Friday, 7 May 2021

Community Update #2.4

 Mother's Day



Prep HB led a beautiful Mother's and Special Friends Day liturgy in the church this morning. They showed us their special actions to the Hail Mary prayer. May is the month of our lady Mary, the blessed mother of Jesus.

We wish all mums a very special Mother's day and hope that you enjoy the gifts that your children made for you with love and kindness. We also remember those mums that are no longer with us and keep their families in our thoughts and prayers.

Confirmation

Tonight at 7pm the Year 6 children will make their Confirmation and be filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We thank our Faith and Community Leaders, Mrs O'Dwyer and Ms La Fontaine, the Year 6 teachers and all staff and parents who supported the children to prepare for their Confirmation. We thanks the school choir and the Year 5's who are able to attend. We also thank Father Siby and Father Hayes.

First Communion

Tomorrow at 9:15 am one of our Year 5 classes will make their First Holy Communion. Again we thanks our Faith and Community Leaders, Mrs O'Dwyer and Ms La Fontaine, the Year 5 teachers and all staff and parents who supported the children in their journey to receiving this special sacrament. We also thank Father Siby.

Assembly Video 

Here is a short video of the children accepting their awards at assembly this week.

Cyber Safety Incursion ( Thursday 6th May) and evening for Parents 7pm Thursday 2nd June (Save this date)

We invite all parents to a special Cyber Safety evening in June. Marty McGauran (School Lead Teacher and Education Consultant) and Carley McGauran (Psychologist and Mother of Three) presented to our families a couple of years ago and parent feedback was very positive. Marty and Carley have the most recent Cyber Safety information to share with you to support you to raise your children in a digital world.

Yesterday,  all of the Year 1-6 children had a Cyber Safety incursion with Marty and the staff had an informative session after school. Ask your children what they learnt.

We continue to work towards gaining our accreditation as an e smart school.


NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please find attached a link to the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) information for School Students with Disability.

Parents & Friends Updates


Mothers Day Gifts 
Thank you to all the families who have already made a payment for the beautiful handcrafted Mothers Day gifts. These will be coming home with the children this afternoon. We hope all the Mums enjoy their weekend and are spoiled with lots of special treats and cuddles.
For those who were unable to make a payment late on Thursday and early Friday morning, please accept our apologies. We have now fixed the glitch in the CDF Pay settings - and payments will be available to be made until Sunday 9th May 10pm. Payment status today will not affect your child bringing home a gift. Thank you for your understanding.


Second Hand Uniform Stall - Looking for assistance
Over the coming weeks, the Second Hand Uniform Stall will be returning to being on-site at the school. We sincerely thank Kellie Heathcote who has been running it from her home for the last year.
We are looking for a parent or group of parents who are able to help run the stall. The stall has traditionally been open from 3.00pm to 3.25pm one day a week, and is located just inside the foyer near the doors to school hall. If you are able to help, please let the P&F know. The stall is a fabulous way to meet other parents, and the day of the week is flexible. If you would like to help - please email pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au

Community Notices





2021 Term Dates


Term 2 

Year 6 Confirmation                                      May 7 7pm
Year 5 First Communion   5S                       May 8 9:15am
Week 4 Year 3 & 4 NAPLAN week
PEB Meeting                                                  May 12 7pm
St Pat's Cross Country                                 May 14
Year 5 First Communion   5J                        May 15 9:15am
Year 4 Reconciliation Parent Workshop     May 20 7pm
PSG's Parent Support Group Meetings.     May 17
PSG's Parent Support Group Meetings.     May 25
PSG's Parent Support Group Meetings.     June 2
Soccer Lightning Premiership                     June 2
Parents Cyber Safety Evening                     June 3 7:00pm
Year 4 First Reconciliation                           June 16 6pm
Netball Lightning Premiership                     June 10
Football Lightning Premiership                   June 11
Soccer Lightning Premiership
PEB Meeting                                                   June 16 7pm
Parent teacher meetings                               June 17 (1pm finish on this day)
End Term 2                                                     June 23 at 1pm
Closure Day Staff PL Day 2                          June 24
Closure Day Staff PL Day 3                          June 25

