Congratulations Sister Maree!

This week marks Sister Maree's 60th year as a Brigidine Sister. What an achievement. She has dedicated most of her life to living a life of service and ministry. She spent 4 years during that time working at St Mary's School and is familiar to most of us through her work in our Parish. 

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Whole School Transition Day

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End Of Year Liturgy - Live Stream Details

At 10:30am on Wednesday 15th December we will be having our end of year liturgy at school. While we are unable to have families join us onsite, we welcome your attendance on Facebook Live on our St Mary's Primary School Ararat Facebook page. We will farewell our Grade 6 students, leaving staff and families, present scholarships and awards and offer a prayer of gratitude and appreciate the efforts of our community in an eventful year of ups and downs.

Please click on the link to join:

www.facebook.com/stmarysararat

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From our Principal

What an exciting week it has been at St Mary’s!

Our 3/4s have had an amazing camp experience. They have demonstrated resilience, respect and responsibility as they have participated in a range of challenging activities at Cave Hill Creek. The sleepover at school enabled students to collaborate with each other and support one another to be successful in spending a night away from home. I acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the 3/4 teaching team, Georgie, Jess and Steph, who supported the students with such kindness and enthusiasm. Congratulations to all involved! 

Our Foundation, Grade 1 and 2 students have also had an exciting week. They celebrated the end of the year at the cinema and the gardens. For some of our students, it was the first time they have been to a cinema! By all accounts it was a fantastic day out and about!

Our 5/6 students have shown impressive organisational leadership during our BBQ lunches. All monies raised are donated to Catholic Mission.  The 5/6 students have been responsible for all aspects of the project including cooking, advertising, ordering and money counting. It has been a rich learning experience for our students and they have risen to the challenge. 

Our whole school transition day was a success. For some of our students, it is an exciting time of new beginnings and opportunities. For others, the change of teacher and classroom can create feelings of anxiety.  Students were supported in meaningful ways to make a smooth ‘step-up’ to the next year level.

Student reports will be sent home next week. The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria have provided advice to Catholic schools so that there is a consistent approach to the reporting of student achievement and progress for Semester 2, 2021.  These changes take into account the disruptions that COVID-19 has had to the school year.  Since returning to onsite learning we have prioritised learning in the fundamental areas of English and Mathematics and Religious Education. Our reports will reflect student achievement and data collected in these areas in line with CECV requirements.

Regards, 
Roxanne

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St Mary's School Fees 2022

Please see below St Mary's school fees and direct debit requests for 2022.  Hard copies of these forms will be sent home with students on their first day of school next year. 

Unfortunately we were unable to schedule any swimming lessons in for our students this year, therefore a credit of $60 per student has been applied to all fee accounts.  Some of these accounts will now be in credit. This credit will rollover and come off next year's school fees. 

Any students finishing at the end of 2021 with a credit balance will be reimbursed.  All fee payers that this affects will be contacted by Jane to obtain bank account details for a direct fund transfer.

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Grade 6 Graduation

Our Grade 6 graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday 14th December at 6.00pm in the Davey Hub. 

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UPCOMING DATES

TERM 4 DATES

Tuesday 14th December
Grade 6 Graduation @ 6.00pm - The Davey Hub
All parents/carers in attendance must be fully vaccinated. Please provide a copy of your vaccination certificate to the school office or email a copy to jpraag@smararat.catholic.edu.au prior to Tuesday please

Middle students to bring a spare change of clothes for PE

Wednesday 15th December
End of Year Liturgy @ 10.30am
We will be conducting the liturgy live on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/stmarysararat

Senior students to bring a spare change of clothes for PE

Thursday 16th December
Grade 6 Big Day Out - Halls Gap
Students Last Day

Friday 17th December
Staff Last Day

TERM 1 DATES

Friday 28th January
Staff Return

Monday 31st January
Students Return

Wednesday 2nd February
Foundation Rest Day

Wednesday 9th February
Foundation Rest Day

Wednesday 16th February
Foundation students at school

Friday 18th February
School Closure Day (SWPBS Staff PD Day #2)
**Foundation students will have this day as their rest day**

Wednesday 23rd February
Foundation Rest Day

Wednesday 2nd March
Foundation Rest Day

Wednesday 9th March
Foundation Rest Day

Monday 14th March
Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 1st April
School Closure Day (Staff PD - Enhancing our Educational Climate)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Wishing the following students a very happy birthday this week!

