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The School Newsletter Week 1, Term 2 2020

From the Principal

I trust that you have enjoyed the beautiful weather during the Easter break and that you are feeling refreshed for what looks to be a fairly challenging term ahead.

In relation to schooling for this term, the latest advice from the Director of Schools is as follows: "While schools will be open, parents and carers are encouraged to continue to keep their children at home to contain the spread of coronavirus. Our schools will continue to provide supervision of learning for those children who don’t have alternative options and young people with additional vulnerabilities. If for any reason a child attends, they and their parents/carers will be made to feel welcome."

Throughout the next two weeks, I will be working at the school every day. My role will be to work with those students who come to school. While they are at school, the students will work independently on the home learning tasks that their teachers have assigned. I will monitor their progress and offer feedback on their work. My time will also be taken up as a co-teacher in the Zoom lessons for each of the classes. Therefore, the students must come prepared with their login details for Seesaw (Kindergarten to Year 3) and Microsoft Teams (Years 4 to 6). There will be no face-to-face teaching during the next two weeks.

As the focus for the next two weeks will be on learning from home, the remainder of the teaching staff will be facilitating online learning programs from home. During the next two weeks, there will be one other staff member working in the school office each day. The Premier has indicated that, beginning on 11th May, there are plans for students to return gradually to school. At this stage, we do not know what this will look like at St Patrick’s, but it will become clear throughout the next two weeks. I will keep you posted.

I thank you for your patience during these difficult times.

Peter Green.

Kindergarten 2021

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

ANZAC DAY ON THE DRIVEWAY

Many St Patrick’s families observed ANZAC on their driveways at dawn on ANZAC Day. Such a shame that COVID-19 spoiled the 'party' for our war veterans, but lovely that so many people honoured them in such a personal way. Here is the Fitzgerald family paying their respects to those who served our country in conflict.

THE EASTER BUNNY COMES TO ST PATRICK’S

On Thursday 9th April, the staff of St Patrick’s decided to give the students a special Easter treat. With COVID-19 keeping all of our students away from school, a convoy of staff members’ cars weaved their way through the streets from Caves Beach to Catherine Hill Bay, from Swansea to Belmont, and everywhere in between. The children waited with their families on their driveways and front lawns to wave at the teachers and support staff as they drove by, and to catch Easter eggs that were thrown onto the front lawns. The staff and children are missing each other, and this was a wonderful way for us to stay connected with one another at this difficult time. Our thanks to Bronwyn Sartori who organised our Easter egg convoy. Our thanks also to the Moncrieff family (#thelocalyolk) who returned the favour with some fresh eggs for each driver. As you can see in one of the photos, late afternoon nibblies came early for the McIvor family who took the opportunity to take in some fresh air while they waited for the convoy.

THE MUSIC ROOM

The Music Room is an online platform for music tuition, spreading the joy of learning music across Australia with our team of inspiring instructors weekly in the comfort of your own home! Our featured packages include 5 private lessons suitable for all ages, including adults, with the choice of keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums, vocals and bass, or 10 group lessons suitable for ages 5 to 12 that focus on engaging students in learning all elements of music, no instrument required. Enrol your child into The Music Room today by visiting www.themusicroom.com.au. Get on and rock!

DARA Free Meal Home Delivery Service

In response to COVID-19, DARA is providing free ready-made meals home delivered within the Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie Areas.

Many people are struggling at the moment and DARA is here to help. All who require food support are welcome to receive a weekly meal delivery.

Visit dara.org.au/home-delivery or call 4979 1339 (during office hours) to register your details.

WEBINAR AND PODCAST RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

With the possibility that some children may experience some anxiety around the current health crisis, WayAhead is offering its “Small Steps” webinar to parents, caregivers and teachers for free, to help them support their primary school-aged children. The Small Steps webinar covers signs, symptoms, types and treatments for anxiety disorders in children, and how to approach stressful current events such as the COVID-19 outbreak. Sessions run for 1.5 hours, including a 30-minute Q&A. Although attendance is free, bookings are essential with each webinar capped at 30 participants. Currently, the workshops are available on Tuesday evening, Wednesday lunchtime and Thursday morning between the 5th and 14th of May. To book your place, go to https://bit.ly/3as6dNl.

In a podcast that I recently listened to, Maggie Dent speaks about how to support students and keep them engaged in their learning while they learn from home. Go to https://bit.ly/3aqFsZL.

Peter Green

Junior Theatre Makers is goING online

ASPIRE’s junior theatre makers will proceed via an online workshop program in Term 2. Focusing on skills development and featuring a range of special guests students will be able to join the workshops from anywhere in the diocese. This is a great opportunity to flex your acting muscles. It is our hope that Term 3 will see a return to face to face workshops and that we will be able to create original pieces to be included in a showcase of work staged at the Civic Playhouse at the end of the term. In the event this is not the case we will be working in the medium of film and getting creative that way.

For more information please call Anne Atkins on 02 4979-1331

FEDERATION OF P & F ASSOCIATIONS

Together to the compass news posting of this week's school newsletter, you will also find attached a PDF copy of the Term 1 2020 newsletter from the Federation of P & F Associations.

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