23rd June 2022
Year Six Fundraising for Sunshine Coast Camp
Our Year 6 students are off to the Sunshine Coast for their camp next term. Keep an eye out for the students selling chocolates! Also, see the winning football numbers below and check your tickets to see if you are a winner of the footy doubles raffle. Charlotte’s Nest have State of Origin #2 Football Doubles for sale. Pop in and grab a ticket with your coffee to support our students Year 6 Camp.
Now the cooler weather is upon us, a timely reminder that ONLY plain navy blue track pants and jumpers are accepted for the St Mary’s uniform. The St Mary’s school jacket is also available for purchase from the uniform shop. Please ensure that your child has the correct uniform when we return in Term 3. The school uniform is important to us and there is a need for it to be worn well. It is a symbol of who we are as a school and of the values we hold dear. We ask for the cooperation of all families in this endeavour.
Bicycle and Scooter Parking – survey from Department of Transport
Dear Parents, carers and staff
In partnership with Arup and Zwart Transport Planning, the Department of Transport and Main Roads is gathering insights from parents, carers and staff about bicycle and scooter parking at schools across Queensland. If you would like to contribute your experiences and assist in improving bicycle/scooter parking at schools, we invite you to complete the following online survey by Friday, 24 June 2022 - Bicycle and scooter parking at schools survey for parents, carers and staff.
Neuroscience – Pathways to Resilience
Next term we will continue to work with the Pathways to Resilience team on Neuroscience for Educators. This work is building the knowledge and skills of all teachers and school officers around children’s brain development. Did you know the process of brain development is sequential? Brain Stem 0 – 6 months: heartbeat, breathing, automatic survival functions, Cerebellum 6 months – 2 years: movement and coordination centre, Limbic System 2 – 7 years: emotions, connecting with people, stress response, protective alarm system, Cortex 7 years onwards: thinking, reasoning, problem solving, planning, Cortex renovations – adolescence: managing emotions, regulating behaviour, seeing things from another’s point of view. Children’s brains are still developing, and they need our help to learn to regulate their emotions. A calm, safe environment is essential. How are we supporting children’s emotional brains? Responding with empathy; Teaching students about their emotions; Helping students learn to calm themselves; and Getting curious, not furious!
Please see the link below for 10 Ways to Calm and Connect.
Save the Date
- NAIDOC March and ceremony following at St Mary’s School – Friday 15th July
- Bishop’s Inservice Day (Student Free Day) – Monday 25th July
- Catholic Education Week – Monday 25th – Friday 29th July
- Whole School Athletics Carnival – Friday 29th July
Have a wonderful winter break.
Congratulations to our students who made their first Holy Communion at Parish Mass, Saturday 11th June. Please see a photo below and a photo of students receiving their gift of a Holy Communion pin, to wear to any masses, (school or parish), they attend in the future. The sacrament of Confirmation will be in August, Term 3. Students will receive their booklets at the start of Term 3.
Catholic Education Week – Term 3
We celebrate Catholic Education Week July 24 – 30. The 2022 theme is ‘Communities of Faith, Hope and Love’. Important dates to remember for Catholic Education Week:
Monday July 25th
Bishop’s Inservice Day for staff – Pupil Free Day
Wednesday July 27th
Whole school Mass at St Mary’s Church to celebrate Catholic Education week & morning tea afterwards for families
A huge congratulations to our classes for the high standard of Prayer Assemblies during the term. We also wish to thank parents, grandparents and friends of St Mary’s for their attendance at assemblies during the term. After the last two years, we appreciate everyone being able to gather together to celebrate our students. Please see photos below from Yr 3’s assembly about the Baptism of the Gentiles and Yr 1’s assembly about Mary.
Prayer assemblies will continue for Prep – Yr 3 next term. 4/5 and 5/6, together with their teacher and Mrs Lines, will participate in a Parish Mass next term. We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and families. More information to come next term.
Wishing all our students, parents and staff a very happy and relaxing two week break! Bring on Term 3!
WOW Week 10!
With holidays just a couple of days away, it is timely to remind everyone again of the necessity of students continuing their reading journey during the school holidays.
We facilitate this by students not only borrowing extra for the holiday period but also provisioning 24/7 access to our Library Web App. Parents and students can connect to our Library Web App by simply utilising the hyperlink available through the school website. This link immediately takes you to our Junior Dashboard, with navigation to the Senior Dashboard within the Dashboard drop down box.
Check out these hyperlinked sites
Story Box Library contains a wealth of entertaining stories by local authors and illustrators read by prominent storytellers.
Kidsnews is a literacy resource containing current daily news stories.
A range of author websites for students to visit are also available through the Web App portal.
Students in years five and six can borrow eBooks through the Web App, with availablity being extended to year four early in Term 3.
Students busy using the Web App to reserve “hot” titles in the library and to also request titles to be purchased.
There is also lots of fun to be had completing our online book puzzles.
A must do for parents and students … visit and utilise the Web App for further holiday reading experiences.
Michelle & Alice
Semester one, ALL DONE!
In term three our athletics day will be held at the High School on Friday 29th July, get your green and gold colours on!
Enjoy the holidays everyone, see you all in semester 2.
Some photos below to wrap up the term.
Yours in HPE,
Year 1 News
Welcome to week ten. A huge congratulations to all Year One students on their wonderful prayer assembly! Last week was our final Deadly Choices afternoon. All students had a fantastic time learning about the Indigenous Culture and how to look after their bodies. Year One have spent time this term learning about BeeBots and beginners coding. Thank you for another great term, stay safe these holidays and look forward to seeing you all next term!
Year 2 News
Happy week 10 everyone!
Year 2 has been making a huge effort to complete all their assessment tasks. The photos below are from our last session of Deadly Choices – the students have had a great time playing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games and learning about living a healthy lifestyle.
I hope everyone has a very safe and enjoyable holiday. I look forward to seeing you in term 3!
Year 3 News
Year 4/5 News
Well done Year 4/5 on the brilliant work you did this term. We have done some very exciting stuff like learning what a biome is in HASS, how to write and speak persuasively in English, money in math, how to program a turtle in IT, parables in religion and functions of materials in science. We also had a lot of fun debating and making our toy inventions. Clever inventors!
Year 5/6 News
What a fun end of term we have had. So many fun events and activities!
Emily Nixon, Madison Barton, Evie Hotham, Riley Newby, Dominic Chang, Heidi Hay, Kai Thompson, Lily Dunne, Nicholas Chang, Charlie Sullivan, Georgia Hindmarch, Phil Margetts, Sr Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Happy birthday to all students and staff who celebrate their birthday in June.
Dates to Remember
- Tuesday 12th July- Term 3 commences
- Friday 15th July - NAIDOC March and ceremony following at St Mary’s School
- Monday 25th July - Pupil Free day / Bishop's Inservice for School Staff
- Monday 25th - Friday 29th July - Catholic Education Week
- Friday 29th July - Whole School Athletic Carnival