St Mary's Newsletter

13 November 2019
Issue Nineteen

We are a Child Safe and Respectful Relationships School.

    Principal's Announcements
Family Advice Portal  
Catholic Identity
Assembly Prayer and Masses
Upcoming Dates and Events
Prayers and Thoughts
Term 4 Assembly Awards
PBIS Awards
Office Reminders
School Information
Simon Everywhere
News from around the school
Communication Team
Parents & Friends 
Parish Bulletin
Community News
St Mary's School Mooroopna
03 5825 2858
121-143 McLennan St
Mooroopna, Victoria, 3629


Principal's Announcements

Remembrance Day

On Monday the whole school paused at 11am for Remembrance Day.  It's a day where we remember all the service men and women who have sacrificed their lives in war for our country.  During this time we also remember that we can promote peace in our own lives through following the Gospel values of Love, Forgiveness, Understanding and Respect.  Myself and our Fire Carriers represented St Mary's at the local service at the cenotaph where Mason Ballentine and Maggie Davis laid a wreath on behalf of the school.


Departing Staff Members

It is with regret to inform everyone that Elley Drummond and Sarah Langley will not be teaching at St Mary's next year.  After 5 years of service, Elley has taken up a position at St Mel's Shepparton and Sarah is taking a year off to pursue other interests.  I thank them both for the contribution they have made to St Mary's and wish them every blessing next year.

New Staff Members

We are excited to announce that Coby Turk and Hannah Chasemore will be joining our teaching staff next year.  Coby is an ex St Mary's student and Hannah is from Shepparton (St Brendan's & NDC).  They both have recently completed their Bachelor of Education at La Trobe Bendigo.  We are very excited to welcome Coby and Hannah to our staff for 2020.

Administration Extension

As many of you would have seen our administration extension is coming along well and is on schedule to be finished after Christmas.  We look forward having the new office open for the new school year.


Aboriginal Writing Award

Congratulations to Jaegan Briggs who was awarded a Dungala-Kaiela writing award during a special presentation ceremony at Rumblara last week.  Jaegan is very proud of his Aboriginal heritage and this is a worthy recognition of the passion he has for his amazing culture.  Great effort Jaegan!

Gr 4 Camp

Although the weather wasn't the best, the Gr 4's had a fantastic time last week at Camp Kookaburra Corop.  They took part in many fun activities including flying fox, canoeing, ropes courses and archery.  The children's behaviour and engagement was excellent, which ensured a great time was had by all.  Thank you to the Gr 3/4 staff for organising and attending the camp.


The Preps were very excited to get up close and personal with some baby ducklings this week!  Thank you to Denzel Cox (Gr 6) for organising the visit.


Principals Award

Week 4 Emily Gordon

Emily is a cheerful and positive member of grade 4 who's confidence and resilience has grown considerably this past year. Emily never fails to put a smile on her teacher and class mates faces. She is a friendly and outgoing student with her peers.

Week 5 Jack Williams

Jack is a very friendly young man with a positive and relaxed nature.  He is an excellent conversationalist and is often seen having a chat with teachers.  Jack has been a great influence on his Prep buddy and is a very responsible student.  Well done Jack (Go Swans!).


Amazing Art!

Some of the Preps visited me this week to show me their beautiful art work.  The detail and care put into each piece is amazing!  Well done kids!

Pupil Free Day Friday

Please note that this Friday 15th November is a pupil free day.  The teachers have a writing report writing day.

Mr Butts' Jokes of the Week

Q: Why did the hot dog say no to a part in the movie?

A: The "roll" wasn't good enough.

My friend and I have gone out for dinner the last 8 nights and tomorrow we're going to see Batman at the movies - do you know hat that means? Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner - BATMAN!

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 - Sacrament of First Eucharist

Congratulations to the twenty five children who are completing the sacramental preparation to make their first Eucharist  on the weekend of 23rd / 24th November. 

This weekend they will hand in their completed workbooks to Monsignor Peter at  mass.   

Please keep these children in your prayers at this special time in their faith journey.


Family Mass

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the preparation of the Family Mass and to all the students who were present at a beautiful Eucharistic celebration last Sunday.


