The Fortnightly Newsletter of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
Issue 6 : 12 May 2010
In This Edition
From the Principal
From the Boarding House
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Staff
3 News and Notices
Year 7 2011
8 From our Year Groups
On Monday 3 May, we held an Information Evening for Parents of Year 7 2011
9 From our Departments students to provide details of how the Year 7 programme will operate. We had
an excellent response from parents.
Three Things All Children
14 Crave From 2011, there will be six classes of Year 7 students. Boarders will enter in Year
7 or Year 8. We are not developing a Middle School at St Mary’s. Year 7s will be
15 Diary Dates members of the Senior School, involving them in all aspects of Senior School life.
They will have their main teacher for core subjects and specialist teachers for Art,
Music, Religious Education, Physical and Health Education, Languages and so
on. The ever famous Canberra-Sydney Tour will continue. Part of our reasoning
behind this model is that we believe that knowing one teacher especially well
2010 has considerable pastoral care and academic benefits for this age group. The
Friday 14 May girls will move into Year 8 just as have our Year 8s in previous years, joining Link
SS Music Night, LWPAC, 7.30pm groups and having different teachers for different subjects. Mrs Judy Lague has
been appointed the inaugural Head of Year 7.
Sunday 16 May
For those of you who have driven along south of the school recently, you will see
Year 9 Camp 1 commences
that the new buildings are steaming ahead. Among them are seven classrooms,
Tuesday 18 May an IT laboratory, two Science laboratories and the Learning Support Unit, as well
Year 12 Monologues as change rooms and toilets. There are interesting courtyards and play areas
being developed too. It is an exciting project which is scheduled for completion
Friday 21 May
in early December.
Year 9 Camp 1 concludes
Sunday 23 May Community Service for Year 11 Students
Year 9 Camp 2 commences Twenty hours of community service continues to be a compulsory requirement
for all St Mary’s Year 11 students. With the long weekend coming up in June,
Monday 24 May
the Friday leading into it would be a good opportunity to clock up community
Year 12 Study Leave service hours. The July holidays will also provide an extended time to do so. As
Tuesday 25 May I mentioned at assembly last week, these twenty hours need to be logged with
Year 11 and 12 Exams commence Mr Myles no later than the middle of Term III. I would hope that many students
Year 11 Workplace Learning commences would complete more than the minimum required and I congratulate those
Year 11s who have already done so. Being volunteers for the benefit of the
community is an important part of our school’s values. I look to our students to
be generous as they do so.
Functions with Boarders Parents
On 21 May, Mrs Campbell and I will be heading to Esperance to have dinner with
our boarders’ parents who live in that region of Western Australia. Recently we
were in Broome for the North-West Expo where we also caught up with parents,
www.stmarys.wa.edu.au and in Term I we had the pleasure of meeting our parents from the Kojonup
area. It is always a pleasure to meet up with our country parents on their home
Telephone: (08) 9341 9111
turf and I thank them for fitting us into their busy schedules.
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So much has been going on at school over the past two weeks. The highlight for our Year 10s was the much anticipated Social.
The 10s can be proud of the manner in which they conducted themselves on the evening, making the Social an enjoyable
time and a huge success. Special thanks to Mr Thompson, his committee, Year 10 parents and the Year 12 Prefects who all
contributed to the event.
Next came Interhouse Gymnastics and it was Craig House who took out the trophy. It was wonderful to see so many Year 12
students involved and impressively, Penny Rose won her age division for the fifth year in a row. Interschool Gymnastics will
occur in Term III under the watchful guidance of Miss Pilmer.
Wednesday night and it was St Mary’s Got Talent … we have! This was an extravaganza of talent organised by Mr Redding with
assistance from Miss Clare and Miss Majrouh, with proceeds going to assist girls living in the slums of Mumbai. Well done to
our compere, none other than Sophie Wiegele. I look forward to seeing the winning act, comprised of Alix Smith and Melissa
Simonds, perform at assembly.
Finally on Thursday evening, our Year 11 and 12 Dance students performed a set solo along with students from other schools.
What struck Ms Karmelita and me was the complexity of the dance and the high level of expertise of our students. Mrs Cymer
was certainly very pleased with how they approached this assessed piece.
Examinations are on the way
As examinations get closer, on behalf of the staff I wish our girls ‘all the best’ with their revision. It is truly a case of ‘what you put
in you get out’, so make sure that ample time is set aside so that effective and consistent study can occur.
