St Mary's School, Charleville
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66 Watson Street
Charleville QLD 4470

Phone: 07 4654 1638

13 October 2021

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Principal News

Welcome back! Term 4 is traditionally ‘packed’ with a number of events including swimming lessons and our twilight swimming carnival, Mini Mary’s, Year 6 Transition, Student Leadership election process, Liturgy and Farewell and End of Year Liturgy and Awards Evening. Whilst these are all very important in the life of the school, we must not lose sight of the need to continue to work towards academic improvement. This is a timely opportunity to remember the importance of being at school every day. Regular absence from school, except for genuine illness, places our students at risk of falling behind in their schoolwork, missing out on new concepts, impacts upon friendships and reduces the child’s resilience for an appropriate work ethic. Daily curriculum content is important and there is a need for students to attend regularly to ensure their completion and comprehension of all concepts taught each day. We ask for strong parental commitment in relation to school attendance. Please consider the impact on your child’s learning when planning an extended holiday during term time.

Our school day at St Mary’s begins at 8:20am. Please endeavour to have your children at school between 8:00 and 8:20am. It can be very unsettling for your own child and disruptive to the teacher and students to have students enter the classroom once lessons have commenced. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Dress and Appearance

Student have been reminded of our school expectations in relation to uniform and appearance at St Mary’s School. 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. For students, we ask that they respect the uniform, wear it correctly and with pride. We ask for the cooperation of all families in this endeavour.

School Hats

Students require a navy school hat each day. If you require a new school hat, please contact our uniform coordinator, Melissa Jones 0427 547 101 to arrange a new hat. St Mary’s hats are $15 each. Spare hats will no longer be provided to students.

Student Leadership 2022

Last Friday I met with the Year 5 students to discuss the criteria for their leadership speeches as they look to become school leaders next year. As I explained to them, whilst the speeches are an important part of the selection process, they have been developing a resume for quite a long time. This resume can be seen in how they conduct themselves in and out of school. This year, we have developed a leadership program that will begin in Week 3 of this term. Students will be required to attend meetings with me each Wednesday with the conclusion of the program consisting of speeches and a voting process. 2022 Student Leadership Recipients will be announced at the End of Year Liturgy on the 2nd December.

Term 4 Swimming

Swimming notes were sent home with each child last term outlining the finer details of our swimming block (5 weeks). Ms Mac, Mick Winton and Susan Harvey will instruct during these swimming lessons. Swimming is compulsory and forms part of the assessment for PE this term. Please consider coming along for your child’s lesson if possible, even if only as a supervisor or a dresser after the lesson.

Book Fair is Coming!

Just a reminder that St Mary’s are hosting a Book Fair from Tuesday 26th October until Friday 29th October. This will be located in the Performing Arts Hall and will open every morning from 8:00am-9:00am and each afternoon from 2:15pm – 3:15pm with late night shopping on Wednesday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, or by appointment. This is a great way to purchase quality children’s literature as well as supporting our school to receive rewards!

Book Fair is co-ordinated by our teacher librarian, Michelle Sheehan. If you are able to assist with selling books either before or after school, please let Michelle know or put your name down in the office!

Mini Mary’s

This Thursday, there will be much excitement coming from the Prep classroom as our pre-prep transition program, ‘Mini Mary’s’, kicks off. The purpose of the program is for the children and their families to become familiar with the school surroundings. The program runs for the next 3 weeks on Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30am with 2022 teacher, Miss Hunt.

A parent information session will be held in the staffroom this Thursday 14th October commencing at 9:00am. All 2022 Prep parents are welcome to attend.

Day for Daniel

On Friday 29th October, we are supporting a very worthwhile cause. On this day the students are able to wear red to raise funds to support the valuable work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

Twilight Swimming Carnival

Once again this year, we are holding our annual swimming carnival as a twilight event. This will be held on Friday, 26th November. On this day students are able to be picked up from school at 12:00noon to meet back at the pool at 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start. We hope to be finished by 7:00pm. This twilight event not only allows us to escape the heat of the day, but is a great opportunity for the whole family to come along. Dinner will be available to purchase at this event. This will be co-ordinated by the P and F.

