Key dates and links for the commencement of Term 1.

A letter from Principal Ian Gamack has been emailed to all parents & caregivers, please refer to the letter for a full explanation of the updated requirements for the beginning of the school year.

Parents involved in essential work will be required to register their children for the first two weeks of school if they will be attending school during that time. This will allow the school to organise appropriate supervision for their first week at school and give our teaching staff time to prepare for the online delivery of their Term 1 work in Week 2 (as per the dates below). We understand that this will be quite unusual for new families entering the school, but Heads of School, Tutors, and Classroom Teachers will be communicating with students and families in the first two weeks.

Registration of your child/ren to attend school in the first two weeks needs to be done through the following TryBooking links by Friday 21 January:
Junior School
Middle School
Senior School

As stated above, Teaching Staff will be preparing carefully for online learning in Week 1 of term and those students who are at school will be working on alternative programs. These programs will be educational in nature, but Term 1 work will not commence until Week 2 on the dates listed below.
OSHC will be operating as normal during this time.

Important New Dates for the Commencement of School:

  • 25, 27, 28 & 31 January – Registered students of essential workers may attend school and be supervised for the school day.
  • Monday 31 January – Boarders Travel Day. Boarders are welcome to return over the weekend of 29 & 30 January also.
    Online learning of Term 1 work will commence for our Year 11 and 12 students.
  • Tuesday 1 February – Online learning of Term 1 work will commence for Prep to Year 10 students.


Setting Up Your Devices:

Given that online learning requires student access to eCat, it will be necessary for all students to have access to a computer for at least a part of each day. Set up details are:

  • For Junior School families, Mr. Baills will send information to parents regarding their login and teachers will inform parents of their children’s online programs.
  • For new students in Years 7 to 12 and continuing students who might want assistance with the setup of a new device, BYOD sessions will run as per the end of year mailout. All BYOD sessions will run in Room Q15.
  • New boarding students will have their BYOD sessions on 31 January between 10.30am and 12.30pm in Room Q15.

Photo Days
The photo days will now be as follows:

  • Wednesday 16 February
    – Senior School Photo (Formal Uniform)
  • Thursday 17 February
    – Early Years Staff Photo 7.00am
    – Teaching Staff Photo 8.00am
    – Early Years Photo
    – Middle School Photo (Formal Uniform)
  • Friday 18 February
    – Kindy to Year 6 Photo Day (Kindy Blue Sports Uniform, Prep to Year 3 Check Uniform, Year 4 to Year 6 Formal Uniform)

Parents and Friends’ Association Second-Hand Uniform Store
The P & F Second Hand Uniform Store will be open next week in St Mary’s at the following times:

  • Monday 17 January – 9.00am to 11.30am
  • Tuesday 18 January – 9.00am to 11.30am
  • Wednesday 19 January – 2.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 20 January – 9.00am to 11.30am
  • Friday 21 January – 9.00am to 11.30am

Because of the small area of St Mary’s there will only be two families able to enter at any time. We ask that you be as quick as possible with your purchases so that wait times for others are kept to a minimum. There will be marquees, chairs, and water set up at the front of St Mary’s. Please sign in with the QR Code displayed. Please note that sports shorts and formal hats are in short supply at the P & F Second Hand Uniform Store.

Masks at School

  • All parents, students and visitors 12 years old and over must wear a mask if indoors.
  • You do not need to wear a mask outdoors if you can remain 1.5 metres away from others that are not members of your household.
  • Students under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability do not lawfully have to wear a face mask but are able to if they wish.

P & F Welcome Back BBQ

  • The P & F Welcome Back BBQ that was going to be held on Friday 4 February will now be held at a later date to be advised.


Music Rehearsal Day

  • The music rehearsal day in the calendar for 24 January will now occur on 28 January from 8.30am to 3.00pm.


While usual proceedings are not possible for our 2022 start, we are very much looking forward to the year ahead.
A sincere thank you to all parents for your support and assistance during the first two weeks of Term 1.

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