This weekend many of us will be glued to our screens watching the AFL and NRL Grand Finals. The players have spent many months preparing their bodies for these important matches, and they will undoubtedly put on a spectacular show for us. However, it is not enough to have a strong body . . . each player must also prepare their “spirit” for the race. They must play with a big heart and with a great desire to do their best.
This weekend’s Gospel (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is taken from Matthew 22:34-46. In this Gospel, Jesus talks about having this kind of spirit. The Pharisees asked Jesus: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment”.
We may not be playing in this weekend’s Grand Finals, but Jesus teaches us to honour God by having a “big heart” – doing our best and loving God with all we have. Every day we have the opportunity to give our all – to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
Oh . . . and may the best teams win this weekend!
Have a good week.
UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19
Last Wednesday, all schools were provided with comprehensive Guidelines in regard to maintaining strong hygiene measures in response to COVID-19. Much of the advice from last Term remains in place although I note the following changes which are subject to continued health advice:
- Kindergarten orientation can commence from 1 November – see page 20.
- Year 6 to Year 7 transition and orientation programs can commence from 12th November.
- Inter-school sport and physical activities, zone carnivals and gala days can recommence where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
- Group singing activities should be avoided and are only permitted with strict restrictions.
- Excursions and overnight activities within NSW can resume where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
- Schools may hold a Year 6 assembly to recognise the completion of primary school.
- Year 6 formals and graduations can proceed for Term 4.
The following guidance remains unchanged from last Term, but it is important as a reminder for us all:
- Students or staff who are unwell should not be attending school. Any staff member or student should be symptom-free and provide a negative COVID result prior to their return.
- Physical distancing remains in place for adults.
- Non-essential visitors are still not permitted on-site. Only visitors essential to support the delivery of the curriculum are permitted e.g. music tutors, sport skills development programs, science demonstrations, drama tutors, Healthy Harold.
- Diocesan staff, e.g. Assistant Directors, Teaching & Learning, Coaches, Education and Professional Officers, RE and Spirituality, Property/ Facilities, Communications staff, may attend one school per day. All visitors must complete a Visitor Acknowledgement Form.
- School assemblies remain at 15 minutes.
- P&F meetings are to remain online.
- Face-to-face professional learning for staff remains on hold unless it is essential compliance training requiring a mandatory face-to-face demonstration for certification.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures should remain in place.
- The guidelines do not require anyone to wear a mask. Anyone wishing to wear a mask in school should not be prevented from doing so.
Unfortunately we are still unable to organise the Year 2 swimming program. Swansea Pool is able to give us a designated area to use but, under COVID restrictions, we have no means of transporting the students to and from the pool within the COVID guidelines. Although our annual swimming carnival has been cancelled, we are hopeful that restrictions may be eased before December. We will keep you informed.
Now is not the time for complacency. We must remain vigilant and retain our strong hygiene measures. We will continue to follow the advice of the relevant authorities and maintain our measured and prudent approach.
Thank you for your understanding.
Last chance to offer your feedback via the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. Your feedback will enable us to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Patrick’s.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using this URL: www.tellthemfromme.com/cbsjd.
The survey will close this Thursday (22 October). Thank you in anticipation of your feedback.
KINDERGARTEN 2021 ORIENTATION
We have recently received the news that we may allow our new Kindergarten children on site for two orientation sessions. We have scheduled our first orientation session for Friday 13th November from 9.30am to 11.30am. We must ensure that we are complying with a COVID-19 safe plan that has been issued by Catholic Schools NSW. There will be a second orientation morning on a date to be advised. We are very much looking forward to finally meeting our newest students face-to-face.
P&F BY ZOOM
The next meeting of the P&F will take place on Wednesday evening next week (28th October). The meeting will take place via Zoom, beginning at 6.30pm. It has been scheduled to run for 1½ hours. Meeting via Zoom will enable you to contribute your ideas without leaving home.
If you plan to attend this meeting:
- Make sure you have downloaded Zoom to your device.
- Use this link or copy it into your search bar: https://mncatholic.zoom.us/j/95916237060
- Click on ‘Open Zoom meetings’.
- Click on ‘Join with computer audio’.
- Click on ‘Start video’.
- If you are prompted to type a password, the password is 199076.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Let's sock it to poverty together
This year our school is participating in Socktober. We invite our students to connect with young people experiencing challenges in the developing world through education and the world game of soccer.
Socktober works best when every child is on board. I invite you to take a moment to register your child for Socktober so they have the opportunity to join their friends and make a difference for children in need around the world. Setting up your child’s page takes only a few minutes. Please register your child at our school’s Socktober page here:
When you register you will be asked to choose a fundraising goal to support the basic needs of vulnerable children around the world, such as food, clean water, healthcare and education. You are not expected to donate more than you would normally give for such a fundraiser at school, but there is the option to share your child’s page with your family and friends and to seek their support.
Friday 13th November is our Socktober Event Day. That day will be an out-of-uniform day when the students will be kicking goals for kids in need around the world.
Thank you for encouraging your children to “sock it to poverty!”
Religious Education Coordinator
YEAR 5 LEADERSHIP DAY
On Monday 30th November, the Year 5 students will participate in a leadership day which will be facilitated by Daniel Lockwood. At the end of that day, the students will have the opportunity to nominate for the following positions of responsibility in 2021:
- School captain
- Sport captain
- Leader of Mission
The students will deliver their speeches on Friday morning 4th December. We will live stream the speeches so that the other students and families may tune in. Voting will take place immediately after the speeches, and the 2021 student leaders will be announced at the end-of-year awards ceremony on Tuesday 8th December.
At this stage it looks highly likely that the end-of-year awards ceremony will take place in classes or stages in the library and it will be live streamed.
Focus on Positive Behaviour for Learning
Live Streamed Events
We are planning on live streaming a number of events in Term 4, including the Book Week Parade, Leadership Speeches, our Presentation Day and the Year 6 Graduation Assembly.
We will be using Facebook live for these events and will provide you with plenty of notice regarding the time to tune in. Please be advised that these events will not be recorded or posted to our timeline afterwards. They will be live streams only, so if you can't tune in, you won't be able to watch back later, in much the same way as if attending in person. We thank you for your understanding and hope you will be able to join us 'live online' at an event soon.
RESULTS OF THE ICAS mathematics COMPETITIONS
Recently, six of our students entered the University of NSW ICAS Mathematics Competition. We are very proud of their efforts and we would like to share with you their results:
- Sienna R (Year 3), Layla W & Lara W (Year 4), and Lacey J & Jagger W (Year 5) each earned a Participation award.
- Sheridan O (Year 5 - top 39%) earned a Merit award.
Congratulations to these students. They each received their certificates at yesterday morning’s briefing.
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.
Play League Stars at Swansea!
The NRL will be hosting a League Stars Program at Parbury Oval, the home of the Swansea Caves Junior Rugby League Club during Term 4. League Stars is a non-contact skill development program that provides the perfect introduction to Rugby League for Primary School aged children. The program is open to children aged 5 -12. For more information on the program go to - www.leaguestars.com or contact Luke Lawrence via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0402 892 487.
- Start - Wednesday 28th October
- Finish - Wednesday 2nd December (last day)
- Time - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
- Length - 6 weekly sessions
- Cost - $75
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