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St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 06/02/19
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VOLUME 1 ~ 6th February 2019

Term 1 Week 2

444 Kiewa Street, Albury 2640
Phone: 0260214464
Fax: 0260213694
info@spaww.catholic.edu.au
www.spaww.catholic.edu.au

Dear Parents,   

We extend a very warm welcome to you all for the 2019 school year. This year we welcome several new staff members: Ryan Kittelty 6K, Jess Bice 6B, Rhys Dempsey 1D, Genn Hamam 1HH, Laura House 1H and Rebecca Art - Targeting Maths Teacher. I’m sure you will make them feel most welcome and please don’t hesitate in introducing yourselves. We would also like to welcome our new families who have joined the school community and hope your time with us is enjoyable and rewarding.

Already we have commenced the business of school life. Our Staff Development day last Tuesday was facilitated by James Anderson from the Agile Learner, with a  focus on a Growth Mindset. James provided us with much information which will allow us to create a teaching framework that develops robust, enduring growth mindsets in our students. The work he shared will be ongoing and consistently revisited by our staff throughout the year.

Last Wednesday saw all our students participating in our Maths Assessment Interviews (MAIs). The day ran smoothly and we thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that your child/children were able to attend. We will now analyse our data and assess the growth our students have made in Mathematics since last year. We would appreciate any feedback.The students from Year 1-6 are settling well into the routines of a new school year.

Yesterday we held our Primary Swimming Carnival and whilst the weather was somewhat cooler and wetter than usual, we were able to complete all events. A big thanks to those of you who volunteered your time to assist, and the children are to be commended on their positive cooperation and participation. Thank you too, to all of our staff for their organisation. A lot of time and planning goes into the organisation of such an event. Thank you also to Roy Thompson for our great photographs. You can view these on the galleries page of our website. 

The Kindergarten teachers have been busy conducting the Best Start interviews and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our school community tomorrow.

The Annual General Meeting of our School Council will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm in the staff room (above school Office). All parents are invited to attend and nomination forms for those who wish to be a member of the school council are available from the office. These are due back by Wednesday, 20th February 3.00pm.

It was with sadness that we announced the passing of Sister Patricia Osborne on Friday 25th January. Sister Pat had a long association with educating the Catholic youth of Albury and holds a special part in our hearts. She served as Assistant Principal here at St Patrick’s for a number of years and also held various positions at St Joseph’s Ladies College. We will be holding a Memorial Service this Friday 8th February at 12.30pm in the Mercy Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Just a reminder that we are conducting Parent Teacher Meet and Greet interviews next week. Please ensure that you book a time on SOBS. Monday 11th February Years 1, 2 & 3 and Tuesday 12th February Years 4, 5 & 6.

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Welcome back and a warm welcome to all our new families! We look forward to a wonderful year together as the students and teachers continue the Faith story of our great school, St. Patrick’s. The charisms of our founding Religious Orders, the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers, are an important part of the tapestry of our school and we are all bearers of the rich story of Catholic Education in Albury that began so long ago.

We carry on the grand traditions of our school at our Opening School Mass on Tuesday, 19th February. This Mass will begin at 11.45am in St Patrick’s Church. We invite all families to join us for this very special Mass. The investiture of our Student Councillors for 2019 will take place during Mass.

Please join us for a family BBQ after Mass. Lunch is free and expertly cooked by the teachers of St Pat’s!

More important Dates:

A Memorial Prayer Service for Sr Patricia will be held this Friday, 8th February, at 12.30pm in Mercy Hall. All welcome.

Term 1 Parish/School Mass is on Saturday, 16th February at the 5.00pm Vigil Mass. We invite children to be involved in the Mass as readers and/or choir members. Notes for this Mass will go home early this week.

St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Friday, 16th March. Celebrations will begin with Mass at 9.30am in the church. All welcome.

Lent begins Wednesday, 6th March – Ash Wednesday.

The children in Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in a special Liturgy of the Word in Mercy Hall at 9.30am. The ashes will be distributed to the children during this liturgy.

Years 3 and 4 will attend the Parish Mass at 9.30am.

Years 5 and 6 will attend the Parish Mass at 12.00 noon.

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TUCKSHOP 
Happy 2019 to everyone and welcome back. 
If you wish to help at the tuckshop anytime please let me know or
click here for helpers note. Looking forward to seeing you very soon.  Anne.
Tuckshop Roster 2019         

 
Parent / Teacher Meet & Greet.  These are a chance to meet for 10 minutes with your child's teacher and discuss your expectations etc.
Monday 11th Years 1, 2 & 3.         Tuesday 12th Years 4, 5 & 6.

Click here to go online & book through SOBS.
There is also an information note you may like to complete and return to teachers prior to the interview. 

STUDENT EXCURSION/ACTIVITY LEVY:

Dear Parents,

We have conducted a review of the student activity levy that we introduced last year and also discussed it informally with parents. The vast majority of parents felt that it was a much better system for them.

From the school's perspective, we need to make some changes. This year we will be reducing the levy to:

Year 3 - 6:  $100 per student for the year.

Kinder to Y 2: $70 per student for the year.

Please note, if the school arranges transportation to a venue, then regardless if the child uses the transport, it will be charged to their account.
Any balance left a the end of year will be applied to school fees.

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. 

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1, 2019 http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/
Don’t forget to look for the Book Club Issue 1 catalogue that will be coming home in your child’ school bag this week.
Book Club provides a fun and convenient way of bringing the best in children’s literature into your home. It’s packed full of exciting books from best selling authors, popular titles and series that children love, as well as products that make perfect gifts for younger siblings who may not be at school yet.
Ordering from Book Club is easy. Simply go online and place your order or complete the order form and return it to school by the due date. Scholastic’s ‘book elves’ take care of the rest. Before you know it, your child will have a lovely surprise to take home once their order gets delivered to their classroom.
When ordering from Book Club, you are not only helping your children but you are also helping our school - 20% of your spend goes to back to our school in valuable Scholastic Rewards. These are used to buy library and classroom resources.
To celebrate the start of this year, any family ordering from Issue 1 will also receive a free ’All About Me Activity Journal’ to kick start 2019.
Book Club catalogues are distributed twice each term.
Orders for this issue of Book Club are due back by Thursday, 14th February. 

Healing & Growing in the Love of God Seminar at St Patrick’s Church Albury starting with a 7pm Mass on Friday the 22nd of February and continuing Saturday the 23rd February (9.30pm - 5pm) through to Sunday 24th February (10am to 4pm) - in Slattery House on Church grounds. Facilitator is Valerie Murphy who has an International Ministry focused on Faith, Hope, Love, Healing & Intercessory Prayer. All welcome. Enquires St Patrick’s 02 60412588 or Maree 0467805100
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN CLOTHING POOL OPENING TIME:
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 (https://goo.gl/mvC9as) and the Google Play Store (https://goo.gl/XCgkL1).
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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