Thursday, 21 September 2017

Week 10, Term 3, 2017

Confirmation
Last night the first of our two Confirmation masses took place with Bishop Peter Elliott and Father Paul.
This was a beautiful occasion for the Year 6 students, their sponsors and families as they were blessed with the strength of the Holy Spirit.
The second Confirmation mass will take place this evening.
Thanks to Mrs Mullan, Mr Hale, Mrs O' Dwyer and Mrs Little who have helped to prepare for the students for receiving this sacrament. Special thanks to Rodney, the Parish Pastoral Associate who has also led the Year 5 choir who sing at both masses.

The  Year 6 display showing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Thank you 
I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday period. Thanks to all of our staff who have worked hard during the term. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Term 4 on Monday 9th October.

P & F thank you
Thanks to all of our wonderful Parents and Friends who work tirelessly for our school. Special thanks to Janine Moulton who coordinated the recent school disco. Thanks to Cath Righetti and Helen Stubbs who are coordinating the hot dogs for the Footballers and Fairies day tomorrow.


Sunsmart Policy and Summer Uniform

Here is an excerpt from our school policy. Children need to wear their hats with their Summer uniform in Term 4.

2.  Slip on sun protective clothing

  • Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform / dress code and sports uniform. School clothing is cool, loose-fitting and made of densely woven fabric. Additional sun-protective clothing is a requirement for higher-risk, off-site school activities, such as the Grade 5/6 water program.


3. Slap on a hat

  • All students are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears (legionnaire, broad-brimmed or bucket hat), whenever they are outside. Peak caps and visors are not considered a suitable alternative.

4. Slop on sunscreen

  • Students must provide their own SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. This is included on the school’s booklist each year.
  • Sunscreen is applied at least 20 minutes (where possible) before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours.
  • Strategies are in place to remind students to apply sunscreen before going outdoors (e.g. reminder notices, sunscreen monitors, sunscreen buddies).

Break up Reminder
Children will be dismissed at 2.00pm tomorrow and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 9th October refreshed and hopefully over all the cold and flu bugs that have lingered this term.

Love is in the air at St. Patrick's
2017 has been a wonderful year for some of our staff here at St Patrick's.  This year we have seen the engagement of Mr. Jones, Miss Maraschiello and most recently Miss Whitfield.  Congratulations Paul, Lisa and Kim and we look forward to sharing in the all the upcoming wedding excitement.

Keep voting in the  Dreamhome Competition
If you haven't already done so please follow the link and scroll down for the St Patrick' finalist entries.  https://www.marshallwhite.com.au/dreamhome-art-competition/

Catholic Education Today
Here is a link to the online version of the Term 3 edition of Catholic Education Today. This edition features an article on literacy and reading, tips for parents about subject selection in the senior years, a promotion of this year’s Australian Catholic Youth Festival, and the usual features of Educators in Profile and Around the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Report of the Youth Leadership Graduation Night on 12th September 2017

Congratulations to all the students who graduated from the Advanced Presentation Skills Youth Leadership Course on Tuesday 12th September.   All students impressed their teachers and families with a very high standard of Prepared Speeches, Off the Cuff Speeches and evaluations.  Students who delivered Audio Visual presentations handled them in a very mature manner with excellent timing of their slides.

50 students were awarded their certificates of completion. Trophies were awarded to:


6H
6L

Best Speech

Saffy D

Sienna B
Best Off the Cuff Speaker

Charlotte I

Ava H

Best Evaluator

Ella L

Josh C

Most Improved

Chloe A

Olivia T

Special thanks to the Masters of Ceremonies, Chloe Sand Xavier C for their fine efforts. The Off the Cuff Presenters, Tom Q and Larissa G were well prepared with excellent questions and superb control of their respective audiences.

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Entertainment Segments including Abbott and Costello skits “Who’s on First” and “Uncle Herman is Dying”.  Our joke tellers were Wesley L, Max R, Emma S and Gus O.  Everyone was well prepared, well rehearsed and extremely entertaining.

A very big thank you to the teachers who encouraged and supported the students work and helped make the evening a success –Mr Hale, Mrs O’Dwyer and Ms Little.  The Principal, Ms Hawkins and two of the parents (Mrs Bates and Mr Compton) also responded to “Off the Cuff” questions.  Thank you for participating.  Thank you to all the other teachers who gave up their time to watch the grade 6 students perform, it goes to show how dedicated the teachers at St. Pats are.

