St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 26/06/19
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VOLUME 10 ~ 26th June 2019

Term 2 Week 9

444 Kiewa Street, Albury 2640
Phone: 0260214464
Fax: 0260213694

Year 4 Assembly this ~ Friday ~ 28th June ~
9.30am in the Mercy Hall.
Everyone is welcome to join us and then enjoy a cuppa provided by Year 3 parents afterwards

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Week 9. It’s difficult to believe that this is the final Newsletter for Term 2. This term has been most productive in all areas of school life.

We look forward to Year 4 hosting our School Assembly this Friday, 29th June in the Mercy Hall at 9.30am.  Everyone is welcome to come along.

The First Eucharist Celebration for our Year 3 students was a very special occasion. Thank you to everyone involved in making this Sacrament so special for the children and their families and to the choir children who sang so beautifully. You can view lots of photos on our website galleries page.

Last Friday our Band Ensemble performed, A Taste of Band, for our Year 3-6 students, to give a demonstration of what it’s like to be a band member. This was a wonderful performance and it showcased the benefits of being a member. Some of the students volunteered  their thoughts on the benefits they have experienced  learning an instrument. If your child is interested in joining the Band, please see Mrs Brown. Today the Band Ensemble performed at the Eisteddfod. They represented our school with pride and came 2nd in their division. A fantastic effort.

This Semester, Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga have introduced a new reporting system. Over the past weeks, our teachers have been finalising assessments and working through the new format, in order to report your child’s achievement. We anticipate that these reports will be released, via the Compass portal, at 5pm this afternoon.

Parent Teacher interviews are also booked via the  Compass portal. These  are being held next Monday & Tuesday. You would have received an email earlier in the year with your login & password details to access Compass which is our new system.

This evening our Senior Boys AFL team will compete in the local Final of the Paul Kelly Cup against Albury Public School. The match is at 5.30pm at Albury Sportsground.

Last Friday our students displayed great sportsmanship at the Deanery Athletics Carnival. Well done to all students and congratulations to those students who qualified for the Diocesan Carnival. This will be held on Tuesday 23rd July. (first day of Term for our students).

Last week, two of our students, Elisha Wild and Lily Harrison represented MacKillop at the NSW PSSA Basketball Carnival which was held here in Albury. The team completed the carnival as Runners Up with Elisha's efforts recognised through the coach’s award, and Lilly being selected in the NSW State team. A great effort girls.

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Congratulations to the 43 children who were involved in the First Eucharist Liturgy and celebration on Sunday, 16th June. We commend you for your reverent participation. Thank you to the parents for presenting your children to receive this sacrament and for assisting in their preparation.

Special thanks to the Year 3 teachers, Mrs Seckold, Mrs Cresser and Mrs Dent for putting so much effort into preparing the children for this special sacrament. Thank you to all the choir members, Mrs Brown and Mrs Hibberson for the beautiful music at our Mass. Thank you also to Fr Joel for your guidance and support.

Thank you to Miss Bice who did a great job taking the photos. A special thank you to Mrs Matsinos, Mrs Ferry and Mrs Crawshaw for your great work on the Mass Booklets and the certificates. Thank you to Mrs Davis, Mrs McCormack and friends for setting up the photo area. Thank you also to the many people who helped on Sunday and to those who worked behind the scene prior to the big day. It was a wonderful team effort.

First Eucharist photos are available on the school website galleries page 

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Last Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This solemn feast focuses on the Eucharist as a symbol of unity. The Eucharist is never a private affair but always a call to unity.

We heard in the Gospel from Luke:



Another two busy weeks of sport.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Deanery Athletics Carnival last Friday. Our squad of 90 students faced the cold and displayed great sportsmanship and represented our school with pride. They encouraged and cheered our team on well. Thank you to our parents who rugged up, faced the cold and supported us, we really appreciate it. Thank you to all our Year 6 students and parents who attended and cheered us all on, we wish you all the best as you continue on your journey into high school.
Congratulations to Aiden Hill who was 11 Years Age Champion and Harrison Carty who was Junior Boys runner up. 
A note will go home to students who were successful in moving forward to the Diocesan Carnival on Tuesday, 23rd July, Week 1 Term 3. Could these notes please be returned no later than Friday, 5th July. (last day of school ) We will also require parental help.

A big congratulations to Elisha Wild & Lily Harrison who represented Mackillop at the NSW State PSSA Basketball Carnival last week in Albury.
Lily was named in the NSWPSSA State Team and will now compete at the National Carnival in  Bendigo next term.  Elisha received the Coaches Award at the Carnival. The MacKillop team were runners up.  A fantastic effort girls and we are very proud of you.

