Thank-you to all families for your continued suppport and understanding as we navigate our way towards the 'new normal'. It would be fair to say that the landscape in which we are operating as a school is incredibly complex. This is compounded by the fact that restrictions and safety measures are adjusted on a regular basis.
As a school operated by the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) significant guidance is being provided to us in line with the Department of Health and Education. Our primary focus is to ensure a healthy and safe school environment so that we can remain open for face to face learning. As educators we also have a strong focus on uninterrupted learning and teaching time in light of the disruptions experienced through 2020. Although we are back at school for face to face learning, it is important that families remember that it won't be a 'normal' Term 4 at St. Patrick's.
School photos will be going ahead later in the term. Advice at this stage is that no group photos will be taken, with only individual and sibling photos available. The date for this is Monday 16th November and information about ordering photos will be sent home in due course.
We are mindful of our year 6 students who are commencing their final term of primary school. In particular, how we acknowledge and celebrate this important milestone. It is still unclear how this will look and we will keep families informed as the term progresses.
Transition dates for students enrolled in Foundation for 2021 are being finalised. Families can expect to receive confirmation of these dates early next week.
Thank-you to our SRC for organising the footy colours day today. There was much excitement (and some friendly banter) amongst the students this morning as they compared team colours. The kicking competition at lunchtime was a highlight.
Have a great weekend.
Permission for outdoor Masses
Diocesan Administrator Fr Peter Slater having gained further understanding on the phrase “outdoor religious gathering” received the welcomed news that, YES outdoor Masses are permitted, for up to 10 people, and, are to be celebrated adjacent to the Church – as long as Covid 19 directives are followed, concerning spacing, hygiene and personal contact. This news will delight so many who have been waiting patiently for an opportunity to attend Mass again. Fr Edwin, myself and Deacon Jithin share our delight as well and advise these masses will commence immediately.
Parishioners are encouraged to phone and make your booking on Mondays or Fridays, speaking directly to parish secretary Clare O'Brien 51 444100 between the hours of 9.30am to 3.30pm. Having your booking processed through one person means, should your preferred day be unavailable, Clare will advise you immediately and invite you to select an alternate day. Our outdoor Masses will be each Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday at 9.30am The altar will be located near the kitchen door entrance, with Chairs for 10 in place, meeting the social distancing requirements.
All are required to sign a form, sanitise hands, and masks are to be worn at all times.
When going to communion, communicants are asked to kindly observe
– required distancing is maintained in the queue
– Mask are to be worn.
– Sanitise hands at a dispensing station before coming to receive Holy Communion
– Engage in the dialogue and receive the Host in the hand, and to wear the mask.
– Step several meters to one side, and away from the priest.
– Remove one side of the mask to place the Host in your mouth with the other hand
– Reposition the mask.
– Return to your seat via a dif erent pathway.
For practical reasons, if its raining or excessively windy, there will be no public mass on that day. We are grateful to Fr Peter Slater for gaining this understanding and delighted you can join us for daily Mass. Fr Edwin, Deacon Jithin and myself have longed for our coming together again around the table of the Lord. Welcome! It will be great to have your with us. God is good all the time! Remember to look out for each other, a simple phone call, the delivery of the bulletin, a kindly word shared - means so much to the lonely and frightened among us.
With love and prayers for all
47 Foster St, Sale, P O Box 183, Sale.
Parish Office: 51 44 4100 Fax: 51 432831
Very Reverend Peter Bickley
Dean St Mary’s Cathedral Sale
Assistant Priest: Fr Edwin
PARISH MASS ON YOUTUBE
If a child or staff member who becomes unwell at school with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, we will contact families for the child to go home.
When a child is tested for COVID-19 the child cannot return to school until the all clear has been given. We do require medical clearance for them to return.
When a child is tested for COVID-19, any siblings who attend St. Patrick's are required to stay home until the all clear has been given.
We know the above requirements may pose as a challenge for families, however the health and safety of students and staff is of the utmost importance.
Physical Distancing will see adjustments to:
- school gatherings (eg Assembly, Gospel, morning line up)
- student line up
- drop off and pick up routines
- staffroom arrangements
- increased environmental cleaning with an emphasis on high touch surfaces
- regular washing of hands
- students bring a water bottle for refilling
Quick Response to signs or symptoms
- students and staff who are unwell with any COVID symptoms ~ stay home and get tested
- children with symptoms (even the mildest) will go home
Symptoms include fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and/or loss of sense of smell. In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.
- worn by all adults
- children may choose to
- student temperatures will be checked each morning on entry to the school grounds.
- a student who has a reading of 37.5 or higher will be isolated and parents will be contacted to pick the child up.
- only students, staff and authorised visitors will be permitted onsite
Happy Birthday to the following children who
celebrate their birthday this week.
Thomas Aeschlimann - 16th October
Jaxon Rawson - 16th October
Riley Arndt - 17th October
Jack Halligan - 18th October
Friday 23rd October - Statewide Public Holiday
Monday 2nd November - School Closure Day
Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Monday 16th November - School Photos
tbc - Grade 6 Graduation
Wednesday 16th December - Final day for students (3.30pm finish)
NB: dates are available from the school calendar on the website St Patrick's Public Calendar