St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 06/03/19
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VOLUME 3 ~ 6th March 2019

Term 1 Week 6

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

Dear Parents,

This week we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This is an opportunity to celebrate with pride, all that we value about Catholic education. Our school is part of a community of Catholic Schools which enrols about 20 percent of all students across Australia. Catholic schools start from a foundation of faith, developing the spiritual life of our students as well as sustaining high expectations of achievement and conduct.

Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of our Lenten Season as we prepare to celebrate Easter and recall the events that led to the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent is a time for reflection and renewal in our lives as we prepare for Easter. The ashes we receive remind us to turn away from wrongdoings and to make God an important part of our lives.

We are holding our Open Day tomorrow, Thursday 7th, between 1.30pm and 6pm. During this time, please feel free to make a visit to your child’s classroom and see their learning in action. It would also be appreciated if you advertised this event to family and friends who are looking to enrol in 2020.

Thank you to everyone involved who helped make our 15th Annual golf day held last Sunday so successful. There were lots of keen golfers and thank you to all the businesses who were able to support the day. Please see these over the next few days via our facebook page.


Today the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion appeal. This year Project Compassion demonstrates how love for our neighbours can transform lives by empowering individuals and communities in six countries around the world. The stories are of the people in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Their stories will humble and inspire us, and show how your contributions to Project Compassion help people build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

First Sunday of Lent

10th March 2019

Twelve-year-old Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometres each day to collect contaminated water for her family. It looked like she would never realise her hope of finishing her education and becoming a nurse, until a Caritas Australia supported project created access to clean water helping Thandolwayo to stay at school and achieve a future full of hope.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and to provide clean water and a future full of hope for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.

Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting or phoning 1800 024 413.

An Invitation in this time of Lent

Lent is a time to reflect, to take some time to see what our life’s direction has been, and to evaluate this in the light of our Christian vision - living life in the spirit of Jesus as outlined in the Beatitudes. For many years there was a heavy emphasis on ‘fasting’ and ‘going without’ but it may be possible that fasting and feasting could go hand in hand.



* Swimming Carnival:
Congratulations to the children who swam at the Deanery Carnival.
We had three Age Champions-
10 Year Old Boys- Seth Booth
10 Year Old Girls- Freya Sullivan
 11 Year Old Girls- Phoebe Packer.
Congratulations to all these students as the competition was impressive. All students participated and represented our school with great pride and respect.  Today we had our team travel to Wagga for the Diocesan Swimming Carnival.

* We have had many students trial for Diocesan Teams in a variety of sports:
AFL Football:  Isaiah Robertson, Liam Hetherton & Ned Welch. 
Tennis:  Sophia Oliver, Lara Meagher, Phoebe Godward-Smith, Mitchell Godward-Smith and Billy Hilton
Cricket:  James Watson 
Basketball: Lily Harrison, Mackenzie Thomson, Elisha Wild, Ava Whitfield, Toby Gett & Nathan Prentice.
We are all very proud of you all and  congratulations to  Elisha Wild and Lily Harrison for their selection into the MacKillop Basketball Team. They will now compete at the State Carnival in Albury. A fantastic achievement girls and we all wish you the best at the Carnival. 

You can view the videos  on our facebook page with all the sports news. 
* Hugo Morison and Billy Hilton were Ball Boys at the  Albury International Pro Tennis Tour Tournament last weekend at the Grass Courts. What a great experience boys. 

St. Pat's have two teams entered into the Big Splash at the Albury pool tonight. Thank you for representing our school, great work.

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations are being held on Friday, 15th March. If you are able to help on the day or send along some green food for the children to purchase at recess and lunch it would be appreciated. Please click here to view note. 
Delicious Fried Rice over the counter at recess and lunch daily this week.  Only $2.50 per bowl. 

The 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge is up and running. The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. Shortly your child will receive their recording page and log on details from their class teacher.

All you need to do is read a certain number of books to complete the Challenge:

Challenge Number of books you must read Minimum number of PRC books Maximum number of Personal Choice books PRC book lists you can read from
K-2 30 25 5 K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9
3-4 20 15 5 3-4, 5-6, 7-9
5-6 20 15 5 5-6, 7-9
7-9 20 15 5 5-6, 7-9

Books must be entered online by August 30.
For more details visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge website.

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. 
WEDNESDAY'S  2.15 - 3.15PM. 
If you are unable to make it at this time please send a note to the office with uniform requirements.
We have pre-loved uniform items. The only new items are school hats and school bags.

                   RE:  UPGRADE TO SCHOOL STREAM APP
Dear Parents,
We are looking forward to the new School Stream update being released on the Apple and Google Play Store.
Please check that you update the app when it’s released. You can even set your phone’s app updates to automatic. Here are the instructions for the Apple App Store ( and the Google Play Store (
To get the most out of the app features we do recommend creating an account so you can easily manage the content the school sends through.
To create an account, go to the side menu via the top-left corner and click on "Log-in". This is a quick and easy process that will require your first and last name, and a mobile number, email, or Facebook account authorisation.
Once you have created your account, you will be able to access all of the new app features.

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