This Thursday we will be holding our  Infants Carnival starting at 1.50pm in the school grounds. All parents are encouraged to come and cheer our infants on. Our primary students will be watching, cheering and encouraging our infant friends for the first half of the carnival. 
At 2.20pm the Primary  Sports presentation of School Field Events, Age Champions, and Deanery ribbons will take place in Mercy Hall.

Mercede’s Goss will continue providing you all things in Sport for Semester 2.
I wish everyone a safe, sporty and relaxing break.

Let’s hope the Mighty Pies continue their sporting success.

Can you believe another Term has almost passed us by? Our K-2 Mathematicians and their teachers have been working extremely hard practising their own strategies to sort, organise and identify many ways to discover the total of small and large quantities. 
K - 2 learners have begun to explore ‘Counting Collections’ in their Maths hour. This is an excellent way to enhance Number sense and Number strategies.
Counting Collections is a structured opportunity for children to count a collection of objects. They might count the items one-by-one or skip-count by groups. After children have organised and counted the collection, they record/ draw/ represent how they counted. 
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer, rather we encourage children to explore possible solutions and explain their thinking. Eg. “Can you prove that total is 101?” “Is there another way you can arrange your collection?” “How else could we check this?”
Some of the key learning intentions are to practise, develop and explore Number concepts:
  • one-to-one correspondence
  • cardinality - knowing the last number stated when counting represents the total 
  • conservation - knowing the total number does not change if the collection is counting in a different way
  • subitising (seeing how many without the need to count all items)
  • estimating
  • place value (e.g., teens as ten and some more, 2-digit numbers as groups of tens and ones, etc.)
  • connecting a count to a numeral 
  • skip counting 
  • multiplicative thinking (e.g., I have five groups of seven and three more) 
  • division (and how this is related to multiplication) 
  • flexible counting strategies 
  • fractions and decimals
  • factors and multiples
If you wish to learn more about Counting Collections please visit the following site: to view the short video of a Kindergarten class ‘Counting Collections’.
At home there are many ‘objects’ eg. pegs, pens, cooking utensils, pillow cases, hats, paperclips, rocks in the garden etc, that children can count, and a variety of possible ‘counting tools’ such as; containers, egg cartons, small buckets, bowls, cups etc. Please encourage your Mathematician over the holidays to spend time practising and recording some solutions when discovering the total/ quantity of their collections. Most importantly HAVE FUN doing it! Have a safe and restful holiday. 
See you all next Term!
Beck Art -TMT
A reminder that Term 3 Tuckshop will only be available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
  (No tuckshop available Monday & Tuesday starting Term 3)

Thank you to everyone who has helped for Term 2 and to Annie & Lisa who ran the tuckshop in my absence. 
Our School Band had a fantastic experience attending the Eisteddfod this morning. We watched and listened to Primary & Secondary School Bands from Wagga, Henty, Mt. Beauty, Trinity Anglican College, Holy Spirit & Scots Schools. 
The student's behaviour was fantastic. Our School Band performed 2 pieces: Lean on Me & Geronimo to a packed audience. Tony Smith our conductor from the Murray Conservatorium was rapt with the bands performance. We placed 2nd in our division - a tremendous effort at our first Eisteddfod. 
Vinnies Winter Blanket Appeal is now running. Please purchase a blanket (or blankets) and send along to school. It is a very worthwhile cause and it will help families keep warm this winter. 
Students Beanies are now available from the School Office. $20 each. Order Form Here
 Fete News 2019
Save the Date - Friday 8 November 2019  4pm till 8pm

For families new to our School, the annual fete is the school’s major fundraiser & a wonderful social event!! It is an opportunity to showcase our School and come together to enjoy a host of stalls, craft, food, rides and entertainment. Of course such a big event takes a whole school community to put together!!
Fete Meeting Thursday 27th June 2019  7pm in the Staff Room (directly above the school office)
Are you interested in getting involved in the fete in any way? Being involved does not lock you into running stalls or spending the whole fete on a stall. We need ALOT of volunteers to put this event together and any contribution, however small is very welcome.
We need people to run stalls, but we also need donations of goods and vouchers from local businesses to contribute to the wheel and hampers that are sold off at the fete.
We would love to see some new faces this year to help out, and always welcome fresh ideas.  Attending this meeting does not lock you into attending hours of meetings for the rest of the year!! So if you have some time and would like to contribute, please attend. It’s a great way to get to know the other parents at the school! You can just turn up to the meeting, however if you have any queries prior to this, please send an email to
Please like and share the facebook page - St Patricks Parish School Twilight Fete. We will use this page to promote businesses who have donated and supported the fete.
We are looking forward to working together to make our fete a great community success.                                             
 The St Pats Fete Working Party
This has now finished. Thank you to everyone who sent along their stickers and you can still send them to school until next week. 
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