27 May 2022| Week 6

Upcoming Dates

  • 31st May: School Photo Day
  • 27th May - 3rd June: National Reconciliation Week
  • 30th May to 3rd June: Great Book Swap
  • 3rd June: Reconciliation Week Assembly led by Room 13 Year 3/4
  • 10th June: School Colour Fun Run!!
  • 13th June: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
  • 24th June: Last day Term 2
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Principal's News

Week 6, Term 2, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope you all are enjoying the slow change to our NT Dry season. With this change in weather, there seems to be a number of extra bugs around at present. In addition to positive Covid-19 cases, there have also been cases of Influenza A presenting. Please be aware of all these conditions should your child become unwell.

Staffing continues to be affected by personal and family illness. Wherever possible, our aim is to provide a consistent relief person. Despite these unavoidable changes, please rest assured, classroom learning and teaching is always prioritised and delivered.

Walk Safely to School: It was great to see so many walking to school last Friday for National Walk Safely to School Day. We have had notification that flashing lights will soon be installed on Cavenagh Street near the Lindsay Street intersection. This is a great move forward in slowing the speed of cars in and around the St Mary’s precinct. Road Safety week was an important opportunity to remind students of safe road practices and draw local, Territory and Federal attention to our need for a designated Children’s Crossing. I urge our school families to keep our children’s safety as the highest priority at pick up and drop off times.

UNIFORM: Thank you to the many families who ensure that their children are coming to school wearing the correct school uniform every day. It is a delight to see children wearing their uniform with pride.

It has been lovely to go into classrooms and see students in their correct uniform. When the entire class is in the correct uniform I have been giving the class Spirit of St Mary's point.

Thank you also to the parents who have contacted the school office advising why their child/ren are not in the correct uniform.

There are still a few children who are wearing coloured shoes with their sports uniform. St Mary’s Uniform Policy has been communicated throughout the 2021 and 2022 school year that all Black shoes or leather joggers are the correct St Mary’s school uniform.

Transition 2023: SIBLING ENROLMENT PAPERWORK Due by 31 May 2022.
We are now in the early stage of planning for the 2023 school year and the class structures across the school. We are requesting for any of our existing families (including our Community of Learners) who may have a child eligible for Transition in 2023 to ensure their enrolment application paperwork has been submitted to the school by the 31st May.

An enrolment pack is available on line from our website or alternatively from the front office in Lindsay Street. Children who are born between 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018, are eligible for entry into the 2023 Transition class.

Welcome to Iliana and family who has joined our school community this week,

All the best for the week ahead,

In faith and love,
Rosie Harrison


Prayer for Reconciliation

God of this ancient land, you call us to be people of Reconciliation.
Together, encourage us “be brave” to “tackle unfinished business”, and to “make change” to bring Australians closer together.
Through our mentor in love and forgiveness, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program:

Thank you to all those who were able to help celebrate Reconciliation on Tuesday 24th May in the Cathedral.

Next week we will be celebrating Confirmation on Sunday June 5th at 9:30 am Mass. All are welcome. There will be a rehearsal on Thursday 2nd June at 6 - 7 pm in the Cathedral.

We also began our lessons for First Communion on Thursday. Our next lesson will be Thursday 2nd June at 3-4pm in the library. Children will need to be collected from the library at 4 and enter the school via the coded gate.

If you have any questions about the Sacramental Program or wish for your children to participate please contact clare.nolan@nt.catholic.edu.au for more information.
National Sorry Day: Thursday 26th May was National Sorry Day. On this day all Australians were invited to be sorry for all that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have suffered as a result of European settlement.

National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27th to June 3rd. On May 27th in 1967, almost all Australians voted ‘yes’ for a national change in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme for this year is “Be Brave. Make Change” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. This is an opportunity for the broader community to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

On June 3rd 1984, the High Court of Australia recognised the special relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always had with the land. This was called the ‘Mabo Case.’


Key Dates:
National Reconciliation Week - Friday, 27th May to Friday, 3rd June
First Communion next lesson - Thursday, 26th May 3 - 4 pm
Confirmation Rehearsal - Thursday, 2nd June 6 - 7 pm at the Cathedral
Confirmation Celebration - Sunday, 5th June 9.30 am Mass at the Cathedral
St John's Catholic College Feast Day Mass - Friday, 10th June 9 am - Students from Years 3-6 will be attending at the Cathedral. Families are also welcome to attend.

Clare Nolan
Religious Education Co-ordinator

News from Room 16

What a busy Term it’s been so far in Room 16.

We have been inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh and created a wall of sunflowers using a special technique with chalk pastels.
Room 16
In Mathematics we have discovered the ancient mysteries of numbers.

We have been learning why prime numbers are used in encryption programs and secret codes.

We have also been working with multiplication and division of some BIG numbers.

While listening and responding to our class novel this term we rediscovered palindromes.

A palindrome is a word or group of words that reads the same backwards as it does forwards.

They are used to create entertainment and fun in writing.

Room 16 Top 5 Palindromes are
  1. Yo banana boy
  2. No lemon No melon
  3. Pull up if I pull up
  4. Taco cat
  5. Step not on pets
We hope that we can use these later on in the term, when we present our persuasive speech to our classmates?

