A message from Principal Luke Wilson.
St Mary’s Primary School is an integral part of St Brigid’s Parish in Dubbo. Catholic values and traditions are a guide for all that we do throughout the school. Our primary focus is student learning and I thank all of our staff for their ongoing commitment to providing a quality education that allows the children in our care to achieve high levels of learning.
We have endeavoured to continue to work in partnerships with our community so that parish, family and school work together to provide the best possible education for our children. This is evident in the family involvement in the St Brigid’s Parish Sacramental Program.
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We have gathered as a faith community throughout the year to celebrate significant events including our Opening School Mass, Ash Wednesday, Grandparents Day, NAIDOC week and many others.
Our strong community identity was reflected through the generous support we received throughout the year at community events such as Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day Lunch, Father’s Day Breakfast, our annual Fun Fair and at all of our sporting events.
We feel it is our privilege to work with our families and share the responsibility of helping our children prepare for their futures.
We recognise that each child is unique and has a right to develop their individual talents. We strive to develop the full potential of each child; spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
This is reflected in some of the outstanding achievements of St Mary’s individuals and teams throughout the year. Our Year 3 and Year 4 rugby league team won the Russell Richardson Cup for the second year in a row and the girls T20 cricket squad made the final of the NSW/ACT T20 competition.
Our girl’s netball team made the Regional Final of the NSW Schools Cup, while individually Aimee Longhurst was selected in the NSW Girls Cricket team and Alex McGrath won medals at Polding in multi-class events in swimming and athletics.
Success wasn’t just limited to the sporting fields with our school debating team winning the Catholic Schools Debating Shield and our school’s chess team winning both local and regional titles, and are now ranked in top three Primary School Chess teams in NSW.
The school band was successful in winning their section at the Dubbo Eisteddfod, while our talented maths students participated in the Maths Olympiad competition resulting in six students receiving awards for finishing in the top 20 per cent of all participants.
St Mary’s teaching staff have continued to focus on collaboration and effective formative assessment strategies throughout the year. We use formative assessment data to improve individual teaching practice and positively impact on student learning.
This approach has seen outstanding improvements across the school in student learning, and we look forward to continuing to work together as a learning community as we strive for high levels of learning for all of our students.