St Mary's Newsletter

18 December 2019
Issue Twenty Two
Principal's Announcements
Family Advice Portal  
Catholic Identity
Upcoming Dates and Events
Prayers and Thoughts
Office Reminders
School Information
Simon Everywhere
News from around the school
Parents & Friends 
Community News
St Mary's School Mooroopna
03 5825 2858
121-143 McLennan St
Mooroopna, Victoria, 3629

Principal's Announcements

Christmas Concert

What a wonderful night the St Mary's community had last night with our End of Year Picnic and Concert!  The children performed superbly  and it was great to see our new Preps for 2020 join us for the first time!  Thank you to everyone involved and a special thanks to Mooroopna Kiwanis Club for allowing us to borrow their stage decorations.

Mooroopna Carols

Well done to the St Mary's choir and Mrs Hicks for their wonderful performance at the Mooroopna Carols on Saturday night.  The children did our school proud!

End of Year Mass

Our End of Year Mass was a beautiful celebration last Friday.  Thank you to Mrs Lee for preparing such a wonderful liturgy to celebrate the end of the school year.  Well done to all our readers, singers and dancers!

2020 School Resumes 

Please note that school resumes for students on Wednesday 29th January 2020.  

Gr 6 Celebration Night

We farewelled our Gr 6 students in style on Monday night with a fantastic celebration night.  Thank you so much to the Gr 5/6 staff for preparing such a high quality ceremony, it really was a special night for the children and their families! 

I would especially like to thank and congratulate our wonderful Gr 6 students who have been outstanding role models to the rest of the school this year.  We wish them all the very best for their future and thank them for everything they have contributed to St Mary’s over the years.

An important part of the evening was the presenting of Gr 6 Awards.  Congratulations to the following students:


Mark Patrao Award

For Excellence in Academics and demonstrating Christian qualities: Luke Martin


St Vinnies Scholarship

For consistently displaying Gospel Values and being an excellent role model during their schooling: Mason Ballentine


Stephen Sibio Award

For showing the determination to get the best out of themselves and those around them and being a reliable and loyal classmate: Maggie Davis


Ros Nethersole Award

Outstanding individual who proved to be genuinely kind, caring, thoughtful and respectful individual during their schooling at St Mary's:  Bailey Vanderdonk


Kath Feehan Awards

For Excellence in Religious Education and Catholic Identity:  Sebastian Lawless and Charlotte Seddon.


Rotary Award

For someone who achieves excellent academic results in a very humble and modest fashion: Katie Kentalla


PBIS Award

For a student who has consistently displayed the qualities of being Respectful, Responsible, Resilient and Safe: Tyler Nolan


Visual Arts Award

For a student who has excelled in Visual Arts during their time at St Mary's:  Riley Moreno


Physical Education Award

For a student who has excelled in Physical Education during their time at St Mary's: Amani Issel


Golden Oldies Award

For showing initiative and offering their help where they see a need: Denzel Cox


ICAS Results

Each year a number of students take part in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.  Once again, St Mary's has had a number of students receive exceptional results.  Congratulations to the following students:  ENGLISHCherie Smith - High Distinction

Chrissy Smith - High Distinction,  Luke Martin - Distinction, Sion Hall - Credit, Charla Varapodio - Credit

MATHS: Cherie Smith - Distinction, Mitchell Sinclair - Distinction, Chrissy Smith - Credit

SCIENCE: Cherie Smith - Distinction, Chrissy Smith - Distinction, Lachlan Sinclair - Distinction.

End of Year Reports

Semester 2 Reports are now available on our online Parent Access Module (PAM).  Please take the time to read through the reports and discuss goals for 2020.  Thank you to the teachers who have spent many hours compiling the reports.  Please contact the office if you have any difficulties accessing the reports.

School Board

Please find below, the results from our Parent Survey for 2019.  I am very pleased with the level of satisfaction among our parent body and we will continue to look for areas of improvement that arise from the results.  Thank you for such a large response to the survey.


Support For Regulating Emotions 

The CASEA Program is an early intervention service for young children (focusing mainly on children in Prep to Year 3) with challenging behaviours and difficulties in regulating emotions.  If you would like your child to take part in the program or have any questions please contact me at school.  See flyer below:


ICan Network

ICan is an organisation who facilitate programs for children on the Autism spectrum or children with learning differences or anxiety.  There will be a program running from St Mel's school in 2020 that some of our families may be interested in.  Please read the attached brochure and contact me if you are interested.


