St. Mary's eNews

Term 4 Week 8



School App

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Camp Australia


Information about Camp Australia's before and after school program at St Mary's.

Principal's Message 26th November 2021

Dear families,

I trust you have had a good week.

It’s been a busy, productive week with everyone back and swimming lessons having commenced for our P-2 students. What a thrill it’s been to have had a full, undisrupted, mad week!

As preparations ramp up towards the end of the school year, it is with mixed emotions that I formally announce that Mrs Olive Chodowski will be retiring at the end of this year.
Mrs Chodowski has made such a lasting impression on so many families in our community since she began teaching at St Mary’s in 1990. I don’t know any other educator this close to retirement, who would have stuck to teaching given what the last 2 years of learning have looked like. This alone is testament to the kind of person Olive is.  I know you will join me in thanking Olive for her commitment to her students over these many years. Olive, it has been a pleasure working with you over the last 18 months. Your honesty has been welcomed and refreshing and the way you have supported me in my initiation into principalship will not be forgotten. May your future be filled with lots of golf, feasts with friends and the making of beautiful memories as you prepare to welcome your first grandchild in the new year.

With Olive leaving, I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new staff member. Mr Wil Robinson-Marks (known as Mr Marks) will join our teaching staff in 2022. He comes to us from Kingsville.

Tomorrow, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 6 students. We are thrilled to be able to go ahead with the celebration without a cap on numbers. This means that our students can have as many vaccinated family members as they wish to attend this very special occasion.
I ask the Lord to bless them as they strengthen their relationship with our God.

This Sunday, our Church begins preparing for the celebration of our Christ’s birth with the First Sunday of Advent.

This week’s Readings lead us to contemplate how we are going to prepare, grow and change during this Advent season.

Through the power of prayer during this Season, may we open ourselves to allow Jesus to transform us in readiness to accept Him this Christmas.

Have a wonderful weekend,


Community News

Take a look at this weeks Community News! Please read our reminder from the Canteen. We have information on a Summer Reading & Library Challenge, as well as a message from Emmanuel College, our Church bulletin, and some information on onsite tutoring.
The Big Summer Reading Challenge 

Church Bulletin

Emmanuel College News

Now We're Talking - On site tutoring available 

Social Skills Group Program

Dates to Remember

Just a reminder to keep an eye on our calendar widgets at the bottom of our School Website home page.  The Event Calendar and Quick View Calendar (both the same info - it really comes down to how you like to view it) give you important dates to keep in mind for 2021 and going forward.
The Quick View calendar also comes to you as part of your eNews each week.  Make sure you take a look.

Action for Happiness: Do Good December

This has been another difficult year of uncertainty and ups and downs for many of us. Kindness is contagious, and helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Let's try to focus on being generous with our time and attention rather than money - it's free and better for everyone, as well as our planet!

Click here to download a copy of the Action for Happiness: Do Good December calendar.
You can also get reminders about how you can make your life more meaningful by downloading the Action for Happiness App.

Introducing ~

Hello my name is Randa Assaad and I love being a 3/4  teacher working alongside Lisa and Nicole. I have completed a Bachelor degree in teaching (Prep-Year 12). I have two older sisters who are both in the education field and two brothers. I love spending time with family and friends.  I am a lucky aunty to three nephews and two nieces.. I barrack for the Sydney Swans and two sports that I enjoy playing are Netbal and Tennis.

I LOVE the weekends and exploring different brunch spots but also love to spend my time on shopping.  Summer is my favourite season and you will find me at the beach all the time. I LOVE to teach and my daily goal is to make my classroom a happy place to learn and grow.

Library Returns

A friendly reminder to please bring back any school library books this week, as the library will be finishing up for the year. Overdue slips have been given out to children with overdue books.

Feel free to email Milly on with any issues.

  Thanks for your support!

Book Fair

Book Fair:
We hope you've enjoyed having a look at our amazing range of books in the Book Fair this year! (These are on Facebook, if you would like to have a browse!) 
Books can be paid for by bringing your Wish Lists to the Office, along with either cash or a receipt number, if you'd prefer to pay online.

Please email Milly on for any pricing queries. 

Please have your orders in by Wednesday, 1st of December. 
Happy shopping!

Social Justice - Advent Appeal

During Advent we are called to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus.   It provides a wonderful reminder to share our presence every day through a letter, a visit, a phone call, or a conversation – something that helps warm and transform someone else’s life. 

We are currently holding our St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal, another way you can help those in need. 

Christmas can be a very stressful and tough time for many people who are experiencing poverty, loneliness and hardship. 

Donations of toys, Christmas items, longlife foods etc may be sent in with the children as each class has been allocated a basket to fill. Alternatively, donations may be dropped off at the office.

Your gift could change lives.  Through your support, many individuals and families will be able to have the Christmas they deserve, a Christmas of hope and joy.  

Yours in Faith
Matthew Taylor

Leader of Religious Education

Literacy: Summer Reading & Library Challenge

As we enter into the final month of the school year (I can’t believe it either), it’s time to think about avoiding the ‘summer reading slide’. 


Like many skills we acquire in our lives, if we don’t use them on a regular basis, we lose them. This holds true with reading, including important skills in decoding, comprehension, visualisation, thinking and language ability. 

Over the summer, it’s important to keep up a reading routine with your children that is easy to manage and enjoyable. Here are some tips to instill the love of reading and literature into your family routines:

  • Read together and discuss the information you’ve read 
  • Set an example - during down time, pick up a book yourself
  • Let your children read what they want for enjoyment - tap into their interests, this could include cook books, newspapers, magazines and graphic novels as well 
  • Read signs and packaging in shops, traffic signs, signs posted on hiking trail etc
  • Create a summer scrapbook to record events and fun outings, collect brochures along the way (also helpful for those with ‘Holiday Recount Writer’s Block’ at the start of the school year)
  • Celebrate finishing a book - draw the character, make cookies or treats around the theme of the book, act out a favourite scene or create it with Lego
  • Write letters or emails - have your child write letters to family or friends
  • Schedule a daily reading time
  • Subscribe to magazines 
  • Make your own book about a family trip or event or daily life 
  • Visit the library

This year Hobsons Bay Libraries are running a BIG SUMMER READ Challenge. 

What is the Big Summer Read?
The Big Summer Read is a fun way to keep you reading during the summer holidays. Using an app called Beanstack, you can track your reading and compete for prizes. The student in Hobsons Bay who reads the most books will win a $300 grand prize!

How do I sign up?

I’ve attached the instructions on how to sign up for the challenge below. There is also a paper tracking sheet that can be submitted for those who do not wish to use the app. Hobson's Bay Libraries


Registration has started now with the challenge running from December 1st to January 31st!

Sign up today and let your teacher know that you are enrolled, I have prizes for the first 50 students at St Mary’s who sign up. 

Some of the staff will be tracking our summer reading too (not in the competition but we’d love to see if you can beat us!) - so let the competition begin!

Click here to read more about it.
Sign up information

Please feel free to email me with any questions

Brenda Lycke

Literacy Leader