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The School Newsletter Week 7, Term 2 2020

What's Coming Up

Tuesday 23 June: Three Way Writing Meetings

Wednesday 24 June: P&F Zoom Meeting

From the Principal

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – a feast that celebrates the relationship between God and food! Indeed, food is at the heart of our Catholic Eucharistic celebration – the Mass – even though the use of wafers at the Eucharist bears no comparison to real food! With wafers as such a poor substitute, we have lost the constant reminder that without spiritual nourishment we will not get far.

It is now three months since the pandemic has deprived us of the opportunity to worship with our local parish communities. Our priests and parish leaders have been forced to reimagine how they can continue to keep their worshipping communities connected, and how to continue to serve those parishioners who are most affected by this pandemic - those suffering from ill health, the poor, the elderly, the victims of domestic violence, the isolated, the unemployed. The imaginative ideas that some parishes have implemented are a reminder of just how adaptive our Church has proven to be over the centuries. Many churches have moved their public gatherings into various forms of online space. Perhaps some of the ideas and practices that have been developed during this pandemic will continue to serve us well in a post-COVID world! God certainly works in strange and unpredictable ways!

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

WHEN TO WEAR SPORT UNIFORM

For the rest of the year sport uniforms will be worn on the following days:

  • Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2: Thursdays.
  • Years 3 to 6: Fridays.

P&F ZOOM Meeting

At this stage, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still prohibited from running meetings in the school involving parents and carers. However, it is important that we resume our P&F meetings. Therefore, the June P&F meeting will be facilitated via Zoom.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th June at 6.30pm. It has been scheduled to run for 1½ hours. Your attendance at the meeting would be a wonderful way to support the work that our P&F does. It is possible that there are some parents, carers and friends who have never attended a P&F meeting because other commitments prevent you from leaving home. Meeting via Zoom will enable you to contribute your ideas without leaving home.

If you plan to attend this meeting: On Wednesday 24 June at 6.30pm

  1. Make sure you have downloaded Zoom to your device.
  2. Use this link or copy it into your search bar: https://mncatholic.zoom.us/j/92740643323
  3. Click on ‘Open Zoom meetings’.
  4. Click on ‘Join with computer audio’.
  5. Click on ‘Start video’.
  6. If you are prompted to type a password, the password is 735306.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION

Although we have been back at school full time for over a week, last Friday was a wonderful opportunity to officially welcome back everybody. After a regular morning of lessons in the classrooms, we enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch and some games. The much anticipated tug-o-war competition at the end of the day was a lot of fun, with Maci’s Magic Monkeys eventually edging out Despicable Us in the final. With parents and carers still unable to be on the school site, it was up to the staff to prepare the children’s lunches. This certainly heightened our appreciation of the valued role that our volunteers normally play on such occasions. We are looking forward to welcoming back the volunteers to our school site when the restrictions are relaxed. Sincere thanks to the staff.

The celebration was also an opportunity to raise funds for Caritas’ COVID-19 appeal which is raising funds for vulnerable communities in the world that are most susceptible to the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The students’ donations totalled $332.00 . . . great support from a small school. Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit.

The staff has been really pleased with the way in which the students have settled in to full time school last week. Sincere thanks again to the parents and carers who have been so patient and supportive throughout the past three months.

THANKS TO 1ST BELMONT SCOUT GROUP

1st Belmont Scout Group kindly donated 100 sausages and 5 kg of onions for last Friday’s sausage sizzle. Our sincere thanks to 1st Belmont Scouts for their generosity. A message from the scouts . . .

The leaders of 1st Belmont Scout Group would like to acknowledge everyone at St Patricks for the hard work they have put in over the last few months to continue the education of our kids. As a thank you we have made a small donation to Friday’s BBQ, and hope all the teachers and kids have a fantastic day.

1st Belmont Scout Group is open to girls and boys from the age of 5. We have a fun and exciting program of youth-led activities to bring out the best in all kids whatever their ability or interests. If you think your child would like to join our Scout group you can check out our Facebook site, email our group leader Dingo (Steven) at thejingodingo@gmail.com, or phone on 0409045725.

We are still accepting Enrolments for 2021 - Encourage your friends and family to apply today!

THREE-WAY WRITING MEETINGS: TUESDAY 23RD JUNE 2020

We are inviting all of our parents/carers to attend a three-way meeting between student, parent/carer and teacher to discuss the progress that your child is making as a writer, to set goals for your child in the area of writing, and to offer suggestions as to how parents/carers can assist their children. The meetings will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd June 2020, as COVID-19 restrictions prohibit face-to-face meetings.

Parents/Carers are asked to book a time using the COMPASS booking system, as follows:

1. On a PC:

  • Log into the portal at https://swansea-nsw.compass.education/.
  • Click the ‘Book Parent/Teacher interviews’ link from the home page.
  • Follow the steps to select a teacher and a time.
  • Alternatively, click on ‘Community’ > then ‘Conferences’, and select the meeting that reflects your child’s year.

2. On a mobile app version of COMPASS:

  • Choose the three lines in the top left corner, and select ‘Conferences’.
  • You will then be able to book a teacher and a time.

On Friday 19th June 2020, you will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting with your child’s teacher. You will be asked to log into the Zoom meeting on 23 June at your allotted booking time.

THANK YOU, DRIVERS

What a difference it has made in staggering the pick-up times in the afternoons. Sincere thanks to the drivers who have arrived at their designated times to collect their children. This new routine has made it much safer for the students, as well as for those students, families and staff members who use the school crossing. With the advocacy of our State MP, Yasmin Catley, we continue to push for an extension of the Kiss and Ride zone, which will enable more vehicles to wait outside the school and therefore make it even safer for everybody.

HELP REQUIRED

As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family by maintaining their lawns for the rest of the year. If you can offer your help, 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.

PURCHASING SCHOOL UNIFORMS: NEW AND PRE-LOVED

  • The school uniform service will re-open this Friday (12th July) for the purchase of second-hand school uniforms only. The service is available on Fridays from 8.30am to 9.30am
  • Social distancing of 1.5 metres must be observed and hand sanitiser must be used by all.
  • People using the uniform service are requested to observe social distancing protocols by ensuring that there is only one customer at a time in the supply room.
  • There are no cash sales. EFTPOS only.
  • New school uniforms are not sold directly from the uniform service, but uniforms can be tried on for sizing. New school uniforms can be only be ordered through QKR!
  • Orders for new school uniforms must be placed no later than Thursdays at 5.00pm. They are available for collection from the school office after 9.30am on Fridays. If they are not collected, they will be sent home with your child.
  • If you have any uniforms that you no longer need, please consider donating them to our second-hand pool of uniforms. You may drop them off at the school office. They will sold at a minimal cost, and the money will be used to help out other families by keeping the costs of new uniforms as low as possible.
  • For anyone looking for a great bargain, there is still some of the old stock in tracksuit pants in sizes 12 to 18 ($5), as well as old stock in the sport shirts ($5) and sport shorts ($5).
  • Again, our sincere thanks to the volunteers in the uniform service – Liz and Sharon – who make this service available to us. If you have any queries please contact them at stpatricksuniform@gmail.com.

CONGRATULATIONS SHERIDAN

Sheridan (Year 5) recently entered the “Write 4 Fun” poetry and short story competition with a poem called ‘The Sunset Of Glory’. Sheridan has been presented with an ‘Achievement Award’ in recognition of having completed the first round of judging. The final results will be announced on 24th June, and Sheridan is in the running for a major prize. Watch this space!

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