Class News : Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

       MR DAVID ANDERSON

On a recent visit from Father Tom, we walked to the church to familiarise ourselves with the setting and how we will be participating in the mass at the end of the school year. He discussed with the students the expectations and behaviours that are required when attending school mass. The students enjoy their conversations with Father Tom and welcome him each week into our classroom.

Swimming lessons have continued in preparation for the House Swimming Carnival. I was fortunate enough to join the students last week at swimming and managed to get a few photos which I have attached. The class was learning how to do survival breaststroke.

Religion

We recognized Remembrance Day last week with a liturgy led by the students in our class. Students have been researching the significance of the day, rituals associated and prepared the liturgy for the school community. Mrs Gobbet has also been busy looking at the significance of Remembrance Day with the class.

Mathematics

We have been revising number concepts and our 3D/2D nets and properties. In class, the students have worked with area and perimeter of rectangles and squares and relating to where they could use these in a real-life situation. Students have identified building a fence is where we use perimeter and laying carpet or turf for area.

English

Over the last week students in class have finished their PowerPoint about Mitchell. Each student completed a presentation of their PowerPoint with an oral about their chosen plants, trees, and animals. I was impressed with the presentations and know that with experience they will become more confident with their speaking. Spelling and reading are activities continued in class each day.

Farewell and Thank You

I can’t believe my time at St Patrick’s Mitchell is coming to an end. I have felt welcomed from the moment I walked into the school and have looked forward to turning up every day sharing the learning journey with the students and my colleagues. Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to stop and chat and ask about my time here. Kylie and her staff have ensured that my transition into your amazing school was seamless, and I am so glad I was given this opportunity to learn and grow. Thank you also to the community; from the PPF members, businesses in town, the footy club, bowls club, Spa and locals at the meetings I have attended, I have been made to feel welcome and accepted. My time in Mitchell has been fantastic and I have already started to spread the word that young professionals need to really consider buying into this community and invest in it for a few years, they certainly will gain more then they would ever realise. Finally, I would like to wish everyone in the St Patrick’s community a safe holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. I will follow your journey as a school in 2023 and beyond. Thank you.

Regards

David

Important Dates for 2022


Saturday, 26th November

Academic Awards Night at Mitchell Art Gallery 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Art Show at the Mitchell Art Gallery 6.00 p.m.

Monday, 28th November

Graduation Mass 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday, 30th NovemberLast Day of Term 4
Thursday, 1st DecemberPupil Free Day
Friday, 2nd DecemberPupil Free Day
Saturday, 17th DecemberMass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Sunday, 25th December Christmas Mass at St Columba's 7.30 a.m.
Monday, 23rd January Pupil Free Day
Tuesday, 24th JanuaryPupil Free Day
Wednesday, 25th JanuaryPupil Free Day
Thursday, 26th JanuaryAustralia Day Holiday
Friday, 27th JanuaryFirst Day of the School Year

Class News: Prep to Year 2

                    MISS RAY

English

As it always seems to be, Term 4 has flown by in the blink of an eye! What a busy and fun Term we have had. Over the past couple of weeks, the students have visited St Columba’s church with Father Tom, had a virtual visit from Healthy Harold and had a very exciting visit from the Broncos to talk with the students about the importance of eating well and exercising to stay healthy, as well as playing some fun footy games with them. Tuesday this week the students displayed their competitive spirit and swimming skills at the swimming carnival.




Students finished up the insect poem unit by performing their poems in front of the class before we ended the Term in English with exploring fairy tales and what makes up a fairy tale. After reading and breaking apart some fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gingerbread Man, the students realised that these stories had a main character, a problem, a villain/bad guy and a solution to the problem. Everyone created their own main character by drawing them and writing descriptive words about them around their picture and did the same for the setting, where the story was going to take place. After creating their main characters and settings the students worked on planning out their stories before writing them. After working hard at creating and writing their fairy tales, the P-2 students had the opportunity to publish their stories. They turned them into a book by deciding what parts of the story needed to go on each page and illustrating the pages to match the story. Some students who had finished publishing their stories shared them by reading in front of the class during Father Tom’s visit

Maths

We finished the term learning about measurement, in particular length and capacity. The class loved exploring the length of different objects around the classroom and picking a unit of measurement to suit what they were measuring, for example using their hands, unifix cubes or paddle pop sticks to measure the objects. Students also used their predictive skills to estimate how long their objects would be before measuring it. Measuring capacity took us out into the playground to use cups of sand or a small container of water as our unit of measurement. It was fantastic seeing how well the students were working together in teams throughout their measuring activities, and even more impressive was their attention to detail with the measurement rules – no gaps and no over laps, as well as using the same unit of measurement when they wanted to compare the length or capacity of two or more different objects.