Michele Jia
Sunflower 1

School Fee Invoices

School Fee Invoices have been emailed to families this week.
If you have not received your invoice for School Fees, please contact Finance at finance.stmarys@nt.catholic.edu.au
Thank you to all those who have already paid or have a payment plan in place.
When paying fees please ensure you include a reference for what the payment is for, either 'School Fees', 'OSHC' or 'ELC' in the description along with your family name.
School fees

Big Book Swap

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Week 7 (30th May to 3rd June)
Indigenous Literacy Foundation - Great Book Swap
The school's fundraising team is Yirrikipayi. This will be held within National Reconciliation Week.
What does Yirrikipayi mean?
Yirrikipayi means crocodile in Tiwi, a language spoken by approximately 2000 Tiwi people.
We will be once again running the Great Book Swap - we will be asking for students to bring in any preloved books for the swap. Once the books have been displayed we will invite children to come and choose a book/s for a gold coin donation. If students can deliver the books for the swap to the library before Thursday 25th May. All funds go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation to the foundation the link is below.
Yirrikipayi - Great Book Swap 2022 - Schools and Education

School Photos

School photos

School photo day is 31st May

Order your photos using the link below

School code is: 1QT CAX BQ2

Parents and Friends News

St Mary's P&F are seeking a food truck or two to attend an upcoming event. If you own or know someone who does please make contact via email on parentsandfriends@stmarysnt.net or contact the office and leave a message and a P&F representative will be in contact.
Thank you!
Food truck



St Mary's Playgroup

We are so excited to be running our very own Playgroup sessions at St Mary’s!

When: Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 am (Term weeks)

Where: Mary MacKillop Hall

Cost: $2 per family

St Mary’s playgroup is the only playgroup in the Darwin CBD registered with Playgroup Northern Territory. Our playgroup sessions allow children to explore through play, enjoy story time, morning tea and create a masterpiece too!

These sessions are open to families outside of the school and cater for babies and toddlers of all ages. You can find us every Wednesday (school terms only) in the Mary MacKillop Hall, please enter via the Parish entrance from Smith Street.


Annual Athletics Carnival Years 3-6

Congratulations to our 4 House teams on a very successful and fun filled athletics carnival on Monday. Students gave it their all and showed fantastic sportsman ship throughout the day as they took part in a range of track and field events. Our overall winning team will be announced next week, in addition to our age champions. A big shout out to our House Captains who did a wonderful job leading our house spirit and enthusiasm of our teams. Our staff were exceptional both behind the scenes in the planning and preparation for the day, as well as running events on the day. Thank you especially to Miss Zara, Mr Lyons, Mr Joe and Ms Brenda who played a big part in the set up and preparation for the day!

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing News

Sensory garden
Dry Season has arrived which means time to get gardening at St Mary’s. Thanks to the generous giving of our families in our Colour Run last year, we are ready to begin creating a wonderful outdoor space for our students. The sensory garden will offer students an outdoor space to learn, play and be mindful. Sensory gardens improve physical fitness, health, mood and cognition.

A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants and the use of materials that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. These types of gardens are popular with and beneficial to both children and adults.

At St Mary’s we want our sensory garden to be a community space for students and families to enjoy. We want to embed the principles of Laudato ‘Si by caring for our common home with a space where students can learn to care for nature. We plan to sustainably source materials for the garden and grow herbs to be used in our canteen and shared with families. We are lucky to live in such a multicultural community and we plan to celebrate that in our garden by exploring native plants, bush tucker and visually represent our diverse community.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved in this community project we ask that you please contact Ms Walsh. You may have a particular skill, be a keen gardener, have some spare time to give or know a local business that may wish to be involved. We hope to form a committee with family, staff and student representatives to help with the planning and building of our garden. Ms Walsh can be contacted through the school office or via e-mail: Sinead.walsh@nt.catholic.edu.au

We are excited to see this space unfold!
Colour run
Last week, we officially launched fundraising for this year’s Colour Run. The students have brought home a booklet detailing the process for online fundraising.

The Colour Run will take place on Friday, June 10th. This year, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is raising funds for much needed literacy resources for all classes across the school! Our teachers have been taking part in professional development, learning about the latest research and evidence-based practise around effective instruction and the systematic teaching of reading. So to support the teaching and learning of reading, we plan on purchasing a wide range of new reading resources, including take home readers, guided reading texts, shareable big books, reading intervention resources, as well as teacher resource books.

We will send an additional note in the coming weeks with further details about the event day.

If you wish to support this event and fundraise, please go to the School Fun Run website to create an online fundraising profile: https://app.schoolfundraising.com.au/users/sign_up or collect cash donations and fill in your booklet. The students also have an opportunity to win prizes based on the amount of money they raise.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Colour Run team on 1800 386 786 and they will gladly assist. Alternatively, please contact Ms Walsh: sinead.walsh@nt.catholic.edu.au.

All staff will be present on the day to provide duty of care throughout the event. Families are welcome and encouraged to come along on the day.
Thank you for your support and generosity. We had so much fun last year and look forward to another fun event this year!

Spirit of St Mary's Update

Our Spirit Cup token Goal for this Term is 50,000 Dojo points! This week our total is: 30,482 points!! We are getting closer to our target for our Spirit Cup Fun Day!
Shout out this week goes to Ms Briony for her passion and MJR spirit in supporting our School Colour Run with our amazing Parents and Friends Committee.
spirit points

Meaningful May

May 2022

Year 7 - 2023

OCC 13-5-22

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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.

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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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