The School Newsletter Week 5, Term 4 2020

What's coming up

  • Wed 11 Nov: Remembrance Day
  • Thu 12 Nov: Book Week parade (to be live streamed on our Facebook page)
  • Fri 13 Nov: Kinder orientation 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Fri 13 Nov: Socktober event (out of uniform)
  • Fri 20 Nov: Year 5 & 6 to Morisset Day Camp - (notes and money now overdue)
  • Fri 20 Nov: Kindergraten Oakvale Farm excursion

From the PrinciPAL

Tomorrow we will commemorate Remembrance Day. We will pause at 11.00am to honour those who fought for our freedom, to reflect on the price they paid, and to acknowledge the benefits we gained through their sacrifice.

Global news gives us many reasons to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy in Australia. In some countries, simply stepping onto the street means risking one’s life, or casting an election ballot threatens one’s personal safety. Converting to Christianity is like signing a death wish.

Tomorrow, as I pause to reflect on the freedoms that I enjoy, I also say thanks to Jesus for the sacrifice that he made for all people. Jesus’ sacrificial death paved the way for all of us to have access to God.

Tomorrow, let’s pause to honour those who fought for our freedom. And as we do, let’s remember the price that Jesus paid so that we might enjoy spiritual freedom, too.

Have a good week.

Peter Green

NAIDOC Week (8 Nov-15 NOV 2020)

Always Was, Always will be.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Here are some of NAIDOC activities that student at St Patrick's have an opportunity to participate in this week:

  • Acknowledgement of Country
  • NAIDOC history
  • Traditional Art and joint art projects
  • Dreaming stories
  • Colouring in competition
  • Tradition games and Dance
  • Podcasts and Picture books about Language and Culture

The Aboriginal flag is divided horizontally into halves. The top half is black and the lower half red. There is a yellow circle in the centre of the flag.

The meanings of the colours in the flag are:

  • Black – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia.
  • Yellow circle – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.
  • Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land.

The Torres Strait Islander flag has three horizontal panels, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between. These panels are divided by thin black lines. A white Dhari (traditional headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white star beneath it.

The meanings of the colours in the flag are:

  • Green – represents the land
  • Black – represents the Indigenous peoples
  • Blue - represents the sea
  • White – represents peace
  • The Dhari represents Torres Strait Islander people and the five-pointed star represents the five island groups within the Torres Strait. The star is also a symbol for seafaring people as it is used in navigation.


May our footsteps, on these ancient lands,

remind us of creation and connectedness, in our search for truth.

May the Gum Tree, from it’s roots to it’s branches,

remind us to dig deep and reach high, in our action for justice.

May the Eagle, who soars in the sky,

remind us of the power, in our call for love.

May the expanse of the lands and seas, of the sky and stars,

remind us of God’s timing in our faith in hope.

May the Holy three, Creator Spirit, Lord God, and Jesus, remind us of community.

Now with grace, mercy, and peace, go in truth, justice, love and hope.



On Thursday this week (12th November), the students are invited to dress up as a book character or a “curious creature”. After the parade, the students will listen to one of the shortlisted books, read by their class teachers, and participate in a literacy activity. We will live stream the parade via our Facebook page.

If you need some inspiration, go top https://www.familiesmagazine.com.au/childrens-book-week-costume-ideas/. Your child can become either a favourite book character or, with the theme of "Curious Creatures, Wild Minds", this may be an opportunity to escape into another world where your child can be anything they want to be!

The Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the week of November 30 to December 4. More information will be available closer to the time.

Let's sock it to poverty together

This Friday (13th November) is Socktober day! The students will be invited to celebrate by coming to school out of uniform, and to either donate online or bring a donation to school. Thank you to the families who have already donated online. If you wish to register your child for this campaign, go to the link below

After lunch we will have a penalty shootout using standard soccer balls as well as soccer balls that we have made from recyclable materials. The event will raise awareness of the struggles experienced by Cambodian children with respect to disabilities and poverty. We will pray for them, support them and advocate for them.

Mini Vinnies team preparing Socktober balls for the penalty shootout!


COVID-19 has forced us to suspend our visits to our neighbours in Tenison Apartments this year, so our senior students decided to write letters to them. We received a lovely reply from one of the residents:

"My Dear Friends

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Your letters were appreciated greatly, particularly the posers which had us putting on our thinking caps.

We always look forward to the visits by classes from your school and cannot wait for them to recommence. However, as you are no doubt aware, this is conditional on our society overcoming the dreaded coronavirus.

Personally, I was enthused by the way you reacted in overcoming the huge impact it had on your lives. The resilience you displayed bodes well for the future of this great country of ours.

Until we meet again, I wish all of you a happy and safe time.

Yours faithfully

Neville Vigors"

Canteen Roster


For the last 10 weeks I have been facilitating the Friendship Saver Program with the Year 4 girls. The topics that we covered included:

  • Listening skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Working in groups
  • Learning about different friendship styles
  • Self-reflection and self-development
  • Understand why conflict happens
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Developing confidence and resilience

It has been a wonderful experience for me facilitating this program for the first time. The girls have really enjoyed it, and by all accounts it has helped their confidence and self-development. TheYear 2 girls are currently participating in the program, which is being facilitated by Lynne McMaster.

Rachel Wright (Learning support teacher)


Last Tuesday Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 had their first spirituality day. The weather was perfect! Students participated in rich learning experiences including, guided meditation, Godly Play, creative arts and games.

The purpose of the infant’s spirituality day was to provide students with formation of the heart: to be led to that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others. It enables a deeper faith in God, self, others and creation.

The day began with a Christian breathing meditation and ended with an Examen prayer. During the day, the students rotated to different activities led by an infants teacher. The students used ‘Godly Play’ to learn the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’. They were guided through meditation to learn about the healing miracle of the leper and how it encourages us to be thankful. They relaxed by the beauty of Black Neds Bay, they planted seeds for creation and the painted rocks with thoughtful words to encourage others to be like Jesus. They learnt through games about how we can trust in Jesus.

A huge thankyou to Mrs Walker, Mrs Stewart, Mrs Ogden, Mrs O’Neill (our Parish Family Liaison Office), Mrs McMaster and Mr Green for working with Mrs Hyland to create a beautiful day for faith formation.


This week we welcome Rebekah Kennedy to St Patrick’s. Rebecca, a student teacher from Newcastle University, is in her second year of study and she will be working alongside Daniel Lockwood in Year 4/5 for four weeks.


Teddy (Year 4) travelled to Penrith last weekend with the Newcastle district softball representative team to take part in the Under 12 championships. We congratulate Teddy on being selected at this level and we wish him well in his chosen sport.

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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