Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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Congratulations to Sam Whitehead who is our Hot Chips winner for this week. It is great to see our senior students leading the way in enacting our school rules. Well done!


It has been a busy few weeks in the SMMC Community with Gala Dinner, Parent Evening and Bunnings BBQ in amongst the normal day to day events in the life of a school. These have all been wonderful events, with two of them helping us to grow richer in monetary terms and one helping us to grow richer in our family relationships. I’m sure those parents who were able to make it to our parent evening found it to be very worthwhile. I have three copies of Gerard’s book ‘As I Have Loved You’, so let me know if you would like a copy for $20.


Book Week – Australia! Story Country

Next week is Book Week, a time to celebrate the joy of reading!! Both the Teacher’s Favourite Book Competition and Colouring in Competition were due today and Mrs Mott will have some winners for us next week. Primary students will dress up for a parade next Wednesday 24th August at 11:20am. Students need to come to school in school uniform and get changed at Recess please. Come along if you can. Our K,1,2 students have an exciting excursion to the Lavington Library next Tuesday 23rd August, where they will experience some of the ‘Book Week Books’ and a Library somewhat bigger than our school one! Thank you to Miss MacLean and Mr Flores for organising this experience for the students.


Saint Mary MacKillop Gala Dinner

Thank you to all who were able to buy items at the Gala Dinner and contribute so generously to our School Building Fund both on the night and throughout this year. The Gala Dinner raised a whopping $11,000, which brings our total raised for our Sports Court to $31,000. Thank you for your generosity.


School Concert

On Friday 2nd September beginning at 7:00pm we will enjoy watching our students in action as they broadcast their talents. Further auditions for the concert are next Tuesday 23rd August at lunchtime, so make sure you’re ready!



The NAPLAN testing results have arrived and these have been sent home with the students, who have been directed to give them straight to their parents. If you would like to discuss the results with your child’s teacher, please make a time to catch up with them. These tests were conducted quite some time ago and the students have been engaged in lots of great learning since that time. The results are a snapshot of your child on that particular day and one form of assessment we can use as a school to help improve student learning outcomes.


Bunnings Barbeque

Thank you to all those people who came to assist at the BBQ last Saturday. Your generosity is much appreciated. We went through 490 sausages, 8kg of onions, 30 loaves of bread and about 80 cans of soft drink for a profit of $1077. This is a great result.


Jindera Summer Tennis

The Jindera tennis club are looking for children 8 – 12 years old who would like to play in our summer competition. Mums & Dads are also welcome. Please contact either Pat Hayes 60263201 or Paul Barnett 60263882 if interested. For junior coaching contact Leanne Wheaton 602632297 or 0417282584.


Lost Property

The lost property box is well and truly overflowing! If you are missing any items please come and have a look through. I think there may even be some akubra hats in there from Summer and they’re not cheap!


2017 Kinder Enrolments

I have enjoyed showing some of our 2017 Kinder students through the school this week and look forward to catching up with anyone else wanting to send their child to Kinder next year. In order to be able to plan effectively for next year, I would like to have these enrolments finalised as soon as possible.



With a very busy schedule of events behind us, we can now switch focus to our annual fete coming up on Saturday 22nd October. This day happens to be the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II, so we’ll pray to him for its success. Much groundwork has already been done, but there is still much to do. Please have a read of the fete information on page 3 and 4 to see what you can do to assist. Raffle tickets have also been sent home to sell. Thank you in advance!!


God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)