Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 3. A warm St Pat’s welcome to two new students Miley in Year 6 and Trey in Year 2, and to Charlie in Year 3 who commenced in the last week of Term 2.
It is great to have all the children back rested, happy, safe and well. We do hope the holiday was time for family and relaxation.
COVID-19 We commence Term 3 with the strategies from Term 2 for Covid-19 health and safety still in place. These include:
- Physical distancing for staff / adults on site.
- Limiting of non-essential adults visiting school site. All adults who attend school site to sign register in the office.
- Handwashing and sanitising routines being taught and encouraged.
- Regular cleaning of high touch areas.
- All students and staff with cough, cold, flu like symptoms to remain at home until well, seeking medical attention if necessary.
Staffing at St Pat’s
There are a few changes to school staffing for Term 3.
Miss Michelle Dempsey will be teaching in the library and Mr Travis Broughton will be teaching PDHPE.
Mrs Catherine Coman will be teaching STEM and Mrs Franco will be full time on class.
Mr Drew will finish as Friday teacher in 45C today and the new teacher will be named next week. We thank Mr Drew for his work in our school and in 45C this year.
Spanish will be taught using the DUO LINGO app in the classrooms for the semester and will resume being a specialist lesson in 2021.
Today’s photos around the school are of 12B at the gross motor program.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR TERM THREE
You are important.
Teachers can do a lot, the one thing they can’t do is be you, you are important, and your child loves to be with you, not for anything special just because they love you.
School starts at 8.55am.
Students gain a sense of belonging by being able to be part of the group in the morning as opposed to joining the group later in the day.
School uniform is important.
Students feel a sense of belonging when they are part of a group, a uniform helps to develop this.
Lunch box contents are important.
Fuel for a student’s body is food. Processed food, food in packets is detrimental to student’s learning when consumed everyday at a high degree. FRESH is best.
Your child’s teacher is there for you.
The best person to contact if you are worried or concerned about your child is your child’s teacher. They have significant insight into their learning and social skills.
Religious Education in 1/2
1/2R & 1/2B’s big idea for Religious Education in Term 3 is Stewards of God’s Creation. This week students brainstormed ideas about what this means. Some ideas they came up with:
*Planting and looking after plants.
*Caring for and cleaning up the environment eg picking up rubbish.
*Reducing the use of plastic.
*Caring for animals.
*Looking after one another.
This term our Middle Primary students (Year 3 & 4) are preparing for First Eucharist. Families will receive an information package in the coming week.
If you would like your child to be involved in the preparation for First Eucharist, please indicate on the enrolment form in the package and return it to our School Office by Friday 7th August 2020.
Dates for your Diary
Please note there may be sudden changes to these dates as circumstances in the school community change and advice is received from Catholic Education.
First Eucharist Virtual Retreat for Parents – Wednesday 5th August at 6pm
Enrolment Mass – Sunday 9th August at 9:30am
Family Retreats – Sunday 23rd & 30th August 4:30-6pm
Retreat – The format and date of the retreat is to be confirmed
First Eucharist – Thursday 17th September at 6pm
First Eucharist Thanksgiving Mass – Sunday 20th September at 9:30am