St Mary's Newsletter

16 October 2019
Issue Seventeen
    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
Simon Everywhere
Office Reminders
School Information
News from around the school
Communication Team
Sports & Achievements
Parents & Friends 
Parish Bulletin
Community News
St Mary's School Mooroopna
03 5825 2858
121-143 McLennan St
Mooroopna, Victoria, 3629


Principal's Announcements

Bishop for Sandhurst

Today Mons Peter, Mrs Lee and myself attended the installation of Sandhurst's new bishop Shane Mackinlay.  It is a very significant day for the diocese and we look forward to welcoming Bishop Shane to Mooroopna in the near future.


Exciting News!!

Congratulations to Miss Drummond and her fiance Dave on their engagement on the weekend.  We are all thrilled to hear your exciting news and we wish them every blessing and best wishes for the future!!


Interschool Athletics

Well done to the Gr 3-6 students who took part in last week's inter school athletics days.  I was thrilled to hear the St Mary's students performed so well, but even more proud of the wonderful way they conducted themselves.  We had many children represent St Mary's at the Zone athletics day on Monday which was fantastic!  Well done to the following students who have made it through to the regional level: 

Student 1st Aid

On Monday all students took part in children's 1st Aid classes ran by St John's Ambulance.  I encourage all parents to discuss the lessons with your children and discuss what to do when we are injured.

Bingo Donation

Thank you to the St Mary's Bingo team who passed on another $3000 to the school this week.  These much needed funds assist our school with classroom resources and maintenance around the school.  I would also like to thank all the parents who volunteer their time on the bingo roster.  Without your help, our school would not benefit from this financial input that has continued now for over 40 years!

Parent Survey

All parents and carers have been contacted via Care Monkey to complete our Annual School Board Survey.  I know a number of you have already completed the survey which is greatly appreciated.  The responses provide us with some valuable data that assists us in identifying areas of school operations we can improve.  The surveys will remain open for another two weeks.

Gr 3 Camp

Good luck to the Gr 3's who are off to Bendigo for their camp tomorrow.  I look forward to hearing about their fun activities when they return.

Year 7 Greater Shepparton College

Many of you would know that the Year 7 students attending the new Greater Shepparton College will be going to the current McGuire College site.  Further information (including bus services) will be passed on to Gr 6 students who have indicated they will be attending the Super School.

It is a good idea for our Gr 5 parents to start discussing High School for 2021, as enrolment process starts early Term 2.

Principals Award

Week 1

Congratulations to Darcy Shanahan on receiving the Principals award this week.


St Mary's Pacing Superstar!

Congratulations to Sarah Walsh (Gr 6 MH) who has been selected to represent Victoria at the upcoming Junior Inter Dominion Pacing Series in New Zealand.  What an amazing achievement!  Good luck Sarah!!


Krispy Kremes

Thank you to everyone for supporting the P&F's Krispy Creme fundraiser.  I know it was a big hit and there were many excited families on Friday.  Thank you to the P&F for organising the fundraiser.

New Defibrullator

The school and parish have purchased a new defibrillator which has been installed in the Marian Centre foyer.  Merv Fernando kindly organised the purchase through his business Indigenous Medical Supplies.


Mr Butts' Jokes of the Week

My friends don't like it it when I steal their kitchen utensils - but that's a whisk I am willing to take!


Two flies are on the verandah, which one is the actor?  The one on the screen!



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.



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 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 - begins 

Congratulations to the twenty five children who have commenced the sacramental preparation to make their first Eucharist in November.  Please keep these children in your prayers at this special time in their faith journey.


One Million Children praying the Rosary.

October is recognised as the month of the Rosary.  On Friday 18th October, in order to inspire a new awareness for the theme of Mission in the World, Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Month of Mission and to recognise this important cause this Friday we will join with "one million children praying the rosary for unity and peace".  This will take place at the beginning of Assembly on Friday when we will begin with a decade of the Rosary.  Please join us to be part of this special prayer time.