Religion

A few weeks ago, the whole school visited St Columba’s Church with Father Tom. He taught us about how we need to enter the church and the pews and was able to answer questions about the many different parts of the church and why they are there, allowing the students to become familiar with and understand the traditions and rituals of the church.

In the classroom we are wrapping up Religion this Term by learning about the traditions of Christmas. Where we can find the story, why it is an important story to Christians and how Catholics celebrate Christmas.

Science

The P-2 class are always enthusiastic about Science, especially this Term. Learning about minibeast/insects. We have specifically been learning about ants, worms, and snails. Their features and how these features help them to move and eat. They have also been learning about where these insects live (habitats) and why they might live in these different places, as well as what they eat. While investigating these insects the students have been working collaboratively to observe, draw, label, and research information about these insects. To finish off the unit the students used their knowledge about insects to write a ‘What am I?’ for the class guess what insect they are from the clues they are giving about the insect. 

Health

The Healthy Harold virtual visit linked in nicely with our Health unit. In the Healthy Harold visit we learnt about what we can do and say to be a good friend. In our health lessons we have been learning about how to be respectful about our similarities and differences, how other people feel and how we all belong not matter our differences or similarities.

Thank you to all my wonderful students who have made the P-2 class such a beautiful class to teach this year.

Wishing you all the best in 2023.  

Miss Ray

P-2 Class   

   MRS GEMMA DONALDSON

Specialist Teacher                       News

Well, it’s that time of year again where we are busily finishing off assessments and refining end of year performances in preparation for the close of Term 4.  It’s amazing to reflect back and see how quickly the year has gone but I think it’s just as amazing to reflect on the incredible achievements the students have made throughout the course of the year and the individual progress they have made in each of their learning areas. 

At the end of this year, and as most of you probably already know, I will be resigning from my position at St Patrick’s.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you as parents for allowing me the opportunity to educate your children and become a small part of their lives.  Each one of your children has qualities that positively contribute to the special culture and community at St Patrick’s and these should be celebrated.  I will miss hearing about their special interests, their weekends and even having them show me their latest dance moves (Mason Mitchell! lol).

Physical Education

This term, all students have participated in swimming as part of their Physical Education unit.  Students have attended weekly lessons at the Mitchell Pool to practise and refine those fundamental swimming skills and water safety skills that are important life skills to have.  Younger students have focused on water confidence, water safety and beginning swimming skills such as stream lines, kicking, blowing bubbles and floating.  Older students have been breaking down and practising each of the four strokes before putting it all back together to perform four recognisable strokes. 

Tomorrow is our Annual St Patrick’s Swimming Carnival!  They students are extremely excited as Patricians and Columbans face off in the water to see which house will take home the trophy.              We hope to see as many of you there supporting your children and our school.

Dance

Students have LOVED engaging in there dance unit this term!  Yrs 3-6 students have looked at a cultural dance from Greece called the ‘Greek Olga Dance’ and have been enthusiastically practising this group dance.  The P-6 students have been exploring some ‘Cocomelon’ dances and have particularly enjoyed performing the ‘Belly Button Dance!’.  Ask them to perform it for you at home.  I’m sure they would love to! 😊

Thank you again for making my time at St Patrick’s so thoroughly enjoyable.  I will miss it dearly but hope to pop in and out next year in a relief capacity.  Enjoy your Christmas with your friends and family and I wish you safe travels and good times over the festive season.


Principals Award

Ariya Brock

For displaying a respectful and caring attitude towards keeping our school clean. You upheld several of our Mercy Values when you chose to pick up lots of rubbish during your play time.

Ariya Brock

Awesome Achiever Award

Aryia Brock

For using the Learning Power of Persistence. After being away for the planning of our English story, you worked hard to complete the work you were behind in and then got straight into writing your story about Nan and the Big Bad Wolf.  Keep up the great work!

Ariya Brock

Myhia Mitchell

For using the Learning Power of Persistence. In all subject areas you are consistently giving your best effort, especially in Maths. When learning how to partition numbers to find the missing number you kept trying until you understood what to do and used your new knowledge to solve increasingly difficult problems.