2022 Planning

I am currently making staffing and class arrangements for 2022 and if you definitely know that you will not be returning to St Mary’s in 2022, it would be appreciated if you could let me know, as the number of class teachers is directly linked to the number of students in the school. The class structure and teaching staff will be announced, once finalised, closer to the end of term.

Your ongoing support of our school is greatly appreciated and should you know of friends, relatives or work colleagues who are considering schooling options for 2022, I ask you to encourage them to consider St Mary’s as a preferred option. Should you or they require any further information regarding enrolment at St Mary’s, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to meet with people to talk about what St Mary’s has to offer.

At any stage, prospective families are more than welcome to come along, tour the school and see firsthand the calm classroom environments conducive to learning.

St Mary’s Leadership Structure for 2022

After reviewing the operational management of our school with Peter Simpson (Director: Human Resources), Paul Murphy (Senior Education Leader) and the current leadership team, we have determined a restructure for 2022. From 2022 onwards, St Mary’s Leadership Team will consist of four separate roles with one person allocated to each role (Principal, APRE, Middle Leader, Learning Support Teacher). This aligns with our Strategic Plan to best deliver quality teaching and educational outcomes for our students, and we believe this approach will become more sustainable into the future. We will share more information regarding these roles towards the end of the term.

Have a fabulous fortnight.


Grandparents’ Liturgy – October 22nd

By now you will have received your invitation to our Grandparents’ Liturgy, on Friday, October 22nd, at 9:00am in the church. Our Grandparents’ liturgy is always a special time, with families sitting together in church (not in class). Please encourage your little person to invite a family friend or come to the liturgy yourself if your family does not have ‘official’ grandparents in town. We then encourage grandparents to stay after the liturgy to spend time in the classroom with their grandchildren and attend a special morning tea provided by the school afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

Term Four Prayer Assemblies/Liturgies

Please see below the timetable for prayer assemblies and liturgies during Term Four. It’s a very busy term, with Grandparents’ liturgy, a whole school rosary focus and Year 6 end of primary school celebrations.



Week One – October 5-8


Week Two – October 11-15


Week 3 – Friday 22nd October


Week Four – Friday 29th October


Week Five – Friday 5th November


Week Six – Friday 12th November


Week Seven – Nov 15 - 19


Week Eight – Nov 22 - 26


Week Nine – Nov 29 – 2 Dec




Praying the Rosary

This month, our focus as a school is learning how to pray the rosary. Do you have rosary beads at home? Why not take some time to pray the rosary as a family. Pope John Paul II encouraged families to pray the rosary together:

‘how beautiful is the family that recites the rosary every evening’

- Pope John Paul ii

If you are interested in praying the rosary as a family, please see the below link. A lovely way to spend time together and talk to God.

Welcome Lisa Cavanagh

On Tuesday, October 19th & 20th, we welcome Lisa Cavanagh back to St Mary’s. Lisa is our TCSO Faith and Formation Officer and has been supporting our teachers and myself as an Illuminate school this year. This will be Lisa’s last visit to St Mary’s this year. She will team teach with and model lessons for our teachers. We thank Lisa for her support this year. Our teachers and I have benefitted from her extensive knowledge and understanding of the religion curriculum. Please feel free to offer Lisa a friendly St Mary’s welcome if you happen to see her next week.

Library News

Welcome back!

Charleville Library Visit

Last week all classes visited our town library to explore the space and discover the resources that they have available. We were all very impressed with the range that can be accessed physically and online, and the best thing is that these are all FREE! You can even borrow and return from all libraries within the Rural Libraries Queensland network once you become a member. Joining is simple, just pop into the library with proof of your current address.

Our visit also ties in nicely with our Term 4 theme, Libraries Are The Best! During our library lessons I will be showcasing a range of libraries to highlight the many and varied creative and learning activities libraries have on offer.

