Term 4 Week 11 - Friday 15th December 2023
From our Principal
Term 4 Week 11
What a fantastic week it has been reflecting on the year that has been and looking ahead to the opportunities that next year presents. As we conclude the 2024 school year I would like to acknowledge Father Andrew Hayes. Andrew leads our community with wisdom and compassion. He shares our journey and walks with us in solidarity. We are blessed to know that Father Andrew works in partnership with us and brings to our community a deep respect and reverence for scripture, for prayer, for our staff and families and for God.
I'd like to recognise our staff team. I am regularly reminded of and impressed by their hard-working ethic, their creativity and innovation and most importantly, their dedication to our students. Their overwhelming mission is to help shape and nurture amazing human beings, and in so many ways, they do this every day. We have spent time building a positive culture, refining our teaching practice, examining data, meeting students at point of need, and celebrating their talents and gifts in the areas of the Arts, Science and PE. I have loved seeing this hard work pay off in moments of celebration - celebrating student learning, growth, achievement, accomplishments, courage and success. The hard work is worth it!
And to our families - when we can work in a spirit of true partnership, we can achieve so much. Thank you to all of our parents and extended family members for your contribution to our community this year and for your support of our team. I wish to thank the School Advisory Council and our Community Team, who show strong commitment to building partnerships that are empowering. I thank them for their generosity, wisdom and support.
I wish to thank every one of our amazing students. St Mary’s is richer for your involvement and participation in our School. Thank you for being the little legends that you are. For supporting each other, for encouraging each other, for including each other and for celebrating each other. I see moments of that each and every day. I look forward to our continued learning journey together.
As we continue through Advent I pray that God’s voice speaks to us and engages us in promises of freedom and joy. In these Advent days may hear Your Word with new insight, and follow the Way which opens before us as we await your Spirit.
Every blessing for the Advent and Christmas seasons,
Year 6 Big Day Out
Today our Year 6 students spent their last day as a cohort in Halls Gap, swimming and at the zoo. Good luck with your next adventure in high school!
2024 Student Leaders
A BIG congratulations to the following Year 5 students who have been appointed as our student school leaders in 2024
2023 Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the following senior students who were our 2023 scholarship recipients:
Father Davey Memorial Scholarship - Sienna Hoskings
Aileen & Audrey Brennan Memorial Scholarship - Denni Marsh
Catholic Women's League Scholarship - Maddison Jardine
Rotary Club of Ararat Scholarship - Harriet Roberts
Ararat Rural City Council Scholarship - Zebina Lewis
Ararat Community Enterprises Scholarship - Georgia Rodger
Kalluri IT Solutions Scholarship - Tyler Batobalani
Joe McCracken Community Scholarship - Stella Fratin
Martha Haylett's Awarrd for Courage - Toby Jeffery
Congratulations to our Senior Learning Community students' Market Day Fridays for raising a HUGE $2,827.15 for Catholic Mission this term. Thank you to all families and students who supported it. Special mention to Woolworths for donating fruit for the fruit kebabs.
2024 Staff Team
2024 School Fee Information
Holy Spirit Parish Christmas Carols
Holy Spirit Parish Bulletin
WHOLE SCHOOL PRAYER
Every Friday at 2.45pm in the Multi Purpose Room
2024 TERM DATES
Monday 29th January
Wednesday 31st January
Friday 2nd February
Lunch Orders Return
Friday 23rd March
Last Lunch Order Day for Term 1
Thursday 28th March
Last Day of Term 1
Monday 15th April
First Day of Term 2
2024 Lunch Order Price List
- Some items have had a price increase
- Flavoured Focus Water has been discontinued