St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 06/11/19
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VOLUME 17 ~ 6th November 2019

Term 4 Week 4

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

If you are able to help anywhere on the evening please do so. If you have sent along a helper note and haven't received a reply don't worry you will be "WANTED & NEEDED" so please turn up. 
You can view all the notes by click on the links and images below.
Kinder  Pick A Box                             Year 1 Face Painting Stall
Year 2 Popcorn & Fairy Floss           Year 3 BBQ 
Year 4 Cake Stall                                 Year 5 Lemonade Stall
Lego Display Minders                       
Volunteers Declaration Form (this needs to be completed if you are working on a stall and don't haven't provided a current NSW WWCC please) 
We also require items for the following stalls
Chocolate Toss / Yummy Blocks of Chocolate.

YOU CAN STILL PREPURCHASE  CARNIVAL RIDE BANDS UNTIL 3.30PM FRIDAY. Click here for a form.  (Due to time restriction no more internet transfers.)

Dear Parents,

The past two weeks have seen us experience great sadness with the passing of two members of our school community. Whilst this has been a very difficult time it has also highlighted what a wonderful and supportive  community we belong to. It has been incredible to witness the support received and it has been heartwarming to know that we have the thoughts and prayers of so many. We thank the many of you who have cooked meals, contributed to food hampers, offered prayers and been willing to help in any way. We are also so grateful for the support CEDWW have provided and also the support from our colleagues at the schools within our Deanery who have availed their staff to cover classes and playground supervision, as well as providing morning tea for our staff. It certainly highlights what an amazing Catholic community we belong to.

We all enjoyed a fantastic weekend competing at the NSW CPS Basketball Challenge. A big thanks must go to everyone who volunteered their time to make this carnival such a success. Events such as these cannot exist without the support of both staff and parents so thank you, we greatly appreciate it. Congratulations to all of our students who competed. Our school was represented with great pride and sportsmanship, and it was obvious that the children had fun. Check out the sports report for results.

We are all looking forward to our Fete on Friday evening. Again we are grateful for the many parents who have spent so much time in the organisation of this event. It is our major fundraiser and we appreciate the voluntary hours that go into this. We look forward to sharing this evening with you all. If you are able to help out in any way can you please check out all the information on our website "notes" page and also the St. Pat's Twilight Fete facebook page. Pre-Purchased ride bands can be purchased up until 3.30pm on Friday. The profits for the pre-purchased bands go to the school and are a cheaper price than on the night of the fete. Click here


First Reconciliation

The Year 2 children and their parents attended the First Reconciliation meeting in the Church last Wednesday evening. The children talked with Fr Joel about their Baptism, the Parable of the Forgiving Father (The Prodigal Son) and their understanding of God’s great love for them. 

All Year 2 and their families will gather for a picnic with Fr Joel on Thursday, 14th November. A separate note has gone home outlining this event.

We continue to prayer for these children and their families as they prepare to receive the healing sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, 20th November.

Mission Day

What an amazing day we had on Thursday at our Mission Day! Again, the generosity of our school community has been extraordinary! We raised more than $1650.00!! This money will help Sr Stan care for the children in Ghana who are poor, who have to have jobs as young children, who live with disabilities and those who don't receive a good education.

All Saints Day

Last Friday we celebrate All Saints Day. The Feast of All Saints is a rich and beautiful tradition within the Church. It honours those who have died, it reminds us that we are part of a wider communion of holy people, and it affirms our faith in God’s loving fidelity to life. 


National Prayer Campaign for Drought

The Catholic Church in 

Australia is dedicating the month of November 2019 as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.

Parishes, schools, families and other Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to participate in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to provide assistance to those most in need. The month of prayer is an additional response to the local work being done in affected communities.

We invite families to pray together for those affected by drought. 

National Prayer for the gift of rain, the people affected by drought, rural communities and for support services

Eternal God,

In wisdom and love you created our earth

to sustain us and give us life.

