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The School Newsletter Week 10, Term 1 2021

What's Coming Up?

  • Wed 31 March: Parent Engagement Meeting 6.30pm in the library
  • Thurs 1 April: Last day Term 1
  • Fri 2 April: Good Friday
  • Mon 19 April: Students and Staff return for Term 2

TERM 2 CALENDAR

  • Mon 19 Apr: Students return to school. Transition to winter uniform begins.
  • Sun 25 Apr: ANZAC Day.
  • Tue 27 Apr: Diocesan cross country. (Venue to be advised).
  • Wed 28 Apr: P&F meeting @ 7.30pm.
  • Fri 30 April: School assembly in the hall @ 2.30pm.
  • Mon 3 May: Pupil-free day.
  • Mon 3 May: Catholic Schools Week begins.
  • Tue 4 May: All students in winter uniform.
  • Sun 9 May: Mothers’ Day.
  • Tue 11 May: NAPLAN Writing (Years 3 & 5).
  • Wed 12 May: NAPLAN Reading (Years 3 & 5).
  • Thu 13 May: NAPLAN Conventions of Language (Years 3 & 5). / NAPLAN Numeracy (Years 3 & 5).
  • Fri 14 May: Walk Safely To School Day. / School assembly in the hall @ 2.30pm.
  • Wed 26 May: P&F meeting @ 7.30pm.
  • Fri 28 May: School athletics carnival.
  • Fri 11 June: Semester 1 reports to be published. / School assembly in the hall @ 2.30pm.
  • Mon 14 June: Public holiday.
  • Wed 23 June: Lakes regional athletics carnival. / P&F meeting @ 7.30pm.
  • Fri 25 June: Last day of Term 2. / School assembly in the hall @ 2.30pm.

From the Principal

As we approach the end of Term One, we have much to be grateful for. The wet weather which has delayed our St Patrick’s Day celebrations has been overshadowed by a gradual return to the playground and classroom of parents, grandparents and volunteers. It is lovely to see more and more people coming onto the school site to drop off their children, to do business at the school office, and to volunteer in so many ways that have not been possible throughout the pandemic. However, we must not become complacent. We ask you to continue to take the usual precautions which include signing in with the QR code and maintaining physical distancing and high standards of hygiene. Thank you, one and all, for the support and encouragement that you give to the teachers and support staff.

I have advised you previously of the departure of two staff members this week: Rachel Wright and Toni Curley.

Rachel has shown us that teaching is all about being present to people in authentic ways. I have seen Rachel drop everything to attend to a student in crisis, to listen to a parent who is distressed, or to spend time with a staff member who needs to debrief after a particularly difficult day at the chalkface. Authentic leadership is a complex phenomenon and yet Rachel has demonstrated how simple it really can be: people come first and everything else will eventually get done. It is Rachel’s presence to her students, her colleagues and the families at St Patrick’s that best sums up the role she has played as our learning support teacher. I wish her all the very best in her new role as an education officer at the Catholic Schools Office. We will continue to work with Rachel in her new role and we look forward to seeing her around St Patrick’s now and again.

For Toni, retirement beckons! I have been inspired by Toni’s dedication to duty; by her high professional standards; and by her generosity, integrity, flexibility and loyalty. Working in the area of student support, Toni has demonstrated a capacity to adapt her support to the needs of those students with whom she works. It is a mark of Toni’s generosity and flexibility that she is often prepared, at very short notice, to alter her schedule and to improvise where necessary, when unexpected changes to our routines occur. In addition to her role as a learning support assistant, Toni’s pastoral care of her colleagues has been a hallmark of her work. Toni ensures that every staff member’s birthday is recognised, and that gifts and flowers are organised. Toni’s reputation as the quiz master at our annual trivia nights is well documented, and we are very thankful for the fun and laughs that Toni has brought to these occasions.

Easter blessings to every St Patrick’s family! Drive safely, enjoy the break and be kind to your parents!

Peter Green.

Have a good week.

OUR ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

After two postponements due to wet weather, it was worth waiting for! A sea of green saturated our school as students, staff members and family members celebrated St Patrick’s Day yesterday. Fittingly, the day began with a liturgy at which we recalled the life story of St Patrick and the qualities that we admire in our school’s patron saint. Sincere thanks to Mrs Walker, Mrs Stewart, Mr Lockwood and the students of Kindergarten and Year 2 who prepared the liturgy.

