Welcome to Week 6! This week the new NSW guidelines for schools regarding COVID 19 are fully in place.Students, and staff, who are experiencing cold/flu like symptoms are to stay at home and seek a COVID 19 test. A negative test result is to be registered in the front office upon the return to school. Please assist us in adhering to the guidelines by notifying us promptly as to the reason for student absences so that we can confidently safeguard all students and staff.
Unfortunately, the new guidelines have resulted in the cancellation of the African Drumming workshops and our Community Council Trivia Night. It is hoped that both events will be scheduled for later this year. Our gymnastics program, scheduled for Week 7 to Week 10 this term will proceed as it, fortunately, lies within the guidelines.
On a final note the weather dusted our beautiful town in white last weekend. What a lovely memory to hold onto for a year that has dealt us many hurdles. I saw many photos on social media of our students making snowmen and enjoying their time in the snow. It looked like great fun! The cold weekend was also a gentle reminder that students need to wear their coats to school in winter and be prepared for extreme weather. Please check out the uniform shop for beanies, coats and gloves. Tricia Marsh and Tracee Holland are happy to help.
These daily questions have been developed to help families practise the GEM principles. They are a great way to facilitate positive conversations as your family shares a meal either in the morning, afternoon or evening or at a time that works best.
Check out some great GEM questions here.
Remember a time when you felt really happy. What made you feel this way?
Remember a time when you felt really sad. What made you feel this way? How did you turn your mood around?
Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. We collect the boxes and distribute them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in vulnerable situations. If you would like a Christmas Box to fill let the school know and we can send home as many boxes as you would like to fill.
Boxes must be returned to school by the end of Term 3.
This is an optional activity for families. More detail can be located at
St Mary's has registered to participate in Fruit and Veg Month beginning on Monday 31st of August - Friday 25th September.
This year’s theme is Planet Fruit & Veg! It’s all about exploring the world of fruits and vegetables through the lens of sustainability.
What is Fruit and Veg Month?
Fruit & Veg Month is a free health promotion event for NSW primary schools that puts a positive focus on fruit and vegetables. Each year Fruit & Veg Month has a special theme to inspire kids to get interested in eating, enjoying and learning about fruit and veg, and all schools that register receive a fantastic resource pack full of classroom materials, posters, stickers and more.
It is an event that is funded by NSW Health and we are excited to participate again this year.
Clara Geoghegan is the Executive Secretary to the Bishops’ Commission for Evangelisation, Laity & Ministry. Clara has lectured in Church History and Spirituality at Catholic Theological College (Melbourne). Clara is also the Co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Australia.
Clara hopes to inspire the women of the Archdiocese to respond to their baptismal calling to intimacy with Christ and to co-responsibility for the mission of the Church.
Brigid CooneyOfficial Delegate from the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn to the Plenary Council of Australia Brigid is a 21-year-old native Canberran. Since working on the Youth Mission Team in 2017 and 2018, Brigid has been studying a double degree in History (ANU) & Teaching (ACU) and hopes to make a difference to young people by teaching history and religious education.
Brigid will share her personal journey of discovering her own baptismal calling to intimacy with Christ and co-responsibility for the Mission of the Church. She will also explain why she put her hand up as a delegate for the Plenary Council and what she hopes will be achieved.
As well as these inspiring talks, the Women’s Reflection Afternoon will be punctuated by short guided prayer experiences lead by the following groups:
Winniefred Rebello, Women Alive (Indian, Pakistani & Sri Lankan Catholic women’s prayer group)
Anne Hartwell, Mothers Prayers
Bronnie Schlager, Call to Connect
Karen Doyle, Sisterhood National Catholic Women’s Movement