Newsletter 10/05/2021 Term 2 Week 14
- St Patrick's School Calendar
- St Patrick's School Calendar
- From the Principal
- Mother's Day activity
- 2022 Enrolment Open Day for Prospective Families
- Gr 4 Camp Sovereign Hill
- Parent Helpers Session
- Community Meal
- Fatima Feast Day
- District Cross Country
- Division Aths
- Auslan PD Day
- Cross Country
- School Wide Positive Behaviours Support
- Resilience Project: Free Parent Webinar
- Claire Powling - 1 PS
- Catholic School Culture
- Students of the Week
- Community Events
St Patrick's School Calendar
St Patrick's School Calendar
From the Principal
Mother's Day activity
Many thanks to everyone who could come along to support this Mother's Day activity last week. It was great to see everyone relaxed and enjoying being in the school.
I have a little survey here to gauge thoughts from parents regarding this activity. It will help us for planning further events in the future.
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 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.
We had the Division Aths in Warrnambool on last Friday. We had 19 students attend.
Congratulations to these students who will be going to the next level in Ballarat:
Isaac Lawlor: Boys 9-10, 800 m run (6th place)
Charlotte Hinds: 11 year old Long Jump (First Place!) & Triple jump (3rd Place)
Milla Darcy: 12 year old 200 meters (6th place)
Piper Stephens: 12 year old Triple Jump (2nd place) & High jump (2nd place)
Nate Sambell: 12 year old 100 m (4th place) & Shot put (2nd place)
Auslan PD Day
Teachers have a Professional Development day on Friday 21st of May with Jayne Brumby to work through our new Auslan language.
There is NO SCHOOL for children on this day so put it in your diary as a pupil free day.
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.
Cross Country 2021
School Wide Positive Behaviours Support
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 this 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.
Claire Powling - 1 PS
Claire Powling will be leaving for maternity leave soon and will finish on Thursday 27th of May.
From Monday the 31st for the remainder of term 2, Janelle Smith will do Monday & Tuesdays in this class and Mrs Amy Wynd will return from her leave to do Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
We wish Claire all the best as she begins her leave.
Catholic School Culture
Confirmation: Thursday May 6th
Congratulations to the following students who made the Sacrament of Confirmation last week: 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.
Many thanks to everyone who came along, it was great to see such a full church. Special thanks to Fr Neville & to Tracy Hickey for all their work in preparation.
Congratulations to Brodie Burkett who made the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday at St. Patrick’s Church in Camperdown.
First Holy Eucharist
Next week the children who are making the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist will begin their preparations at school and at home with their families. There will be a note coming home which will need to be returned next week and also a preparation pack which will include the transfer that will need to be ironed on to their stole at home.
The Mini Vinnies children are still collecting donations for the Winter Appeal. If you have any blankets, sleeping bags, coats etc. that you wish to donate, please ensure that they are washed and then send them to school for the Mini Vinnies children to collect.
Next, they will be collecting non-perishable food items for a food drive.
Catholic Education Week
This year Catholic Education Week will be recognising 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. The theme this year is Faith in the Future. We will join together to celebrate in thanksgiving at the Parish Mass on Sunday 23rd of May which will be led by the grade 1/2 students. It is at 11am at St. Patrick’s Church in Camperdown and all of our St. Pat’s community are encouraged to attend. We also welcome any parish and community members who have been a part of Catholic Education either as a past student or an educator. We hope to see you there.
Fatima Feast Day
On Thursday, children in Fatima House (green) will be celebrating Fatima Feast Day.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, She told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.
Students of the Week
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