St Mary’s School is located in Charleville, Queensland Australia and provides a faith based education
for students from Prep to Year Six.
The St Mary’s School community is challenged to work towards building an environment whereby
all school activities are grounded in values that are congruent with the teachings of Jesus. Being a
rural school, family and community ties are strong and we are committed to maintaining mutually
supportive and inclusive relationships.
Last week saw St Mary’s hold three days of athletics culminating in the Friday whole day carnival. It was fantastic to be able to gather as a community once again albeit in a changed environment. Thanks must go to Kirsty Lines for planning this event and managing to work to a tight schedule and fit in as many events as possible. Our staff put in a massive day on Friday to also make this so successful. Thanks to our parents who understood the need to follow the required health measures. We were also very impressed with our school leaders, how they lead by example with their conduct and the way they encouraged everyone.
Mini – Carnival with Charleville State School
As there will be no district athletics this year, St Mary’s and Charleville State School will have a ‘mini’ carnival to give students a chance to compete against another cohort on Friday, August 21st (providing COVID restrictions remain the same). Students competing will be aged 9 – 12 years and will be the students who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 100m, discus, high jump, long jump and shotput. Please see the list of our St Mary’s team in our latest newsletter.
Congratulations to Deidre Murray who has been nominated for a Catholic Education Week Excellence Award. Deidre, as you all know, has a pivotal role at St Mary’s providing a service to students, teachers, parents and the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office. She is able to juggle all these roles professionally and richly deserves her nomination.
FAREWELL FATHER PETER
This Sunday, 9 August at 10:00am the school will host an outdoor Mass as the Parish provides an opportunity to farewell Father Peter. The outdoor venue will allow a much bigger congregation while still maintaining social distancing. Please bring a chair if you have one and a picnic lunch if you would like to gather afterwards. There will be tables and chairs set up to allow for people to gather and maintain social distancing and sign in sheets to track attendance. The school will provide the urn and tea and coffee as well as the school BBQ if you would like to have a cook up.
The school will also be farewelling Father Peter with a liturgy on Wednesday 19 August in the Cobb & Co Hall. We will keep you posted as we progress with this planning.
After meeting with Fr Peter this week, it was decided students who made their sacrament of Reconciliation in March will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist in 2020 and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2021. Students will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist on August 15 at 6:00pm parish mass.
This term we have carpentry back as an activity and it is as popular as ever. A big thank you to Tower Hardware for donating some wood and to the Thomas family for their supplies. If anyone else has any pine off cuts for us to use, it would be wonderful.
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