St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 29/05/19
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VOLUME 8 ~ 29th May 2019

Term 2 Week 5

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

Parents were emailed login and password information on 10th May for access to the new system with instructions on how to use the system and the phone app. 
All Student Semester 1 Reports will be emailed via our new System. No paper reports are supplied and Parent/Teacher interviews will be organised via the Compass system also.
Absentees submitted by parents via the app (approval) section will mark the roll directly to inform the teachers of a child's absence.  Please take the time to access this system as it is the major part of our schools communication and information. Please contact the office if you have checked your email and haven't received a logon or password email. 

Dear Parents

This week we celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW). The theme this year is Grounded in Truth, Walk together with Courage. This is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Last week Rob and I were in Sydney attending the annual Association of Catholic Schools Principals at the NSW State Conference. The Conference encompassed the very essence of the work principals do as leaders in Catholic schools – Faith, Learning and Wellbeing. Participants from across the State engaged with national and international presenters, masterclasses, liturgies and prayer. Rob and I certainly gained new learnings and look forward to sharing and implementing these within our school community. We thank Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga for allowing us this opportunity.

Year 5 hosted our School Assembly and by all accounts was a very entertaining production. Thank you to everyone involved and also Year 6 parents for the morning tea. There are photos on our galleries page. Congratulations to the children who received merit awards at this assembly. You can see these further in the newsletter. 

Last week we conducted the Grades 3 - 6 Field component of our Athletics and on Monday, in very cold conditions, we concluded with the Track events. It was pleasing to see our children participating with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. On many occasions we saw students cheering and encouraging  their peers. The student/staff relay event provided much banter and laughter, and ended in a very tight finish with the students winning by a whisker! Events like these create lifelong memories for our children and it was wonderful to see them having so much fun. A big thank you to Brenda Seckold for her organisation and to her band of helpers. Events such as these cannot be run successfully without the help and support of both our staff and dedicated parent volunteers, so thank you.

Unlike many other schools, our Year 3 and Year 5 students completed their online NAPLAN with minimal fuss or interruption. At this stage we do not know when these results will be made available but will inform you when this information comes to hand.

Please keep our Year 3 students in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist. This will be celebrated on Sunday 16th June at 10.30am, in our Church.

Just a reminder that our Parish/School Mass will be celebrated this Saturday evening, the 1st of June at 5pm. You are all warmly invited to attend.

A reminder that Friday June 7 is a Pupil Free Day for students. All schools in our Albury Deanery are coming together for some Professional Learning. All staff from our school, St Anne’s, Holy Spirit, Xavier High School, St Patrick’s Holbrook, St Joseph’s Culcairn and St Mary’s Corowa will gather at Xavier as a K-12 teaching community to focus on Building and Developing our Catholic Learning Community. 

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Parish School Mass
We invite all families to join our School Community to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at the vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 5.00pm in St. Patrick’s Church.
Our Lady Help of Christians
Last Friday, 24th May was the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, the Patron Saint of Australia.
A group of Year 6 students joined a group of parishioners in the church on Friday afternoon to pray the Rosary to honour Mary on this special feast day.

We look to Mary for her help, her protection and guidance. We celebrate the many gifts God gives us here in Australia – the diversity of our people, the beauty of this land, the values of freedom and peace that we treasure.
We ask Mary to intercede for us.With the help of Mary, we pray that we may embrace and respect all Australians. May we work towards reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and learn to live in harmony with all those who are different from ourselves.

With the help of Mary, we pray for those who seek hope in Australia, especially migrants and refugees. May we be a sign of true Christian hospitality and generosity to them.With the help of Mary, we pray that Australians might be an example to the world in our concern for global peace, human rights and justice for all.


Welcome to Week 5 in sport.
* Congratulations to all our students in Years 3 - 6 who participated at our Athletics Carnival over the last two weeks. Our Field Events were enjoyed by all with encouragement and enthusiasm. The sportsmanship by our students is a credit to our school. The Track Day was a cold and dreary day which the students embraced and participated well. It was a close race between students and teachers in our 100m relay event. What a terrific, action packed and competitive race. Well done.
A massive thank you to all our parents who helped and supported us on both days, these carnivals could not run as smoothly without your time. We wish all our parents the best who will be leaving us at the end of the year, we thank you for your continued support over your time at St Pat’s.Congratulations to all the students who will move on to the Deanery level. Notes will go home next week.
* Congratulations to Hugo Morison on his selection in Rugby Union for the Diocesan team. Hugo will move onto State selection in August. We wish you all the best Hugo.
* PSSA trials have completed and lists of teams as well as information in relation to uniforms, buses and draws will be available for the students next week. Our first games will be in Week 7. 
* Our Paul Kelly Cup teams will compete this Friday, 31st at Jelbart Park. Buses will leave at 9.00 for a 9.30am start. The last game is scheduled for 2.00pm so buses may return late to school. We will keep you updated through Facebook and the school stream. Have a great day, play with enthusiasm and sportsmanship.


You can check out lots of photos on our galleries website page  (thanks Roy)
Congratulations to the children who received Merit Awards at the assembly last week.
Kinder:  Jax Nesire "Learn & Let Learn", being a positive role model and having a great attitude towards his learning.
Year 1:  Jack Spinelli "Learn & Let Learn", being an enthusiastic learner and contributing to class discussions by sharing his thoughts and ideas with his peers. 
Year 2:   Sophie Graham "Learn & Let Learn", being a genuine, positive behaviour "all rounder". Sophia is eager to please, gives her best and is a great friend to all.
Year 3:   Jacob Robinson "Learn & Let Learn", His positive commitment to his own learning and supporting the learning of others. Jacob is to be congratulated on his outstanding work ethic.
Year 4:  Maeve Morison "Learn & Let Learn", always showing an interest in learning and giving 100% to all tasks. 
Year 5:  Chloe Knight "Right Place, Right Time, Right Thing", Chloe's exceptional attitude to her school work and the way she cares about others. 
Year 6:  Sadie Wiseman "Play Fair, Show Care", Sadie is always putting others before herself. 
Principal's Awards:
Clare Barry 6B: For showing great kindness and care to a young student who had fallen over coming into school 
Tom Wheatley 3D: For showing great kindness and care during our Cross Country by helping a friend in need.  
Over the last two weekends three of our students competed in the Wangaratta Festival of Dance.
Ella Moris-Fontes (Year 1, 6 years) and Sophie Danckert (Kindy, 5 years) danced in their very first competition in their Jazz 6 years and under dance troupe.  They were bumped up to the 8 years category and still won. An amazing achievement for their age and as first time competitors.
Indi Sibraa competed and achieved wonderful resuts:  1st ~ 10 years Contemporary Solo, 1st  ~ 10 years Jazz Duo,  2nd ~ 10 years Jazz Sol, 2nd ~  10 years Jazz Troupe.
Well done girls and we look forward to following your careers in years to come.
Their dance teacher Laura Wilcox is a previous St. Pat's student, who is now not only an amazing dance teacher but also an Occupational Therapist helping special needs children within our community.   
Years 5 & 6 Disco. Wednesday, 5th June. 
7 - 9pm in the Mercy Hall   
$2 per child & $1 for drinks available on the night. 
Applications for bus passes are now online. See above information sheet or click here to apply. 
Remember to select your local bus company that provides travel to your area. 
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