- Principal's Report
- REC News
- Book Parade
- Street Stall
- Canteen Coordinator
- "Top Up" Breakfast Club
- Kids Pilates at Synergy Healthworks Gundagai
- Kindergarten Orientation Dates
- School Travel for 2021
- Student of the Month Week 10 Term 3
- Class Merit Award Recipients
- Wildcat Award Recipients
- Canteen Roster
- Altar Serving Roster
- Mirrabooka Newsletter - Term 4
Term 4 is upon us already and we have a busy calendar as we head towards the end of the 2020 school year. We especially wish our Year 6 students a happy and exciting term with the end of their Primary Schooling in sight.
Congratulations are extended to Jezanna Winchester on being announced as the winner of the 2020 Year 5/6 short stories in the Anglicare Pens Against Poverty writing competition. Jezanna’s entry title was selected from over 260 entries. St Patrick’s was also presented with the Regional and Rural Schools Award recognising the high number of quality entries from a regional school.
We continue to be regulated by NSW health and Catholic Education as we navigate the updated COVID restrictions for Term 4. While most restrictions remain in place, we are excited to announce that school excursions have been given the go ahead, under specific guidelines. Teachers are working to ensure class groups experience an excursion before the end of term.
We were also very pleased to resume our Little Learners Preschool program last Friday. Our ‘little learners’ were very excited to be returning to the program so capably run by Ms Tash Smith. This week the children will join our school for our Bookweek parade.
Everyone is looking forward to our Bookweek dress up and activities this Friday. While parents are still unable to visit our school grounds we have decided to take our parade out to the community. Once again, under specific guidelines, our ‘Curious Minds characters will leave school at 9:10am and head down Homer St, across Sheridan, up Kitchener and back to school via First Ave. Parents, grandparents and any family members are welcome to view the parade along any of those routes. We felt this was one way to include our families in a special school event.
Please note the key dates for Term 4 activities have been put on our website. We are still unsure how our end of year functions will operate. We will keep parents informed as we draw closer to the end of term but we are hoping to be able to celebrate our Annual Award Day and Year 6 Graduation Mass with our families.
Thank you to our Community Council members who have worked hard to put together our Street Stall over three days. A COVID safety plan has been submitted to enable this event to take place.
Wishing everyone a happy week ahead.
Welcome back to Term 4. We hope you had a well-earned rest and had the opportunity to enjoy some special family time. The term ahead looks extremely busy with many events planned.
First Holy Communion
This week eight children will commence their preparation to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Our prayers are with Amy Cotterill, Tessa Crowe, Emmy Gaskin, Harvey Graham, Darby Jones, Riley Lott, Charlotte McDonnell and Nate Tozer as they continue their faith journey.
Tuesday 20th Oct – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday 24th Oct – 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm followed by 6 pm Mass
Tuesday 27th Oct – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday 1st 2Nov – 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm followed by 6 pm Mass
Wednesday 4th Nov – Retreat Day 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Saturday 7th Nov – First Holy Communion 6pm Mass
This term each class will be visited by Father George and Father Namora for the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The class will hold a prayer service in their own classroom before each child having the chance to speak privately with Father. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament that can be celebrated throughout a person’s life. Times are advertised in the Church Bulletin for parishioners.
We thank Father George and Father Namora for providing the opportunity for our children to go to Reconciliation during school time.
October – Month of the Rosary
Traditionally the Catholic Church has dedicated the month of October to the Our Lady of the Rosary. October is dedicated as the Month of the Rosary because we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary each year on October 7.
The Rosary has been a prayer recited by Catholics for centuries. The rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood as she leads us to her Son, Jesus. Remember, every time you pray the rosary you are given the privilege and honour of pronouncing the holy name of Jesus more than 50 times.
The Rosary – A prayer for all and in all situations of life.
2020 Marian Procession
Due to COVID restrictions, the 2020 Marian Procession will take place online. Led by our ethnic communities, the event is an opportunity to pray the Rosary together as a community.
We encourage participants to gather online in hubs with members of their families, local parishes, friends, or just individually to pray the Rosary during the week leading up to the celebration of the live-streamed Multicultural Mass Sunday 25 October.
Find out more information and register for notifications at https://hozana.org/en/community/9352-marian-procession
Pope Francis – World Mission Day Message 2020
‘The call to follow Jesus as told to us through the Gospel sends us everywhere. Through our example of faith in Jesus and the telling of his story, God can be seen in us.
Through us God’s love touches and changes hearts, minds, bodies, societies and people in every place and time.’
