11 February 2022| Week 2

Upcoming Dates

  • 9th February: Parent Information Sessions (Years P,T-2)
  • 10th February: Parent Information Sessions (Years 3-6)
  • 18th February: Assembly led by Room 5 Year 1/2 NK
  • 1st March: Shrove Tuesday & Caritas Pancake Fundraiser
  • 2nd March: Ash Wednesday Liturgy led by Room 9 Year 4/5 GL
  • 8th April 2022: Catholic Education System Pupil Free Day
Please refer to SchoolStream for more details event details. Please check the EVENTS tab to add event details direct to your calendar!

Principal's News

Week , Term 1, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to the new school year. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year break despite the intrusion of COVID 19. It was a pleasure to welcome all families back this week. The start of the new school year is a special time as children settle into new routines, make new friends and get to know their teacher.

Our first day with students on Wednesday was a lot quieter than usual, but it was wonderful to have some aspect of normality or the new normal return to our school. The staff officially commenced last Monday, although many have been working at school over the past weeks in preparation for the term ahead. The teachers have worked hard to provide a very welcoming, organised and engaging classroom for the students. I wish to thank all our wonderful staff for their dedication in preparing for the beginning of the year.

As we embark on the new school year, I’m very excited about this next chapter we are about to write. Together in partnership, staff and parents can ensure that our strong foundations remain and that we continue to develop a culture of continuous improvement and renewal.

Our vision for 2022, is for all our students to experience academic success and wellbeing in a safe, nurturing environment where the Gospel values are a lived experience. We have identified that to achieve this we need to focus on learning engagement, reinforce positive behaviour procedures and embed already implemented effective teaching strategies. In the coming weeks I hope to share what this looks like for our St Mary’s teachers and students.

Our classroom teachers for 2022:
Transition: Pascale Zufferey, Molly Kalchbauer
Year 1/2 Nikolah Kenny, Siobhan Taylor, Chloe Tiss
Year 3/4 Kelli Coccetti, Nakita Staines
Year 4/5: Grace Lucas
Year 5/6: Michele Jia, Clare Nolan, Sarah Muller

Specialist Teachers:
AUSLAN: Lianna Panasewycz
Performing Arts: Derrick Cheong
Physical Education: Sarah Muller
Inclusion Support Coordinator: Sinead Walsh
Inclusion Support Practioner: Jacqui Krek

If you have an issue or a concern, please know that we will try and deal with this together. If you need to discuss a concern with the teacher, please take the time to make an appointment as the mornings and afternoons can be busy for teachers. It is also important to know that the teacher is the first point of contact in dealing with your concerns. You are always welcome to speak with a member of the Leadership team after speaking with your child’s teacher.

If your child is unwell
As mentioned in earlier communications this week, we are expecting multiple positive cases of COVID-19 across our school community, mirroring what is happening in other states and country. Please continue to communicate with us if your child is unwell, and in these current circumstances, advise us if it is COVID related. It is important all members of our school community follow the directions of NT Health in regard to isolation and quarantine.

Good Hygiene Practices
At school we will continue to remind our young people of these healthy practices to reduce the spread of the virus at school and encourage you to continue this at home as well.

Please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year as we work in partnership. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2022 school year.

In faith and love,
Rosie Harrison

Prayer for the Start of the School Year

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year.
Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us.
Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.
Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.
Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities.
Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience
Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year!

Welcome to new students and families

Welcome to our new Transition students and families - Ariana, Olivia, Spike, Keiji, Mikah, Quinn, James, Seleena, Chloe, Nathalene, Zia, Pearce, Solomon, Noah, Aziah, Ada, Piper, Bentley, Isabel, Isabelle, Lilly, Avnoor, Sophie, Isaac and Peter.

Welcome to new Year 1-6 students and families - Dawn, Dasha, Harrison, Nithma, Olive, Shayleigh, Oliver, Jett, Saumya, Natalie, Patrick, Ashlee, Lilly, Mya, Zoe, Hunter, Asha, Raine and Krisztian.


Parent Information Sessions

parent information sessions
At the start of every year we enjoy welcoming parents into the school to meet your child's teacher and visit their learning space. This year with our Covid-19 restrictions we plan to go ahead with our start of year Parent Information Sessions, however they will be spread over two nights (Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of February) and be delivered online via Zoom. Information will be sent out to families next week via School Stream with an invitation link for the Zoom. These sessions are designed to provide important information to families around classroom routines as well as the Curriculum requirements of the year level.
We look forward to meeting with you virtually!

Sports Day

Please note the following Sports day for classes:
  • Transition and Year 3/4 Sports Day is Wednesday
  • Year 1/2, 4/5 and 5/6 Sports Day is Thursday
On this day your child is required to come to school dressed in their Sports Uniform.

Kiss and Go

Choose safety over convenience!
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, is committed to providing the safest possible environment for all children, staff and families. To assist parents and guardians with the safe drop off and pick up of children we have a dedicated Kiss and Go Zone on Cavenagh Street.

We strongly encourage parents to observe a 20km/h speed limit when using the Kiss and Go zone and to be mindful not to congest the Lindsay Street/Cavenagh Street corner. To learn more please take the time to watch our Kiss and Go Video below.

