St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 20/03/19
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VOLUME 4 ~ 20th March 2019

Term 1 Week 8

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

REMINDER: This Friday 22nd March is a Pupil Free Day.

Dear Parents

Welcome to Week 8 - the term is quickly passing us by!  Our school Open Day was very successful with many prospective families coming through for a tour. Congratulations and thank you must go to our Year 6 tour guides. Feedback received  commended these students on their enthusiasm, knowledge and pride in our school. 2020 Kinder enrolments are now open. Please share this enrolment information with families who are looking to enrol.

Please note that over the next two weeks, students in Year 3 and Year 5 will participate in the NAPLAN online practice test. The purpose for this is to allow the students to experience NAPLAN online and test that our devices and infrastructure can manage the test. There are no results generated from the practice. Year 5 will participate on Friday 29th March between 11.30-1.15pm and Year 3 will participate on Tuesday 2nd April between 9.30-10.30am.

Last Wednesday we held our School Council AGM. A big thank you must go to outgoing members, Damian McDonald and Vanessa Sexton. Thanks for your commitment and contributions. We welcome new members: Lisa Spinelli, Malina Ellis, Emily Sharkey, Nicole Clancy and Brooke Starkey.  We would also like to acknowledge our existing members:  Leah Wiseman (Chairperson), Shaley Bush (Deputy Chairperson), Kelly Hegarty (Secretary), Karla Morison, Hayley Franks, Ben Mitchell, Shane Walters, Bree Brown & Catherine Trinnick.

Last Friday we had a very enjoyable time celebrating St Patrick’s day. A big thanks to all of you who contributed in some way to make this a successful day. Our Parish/School Mass on Sunday was a lovely celebration, honouring St Patrick, and we are very grateful that many of you could celebrate this with us. See lots of photos on our Galleries Website Page

Please be reminded that school photos will be held next week. Please see the schedule further in the newsletter and order forms are available on our notes website page.

A letter in relation to sign in & sign out of students is attached. Please refer to this as from Monday 25th March any child who is late and not signed in by a parent will need to wait at the office until the parent is contacted. Click Here to view letter.


In last Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 9:28-36) we heard the recount of Jesus’ transfiguration.

It was a special moment for Peter, James and John, when they witnessed the divinity of Jesus breaking through and becoming visible. One night when the four of them had gone up a mountain to pray, the face of Jesus became radiant and his clothes a dazzling white. Then there came a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen one; listen to him.’ Soon the moment had passed and they were alone again with the Jesus they knew. Our lives too are lived on different levels. There is the day-to-day round of familiar activities.

Then there are moments of grace and insight that break through into our lives – when we recognise the deeper level where our lives are intertwined with the divine life of God.

March copy of Wagga Diocese "Together" Magazine available here

Family Prayer

Lord God,

You call us out of the darkness.

Fill us with your light.


                         Second Sunday of Lent       

                                17th March 2019

Tati lives in the remote forest of Indonesia. She is a mother of three who was earning an income working in a local rubber plantation. Since taking part in eco-tourism training with Caritas Australia and its partners, Tati can now afford to send her children to school. With new hope and commitment Tati aspires to a future free from poverty for her family.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help lift communities in Indonesia out of poverty, and give them hope to protect our common home.

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


We certainly know how to celebrate the feast day of our Patron Saint, St Patrick, here at St Patrick’s Parish School!

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Another busy two weeks in sport. 

We have had a number of students trial for Diocesan teams in a variety of sports. Congratulations to all of them in the manner that they represented our school. The following students were successful in their chosen sport.

AFL - Ned Welch, Isaiah Robertson, Liam Hetherton

Soccer - Elisha Wild, Eloise Allwood, Ava Whitfield, Finn Hegarty & Taf Tanyanyiwa

Netball - Elisha Wild, Mary Quinn & Jessie Lappin

We wish you continued success as you move forward to MacKillop selection.

We have nine students traveling to Sydney on the 27th March to compete in the Mackillop Swimming trials. Congratulations to Archie Toohey, William Sullivan, Thomas Goonan, Isaiah Robertson, Seth Booth, Sienna Toohey, Freya Sullivan, Imogen Booth and Lara Meagher. Swim fast and embrace the competition.

Our school Cross Country is Monday, 1st April at the Albury Equestrian Centre. We are looking forward to a great day of racing and spending time together as a school community. Click here for notes

Thank you to everyone who made our St. Patrick's Day such a success. Our wonderful helpers who made everything run so smoothly on the day  and for the fantastic donations of delcious "green" food that came along. It was lovely to experience such great Community Spirit. 
Delicious Spaghetti Meat Balls are available over the counter at recess and lunch daily this week.  Only $2.50 per bowl. 
(They may bring their sports uniform to change into on the day if they need).
Student Photos will start at 9am each day.

KINDER  +  YEAR 1  +  YEAR 2  +  Sibling & Individual Photos
Classes  3D & 3S  + Class 4D  +   YEAR 5 + Sibling & Individual Photos
WHOLE YEAR 6 + Year 6 Classes  +  Classes 4HW & 4G + Class 3C
Catch Up of Sibling & Individual Photos for absent children.

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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