St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 04/03/20
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Volume 3 ~ 4th March 2020

Term 1 Week 6

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

Please be considerate of others when dropping off and picking up.
You are a role model for your child. Please ensure you are teaching them correct pedestrian safety and road rules. 

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for your well wishes and prayers for Rob. He is now home and recuperating. The recovery process will be lengthy but the doctors are very happy with his progress.  

Our Parish School Mass was a lovely celebration and we thank those of you who could join us for this. Thanks too must go to the children who volunteered their time to read and sing. This certainly added a special touch to the occasion.

Thank you to Daniel Hibberson, Matt Sheridan, Tony Brooks and their band of helpers for the organisation of our 16th Annual Golf Day. Numbers were healthy and the day ran very smoothly. This is a fundraiser for our school and we greatly appreciate the support of our families. Total profit from the day has not yet been finalised.

Thank you to everyone involved in the 3-6 Field Event Carnival on Monday. It was a very successful day and we look forward to our Track & Infants carnival next Monday, 9th March. 

Yesterday I shared a survey via Compass in relation to our Fete. As you are well aware our Fete is a significant fundraising event but over recent years, it has been very difficult to find enough volunteers to assist with the organisation. Please take the time to complete this survey.

May I ask for your cooperation with the ongoing issue with drop off and pick up. The safety of our students is of paramount importance.The zone outside our gates in Kiewa St is a drop off/ pick up zone so please do not park your car in this area. Parked cars are causing significant congestion and grave safety concerns for our students. If you need to accompany your child into school then you need to find a park elsewhere. There is also a problem with cars double parking. This too, is proving to be a significant safety issue. A reminder too, that the staff car park is not an option when entering and exiting the school grounds- all entry/exit  is expected via the Kiewa St gates. Last newsletter we put forward a proposal of a staggered pick up to potentially alleviate issues at pick up time and we thank those of you who provided feedback. All responses were in favour of this, so as off next week we ask that K-2 parents arrive at the 3pm dismissal time and that Year 3-6 parents hold off pick up until 3.15pm. If you have children in both categories, then, if possible, the 3.15pm time slot would be our preferred option. Whilst the school day ends at 3pm, supervision continues until 3.30pm. We will monitor if this new change creates a safer environment. 


Parish/School Mass

Thank you to all the families who shared in the Parish Mass led by our school community on Saturday evening. A special thank you to the children who volunteered to do readings and sing in the choir. Our school community is an important part of the Parish of St Patrick’s. We are very grateful to Fr Joel, Fr Christian and Fr Marco for the work they do in our school.

Spanning through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of Caritas Australia's caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Project Compassion inspires so many communities to come together to raise much needed funds for the most vulnerable women, children and men in Australian and around the world. Together, we can all help to break the cycle of poverty and injustice.

All students have brought home a Project Compassion money box. We encourage the children to do extra jobs or chores throughout Lent at home and for grandparents and friends to raise money for the great work Caritas does through Project Compassion to help those in need.

Each week the children will learn about the different communities in Australia and around the world that will benefit from our generosity during Lent. In Holy Week, the last week of Term 1, the children will bring their money boxes to school and place the money they have raised on our MONEY LINE. 

First Week of Lent 

Around 2.8 million children in the Philippines do not go to school.* We begin Project Compassion learning about the story of Shirley. Shirley was struggling to support her family and keep her children in school. She faced regular discrimination and disadvantage, limiting her family’s access to food, education, employment and healthcare. With Caritas Australia’s support, Shirley trained to become an indigenous health worker. She has learnt to supplement her income and is able to feed her family. The program has also empowered Shirley to send her children to school. 


What a big start to the year we have had for sport. Already, we have had our school swimming carnival, Deanery swimming carnival and our school athletics field event carnival, not to mention the Diocesan swimming carnival today and our school athletic track day and Infants athletics coming up on Monday. I would like to take this time to again thank all parents and helpers who make these days possible by helping out on the day or providing food to keep all our helpers happy and energised.
Congratulations to the students who represented St. Patrick's at the Deanery swimming carnival last week, and congratulations to the following students who made it through to represent our Dioceses today in Wagga Wagga: 
Seth Booth, Felix Clarke, Sienna Toohey, Freya Sullivan, Imogen Booth, Macca Sexton, Annabelle Spinelli, Busby Wraith-Quinn, Charlotte Packer, Arkley Sexton, Angus Brady, Alexander Graham, Austin Bowler, Tyla Hilton, Amelia Horton, Harry Goonan, Aiden Hill, Polly Davis, Lachlan Wheatley, Indi Sibraa, Jake Meagher, Trixie Brown & Chelsea Baker
Over the past fortnight we have had many students trialing and representing our school in different sports. Congratulations to all of these students on making it to the next level!
Polly Davis, Lilah Copperwaite and Chloe Knight on making the Deanery netball team.
Luca Grozdovski, Sid Harrison, Angus Brady, Riley O'Sullivan, Steele Williams, MJ Byrne, Harrison Westmoreland and Billy Hilton on making the Deanery AFL team.
Ruby Moona, Olivia Telford, Riley O'Sullivan, Felix Clark, Ben Flegeltaub and Harrison Westmoreland on making the Diocesan basketball team, and a further congratulations to Olivia, Ruby and Ben for making the Mackillop basketball team. A wonderful effort guys!
Mitchell Godward-Smith, Phoebe Godword-Smith, Lara Meagher, Sofia Oliver, Charmaine Mutape and Billy Hilton (who due to injury could not attend) on making the Diocesan tennis team, and a further congratulations to Lara and Phoebe for making the Mackillop team, awesome work!
Lachlan Wheatley, Tailem Frazer, Oday Elhage, Billy Whitfield, Harry Carty, Luca Grodovski, Harry Goonan for making the Deanery Soccer team.
Wednesday 11th of March: Kinder, Years 1 & 2 will be participating in an Auskick clinic here at school from 9-11 am. Please make sure K-2 students are in their sports uniform on this day.
Rhys Dempsey
Sports Coordinator

