Leader of Inclusion

2024 St Mary’s Primary Learning Support Team
We are very blessed at SMP to have a dedicated team to support all students to achieve their full potential. Our Learning Support Team is made up of a team of dedicated, experienced educators who are focused on supporting students.

Student Support Educators
Our Student Support Educators work in all classrooms to provide additional support for our students, especially in English & Maths. 

School Speech Pathologist
Karla Carey is employed at our school every Monday and Friday. She completes assessments and monitors students. Karla also works closely with teachers and Student Support Educators to plan and implement strategies to support students with communication or literacy difficulties and works with small groups and families. Please note, that Karla is unable to offer one-on-one speech therapy support. 

Learning Support Teachers
Marianne Bullpitt will teach intervention groups and support students & teachers in Kindergarten - Year 2. Paula McIntyre will teach intervention groups and support students & teachers Year 3 - Year 6. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher, Marianne & Paula if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning. 

Communication
To support your child within the school setting it is important to provide the school office with a copy of up-to-date medical plans and additional needs assessments.  It is also advisable to ask your paediatrician and medical professionals to forward all requests for assessments, suggested strategies, medical information, and reports to our school office - casp@lism.catholic.edu.au

Paula McIntyre
Leader of Inclusion

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Stage 2 Instructional Leader


Stage 2 English
This Term Years 3 and 4 have been using the Reading Mastery Transformations Programme to explicitly teach English skills. This programme has three areas of focus each day: Reading, Spelling and Language Arts. The teachers lead the programme using an online platform in each of the three areas. The lessons are sequential and build on each other each day. There lessons use the explicit, direct format where repetition, coupled with teacher modelling, shared practice  and independent application are used extensiely throughout the morning to ensure students master the content being covered in the programme. Ongoing assessment is a feature of the programme with a Spelling Assessment every 5 lessons, and Reading and Language Arts being assessed every 10 lessons. Data is collected from these assessments to track student results and remedial lessons are given to students who need it to ensure they are mastering the content and skills.  Students have textbooks and workbooks in each of the areas of focus. The resources are very engaging and students are already showing  growth in their learning.  It has been great to see the engaement on the learning tasks across all of the Year 3 and 4 classes this term.  If you would like more information on these Programmes, pleaase feel free to contact me or your child's teacher.

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Michelle Bratti
Stage 2 Instructional Leader

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Leader of Faith

Sacramental Programs at SMP
Baptised Catholic students will have the opportunity to continue their faith journey through the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. 

Year 3 - Sacrament of Confirmation - Tuesday 13 August

Year 4 - Sacrament of Reconciliation:

              Reflection Night  Wednesday 13 March 6.00pm - Church

              Sacrament  - First Reconciliation - Wednesday 20 March 6.00pm

Year 4 - Sacrament of Holy Communion - September (Date TBC)

For each sacrament, a ‘Night of Reflection’ takes place the week prior for ½ hour in our Church.

Those students involved in First Reconciliation received a note  last Friday. Attached was an enrolment form to be signed and returned to the school office. Any questions, please contact Karen McDonald.

All families with students making any of the above three sacraments this year, have been especially invited by Fr Peter and our school to join us at our Family Mass on Saturday 16 March at 6.00pm.

Please note:
If your family is new to SMP and you have Baptised Catholic children in Primary Classes who have  for some reason, missed the opportunity to make these sacraments and you wish them to do so, please make contact with the School Office in the coming days so their names can be added. 

If your child has been baptised a Catholic since their school enrolment, please know you need to bring a copy of their Baptismal Certificate to the School Office for us to update ‘child’s religion’ in our system. This will ensure their name appears on lists for the sacraments when they enter Year 3 and Year 4.

Any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Irvine or Miss McDonald.

Karen McDonald
Leader of Faith

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Sport News

Zone Swimming 
SMP had 24 swimmers attend the Zone Swimming Carnival on Tuesday, February 13th. All swam their absolute best, with some achieving new personal best times. Congratulations to the following students for being awarded the overall champion in their age group: Lucy Hancock - Junior Girl Champion, Tom McCormack - 11 years Boy Champion. With everyone’s teamwork, support, and hard work, SMP managed to achieve second place overall at the carnival. What an achievement!

Thank you to all parents and carers who came to support the students. A special thank you to Mrs Vicki Gardner and Mrs Jo MacPherson for attending and also assisting with timekeeping on the day. We have a number of students who have qualified to attend the Diocesan Carnival in various events in the coming weeks.  Congratulations to all!

Swimming Achievements 

A massive congratulations to Thomas McCormack, who recently participated in both the Queensland Championships and the NSW Country Championships. Tommy demonstrated exceptional performances, securing 7 Gold and 2 Silver medals. As a school community, we are immensely proud of Tom's accomplishments. This is indeed a remarkable achievement!

Zone Winter Sports Trials
We had a number of students who tried out to make the Richmond Zone teams for Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Congratulations to all for representing SMP with great pride and sportsmanship. 