Cambodia is the focus of Catholic Mission in 2020.
This year, students across Australia are encouraged to not only learn about Cambodia and the work of the Church there, but to do something positive to assist these people through the fundraising, advocacy and prayers.
Catholic Mission is supporting The Arrupe Centre in Cambodia which provides children and youth with shelter, food and healthcare, education and career opportunities to help empower them and build their future extraordinary for Mission.
The children will be supporting Catholic Mission through their learning and by donating their coins to our school fundraising cylinder.
The students will also be put into groups for our curious creatures & mysterious minds Trivia which is always alot of fun. There will be lunch time activities all week in the library during second lunch.
Just a reminder to all of our families that our annual Street Stall is on this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please ensure you return your sold tickets and money to the office this week. We are also putting out a call to parents to drop off any cooking to the street stall on Thursday morning. Simone Jones and Kate Graham will be there setting up ready to sell lots of exciting gifts, crafts, potted plants and lots more.
POSITION VACANT - Canteen Coordinator
Our school community would like to extend our greatest thanks and appreciation to Leanne McDonnell who has decided to step down as our school canteen coordinator after 5 years in the role. Leanne has provided our teachers and students with healthy, nutritious and economically priced food over her time as canteen coordinator. Leanne will be still hanging around this term but we are now seeking a canteen coordinator to take over the operation of our school canteen.
If you would be interested in this role as our school canteen coordinator we would ask that you contact the school to express your interest. Leanne will be available all term to step through the process and provide you with all the tools of how to run the canteen weekly. Should you have any questions you would like to ask Leanne please email the office or contact Leanne who would be more than happy to answer any questions regarding the running of the canteen.
Tuckshop Job Description:
* Ordering all products eg Wedges, ice creams, pizzas, chicken burger patties
* Liase with companies and representatives regarding products available
* Checking stock and rotating (if required)
* Cleaning canteen at the beginning of each term and checking on supplies
* Communicate with Principal ideas on menu items or special canteen days
* Preparing Roster and liaising with families their availiable days/dates
* Pricing items for menu
This will commence THIS Thursday from 8.30-8.55am and operate each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Top Up Breakfast Club is ideally for students who have to start their day early and have to catch early buses. It is hoped that these students will be able to be ‘topped up’ so they can start learning on a full tummy.
A huge thank you to Gundagai IGA Foodworks for supporting this program.
Synergy Healthworks is currently running kids pilates every Thursday from 3.30pm, 30 minute classes which are instructed by fully qualified physiotherapists and are health fund rebatable. These classes are for core stability and balance. Strictly limited to 10 participants per class. There is currently 3 spaces left for Term 4. Bookings are essential. Call Synergy Healthworks on 6921 3390 to book.
Applications for Student Travel in 2021 have opened. Students who require a travel pass for 2021 need to apply online and have the application submitted before 31 December 2020. See attached flyer for more information.
During our last assembly for Term 3 we held our Student of the Month Awards for Week 10. Congratulations to our students who received this award.
Kindergarten - Mackenzie Little
Year 1 - Molly Lott
Year 2 - Essie Norden
Year 3 - Jack Ryan
Year 4 - Sophie Graham
Year 5 - Jack Peterson
Year 6 - Maggie Peterson
Week 1 - Term 4
Kindergarten/Year 1 - Jasper Zhifeng for his excellent spelling skills
Year 2 - Christyne Calub for her wonderful manners and positivity towards her learning
Year 3/4 - Sophie Graham for her fluent and expressive reading
Year 5/6 - Locky Eccleston for his quick and accurate percentage calculations
Well done to our Week 10 Term 3 and Week 1 Term 4 WildCat Awards.
Week 10 Term 3 2020
RESPONSIBLE - Essie Norden, Addison Fairall, Abby McDonnell
RESPECT - Christyne Calub, Akacia Winchester, Jess McDonnell & Maggie Peterson
SAFE - James Reardon
Thank you once again to all of our wonderful canteen mums who continually offer our students the best lunches on a Friday. Your time given to help run the canteen smoothly on a Friday is much appreciated.
Roster for the next few weeks:
Friday 23rd October - Renee Lindley & Sam Johnson
Friday 30th October - Michelle McDonnell & Simone Jones
Friday 6th November - Alicia Hargreaves & Madeline Ryan
Happy Birthday to the following students who have celebrated a birthday recently. We hope you all had a wonderful day filled with lots of love and laughter
24th September - Lachlan Hargreaves
5th October - Charlie Hindmarsh
12th October - Conor Cotterill
13th October - Riley Smith
16th October - Hugh Ryan