Friday, 16 August 2019

Week 5 term 3 2019

Family Mass
This Sunday we will come together for the Family Mass. Fr Leenus encouraged the children to come along and give thanks for their families when we attended mass as a school on Assumption Thursday.
Please join us at 9am. There are only 2 more Family masses for the year after Sunday. Put them into your diaries 20th October and 17th November. Please keep the children preparing to make the sacraments of Communion and the Confirmation in your prayers. Please keep Mrs Barclay and Ricky in your prayers.

Daffodil Day 30th August
Eliza, Tessa and Millie talking at assembly
The Parr girls shared more about Daffodil with the school community at assembly on Monday. Here is the information they shared.

Daffodil Day is The Cancer Council’s most iconic and much loved annual campaign that raises life-saving funds for world class cancer research.

It is celebrated on Friday 23rd August and it’s a time of hope; where people come together to show their support for the 145,000 Australians that are diagnosed with cancer each year and its theme is Yellow – which symbolises HOPE

When we found out that Mrs Barclay and Ricky in 2 O were diagnosed with cancer, we wrote a letter to Ms Hawkins asking if our school could join thousands of others across the country this August to raise funds for this cause that not only gives hope but also saves lives and of course Ms Hawkins agreed.
So how can we help show our support? It’s easy!

On Friday 30th August we are asking that everyone comes dressed in something yellow and to bring a Gold Coin to donate to the cause. Remember Friday is still our normal sports day so runners are still a must. You could wear a bright Yellow Ribbon in your hair, a yellow top or yellow socks but the more yellow, the better.

We hope everyone gets involved as the money we raise will go towards research to saving lives, making treatment less invasive and hopefully one day finding a cure.


So we hope everyone gets on board!

We would like to finish with a small video clip and thank you for listening.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Aleks from Prep Y for receiving a special trophy from the P&F. Aleks raised over $1000 for our Colour Run this year. Such a huge effort from Alecks and his family.

Chantella Perera Guest Speaker - Respect and Positivity
This morning, Chantella came to speak to the school community about the importance of two of our school values, respect and positivity. Chantella plays for VFLW Premiers Hawthorn, and last year was awarded the Lisa Hardeman medal for best on ground at the grand final. She has represented Australia with the Emerging Opals, World University Games (gold and bronze medallist), FIBA Under 21 World Championships (silver medallist) and 3 x 3 FIBA Asia Cup (gold medallist).
She is also a four time Womens National Basketball League Champion (Canberra Capitals & Bendigo). She played College Basketball for Fresno State in the United States. She is currently Head of Sport at sports and marketing agency KOJO.

Chantella has built her career in both the sporting and professional environment with hardwork, determination, courage and resilience. She seeks to influence positive change in the world and is a strong advocate of equality for women in sport and the workplace.

Chantella is the aunt of Isabella Muscat (1A). 

You can find more information about Chantella’s footy career here https://vfl.com.au/lisa-hardeman-medal-chantella-perera/, and her basketball career here http://basketballvictoria.com.au/chantella-perera-savours-3x3-australian-opportunity/
Chantella with her niece Isabella

                


Book Week Dress Parade Wednesday 21st August
Book Week 2019 officially runs from August 17-23 and this year asks your children to embrace the theme 'READING IS MY SECRET POWER'; an exciting invitation with a world full of possibilities when it comes to book week costume ides. This is an opportunity to escape into another world where your child can be anything they want to be! This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their favourite characters from their favourite books by dressing up. No need to sew an elaborate costume or hire expensive items. You can make a simple cape with a triangle of cheap fabric and decorate it. You may find your secret power in the past, a fantasy land or perhaps even another universe? Characters that have secret powers may be any one from Harry Potter, Matilda, Cat in the Hat, Harriet the Spy, Zac Power, Captain Underpants...More ideas can be found on www.cbca.org.au

DressUp Day & Parade will be held on Wednesday 21 August, 2019 at 9 am. All welcome!

