19 August 2022| Week 5

Upcoming Dates

  • 19th August: P&F Movie Night
  • 21st August: P&F Family Portrait Fundraiser
  • 22nd August: Col, T-2 Junior Athletics Carnival
  • 22nd to 26th August: Book Week, Book Fair & Book Character Parade
  • 24th August: School Board Meeting
  • 26th August: Assembly led by 3/4 Room 14
  • 8th September: St Mary's Feast Day & Art Show
  • 9th September: Pupil Free Day
Event details will be updated on School Stream closer to the event date.
Please check the EVENTS tab regurarly and add event details directly to your calendar!

Principal's News

Week 5, Term 3, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Congratulations to all of our students and their efforts toward their individual artworks for the upcoming Art Show. What an amazing array of colourful art pieces are beginning to pop up around the school. The upcoming Art Show on 8th September is shaping up to be a most glamorous event.

Planning is underway to welcome prospective students and families to an Open Morning and brief information session. If you know of any families who may be considering schools for 2023, this is a great opportunity to come and see firsthand what a wonderful school community St Mary’s is. Enrolments for Transition classes are now open and we will commence interviews in the coming weeks. Students eligible for Transition in 2023 need to be turning 5 by 30th June 2023.

In Week 7 over Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings teachers will meet with parents to discuss their child’s learning progress. It has been wonderful to see so many parents engaged with their child’s learning and we thank you for your support in their learning journey.

We have a few building projects happening around the school. Currently we are upgrading the memorial garden just outside the office. Hopefully these works will be completed and ready to be unveiled for our Art Show in Week 8. Last week we had a second phase of our BGA grant application visit to St Mary’s. This year we have submitted a grant application for the installation of a lift to improve access to our upper level classroom and learning spaces.

During this time of the year your child/ren are likely to get a cold, however, whilst COVID cases persist in the community, it is vital that if they have a cough, runny nose or just generally unwell they need to stay home. If you send them to school, they will be sent home to keep everyone at St Mary’s safe and well. Thank you for your support in this matter.

In faith and love,

Rosie Harrison



Religious Education News

Feast of the Assumption of Mary: On Monday 15th August we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Mary. We were very lucky to have singer and songwriter Andrew Chinn help lead our music for Mass and run workshops for students throughout the day. We thank Mrs Bolwell for her help leading students in singing at Mass also.

Key Dates:
Father’s Day Liturgy: Friday 2nd September at 8:30am in the hall
School Feast Day Mass: Thursday September 8th at 8:30am

School Catholic Identity Day Friday 9th September
On this day, our school staff will be taking part in a professional development day with Holy Spirit CPS.
The day will be led by Marty Ogle and will focus on the Making Jesus Real (MJR) philosophy. MJR has a simple message - Jesus is part of our lives and can change the way we live and we can make Jesus live through our actions and words.

Clare Nolan
Religious Education Co-ordinator

Pupil Free Day

Friday 9th of September 2022 is a Pupil Free Day.
Vacation Care will be open from 7:30am -5:30pm, if your child/ren requires care, please complete the booking form in School Stream.
If you have any inquiries please contact Kirsten Tillyard via email Kirsten.tillyard@nt.catholic.edu.au

St Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral

60th Anniversary of Blessing and Opening

50th Anniversary of Consecration

Cathedral 1

News from Room 9

Room 9

Parent - Teacher - Student Goal Setting Interviews

Parent - Teacher - Student Goal Setting Interviews are scheduled for
Week 7 - Tuesday 30th August and Wednesday 31st August 3-6pm

This year we will be offering families the option of face-to-face or zoom online interviews for those who may be isolating or unable to attend in person.

These meetings are a wonderful opportunity for teachers, parents and students to come together to discuss, clarify and reflect on student's learning goals, achievements and progress.

The obectives of these conversations are to:
- allow the student to reflect on their learning and achievements so far this year
- provide parents with the opportunity to discuss how their child is going
- provide teachers with the opportunity to give an overview of your child's progress and learning needs.

You can book a time with your child's teacher by clicking the button below and enter the event code: zuqgz. Alternatively, you can select the "School Interview Bookings" Tab in our School Stream App.

Please contact the front office if you require any assistance booking a time. The allocated time is 15 minutes per interview. Please contact your child's teacher directly if you cannot attend during the designated interview times to arrange an alternative.

Face-to-face interviews will be held in your child's classrooms. If you require a booking via zoom, complete the online booking form and then contact your child's teacher directly to advise that you require a zoom invitation. We ask that you please be prompt and arrive early to your designated interview time, to ensure that we run on time. We look forward to meeting with you!

Junior Athletics Carnival

Our Community of Learners and Transition to Year 2 students will be participating in our Junior Athletics Carnival on Monday 22nd August from 8.30am until 10.30am on our school oval. Parents and carers are most welcome to attend and help cheer on the students! Please sign in at the office.

Students are to wear their sports uniform or coloured t-shirt in the sports team colour. It is important that all students have closed in shoes, hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

T-2 Athletics Carnival Program 2022

8.30am Teachers to Bring Students to designated area on the oval.
8.40-8.45am Principal Welcome
8.50-9.25am 30m Races
9.40am-10.20am Tabloid Rotations

Library News

Book week
The wait is over. Book Week commences on Monday 22nd August 2022 and will conclude with our Book Week Parade at Assembly on Friday 26th August 2022.