With every best wish,
Mrs Lynne Thomson
From the Boarding House
This year, the Year 10 boarders are getting involved in key events
in Perth to help support the wider community. They were involved
in the Mother’s Day Classic recently, and have also committed their
support to the Red Shield Appeal, which will take place on Sunday
Mid Term Bus Runs
We will once again be running the mid-term bus runs into the
country on Thursday 3 June. These buses ensure the girls are taken Packing showbags for the Mother’s Day Classic
home immediately after the conclusion of the school day and returned safely to their families on Thursday evening. As usual,
they will run to Kendenup, Gnowangerup, Geraldton and Moora, stopping at a number of country towns en route. Further
details and bookings can be made through Dee Ripepi on 9347 0174.
Purple Bra Dinner
The next Inter-Wing Challenge of the year will occur on Thursday 17 June when the whole boarding house will have a Purple
Bra Dinner to raise money for Breast Cancer WA. The girls will be asked to make a donation and awards will be made for the
best dressed wing. Each wing is now in planning mode as to how they might manage this event. May the best wing win!
Mrs Tina Campbell
Head of Boarding
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News and Notices
St Mary’s Got Talent
On Wednesday 4 May, we had 12 acts vying for the honour of being the St Mary’s Got Talent, the Re-Sequel, winner for 2010.
The acts included singers, guitarists, comediennes and dancers. The evening also included a special appearance by our Year 11
Bollywood dancers, as well as the judges and compere performing a special version of Britney Spear’s Baby One More Time to an
unexpectedly positive response!
The standard of the acts was very high as usual and they were hard to separate (except for a rather strange bunch
masquerading as cowgirls and horses, looking suspiciously like the Executive Team!). Annie Aitken took out third place with a
lovely song from Les Miserables, and Imogen Bath came second on the piano with her own wonderful composition. The title
was taken by Melissa Simonds and Alix Smith, who played guitar and drums and did a fine rock medley of Joan Jett and AC/
DC tracks. The girls really got the crowd up and involved and left us all with a wonderful ringing in our ears! We were also
treated to a great dance routine from last year’s winner, Cairo Leicester, who tore around the stage like a whirling dervish. The
evening included videos of acts from earlier auditions who did not quite make the grade, but did provide lots of laughs for
our audience. Sophie Wiegele was a wonderful compere for the evening, and our three judges, Lucy Clare, Suad Majrouh and
myself, provided insightful and irrelevant comments throughout the evening!
St Mary’s Got Talent raised around $1000.00 for PACT India, which is a charity that provides support and education for girls
living in the slums of Mumbai. Last year’s fundraising contribution allowed the charity to take 40 girls on a four day residential
camp outside Mumbai, as well as buying new sewing machines to teach the girls, and funding for an additional teacher.
Mr David Redding
Congratulations to Gabrielle Rule , Year 9, who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the
2010 State Schools Water Polo Team. This team will be competing at the National Schools Championships
in Woy Woy, NSW from the 16 - 21 May 2010.
Congratulations to Rikki Thorne, Year 10, who has been selected to play in the State
Under 16 Basketball Team. Rikki will compete in national championships in Queensland,
held over the July school holidays.
Congratulations to Saskia Mackay, Year 10, who recently came third in the
WA State Laser Championships in Mandurah. Saskia has been recognised
for her excellent results and commitment to sailing by being selected by the
Royal Perth Yacht Club to be part of a five-person youth team, representing
Australia this July at the Tokyo Junior Regatta. Saskia has been sailing for
four years and is also a valued member of the St Mary’s sailing team led by
Mrs Margaret Mansfield.
Congratulations to Eliza Stribling, Year 10, who has been selected to
participate in the Sir Charles Court Leadership Programme during the July School holidays. The leadership
programme is run by Curtin University and the History Teachers’ Association of WA. Only 30 students across
WA are selected.
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Italian Study Tour
At the end of Term I, twenty-nine excited students and three intrepid
staff members left Perth airport headed for Italy. The plan: an intensive
language programme embedded in a busy but exciting itinerary to
experience, first hand, the culture, food and countless delights of “il
The group arrived in Rome and boarded a coach for Sorrento. A
tortuous road eventually led to the famous Amalfi coast. With this as our
base, we made a day trip to the island of Capri before visiting the ruins
of Pompeii and climbing Mount Vesuvius.
The Italian study group at the Boboli Gardens
Rome followed, and what a place to visit in the week leading up to Easter!
We braved the crowds to take in the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the
Catacombs… the list goes on.
A weekend of touring followed, with visits to the Etruscan town of Orvieto, the famous “Baci” Perugina chocolate factory, the
Marmore Falls - the largest man-made waterfall in Europe, an overnight stay in Assisi and finally Siena and San Gimignano – all
brimming with history and breathtaking scenery and landscapes.
