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A huge thank you to the amazing Andrew Chinn for visiting our school on Thursday 4 May. Andrew shared the joy of his music with our students, spending the day conducting workshops with each year level, teaching them dances and interesting bible facts. The day finished with the whole school concert where the children joyfully showed all they had learned. It was a wonderful experience for children and staff alike.
In March, our students participated in a Clean Up Australia Day event at our school. Each class was assigned an area to clean and by the end of the day, the whole school was looking immaculate!. Thank you to all our students for their hard work and a special thank you to Mrs Regan Russell for organising the day .
Events like these are a great way to inspire students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment and how each person has the power to make a difference!
The National Day of Action against Bullying was held Friday, 19 March.
Year Six Leaders went to classrooms this afternoon to deliver a lesson with some worthwhile messages to all classes.
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence.
The theme for the NDA 2021 is Take Action Together. This theme aims to elevate student voice, empowering young Australians to join the conversation.
Mrs Russel's Year 1 class have made a big book of ideas to raise money for Project Compassion during lent.
St Mary's commemorates Remembrance Day
Celebrating NAIDOC Week
Year 6 travelled to Brisbane for their Year 6 camp. Venues visited included, South Bank, the Science Centre, Parliament House, St Stephen's Cathedral, The Commissariat Store Museum, St Helena Island, Movie World, Outback Spectacular and the Waterpark
Today Father Peter visited the Preps. He talked about a number of stories involving Jesus. The Preps also reminded him of some stories too. He taught them a new song which was thoroughly enjoyed.
The Preps also taught Father Peter a couple of songs and showed him how to say the St Mary’s School prayer. It was terrific to see Peter at school this morning. Next week he is coming back to see the Year One classes.
Our Prep Hello Hour was an opportunity for some of our 2021 Prep students to get to know a little more about St Mary's with their parents. They participated in outdoor and indoor activities with our Prep students, while their mums and dads looked around the school. At the end of the tour, they all joined the Year 4 class for a music lesson with Mrs Hoban. Some were not impressed when they had to go!
On Thursday, some members of our “Community Group” attended the Anointing mass at St Patrick’s church. The students supported the parishioners by laying hands on their shoulders when receiving the chrism from Fr Gasper. It was also a special time as this was the first Anointing Mass since the St Mary’s church burnt down.
On Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday as a whole school. Fr Peter presided over the liturgy and reminded the students what Lent was all about and how they can make a commitment during this time. Students from Yr. 5B did a fabulous job by reading so reverently throughout the liturgy.
On our assembly on Monday, the member for Bundaberg Mr Keith Pitt, presented our school leaders with new flags for the school. He also took the opportunity to speak to our Year 6 students about the Australian Parliament and his role as a government minister. He was asked some excellent questions by the students. He congratulated the students on their questions and their level of interest in the workings of the government.
This year’s theme was READING IS MY SECRET POWER and the children really involved themselves in all the reading activities for the week. Our Share a Book in the Shade saw many of our families come together to enjoy an afternoon of reading with their children.