Marking faith and learning for everyone

"As the year draws to a close we have much to celebrate as a faith and learning community," Ms McRae said.

"As a learning community our culture has continued to develop as one of collaboration and strong co-teaching partnerships.

"We have worked to deliver a dynamic curriculum catering for the needs of all learners.

"There has been continued focus on flexible and contemporary classroom environments.

"This year we have successfully implemented the Big Write and VCOP approach to writing. This focuses on developing excitement and engagement around the writing process and developing an understanding of the technical elements of text.

"We have also had strong focuses on implementing science and digital technologies.

"This year our school community has been able to acknowledge extraordinary student achievements across a wide range of areas."

Highlights include Alex Wain representing St Mary's on the National Stage in Athletics and Cross Country.

Alex won the 10 years national cross country title and received first placings at Polding in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events. He also competed at nationals for 800 metres and 1500 metres.

Tristan Todd received the highest score in the country for year 3 in the ICAS Science competition and the schools' Brain Olympia team won the regional final in Narrabri this term.

St Mary's chess teams continue to be competitive with a variety of placings across local and regional contests.

"In creative and performing arts, our stage 3 choir were winners of the grade 3-6 choral section at the Armidale Eisteddfod and our school continues to develop a strong culture of performance ensembles with our school orchestra and percussion groups," Ms McRae said.

"Our annual student art show showcased some amazing student work and this exhibition saw works from Elizabeth Shepheard in year 6 and Will Douglas-Menzies in year 2 selected to be entered into the NSW Operation Art competition."

All grade runner-up works were entered into the UNESAP Let's Hang It exhibition.

Year One student Tashabelle Cawley was selected as a finalist in the UNESAP competition.

"Community involvement continues to be part of our identity at St Mary's and next week we acknowledge the wonderful contribution of our school and parish community with volunteers attending our annual 'thank you' morning tea," Ms McRae said.

"Our Mini Vinnies group has been active in leading the school supporting community projects and fundraising for drought relief, Catholic Mission and the St Vincent de Paul Winter appeal. We have had a schoolwide focus on water conservation and have enjoyed working with Armidale Regional Council on water saving ideas.

"Our garden club group and year 5 and 6 students have been looking at ways to collect and conserve water in our school environment.

"As our year draws to a close we are looking forward to our annual year 6 operetta performance and Christmas plays for students in kinder to year 4.

"Next week we gather to farewell our outgoing year 6 students at the graduation social and celebrate as a faith community at our end of year Mass."

GREAT EFFORT: Alex Wain won the 10 years national cross country title and received first placings at Polding in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events.

GREAT EFFORT: Alex Wain won the 10 years national cross country title and received first placings at Polding in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events.

BIG ACHIEVEMENT: Tristan Todd received the highest score in the country for year 3 in the ICAS Science competition.

BIG ACHIEVEMENT: Tristan Todd received the highest score in the country for year 3 in the ICAS Science competition.

ON THE MARCH: St Mary's acknowledges extraordinary student achievements across a wide range of areas.

ON THE MARCH: St Mary's acknowledges extraordinary student achievements across a wide range of areas.

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