Sixteen Legs Exhibition

We also visited the Sixteen Legs Exhibition at the Mulga Lands Gallery and were extremely fortunate to participate in a guided tour and information session with Dr Niall Doran, a Tasmanian scientist. Did you know spiders have blue blood? We learnt this interesting fact and many more.

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 7 is a 38-page catalogue filled with great books including Christmas titles, great for gift giving.

Orders due Tuesday 19th October

Book Fair

Tuesday 26th October – Friday 29th October
8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:15 – 3:15pm

Late night shopping Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
or by appointment.

Parent helpers needed.

Simply write your name in your preferred timeslot on the roster, located in the School Office.

Prep News

Year 1 News

Welcome back to Term 4.

Only 8 weeks to go!!! Crazy to think that we only have this time left in Year 1. We have a busy and hectic term ahead of us, but also a very exciting journey that we are going to experience.

Last week we explored a range of addition and subtraction strategies to use in mathematics when solving problems and tried connecting these problems to the real world.

On Thursday we were lucky enough as a class to go to the Sixteen Legs exhibition. During this time students explored the library and what it had to offer. We talked to the scientist, Dr Niall Doran, where students learnt that all of the animals we can find in the exhibition live in caves. Students thoroughly enjoyed this excursion and asked fabulous questions using extraordinary vocabulary.

Looking forward to seeing what Year Ones get up to in the next two weeks.

Kindest regards,
Imogen Hunt

Year 2 News

Term 4 already!

We kicked off the term with a fantastic excursion to Sixteen Legs – we all had a great time learning about spiders and other creatures in caves.

A quick outline of what we will be learning in Year 2 below.

English: fact or fiction texts – understanding the purpose of the text.
Math: division, multiplication, measurement, probability and revision (this will vary from week to week).
HASS: geography – our world and global connections.
Art: dance and music.
Health: healthy eating choices.
Religion: the story of Abraham and Sarah, then moving into the birth of Jesus.

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Term 4 everyone!

I pray you all had a wonderful break!

We've stepped straight into a busy term full of excitement and events!! Congratulations to Charlie for receiving the Student of the Week Award last week! Week one saw us visit an engaging exhibition "Sixteen Legs" and a visit to the local library (see Dojo for photos). Students enjoyed this and the experience left many students wanting to become members of Charleville Library! Week two we begin swimming for sport and what better timing, as it's starting to heat up!!

A reminder as we commence into our Term, all students at St. Mary's are STAR learners, guided through our school’s values: Striving to achieve, T aking responsibility, A cting with kindness and R especting their self’s and others. Thank you, families, for your continued efforts to have an active part in your child's education, it will certainly have a lasting effect on their future goals and dreams.

This Term our units include: English- Poetry, Math- Measuring Up & Data, Religion- Who do we say Jesus is? Science- chemical science.... HASS- our Environment and sustainability, Sport- swimming and the Arts- dance and music.

Until week 4, stay well and stay good.

Light and Happiness,
Mrs. Young and Super STARS in 3/4.

Year 4/5 News

Welcome to Term 4 everyone!!

What a busy but fun term we have ahead of us! We were so lucky to observe the Sixteen Legs Exhibition last week - we learnt so much through asking lots of valuable questions!!

Some of our Year 5’s joined Mrs Lines and our Year 6 leaders on stage last week to learn about praying the rosary. What wonderful leaders we are setting up for next year!

Year 6 News

Year Six has had a great start to Term 4 and are very excited for what lies ahead. In Week One we began our English review writing/reading unit. We began reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and have really enjoyed the mystery the book entails. In religion we started looking at the old Judaism religion and created some posters using Canva, which was a lot of fun. This week we will continue looking at Civic and Citizenship (Australian Government) and will start looking into our nation’s politics. In Technologies and Design we are looking at different materials and how objects and material design has changed from past to present. We also get to start our dance unit in preparation for our awards night performance.

