The School Newsletter Week 3, Term 3 2020

What's Coming Up

Monday 10 August: Parent/Teacher Zoom Meetings - (bookings now open on Compass)

Tuesday 11 August: School Photo Day - (children need to return their envelope on photo day)

Monday 27 August: ICAS tests this week include Science and Writing

Friday 21 August: Term Fees Due

Monday 24 August: ICAS tests this week include Digital Technologies and English

Wednesday 26 August: P & F Meeting via ZOOM

Monday 31 August: ICAS tests this week include Maths and Spelling

From the PrinciPAL

In recent weeks an east coast low pressure system has led to catastrophic damage to people’s homes along the NSW coastline. The thought of losing your home in such circumstances would strike fear into any homeowner. How fitting that this weekend’s Gospel reading (Matthew 14:22-33 - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time) recounts the incident when Jesus’ disciples were stranded on a boat that was being pounded by heavy seas. Anyone who has been stranded on a small boat in a storm will appreciate Matthew’s description of the disciples’ journey: “the boat was hard pressed by rough waves.”

What does this Gospel story tell us about our own turmoils?

Firstly, we can’t manage on our own. A great distance opens between us and Jesus if we neglect our prayer life.

Secondly, this story is about our response to troubles. The early Christian communities, like our own, were subject to all sorts of turmoil. As circumstances stand now, we are still out of control with COVID-19. We need ventilators, hospital beds, a vaccine and medications. We also need money to tide us over until we can restart our economy and get back to work. We need leadership from every level of government. And, finally, we need to know that God has our backs! How do we respond to this pandemic? Do we lie low, hoping the storm will pass over? Do we blame God for the turmoil in our lives? Or do we acknowledge that God is alongside us in the chaos?

Peter Green.

Say Cheese - School Photos

The school photos will be taken on Tuesday next week (11th August). Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct winter school uniform, with shoes polished, and hair neat and tidy.

Remember these tips:

  • Don't seal envelopes inside each other. You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to return their own envelope on photo day
  • Family envelopes are available at the school office upon request
  • Please enclose correct money as no change is given
  • Credit card payments are available online - You will need your personalised shoot key located on your child's envelope to place you order online: www.msp.com.au
  • This year no group photos will be taken. Group and Class photos will be provided in a composite manner only

Canteen News

The canteen will be open again this Friday for lunch order only . Please be reminded that orders will only be accepted via the QKR! App. No cash sales available.

Don't forget, there are a couple of new items on the menu . . .

  1. Meatlovers pizza &
  2. Chicken and vegetable pies.

Why not give one a try!

The canteen still has a few spots to fill if you would like to volunteer.


Yesterday the Semester 1 reports were published on Compass. Your child would also have brought home a range of work samples and assessment tasks which were used by their teachers to evaluate your child’s achievement throughout Terms 1 and 2. Please take the opportunity to affirm your children for their achievements and to set goals for the second half of the year.

Bookings are now open for Parent/Teacher Zoom Meetings. Parent-teacher interviews will take place via Zoom on Monday 10th August . Please select 'Conferences' in Compass if you wish to make a booking with your child's teacher. Bookings close at 10:00am this Friday 7 August. Zoom invitations will then be sent out to all bookings.

Student models

The students of Years 5 and 6 recently designed and made a model of a safe, fully inclusive, active playground.

The students of Years 5 and 6 recently designed and made a model of a safe, fully inclusive, active playground for the local community, which caters for a diverse range of ages and abilities. The models had to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The model must include at least 5 pieces of playground equipment that require users to be active (e.g. climbing, jumping, running, swinging).
  2. More than half of the pieces of playground equipment must be able to be used by a variety of ages and abilities (e.g., wheelchair access, height of activity, modified equipment).
  3. The design and model must consider safety aspects of playing (e.g., sun safety, risk of injury, risk of escape).
  4. A set of rules of expected behaviour must be included as a poster within the park. Rules reflect sensitivity to the needs, rights and feelings of others.


We are very sad to report that Lachlan Mac (Year 1) and Scarlet (Kindergarten) will be moving to Adelaide next week and will therefore be leaving St Patrick’s. It has been an absolute pleasure to have Lachlan and Scarlet here at St Patrick’s, and we know that they will be missed by the students and staff of St Patrick’s. We wish them all the very best at their new school.

Focus on Positive Behaviour for Learning


As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family after the loss of their dearly loved father and husband. If you can help to maintain their lawns for the rest of the year, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below where you will be taken to a lawn mowing roster, where you can volunteer to help on a particular Saturday.



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