St Mary's eNews

Week 10 Term 3

Acting Principal News

Dear families,

In the blink of an eye Term 3 is over.  It only seems like yesterday that we started.  Hopefully the term has come with many learnings that will be taken into Term 4 and beyond.


The Parents & Friends began to organise the walkathon at their meeting this week. Held on 27th October, it is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the school. As you know, one project is the restoration of the tram.  We are in talks with the School Advisory Council and also with staff about what other projects could be added to the list.  If you have ideas, please don’t hesitate to email me. 

Once again this year, the P & F are seeking sponsorship by way of big-ticket items or monetary donations. If you or your workplace might be interested in this, please contact the school office.

In Week 1 of Term 4 we will be asking groups of students for their ideas for the sensory garden.  We ask that you discuss the garden with your children, perhaps do a google search or two, and come up with some concepts that might work in our space. I am happy for you to email your ideas to me over the holidays.

I hope that everyone has a relaxing and fun-filled holiday break. I look forward to seeing you all on the 2nd October ready and enthusiastic for Term 4.




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Meeting Report

On Wednesday the P&F Committee held our September meeting. We discussed the amazing fundraising efforts of Term 3 and looked at what needs to be done for a busy Term 4.
We are very excited to announce that with all the support of our wonderful community we were able to raise over $2000 from our Neon Disco night and over $1000 from our Father’s Day Stall. A very big thank you to the members of the P&F who organised these fundraising events and to the
parent volunteers who helped out. What a great result!

Looking towards Term 4 we have some very exciting events coming up. We will be hosting the annual Walkathon on Friday the 27th October, a Family Photo Shoot Opportunity on the 28th October and 5th November, a movie night at the cinemas on the 30th November and more! Keep an eye out for the promo materials with all the information coming out shortly.

Our biggest event for the year is the Walkathon promoting Child Safety. We are still seeking families who may be able to help sponsor the event by donating prizes for the raffle. If you are able to help out in any way or want to find out more, please get in touch with us. We’d love any support on offer.

Finally, we’d like to wish families a happy holiday break and we look forward to organising events in Term 4 for all the incredible kids at St. Mary’s. Our October meeting is scheduled at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 11 th of October. New members or parents just wanting to share ideas and a cuppa are very welcome to join us.

See you next term,

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Community News

Check out this weeks Community News!

Self Defence Workshop

Emmanuel College News

Emmanuel College Reunion

Williamstown Community Newsletter

Maths Online Course

School Holiday Program

AFL Summer Programs Altona North

Church Bulletin 

Music Lessons

We would also like to thank Mancini Real Estate for their continuous support to St Mary's Altona


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Tri Centre Book Fair

It's everybody's favourite time of the year... The Scholastic Book Fair! This year, the Book Fair will be held in the Tri Centre.

Sales will be held from 5th October to the 11th, from 8:30 - 9am and 3 - 4pm

See you there!

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This year the Walkathon will take place Friday the 27th October
The P&F team are seeking major sponsoship this year, should families, workplaces or local businesses wish to donate big-ticket items or monetary donations towards our event. 

Email enquiries to

Many thanks in advance,
St. Mary's P&F Commitee


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CyberSafety Project Upcoming Webinar

The final CyberSafety Project webinar for 2024 is on Tues 17th Oct 7.30 - 8.30pm.  It is titled Digital Balance and Wellbeing.  Digital wellbeing is mindful and authentic engagement with the digital environment that balances the physical, mental, and social well-being of yourself and others.
We could all do with a digital wellbeing check-up from time to time. 

In this webinar, the Cyber Safety Project Team discuss key digital challenges, emerging wellbeing trends and share simple strategies to help your family manage digital pressures.

We hope you can put this date in your calendar and make the time to participate.  

Parent/Guardian registration link

The recording will be available to watch on demand 24 - 48 hours after the live session by visiting link above.

The eSafety Commissioner has many resources on their website.  One that might be of interest to you is the Online Safety Book which you can access here.  They have a page on their website dedicated to helping parents navigate the online world as well as resources for First Nations People. 
Click here to access eSafety parents.
Click here to access eSafety First Nations.

If you have questions or concerns about online safety, please contact me.

Marg Masseni
Child Safety Officer

Australian Girls Choir Visit

The Australian Girls Choir came to St. Mary’s on Wednesday!

Monique ran a workshop with 14 special girls where they learnt different vocal techniques such as how to change the pitch in their voices. They also learnt a song called “Great Big Moose” 

Great work by all the participants. Nicole and I are looking forward to hearing these wonderful voices in the choir and in Performing Arts classes.

Mrs Hamilton

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FREE School Holiday Program

Special guests Akorn Engineering will be running workshops that engage kids who love to tinker and imagine. If this sounds like any of your child, please encourage them to book in! Here is the link: Engineering Day - Hobsons Bay

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