Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly and importantly I want to thank the Fundraising Committee and the troup of parent volunteers for the fabulous school disco last Friday night! The students had SO much fun, some of them dancing, and some having an energy filled play with their friends! Thank you to our DJ extraordinaire Mr Adam Twyford, and our past student Kendrick - for the great sound and great lighting.
Thank you to the volunteers: Zoe Philipzen Mark Philipzen Nicole Van Den Berg Kristy Berrier Amanda Bastian Christine Murray Pam McDonald Aaron Koellner Symon Dam Kat Hergenhan Helen Kennedy Antoinette Woods Carmen Shoveller
And to the Fundraising Committee: Donna Salway Roz Kennedy Tam Prime Holly Koellner Jayde Green Ashley Campbell
THANKS again from the St Pats Kids and Community!
Community Council On Wednesday we held the community council meeting. At that meeting we acknowledged, thanked and farewelled 4 members of the Community Council.
**Thank you Kat Hergenhan for being the Chair for the inaugural Community Council.
**Thank you Antoinette Woods for your role as Secretary and keeping the Community Council organised and on track.
**Thank you Wendy Deighton for your role as Committee Liaison Officer.
**Thank you Sarah Andrews for being the Deputy Treasurer
Thank you to each of these parents for your years of dedicated service to St Pat's including active roles on the P&F and School Board prior to our change to the CC. Thank you for your leadership, time, ideas and expertise. We are so grateful to you!
We look forward to announcing next week the outcome of the election and the new members of the CC.
Wet Weather Who could predict that the 2021 weather was going to be so wet? The good news is that our students are finding fun play break activities when they are indoors, including Just Dance, and when it is between showers, the skipping and handball games are being eagerly enjoyed.
Kinder 2020 Big Steps Program
Enrolment time has been busy and we are now getting ready for the Big Steps Program. During the last week all of our Kinder students for 2022 have received a brown paper package tied up with string with 'A Day in the Life of Kinder' actitivies. The 5 session Big Steps to school program commences next Friday.
Blessings for the long weekend.
LITERACY IN K-2
This week I visited Kindergarten to observe their writing. Goals for students were; writing from left to right, moving down the page, using finger spacing and having a go at listening and writing the sound they hear in words. Wow! How wonderful to see the progress the students are making.
Students in K-2 continue to make sound progress through the InitiaLit program. Teachers are regularly tracking student progress and refining their teaching to ensure we are meeting the needs of every student. Today when visiting Mrs Franco's class students were listening for the 'ee' sound in words and filling out the sound boxes to match.
YEAR 1/2 FOCUS; TIPTOE THROUGH OUR WORLD
SUSTAINABILITY; REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
We all need to take responsibility to look after our environment so that it is preserved for future generations.
- How to sustain our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.
- How long things take to decompose.
- The ethics of sustainability
- How can we leave a tiny footprint on the environment?
- Do we know what we can reuse, reduce and recycle?
- How can we set goals and influence others to look after our environment?
Students in 1/2B have been focusing on building a sustainable future. Over the last few weeks they have been trying to bring food to school that is plastic free. While visiting the classroom earlier this week I noticed some lunchboxes reflecting this.
Upcoming events & dates
Confirmation Retreat Day: Tuesday 15th June, Pambula Surf Club
Confirmation Mass: 6pm Thursday 17th June, Bega Church
3/4M Chapel Mass: 9:15am 18th June
Out in the Cold: 3:30-8:00pm Friday 18th June, St Pat's Cola
Thanksgiving Mass: 9:30am Sunday 20th June, Bega Church
This week we had the pleasure of having Matt Wilson from St Vincent De Paul visit St Pat's to meet with the Mini Vinnies team, facilitate activites and help raise awareness of homelessness as part of the Vinnies Winter Appeal.
Out in The Cold
Our Out in the Cold event will be held on Friday 18th June. The afternoon will begin at 3:30pm with guest speakers and activities. The event's aim is to raise awareness about homelessness. Students are asked to bring along cans of soup or a blanket to donate.
After our guest speakers finish we will have a lite dinner and more activities. Students will be collected by 8pm - you do not need to stay for the whole afternoon/evening.
Please RSVP to the event via the paper form sent home today or the form on Skoolbag.
I sit here taking deep breaths as I begin typing this article for the newsletter after it has been deleted. Welcome to my world. Great a real life opportunity to practise PERSERVERANCE. The character strength of Perseverance is not giving up when things get tricky. At St Pat's, all learning asks that our students persevere. Students persevere when learning something new, when they listen to others both inside and outside of the classroom. On the climbing frame, I am constantly being invited to look at the latest trick whether it is hanging upside down without holding on or just climbing to the highest point. It is so rewarding as a young child to show an adult how they have mastered a new skill. Their smile is their signature of being proud.
Challenge: Be aware this week of where in your life you are persisting.
Enjoy your long weekend.
Congratulations go to Arly Schrader who was in Sydney this week representing the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese at the Mackillop selection trials. Arly's performance saw her place mid field in a strong race with over 60 participants from all over the state. Well done Arly.
We also have two boys selected in the Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union side. Nate Irvin and Clay Hoyland travelled to Canberra recently to trial for this team and they were successful. Their next game is in Forbes (we hope they don't return with any mice in their luggage.) Congratulations also goes to these boys and we wish you luck for the next level.
Just a reminder that our athletics carnival is being held at the Bega Athletics Field on Wednesday 23rd June. All children attending have received a permission note, this should be returned to their class teacher ASAP. The 8 year old year 2 children who will be attending have received a note.