On Wednesday, 11th November we celebrated and reflected Remembrance Day. The atrocities of war and the impact on society will live forever but so too will the spirit and commitment of Australian soldiers who helped shape the country we live in today.
On the 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to end the First World War. In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.
At school we observed one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Our school leaders led a prayer and silence was displayed during the playing of the Last Post. We will remember Them.
Currently our staff are working together in adapting the Diocese of Sale (DOSCEL) Behaviour Management Policies to suit the needs of our school. Our three key wide expectations- Respect, Act and Learn developed from the Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour Support have been instrumental in formulating clear, consistent and logical consequences and expectations for all students and staff at St Mary’s Maffra. Next year when hopefully COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease our Parent Information Session will focus on a learning session for parents which is also highly relevant to our obligations for Child Safety. If any parents would like any further information given we cannot meet in the current climate please be in contact with the school and either Liz Coleman or myself would be happy to meet with individual parents for clarification on our policies and procedures for Child Safety and Behaviour Management.
With the further easing of restrictions we can move ahead with Foundation 2021 Orientation. Children will have the opportunity to come to school next Friday, 20th November and the Friday after on the 27th November. Because of COVID-19 we are only able to run sessions in small groups. Next year the teachers who will be working in the Foundation / Grade 1 will be Virginia Hellings, Kerry Barton and Serrin Stobie. It will be fantastic to see the little ones come to school as they prepare for next year.
Staffing at St Mary’s for 2021 is nearly completed and will be made available to the school community before the end of the month.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.
Congratulations to the following children who have received awards.
Foundation & Grade 1 wall:
On the 11th of November, the Foundation and Year One students made little poppies to remember all the people who sacrificed themselves to make our country safe. The Grade One and Foundation students engaged really well with this task because it looked really good in the end.
Written By The Foundation and Grade One students.
Grade 5/6 wall:
Please remember St Mary's has a 'No Hat - No Play' policy. All children must wear hats in term 1 and 4. If they do not have a hat they will have to spend recess or lunchtime under the shade of the gazebo.
Our annual school photos have been taken and are now ready to order.
Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.
On photo day all students received a flyer which includes a code unique to them.
You will require this 2020 code to register online and view your photos.
If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos.
If you have not yet registered, please go to order.arphotos.com.au and enter your code to complete your order.
If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 or email@example.com
Please note that you will need to register online with your 2020 photo code to gain access to this year’s images.
All photo packages are being sent home in 2020, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.
If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's School takes pride in its official uniform. It has been established over many years and is recognised as an economical and practical code of dress. Parents are required that the full uniform is worn at all times.
The school uniform identifies students as members of the St. Mary's School Community. The children are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride and behave in a manner, which reflects creditably on themselves, their families and their school.
Stobies Land and Surf, Maffra, will be stocking St Mary's uniform. They have asked for you to visit them as soon as you are able so they can ensure your order will arrive before the 2021 school year.
|BOYS' SUMMER UNIFORM:||BOYS' WINTER UNIFORM:|
|Grey shorts, mid thigh length||Grey long trousers|
|Pale blue shirt||Pale blue skivvy or blue shirt|
|Grey socks||Grey socks|
|Navy jumper with school emblem||Navy jumper with school emblem|
|Black leather shoes||Black leather shoes|
|GIRLS' SUMMER UNIFORM:||GIRLS' WINTER UNIFORM:|
|Blue/white check dress, white collar & cuffs||Navy & grey tartan tunic|
|Navy jumper with school emblem||Navy gabardine slacks as an optional extra|
|Black leather shoes||Navy jumper with school emblem|
|School hat||Pale blue skivvy or blue shirt|
|White socks (no logos)||Grey socks or tights|
Please continue bookings for:
call between 11:00am & 1:00pm
on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday
Phone number: 0490 384 454
Please DO NOT leave any messages on this number. Voicemail is NOT set up.
Sunday 9:00am & 4:30pm
Newry & Cowwarr:
2nd and 4th Sunday Newry: 11:00am
1st and 3rd Sunday Cowwarr: 11:00am
5th Sunday Dargo: 12:00pm
BOOKINGS FOR WEEKEND MASSES ARE ESSENTIAL