Gr 6 Scholarship Opportunity

Each year Rotary award the Graeme Cross Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding Gr 6 student. See document below for application details.


Christmas Eve Family Mass

All families are welcome to join us for Christmas Eve mass in the Marian Centre.  Carols will begin at 6:30pm and mass shortly after at 7pm.  There are always a lot of families from school there so please come along!

Mr Butts' Christmas Jokes of the Week

Q: How did Mary and Joseph know Jesus' weight when he was born?

A:  Beyonsleigh

Q:  What do you call a skunk on Santa's sleigh?

A: Jingle Smells

Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone for their contributions to St Mary’s in 2019.  We have had a very busy year and the children have come such a long way! I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.   Enjoy your holidays and we will see you all in 2020!  

Merry Christmas Everyone

Advice Portal



Our Family Advice Portal is aimed to assist families with common issues that effect children at home and at school.  It is important however to remember to contact your child's teacher or school leaders if you believe the problem is serious.  As a team we will work together to provide your child with the appropriate support needed for them to overcome challenges as they arise.

Attendance - Every Day Counts!

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child's education.  This fact sheet explains why.



Autism effects a large number of children.  For information on the Autism Spectrum, this fact page from the Royal Children's Hospital will answer any questions you may have.  Autism Fact Page.

Autism Info


Have you got any questions about Bullying?  

The Bully No Way website has some excellent resources for both parents and children.


Please contact your child's teacher if you have any issues regarding Bullying.

Child Safety

Bravehearts visit our school each year to teach our children about personal safety and protection from sexual assault.  This video explains the program including the key messages taught to the children.

The video below is from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation which is an excellent video for Gr 3-6 students.



Tips and advice on helping your child have safe and enjoyable experiences online.

Esafety Website

Family Diversity

Families can be very diverse.  This website has information to support and assist families of all shapes and sizes!

Family Diversity

Goal Setting Meetings (Parent Teacher Interviews)

Goal Setting meetings are a crucial component of supporting your child's education.  This website gives parents and carers information on how they can prepare for a productive meeting.

Goal Setting Meeting Advice

Grief and Trauma

Children can be effected by trauma in many ways, a death of a loved one or pet, sickness and marriage break ups.  If your child has suffered trauma these fact sheets may be of assistance:

Discussing Death with Children


The Royal Children's Hospital website is an excellent resource for parents who have questions regarding any child health issues.

RCH Fact Sheets


Please find attached research articles on why Primary School children don't have a lot of homework.


Literacy & Numeracy Tips

Research shows that families are the most significant influence on their children’s learning.  This article assists families to play a key role in helping children prepare for school, and then succeed when they reach school.



Want to check if a movie, TV Show, book or a computer game is suitable for your child?  Common Sense Media gives parents specific information on levels of swearing, violence and other content that may be inappropriate for your child.

Parent Help

Parentline is a Victorian Government phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. They offer confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.

Parent Line Information

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety often occurs to children at the start of the school day when they have difficulties leaving their parents.  This web page has some great advice for parents.  Separation Anxiety Tips for Parents.


Advice on how to ensure your child gets enough sleep.

Advice on Sleep

Speech Problems

Speech difficulties in children can range from speech impediments (articulation) to difficulties expressing themselves or understanding language.  This fact page from the Royal Children's Hospital may answer some of your questions.

Speech Problems

Separation and Divorce

Many families experience separation which can result in different emotional responses from children.  This fact sheet has a range of helpful tips when dealing with separation.  Separation Fact Sheet.

Catholic Identity

                                        Mercy Prayer

We pray for the Sisters of Mercy, who established our school and for the priests who have served at

St. Mary’s.  It is through their vision,  determination and strong faith that we enjoy the benefits of a 

                                                                   Catholic Education here in Mooroopna.

We are proud to be a Mercy School, where the values of love and justice are taught and lived every day.


Sacramental Program - 2020

Please note that in 2020 the Sacrament of Reconciliation for students in Grade Three and above will take place in Term 1.