Mandy Cooper workshops Pre Book Week
This week Mandy Cooper, an art teacher, collector and current judge for the Book of the Year awards, came to school to share her travelling exhibition with our school. Mandy’s Gallery For a Day is a travelling exhibition of original illustrations from Australian picture books. Mandy also spoke about the criteria used by the judges for the shortlist and winners of the awards with the staff as well as with the children. Thanks Mrs Woods our librarian and specialist teacher for organising Mandy's visit.



Policy Review and new CEM surveys
Catholic Education Melbourne(CEM) provide updates on some of our school policies in relation to information that is collected to be used in different ways about students and families.
This year, CEM have reviewed the style of parent survey all CEM schools will use with you later in the year. An outcome of this review is the school's Privacy and Collection Policies have been adjusted to reflect the survey. For your information, the updated policies can be located on our Learning Community Site at this link for your to read. Please contact me principal@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au if you wish to discuss these further.

School Closure day Reminder
This is a reminder that the school will be closed on Friday 23rd August as notified at the beginning of the year. The teachers have a maths. literacy and e-learning curriculum day.

80s School Formal: only 1 week to go!


Don’t leave it too late - tickets are selling fast! The class that has the most parents attend will win a $150 voucher for the best local cocktail bar, Wolf and Malone, thanks to Jellis Craig. Click here to reserve your tickets for next Saturday (24/8): https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=515404

We promise it will be A night not to missed! Live 80s band, quality drinks, authentic wood fired Italian pizza and some amazing auction and raffle prizes up for grabs, plus a totally ace cover band playing all the best 80s hits.
Plus heaps of prizes that have been specially sourced from Melbourne’s finest op shops stocking quality 80s memorabilia. Who will be crowned King and Queen of the Formal? Who will have the best 80s hairstyle or best dance moves? Some original LPs could be yours!

We have been so lucky to have the support of many local businesses, including Jellis Craig Carnegie, especially Chris and Ari. Make sure you give them a call if you’re thinking of buying or selling.

Term 3 Dates
Tues 20 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 21 Aug                          Book Dress Up day
Fri 23 Aug                            School Closure day
Tues 27 Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Fri 30 Aug                            St Patrick's Daffodil Day
                                             Year 6 Father's Day breakfast
Tues 3 Sep                            Public Speaking Evening
Fri 13 Sep                             Grandparent's Day at St Patrick's
Sun 15 Sep                           First Communion
Fri 20 Sep                             End Term 3

Friday, 9 August 2019

Week 4, Term 3 2019

Assumption Mass Thursday 15 August
On Thursday15 August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

Although defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven has been accepted from back to the earliest of Christian times.

Our schoolchildren will attend mass at 9:10am on Thursday and parents are welcome to join us for this holy day of obligation. In the Catholic Church, holy days of obligation (also called holydays, holidays, or days of obligation) are days on which the faithful are expected to attend Mass.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
January 1: The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God.
40 days after Easter Sunday: Ascension Thursday.
August 15: Assumption of Mary into heaven.
November 1: All Saints' Day.
December 8: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
December 25: Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord.

First Communion Workshop
Thanks to all of the parents, staff and Year 4 children who attended the workshops on Wednesday evening. The children are preparing to make the sacrament of the eucharist for the first time on Sunday 15th September. Please keep the children in your prayers.

Cards and messages for Mrs Barclay
Many of you have been asking how to contact Mrs Barclay to let her know that you are thinking of her during her sick leave. Please drop cards at the office and we will ensure Mrs Barclay receives them. 

Daffodil Day 
The Parr girls will talk more about our Daffodil Day at assembly this Monday. Daffodil Day will take place on Friday 30th August.