Keep up the great work!

Myhia Mitchell

Mercy Awards

Lillian Mitchell

For demonstrating the Mercy Values of Compassion. During play time this week, you were asked to help a classmate who had hurt themselves. You immediately stopped playing and kindly spent some your play time walking them to the office and comforting them.  

Continue to let the Mercy Values shine through in everything you do!! 

                                                                              Lillian Mitchell

Jiyaanram  Maddhu

For demonstrating the Mercy Values of Excellence.  When writing a poem about worms in English, you challenged yourself by achieving writing not one,but three poems, showing outstanding work ethic and dedication to your learning. You are a positive role model in the P-2 classroom. 

Continue to let the Mercy Values shine through in everything you do!

                                                                     Jiyaanram Maddhu

Principal's News

Kylie Millar, Principal

Dear Families,

It seems like only yesterday when our 2022 school year began with our staff and families engaging in our fun daily at home activities before officially retuning to the classroom in person. Our school year has been a busy one with many varied activities and events occurring throughout the year. I would like to commend our students for their tremendous efforts, hard work and determination in many areas of their learning this year. It has been wonderful to see the growth of all of students. I would like to thank all of our families and community members for their contributions to our school throughout the year. We have had a number of families assist with various events this year and this has assistance has been valued by all.

This year we say farewell to Miss Ray, Mrs Donaldson and Mr Anderson. On behalf of St Patrick’s school, I would like to thank each staff member for their time and efforts in providing our students with enriched learning experiences. We wish you all well on your next adventure. I would like to welcome our incoming staff, Miss Kenny (Mrs Bryant in 2023) and Miss Callinan. Staff and students have enjoyed getting to know you both this term and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Our final week of school saw our students and families attend our awards night, art show and end of year graduation mass. It was a busy fun filled week and I commend our students for their outstanding behaviour at these events.  During our graduation mass our departing year six students welcomed our incoming 2023 prep students and 2023 student and vice student leaders. This was a well-received new tradition to our of end of year mass.

On Wednesday we farewelled our two year 6 students, Kylah and Hallie. We wish you both all the very best on your next schooling journey.

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday and I look forward to welcoming you all back on Friday 27th January 2023.

Warm regards,

Kylie

New Term Dates for 2023

Pupil Free Day - Monday, 23rd January

Pupil Free Day - Tuesday, 24th January

Pupil Free Day - Wednesday,  25th January

Australia Day Holiday - Thursday, 26th January

First Day of School - Friday, 27th January

PPF Meeting

The next meeting of the PPF Assn will be held in Term 1 2023. The date will be advised in the new year.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported this amazing fundraiser.  The total of 272 tubs sold was and a total of      $1,088.00 was raised.  



St Columba's Parish Mass Dates

Saturday 17th December 6pm

Christmas Mass 25th December 7.30am

Class News : Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

       MR DAVID ANDERSON

Thank you to the warm welcome I have received since I arrived at St Patrick’s, Mitchell. The staff, students and parent community have taken time to ensure that I settled quickly and seamlessly. We have had a mixed start to the term with public holidays, eisteddfod and swimming all taking place in the first couple of weeks.

Last week Father Tom came to visit after lunch on Thursday. He will be a regular visitor to our class this term and we look forward to his contribution to our learning and our class discussions.

Below is a quick overview of what we have been learning so far this term. During the morning and middle session, we try to have an energy break and go for a run to break up the lesson.

Religion

We have been researching and discussing what is faith? We have used the bible stories to help unpack some meanings to the question and we have looked at other religions that have a faith centered approach. The students have enjoyed looking at similarities and differences of bible readings by various authors around a similar story.

Mathematics

This term we have looked at classifying whole numbers by different categories. The class has learnt about prime numbers, composite numbers and square numbers while reinforcing odd and even numbers. The students have investigated 2D shapes and constructed 3D shapes and learnt about the properties they have. This week we have started financial math looking at money and working towards discount by percentage.

English

Our unit of work is focused on the bush. We are using poetry to help us with stories that describe the bush and characters that live and work in the bush. We are reading texts about trees and the dry/wet seasons in the Kakadu. Students have been revising the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their quick-write and sentences in class. Spelling and reading are activities that students do in class each day.

Science

This term we will be investigating the use and production of heat energy. Students will work through set lessons on the interactive board and will research on their lap top when required.

