17 June 2022| Week 9

Upcoming Dates

  • 19th June: Sacrament of Holy Communion
  • 24th June: Assembly led by Year 1/2 Rm 6
  • 24th June: Last day Term 2
  • 24th June: Semester Reports emailed home
  • Tuesday 19th July: Students Resume Term 3
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 9, Term 2, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is hard to believe that we have just over a week remaining of this term. The busyness of school life certainly makes the time fly!

As mentioned last week, our teachers are in the process of finalising the Semester One student reports. Feedback from staff so far has been overwhelmingly positive about how the students have grown academically, socially, and emotionally over the last two terms. Next week you will also receive your child's Evidence of Learning Folder. When you receive this folder we encourage you to take the time to ask your child about their successes and challenges and how they have worked towards growth in the different learning areas.

With the term almost over, many people are thinking about the holidays. It is important that those families wishing to access Vacation Care, register ASAP. Please remember that families who have not enrolled by 18th June will incur a $50 administration fee.

Staffing Update: Miss Nakita Staines will not be returning to St Mary’s in Semester Two. We are currently finalising the recruitment for a replacement teacher for Room 14 and will make announcements to families next week. On behalf of our school community, I convey to Nakita our best wishes and God’s blessings as she moves to the next stage of her teaching career.

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.

In faith and love,

Rosie Harrison


Religious Education News

We keep in our prayers this week the students in our school community who will be making their First Holy Communion this coming Sunday.
body and blood

News from Room 13


Inter-School Sports Gala Day


Semester 1 Academic Reports

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School’s reporting processes reflect the requirements outlined in the Northern Territory Department of Education’s Assessment and Reporting policy.

The following information provides further background and details on the academic reporting process and how judgements are made in order to award the overall results seen in your child’s report.

What requirements are there for reporting to parents?
Schools are required to provide written reports, at least twice a year, on student achievement. A 5-point scale is used to outline student achievement against the year level achievement standard.

The approved 5-point scale used at St Mary’s is outlined below:
The grades awarded on this report are based on:
A = Evidence of learning demonstrates outstanding achievement at this year level.
B = Evidence of learning demonstrates high achievement at this year level.
C = Evidence of learning demonstrates sound achievement at this year level.
D = Evidence of learning demonstrates limited achievement at this year level.
E = Evidence of learning demonstrates very limited achievement at this year level.
N = Not Assessed

What does a ‘C’ Sound achievement standard mean?
For all Australian Curriculum subject areas, students are assessed against the relevant Achievement Standard for that year level. It is important to recognise that the Australian Curriculum achievement standards clearly outlines the expectations of a ‘C’ standard. If your child receives a ‘C’ or ‘Sound’ achievement, they are operating at the year level standard and expectation. This means that the student is achieving everything required for the subject at that stage in their corresponding year level at school. Therefore, attaining a ‘C’ or ‘Sound’ achievement means your child is on target for their age and year level.

What information will be in the report?
The contents of this report are based on what has been taught, learned and assessed within this semester. As this is a mid-year Academic Progress Report, only the subject strands that have been taught and assessed during this reporting period will be assessed. Any strands not assessed this semester will be assessed and reported in the end of year report.

When will I receive my child’s report?
Semester One reports are emailed to parents during the last week of Term 2 on Friday 24th June. If you would like to request a printed report, please email the front office. Please ensure that we have the most up to date email address on file at the office to ensure you receive your child’s report. If you do not receive your child's report, please check your spam folder or contact the front office.

If you have any queries about reporting at St Mary’s please contact our Deputy Principal christine.ferreira@nt.catholic.edu.au.

We are Sun Smart!

Living in the Top End brings many benefits... particularly while other states are enduring the blistering cold weather, our wonderful Territory brings year long sunshine and bright sunny days.
However, this also means that we need to be sun smart. Too much of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. UV damage accumulated during childhood and adolescence is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer later in life. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia. It is also one of the most preventable cancers.
You can’t see or feel the sun’s UV. Whatever the weather, if the UV levels are three or more, it’s important to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

Be sure to check the UV widget on our school website homepage, which gives valuable information regarding the current UV index.
At St Mary's we are currently revising and updating our Sun Smart School application. However we are noticing an increasing number of children coming to school without a hat. Please ensure your child has a St Mary's wide brimmed hat to wear each day. Children without hats are asked to play in shaded undercover areas.

Sunsafe practices at St Mary's:
  • We ensure that sun protection is considered for all outside school events and activities, on-site and off-site, including sports. We try to plan outdoor activities to minimise exposure to the sun or consider additional shade options.
  • Students are encouraged to make use of shaded areas when outside. Students eat lunch in the shaded under cover areas.
  • We encourage students to keep hydrated by drinking water.
  • We encourage students to protect themselves with broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 (Sun Protection Factor) which is available in classrooms.
  • Staff are encouraged to model appropriate sunsafe behaviour by wearing sun protective hats and clothing, sunscreen, and making use of shade whenever possible. Parents are also encouraged to wear sunhats and be positive role models when participating in school activities.

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

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.


Joyful June

Joful June

Colour Run

Colour run
Our students had so much fun at the Colour Run last week. Together we have raised $8721.55. Well done St Mary’s. We are almost at our goal of $10,000 and there is still some time to fundraise.
If we reach our goal of $10,000 we get to soak Ms Harrison!!!!

colour run
If you wish to support this event and project, 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.

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.

Spirit of St Mary's Update

Our Spirit of St Mary’s goal for this term is: 50,000 points! We are almost at our goal for a super awesome Spirit Cup Fun Day. Well done St Mary’s students!

Week 9 point check: 41,300 points!

Shout out this week goes out amazing ISAs who always show MJR!
This morning at assembly, Carter in Room 13 suggested we add 3 more R’s to our goals. He suggested this after Room 14 completed their presentation on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. We decided to give double point today for student showing the four Rs and the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Watch this space for a special announcement of a Spirit Cup Fun Day next Friday. We think St Mary’s can reach their goal of 50,000.

If we reach 50,000 on Monday we will announce a free dress day on Friday, June 14th and some fun activities!
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.

What is happening in Darwin

Invigilation Work

What we are offering:
  • Paid invigilation work in Darwin starting on the 5th of July at Vibe Hotel Darwin on the Waterfront.
  • Ongoing working opportunities according to exam scheduling.
  • Confidence monitoring small groups (1-2 students) while they complete an examination.
  • Ability to follow instructions and read aloud announcements (e.g. you have 10 minutes left).
  • Takes initiative.
  • Can work well in a team.
  • Reliability.
How to express interest:
  • Send in your full name, email address and contact number to jexams@janison.com by 16th June. We will contact you or a quick phone interview and answer any questions.
  • Optional: Send in current resume as well.
About Janison
Janison runs online and in-person exams all over Australia and internationally. Please have a look at our website for more information https://www.janison.com/.

You must be available on the 5th of July to be considered.
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Aerial play 10-6-22
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