What's Coming Up?
- Wed 23 June: Lakes athletics carnival
- Fri 25 June: Last day Term 2
- Wed 30 June: Schools fees due, if paying in full
- Mon 12 July: Pupil Free Day
- Tue 13 July: Students return for Term 3
From the Principal
Since they began wearing the winter school uniform this year, the students have looked fantastic! With very few exceptions, the boys – as well as those girls who wear slacks – have complied with the requirement to tuck in their shirts. I spend very little time these days reminding the students to tuck in their shirts.
Again, with a few exceptions, the students wear their ties to school. Please note that the girls’ tie is mandatory for girls who wear slacks. Girls who wear the tunic do not wear the girls’ tie.
Every student in the school is wearing black polishable shoes!
The school uniform is about belonging. It is a tangible symbol and statement about our affiliation to a school, a club or a place of employment. When worn well, it says, ‘I am proud to identify myself as a member of this group. Indeed, I am so proud to be associated with this organisation that I am happy to advertise that fact.’ Uniforms tell us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and something that has existed before we were a part of it, and will continue to exist once we leave.
Parents and carers . . . I truly appreciate your support of the school uniform policy. Thank you!
This week, every parent and carer has had the opportunity to book a time to meet (via Zoom) with their children’s teacher/s. Sincere thanks to our teachers who have put a great deal of preparation into the meetings, and who are providing valuable feedback to the parents and carers. Thanks also to the parents and carers who are taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with the teachers.
Thank you, one and all, for your support throughout Term Two. I wish every family a well-earned break from the routine of washing and ironing school uniforms, preparing lunches and doing the daily pick-up / drop-off. I look forward to seeing the students again in Term 3. Remember that Monday 12th July will be a pupil-free day, and that Term 3 for the students will commence on Tuesday 13th July.
Have a good week.
Eli (Year 1), Liam (Year 2), Jarvie (Year 2), Grace (Year 3), and Koby (Year 4) will be leaving St Patrick’s at the end of this week. We wish these children and their families all the very best as they move on, and we thank them for their friendship during their time at St Patrick’s.
PUPIL-FREE DAY: MONDAY 12TH JULY
Our final pupil-free day for this year will be on Monday 12th July. This would have been the first day of Term 3 for the students.
TERM 3 CALENDAR
- Mon 12 July: Pupil-free day.
- Tue 13 July: Students return.
- Kindergarten 2022 interviews.
- Fri 16 July: Triple M breakfast show at St Patrick’s, 6.00 to 9.00.
- Mon 19-Thu 22 July: Evacuation drills.
- Wed 21 July: Parent Engagement Group meeting – face-to-face. - Topic of presentation: ‘How to support your child in teaching them to read’ 7:15pm Light refreshemnts for a 7:30pm start.
- Fri 23 July: School assembly, 2.30 to 2.55.
- Mon 2 Aug: ‘A Matter Of Seconds’ water safety program.
- Fri 6 Aug: Celebration of Feast of Mary MacKillop. - No school assembly.
- Mon 9 Aug: ICAS Writing assessment and ICAS Digital Technologies assessment.
- Tue 17 Aug: ICAS English assessment.
- Wed 18 Aug: Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition (Years 5 and 6).
- Fri 20 Aug: School assembly, 2.30 to 2.55.
- Tue 24 Aug: ICAS Science assessment and ICAS Spelling assessment.
- Wed 25 Aug: Parent Engagement Group meeting – by Zoom @ 7.30.
- Fri 27 Aug: Kindergarten 2022 orientation, 9.00 to 11.00. -
- Fri 27 Aug: Launch of Book Week – Pizza and pyjamas afternoon.
- Tue 31 Aug: ICAS Mathematics assessment.
- Thu 2 Sep: School disco, 6.00 to 8.15.
- Fri 3 Sep: Fathers’ Day breakfast and liturgy. - School assembly, 2.30 to 2.55.
- Sun 5 Sep: Fathers’ Day.
- Fri 10 Sep: Interim reports (Term 3) to be published.
- Mon 13 Sep: Lakes Regional Public Speaking competition.
- Fri 17 Sep: Last day of Term 3. - School assembly, 2.30 to 2.55.
During Term 3, the students in Years 2 to 6 will have the opportunity to participate in the ICAS Assessments, which are designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. Participation in these assessments is entirely optional. The assessments will be administered during school hours on the following dates:
- Monday 9th August: Writing: Years 3 to 6.
- Monday 9th August: Digital technologies: Years 3 to 6.
- Tuesday 17th August: English: Years 2 to 6.
- Tuesday 24th August: Science: Years 2 to 6.