Cross Country Carnival

On Thursday March 7th,  SMP will be holding our annual Cross Country Carnival.
Kindergarten and Year 1 will depart school at 10:30 am as their races are later in the day. Please see the course below of where the students will be running.

Congratulations to our Year 6  Colour House Captains for our 2024 Cross Country Carnival.

Depaul
Thomas McCormack and Eva Crompton 

McAuley
Sophie Derrig and Toby Makejev

Champagant 
Dallas Murphy and Hudson Scully

MacKillop
Sonny McInnes and Sophie Leadley

Distances and approximate times for each race:

Time

Who & How Far

9:30am

Opening Ceremony (Years 2-6)

9.45am

12/13yo – 3km

10:15am

11yo – 3km

10.45am

10yo – 2km

11:15am

9yo – 2km

11.45pm

8yo – 2km

12:15pm

7yo – 1km

12:45pm

5/6yo – 750m

Colley Park

Colour House Shirts

Colour House Sports Shirts ($27.95) are now available for purchase through local retailer, Incy Wincy Kids.

Nikki Hammond
Sports Co-ordinator

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Assistant Principal's News Teaching & Learning

NAPLAN 2024
In 2024, NAPLAN will be held from Wednesday 13 March to Monday 25 March. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who are enrolled at a school are expected to participate in four NAPLAN tests: 

  • writing 
  • reading 
  • conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) 
  • numeracy. 

All schools in NSW undertake NAPLAN online. However, Year 3 students do the writing test on paper. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the format of the tests before the NAPLAN test window.

At SMP we are holding the NAPLAN assessments on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 13th March - Writing
  • Thursday 14th March- Conventions of Language and Reading
  • Monday 18th March- Numeracy

If your child would benefit from any learning adjustments during the NAPLAN assessments, Paula McIntyre will be in contact in the coming weeks to let you know what this will look like.

If you have any questions or concerns about the NAPLAN assessments please do not hesitate to contact me at felicity.wilde@lism.catholic.edu.au

Student Led Conferences- SAVE THE DATE
We are holding our first Student-Led Conferences on the 8th and 9th April. More information will be sent out closer to the date, including on how to book in for these important meetings.

Felicity Wilde
AP Teaching & Learning

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Assistant Principal's News - Mission

Friday Church Visits
At SMP, our students are very lucky to be so close in proximity to our parish church. Not all schools have this privilege. As a school community our students have the opportunity to celebrate a Liturgy of Word and/or Prayer Service once or twice each term in the church. We warmly invite all family members to join us with our Friday church visits during Term 1:

  • 23/2 @ 1.00pm - Years 1, 2 & 3
  • 8/3 @ 1.00pm - Years 4 & 5
  • 22/3 @ 1.00pm - Kinder & Year 6
  • 27/3 - Holy Week prayer services ~ Kinder, Years 1, 2 & 3 @ 1.00pm ~ Years 4, 5 & 6 @ 2:10pm

"Three SixTeen" Church Youth Group
One again this term, we will be running an after school youth group at the church for our Years 2-6 students that focuses on bringing kids together for fun, food and understanding about God in their lives. The program is called “Three SixTeen” and will be co-ordinated by various SMP staff members. The idea of the session is for students to have lots of fun and participate in enjoyable activities. 

ThreeSixTeen will be held 2 times in Term 1 after school from 3:30pm-5:00pm (see dates below). Our teachers will collect the students after the home time bell and have some afternoon tea for the students until 3:30pm. We will then all walk to the Relihan Centre. Parents would be required to pick their child up from the Relihan Centre at 5:00pm.

If your child would like to attend the program, they must register via the link emailed out on Compass.

  • Term 1 dates - Friday 8th March & Friday 22nd March (3:30pm-5pm)

Behaviour Level System
At SMP, we have very high expectations on student behaviour and place a lot of emphasis on this. With this in mind, we also do know that kids will make mistakes and require further support in this area at times. Our number 1 approach to ‘behaviour management’ in the school is through proactive strategies that make the greatest impact, most notably, building strong, supportive and trusting relationships with our students. 

This year, we have introduced a new ‘Behaviour Level System’ in the school. At times, some students may find it difficult to be engaged in their learning in class or facing challenges on the playground and need further support with this. This is what our new system roughly looks like:

Sam Irvine
AP Mission

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Principal's Message

‘We do whatever it takes to lead the way in Love, Learning, Faith, School Spirit, Sport & Community

Dear families and friends,

Learning is defined as a change in Long-term memory

Explicit & Direct Teaching Instruction 
We have researched far and wide to see what the most successful schools are doing to get better learning results for all  their kids. They are using the Science of Cognitive Load and Learning. The Direct/Explicit approach is having a huge impact from England to Canberra and many other places in and outside of Australia. We have invested good time, including on our holidays, to research and visit some of these schools and organisations.  Our student results we believe need to be better, and thus the reason for us investing good time in making some strong positive changes for our school in going forward. We will showcase this learning for parents at some stage this year once we have a very good grasp on what we are doing ourselves.  This is exciting for me and our school community and I am confident that our SMP kids will improve in their learning. 

