- Principal's Report
- REC News
- Holy Week and Easter Mass Times
- School Fees
- Project Compassion Boxes
- ANZAC DAY 2021
- 2021 NAPLAN Assessment Program
- 2021 Annual Improvements Goals
- ELSA and MATHSBURST
- Sports Day - Wednesday Week 10
- Rugby Union News
- NRL League Stars Holiday Clinic - Tumut
- Year 5 / 6 Leadership days Term 2
- Class Merit Award Recipients
- Altar Serving Roster
- DATES FOR THE DIARY/CALENDAR
- Gundagai Youth Week Program 2021
- Gundagai Holiday Program April 2021
- Happy Easter
This week we enter into the holiest week of our church liturgical calendar. Holy Week celebrates the events of Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and culminates with the joy of Jesus’ glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The students from K-6 will re-enact the Holy Week events this Thursday commencing at 11.30am. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to join us in the school grounds for this very special occasion.
While we reflect back across Term 1, we are very proud of the super efforts of all our students for embracing their learning with great eagerness and giving their best to all aspects of school life. We are also very grateful for the opportunities to be able to participate once again in school, community and sporting events and to be able to welcome our families back on site.
Thank you to all our families for the very generous donations of Easter Eggs for our Easter raffle. We have been overwhelmed with such wonderful support. We look forward to celebrating our term achievements at this Thursday’s whole school assembly and the drawing of our Easter raffle. Please join us in the school hall at 2:15pm.
Our administration building continues to show progress and over the holidays the cement flooring will be laid. We are hoping that once Term 2 begins, Year 5/6 will be able to resume direct access to their classroom. At this stage we are unsure when we will have access to our school canteen, so arrangements will continue under the same organisation for now. A very special thank you to Alicia Hargreaves and all parent helpers for continuing to provide canteen options for our students in the interim.
We wish all our families a safe, happy and Holy Easter break and look forward to another exciting term commencing on Tuesday 20th April for all our students.
St Patrick and St Joseph pray for us.
This week we begin the most important week of the Church’s calendar. On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday commemorating when Jesus rode a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. The crowd rejoiced and hailed Jesus as the King, the Saviour. They waved palms shouting, “Hosanna, hosanna to our King.”
On Holy Thursday, Jesus and His Disciples prepared for the Passover Feast. Jesus washed the Disciples feet in preparation for the Feast. At the table Jesus blessed, broke and shared the bread and then took the cup, gave thanks and drank from it. These actions initiated the first Mass. The same words and actions are celebrated each time we go to Mass.
On Good Friday Jesus was trialled, sentenced to death and crucified on the Cross. Jesus gave His life for us. Jesus was then laid in the tomb.
On Easter Sunday we remember Jesus glorious resurrection, His triumph over evil and celebrating new life.
Journey with Jesus through Holy Week reflecting on the Stations of the Cross
Easter Celebrations at St Patrick’s Church
- Holy Thursday – 6 pm Washing of the Feet
- Good Friday – Stations of the Cross 10 am
- Passion of Our Lord 3 pm
- Saturday Easter Vigil Mass – 6 pm
- Easter Sunday – 8 am
- Altar servers will be needed at each service so if you are able to assist please let Mrs Howe know as soon as possible.
We are happy to be able to announce the dates for the Sacramental Program for 2021. Three Sacraments will be celebrated in our Parish this year. If your child will be a participant in any Sacrament, please place these dates in your diaries so that we can be fully prepared in our preparation.
Please contact Madeline Ryan – Parish Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Reconciliation - Term Two
Lesson 1 - Tuesday 11th May - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 2 - Saturday 15th May - 3:45 pm 4:50 pm
- and Commitment Mass NB Mass at 5 pm
Lesson 3 -Tuesday 18th May - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 4 - Saturday 22nd May - 3:45 pm 4:50 pm Mass at 5pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesday 26th May 9:30 am
Confirmation - Term Three
- Saturday, 17th July introduction meeting 4:15 pm before 5 pm Mass – Commitment Mass for candidates.
Lesson 1 - Tuesday 20th July - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 2 - Saturday 24th July - 3:45 pm to 4:50 pm and Mass to follow
Lesson 3 - Tuesday 27th July - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 4 - Saturday 31st July - 3:45 pm to 4:50 pm and Mass to follow
Lesson 5 - Tuesday 3rd August - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Preparation Day – Wednesday 11th August 9:30 am – 3:15 pm
Sacrament of Confirmation – 14th August – 5pm Mass
- Children will be Confirmed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Eucharist - Term Four
Lesson 1 - Tuesday 19th October - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 2 - Saturday 23rd October - 3:45 pm - 5 pm for Commitment Mass
Lesson 3 - Tuesday 26th October - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Lesson 4 - Saturday 30th October - 3:45 pm - 5 pm for Mass
Lesson 5 - (possible Tuesday 2nd November if another lesson is needed)
Lesson 6 - Wednesday 3rd November Preparation Day – 9:15 am – 3:15 pm
Sacrament of First Holy Communion - Saturday 6th November 6pm Mass
Wishing you and your family a happy and holy Easter season.
