The School Newsletter Week 1, Term 4 2020


  • Fri 16 Oct: Kinder 2021 parent information session via Zoom 9.30-11.30
  • Wed 28 Oct: P&F meeting by Zoom @ 6.30.
  • Tue 3 Nov: K-2 spirituality day.
  • Thu 12 Nov: Book Week parade.
  • Fri 20 Nov: Year 5 & 6 to Morriset Day Camp
  • Wed 25 Nov: P&F annual general meeting by Zoom @ 6.30.
  • Mon 30 Nov – Fri 4 Dec: Book fair.
  • Fri 4 Dec: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Day, K-6. Year 5 leadership speeches and voting. Semester 2 reports to be published.
  • Tue 8 Dec: End-of-year awards ceremonies.
  • Thu 10 Dec: 20 Nights Book Party.
  • Wed 16 Dec: Students’ last day.
  • Thu 17 Dec: Staff’s last day.

From the PrinciPAL - Thank you Shermaine!

Welcome back to another term of school . . . our final term of 2020. What a memorable year it has been! I trust that you are rested and ready to tackle the frenzy that is often associated with the end of the year.

After many years of service as our canteen coordinator, Shermaine has finally decided to retire from the role. Shermaine has done a tremendous job in ensuring that your children have been well nourished at school, and I thank her on your behalf. Shermaine’s role has included rostering volunteers, ordering supplies, training new volunteers, writing up procedures, launching and maintaining the QKR app and filling in at a moments notice. While the role has been very demanding, I am sure that Shermaine would be the first to admit that it has given her tremendous satisfaction.

One of my adult sons, Alex, is about to become a father for the first time. One of the greatest compliments that he recently paid to me was to tell me that he wants to coach his son in cricket, soccer or whatever sports he chooses to play . . . because that is what he saw me do as a young dad. Alex clearly sees the value in volunteering and in becoming involved in community activities. To see my son develop such attitudes gives me enormous satisfaction.

If you would like to consider volunteering your time with either rostering or ordering, please let me know. I can put you in touch with Shermaine who would be very happy to let you know what else is involved.

Likewise, if you can spare any time volunteering in the canteen with counter service or with preparation of lunch orders, please contact me. There is a handful of people doing these jobs at present, and I am sure that those generous people would be happy to spread the load.

All volunteers must be registered to volunteer. Please contact Bronwyn in the office if you would like to know more about volunteering, or read about volunteering on our website.

Have a good week.

Peter Green.


The students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to progress to various representative levels – regional, diocesan and Polding - in a variety of sports. We have been invited to send talented players to the regional trials for tennis and basketball. If your child is a talented tennis player or basketballer who would like to trial for the regional teams, please contact Peter Green at the school. Please note that:

  • Only select talented, experienced players who are currently involved in the sport should nominate themselves for the regional trials.
  • Tennis players need to be able to score their own games.
  • The dates for the regional trials have not yet been gazetted. The diocesan trials, which are the next level after the regionals, have been scheduled for 27th November at Newcastle Basketball Stadium Broadmeadow (for basketball) and at District Park (for tennis).
  • The trials will be run according to the current COVID-19 Public Health Orders, and risks to competitors and staff will be managed in accordance with Work Health and Safety laws.


We invite parents and carers to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used 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 on Thursday next week (22 October). Thank you in anticipation of your feedback.

Focus on Positive Behaviour for Learning


Recently, six of our students entered the University of NSW ICAS English Competition. We are very proud of their efforts and we would like to share with you their results:

  • Flynn F and Sienna R (Year 3) and Layla W (Year 4) each earned a Participation award.
  • Lara W (Year 4 – top 16%) and Tamika F (Year 5 – top 33%) each earned a Credit award.
  • Sheridan O (Year 5 - top 6%) earned a Distinction award.

Congratulations to these students. They each received their certificates at the end of Term 3.

Four students entered the University of NSW ICAS Digital Technologies Competition. We congratulate these students on their results:

  • Sienna R and Lara W each earned a Participation award for their work.
  • Layla W (top 19%) and Jagger W (top 33%) each earned a Credit in this competition.

These students each received their certificates at this morning’s assembly.


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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