Finally, on Easter Sunday night, the group arrived in Florence. Though a wet and bleak
evening, a warm welcome was assured with the host families. Girls settled in before a
week of intensive language lessons every afternoon. In the mornings, we managed to fit
in visits to the Galleria degli Uffizi, home to many of the world’s greatest art treasures, and
the Galleria dell’Accademia where we were able to see Michelangelo’s statue of David.
Florence has so much to offer and of course there was the Ponte Vecchio, the magnificent
Duomo (where we climbed to the top of the cupola), the Palazzo Pitti (home to the Medici
dynasty for several hundred years) and who could forget the San Lorenzo markets?
A visit to Pisa proved the Leaning Tower was a good deal smaller than most girls had
imagined! The world heritage listed Cinque Terre, with its five small villages perched atop
breathtaking cliffs, was a wonderful day trip
Finally it was time to farewell the host Checking out the Tower of Pisa
families in Florence and board the coach
for Venice. What an experience to leave the narrow streets and scooters behind
in exchange for canals, vaporetti and gondole! Armed with a detailed map, we
made our way back and forth through Venice’s meandering streets or calle to
discover the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, before venturing further
afield to the islands of Murano and Burano. Surely a highlight of the four days
in Venice was the day trip to the Dolomites. We were lucky enough to arrive
in Cortina d’Ampezzo after a significant snowfall the previous night and had a
fabulous (if a little loud) afternoon just playing in the snow, with hot chocolate
Saskia Mackay, Kelly Hoyle and Emma Cestrilli
as needed to warm up!
in the snow
Our journey was coming to an end, although what was intended to be a one night
stay in Milan became a four night one, due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
However, the girls’ enthusiasm and good spirits were not to be dampened and
although keen to be reunited with family and friends, they faced the prospect of a
possibly indefinite stay with humour and good cheer.
All in all, the Italian study tour for 2010 was a great success. The girls are to be
commended for their interest and active participation in all activities, as well as their
exemplary behaviour, beautiful manners and wholehearted support of one another.
Mrs Kathleen Carter
Rikki Thorne, Elpida Politis and Eliza
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Sydney NIDA Tour
On Saturday 3 April, 20 of St Mary’s most flamboyant and melodramatic drama
queens gathered in Perth Domestic Airport, ready to embark on the Sydney
NIDA tour. In total there were 91 students from St Marys, Penrhos, PLC, Kolbe
Our first day in Sydney consisted of sightseeing, visiting the tourist attractions
like the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Manly Beach, Luna
Park and Bondi. The second day was our first day of workshops at the National
Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Every morning at 9.00am we had two out
of four workshops, Voice, Acting, Movement and Improvisation. After a lunch
break, we had the rest of the afternoon to work on our group self-devised
plays which we performed to the
other groups on the last day. These
workshops allowed us to work with Sight-seeing in Sydney
professional NIDA lecturers, gain
useful skills and work with students from other schools.
After an exhausting day at NIDA we weren’t finished yet, as most nights we had the
chance to dress up and hit the town to watch some theatre productions, including
Love Me Tender, Animals out of Paper and the highlight, Wicked. After Wicked, we
had the opportunity to meet and get autographs from the main characters Galinda
(Lucy Durack) and Fiyero (Rob Mills). We also had the opportunity to go to Taronga
Attending classes at NIDA
Zoo and do some late-night shopping.
It was a long, exhausting week of hard work, but it was also great fun and most of us wouldn’t have minded staying another
week. All of us would like to thank the two Drama Queens who put so much into this trip, Mrs Moore and Ms Brand.
Entertainment Books 2010/2011
We are once again using the Entertainment Books as a major fundraising activity, with this year’s proceeds going towards
Bishop Andrew Proud, Anglican Bishop of the Horn of Africa, based in Ethiopia. He is raising money to establish libraries to
assist with the education of young people. So far two libraries have been built and they each cost around $3,000. For every
Entertainment Book we sell, $13.00 goes towards supporting Bishop Proud and building more libraries in Africa.
The books will be distributed in June this year and cost $65.00. To order your copy of the 2010/2011 Entertainment Book,
please complete the order form at the end of this News Link and return with your payment to the Senior School Reception.
Thank you for ordering your Entertainment Books and supporting a very worthwhile cause.
Mr Steve Divich
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Request for Transport Assistance
A Year 10 boarder is in need of transport to and from Academy Equestrian, Wanneroo, once a week or fortnight. If there are any
parents of day girls who would be taking their daughters there and could take an extra passenger, could you please contact
Mrs Linda Turner on 9065 8024. If you have any questions, you could also speak to me.
Thank you for considering this request.
Ms Joan Karmelita
Year 10, 11 and 12 Parents
Is your daughter doing any of the following this year?