Holy Thursday Lord’s Supper: 1st of April 6.00 pm
Good Friday 'Stations of the Cross': 2nd of April 10.00 am
Good Friday Passion of the Lord: 2nd of April 3.00 pm
Easter Saturday Vigil Mass: 3rd of April 6.00 pm
Easter Sunday : 4th of April 8am
If you are experiencing difficulties then please do not hesitate to contact the school.
The following dates for the assessments are outlined below. It is extremely important that ALL Year 3 and 5 students attend school on the dates listed to ensure participation in the national assessment program.
Tuesday 11th May-Writing (paper based)
Wednesday 12th May-Reading
Thursday 13th May-Language Conventions
Friday 14th May-Numeracy
Each assessment goes for approximately 40-45 minutes. Students will undertake a practice session prior to participating in the assessment program. Parents of Year 3 and 5 students will receive a parent information letter.
Each year the school focuses on 3 main goals for improvement. The 2021 goals are outlined below together with a short summary of the goals of the three areas.
- Mission and Vision and alignment to new RE Curriculum: Staff are working to develop a new Vision and Mission statement that reflects the current school context of St Patrick’s school. We look forward to sharing this with our school community once it has been finalised. Staff will also undergo Professional Learning on Monday 19th April on developing their pedagogical understanding of Conceptual Inquiry to support Religious Education curriculum development.
- Explicit Literacy Agenda- Introduction of the InitiaLit program K-3 and continued focus on quality literacy instruction in Years 3-6.
- Using quality instruction and student data to inform practice-Utilising PAT R, PAT M, NAPLAN, Dibels and in-class assessment data to drive the learning agenda with a focus on quality programs such as InitiLit, STEM, ELSA, Mathsburst etc to improve student performance.
On Thursday last week, the 5/6 boys went to Tumut to participate in a Rugby Gala Day run by the Brumbies.
We won 2 games and lost 2 games on the day.
Even though we didn’t win all our games we all had fun which is more important than winning. Thank you to Mr Ferguson for coaching us, Rhianna and Tom for doing skill sessions and the Tumut Bullants for running the canteen and letting us use their oval.
By Ollie Gailey- Year 6 and James Reardon- Year 5
Year 3 and 4 Rugby Union Gala Day in Tumut
On the 25th of March we attended a Union Gala day in Tumut. The first game we played was against McAuley 1, then Bongongo, McAuley 2 and finally Bongongo. It was an awesome day for us all and our team played very well.
Thank you, Mr Leane, Tom and Rhianna, for training us. The team also want to thank Riley Smith for being our water boy and manager on the day.
By Riley and Lachlan.
The program will be held on Wednesday the 14th of April at Twickenham Oval, between 9am – 12pm.Costs of the program is $49 per participant, with Holiday Clinic participants receiving a NRL pack which includes a drawstring bag, cap, high bounce ball & football. Pack will be delivered to participants address once they register.
To Register please follow the below link:
Year 5 / 6 Leadership Days will be held during the first week of Term 2. On Thursday and Friday of week 1 the Yr 5/6 class will come in out of uniform on both days as they will be preparing to lead their peer support groups as part of our Leadership Initiatives - More information will be sent home with the Yr 5/6 class in week 1 term 2 (prior to Thursday 22nd April)
Congratulations to our Week 8 and Week 9 Class Awards
Kindergarten : Harrison Barton for giving all class work 100% effort
Year 1 / 2 : Emma Brown for effort + results in her 'stop and spell' spelling tests
Year 3 / 4 : Emmy Gaskin for her increasing input into class discussions and application to classwork
Year 5 / 6 : Oliver Gailey for his leadership duties in and around the school. Thank you Ollie
Kindergarten : Kingsley McDonnell for great class participation
Year 1 / 2 : Lachlan Hargreaves for a positive attitude towards all school work
Year 3 / 4 : Andrew Cole for engaging in history lessons with effort
Year 5 / 6 : Akacia Winchester for thoughtful reflections and responses to novels read
W I L D C A T A W A R D S
RESPECTFUL : Montanna Manns
RESPONSIBLE : Molly Lott
Thursday 1st April: 2.15pm-Student of the Month Assembly
Thursday 1st April: 3.15pm Conclusion of Term 1
Monday 19th April-Student Professional Learning Day
Tuesday 20th April: Term 2 resumes for K-6
Sunday 25th April: 10.30am ANZAC Day parade
Monday 26th April: 2.00pm David Enever Concert for K-6
Tuesday 18th May: Mortimer Shield Years 5/6-Tumut
Tuesday 25th May-My Body, My Life-Years 5/6
Friday 25th June-Term 2 concludes