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2023 Newsletter Term 3 - Week 8

Dear parents,

I want to particularly thank students and staff who are preparing their performances, artworks and menus for the Festival of the Arts. Year 5&6 students are painting sets and rehearsing their lines in order to stage the Italian play (translated into English!) The Betrothed (“I Promessi Sposi”), adapted from what is often called “the great Italian historical novel” by Alessandro Manzoni. Revised by the author in 1842 to ensure it was written in the pure rhythm of Florentine Tuscan, the adapted play is sure to elevate and enrich those of us fortunate enough to see it performed. The Betrothed is but one act of a multitude that I do hope you can come to see, hear and, indeed, taste.

Year 11 students have just completed exams this week, while Year 12 students are entering their final two weeks of schooling before the final challenge of HSC examinations. It won’t be long before other high-schoolers have their chance to sit exams. I have taken the opportunity recently to visit classes and speak with students about their approach to schooling and how it affects their success overall and vocational pathways down the track. In one class I spoke about sloppiness: arriving late, being out of uniform or wearing it incorrectly, homework incomplete or late, to name a few attributes. Our attendance, state of dress and attention to out-of-hours work are all signs of commitment to high standards. I expect nothing less of SMMC students.

Thanks for your support.

Warm regards,

Ian Smith


Students Late to School

A friendly reminder that all students who arrive late to please sign into the office on arrival. This is for both child safety reasons and to ensure that our rolls are correct in an emergency situation. Thank you.

Festival of the Arts

Ticket bookings are now open for SMMC’s 15 Year Anniversary Festival Of The Arts that will take place on Tuesday 19th September at St John’s Multipurpose Hall. For further information and to book your free tickets visit:

Country Christmas Twilight Fete

This year’s fete will be held a little later in Term 4 than in the past years as a Country Christmas Twilight Fete on Friday 17th November from 5pm to 8pm. Save the date in your diary. Donations of goods, services and vouchers are needed for the event. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

High School Level Awards

Congratulations to our High School students who have reached a new level of the School Leadership Program this year. Students who have reached Level 1 and 2 will next week enjoy a dinner and morning tea respectively for their efforts. Well done.

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