Confirmation for students in Grade Six  will take place in September and First Eucharist will take place in November.  To participate in the Sacramental program children need to first be baptised. 

Parents who need further information may contact Mrs Lee.

Upcoming Dates and Events

2020 - Dates to Remember 


Tuesday 28th January - Office Reopens 11am - 3pm

Wednesday 29th January - All Students return to School

Wednesday 12th February - Grade 6 Leadership Day

Wednesday 12th February - Opening BBQ

Tuesday 10th March - Friday 13th March - Gr 5/6 Camp - Roses Gap

Friday 13th March - School Fete

Thursday 7th May - School photos - Winter Uniform

Term 4 Dates


Wed 18th December - Last Day Students 

Friday 20th December - Last Day Staff

2020 Term dates

Term 1 - Wednesday 29th January - Friday 27th March

Preps commence on Wednesday 29th January, but don't attend further Wednesdays until after the March long weekend.

Term 2 - Tuesday 14th April - Friday 26th June

Term 3 - Monday 13th July - Friday 18th September

Direct Debit Schedule


Fortnight     Friday 20th December

Monthly        Friday 20th December


Fortnight    Thursday 19th December

Monthly       Thursday 19th December


Bingo Roster



Saturday 21st December
Maree Williams, Lesley Bulmer, Mark Carnovale, Maree Mellino, Michelle Ballintine, Maria Tripoli, Emma Difede. 


Saturday 4th January

Cecily Davis, Trish Renshaw, Fiona Nioa, Irene Valoia, Maureen Ball.


Saturday 11th January

Tom Dumaresq, Emma Difede, Vicki Emanuelli, Annette Gent, Rodger Doherty, Jenny Matthews, Diane Stretton.


Saturday 18th January

Bev Ryan. John Kiss, Daniel Carrafa, Michael Murley, Carly Martin.


Saturday 25th January

Maree Williams, Josie Wood, Kevin Lee, Sharee Barrett, Gary Wodward, Carmel Fasano, Anne Maksacheff.

Prayers and Thoughts

Keep In Your Prayers and Thoughts….

Our friends and family who are unwell at the moment.

All our families and keep them safe and healthy.

Our teachers as they guide our children in the classroom.

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”            Matthew 21:22



Office Reminders

NEW - Office Closure

St Mary's Office will be closed from Thursday 3pm, 19th December and will re-open on Tuesday 28th January at 8.30am.

Spare Clothes

We would like to remind families to provide a spare pair of underwear, pants/shorts and socks for their students, in particular the Prep / 1 / 2 Area.

Student Medical profile

We are transitioning from Care Monkey to PAM for student medical information and permission notes.  Students medical profile can now be updated in PAM after clicking the "red bell" in the top right hand corner of the home page. Care Monkey will still be used in conjunction with PAM, until the transition period concludes in a few months.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however after  discussing the details with the School Board, we have decided this will be a better alternative moving forward.

We encourage any updates to emergency contact details to be made through the office. 

Working With Children Check

Parents or family members who wish to help out in the classrooms or on excursions are required to have an up to date Working With Children's Card. These can be applied for online and there is no cost if you are a volunteer.  A copy of this needs to be passed onto the office.

A reminder to notify the school office with any changes or updates to your Working With Children Check.


Can all families please ensure they provide up to date medical plans and necessary medications to the office.  If you have provided medication to the office in the past, please contact the office to ensure this medication is still valid and in date.

Parents are reminded that all non prescription medication to be administered at school/on camp or excursions, requires a pharmaceutical label detailing student name and dosage. A signed authority to administer medication form is also required, a copy of this is located on the School Information page.

Local Town Bus fares

The following fares will apply for students travelling on the Mooroopna Town School Buses. It would be appreciated if students can have the correct fare to present to driver when travelling.