Book Week
Just a reminder that we will be celebrating the annual Book Week with a dress up day on Wednesday 21 August.
Book Week 2019 officially runs from August 17-23 and this year asks your children to embrace the theme 'READING IS MY SECRET POWER'; an exciting invitation with a world full of possibilities when it comes to book week costume ides. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their favourite characters from their favourite books by dressing up. No need to sew an elaborate costume or hire expensive items. You can make a simple cape with a triangle of cheap fabric and decorate it. You may find your secret power in the past, a fantasy land or perhaps even another universe? Characters that have secret powers may be any one from Harry Potter, Matilda, Cat in the Hat, Harriet the Spy, Zac Power, Captain Underpants...
More ideas can be found on www.cbca.org.au

DressUp Day & Parade will be held on Wednesday 21 August, 2019 at 9 am. All welcome!



Term 3 Dates
Mon 12 Aug                          Assembly - Prep, Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 14 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings, Cultural Working Group 7pm
Thurs 15 Aug                        Assumption Mass 9:10am
Fri   16 Aug                           Special Assembly 9 am with Chantella Perera 
Tues 20 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 21 Aug                          Book Dress Up day
Fri 23 Aug                            School Closure day
Tues 27 Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Fri 30 Aug                            St Patrick's Daffodil Day
                                              Year 6 Father's Day breakfast
Tues 3 Sep                            Public Speaking Evening
Sun 15 Sep                           First Communion
Fri 20 Sep                             End Term 3

Community Notices





Friday, 2 August 2019

Week 3 Term 3 2019

Mary with Baby Jesus
Each classroom received a Mother and Child icon for their prayer tables from Assisi in Italy. This beautiful icon reminds of the precious and nourishing love between a parent and their children.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Social Justice Statement 2019–2020 Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world

Part of our Catholic mission as educators and parents is to ensure our children learn to use and navigate the digital world safely.

Whilst in Rome, we were directed to the inspiring work of our very own Australian Bishops who work together to address issues of national significance. Every year they release a social justice statement and resources to support further action across our schools and parishes.Here is an extract from their statement for 2019. The Statement is a response to Pope Francis's call to 'boldly become citizens of the digital world' and to ensure it is a place of human encounter.

....The 2019–2020 Statement, titled Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, considers the great changes that modern communications technology has brought to our lives. It has revolutionised the way we communicate, work and learn, do business and socialise. Here in Australia over 20 million people are on the internet and 18 million are using social media. For us as Church, there are so many new opportunities to share the Good News of Christ, to bring communities together and to reach out to people in need....

For all these advances, however, there are some serious challenges. The Statement highlights how the dignity of vulnerable people is harmed by online bullying and exploitation. The common good is compromised where certain groups are excluded from the benefits of technology. People’s privacy has been undermined when personal data has been appropriated for financial gain. The solidarity of entire communities can be placed at risk by campaigns of misinformation and the spread of ‘fake news....

Here is a link to the Archbishop's letter and a Summary of the document.

Part of our education as an e-Smart school is to give our children the skills to be safe and confident digital citizens. We will be sharing more from this focus in the coming months including ways you as parents can support your children.
Parish Newsletter

 WE ARE POSITIVE
It's fantastic to see so many parents engaging with SeeSaw and talking about learning with their children. Look out for class post about our core values this coming week. We are continuing to show respect and value for each other and this term will move on to our second core value focus: 'We are Positive.'

2019 School Fair, Saturday 26 October 2019 
St Patrick's is delighted to announce the date of our 2019 School Fair, Saturday 26 October 2019 from 11.00am-3.00pm. The event will have a new look and feel.
Planning is well underway. You can learn how you can support the fete by joining us at future  meetings or contacting the fair coordinator Nadine Power npower@calldesign.com.au
 Save these dates:
- Wednesday 21st August 7:30-8:30pm
- Thursday 18th September 7:30-8:30pm
80s School Formal Parents Social on August 24 
The 80s School Formal on August 24 is fast approaching! While the theme is the best 80s formal gear you (a) have stashed in your cupboard or (b) can find at Savers, if you don't feel like dressing in head to toe taffeta, you can just add a 'touch of 80s' for the night. Crimp your hair, pop on some lace gloves, whatever works for you. There will be a prize for the class and parents that has the most attendees on the night, so get behind the school's major fundraising event for the year and have a lot of fun.

