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The School Newsletter Week 2, Term 2 2020

From the Principal

Something for you to read as you ponder on the pearls of wisdom that you have passed on to your children over the years . . .

Things My Mother Taught Me

  • To Value a Job Well Done: “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
  • All about Time Travel: “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
  • Logic: “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  • Foresight: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
  • Irony: “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
  • Osmosis: “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
  • Stamina: “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
  • Weather: “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
  • Hypocrisy: “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
  • Circle of Life: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
  • Behaviour Modification: “Stop acting like your father!”
  • Thankfulness: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
  • Anticipation: “Just wait until we get home.”
  • Receiving: “You are going to get it when you get home!”
  • Medical Science: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”
  • How to Become an Adult: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
  • Wisdom: “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
  • Justice: “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”

Author Unknown

Mothers’ Day at St Patrick’s is usually a highlight of our year – an event that I look forward to with great anticipation. This year it seems to be somewhat of an anticlimax here. And yet, throughout the past few weeks, with COVID-19 having put on hold the lives of all of our mothers, has there ever been a greater example to us of the love and dedication that our mothers have for us? All of our mothers – as well as those of you who have taken on the role of mothering to our students - are making enormous sacrifices to ensure that your children’s learning is as uninterrupted as possible and that they stay connected with their loved ones and their friends.

Happy mothers’ day to all of you!

Peter Green.

Kindergarten 2021

Enrolments are open for 2021 - please let your friends and family know what a great school St Patrick's is.

COVID-19: AN UPDATE

Sincere thanks to the parents and carers who have embraced the home learning programs and who have been forced to put on hold many of your other commitments to ensure a continuity of learning for your children. The teachers have appreciated your support and, with face-to-face teaching to resume next week, maybe there is a glimmer of light at the end of this pandemic tunnel!

Face-to-face teaching will resume next week (week beginning 11th May) for two days per week. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will attend school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Mondays and Thursdays. The learning from home programs will continue to operate on the other three days of the week. Two days per week of face-to-face teaching will compensate for the lack of teacher-student and peer to peer interaction that comes with learning from home, so this week will be our last week of Zoom meetings with the students.

Sincere thanks to our school cleaner, Brigitte, who has agreed to undertake the extra work required to ensure that the cleanliness of the school site reflects our absolute commitment to ensuring that it is safe for the students and staff to return next week. Brigitte is extremely conscientious in maintaining high standards of hygiene at the school.

Last week, you were alerted to the need to limit access to the school site for parents, carers and volunteers. Thank you in anticipation of your understanding of the need to enforce these measures for the foreseeable future.

The most important work that is undertaken in our school does not take place in the offices . . . the classrooms are where the real action takes place. It just happens that this work is currently happening in the homes of students and teachers. You might like to know about some of the successes and good news stories that are taking place while we are in isolation. Hence, until we are back to school full-time, each teacher has kindly agreed to include in our weekly newsletter a report from the home front. The report might be a reflection on learning from home. It might be something interesting or funny that has happened during the week. Or it might be a sample of a child’s work. I hope that the teachers’ reports will give you some insights into the high standards of work that some of our students are producing and the dedication that our teachers are bringing to their own work. You will find this week’s reports below.

News From the Home front

From Mrs Stewart (Yr 2)

Below are pictures of:-

  • Heidi reading her online reader to her puppy.
  • Sebastian’s artistic response to Tiddalick the Frog.
  • Millie’s creative writing piece about a food fight.
  • Grace’s beautiful nature mandala which represents our community .
  • Year 2 is growing seeds in a container. After a few days the seeds sprouted and grew (Xavier Weet).

From Mrs T (music

Indigo (Kinder) did a wonderful drawing of all the sounds she could hear in her house.

From Mrs Ogden, Mrs Hyland & Mrs Curk (Yr 1)

We are super impressed with the quality of work and engagement in learning from every Year 1 student. We want to thank the parents of our students for the amazing support they are providing with the home-based learning. You are terrific!

During the week, Mrs Curk demonstrated the ways in which different materials can be manipulated by bending, stretching and twisting.

We are continually improving our writing skills.

Have a look below at the ways in which we described this picture:
Examples of writing from Layla, Lucy, Sophie, Abigail, Hugo and Marshall

Learning about Moses!

Year 1 enjoy learning about God and how God takes care of creation. Just look at what we now know about Moses.

Wonderful work from Billie, Alliyah and Sara
We value all learning at home and love it when our students share their creations.