Thank you so much for a very impressive and memorable evening.  The team efforts of the students and teachers alike were much appreciated. I have enjoyed witnessing an incredible level of camaraderie and support between all the students, and I believe your support and positive comments to each other aided in the increase in confidence and improvement in the standard of work each and every week. I enjoyed being entertained with many interesting stories and I hope all participants enjoyed the whole experience as much as I did.  You certainly did yourselves, your families and your school proud and I look forward to doing it all again with the grade five students.

Sandra de Geest

Advanced Presentation Skills.

COMMUNITY NOTICES


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Week 9, Term 3, 2017

Family Mass and Confirmation
This Sunday is our monthly Family Mass at 9am in the St Patrick's Church with Fr Paul. We look forward to celebrating mass together.

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. Please pray for our Year 6 children who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next week. You can read about the saints the children have chosen for their Confirmation names on the informative posters displayed outside the hall.

HUG Thank you
Thank you to everyone for your support on Monday. Our guest speaker and HUG charity organiser Helen was humbled by the amount of craft which was sold. She also complemented the children on their attention during the assembly and their impressive behaviour. Parents were very generous, buying so much and asking to keep the change as a donation. The day brought the best out in everyone.
It's important to know that the money raised and crafts sold will directly impact those people in Uganda and everyone has played a part in that. The only costs that they have is for their website and there is a donor who pays for that. Everyone involved in HUG is a volunteer.

Here is a message from Helen about the funds raised:
Smiling heArts craft -$868, Rosary breads-$242.10, Suubi ladies craft -$1234, Suubi SS - $853, gold coin donation -$190, extra/donations- $60.80 GRAND TOTAL-$3447.90!! Absolutely unbelievable! I can't even begin to express my thanks!!! Please pass on details and huge thanks and hugs to everyone at school,





Year 5 Geography Expo
The Grade 5’s proudly hosted their Geography Exhibition on Tuesday 12th September in the hall. As part of their geography research task, students created projects about a continent and country of their choice. The Grade 5's were dressed in their country’s traditional outfit and displayed a diorama, poster, map and had a box of questions to demonstrate their knowledge!
Thank you to all the classes, teachers and parents who were able to come and see the fantastic work the Grade 5's are completing.






Thank you to our Working Bee families
A big thanks to Danny and the families who supported the working bee on Saturday. Our school grounds are in tip top shape.

Condolences
Our thoughts are with the McAlister family on the passing of Liz's father Raymond Kelly (Angus' (3W) grandfather)  and also with the Brooks family of the passing of Gerald's mother, Mary Brooks (Daniel's (3W) grandmother).

HOOPTIME
Over the past two weeks, Year 6s and Year 4s participated at the HoopTime Basketball Tournaments. Our students all enjoyed the opportunity to play in the competition; from beginners playing in their first ever basketball matches to experienced players who displayed their skills in some very exciting matches. Their efforts and the respectful behaviour they displayed throughout the days is to be congratulated.  A big thank you to to the parents who came along and assisted on the day. Your support is invaluable.

Special mention must go to the Year 4 Girls AllStar team who won all their matches, including the Grand Final and will have the opportunity to compete at the next level.




BEACHSIDE DIVISION ATHLETICS

Following their excellent results at the Dendy Athletics last month, 9 children went on to compete in the Beachside Athletics at Lakeside Stadium last week. The standard was very high and once again, our students represented the school proudly. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to Emma M (Yr4) who came 2nd in the 9/10 Girls Hurdles and will now go on to compete at the Regional Competition…. A huge achievement!

ST PATRICK’S SPORTS DAY

Track works at Duncan Mackinnon have been delayed and therefore, our School Sports Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday 25th October (Week 3 of Term 4)
We will be asking for Parent Helpers (Prep – Yr6) for this event- please save the date!
HOT DOG & FOOTBALL/FAIRY DAY Friday 22 September.
Come dressed up as a footballer/fairy/supporter/umpire or a combination, all for the cost of a gold coin donation to fete preparations.  Hotdogs can also be ordered @$2.50 each. All forms should now have been returned.  NB.  For those children who do not eat hotdogs.. lunch can still be brought from home or lunch orders will still be available too.