Single Travel - $1.20

Daily - $2.40

Weekly - $11.20

If you require further information regarding fares or travel routes, please contact  

Jodi Jacobson 

Phone: 03 58203700

Fax:  03 58253494


School Information

Contact Details

St Mary’s School

121-143 McLennan Street

PO Box 259

Mooroopna 3629

Telephone :(03)5825 2858


General -

Newsletter -

Principal: Anthony Butts

Deputy Principal: Ann Margaret Carroll

Office Administrator : Amber Feehan

Administration Assistant: Naomi Egglestone

Canonical Administrator: Monsignor Peter Jeffery

St Mary’s Parish

Presbytery -

5825 2034 (Office & After Hours)

Parish Priest: Monsignor Peter Jeffery

Parish Secretary: Brenda Pye

Parish Email:

2 Toolamba Road, Mooroopna

P.O. Box 365 – Mooroopna –3629

Bus Company: Jacobsons - 5820 3700

Bus Co ordinator: 5825 2344

Out of Hours Care

Stepping Stones - 1300 665 699


Office Reminders

OFFICE HOURS - Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Newsletter Deadline - Tuesday 12pm (

Subway Orders - Return Thursday for Friday delivery.

School Banking - Tuesdays


UPDATED - School Fees

School fees are distributed via email.  Please notify the office with your email address if you do not receive your invoice by the end of February 2020. 

We request the Student levy of $280 is paid in full prior to Friday March 20th unless you have a direct debit /credit card payment set up.

Bank Details for Direct Deposit

Please use your child’s name/surname as a reference

St Mary’s General Account

BSB 083-543                 Acc No 457812500

Forms for direct debit are available from the school office.


Emergency Contact Details

Please ensure all your family contact details are up to date on CareMonkey, including Home phone, Mobile, residential & postal address & email address.

We also require your nominated emergency contact details to be current & up to date.

If your students Medical details have changed in any way, please ensure all relevant information is updated on Care Monkey.

NEW - Subway

Subway Mooroopna is under new ownership and will continue to offer School Lunch orders on Fridays. 

Orders are to be placed in the subway tub Thursdays, for delivery Friday.  Please note price increase and  include correct money and clearly mark which order and inclusions you require.


School App


Families will need to download our app from  either the App store or the Google Play Store and search St Mary’s Mooroopna.

All notifications previously sent via SMS, especially relating to excursions and bus times will now be sent through the APP. 

A feature of the App we encourage families to use, is the ability to send your student absence via the ’Absence’ tab. 

Please install our app as soon as practical and stay informed.


PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM is our online student reporting system that is aimed at giving parents regular reports across the school year.  The new format will not only keep parents up to date with children’s progression, but will also help improve communication between home and school which is crucial to student learning.   

Progression Points and collated personal comments similar to our previous report format will still be distributed at the end of each semester.  

PAM is accessible through the school website. 

All information stored on this program is totally private and will be accessed by school staff only.  Please contact the office if you are having difficulties accessing this system. 

Late arrival / Early collection

If you arrive at school after 8.50am or leave school before 3.20pm student/s must be signed in or out at the school office.

The school is to be notified of any student absences.  If you know your student will be absent please send an App note or contact the office.

Schools are now legislated to contact families regarding ’unexplained absences’, and parents will receive a text message for any ‘unexplained absence’ including late arrivals that are not signed in at the office.

Acknowledgement To Country

At St Mary’s Primary School Mooroopna we Acknowledge the Traditional people of this land. 

The Yorta Yorta Nation are the Traditional Custodians of this area and we remember their elders, past, present and future.

We remember that the Aboriginal people of Australia will always be the  traditional owners of the land on which we gather today.

We continue to grow through education and reconciliation to a better future for all Australians.


Simon Everywhere

NEW - How to Log into SIMON Everywhere




NEW - How to use PAM




HOW TO - Send an Absentee Note in PAM

Our current school App will be turned off at the end off this year and we advise each family to ensure they have access to the SIMON Everywhere APP.

Attached is information regarding submitting Absentee Notes in PAM.

SIMON Everywhere - download now from
Android users can find the Simon Everywhere app in the
PlayStore. Just search Simon Everywhere and look for the

How to - Read a Permission Note in PAM

As of 2020 we will be moving across to PAM for all permission notes, medical information and notifications.  Please ensure you have downloaded the 'Simon Everywhere' App to ensure you are kept up to date.

Login details for 'Simon everywhere' are the same as your PAM details. 

If you have any questions please contact the school office.

News from around the school

UPDATED - Laptops For Sale 

We still have a number of Secondhand lap tops are available to purchase 

Reduced price of $400,

If you are interested please contact the school office.