And then the games began! We could debate the ethics of teaching children to build a leprechaun trap, but Mrs Walker certainly engaged the students in this activity and the results were very creative. Mr McCarthy’s ‘Pot of Gold Toss’ and Mrs Browne’s potato and spoon relays brought out the competitive streak in the students. Mrs Ogden’s ‘Shamrock Stomp’ and Mrs Dent’s ‘Irish Freeze’ created a great deal of excitement. Mr Fox took great delight in encouraging the students to pin a shamrock (while blindfolded) on a poor leprechaun, while Mrs Stewart sent the children away on an Irish phrase treasure hunt. Mr Lockwood and Mrs Curley – both avid Bingo players – organised a game of Irish Bingo for the students, while Mrs McMaster – capably assisted by the Year 6 girls – opened the Shamrock Salon where green hair spray, green nail polish and green face paint became their tools of trade.

At lunch time and recess, the tables were laid with delicious green food – cakes, lollies, jellies, toffees and biscuits – to name just a few. Thanks to the parents and carers of the Kindergarten and Year 4 students who provided such an array of tasty food. Thanks also to the Year 6 students who sold the food and who observed very high standards of hygiene with the use of sanitiser and gloves.

After recess the winners of the St Patrick’s Day art competition were announced. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Kindergarten: Egan.
  • Year 1: Brayson.
  • Year 2 Blue: Lucy.
  • Year 2 White: Florence.
  • Year 3: Rhys.
  • Year 4: Lukah.
  • Year 5: Layla W.
  • Year 6: Macey.

Each of these artists received a $25.00 gift card at Dymocks. Their artworks are displayed in the school foyer.

Fuelled with the green food and with the adrenaline running high, the students assembled on the grass for the tug-o-war competition. Mrs Ogden was appointed to be the referee, and in her rigorously impartial manner, there was no favouritism was shown to any of the teams. Mr Lockwood, who could well have a second career as a sports commentator, whipped up the enthusiasm of the students with his very expert analysis of each team members’ strengths and the tactics used by each of the teams. Ultimately, the grand final brought together the two strongest teams, with the ‘Irish Harps’ proving just a little stronger than the ‘Leprechauns’. Tears were shed at the medal ceremony as each member of the ‘Irish Harps’ realised that they had reached their sporting pinnacle – the winners of the 2021 St Patrick’s Day tug-o-war competition. Any future sporting achievements will fade in comparison to this feat!

The proceeds of the day - $529.30 - were split evenly between Caritas Australia and Rare Cancers Australia. Thanks to everybody for your financial support. To date, Elliot and Gemma have raised $2929.65 in support of Rare Cancers Australia. A monumental effort!

FROM THE REC

Holy Week

With our lives being so busy, the Easter break comes as a timely reminder and an opportunity for each of us to stop and reflect upon our faith. With last Sunday being Passion Sunday, we began the final part of our journey with Jesus to his crucifixion and resurrection. Holy Week is the most sacred time in the liturgical life of the Church, as it recalls the story of our faith and the Pascal Mystery. It is an opportunity for us, as believers, to deepen our faith and love in Christ.

Holy Week began with Jesus entering Jerusalem, not as a warrior in the tradition of King David but riding simply on a donkey. The disciples and the crowd applauded him, but they proved fickle in their support leading into the events of the Easter Triduum.

The Easter Triduum refers to three days in the Church’s calendar which express the central mystery of our faith. It begins on Holy Thursday as we focus on Jesus’ farewell words and deeds at the Last Supper. Good Friday is when we ponder the events of his suffering and death. It finishes with the Easter Vigil when we celebrate the liberation of humankind through Christ’s resurrection. This three-stage sequence of worship allows us to take in an enormous mystery in small parts and to relate it to our own lives – the sorrows, joys, successes and failures. Of all the Church’s celebrations throughout the year, the Easter Triduum is considered the high point.

As a school community, we will be holding a Holy Week reflection on Thursday 1st April at 1.45pm. At this liturgy, the students will be recalling key events of Holy Week. All parents are invited to attend this reflection. If you are interested in assisting in these liturgies or any future liturgical celebrations, please email the school with your contact information.

I strongly encourage you as a family to attend the liturgical celebrations throughout this Easter period. Each of the ceremonies over Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday has a different feeling, and each of the liturgies offers very faith-provoking experiences.

I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Easter and I hope that you will enjoy some time with your family and friends. Don’t overindulge on too much chocolate and keep the message of the risen Lord in mind.

