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The School Newsletter Week 4, Term 3 2020

What's Coming Up

Monday 17 August: ICAS Science test will be administered for those students who have registered for it.

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

Our school was founded in 1952 by the Sisters of St Joseph, a religious congregation founded by Mary MacKillop. The story of Mary MacKillop is one of courage, determination and faith. Mary’s vision was at once large, small and Catholic.

Mary’s vision was always larger than the resources she had to achieve it. She never took the easy path. She did not want only to show sympathy to deprived children. She wanted to open schools for them. She did not want simply to do good works alone. She wanted to be part of a band of women dedicated to the poor. She did not confine her work to one part of Australia or of the Catholic Church. She wanted to serve poor children wherever there was need and wherever her Congregation was wanted. She faced many conflicts with people whose vision was smaller than her own.

But Mary’s vision also focused on small things. What mattered to her was people. Wherever she went she met children in schools, visited prisoners in jails and encouraged the Josephite sisters who taught in schools and cared for poor children. She saw each human being as important in God’s eyes and her meetings with each person always spoke of God’s love.

Mary’s vision was both large and small because it was a Catholic vision. She was inspired by faith and she lived her faith in the Catholic Church. No matter how badly she was treated by other Catholics, the Church was God’s family and her home.

Mary MacKillop died on 8th August 1909. Last Saturday – her feast day – marked the 111th anniversary of her death. We at St Patrick’s owe a great debt of gratitude to Mary MacKillop and the Order of Sisters that she founded.

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

ANOTHER NEAR MISS

Traffic around a school crossing (Photo from the Sunshine Coast Daily)

Last Tuesday afternoon there was another near miss on the school crossing outside our school. Daniel Lockwood was doing the crossing duty, escorting your children safely across the road. Wearing a fluorescent vest and carrying a school crossing flag, he walked out into the middle of the road. Clearly, the parents who had parked their vehicles in the ‘No Stopping’ zone adjacent to the school crossing had impeded the vision of a driver who failed to stop at the crossing. That driver came within centimetres of hitting Daniel. Fortunately, it is our practice to instruct our students to wait on the footpath until we signal them to step off the footpath onto the crossing. If Daniel had not followed that protocol, those students would have been using the crossing when the vehicle drove through without stopping.

Recently we received the news that our school has qualified for a school crossing supervisor. A trained supervisor will minimise the risk of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle, but until the Kiss and Ride zone is extended eastwards, which I have requested numerous times, it is a matter of time before a member of the school community is struck by a vehicle. Lake Macquarie City Council has delegated the responsibility for extending the Kiss and Ride zone to a transport operator, who will not extend the zone. Yasmin Catley is currently advocating on our behalf.

Until the Kiss and Ride zone is extended, your children and our staff take grave risks each afternoon in crossing Northcote Avenue. For the record, I ask once again that, if there is no space in the Kiss and Ride zone for your vehicle, drive around the block and come back. The inconvenience of the delay will be minimal in comparison to the fallout from an injury (or worse) to a student or a teacher. I have asked for regular ranger patrols of the area, but experience tells me that people have short memories, and some people will continue to park in the No Stopping zone.

Canteen News

WELCOME, JESSICA

This week we welcome Jessica Maleszka to St Patrick’s. Jessica, a student teacher from Newcastle University, is in her final year of study and she will be working alongside Leanne Hyland and Cathy Curk in Year 1 White until the end of October.

Focus on Positive Behaviour for Learning

PARENT NEWS

A full copy of the Federation of P&F Associations Term 3 Newsletter can be found on our Compass news feed, together with the link to this newsletter.

HELP REQUIRED

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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