This is the final newsletter for 2021 and what a year it has been! The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly brought with it many challenges. Border closures, school closures, community lockdowns, COVID tests, guidelines affecting the day to day operation of the school and vaccinations and even a case of COVID in our school community… just to name a few things!!
This period of time has been extremely challenging for everyone, for many and varied reasons. I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and your continued support of our school community. I am very hopeful that next year, we can welcome visitors back on site and conduct events that will promote our identity and sense of community.
Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal. If you haven’t yet donated, we invite you to send any presents for children or hamper items to the office. We ask that the children’s presents not be wrapped and the food items are not out of date. On Friday we will have a coloured clothes day, with a touch of Christmas with this fundraiser in mind.
We are most excited to announce that current guidelines will allow us to proceed with our Year 6 Graduation. This will take place on Monday 13th December. The evening will commence at 5.45pm with Mass in our Church with Father Henry Ibe (our new Parish Priest for 2022) as celebrant, followed by an Awards ceremony in our Hall from 6.45pm-7.30pm. A reality is that under the current Public Health Order, we are governed by the vaccination status of all adults. Current vaccination rules allow both non vaccinated and vaccinated adults to attend a place of worship meaning everyone is able to participate in the Mass. Vaccination rules for schools mean that adults in attendance must be double vaccinated.
Each child will be able to invite two family members.
Thank you to Liz Ball for organising the Year 6 Luncheon today. It was greatly appreciated by the students (and staff).
Moving into 2022, there are a couple of changes to our school leadership team. After 14 years, Margie Moore has resigned from her Assistant Principal role and will return full time into the classroom, and after 12 years, Jane Fawcett has resigned from her Religious Education Coordinator role and will work part time as a Reading Recovery Teacher. I would like to thank both of them for their enormous contributions to our St Patrick’s community. Their commitment and dedication is greatly valued and appreciated.