Making a Scene at Christmas 

"Making a Scene at Christmas' is a collection of over 500 nativity cribs and other items, some dating back to the lifetime of Jesus.  A large selection of the items will be on display at St.Mary's on Thursday 28th November.  Our students will also have the opportunity to be involved in a guided tour, workshop about Advent and the Christmas story and other related activities.

Family members and visitors are invited to see the exhibition at the following times:

Thursday - 3.30pm - 4.30pm   and 6pm- 7.30pm  in the Marian Centre

and after the weekend masses at St.Mary's.

                                       Don't miss the opportunity to view this wonderful display.

Welcome to Bishop Shane Mackinlay to Sandhurst.
We look forward to a visit to St. Mary's in the near future.


                           Celebrating our Founder's Day


An opportunity to reflect on our School’s history and to celebrate the legacy of

Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.


Reflection and Liturgy at 9.00 am   in the Marian Centre

followed by tabloid sport activities in House teams.

Monday  2nd December – 9am – 11am

                 Children to wear sports uniform and the coloured t-shirt of their house team.

Parents and family members welcome to attend.

Important date for your calendar -  End of Year Mass  


Friday 13th December   at  9.30am

Please join us for this very special celebration of the 2019 School Year.

We gather to remember and pray for all those who have contributed to making our school year such a success.

Caritas - Just Leadership Day

On Tuesday 26th November, St. Mary's will host the Caritas - Just Leadership Day for groups of Grade Five children from Goulburn Valley Schools.  This program has been running in Sandhurst since 2003 as part of the overall Social Justice plan in cooperation with Catholic Education Sandhurst.  

The purpose of the Just Leadership days is to encourage and enable students to be actively involved in challenging injustice and to develop the leadership qualities necessary to encourage others to do the same.


Assembly Prayer and Masses

Class Assembly Prayer



Friday 15th November - NO ASSEMBLY - Pupil Free Day

Friday 22nd November - 5/6 GW

Friday 29th November - 1/2 CD

Thursday 5th December - 3/4 JG

Friday 13th December - No Assembly -  Whole School Mass followed by  presentations to leaving Staff, and families etc.



Class Masses - 10am in the Church


Friday 15th November - No Mass - Pupil Free Day

Friday 22nd November - 3/4 LC & ED

Friday 29th November - 3/4  AB & JG

Friday 6th December - No Mass - Pupil Free Day

Friday 13th December - Whole School Mass   -  Marian Centre at 9.30am


Upcoming Dates and Events

Term 4 Dates


Friday 15th November - Pupil Free Day (Report Writing Day)

Friday 6th December - Pupil Free Day (Planning Day for 2020)



Sat 23rd & Sun 24th November - Sacrament of First Eucharist

Wednesday 27th November - Festival of the Sacred Concert

Monday 2nd December - Founder's Day Celebration 9-11am

Monday  9th  December - Gr3 - 6 Safety Swimming Day

Tuesday 10th December - Orientation Day

Friday 13th December - End of Year Mass

Monday 16th December - Gr 6 Celebration Night

Tuesday 17th December - School Carols & Picnic

Wed 18th December - Last Day Students 

Friday 20th December - Last Day Staff

2019 Term Dates


Term 4 -  Monday 7th October - Wednesday 18th December

2020 Term dates

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

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

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

Direct Debit Schedule


Fortnight     Friday 22nd November

                          Friday 5th December

Monthly        Friday 29th November

                          Friday 20th December


Fortnight    Thursday 21st November

                         Thursday 4th December

Monthly       Thursday 28th November

                         Thursday 19th December


Bingo Roster


Saturday 16th November

Maree Williams, Josie Wood, Kevin Lee, Sharee Barrett, Gary Woodward, Carmel Dasano, Anne Maksacheff.


Saturday 23rd November

Karen Bubb, Amber Feehan, Corey Mark, David McIntyre, Clive Merrigan, Aileen Zanelli, Maureen Merrigan.


Saturday 30th November

Leisha Smith, Josie Cortese, Braydon Aitken, Geenah Loughran, Tina Kennedy, Kathryn Davkovski.

