St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 18/03/20
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Volume 4 ~ 18th March 2020

Term 1 Week 8

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

*  No Student Banking each Tuesday until further notice
*  No School Assemblies, Group Functions or Whole School
    Sport until further notice
*  No Diocesan/MacKillop or State Representative Sport until
    further notice.
*  St. Patrick's Open Day has been postponed until a date TBA
*  Parent/Child Year 3 First Eucharist meeting scheduled for
     Wednesday, 1st April  has been postponed until further notice. 

The Parents,

The COVID-19 situation is creating a lot of uncertainty, and parameters around this are changing every hour. As a school, we are in frequent communication with Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga (CEDWW), and the Diocese are following the directives of Catholic Schools NSW and those of  the state and federal governments. Catholic Schools NSW is in constant discussion with NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education 

The question on many people’s mind is,”Is the school going to close?” At the time of writing, the answer to this is, “ No.” What I can say, is that we are currently putting measures in place around possible school closures so that we have the resources available to support students at home if needed. Should we get to this stage, more information will be provided as to what this would look like for your children. Part of this planning involves gathering information about internet access at home. In the coming days, a survey will be sent out via Compass in regard to this, so please keep your eye out for this and complete as promptly as you can.

 In the meantime, staff are doing everything possible to maintain a safe and supportive environment, encouraging safe and healthy practices with our students. Our school attendance records for this week would suggest that some families are choosing to keep their children home and whilst this is not a directive from Catholic Schools NSW, we appreciate the decisions you make.

The COV-ID19 situation has also meant that many events have been suspended until further notice. These include all sporting events, excursions, school camps, assemblies, travel outside the Diocese and major events.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The Parent/Child First Eucharist Meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 1st April has been postponed until further notice. 

Third  Week of Lent  

In Last week’s Gospel we heard the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

“Jesus came to a Samaritan town and sat down by Jacob’s well. He asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The woman was surprised because Jews did not like Samaritans. Jesus said to her, ‘The water I give is living water. Those who drink it will not get thirsty again.’ The woman said to Jesus, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming and he will tell us everything.’ Jesus replied, “I am he’.

Family Focus

Jesus used the symbol of water to explain how important he was; when we drink ordinary water, soon we are thirsty again. But Jesus gives us more than ordinary water; he refreshes us spiritually, offering us eternal life. 

St Patrick’s Day 

We were very disappointed not to be able to celebrate Mass yesterday to honour our school and parish patron, St Patrick. The children still looked wonderful dressed in green and there was a vibrant sense of joy around the school. Year levels participated in the Liturgy of the Word prayer service and the story of St Patrick and all things Irish were enjoyed in homerooms.


Last Friday afternoon we held an assembly to acknowledge some wonderful efforts of students at our Deanery Swimming carnival and school Athletics carnival.
 to all students who received ribbons for placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in an event at the Deanery swimming or our school athletics carnival.

A further congratulations to the following students who were named age champions for our Athletics carnival:
  Champion Runner-Up
8  Year Girls        Alice Knight Amity Hall
9  Year Girls Claire Shannon Amelia Horton
10 Year Girls Tyla Hilton Lexi Nesire
11 Year Girls Sienna Toohey Charli Fyffe
12 Year Girls Sofia Oliver Lilly Baranyay
9 Year Boys Elijah Sommerfeld Charlie Byrne
10 Year Boys Raff Wiseman Austin Bowler
11 Year Boys Harry Carty MJ Byrne
12 Year Boys Aiden Hill Harry Clarke
Finally, well done to Slattery (Green house)on winning the Athletics House Cup this year. A well-deserved win for all their hard work and persistence over the two-day event.
The decision has been made to cease all school and representative sport immediately due to the current health issue of COVID-19 we are facing. This decision made by the director of sport services for CSNSW, Robert Rush, has not been made lightly. The health and wellbeing of everyone who would be attending these gatherings of large groups is paramount. Cancellations are currently in place for the remainder of term 1 and, at this point in time, sports into mid term 2. We are hopeful that many of these sporting events will be rescheduled in the future and will keep you up to date and informed.
Primary Diocesan Touch trials Wagga 23 March
Primary NSWCPS Swimming at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) – 25 March
Primary MacKillop Football trials Goulburn 27 March
Primary NSWCPS girls AFL trials Wagga 2 April
Primary MacKillop AFL trials Wagga 3 April
Primary PSSA swimming Sydney 6th April
ALL PSSA knockout competitions OFF
ALL PSSA competitions/selections suspended indefinitely
Term 2 2020
Primary Diocesan cross country trial Griffith 4 May OFF
Primary MacKillop Netball trials Canberra 8 May OFF
Primary MacKillop Rugby League 11s and opens trials Canberra 8 May OFF
St. Pat's school will not be conducting and sport group activities until further notice.
Rhys Dempsey
Sports Coordinator
Thank you to everyone for the offer of green food & help for St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately celebrations were cancelled.
Tuckshop Roster for next fortnight. 
Wed: 25.3   Skye Sears LT,  Sharlene Foley
Thu:  26.3   Jodie Bruton 
Fri:    27.3    Kathy Alexander, Bree Kirk Rec, Yuka Burge LT, Tammy Riccardi LT, Lisa Gibbons Rec
Wed:  1.4    Judy Bohun
Thu:    2.4    Bill Quinn LT, Annie Goddard
Fri:      3.4    Sue Kirk, Elizabeth Harangozo, Alison Baker LT  
A reminder that we are now on the qkr ordering system and follow the links below to access this
Tuckshop Price List 
The 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.


“Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Earth Hour Schools Day is on Friday the 27 March 2020. You can also involve family and friends in Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March 2020 8:30-9:30pm.

 We are joining hundreds of Australian schools and universities to switch off their lights for Earth Hour 2020! It’s time to raise awareness and take action for the future of our planet. We proudly stand as part of a community that wants to #SwitchOff and raise our voices for nature and see stronger action on climate change.

 Business as usual isn’t good enough. Australia’s future is being threatened by climate change. 2020 is the most important year ever. We need stronger climate action now to conserve Australia’s natural heritage for the future. Our future.  

 We intend to be part of the solution to ensure that the natural resources and ecosystems in our schools are used sustainably. We pledge our support for stronger climate action so that Lo Australia can meet its commitments made at the 2015 Paris Agreement. Together we will help protect the planet for future generations.”

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