St Mary's Catholic Primary School


Wednesday 5 February 2020

Vision Statement
A welcoming faith community
We value relationships
We pursue excellence in learning
We live the Gospel message of love

Prayer for the New School Year
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year. Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me. Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year! Amen

Prayer in time of Bushfires
Almighty God and heavenly Father, we pray for this world that you love so much that you sent your Son Jesus to be born as the child of Bethlehem:  We pray for the safety of those sheltering from fires and those fighting fires, for livestock, native animals, paddocks, bushlands and sacred places.  We remember our own loved ones and those who are dear to us facing this crisis.  We pray for those tending to the injured, the frightened and the broken-hearted,  for emergency services, emergency broadcasters, chaplains and counsellors.  We ask for your forgiveness for our own failures in safeguarding your good creation,  and pray for political and community leaders, and all those responding to the current crisis in our nation.  Above all, we pray the peace that passes all understanding,  in our nation and state, in our homes and in our hearts.  This we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

From the Principal
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Welcome to the 2020 school year.  We had a very positive start on Monday with students keen to share their holiday stories and settle into their new classrooms.
During the holidays, two outdoor projects were carried out which have had a massive impact on the appearance of our school grounds, and we had a great deal of help from parents.  Scott Smith spent much of the Christmas holidays volunteering his time driving the upgrade outside the Year 1 and 2 rooms for which I am very grateful.  We had two teams of parents in at short notice to help take up the old pavers and lay out the new roll on lawn.  Jim Cross brought in his heavy moving equipment and took away the old limestone stage and removed part of the brick wall.  Michael Anderson was able to install the grass in our Kindy and Pre-Primary area which makes the area much more appealing.
Mrs Elizabeth Harper, who has taught Kindergarten at St Mary’s for over 10 years has sadly resigned from her position. She will be remembered for her kind, caring nature and endless enthusiasm.  We wish Mrs Harper well with her future endeavours.

Family Barbeque
The annual family barbeque is being held at school on Friday 7 February starting at 6pm.  It is a great way to welcome new families. There will be some sporting activities set up for those keen for a challenge.  The school will provide the barbeques, tables and chairs.  You are asked to bring everything else that you need including drinks.

Parent Meetings Next Week
Parents will have the opportunity to listen to classroom teachers explain their expectations for 2020 with meetings being held next Monday and Wednesday evenings.  In between there are sessions that I will run and will talk about some whole school priorities.  My presentations will be in the hall and the same on Monday and Wednesday so you only come to one. 

Monday 10
Classroom Parent Meetings 5/6 5.45 - 6.30pm
General Information Session 1/4/5/6 6.35 – 7pm
Classroom Parent Meeting 1/4  7.05 – 7.45pm

Wednesday 12
General Information Session PP/2/3 5.45 - 6.20pm
Classroom Parent Meeting PP/2/3 6.25 – 7pm

100 Club Starts This Friday Morning
100 Club is back for 2020 with students, parents and grandparents welcome to join us.  100 Club involves walking or running a 500m course around the school grounds with laps counted and rewards for achieving certain distances.  The action starts at 8am each Friday morning and finishes at 8.30am.  We have different popsticks for parents and students this year.  No dogs please.
Worldly Welcome
Congratulations to Mrs Illman, Mrs Alberti and our current Year 6 students on the artwork they created at the end of last year that greets visitors to our school and can be found on the wall near Year 3.  This year’s ‘Worldly Welcome’ continues a tradition that Mrs Illman and Mrs Alberti started at the end of 2018 with their colourful hands piece completed with the help of last year’s graduating class.

Some Vacancies at St Mary’s
Do you have friends interested in finding out more about St Mary’s?  We find parents are best form of advertising.  We currently have vacancies in Years 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and Pre Primary.

School Fencing
The installation of security gates and fencing around the school that was due to take place at the end of last year has been delayed as we are awaiting a grant to assist in covering the costs of the installation.

Canteen Help Required
Jenelle is currently putting together the canteen roster for Term 1 and would appreciate it if you could spare a couple of hours on a Wednesday or Friday morning. 
Ayla’s Book Launch
About ninety people gathered at school in early January for the book launch of Ayla De Castro’s “Maya’s Magical Paintbrush.”  Ayla, who has just started in Year 4, wrote and illustrated the picture book that is about a magical way to end homelessness.  All of the proceeds of Ayla’s book are being donated towards combating homelessness in Bunbury.

