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Important Dates

  • 22 October

    Bishop Don Sproxton visit

  • 22 October

    Assembly (Yrs 4-6) 8.35am

  • 25 October

    SAC Meeting 6.00pm

  • 26 October

    Yr 5 Excursion Fremantle Prison

  • 28 October

    Yr 1 Excursion Caversham Wildlife Park

  • 28 October

    Yr 4 Mass 8.45am

  • 28 October

    Reconciliation following Mass Yr 4

  • 29 October

    CPPSSA Athletics Carnival Yr3-6 squad WA Athletics Stadium Mt Claremont

  • 29 October

    Assembly (PP-Yr 3) 8.35am

  • 29 October

    P&F Disco 5:30pm - 7:30pm Kindy to Yr 6

  • 29 October

    P&F Disco 7.45pm - 8:30pm Yr 6 only

  • 01 November

    All Saints Day

  • 01 November

    Yr 4 Excursion Scitech

  • 02 November

    All Souls Day

  • 04 November

    Yr 2 Whole School Mass 8.45am

  • 04 November

    Reconciliation following Mass Yr 3

School News

Aug 4, 2021

Australian Census

The Australian census on 10 August 2021 will provide a snapshot of who Australians are and what is important to us. The census is a key tool that government uses to determine how organisations, schools, church ministries and community groups are prioritised, funded and empowered to best operate in our State.

If your faith is important to you or if you identify with Christian values, please use your voice in the Australian census when asked your religion.

This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the significance of faith-based families in our West Australian community and will support endeavours to secure equitable access to opportunities and resources.

 

Mini Art Exhibition – This Is the World We Live In

We are excited to invite our school community to view our student’s artwork in the parish hall (at the rear of the Church). You may choose to take a few minutes to view the pieces after attending Mass or before and after school.

This year, our P & F will be running a silent auction where you can bid to take one of these bespoke pieces to display proudly in your home. Bidding starts at just $5 each and bids can placed using the link that will be sent out via text and email. Each class has one piece only with all students’ art work represented on it so there are 17 pieces of art being auctioned in total. Year 2B’s butterflies will be mounted onto a canvas for the lucky bidder.

The art pieces will be on display until Thursday 12 August. Bidding will close at 3pm on Wednesday 11 August. All money raised from this auction will go to the P&F.

 

Library News

This term the Book Week Parade will be held on Friday 20 August.  The theme for this year is

 ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other worlds’

Please keep the costumes simple.  There is no need to buy or hire costumes, just use what you have at home or borrow something.  This is meant to be a fun day celebrating books.  We have some great books on display which are in the running to be one of the CBCA book winners.

 

Mary Mackillop Primary School Is Hosting Gavin Aung Than!

Gavin has the following fabulous books for you to order and have signed! Follow the links below to the Paper Bird Children’s Bookstore where you can place an order to be delivered to your school before the event.

Make sure you let us know in the checkout which school you’re from, so we know where to deliver your books! 10% of all purchases from the following books will be donated as credit to your school for use at Paper Bird.

Please order your books by Wednesday the 11th of August so we can post them to your school, ready for Gavin to sign when he visits. 

Please select “School Event Order” for free shipping to your school, and make sure to note your child’s name and that you are from Mary MacKillop P.S. in the “Checkout Notes.”

 

Interschool Cross Country

Last week our cross country team attended the annual CPSSA carnival at UWA Sports Park. With 48 students competing in each event in boys and girls divisions in distances of 1km, 1.5km and 2km our runners gave it their all. Mel Maria Catholic Primary School were the overall winners with their boy’s team coming 1st and their girl’s team 2nd. Mary MacKillop was placed 13th overall among the 16 schools in attendance. Congratulations to all our runners who put in enormous efforts to compete in this very challenging day. 

Exceptional performances were produced by Kobe Lam and Matur Matur placing 2nd in their events. Students below produced terrific efforts to record top 20 finishes in their events. Special mention should also be made of our Year Six boys who recorded five of our team’s top 20 finishes. 

Laurie Power

   

Place 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kobe 

Lam 

Matur 

Matur 

Marko 

Sotiroski 

14 

Jake 

Bastian 

14 

Carl 

Milner 

14 

Noah 

Pereira 

15 

Callan 

Symonds 

15 

Stella 

Midson 

16 

Ines 

Santos 

16 

Makayla 

Phan 

16 

Peter 

D’Souza 

17 

Taj 

Daniel 

20 

 

Scholastic Book Fair

Hello everyone!

