What's Coming Up
Wednesday 30 October: St Mary's Year 7 2020 Orientation 9:00-12:00 for students & parent information night @ 7:00pm
Wednesday 30 October: P&F Meeting in the school library, beginning at 6.30pm. Please consider coming along to support the work of our Parents and Friends Association.
Thursday 31 October: Crazy Sock Day - Gold coin donation for Catholic Mission
Monday 4 - Wed 6 November: Life Education Program
Monday 4 Nov - Fri 15 Nov: Year 2 Daily swimming program
Thursday 7 November: Musica Viva school incursion
Thursday 7 November: Year 5/6M visit Tenison Apartments
Friday 8 November: K/5/6 Celebrate Mass in the @ 9:30 - All welcome.
From the Principal
Last Wednesday, four of our student leaders – Sophie, Oliver, Connor and Thomas – accompanied me to the annual Mission Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Toronto. This year, the focus of our fundraising for Catholic Mission is Ghana, a country of 30 million people in West Africa. At the Mass, we were told the story of Sarah who, at the age of four, was wrongly implicated in the deaths of fifteen people in her community, simply because she had a speech impediment. Many in Sarah's community, including her own family, became furious at her inability or unwillingness to speak and defend herself against the allegations, and they cast her out from the community.
Thankfully, Sister Stan Therese Mumuni and the local Church was made aware of the imminent danger Sarah was in. Sister Stan recalls fighting—almost physically—to save Sarah from the most terrible fate and give her a new chance at life.
Elsewhere in this newsletter, Mrs Leanne Hyland has published information about this Thursday’s Crazy Socks Day, a fundraising initiative that the students may join to show their support for Sister Stan. There is a crazy sock in every classroom for any other donations from families and friends. Thank you in anticipation of your support.
Have a good week.
This Week's PBL
Sock it to Poverty
During the month of October, we focus on our call to be Missionary Disciples, people who serve the world and stand for justice and the dignity of the human person. This year, the focus of our fundraising for Catholic Mission is Ghana, a country of 30 million people in West Africa.
Sister Stan has dedicated the last decade to running the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in Ghana, a haven where disabled children who are cast out by their communities are given shelter, nutritious meals, healthcare, education and unconditional love. At the Nazareth Home for God's Children, the children receive quality education so that they may one day gain employment and provide for themselves. Sister Stan's dream is that they will one day return to their home community and show how the love and support of the Church has empowered them to develop and reach their goals.
To support Sister Stan’s work, we are holding the following fundraising initiatives:
1. Crazy Socks Day – this Thursday (31st October) – Gold Coin Donation
The students may wear ‘crazy socks’ (any socks) to school on Thursday to show their support of Sister Stan in Ghana. The students are asked to bring a gold coin donation. A ‘crazy sock’ will be placed in the classrooms all week for any other donations that families and friends would like to make.
2. ‘Let’s Pray!’ Rosary Beads - $5 Donation
For $5, the students may purchase a set of Rosary beads and a booklet on how to pray the Rosary. During a lunch break in November, those students will be invited to pray the Rosary in the Church with me. Parents and grandparents will also be invited. If you would like to purchase one (or more) sets of Rosary beads, please send $5 per set to the school office, in an envelope, with your child’s name clearly written on the envelope.
Thank you for your generosity and outreach to the health and well-being of the children in Ghana!
Mrs Leanne Hyland
Religious Education Coordinator
Reconciliation Information Night
- Next week there will be a parent information session for the parish Reconciliation program.
- Reconciliation is the beginning of the cycle of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist, and students in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are eligible to enrol in the Reconciliation program.
- There will be two information sessions:
- In the St Patrick’s Church meeting room on Thursday 7th November at 3.45pm, and:
- In the Belmont parish hall on Thursday 7th November at 7.00pm.
- You are only required to attend one of the meetings.
- If you will be attending the meeting, please phone the parish office as soon as possible on 4945 4402. You will need to let them know your name, your child’s name and your phone number.
- If your child was baptised in another parish, you will need to bring to the meeting a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.
- If your child was baptised in this parish, you will need to know the date of your child’s Baptism and the church in which he/she was baptised.
- Parents . . . the sacramental programs are a wonderful opportunity for your children to participate more actively in the life of the Catholic Church. If your child has been baptised, please encourage him/her to continue this journey with Christ by engaging with the parish sacramental programs.
Last Sunday Samuel (Year 2) was baptised into the Catholic faith at St Patrick’s. Samuel’s mother, Emma, has described the occasion as “the most amazing day . . . Samuel was surrounded by family and God.” They described the day as marking “the beginning of his spiritual journey, one of which he is very committed and excited.”
