What's Coming Up
Wednesday 22 May: National Simultaneous Story Time
Thursday 23 May: Kinder-S Visit Tenison Apartments
Friday 24 May: St Patrick's Playgroup returns. Every Friday 9.15am -11.00am for 0-5 yrs olds
Wednesday 29 May: 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.
Friday 31 May: School Athletics Carnival - Fearnley Dawes Athletics Centre, Newcastle West
Friday 31 May: P & F Trivia Night fundraiser
From the Principal
This Friday evening, Emma and Andrew will receive the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of Christian initiation. Confirmation completes Baptism. In the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. In anointing the children, they are called to use their gifts to become involved in the life and mission of the Catholic community.
During the ceremony, the children will renew their baptismal promises. At the end of the ceremony, Bishop Bill will put his hand on the side of the child’s face and say: ‘Peace be with you’. The child replies: ‘And with your spirit’, symbolising his/her place within the Church community.
Wee congratulate both Emma and Andrew on taking this important step in their journey towards Jesus. Please pray that, as Confirmed Catholics, Emma and Andrew will be inspired to become more like Jesus.
The Confirmation ceremony will begin at 7.00pm this Friday evening at St Pius X Church at Windale. All are welcome to attend. All baptised Christians are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If your child is considering Confirmation, please speak with either Fr Gerard, Fr John, Leanne Hyland, your child’s teacher or myself.
Have a good week.
Yesterday we welcomed a new student to St Patrick’s – Zahlia, who has joined the Year 1 class. Our students are always excited when new students join our school community, and we know that Zahlia will be made to feel very welcome at St Patrick’s.
SkoolBag App has been de activated
The Skoolbag app has been deactivated for St Patrick's . You can now stay up to date with newsletters, your child's attendance, your child's reports and messages through the Compass parent portal. If you did not receive a letter with your login details, please contact the office. Here is a link to the ‘parent portal - how to use guide’, which outlines how to utilise many features including adding absence notes (page 8 &9).
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Since its humble beginnings in 1952, our school has been built on the generous support of volunteers. Currently, we have many volunteers at St Patrick’s who give generously of their time and talents. To mark National Volunteer Week, I would like to pay tribute to three of our volunteers:
Shermaine Fitzgerald is one of the busiest people I know. Although she is in paid employment for most of the working week, she somehow finds the time to coordinate the operations of our school canteen. Shermaine orders supplies, and she is frequently seen rushing through the aisles of Woolworths for last-minute purchases. Shermaine trains our canteen volunteers in all aspects of running the canteen, including menus, food preparation, hygiene and work health and safety. Shermaine also rosters the canteen volunteers and, whenever there is a last-minute withdrawal, she will more than likely spend her only work day off preparing lunches and working behind the counter. Shermaine is a very positive person who works exceptionally well under pressure, and she loves the interaction with the children when she is working in the canteen. Shermaine also takes on the responsibility for coordinating the cleaning of the canteen at the end of each school term.
Sharon Koller is our uniform shop coordinator. Sharon’s jobs include ordering supplies, stock control, negotiating with suppliers, opening the shop for sales every Friday morning, and preparing a financial statement for the Parents and Friends Association at the end of each month. Sharon’s job becomes very difficult when there is a change in the uniform and when suppliers are unable to deliver in time for the changeover to summer and winter uniforms. Sharon’s cool and calm demeanour belies the stress that she experiences at those times, and she is such a lovely person to work alongside. Without Sharon, we would have to outsource the sale of uniforms, which would probably lead to a significant increase in the price of uniform items. Sharon is also instrumental in bringing back the weekly Playgroup to St Patrick's Hall every Friday starting this week.
Marlene Kelly is one of the many grandparents who work tirelessly to support the day-to-day running of St Patrick’s. In a previous life, Marlene was probably the backbone of her own children’s schools and, when her two grandchildren enrolled at St Patrick’s, she returned for Round Two! Marlene is one of our regular volunteers at the canteen who prepares lunches, serves at the counter and cleans up afterwards. She has an endless supply of stamina and energy! On those special occasions when we have a meal deal day, Marlene’s organisational skills come to the fore. Apart from organising the menu, you will probably find her either cooking a barbecue, preparing a salad, serving the children or cleaning up afterwards. This year, Marlene has introduced a new initiative into the school: About twice each term, she decides on a special Friday menu item and takes four Year 6 students to the canteen on the day before to cook the food. She is a wonderfully patient person who is educating our next generation of Masterchefs!
Thanks to Shermaine, Sharon and Marlene, and to the many volunteers, past and present, without whom we would not be able to offer the services that are available to the St Patrick’s community.
Peter Green (Principal)
Volunteer Induction Handbook and Forms
The Diocese of Maitland Newcastle has devised a volunteer handbook and induction package aimed at covering all departments under the shared services model. You will find a copy of the Volunteer Induction Handbook and forms here – It is also available on our school website and we will have copies available in the office soon.
The aim of this handbook is to give you an introduction to volunteering and provide you with information about the types of services in which you are volunteering. This handbook will form part of your volunteer induction. It is now a requirement for any NEW volunteers to St Patrick’s to complete an induction and the documents included in the Volunteer Handbook.
Volunteer Induction will include:
- completion of required forms
- discussion about the contents of the volunteer handbook
- an introduction to your role
The required forms are;
- Volunteer registration form (pg 15)
- Volunteer policy declaration form (pg 19)
- Code of conduct declaration form (pg 24)
- A Criminal History Check (pg 25-31)
- Working with children clearance form (pg 32)
Walk Safely To School
Our Religious Education Coordinator, Leanne Hyland, has recently graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Masters Degree in Theology. The study for this degree involved a great deal of work over a number of years. We are very happy for Leanne, and I am sure that you will join us in congratulating her on her achievement.
National Simultaneous Storytime
This year NSS takes place tomorrow Wednesday 22 May 2019. Year 1 and 2 will participate at Swansea Library and all other St Pat's classes will participate here at school.