THURSDAY 26 October 2006

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Middle School Parent Information Meeting St Pat’s Night/Mass 6pm Year 1 Mass Swimming Carnival Years 4 - 10 Splash Carnival Years 1 – 3 ACC in Perth Year 2 Mass Year 6 Mass Middle School Year 9 & 10 School Ball Interschool Swimming Carnival Years 4 - 7 Palm Sunday/Year 5 Mass Holy Thursday/Last day of Term 1 7.30pm 9.05am

Dates to Remember
Thursday 8 March Saturday 17 March Tuesday 20 March Wednesday 21 March Friday 23 March Sunday 25 March Tuesday 27 March Friday 30 March Sunday 1 April Thursday 5 April

10.00am 9.05am


From the Principal’s desk …
Dear Parents, Staff and Students, Last night I attended a busy P & F meeting, with the committee and parents finalising their plans for our St Pat’s Night, which will be held on Saturday 17 th March from 7pm, following the 6pm Mass. This is a major annual family event in our school calendar and the celebration of 101 years since the foundation of our school by the Presentation Sisters. It promises to be an outstanding evening featuring a special performance from Mr Sloan’s group Oddsox. So don’t miss the wonderful food, music and opportunity to join in this celebration. Tickets are available from the school office and Heddi’s Hair Salon. With the development of Cyclone George to the north of us it is timely that I make mention of the school cyclone procedures. Should there be a significant risk that destructive winds will occur in the area and there is a need to take action the school will close on alert of an ‘imminent cyclone warning’ (Yellow). This warning indicates that a cyclone is likely to cause high winds and residents should take action. Usually 12 hours before anticipated cyclone impact. Parents/Guardians are asked to collect their children. Let’s hope we never have to implement this precaution! During the week a concerned parent contacted me regarding information that she had downloaded from her child’s Hotmail address. This incident is a reminder to parents that although e-mail is an effective tool it can also pose risks. It is therefore important that you monitor your child’s online behaviour. Make it clear that computers are not off-limits to you. Be alert to secretive behaviour. Also check the history file on the browser to see what sites are being visited by your child. Keep the computer in the family room or other shared space. Encourage your child to be frank with you and discuss ethical behaviour him or her. Finally tell the school if you have a concern about material that students are circulating to other students.

Carmel Costin

Primary News
We have past the half way mark of term 1. The long awaited interschool cricket competition took place on Friday the 2 nd of March. St Mary‘s fielded 4 teams. Nigh on 48 Primary students got an opportunity to engage in some fun and competitive cricket. A big thank you goes to Mr Evan Konstantouras for organising and preparing our teams for the event. After a spirited performance by all involved, St Mary‘s won the final. The Year 7 students took part in ‗Clean up Australia‘ activities last week. They scoured the town for litter and collected 5 large bags full. I would like to take this opportunity to commend them for the positive attitude and enthusiasm they displayed. They did a fantastic job. Harmony Week will be celebrated from 15th – 21st of March all across Australia. It is about ―bringing people together to promote Australian values and to celebrate the Australian way of life. It is a time to understand and commit to the benefits of living in a country that embraces common values of respect, fairness, participation, acceptance and a fair go for all.‖ Teachers will be involved in promoting this at various levels throughout the school. I would encourage you to take the time to discuss these values and benefits with your children.
Justin Krause Head of Primary School

―Let him that would move the world, first move himself.‖ - Socrates

Middle School News
Last week we took the opportunity to look at ―decorum and etiquette‖ in preparation for the coming production (Theatre Restaurant) and the Senior Ball with some of the Year 8—10 students. They spent time learning about different types of dining out such as Buffet, Table d‘hote and Silver Service; reading menus; waiting on tables; setting a table and the correct use of the cutlery in a silver service setting. (Have you noticed the difference in table manners?)

Bianca Frzop clearing away soup bowls after Laurie Guglielmana has finished the first course of an imaginary 5 course meal.

