St Mary's School, Charleville
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66 Watson Street
Charleville QLD 4470

Phone: 07 4654 1638

15 September 2021

Newsletter Articles

Principal News

Year 6 Camp

Welcome back Year 6 students. The teachers and students had a wonderful week at Noosa North Shore participating in a range of adventure and beach activities. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the parents and community for their fundraising support this year. Check out our Facebook page for photo updates from camp week.

Tuckshop – direct deposit monitoring

It has come to our attention that there are numerous unpaid tuckshop orders this year. The office is closely monitoring this system and will be contacting families this week. Please ensure your direct debits are up to date for the year. The account for tuckshop orders is: BSB: 064407 ACC: 00800243. Please add your child’s surname and ‘tuckshop’ as the reference.

Under 8’s Day

Thank you everyone who supported our annual Under 8’s Day, hosted by St Mary’s School this year. Special mention to Jenny Peacock and the staff at RESQ for volunteering their time and helping us out with the day.

Date Claimers

Weekend Mass – Saturday 18th September at 6:00pm
Awards Evening – Friday 19th November
Swimming Carnival – Friday 26th November (Twilight)

Bell Times Term 4 2021

Bell times are changing next term. Please see timetable below for adjusted times.


Supervision commences


Roll and Prayer


Session One commences


First Lunch commences


Play commences


Play concludes


Session Two commences


Second Lunch commences


Play commences


Play concludes


Session Three commences


School Day concludes

Have a wonderful holiday.


Prayer Assemblies and Liturgies

We’ve had some beautiful prayer assemblies and liturgies led by our students over the last few weeks. Year One told us stories from the Old Testament and 4/5 celebrated the feast day of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please see photos below. Thank you to our parents, grandparents and friends for your attendance at our prayer assemblies and liturgies this term, in support of our students. It makes it very special for our students to see you there!

Sacramental Program 2022

Firstly, a huge thank you to all the families who provided me and the parish with feedback around our sacramental program for 2021. Our sacramental program will remain the same – timing wise – in 2022, with Reconciliation in term one, Holy Communion in term two and Confirmation in term three. After reviewing feedback from families, Parish Council has decided to survey parish members as to a time Mass could be each consecutive week i.e. – every week, Mass would be at 6:00pm on Saturday (as opposed to different times each week). A request for a consistent mass time was the standout feedback from families. We should have an idea of what this time will be by the end of the year. We are hoping having a consistent time will lead to more families attending mass on a more regular basis. Watch this space!

Have a Fantasic Holiday

Wishing you all a restorative break over the school holidays! Mass times will be Saturday, September 18th at 6:00pm and Saturday, September 25th at 6:00pm. We would love to see you there!

God Bless,
Kirsty Lines

Learning Support News

Wow! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of Term 3. This year we have seen some fabulous growth with individual students reading development. We can attribute this growth to many factors: explicit teaching in the classroom, targeted school wide interventions and parental support consolidating these skills at home.

A special thank-you to our wonderful school officers, who have provided support in the classroom and in the implementation of targeted support programs during the year. We appreciate your commitment to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our students.

It’s very important that we keep that momentum going over the school holidays. Our school library has a wonderful range of picture and chapter books. You are most welcome to stock up for the holiday period. I have attached a visual that highlights the significant impact daily reading can have on your child’s literacy development.

Enjoy the holiday period.

Emily Wright

Library News

Sixteen Legs Exhibition

In Week 1 of next term all students will have the opportunity to visit the Sixteen Legs Exhibition at the Mulga Lands Gallery. Sixteen Legs is a travelling exhibition of photography, sculptures, art and digital artworks themed around spiders and Tasmanian Caves.

In conjunction with this visit we will also be popping next door into our local library, to explore the space and their resources.

Students have been busy creating their own spiders to add to the exhibition.

Preps learning a new poem about spiders.

Year One students busy creating their own cute/ not cute quokkas utilizing the Show Me App in response to the book Not Cute.

Feel free to pop into the library (we love visitors) anytime or email book requests to

Alice and Michelle

Prep News

Year 1 News

Woohoo we have made it to the last week of school. What a busy two weeks we have had.