Have a great term everyone!

Year 6 Team

Science and Sport News

Welcome to Term Four! All students have hit the ground running this term. In week one of PE, lower students participated in an array of activities by completing stations of balancing, throwing, jumping, kicking, teamwork, catching and skipping.

Upper students learnt and practiced a variety of skills used in volleyball. The skills practiced were passing, setting, spiking, and serving. Please enjoy some pics below.

In week two our 5-week swimming block commences. This block will focus on getting students race ready for our Twilight Swimming Carnival held at the end of the year. Please refer to the note sent home regarding your child’s swim times and when they are to change into/come to school in their swimmers. Please note a swim shirt is required for these lessons. Helpers are always welcome.

In Science, students will be engaging in the Chemical Science Strand. Lower years are learning about materials and their properties. They will be identifying the different properties of a variety of natural and man-made materials and how these properties can influence their uses. We will also conduct testing to physically change and combine materials to change their purpose.

Upper years are investigating the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Students will be conducting investigations to identify the specific properties of matter and their behaviours.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/concerns about your child’s progress in Science or PE.

Ms Mac.

Tuckshop News

A new tuckshop menu for Term 4 was sent home last week and is also attached to this newsletter. Please use this menu as there has been some changes since last term.

If you pay for tuckshop with cash, could you please fold the top of the brown paper bags down so that the money does not fall out. It is very difficult to give change if the money is loose in the tuckshop trays. Alternately, you could put the money in an envelope with your child’s name & the monetary amount, and place that in the tuckshop bag.

Tuckshop payment can also be made by direct debit into the school bank account, (BSB 064407, Account No. 00800243). Please use your name & tuckshop as the reference. This is very important so that the money is costed to the correct area.

Non-State School Transport Assistance Scheme

Applications for the Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme are NOW OPEN! The initiative provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. Visit the link below:

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility requirements visit the link below:

To find out if you qualify for Students With Disability transport assistance under the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme visit the link below:

Applications for the Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme will close on 31 October. To apply visit the link below:

School Office Hours

Our school office is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday including both lunch breaks.

Term Dates 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April
Term 2: Monday 19 April – Friday 25 June
Term 3: Monday 12 July – Friday 17 September
Term 4: Tuesday 5 October – Friday 3 December

Student Absences

In order to streamline the roll marking process, parents/carers are required to contact the school office before 9:00am to inform us if they have a child absent from school, and the reason for the absence. This contact can be via email, phone, or our text messaging number 0438 392 213.

School Fees

Term 3 school fee accounts were due for payment on Thursday 19 August 2021. These accounts were emailed. If you have not received your invoice, please check your junk email as some families have reported that this is where the email landed.

We have several options for the payment of fees including direct debit, cash, cheque, EFTPOS, and Centrepay. Please contact the school office for more information on any of these methods.

Late Arrivals

A reminder to parents that any child who arrives late at school should be signed in at the office, by a parent or responsible adult, on the student register. Older siblings are not able to sign children in or out unless they are 18 or over.

October Birthdays

John Bryant, Laura Dare, Addison Itzstein, Alyssa Heinemann, Mack Finall, Tristan Carroll, Jayla Hay, Thomas Purvis, Mrs Williams

Family Details Update

A reminder to families to keep your contact details up to date. It is very important that these details are correct as we need to be able to contact families for many reasons, including medical emergencies. Please contact the office either by phone, email or in person if you have any changes to make.

Term 4 2021 Dates

14 October

Mini Mary’s 9:00-10:30am

15 October

Assembly 2:25pm

21 October

Mini Mary’s 9:00-10:30am

22 October

Grandparents Day & Open Day

22 October


25 October

P&F meeting 3:00pm

26-29 October


Uniform Shop

Uniform shop opening hours are the first Thursday of the month from 2:30-3:00pm.

Please contact Melissa Jones on 0427 547 101 if you wish to make a purchase outside of these hours.

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