Newsletter 1/08/2022 Term 3 Week 4
From the Principal
Dear parents, carers and community members,
On Friday we had a wonderful opportunity to share a Grandparents day celebration for the children in our Foundation classrooms. We had a large turn out at Mass and then our grandparents returned to school for a learning activity and a delicious morning tea. Thank you to Mick, Pru and Robyn for organising this fantastic opportunity.
Crazy Hair Day
The School Representative Council (SRC) have asked for a crazy hair day this Friday the 5th of August for no other reason than to have some fun. This is not a fundraiser so no gold coin is needed. So get out the gel, hair ties, wigs etc. to make your hair as interesting as possible.
COVID Support Needed
With ever increasing numbers of infections in the school, we are seeking the support of families with the usual precautions.
- Monitor for symptoms
- Inform the school immediately of positive cases & close contacts
- Test your child twice a week
- Encourage mask wearing
We have sent home our final, whole school, batch of RAT tests to each household. From now families will need to request additional tests from the school office when their supplies have run out.
Catholic School Culture
The Foundation Grandparents Mass on Friday was a wonderful celebration. The grandparents enjoyed attending mass with their grandchildren and then coming back to school for activities in the classroom and a scrumptious morning tea. Thank-you to all grandparents who made the effort to come along and particularly to some who traveled distances to be here (including from Adelaide). The children really enjoyed their special visitors.
Grade 5/6 Parish Mass
The grade 5/6 Parish Mass is this Sunday 7th of August. This mass will be led by the grade 5/6 children and families are invited and encouraged to attend. An invite has gone out to the grade 5/6 families and replies are due today so jobs can be allocated to the children who are attending. The whole school community is very welcome to attend at 11am at St. Patrick’s Church on Sunday morning.
This Friday 3/4C & 3/4D will attend mass with Fr. Neville at 9:30am.
Mini Vinnies - Food Drive
This term the Mini Vinnies children will carry out a Food Drive, collecting non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul. The volunteers will collect these items from the children’s classrooms so please send in donations if you are able to. These items include canned and packet soup, canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish and poultry, rice, pasta, tea, coffee, dried fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, nuts, long life milk etc.
Heads up for a dress up!!
Monday August 22nd is Book Week Activity Day at St Pats!
Once again we are excited to share the love and enjoyment of reading by celebrating Book Week. Children are invited to dress up as a favourite book character or the theme of "Dreaming with eyes open". We encourage all students to participate in this day, and from our experience some of the best costumes come from our own, or someone else's wardrobes.
We will also be holding our Great Book Swap on the same day. Donated pre-loved books can be bought by students with a gold coin. Funds from this day are passed on to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for the production and purchase of culturally meaningful books for Indigenous children and communities. Last year our school community was pleased to donate over $700 - thank you. If you have any children's books that are in good condition that could be donated, please send them to school before August 22.
Preparations for our 2022 school production are going very well with dancing practice and rehearsing of speaking roles happening all over the school. We have set the performance date for Wednesday the 7th of September in St Patrick's church. Tickets will be made available closer to the event.
Circuit Breaker Long Weekend
In recognition of the enormous increase in workload on teachers, the impact on students and the increases of flu infection in schools, DOBCEL have authorised a "Circuit Breaker long weekend" from the 12th to the 15th of August. This will give the entire school community a four-day break in the middle of this term.
School Closure Day
Our next opportunity to continue the professional development of staff will be on Friday the 26th of August. This will be a school closure day with no classes for students.
Parents and Friends Meeting
Our next P&F meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th of August at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.
We have opened our enrolments for the 2023 school year. New and existing families are invited to obtain an enrolment form from the school office or kindergartens to indicate your intention to send your children to St Patrick's next year. Tours can be booked by calling the office. Enrolment forms are due in by the end of July.
Our Diocesan Community
The link below is for the July 2022 edition of “Our Diocesan Community”. We have asked for this to be a digital option for families rather than the paper copy sent home each month to save resources and make it more convenient to read.
Student of the week
FSC Lacey For trying her best everyday! Way to go! Harry For being kind and considerate 1M Eddie For a wonderful first week at St Patricks. Josh F ands Josh M For being kind and considerate classmates. 1WC Landon For having lots of writing stamina and always doing helpful jobs Willa For great spelling attempts and an overall great attitude to her studies 2B Roy For being a positive classmate, and someone who completes their daily tasks efficiently. Lilliana For being a polite student, who always strives to do her best. 2DS Paige Stewart For being a helpful and kind friend to others in our class. Nathan Ryan 3/4 D Scout For consistently producing work at a high standard all with a huge smile on her face Tom Always greeting me with a huge smile and maing his peers laugh. Pen Licence Mali 3/4 C 34C For showing respect, and demonstrating good behaviour and adaptability this week in many situations. 3/4 L Tommy For showing maturity when trying to solve a problem. Hudson For using his initiative to kepp our school neat and tidy. Pen Licence Rhys 3/4 HP Harvey For making and excellent start to St. Patrick's. Welcome Harvey! Edie Pen Licence 5/6 C Monique For mastering the division algorithm to achieve excellent maths results. Aidan For maintaining a positive, 'can do' attitude. 5/6 S Annabelle For being a great contibutor to class discussion. Jayden For your excellent work in explanation writing this week. 5/6 W Jonty For always being a happy and positive student. Sam For being a good friend to others. 5/6MJ Evie For working well in class to produce work of a very high standard Jimmy For being a kind and helpful class member Marie Sarah For being a beautiful, kind and caring student. Champion! Kiara L For being a beautiful, kind and caring student. Champion! Good turn butter churn Jonty Raven
Dust off our dancing shoes, and Join us for a Red Nose Disco!
Event by Red Nose Family Disco Cobden
12 th August 2022 from 6 .45 pm. to 9 .30 pm. Cobden Civic Hall
Public All welcome. All children under 10 to be chaperoned by an Adult
Ticketsts can be purchased online or by ringing Sandra on 0428 407777 All funds raised will help Red Nose continue our life-saving education, research and support programs. We couldn't have achieved our incredible results over the past 34 years without supporters like you - and we hope you will join us again this August for a nationwide celebration of Red Nose Day. Proudly sponsored by Ride With Us, Cobden Sewing Machine, DJ Chris Barks and Cobden Rotary ClubThere will to be Lollies and Snacks , drinksto purchase on the Night , Red Nose Merchandise Alcohol and Smoke-free event Follow us on Facebook Red Nose family disco cobden
Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime for further information
Kind regards Sandra Timmins