Term 3
Beginning Term 3                                          July 12
Closure Day  Staff PL Day 4                         Aug 20
Dendy Athletics                                             Sep 7
Year 3 Reconciliation                                    Sep 8 10:30am 
Rugby Gala Day                                             Sep 15                                
End Term 3                                                     Sep 17

Term 4
Beginning Term 4                                          Oct 4
St Pat's Sports Day                                       Oct 14 
Year 4 Reconciliation                                    Oct 20 6pm
Year 4 First Communion                               Oct 23 9:15am (4R or 4M - class to be confirmed Week Monday 3rd May)
Year 4 First Communion                            Nov 6 9:15am (4R or 4M - class to be confirmed Week Monday 3rd May)
Closure Day Assessment                             Nov 1
Closure Day Planning 2022                          Nov 19
School Swimming                                         Nov 29 - Dec 10

End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm

Friday, 30 April 2021

Community Update #2.3

 Anzac Day Liturgy


We started the week with a moving Anzac Day Liturgy led by Mr Moran's 4M class. The service concluded with representatives from each class presenting their Anzac wreaths to lay on the altar in the church.

Welcome to morning prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays


On Wednesday and Friday this week our classes welcomed family members to join into morning prayers. There were about 30 visitors today. We continue the open invitation as we give parents an opportunity to visit classrooms and reaquaint themselves with the school after the pandemic year.
If you wish to visit, please come to the portico outside the office and collect a visitor lanyard. Join the children for class prayers at 8:55am at the start of the day.

Confirmation and Eucharist Update for Week 3

We have had a few questions about the number of family members allowed in the Church. There will be an update to you on Tuesday. At this stage, it is half a pew for the Confirmation and one pew for the First Communion.

Happy Birthday !!

Seven of our wonderful staff celebrated their birthdays in April. Here are 5 of them enjoying a special morning tea. Happy Birthday to them all !!

Meet Bronte our St Pat's Therapy Dog

Thanks to Ms Guscott for attending the therapy training with Bronte. Please read the letter below and return the slip to the office if you do not wish for your child to be involved in the program.


Therapy Dog Program


Dear Parents/Guardians, 


We are about to embark on a new program within our school - a therapy dog program. Studies have shown that therapy dogs can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, in adults and children alike (Barker and Dawson 1998; Beck et al. 1986: Davis 1988; Siegal 1990). 


Ms Guscott and her dog, Bronte, completed therapy dog training over the holidays. Bronte is a 5 year-old Border Collie, who loves nothing more than being with people, and a pat or two! She has been judged to have the correct temperament, focus and obedience, to be a therapy dog. Bronte will be our school reading dog, listening to children read. She will also be available as a calming influence, to assist anxious children.

 

All children will be involved in the program unless withdrawn by parents.


Please complete the form below to remove your child from the program, or to indicate that they have an allergy to pet hair.

 

We look forward to the wonderful benefits that our students will experience from having a therapy dog within our school.

 

 

Ms Guscott                                                              Ms Hawkins

Year 6 Teacher                                                        Principal

Bronte’s Handler

 

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THERAPY DOG PROGRAM

Please tick the appropriate box and return to school.


⃞ I _________________________ (name) wish to withdraw my child, _________________________ (name) in _______ (class) from the Therapy Dog Program at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School until further notice.

⃞ My child, _________________________ (name) in _______ (class) has a diagnosed allergy to pet hair.

 Signed: ________________________                                 Date: __________________


Sibling Enrolments - URGENT

Our enrolments for 2022 are filling up quickly. Please contact the office to confirm a place for your child for 2022. All applications need to be in by Friday 7th May.