Gracious God,

Jesus showed enormous courage as he followed your plan for us. Grant us the courage to remain faithful to your teachings. Strengthen us with the knowledge that you walk with us. Brighten our journey with the hope of Resurrection.

We ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Holy Week and Easter Mass Times

  • Holy Thursday - Windale - 7pm
  • Good Friday - Swansea - 3pm
  • Holy Saturday Vigil - Belmont - 6pm
  • Easter Sunday - Swansea - 7.30am
  • Easter Sunday - Belmont - 9.00am

If you are unable to attend any of these Church services, you can also Live Stream Mass using https://www.mn.catholic.org.au/

Thank you to all the families who contributed to Project Compassion this year. All of the funds raised are donated to Caritas and this year they are focused on providing those less fortunate with training programs to help provide for their families and their communities. All Project Compassion boxes should be returned to the school by the end of this week.. If you prefer to make an electronic donation, please contribute to the St Patrick’s Project Compassion fund raising page at https://lent.caritas.org.au/t/st-patricks-school-team-page

Daniel Lockwood

Religious Education Coordinator

EASTER RAFFLE

Thank you to the following businesses who have donated generously to our easter raffle.

Donation of eggs - Coles Swansea and Woolworths Swansea

Gift Voucher - Swansea Seafood (Located behind Coles CarPark)

Swansea Seafood Trading Hours:

  • Easter Thurs: 10-5pm
  • Good Friday: 7am-1pm (no hot food)
  • Easter Sat: 9-3pm

Usual Trading Hours:

  • Tues-Thurs 10-4pm
  • Fri: 10-6:30pm
  • Sat: 9-3pm
  • Closed Sun/Mon

Extended hours during School Holidays

2022 KINDER ENROLMENTS OPEN

Collect an enrolment pack from the School Office or download one from the school website! First round offers are made in early June, so don't delay, enrol today!

PARENT ENGAGEMENT MEETING

YEAR 5/6 Overnight CAMP

On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th November this year, the students of Years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to attend an overnight camp at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre at Gwandalan. Although we have been unable to get an exact price of the camp for each student, we have been told that it will be around $249.00. We understand that this price will be confirmed in the next few weeks, and we will keep you posted. This camp fee is not included in your school fees account, it will be billed separately, hopefully early in Term 2.

PUPIL-FREE DAY

A reminder that there will be a pupil-free day on Monday 3rd May.

CANTEEN NEWS

We have come to the end of the first term and the canteen crew is extremely grateful to everyone who has helped in the canteen this term. I am sure that we will have a few more volunteers on board once they get their clearance to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, refer to the school website for details. (If you are interested please refer to the school website for details)

Sincere apologies for the confusion last Friday. In the newsletter it was advertised that the canteen was closed for end-of-term cleaning. However, a technical error was made on the QKR app and the ordering was left open for this date. Thank goodness for the kind last-minute help of Jake McIvor and Ben McCarthy who put together all the lunches. Crisis averted! A big thank you to both Jake and Ben!

The canteen crew is looking forward to another great term providing “Canteen Day” to all the kids at St Patrick’s!

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Transition to winter uniform: With the weather likely to become somewhat cooler over the next few weeks, there will be a two-week transition to the wearing of the winter school uniform. During the first two weeks of Term 2, the students may wear either the summer uniform or the winter uniform, depending on the weather. All students are required to be wearing the winter uniform by Monday 3rd May. Please note that the students are not permitted to “mix and match” the uniform, e.g. long pants go with long sleeves and a tie; shorts go with short sleeves.

Girls’ tunic: At present there is a shortage of sizes 4 and 6 in the girls’ winter tunic, but the new supplies soon after 3rd May. If you cannot purchase a tunic in these sizes, your daughter may continue to wear the summer uniform until the new winter stock arrives. If anybody has a size 4 or 6 girls’ winter tunic that you no longer need – and you would like to donate it to the uniform service – I am sure that it could come in handy. Thanks!

Exceptionally cold days: The only additional item of clothing permitted to be worn on exceptionally cold days is a warm jacket. For most cold days, however, students should be layered with the school fleecy navy v-neck jacket or the school tracksuit jacket.

Sport uniform: Please note that, beginning in Term 2 - for the rest of the year - the sport uniform will be worn on the following days:

  • Tuesdays for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 – NOT THURSDAYS AS PREVIOUSLY ADVISED.
  • Fridays for Years 3 to 6.