UPCOMING DATES TERM 3
Friday 15th September               School Disco
Wed   20th September                Confirmation
Friday 22nd September              Football/Fairy/Hotdog Day
                                                    End of term 3.  Students dismissed @ 2pm
Community Notices



Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Week 8, Term 3, 2017

A Prayer for Father's Day
Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son, Jesus, 
the child of Mary,
 to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom, 
tenderness and patience;
Support them in the work they have to do, 
protecting those who look to them,
 as we look to you for love and salvation,
 through Jesus Christ 
our rock and defender. 
                         Amen.

A special thank you to all parents who helped organise the Father's Day stall and the Year 6 breakfast. Thanks to Laurel & Hearty for catering for the Father's Day breakfast. Thanks to all of the dads and special friends who joined the Year 6's for such a special celebration. We hope all dads enjoyed Father's Day.

Class Mass
Thanks to those families who have dropped off a pack of biscuits for the weekly class masses. It's lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join their children for mass on a Friday morning. This week's class mass is for the Year 2 classes.
Child Safety  
Last Wednesday, I attended a workshop at the Catholic Leadership Centre around the Child Safe Standards. I have written a summary of my learning to share with you. You can learn more at this link. I hope this helps to explain the significance of the many changes we have had to make to the way we run things at St Pat's. Ultimately we have the safety and well being of every child at the heart of our decision making. I would like to set up a Child Safety Committee. If you are a parent who is particularly interested in joining the group, please let me know either in person or by email principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au
Read this link to find out what Child Safety has to do with Swiss cheese!
National Child Protection Week
This week is National Child Protection Week National Child Protection Week (NCPW) invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In 2017, NCPW is being held from 3–9 September. Now in its 27th year, NCPW is coordinated across Australia by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN). 
The week represents an effort to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect. It supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families through awards, events, programs and resources. This year, NAPCAN encourages everyone to build on Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: Play Your Part by focusing on the theme Stronger Communities, Safer Children. This theme emphasises the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well.

Restorative Practice Slideshow
Many of you attended the Restorative Practice evening to learn and understand how to support the school through a unified approach to resolving concerns. You can read more at this link.
The slides from the evening are now available on the parent section of the principal's blog. You can access them at this link.
Angela Yates our Student Wellbeing leader and I attended an advanced Restorative Practice Day for teachers and leaders last week. The important message was that schools are established for teaching and learning. Restorative Practices complement effective teaching and learning pedagogy.



HUG charity fundraiser





































Staff Profile 

Angela Yates

I have been a member of the teaching staff at St Patrick’s Primary School for 6 years.

I have two roles at St Patrick’s- Foundation teacher Monday to Wednesday and Student Wellbeing Leader Thursdays. I consider teaching children in their first year of school both a blessing and an honour.
As a Student Wellbeing leader I support the staff in taking proactive measures in order to create learning environments in which all students are included and feel safe and supported.  I am responsible for facilitating Student Wellbeing Core Team meetings, SRC, overseeing Restorative Practices and embedding our School Wide Positive Behaviours policy. The SWB Core team is comprised of representatives from each grade level and specialist staff and the Student Diversity Leader. The SWB Core team share their collective experience and expertise to support students and teachers. The SRC (Student Representative Council) is an opportunity for student voice. Student voice allows children to engage, participate, lead and learn.


Just a reminder to return forms and money for the disco next Friday 15th September and if possible, to put your name down to help on the rosters outside the office.




UPCOMING DATES TERM 3
Friday 15th September               School Disco
Wed   20th September                Confirmation
Friday 22nd September              End of term 3.  Students dismissed @ 2pm

Community Notices








Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Week 7 Term 3 2017

First Communion Workshops
Our Year 3's are preparing to make their First Communion early next term. This week, the children and their families have workshops to help prepare them to receive this. Here is a prayer for parents to pray for their children making their First Holy Communion.

Lord, give us the wisdom and the courage to help our children as you would

to develop in them a Christ-like love for all people … 


To nurture in them a desire to give and not simply to take … 
to teach them to be doers of Your Holy Word.

 

Guide us in our parental responsibilities strengthen our love as a family
so that we may work together in coming closer to You.
 

May we be the expression of Your love to our children
so that each day will be as today …


Your love received and shared … 
to help us be one in the Body of Christ.


Amen

Father's Day
Thanks to our parents who have organised the Year 6 Father's Day breakfast and the Father's Day staff for this Friday. Please remember to $5 for the Father's Day stall.