Angus G

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St Mary's Book Drive

Our St Mary's School Book Drive will be held after school in the Multi Purpose Room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week (from 3.15pm - 4pm). Prices range from 50c - $5

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MCL Bowls Club - Week 2

This was our second week visiting Ararat Lawn Bowls Club. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed the sun. Stephen was able to share strategies and skills to help us become some incredible bowlers. Our class was very competitive, supportive of one another and genuinely well-behaved for the whole time out of school. We were very proud of these children representing our school. Well done!

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MLC Term 4 RE Unit "Unity"

For our RE Unit this Term, we have been working on the theme of ‘Unity’.

Students have worked in groups to design a way to show unity and justice in our School. Students have explored how they can contribute to the good and wellbeing of all and how the Church community can become people of unity and justice through the action inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Below are some written pieces from our students:


What have I learnt during the time we have been creating our unity project?

I have learnt how to change thinking quickly on the spot and compromise in small groups. We have been so compassionate during the project, we have worked our hardest on these projects and wanted to share them with all the families that support St. Marys. There has been lots of trial and error but in the end everything looks so creative and amazing.

By Harriet


What i've learnt from unity

I’ve learnt how to show kindness 

I’ve also learnt how to show resilience. 

The is how to solve problems like when The plastic on the milk bottles made the water splash out so we cut it Perfectly. 

By lilly 


I have learnt that a lot of people who I wasn't sure about working with, are actually quite Funny and kind, one thing I have also learnt is to be persistent and calm 

I have also learnt to work hard and determine myself.

By Eden


I’ve learnt how to show unity at St Mary’s and what it is. I’ve learnt that unity is teamwork, you need to be resilient, respectful, kind and you need to compromise sometimes, not all the time.

Unity is a special thing to make it feel like unity.

BY MADDISON 


UNITY                                                        

I’ve learned trial and error. In the time we have been creating our unity space. I’ve also learnt that you have to communicate with you group. Also I have learned to be the bigger person.

By Xander


I have been working on a project  with my team. My team was working on cable tie string fingers. They have been hung up on part of the unity space back fence. It was the best. I learnt working together is more fun then doing it yourself. 

By Samuel


UNITY

The things I learnt during the time of the unity space making is that I have to be selfless. I have been working with my team which shows unity as well as doing the right thing. We all had different ideas but we compromised by making one that works best.

By Ella


WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE UNITY SPACE 

During the long period of time we have had to create our wonderful unity space.We have learnt,to work with a team and be resilient even if we don't get what we want.In order to be a good team member you need to be resilient,communicate,compromise,listen and be kind.Unity means to be...★KIND★    

By sienna


What I learnt during the time we have been Creating our unity space is teamwork, and how to cooperate with others. I liked decorating the unity space and making it a carm and a happy space. We all brought supplies from home to make this unity space.

By Jethro.B


The things I learnt was that to always try your hardest!,I learnt to figure out how to solve a problem, and to try using all the materials you have! I also learnt how to be a good teammate by bringing different materials together and being kind to one another!

By Ehrin


What I learned, during the time I have been creating a unity space. Our MLC 1 & 2, the 2 classes have been making a big project and it is called unity. I have learnt to  respect more stuff. I need to help more and be more kind.

By Harry


What I learnt during the time we have been creating our unity space.               

Unity means community teamwork and helping  

others as a team.

We all brought stuff for our team.

