Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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Welcome to the final newsletter for 2017. I hope they have been a valuable way of gaining insight into all that is happening at SMMC. Thank you to everyone who came to our presentation night last night and to all the teachers and students for their efforts in contributing to the night. What another great year it has been for our school.

Tomorrow morning the SRC will be holding the final Breakfast Club for 2017. Anyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a relaxed start to the morning with $2 bacon and eggs and a cup of OJ. Thank you to the families who have generously donated eggs!

A reminder that we will have Adoration tomorrow from 11:20am – 1:00pm with Benediction at 12:45pm. Anyone is more than welcome to come and pray with us. Also to finish the year as a team, we will be gathering for a final assembly tomorrow at 2:30pm before we head off for a well-earned break. Parents are very welcome to attend.

This coming Saturday 9th December we are holding another BBQ at Bunnings to raise funds for the school. Please let Fiona know if you can spare some time to help us out.

If you are in town, please bring your students along to sing in the Jindera Carols on Friday 15th December. This is great opportunity to represent our school in the local community. Please be there by 7pm and find Mr Flores. Students may wear appropriate casual clothes for this event. Thank you in advance.

The owner of Parousia Media visited our school for a tour on Friday afternoon and brought with him some resources. I have bought a stand full of fantastic CDs which are available to purchase from the office for $5. There are range of topics which I am sure you will find very interesting.

Leaders Now will be holding a Kids’ Activity Day on Tuesday 19th December at Thurgoona parish Centre. 10am-2pm. Craft/Cooking/Games. Lunch provided. Cost $2 to cover materials. Contact Mrs Horsfall for details on 0431734206  

Farewell and thank you to Miss Costello and Mr Galvin for all they have brought to our school community over the last two years. Your presence will be very much missed, but we wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.

We have mostly finalised classes and structures for 2018. I have outlined our staff for 2018 below and some of their main roles (not an exhaustive list). A very warm welcome to the new staff we will have with us next year at SMMC.

Kinder – Miss Tania Maclean

Yr.1/2 – Miss Victoria Kirley

Yr.3/4 – Mr Andrew Flores

Yr.5/6 – Mrs Alison Patino will take the Yr.5 class from Mon-Thurs 9:20am – 12:10pm. Miss Julie McCormack will take Yr.6 during this time and 5/6s together for the remaining time.

Mrs Christine Tingle – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for Yr.3-6.

Mr Luke Burton – Yr.7/8 TAS/Yr.8 Maths

Mr Kevin Tingle – Education Support

Mrs Terry Josephs – Education Support

Mrs Caroline Barber – Primary Library, 5/6 CAPA

Mrs Vera Galvin – Yr.3-6 Italian, Yr.9/10 Food Tech, Yr.9/10 Church History, Yr.7/8 HSIE, Yr.7/8 English, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for Yr.3-6.

Mrs Therese Mott-Pekolj – Yr.9/10 D&T, Yr.9 Maths, Yr.11 Standard Maths, Yr.12 Maths

Mr Mathieu Couture – Yr.7/8 Music, secondary PDHPE, Yr.9/10 Elect. History, Yr.9/10 IST, Yr.9/10 HSIE, Yr.11 Modern and Ancient History

Mr Kieran Williams – Yr.12 English, Yr.9/10 English, Yr.7-11 Visual Arts, Yr.9/10 Drama.

Mrs Kathleen Horsfall – Yr.9-12 Science

Ms Magdalene Kaur – Yr.7-11 English

Mrs Mary McGrath – 7/8 Science, Yr.7 and 10 Maths, Yr.11 Advanced and Extension Maths

Mrs Annita Bell – Yr.11 Legal Studies

Ms Fiona Nuttall – Administration

Our wonderful priests, Fr Peter Murphy, Fr Brendan Lee and Fr Chris Heffernan will also be with us again next year.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and holy Christmas. Thank you for a great year at SMMC. See you back at school on Tuesday 30th January well rested and ready for another year of great learning.

God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)