We have had so much fun in year 1!!!

Last Friday students engaged in our Under 8’s Day where they were given the challenge of being world travellers. Students had a fun day and loved all the activities. Here are a few responses from students in the class:

The best thing about Under Eight’s Day:

  • My favorite thing was face painting (Remi)
  • Creating fire breathing dragons (Grace)
  • I really loved every activity, they were all my favorite (Lucas)
  • My favorite thing was when I went to build my house (Kingsley)
  • Making cookies with sprinkles on them (Sophie)
  • My favorite thing was face painting and travelling through the activities (Laura)
  • Creating fire breathing dragons and seeing them blow in the wind (Monty)
  • When we got the sausage sizzle (Rowdy)
  • I really loved the dancing activity because I love to dance (Hope)

For Father’s Day we created some painting pouring coasters. Each student’s coaster was very unique, and they were very excited to give them to their Dads, Pop or Uncles.

In Math students have been exploring 3D shapes and how they can connect them to real life objects. Over the week students learnt how to create ‘Who am I’ cards so they could give them to another student to guess what shape they could be.

In library students have been using the iPad to create drawings from the story ‘Not Cute’. They have really enjoyed drawing on top of the quokka and then creating some sentences for their cute, furious or dangerous quokka.

We have had another great term and I have been so impressed with how much we have grown over the term. Can you believe there is only 9 weeks left for our year 1 students?? What!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful break and looking forward to another amazing term!


Imogen Hunt

Year 2 News

We have made it to week 10! Year 2 has been very busy completing English, HASS and religion assessments. We have also been rehearsing our mini plays in class to show off our drama skills!

Students had an amazing Under 8’s Day on Friday – a big thanks to everyone who got involved to help make the day a huge success. Enjoy the last week of school and have a safe holiday!


Year 3/4 News

Welcome to our last week of Term 3 Family and Friends❤

Thank you to everyone for your continued involvement and dedication to your child's education!

What a rewarding Term 3, for us all!

Congratulations to Betty, James, Heath, Aubree, and Pippa Rose for receiving Student of the Week awards over the past couple of weeks!

⭐Striving to achieve, ⭐Taking responsibility, ⭐Acting with kindness, and ⭐Respecting everyone... These are our school values; they guide behaviour and learning expectations for all our students at St. Mary's School.

Last week we had Cricket Australia visit. We attended this session with Year 4/5. It was great to observe such great enthusiasm and sportsmanship among all students who participated.

Over the past nine weeks, all students have been successful in many areas! Year 3/4 have experienced a vast range of opportunities to apply their efforts and attitude in strengthening their personal set of knowledge, skills, and understandings. I'm very proud of all students’ outcomes thus far! This term all students have grown with confidence in all key learning areas.

We will see everyone back at school on Tuesday 5th October.

Enjoy your break and may the Lord be with you all✝️

Mrs. Young and Year 3/4❤

Year 4/5 News

Week 10 - WE MADE IT 😁

Over the past fortnight, we have been very busy bees in Year 4/5. We have enjoyed lots of learning and extra events!

In English we have finished our poetry unit and moved on to creating fantasy chapters with a focus on characters and settings!

In Mathematics, we have had lots of fun learning all about units of measurement.

Students are consolidating their learning in HASS by creating posters signifying an individual’s involvement during the era of the Australian Gold Rush. We look forward to sharing those this week!

In Religion, we have been creating mini movies/skits that resemble ‘God’s Message’ - loved seeing students’ creativity through this task! We also presented our Liturgy of the ‘Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ on Friday, and everybody did such a great job.

We also had lots of fun getting involved in some drills and games with Cricket Australia!

Looking forward to our last week of Term 3!

Warm Regards,

Miss Morrison and the Year 4/5 Crew.

Year 6 News

Hello St Mary’s! We’re back!!! Year Six had a wonderful time at our camp in Noosa North Shore.