Book Week
During Book Week, the children were fortunate to have a special session with visiting writer and playwright, Carmel Hogan. Carmel worked with the children to create their own heroic spiritual journey maps of their imaginations.

HUG….. Help Us Grow
Recently, I had the privilege of being involved with a charity in Uganda called HUG…Help Us Grow. HUG is an Australian-based not-for-profit organisation founded by a Kyabram couple, Helen and Adrian Brown together with Ugandan, Ssemwogerere David almost 10 years ago.
“HUG's aim has always been to create projects in Uganda to empower Ugandans to make a positive difference in their own lives. All projects and programs are established in consultation with local communities and their ownership of the venture is considered essential from the very beginning. We work in partnership with the Ugandans to fulfil ambitions they have to create a sustainable difference. It is not about giving them a hand out, it is about enabling them to pursue projects they would otherwise be unable to achieve. With this in mind, all HUG projects in Uganda, are now being co-ordinated through the Suubi Centre which we have developed in partnership with the local community of Lubanda Village, Lwengo District.”
 The organisation now comprises  a health clinic, a community centre,  a secondary school and it has initiated a range of projects, such as the women’s craft group, the chicken project, the pig project and the coffee project , all of which help support the community in Lubanda. As well as these, a new project was begun in the last year by another board member, Loretta Lilford, called “The Smiling heARTs”.
“The ‘Smiling heARTs’ are children with disabilities, who we believe, have great ability and deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. The art project provides a means whereby the children can express themselves, grow in confidence and truly feel valued. By being part of the classes the children feel not so isolated and they are able to communicate their feelings to the world.”
During my visit with HUG, I was overwhelmed by the welcome from all the people, young and old and how the students embraced the opportunity to learn new skills. I worked with the children in the Smiling heARTs and the secondary school students, creating cards and items made from felt, which the Year 6 children at St Patrick’s had handmade for them prior to my departure. The children were enthusiastic participants, learning new sewing skills and teaching me many of their own skills such as intricate woven wristbands. I have returned to Australia with the completed craft items from the students, which will now be sold and the funds raised will be returned to the community and the children to enable the continuation of the programs, as well as provide financial support to the individuals who created the crafts.
The experience has been a life affecting one. A succinct way to sum it up, was expressed by a friend when she wrote ….”it has made me thankful and mindful. It’s caused me to consciously manifest an attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness.”
On Monday 11th September, Helen Brown one of the HUG founders, will be visiting St Patrick’s to share her experiences of HUG and to give our students an insight into life in Uganda. The presentations will be given in two sittings from 2pm in the school hall. Prep and Year 1 and 2 will participate at 2pm and Year 3,4,5 and 6 students at 2.30pm.
We ask the children to bring a gold coin donation for the opportunity to contribute to the HUG charity.
 We warmly welcome all parents to join us for this presentation which I am sure you will find most interesting.
Following the final presentation, the crafts from the secondary school, Smiling heARTs and the ladies craft group will be on sale for children and parents to purchase. It will be an opportunity to purchase gifts for friends, family and even for Christmas. A price list will be sent home next week.
If you would like to learn more about HUG and read more about the volunteers’ experiences, follow the link below.
http://www.hug.org.au/index.html

Karin Dornbierer (Visual Arts Teacher)











































Upcoming dates -  Term 3

Wednesday 30th August             First Communion Workshop @  6.15pm  3O                     
Friday 1st September                  Yr 6 Father's Day Breakfast & Father's Day Stall
Friday 15th September               School Disco
Friday 22nd September              End of term 3.  Students dismissed @ 2pm

Community Notices



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Week 6 Term 3 2017

Family Mass, Class Masses and First Communion Workshops
Thanks to the many families that attended the mass on Sunday and to the children who participated with enthusiasm.
Fr Paul invites families and friends to attend weekly class masses and stay for a cuppa and a biscuit after mass. Last Friday was the first mass where Year 1 families were officially invited. There was a big turnout. One grandmother dropped into school afterwards and said they appreciated the opportunity to share the mass with their grandchild.
To help with the catering, it was suggested that each family contribute one packet of biscuits for the year. Families whose surnames begin with A to K are asked to kindly drop one pack of biscuits into the office for now.
This Friday is the Year 5 class mass.
First Communion workshops take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6:15pm next week. Please see upcoming dates section for allocated times.