Auction items and raffle prizes will be announced next week, and there's definitely something for everyone.
The details are:
Saturday 24 August, 7pm-midnight
Murrumbeena Pavillion, Gerald St, Murrumbeena - it's the hall next to the grandstand at Murrumbeena Park, entry is around the other side.

Tickets are $80 each and includes unlimited pizza and gelato, a drink on arrival and a fantastic 80s cover band. You can buy your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=515404 or via Paywave at school on Friday afternoons.

SRC Reps for Semester 2 and 6 G's assembly
This Monday at Assembly, 6G will do a class presentation and the new SRC Reps will be presented with their badges.  Congratulations to:

1K
Max O
Grace V
1A
Isabella M
Janoah
2P
Isabella L
Henry J
2O
Sadie J Ted
3D
Abigail
Christian
3L
Sophie A
Dejan
4S
Myra
William T
4V
Grace Mc
Zach J
5J
Giorgio
Jenny
5H
Daniel B
Spencer
6G
Luke F
Merna
6L
Lochlain
Sasmi

A Big THANK YOU
St Vincent de Paul Society would like to pass on their appreciation to all staff and students at St Pat's for the food collected as a part of the celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

“Many thanks for the efforts of the children and families at St Patrick's School in collecting the non perishable food for St Vincent de Paul Society. We have sorted the items into 22 food parcels, which we will distribute to the needy people that we visit in the Murrumbeena and Ormond area over the next couple of months.”
Thanks,
Anne Mullan
Religious Education Leader

Celebrate Catholic Education
Snapper Tank

In the tradition of ‘Shark Tank’, all Catholic Primary Schools via Year 4 / 5 students are invited to make a pitch for a unique idea of innovation for their primary school. This could be robotics, water, solar, environment, ergonomics, literacy, mathematics etc. – something both students and staff would love for their school. Each school will have just 5 mins on stage to present, with the winning schools (1st, 2nd & 3rd) in the running to win $10,000+ worth of prizes to help their dream come to fruition. Click on the link below for more information.
Innovating for the Future Showcase on Sunday 11th August

Term 3 Dates
Mon 5 Aug                            Assembly - presentation of SRC Badges, 6G class assembly
Tues 6 Aug                            First Communion Workshops 6.15pm - 4V & 7.30pm - 4S
Mon 12 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 14 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Tues 20 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 21 Aug                          Book Dress Up day
Fri 23 Aug                            School Closure day
Tues 27 Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Fri 30 Aug                            St Patrick's Daffodil Day
                                              Year 6 Father's Day breakfast
Tues 3 Sep                            Public Speaking Evening
Sun 15 Sep                           First Communion
Fri 20 Sep                             End Term 3

Community Notices


Sunday, 28 July 2019

Week 2 Term 3 2019

San Damiano Cross
This week, the staff received a gift of a San Damiano Cross for the staff room from my visit to Assisi in Italy. The San Damiano Cross is the large Romanesque cross before which St. Francis of Assisi was praying when he is said to have received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. It now hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara) in Assisi, Italy, with a replica in its original position in the church of San Damiano nearby. Franciscans regard this cross as a symbol of their mission to commit their lives and resources to renewing and rebuilding the Church.
This cross depicts the joy and the hope of the resurrected Jesus.


We are positive
At assembly we introduced the value we are focussing on this term "We are positive". The children viewed a video about a boy who has a very positive outlook on life considering the challenges of his disabilities.
In the coming weeks the children will be discussing ways to have a positive attitude to their learning and ways to be positive in all that they do.

