School Community

Parent Engagement

At St Mary’s Catholic School there are many ways that parents and families can participate in the life of the school. We invite you to come along and be part of our community.

Parents are warmly invited onto the school site daily, to drop off and pick their children up fro school. They are welcomed and encouraged to stay and participate in our morning assembly where children lead our Acknowledgement of Country each Monday and our students say our school prayer, daily.

We invite all of our parents and carers to become involved in our PIP (Parents in Partnership) team.

Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s classroom teacher in regards to any concerns or questions they may have about their child.

Parents are invited to attend masses and liturgies at school and in the parish church. Please refer to our school newsletter, website, Compass and term calendar for upcoming Masses.

Parents receive semester reports about their children’s learning mid-year and end of year. Following the mid-year reports, interviews are held with the parent and teacher to discuss progress and future learning goals.

Parents regularly attend our Thursday afternoon assemblies. Each fortnight a class presents their ‘Sacred Space’ to the school and class awards and STARS awards are distributed weekly to celebrate the wonderful efforts and behaviour of St Mary’s students.

Carnivals (swimming, athletics, cross country) are fantastic days that are held each year off the school premises. We always appreciate parental participation on these days for supervision and assisting in the running of the day through time keeping and recording. It is also great to see parents cheering for and supporting their children.

Each year the community of St Mary’s celebrate our school’s feast day, Mary Help of Christians, during May. We begin the day with a whole school Mass celebrated by our parish priest and then celebrate with fun games and activities.

Parent Workshops are held at various times through the year in our school library. Some past workshops have included Well-Being, Mathematics, English, Religious and Spirituality workshops and 1-2-3 Magic. Please refer to our school newsletter and Compass for upcoming Parent Workshops.

Our healthy school canteen is open four days a week and for lunch orders on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Volunteers are always needed and the children love to see mum or dad’s face in the window! At the start of each year the price list and term specials are sent home with the newsletter. It is also available on the school website.

‘Cuppa and a Chat’ is held every Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8.30am for parents to catch up with each other in an informal setting, younger children are always welcome with activities provided for them.

Playgroup is run twice a term in Terms 1, 2 and 3 for those children who will be starting kindergarten the following year. Playgroup is an opportunity for families to meet staff and other parents and children and learn more about our school. Children participate in a wide range of engaging and fun play-based activities. Playgroups are advertised through local Pre Schools and on our school Facebook page and website.

Storytime is held every Thursday morning in our library at 9am for toddlers and pre-schoolers to engage in early literacy activities with a story being read to them and craft activities to follow. The children are also given the opportunity to borrow a book from the library.

Collective Commitments