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

Phone: 07 4654 1638

24 November 2021

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Principal News

From the Principal
Newsletter Item Term 4 – Week 8
From the Principal

Welcome to the final fortnight of 2021!

Thursday 25th November

St Mary’s Got Talent in PAH 11.15am

Friday 26th November

Swimming Carnival 4pm

Monday 29th November

Year 6 Liturgy and Graduation Dinner

Thursday 2nd December

End of Year Liturgy, Move-up-a-class day and Mega Draw

Semester 2 Report Cards

All Semester 2 report cards will be emailed this semester. Please ensure your email address is up to date with the school office by the end of this week.

Student Free Days and Modified School Days for Term 4

We have two more days that are impacted for students this term. Please take note of these days and mark them on your calendar.

  • Friday 26th November is a split school day for the twilight swimming carnival. St Mary’s School will close at midday and recommence from 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start at the local pool. OSHC will operate from midday if a minimum number of bookings are received.
  • Friday 3rd December is a pupil free day (travel day). Vacation Care (OSHC) will commence from this day if a minimum number of bookings are received.

School Fees – 2021 accounts are required to be up to date

Currently, we still have a significant amount in outstanding school fees. At the time of enrolment, parents sign a contract committing to meet their financial obligations while attending St Mary’s. If you are behind, or have not paid any money recently, I suggest you attend to this immediately. We have many payment options available and Deidre or I would be happy to discuss these with you.

Twilight Swimming Carnival

Last fortnight I mentioned the Twilight Swimming Carnival on Friday, 26th November. School will conclude at midday and resume at the pool from 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.

Awards Evening

Last Friday we held our Awards evening in the Cobb and Co Hall. It was a fabulous night showcasing the students’ talents and achievements for this year. Congratulations to all students on their growth this year. Growth was the theme of my speech on Friday night. I will share this below for the families that could not attend our Awards evening.

Tonight, I would like to share and celebrate with you all our GROWTH for 2021.

I’d like to start with the STUDENTS. Just last week in our Staff Meeting, we discussed and commended the hard work of our students, parents and teachers through the reading data. It was gratifying to see that for reading, we have 100% of students with typical or high growth in every year level. This is not stating that all students are at the achievement standard, however it is that our students have had ten-twelve months of growth since this time last year. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every student in our school as they have demonstrated their:

  • Positive self-esteem and world-view
  • Motivation to learn
  • Positive disposition towards school, and
  • High levels of achievement

STAFF… This year we grew as a teaching team to gain consistency and high expectations throughout our school. Each term has been rewarding to see our teachers acquiring new skills and applying these in their classrooms and the playground. The relationships that have been developed between teacher, student and home is nothing short of admirable. To see our teachers and students enter school each day with a spring in their step is a true indication that here at St Mary’s we have developed a love of living and learning.

COMMUNITY AND PARENTS. Our school and community have grown together this year also. We live in a unique community here in Charleville; however, I think we have something extra special at St Mary’s School. It is each and every one of you! Sharing the love of learning and being involved, contributing to the educational experience of your children is invaluable as we work together to develop confident and intelligent people of the future.

A special mention to our P & F and volunteers for 2021. I would like to also acknowledge the tireless work you have done this year not only in raising funds for our school but also providing service to our community. Thank you!

PERSONAL GROWTH… Only twelve months ago I was at a crossroad in my career when this opportunity arose. I had never felt so anxious, confused and doubtful. However, with the support of my family and colleagues at the time, I took the plunge and accepted the position. Tonight, I stand and thank these people. This year has been the most challenging but rewarding one yet. Rather than anxiousness, confusion and doubt, I now feel eager, driven and keen for more growth. I would like to make particular mention of my parents, Narelle and John and daughters Lily and Katy, who have supported me on this journey and are very much a part of the St Mary’s family. Thank you, Mum and Dad, for your endless hours volunteering in classrooms, driving the bus to and from swimming and for caring for Lily and Katy as I spend many extra hours at school. I am blessed and our school is blessed to have you supporting us all.

