Dear Parents and Carers,
Today, St Pat’s hosted the FSC School Gardeners Convergence. This a regional co-sponsored capacity-building network initiative offered to upper-primary aged students with means to celebrate, share and enhance sustainable student agriculture projects in the Bega Valley.
This (now fourth) annual event seeks to expose all schools to other projects and programs in the shire whilst providing leader schools the opportunity to host the event, model best practice sustainability programming and step-up to their next-level project scopes.
All Bega Valley primary schools are invited to send up to 5 students and one support adult to participate in this day of workshops, skill-sharing, guest presenters and hands-on projects.
This morning we gathered in the church for our Socktober Prayer Celebration. The staff led the celebration by bringing forward symbols, reading the Gospel and leading a reflection. This presence of God was particularly felt by two students who wrote a letter to the children in Ghana and asked if it could be sent with the money. This is a perfect example of students having a voice and leading their own learning. How wonderful that these two students were moved to write the letter and then actioned their desire for the children of Ghana to receive their thoughts.
The decision for staff to lead the prayer celebration is another way of modelling rituals, behaviours, and insights. Modelling is a powerful tool that educators use to empower students to see firsthand exactly what is expected of them. Educators model how to read, write, count, multiply, the list is endless. Young minds are significantly influenced by the role models around them, and of course teachers are role models. Parents and grandparents are also significant role models for young minds. Upon occasion it is necessary to model to children that their presence in a conversation is not appropriate, this will protect them from having to process information that is beyond them developmentally.
Next week we have our Dance Extravaganza. Dance is part of the curriculum and therefore participation in the dance is part of student’s development. For most students the experience is overwhelmingly positive. The excitement builds as the moves are built into muscle memory and costumes take shape. The hall is transforming into a stage set for kings and queens. Please continue to encourage your children to bring their positive attitude to the dance practises as our concert draws closer.
Thank you for the gold coin donations that were made to Catholic Missions. The total money raised was $190.00, this money will go to the children in Ghana.
Last Monday Jontae Thompson and Jaxson Dibley travelled to Sydney to compete at the MacKillop Trials. It was a great experience for the boys. Jaxson competed in the 200m event and Jontae was in the discus. Once Sydney and Wollongong students come into the equation it is very tough competition. These children have access to coaches and facilities that we can only dream about being out in the country. Well done to both boys we are proud of your achievements.
Yesterday two Middle Primary tennis teams travelled to Merimbula to compete in the Todd Woodbridge Cup. It was a great fun filled day. Our division one team were runners up. Thanks to the parents who helped out with the travelling.
CRAFTY KIDS INSPIRED BY BOOKS –
need help. Students are busy working on activities related to book week. We require your assistance with any crafty goods you may not be using:
1/2R&B- are making useful objects inspired by The All New Have to Have Orange 430.
Looking for any toilet rolls, boxes from weet- bix size or smaller any shape or size would be helpful.
3/4F&L-are making dioramas, these were inspired by the book Brindabella. - so they are on the lookout for shoe boxes or such to complete their Australian native animal dioramas.
BIG THANK YOU to those who have returned missing books. There are a large number of overdue or missing books, especially those highly sort after books. Overdue notices were sent home Tuesday 17th September.
PLEASE have a scout around during holidays and return any finds.
Have a relaxing and adventurous holiday!!!
“90’s to Now” Dance Concert BBQ Dinner
Don’t have time on Thursday to make dinner before the concert commences, well the St Pat’s Fundraising Committee has you covered.
We will be providing a BBQ and Hot Roast Beef Roll Dinner from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday 26th September and we would like to see you all there.
Sausage in bread with / without sauce - $2:00
Hot roast beef roll with gravy - $5:00
Fruit box - $1:00
Bottle of water - $2:00
Cakes and Slices - $2:00
Tea and Coffee - $2:00
Tea / Coffee and cake / slice - $3:00
Lolly bag - $1:00
Packet of Chips - $1:00
Today was nachos recess special treat day! It went well, lots and lots of nachos.
The school canteen needs volunteers urgently. The canteen relies on the help of volunteers to be able to serve such an extensive menu. If we do not get volunteers for the canteen we may have to close down or run on a VERY reduced menu. If you could please spare time during a Monday, it doesn’t have to be all day. Please contact the school office.