• Music/Theory exams (AMEB, Trinity)
• Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award
• Air Force, Navy or Army Cadet training
• Cecchetti Ballet
• Surf Life Saving Medallions
• DEC (CALM) Rangers courses
• Recreational Skipper’s Ticket
• Emergency Services Cadet training courses
• PADI Diving courses (Skin, Scuba, Open Water)
• Yachting Australia courses
• Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes - Bronze, Silver
• Equestrian Federation of Australia
• Girl Guides
• Graduate College of Dance
• Trinity College Drama and Speech
• Trinity College Music: Literacy, Theory, Performance
• University Studies
• WA Police Rangers training programmes
• World Challenge
• Young Achievement Australia – Business Skills Programme
If so, recognition of this can now form part of the document, the Western Australian Certificate of Education, the official record
of your daughter’s academic achievements during Years 10, 11 and 12, and some of her activities outside the school.
To ensure this happens, the Curriculum Council must be advised by the first week of Term III, of the courses students would like
recognised. The appropriate form is available from Miss Jones (upstairs Administration). Enrolment forms are forwarded to the
Curriculum Council electronically through the school. Only programmes completed in the current year are eligible.
In late October students must show the certificate they earned to Miss Jones, in Upstairs Administration, for copying, verifying
and recording. This process is entirely voluntary, and the onus is on students to complete the forms and hand them in by
the due date, if they would like their qualifications to form part of their official Curriculum Council record. Further details are
available from Mrs Haak. Completion of the forms as soon as possible would be appreciated.
Mrs Cheryl Haak
Dean of Curriculum
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Life Without a Limb Day
During the rainy last week of the April school holidays, we attended the Amanda Young Foundation Young Leaders Summit,
which was held at Penrhos College. We participated in a variety of exercises and games that tested our leadership, co-operation
and thinking “outside the box”, as well as listening to several inspirational guest speakers and being educated about the
sometimes fatal disease of meningococcal; all in all it was a week we will never forget. As the week progressed, so did our
passion to help the Amanda Young Foundation. In order to do this we are spreading the word about meningococcal at every
opportunity, hence why we decided to do something in the St Mary’s community.
We came up with the idea that we could have a “Life Without a Limb Day” at school on Wednesday 9 June. This day will give
students the opportunity to endure a day without using their non-writing hand so they experience a little bit of what the
disease can do to its victims. To participate and help this great cause, girls will be sponsored by friends, family and peers, which
will hopefully raise awareness and money for the Amanda Young Foundation. We ask that those participating raise at least
$10.00 and that you dig deep and give generously.
Attached to this edition of News Link is a sponsor sheet that needs to be handed into Ms Karmelita for her signature, once filled
out, with the money in an envelope labelled with your name and Link group.
So let’s get going, girls! Organise your sponsors and live without a limb on Wednesday 9 June.
Danielle Dodd, Gursimran Dhamrait and Isabelle Girando
Health Centre News
The start to the term has seen many girls passing through our doors with the annoying symptoms of a sore throat. On
several occasions the question has been asked, “How do I know if I have tonsillitis?” The following provides a brief overview of
tonsillitis, symptoms and current recommended treatment.
What is tonsillitis?
Tonsils are two small buds of tissue located at the back of your throat. They play an important role in helping to protect your
body against infection. Tonsillitis is a condition which causes tonsils to become inflamed, infected and swollen.
Causes of tonsillitis?
Most cases of tonsillitis are viral in nature with only approx 15% being caused by bacteria. The most common cause of bacterial
tonsillitis is streptococci, which can be diagnosed by taking a throat swab. Bacterial causes require treatment with antibiotics.
Glandular fever is a viral illness which is common in adolescents and can also cause tonsillitis. Diagnosis of glandular fever is
by pathology blood testing. Whether viral or bacterial, tonsillitis is transmitted most commonly from one person to another by
social contact such as droplets in the air from sneezing.
Symptoms of tonsillitis?
The symptoms of viral and bacterial tonsillitis are similar and include:
1. Sore throat
2. Elevated temperature
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3. Difficulty in swallowing
4. Bad breath
5. General feeling of being unwell
6. Painful and swollen lymph nodes (glands) at the side of the neck
7. Red, swollen and painful tonsils
8. In some cases, pus or small ulcerated areas on the tonsils
If you have a sore throat and other symptoms of a cold such as a runny nose, cough or blocked nose, a virus is the most likely
cause of infection.
As the majority of cases of tonsillitis are viral in nature, treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms of fever and pain.
2. Pain relief eg. panadol
3. Frequent warm fluids to avoid dehydration
4. Gargling with warm salt water
5. Hot lemon and honey drinks to soothe sore throat
6. Lozenges to suck
When to Seek Medical Care
If signs of a sore throat persist for more than a few days or are severe with marked difficulty in swallowing, high fever, vomiting
or breathing difficulties, then you should consult your GP.
