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The School Newsletter Week 3, Term 4 2021

From the Principal

It was so good to welcome back the Kindergarten and Year 1 students yesterday. There was a feeling of excitement, very much how it feels on the first day of the school year, with the children very happy to reconnect with their friends. Most of them were ready to learn. For just a handful of students, it might take a few more days. Some of them just want to talk! Talking and debriefing with their friends and teachers will be an important part of the back-to-school transition.

I have spoken with a number of parents and carers over the past few weeks. Some of you have found this time of home-based learning to be beneficial for your relationships with your children. Others have struggled. Most people who I have spoken with agree that the children need to be back at school. There may be a few who are still reluctant to send their children back. I hope that I can allay your concerns by telling you that we are following strict protocols that have been mandated by Catholic Schools NSW. These protocols cover areas such as masks, ventilation, excursions, Kindergarten orientation, and how we are to respond to a positive COVID case at the school. I have included a link to the full document below:

Additionally, UNICEF has published some very practical tips for parents on how to support your child’s mental health as they return to school. Click here to read this publication.

We look forward to welcoming back our Years 2 to 6 students next Monday.

Peter Green

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Catholic SchoolS NSW Roadmap

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ENROLMENT AT MEREWETHER SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOR 2023

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health orders, Merewether High School is unable to hold its information evening for current Year 5 students seeking enrolment into Year 7 in 2023. You can find more information about the enrolment process on the Merewether High School website. Applications for Year 7, 2023 close on the 17th November 2021.

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CANCELLATION OF YEAR 5/6 CAMP

Regrettably, COVID restrictions have forced us to cancel our Year 5/6 camp at Point Woolstoncroft, which was to take place in November. A fee credit has been applied to all accounts that were paid in full. Refunds will be issued to those who have paid all fees in full and have no students continuing in 2022.

If you require clarification, please not not hesitate to contact the school office.

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ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

With many workplaces having closed down during the recent lockdown, a number of our school families have been struggling financially lately. The President of our local Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Mary Ryan, has emailed the school offering assistance to families that are experiencing financial hardship. If you would like to speak with somebody at the St Vincent de Raul Referral Centre, the phone number is 49616885. The Centre operates from 9.00am to 12.00pm from Monday to Friday.

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Sustainable Garden Bed Competition News

Exciting news! The LMCC Sustainable Garden Bed Competition is still going ahead in an altered format. Our garden bed will be delivered to St Pat’s this week and photos of the finished garden will be submitted for judging by the 26th of November. The Green Team will be busy gardening once face to face learning resumes. If you can help them by donating fruit or vegetable plants, rocks or pebbles, mulch, PVC pipes and caps or other gardening supplies, it would be very much appreciated. Students may also like to create weatherproof recycled sculptures over the next few weeks to decorate our garden.

If you are able to donate, or have any questions, please contact me at Claire.browne@mn.catholic.edu.au

We look forward to sharing our completed garden with you as we ‘Grow in Hope’ here at St Pat’s.

Claire Browne

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OUR SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The staff of St Patrick’s are always cheerfully optimistic, so we have asked the staff of Swansea Swim Centre to maintain our pool booking for Friday 10th December. At present, public health orders prohibit us from running this event. However, we live in hope! We need something to look forward to, don’t we? Naturally, we will only run the swimming carnival if we are permitted to do so. The swimming carnival will cater for students from Years 1 to 6 who can swim. The Kindergarten students and non-swimmers from the other classes will have a day of water games at the school. Watch this space!

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UNIFORM SERVICE

The next round of orders for school uniforms are due this week – 21st October – closing at 5.00pm. Orders may be made through the QKR app. The uniform items will be ready for collection by about lunchtime on the following day from the school office. Thanks to Sharon and Liz for providing this service to the parent community.

There are still many parcels from the last order round, awaiting collection at the school office.

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R.I.P. JANINA BERNICE GRAHAM

Please remember in your prayers Bernice Graham, the mother of Karen Devlin, our teacher librarian. Bernice passed away last night. Having not seen her mum for several months due to COVID restrictions, Karen is very thankful that she was able to spend time with her after restrictions were recently lifted.

Bernice was a long-term active parishioner of our parish here in Swansea. Anybody who knew Bernice will attest to her cheerful and engaging personality and her genuine and down-to-earth nature.

We extend our sympathy to Karen, her dad Keith, her sisters and her brother.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK

All parents, carers, teachers and Years 4 to 6 students at St Patrick’s are invited to contribute to a community consultation survey. The survey is open until Friday 29th October. The survey is anonymous, voluntary and easy to use. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and covers people’s perceptions of the school’s support for learning, positive behaviours, and the promotion of safety and inclusion.

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A letter from the Federation OF P&F Associations

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