Dates for Your Diary:
- 9th March  Grades 3 - 6 Athletics Carnival: Track events
- 30th March - Whole School Cross Country

Click here for information on these events. 

Anne is away until next term and Kim Durna will be running the tuckshop. Don't forget anyone is welcome to help at any time on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. 
Wed: 11.3 Robyn Lindner
Thu:  12.3  Jo Melville
Fri:    13.3.  Le-Vene Horne, Prue Karslake, Melissa Booth. Fiona Solomon
Wed: 18.3   HELP PLEASE!
Thu:   19.3  HELP PLEASE!
Fri:     20.3  Bec Telford, Olivia Cahill, Emma Ewing Rec.  
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.

If you are able to send along some green food for us to sell at the tuckshop on Tuesday 17th March that would be great. Click here to see the note.  We also require helpers All welcome.................. Thanks Kim.

Our School and Parish Feast Day will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, 17th of March, with a school Mass celebration at 9.30am and an evening Parish Mass Celebration at 5:30pm, followed by a community Paella evening with music in the Gardens, courtesy of Eva Mahoni, and an Irish Dancing performance. I look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our annual Parish Feast Day. A donation of $5 each would help to cover some costs.

The story of St Patrick coincides with the Lenten Season, at which time we recall the 40 days and nights that Christ spent in the wilderness (Gk eremos, desert). 

The moment evokes the 40 years which the Israelites spent in the Sinai Wilderness, in their extended passage from Exile in Egypt to Freedom in the Promised Land. 

It also evokes the image of Noah’s Ark and the salvation through Water, which is celebrated in Baptism. The Story of Adam and Eve’s banishment/exile from Eden evokes another aspect, reminding us that Christ’s desert exile prepares the way for his saving Mission and our return from exile in the Easter events. The legends of St Patrick also speak to us of the biblical story of exile and return, as Patrick was enslaved and returned to Ireland to bring the message of Christ and salvation through Faith to the native peoples there. 

Fr Joel Wallace PP

Scholastic Book Club latest Issue has gone home today and these are due back by Thursday, 12th March. Please make sure your child's name and class are on the order. You can also download the scholastic app.
Hume Student Banking is every Tuesday morning. Organise a bank book and start a savings habit for your child and deposit money weekly. Forms are available from the school office. 

Mark Hilton will learn to dance in 8 weeks with the help of a talented dance teacher. 
“ Because I work in the health industry and often see firsthand the limitations caused by disease, I would love to be able to help the fight against Cancer through this event.My dance experience is very limited, so I am very interested to see what a dance teacher can do with a limited skill set. I do believe when you are put in a vulnerable position that you do grow, so I am excited to see the results from this process. I am also looking forward to working with a group of people in achieving a fundraising target and having fun along the way.” 
To describe Mark’s Dance style in three words: Very, very limited.
Click here to go to Mark's page and donate.
Tickets for the Evening of "Stars of the Border" go on sale 23 March via the entertainment centre.

Get ready for a night of fun, DANCING, food, raffles, auctions and specular entertainment all in the name of working towards a cancer-free future. With 1 in 2 Australians diagnosed with cancer be the age of 85, the money raised from this event will go towards Cancer Council NSW and their world-class cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy, and support services to help those affected by cancer at every point in their journey.
Event Details: Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW 2640. Friday 1st May, General Entry 6pm. Show Starts 7pm. Silver Seating $95.  Gold Seating $105.

Mark also features in an 18 month calendar for you to purchase that has been sponsored by local businesses to raise funds for the Cancer Council. These are available via Kirby Hilton @ $40 each. You can email the office and we can pass on your details to Kirby if you wish to purchase a calendar. 
Mark Hilton is performing in the
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