Congratulations Cori, Lylah, Maya and MacKenzie PLEASE Go online and support our St Pat's dancers 
Four St Patrick’s students were lucky to take part in a televised dance competition with local dance school Dance Desires. Maya Pabst and Mackenzie Kelly competed with two dances in the U12 section and Lila Saunders and Cori Guidance competed with two dances in U10. All four dances won the Most Outstanding Performance Award in their respective categories. These performances can now be viewed with online general public voting now open for one week closing next Wed 31st July. Winners of the public vote will be announced when the competition is aired on Foxtel Aurora 10.30am on 11th Aug. Could our wonderful St Pats community show their support by voting for either one of the Dance Desires U10 routines or U12 routines. To vote go to http://www.mastersofchoreography.com, register and vote. Only one vote per email address is permitted. Voting closes on Wednesday 31st of July (at midnight). Winners will be announced (and routines shown) on Foxtel on the 11th of August. It is a great opportunity I would think for the St Pat’s community to get behind our kids to see if we can get people voting for them.

Safe Travels Deb
During the week we farewelled Deb and wished her safe travels as she heads away on the trip of a lifetime with Vince until Term 2 next year. We will keep Deb and Vince in our thoughts in the coming months while they explore the beauty of our wonderful country.

Book Week
Just an early reminder that we will be celebrating the annual Book Week with a dress up day on Wednesday 21 August. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Visit this website for more information regarding Book Week 2019 theme:
www.cbca.org.au
Term 3 Dates
Mon 29 July                          Awards Assembly
Wed 31 July                          Wonder of Living Year 5 & 6, Parish Education Board
Fri 2nd August                      P&F Meeting 2:30pm staff room
Tues 6 Aug                            First Communion Workshops 6.15pm - 4V & 7.30pm - 4S
Mon 12 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 14 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Tues 20 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Wed 21 Aug                          Book Dress Up day
Fri 23 Aug                            School Closure day
Tues 27 Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Fri 30 Aug                            St Patrick's Daffodil Day
Tues 3 Sep                            Public Speaking Evening
Sun 15 Sep                           First Communion
Fri 20 Sep                             End Term 3

Friday, 19 July 2019

Week 1 Term 3 2019

Welcome Back and message from Rome

Welcome to Term 3 and Semester 2 at St Patrick's. The children have got off to a great start with their learning this term and we thank you as parents for your continued support for our staff. It was wonderful to receive your feedback about our core values work around respect. This term we will focus on the core value "We are positive" and look forward to all of us continuing to develop a positive mindset.

It's wonderful to be back after my 3 week study trip to Rome where the weather was a little warmer than here! I was blessed to join 30 educators from around Australia as we completed the Australian Catholic University course - Mission, Culture and Spirituality lead by Professor Sr Peta Goldberg and Professor Br David Hall. Along with 15 principals and leaders, we are grateful to the Catholic Education Melbourne office who fully funded the course. I will share my learning experiences with our school community in the coming weeks commencing with some special gifts for the classrooms which I will present at assembly this Monday. The main message that I am pleased to share is the overwhelming positive and exciting mission of Catholic education and the emphasis on the important role that a strong, united family plays in society today.


Our Rome participants at the Congregation for Catholic Education office in the Vatican

Daffodil Day - Prayers for Michelle Barclay and Ricky (Year 2O)


We ask you to continue to pray for our wonderful PE teacher Michelle Barclay who is on extended sick leave and Ricky in 2O who is receiving treatment whilst overseas. Our sincere prayers and thoughts are with these valued members of our school community and their families.

Thank you to the Parr family who came to see me about a special request for Daffodil Day. We will go ahead with the request and will celebrate the day on Friday 30 August (due school closure on the 23 August).

Dear Miss Hawkins,

On Friday 23 of August it will be Daffodil Day and we were wondering if the entire school could participate in it. We thought we could come dressed in yellow and make a gold coin donation which would go towards the charity. We also thought this would be a great way to show Mrs Barclay and our class mate Ricky our support and that we are thinking of them.