P&F Notices

Mother's Day Stall Gifts - $5 per child
The P&F have been working with the school (and the children) to prepare a new-look Mother's Day Stall gift for children to bring home on Friday 7th May.
As cashless payment is now the requested option, we ask families to provide $5 for each child using the CDF pay app. To access CDF Pay go to: https://spmurrumbeena.cdfpay.org.au or use the QR code on the front cover of your 2021 Pink List. Thank you to families who have already made this payment.

TeamKids News


Special offer to St Pats parents

Mothers Day special
1 x Free Class of Dancefit

A friend of mine (and ex Dancing with the Stars dancer - Jessics Raffa) does this class and it is awesome, great for fitness (with no prior experience or fitness level required) and it is super fun....which is always helpful if you don't love exercise. She has started them up in Murrumbeena and is offering a free class if you mention my name or St Pats as a trial. I have mentioned to a few people personally....but this would be a much more effective way to get the offer out. Usually $25 per class so this is a good trial offer.

Any questions, please let me know and I am happy to help others with queries if they want to know more detail.

Let me know if this is ok?

Thanks, Bianca

Bianca Christie
0409 209 820




2021 Term Dates


Term 2 
Football/Netball Interschool           30/4 7/5,21/5,28/5,4/6,11/6,18/6
Year 5 Reconciliation                                    May 5 6pm
Year 6 Confirmation                                      May 7 7pm
Year 5 First Communion   5S                       May 8 9:15am
PEB Meeting                                                  May 12 7pm
St Pat's Cross Country                                 May 14
Year 5 First Communion   5J                        May 15 9:15am
Soccer Lightning Premiership                     June 2
Year 4 First Reconciliation                           June 16 6pm
Netball Lightning Premiership                     June 10
Football Lightning Premiership                   June 11
Soccer Lightning Premiership
PEB Meeting                                                   June 16 7pm
Parent teacher meetings                               June 17 (1pm finish on this day)
End Term 2                                                     June 23 at 1pm
Closure Day Staff PL Day 2                          June 24
Closure Day Staff PL Day 3                          June 25

Term 3
Beginning Term 3                                          July 12
Closure Day  Staff PL Day 4                         Aug 20
Dendy Athletics                                             Sep 7
Year 3 Reconciliation                                    Sep 8 10:30am 
Rugby Gala Day                                             Sep 15                                
End Term 3                                                     Sep 17

Term 4
Beginning Term 4                                          Oct 4
St Pat's Sports Day                                       Oct 14 
Year 4 Reconciliation                                    Oct 20 6pm
Year 4 First Communion                               Oct 23 9:15am (4R or 4M - class to be confirmed Week Monday 3rd May)
Year 4 First Communion                            Nov 6 9:15am (4R or 4M - class to be confirmed Week Monday 3rd May)
Closure Day Assessment                             Nov 1
Closure Day Planning 2022                          Nov 19
School Swimming                                         Nov 29 - Dec 10

End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm

Friday, 23 April 2021

Community Update #2.2

 Alleluia Day (Easter) Liturgy

The whole school attended a short Alleluia Day liturgy to celebrate the risen Jesus following on from the Easter liturgies last term. Special thanks to Mrs O'Dwyer, Ms La Fontaine and all of the children who read during the liturgy.



Sacrament News

This term our Year 6's are preparing to make their Confirmation on Friday May 7th at 7pm and our Year 5's will make their First Communion 5S on Saturday 8th May and 5J Saturday 15th May.
Then later in the term, our Year 4's will make their First Reconciliation on Wednesday 16th June at 6pm. In Term 4, the Year 4's will make their First Communion. Before the children make the sacraments, they will also have Reconciliation.
Please keep our Year 4, 5 and 6 children and their families in your prayers in the coming weeks and months.