2025 Kinder Enrolment Open Friday 1 March

This is the online enrolment form link that will be live from next Friday (not live now):

https://www.casplism.catholic.edu.au/enrolment-information-copy

Existing families then click on Existing Families with a Diocese Lismore Compass username and password link, as this will already have saved data from previous enrolment.

New families click on New Families to the Diocese of Lismore.

Please use the jot form that is available to request assistance from the Diocese.

Vision 
Our students will learn, understand and enact our school vision to ensure we are the best version of ourselves that we can be. I will share this information with you via Newsletter, App, Digital Sign and Facebook so you can support your child in their growth and development.

  Love

We Respect Ourselves & Others

    Faith

We display the Face of Jesus in our words & actions

      Learning

                

We have high expectations

We give good effort & persist

School Spirit

We display pride

We use our manners

Sport

We display effort, fairness & honesty in our play 

Community

We embrace our community and accept all

2024 School Improvement Plan
This plan has been constructed from many areas including: Student, Parent & Staff Tell Them From Me Surveys, NAPLAN, Other school assessments such as PAT, National School Improvement Tool, 2023 School Improvement Plan,  Fullness of Life Framework Reflection Tools, Conversations had with families, staff and students etc. 

Clear and Consistent Pedagogy

  • Confident teachers delivering explicit / direct instruction.
  • Consistent student growth through the delivery of explicit direct instruction 

Catholic Leadership

  • Good honest feedback and support to each other (on the above)

Mission

  • Staff to be competent and confident role models of Catholic faith

This comes from our 3 year plan for improvement below:

Take care
John O’Brien

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Sport News


Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you all had a lovely break and ready for a great year of sport at SMP in 2024. The sports days for each grade level for 2024 are as follows (this is the day your child will wear their sports uniform):

Kindergarten - Wednesday

Year One - Wednesday

Year Two - Thursday

Year Three - Friday

Year Four - Thursday

Year 5 - Tuesday

Year 6 - Tuesday

Running Club 2024
During Term 1, all students have the opportunity to participate in the school's Running Club, which operates on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting in Week 3, Tuesday 13 February from 8:30 am to 8:50 am.  The Running Club welcomes students of all athletic abilities. Students may change into their colored house shirts or running attire at school.

Nikki Hammond
Leader of Sport

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Assistant Principal's News Teaching & Learning

Success Criteria Reports
Your blank Success Criteria reports will be coming home this week for you to see what your child is learning at SMP this term. These reports are broken into Reading, Writing, and Number and outline what your child will be able to do by the end of the term if they are achieving grade expectations. 

These reports are also a wonderful tool for supporting learning conversations with your child and offering them home learning opportunities, linked to what they are being taught at school.

I have attached a video to guide you through these reports.

If you do not receive your child's Success Criteria Report and would like one emailed to you, please email me at felicity.wilde@lism.catholic.edu.au and I will have it sent to you.

Explicit/Direct Instruction
We have had an incredible start to 2024 with both our teachers and students taking on a new way of learning at SMP. Research has repeatedly shown that direct, explicit instruction is one of the most effective ways for students to learn. We have therefore begun the implementation of some Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction programs across SMP. The whole school is taking on an Explicit, Direct Instruction program for Maths called Ochre Maths. This is a program developed by highly successful educators from across the country which scaffolds students through the introduction of new learning whilst regularly reviewing what they have already learned to develop mastery. I am already seeing a greater level of confidence in our students in the maths classroom as a result of the structures included in this program. For those wanting to learn more about Ochre Maths or see what the program looks like there are some great Parent FAQs on the website- https://ochre.org.au/ochre-for-parents/parent-faq/

Kinder and Stage 1 English- Our infants students will continue to follow the direct instruction program InitiaLit for their English program. This was introduced across the infants' classrooms last year and we have already seen a marked improvement in student results in reading as a result. InitiaLit is a three-year program, covering the first three years of school. Some students, who did not receive Intialit in their first years of school and need some consolidation with this learning are finishing the program in their Year 3 classroom. If your child is doing this, you will receive a note from their class teacher this week. 

Stage 2 English- Our Stage 2 classes are implementing the Reading Mastery Program for their English block this year. This program is aligned with the Science of Reading and covers all outcomes of the NSW Syllabus using a Direct Instruction format, similar to that of InitaLit. After seeing the great success our infants students had with the IntiaLit program, we wanted to replicate this and continue this success throughout the older years. We witnessed Reading Mastery in action across a number of schools in the Canberra Goulburn Diocese on our visit there last year and were impressed with the students' engagement and results. We look forward to our students feeling successful whilst improving their English skills through the introduction of the program. 