From Millie, Eliza & Tess 



Thanks to Leadership Team
A special thanks to our leadership team and staff for doing a wonderful job of supporting our school community while I was overseas during the last week of term and the school holidays.


Welcome to Kellie
As our wonderful finance manager Deb Dalton prepares to go on leave at the of next week, we warmly welcome Kellie Mascaro to the front office. Kellie lives locally and has three daughters. Kellie brings a wealth of experience to the role and we welcome her to our team for 2019.


Book Week
Just an early reminder that we will be celebrating the annual Book Week with a dress up day on Monday 19th August. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

School Photo Monday 22 July
The whole school photo and the Year 6 Graduation photos are scheduled for Monday (weather permitting). All students must be in their full winter uniform- no runners, jewellery or coloured hair ties. Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied up, with only white or navy hair ties- no big bows.

Year 6s are asked to wear their Yr 6 Rugby top for both photos.

Medical Information
It is essential that all students Medical Information page is up to date in PAM.  If you have not completed this, please do so by logging into PAM as soon as possible. 
Click here to log into PAM.

If you have indicated that your child suffers from Asthma, please ensure that you have also submitted a printed updated ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PLAN (completed  by your doctor), to the office along with applicable medications.

The Music Bus – Open Day Friday 26 July
St Patrick’s will be running a fun and interactive Music Bus Open day this term! On the day you’ll have the chance to visit the bus, meet the teacher and ask any questions you might have along the way. All students will also be invited to take part in a short, interactive session on the bus throughout the school day.

Offering weekly lessons in keyboard, guitar, ukulele, singing, drums and rock band, The Music Bus program provides the teacher and the instruments, all inside a high-tech, mobile music classroom (the bus)! 
At the end of the activities, students will be given an Expression of Interest form. All students not already part of The Music Bus program, who would like to join, will need to return the form to the school office within 7 days Friday 2nd August. The Music Bus will then be in touch with you to book students into lessons.

Mark Your Diaries - Friday 26th July

1. Parent Info Session - 8:45am-8:55am - Parents can visit the bus, meet the teachers and ask questions if they wish.

2. Student Tours - All students will take part in a short interactive session on the bus throughout the day in their classes.

To find out more, visit www.themusicbus.com.au or call 1300 168 742.

Lunch Orders
Just a reminder that lunch orders are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please make sure that orders have enough money in to cover the cost of the orders otherwise a treat item may be omitted (and any extra monies refunded). 

Term 3 Dates
Mon 22 July                         Whole school photo....(full winter uniform to be worn)
Thurs 25 July                        Prep 100 days
Fri 26 July                             Music Bus Demo Day
Wed 31 July                          Wonder of Living Year 5 & 6
Tues 6 Aug                            First Communion Workshops 6.15pm - 4V & 7.30pm - 4S
Mon 12 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Mon 19 Aug                          Book Dress Up day
Tues 20 Aug                          Programme Support Group Meetings
Fri 23 Aug                            Closure day
Tues 27 Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Fri 30 Aug                            St Patrick's Daffodil Day
Tues 3 Sep                            Public Speaking Evening
Sun 15 Sep                           First Communion
Fri 20 Sep                             End Term 3


Friday, 21 June 2019

Week 9 Term 2 2019

Feast of the Sacred Heart
The Sacred Heart (also known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus) has one of the deepest meanings in the Roman Catholic practice. The symbol represents Jesus Christ's actual heart as His love for all of humanity. Other symbols may have a flame or light surrounding it, which signifies the divine light of love.