Family Mass

Sunday 10th November will be the celebration of a Family Mass at St. Mary's at 10.00am.  The Junior Unit will be organising the readers, choir and offertory people etc for this mass.  We hope to see a large number of our school families present at this eucharistic celebration.


Bishop Shane Mackinlay to be ordained -

Today the Episcopal Ordination of our new Bishop was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo.

Bishop Shane will be a fine pastoral leader in our Diocese.  After university studies in Louvain he was Master of the Catholic Theological College which is linked to the Australian Catholic University.  As well as lecturing, he was Parish Priest in the Ballarat Diocese and so he brings to us pastoral experience and scholarly expertise.  Perhaps most of all, he is a people's person with youth on his side.  We welcome Bishop Shane to our Diocese and look forward to him visiting St. Mary's in the near future.



We are again raising awareness and money for Catholic Mission with our Socktober Appeal.  "Sock it to poverty" by helping out with this appeal.  St Mary's will hold a crazy sock day on Wednesday 23rd October where children are invited to wear coloured, bright, odd or patterned socks etc and to make a gold coin donation to Catholic Mission.


New Readers and Special Ministers

St Mary's Parish would like to invite people who would like to read at Mass or become a special minister as Parish masses (secondary students welcome) to contact the Parish Office or Mrs Lee.  

Sacramental Program -  

First Eucharist will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November for children who have currently commenced their sacramental journey and made their Reconciliation.


Assembly Prayer and Masses

Class Assembly Prayer



Friday 11th October - 1/2 FD

Friday 18th October - Mrs Loughran's Group

Friday 25th October - 5/6 MH

Friday 1st November - 1/2 MW

Friday 8th November - 5/6 KD & TJ

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

Wednesday 18th December - Final Assembly & last day of school


Class Masses - 10am in the Church



Friday 18th October - 1/2 CD & MW

Friday 25th October - 1/2 SL & FD

Friday 1st November - All Grade 5 Students

Friday 8th November - Grade 6 students and their Buddies

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


Sunday Family Mass

Sunday 10th November - Junior Unit

Upcoming Dates and Events

Term 4 Dates


Monday 4th November - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 5th November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

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

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



Wednesday 16th October - 2020 Prep Transition Session

Thursday 17th - Friday 18th October  - Grade 3 Camp

Wednesday 23rd October - Sock it to October

Thursday 24th October - 2020 Prep Transition Session

Tuesday 29th October -  2020 Prep Transition Session

Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th November - Grade 4 Camp

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 & Final Assembly

Thursday 19th December - Last Day Staff

2019 Term Dates


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

Direct Debit Schedule


Fortnight     Friday 25th October

                          Friday 8th November

Monthly        Friday 25th October

                          Friday 29th November


Fortnight    Thursday 24th October

                         Thursday 7th November

Monthly       Thursday 31st October

                         Thursday 28th November


Bingo Roster



Prayers and Thoughts

Keep In Your Prayers and Thoughts….

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

October 11th Week 1

Prep Cox - Tyler Irwin / Amelia McIntosh

Prep Mulraney - Hannah Andrews / Dakota Macabe

Year 1/2 Dowling / Griffin - Kate Edmunds / Zar Thomas

Year 1/2 Dyke - Ava Henderson / Hayley Glover

Year 1/2 Langley - Jasper Hodgson

Year 1/2 Wong - Cooper Smith / Rylee Mateussen

Year 3/4 Calder - River Rozema / Jayde Wyhoon

Year 3/4 Drummond - Mitchell Sinclair / Emily Gordon

Year 3/4 Gibson - Zane Brown / EJ Valoia

Year 5/6 Junor - Bodhi Bourke / Tiana Fichera

Year 5/6 Hicks - James Wyhoon / Landon Hodgson

Year 5/6 Woodward - Thomas Seddon / Jacob Edmunds

Principals Award - Darcy Shanahan

Office Award - Liam Watts / Tate Gawne

PBIS Award - Katelyn Gent



Term 3 - Terrific Kids Award


PBIS Awards



Term 4 Week 1 Report

Welcome back to Term 4.  We hope you all had a restful break and you are ready to challenge yourself this term.

Our PBIS Blitz for the next two weeks will be:.....