By Ari


What I learnt during the time we have been creating our unity space…

I learnt true unity and it's wonderful, I wish everybody could feel this and I'm being more creative.

The reason why we made the unity space is to make more unity upon our school.

What unity is basically  teamwork but said differently.

By Margrethe


To always respect others equally and treat them how you want to be treated.unity can be when other people use unity and work together and respect each other in kindness in a community and if something goes wrong they be resilience and bounce back to the start and keep going

By Jack



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From our Principal

Dear families, 

In this Season of Advent, Christians prepare for the coming of someone really special, Jesus! Advent is a time of waiting and reflecting - a time of spiritual awakening and renewal before that special morning in late December. 

Jan Richardson writes;

"In the company of those whose stories we hear in these weeks, Advent invites us to consider the lay of our own land. It poses questions about the geography of our own lives: What are the dreams, fears, and hopes that make up our inner terrain? What inspires us to keep going, to move deeper into the landscape, to venture into unfamiliar territory? How do we stay open to the surprises the journey holds, the treasures that are hidden so often in the dark? Where are our boundaries, and are they serving us well? Are there any borders we need to cross in this season? In the midst of how mapless our lives can seem, is there one line this season might invite you to follow, one place where you might begin anew?"

It is exciting for our staff and students to engage in some long overdue camps, excursions and incursions. 

After a COVID lockdown interrupted our 5/6 Camp to Sovereign Hill, our students were able to return for a day travelling back in time to the Goldfields. The tour in the underground mine was a significant highlight for many even though it was dark, cold and a little claustrophobic. 

Our 3/4 team have been busily preparing for their Camp experience. The adaptability and perseverance of the teachers and students to get this important experience off the ground has been remarkable! Students will engage in a range of activities and Cave Hill Creek including bush cooking, canoeing and archery. They will have a sleepover at school and have some team games at Alexandra Gardens the following day.

Our Junior Learning Community have had an exciting incursion from one of our families - Jamie and Kim’s Mobile Zoo. Jamie’s educational animal demonstration was absolutely incredible. It was engaging, educational, exciting and even a little frightening for some of us!  Students also had some fun on the jumping castle and getting creative in the plaster fun house.

What a week of rich learning. 

Roxanne

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St Andrew's U/13 Cricket Club

St Andrew's Cricket Club are seeking children interested in playing cricket for their U/13 side. If you are interested, please contact Mark on 0417 391 002.

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The Vine 2021

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St Mary's School Fees 2022

Please see below St Mary's school fees and direct debit requests for 2022.  Hard copies of these forms will be sent home with students on their first day of school next year. 

Unfortunately we were unable to schedule any swimming lessons in for our students this year, therefore a credit of $60 per student has been applied to all fee accounts.  Some of these accounts will now be in credit. This credit will rollover and come off next year's school fees. 

Any students finishing at the end of 2021 with a credit balance will be reimbursed.  All fee payers that this affects will be contacted by Jane to obtain bank account details for a direct fund transfer.

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Grade 6 Graduation

Our Grade 6 graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday 14th December at 6.00pm in the Davey Hub.

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UPCOMING DATES

Tuesday 7th December
2022 Whole School Transition Day
Grade 6 2022 Jumper Orders Due

Wednesday 8th December
Book Drive from 3.15pm - 4.00pm - MPR

Thursday 9th December
JLC Walk to Cinema & Gardens Lunch
Book Drive from 3.15pm - 4.00pm - MPR

Thursday 9th December & Friday 10th December
MLC Cave Hill Creek Day Camp & School Sleepover 

Friday 10th December
Mission Day BBQ Lunch (SLC fundraiser)
Book Drive from 3.15pm - 4.00pm - MPR

Tuesday 14th December
Grade 6 Graduation @ 6.00pm - The Davey Hub

Thursday 16th December
Grade 6 Big Day Out - Halls Gap
Students Last Day

Friday 17th December
Staff Last Day


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