We turn to you now in faith, hope and love



An incredible weekend at the NSWCPS Basketball Carnival here in Albury. A big thank you to our many parents and teachers who contributed in so many ways to make it such a successful event. We are all so proud of our children in the way they represented our school. The school spirit and friendships made, makes it all worthwhile. Well done St Patrick’s

Dear Parents

Sport across St Patrick’s School has had a long and proud tradition. Our students enjoy playing sport across many disciplines from K-6 as part of the Physical Education, Health and Personal Development (PDHPE) curriculum.
When looking at current practice and how this fits into the future direction of sporting activities at St Patrick’s, the staff have taken a great deal of time to reflect on what is best practice leading into 2020. 
In the past PSSA has been a great part of this but as new Work Health Safety regulations are in play it is becoming more difficult to address supervision compliance. The expectations of staff to be with students on every field at all times, in case of an accident or injury is paramount. In the past we have had an understanding of shared care with other teachers from competing teams or parental supervision. Time allocation is the other big factor, as a full primary curriculum no longer allows for two hours and bus travel to encroach our timetable. As this is no longer possible, students will not be attending PSSA.
In the light of this decision some changes will be made to our sporting program during the school week to still cater for team sport and friendly competition. This will be determined by staff and students and will involve some input from local development officers and the other Catholic schools. All other existing sporting commitments will be retained as per normal.

We will continue to honour
*  Deanery and Diocesan Trials participation for Cricket, Netball, AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Tennis, Basketball, Hockey ,Softball, Touch for Year 5 and 6
*  Sporting School funding will still be sought for our very successful  K-2 Swimming program.
*  Blue Earth Funding commitments for Years 3 and 4
* Whole School Athletics, Cross Country carnivals, Swimming Carnival Yrs 3-6

Consultation has taken place with the School Parent Council to determine what this will look like for the future and staff are committed to building positive physical education experiences across a variety of disciplines as students move through the school.


Liz Johnston & Rob Unsworth

Current Kinder Parents & New Families to the school are invited to attend an information session on EMU & the Student Mathematic Assessment Interview that takes place at the beginning of each year. 

Year 1 helping Mr Unsworth arrange, count and record the total number of basketball socks he has left after the baseketball carnival!
TUCKSHOP CHRISTMAS PARTYDiary Date: 18th November 6.30pm at the Albury Brewhouse.
Invites coming home soon. 
Let me know if you can join our merry group of helpers. Thanks Anne 

The new tuckshop Qkr app ordering system is now up and running via our website notes page. 
Click here to view instructions on how to download and use the app.

The Tuckshop Bank Account is now closed.  If you are paying for lunches by internet transfer, could you please change the bank account number to our main bank account.  Details are -   Account Name - St Patrick's Parish School Board Account   BSB - 062 500   Account Number - 0093 1193
Please still use your reference of 'lunch' followed by your surname, so that we will separate this from school fee payments.

A reminder Tuckshop is available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.  (No tuckshop Monday & Tuesday) Curried Sausages & trays of assorted snacks for 50c & $1.
Over the Counter this week Recess & Lunch Beef Pasta Casserole.  $2.50 
Home - Made   Pinwheels & Cheesy Bread. 50c each.
New Tuckshop Price List 
Uganda Kids Australia has a go fund me page for our friend Aloysius who is the School Principal of one of our Uganda Schools. He was involved in a terrible accident last week while on school business, resulting in complex and expensive surgery. Since he and his wife Lucy do so much to manage Uganda Kids in Masaka, Uganda and since Uganda has no Medical cover, we are seeking to help him from Australia. Aloysius and Lucy have been booked to come to visit our school next year (if he can travel by then) to speak and thank St Patrick’s School and Parish for their support of thousands of children and families. 
 2020 school travel applications now open
To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.
 Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.
 Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:
·       are continuing at the same school
·       are residing at the same address
·       have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.
 Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.
 Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.
 Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.
 If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to
 Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.
 Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.
 Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.
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