Journey back to ancient Egypt. The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon, and it’s going to be A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books! You’ll be taken back to an oasis overflowing with a treasure of fun and filled with the latest books for your next reading adventure. This exciting celebration of reading will take place in the Literacy Room next to the Year 2B classroom.

Open Times

Monday 9 August

2:30 – 4:00PM

 

Tuesday 10 August

8:00 – 8:20AM

2:30 – 4:00PM

Wednesday 11 August

8:00 – 8:20AM

2:3 – 4:00PM

Thursday 12 august

8:00 – 8:20AM

2:30 – 4:00PM

 

 Just visit the Fair with your family and you will go in the draw to win FREE BOOKS!

This is one far-out event that you won’t want to miss!

How to Order Books Online
Book Fairs online payment Information for parents

 

Social Worker

Nurturing Young Boys’ Friendships                                              Maggie Dent, Parent Educator

There are a couple of factors in helping our kids in the early years at school. One is a warm connected relationship with the teacher or education assistant. The other is having at least one friend they can rely on at school.

Boy friendships are fragile     

Since boys often talk later (and less) than girls, little boys can struggle with friendships. I am astounded at the capacity of most little girls to have real conversations that explore things friends have in common, help them play games and negotiate, and experience mutually bonding moments. Girls also tend to have a better grasp on the non-verbal cues of building rapport such as smiling, waving, and hugging.  One of the world’s leading boy experts, Dr William Pollack, author of Real Boys, believes that while girls communicate more, boys seek connection more indirectly through activities or play. So, for boys to bond they need significant amounts of time spent playing with other boys.

Boys need play to facilitate friendships                     

‘Play dates’ are a reasonably recent happening. Years ago, children tended to play for hours either in each other’s backyards or at sporting events. Now, less recess and lunch time at school, remote learning, and more emphasis on technology than real play is impacting this key window of building emotional and social skills.

We need to create opportunities outside of school. Finding families in your neighbourhood with kids of similar ages and older is still an excellent way of creating friendships. Yes, it involves some scheduling, but many families still make time to gather maybe one afternoon a week in the same playground with the same grownups and kids to create cohesion.

Play has many benefits other than the obvious one of helping our boys discharge excess energy and stress. Unstructured play helps to create feel-good neurochemicals, especially when it allows kids to follow the often-unspoken randomness of boy play which frequently includes adventures, hunts, and targets. It teaches them to lose, to wait, to take turns and much more.

Coaching young boys I often share the story of the little boy who at the end of the day at school ran up to his best little mate and punched him in the head. In no way did this little boy mean to hurt his friend however at that moment his actions, which looked confusing to everybody, were an attempt to express how much he liked his friend and how much he was going to miss him.

Helping boys to create (and practice!) welcoming and farewell strategies can help alleviate some of these awkward moments. Giving a high five, having a secret handshake, teaching them to smile and calling out ‘hello’ using their friend’s name are all great strategies to coach and teach.

Having a friend at school can make a huge difference to our boys, but sometimes they need a little help from parents to find their way.

 

The Science room is collecting paper towel tubes, please.

 

Kindergarten 2022 Enrolment Applications

If you have a child born between 1st July 2017 – 30th June 2018, they are due to attend Kindergarten in 2022. Application forms are available at the office or online at our website www.mmccps.wa.edu.au

Please return application forms to the school office ASAP.

All sibling applications need to be lodged as enrolment process is now beginning.

We don’t want you to miss out.

Please note that our Kindergarten filled by July last year and we now have a waiting list

 

Canteen News

The new Term 3 CANTEEN MENU for 2021 is available on the MMCCPS website.

The canteen operates on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. To alleviate using money, Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School has an online ordering system for Canteen orders.  This enables a more efficient and effective service available to you and your family.

You can visit quickcliq.com.au to register.

Sylvia Iggleden
Canteen Manager

 

Uniform Shop                                                                                                  

Tuesday                                                                                
Morning 8.00am-10.30am        

Thursday
Afternoon  2.30pm-4pm

EFTPOS AVAILABLE

Julie
Uniform Shop Manager

 

Second-Hand Uniforms

If you would like to purchase any second-hand uniforms, please contact Mrs Anita Andrews 0412 866588.

 

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