Stage 3 English- Stage 3 is introducing a Direct Instruction approach to their Spelling this year. This means all students in Stage 3 have completed a placement test to identify their personal needs in spelling and have been grouped according to these needs. The placement tests allow the teachers to identify exactly where each child is in their spelling and what they need to move to the next level. This may mean that your child moves to different groups during the spelling block so they can work with students at a similar level to assist them in reaching mastery in this area. The rest of the English block will be completed in the student's own class and all classes will follow the same level Explicit Instruction program, also from Ochre. This follows a similar structure to maths in that it scaffolds students through the introduction of new information whilst regularly reviewing previously taught matter. These programs are based on a new novel each term and this term Year 6 are reading "Rivet Boy" by Barbara Henderson and Year 5 are studying "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo.

If you have any questions about any of the programs we are introducing this year, please do not hesitate to contact me at felicity.wilde@lism.catholic.edu.au

Felicity Wilde
AP Teaching & Learning

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Assistant Principal's News - Mission

Welcome back to our existing families at SMP and a special welcome to our new families to our school community. For those that I haven't met yet, my name is Sam Irvine and I am the Assistant Principal Mission. I support our school staff and students in a variety of ways.  A few examples below:

  • Religious Education; prayer, liturgies, curriculum, student discipleship etc.
  • Wellbeing, Pastoral Care, student safety
  • Parent queries and supports
  • Positive student behaviour support
  • Attendance
  • WH&S and Maintenance

The dot points above may help guide you a little bit if you would like to reach out and seek some support in any of these areas. Whilst Felicity Wilde (Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning) and I have our own little portfolio to support, essentially an Assistant Principal has to be a 'jack of all trades' so we deal with many different situations - not all of these are glamorous I can assure you!

Catholic Social Teachings
At SMP, we want to be a truly authentic Catholic community that lives and breathes what we believe. We have a big focus to foster this for our students and staff in 2024. 

One way we can strive to achieve this is through nurturing a community that has a strong endearment to Catholic Social Teaching principles. These principles have been inspired by the writings of the Pope and other Catholic leaders about social issues. The CST’s are:

Human Dignity - Every person is valuable and worthy of respect and fairness

Care For Our Common Home - Earth is a gift from God, we should protect it

The Common Good  - We should always try to think about what is good for everyone, not just ourselves

Solidarity - We all should be working together as one

Preferential Option For The Poor  - The Bible teaches us to take extra special care of the most vulnerable people in our society

Subsidiarity & Participation - Everyone should be able to participate in their community and have a say in decisions that affect them

We know that one of the strongest ways to encourage our students' faith is through social justice initiatives as they feel drawn to these.  This will be a big focus for us this year.

Year of Prayer
Pope Francis has initiated a special Year of Prayer this year leading up to the 2025 Jubilee, encouraging everyone to embrace the power of prayer in their lives, within the Church, and for the world.  The Jubilee, in the Catholic tradition, is a special year of grace and forgiveness celebrated every 25 years.

Pope Francis has asked us to focus this year on the importance of prayer in our lives. The Pope is also asking for prayers for unity among Christians and for peace in places like Ukraine and Israel, stressing the importance of peace, especially for children who suffer the most in conflicts.

As a school, this year will have a strong focus on providing prayerful experiences for our students, just as the Pope has asked us to do.

Other Important Term 1 Dates

  • Tuesday 27 February - Incitare (Inch-a-tar-ee) for selected Year 6 students at Tullera Hall
  • Friday 1 March - Student of the Month Assembly
  • Friday 8 March - Three Sixteen Youth Group
  • Saturday 16 March - School Family Mass 6.00pm in the church
  • Friday 22 March - Three Sixteen Youth Group
  • Sunday 24 to Saturday 30 March - Holy Week
  • Sunday 31 March - Easter Sunday
  • Thursday 11 April - Student of the Month Assembly

Friday Church Visits
At SMP, our students are very lucky to be so close in proximity to our parish church. Not all schools have this privilege. As a school community our students have the opportunity to celebrate a Liturgy of Word and/or Prayer Service once or twice each term in the church. We warmly invite all family members to join us with our Friday church visits during Term 1:

  • 23/2 @ 1.00pm - Years 1, 2 & 3
  • 8/3 @ 1.00pm - Years 4 & 5
  • 22/3 @ 1.00pm - Kinder & Year 6
  • 27/3 - Holy Week prayer services ~ Kinder, Years 1, 2 & 3 @ 1.00pm ~ Years 4, 5 & 6 @ 2:10pm

Ash Wednesday
On 14 February, our whole school will celebrate Ash Wednesday in the church. 

What is Ash Wednesday?

  • Ash Wednesday is the first day in the liturgical season of Lent.
  • It is the day when Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of remorse.
  • The day before Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday, the word 'Shrove' meaning 'to be sorry'. Another name for this day is ‘Pancake Tuesday’

What is Lent?

  • Lent is the liturgical season of the Church year leading to Easter that lasts for 40 days. 
  • It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the night before Easter (Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday).
  • Lent is a time during which we perform acts of kindness, practise generosity and make a special effort to grow closer to Jesus.