Hello Everyone,
Just a reminder that by the last day of term every student should bring in a can of food for the Feast of the Sacred Heart mass. You may bring in more than one can of food if you wish.
Kind Regards,
The Year 6 Faith & Social Justice Team

Mission, Culture and Spirituality - Formation Program for Principals
Catholic Education Melbourne is sponsoring a group of 15 principals from across Victoria to participate in a formation program through the Australian Catholic University at their centre in Rome, Italy. I am fortunate to be a recipient of this postgraduate opportunity. The residential program is of three-week's duration commencing on the 23rd June. The program will engage participants in understanding more fully our mission and identity as Catholic educators in supporting the full flourishing of all leaders. In addition to lectures and workshops, we will take part in excursions to the Vatican Museum, Gardens and Crypt, the Basilicas of St Pater, St Paul Outside the Walls and St Major, the town of Assisi and other places of religious significance to Catholic education and schooling. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your valued support this term and wish you and you families a safe holiday period.

Netball Lightning Premiership Report
On Wednesday the 19th of June some Year 6’s were selected to represent St Patrick’s at the Netball Lightning Premiership. We were very lucky to have the day close to our school with it located at Duncan Mackinnon. Despite the cold and rainy weather everyone gave netball a go and participated in a competitive but fun day full of netball. Everybody played extremely well and showed great sportsmanship and respect toward the umpires and their teammates. The players encouraged and supported each other to put in their best efforts and play to their full potential.

At the end of the day we had great results with the A Girls team finishing 4th overall with a few wins and a few loses. The A Mixed team finished 5th overall with some wins, draws and loses and the B Mixed team finished 5th overall with a few wins and loses and with only five players!

The Netball Lightning Premiership was definitely a highlight!

By Ella C and Catia B (Year 6 leaders)

Parish Education Board Update
Some of the points discussed at the June meeting included:
  • The Masterplan/grants committee will submit an application through the new Government Capital Grants portal
  • Suggestions from the tennis club in relation to the masterplan will be put forward to architects K2LD for consideration
  • Interest in a St Patrick's Alumni group 
  • E-Smart school accreditation is underway
  • Annual Report to the school is available on the Learning Community Site
  • Strong enrolments for 2020
PAM
Hopefully you have now all accessed PAM (Parent Access Module), updated the medical records and viewed your children's reports.  If you have not received an email, it is probably because your email address has changed from the one we have in our system. Please email the office from your current  email address and request it to be updated.  There is now also a QUICKLINK to PAM on Flexibuzz and the school website for faster access.

Child Safety Update
The working party  (Jenny Hawkins, Angela Yates, Michelle Barclay, Fiona Quayle ( Xavier 5J), Tash Amit (Luca 3L)
Some of the points from the June meeting included:
  • SRC preparing a video for respectful and safe behaviours in the playground and inside. The playground safety video has been located and will be promoted at assembly.
  • Follow up a message on the website re suggesting parents get a WWCC\
  • We are using the SIMON/ duty folders to share playground safety expectations and updates
  • New signage ordered to discourage the use of school grounds by the general public
 Cultural Inclusion Update
The working party consists of (Jenny Hawkins, Kerryn Oliver, Victoria Nguyen (Hugh Prep C), Leon Egan ( Layni 3D) and Patrick Muscat ( Isabella 1A). There was a  meeting on Tuesday 18th June and an outcome of the meeting is to action the following:
  • Gather information from school families in relation to cultural backgrounds to develop a strong sense of identity for the children. Display this information on a world map.
  • Set up 2 more flagpoles to display the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to observe flag protocols.
  • Invite guests to speak to the children at assembly. Begin with Chantella Perera AFLW and WNBL representative.

OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Update
The working party (Jenny Hawkins, Kerryn Oliver, Stuart Campbell (Fiona 1A,  Kayley 5J) Arash Rashidian (Millie 1C) held a meeting on Monday 17th June and an outcome of the meeting is to action the following:
  • Liaise with TeamKids around a united approach to OHS
  • Provide clarity around Kerryn Oliver 's role as OHS rep for the staff
  • Set up a display with posters in relation to OHS for staff
  • Review OHS policies and procedures 
Term 2 Dates
Mon 24th June                          Music Showcase
Friday 28th June                       Whole School Mass Last Day of Term 2 (3.30pm dismissal)

Term 3 Dates
Mon 15th July                          School resumes for Term 3
Tues 16th July                          Public Speaking commences for Years 5 & 6
Mon 22nd July                         Whole school photo....(full winter uniform to be worn)
Tues 6th Aug                            First Communion Workshops 6.15pm - 4V & 7.30pm - 4S
Tues. 27th Aug                         Confirmation Workshops 6.15pm  & 7.30pm
Sun 15th Aug                           First Communion



Click here to view the Team Kids Holiday program for the WINTER school holidays

    Friday, 14 June 2019

    Week 8 Term 2 2019

    Family Mass
    This weekend is the Feast of the most Holy Trinity. It is also a Family Mass and we look forward to celebrating mass with you at 9am on Sunday.

    Here is information about the gospel reading for Sunday.
    In the Gospel, from John 16:12-15, Jesus looks to the future when he will no longer be physically present to the disciples. He assures them that their privileged sharing in the intimacy of the relationship between himself and the Father will not cease but continue through the gift of the Spirit. The “truth” which the Spirit communicates is truth in the Johannine sense of the definitive revelation of God given to the world in the person of Jesus. The truth is ultimately the revelation that “God is love” (1 John 4:7, 16).


    Archbishop Peter and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst have prepared a Pastoral Letter regarding Voluntary Assisted Dying, which becomes legal in Victoria on Wednesday 19 June 2019. You can access the copy of the letter at this link.

    You can access the accompanying WE CARE resource at this link


    PatCare
    We need a few more people on the PatCare list. This is a community initiative that provides a meal to members of our school community who are suffering. It’s such a beautiful component of our caring community. If you would be willing to cook a meal (one once or twice a year!) please email pandf@spmurrumbeena.catholic.edu.au and we will pass on your details to Paula Sanders our PatCare leader.

    Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Whole School Mass

    As a Catholic school community we are grounded in the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God. The dignity of the human person is the starting point for a vision for a just society – the Kingdom of God. From this vision, we respond to a call to service by reaching out beyond ourselves to act for justice and the Common Good.

    On Friday 28 June we are celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart with a whole school Mass. This feast day traditionally has a focus on the poor. As a part of our call to service, we are asking each family to bring a can of food which will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.


    PAM Parent Access Module

    By now, every family should be registered to be able to access PAM. PAM is the Parent Access Module, the parent part of our SIMON management system we use for the electronic attendance register at school.

    Please check and update your child's medical details on PAM.

    Your child's school report will be accessible through PAM instead of a hard copy being sent home.

    You will have access to last year's reports too.

    The 2019 Mid Year report will be available through PAM after 4pm on Tuesday 18th June in readiness for the parent meetings on Thursday 20th June. We look forward to catching up with you at the parent meetings.

    Parent/Teacher Meetings

    Parents/teacher meetings will be held from 1.30 pm this Thursday 20th June.  Bookings will close on Tuesday, therefore any late changes or bookings will have to be advised to the office.
    Children will be dismissed at 1pm on this day.  Team kids will be operating from the earlier time of 1.00pm  Bookings essential.

    Email Protocols

    Our staff are more than happy to receive email communication from parents. From a pastoral perspective for the well being of our staff, they will respond to parent emails between 8am and 5pm during week days in a timely manner.

    SeeSaw

    It's great to see so many parents engaged with Seesaw and their children's learning. Please be aware that any comments you make will need to be approved by the class teacher before being displayed on the class post. This means, at times, there may be a delay in the visibility of your comment.


     Term 2 Dates
    Mon 17th June                          3D Assembly
    Thu 20th June                           Parent/Teacher Interviews
    Mon 24th June                          Music Showcasw
    Friday 28th June                       Whole School Mass Last Day of Term 2