Dear Parents and Carers,
2022 Enrolments Kinder enrolments for 2022 are well underway. This year we are adding to the transition to school plan for our new Kinder children. The new program is the Big Steps program and will add 5 further visits to the 3 regular orientation to school mornings. We have listened to our families about the possibility of extending the orientation program. We know there are many benefits of a longer program to support students in their familiarity and readiness for school. More will be communicated next week about the dates and outline of this program.
Principal Retreat Day This week I have been in Galong Wednesday afternoon and Thursday for a principal gathering and retreat time, called Siloam. As Catholic educators and leaders we take some time to gather, pray, reflect. We also take time to discern the pathway for growing the Catholicity of our school community.
As a Catholic community prayer is central to our faith life. As a staff, we pray to begin the week. As a school we pray together to begin the week and each day. We pray before meals and often end the day with prayer.
Do you or your family have an intention for which you would like our community to pray?
Do you or your family have a need for support?
Please contact the school or email me directly to make time for a confidential meeting in support of you, your children and your family.
Prayers today Thank you for your prayers for Mrs Banks today at the sad time of the funeral of her father.
School Survey Thank you for your continued support of working in partnership with our school in the education of your children. Our partnership as parents and educators began when you signed your child’s enrolment form, in most cases, the year prior to their commencing school. We thank you for working with us toward the best educational outcomes for your child / children.
Between now and Friday the 11th of June we are inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your constructive feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Patrick’s.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
Between May and July this year, our school will be taking part in the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). This is a nationwide census/survey of early childhood development held once every three years. The AEDC is an Australian Government initiative run by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and includes all children in their first year of full-time school.
The AEDC provides vital information to communities about how children are developing in the crucial early years. AEDC data is relied upon by schools, early childhood organisations, researchers and government to inform planning and improve services and supports for children and families.
The AEDC Instrument is completed by teachers about children in their first year of full-time school. The AEDC is voluntary and is not a school test. The information collected gives a picture of how children are developing before they start school in five key areas or domains. It shows what is being done well, and what can be improved. This is why it is important for all children in their first year of full-time school to be included in the AEDC.
Journey of Hope
This term our Year 1/2, 2/3 and 3/4 classes have the opportunity to participate in the Journey of Hope program. Journey of Hope (JoH) is an evidence-based psychosocial support program designed to build resilience for children. Many children endure the everyday stresses of living in communities impacted by natural disasters such as bushfires, witnessing significant changes to their homes, neighborhoods and schools. JoH offers the opportunity to begin to normalize emotions and develop coping strategies. The program is implemented by trained facilitators with the presence and support of the classroom teacher and is aligned with the Personal Development and Health aspects of the NSW curriculum. The program is designed to help normalize emotions and develop positive coping strategies through cooperative play, creative arts and literacy.
The learning objectives of the program are to:
- Support children in understanding and normalizing emotions associated with trauma or other difficult circumstances.
- Support children in developing positive coping strategies to deal with these emotions.
- Build on the innate strengths of children, their families, schools and communities to further develop positive coping mechanisms.
- Instill a sense of hope, empowering children to feel more in control.
CROSSFIT PROGRAM AT ST PATRICK’S BEGA
As our St Pat’s community continues to recover from the devastation of bushfires in our area, St Vincent de Paul Bega have made a generous donation to our school enabling us to implement a program during Term 2 and 3, assisting many students to build confidence, and resilience through physical activity and flourish as learners. A number of children will be given the opportunity to be a participant in the Crossfit program.The students will participate in 30 minute sessions in small groups on a Friday afternoon for 5 weeks with the leadership of a physical trainer.