The flyer from Fr Siby with regards to the parent evening on Wednesday 28 April was sent home. Please email the office if you are interested in attending or email me with any questions principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au


We are open for morning prayers

All parents are welcome to join classes for morning prayers on Wednesdays and Friday this term from 9:00-9:10am. Please come to the office, complete the QR scan or sign in, take a visitor lanyard and then go to your child's class for a 9am start. 

Camp News

Special thanks to Mr Jones for organising and leading the Year 5/6 camp this week. Thanks to all of the staff who supported the camp too. The children had a great time and returned safely on Wednesday afternoon.
One of the highlights was Ms Stokes going down the long waterslide !

Staff News

For the remainder of this year, Signora Veronica Scuilli is taking a well-earned Long Service Leave break. This has provided a unique opportunity for our Yr 1 to 6's to explore other languages and cultures, including our Indigenous History. We welcome Felicity Renaudin to our staff for the rest of this year. Felicity is known to many of the children who will enjoy working with her from next week.

Bonjour et Buongiorno.

My name is Madame Felicity and it is a privilege to be able to teach French and other languages throughout the year of 2021.

The immersion programme of learning new languages, aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding, communication and respect.

I will encourage students to become compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other cultures can be different but also similar when they understand and respect others’ history and opinions.

Over the next three terms, all students will participate in reading, writing, drawing, singing, participating in incursions, playing games, listening and speaking various new languages.

Madame Felicity

School Uniform Update

Over the holidays we were informed by PSW that some sizes of the short and long sleeve polo tops are out of stock. Rather than order another run, we have decided to bring forward by a term the new checked shirt for both boys and girls in all sizes. As always, there will be a 2 year change over period where either shirt is acceptable. If you are purchasing a new shirt for the winter tunic or pants, you may prefer to opt for the new design.
Please direct any questions or feedback directly to lizh@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au

Parents & Friends (P&F) News

Easter Raffle thank you
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful St Patrick's families who donated an astounding amount of Easter goodies. We were thrilled to be able to provide 128 prize hampers to children across the school and were also able provide an additional Easter Egg per child given out in the classrooms. This would not have been possible without your generosity - thankyou so much for your support.
Additionally, another big thank you to families who bought raffle tickets - $2798 was raised - the proceeds of this will go to the school towards funding the Michelle Barclay memorial running track.
Another thank you goes to the group of parents who helped by collecting donated goods from school, making the hampers, delivering the prizes and contributing to the raffle's success in other ways.


Mother's Day Stall Gifts - $5 per child
The P&F have been busy preparing a new-look Mother's Day Stall gift for children to bring home on Friday 7th May. As cashless payment is now the requested option, we ask families to provide $5 for each child using the CDF pay app. Payment can be made from Monday 26th April.
To access CDF Pay go to: https://spmurrumbeena.cdfpay.org.au or use the QR code on the front cover of your 2021 Pink List or attached flyer at this link.

Assistance required - Second Hand Uniform Stall
Over the coming weeks, the Second Hand Uniform Stall will be returning to being on-site at the school. We sincerely thank Kellie Heathcote who has been running it from her home for the last year.
We are looking for a parent or group of parents who are able to help run the stall. The stall has traditionally been open from 3.00pm to 3.25pm one day a week, and is located just inside the foyer near the doors to school hall.
If you are able to help - perhaps you'd like to grab a friend or two and set up a roster, or let the P&F know you are interested and we'll connect you to other parents. The stall is an easy way to meet other parents at the school, and the day of the week is flexible. If you would like to help - please email pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au
For the moment - if you have good quality second hand uniform (particularly winter uniform) items please email heathcote.kellie@yahoo.com to arrange drop off. All items are $5 and all proceeds from the sale of second hand uniform items goes to the school.

