What's Coming Up
Thursday 17 October: Soccer Gala Day.
Friday 18 October: Year 1 / 2 Excursion to Hunter Wetland Centre.
Friday 18 October: Polding Athletics @ Homebush (Madison, Connor & Kai).
Tuesday 22 October: Over the Rainbow School Disco - Come Dressed in Your Brightest Colours. 6.00pm - 8.15pm.
Wednesday 23 October: P&F Meeting @ 6.30.
Thursday 24 October: Year 2 to Visit Tenison Apartments.
Thursday 24 October: Yr 4/5 & Yr 5/6 2020 Composite Class Meeting for Parents @ 3.15pm in the library
From the Principal
During the school holidays I spent an afternoon at the movies. I must admit that, while I am not a great fan of horse racing as a sport, I found the movie Ride Like A Girl to be very inspiring, because the qualities displayed by Michelle Payne are exactly the dispositions and behaviours that we endeavor to develop in our students through the You Can Do It program: confidence, ability to get along with others, organisation, persistence and resilience.
Spoiler alert . . .
As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreamt of winning the Melbourne Cup – horse racing's toughest two-mile race. Michelle has faced many obstacles throughout her life, including the death of her mother when she was very young; estrangement from her father; the death of her sister from a horse fall; her own near fatal fall form a horse; and a misogynistic horse racing fraternity. With the love of her family Michelle never gave up and, against all the medical advice and the protests of her siblings, she rode on. Michelle overcame impossible odds of 100 to 1 to ride Prince of Penzance to victory at the 2015 Melbourne Cup . . . the first and only female jockey to win the race.
At the very heart of our work at St Patrick’s is our desire to enable our students to become successful. We believe that successful people are those who are confident, organised, persistent, resilient and able to get along with people. These dispositions do not develop by accident. As teachers, we must incorporate them into our school culture, our curriculum and our instructional practices. As parents, we must foster these dispositions and behaviours by teaching our children well, and by sometimes allowing them to experience failure and disappointment.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to see this movie, I strongly urge you to do so.
Have a good week.
You Can Do It Education
St Patrick’s Swansea values our students’ social and emotional wellbeing and we explicitly teach social and emotional learning through You Can Do It! Education (YCDI). YCDI is a school-home collaborative approach to promote the social-emotional wellbeing and achievement of all children.
YCDI’s mission is to strengthen the five social and emotional skills and values (the “5 Keys”) which all children need in order to manage their learning, their behaviour and their emotional wellbeing. These five keys are Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Resilience. Unique among educational programs, YCDI emphasises the importance of teaching children different “Ways of Thinking” that help them to develop in each of these five areas.
We will aim to run a ‘You Can Do It’ parent workshop later in the term. Look out for a date and time in upcoming newsletters.
Soccer Gala Day Reminders
- When: This Thursday 17 October 2019
- Venue: Northern NSW Football Complex, 13 Park Road, Speers Point (off The Esplanade).
- Times: Parents and carers will arrange transport for their children. We are required to be at Speers Point between 8.00am and 8.15am, in time for the general assembly at 8.30am.
- What to wear: Sport uniform polo shirt, sport uniform shorts, football/soccer boots, shin pads.
- Canteen: A canteen service will be available on the day.
- Wet weather: If the gala day is postponed or cancelled due to wet weather, we will contact you via Compass and Facebook as early in the morning as possible.
Gala Day Safety Considerations
- At the venue, no students are to use the toilets without being accompanied by a buddy student.
- Asthmatic students must bring their medication.
- Students must drink plenty of fluid prior to their games.
- Students must wear hats while not playing.
- Students must bring sunscreen and to apply it regularly throughout the day.
As you can see, we are in desperate need of volunteers to work in the canteen this term. Are you a registered volunteer? Can you spare a few hours on a Friday? - Please contact the school office or Shermaine Fitzgerald ASAP with your availability. Without volunteers the canteen cannot open. - Thank you
This Week's PBL
Composite Class Meeting
A number of parents have been asking questions about the Year 4/5 and Year 5/6 composite classes that we will run in 2020. I am proposing to run a meeting on Thursday next week (24th October) beginning at 3.15pm in the school library. At that meeting we will:
- Present research related to composite classes.
- Ask the parents to share their experiences of composite classes, as well as their concerns for next year's proposal.
- Tell you about my experiences of teaching composite classes, both positive and negative.
- Outline how we will structure the classes in 2020.
- Outline how we will cover the syllabus content for two different grades within one class.
Looking forward to seeing you there.