The School Newsletter Week 6, Term 1 2020

What's Coming Up

THIS WEEK IS: Catholic Schools Week. Enrolments for 2021 are now open.

  • Fri 6 March: All parents, carers and families are invited to join the students of Years 1, 2 and 3 at Mass in the church, beginning @9.30am
  • Tues 10 March: Michael Mangan Lent/Easter Concert 1.45pm - 2.55pm - All Welcome
  • Fri 13 March: All parents, carers and families are invited to join the students of Kinder, Yr 4/5 & 5/6 at Mass in the church, beginning @9:30am
  • Mon 16 March: St Patrick's Day celebrations and the launch of our school vision

From the Principal

As we prepare to launch our school’s Vision and Mission Statement at our St Patrick’s Day celebrations, I would like to highlight our fourth Mission Statement: “Acknowledge and honour our indigenous cultures.”

The Catholic Schools Office, as part of its 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, has a particular focus on the growth and achievement data for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. To support this focus, our assistant principal, Ben McCarthy, has been appointed as our Aboriginal Education Teacher for this year. In this role, Ben will focus on literacy and numeracy improvement, enrichment and attendance. Ben’s role will also include enhancing the students’ understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture among all of our students. There are many ways in which we already aim to strengthen our connection to the culture of the indigenous people of our nation, e.g.

  • We fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at our school
  • We acknowledge our traditional custodians at school events.
  • We commemorate key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, e.g. Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
  • We have developed a productive working relationship with the Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • We facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experiences for our students.
  • We display artworks and artefacts created by local artisans.

These are small but powerful ways of acknowledging and honouring our indigenous cultures.

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

Catholic Schools Week

This week is Catholic Schools Week, a celebration of the strength of community within our diocesan schools. This year’s theme is “Drawing from the well: Invitation, Encounter, Witness” – a theme that acknowledges that Jesus Christ is always at the heart of everything we do. “Invitation, Encounter, Witness” celebrates the connection of each Catholic school community with Jesus Christ. Our students are invited to the well, where, with Jesus as their guide, they encounter a diversity of learning in a supportive and inclusive environment, and they witness service to others and the community.

Yesterday we opened Catholic Schools Week at St Patrick’s with a liturgy in which each class placed a sacred object on the prayer table. Throughout the remainder of the week, our two Leaders of Mission, Maci and Ayla, are leading us in prayer each morning. During these prayers we are taking the opportunity to reflect on the gifts that each of us brings to our school community, and to consider how we might use this season of Lent to support people through Project Compassion.

Catholic Schools Week also marks the start of the 2021 enrolment period for our school. On Monday 16th March we will celebrate the feast of our school’s patron saint, St Patrick. On that day we will conduct school tours for anybody who would like to know more about our school. The details of our St Patrick’s Day celebrations appear elsewhere in this newsletter.


On Tuesday next week (10th March), Michael Mangan will lead us in singing and movement in commemorating the Church seasons of Lent and Easter. The concert will take place in the church from 1.45pm to 2.55pm. Michael Mangan is a composer, teacher, performer and liturgist who is based in Brisbane. He has composed over 250 pieces which are widely used in liturgy and Religious Education programmes in schools and parishes throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. His compositions are known for their "singability" and suitability for liturgical celebrations, especially with children. We are looking forward to welcoming Michael to St Patrick’s, and we warmly invite any parents, carers and other family members to join us in the church for this celebration.

A message from St mary's Gateshead

Last year there was confusion with regard to the wording in the St Mary’s Gateshead enrolment package concerning documents that needed to accompany enrolment applications. The College has confirmed that, if you are applying for enrolment for the first time in a secondary school, all documents – including birth certificate, baptism certificate and immunisation record.

St patrick's Day AGENDA

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday 17th March, but we will celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday 16th March. Please join us for any or all of our activities.

Please note that there will be no meal deal this year.

This Thursday we will send home a letter with the Kindergarten and Year 4 students requesting donations of green food for our green food sales. Prices for green food will be between 30 cents and $1.00. If possible, please bring coins, not notes. All money raised from the green food sales will be donated to Project Compassion.


Out-of-uniform day: The students are invited to come to school dressed in something green. They will be asked to donate a gold coin (or more) to Project Compassion, which is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal that brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Art display: The school hall will be open all day for anybody to inspect the students’ artwork for our St Patrick’s Day art competition.

  • 9.15am: St Patrick’s Day liturgy in the church.
  • 9.45am: Parents and grandparents are invited to wander through classrooms as the teachers teach their morning literacy blocks.
  • 10.30am: School tour for any visitors who would like to find out more about St Patrick’s School.
  • 10:30am St Patrick’s Day activities, including:

Shamrock salon.

Games: Irish hot potato, Word find, Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun, Pot of Gold toss, Find the coin, Potato and spoon race, Irish jig freeze, Scavenger hunt.

  • 11.05am: Lunch – No meal deal. Green food sales.
  • 11.55pm: St Patrick’s Day activities (continued).
  • 1.35pm: Recess. Green food sales.
  • 1.55pm Announcement of the prize winners in the St Patrick’s Day art competition. More activity to be advised.

Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us in any or all of these events.


With the ongoing prevalence of mosquitoes and other biting insects, we would suggest that parents and carers take precautions for their children by covering their legs, if that relieves the itchiness for their children. Leggings . . . long pants . . . whatever it takes to relieve the discomfort. Apparently insect repellent only lasts for two hours. When the plague has subsided, the students will be required to comply with the school’s uniform code.

Going cashless

The canteen and the uniform service are now cashless. If you wish to order items from the uniform service, or order your child’s lunch from the canteen, orders can only be placed using the QKR app. Paper bag lunch orders can no longer be accepted. The children will still be able to use cash to buy food items over the counter at lunchtime and recess. Download the QKR app today!

Canteen Roster

Volunteers are desperately needed in the canteen. Online ordering will be closed on particular days until the lunch time shift has three volunteers, or two experienced volunteers. - Please consider putting your hand up to help out in the canteen, and remember to see the office about officially registering as a volunteer at the school.


The students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to progress to various representative levels in touch football. We have been invited to send any talented girls and boys to the Regional touch football trials, which will take place at Auston Oval, Stockton Street, Morisset on Friday 20th March 2020. These trials are for Years 5 and 6 experienced and talented players. You must register for this trial if you want your child to attend, and your registration must be approved by the school principal. If you believe that your child meets these criteria, please contact Ben McCarthy at the school.

International Women's Day Breakfast Invitation


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