FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021
From the Principal
It was exciting to welcome back our students and families to Term 2! Students were keen to share their stories from the Easter break and reconnect with their friends and staff.
This week, the return to school after the Easter break flows into ANZAC Day remembrance services. Both holidays are built upon tragedy, yet both speak to us as people of hope. We do not celebrate Easter because of Jesus’ death - we celebrate it because of Christ's resurrection. Equally, we do not commemorate ANZAC day for the sacrifices of our armed services, rather for the celebration of the human spirit.
I invite families to join with me and some of our student leaders as they lay a wreath in honour those who have lost their lives serving Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations; particularly those members associated with St Mary’s Parish. We will meet at the Soldiers Memorial next to the Town Hall at 9:50am. Don’t forget to register your attendance via the Ararat RSL website arararsl.com.au and comply with COVID regulations.
Lest we forget.
Congratulations to Louise Wilson (nee Allan) and Zach who celebrated their wedding over the school holidays. They have been unwinding in the Yarra Valley this week and Louise is eager to return to the 1/2 classroom next week and continue the great learning that has been happening in that space.
We welcome Luke Preston, father of Isabelle (grade 2) and Amelia (foundation) to our staff team. Luke will work in the role of Grounds and Maintenance for the 2021 school year. Luke comes to us with a wealth of experience in carpentry, building and maintenance. We are very much looking forward to working collaboratively with Luke to spruce up our school grounds and buildings.
The depth, breath and commitment of the St Mary’s staff team is incredible. I congratulate the following staff on these appointments;
Religious Education Leader: Louise Allan
Assistant to the Principal/Child Safety Officer: Toni Stockwell
Risk and Compliance: Ben O’Loughlan
ANZAC Day - MLC2
Expressions of interest to enrol at St Mary's in 2022 are now available through the school office or website. To further discuss enrolment or to book an individual school tour, please let us know.
We will be holding an information session on Monday 17 May at 5.30pm in the Multi Purpose Room. If you would like to attend, please contact the office on 5352 1796 or email our Junior Learning Community Leader Eliza Griffiths at email@example.com
Lunch Order - Pricing Info
The Marian College Canteen has informed us of a price increase. Pizzas are now $2.50 instead of $2.00. Please adjust your future lunch orders accordingly. Thank you!
Upcoming Term 2 Dates
FRIDAY 23 APRIL
Lunch Orders Recommence
SUNDAY 25 APRIL
Memorial service at 10am, Ararat Soldiers Memorial Park in the Town Hall Square
TUESDAY 27 APRIL
Senior Learning Community Cross Country @ Gordon St Oval
THURSDAY 6 MAY
Black Ranges Cross Country
FRIDAY 7 MAY
Book Club Issue 3 Orders Due
TUESDAY 11 MAY - FRIDAY 14 MAY
NAPLAN 2021 (Years 3 & 5)
MONDAY 17 MAY
2022 Foundation Information Session
5.30pm in the Multi Purpose Room
WEDNESDAY 26 MAY
Black Ranges Winter Sports
FRIDAY 25 JUNE
Last Day of Term 2
Early finish at 2.15pm
To the following students celebrating their birthdays this week:
Jude B, Maddison J, Ella B & Patrick H
And to those who celebrated their birthdays during the school holidays:
Althea C & Nate D
St Mary's School Office Hours
MONDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
TUESDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
WEDNESDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
THURSDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
FRIDAY 9.00AM - 4.00PM