Emma went on to say: “Samuel’s words were, when I tucked him into bed, “Mum, now I am with God and Jesus.” His little face was the happiest I have ever seen, bless him. I have baptised both children, Emily at 5 months and now Samuel at 7 years old, and I can honestly say that to share this with an older child was so special. We were able to share his excitement and he understood his commitment to God. I would also like to say a big thank you to Father Gerard, who made the morning so special. We feel blessed to have had him deliver the ceremony.”
The school community congratulates Samuel and rejoices with his family on the occasion of his initiation into the Catholic Church. We are very proud of you, Samuel!
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, Life Education will visit St Patrick’s to deliver some important lessons that align with our Personal Development/Health syllabus:
Kindergarten: Harold’s Friendship: After building a model spaceship at school, Harold and his friends, Boots and Red, venture into an imaginary world in outer space. As the adventure unfolds children explore:
- how to build friendships and care for others
- feelings and emotions
- safe and unsafe situations and early warning signs
- safe places and people to turn to for help
Years 1 and 2: Safety Rules: Harold and his friends have gone camping, but when someone gets injured on a hiking expedition, how will they look after each other and make it back to camp? This module helps children to problem solve and focuses on:
- recognising safe and unsafe environments
- how to care for others
- behaviours that maintain friendships
- places and people who we can go to for help
Year 3: All Systems Go: Inside a futuristic machine ‘The Venture’, the Captain and his crew take the class on a tour of the human body. Travelling through the blood, the students will explore the functions of various body parts and how magnificent the human body really is. The students will discuss issues and engage in activities centred on:
- Factors that influence the function of body systems such as nutrition, exercise and drugs
- The impact food choices have on health and energy levels
- Exploring ways to manage peer pressure
- The effects of second hand smoking
- The function of vital organs (heart, lungs, brain, kidneys)
Year 4: BCyberwise: This module focuses on cybersafety, cyber ethics and building positive relationships with friends online and offline. The students explore a range of issues such as password security, risks of sharing personal information, how to communicate respectfully both online and offline, and strategies to handle bullying including cyberbullying.
- responsible and respectful behaviour when using communication technology
- skills for building positive relationships with friends
- keeping personal information safe online
- strategies to deal with bullying and cyberbullying
- exploring the role of bystanders
Years 5 and 6: Decisions: In today’s complex world it can be challenging for children to make safe, healthy decisions. The decision by some young people to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs can prevent them from reaching their full potential. This module offers a choice of content on legal drugs or legal and illegal drugs. Students will explore the decision-making process and improve their decision-making skills by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts, and influences. Topics covered will include:
- What is a drug and how drugs are classified?
- Effects of drugs on the body.
- Analysing health messages about drugs in the media.
- Messages around non-use – normative data – dispelling myths.
- Influences on decision making – family, peers, media, culture, financial, legal.
- Strategies and skills to be safe.
Below you will find information about Life Education merchandise. If your child wishes to purchase any of these products, they are asked to bring the cash to school and to pay the Life Education teacher directly. We will give them opportunities to make purchases. Please note that these purchases are entirely your decision, and that there is no expectation from the school that you purchase anything.
Year 2 Daily Swimming Program
Our daily two-week swimming program for Year 2 begins next week on Monday 4 November.
- Where: Swansea Swimming Centre
- When: Monday 4 November - Friday 15 November. Every day in weeks 4 & 5 of Term 4, 2019.
- Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
- Travel: Private bus travel – and car pool
- Cost: Included in school fees
- Wear: Swimmers underneath uniform
Maths in Yr 1 & 2
Some of the students in Years 1 and 2 have been exploring and applying concepts of skip counting, measuring length, 2D shapes and sharing equally to plan two vegetable gardens. They have used their designs to create two vegetable gardens on the playground. We are looking forward to a lunchtime feast when our vegetables are ready to be harvested!
Thank you Al
You Can Do It Education
We all want our children to achieve at school, to have positive behaviour and relationships, and to have strong emotional wellbeing. If we do not teach children the social-emotional skills of Getting Along, Organisation, Persistence, Confidence and Resilience, they will struggle to achieve their potential. At St Patrick’s we explicitly teach these ‘5 Keys’ during our You Can Do It lessons.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or the learning support teacher, Rachel Wright.
Our You Can Do It parent training will take place on Tuesday 18th November from 2.00 to 3.00 in school library. Topic: A positive mindset for achievement (Confidence, Persistence, Organisation).
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