Newsletter 09/08/2021 Term 3 Week 25
From the Principal
Back to School
We are back to school after the short lockdown. Many thanks to everyone for your support over the past few days.
Like everyone I am very happy that children will be back at school from tomorrow and hope that we can continue being on site for the rest of the year.
We revert back to the restrictions we had before lockdown 6.0 which are:
- Restricting non essential staff in the school
- Keeping children home if they are not well
- Ensuring we are moving away quickly after pickups
- maintaining COVID rules & cleaning regimes
RE Closure Day
Our RE closure day which was to be held next Monday has had to be postponed until later in the year.
This now means that school will be as 'normal' for students on Monday with them being here at school.
Apologies for any inconvenience - another event pushed back until later in the year!
Casual Cleaner Position
We are looking for someone who may be interested in being available on a casual basis as a cleaner. If you have any interest please contact Deb or Mick at the school for further information.
Book Swap for Book Week
Wednesday 25th August is our Book Week activities day . The funds collected on the day will be forwarded to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The fundraising page also allows anyone to make an online donation to St Pats Great Book Swap. Follow this link to donate or find out more about the IndigenousLiteracy Foundation.
What you need to do
- check your book shelves at home for children's books that are in good condition but are no longer being read.
- Bring these books to school prior to August 25th.
- Send a gold coin donation with your child(ren) on Book Week activity day 25th August so they can purchase some ‘new’ books to read.
We have obviously had some of these activities postponed once again for this coming week. I know the sports teachers are working hard to re-schedule these events. I also know that we had some short notice last week, so please be prepared that some of these may be re-instated.
Friday 6th Aug - REGIONAL HOCKEY (Postponed & to be re-scheduled)
Team: Ava Cunningham, Maisie Cunningham, Kayla Loving, Liam Taylor, Lucas Mason, Jonah Elliott Wain, Harry Jenkins, Jess Mahony & Mali Masdkell.
Thursday 12th Aug - WINTER SPORTS (Postponed at this stage)
Friday 13th August - 5/6 Rookies (Held in Camperdown) (Postponed at this stage)
Friday 20th August - 5/6 All Stars (Held in Terang) (To be confirmed)
Friday 27th August - 3/4 All Stars (Held in Terang) (To be confirmed)
Friday 3rd September - 3/4 Rookies (Held in Camperdown) (To be confirmed)
Apologies, it was remiss of me not to mention that a few weeks ago we had Piper Stephens, Isaac Lawlor & Maddi Mitchell competing at the Regional cross country.
Maddi came 10th & is now invited to the state champs later in the year. Piper came 27th of 49 & Isaac came 25th of 52. Congratulations to these children on their wonderful effort.
MRC Canteen going online
You now can order & pay online for our MRC canteen. Hopefully this is a help to families moving forward. The canteen still accepts cash for those who wish to continue to do this.
This is now live and working. Orders close @9.30 on the morning of ordering.
You can also access the canteen from your School Zine App (SZapp)
It is also getting to that time of year when we turn an eye towards 2022. If you know that you will not be returning to St Patrick's next year, it is important that we know so we can make more accurate decisions moving forward. I therefore ask that if you are moving on, can you let us know as soon as you can or fill out the form below. Similarly, if you know of anyone who would like to attend St Patrick's next year, can you ask them to make contact with me as soon as they can so we can begin any transition processes we need to.
The Camp Sports and Excursion Fund is still available for families to claim, if you have a current health care card please contact the office. This fund pays $125 per child towards the cost of excursions and camps.
Thankyou to everyone who has recently sent in meals for the food bank. We have already sent out most of the meals to families in need and we would be very grateful for anything you can donate to our Food Bank Freezer. Just send into the office with the ingredients & the date made both listed. Thanks in anticipation.
It is certainly something that is appreciated by the families we support with these meals.
School Wide Positive Behaviours Systems (SWPBS)
Our focus for this week is again, Manners
Some of the things we will be targeting: Say excuse me for interruptions, please & thank-you, waiting turns, allowing others to pass, responding appropriately to adult request, greeting people. We will be making up some little videos as buddy classes and get it out to the other teachers for them to show the behaviour we are looking for.
Parents can support us by ensuring these manners are also used at home.
A video made by some of the children here at school will be posted so parents can see some of the things we are aiming for.
Grade 6 Trivia Night
The annual grade 6 trivia night has been set for Friday 27th of August, 6.30pm (for a 7.00 start)-9.30pm. This night traditionally has families booking teams to vie for the title of Trivia kings & queens of St Patrick's for the next 12 months.
Teams of up to 8 or so can be booked by filling out the form below, if you have any queries please phone Deb or Bec at the office.
The night consists of 6 rounds of questions with some entertaining games in between.
Teams bring along their own drinks & nibbles and it costs $10 per person to enter.
More information as we get closer to the night.
This has always been one of the best social nights the school runs for the year and is full of fun, laughs and quality time spent with family & friends.
All money raised goes towards assisting the grade 6 camp fund and is designed to subsidise $200 per child towards the camp. It is a truly worthy cause.
Please consider booking a spot at this event. At this stage we have 3 tables booked in for the night.
Grade 6 Trivia Night Booking Form
Catholic School Culture
First Holy Eucharist: Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist
Our Eucharist celebrations will be this Saturday August 14th in Cobden @6.30pm & Sunday August 15th in Camperdown @11.00am will be our Eucharist celebrations.
There will be restrictions in place eg mask wearing, signing in, social distancing, however we will take the opportunity to complete this sacrament while we can.
I would ask other parishoners who don't have to go to church this weekend to consider not going just so we can safely have the Eucharist numbers in the church.
Please keep the following children in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to prepare for these days.
Charlie Bourke, Jimmy Cheeseman, Daisy Courtney, Isaac Lawlor, Chase Lee, Grace Magilton, Riley Spence, Halle Barake, Taylor Cameron, Orson Capizzi, Hannah Cridland, Maddison Fisher, Lachlan Hewitt, Jayden Kleinhenz, Ava Lafferty, Jake Lenssen, Madison Lucas, Zoe Roberts, William Ryan, Scarlett Simmonds & Olive Wills.
Students of the Week
Ritchies Community Benefit
Another reminder to please consider nominating St Patrick's as your preferred organisation when shopping at IGA. Over the years we have received over $40,000 (around $2000 per year), which goes towards classroom resources. It is easy to join either using a phone and downloading the Ritchies Card App from the App store or Google Play, or by going online to www.ritchies.com.au/loyalty using a tablet or desk top computer. You can then pick up a physical card available from the friendly cashiers in-store, which you then link to your app or online account. Once you have set up your account you can then nominate our organisation.
Camperdown Retailers - Friday 13th
Friday 13th activities are along the street this week.
We are encouraging the kids to get their scary on!
Dress up, have your photo taken in our scary photo booth, lolly giveaways
Competition -find letters stuck on the businesses windows, then unscramble them to make words- fill in the form and drop in the scary cauldron to go into the draw to win prizes!
Competition –pick your favourite staff member in costume - fill in the form and drop in the scary cauldron to go into the draw to win prizes!