Speaking respectfully

Thank the Communication Team for showing us some examples of how to Speak Respectfully at assembly last week.

It’s not that hard to show respect to people that you are talking to.  Your teachers will be looking out for those students who are following this blitz!

Week 1 Term 4 PBIS Award Winner

Our PBIS student of the week is from the 5/6 Area.

 Mrs Hicks couldn’t speak highly enough of the effort this student is putting into her learning this year.  The teachers and support staff that she works with are super proud of the way that her confidence has grown and she is beginning to take responsibility for her learning.  The staff also love how you say ‘good morning’ to them every morning. Keep up the fantastic work.

Congratulations Katelyn Gent on being our PBIS Student Of the Week!


Simon Everywhere

How to... 

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.

Office Reminders

Updated - Student Absences


NEW - Fee Statements

Fee statements have been sent home today. If you have not received yours, please contact the office and ensure the correct details are on file.

As we head into Term 4 families are asked to ensure all outstanding fees are paid prior to the end of the school year.

If you have made alternative arrangements, Thank you.

If you have any concerns about your payment or balance  and need to discuss your account or arrange a payment plan, please contact the office or our school principal, Anthony Butts.


Direct Debitors, your statement is for information purposes only.

Uniform Changeover

Uniform changeover commenced at the start of Term 4. We will have a 2-3 week changeover period depending on the weather.  Students are able to wear summer or winter uniform, but not a combination of both, during this period.  

Students are reminded that hats are compulsory during Term 4, please take this time to be sunsmart ready.

Uniform Code - 

Summer Boys Uniform: School Polo shirt, Grey Shorts, Navy Windcheater (with logo), School Navy Bucket hat (with logo), Black shoes (totally black runners accepted) & grey socks (no brands).

Summer Girls Uniforms: School Summer Dress, School Polo Shirt, Grey Skort or Grey Unisex Shorts, Navy Windcheater (with logo), School Navy Bucket hat (with logo), Black shoes (totally black runners accepted) & plain white socks (no brands).


Summer Sports Uniform: School Polo Shirt, Black unisex Sport shorts, Runners & plain white socks (no brands), School Navy Bucket hat (with logo).


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.

Office Relocation

With our administration building works, our office is now located in the resource room at the end of the 1/2 Area hallway.  Entry to the school between 9am - 3.20pm will be via the glass doors outside Miss Wong's classroom, or the ramp leading to the Art Room.


Front bus children will need to move between the church and the school building to meet the duty teacher at the front of the school.  If it is raining they will meet outside Miss Wong's classroom.


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.

Subway Lunch Orders

Subway Mooroopna offer School Lunch orders on Fridays. 

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



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.


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


Sock it to Poverty

We are again raising awareness and money for Catholic Mission with our Socktober Appeal.  "Sock it to poverty" by helping out with this appeal.  St Mary's will hold a crazy sock day on Wednesday 23rd October where children are invited to wear coloured, bright, odd or patterned socks etc and are asked to make a gold coin donation to Catholic Mission.



St. Mary’s Primary School will continue to run an After school program this term. The program will run for 1 hour after school. The children are provided with a drink and fruit. The program will be offered for 7 weeks.

Each session starts at 3.45 and finishes at 4.45 p.m. The program is supervised at all times and an outside person will run the program. Each session can only take 25 children.

This term we are offering the following:

Both activities will be Fitness & Fun with Brodie; this will be held in the Marian Centre or Oval depending on the weather.

WEDNESDAYS - starting on 30th October – 11th December for 7 WEEKS

THURSDAYS - starting 31st October – 12th December for 7 WEEKS

The children will meet Maree outside the Marian Centre straight after school and have fruit and a drink.

Please return the attached form to the office before Wednesday 23rd October.

Thank You

Maree Williams



Children's First Aid Workshop

On Monday all students took part in children's 1st Aid classes ran by St John's Ambulance.  Trained St John presenters led students through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of a medical emergency.

Our Junior students learnt how to know when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe and how to call for an ambulance.

Our Senior students learnt about carrying out CPR and what they can do to assist in an emergency.

