St Mary's Primary School is an integral part of St Brigid's Parish. Catholic values and traditions are a guide for all that we do throughout the school. St. Mary's vision is to be a welcoming Christ-centred learning community that promotes a quality holistic education and trusting relationships in a caring and supportive environment.
Our primary focus is student learning and we 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 and realise their potential. We have strived to continue to work in partnership with our families so 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. We have gathered as a faith community throughout the year to celebrate our Opening School Mass, Ash Wednesday, Grandparents Day, NAIDOC and other significant events.
Our strong community identity was also 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 Colour Explosion Fundraiser and at our many successful sporting events.
We feel it is our privilege to work with our families and share the responsibility of helping our children prepare for the future. 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, and this has been reflected in many of the outstanding achievements of St Mary's individuals and teams in 2019.
Our school Chess team were successful in taking out the Western Area Tournament for the third year in a row and finished in third overall in the state. Our school Strings Ensemble won their section at the Dubbo Eisteddfod and our school debating team won the Dubbo Catholic Schools competition.
Students from Years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities such as the Science and Engineering Challenge, the Philosophon, Maths Challenge and the Olympiad and the Finals of the Lachlan Macquarie College Maths Challenge. On the sporting field, our Rugby League team won the Peachey Cup Regional Finals, while our Under 12's team won the All Schools NSW Finals in Sydney and were recognised at the 2019 Dubbo Regional Sports Awards.
Our teaching staff have focused on building explicit teaching strategies in the teaching of literacy and are thrilled with the increased engagement we are seeing from our students. This approach has seen outstanding improvements 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.
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