2022 School Book and Levy Fees

School fees

BYODD Program

Technology is an educational tool to support learning... it does not replace the learning of key fundamental skills!
Devices for Years 4 to 6 can still be ordered for our BYODD - Bring Your Own Designated Device program.
Ordering is made easy via our dedicated online portal. All information can be found in the BYODD Parent Information and device specification guide. We encourage you to learn more about our device supplier Edunet by watching the short video linked below.
For more information, please contact your child's teacher or our Deputy Principal Christine Ferreira via email christine.ferreira@nt.catholic.edu.au.

Kiddo Program (Years T-2)

In 2020 our school was awarded a Sporting Schools Plus Grant to expand our students’ Physical Literacy.
In response to this grant, our school has been implementing a Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) program called KIDDO. Here at St Mary’s, KIDDO will be implemented in the early years (Transition - Year 2) during their PE lesson and throughout the week during brain and movement breaks. The KIDDO program allows us to teach, assess and report on each student by using an online assessment tool – KIDDO Challenge. This will allow us to assess and track each students’ FMS development and compare our students’ data against that of children the same age throughout Australia.

Throughout the year, students will be assessed individually on the Fundament Movement Skill of balance, run, jump for distance and also on the Object Control Skills of kick for distance, bounce and catch a ball. Once the assessment has taken place, student data will be sent to the University of Western Australia for them to collate each student’s personalised FMS Assessment report. We will begin collating these assessments during Week 2 Term 1. If you do not want your child’s data (first name, last name, date of birth) to be sent to the University please advise us ASAP by email directly to sarah.muller@nt.catholic.edu.au.

You can learn more about this program and how to support your child’s physical literacy by clicking the link below.

Pastoral Care and Well-being News

It is wonderful to see the children back at school full of enthusiasm for the possibilities the year ahead holds. The beginning of a new school year is met with excitement, anticipation and many other feelings that all individuals are faced with no matter what age. Over the first few days of school the students have spent time gathering together as a group, working on ways to be connected, discussing goals, designing class agreements, making new friends and building on existing friendships. There have been a variety of learning experiences in all classes to develop relationships in the new class groups; games, mindfulness, designing posters, setting goals and listening to others. The students have shown wonderful resilience in managing the impact of Covid restrictions such as mask wearing for all staff.

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary we are focused on developing and educating the whole person within safe, supportive and respectful environments. Student learning and well-being is centred around quality evidence-based pastoral care and well-being practices that are modelled on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and ensure students gain essential social and emotional skills for life.

One of the ways that we promote student well-being and positive behaviour is through the ‘Spirit of St Mary’s. The spirit of St Mary’s encompasses our Making Jesus Real philosophy, the gospel values and the Four R’s;

We are:
  • Responsible
  • Respectful
  • Resilient
  • Ready to Learn
As most of you will be aware we use Spirit Cup Tokens to celebrate and reinforce positive behaviours and the Spirit of St Mary’s. In previous years the students received paper tokens that they collected to work towards a Spirit Cup Fun day where students took part in various fun activities such as waterslides, free dress, movies and popcorn, robotics. In keeping with our move towards more sustainable practices and embedding the Laudato Si’ principles, St Mary’s has decide that the ‘Spirit Cup Tokens’ will go digital. Students will receive points through a school app when they show the Four R’s or they ‘Make Jesus Real’.

In 2022, we will continue to focus on student pastoral care and well-being to allow optimal learning and an environment in which our students can flourish and thrive. Some of the initiatives and supports we look forward to are:

  • Spirit Cup Fun Days
  • Sensory Garden planning and construction
  • Playgroup
  • Structured Play
  • NED’s Growth Mindset
  • Family Gatherings
  • Engine Room
  • Zen Den
  • Catholic Care Counsellor on site
With the current outbreak of Covid-19, there may be some families and students who have been directly impacted or are feeling anxious about the unpredictability of the virus and current restrictions in place. You can find a number of useful sites and tools on our school website. One useful tool that can be used to help students is the ‘Circle of Control’. The Circles of Control help you to look at things that concern and impact on your well-being in a very practical way, by focusing on what you can control and influence around you, therefore building your resilience.

cannot control

Friendly February 2022


In the Event of a Cyclone

As we are now in the cyclone season in the Top End, families are reminded of our school procedures in the event of a cyclone. School closures are announced by the Department of Education and are broadcast to the public on the local TV and radio stations. In the event that government schools are closed, Catholic schools will also be closed. Please listen to the radio or TV for updates in relation to school closures and reopening. We will endeavour to keep families informed via our school app – school stream, facebook and email, but this will be dependent on the availability of power and personnel.

Visit www.securent.nt.gov.au for more information or visit the app store and download the SecureNT app.

For up to date weather alerts please refer to www.bom.gov.au.

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Canteen Online Orders & Update

To streamline processes across the school, in 2022 we are now only accepting online orders for lunches.
All families need to set up an account for online ordering through Flexischools, which is linked directly in the School Stream App. Details on how to set up an account can be found in the “CANTEEN” tab of School Stream. There is no need to download the Flexischools App, it can all be accessed from the School Stream App.

For those with an existing account, you will need to update your child's class and room number for 2022 before placing your first order. Please refer to the instructions in School Stream.

You can find the updated 2022 Canteen menu in School Stream. Please note daily orders close at 8.40am. Any orders received after this time, will be fulfilled subject to availability of stock and may be substituted for a basic sandwich.

Please note that at this time our school canteen has been impacted by supplier shortages. Some items may be temporarily unavailable and will be marked as 'out of stock' when ordering. Thank you for your understanding.

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