11 November 2022| Week 5

Upcoming Dates

  • 18th November: Assembly led by Year 5/6, Year 5 leadership speeches
  • 19th November: Darwin City Christmas Pageant
  • 25th November: Advent Liturgy led by Year 3/4 Room 13
  • 27th November: First Sunday of Advent
  • 1st December: Year 6 Graduation
  • 2 December: Assembly led by CoL - Kangaroos Graduation
  • 4 December: Second Sunday of Advent
  • 8 December: Carols in the Cathedral
  • 15th December: Last day for students for 2023
Event details will be updated on School Stream closer to the event date.
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Principal's News

Week 5, Term 4, 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

We have hit the halfway mark of our final term and there is still much to do and achieve as we journey towards the end of the 2022 school year. It was lovely to return to school this week after my Long Service Leave and be greeted by the students at the front gate and in their class groups. I thank Mrs Christine Ferreira and Miss Clare Nolan for the exceptional job they did in leading the school life of St Mary’s while I was away.

Swimming Carnival: Despite the extremely hot weather, the majority of the carnival experience was very pleasant. Our wonderful staff and parent helpers had set up the environment beautifully with shade cover. I express my thanks to Zara Pearson for her very thorough planning over many weeks leading up to the carnival.

I thank all staff for their positivity and teamwork in the very hot conditions down at the Parap pool and finally, I thank our wonderful students and parents for their resilience and support of the school.

Transition Orientation: It was a wonderful day this Tuesday as we welcomed the Transition class of 2023 to the school for their Orientation program. There are a few siblings in the cohort and also some new families joining our community. As a small school community, we are able to do many things which cannot be done in larger school communities; one of which is to introduce and welcome the students individually. This is always a highlight for me. I imagine parents appreciate this very personable welcome for their children also.

Staffing: We are continuing to work on staffing for St Mary’s for 2023 and are close to completing the process. With a few more details yet to be finalised, I look forward to announcing our full staffing in the Week Seven newsletter.

Enrolments: There is room in the majority of our classes to welcome new children and families to our wonderful school community. I encourage any parent who is aware of a colleague, neighbour or friend who might be seeking enrolment for their children to contact us for a tour and a meeting.

In Faith and Love

Rosie Harrison


Father of all, remember Your holy promise, and look with love on all Your people, living and departed.

On this day we especially ask that You would hold forever all who have suffered during war, those who returned scarred by warfare, those who waited anxiously at home, and those who returned wounded, and disillusioned; those who mourned, and those communities that were diminished and suffered loss.

Remember too those who acted with kindly compassion, those who bravely risked their own lives for their comrades, and those who in the aftermath of war, worked tirelessly for a more peaceful world.

And as You remember them, remember us, O Lord; grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom.

This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Religious Education News

Remembrance Day Liturgy
Thank you to our Defence students for leading our Remembrance Day Liturgy today.
At 11:00 am on the 11th day of the 11th month each year we remember the moment in 1918 when World War I came to an end.
On Remembrance Day, we remember Australian men and women who have served in war and peacekeeping activities.
It honour's the memory of all those who laid down their lives for Australia.
As a mark of respect to those who have served, we stop to observe one minute’s silence.

Key events and dates for term:

Advent Liturgy - Friday 25th November at 8:30 in the Mary Mackillop hall

End of Year Mass – Monday 12th December at 8:30 in the Cathedral.

Clare Nolan
Religious Education Co-ordinator
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Making Jesus Real - MJR

Each week we have a whole school MJR theme. In Week 6 our theme is 'The Great 8'. The Great 8 are the actions that we use to show who we are as a person and how we are blessed by the spirit of Jesus in our hearts.
These are words that you can do, not just say.
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News from Room 9

Hi Everyone from Room 9!
Wow! Week 5 is finished and only 5 more weeks to go. Where has that time gone! We’ve had a lot happen during that time such as the Spirit Cup Fun Day (see pictures), Mission Day, Soktober and our Swimming Carnival. We are also very excited to be going on our upcoming excursion on Monday.

In the classroom, we have just finished up writing our biographies on people that have shaped Australia’s history. The students had to go research their person, then use the information to write a biography about them. They then enjoyed
editing and publishing their writing. The students in Room 9 are absolutely loving this history unit.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Miss Grace and Room 9
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PE News & Student Achievements!

A huge congratulations to St Mary's School Captain Freddie Richards on placing second in the Darwin Region Athletics Track & Field Championship.​
Freddie competed on Friday night in the long jump finishing with an impressive 3.69m jump.What a fantastic effort this was after a big day competing at the school swimming carnival.

We are so proud of your achievements Freddie!

Zara Pearson
PE Teacher
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Congratulations to William Borges in Room 9 who has just recently represented the Northern Territory Under 10s Soccer team in Singapore. He played four games on Saturday, and in one game scored a goal, which he is super proud of! His team moved through to the quarter final on Sunday, and played one game, however, they did not qualify for the semi-finals. We are told that William played really well and showed great attitude to being part of a team. He also demonstrated good time management and resilience.
An amazing effort made by Will and his team. St Mary's are very proud of you being selected to go on this opportunity!

