Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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Being our first newsletter for Term 2, I would like to warmly welcome everyone back from the holiday break. I hope the time away from school was restful and allowed families to touch base and regroup ready for the term ahead. With only a  9 week term, it will be a sprint compared to the Term One marathon. During our morning reading of the Saint of the Day, the theme of hard work and application to our learning often comes through. The students are really encouraged to  always put in their best efforts and know that success comes through grit and determination – when things are easy you’re not really learning anything. It is pleasing to see the positive start the students have made to this term and to see the great learning occurring throughout the school.

It was a busy holiday break at SMMC with the portable classrooms being relocated to their new position behind the Church. I think you’ll agree putting them together like this with a verandah has given them a real lift and the setting is quite idyllic. A big thanks to Nathan and the team at YMH for getting the job done. Tenders have gone out for the new buildings and we can hopefully get the ball rolling with these in the near future. Realistically it looks like these new buildings will be ready for operation in 2019. We are also taking delivery of another room bought second hand and the Atrium building is also being relocated – both buildings will be over towards the garden. This ‘new’ room may need a bit of renovation, but will free up some space around the school once ready. Very exciting times ahead for our school.

I want to thank the small, but hard working band of helpers who came to the Working Bee prior to the commencement of the term. We achieved a lot in the three hours and your efforts to have the school ready to start the term is very much appreciated.

Well done to everyone on a successful Cross Country event last Friday. These events are great for building team spirit, sportsmanship and many of the virtues including courage and humility. Well done to everyone for their running efforts and a special congratulations to St Francis of Assisi who won the day and to all of our age champions. Enjoy the photos and summary sheet attached to this newsletter.

Congratulations to the Moloney family on the birth of Patrick Joseph Alexander. What a great blessing! I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of this young man at Mass last Friday. We hope all is going well and his siblings are giving him plenty of love and affection (but not too much).

Tomorrow we will draw the Mother’s Day Raffle, so please send in any last minute tickets. Thank you to everyone who has

generously sold tickets to help raise important funds for the P&F to coordinate school improvement projects. Please keep selling the Wood Raffle tickets. The wood raffle will be drawn at our Whole School Assembly on Friday 1st June.

There is a gathering this coming Sunday 13th May at St Mary’s Jindera for Oz Rosary #53a nationwide initiative. The Rosary will begin at 3pm at St Mary’s Church and there will be some sports games afterwards in the school yard. Our country certainly needs prayers, so please come if you can. If you cannot be there, praying a Rosary from wherever you are at 3pm will unite us in prayer.

NAPLAN Tests will be conducted next week for our Years 3,5,7 and 9 students. Tuesday is Language Conventions and Writing, Wednesday is Reading and Thursday is Numeracy. These assessments are not meant to cause undue anxiety for students and we only ask they get in and do their best. The assessments are a snapshot of the children’s skills at a certain point in time, not a summation of their overall academic ability. Please come and see your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions about NAPLAN.

The next 3/4/5/6 Club for girls will be held next Wednesday 16th May at 4:30pm at 16 Pilbara Place, East Albury. Carmen Pavia, youth coordinator of Heathgrove study Centre, will be giving a talk on virtue to the girls and a talk to the Mums on forming children in virtue within the home. Cost is $6 per session or $10 for the term. Contact Loretta McFarlane on 0439 449 846.

Thank you to all those students and their families who were able to attend the ANZAC Service in Jindera during the holidays to pay respects to all the men and women who have given service to our country and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life. Thank you to Hannah Moriarty and Sam Whitehead who laid a wreath on behalf of the school. Lest We Forget.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all our SMMC Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday. The month of May where we celebrate our heavenly Mother seems an ideal time to also honour our earthly mothers. Have a wonderful day.

God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)