We encourage all parents to have a chat with your children about what they learnt and discuss what to do when we are injured.


Word Mania

Congratulations to all Year 1-6 students that participated in Word Mania. We had some wonderful success in the competition. From all participating schools across Australia and New Zealand, our Year 3’s finished 17th, our Year 4’s finished 19th and our Year 5’s finished 45th. What a great effort!!!


From our school leaderboards, these individual students did particularly well and will receive a LiteracyPlanet Word Mania stationary pack:



Maya Williams top scored with 2895

Sophie Marshall scored 2052

Liam Watts played the most games on 37



Macen Hamilton top scored with 1652 and played 43 games

Emiliana Corish-Zito scored 1543 and played the most games with 50

Izel Davis played 35 games



Liam Kennedy top scored with 5134 and played 214 games

Cruz Bourke scored 4932 and played 323 games

Hunter Ferrari scored 3915 and played the most games with 377

Rhylee Marsters played 282 games

Liam Moreno played 221 games

Ruby Briggs played 212 games



Sahib Athwal top scored with a HUGE 9090 and played the most games with 404

Kaiden Whittaker scored 5225

Zane Brown scored 3987

Tyson Glover played 241 games

Arlen Smith played 230 games

Josh Ulrich played 221 games



James Wyhoon top scored with 4576 and played 164 games

Noah Kennedy scored 4186 and played 201 games

Noah Williams scored 3888 and played the most games with 288

Landon Hodgson played 223 games

Sienna Vigliaturo played 201 games

Brenton Curtis played 164 games



Jack Williams top scored with 5336 and played the most games with a HUGE 535

Jaegen Briggs scored 3052

Seth Wills scored 2831

Caleb Aitken played 166 games

Alicia Cann played 140 games

Tyler Nolen played 131 games


Most importantly, everyone that participated in Word Mania had great fun and did a lot of learning. We are already looking forward to taking part in next year’s competition.


New - 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: Understanding longer and more complex sentences

1. Following  instructions: Obstacle course

Obstacle courses not only work on following directions but work gross motor skills as well. Create an obstacle course using pillows to walk across, tunnels to climb through or jump on and a ball pit to end up in. Provide your child with instructions on how you would like them to complete the course. Initially start with one instruction increasing the steps to include two, three, four step instructions. To make this activity more difficult, you could include describing words (adjectives), e.g. step on the red cushion after you have picked up the blue ball, or include joining words (conjunctions) e.g before, after, then, and etc.


2. Following/Giving instructions: Putting together a model

Kits are great, they contain complete sets of instructions and materials, but they can be expensive. As an alternative, try supplying your child with a collection of building blocks and give them a set of directions for building various items. Once they have followed your instructions, reverse the rolls and encourage your child to give you instructions to build an item.

Communication Team

Interschool Athletics 

It was the first week of Term and the Grade 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s were off to interschool athletics! The 6’s were first on Tuesday, the 5’s Wednesday, the 4’s Thursday and the 3’s on Friday! Everyone had an amazing time, some students were also catching up with some students from different schools. We had Kade James advance in Throw, Amani Issell advance for the Grade 6’s and for Grade 5s we had Jacob Edmunds in Throw and Noah Williams advance in sprint and long jump. In grade 4 we had Jayde Whyoon and Rowan Ratcliffe. At St. Mary’s we must be quite good at throwing! The grade 6’s did quite a good job for their last year at this school as we say farewell to them all at the end of this term.

By Will Emanuelli and Lachlan Sinclair

Board Games in the 5/6 area

In the 5\6 area we have been lucky enough to receive some new board games, all thanks to the money the P’n’F gave to our classroom teachers. We have enjoyed playing these games so much and just want to say thank you. Some of the new games include:

By Maggie Davis

Numurkah Singers Production

On the 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th and 14th of November one of our students was in the production, South Pacific with the Numurkah singers. One of our staff members even saw the show. The Numurkah Singers have already revealed what productions they will do next year. The main show will be “Oliver!”, the Jr show will be “Anything goes” & the play will be “On Golden Pond”. However, they have decided not to do the junior school holiday production due to a lack of staffing. So if anyone reading is skilled at painting or knows how to use a tool get in touch with the Numurkah singers. Maybe you can help this hundred-year company to stay alive.