If you need to contact the uniform service please email them via stpatricksuniform@gmail.com or, to speak with the volunteers directly, visit the supply room on a Friday morning between 8.30-9.30am.

ANZAC DAY

St Patrick’s is usually well represented at the Swansea RSL Club’s ANZAC Day march and service. We generally have a few early risers at the dawn service as well. Last year the services were cancelled, due to the COVID pandemic. At this stage I am not aware whether there will be any restrictions around the march or the services, and therefore whether schools will be represented. As soon as I have some information, I will let you know.

Donations Wanted!

The outdoor play space has become a busy hive of activity. It is wonderful to watch the children positively interact, socialise, problem solve and collaborate every lunch time and recess. We are trying to offer different resources each Wednesday and Thursday to stimulate curiosity and to keep catering for the interests of our students. If you are having a clean out during the school holidays, we are looking for:

  • Tonka trucks: metal would be great but plastic is also fine
  • Wicker baskets
  • Baby dolls
  • Costume jewellery
  • Dinosaurs
  • “Sylvannian” families
  • Dollhouse toys
  • Duplo
  • Small offcuts of wood
  • Marbles
  • PVC pipes
  • Rugs
  • Action figures
  • Match box cars

If you have any items that you’re unsure about feel free to email me at emma.tanchevski@mn.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Tanchevski :-)

FAREWELL MARSHALL

At the end of this week, we will farewell Marshall (Year 1) for two school terms as he and his parents, Christie and Clint, are heading off with their caravan for a trip around our beautiful country. The first leg of their trip will see them heading west across the Nullabor, and then north along the west coast. What a wonderful experience for the family! We wish them all the very best and we look forward to welcoming Marshall back at St Patrick’s in Term 4 (unless the family decides to become perpetual nomads!). Bon voyage!

THANK YOU JAKE

Last Friday the canteen was closed for cleaning. Although we had advertised the closure, we received 18 orders. Thanks to Jake McIvor (Ben’s dad), all of those orders were filled at very short notice. Thanks Jake – you are a legend!

NEW STUDENTS

Next term we will welcome to St Patrick’s four new students:

Kaylee: will be joining the Kindergarten class, and her sister Ava will become the newest member of our Year 1 class. Ava and Kaylee have already spent two days at St Patrick’s, and the other students are very much looking forward to getting to know their new friends.

Ariella: will also join the Year 1 class, and her brother Elijah will join Year 4. Both Ariella and Elijah have already spent two days at St Patrick’s, and I thank the students of Year 1 and Year 4 for making them feel so welcome.

OUR AVID READERS

It has been wonderful to see that our students are reading each night and recording their reading in the booklets. Congratulations to the following students who have reached the ‘25 Nights’ mark:

  • Year 3: Grace, Chloe, Millie, Heidi, Drew.
  • Year 4: Evan, Hudson, Isabella, Blake, Jack, Samuel, Ashley, Aiden
  • Year 5: Banjo, Jack, Jye, Lily, Lara, Layla, Jessica.

Fantastic effort for the following students to have reached the ‘50 Nights’ mark:

  • Year 3: Seb.
  • Year 4: Sienna, Shyanna.
  • Year 5: Hayden.
  • Year 6: Sheridan.

OUR SPORTING CHAMPIONS

Madison (Year 4) recently competed at the State Athletics Championship, at which she came equal 10th in the state in 20 metres, in very conditions, with a personal best of 29.28 seconds. Considering that Madison recently had surgery and had a plaster cast on each arm, she has done extremely well.

On Monday last week, Emily and Jacob (both Year 6) represented our diocese at the selections for the Polding swimming team which will compete at the NSW PSSA swimming championships.

Emily swam in two events: 100 metres freestyle and 50 metres butterfly. She came fourth in the final of 50 metres butterfly, missing out by 0.2 seconds for selection in the Polding team.

Jacob swam in three events: %0 metres freestyle (came 8th with a PB); 50 metres backstroke (7th) and 50 metres butterfly (6th with a PB). ……………. (50 metres freestyle, 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres butterfly).

Emma (Year 5) had a very successful day at the Coast and Valley Swimming Association (CVSA) Swimming Championships at Woy Woy last Sunday. Emma came 1st in 50 metres breaststroke, 2nd in 50 metres backstroke, 3rd in 50 metres butterfly and 3rd in 50 metres freestyle.

At the same competition, Sienna (Year 4) came third in 50 metres breaststroke, and Chelsea (Year 3) came third in 50 metres butterfly.

What a team of champions we have!

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