Finally, if you wish to discuss your child and school related matters, please email me and we can set a time to meet. My email is – David.anderson@twb.catholic.edu.au

Have a great week.

David


Important Dates for 2022


Tuesday, 18th October

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3 - 6)

Tuesday, 25th October

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m.(Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m.(Yr 3-6)

Friday, 28th October

Day for Daniel - students are invited to wear red on this day to raise awareness

Tuesday, 1st November

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Playground opening 4.30 p.m.

PPF Meeting 5.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 8th November

Swimming lessons

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Tuesday, 15th November

Swimming lessons - 

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2 ) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Saturday, 19th November Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 22nd NovemberSt Patrick's School Swimming Carnival
Saturday, 26th November

Academic Awards Night at Mitchell Art Gallery 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Art Show at the Mitchell Art Gallery 6.00 p.m.

Monday, 28th November

Graduation Mass 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday, 30th NovemberLast Day of Term 4
Thursday, 1st DecemberPupil Free Day
Friday, 2nd DecemberPupil Free Day
Saturday, 17th DecemberMass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.

Student Protection

At St Patrick’s School the safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. All children should grow up free of violence or exploitation and be able to learn in a safe and supported environment. Schools have a number of specific child protection reporting obligations that are detailed in our Student Protection Processes and Guidelines.

If a student wants to talk to someone about harm, abuse or inappropriate behaviour toward themselves or others, they can speak to a trusted staff member or one of our School Student Protection Contacts (SSPCs).  The SSPCs receive additional training and are identified in the student protection posters displayed around the school.

Felicity Ray, Jenny Bye and Kylie Millar are the Student Protection Contacts for St Patrick's School.

Summary documents have been developed for parents and caregivers about our student protection obligations and our broader strategy for maintaining safe school environments.

Further information on all of the above topics can be found on the Toowoomba Catholic Schools website at https://www.twb.catholic.edu.au/parents-and-community/student-protection/

Student Protection Contacts

Class News: Prep to Year 2

                    MISS RAY

Welcome to Term 4. We’re only three weeks in, but the Term feels like it is flying by!

Already this Term we have had Fireman Will visit us to teach us about fire safety. We have learnt what to don in case there is a fire in our school or home, and what to do if there is fire on you. The students were asked to do some homework to make sure they know what to tell the operator if they need to call 000. We need to know our name and our address. This week Will brought the Fire Truck and talked about the safety equipment the Firefighters need to wear when they are fighting fires and the special equipment on the truck they use when fighting fires.

In English we are starting the Term learning about poetry and rhyming. Our poems have had a bit of an insect/bug theme to link with our Science unit ‘Schoolyard Safari’. We’ve had lots of fun reading the insect poems together, working on our expression as we become more familiar with the poems and have been learning about the structure of the poems as well. The Year One and Two students have been using the poems we have read together as a class to write their own poem by changing some of the words in the poem such as the type of insect and how it moves, and the Preps wrote a sentence about how an insect of their choice moves.

Science, as I’m sure you might have guessed, we are learning about insects. We will be observing the features and behaviours of small animals (insects) to help us understand how their features help them to stay alive in their habitats. We will explore how the insects such as ants and worms move, feed themselves and protect themselves. In week one we ventured to the Peace Garden to find and observe the small animals we have at St Patrick’s. The students recorded their findings. They found ants, sandflies, beetles, butterflies, moths and bees. I wonder if you can find any other insects in your backyard at home.

Maths, we have started this Term learning about 2D shapes and 3D objects. The students went on shape and object hunts to try to find different shapes and objects around the classroom. They have also been describing and comparing shapes and objects using their features (number of sides/edges, corners/vertices, faces). They even challenged themselves to create a 3D object using Lego. The students had to pick a 3D object and try to recreate it using Lego, then describe their object to a partner so they could guess the name of the object. The students also used their bodies (as the sides) to create 2D shapes in teams. 

Father Tom is visiting us on Thursdays this Term during our Religion lesson. The P-2 class thoroughly enjoy having him in our classroom to ask him questions about what we are learning about in Religion as well as some of those trickier questions such as ‘When does God talk to us?’ This Term we are learning about what a Covenant is through the Story of Abraham and Sarah. We will then move in to explore how Jewish people live the covenant in today’s world.

In HaSS we are exploring the question ‘What are places like?’. We have started to explore our country of Australia, finding where it is located on a world map and have also been learning about the states and territories that make up Australia. We have discussed what makes a place special or important to a person or group and explored some of the special places in Australia such as Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The students shared places that are special and important to them. Some students said it was their house because that is where they get to spend time with their families.

