Dear Parents and Carers,
What a difference a day makes! Such good news for our LGA announced yesterday. Let's hope and pray that we continue to look after one another so that we can enjoy the freedoms that are available. It is especially timely and wonderful that we will be able to celebrate the school holidays with more options of places and people and events, covid safe of course!
To end Term 3 I would like I acknowledge and thank you all for your great support, especially during the past 5 weeks. Thank you for working alongside your child’s teacher to support their learning. For your stamina to continue remote learning with your child for the past 5 weeks. For seeking help and assistance when you needed it. For your gracious words and thanks to our teachers and support staff. For your care of one another albeit remotely. I am eternally grateful to work in such a community of care.
Thank you for the condolences and other messages from your children and your family for Mr Bennett’s family. We continue to grieve the loss of our music teacher, as I know many of you and your children will. Mr Bennett will live on in our memories and in our school when we sing and play music, he was a powerfully positive influence on our students.
One action that sometimes helps us through grief and loss is lighting a candle when we pray. Your children may like to light a candle when they pray for Mr Bennett. We hope we soon have a beautiful space on our school website for lighting virtual candles, we are working on this.
We are collating all of the messages, prayers and drawings and will put a memorial book together to give to Paul’s family. If you or your child have something to contribute please email me.
St Pat's Kids
In working with your child and supporting remote learning, you have been able to see aspects of their social and emotional development as well as their academic progress. In your child’s mail out envelopes – both times – there has been a page of small cards to cut out that acknowledge some of the St Pat’s Kids attributes we work to develop with each child, some are learning attributes others are about social and emotional growth. If you haven’t seen those pages please ask your child for them. Today would be a great day, as we finalise Term 3, for you to sign off on the attributes you have seen your child developing or displaying during home learning. When your child returns to school they can glue these into their St Pat’s Kids Journal.
In Term 4 some new aspects of the COMPASS School Administration System will be activated this includes aspects of the Parent Portal. Further information including login details will be sent at the start of term.
Many blessings for a happy holiday with lots of time outdoors enjoying this beautiful weather.
See you in Term 4!
Wellbeing Wednesday/Feel Good Friday
This week our students will have an opportunity to work off screen and choose activities focussing on student wellbeing. The activities focus on positivity, mindful breathing, calm time, enjoying nature, being creative, gratutude, thankfulness and appreciation. Here are some photos of students engaging in these afternoons.
Wishing everyone a restful break. Prayers and blessings to you all. Val
Celebrating Remote Learning
Prayer is our conversation with God which helps us develop a personal and meaningful relationship with the God.
Students were asked to share their prayer space at home. Here are some of the pictures.
Come Back To Your Heart
I would like to think that these past five weeks have given each one of us an opportunity to rethink some of the things that we do and say, a chance to be grateful for what we have and the gift of TIME to going inward to attend to the matters of our heart. For me personally there have been many challenges, lots of ups and downs but I am always called back to my heart. Our hearts never lie for inside our hearts are our own truth..... if and when we are ready to feel it.
A big thank you for who you have been for your child/ren as far as your energy and the way you have coped with the current changes. Your child/ren have been watching and observing you as their leader, guide, mentor, parent, caregiver, and always teacher.
My gift to you as we leave term 3 behind is a video of my renewed connection with nature which these weeks of lockdown provided.
We were lucky enough to hold our school athletics carnival before lock down occurred. This enabled us to have student times and distances for all events. These results were added to the results from the five other schools in the Southern Region to come up with a Southern Region Team. Western, Northern and Southern Regions sent their results to Canberra. Sherree Bush from CE put these results into the computer to come up with the best overall team. Today I received the list of places for the Virtual Athletics Carnival.
Children who were included in the list and their placings:
Arly Schrader was 3rd in 800m, 2nd in the high jump and long jump, 5th in shot put.
Arly was third in the junior girl champion point score. She is only nine and will be in this age group again next year.
Claire Breust - 2nd in High Jump.
Both Arly and Claire made the merit squad and would have gone on to represent the Archdiocese of Canbera & Goulburn in Sydney.
Drew Duncan - 4th in 10yr 100m
Sonny Abraham - 5th in Shot put
Eloise Deighton - 6th in Shot put
Archie Sly – 6th in 8yr 100m
Well done to these students and to those who were in the Southern Region team but missed out on a place. Ribbons are being sent to school for presentation next term. All those selected in the overall team will get a certificate to indicate this. Let's hope we can have more real carnivals next year!
Uniform Shop will be open Tuesday 5 October .
Please continue to place your orders over the holidays on QKR!
We will fill all orders when we return in week 1 of Term 4.
If you need to come in a try on uniform please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Also stay tuned….Girls Flexiwaist Pants will go on sale shortly- HALF PRICE!
Moneycare Financial Counselling: Who are we? We are an accredited team of financial counsellors providing a FREE service to the community through the Salvation Army’s Moneycare Program.
What we can do!
How can Financial Counsellors help?
The main body of our work is working with people who are in financial difficulty or crisis with a view to improving their situation. We provide confidential private individual appointment for clients in your region.
This includes the young 16-year-old with phone debt, the couple who have just found out that the husband is to be redundant, the widow who has never been responsible for the finances, the small business who has run into trouble or people experiencing financial stress due to injury, illness, gambling or substance abuse.
Typical services provided include:
- Advocate with Creditors on behalf of clients
- Assisting client with payment plans, hardship variations, repossessions, accessing superannuation, mortgage stress, bankruptcy, part 9 agreements
- Ensure clients access all eligible assistance, via appropriate referral process
- Improve levels of financial awareness through Financial Literacy Workshops
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Please call our Moneycare intake line on 1800 722 363 to make an appointment.