Dear parents,

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Tripadvisor advises that the tiny village of Dripsey in Ireland hosts the world’s shortest St Patrick’s Day procession. It starts and ends at the two village pubs, 100 metres apart.


Many Australian Catholics feel culturally like they are a short distance from Ireland. And while the Church has undergone a recent battering in the Emerald Isle, we give thanks to God for the Irish missionaries who have brought the Faith to the world, including our corner of it.


On Tuesday, 17th March, SMMC will celebrate the solemnity of St Patrick in grand style with a visit of seminarians and staff of Vianney College, the diocesan seminary of Wagga Wagga. Thanks be to God, Bishop Brennan’s vision of a local diocesan centre of formation for clergy continues to bear fruit. May it also be pleasing to God that many SMMC graduates will hear the call and follow the Lord wherever he leads.


Warm regards,

Ian Smith



Working Bee

The school working bee is taking place this 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 has been emailed to parents this week.  Any help given on the day will be much appreciated as we aim to make the school a pleasant environment for our students.


Seminarian Visit & St Patrick’s Day –

Tuesday 17th March

Students may wear a green accessory, in addition to their normal school uniform. Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Church at 10.00am and there will be a full school assembly in the Hall at 12.30pm. Parents are invited to join SMMC students and seminarians at Mass and assembly. There will be extended recess and lunchtimes. Seminarians will visit each classroom and the Serra Club is providing a BBQ lunch for all students. The school day begins and finishes at the normal times.

SMMC Athletics Carnival

The annual SMMC Athletics Carnival is being held next week on Wednesday 18th March at the Les O’Brien Precinct (Alexandra Park).  Students are asked to be dropped off by 8.45am for roll call with events commencing at 9.00am.  The day will finish at 3.15pm and parents are asked to pick their children up directly from the park.  Parents and family are encouraged to attend the day.  Students must be dressed in their sports uniform, including their hat but may substitute their polo top for a top in their team colour of green or gold. Students will need to bring their recess, lunch and bottle of water.  There will also be a kiosk open from 11am to 1pm on the day. Permissions for the event have been sent to parents’ PAM accounts.  Please let the school office know if you are able to volunteer on the day.


St Joseph’s Feast Day Cup Cake Sale

There will be a Cupcake Sale Fundraiser on Thursday 19th March at recess.  Prices are $1 for cupcakes and 50c for crackles and honey joys.  If you are able to bake some cupcakes or other items for the stall, please contact the school office or email Mrs Vera Galvin at:


Parent Notified Absences

Parents and caregivers are required to provide a reason for student absences by 10.30am on the day of absence.  The easiest way to notify an absence is through your PAM account by clicking on the Parent Notified Absences in the top right hand corner of the PAM home screen and then simply follow the prompts.  For planned absences of more than 5 days, an application for extended leave needs to be organised through the school office where the application must be approved by the Principal.  We thank parents for helping the school to fulfil its requirements regarding student attendance.


RAS & BISSA Swimming

Well done to all our students who represented the school at the RAS & BISSA Swimming carnivals in Wagga last week.  A special mention to Xander Saliba who won second place in 4 races.  He will now go on to represent our school at the CIS in Sydney.  Congratulations Xander!