By Luke Martin  


In art with Mrs Wilson last term in 5/6 we were making African masks. 

We did a painting with different colours like red, yellow, black, orange and brown. We put patterns, patience and time into these pieces of work. After that we did a clay mask. First we shaped the head, then we added the facial features and after we were done with the clay masks we added all different things like feathers, paper and beads.   

By Narkita Smith & Kayla MaCartney 

In art with Mrs Wilson this term the grade 6 and grade 5 students are making a stuffed toy for their buddy as a farewell gift and and the grade 5’s are making one for an arrival present for the new buddies arriving next year. Some of the ideas the 5’s and 6’s have come up with are bunnies, chickens, tractors and lots more. We’re sure the prep’s will love their stuffed toys. We are still designing it, but the younger students will receive them in a few weeks.

By Declan Leask and Toby Hyland

Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset?

This is a question st. Mary’s students have been asking Mrs Loughran since the start of last term writes Charlotte Seddon and Tate Gawne. In this exclusive article, you will find the true meaning of growth and fixed mindset and what it means to the students. 

What is a growth mindset?

A growth mindset is when a student is willing to try new opportunities and look at things from the bright side. They take on feedback in a positive way and see mistakes as opportunities to learn. If you have a Growth Mindset you like a good hard challenge and are inspired by the success of others. They use the word yet and like to learn new things. Students with growth mindsets always think that they can improve and they get the work done to a high standard. 

What is a fixed mindset?

A student with a fixed mindset always put themselves down to the point when they don't want to learn anymore and they think that if they fail they’re not good at anything. They always think that they can't improve and your smart or you're not. They think that feedback is personal and that everything is determined by how good they are at something.

By Charlotte Seddon & Tate Gawne

Sports & Achievements

NEW - St Mary's Pacing Superstar!

Congratulations to Sarah Walsh (Gr 6 MH) who is a keen 'Pacer' in  Harness Racing and has been selected to represent Victoria at the upcoming Junior Inter Dominion Pacing Series in New Zealand.  What an amazing achievement!  Good luck Sarah!!


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 .

UPDATED - Term 3 fundraiser 

Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraiser. Not only was this successful in raising funds, it was fun and exciting for the students to receive their orders.


Total amount raised was $2300. We would like to thank everybody who participated in the Krispy Kreme fundraiser and a special thanks to all the fabulous volunteers who helped sort the orders prior to collection on Friday.

Check out the number of boxes that Kristie collected from 'Krispy Kremes' in Fawkner, Melbourne.  



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 by 10th September 2019


Dates to remember

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

  • Children's Disco - Friday 25th October - Halloween Theme

  • Ladies Night

  • Bunnings BBQ - Sunday 1st December

Save The Date 

  • Friday 13th March - 2020 School Fete

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

Student disco

Freaky Friday - Halloween Theme

To be held on Friday 25th October 2019
Preps, ones and 6’s at 5.45 and all others at 6pm all finishing at 7.30pm
$5.00 entry - will include bottle of water, 2 glow sticks and entry
A Canteen with items to purchase will be available on the night.
Volunteers will be contacted this weekend

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.

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.

Classroom Purchases

Recently each classroom received $100 from the P&F to purchase new resources for the children.  The teachers were most appreciative with most classes already been shopping. Here are some pictures of where the funds were spent.



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

Thursday 17th October - Mass 6.00pm

Friday 18th October - Mass 10am

Feast of St Luke the Evangelist - All Welcome

NEW - Wit of St John Henry Newman

When you feel in need of a compliment, give one to someone else.