Possible Complications of Tonsillitis
1. Secondary infections e.g. ear infection or sinusitis
2. Glue ear
3. Quinsy-abscess in the throat
4. If a sore throat is due to a streptococcus infection, there may be a rash (scarlet fever).
Mrs Marg Smith
Health Centre Coordinator
From our Year Groups
Year 10 Social Night
The decorations were up all around the hall, reflecting the theme;
the tickets and marketing were simple yet effective; the music
playlist was submitted to the DJ and was filled with the most
popular requests from the Year 10 group.
Finally it was Friday 30 April! Dannatt Hall at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’
School is the venue; Memories by David Guetta is playing and most
of the Year 10 St Mary’s girls and Year 10 Hale boys are dancing their
feet off for the final song of the night.
The Year 10 Social was a night to remember. The girls were decked
out in amazing dresses, make-up and high heels that would have
made their feet cry; whilst the boys were all smartly dressed and very cordial! Year 10s all dressed up for the big night
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The Social was a success and we all had a lot of fun. For this we would like to
give many thanks and recognition to Mr Ian Thompson, the Year 12s who helped
us organise the Social and attended on the night, Mrs Thomson and all of the
teachers who attended, the volunteer parents and the Social Committee, who
tried their very best to gather all of the Year 10s’ requests and make everyone’s
evening an enjoyable one.
Megan Bakeberg, Claudi Janse Van Rensburg and Brittany Kidner
Odette Mackenzie, Georgina Corlett and
It was the social event of the Year 10 calendar. The girls, and our guests from Hale School , had a wonderful night. I would like
to thank all the staff, Year 12 students and parents who supported me on the night. Without you these events just could not
happen. Next stop Year 10 week!! No rest for the …..
Mr Ian Thompson
Head of Year 10
From our Departments
The St Mary’s Music Night will be held this Friday 14 May, and will feature a selection of ensembles and choirs from the Senior
School, including the Hale St Mary’s Concert Bands 1 and 2, Camerata Orchestra, Concertante Orchestra, Cantate Choir, the St
Mary’s Big band, Year 12 Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Choral. Items include a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
medley played by Concert Band 1 and a Spanish surprise from the Chorale.
This promises to be a very entertaining concert and one of the last times the Year12 musicians will perform. Complimentary
refreshments will be served at the interval. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for concession card holders, and are
available from St Mary’s Administration.
Mr Kim Harrison
Director of Music
The Year 12 Stage Three English teachers are offering an important and fabulous series of revision lectures to consolidate
learning and assist in the preparation for the Semester I examinations.
The remaining lectures dates are as follows:
Thursday May 13 - Exam structure 3.45pm - 4.30pm
Wednesday May 19 - Viewing 8.00am - 8.45am
Thursday May 20 - Reading comprehension 3.45pm - 4.30pm
We think all students who want to improve their results should make these lectures a priority.
Ms Elizabeth Howson
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Rostrum Voice of Youth Speaking Competition 2010
The sun sparkled and so did our St Mary’s girls at this year’s club heats of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Speaking Competition on
Sunday 2 May.
The competition offers students the opportunity to gain confidence and have fun while developing and crafting their public
speaking skills. School heats that were held in March were met with an enthusiastic response. As adjudicators, we were dazzled
by our students’ wit, their inventive and thoughtful approaches to the topics, and their willingness to have a go.
Progressing to the club heats were Claudia Evangelista, Kelly Hawes and Louise Prior in the junior division, and Briannen
Morrow and Rebecca Charlwood in the senior division. The standard of competition was extremely high, and these girls
presented excellent speeches of which they can be proud.
We congratulate all students for their involvement in both school and club heats, and look forward to their continued
involvement in the competition in 2011.
Ms Amanda Malseed and Mr Vincenzo Perrella
This term we welcome two university students who will be completing their practical experience with us. Mr Matthew Shells
will be working with Mrs Matthews in Japanese and Ms Agustina Mata, a St Mary’s Old Girl, will be mentored by Mrs Carter in
Italian. We look forward to their input and hope they enjoy their stay with us.
The end of last term was busy, with French students in Years 10 and 12 attending a screening of Le Petit Nicolas at Cinema
Paradiso, and we farewelled 29 Italian students, Mrs Carter, Mr Palmero and Mrs Haak. The group had a highly successful and
fulfilling tour, and the irregular nature of their return in no way coloured or detracted from the overall experience. Thanks to
the staff named above for giving so willingly of their time and energy so that the Italian students in Years 10 and 11 could
participate in this tour. Thanks also to Mrs Giada Dalli Cani, who so ably replaced Mrs Carter and Mr Palmero at short notice.