PatCare - A Connected Community - Can you help?
The St Patrick’s community support program (PatCare) is a long-standing group that supports members of our local community during times of need.
Its volunteer base is coordinated through the St Patrick’s Parents & Friends Association, but the support is administered confidentially by the school. We are always looking to grow the list of volunteers available to assist. Please click on this link to read more about PatCare.
Sarah Luck (mum to William in Gr 1) is our PatCare coordinator. If you think you can assist, please drop her an email: Sarah.Luck@Coles.com.au

St Patrick's P&F Guidelines / Minutes of Meetings
The P&F Committee has recently endorsed a set of guidelines for how we operate. Click on this link to read them. They will soon be uploaded to the P&F page on the school's learning community site. You are also welcome to review the Minutes of our meetings which are published here.

Next P&F Committee Meeting - Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm - all welcome
We warmly welcome any parents who wish to attend a P&F meeting either in person or online. Your contributions and thoughts are valuable to us, and you do not need to be a committee member to attend, but are welcome to join the committee at any time during the year. We will publish a Zoom link and the location of this meeting closer to the date.





DRAMA TIME 2021 AT ST PATRICK'S IN TERM 2

We are so excited to be starting our programs at St Patricks Primary School in Term 2 !
Call 0438 610 310 to enrol your child

We can confirm the following sessions:

Monday Drama - P-2 Break One - 11:25-12:05pm
Monday Drama - 3-6 Break Two - 1:50-2:30pm

Wednesday Dance P-2 Break One - 11:25-12:05pm
Wednesday Dance 3-6 Break Two - 1:50-2:30pm

Friday Yoga Break One - 11:25-12:05
Friday Yoga 3-6 Break Two - 1:50-2:30pm

Net Set Go Term 2

CALLING ALL BUDDING NETBALLERS AGED 5-10!


Sadly due to COVID uncertainty St Pats Netball Club was unable to run our own Net Set Go program this year.
We are encouraging anyone who is hoping to join next term or next year; or would like to give it a try to register for one of the programs organised by CDNA down at Duncan McKinnon Courts.


The program has been expanded to 3 levels to cater for all interests, ages and abilities.


If you need any more information not provided on the flyer or have any questions do not hesitate to contact the club at stpatsnetball@live.com.au or Kim on 0450954223.

St Pats Netball Committee




2021 Term Dates


Term 2 
Football/Netball Interschool           30/4 7/5,21/5,28/5,4/6,11/6,18/6
Year 6 Reconciliation                                    April 27 6pm
Parent Evening - Catholic Faith                   April 28 7:30pm
Year 5 Communion Reflection Day              April 29
Year 5 Reconciliation                                    May 5 6pm
Year 6 Confirmation                                      May 7 7pm
Year 5 First Communion   5S                       May 8 9:15am
PEB Meeting                                                  May 12 7pm
St Pat's Cross Country                                 May 14
Year 5 First Communion   5J                        May 15 9:15am
Soccer Lightning Premiership                     June 2
Year 4 First Reconciliation                           June 16 6pm
Netball Lightning Premiership                     June 10
Football Lightning Premiership                   June 11
Soccer Lightning Premiership
PEB Meeting                                                   June 16 7pm
Parent teacher meetings                               June 17 (1pm finish on this day)
End Term 2                                                     June 23 at 1pm
Closure Day Staff PL Day 2                          June 24
Closure Day Staff PL Day 3                          June 25

Term 3
Beginning Term 3                                          July 12
Closure Day  Staff PL Day 4                         Aug 20
Dendy Athletics                                             Sep 7
Year 3 Reconciliation                                    Sep 8 10:30am 
Rugby Gala Day                                             Sep 15                                
End Term 3                                                     Sep 17

Term 4
Beginning Term 4                                          Oct 4
St Pat's Sports Day                                       Oct 14 
Year 4 Reconciliation                                    Oct 20 6pm
Year 4 First Communion                               Oct 24 9am & 5pm
Closure Day Assessment                             Nov 1
Closure Day Planning 2022                          Nov 19
School Swimming                                         Nov 29 - Dec 10

End of term                                                    Dec 15 at 1pm