- Principal's Report
- REC NEWS
- Pupil Free Days (Staff Professional Development Days)
- Father's Day Celebration Breakfast
- Therapy Dog
- 2023 Enrolments
- Drink Bottles
- Street Stall & Raffle Tickets
- Tournament of the Minds
- Lost Property
- Public Speaking
- School Photos
- Trent Barrett Shield Carnival
- Student of the Month & Principal's Awards
- Weekly Awards
- Meat Raffle
- Canteen Roster
- Altar Serving Roster
- Radio News
We are halfway through another school term, and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly the school weeks pass by! School life is busy again with so many activities happening each week.
A huge thank you to all involved in the organisation of the St Patrick’s Trivia Night which was held on Friday evening. The evening was a great success, with lots of positive feedback from the community members that attended the evening. The auction items were certainly a highlight of the evening. Thank you to all who attended the evening or contributed to the auction items. Your ongoing support of our school is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students who have been busily preparing for the Public Speaking competition. All of our students are to be commended for the time and effort they have put into their speeches. Congratulations to Indi, Lachlan H, Christyne, Riley, Abigail, Charlotte, Sophie and Gracie who have all been selected to go through to the Interschool Public Speaking competition against McAuley Catholic Central School representatives on Tuesday 30th August. A special mention to Garvita, Corby and Eliza who also presented excellent speeches and narrowly missed out on selection.
We have received some wonderful affirmations and positive comments from the contingent of delegates from the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) who visited our school 2 weeks ago. A special thank you to all the staff for their support in helping the visit run so smoothly. The CEC have sent a beautiful ‘Lady Palm’ plant for our front foyer area as a thank you gift for the wonderful welcome and hospitality they received on the day, which has been very much appreciated.
Our St Patrick’s School Street stall is being held next Thursday 1st September through to Saturday 3rd September. All donation of cooking and saleable items are very much appreciated.
Have a great week,
Tomorrow we will be visited by Helen Bramanathan from the Religious Education Team in Canberra to lead the students and Staff in the practice of Christian Meditation.
The Essentials of Christian Meditation
Silence Stillness Simplicity
Stillness of Letting go of all God’s work. We are providing
body and mind. thoughts the opportunity to be open to
His presence that’s all we need to do.
Christian Meditation is the simple act of being with God. We are not thinking, or imagining or talking to God – we are ‘being’ in silence and stillness with God’s spirit in our heart.
Sit still, back upright.
Close your eyes lightly.
Silently repeat the mantra –‘Ma-ra-na-tha’.
Focus on the mantra
Be open to the Holy Spirit working in the silence.
Be with God’s
Spirit in your heart.
Monday 29th August (Week 7)
Friday 23rd September (Week 10) Last day of Term (NO CANTEEN THAT WEEK)
Both days will be PUPIL FREE DAYS
Dads may call into the school from 8:00am to have breakie on-site or collect a take-away breakie.
We will be sending home a flyer shortly and would ask that you please RSVP and send into the office by no later than Tuesday 30th August to allow time to order food.
Therapy dogs are being utilised in many schools to support and improve the wellbeing of the school community. Research has found that interactions with animals can have positive physical and psychological effects on the health and well-being of many members across school communities. Therapy Dogs can be used for the following purposes:
- Reduce stress, anxiety and increase school attendance
- Providing support to anxious or high needs students
- Calming and settling effects on students
- Increased engagement in learning
- Support positive interactions with animals
St Patrick’s school will trial the use of a therapy dog over the coming term with the introduction of a small Moodle dog called Louie. The Moodle is a hybrid of a maltese and poodle. They have a lively and affectionate personality and are intelligent dogs that love human interaction. Moodles do not shed hair as they have a wool coat, therefore reducing allergic reactions. St Patrick’s will follow the DET School Support Dog Guidelines and CE policy guidelines.
Our 2023 Kindergarten Enrolments are still open. Online applications can be found on our website www.spg.nsw.edu.au under 'Parents' tab or if you prefer to fill out a paper application the forms can be picked up from the front office.
Tours can be arranged by appointment. If you know of any families with Preschool aged children still unsure where they are sending their children to school in 2023 please let them know about our school.
STREET STALL FUNDRAISER
Last week we sent home a flyer calling for volunteers to help out at our annual street stall on 1st, 2nd and 3rd September. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to sit on the street stall we appreciate your help.
There are several time slots still need filling if you could assist for an hour. The following time slots need filling:
Thursday 1st Sept
12-1pm (need one volunteer)
3-4pm (need one volunteer)
Friday 2nd Sept
11-12pm (need one or two volunteers)
1-2pm - (need one or two volunteers)
2-3pm - (need one or two volunteers)
3-4pm - (need one or two volunteers)
If you could help out for an hour please contact the office.
Don't forget also to send in your raffle tickets with your money.
Our best wishes are extended to our Tournament of the Minds team heading to Wagga, to compete in this local competition.
The School Photographer will be at St Patrick’s on Friday the 16th September for school photos. Envelopes can be sent into school prior to photo day or brought in on the morning of photos. If you are paying online please ensure you write your receipt number on the envelope.
Please contact the office if you would like a "Sibling Envelope" sent home
Congratulations to our Week 4 and Week 5 Class Awards.
Week 4 - 12th August 2022
Kindergarten : Billy Eccleston for being tuned in to learning and sharing his discoveries
Yr 1/2 : Charlie Ryder for showing confidence and accuracy in Maths
Yr 3/4 : Dale Paton for his committment to reading in class every morning
Yr 3/4: Emma Ferguson for being focused and enthusiastic during care fitness
Yr 5/6: No Class Award presented
Week 5 - 19th August 2022
Kindergarten: Claudia Worldon for increased confidence when sounding out words
Kindergarten: Isabella Melksham for great improvement with sounding out words and putting words back together (Mrs Johnson)
Yr 1/2 : Mackenzie Little for producing quality work in all areas
Yr 3/4: Conor Cotterill for his participation in our compass lesson
Yr 5/6: Tessa Crowe for her entertaining and engaging speech on "If I was Prime Minister"