Also at the end of last term, we learnt that the team of Julia Liu, Sasha Newman, Lucy Wu and Rikki Thorne were placed first in
Australia in the Junior division of the National Linguistics Olympiad, and third overall. The winning senior team (from a school
in the Eastern states) will travel to Sweden to participate in the world round. Congratulations to these girls, and we hope to see
them compete again next year.
Year 11 and 12 girls will soon be sitting their mid-year examinations. I encourage all students to spend some time each day
during the exam period revising their language work, regardless of the timetable, as skills in these subjects quickly deteriorate
and are lost if they are not regularly reinforced.
As well as examinations this term, there will be many other activities taking place. Year 9 Multicultural Studies students have
already been addressed by Claire Leong, AISWA LOTE consultant, on Cultural Intelligence and issues relating to Aboriginal
languages. Year 9 and 10 French students will be attending a forum entitled Why Learn French? on 18 May. Year 8 Japanese
students will participate in a cultural day towards the end of the term, and four Year 11 and 12 students will travel to Reunion
Island on exchange in July.
Mrs Lindsay MacRae
Head of Languages
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Society and Environment
The teachers in the Society and Environment Department are in full swing with excursions, planning for camps and of course,
preparing for upcoming exams.
Year Nine Geographers Visit The Swan Valley
On Wednesday 28 April, the Year 9 Geography students ventured to Sandalford Winery to explore viticulture. We learnt all
about the making of wine and drew a field sketch of the winery and vineyard. We then travelled to Lilac Hill Park and sampled
the water and soil of the Swan River to investigate if the fertilisers of the vineyards were polluting it. Overall, this excursion was
a fun and interesting way to study agriculture. Our day at Sandalford Winery was a memorable experience.
Tiffany Terpu, Tess Howieson and Elle Lou Diddams
Stage One and Two Geographers Prepare for Camp
Parents are reminded that students studying Stage One and Two Geography will be attending a camp from 28 June – 30 June.
Keep an eye out for information that will be sent home in the next few weeks.
The Society and Environment staff wish all Year 11 and 12 students the best for their upcoming exams. The exams are an ideal
opportunity for students to show us all the knowledge they have gained so far this year! Girls, revise well and remember to
seek help from your teachers if you need it.
Mrs Bronwyn Dryka
Assistant to the Head of Society and Environment
Last Tuesday a group of dedicated students rolled, tumbled and cart-wheeled in sensational style to gain points for their
Houses in the Interhouse Gymnastics competition. It was fantastic to see a large contingent from the Year 11 and 12s.
Congratulations to all the girls who competed and to Miss Pilmer for her co-ordination and training of the girls.
Senior Champion Runner-Up
Penny Rose (Craig) - 29.50 points Kelsey Brewer (Wardle) - 29.10 points
Junior Champion Runner-Up
Shanti Srinivasan (Lefroy) - 29.50 points Emma Lynch (Lefroy) - 29.05 points
The competition was extremely close between 1st and 3rd. Congratulations to Craig house for winning the event for the 5th
Final results are as follows:
1st Craig 273.85
2nd Wardle 271.10
3rd Lefroy 270.00
4th Riley 260.20
5th Hackett 256.90
6th Wittenoom 242.70
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The Interschool Gymnastics training squad has been selected. Training will be on a Wednesday or Friday morning dependent
on what division your daughter is in. This information will be clarified on the Physical Education notice board. Girls are
reminded to check the notice board for training times and information. If there are any queries please see Miss Pilmer.
The proposed date for the State Schoolgirls’ Gymnastics Competition is 2 – 4 September.
Interschool Netball and Hockey
The netball and hockey teams completed their first fixture last week with some mixed results. Santa Maria proved a very tough
competitor for us. Could this year be the year that St Mary’s ends its dominance in netball after some 19 years at the top of the
table? Let’s hope not! Results for Round 1 are listed below.
Versus Santa Maria Versus Santa Maria
Senior A Won Senior A Won
Senior B Won Senior B Lost
Senior C Won Junior A Draw
Senior D Lost Junior B Won
Junior A Won Year 7/8 A Lost
Junior B Lost Year 7/8 B Lost
Junior C Won
Junior D Won
Junior E Won
Junior F Won
Junior G Won
Junior H Lost
Year 7/8 A Won
Year 7/8 B Lost
Year 7/8 C Lost
Year 7/8 D Won
Year 7/8 E Lost
Year 7/8 F Won
Year 7/8 G Lost
It has been fantastic to see a large number of parents attending fixtures. Your support is definately encouraging for the girls.
