Newsletter 04/05/2021 Term 2 Week 13
- St Patrick's School Calendar
- From the Principal
- Mother's Day activity
- 2022 Enrolment Open Day for Prospective Families
- Cross Country
- Division Aths
- Gr 4 Camp Sovereign Hill
- Parent Helpers Session
- Community Meal
- Fatima Feast Day
- District Cross Country
- Mother's Day Stall
- School Review
- School Wide Positive Behaviours Support (SWPBS)
- Newsletter Survey
- Resilience Project: Free Parent Webinar
- Catholic School Culture
- Students of the Week
- Community Events
St Patrick's School Calendar
From the Principal
Mother's Day activity
This year we will be having an open day on this Friday 7th of May where mums and special ladies in our children's lives come through the school to visit classrooms, enjoy a coffee, some cake and receive a flower. They would have the opportunity to spend some time in their child/rens classroom or outside and can get a family photo taken with their children.
The time will be from 10.45 until 2.45. I am hoping that there might be some time in this window where you may be able to come in.
The school day will be a relatively normal one with assembly @ 10.45, recess between 11.00-11.30, class time from 11.30-1.30, 2nd lunch break from 1.30-2.15 & class time from 2.15-2.45.
2022 Enrolment Open Day for Prospective Families
St Patrick's Primary School Camperdown will be celebrating Catholic Education Week by having an open day on Wednesday May 26th from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm.
2021 marks 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia and the purpose of this day is for prospective families to come along and see how our school operates on a normal school day.
Interested prospective families are welcome to come along at any time on this day, meet with members of the school leadership team, have a tour of the school and to see what our beautiful school has to offer.
There will also be opportunity to talk with other staff, students and parents and to get some more information on St Patrick's.
Bookings can be taken if you have a specfic time in mind or else feel free to turn up on the day.
- We have enrolment packages that can be sent out at anytime.
- To receive a package please fill out the inquiry form or contact our office on 03 55931962
- 2022 enrolments will officially open later in term 2 & packages given to kinders then.
- If any of our current families know anyone who would be interested in coming along, please feel free to pass this information on to them.
Our School Cross Country was on last week. Congratulations to everyone for all their efforts on the day & well done to the champions in each age group.
Our NAPLAN testing is on this Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for all grade 3 & 5 students.
We wish them well during this time.
Gr 4 Camp Sovereign Hill
Our Gr 4 Camp to Sovereign Hill is on tomorrow and the excitement is really building!
Information has gone home to families and should be back at school by now.
Staff attending from the school will be: Amy P, Kellie Lee, Hannah Jackson, Annie Judd & Paul Kingston.
A reminder that all medications need to be given to teachers before leaving for camp. I would ask that parents please ensure that this occurs.
Parent Helpers Session
We have around 13 people who have indicated they will be coming to this information session with Mel Fox. If you would like to come you can still book a seat for this event.
Mel will be talking about some of the key points required if you would like to come into the school to work in classrooms and some of the compliance points that need to be ticked off. We are required to ensure that any parents working in the school undergo some sort of induction and this is how we are managing this.
Parents as Helpers Reply
We have 5/6D involved in the community meal at the Uniting Church this Wednesday, 12th of May. This is one of our social justice events where we get back as much as we give. I know the children really enjoy this activity and I know that the Uniting Church and the people who attend this event also love it when our school is involved.
It is a very important part of developing the whole child, that we devote time to helping others when we can. To give without any thought of receiving anything in return is something we should all do at certain times in our lives. The irony is that when we do this we always receive something back - nothing you can see but definitely something you can feel. Many thanks in advance to the parents who are supplying food for this activity. It is greatly appreciated.
Fatima Feast Day
Our Fatima Feast Day is on this Thursday 13th May. On this day all Fatima House will meet in the Big room at lunchtime to get a treat in celebration of their house Patron: Our Lady of Fatima.
The school has recently received a video called 'Fatima' and tells of the story of the miracles that occurred there. If anyone would like to borrow this to watch it is well worth it.
District Cross Country
The first 6 boys & girls from our U12, U11, U10 races will represent the shool at the District Cross Country @Noorat on this day.
Congratulations to the following students who will be attending this Friday.
|12 Y.O. Boys|
|12 Y.O. Girls|
11 Y.O. Boys
|11 Y.O. Girls|
10 Y.O. Boys
|10 Y.O. Girls|
9 Y.O. Boys
|9 Y.O. Girls|
Can I stress that all children attending need to have correct PE uniform please, as they go away to represent our school.
Mother's Day Stall
Our school review was on last Thursday 29th & Friday 30th April and was the completion of the school review process we have been working on for the last 18 months.
The review team of Mary Lovelock- external reviewer, Sandra Harvey - Deputy director CEB, Lee Schlooz - Education consultant southern zone and Matt Uzkaratis - Principal St Thomas' School Terang, really enjoyed their time spent in the school, talking to different groups and asked me to pass on to everyone how much they enjoyed their time here.
Thanks to the everyone who contributed to this process over the time, it was greatly appreciated.
Our 3 major goals are still being tweaked but will focus on the following areas
1. Student engagement
2. Enhancing Catholic Identity
3. Upskilling staff
We will also have a range of strategies etc to help us and we await a final report over the next month.
School Wide Positive Behaviours Support (SWPBS)
I have provided the link below to let you know more about what SWPBS is and why we will be implementing this framework across our school.
Over the next few weeks we will be working on developing our Behaviour Matrix and when this is completed we will let you know.
