St Patrick's Parish Newsletter: 28/08/19
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VOLUME 13 ~ 28th August 2019

Term 3 Week 6

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

Happy Fathers Day to all our special fathers and just a reminder our Fathers Day Stall is being held tomorrow (Thursday). Classes go in groups to purchase a lovely present $5 each.
Year 2 Assembly this Friday, 30th August at 9.30am in the Mercy Hall. All families are welcome to come along and be entertained by our Year 2 Classes. Morning tea is being provided by Kinder parents. 

Dear Parents,

How quickly the term has passed us by. There has been a slight Spring feel in the air so hopefully the sunshine will begin to make a regular appearance. We are excited to advise that we have a new electronic method of payment for your Tuckshop order. Introducing Qkr (pronounced ‘quicker’) a product by Mastercard, is a secure and easy way to order and pay for Tuckshop lunches from your phone at any time. Full details of how to use this are on our website. 

You will still be able to order as you have done previously, we will run dual systems for the next couple of months. Children can still bring money to the canteen to buy special treats at Recess and Lunch and there are no plans to change this. The feedback that we have received from the parents who have already tried this new system has been 100% positive. We would welcome any suggestions or feedback once you have tried it. Canteen continues to operate Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please note the first 100 orders using this new system will receive a free muffin.

Our fathers day stall is being held tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 9am. Children may purchase items $5 each for their special gentlemen from the stall. Thanks to Kelly Hegarty and her helpers for making this possible for the children.

Year 2 are hosting our School Assembly this Friday, 30th November starting at 9.30am in the Mercy Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along. Kinder are on the roster to provide morning tea for this so please feel free to stay and enjoy a cuppa afterwards.

The Kindergarten celebrations for Special Gentlemen is this Friday 30th August, commencing at 1.15pm with a hot dog and drink followed by an afternoon of fun in the classroom. If we have any spare Dads or Grandads who don't have children in this year's kindergarten class who would be free at this time, we would appreciate your attendance. Unfortunately, we have a number of children whose dads are unable to attend on the day, and we are looking for kind-hearted men to be a substitute dad for the afternoon. If you can help, could you send a message to the school.   

Our Book Week Celebration will be held on Friday 6th September at 9.30am in the Mercy Hall.Children are invited to dress as their favourite book character for the parade. The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading is my Secret Power. 

On Tuesday, 3rd September Year 6 are holding a sausage sizzle as a fundraiser for Thailand. A separate note has gone home about this. Orders close this Friday 30th August.

Our new communication platform Compass is operating successfully although we have been notified that 39 student reports have not been accessed. If you haven’t viewed your child’s report and need help please contact the school.

Over the past week we have been made aware that a number of our students are currently using a social media app called Tik Tok. Yes we had to Google it  as well!! It is not something that we may want our children looking at. Please make time to read the following article.

Whilst on the topic of social media platforms, a reminder that the minimum age to legally access these is 13, with some apps having an even older age to join up. The following link is a very reliable and informative  resource for parents, with tips and advice on helping your child to have safe and enjoyable experiences online.


The students in Yr 6 are actively preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation which takes place on Saturday September 7th in our Church.

We ask our school community to hold these children and their families close to your hearts as they take this next step in their faith journey.

To prepare for their Confirmation the students will participate in ;

 - Reflection Day at school on Monday September 2nd.

- Reconciliation Service in our Church on Wednesday September 4th at 7pm.

Yr 3 will celebrate a class mass in the Year 3 rooms on Monday September 9th at 2pm. Parents, grandparents and friends are most welcome to join in this celebration.

Members of our school community are preparing for the opening of the Justice Nagle Centre in Dempsey Place, Albury, on Wed Sep 11 at 11am. This centre will provide shelter for those at risk of isolation and homelessness. We thank the children in Year 6 who have formed a choir for the opening of the centre. 

This Sunday, September 1,  we celebrate the men in our lives who are father figures to us: Dads, Grandpa’s,  uncles, brothers etc.

It is an opportunity for us to give thanks for the selflessness they show us in their care for us.

Our Gospel this weekend asks us to reflect on giving to those who are unable to pay us back


Congratulations to Lily Harrison who was a member of the MacKillop Girls Basketball team. They played in Bendigo at the PSSA NSW Championships. We are very proud of you Lily. Fantastic effort. 

PSSA Winter Sport has now finished. Can you please make sure all team uniforms (clean) are returned to your Coach ASAP. 
A reminder Tuckshop is available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
  (No tuckshop Monday & Tuesday)
Over the Counter this week Recess & Lunch Delicious Pasta Bake
Check out the new tuckshop Qkr ordering system below. 

St. Patrick’s Book Week Storytime

Join us each night of Book Week 

(Week 7 ~ 2-6 September) at 7pm 

via our Facebook page as St. Patrick’s staff members read a bedtime story. 

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 has gone home this week. Orders are due back Thursday, 5th September. Please make sure your child's name & class are on the order.
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!!
Visit and enter your suburb then click on
"Albury After School Finals Fever"
more info contact Jack Bradley 0497875411  /  email
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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