Team Selection Policy
Interschool teams are selected on merit in all cases. It is in the school’s best interests to field the strongest teams for the
very competitive IGSSA competition. Once selected, the girls are expected to make a firm commitment to attend all training
sessions and matches as directed by the teacher in charge. These expectations and the times girls will be training and playing,
are clearly explained to everyone who attends trials. Parents are asked to support these expectations and assist their daughters
with organising their time whilst fulfilling their commitments to the team.
Collecting students from ‘Away’ Venues
Parents are asked to assist the Phys Ed department by informing the teacher responsible, in writing, if they are going to be
collecting their daughter from a match or training venue other than St Mary’s. If there has been no notification, the girls must
return to St Mary’s on the bus.
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Preparation for Interschool Cross Country is going extremely well. The girls are continuing to train hard, and the continuing
warm weather has made the early starts a little easier to contend with. The participation numbers at training have been high in
preparation for the two lead-up events.
State All Schools Championships - Friday 28 May
State Long Course Championships - Sunday 13 June
These events are compulsory for all squad members. Girls need to see Miss Sumner or Miss Stewart immediately if they are
unable to attend these events.
The IGSSA Cross Country is on Friday 18 June. Girls are reminded to check the training schedules for the sessions that are
being held at Perry Lakes.
With the colder months approaching, I would like to remind all students of the appropriate uniform for Physical Education
• White with maroon trim sports shirt
• Maroon shorts or maroon sports skirt
• Maroon sports brief (if wearing skirt)
• School tracksuit or white windcheater
• School sports cap
• Sports socks (preferably with maroon and blue hoops)
• Cross trainers (predominantly white)
It has also been brought to my attention that many girls are not wearing the correct footwear. Cross trainers or running shoes
are appropriate footwear for physical education lessons. Dunlops, Converse or general casual walk shoes are not appropriate.
Neither are colourful laces or inappropriately tied laces.
Girls are reminded that house shirts are not to be worn during physical education lessons. Girls should also be aware that it is
inappropriate for stockings to be worn with the sports uniform and woollen school jumpers are not to be worn.
Yours in sport,
Ms Jennie Tyson
Head of Physical Education
Environmental Science Camp
The Environmental Science Camp was held at Metricup from the 23 - 25 April. It involved 53
Year 9 and 10 Environmental Science students , and focused on the theme of sustainability.
This included agricultural and urban sustainability and looked at animal conservation,
ecosystem conservation and sustainable/organic practices.
The girls visited the forest in Margaret River, Cape Lavender and the Margaret River township.
Each student was given a cow, which she had to design with Environmental Sustainability in
mind. Themes included bushfires, cattle grazing, deforestation, global warming, whaling and
the meat and dairy industry. The winning cow was ‘Eco Warrior’ by Natasha Bestry.
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St Mary’s will be having its own version of the Margaret River Cow Parade by placing the cows around the school during Week
4 of Term II. A quiz relating to all the cows will be run during this week, and students will be able to purchase a quiz for $1.00
each. They will have the whole week to run around the school answering the questions relating to these cows, with prizes
being awarded to the first teams to complete the quiz. All money raised will be donated to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation
Centre in order to support the native fauna they care for.
Mrs Kate McAuliffe
Three Things All Children Crave
Children crave three things - control, power and belonging. Parenting consistency delivers all three.
Let’s look at control first.
Most children like to feel they are in control of their lives. Some crave control more than others. One of my children when
young, would wake up most school mornings, asking who was picking her up after school. She yearned for control.
Routine was her friend. Being forewarned about change was essential, otherwise she’d become stressed, even agitated. She
certainly couldn’t relax until she was certain of what was going on. If you have a child like this then the notion of consistency is
paramount for your parenting.
Let’s look at power.
It’s different from control. It means having the ability and competence to affect and influence your own world. Power comes
from the little things, not necessarily the big things of life. Doing up her shoe laces gives a young child power, just as being able
to drive a car gives a teen significant power. That’s why independence is so important for children - it gives them a certain real
Children who don’t have real power often try to exert their own power over their parents. A child who deliberately dawdles
when you want cooperation is trying to exert their power over you! That’s not the sort of power you want children to have. A
consistent approach gives children real power and deals effectively with these annoying power plays.
Okay, let’s look at belonging - the third thing children crave!
Children want to belong to their family. They will belong to their families through positive or negative ways. If they can’t belong
due to their positive place, then they’ll misbehave or belong in other negative ways. At least you’ll know they’re around. So
these children develop self-defeating beliefs about belonging.
Here’s some negative ways some kids belong to their families:
• I belong because I’m the best
• I only belong when I’m the centre of attention
• I belong when I’m the boss
• I only belong when I’m the best
• I only belong when I can please others
Here’s the kicker. Children take these negative ways of belonging into adulthood. Do you know any adult who always has to be
the centre of attention in any group, or someone who always has to be in charge? There’s nothing wrong with that as long as
they are also able to belong without having to be noticed, in charge or the best. But some adults, like children, belong only for
these reasons - that’s not healthy!
