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Welcome to St Mary's Catholic Primary School Warwick, one of Warwick's finest primary schools. Under the umbrella of the Toowoomba Diocesan Catholic Education Office, we are a Parish School, part of the St Mary's Parish, Warwick. Our Parish Priest, Fr Franco Filipetto, supports the pastoral role of the school.
The school offers a professional and dedicated staff who endeavour to deliver a curriculum which is both exciting and innovative. We have a very real commitment to the basics of literacy and numeracy. We compliment this by also addressing other key areas of learning to provide a wonderful all-round education for the children in our care.
St Mary's School is proud of its history of providing high quality education in an environment of the Catholic tradition. Our school is committed to meeting the challenges of education today and in the future in order to provide students with the skills necessary to progress further along the life-long journey of education and learning.
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2014 YEAR 7 STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
The process of election of School Captains for 2014 has taken place over the last couple of weeks, with a formal presentation to the school community at last Friday’s Assembly.
Well done to all students for your due consideration of leadership and especially to the children who were final nominees for these positions. The quality and delivery of your speeches were exceptional. You are fine representatives of your peers. All students are invited to demonstrate leadership by living Christ’s Leadership Cross through their WORDS and ACTIONS and their LOVE and SERVICE.
2014 Year 6 school leaders will undertake Student Leadership activities in Term 1, Week 2.
The 2014 Leadership Mass will occur in Term 1, Week 3 with a special commitment ceremony for our Year 6 and Year 7 Student Leadership Team. Congratulations to those children who were elected by their peers. For full details and photos please refer to this week's newsletter.
Our Captains and Vice-Captains for 2014
2013 Leaders say Farewell
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents and Friends Association was held last Thursday night. Congratulations to the incoming executive for 2014: Chris Newley, Tanya Strom and Michele Wacker.
We wish to sincerely thank the outgoing executive for their fine leadership and commitment to our community. Kylie Brodrick has been the President for two years and Joanne McNally has been involved as a member and secretary for five years. All the very best ladies with your future community service. You will be very much missed about our P & F Association. We are still looking for a President to work with us in 2014 for continued family partnership and enhanced student and community outcomes. If interested, please contact the office.
All families, friends, grandparents and parishioners are very warmly invited to attend our Christmas Nativity Presentation, on Wednesday 4th December 2013, from 11.00am. It will be held at the MacKillop Centre (Upper Campus). All of the little children from Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have been practising for weeks. It will be a special occasion for all. Bring along your camera and tissues.
MEET & GREET THE TEACHER
FOR 2014 YEAR 1 PARENTS
The Year 1 teachers would like to invite you to an afternoon tea to get acquainted. This will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at the Lower Campus Library from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. During this time we will share a cuppa, a chat and a little information regarding Year 1 in 2014.
Children are welcome to stay and watch a movie in the music room during this time. Children are not allowed on any of the school equipment after 3pm for safety and supervision reasons.
LOWER CAMPUS BALL -
A WONDERFUL SUCCESS
A fantastic night was had by all who attended the Lower Campus Ball recently. Click here to view some great photos of the night.
YEAR 7 MORNING TEA
Year 7 children are almost at the end of their primary education. We have had a successful year and it is now time to celebrate their achievements.
On the morning of the last day of school, Friday 6th December, we will have a morning tea in the Year 7 classrooms with all family members who are able to, and who wish to come along; this includes grandparents and extended family members. It will start at 9.00 am and wind up at 10.00 am, so that the children can make their way to Mass at 10.30 am. We ask that each family bring along a plate of food to share. We will provide tea, coffee and cordial. Please remember to take home with you, your plate and any food that is left. We look forward to seeing you on that morning.
GRADUATION MASS ON LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
All children for Prep to Year 7 will attend the Graduation Mass at 10.30am in the St Mary’s Church on Friday 6th December. The Year 7 students will be dismissed from the Church following Mass.
School concludes for all children from Prep the Yr6 at 12.15pm following Mass. Children are to be collected for their classrooms at this time.
Please make arrangements for your child to be collected at this time. There will be only limited supervision available after 12.15pm.
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS SCHOOL EXCURSION
All students from Prep to Year Seven will travel by bus to the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba on Friday 29th November to view the Fame production of "The Night before Christmas". This show includes a large cast of singers, dancers and actors, fabulous settings, costumes, music and dances.
This acclaimed production promises to engage, entertain and provide an excellent Christmas experience for our 2013 School Picnic. We will have a picnic lunch at Queen's Park, Toowoomba before we attend the production together.
We look forward to a wonderful day together as we celebrate our 2013 learning experiences. For all details regarding the Picnic please click here to see this weeks newsletter.
MINI VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Mini Vinnies are asking for donations of non-perishable food items for the 2013 Christmas Appeal. All classes and students are asked to bring these generous items to school. These items will be packed by students and given to members of the local St Vincent de Paul Conference for distribution to needy Warwick families. Please bring in these items by Thursday 28th November. These gifts will be given to local families to brighten their Christmas this year.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
The school office will close on Friday 13th December 2013 and re-open on Monday 20 January 2014. Office hours are between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The Catholic Parish of St Mary’s, Warwick, will conduct a Sacramental Programme in 2014 including First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. If your Year 4 child, or younger if you consider them ready, wishes to participate, please come to the parent session on Tuesday 6th February 2014 at 7pm, at the Parish Centre, Palmerin Street, (next door to St Mary’s Upper Campus), Warwick. These sessions will take no longer than 1 hour and will be the only opportunity to register. Groups will be decided upon and classes will commence the following week.
BEAUTIFICATION OF GROUNDS
On Saturday 30 November, the Warwick Landcare Association, in conjunction with Gardens Galore will begin works to beautify our Lower Campus Administration Grounds. This is part of their agreement with St Mary’s School, when the Qld State Landcare Conference was hosted at the MacKillop Centre over the September holidays.
There will be much trimming of the entrance shrubs, removal of trees with known allergen potential and replanting with flowering plants, shrubs and trees which are more indicative of the Warwick seasons and children’s play. The soil will be re-conditioned and new mulch will be laid. OH&S, child protection, staff security, grounds maintenance and Warwick events have also been considered with the new landscape design, which is reproduced in this week's newsletter. We are very grateful to the Warwick Landcare Association and Gardens Galore for their enthusiastic contribution.
We would love school families to be involved. Works will commence at 8.00 am on Saturday 30 November. Please come along and join in the beautification process.
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