3 June 2022| Week 7

Upcoming Dates

  • 27th May - 3rd June: National Reconciliation Week
  • 5th June: Sacrament of Confirmation
  • 10th June: School Colour Fun Run!!
  • 13th June: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
  • 17th June: Assembly led by Year 3/4 Rm 14
  • 19th June: Sacrament of Holy Communion
  • 24th June: Assembly led by Year 1/2 Rm 6
  • 24th June: Last day Term 2
Please refer to School Stream for full event details. Please check the EVENTS tab to add event details directly to your calendar!

Principal's News

Week 7, Term 2, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In recent weeks we turned our focus on Laudato Si’, this is a movement in response to being called by Pope Francis to come together as one global Catholic family committed to peace and caring for God’s creation. Pope Francis is asking us to think about how we can protect our common home by taking action in whatever way we can. Here at St Mary’s students from Transition to Year 6 in partnership with our staff are working towards ensuring that we have a more sustainable school.

One of the actions we are working on is to re-establish some gardens and green spaces around the school. You would have noticed our gradual rejuvenation of the garden spaces along both Lindsay and Cavanagh streets. The establishment of a Sensory garden is another project in the works. These small steps certainly support Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ movement to respond to the cry of the earth and ecological education. Please visit Laudato Si' Goals - Laudato Si' Action Platform (laudatosiactionplatform.org) to read more about Pope Francis’ 8 goals on how we can achieve this. Keep an eye out for information around our upcoming 2022 Art Show in Term 3, this year the show will have the theme of Ladauto Si'.

Farewell and ‘see you later’ Frew family: This week we farewelled Mrs Casey Frew and her family as they continue on their travels around Australia. Casey’s ‘couple of weeks’ in Darwin last year very quickly turned into more than half a year of leading Literacy Intervention for our students here at St Mary’s. We were certainly on the receiving end of some wonderful expertise from Casey in supporting students’ achieve fantastic individual growth in Reading. We will miss her warmth, care and dedication to our school in this capacity and wish her the very best as she travels with her Archie, Evie and Angus to exciting new destinations.

Enrolments for 2023 Transition: Enrolments from families outside of our existing families are now open for 2023. Existing families of St Mary’s are encouraged to return enrolment forms as soon as possible to ensure places are kept for our existing families.

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.

A massive thank you to all students and families of the students wearing the correct school uniform each day - this is so lovely to see.

In faith and love,
Rosie Harrison


Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hears of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gift of that same Spirit
we may be always truly wise
and ever rejoice in his consolation.
Holy Spirit

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program:

On Sunday June 5th at 9:30 am Mass children will be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. We wish them all the best and congratulate them on this special occasion. All are welcome to come celebrate.

First Communion lessons are continuing on Thursdays after school. Children will celebrate this sacrament on Sunday 19th June at 9:30 am Mass.

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.

Key Dates:
National Reconciliation Week - Friday, 27th May to Friday, 3rd June
First Communion lesson - Thursday, 2nd June 3 - 4 pm in the Library
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.
First Communion Celebration - Sunday, 19th June 9.30 am Mass at the Cathedral

Clare Nolan
Religious Education Co-ordinator

News from Room 8

Room 8

Reconciliation Week

Over the past week and half at St Mary's we have been comemorating Reconciliation Week. Students across the school have been working in class to research the different Indigenous cultures from around Australia to create a map which reflects the diversity of cultures and traditions from across the different areas. My Lyons and Ms Zufferey have also been working behind the scenes with students to create a Reconciliation inspired Art Work reflecting this year's theme of 'Be Brave, Make Change'. Mr Derrick and Mr Lyons also shared some Tiwi inspired dances with us at last week's assembly. Thank you Mr Lyons for leading all of these activities for our community this week and to Ms Zufferey for sharing her artistic talents with our students!
Undercover display 1 (2)
Say Sorry photo

Athletics Carnival

This morning at assembly we announced the Age Champions for the 9 to 12 year old Boys and Girls. These students demonstrated outstanding skills across multiple field and track events. Congratulations to our overall winning team HARTZER - Blue House for your outstanding performance at the Athletics Carnival. All students showed wonderful team spirit and participation on the day!
Our Years T to 2 students will have a Junior School Athletics Carnival in Term 3.
Age Champions 2 censored
Hartzer 2

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

School Photos

St Mary's Catholic Primary School
School Photography Date: 31/05/2022

Dear Parents,
School photo day is upon us. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below for 10 days from the day photos are taken, after which late fees/additional charges will be incurred.

advancedlife now offers Latitude Pay! To take advantage of LatitudePay and split the cost of your order into 10 small easy payments, simply order your school photos online as usual, set up a Latitude Pay account in just a few clicks and pay no interest or fees when you pay according to your payment schedule; it’s that easy.
Easy way to purchase before late fees apply:
  1. Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
Or visit: www.advancedlife.com.au
And enter online order code: 1QT CAX BQ2
School photography information:
  • Online orders - do not require an envelope returned to your school
  • Late fees - a late fee will be applied to each package purchased more than 7 days after photo day due to the additional cost of producing these packages separately
  • Package delivery - photographic packages will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken
  • Previous Years’ photos - Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups are also available to order under the 'previous years or group photo' tabs at your school’s advancedorder site when you click on the 'Order School Photos Here' button above. You can also order past packages, portrait images and gifts from your child’s unique, individual and secure advancedyou image archive site using the unique 9 digit image code found on packages you have ordered in the past
advancedlife would like to express our appreciation to St Mary's Catholic Primary School for placing your trust in us. Please remember we offer a 100% money back guarantee on our products to ensure your peace of mind. We would also love to receive your feedback or resolve any issues you may experience as fast as possible, to ensure your satisfaction. If you have any questions, comments or feedback relating to your advancedlife experience please contact us at: www.advancedlife.com.au/contact

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.


Pastoral Care and Wellbeing News

Joyful June

This month’s Action For Happiness calendar’s theme is ‘Joyful June’. The activities in the calendar focus on moments, reflections and people that bring us joy. Take a moment each day to take stock of all of the blessings we have in our life, can shift a negative mindset into a positive one. Gratitude in all forms is associated with happiness. Something as simple as keeping a gratitude journal causes less stress, improves the quality of sleep, and builds emotional awareness (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005). See the calendar for lots of ideas to spread joy in June.
feel better

Dr Kelli Harding discusses how kindness and connection can help us live healthier and happier lives.

This conversation with Dr Mark Williamson was recorded at an Action for Happiness event on 10 March 2022.

About The Speaker
Dr Kelli Harding is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and has spent much of her career in the emergency room at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She's appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, NPR, BBC and in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Dr Harding lives with her family in New York City. She is author of The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.

Joyful June

Joful June
Colour run

The Colour Run will take place this coming 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.

Additional information has been sent to families on School Stream today.

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: 35,469 points!! We are getting closer to our target for our Spirit Cup Fun Day!

Shout out this week goes to all of our amazing teachers who give 100% and show MJR each day in how they care for and educate our students.
spirit points

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.

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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