From Mrs Koster (Yr3)

Last week Year 3 learnt about how hand sanitiser kills germs.

Eva made play dough models of bacteria and viruses.

We have also been learning about fractions.

.Take a look at Zahli’s wonderful work!

From Mr McCarthy (yr 3)

  1. In a 'Zoom' art lesson with Mr McCarthy, Aiden and Shyanna created these 'Bling Dogs'.
  2. Elliot rewrote some 'Sick Sentences' to make them well!
  3. Lukah reflected on the 'Zones of Regulation'
  4. Zahli and her family responded to a family dance challenge.

From Mrs Walker (Kinder)

Below are pictures of:-

  1. Indigo is learning to use the Seesaw tools to write sentences.
  2. William responded to the story ‘ANZAC TED’.
  3. Beatriz sorted her pictures and matched them to the correct sound.
  4. Joris writing his numbers backwards from 20-1!!
  5. Making bead patterns in Maths.
  6. Brayson the Spiderman responding to the activity National Superhero Day
  7. Lewis, Grace and his Nan created this beautiful artwork showcasing the beauty of nature and Creation that God made
More to come from Kinder next week

From Mrs dent (Yr 5/6)

What a great week Year 5/6 had working from home! Monday and Tuesday were a little frenzied, trying to make sure all the technology was working. This was one of our biggest challenges to overcome, along with feeling a little bit lonely and missing our friends. We had sorted the technology by Wednesday (generally) and settled into a groove for the rest of the week.

There were many highlights for us this week. We loved reading ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman (only 2 chapters to go). We are still loving being with our families, going for walks, building trampolines, ticking off the tasks and reading our favourite books.

One of our biggest highlights of the week was Kai Johnson catching this whopper.
This what learning looks like in Year 5/6.
Lacey's lovely lizards, drawn on the computer.

From Mrs Devlin (library)

I am missing seeing all of the students at school but I was very happy to see the work they posted last week. I read two books—"Anzac Ted" and "My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day" - and the students posted the ways in which they commemorated Anzac Day. I saw photos of flags, candles, soldiers, posters and Anzac biscuits. Some students drew pictures and some recorded themselves speaking about Anzac Day. It made me feel excited for when we can be reading books together again.

Lillian used Seesaw to draw this picture of medals.

From Mr Lockwood (Yr 4/5)

What an impressive week of learning we have had in Year 4/5. For students who are 9 and 10 years of age, they have demonstrated enormous maturity and independent learning skills. The students have navigated the Teams system, using it to collaborate with their teachers and each other. The students have completed surveys and engaged in discussion forums expressing their points of view on environmental topics. These discussions have assisted the students to write persuasive texts about the use of plastic bags

I would like to thank Year 4/5 for the way in which they have managed themselves with remote learning. If they have had a question, they contact a teacher to find the answer. Well done Year 4/5. Keep working hard!

“It’s fun working from home and it makes me happy that I can talk to my friends on zoom” (Alivia).

WINTER UNIFORM

The students will return to school next week in their winter uniforms. Uniforms can be only be ordered through the QKR app. Uniform orders will be packaged on Fridays, and orders must be placed no later than Thursdays at 5.00pm for availability on the following day. If parents/carers have any queries about the winter uniform, they are asked to email stpatricksuniform@gmail.com. Sincere thanks to Sharon and Liz for making this service available to us. The students will not wear a sport uniform during weeks 3 to 5.

All students are expected to wear the school uniform correctly. The correct winter school uniform is as follows:

Girls

  1. Grey and blue tunic + Pale blue long-sleeved blouse with Peter Pan collar -or- Navy blue slacks + Pale blue long sleeved blouse with Peter Pan collar + Girls’ tie
  2. White ankle socks -or- Grey stockings
  3. Black leather lace-up or buckle shoes that are able to be polished
  4. Fleecy navy zipper jacket -or- School tracksuit jacket
  5. School hat

Boys

  1. Long grey trousers
  2. Blue long-sleeved shirt
  3. School tie
  4. Grey socks
  5. Black leather lace-up or elasticized shoes that are able to be polished
  6. Fleecy navy zipper jacket -or- School tracksuit jacket
  7. School hat

BILL RELIEF FOR ENERGY CUSTOMERS

A number of our school families are struggling financially as a direct result of COVID-19. Households struggling to pay their energy bills during COVID-19 now have access to additional financial support directly through Service NSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. For more information, go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/nsw-government-bill-relief-for-energy-customers.

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