- Tuesday 24th August: Spelling: Years 2 to 6.
- Tuesday 31st August: Mathematics: Years 2 to 6.
Our school has signed up for the ICAS Assessments parent payment system (PPS). Through this system, parents and carers can pay for ICAS online. If your child will be participating in any of these assessments, please use the following details to register your child and to pay for the assessments:
- Parent page link: https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps
- School access code for parents: JHR549
The due date for registering and paying for the assessments is:
- Writing: Sunday 25th July.
- Digital technologies: Sunday 25th July.
- English: Sunday 1st August.
- Science: Sunday 8th August.
- Spelling: Sunday 8th August.
- Mathematics: Sunday 15th August.
To ensure that we have enough devices for all of the students, the students of Years 5 and 6 will be required to use their BYOD devices for these assessments. Each student’s device must have the required locked-down browser. This secure locked-down browser is designed to do the following during the test(s):
- Prevents students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features and only provides access to the test player.
- Prevents use of operating system commands such as functions accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
- Disables features such as the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, keyboard shortcuts, back and power buttons.
Please download the required browser onto your child’s device by Monday 2nd August to ensure that the device is ready for test day. The instructions on how to download the browser onto your child’s device are available at https://www.icasassessments.com/support/technical-requirements-locked-down-browser
If you require more information about ICAS, you may either contact me or visit https://www.icasassessments.com/products-icas
MINI VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
The response to the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal has been wonderful. Thank you for your generosity. For those who still wish to donate, we are looking for warm, clean clothing and blankets, as well as the following items:
- Toothbrush holders or covers
- Toothpaste (small travel size)
- Cotton buds (small travel size)
- Deodorant (small travel size)
- Shampoo (small travel size)
- Shower caps
- Soap holders
- Tissues (purse size packs)
- Hand sanitizer (small travel size)
- Emery boards
The canteen will now be open on the last Friday of this term for lunch orders, but closed for recess. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for keeping this service open.
This Friday the uniform service will only be filling orders placed on the QRK app . No face to face sales will be available, as our uniform service volunteers will also be working the canteen.
‘TOP BLOKES’ AND ‘GIRL TALK’
During Term 2, the students of Years 5 and 6 have been separated into a boys’ group and a girls’ group for their Personal Development and Health lessons.
The boys participated in the ‘Top Blokes’ program, in which they learnt about how to increase their resilience, empathy and respect for themselves and others. The girls participated in a ‘Girl Talk’ program with Miss Wiseman, in which they learnt about positive body image, body changes and self-esteem. Both programs were a great success, and every student participated enthusiastically. Here is some feedback from our students:
• “We have learnt this year to express our feelings a different way by volcanic eruptions telling us that all this bad stuff can happen in a day and 1 little thing like unpacking your bag or stubbing your toe could cause you to explode or get very angry and we learnt how we can deal with this.”
• “We have learnt this year that to express our feelings a different way and we have learnt about the things that we should stay away from like drugs and nicotine. We have learnt that it is better to let our feelings out then leave them in and just fill up our stomach because eventually it will get so full of anger that it will just explode and we will let out all of our anger onto someone who we enjoy spending time with or our friends when we don't mean it. This term we have been able to get the chance to be top blokes and help others which not much people get that chance.”
• “This term I learnt to never go into a stranger’s car and if one person has had a horrible day the littlest of things can blow them away and cause them to explode.”
• “I thought it was a good thing that the Top Blokes came. It was fun. We got to play games and learn about some stuff that will help us when we get older, so it was good."
• “I learnt about self-esteem and how to be confident in your body. I also learnt that we are all feeling the same way.”
• “We learnt how to be more comfortable in our own bodies and to love ourselves. If we need any help or need to talk to someone about something that happened, we can tell Miss Wiseman and talk to her about anything. She will help us and give us advice on what we can do.”
• “That you should not compare yourself to others and just love yourself for who you are. And that it’s normal for your body to change. I've learnt how to deal with it and I feel better about my body.”
• “We learnt about self-care, body positivity and how to be more positive on how you see your body image. We have also learnt about female body changes and that there is nothing to be scared about. I really enjoyed this lesson.”
• “I really liked it because it showed me that I don't have to be afraid of growing up. And one week we wrote positive comments to each other and it made me feel great and proud of myself.”
• “Girl Talk was absolutely amazing! You can feel comfortable enough to talk about anything. Even with Year Six in there it didn’t feel weird. Miss Wiseman makes everything okay when you talk about something, and she brings people together even if they don’t know or like each other.”
Congratulations to our library assistant, Margaux Windever, who has recently completed the Certificate 3 in Library and Information Services through TAFE NSW.