The Life Education van will be visiting us virtually this year to help us learn about good friendships. We are looking forward to this virtual visit in week 5.

Looking forward to seeing how much we can learn and grow in our last Term together!

Miss Ray

P-2 Class

   MRS GEMMA DONALDSON

Specialist Teacher                       News

Last Friday I had the absolute pleasure of accompanying our                    St Patrick’s students to the Annual Roma and District Eisteddfod.  Our students represented the school with pride and impressive school spirit and performed beautifully for their first time presenting in front of a crowd.   Our P-2 class performed two sacred songs whilst the Yrs 3-6 class presented a sacred song and the ‘Beetlejuice’ musical theatre song ‘That Beautiful Sound’.  We received many positive comments from teachers and parents both from our own and other schools, as well as from the Eisteddfod adjudicator, and were lucky enough to be awarded two firsts and two seconds for our efforts!

This was a fantastic opportunity for both our school and our students, and I was particularly impressed with the way those students who aren’t natural performers rose to the occasion and gave it their all.  I would like to thank all students for their effort both during class practices and the performance, and for parents supporting us in our endeavour either by sending shirts to school for us to decorate or by transporting students to the actual event.  Your support is very much appreciated 😊

During the final term of 2022, all students will be participating in swimming lessons as part of the Physical Education curriculum.  Please remember to send your students to school with goggles for these lessons and all other appropriate swimming equipment.  The first two weeks have seen quite a cold start to the season but as the weeks progress this should improve so too should the students’ skill levels!

As a part of The Arts curriculum, students are participating in a combined unit covering Dance and Media Arts.  The P-2 class are exploring how we can create and perform dances based on different characters.  The 3-6 class are exploring dances from different cultures and are currently learning a traditional style Greek dance! 

Principal's Award

Years 3 to 6 Class

For displaying great resilience and a positive attitude throughout Term 3 when there was an unexpected teacher change.

                                                                PAITENCE EHRLICH AND McKENZIE MITCHELL

Awesome Achiever Award

Mason Mitchell

For using the Learning Power of Persistence and Self-Motivation. During your writing task last week, you listened to feedback from the teacher before writing your final copy. There were many convincing reasons in your writing to persuade the reader that the Pigs are the real bad guys. 

Keep up the great work! 

                                                                       JOSEF MAILMAN

Mercy Awards

Nate Mathews

For demonstrating the Mercy Values of Compassion and Dignity. Throughout Term 3 you have consistently treated your classmates wth respect. It is wonderful to see you recognising when a classmate needs extra time while they are talking to you, by giving them that extra time, and checking in with thems to make sure you got the right message from them. 

Continue to let the Mercy Values shine through in everything you do!! 

                                                                                                 NATE MATHEWS

Principal's News

Kylie Millar, Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to Term 4. We have hit the ground running this term with lots of fun and exciting things already occurring and more to come before the Christmas/New Year holidays begin.

 
Roma and District Eisteddfod
Last week our students performed at the Roma Eisteddfod. Four performances were presented, and all students did a fabulous job representing themselves and our school. 

Our Prep - 2 class were awarded first and second place for their Sacred song performances. Our 3-6 class were awarded first place for their musical theatre performance and second place for their Sacred song performance. A huge congratulations and well done to all students who displayed great courage and an incredibly positive attitude during their performances. 

Thank you to Mrs Donaldson and our parents who helped make this all possible on the day. We may be a small school, but we have a wonderful group of supportive parents/families and staff who help our school do amazing things.

Building/Renovation Works
Over the December/January school holidays a range of building works will be completed at St Patrick’s School. Some of this work will involve the removal of asbestos. Letters have been sent home to families this week to update you on the building process and the new school dates for 2023. 

For you own safety, please ensure you remain off site during the school holidays and please notify the school or our local police if you see anyone on our school site during this time. 

First Reconciliation
This term some students from St Patrick’s School and some students from schools in our local region have begun to prepare for their First Reconciliation. Each week students are attending a session with Father Tom and local community members to prepare them for this special milestone. We look forward these weekly sessions as our students continue on this very exciting journey.

This month I will finish off with a prayer from our first session:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for creating this beautiful world.
Thank you for creating me and always taking care of me.
Help me to grow in your love.
I trust in your plan to make me happy.
Amen.

