Year 5/6 Camp
Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday the school will be somewhat quieter than usual as our Years 5 and 6 students head down to Point Wolstoncroft for their camp. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to stay in touch with their program of activities. We thank Cathy Dent and Ben McCarthy for taking time away from their families to give our students this opportunity.
Volunteers' Morning Tea
Last week we sent home invitations to volunteers who have worked at St Patrick’s in 2019. The morning tea will take place on Thursday next week at 9.15am in the school hall. For catering purposes, please RSVP no later than Monday next week (25th November) to the school office.
Teaching and Learning
Some of our Years 1 and 2 students have been investigating the features of containers that make them most suitable for watering a garden. What makes a container easy to fill? What will make it easy to carry? What will make it easy to pour water from your container? Will your container be big enough to give your plants enough water? The students then had to design a watering device that would satisfy all of the criteria that we had investigated.
Uniform Purchases for 2020
The uniform service will be open for item collection during the school holidays on Friday 24th January from 9.00am to 10.00am. There will be no sales on that date . . . This date is only for collecting orders made through the QKR app. School uniforms made through the QKR app must be submitted no later than 5.00pm on Thursday 23rd January.
All on site fittings and cash or Eftpos orders must be finalised no later than Friday 13th December – the last Friday of Term 4. The uniform service will be open every Friday between now and the end of the school between 8.30am and 9.30am.
If you are unable to come to the uniform service on a Friday morning for fittings, please email email@example.com and we will try to accommodate you at a mutually convenient time. This email address may also be used for general queries related to school uniforms.
Our sincere thanks to Sharon Koller and Liz Sharpe who generously give their time and expertise to running our uniform service. Please remember to express your gratitude to them.
Safety On The Roads
Last Wednesday afternoon there was a near miss between a car and a bike on the corner of Nash Street and Northcote Ave just after the students were dismissed from school. Having investigated the incident, there are a number of conflicting accounts as to what happened. More importantly, however, the bike rider sustained no physical injury, although both the rider and the driver were quite shaken up by what could have been a tragic event.
Regardless of what happened, the incident serves as a timely reminder to both bike riders and motorists of safe riding and driving. I am a bike rider and a car driver, so I can appreciate the hazards from both perspectives. Just this year I have come very close to being hit twice by drivers while riding my bike, in spite of the fact that I consider myself to be a careful rider. As a motorist, I also appreciate the difficulty that drivers experience when bike riders seemingly appear from nowhere, in spite of the precautions that I take.
The following advice is general in nature and is not intended to attribute blames to either party in last Wednesday’s near miss:
Children who ride bikes are still developing many of the skills they need to be safe in a road traffic environment. They are physically small, making it harder for drivers to see them. They may be easily distracted and tend to only be able to focus on one thing at a time. This means that they can find it difficult to deal with sudden changes in the traffic environment.
Your child may be able to tell you the road rules and how to keep safe near, in and around vehicles but, in reality, they will not always be able to apply them. That is why it is important for parents/carers and their children to plan a safe journey to and from school together.
Drivers should look regularly in their rear and side mirrors to let them know what is happening behind and beside their vehicle. However, pedestrians, especially children and people using mobility scooters, can be difficult to see in your mirrors, so you need to do a head check to look over your left and right shoulders. Other road users can act unpredictably so be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
Book Club Orders
All students should have received the last Book Club catalogues for this year. This is a bumper issue with lots of great ideas for Christmas. If you wish to purchase books as a surprise there is an option to do so through the online ordering option. Alternatively, if you order through the catalogue, please make a note that you would like it as a gift and we will hold it aside. Book club orders are due by Monday 25th of November.
Survey: Can You Help Our Year 5/6 Students?
In their current unit of work in Geography, the students of Years 5 and 6 are studying people’s perceptions of Russia. To help them with their work, we are asking parents, other family members and friends of your family to spend a few minutes in completing a survey? You will find the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWXXTHQ
Thank you for your support. We appreciate it!
Carols by The Sea
On Thursday 12th of December the P&F have organised a ‘Carols by the Sea’ at the school from 4.30pm-7.00pm
This will be an opportunity for the school community to get together and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season.
The Praise and Worship band will be performing as well as a Nativity scene and Christmas carols sung by the students.
More details to follow next week.
Canteen Volunteers Needed
As you can see there are currently no volunteers to operate the Canteen this Friday and more needed for the rest of this Term. If you are a registered volunteer and able to work in the Canteen please let the School Office or Shermaine Fitzgerald know ASAP. Without volunteers, the canteen will close.
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