate to collect your child. The Kiss and Drop Zone does not function effectively and becomes congested if there are any hold ups or delays.

The school does not request the presence of the Grafton Police to manage traffic at the front of the school. However, there is a regular police presence on Turf Street monitoring the safety of the school zone. Please ensure that you adhere to all traffic signs in the area to avoid fines. 

Please check out our school Safe Travel webpage that details all the processes for travel to and from school. 

Parking in Hoof Street

There are a small number of parking spaces near the Sunrise Shop (corner of Hoof and Turf Streets) for use by their customers.  To assist this small business we suggest parking away from the corner.

Science & Technology: Stage 1

We have been making and exploring mixtures in our Science lessons. One thing we discovered was that combining cornflour and water creates 'oobleck' which is a fascinating substance acting as both a liquid and a solid. It was messy but fun! 

Year 2

Year 2 have been enjoying learning about puppetry and have been engaging in a range of activities involving making, performing and appreciating the elements of drama through the puppets. They have been learning how to make their puppets move and speak and building their puppets character.

Stage 3

Religious Education is a dynamic subject in Stage 3. We have been looking deeply into the Bible as a coaching manual for us on how we should live our lives. We’ve defined what a good coach is and the positive characteristics of a good coach. We’ve imagined Jesus as our coach in today's world. We are now researching how Jesus taught through Parables, the meaning of those parables and how the lessons can be taught today in the 21st century.


This term, Stage 3 have been learning about how to write a persuasive argument. Our focus has been around the environmental issue facing our world and how we can make a change for the better. This week, students created a Tweet to get there point across in a succinct and effective way. This was such a wonderful task that engaged the students and highlighted to them the importance of word choice and making a strong argument using persuasive devices. Feel free to follow our Twitter page Stage3SMP.

 

New South Wales PSSA  Boys Hockey

It was a big week for Max Lobsey and Oliver Inskip. They are our two Polding representatives who  represented our school at the NSW State Hockey Championships in Tamworth this week. Early reports were they won their first game. This was their stepping stone to State selection. 

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Netball NSW Schools Cup.

Last week St Mary’s participated in the Netball NSW Schools Cup. Teams from throughout the Clarence Valley attended. Our Year 6 Team were runners-up and have now qualified for the next level of this competition which will be held in Casino. 

Our Year 5 team also played extremely well going through undefeated in their competition. 

Diocesan Cross Country

Max Lobsey and Sabrina Golding represented the Clarence Zone at the Diocesan Cross Country Carnival held at the Grafton Race Course last week. Both ran exceptionally well finishing in the top half of the field. Well done Max and Sabrina.



Yours in Sport

Peter Tonkin

Dear Parents and Carers

Next Wednesday (8 June) St Mary's will hold a Footy and Fairies dress up day.  Students can choose to wear the colours of their favourite footy team or their favourite fairy outfit ... or a combination of both!

Don't forget that Monday 13 June is a public holiday.

On Friday 17 June, staff and students will travel to Pine Street Oval at Junction Hill for our Athletics Carnival. If you are available to assist on the day please contact our Leader of Sport, Mr Peter Tonkin.

As we approach the end of Term 2, our teaching staff are spending countless hours preparing student report cards. We thank them and acknowledge the hard work and long hours they spend to ensure these reports are informative and ready to share with parents. We admire their dedication to ensuring St Mary's continues to be a wonderful school. Well done, teachers.

As a school, we are continuing our work on our School Improvement Plan (SIP). Every year we strive to be even better than we were the year before - just like our students do in their learning. Our two school goals are progressing very well:

Our first goal is to increase engagement in the liturgical and prayer aspects of school life.

Our staff continue to gather as a whole staff group on a Thursday morning before school to join in staff prayer. This work is designed to strengthen our individual prayer life and expose staff to a wide variety of authentic ways to pray.

Every Monday morning, our Year 6 leaders prepare and lead our whole school in prayer opportunities which is a wonderful way to come together as a faith community and pray for the needs of others. 

It was wonderful to see a large number of family members in attendance at the Stage 1 Liturgy recently. Congratulations to the teachers and students who led a lovely liturgy as part of the conclusion to their Religious Education unit. Watch this space, more liturgies are planned for other Stage groups in the future. 