Prayers and Thoughts

Keep In Your Prayers and Thoughts….

Roman and Shyanne Monshing on the loss of their baby cousin.

Orlayah Lines and her new baby brother Eli (Congratulations Jenni & Dion!)

Ruby Howell Saunders (1FD) who continues to recover from an illness.

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



Term 4 Assembly Awards

November 1st Week 4

Prep Cox - Ivannah Murley / Bella Walsh

Prep Mulraney - Evie Lowe / Alex Lastarria

Year 1/2 Dowling / Griffin - Tahlie Williams / David Samuelu

Year 1/2 Dyke - Ella Commisso / Liam Watts

Year 1/2 Langley - Isabelle Vraca / Ayen Dang

Year 1/2 Wong - Ethan Ulrich / Lily Church

Year 3/4 Brown - Emmie Lowe / Zaiden Pearce

Year 3/4 Calder - Lanie Buttigieg / Sebastian McLean

Year 3/4 Drummond - Josh Ulrich / Judd Tamburro

Year 3/4 Gibson - Ruby Briggs / Jazmine Bhatti

Year 5/6 Davkovski - 

Year 5/6 Junor - Tilly Mark / Jamason Stretton

Year 5/6 Hicks - Eden Woodward / Aiden Maksacheff

Year 5/6 Woodward - Lila Smith / Tarja McLean

Principals Award - Emily Gordon / 

Office Award - Bella Nagle / Adele Stojanovski

November 8th Week 5

Prep Cox - Edie Lawson / Havanah Collins

Prep Mulraney - Madelyn Pearce / Julian Mandaradoni

Year 1/2 Dowling / Griffin - Jemma Lewis / Shyanne Monshing

Year 1/2 Dyke - Layla Ratcliffe / Emiliana Corish-Zito

Year 1/2 Langley - 

Year 1/2 Wong - Jett Maksacheff / Sydney Harrison

Year 3/4 Brown - Deng Dang

Year 3/4 Calder - Liam Kennedy / Lanie Buttigieg

Year 3/4 Gibson - Ruby Briggs

Year 5/6 Davkovski - Georgia Darby / Alicia Cann

Year 5/6 Junor - Maggie Davis / Jobe Jakobs

Year 5/6 Hicks - Rachel Kenttala / Ben Andrews

Year 5/6 Woodward - Oriarna Macreadie / Michael Valoia

Principals Award - Jack Williams

Office Award - Mia Pearson / Paddy Macadam

PBIS Award - Kayla Macartney


PBIS Awards



Term 4 Week 5 Report

Our blitz for the last 2 weeks has been ‘being sunsmart’.  Please continue to wear your hat outside and put sunscreen on before school.  The weather is going to start heating up and there are going to be some hot days ahead of us.  

Our New blitz will be ‘respecting the office area’ 

Students, teachers and parents all need to use the office throughout the day.  Here are some helpful tips of how to respect our office and our office staff.

Entering the office area and waiting until Amber or Naomi have finished what they are doing is a sign that they are ready to help you.  

As you saw on the clip, there were examples of how NOT to wait at the office.  You will be able to see this again in your class during the week and you and your teacher can discuss how to respect our office




6th place

Grade 6


5th place

Grade 1


4th place

Grade 3


3rd place

Grade 5


Equal 2nd place

Grade 2


Equal 2nd Place

Grade 4


1st Place

Grade prep



Term 4 Week 5 - PBIS Student of the Week 

Our PBIS Student of the fortnight is from the  5/6 Area.

The 5/6 teachers think this student has had a wonderful year this year.  She is a bubbly person in the class and has really worked hard on controlling what she can control rather than what she can’t.  This student has been a SENSATIONAL buddy and such a kind and caring friend.


Well done Kayla Macartney on being this weeks PBIS Student!


Office Reminders

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.

Our supplies have depleted and we are finding it difficult to clothe students who may require a change throughout the day.

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


School Fees

School fees are distributed via email.  Please notify the office with your email address if you have not been receiving your invoices. 