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

 © Diocese of Sandhurst 2019

Updated - Prayer of The Week

May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Roman Missal Collect 28th Sunday

Updated - Looking at the Readings

The fourth common preface for the Eucharist states: “For, although you [Father] have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness, but profit us for salvation,” It contains an interesting thesis. When applying to us, we find that God’s greatness is not dependent on our words or actions. But our existence, identity and well-being are dependent on God. We may notice a similar disposition between parent and child. A mother or father presenting a gift to their child does not do so to receive praise or thanks but to join in the wonder and delight of their child. God does not heal us for his own benefit and glory but delights in our well-being. On the other hand we grow in understanding and love when we acknowledge, praise and thank God for his generosity and care.

Naaman wanted to thank Elisha by showering gifts up on him. But Elisha wanted nothing but that Naaman to acknowledge his God. This pagan general in the Aramean army, eventually follows Elisha’s absurd instructions, is cleansed and converts to the faith in the one true God.

Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers is not merely a show of Jesus’ power but the importance of God’s people to give thanks. They are not only cleansed. The Samaritan leper is cleansed, is thankful and responds in faith and thus becomes a better person than he ever was before his disease and cure. Our Thanksgiving changes us!

NEW - First Communion

The families of our first communicants are grateful for the remembrance  parishioners have been giving to their children in recent weeks, prior to their first holy communion. 

At mass this weekend, they will     receive the booklet which contains the program they will prayerfully discuss in their family groups.

NEW - St Mary's Golden Oldies

Parish and School Christmas Celebration

 Wednesday, 13th November, 6.30pm

Mooroopna Pizzeria & Wine Bar

$30.00 per head

Bring gift to value of $10.00 for KK

RSVP Sheila Griffin 0439 361 950

Fee Gladman 0419 252 370


NEW - Celebrating Diversity & Confronting Racism

Saturday, 19th Oct, 10.00am—3.30pm  Shepparton Uniting Church.  BYO Lunch

New -  Tom Dumaresq

As an active parishioner, Tom is being     acknowledged for his quiet and unassuming     involvement in many local and overseas  social  activities.

You are invited to attend the opening night of the


at Mooroopna Community Centre

Friday, 18th October, 6.00pm.

Hopefully many will take the opportunity to visit this eclectic exhibition made up of all forms of art and they are all symbolic to Tom.

NEW - Bulletin Advertising

The Parish are currently calling for businesses that are interested in advertising in the Parish Bulletin and the School newsletters. 

If you are interested in discussing this, please contact Brenda at the Parish on 5825 2034 or The school Office on 5825 2858

NEW - 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.


 An invitation from the Sacred Heart Parish Tatura Community is extended to commemorate the retirement of Fr Michael Morley, who is retiring after 44 years of Parish ministry. 

Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 20th October 2019 at Sacred Heart Church in Tatura at 10.30am. 

A light (finger food) lunch will follow at The Italian Social Club, Martin Street, Tatura - $15 per head, children under 14 free.  Drinks at bar prices.

Please RSVP by 9th October (for luncheon attendance only) to Mary on 0484 332 397 or email 

NEW - Parish Sponsors


Community News

NEW - Demystifying Dyslexia


Preventing Reading Failure


NEW - Respectful Relationships Session


NEW - Yoga Blend


NEW - Stadium Netball


Aussie Net for 5 – 6 years.


Shepparton Sports Stadium

Fridays  4.45pm from the 18th October


Aussie Net is an introduction to Netball with the best possible learning and playing experience for 5- 6 yrs.  The program runs for 45 minutes  and caters to children of all abilities through skill development & game sense activities.  The activities  promote fitness along with learning the words used to progress to games with “Learn as you Play”

Program later next year confidently!


Please wear sports shoes/sneakers!

Term fee $20 for 4 weeks.


For information call Kylie 0419 998190


NEW - Railway Exhibit


MEAC Market


Shepparton Little Athletics


Mooroopna Swimming Lessons

Regional Swim Clinics are expanding their services to the Mooroopna swimming pool.

Regional Swim Clinics mission is to educate regional and rural children and their families about swimming and water safety.

This Summer we are expanding our services to the Mooroopna outdoor swimming pool.

We offer an 8 week program for all levels of swimmers from young children through to adults during November-February.

If you are interested or looking for more information please email:

or check out our website:



Activities in the Park


Undera Kindergarten


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
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