Grace Lucas
Room 9 Classroom Teacher

Have you completed our 2022 Parent Satisfaction Survey?


All families to complete this survey as we greatly value your growth focused feedback. This survey allows us to collect valuable data to help inform our future plans and directions. Responses to this survey are confidential and anonymous.

The survey will be open until midnight Friday 18th of November. We thank you in advance for the time take to complete the survey and for contributing to the direction of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

You can complete the survey now by clicking on the “SCHOOL SURVEYS” link on the School Stream home page or click the button below.

2022 School Fees Reminder

School fee statements were sent out early in Term 4. We would appreciate all families finalising outstanding school fees as soon as possible. Banking details are listed below or you can pay in person using card at the Front Office.

Year 6 NAP ICT Literacy Testing

This week, 20 of our Year 6 students were randomly selected to take part in the National Assessment Program (NAP) and complete an online assessment in Information Communication Technology Literacy (ICTL).

This was an assessment, which was broken up into four modules, assessed students ability to:
• use ICT appropriately and safely to access, manage and evaluate information
• apply computational, design and systems thinking to create solutions
• communicate and collaborate with others
• engage productively with emerging and future technologies.

Students found the assessment challenging but engaged very well with the activities and online portal.

At St Mary's ICT literacy is considered to be an essential skill across all learning areas. We will receive an overall report summarising students’ results, which will support our future planning in ICT. A national public report describing student achievement in the sample assessments are also published. No individual schools or students are identified in these reports.

BYODD Program 2023

In 2023, we will be expanding the BYODD program to students in Years 3 to 6. Children moving into Year 3 next year are eligible to join the BYODD program.

Please find linked below the documents that were shared at our Parent Information Session last term:
- BYODD Parent Letter 2023
- Parent Information & Frequently Asked Questions
- Edunet Device specifications & ordering instructions

These documents contain all the information that you need to know regarding our 2023 BYODD program.

Our BYODD purchase portal is now open and taking orders for devices for pre-Christmas delivery. You can learn more about our supplier Edunet by watching this video.

In the chance that you have purchased a previous BYODD device for an older child who will be moving into Middle School next year and will not be requiring the device, it can be passed on to the younger sibling. If you have any further questions regarding the BYODD program, please do not hesitate to contact Christine Ferreira christine.ferreira@nt.catholic.edu.au
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Pastoral Care and Wellbeing News

Friendships & Conflict

During primary school children go through many stages of making friends and along the way will experience conflict at some stage. As the weather starts to build-up and we draw closer to the end of the year, we find ourselves more tired and less patient when it comes to conflict and problem solving. Friendships enable children to learn and practise important social and emotional skills. Within friendship groups, children develop their ability to communicate effectively, empathise, self-regulate emotions, listen, manage conflict, negotiate, compromise, collaborate and problem solve.

Some children may get confused when they have a disagreement or conflict with another person and may call this bullying. It is important that we teach our students about this and ensure they understand what bullying is and how to get support. The ‘Bullying No Way’ website is a great website to access student and family fact sheets and resources.

At St Mary’s we use a number of tools to develop our students’ social and emotional learning and promote student wellbeing. Earlier this year our entire staff took part in the national ‘Keeping Safe’ curriculum training. We use the consistent language of our Four Rs (Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Ready to Learn) and our Making Jesus Real program to create clear expectations and promote positive learning, student wellbeing and positive behaviour. The MindUp for Life program infuses developmental neuroscience, mindful awareness practice, social emotional learning, and positive psychology to foster children’s wellbeing and resilience. Our students thoroughly enjoyed NED’s visit to the school to teach them about the ‘power of YET’ and growth mindset, a key tool for learning and wellbeing. Most recently out students have been taking part in ‘STEM Fridays’ a fun way to develop their problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

Developing children’s social and emotional learning and giving them the skills to deal with conflict can teach our children:

  • How to give and take
  • How to come to an agreement
  • How to compromise
  • How to solve problems
  • To build empathy
  • To understand others and their needs
  • To build teamwork skills
  • How to develop positive relationships.

New Ways November


Spirit of St Mary's

Our Spirit of St Mary’s goal for this term is: 50,000 points!

It’s a big goal for our students but we are confident that if we work together as a team we can achieve this goal and have a super awesome Spirit Cup Fun Day!

Week 5 point check: 40,361 points!

Shout out this week goes to our Defence Students for their beautiful and respectful liturgy this morning. We will remember them.
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Disruption to School and Urban Bus Services

Due to driver shortages, some school and urban bus services may be cancelled or experience changes at short notice.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is working with CDC Northern Territory (NT) to limit these disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For the latest updates and changes to routes of travel, go to the CDC NT Facebook page or call 08 8944 2444.

2023 School Fees

School fees 2023

Outside School Hours Care and Early Learning Centre Fees

Fee increase

Year 7, 2023

SJC 21-9-22
OCC 6-9-22

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.

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