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St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 02/04/20
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Volume 5 ~ 2nd April 2020

Term 1 Week 10

444 Kiewa Street, Albury 2640
Phone: 0260214464
Fax: 0260213694
info@spaww.catholic.edu.au
www.spaww.catholic.edu.au

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you are all managing to look after yourselves in this current COVID-19 climate. Please remember that school remains open for those families who have no other option. If your child is attending school, please do not send them in with any sickness. We are trying to eliminate the spread of unnecessary germs as we are operating on limited resources, and we are also conscious that we do not want to add extra burden to our health care providers.

Please make sure you mark your child's attendance on compass. This is very important at this time as it will come up as an unexplained absence if you do not do this.  You are able to mark your attendance until the end of term ~ 9th April if you scroll down when adding an attendance note. There is a start & finish date. This will save you doing it daily. Click here for instructions.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

We are also organising our Kinder 2021 enrolments. If you have a child who will be attending next year please email this information to info@spaww.catholic.edu.au to be placed on our list. Alternately you can download an enrolment form from our website information page to complete and email to the school. We will be organising interviews further in term 2.  Please let any new potential Kinder families know also.

Take care, Liz

The following information has also been sent home as an attachment in Compass and I would ask that you read it very carefully:

2 April 2020 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The last few weeks have seen one of the most significant changes to the way learning is delivered in our lifetimes as a result of the COVID emergency.

With little notice, our teachers and staff have transitioned lessons and student wellbeing to a learning from home environment within days.

Similarly, you and your children have adapted to the online learning environment.

Everyone has done an incredible job - one that a few short weeks ago we would not have thought possible in such a short timeframe.

While we have not been advised of when the existing changes will end and traditional schooling will resume, we are preparing to deliver our Term two lessons in the learning from home environment.

I appreciate the challenges that many parents have had in juggling work and family responsibilities while at the same time supervising your child’s learning. 

Each child is different and how your family manages remote learning will vary according to your particular circumstances.

To assist all our families and our staff with this shift, from Monday, April 6th we will be working with our teachers and staff to create and adapt our lesson plans and resources for Term 2.

This will mean a few changes for next week:

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A short reflection - “In Uncertain Times” - (1.34.mins)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xqrp7pv7x0zy2d8/In%20Uncertain%20Times.mpg?dl=0

Praying with children at this time

Here is a small collection of prayers. You might like to choose one that suits your family.

A Prayer for School at Home

Dear God,

Bless us as we do our school work at home.
Help us to do our best as we read and write,
think and problem solve, design and create.
Help us to be kind to our brothers and sisters
and all those in our family.
Please take care of our friends
and help us to enjoy being connected via ZOOM!
Lord Jesus, bless us all with your peace and strength.

Amen

A Prayer for my Family

Dear Jesus,
Please bless me and my family. Please keep us safe and well.
St Roch, pray for us and keep all sickness from us.
St Gerard, pray for us and always keep us a happy family.
Amen

A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.

Amen.

A prayer for the world
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

Amen.

Holy Week

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