Book Week
Thank you to all of the parents and children who worked hard to create the fantastic costumes to celebrate the beginning of Book Week on Monday.
Out school hall was full to capacity when children, staff and families came together to view costumes. Unfortunately this year, there wasn't enough room for all of the children to safely come up onto the stage but each class had a chance to stand and share their stunning creations.
The Book Week Committee will look at alternative options for sharing costumes for next year.
A special thank you to Bernadette Wood, our teacher librarian, for coordinating this week's activities and events with the support of Kerryn Oliver, Anne Mullan and Catherine Fogarty.

You can view more photos on the St Patrick's Inspiring Leaders of the Future FaceBook Page
Congratulations to Zoe and Josh
Zoe in Year 3 and Josh in Year 6 were both presented with a special award last week in recognition of their artistic school designs. Zoe's design is her representation of our school vision "Engaged and motivated learners always faithful to out loving God". Josh's design is a sketch of our school building. These designs have been used on our new school cards. 

Zoe and Josh's design have been made into school cards.

Restorative Practice Evening
For those of you unable to attend last week, I will be presenting the Restorative Practice slideshow from David Vinegrad, during the POPE meeting on Friday 25th August at 9am in the staffroom.
You can read about the Restorative Practice approach and a very honest reflection about this from one of our school parents Kate Cherfi  at this link.
We welcome parents to come along on Friday morning and learn more about how to help build resilience for our children and families.

Dendy District Athletics
We’re delighted with the efforts of all members of the Athletics team who competed in the Dendy District Athletics Day on Friday 11th August at Lakeside Stadium. Not only did our students put in amazing efforts in the track and field events, but their behaviour, team spirit and support for each other was fantastic. Special thanks go to the parent helpers who assisted with the event- Mary Hogan, Kylie Telfer, Paula Campbell and Gilly Lechte.
Further congratulations go to the following students who will go on to compete at the next level at the Bayside Division Athletics in a few weeks: 
- Emma M (Yr4) in Hurdles and 100m
- Luciana D(Yr4) in 100m and 200m
- Ben M (Yr4) in Long Jump
- Alice M (Yr4) in Triple Jump
- Charlotte H (Yr5) in Long Jump
- Tom G (Yr6) in Hurdles
- Georgia H (Yr6) in 200m and 4x100m Relay
-  Ella L, Olivia T and Chloe A (Yr6) in the 4x100m Relay.  
We wish them luck!!




We had lots of fun at the Athletics. We were in lots of different events such as sprints, hurdles, 1500m, shotput, discus, long jump, triple jump and relay. We were all participating in our events and cheering people on. I hope to see more smiley faces at the next competition.
                                                                        By Emma M (Yr4)

Staff  Leadership Profile
Mrs Kerryn Oliver

This is my second stint at St Patrick's and I feel I've returned to a very special, caring community.
I have two roles - Literacy Leader & Student Diversity Leader as well as enjoying a shared teaching role in year 4.
As Literacy leader, I support the teachers to build their Pedagogy in reaching Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Listening & Speaking.
In my Student Diversity role I liaise with teachers and Learning Support Staff to identify learning goals and oversee intervention and enrichment programs.
My joy is working in the classroom on Fridays and supporting students on a daily basis.  
Aside from my working life, I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping fit and barracking for those mighty Swans!

Year 3 Student Recounts 
“Here’s our stop!” The Grade 3 children went on an excursion to St Patrick’s Cathedral, the MCG and the National Sports Museum. My favourite part was when Jeff showed us around the MCG like where the football players sit before a game. We also got to stand on the field! I had so much fun! - Olivia Crawford 3W

O where to begin? It was the most fascinating excursion ever. We started walking into St Patrick’s Cathedral and my eyes pop out! It is so...I can’t even put it into words - the colours, the light - it was so gorgeous! - Charlotte Aranda 3W

Wow! I just went to the top three landmarks in Australia! They were magnificent! St Patrick’s Cathedral had lots of chapels and so many pews. We looked at the ceiling pointing to God! The MCG was amazing. We went down to the ground and sat on the benches, they were as soft as a pillow. In the rooms we sang the Murrumbeena club song. I had the best Tuesday ever! Fraser Stewart 3O

Buildings! Buildings! Buildings! Firstly we went to St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was so big! We went inside and it was an amazing sight! We saw a High Altar and a New Altar. Under the railings were golden three leaf clovers! At the MCG, we went into the change rooms, the interviewing rooms, the planning rooms, even on the ground! We had such a good time! Leo Cerreto-Dillon 3O

