Dear Parents and Students
Last week was a big one for me, filled with many emotions and lots of memories. I greatly appreciate the many emails and well wishes that I have received since last Tuesday, when I announced my retirement from St Mary’s in the middle of 2018. It was topped off with a heart-warming response from staff and students at the end of the Whole School Eucharist - what a day it proved to be.
The Feast of St Mary
Bishop Kate Wilmot once again joined us for the Whole School Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of St Mary. This has become a special tradition for us and I wish to thank Reverend Gerry, Reverend Joyce, our musicians and all who were involved in organising this service, which brings our school community together to also celebrate our Anglican tradition.
Celebrating Life, Love and Laughter
I encourage you to join us for an evening with Robyn Moore on 11 September. It promises to be a highly entertaining and thought-provoking occasion. Thanks to the St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Foundation, who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, Robyn will be presenting to the girls during the day and to our school community in the evening. To book your seats (admission is free) for ‘Celebrating Life, Love and Laughter’ please visit www.trybooking.com/RIVI
Two of our Year 12 students received great news from the University of Western Australia that they have been awarded two of their most prestigious scholarships for 2018 and the years of their undergraduate studies. For Michaela Savage it is the Fogarty Scholarship and Kira Molloy, the Winthrop Scholarship. These are fantastic achievements for two bright and dedicated students.
Remembering a very special Old Girl
It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of Molly Walters (Riley 1937) on Monday 15 August. Mrs Walters was a former Head Girl and Dux of the School and the daughter of our founder, Bishop Riley. Many of our girls will remember Mrs Walters when she and her sister, Mrs Joan Skevington (Riley 1942), visited Year 4 classes to talk about school life at St Mary's West Perth. Mrs Walters was also a regular attendee at Speech Night, sitting rugged up in the front row, enjoying hearing of the girls’ achievements and the music. We will miss this wonderful Old Girl in many varied ways.
Members of our community are invited to a memorial service that will be held in the Chapel this Friday at 2.30pm to reflect on Molly’s wonderful life.
The Mid-Term Break
Tina Campbell and I had a whirlwind tour of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta during the mid-term break. As always, we enjoyed meeting up with families, past, present and future, as well as our Old Girls who have done us proud.
Withdrawal of Students - a term's notice
Should you be planning on withdrawing your daughter from St Mary's at the end of 2017, it is essential that you give me notice via email no later than the last day of Term 3, Friday 22 September 2017. If you are unsure if this will occur, but you are considering doing so, I encourage you to provide conditional notice to me to meet the deadline.
We are now in the throes of timetabling and staffing for 2018. It is therefore very important that we have enrolment information so that we can plan accurately.
With every best wish
Mrs Lynne Thomson