St Patrick’s Primary School - Bega
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Gipps Street
Bega NSW 2550

Phone: 02 6492 5500

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Let me begin with a story of gratitude.

A Short Lesson on Gratitude

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.

Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were.

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see…

WRITTEN BY: Nick Ortner PUBLISHED BY: The Tapping Solution

So, this leads me to some words of gratitude this week to the amazing St Pat’s staff, students and parents:

Thank you:


Capture.PNGEvery St Pat’s student for writing and publishing one or more pieces of writing and sharing these at our publication celebration.

Capture.PNGThe St Pat’s staff for working hard with each student and conferencing with them every week to support their progress as writers/authors.

Capture.PNGThe parents who were able to be here to listen to their own and other children’s writing.


Capture.PNGAll of the St Pat’s students who bravely took to the stage on Wednesday night to SHINE at our 2nd ‘Shine’ concert. Congratulations!
Capture.PNGAll the parents of the Shine students, and those who came to watch for being the live audience that is so important for performers to have!
Capture.PNGMs Spicer for coordinating the ‘Shine’ concert.
Capture.PNGNathan (Ms Spicer’s son) for the fabulous lighting at the ‘Shine’ concert.
Capture.PNGMr Twyford for being a terrific sound technician for the ‘Shine’ concert.


Capture.PNGMrs Platts and Mrs Kite for organsing the Book Week Parade.
Capture.PNGThe parents for helping your children ‘suit up’ in super hero costumes and coming to the parade.
Capture.PNGThe St Pat’s students and staff for dressing up and having fun!


Capture.PNGThe Parish Men’s group for helping set up the hall and serve food and clean up for the Father’s Day breakfast.
Capture.PNGThe staff for their tireless work in preparation for events like Father’s day, setting up, coordinating the liturgy, the arts and crafts lessons!  etc etc!
Capture.PNGThe St Pat’s students for making dad’s day!
Capture.PNGAnya Alcock and her team of supportive parents on the fundraising committee for another fabulous Father’s Day stall!


Capture.PNGEveryone else who has contributed to the fun and fabulous Book/Shine/Father’s Day/Author week we have had at St Pat’s.

Happy Father’s Day to all our dads, pops, grandads, and father figures.