Did You Know?

  • Catholics abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. Our school canteen will have a separate menu for Ash Wednesday to follow this.

How it will look for us this year:

  • 10:15am - Years 1-6 celebrate a Liturgy of the Word in the church 
  • 2:15pm - Kindergarten will celebrate a very short prayer service with Fr Peter in the church

All parents and family members are welcome to come along and celebrate Ash Wednesday in the church with us.

Colour House Shirts
Colour House Sports Shirts ($27.95) will now be available for purchase through local retailer, Incy Wincy Kids. Due to a shipping hold up, they are not quite ready to be purchased as of yet. These are not compulsory, purely optional for those that would like this shirt for sports carnivals.

Once they become available, they will be able to be purchased online or in their Casino or Lismore shops.

We will let everyone know when they have arrived.

Behaviour Level System
At SMP, we have very high expectations on student behaviour and place a lot of emphasis on this. With this in mind, we also do know that kids will make mistakes and require further support in this area at times. Our number 1 approach to ‘behaviour management’ in the school is through proactive strategies that make the greatest impact, most notably, building strong, supportive and trusting relationships with our students. 

This year, we have introduced a new ‘Behaviour Level System’ in the school. At times, some students may find it difficult to be engaged in their learning in class or facing challenges on the playground and need further support with this. This is what our new system roughly looks like:

Sam Irvine
AP Mission

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Principal's Message

‘We do whatever it takes to lead the way in Love, Learning, Faith, School Spirit, Sport & Community

Dear families and friends,

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Welcome 
A big welcome back to all our kids, staff and families for the 2024 school year. I particularly welcome our new Kinders, new students in other grades and our new families.  You are all very welcome here and I am looking forward to catching up with you all.

I’m really excited to be in my 10th year as Principal at SMP. Yes, you heard right, 10 years and they haven't asked me to leave just yet.  I feel really excited as the initiatives we have put in place are really hitting the mark now,  providing the best holistic education for our kids of Casino. I’m excited by how we will better teach Mathematics and English in going forward too. Yet again our focus will be on our Vision of doing whatever it takes to lead the way in Love, Learning, Faith, School Spirit, Sport & Community. 

Families are welcome to come into the school for pick-up of an afternoon.  We very much encourage you to socialise with each other.  Our big school social event for Term 1 will be our Open & Celebration of Learning Night on Wednesday 3 April.

Some Term 1 Dates (All dates are on our Compass Calendar on the Compass App)

Open Night - Wednesday 3 April

Student Led Conferences -  Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April

Student of the Month assemblies:

  • Friday 1 March 2:15pm
  • Thursday 11 April 2:15pm  (Kinder Easter Hat Parade too)

Cross Country - Thursday 7 March

ANZAC Day March - 25 April (Last Thursday of the holidays

Proposed Student Free Days in 2024:

  • Term 1 - Thursday 28 March Holy Thursday (before Easter short break)
  • Term 2 - Wednesday 29 May (whole Richmond Region) &  Friday 5 July (last day Term 2)
  • Term 3 - Friday 27 September (last day Term 3)
  • Term 4 - Monday 14 October (first day Term 4) &  Friday 29 November (after Christmas Concert)

Parent Information Videos & Booklets
Our grade teachers will send a brief video and information booklet home to you via the Compass App. This will ensure all families can view this information when suitable for you.  You will be able to formally meet in person with your child’s teacher at Open Night and Student Led Conferences later in the term. If you wish to meet earlier in person, please make an appointment.  

School Gates and Safety
All gates will be locked at 9:05am except for the front middle gate allowing access to parents and visitors to our school. Before the end of the school day, all the gates will be unlocked again at 2:55pm to welcome parents back in.

