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Dear parents,


The following words are used in the collect for Mass on Ash Wednesday: campaign, battle, armed, weapons. “Sound the trumpet in Zion!” calls the prophet in the First Reading. Lent is the liturgical equivalent of going to DEFCON 3. But rather than wielding weapons of destruction, the Lenten campaign of prayer, fasting and almsgiving seeks to bring healing, peace and tenderness.


Students are being actively encouraged to visit Our Lord in St Mary’s church each day. Confessions are available at lunchtime on Thursdays for high school students, in addition to prior to Mass each day. Students in Years 7-10 will be working and praying with their chaplaincy journals in the coming weeks and months.


These encouragements and opportunities are aimed at forming a lifelong practice of prayer and the desire to spend time with God. For those of you with post-school children, may I also recommend No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion. This is a 5-week, video-based program for 18-22 year olds. It takes place at the Esencia Cafe, starting next Thursday 5th March at 7.00pm. The cost is $25, for which each participant receives a study guide. Please contact me for more information.


Ian Smith



NACF Conference

The National Association of Catholic Families Conference is being held on the 3rd to the 5th of April. Please see attached pamphlet for further information and how to register.


Swimming Carnival

Well done to everyone who participated in the college swimming carnival. Thank you to all the parents and friends who volunteered their time to help on the day. A big thank you to Mrs Mott-Pekolj for putting so much effort into organising the day. Congratulations to Saint John Bosco for taking out the win with a total of 1296 points. Attached is a photo page of the day.


Students will now be selected to represent our school at the RAS and BISSA swimming competitions. Parents of those selected will receive information to their PAM account shortly.  We wish these students all the best.

Winter Uniforms

It is a good time to start thinking about ordering Secondary Blazers from Lowes in Albury for term two. Lowes carry limited numbers of blazers and it can take quite a few weeks for them to arrive if stock needs to be back ordered.  Please visit the SMMC uniform shop website for further information regarding uniforms or to place orders:


Working Bee

Our next school working bee will be held on Saturday 14th March from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  A BBQ lunch will be supplied for all volunteers on the day.  A list of jobs we hope to achieve will be supplied closer to the date.  Any help given on the day will be much appreciated as we aim to make the school a pleasant environment for our students.


SMMC Athletics Carnival

The SMMC Athletics Carnival will be held at the Les O’Brien Athletics Precinct on Wednesday 18th March. Students will need to be dropped off and picked up from the venue by parents or an adult guardian.  Parents are encouraged to stay for the day to support their children.  There will be a flyer with further information sent out closer to the date.


Kinder’s First Full Week

Kinder students will begin their first full week of school in Week 7, with the 11th of March being their first Wednesday at school.


Monica’s Mothers Prayer Group

The Monica’s Mother’s Prayer group has changed to Thursdays after the 8:30am Mass. The group pray for intentions, say a mother’s prayer to Saint Monica and offer a Rosary for children, grandchildren and Godchildren.  All mothers are welcome to attend.


2020 Debutante Ball

Holy Spirit Parish Catholic Debutante Purity Ball for Young Ladies 16yrs and older (as of the date of the Ball) will take place on Saturday 13th June, 2020.  All interested parties please request registration details via email:

or contact Donalee Murphy on 0403 619 044.