Week 6 Term 3 2023 Newsletter

Dear parents,

The theme for this year’s National Book Week, celebrated over the past week, is Read, Grow, Inspire. Though not a highly imaginative theme, the word inspire caught my eye as well as a little bit of imagination. Inspiration may be written off as being merely emotional and not necessarily tied to the discipline required of daily living. But I’d like to suggest that we all need it, and on a regular basis.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines inspire as “fill(ing) someone with confidence and desire to do something”. But the more ancient root suggests a breathing of life into something. We are familiar with the idea of Scripture being divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Book of Hebrews describes the inspired word of God as “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:11-12).

This is why the primary children dressed up as a favourite story book character for Book Week. Lest I am accused of moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, the purpose of this and other celebrations throughout the year is to breathe life into the art of learning, and fill SMMC students with the confidence to succeed in their learning. And doesn’t the confidence-on-show of our children inspire us mums and dads with confidence of our own!

I am honestly inspired daily by my interactions with teachers, support staff and students, breathing life into the art of leading the learning. Acts of kindness, generosity and the desire to please God are readily on display and make me proud to be a part of the SMMC community.

Thanks for your support.

Warm regards,

Ian Smith



Gala Dinner Success

Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and guests for making this year’s Gala Dinner a successful night.  This year the dinner raised a total of over $7200.00, which will go towards our new building project.


Festival of the Arts

Families are warmly invited to our Festival of The Arts, celebrating 15 years of SMMC, on Tuesday 19th September at 7.00pm in St John’s Multipurpose Hall.  Come and see our student talent on display and enjoy a complimentary drink and canapes.  A flyer for the event is attached.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Lost Property

The Lost Property Baskets, located just inside the side doors to the hall, are currently very full.  If your family is missing any uniform items, lunch boxes, water bottles etc, please have a look in the baskets to see if they may be there.  Thank you.


Netball News

Congratulations to our U11 SMMC netballers who played their last game of the year last Saturday. In a fitting finish to the year for the two U11 teams, the Bilbies and Joey’s played against each other and finished the game in an exciting one point Joey victory. With the victory the Joey’s took 2nd place on the final ladder, one win ahead of the Bilbies in third, an excellent result for both teams and all personal involved.

Further congratulations to three teams, the U13 Kookaburras, U15 Sapphires, and U15 Opals, who are all playing in Semi Finals for a spot in the Grand Final next week. Good luck to all the players, coaches, and personnel involved!