Free Dress for the Bushfire Appeal – Friday 14 February
Our new Year 6 school leaders met with me to discuss fundraising ideas for the bushfires that have ravaged the eastern states.  The group suggested a free dress day and asked that we find a volunteer firefighter to come in and talk to students about the job that they do for the community.  Please bring a gold coin donation for this worthy cause.

Year 6 students enjoying the first Art lesson with Mrs Toia.

Beginning of School Year Mass
This morning we celebrated Mass with Fr Marlin and he blessed the 2020 leadership badges before they were presented.
God bless
Paul Cronin

Thank You!!

A Huge 'Thank You' to Greenacres Turf Group
We are very grateful to Greenacres Turf Group who have generously donated the 220m
² of lawn, lawn starter and delivery fee that finished off our Year 1 and 2 outdoor upgrade.  Greenacres has WA’s largest turf farm.  The company is based in Perth and has a branch in Bunbury.
Calendar Dates
Friday 7 February

Welcoming BBQ 6pm

Monday 10
Classroom Parent Meetings 5/6 5.45 - 6.30pm
General Information Session 1/4/5/6 6.35 – 7pm
Classroom Parent Meeting 1/4  7.05 – 7.45pm

Wednesday 12
General Information Session PP/2/3 5.45 - 6.20pm
Classroom Parent Meeting PP/2/3 6.25 – 7pm

Friday 14
Bushfire Appeal Free Dress Day (gold coin donation)
Tuesday 18
Year 6 Camp Mornington

Friday 21
Year 6 Return from Camp

Wednesday 26
Ash Wednesday Mass Year 6
K-3 Constable Care Incursion

Thursday 27
School Photos K - 6

Sunday 1

First Sunday of Lent

Monday 2
Labour Day Public Holiday


Please lick the link below to access information on how to use CDF Pay for all your Uniform and Canteen Purchases.

Important Information

Kindergarten 2021
Existing families are reminded that if there are any siblings of current students due to begin Kindergarten in 2021, Kindergarten to Year 6 Application forms need to be submitted as soon as possible.

Oral-Care Recycling
Please note that cardboard toothpaste boxes and toothbrush packaging are no longer accepted under the Oral Care Recycling Programme in 2020.  Any cardboard waste needs to be put into your homes kerbside waste recycling bins.  Accepted waste for the programme is; toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads.  Thank you for your support of these changes and happy recycling!
Year Four

School Photo Day
27 FEBRUARY 2020

Our School Photos will be taken on:
Thursday 27th of February 2020
Class Photos/Portraits:
• Every Student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.
• The school has chosen to use the online ordering system.  Your child has been given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey.  Log onto and follow the prompts to place your order.
• If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.
• The expiry date for online ordering is the 11.03.2020.  Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee.  You can email your order request through to or call our office on 08 9240 8000
Family Photos:
• Envelopes can be obtained from Administration.
• Family photos are taken in the morning before school.
• Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers on photo day.
• If you do not have the correct money, we will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to school.
• Family photos cannot be ordered online.
• Once school has received photos, family photos will remain at reception for parents to collect.
Special Group Photos:
• If your child is in a Special Group photo you will receive a link and password to the online gallery after photo day.  You can then view and order if required.  Photos will be delivered with the school’s bulk order.
Please Note:  Class Groups, Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online.


The canteen requires volunteers on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am for Term 1 2020.  Please put your name on the roster available in the office or see Jenelle O'Reilly in the canteen on Wednesdays  and Fridays, or contact her on 0407912701.  Thank you in advance, your time is very valuable to us!!

Canteen Menu


Triple P - Positive Parenting Programs Term 1
Circle of Security Parenting Series
Southwest Arts and Crafts Workshops
Bridget Hennen Acting Classes for Kids
Bunbury City Kart Club
Relationships Australia Bunbury Term 1 2020 Workshops

Setagaya Student Information Pack
Setagaya Tour Student Application
Please click link above for this season's Marist Junior Football Club Registration information.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Tel:  (08) 9726 7500
Fax:  (08) 9791 3219
18 Mary Street, Bunbury 6230, Western Australia
P O Box 247, Bunbury, WA 6231