Warm regards,

Kylie

Prep Interviews

Prep interviews have been a wonderful success. For families still yet to enrol, we still have some interview times available in the coming weeks. If you are interested in enrolling your child for Prep at St Patrick's School in 2023, please use the QR code below to complete the online application form or contact the school on 46 231448.

New Term Dates for 2023



PPF Meeting

The next meeting of the PPF Assn will be held on Tuesday, 1st November at 5.30 p.m. in the Year 3 to 6 classroom following the Playground Opening.

Everyone is welcome to come and share you ideas


Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Orders for Cookie Dough are due by 24th October and delivery date will be 15th November.            So there is still time to register and place an order if you have  not already done s0. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased their cookie dough and assisted our school to raise funds for our front safety fence.

New Term Dates

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club has commenced and will continue to be held every Tuesday up until week 7 -                   15th November.  

St Columba's Parish Mass Dates

The Public Rosary

The Public Rosary is an international campaign to pray the rosary together in commemoration of the last apparition of Our Lady (October 13, 1917) at Fatima. It is a great opportunity for prayer groups and communities to join together in public prayer.

In 2020, there were 180 groups registered to pray the Rosary throughout Australia.

There will be  a Public Rosary on Saturday, 15th October at 4.30 p.m. at St Patrick's School in the Peace Garden. Everyone is welcome to come and pray together.  A plate will be passed around if anyone wishes to make a small donation to the charity.

THE IMPORTANCE

  • It is a public witness of the faith

  • Public Reparation – many blasphemies are taking place in public and so we must also make reparation in public. At Fatima, Our Lady said to the children: "You saw hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world."

  • We are praying for God’s merciful blessing to be poured out to our country, for conversion of families to turn back to God.

  • Public prayer is powerful: In his monumental work. The Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort states: "Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering."

                      Our Lady of Fatima - pray for us

Class News : Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

            MISS MILLAR

This Term Father Tom has been visiting our student's each fortnight. Students have enjoyed chatting with and getting to know Father Tom. They have shared a recount of their visits with Father Tom below.

Sometimes in random parts of the day Father Tom might come visit. We do a Q+A which means you ask a question and Father Tom will answer your question. Father Tom was a builder before he became a priest. Father Tom can also play soccer. Next time Father Tom came we did tactile, labyrinth and meditative prayers. The last time Father Tom came we did prayer, why we pray, can we pray for ourselves and one thousand hearts. By Kyemma

Father Tom came to my school and we asked him questions. My next visit we learnt about prayer and Father Tom played soccer with us. On the third day he visited we did 1000 hearts. By Linnea

It has been three times that Father Tom has visited St Patrick’s School. We asked him questions and played games and soccer with Father Tom. At the end we did our Peace Garden Liturgy about Mary Mackillop. On our second visit, Father Tom came in when we were doing tactile prayer, labyrinth and meditative prayer. After that we played games and soccer again with Father Tom. On our third visit we asked Father Tom questions again and Judd asked if we can pray for ourselves. Father Tom said we can pray for ourselves and after that we made our 1000 hearts. By Vin 

This term we have had three visits from Father Tom, our priest.

First Visit

On Father Toms first visit to us, we all sat in a circle, and he answered some questions about himself. One of the questions that he answered was, what are some of your hobbies? His answer was being a pilot and flying a plane.

Second Visit

On Father Toms second visit we did 3 types of prayers. These prayers were tactile which is a clay prayer, labyrinth which is a finger maze, and we also drew a mandala.

Third Visit

Finally on Father Toms last visit he answered some other questions and one of them was can we pray for ourselves? His answer was yes, you can pray for yourself. We also did this stitching activity called the 1000 hearts which at the end Father Tom joined in with. By Keelie

Our first visit was a  Q&A and then Father Tom played soccer. At the end of the day we had a Peace Garden Liturgy and it was about Mary Mackillop. The second visit he played soccer again and when he came in we were doing three types of prayer – tactile, labyrinth, meditative. And for the last visit we did Q&A again and we asked about prayer, why we pray and can we pray for ourselves. After we did that we did 1000 hearts and I made a blue and orange heart, my mum’s and nan’s favourite colour. By Zoe W