Resilience Project: Free Parent Webinar
We have a Resilience Project parent webinar which will be on Thursday 13th of May with Hugh Van Cuylenburg at 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Here is the Zoom link for use on the night:
The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses and provide them with evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience and happiness. The Resilience Project has delivered programs to over 1000 schools around the country and worked with many elite sporting teams including Australian cricket, netball and soccer, NRL and AFL clubs. Through presentations, wellbeing journals, schools curriculum, teacher diaries and their App, The Resilience Project seeks to help all Australians become mentally healthy.
Programs offered by The Resilience Project are based on the following strategies:
- Gratitude - Appreciating what you have, not begrudging what you don’t.
- Empathy - Thinking of the needs of others/kindness.
- Mindfulness - Being present in the moment, not becoming distracted by unhelpful or negative thoughts.
During this presentation, Hugh will share his experiences and combine them with practical strategies that can be implemented everyday to improve our overall wellbeing.
Catholic School Culture
Confirmation: Thursday May 6th
This week children who are making the Sacrament of Confirmation will continue their preparation program at school and at home with their families. Children will need to choose a Confirmation name and a sponsor. A note will be coming home this week along with a candle and transfer for their stole. Please return the note as soon as you can or email the information to Tracy. This sacrament will be celebrated on Thursday 6th of May at 6pm at St. Patrick’s Church in Camperdown.
Please keep the following children in your prayers as they prepare to make the Sacrament of Confirmation: Tom Atkins, Halle Barake, Emma Bonner, Orson Capizzi, Maisie Cunningham, Rhys Darcy, Bailey Fox, Jed Gaut, Etti Glennen, Madison Lucas, Luca Macchiesi-May, Cooper Mahony, Mali Maskell, Bryce Miller, Edie Molan, Tristan O’Connor, Beau Ponting, Wally Rees, Brady Rippon-Hanson, Caitlin Rundle, Elaine Ryan, Abi Sinnott, Harry Sinnott, Darby Sinnott, Riley Spence, Vince Titmus, Taj Woodmason and Clem Walsh.
Students of the Week
|FSA||Katelyn Ryan||Great at learning new words!|
|Campbell Henderson||Great improvement in his letters and handwriting.|
|FDB||Orla Myers||For always contributing to class discussions.|
|Anderson Vallejo||For always contributing to class discussions.|
|1M||Olivia Simmonds||For being a kind and thoughtful classmate|
|1PS||Rocco Brooks||Always looking out for others and being a beautiful friend to all|
|2B||Tommy Fox||Being productive and giving 100% effort.|
|Patrick Hassett||Great sense of humour and contributing good stuff to discussions|
|2S||Ben Walsh||For working really hard in his reading groups this week!|
|3/4P||Basil Hunt||Displaying great work ethic and following rules.|
|Mali Maskell||For having courage & confident to speak infront of unfamilar faces|
|Wally Rees||For being a great role model in decision making and completing tasks.|
|3/4L||Maddi Fisher||For being an enthusiastic classmember|
|Xander Kent||For making good connections|
|Judd Doolan||For being an enthusiastic classmember|
|3/4J||Evie Wagner||Great organisation|
|Florence Pope||Fantastic writing|
|3/4DH||Maisie Cunningham||Taking on feedback.|
|Stephanie Fleming||Always giving her best.|
|5/6 D||Jensen King||For giving everything a go with a more positive attitude.|
|Matilda Cridland||An excellent attitude towards your learning|
|5/6 C||Aidan Vallejo||Helpful and encouraging to other students|
|Amaya Kent||Magnificent work in Maths.|
|5/6 S||Monica Thornton||For a fantastic week in maths & excellent time management.|
|5/6 W||Kiara Love||Contributing to class discussions|
|Milla Darcy||Consistently working well in all areas|
|Jonty Raven||Great work habits|
|Michelle||Darby Sinnott||Great understanding of his maths strategies|
|Marie||George Sadler||For being one of nature's gentleman.|
|Mel||3/4P||For individual efforts in their Alpha Write|
|Elise||Bryce||For working hard over the holidays|
Testing- Symptomatic (Feeling unwell) or Asymptomatic
If a member of a family is recommended by their doctor to have COVID 19 testing, this person is asked to self isolate until the results are known. Any children/siblings of this family are requested not to attend school unless the results of the testing are known. At best we will restrict the spread of possible contact with the virus if the test is positive. At worst we will have cost some children a few days at home if the test proves to be negative. This is a duty of care for all at school. If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. Any unwell children WILL be sent home. We will temperature check any child we feel is unwell.
Sick Children at School
Every student that presents to the sick bay with cold or flu like symptoms will have their temperature taken and as we are operating on a zero tolerance, they will be sent home.
Visitors to St. Patricks
At this stage parents, volunteers, or community groups can come onto the school premises or grounds. Parents and guardians are asked to continue to maximise the use of phone (5593 1962) and email communication with the school or directly to their child’s teacher.
As per our pre-COVID regulations, anyone coming in for longer than 15 minutes will need to sign in at the office.
Cleaning & Hygiene
To support the health and wellbeing of students and staff, the school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent handwashing by staff and students. Hand sanitizer will be located in high traffic/high touch areas and the classrooms.
Drop Off & Pick Up Arrangements
Drop Off- Parents are welcome to drop off at the normal time from 8.30am onwards. All children will need to enter the school via Dimora Ave. Pick Up- Children being picked up by parents or walking home will continue to do so at 3.15. Children being collected from the church will leave school at 3.05 for F-2 children and 3.15 for grades 3-6.
Please also remind your children who travel on school buses of the importance of:
- practicing good hygiene, including using hand sanitiser
- obeying all instructions from bus drivers