St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 20/02/19
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VOLUME 2 ~ 20th February 2019

Term 1 Week 4

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

Dear Parents,

Our Kindergarten students are beginning to settle into the new routines of school. It has been lovely to welcome many new families to our school community as well as welcome the familiar faces.

Thank you to those of you who made yourselves available for the Parent Teacher Meet and Greet interviews last week. This was a forum for you to share information about your child which in turn assists our teachers in providing learning experiences to cater for individual’s needs.

Our 15th Annual Golf Day is being held on Sunday 3rd March at the Commercial Club Golf Club. A Fun Day for Parents and Friends (must be 18 Years and over). Cost $40.00 per person includes lunch and more...  Lunch:    11.30am   Shotgun Start:   12.30pm  Lots of great prizes and we can put you in a team or get a group together. The more the merrier. Click here for all information.

This year has seen the Diocese introduce a new form of attendance roll marking to comply with requirements under the Education Act. Under new requirements a roll call will take place three times during the day. If your child is late to school they will initially be marked absent and are required to come via the office to be signed in with a parent or guardian. If your child is dropped off and not signed in by a parent/guardian this will automatically be late arrival and unjustified on the roll.  This data will then be entered into their attendance record. Please note, we have taken into consideration those students who arrive on late buses and this does not apply to them. If during the day you are picking up your child for any reason, we ask that you come to the Office and sign them out and likewise, this information will be entered into their attendance record. On this topic of attendance we have noticed that there are a large number of students who are regularly arriving well after the 8.50am bell (we are not referring to the bus travellers). Please be reminded that it is an expectation that students are at school by 8.50am. Before school is also a great opportunity for students to socialise with their peers, run off energy and successfully transition into a new school day.

We would also like to remind Parents and Guardians that the Staff Car Park is Out of Bounds at Drop Off & Pick Up times. It is for staff only and access to the school is via Kiewa Street during these times. There is a Free Multi-storey  car park across the road from the school that has access via traffic lights at both intersections. The Kiss & Drop Zone is also an area that needs to keep flowing during this time so please be mindful of others and stay in your car. There is a teacher on duty at the pick up gate until 3.25pm. Please view the Albury City Council Safety Notice here.


Our Opening School Mass yesterday was a wonderful celebration of the beginning of the new school year. Fr Joel and Fr Marco celebrated Mass with the whole school community – children, teachers, parents and extended family members. It was a joyous occasion for our school to gather in prayer and song to receive God’s blessings.

During the Mass our Yr 6 student councillors were inducted as our school leaders for 2019. We prayed that God would bless them and help them to fulfil their responsibilities throughout the year. They pledged to do this before God and the school community. Following this the whole school prayed an act of dedication.

Act of Dedication                                 
Heavenly Father, we offer our school year to you.
We offer our prayer, our work, our play and all that we do. We believe these actions continue the work of Your Son, Jesus. May we bring blessings to our families, our school and our wider community.
Mary, our Mother, we ask you to take us in your care.

It was wonderful to enjoy a BBQ lunch with the families following Mass – there was a real sense of community as we shared a sausage!  Our website Galleries page has some wonderful photos by Roy. 

Upcoming RE Happenings

Ash Wednesday

The Liturgical Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 6th March (Week 6). 


St. Pat's Swimming Carnival was a great success and thank you to everyone for the help on the day. 
Congratulations to Red (Davitt) House on being the overall champions and also to the following children who were our champions & runners-up.
Swimming Age Champions: 
8 Year  Noah Robertson  &  Reagan Lander
9 Year  Macauley Sexton & Imogen Booth
10 Year   Seth Booth  & Freya Sullivan
11 Year    Felix Clarke & Phoebe Packer
12 Year   Will Sullivan  & Eloise Allwood
Runner-Up Age Champions
8 Year  Zeike Copperwaite & Pepper Larkin
9 Year   Austin Bowler  &  Tyla Hilton
10 Year   Perry Sullivan & Sienna Toohey
11 Year   Arkley Sexton & Sadie Wiseman
12 Year   Archie Toohey & Laine Sullivan
Records were broken by:
Will Sullivan ~  12/13 Year Boys 50m Backstroke ~ 39.83
                         12/13 Year Boys 50m Breastroke ~ 42.74
                         Senior Boys Individual Medley ~ 3:07.57
Archie Toohey  ~  12/13 Year boys Freestyle  ~ 32.08
Sienna Toohey  ~  10 Year Girls 50m Breastroke ~ 51.53.
Good Luck to our children who are competing today at the Deanery Carnival. 
Thank you to our parent helpers at the school  BBQ yesterday and to our Resident Chefs ~Tony & Phil on sausage cooking duty.  Fantastic effort!
Delicious pasta bake over the counter at recess and lunch daily.
Only $2.50 per bowl. 

Tuckshop Roster 2019         
"Xavier High School warmly invites you to our 2019 Open Day on Monday, March 4. Join us for one of our student led tours and explore all that Xavier has to offer."
Tours will commence at 9.30am, 12.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm"
We look forward to seeing you there"
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. 
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
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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