Unless prior arrangement or a Direct Debit has been made with the school, the $280 tuition levy per student that is listed in your fee statement, is required to be paid by 28th March.

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.

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.

All new prep families have been notified of login details and instructions to navigate your PAM profile that has been set up for your child.  

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 - 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

NEW - 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

Laptops For Sale

Secondhand lap tops are still available to purchase - $500, 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 - Grade 4 Camp - Camp Kookaburra

The weather may not have been the best but our Grade 4 students enjoyed an action packed few days at Camp Kookaburra, displaying persistence and resilience with the ropes course and the rock wall, manouvering canoes with fabulous skill, many squeals of delight with the flying fox and taking some time to chill with games activities.


NEW - Prep Bush Kinder

Last week our Prep students had fun exploring and learning at Bush Kinder. They even saw a big mob of Kangaroos.


UPDATED - Chatter Matters

Language genre/longer and more complex sentences

These activities will help the students to make the necessary adjustments to their language so they can communicate for a variety of purposes eg; to tell stories, recount events, persuade, give instructions and report information. Learning about the language and types of words we use in each of these different contexts supports not only the child’s oral language but written language development also.


Focus: Using longer and more complex sentences

7. Persuading others

Many children are very good at arguing but have they got the power of persuasion. Can they justify their decisions and provide evidence? The ability to provide a convincing argument both verbally and in written form is a critical life skill that children need to develop.

Ask your child to provide 3 reasons for and against each of these situations:

  • Are dogs better than cats?
  • Are athletes better role models than rock stars?
  • Do students need longer holidays?
  • Should pets be allowed at school?
  • Should students be allowed to bring phones to school?
  • Should be allowed to eat sweets everyday?


Focus: Using a variety of language genres

8. Communicating to socialise

We all use a particular style when we email or use the internet to access social media but are our children explicitly aware of these styles? How can they adjust their language/style to get more out of their interactions with others?

Ask your child to tell you they might write an email to the following people about a recent holiday. Grandma, their best friend, the school principal, a prep student, the school magazine. What sort of words, phrases do they use for each of these different audience? Why?

Communication Team

NEW - Grade 6 & Prep Buddy Activities

While the 2020 preps enjoyed their transition afternoons, the Grade 6’s enjoyed some time with their Grade Prep buddies. They have been great bonding times for the grade 6’s and their prep buddies.

There have been 3 activities with three different teachers Mrs Hicks, Mr Woodward and Miss Junor. Mrs Hicks sparked their creativity with her Make-Your-Own monsters, the preps rolled a dice and built their monsters. It was good to see the grade 6’s join in too, I personally enjoyed making Blinky! Miss Junor focused on the Christmas spirit with Make-Your-Own Gingerbread houses, basically the same as the Monsters only with glittery, “sequiny” Gingerbread houses.

Mr Woodward chose the card games. There were three (wow again with the number 3) Memory, Go Fish and Snap. All three activities were extremely fun for the grade 6’s and the preps. We hope for more bonding fun in the future.   


By Charlotte Seddon


NEW - Sarah Walsh – Trip to New Zealand

When are you leaving for your trip to New Zealand?

I am leaving on the twenty-eighth of November. 


How many people get selected from the Victoria Pony Trots to race in the Kidz Kartz Interdominion?

Only one person from Victoria was selected.


How did you get selected to go on this international trip? 

We had to tell the person running the Pony Trots why we wanted to go

How many people from Australia go?

One person from every state is selected. I am very lucky that I am going. 


What was the main reason you wanted to go and represent Victoria Pony Trots in the Kidz Kart Interdominion?

My main reason was that it would be an amazing experience and to head start to my driving career.


Have you ever been to New Zealand before this trip?

No, I haven’t, but my Dad has been to race our big horses.


How many nights are you racing?

I will be racing three nights while there.


What age did you start doing Pony trots?

I started at the age of six at the Menangle mini trots and Penrith Mini trots.