Book Fair opening times are:
Friday 19th August 2022 – 2.45pm to 4.45pm
Monday 22nd August 2022 - 7.45am to 8.30am and 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 23rd August 2022 - 7.45am to 8.30am and 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 24th August 2022 - 7.45am to 8.30am and 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 25th August 2022 - 7.45am to 8.30am and 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Friday 26th August 2022 - 7.45am to 8.30am.

I will also open at playtime on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that the students can purchase items.

Families can pay by either cash, EFTPOS (at the library-not the school) or by pre-purchasing Larrikin Coin. https://larrikinhouse.com.au/products/larricoin.

Larrikin Cash works just like real cash, and even prints out to look like money! It’s set up as an online item where you can simply enter any amount you wish. (Please don’t add the actual products to your online cart, just the Larrikin Cash item, as products need to be collected from the book fair) – where is mentions ‘Select an event’ if you scroll down you will see St Mary’s PS/Brabham PS Book Fair – click on this selection.
Once you pass through the checkout, you will then receive an email with your Larrikin Cash, which you can either print out and give to your child, or write the 5 digit code onto the wish list. (If you don’t receive the email immediately after checkout, please check your spam/junk mail folder.)

You are effectively buying a voucher that can then be exchanged for any items at the Book Fair.

BOOK WEEK PARADE: Book Week parade will be held at assembly on Friday 26th August 2022 at 8.30am. The theme is 'Dreaming with Eyes Open' - students can come as their favourite book character including a character from a dream time story. I have reminded all students that we do not want this dress-up parade or book fair to be a burden on families. There is a $15 Darwin Bookshop voucher for the best costume for each Room and we have a special book for Kangaroos and Joeys at the Community of Learners.

Brenda Skennar

P&F Movie Night

We look forward to seeing you tonight for the P&F Movie Night!
Classic Movie Watch Party Invitation - Made with PosterMyWall (3)

Parents and Friends' Family Portrait Fundraiser

Last chance - 2 bookings available!

Is it time to update your precious family photos?

The St Mary's P&F have organised a Family Portrait fundraiser. Bede from Laura Jean Photography will be taking family portraits (with a crème backdrop) at St Mary’s CPS on Sunday 21st August.

You will receive an 8"x12” family photo plus keyring for just $20.00 (available once per family). This year, these funds will go towards technology upgrades across our school. Additional images or package options are also available on the day, at great prices.

Final two spaces are available - don't miss out!
Laura Jean
Laura Jean Photos

Canteen Survey

The St Mary’s P&F is committed to supporting our school community to have their voices heard on a range of matters. We are currently conducting a review of the St Mary’s School Canteen to determine if it is meeting the needs of students and families. We would really appreciate it if you could please spare a few minutes to fill out our survey in the link below. The information gathered in the survey will be reviewed by the School Board and will help support the school in planning for the future direction of our school canteen.
For every family that completes the survey your child/ren will receive a complimentary icey-pole from the canteen as a thank you!

St Mary's Art Show!

Art Show Flyer

Art Show Sponsorship

An exciting opportunity exists for businesses to sponsor our Art Show!
You can sponsor by making a monetary donation or alternatively a donation of art supplies that our students can use to help support the creation of their art pieces. If you or someone who know own a business who would like to take up this opportunity, please contact our school front office at 8981 9796 or admin.stmarys@nt.catholic.edu.au. All businesses who sponsor our Art Show will have their business logo promoted in our Art Show Digital Flyer.

Art Smocks

As the students work on their amazing works of Art they will be using a variety of materials such as paint, clay or glue - which can be quite messy!! We strongly encourage all students to bring into school an art smock or oversized large old shirt which can be worn to protect their school uniform.
art smock

Sports Voucher Scheme

Sport voucher 1
Sport voucher 2
Sport voucher 3

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing News

Defence Family Gathering

Last Friday our Defence students had a wonderful afternoon of crafts and treats with their families. A huge thank you to Mrs Karen for organising such a great afternoon. The next afternoon will take place in Term 4. If you have any questions regarding support through our Defence School Mentor, please contact Mrs Karen: Karen.jerrett@nt.catholic.edu.au
Defence 1
defence 2

Choosing a Middle School

Choosing a Middle School can be an overwhelming process for parents and students. It is important that parents can access information about schools that will best suit their child. To assist with this I have put together some links that our Year 6 parents might find useful. A reminder that many schools will already be reaching capacity for 2023 enrolments and places may be limited.

If you have enrolled at a Middle School and would like to discuss further options about supporting the transition of your child from Primary to Middle school, please contact Ms Walsh: sinead.walsh@nt.catholic.edu.au

Please find below some links that may support you in making an informed decision about choosing a school:



The Raising Children website has excellent parent information and resources:

Altruistic August


Spirit of St Mary's

Our Spirit of St Mary’s goal for this term is: 25,000 points!

Week 5 point check: 10,770!!
Week 6 is double points! Students showing our 4Rs will be awarded double points this week.

Shout out this week goes to all of our 3/4 and 5/6 teachers for organising awesome camps and giving up their free time to look after our students. Thank you Mrs Coccetti, Miss Lucas, Miss Nolan, Mrs Feldtman, Miss Pearson, Mrs Jia, Mrs Mac, Mr Lyons and Miss O’Mara.
pirit of St Marys 29-7-22

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.

Year 7 - 2023

Year 7 enrolments for 2023 close on the 26th August 2022.
If you know of students and families who are thinking of attending O’Loughlin in 2023 a gentle reminder to send their enrolment forms and all supporting documents in before the 26th August.
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.

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