St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 01/05/19
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VOLUME 6 ~ 1st May 2019

Term 2 Week 1

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

Compass System Parent Information Meetings: 
Thursday 9th May  Session 1:  5.30pm     Session 2:  6.45pm in the Mercy Hall. 
We will be introducing our new Compass System on Monday 13th May. Week 3.
This system will be able to be accessed by parents and all information in relation to your child will be via this system.  We are providing information evenings for parents at the above times and there will be representatives from Compass. 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Term 2. I hope you all had a very Happy Easter and were able to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Firstly a big thank you to all those families and students who attended the ANZAC Day march. This is a wonderful opportunity to show our respect and gratitude to all the men and women who have served our country and lost their lives in times of conflict. Thank you also to our school captains Jacinta and Hugo who represented our school at the 10am service at the Monument, laying a wreath on behalf of our school community.

At the end of last term we were very proud to receive national recognition for our 2018 NAPLAN results. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting authority (ACARA) informed us that we demonstrated substantially above average gain in student reading and numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN 2018, as students progress from Year 3 to Tear 5. Here at St Patrick’s we strive for continual improvement so this is something that every student, teacher and parent should be very proud of achieving.

Parent meetings for our new Compass system will be taking place on Thursday 9th May in the Mercy Hall. Session 1: 5.30 & Session 2: 6.45pm. This session will inform parents how to use and what is available in the system. We will be going live with the System on Monday 13th May (Week 3).

Commencing next week, the students in Years 4 and 5 will participate in a one hour, weekly  Bluearth lesson. This initiative is being funded by Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Bluearth is a unique, evidence-based movement approach to learning that improves outcomes in academic performance, physical health, focus, concentration, social behaviour and confidence. Unlike traditional sports-based approaches, which focus on a specific range of movement, each Bluearth session is based on participation rather than competition, with a focus on personal awareness, self-esteem, self responsibility and social interaction. The activities use stillness, movement, physical interaction and reflection to provide experiential learning opportunities, promote optimal functioning and guide development. The Bluearth curriculum is based on the four recognised key elements of a healthy and challenging learning environment:  Self awareness, Self acceptance, Purposefulness and Self responsibility. The sessions are conducted by highly trained Bluearth coaches in a supportive environment in which everyone is encouraged to participate at their own level, students and teachers alike. The Bluearth Active Schools program encompasses: coordination and agility drills, skill activities focusing on movement skills, movement challenges and games, moving in the environment, dynamic movement control and core movement. If you wish to find out about the program, please go to:

This term we are trialing a few new ideas in our playground:


During the holidays we celebrated the greatest feast in our Church and school year – Easter. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the central belief of our Christian faith. The heart of the Easter message is that Jesus is risen and is with us now!

But Easter is not just a day or even a weekend. It’s a whole season that lasts 50 days finishing at Pentecost. It is a season of joy and happiness.  It can be seen as a time of celebration, a time of renewal, a time of peace, a time of promise and a time of new beginnings.

The Easter Season calls us to be seekers, proclaimers and people of hope and life. It reminds us that we are not alone – we have never been alone. Jesus is with us now and forever! The Resurrection calls us to make a difference in our world. As people of the Resurrection we are called to reach out to the suffering and care for creation.

The spirit of the Easter Season is a spirit of joy and peace based on Jesus’ words to us, “Peace be with you - do not be afraid.” Peace and joy comes from being restored to friendship with God through Christ. Let us continue to celebrate Easter in our homes and in our work places.

Upcoming RE Events

Beginning of Term 2 Mass – Monday, 13th May at 9.30am in St Patrick’s Church

First Eucharist  

Family Meeting: Wednesday, 8th May at 7.00pm in the Church

Dinner with Fr Joel: Tuesday, 4th June at 5.45pm in Mercy Hall COLA.

Reconciliation: Wednesday, 12th June at 7.00pm in the Church

First Eucharist: Sunday, 16th June at 10.30am  Click here for information note.



Welcome to Term 2 in Sport.

·       Monday, 6th May we have a team of students traveling to Holbrook for Diocesan Cross Country. We wish you all the best for your races. All students will be traveling by bus so please ensure they are at school by 8.45am.
Next Friday, 10th May we have a number of students participating in Mackillop selections in Hockey, Soccer and Netball. We wish them all the best.

·       18th-20th May ~ Elisha Wild & Lily Harrison will be competing in the MacKillop Basketball team at the NSWPSSA  State Carnival being held in Albury. Congratulations girls, enjoy the experience and play hard.

·       Our Athletics Carnival is close approaching. Grades 3 – 6 Field events- Monday 20th May and Track events- 27th May.

Kinders, Years 1 & 2 attend on Monday 27th May.

Notes will be sent home next week with more information.

Our Field events on 20th May will require parent helpers.

Congratulations to Hugo Morison who has been selected in the U12 Southern Inland Rugby Union Training Squad. Hugo will now attend 3 days in Canberra in the second week of the July school holidays and continue at training camps throughout the year. Good Luck Hugo and we are very proud of you.


Welcome back for term 2.
We have delicious chicken & corn soup available over the counter at recess & lunch this week. Only $2 a bowl.

Next week we will have Fried Rice. 
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB orders have been sent home and are due back Thursday, 9th May. Please remember to put your child's name and class on the order form.
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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