By Luke Martin

Grade 6 Basketball & Softball

Softball -

On Wednesday the 20th October, some grade 6’s travelled to McEwen reserve to play softball and basketball with Mr Preston, Nicole and Mrs Loughran. At softball, the St. Mary’s team made it through with 32 home runs in total. We played 3 games, 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 tie. It came down to the amount of total home runs throughout the games. We thank Mansfield Primary School for their effort in all 3 games!

By Lachie & Tate


Basketball -

On Friday we went to Basketball. There was a girls team and a boys team. The girls lost all of their games, but they got better and better as they went on. The boys won all of their games, but the last one they came a draw.

By Maggie, Kayla & Narkita


NEW - Festival of the Sacred Preparation

The grade 5 and 6’s are going to the Festival of the Sacred at the end of November which is an event that involves dancing and singing. ASPA (Australian School of Performing Arts) have been visiting every fortnight to teach us the songs and dances. There are some acting parts and solo singing parts that the ASPA people will choose as well. It will be held at Notre Dame in the stadium.

By Declan Leask


5/6 T20 Cricket

On Friday the 25th of October 66 grade 5/6‘s went to Princess Park to compete in the T20 Blast competition with schools ranging from Nagambie to Numurkah. We had 4 boys teams and 3 girls teams. One of the teams got to the Final and won and are off to Rochester for the next stage on the 20th of November.

By Will Emmanuelli


Parents & Friends 

Parents & Friends 2018 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

Upcoming events that the P&F will be organising are - 

  • Ladies Night - Friday 22nd November

  • Bunnings BBQ - Sunday 1st December

Save The Date 

  • Friday 13th March - 2020 School Fete

4. SAVE THE DATE: 13th March 2020 SCHOOL FETE

Ladies Night

Come along and enjoy a social evening to meet and mingle with other ladies or bring along a friend whilst supporting our Parents & Friends.

This will be held at Bill n' Beats on Friday 22nd November at 7pm. Tickets available from the school office or Bill 'n' Beats.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.


Bunnings BBQ

We will be running the BBQ at Bunnings Shepparton on Sunday 1st December

Bunnings BBQ's are enjoyed by customers every week. These are valuable fundraising opportunities for local community groups, and all of the funds raised go straight to the community group conducting the fundraiser, in this case St Mary's Primary school. Bunnings BBQ's are extremely popular and are typically booked out up to six months in advance, we have been fortunate to have 2 opportunities this year. 

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call out for help, Volunteers will be contacted in next couple weeks. If you are interested, some further volunteers would be great for the afternoon shifts.


This will be held on Friday 13th March 2020

 A HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers that have donated their time for the Fete community.

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

Our next meeting for the Fete is the 10th December 2019 at 7pm in the staff room to finalise things prior to the holidays.

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


Parish Bulletin

St Mary’s Parish Prayer

God our Father, as we thank you for the blessings, we ask you to bless this Parish of yours, so that

we may love you more.

Encircle our families with your loving care.

Help parents to be good examples to their

children and our youth to grow in strength as good Christians.

To the sick grant health, to the aged bring serenity and to those in sorrow, joy.

May we grow stronger in faith and may

our love for one another become deeper 

in our daily living.  

We make this through the intercession of our Mother Mary.  Amen

Paris Office Hours

Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm                                Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 6.30pm          

Sunday Mass 10am


Saturday 10.30am  - 11am

Updated - Weekday Mass Times

 Wednesday 13th November - Mass 6.00pm             

Thursday 14th November - Mass - 10am

Friday 15th  November - 10.00am

NEW - On the Lighter Side

The Sadducees didn't believe in the afterlife.

That is why they were so sad, you see!

Updated - Prayer of The Week

God of all the living, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus you have given us the life which even death cannot destroy. Remember your unshakable promise and strengthen us to live in this world as your new creation. Amen. (Roman Missal !CEL 1998) 

Updated - Looking at the Readings

The readings for this Sunday and the next have a sense of the end or completion of time. They also speak of the resurrection of the faithful and the resurrection of Christ. The doctrine of the resurrection slowly evolved over centuries. We see people and communities struggle with the teaching. More than raising someone from the dead to new life which we see in Lazarus and the son of the widow of Nain - resurrection is an event that is quite different. First of all resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion and burial gave us a new experience, a deeper understanding, and richer faith in the marvellous deeds of God.