Physical activity can help kids cope with stress. It also promotes:
- Healthy growth and development
- Better self-esteem
- Stronger bones, muscles and joints
- Better posture and balance
- A stronger heart
- A healthier weight range
- Social interaction with friends
- Learning new skills while having fun
- Better focus and concentration during school
Upcoming events & dates
Chapel Mass 4/5B - 9:15am Friday 4th June
2nd Family Mass & Formation 4:30pm- 6pm Sunday 6th June
Student Retreat Day: Tuesday 15th June, Pambula Surf Club
Confirmation Mass: 6pm Thursday 17th June, Bega Church
Out in the Cold: See invitation below
Thanksgiving Mass: 9:30am Sunday 20th June, Bega Church
On Sunday families gathered for our first family mass and formation session. Youth Ministers from ACU facilitated activites for the children while parents discussed ways to support their children choosing a saint.
Leadership when described as a character strength is;
"when you are good at organising things for groups of people, working well with everyone and bringing out the best in others"
Bringing out the best in others is the true essence of a leader knowing what you have as far as your strengths and then bringing out the strengths in others. This image below is how leadership is modelled at St Pat's Joining together as individuals to share our true colours, our gifts and character strengths so that everyone in our community can flourish... teachers, parents and students.
How do you lead from your character strengths in your home or workplace?
As the weeks come and go our Peer are enjoying the chance to demonstrate leadership in the form of listening and mediating students who have disputes. Some of our Peer Mediators are relunctant at first but by the end of lunchtime have conquered their fear and have enjoyed the experience. A big shout out to the six grade 6 students who volunteered to do Peer Mediation on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at lunch time. Those students are; Caitlyn, Tyger, Isobel, Nate, Ivy and Oliver.
The dance club is thriving with all ten students so keen to learn a dance to perform at an up coming assembly.
2022 Year 7 Enrolments for Lumen Christi Catholic College
Please be advised Year 6 students enrolling into Lumen Christi Catholic College for Year 7 2022, the enrolment period closes Monday 7th June 2021.
Term 2 Fees
Thank you to the families who have paid their Term 2 School fees.
This is a gentle reminder that school fees are due today, Friday 28 May, except those with direct debit arrangements.
Payment can be made via Qkr!, Direct Debit, Centrepay or Bpay.
If you would like to set up weekly or fortnightly direct debit payments, please contact the office via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
On Tuesday Arly, Blake and Lincoln competed admirably at the Archdiocesan Cross Country in Canberra. The competition was very strong, all three did their best and represented St Pat's with pride. Arly came 4th in her event and has now been chosen to represent the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese. Arly will travel to Sydney shortly, we congratulate her and wish her well at the next level of competition.
A date has been set for our school athletics carnival. It will be held on Wednesday 23rd June. This carnival is for 8yr olds and over. All our 3-6 classes will attend, along with some 8yr olds in Yr 2. These children will bring home a note shortly regarding this event. Covid-19 restrictions will apply on the day, but parents are most welcome to attend. Time keepers will be needed so please offer on the day if you can help out in this way.
Later in the year a mini Junior Primary carnival will be held within the school grounds. More about this later
Next week (27th May – 3rd June) is Reconciliation week. This year the theme is “Not just a word – Reconciliation takes action”
Here is what one of our Koori Students, Monique has to say about Reconciliation Week.
“reconciliation week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.” – Monique
To learn more about Reconciliation or begin a conversation in your home, with family or friends you may like to do the following:
- Listen to the song ‘Took the Children Away’ by Archie Roach
- Watch the SBS Documentary ‘Servant or Slave’ which details stories of Women of the Stolen Generation.
- Watch ‘The Rabbit Proof Fence’
- Read segments of the ‘The Bringing Them Home Report” the 1996 National enquiry into the Stolen Generations
- Read the 2020 Family Matters Report to understand the current state of affair
On 13th June there will be a celebration at the Bega Commemorative Centre commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as the formal partnership between local Aboriginal people and the Bega Valley Shire Council. Dances and Musical performances will follow the official ceremony and will open the ’20 years of achievements’ exhibition.
Another upcoming event is NAIDOC Week, which falls in the winter holidays. St. Patrick’s will be celebrating NAIDOC week 21-25th June.