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WELCOME TO ST. MARY'S

We warmly welcome you to our St Mary's community of learners in beautiful Castlemaine, Victoria.  We offer a primary school environment with rich and diverse learning opportunities within a nurturing setting that inspires our students to thrive. You are welcome to visit our vibrant school and learning community at any time, by appointment.  We look forward to meeting you and discussing your child's needs.

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St. Mary's Sustainability Story

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday May 26th: 

Prep - 3 students return to onsite learning.

Monday June 4th & 5th:

 School Closure

Tuesday June 9th: 

Grade 4 - 6 students return to onsite learning.

NO SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CONTACT US

84 Templeton Street

Castlemaine, Victoria, 3450

Ph: 03 5472 2270

Email: principal@smcastlemaine.catholic.edu.au

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Sustainability Summit 2019

WHIMSICAL MORNINGS

How truly blessed we are here at St. Mary’s to be part of a generous, kind and giving community. Our, ‘Whimsical Mornings – Hanging by a Thread’ photo exhibition was indeed a creative and fun-filled way of bringing people together to relax and enjoy each other’s company along with being entertained by the talented local MaCapella singers and harpist Alan Evans, not to mention taking in the interesting works on display! 

Donna Morelli’s idea that moments of the often unpredictable morning routine were captured in photograph did provoke conversation where our visitors were able to relax and laugh over a drink whilst trying out the vast array of delectable eats. Our heartfelt thanks to you, our families, friends, parishioners, staff and local traders for your plentiful donations and contributions towards this fundraising event. So far we have raised $2,000.00 which will pay for our interactive play area and playground improvements. 

We are deeply appreciative of the donations made by The Red Hill Hotel, IGA Maxi Castlemaine, IGA Castlemaine Plus Liquor, Castlemaine Fresh, Castlemaine Copy Centre, Baker’s Delight, ASQ Skydancers Garden & Landscapes, Castlemaine Office Supplies, Chapman’s of Castlemaine Picture Framers, Peddling Pastries, Castlemaine Fitness Centre, Castlemaine Central Wine Store, Victorian Goldfields Railway, Maine Shoes and Accessories, Robinson’s, Stoneman’s Bookroom, Zigo Zago, Harcourt Valley Vineyards, Lyal Eales Store and Mulberry's Delicatessen. 

When our children engage with community they feel valued and learn that they can draw on the support of a wider body of people. They learn that we work together for the common good, in relationship and that this involves giving as well as receiving. 

SCHOOL NEWS

Building works:

It has been a great experience working alongside Raysett Constructions and Architecture Matters over the past few weeks to realise our aspirations of developing a fluid and engaging learning space for the students of St Mary’s. It is certainly moving along at a rapid rate with the attention beginning to move from the construction elements to the internal finishes. Over the past week the new insulated roofing has been installed, plaster work has commenced with sky lights being fitted today for the corridors. The works are still on sched-

ule and we should be moving in for the beginning of term 3....certainly something worth looking forward to!

TRANSITIONING BACK TO ONSITE LEARNING

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) have advised that schools can begin a phased return to onsite schooling.

In the first stage, the CECV advised that students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 return to school from Tuesday 26th May. Due to our class structures, the most practicable return will include the Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 classes during the first stage. It would not be reasonable to maintain an onsite program for Grade 2 and remote learning for Grade 3 concurrently. To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25th May will be a school closure day.

In the second stage of our return to onsite schooling, Grade 4, 5 & 6 will return to school from Tuesday 9th June. For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of onsite schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26th May to Tuesday

9th June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which onsite schooling is required will continue for this two-week period. All other students in those year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9th June. Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to onsite schooling,

we can no longer support their learning from home. This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan. 

 

This same approach is being taken by all Catholic and government schools in Victoria. To support the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent handwashing. If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case the school will be immediately closed.

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