The Old Testament book, second Maccabees, gives an “M rated” account of seven brothers who in the face of death profess the resurrection. They believed in the resurrection of a faithful community at the end of time. By the time of Christ belief in the resurrection was well established but not universally accepted; the Sadducees held out and moreover distorted the understanding of the resurrection of the dead to attack it in a ludicrous case of a life after death.

Jesus responded to their question, as he did so often, not with learned argument but by quoting familiar prayers and Holy Scripture. “God is a God of the living” and the “the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob” (Psalm 84, Exodus 3:6). May our prayer and daily scripture strengthen our belief in the resurrection.

NEW - Volunteers

Thank you to all those who have              volunteered their time to assist on our  parish rosters.  New rosters will be drawn up late in January.  In the meantime, our Child Safe Officers Maree Williams and Kate Carrafa will contact you regarding compliance.


We have a few of these available and they can be collected from the Parish Office on Tuesdays or   Thursdays.

 Cost is $25.00 per book.


NEW - Goulburn Valley - Spirituality in The Pub

Making it Real

 Genuine human encounter in our digital world

Speaker : Matthew Howard

 Matthew is the leader for Digital Mission for the      Redemptorists of Oceania.  He is an international   communications professional and has worked to develop and implenment communication strategies to further the mission of the Redemptorists in Oceania and Asia.

 He is co-author  of this year’s Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement                  “MAKING IT REAL”

 Counter meals available from 6.00pm.

Bookings not required



Thursday, 14th November, 7.00pm

Marian Centre

 This meeting will explain to Co-ordinators and Volunteers  of all our Ministry Groups the legalities and procedures that each person needs to be aware of prior to volunteering.   Most of our existing volunteers have already  filled out these forms, but it is important that new volunteers are  compliant.    We would like at least one representative of each group at this meeting so we can explain the procedure and distribute relevant forms.  

Please RSVP to our Child Safe Team

Kate Carrafa 0403 344 084

Maree Williams 5825 2584

THIS IS A DIOCESAN DIRECTIVE and all parishes are    required to be compliant.

NEW - Catholic Social Ministry Conference

Delivering Catholic Social Teaching through community services and public advocacy

Saturday, 23rd November,


Catholic Theological College

278 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne

 See Flyer in Notice Board

Our Parish at St Mary's

  • Do you love coming along to mass each week?
  • Would you like to see our church continue to be a prayerful place for you and your family to come together each week?
  • Do you enjoy special events like anniversary masses, baptisms, weddings?
  • Have you noticed our every changing  altar displays?
  • Do you enjoy our overhead Caritas stories during Lent?
  • Are you happy to be part of our wonderful Christmas celebration in the Marian Centre?

 If you answer YES to any of these questions, then we would love to hear from you.

 Our Liturgy Team, headed up by Mavis Murphy and Liz Donnelly are appealing to you, our valued parishioners, to step up and    volunteer your services to assist in some of these areas.

 We know you all have special skills and gifts in different areas and we would like you to share them with us.

  •  Some people have wonderful skills for Proclaiming the Word of the Lord and therefore reading at mass would be their   contribution.
  • Others have a special calling to be part of our mass by offering themselves as a Special Minister.
  • Some of you have the beautiful gift of music and could volunteer and help out our Music Ministry team.
  • You may be very good at handling money and would be a great asset joining our Bingo Team or perhaps assisting our Counters after mass occasionally.

Next weekend we will have speakers at both masses. They will expand on the various ministries and we will distribute a form for you all to fill out and return to Mons Peter or the Parish Office.

 Thank you so much for caring for St. Mary’s.

NEW - Parish Sponsors


Community News

NEW - St Lukes Primary School Fete


NEW - Mooroopna Cats Junior Netball AGM


Toolamba Festival


Calhistenics Come & Try Session


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
subway order.pdf
2020 School Fete Sub Committee.pdf
Academy flyer 2020 .pdf
2017 Swimming Application.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
subway order.pdf
2020 School Fete Sub Committee.pdf
Academy flyer 2020 .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