A friend shared a quote with me recently…

Celebrate what you have accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

As we take some time tonight to celebrate, we also reflect and raise the bar a little higher… I look forward to continuing the improvement of resources and facilities and the provision of high quality education here at St Mary’s School. Thank you and God Bless.

2022 Class and Teacher Allocations

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.

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.

At the end of the term, we will farewell Mrs Young as she and her family are relocating back to the Torres Strait Islands. Applicants have been shortlisted for this position and a teacher will be decided on after interviews have been conducted. The announcement of this teacher will be at the beginning of week 9. Other teachers and classes locked in for 2022 are:


Imogen Hunt

Year 1


Year 2

Holly Price

Year 3

Kate Box

Year 4/5

Molly Brooker

Year 5/6

Taylor Morrison


Susan McInnes

The Arts


Learning Support Teacher

Belinda Phillips

Teacher Librarian

Michelle Sheehan

Have a fabulous fortnight and a wonderful holiday break



End of Year celebrations

It’s hard to believe we are at this time of year already! We’re very excited to see the PREP Nativity play Friday, 26th of November at 11.30 Assembly (don’t forget we go home at 12 for the twilight swimming carnival starting at 4!). We also have the Yr 6 Graduation Liturgy at 5.30pm, Monday 29th November and the end of year Liturgy, where 2022 captains will be announced at 9am, Thursday 2nd December in the church. Phew!! We’d love to see as many parents, grandparents and family members as possible at these separate celebrations. Always a special time of the year! We hope to see you there!

2021 – The Year of Illuminate!

This year, our school was a Tier 1, Illuminate school. What this means is our teachers, myself and Katrina, as the spiritual leaders of the school, received specialised training from TCSO around the teaching of Religion in a Catholic School. This incorporated an understanding and ability to use recontextualization to teach scripture and Catholic Identity to ensure it was relevant to our students in the 21st century. I cannot thank Ken Avenell, Angela Travers, Lee ann Weekes and Lisa Cavanagh enough for the time and effort they have put in this year to ensure our staff received exactly what they required in terms of professional development. Everyone (even teachers!) learns differently. The team mentioned above took the time to meet all staff ‘where they were at’ in terms of professional development.

In 2022 we will be a Tier 2 school, with Sacred Heart Cunnamulla set to become a Tier 1 school – we hope this leads to professional sharing amongst our staff and creates a culture of collaboration out west.

Thank you

As 2021 comes to a close, it would be remiss of me not to give thanks to those who help me in my role. A big thank you to Fr Warren and Sr Elizabeth for their flexibility and willingness to participate in all things ‘St Mary’s’ – masses, liturgies, prayer assemblies, the list goes on! How lucky are we to have wonderful role models for our students!

To our Principal, Katrina, for her support and amazing ability to ‘think outside the box’! To our teachers and support staff, who have worked tirelessly to support our students in their faith journeys. To all the parents who give feedback after liturgies and have always had kind things to say – thank you!

Christmas Eve Children’s Mass

Don’t forget there is a special, early, Christmas Eve children’s mass this year! 5pm at St Mary’s Church. You don’t have to be Catholic to attend. We’d love to see you there! Everyone is welcome!!

Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Holiday with family and friends.

God Bless
Kirsty Lines

Learning Support

It’s hard to believe this is the final newsletter piece for the 2021 school year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful teachers & school officers. They have gone above and beyond to provide support in the classroom and in the implementation of targeted support programs during the year. We have evidence of wonderful growth amongst all learners, this is certainly something to celebrate as we reflect upon the successes of 2021.

As many of you are aware, I finish up in this role at the end of the term and take leave for 2022. It has been an absolute pleasure working with our St Mary’s families to support the academic, social and emotional journey for many of our students.

Wishing you joy and happiness over the holiday period.

Emily Wright

Library News

Year 1 News

Hip Hip Horary!! We have made it to our last newsletter of the year.

What a crazy and fun packed year we have had in Year 1. Our students have grown so much over the last 12 months and it’s super impressive how much learning they have done this year.

On Friday we had our annual awards night, our students preformed a song and dance which they had been practicing for over two weeks. Students should be very proud of all their efforts this year and congratulations to all awards recipients.