At the Middle School assembly yesterday morning, Ms Costin commented on how the vast majority of students were well presented in their school uniforms and were settling into a good work ethic. In fact in the last two assemblies the following students have received Merit Certificates for making a good start to the school year. Jake Whitney, Leah Durmanich (x2), Tiahna McKernan, Alex Moore, Tony Vu, Jacob Doglione, Riley Evans, Declan Constantine, Thuy Phan, David Sanderson and Chris Mason. Congratulations to them all. Please remember there will be a Parent Information Night for parents of all year 8—10 students on Thursday 8th March in the Hall at 7.30pm. This will be a short meeting of about 45—60 minutes or so to inform parents about the curriculum in the Middle School and to cover options for life after year 10 at St Mary‘s. Please make the effort to have one parent from each family attend if at all possible.
Ross Richardson Acting Head of Middle School

P & F News
Your P & F is now in full swing and the first event on the calendar is March 17th, St Pat‘s Day and School Anniversary celebrations. This is a great opportunity for the St Mary‘s c ommunity to get together and enjoy great entertainment including ‗Odd Sox‘ a mystery guest singer, welcome new families and enjoy a BBQ. Tickets are on sale at the school office and Heddi‘s Hairdressers. There is a helper‘s letter going home tomorrow so if you can help in any way this is greatly appreciated and families are asked to bring a salad to share. See you there! P & F Committee

St Mary’s Footy Tipping Competition 2007
Footy Tipping Competition books will be going home Monday 12 th March.  If you wish to participate, complete your Registration and send it to the office with $50.  Sell the book to someone else if you don‘t want to compete.  Return unsold books to the office. Registrations must be returned by the Friday 4.30pm 30 th March 2007. Many thanks must go to Tammy March for taking on the role of entering the data this year and also thanks must go to the people who helped collate the footy books. P & F Committee

School Fees

This year we have introduced Semester Accounts. Semester one is the fees for Terms one and two. Semester Two will be for Terms three and four. If parents still wish to pay accounts over two terms that is acceptable. Parents who may wish to pay their fees for the full year will need to contact the office to request and annual account. Secondary Student Assistance Parents of secondary students who hold current Health Care Card or Pension Cards may be eligible for the Secondary Student Assistance on their fees. If you have not already claimed please see Anna Brooks, to complete the necessary forms. Please bring your card with you. Applications for this assistance close on 5th April. Health Card Concession Discounts Parents of all children, Primary and Secondary, who hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card or Single Parent Pension Card, may be eligible for the Concession discounts on their fees. If you have not already claimed, please see Anna, to complete the necessary forms. Please bring your card with you. Parents who have already completed forms are reminded that you must bring your new cards in to be photocopied when the old card expires and you must notify the office if your card is not renewed. Difficulty with paying fees If you are not eligible for any concession discounts and are experiencing difficulty with paying the school fees please make an appointment to discuss this with the Principal.

Silent Auction
We have a few items which we would like to sell through a ‗silent auction‘. The items are:  Commercial refrigerator with 3 glass doors.  Ride-one lawn mower  Air conditioning unit (box type)  Gas stove top (in bench type) Please contact the office if you are interested in any of the above.

Cubby House Repairs
During the last holidays, strong winds blew the verandah off one of our Junior Primary Cubbies. Both cubbies are also in need of other maintenance & repairs. Are there any dads out there, who are handy with woodwork, who wouldn‘t mind re-attaching the verandah and doing other necessary repairs? Please contact the school office if you are able to assist.

Community Notices

FOR SALE Football boots – good condition Size 7 $10 Size 5 $10 Size 3 $5 Size 2 $5 Phone Tami A/H 99413151

St Mary Star of the Sea School P & F Association
Invite you to celebrate ST PAT’S NIGHT & St Mary’s 101st Celebration Saturday, 17th March @ 7pm Follows 6pm Mass

Don’t miss a special performance from
ODDSOX Meat for BBQ provided. Please bring a salad to share Adults: $10.00 Children Years 1 – 10 $5.00 Children under 5 Free Sausage & Bread $2.00

Tickets available at St Mary’s School & Heddi’s Salon