2024 Staffing  
Teachers

Grade

Educator

Educator

Educator

Educator

K

Sally Serone

Chris Simpson

Kellie Fraser

Emily Kerrison

1

Karrie Furchtman

Cohen Parrish

Chaya Wilson

Sally Simpson

2

Emma Yarnold

Jack Fiedler

Rien Smith


3

Rebecca O’Connor

Connor Hannigan

Hannah Brooks


4

Byanca Formaggin

Paul Dwyer 

Karen McDonald


5

Rachael Gooley

Tim Llewellyn

Hannah de Silva


6

Samantha Lyon

Jenna Geraghty

Nikki Hammond


Non- Classroom Teaching Staff  

  • Student Support Educators: Michelle Kent, Kristy Smith, Danny Parsons, Janet O’Brien, Sue Reynolds, Gail Burley, Samantha Olive, Patrice Ramsay, Rebecca Transton, Vicki Gardner, Michelle O’Brien, Ella Roberts, Sam Coggan, Alex Richards, Ella Cooke, Piper Byrnes, Helen Sjostedt, Katie Berry, Tara Freeburn
  • Speech Therapist:  Karla Carey 
  • Learning Support Teachers:  Paula McIntyre (Years 3-6) & Marianne Bullpit (Years K-2)
  • Aboriginal Education Worker:  Sarah Flocchini & Tara Freeburn
  • Student Support Worker:  Paddy Wilde
  • Specialist Teachers:  Lena Llewellyn, Sarah Flocchini, Marg Dowling & Alison Llewellyn
  • School Counsellor:  Lia Masman (Tues - Fri) 
  • Family Connect Worker:  Jessie Moulynox
  • Casual Teachers:  Louise Angel & Joanna MacPherson
  • Office:  Fran Gilmour, Louise Gallagher, Rachel Gillespie
  • Maintenance & Cleaning:  Jai White
  • IT:  Bailey Kent & James Laverick
  • Library:  Betty Schuhmacher
  • Assistant Principal  Mission:  Sam Irvine
  • Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning:  Felicity Wilde
  • Leader of Love & Community:  Hannah de Silva
  • Leader of Faith:  Karen McDonald
  • Leader of Sport:  Nikki Hammond
  • Leaders of Learning - Intervention:  Paula McIntyre
  • Leader of Learning - Yr K -2 Instructional Leader:  Karen Faber
  • Leader of Learning  - Yr 3 - 4 Instructional Leader:  Michelle Bratti
  • Leader of Learning - Yr 5 - 6 Instructional Leader:  Kristie Irvine
  • Principal:  John O’Brien

Class Names 2024

GradeTeacherClass Name
KINDERGARTENChris SimpsonK SOUTH

Emily KerrisonK NORTH

Sally SeroneK EAST

Kellie FraserK WEST
YEAR 1Karrie Furchtman1 NORTH

Chaya Wilson1 EAST

Cohen Parrish1 SOUTH

Sally Simpson1 WEST
YEAR 2Jack Fiedler2 NORTH

Emma Yarnold2 EAST

Rien Smith2 SOUTH
YEAR 3Hannah Brooks3 NORTH

Rebecca O'Connor3 SOUTH

Connor Hannigan3 EAST
YEAR 4Karen McDonald4 EAST

Byanca Formaggin4 SOUTH

Paul Dwyer4 NORTH
YEAR 5Hannah de Silva5 NORTH

Tim Llewellyn5 EAST

Rachael Gooley5 SOUTH
YEAR 6
Jenna Geraghty6 SOUTH

Sam Lyon6 NORTH

Nikki Hammond6 EAST

Take care
John O’Brien

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Leader of Faith

SMP Christmas Hampers

Once again our school will be supporting the Casino St Vincent de Paul Society with the creation of  Christmas hampers to be delivered to those in need in our town.  We are asking each family to send in one or two items from the list below.

                   Bags of lollies                          Large bags of chips (or similar)

                   Bottles of cordial                   Pkts jelly crystals

                   Tinned fruits                       

Each classroom has a Christmas Box where these items can be placed.  We will collect items until Friday 8th December.  Thank you once again for supporting our Social Justice outreach at SMP.

Karen McDonald
Leader of Faith

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Leader of Love and Community


Thank you to all the families and friends who came to our Christmas concert.  It was an amazing night sharing food and laughter with those we love, while listening to the children sing and tell one of our most important stories as Catholics, the birth of Jesus. 

Special thank you to St Mary’s Catholic College for the use of their grounds, Casino Rotary for providing the delicious food and drinks and to Casino Fire and Rescue for bringing our very special guest, Santa!


Kristie Irvine
Leader of Love and Community

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Sport News

Congratulations to Thomas McCormack for receiving the inaugural New South Wales Catholic Primary Sport (NSWCPS)  Maroon Award for swimming. Established this year, the Maroon Awards acknowledges the outstanding achievements of Catholic primary students in each sport across representative competitions (Polding, MacKillop, State and National). 

Thomas has been an integral part of the Polding Swim Team for the past two years. In 2023, Thomas earned a spot in the NSWPSSA Swim team, competing at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Sydney. There, he secured a gold and bronze medal, complementing the gold and bronze medals he won at the NSWPSSA Championships.

                                                               Congratulations on an outstanding achievement, Thomas!

SMP Swimming Carnival

On Monday 4th December we held our school’s swimming carnival, what an incredible day we had! It was an absolute joy to witness our students showcasing their talent, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship in the pool. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the parent helpers whose dedication and support made this day possible. Your assistance and encouragement truly contributed to the success of the carnival. Additionally, a big round of applause to the college students who volunteered their time and efforts to ensure the smooth running of the event. We are immensely grateful for your invaluable help and commitment to making the day a fantastic experience for our students. Lastly, a big thank you to Amanda Rose for helping with the timekeeping.  