Father Tom visited our school three times this term. He came when we were doing our labyrinth and helped us with them. He came and we asked him questions like a Q and A. Father Tom came on Friday to help us make heart pockets. We also asked questions about him, the church, being a Priest, Jesus and God and much more. Father Toms visits are always fun, and he has lots of answers for our questions. He came to our Peace Garden Mary MacKillop ceremony. At lunch time he usually plays soccer with us. Most of the time he wins because he is good at soccer. On our last visit the main question was can we pray for ourselves. Father Tom told us we can only pray for ourselves in a non-selfish way.  By Hallie

On the first week that Father Tom visited we had asked questions about how he became a priest. He was going to be what his dad is (a builder), but Father Tom thought would he be happy in twenty years time. He thought that he wouldn’t be happy in twenty years time. Father Tom said that God had spoken to him and told him to become a Priest and then again, he thought would he be happy in twenty years time, he thought and said yes, he would be happy in the period of time and he chose to become a Priest. He also played soccer with us at first break.

On Father Toms second visit we were doing our three types of prayer, tactile, labyrinth and meditative. We then played soccer again. Father Tom has scored more goals than us combined.

On the third of Father Toms visits we asked him questions about prayer. We asked can we pray for ourselves and why do we pray and some very interesting questions about the Earth and God. We also did our one-thousand hearts assignment. By Judd

Every two weeks Father Tom has been coming out to visit. The first week he came out we asked him some questions. Everyone asked him a question. The second week he came to the school we played some soccer and shared with him our three types of prayer.  The last week of the Term we did a Q+A and talked about if we can pray for ourselves and we did 1000 hearts. By Kylah

The last few times Father Tom has come out he has been very nice.  He has always accepted a few questions like “why is the Earth round “ he’d always answer nicely . The first visit we had a Q&A and he played soccer. On the second visit we did a few different types of prayer and we did play a bit of soccer after the lesson. On the third visit we did another Q&A that time it was real fun. Then later we did 1000 hearts. By Maggie

Father Toms first visit was a Q+A and what he did before being a priest. He was a carpenter in his family business. After that it was lunch, so we played some soccer. It was very interesting to know he is a pilot in his spare time, and we finished it off with a Mary MacKillop Liturgy. The second visit was about  different prayers like tactile, labyrinth and meditative. After that he visited the P to 2 class. At lunch we saw him and played soccer again. By Paitence

Father Thomas visited three times this Term and I was there on the last two. On the second visit he did three different types of prayer. The first one tactile, then mandala and then labyrinth. On the third visit we did a Q+A about if we pray for our self. After that we did a thousand hearts project where we sewed little hearts. My favourite visit was the third visit because when we did a thousand hearts I talked to Father Tom all afternoon. By Wyatt


Important Dates for 2022


Monday, 12th September

Jujitsu Lessons

PPF Meeting 5.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 14th September

Jujitsu Lessons

Thursday, 15th SeptemberPaint the Town Read 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Friday, 16th SeptemberLast Day of Term 3
Saturday, 17th SeptemberMass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Monday, 3rd OctoberQueen's Birthday Holiday
Tuesday, 4th October

Term 4 commences

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2 class) and 10.00 (Yr 3-6 class)

Saturday, 15th October Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11th October

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m.(Yr 3 - 6)

Friday, 14th October

Roma Eisteddfod 11.00 a.m.

Saturday, 15th October

Public Rosary St Patrick's Peace Garden 4.30 p.m.

Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.

Tuesday, 18th October

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3 - 6)

Tuesday, 25th October

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m.(Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m.(Yr 3-6)

Tuesday, 1st November

Swimming lessons -

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Playground opening 4.30 p.m.

PPF Meeting 5.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 8th November

Swimming lessons

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Tuesday, 15th November

Swimming lessons - 

9.00 a.m. (Prep-2 ) and 10.00 a.m. (Yr 3-6)

Saturday, 19th November Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 22nd NovemberSt Patrick's School Swimming Carnival
Saturday, 26th November

Academic Awards Night at Mitchell Art Gallery 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Art Show at the Mitchell Art Gallery 6.00 p.m.

Wednesday, 30th NovemberLast Day of Term 4
Thursday, 1st DecemberPupil Free Day
Friday, 2nd DecemberPupil Free Day
Saturday, 17th DecemberMass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.

Student Protection

At St Patrick’s School the safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. All children should grow up free of violence or exploitation and be able to learn in a safe and supported environment. Schools have a number of specific child protection reporting obligations that are detailed in our Student Protection Processes and Guidelines.

If a student wants to talk to someone about harm, abuse or inappropriate behaviour toward themselves or others, they can speak to a trusted staff member or one of our School Student Protection Contacts (SSPCs).  The SSPCs receive additional training and are identified in the student protection posters displayed around the school.