Over the remaining weeks of this year, we hope to begin implementing our plan for the formation of a ‘St Mary’s School Prayer’. This will be a detailed process as we unpack our history, connections and beliefs to construct a prayer that represents our wonderful school. Input will be sought from all members of our community including staff, students and parents. We look forward to working with you all on this project.

Our second goal for 2022 is to improve student achievement and individual growth across the school in the area of writing.

Throughout this year, our staff have been working on improving our writing process for more effective learning and teaching. We have been working closely with an expert in Canada, Dr Lyn Sharratt through the support of the Catholic Schools Office. 

We continue to work as a team to build a shared understanding of quality writing instruction. At St Mary's, we believe that all students can learn at high levels given the right time and support. Each week, classroom teachers meet with school leaders of learning to analyse student data to determine the next steps of instruction and the most effective methods of learning moving forward. 

During Term 2, we have placed an emphasis on how we teach Guided Writing to provide point of need instruction to students that is linked to their individual goals. 

Just a reminder that the allocated staff development (pupil free days) for this year are as follows. 

Day 1: Friday 8 April                                     Day 2: Tuesday 26 April

Day 3: Monday 18 July                                  Day 4: Monday 10 October 

The 2022 school year ends on Friday 16 December 2022. 

Information about enrolment for new and existing parents is on our website. If you are intending to enrol a child in Kindergarten next year you can start your online enrolment process here

We are about to start processing enrolments from families who are new to St Mary's, if you are an existing parent of St Mary's and have a child who is going to attend Kindergarten next year, please contact the school office or you may miss out on a space for your child in the Kinder 2023 class. 

Warm regards

Jacki 

School Fees update

With the introduction of Compass there are a number of changes to the fee paying process:
  • Statements are automatically sent via email at the end of each month.
  • The preferred payment of fees is via BPAY, EFTPOS or Compass.
    • BPAY: Please ensure you are using the current number. Contact the school office via email if you wish to check the number.
    • EFTPOS: cards may be used in the school office
    • COMPASS: open the app, click the cog wheel and open 'tools'. Your current outstanding balance will be on the screen.

Information relating to fee assistance due to the recent flooding was shared via our Compass App this week.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

MCC Enrolment Information

MCC Enrolment Information

Kiss and Drop Zone in Turf Street

Just a reminder that the Kiss and Drop Zone is currently signed as a one minute parking zone. This means that you cannot park your car in the kiss and drop zone for an extended period. The students arrive at Kiss and Drop at 3pm and are supervised in this zone until 3.20pm. Please consider arriving closer to 3pm for collection. 

The Kiss and Drop is designed for you to stay in your car while your child enters the car. If your child cannot open the car door and secure their own seatbelt, you need to park your car and walk to the gate to collect your child. The Kiss and Drop Zone does not function effectively and becomes congested if there are any hold ups or delays.

The school does not request the presence of the Grafton Police to manage traffic at the front of the school. However, there is a regular police presence on Turf Street monitoring the safety of the school zone. Please ensure that you adhere to all traffic signs in the area to avoid fines. 

Please check out our school Safe Travel webpage that details all the processes for travel to and from school. 

Parking in Hoof Street

There are a small number of parking spaces near the Sunrise Shop (corner of Hoof and Turf Streets) for use by their customers.  To assist this small business we suggest parking away from the corner.

Learning and Teaching

Science & Technology: Kindergarten

This term Kindergarten is exploring everyday materials and their properties. We have sorted objects into either natural or made and found different types of materials used around our school.

Year 2

Year 2 have been learning about halves, quarters, and eighths in Mathematics. We made fairy bread and cut our fairy bread into halves, quarters and eighths (which was a bit tricky!) and got to eat it when we were finished! We also enjoyed being able to go to Mass for the first time in a long time.

Year 5 News

It has been a very busy time for Year 5 as they  sat their NAPLAN (National Assessment Progress Literacy And Numeracy) tests last week. It was very exciting as this was the first time this particular cohort of students sat down for this assessment, missing their Year 3 testing due to COVID. All assessments were online, Writing, Reading, Language Conventions and Mathematics. Students were familiar with the formatt after having a practice test two weeks earlier. All of our students completed the assessments without any problems, well done Year 5.

We are now back to working on our persuasive writing in English and our rapid recall of the four operations in Mathematics. We are on the improve!