So you want your child to feel like they really belong, as you value them for their contribution to family-life. That means you
need to give them opportunities to help out. That’s a column for another time.
by Michael Grose
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Diary Dates School Contact Details
St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
PO Box 105 Karrinyup WA 6921
Thu 13 Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 National Testing
Senior School 9341 9111
Junior School 9341 9230
Fri 14 SS Music Night, LWPAC, 7.30pm
Boarding House 9341 9200
Sun 16 Year 9 Camp 1 commences
Music Department 9341 9189
Tue 18 Year 12 Monologues
Accounts (school fees) 9341 9124
Fri 21 Year 9 Camp 1 concludes Accounts (payable) 9341 9126
Sun 23 Year 9 Camp 2 commences Uniform Shop 9341 9143
Mon 24 Year 12 Study Leave Bookshop 9341 9155
Tue 25 Year 11 and 12 Exams commence After School/Vacation Care 9341 9243
Year 11 Workplace Learning commences Enrolment Enquiries 9341 9121
Fri 28 Year 9 Camp 2 concludes Senior School Absentees 9341 9129
Marketing 9341 9130
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Year 8 Parents! Year 11 Mothers Lunch
We’d love to see all the familiar faces and welcome
any new Mums and Dads
When: 1.00pm, Friday 21 May
Please join us for a coffee after you drop your children at Where: Trigg Island Cafe, 360 West Coast Drive,
Tuesday 15 June - Trigg Island Café Please RSVP by 18 May to
We hope to see many of you there! Wendy: 9245 1717 or 0417 171 229
Year 8 Parent Representatives Michelle: 0418 873 184 or 9385 7661
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St Marys Ladies’ Auxiliary invites you
to join us for our
‘BIGGEST MORNING TEA’
* Wednesday 26 May
* 9.30am onwards
* 7 Tarongo Way, City Beach
* Coffee mugs - $5 donation
* Guest Speaker
* Raffle & Lucky Door Prize
FUND RAISING FOR CANCER COUNCIL
RSVP: Elizabeth Price
email@example.com or text 0411 704 600
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Fine and Casual Restaurant Informal Dining Arts, Sports
Contemporary Dining and Family Dining and Takeaway and Attractions
• Zafferano Restaurant • The Vic • McDonald’s • Hoyts Cinemas
• Restaurant Amusé • Brassgrill Chargrill Restaurant • Hungry Jack’s • Grand Cinemas
• Coco’s Riverside Bar and Restaurant • Wagamama • KFC • Greater Union Cinemas
• Bistro Felix • The Carine • Brumby’s • Adventure World
• Harvest • Windsor Bar and Café • Nando’s • AMF Bowling Centres
• Julio’s • Siena’s • Jesters • Ace Cinemas
• (A)lure • Jimmy Dean’s Diner • Aroma Café • Captain Cook Cruises
• The Red Herring • Woodpecker’s Woodfired Pizza • Red Rooster • Rottnest Express
• Must Wine Bar – Margaret River • Norfolk Hotel • Eagle Boys Dial-a-Pizza • Dolphin Discovery Centre
• Darlington Estate Winery • Outback Jacks Bar & Grill • Java Juice and many more...
• Char Char Bull • Albion Hotel • Gelare Ice Cream Café
• The Left Bank Café Bar Restaurant • Sicilian Café • MYO Make Your Own Retail, Travel, Leisure
• Mullaloo Beach Hotel • Seaview • Chooks Fresh & Tasty and Accommodation
• Grand Palace Restaurant and • Sail & Anchor Pub & Brewery • Wokinabox • Avis/Budget/Europcar/Hertz/Thrifty
Reception • Mash Bunbury • Baskin Robbins • Hamilton Island/Hayman Island
• Mosmans Restaurant • Eat Greek • Donut King • QBE Travel Insurance
• The Cabin Wine Bar & Bistro • Cranked Coffee • Fit Chips • Seashells Resorts
• Palais 85 • Captain Stirling • One For The Road • Australia Zoo
• Millbrook Winery • Terrazza • Sarpino’s Pizzeria • Mantra/BreakFree Hotels Resorts
• Black Tom’s • V Burger Bar • Mondo Nougat & Apartments
• Walters River Cafe Restaurant • Hog’s Breath Cafe Mindarie and • Wendy’s • ACP/News/Pacific Magazines
• Friends Restaurant Northbridge and many more... • Warner Village Theme Parks
and many more... and many more... and many more...
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