Felicity Ray, Jenny Bye and Kylie Millar are the Student Protection Contacts for St Patrick's School.

Summary documents have been developed for parents and caregivers about our student protection obligations and our broader strategy for maintaining safe school environments.

Further information on all of the above topics can be found on the Toowoomba Catholic Schools website at https://www.twb.catholic.edu.au/parents-and-community/student-protection/

Student Protection Contacts

Class News: Prep to Year 2

                    MISS RAY

Goodness me, this Term has flown by! We have kept busy both in and out of the classroom the past few weeks with the Army Band visiting our school so we could have a boogie along to all the tunes they were playing, Opera QLD performing of The Frog Prince and Jujitsu lessons in week 9 and 10!

ENGLISH

The Prep – Year 2 students have shown an increased sense of passion, fulfillment, and enjoyment when reading this Term which has been reflected in their reading growth. The Preps are willing as ever to read with ever-increasing independence and many of the Year Two students have used the learning power of Courageous to move outside their comfort zone, borrowing chapter books from the library for the first time, to read in the classroom.

The Year 1 and 2 students have been working on their persuasive writing skills to try to convince the reader of their opinion. After reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and then ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!’ (written in the Wolf’s perspective) the students were asked Who do you believe is telling the truth? The Pigs who had their houses blown down by the Big Bad Wolf? Or poor Alexander. T. Wolf who was just visiting his neighbours house to borrow a cup of sugar when he suddenly sneezed a great sneeze. After picking who they believed, the students then had to convince their reader that who they chose was telling the truth, using reasons from the story. They enjoyed choosing persuasive sentence starters and persuasive words in their writing to make sure they sounded convincing.

MATHEMATICS

In Maths the Preps were sorting and classifying objects as well as creating their own patterns while the Year 1 and 2 students were learning about fractions. The students thoroughly enjoyed their unit on Time. We explored days, months, years, calendars, telling the time on both digital and analogue clocks and discussing the duration of different events such as how long it took to get a drink of water from the bubbler downstairs compared to getting a drink of water from your water bottle in the classroom. Everyone was excited to use the iPads to create their own ebooks on book creator. The Preps created their own book about the days of the week, creating a new page for each day in the correct order and adding a photo of an event that happens on each day e.g. Music on Tuesdays. The Year 1 and 2 students on the other hand, created their book about calendars and the seasons, answering questions in their books such as How many Mondays are in 2022?, What day is your birthday on in 2022? And How many weekend days are in September? We ended the Term learning about addition and subtraction strategies.    

SCIENCE

We finished up our Science Unit Bend It! Stretch It! looking at the changes to playdough when it is kept in a closed container, left out for a few days and left out for two weeks. It was fun experimenting with the different playdoughs to see how easy it was to roll, bend, stretch, and squash and discussing why some playdough was easier to change with those actions and some playdough wasn’t as easy to do the actions to. The class also used plasticine to create their own model using different actions we had learnt throughout our Science unit  and explained how they changed the plasticine to make different parts of their models.

RELIGION

The P-2 class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Saints that support us to remember to look after God’s creation including St Francis Assisi, St Clare, St Therese and St Kevin. They were so enthusiastic that they used library time finding book about the Saints to borrow. These books, and iPads were used in our Religion lessons to find out information about these Saints. Our class has also split into three groups to work on posters to put up in the toilets at school to help our school community to look after God’s creation by 1) turning the taps off 2) making sure toilet paper goes in the toilet (not on the floor) and 3) flushing the toilets. We cannot wait to see our posters making a difference in the toilets for next Term.

HEALTH

In Health we are learning the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum which is helping the students learn to Recognise – using clues to know if something is unsafe, React- to do something if they are unsafe, and Report- to tell someone if they are unsafe. They are learning what safety and body clues are when they are feeling safe compared to when they are unsafe and what their options are to be safe. Another important aspect of this curriculum is learning how they can be persistent when they need help, and who the trusted people are in their homes and communities that they can go to when they need a safety helper.

Looking forward to seeing everyone back in the classroom after the school holidays for our last Term of 2022!

Miss Ray

P-2 Class

Principal's Award

Nate Mathews 

For always always following our Mercy Values during before school and lunch play activities. You have been kind to others and you have helped to keep our school clean.  Well done!

                                                                NYSA MADDHU