Our students completed their final prayer assembly for the term. We explored the story of Mary visiting her relative Elizabeth. Our students loved presenting this story and came up with a creative way to get our message across.

On assembly the year one’s were presented with a trophy for the best borrowing class for term 3. Our students are excellent borrowers and have been super successful for this year where we have won 3 terms in a row.

Over the past two weeks we have been completing lots of assessments and students have thoroughly enjoyed writing narratives and creating visual stories of their very own.

Thank you for a wonderful year and I am looking forward to the year 1’s moving into their year 2 classroom.

Kindest regards,
Imogen Hunt

Year 2 News

Year 2 completed their first PAT testing (reading and math) and did an amazing job with this. To celebrate Remembrance Day, we discussed what it is and why it happens each year. We then made poppies to wear for the rest of the day.

We have been very busy completing our assessment tasks, using iPads to create factual books in English, mapping for HASS and discussing Christmas traditions in religion.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday with family and friends.

Miss Price.

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 8 Family and Friends! Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to say Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful year of activities and events together, it has been such a delight to connect with you all, I genuinely experienced such a lovely community spirit here in Charleville!

What a lovely Awards Night celebration last week! I want to say congratulations to all students for a wonderful fun performance! I also want to say a massive well done to the award winners; Riley, Charlie, Heath, Edwina, Kash, Regan, Gabe, Alec, and Nicholas! All Year 3/4 students have had much growth in all areas this year and I am privileged to be able to be a part of their learning journeys! Last week Year 3/4 students had lots of fun with hands-on measurement activities (photos below) We love Maths!!

This week, we have our swimming carnival on Friday and our St Mary's Got Talent event on Thursday! I look forward to seeing the wonderful talents from all St. Mary's students. Next week is our last week of the Term - we finish up on Thursday. Keep safe over the time off, have a wonderful holiday break and God Bless.

Year 4/5 News

Year 6 News

Good morning, St Marys!

Well, we’ve had another year. It has been an amazing year; I have enjoyed every moment. I’ve loved seeing these kids grow and get ready for high school, it has been an honour! I had these students in Year Two, so it’s amazing to see them all grown up! You’ll be missed dearly.

Year six are currently getting ready for graduation and all that entails. We have a special video and song we’ll be performing. Have tissues ready parents! And Miss Brooker!

Well done everyone with the awards night, that was FUN!

I look forward to hearing how you go in high school. Please come and say hi! I look forward to being back in 2022!

Science and Sport News

As they say all good things must come to an end. This year in my role as the PE and Science teacher, I have had the pleasure to get to know and teach all students at St Mary’s, which overall has provided me with a rich and enjoyable teaching year.

In PE and Science students have been working hard to finish off assessment and are getting ready for our Twilight Swimming Carnival. Students will finish school at 12.00pm and then gather again at the pool at 3:30pm for a 4pm start. A big thanks to our hard-working P&F committee who will be offering a BBQ dinner on the night, keep an eye out for the menu and prices!

Thanks for a great year, enjoy the break and stay safe.

Please enjoy some pics below.

Ms Mac.

Tuckshop News

If you are calling the office on a Friday to let us know that your child is absent from school, could you please also let us know if you have ordered tuckshop and would like it held over until the following week.

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.

School Office Hours

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

Term Dates 2022

Term 1: Monday 24th January- Friday 1st April
Term 2: Tuesday 19th April – Friday 24 June
Term 3: Monday 11th July – Friday 16th September
Term 4: Tuesday 4th October – Friday 2nd 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 4 school fee accounts were due for payment on Friday 5 November 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.

November Birthdays

Brooke Anderson, Adelaide Metcalf, Sophie Williams, Maggie Thomas, Halle Galletly-Baldwin, Abraham Elias, Charlie Peart, Rayden Young, Miss Morrison.

December Birthdays

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

26 November

Twilight swimming carnival – school finishes 12:00noon

29 November

Year 6 graduation dinner & liturgy

2 December

End of year liturgy & morning tea 9:00am

2 December

Mega draw 1:40pm

10 December

School office closes

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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