St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 25/09/19
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VOLUME 15 ~ 26th September 2019

Term 3 Week 10

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

Year 1 Assembly this Friday, 9.30am in the Mercy Hall. All families are welcome to come along and enjoy our Year 1 students performing.
This Friday 27th September,  wear your favourite sport colours & bring a gold coin donation for Mercy Works. 

Dear Parents,

This week we farewell the end of Term 3. So many productive things have been happening within our school community ranging from teaching and learning, religious life, our instrumental program, sporting achievements, professional learning opportunities for staff and our partnership with our parent body in the planning for our annual fete, to name a few things.

Year 1 will be hosting our school assembly this Friday 27th September (last day of term 3) in the Mercy Hall at 9.30am. Please join us and you are welcome to stay for a cuppa afterwards supplied by Year 2 parents.

Children may also wear their favourite Sports Colours this Friday for a gold coin donation. This is to support Sisters of Mercy Charities. 

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we as a  staff are involved in a Diocesan professional learning opportunity, The Learning  Collaborative. As a result, we have co-constructed K-6 data walls in the areas of Reading and Writing, and are in the process of completing a Mathematics data wall. The purpose behind these are to determine what level each student is at, set targets and define the next steps that need to take place, to meet the differentiated learning needs of students. Part of this process also involves holding case management meetings where the learning needs of individual students are discussed. This is a very exciting initiative where we, as a staff, are sharing the responsibility of our students’ learning, endeavouring to know exactly where they are and what teaching and learning needs to take place, in order to take them to the next level.

Work on the sensory garden will commence in November. This is a brand new play space in the empty corner between the cricket nets and the raised garden beds, along the old highway The funding from this is provided by the money raised by the parents via the fete over the past couple of years.

This week we farewell Kim Andersen, our Centacare Well-being practitioner. Whilst this is a loss for our community, we congratulate her on her new role in family counselling at Centacare. We will be notified of her replacement as soon as this has been finalised. Kim has been an enormous asset to our school community and we thank her for all her hard work and commitment to our students.


This week we celebrated Mercy Day at our school. We remembered the many Sisters of Mercy who shared the Good News of the Gospel with the students of St Patrick’s School. We welcomed Sr Anne, a Mercy sister and a wonderful educator in our Wagga Diocese, who joined us for our Paraliturgy. With the beautiful spring sunshine, we were able to hold our prayer service in front of  the rose garden which we have dedicated to Sr Pat, also a Mercy Sister who was a much loved teacher for many years at our school.

Our Liturgy concluded with a great rendition of I Send You Out, led by our Yr 6 students,  The staff and students of our school were really impressed with the vocals of these young students and we  eagerly await their Yr 6 performance in Term 4.

On Monday October 14th, our school staff will participate in a Spirituality Day at school. We will put God’s Word into action as we serve Meals on Wheels to the community and visit the residents of Mercy Place. This will be a Pupil Free Day for all students of St Patrick’s School.

Here is an extract from our Paraliturgy this morning for you to reflect on :

Have You Met Mercy?


Fr Joel would like to thank everyone for the very generous donations to Uganda Kids.
It is greatly appreciated and will help in so a many ways.

Our vision is: “kids finish school”


* ATHLETICS: Congratulations to our students who competed in Sydney at the MacKillop Athletics Trials. We are very proud of you all. Our Junior Girls Relay Team won a bronze medal and Aiden was in the final of the 100m.
* GIRLS DIOCESAN AFL TEAM: Congratulations to Ava Whitfield and Tilly Hayes. They were members of the Inaugural AFL GIrls Diocesan Team that won the Championship Trophy.  Well Done Girls!
Years 4 & 5 Jackie Murphy Netball Gala Day. Friday, 13th September a group of Year 4 and 5 netballers travelled to Wagga to participate in the Jackie Murphy Netball Gala Day. The girls represented their school admirably both on and off the court. The Year 4 Championship team came runners-up after a goal countback and the Year 5 Championship team were runners-up in their pool. One of the Year 4 participation teams finished winners in their pool and the other team played well to win four out of five games. We would like to thank our parent and sibling helpers on the day - Katrina Knight, Carissa Alexander, Eva Broad, Tiahna Delaney, Bree Longley, Jo Melville, Simone Welch and Lisa Barry. We had tremendous support from many other parents who attended on the day as well. An enjoyable day was had by all! The following Friday Year 6 teams attended 
Year 6
Jackie Murphy Netball Gala Day: Friday 21st September. 
The girls play hard all day, represented their school well and had a terrific day in the sun. We were undefeated and won the Participating section, most goals shot all day. 
Thank you to all the parents who cheered, encouraged and supported our team. A special thank you to Julianna, Laine’s mum for umpiring all day. 

School Sport & Group Photos ~ Please return orders by this Friday to the office. Click here for a copy of the order form.
The new tuckshop Qkr app ordering system is now up and running via our website notes page. Click here to view instructions on how to download and use the app.

The Tuckshop Bank Account will be closed at the end of term.  If you are paying for lunches by internet transfer, could you please change the bank account number to our main bank account.
Details are -
Account Name - St Patrick's Parish School Board Account
BSB - 062 500
Account Number - 0093 1193
Please still use your reference of 'lunch' followed by your surname, so that we will separate this from school fee payments.

A reminder Tuckshop is available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.  (No tuckshop Monday & Tuesday)
Over the Counter this week Recess & Lunch Delicious Pasta Bake $2.50 &
Home - Made  Protein Balls, Muesli Bars, Pinwheels & Cheesy Bread. 50c each.

TWILIGHT FETE 2019 - Friday 8th November.   
This is required for outside commercial providers to sell products or services at the fete. If you are intending to apply for this can you please organise this ASAP. Click here for the information and form. 

Newsletter 1 Click Here


The fete is some time away, but we need our school community & their business associates to assist with donations of vouchers, goods and cash that can be used as prizes and to purchase prizes for the wheel. This is a great way to get involved and help with the fete if you don't otherwise have time to help out! We are specifically seeking vouchers for local businesses, toys, games, bikes, but cash is also really helpful in enabling us to purchase prizes. Please do what you can to donate, and get businesses you are associated with involved. All prizes can be dropped into the school office. If you have any queries, please contact Ben Mitchell via email Thank you for your assistance!

If you have any questions in relation to our school fete please email Lisa Spinelli on and keep an eye out at the beginning of next term for the helper notes.

PICK-A-BOX: Bags have been sent home this week.  If you can pease fill and return to the office by Tuesday 29th October. Suggestions for items include – bouncy balls, hair accessories, stationery, small toys, lollies, stickers etc. Thank you for your support. Example below:

     *  If you have any unused bags, please return them to the office. 

OUR FORTNIGHTLY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE VIA THE WEBSITE AND EMAILED TO SUBSCRIBERS. Scroll down and enter your email address "sign up for newsletter" 
Do you have any unused bikes lying around home that would suit teenagers or adults?
Sanctuary Refugee Program is looking for secondhand bikes that will assist newly arrived migrants with getting to school, TAFE, getting to work, and to recreational activities on the weekends. Importantly, it will provide an opportunity to connect people to their new community. 
If you have a bike in the shed that you do not want, just drop it in to Cycle Station (ask for Paul), located near the Albury Railway Station by 5 October.  
The plan is to run workshops that teach young people and adults how to fix their bikes and to teach them basic road rules.
If you know of someone that may be able to help, please pass on this email to them.
If you have any queries or would like more information, contact Mandy on 6023 8295.
Many thanks
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