Dear Parents and Carers
Today we have taken time to remember our wonderful, well loved and dearly missed Mr Bennett. Our focus was on his passion - Music. Whilst Covid restrictions have limited the experience, we worked to find a way to be joyful that we were blessed to have Mr Bennett as our music teacher. Watching the 2021 concert with a difference was a highlight of the musical experience.
On the theme of remembering, yesterday was Remembrance Day. As a school community, and with our country, we paused for one minute of silent reflection. In classes our students spent time learning why we pause and reflect on the 11th of the 11th. Thank you to students in 45B for sharing the poetry they have written, a small selection is shared here.
Remembrance Day Sophie
As we remember the soldiers we have lost
We remember the freedom they have given us.
In Flanders Field the poppies grow.
They will always be remembered.
Today we have a minute silence to remember what they have done for us.
Today we wear a red poppy on this Remembrance Day.
REMEMBRANCE DAY Claire
Remembering lives of soldiers
Enemies we’ve fought
Memories we hold
Ever in our memories
Many lives lost
Bombs firing across fields
Red poppies to symbolise their blood
Allies standing together
No sleep without fear
Ever fearing in horror
REMEMBRANCE DAY Isaac
We pay respect to the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for us.
All soldiers are in our memories forever.
Red is the colour of their blood that they bled and the colour of poppies.
Lest we forget
Countries have allies, countries have enemies.
We pay respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us.
We stand in silence for 1 minute and listen to the bugle.
Lest we forget.
On Wednesday the cloudy start could not disguise the sunshine and smiles of our 2022 Kinder students who could finally come back on site for their first of three Kinderstart mornings. We were delighted with the happy energy and the readiness skills our newest St Pat's kids demonstrated. We can't wait to see them all again next Wednesday. We thank our Year 5 students for their leadership and support as buddies! Well done Year 5 - you are really getting ready for your leading roles in 2022.
We look forward to our Year 5 Christian Leadership Day next Friday to continue the preparation of our students for their leading roles next year.
Respectful Language is more than having manners
We continue to have high expectations of students following the Respect, Share, Grow school rule and to live the daily expectation of our school pillar Look After Each Other. We have been working to refine our statement on respectful language at St Patrick's, this of course means more than using manners at school, it is about our words and gestures and intentions of every interaction with others. We are currently looking at programs in support of furthering our teaching of respect at school. We look forward to your contribution and to continuing to grow parent / school partnership in this endeavour.
Blessings on an enjoyable family weekend. Have fun in the rain!
SOUTHERN REGION PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION
We wish the following students good luck as they present their speeches next Tuesday and Wednesday via MS Teams in the Southern Region Public Speaking Competition. These students are to be congratulated for challenging themselves to grow in this area.
Alexia Spitzer, Lincoln Thompson, Alice Wiley, Eloise Deighton, Sophie Stroud, Imogen Murray, Rowan Leiper, Zoe Hayden Price
The benefits of learning to speak confidently in public at the youngest possible age can pay huge dividends across all areas of our lives as we get older:
- It can be a great self-esteem booster
- Help us to influence and persuade others more effectively
- Help us to think critically and creative
- Help us make new social connections
- Help us to significantly enhance our personal relationships
- Help us to just be more comfortable with people
- Public speaking can help us to inspire people and even change the world.
- The world really does open up to us when we know how to get our point across and speak with impact.
No further Chapel Masses this term.
Week 7 - Thursday 18th 4/5B & Friday 19th 2/3L
Friday 19th November - Year 5 Christian Leadership Day
Ways To Pray - Prayer of Peace
As we focus on prayer this term remember to take time to pray as a family.
Say a prayer of peace today-
O Lord, my God,
grant us your peace;
Give us that peace of being at rest,
that sabbath peace,
the peace which knows no end.
You may also like to listen to the hymn- Prayer for Peace Choose a word or phrase from this hymn to pray about.
We are plesased to anounce that we raised $556.00 from our Trash and Treasure sale. We thank you for your support.
This week we filmed each class performing their dance.
As part of our Music Day for Mr Bennett classes watched the dance video and had popcorn!
Here are some of our staff and students rocking music t-shirts and vests as did Mr Bennett!
Over the coming weeks we will be working on hard copies of the Dance Concert Video to send home.
THANK YOU to the families who have already finalised their 2021 fees.
A friendly reminder, Term 4 fees are now overdue.
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.