Dear Parents and Carers,
The NSW government announced yesterday that the regional lockdown will continue until Sunday 28th August. That means that for next week we will continue remote learning for all St Pat's students. Our teachers are well organised and have planned for this possibility.
As we continue to abide by the Stay At Home orders with the imperative of minimising movement in the community, St Patrick's will continue to operate with a skeleton staff for supervision of students who cannot complete learning from home, for example if their parent or carer is an essential worker. All students and families will be supported by their class teacher with remote learning on the Seesaw platform. If you are working from home, and your child is able to be educated from home, please keep them at home. If your child needs to attend school on any day and you have not informed the school please email email@example.com a minimum of the day before attendance so we ensure the necessary staffing for supervision.
‘We Learn’ Grants – Educational Technology and Educational Supplies
Applications for Variety – The Children Charity’s 'We Learn' Grants for families are now open. The grants are available to families experiencing financial hardship and include a We Learn Educational Technology grant of up to $1200 and a We Learn Educational Supplies grant of up to $500. The aim of these grants is to ensure that every child can access the educational technology and supplies they need to learn and achieve their best. Applications close Friday, 3 September 2021.
The Community Council met last week with the newly elected parents in attendance. Our school community is blessed to have many parents willing to contribute through participation on the council. The council roles were decided at the meeting
Chair - Donna Salway
Deputy Chair - Tam Prime
Secretary - Jodie Clifton-Collins
Treasurer - Carmen Shoveller
Assistant Treasure - Roz Kennedy
Communications - Tamara Whiting
Committee Liaison officer - Angus Johnston
Ex Officio – Jo Scott-Pegum, Val Sheahan, Fr Luke Verrell
We look forward to working together for St Patrick's now and into the future.
FINDING HOPE JOY & WONDER
These 3 words are core to Catholic Education Canberra & Goulburn and us at St Pat's. So let's find ways to experience, celebrate and share
WONDER with our children during this phase of remote learning.
Yesterday our amazing teachers took up the challenge to share some personal words or wisdom or a quote that inspires / lightens / brings hope, joy, wonder. We are posting these on facebook over coming days.
We want to hear from St Pat's kids about ways they are experiencing or sharing HOPE, JOY & WONDER in their days of remote learning. They can create a quote, find a quote they love, quote you or a family member, and then decorate, sign and share on Seesaw. We will post some of these on our social media pages.
Please reach out to us if you need support during the lockdown time and we will work to support you.
Blessings on a restful family weekend.
LEARNING FOR ALL
During this time as well as parents learning to navigate the platforms such as Seesaw and MSTeams this is also the case for a number of our teachers.
The Leadership team is checking in with our teacher's every day and celebrating the successes they have experienced during the day. It is great to see teachers overcoming their hesitancies about embracing the MSTeams platform and reporting the 20 minute chats with their students are a highlight of their day.
Whilst we embrace our current world remember to turn to God for guidance. As an individual or in a family group gather together each day to pray.
1. Begin by sitting quietly in your family space
2. Make the sign of the cross
3. Say the prayer together
Thank you to the families who have paid their term 3 fees.
This is a friendly reminder that Term 3 fees are due today, 20 August 2021, except those with direct debit arrangements.
If at any time your family is experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 or any other reason or your family is in need of other support, please contact the school to make a time for a confidential meeting with our Principal, Jo Scott-Pegum to discuss how the school can help support your family.