Specifications listed below -

MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)

Storage 128 GB

Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB


NEW - School Choir

Well done to Mrs Hicks and the St Mary's Choir on the wonderful performance at this years Mooroopna Carols in the Park. 

Special mention to Lanie Buttigieg for representing 'Hearts Kids' on stage.


St Marys End of Year Carols

Congratulations to all our students and families on our End of Year Picnic and Carols.  It was wonderful to see so many children with smiles on their faces, having fun with their friends and enjoying our carols.

Well done to our staff for preparing our students for their on stage performances.



Parents & Friends 

Parents & Friends 2019 Committee

President—Kristie Scott, Treasurer - Michael DeMaria, Secretary - Lisa Macreadie, Public Relations Officer - Kim Smith, Communications - Tina Kennedy, School Rep - Ann Margaret Carroll, School Board Rep - Kylie Glover,  General Committee Members - Kylie Glover, Narelle Wood, Rebecca Smith, Peita Sleeth, Tina Kennedy .

2020 FETE

Expression of interest....
We are looking for a sub committee for the Fete to work along side our Parents & Friends to help plan & prepare for our School Fete scheduled for the 13th March 2020.

Extra hands makes lighter work. 
We want to make it bigger and better than previous years, but we need help to make this possible.  So if you are able to help in any way please complete the attached expression of interest form and return to the school office.
You will not be alone, full support and assistance will come from the parents and friends. 
Please complete and return the office if you are interested.


Dates to remember

Save The Date 

  • Friday 13th March - 2020 School Fete

NEW - End of Year Raffle 

Thank you  to everyone who donated an item to our end of year raffle. We had 13 fabulous prizes with some very lucky winners.

The raffle raised $1270.50


This will be held on Friday 13th March 2020

We had a very successful Fete meeting last night and new ideas were suggested.

SAVE THE DATE: 13th March 2020 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Some exciting things we have in store for next years fete:

  • Sumo wrestling is back
  • 10 plus independent stalls
  • Lots of amazing raffle prizes
  • New games and activities
  • Choc coin toss
  • Camel rides 

Please contact Kim Smith 044957994 or Kristie Scott 0409725558 if you have any questions.
We are always open to new ideas or if you would like to be on the Fete committee please let us know.


Thank you

Kristie Scott

P&F President

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. –

Mother Teresa


Community News

NEW - Vic Swim Victoria

VICSWIM is an intensive, learn to swim program for Victorian Children that runs from January 6th to 24th in 2020. The program is run by fully qualified and highly experienced teachers, operating in small classes in Mooroopna.

Enrolments are open for week 1, 2 and 3 of the program, running from Monday-Friday of each week. Classes run for half an hour and are only $30 per child, per week. Spots are filling fast across the state! Secure your child’s spot now and head to for more information and enrolments.

Life Saving Victoria has recorded the states worst drowning toll in two decades. Between the 2018-2019 financial year, 56 people drowned in Victorian waterways and paramedics were called to 101 near-drownings. VICSWIM strongly urges that all children have the opportunity to access water safety education, so that your kids are confident enough to safely enjoy summer with the whole family.


NEW - Chrissie's Crew Family Day Care

Before & After School Care Available in Mooroopna. 

Registered Carer with Shepparton Family Day Care.

For further Information or to enquire about bookings, please contact Christine on 0428 253 930 or 5822 1373

Activities in the Park


Saver Plus


Mercy Access - Volunteers

Mercy Access provides assistance to Aboriginal children from Catholic schools and from all schools in a Homework Club.  We invite volunteers to assist in this In-School Program or/and Gowola Homework Club Program NOW. Hopefully, volunteers would have had previous experience, or an interest in the field of education. Indications of interest would be welcome immediately. For more information contact the Mercy Access Coordinator  Mobile: 0428 996 975

Email: (Subject: volunteering)


St Mary's Newsletter
2020 Class Structure & Staff.pdf
Parent Survey reponses 2019.pdf
GVCASEA School Newsletter Info intro.docx
I CAN brochure.pdf
Graeme Cross Scholarship.pdf
subway order.pdf
2020 School Fete Sub Committee.pdf
Fact Sheet Every Day Counts.pdf
Winstons Wish Charter copy.pdf
Primary School Children and Grief.pdf
Homework Debate.pdf
Homework Article Education Today.pdf