“Wow!” was what I exclaimed when we stepped out of the bus and looked around...it was amazing to be standing in front of the largest church in Australia called St. Patrick’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows and tall spires. On the stained glass there were pictures of Bible stories like the Easter Story. The Cathedral began construction in the 1800s, so it’s very old and big. The Cathedral has heaps of seats and more than 10 people can fit in one pew. By Kayley 3L

“It’s sooo big!” On the MCG excursion we went in the rooms and on the ground. We saw machines that they used to make sure the grass grew all over the ground because only one half of the ground receives natural sunlight. It was such a fun excursion. By Jack 3L

I loved all of our excursion but I especially loved the National Sports Museum. There was so much to see in just under an hour. We got to see the old footy jumpers and some old medals. There was a really cool hologram of Shane Warne and James Hird. We also went to an interactive part of the Museum called GAME ON! We pretended to be playing a game of footy and cricket and had a go at sports like archery.
Best day ever!! By Grace 3L



Condolences
Our prayers are with the Leigh- Lancaster family, on the passing of Zoe's (2T) auntie.

St Patrick's Disco
The format for this year's Disco is a "closed event" due to the new Child Protection Act effective from 01/08/2017.  The disco is a P & F function and is not supervised be school staff hence no child will be permitted to leave the disco and must be signed in and out on the night.  Full details have been included on the red flyer which came home yesterday.





Upcoming dates -  Term 3
Friday 25th August                     9am Restorative Practice slideshow POPE meeting
Tuesday 29th August                  First Communion Workshop @ 6.15pm 3W,  
                                                    7.30pm 3L
Wednesday 30th August             First Communion Workshop @  6.15pm  3O                     
Friday 1st September                  Yr 6 Father's Day Breakfast & Father's Day Stall
Friday 15th September               School Disco
Friday 22nd September              End of term 3.  Students dismissed @ 2pm

Community Notices


Friday, 18 August 2017

Week 5, Term 3, 2017

Assumption of Mary
The whole school attended mass on Tuesday to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. We remember to pray to Mary and to follow her example as the first disciple of Jesus, always faithful to our loving God.
We look forward to celebrating Family Mass together at St Patrick's, 9 am this Sunday.

Restorative Practice Parent Evening
Thank you to all of the parents and staff who attended the evening last Thursday. You can read about the Restorative Practice approach and a very honest reflection of the Cherfi family experiences at this link.
For those of you unable to attend, I will be presenting the Restorative Practice slideshow from David Vinegrad, during the POPE meeting on Friday 25th August at 9am in the staffroom.
Parents and staff participating at the Restorative Practice evening
Happy Birthday Fr Paul
Congratulations to Fr Paul who celebrated his birthday on Thursday 17th August. Very special blessings from all of the St Patrick's School Community.


Book Week


Book Week celebrations commence with a Parade on Monday 21 August at 9am in the Hall (no assembly but parents are welcome to come to the parade).

Books allow us to escape this world and go into places where we can experience other countries, cultures and times both real and imaginary. Some examples from the classics are The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in Narnia, Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland, Gulliver's Travels in the Land of Lilliput, Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. Children are sharing their ideas for dressing up with inspiration from the excellent books shortlisted for book of the year. For more ideas visit cbca.org.au

During Book Week we will host a visiting writer and playwright who will work with students to create their own heroic spiritual journey map of their imaginations. Students need to bring a pillow and a cozy blankie/throw to their Library session in Book Week. More details of each class group's session time and day to follow.

Salesian College Primary School PartnershipVisit

Today ten Year 7 students came to visit the Year 4 classes.  They delivered three excellent presentations in the fields of Science, P.E. and a general Getting Ready for High School power point.  The students were a credit to themselves and their school as were our students who enjoyed the activities and were very engaged listeners.






Upcoming dates -  Term 3

Monday 21st August                   Bookweek commences with a parade in the hall @ 9am
Tuesday 29th August                  First Communion Workshop @ 6.15pm 3W,  7.30pm 3L
Wednesday 30th August             First Communion Workshop @  6.15pm  3O
Friday 25th August                     9am Restorative Practice slideshow POPE meeting
Friday 1st September                  Yr 6 Father's Day Breakfast & Father's Day Stall

Community Notices