Congratulations to our age and divisional champions 

Age 

Name

8 Year Girls

Bobbi Grissell

8 Year Boys

Harley Robinson 

9 Year Girls

Lucy Hancock

9 Year Boys

Ashton Leadley 

10 Year Girls

Ruby Thompson 

10 Year Boys

Lucas Myers

11 Year Girls

Allora Gould 

11 Year Boys

Thomas McCormack

12/13 Year Girls

Taylor Hancock

12/13 Year Boys

Kieran Grant

Junior Girls

Lucy Hancock

Junior Boys

Lucas Myers

Senior Girls

Taylor Hancock

Senior Boys

Thomas McCormack/Kieran Grant 

Congratulations to the following students for breaking records:
Thomas McCormack
- 50m breaststroke
- 50m backstroke
- 50m butterfly
- 50m freestyle

Taylor Hancock
- 50m breaststroke

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Jack Fiedler
Sports Co-ordinator

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Assistant Principal's News Teaching & Learning

Explicit/Direct Instruction

For many years now, we at SMP have believed strongly in the importance of explicit instruction for our students. Research is continuing to show that this way of teaching is the best way for students to learn new concepts and attain knowledge. We introduced a Direct Instruction approach to the teaching of Reading in K-2 this year and our students are showing great success in this area as a result. In 2024 we are making the move to having a stronger focus on using the process of Explicit and Direct Instruction for all of our students. We will be using Explicit/Direct Instruction approaches in all classes for English and Maths and we are really excited about the impact this is going to have on our students' learning growth 

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) is the delivery of strategically planned lessons that explicitly teach new concepts to mastery.  EDI lessons contain eight main components for success:

  1. Learning Objective
  2. Activating Prior Knowledge
  3. Concept Development
  4. Skill Development
  5. Guided Practice
  6. Relevance
  7. Closure
  8. Periodic reviews

During EDI lessons, teachers utilise ‘engagement norms’ to motivate students and hold them accountable for their learning. Engagement Norms ensure children are doing something every minute, whether it be discussing with a partner, reading text aloud, showing responses on a whiteboard, or gesturing. These norms are designed to keep students actively engaged in their learning.

Examples of engagement norms include:

  • Series of higher-order questions posed throughout the lesson;
  • Students ‘pair-sharing’ their responses to organise ideas and allow all students to actively participate;
  • Calling on non-volunteers to check for understanding;
  • Use of individual mini-whiteboards for immediate teacher feedback;
  • Students justify their responses using academic language;
  • Teachers correcting responses at point of need;
  • Re-teaching concepts if 80% mastery has not been achieved;
  • Reading and tracking the text with the teacher;
  • Adding actions or gestures to assist with the retention of definitions.

All teachers will be receiving professional learning to support them in this change and we look forward to seeing the growth experienced by our students as a result. 

Contacting Teachers
Please be aware that all staff are obliged to follow the system policy in regard to parent contact outside of school. They are not permitted to communicate with parents using social media. We understand that parents and staff may be connected personally outside of school on social media, due to pre-existing relationships, however, these platforms must not be used for school-based communication. Please use the teacher's email for this. You will be placing the staff member in a very difficult position if you attempt communication any other way.  Thank you for your understanding of this. 

Felicity Wilde
AP Teaching & Learning

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Assistant Principal's News - Mission

Vinnies School Fee Support
St Vincent de Paul has contacted the school to inform us that they have some financial school fee support available for families from SMP. If you are interested in accessing this support, please contact myself via email for further details - sam.irvine@lism.catholic.edu.au

ThreeSixteen Youth Group
A reminder that last Friday (1/12) was the final ThreeSixteen Youth Group for the year. 

Student of the Month Assembly
Our final SOM will be on Friday 8 December at the Relihan Centre from 2:10pm-3:00pm. All family members are welcome to join us for our last SOM Assembly for 2023. 

Our House Cooking
Last Tuesday, some of our Year 6 Leaders of Faith, Lewis Bunney, Zavier Paterson, Madi Lynn & Maddalena Noijens, as well as members of our staff gave up their time to cook for the patients staying at the Our House facility in Lismore. 

Our House is a joint project by Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation (NRCCF) and Our Kids. It is a purpose built accommodation for patients, carers and their families who are receiving treatment at the Cancer Unit at Lismore. It also provides accommodation for other patients, carers and their families who require medical attention in Lismore. This volunteering is something we are very proud of and being an active supporter of those doing it a bit tough at the moment is another way we live out our faith through action.

Altar Servers
I would just like to say a big thank you to our students who have given up their own time to support our Parish church by altar serving on either Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings. These students have also served for school masses and liturgies throughout this year as well. This is a great service of dedication to our parish community and I would like to really congratulate and acknowledge them. A special shout out to Miss Mac who prepares and organises the SMP altar servers each year. Miss Mac gave these students their own special little party.

Sam Irvine
Assistant Principal - Mission

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Dear families and friends,

‘We do whatever it takes to lead the way in Love, Learning, Faith, School Spirit, Sport & Community



Non- Classroom Teaching Staff 2024 
Alongside our teaching staff, we have our Non-Classroom Teaching staff outlined below. We are a staff of 70.

