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Important Dates
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16th November
Awards Night

21st November

Last swimming lessons for term

22nd November

2019 Camp Fundraiser
Icy Cups for sale 1st Break $1 ea.

23rd November
Uniform orders due for 2019
Prep Nativity Prayer Assembly
2pm in PA Hall

30th November

Swimming Carnival 4pm start

3rd December

Year 6 Graduation Liturgy 5.30pm
in the Church

5th December

End of school year
End of Year Liturgy
(Captains for 2019 announced)
9am in the Church followed by
whole school morning tea

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First Thursday of the month
2.30 - 3.00pm

Phone: 0427 547 101

Fridays 2.00pm
Liturgy week 1.40pm

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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.

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Last week I attended the final Principals’ forum for the year.  These forums occur every term and are an excellent opportunity to meet other principals in the Toowoomba Diocese. The forum had a very strong focus on examining how Catholic schools deliver the Religious curriculum and make it relevant to communities today. It also gave us a chance to reflect on how we, as a school, can make the Gospel message relevant to our students.

As a school there are many opportunities to see the example set by Jesus, in the contemporary world. The teachers often comment on how our students include and care for our younger children. Recently one of the senior students approached me with a letter outlining how we could collect Christmas Care packages for our overseas defence forces. Stay tuned for more on this initiative. My initial thoughts were obviously that these students are fantastic community members with values developed from and guided by their families and friends. There is an opportunity here to connect the message of the Gospel, that Jesus made clear by example and his teaching, that we are called to care for each other by our actions. The religion curriculum demands that the message of the Gospel is recontextualised, so the meaning is clear to our students.

On Sunday I attended Charleville’s Remembrance Day ceremony. It was a very moving time of prayer and reflection. One area that stood out was the involvement of the young people from the community. Guides and Scouts stood in silent tribute, there was a young bugler and singer as well as our own seniors, Siddhant and Lachlan, who recited two very moving poems. It was a very good reminder that the future is in good hands with young people of this calibre in our community.

This Friday night at our awards ceremony we celebrate the achievements of our students. At these awards we recognise those who have excelled in various fields. We also acknowledge the students who have shown a determination to improve and have approached challenges with dignity and respect for teachers and peers. I look forward to seeing you there. The year five parents will be catering and running a bar so take advantage of not cooking for the night.

Please note the change in opening times for the Uniform Shop this month - 15 & 22 November from 2:30-3:00pm. Order forms for uniforms for 2019 have been sent home. Please return these forms, including a 50% deposit, (either cheque or cash), to the school office by Friday 23 November. Please contact Melissa Jones on 0427 547 101 if you wish to make a purchase outside of these hours.

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