Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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The year has almost finished, which is very hard to believe. It has certainly gone very quickly. It was great to recognise the students’ achievements at our presentation night last night. Thank you to everyone who was able to come along.


Parent Survey

If you haven’t already, can you please complete the parent survey emailed out last Thursday. I will keep the survey open for another couple of weeks. It would be great if all families can complete it to give us an accurate picture of our parent community’s thoughts.  Please let me know if you need any assistance in getting this completed.


2017 News

We have finalised classes and structures for 2017. All existing staff will be with us again in 2017. We also welcome Miss Julie McCormack to the SMMC team to teach in the 5/6 Room. Julie will be a great asset to our staff and I’m sure we will make her most welcome. I have outlined our staff for 2017 below and some of their roles (not an exhaustive list). All our staff wear many hats, so I will send out a more detailed list of staff and teaching areas when school resumes.


Kinder – Miss Tania Maclean

Yr.1/2 – Mr Andrew Flores

Yr.3/4 – Mrs Terry Josephs and Mr Mathieu Couture

Yr.5/6 – Miss Julie McCormack (4 days) & Mr Burton (1 day)

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

Mr Luke Burton – Yr.7/8 TAS

Mr Kevin Tingle – Education Support

Mr Chris Galvin – Education Support

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

Mrs Therese Mott-Pekolj – Yr.8-12 Maths

Mr Mathieu Couture – Yr.7/8 Science & Music, Yr.11 English, Yr.11/12 Modern History

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

Mrs Kathleen Horsfall – Yr.9-12 Science

Miss Victoria Costello – Yr.7-10 English and History, secondary PDHPE, Yr.12 Drama, 7/8 Drama

Mrs Caroline Barber – Yr.7 Maths, Primary Library


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


Jindera Carols

If you are in town, please bring your students along to sing in the Jindera Carols on Friday 16th December. This is great opportunity to represent out school in the local community. Please be there by 7pm and find Mr Burton. Thank you in advance.


Drama Performances – come along and watch

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:15am, we will watch the long-awaited finale to Mr William’s epic play ‘A Fairy’s Tail”. At 1:45pm the Yr.7/8s will perform ‘A Christmas Carol”. You are very welcome to attend if you are able to.


SRC Breakfast

Tomorrow morning (Thursday) the SRC will once again be providing breakfast for just $2 a head. Any parents are more than welcome to come along and enjoy this great community building event. Might see you there!

Much planning and preparation has gone into 2017 already and we are ready to go. Please take note of the Dates for Your Diary section in the newsletter.


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 31st January well rested and ready for another year of great learning.


God Bless,


Luke Burton