Student Support Educators - Michelle Kent, Kristy Smith, Danny Parsons, Janet O’Brien, Sue Reynolds, Gail Burley, Samantha Olive, Patrice Ramsay, Rebecca Transton, Vicki Gardner, Michelle O’Brien, Ella Roberts, Katie Berry, Alex Richards, Sam Coggan, Ella Cooke, Piper Byrnes & Helen Sjostedt.

  • Speech Therapist - Karla Carey (2 days per week)
  • Learning Support Teachers - Paula McIntyre (Years 3-6) & Marianne Bullpitt (Years K-2)
  • Aboriginal Education Worker - Tara Freeburn & Sarah Flocchini 
  • Student Support Worker - Paddy Wilde
  • Specialist Teachers -  Lena Llewellyn, Sarah Flochinni, Marg Dowling & Alison Llewellyn
  • School Counsellors -  Lia Masman & Jacqui Rojo
  • Family Connect Worker - Jessie Moulynox
  • Casual Teachers - Louise Angel & Clare Hughes
  • Office - Fran Gilmour, Louise Gallagher, Rachel Gillespie
  • Maintenance & Cleaning - Jai White
  • IT - Mitchell Scutt & Bailey Kent
  • Library - Betty Schuhmacher
  • Assistant Principal  Mission - Sam Irvine
  • Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning - Felicity Wilde
  • Leader of Love & Community - Hannah de Silva
  • Leader of Faith -Karen McDonald
  • Leader of Sport - Nikki Hammond
  • Leaders of Learning  - Intervention - Paula McIntyre
  • Leader of Learning - Yr K-2 Literacy & Numeracy Instructional Leader - Karen Faber
  • Leader of Learning  -Yr 3-4  Literacy & Numeracy Instructional Leader - Michelle Bratti
  • Leader of Learning - Yr 5-6 Literacy & Numeracy Instructional Leader  - Kristie Irvine
  • Principal - John O’Brien

Please be aware that there are always last minute changes each year so there may be a couple of changes before the 2024 school year. 

Teachers make the biggest difference at school to your children, but you as Parents make an even bigger difference overall. 

We farewell Lucy our cleaner and Mark our music man as they move on to other endeavours.  I thank them very much for their great contribution to the kids and community here at SMP.

We very much welcome Tara Freeburn & Paddy Wilde onto our staff in 2024, both great additions to SMP. Tara is going to help us with our Aboriginal culture alongside the teaching and learning of our students. Paddy will support the wellbeing of our students.  Our staff is very stable, which is a great sign for our school and promotes success as a school community.  I am very happy with my crew in going forward to best support all of our kids. 

We have placed kids into classes. Like I outlined previously, this is quite a big job. Going up day will be this Monday where your child will spend a couple of hours with their teacher for next year. 

Start to 2024
Years 1-6 will start on Thursday 1 February and Kinder will begin Tuesday 6 February after completing their Best Start Assessments with their teacher. We are wanting to get Yrs 1-6 back straight away and are not conducting Maths Assessments to start the year like many other Catholic schools. 

School Fees 2024  
Linked below is information from the Lismore Catholic Schools Office detailing information regarding school fees.  For SMP families, this means a rise that equates to about an extra $1.60 per week for 1 child over a calendar year. (SMP Fee Schedule).  This is not great news, but, as always, we will assist families financially that need this and, whilst I am principal, continue to ensure no child will be excluded from our school due to financial hardship. As a school, we always look at ways that we reduce the cost of other expenses we ask of families over the year.  We are still one of the cheapest Catholic &/or Independent schools in our region & in our country, by quite a significant margin compared to most, and our SMP kids get what they need when they need it.  We don't charge for book lists and I don't know anywhere else where a child gets a $400 Chrome free to use that they then can purchase a couple of years later to take home for $40.  Catholic Schools Office Information on Fees

2024 Yearly Fees

TUITION FEERESOURCE FEETOTAL YEARLY FEE
1 Child$1,000.00$140.00$1,140.00
2 Children$1,930.00$280.00$2,210.00
3 Children$2,780.00$420.00$3,200.00
4 Children$2,780.00$560.00$3,340.00

Explicit & Direct Teaching Instruction
We have researched far and wide to see what the most successful schools are doing to get better learning results for all  their kids.  The Direct/Explicit approach is having a huge impact from England to Canberra and to some schools on the Gold Coast. We have invested good time, including on our holidays, to research and visit some of these schools and organisations. Our student results we believe need to be better, therfore the reason for us investing good time in making some strong positive changes for our school in going forward. We will showcase this learning for parents at some stage next year once we have a very good grasp on what we are doing ourselves.  This is exciting for me and our school community.

Farewell Families
I would like to thank and farewell the following families who have finished their last child's education journey with us here at SMP:

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Merry Christmas
If I don’t get to see you, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope and pray you get to have a great time spent with your kids. It has been a great year,and I am already looking forward to improving our school over the holidays and next year.

Take care
John O’Brien

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