Monday was a long drive with a short ferry ride to come to a beautiful island with the most beautiful landscape. We enjoyed serving each other delicious pizza for tea. We then had a fun game of laser tag where Miss Brooker crushed many battlers!

On Tuesday we had a climbing day. We went on the big swing which was so much fun, and heaps of people fought their fear of heights. What a rush! Later that day we climbed a rock wall and had a dip in the pool.

On Wednesday we went canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. Erin and Jordyn had fun pulling Miss Brooker around on the board and Lucy T discovered new ways to fall off her board!

On Thursday we had lots of fun bodyboarding at the beach, got a little sunburned but had lots of laughs. Later we did a fun and physical obstacle course involving lots of climbing, crawling and teamwork!

Then on Friday it was all about teamwork. In the morning students had some physical and mental team challenges involving lots of communication and balance! Later we had fun at our mini-Olympics involving pool noodle javelin, sumo wrestling races and egg tosses.

We had a lot of fun, laughs and some happy tears on this camp!

Tuckshop News

If you pay for tuckshop with cash, could you please fold the top of the brown paper bags down so that the money does not fall out. It is very difficult to give change if the money is loose in the tuckshop trays. Alternately, you could put the money in an envelope with your child’s name & the monetary amount, and place that in the tuckshop bag.

Tuckshop payment can also be made by direct debit into the school bank account, (BSB 064407, Account No. 00800243). Please use your name & tuckshop as the reference. This is very important so that the money is costed to the correct area.

P & F News

Hey St Mary’s Families! I have some exciting news for you! The uniform prices are increasing!

GROAN…. I hear you say?

Well did you know that St Mary’s supports not only an Australian owned company, but our uniforms are made here in Queensland, by Queenslanders.

Our suppliers have had to increase their prices and, as you know, the customer will have to pay. Lucky for us, we only need to increase the prices of some items and this increase does not exceed $2.00. Also, the P&F don’t sell the uniforms to make a profit. These prices are as close to cost price as we can get, however we do have to cover the cost of freight, which can be expensive.

So, we hope you understand the reason for this little price increase.

Have a great day!

The P&F

School Office Hours

Our school office is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday including both lunch breaks.

Term Dates 2021

Term 1:

Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April

Term 2:

Monday 19 April – Friday 25 June

Term 3:

Monday 12 July – Friday 17 September

Term 4:

Tuesday 5 October – Friday 3 December

Student Absences

In order to streamline the roll marking process, parents/carers are required to contact the school office before 9:00am to inform us if they have a child absent from school, and the reason for the absence. This contact can be via email, phone, or our text messaging number 0438 392 213.

School Fees

Term 3 school fee accounts were due for payment on Thursday 19 August 2021. These accounts were emailed. If you have not received your invoice, please check your junk email as some families have reported that this is where the email landed.

We have several options for the payment of fees including direct debit, cash, cheque, EFTPOS, and Centrepay. Please contact the school office for more information on any of these methods.

Late Arrivals

A reminder to parents that any child who arrives late at school should be signed in at the office, by a parent or responsible adult, on the student register. Older siblings are not able to sign children in or out unless they are 18 or over.

September Birthdays

Shane O’Connor, Jaxson Elliott, Rowdy Williams, Ari Thompson, Remi Walton, Kurt Young, Bryce Brooks, Teddy Metcalf, Heath Watts, Alec McKellar, Eliza Toms, Harry Thomas, Iris Metcalf, Toby Partridge, Mr Mulhall, Mrs White

Family Details Update

A reminder to families to keep your contact details up to date. It is very important that these details are correct as we need to be able to contact families for many reasons, including medical emergencies. Please contact the office either by phone, email or in person if you have any changes to make.

Student Banking

School banking ceased at the end of July as per the announcement from the state education minister in April.

Term 3 2021 Dates

17 September

End of term

Term 4 2021 Dates

4 October

Queen’s birthday holiday

5 October

Term 4 commences

8 October


Uniform Shop

Uniform shop opening hours are the first Thursday of the month from 2:30-3:00pm.

Please contact Melissa Jones on 0427 547 101 if you wish to make a purchase outside of these hours.

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