Message from the Principal
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends,
Welcome to our 2020 school year. We welcome all new families to our St Mary’s school community. We hope that your child is settling well into their new school and beginning to feel quite at home. There have been 78 students beginning in Year 7 and 380 students in total. These are good numbers for St Mary’s and I thank those parents who have entrusted their children to us for their secondary education.
We say St Mary’s is a Community of Faith and a Place of Learning. As a community of faith we recently celebrated the 2020 Opening School Year Mass along with the students and staff from St Xavier’s School. This is always an uplifting experience where we call for God’s Blessings on our new school year. We pray that we will be kept safe and happy at school and that we all use our time wisely to improve our learning; students, staff and parents. The Mass also incorporates the induction and blessing of the new student leaders for the year and we pray for them in their task of leading the school community in various capacities to build a strong and supportive school community.
We recently recognised at a Monday Student Briefing the achievements of last year’s Year 12 students in their Higher School Certificate. Each student who gained a Band 6 in any subject was awarded a Silver Mercy Medallion in recognition of this achievement. The College Dux also receives a Gold Mercy Medallion and this year that went to Stefanie Woods with an ATAR of 89.15. There were many other pleasing results from the 2019 HSC class and many happy graduates who are now moving off to the next important stage of their lives in either further studies or the workforce.
Stefanie Woods - Dux
The 2020 Swimming Carnival was held in Week 4 with very good attendance and a great spirit on the day. There was strong competition with Mercy House the overall winner and McAuley House winning the Participation Shield. We congratulate all who attended, got involved and made the day such a success.
St Mary’s joined with St Xavier’s School for the Ash Wednesday Mass which marks the beginning of Lent. The first reading captures the meaning of this Lenten period: