Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
What a big week it has been at St Patrick’s for many of our students! This week was Shakespeare performance week for our Grade 6 students, with performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and tonight. Preparing for the Shakespeare performance began with an initial meeting with the director Darren McCubbin on Wednesday 2nd February, day 3 of Term 1. The following Monday, the students were put through the audition process and their roles for the play were assigned. Since that point, the students have worked tirelessly to prepare for the performances. I attended the Grade 6’s first performance on Tuesday with the Foundation, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students and was amazed at the professionalism of the play. All the students did a fabulous job and the performance was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. I would like to thank the Grade 6 parents for their support of their child and allowing them to attend the after-school practices. I would also like to acknowledge the incredible work of Mrs Leila McDonald in supporting and preparing the students. She has gone above and beyond in making sure that the students were ready! I would also like to thank Mrs Madeleine Glenane for holding the fort back at school and working with the Grade 5 students while the Grade 6’s were practicing.
This week, the Grade 3 and 5 students have also participated in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Across Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the students completed assessments in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions and Numeracy. The NAPLAN test results provide a snapshot of where each child sits in relation to others nationally, whilst also providing valuable information to us a school. The results of the NAPLAN tests will determine our teaching strengths and highlight areas that we can improve on. I would like to congratulate all of the Grade 3 and 5 students on their positive approach to the tests and for doing their best.
Open Days and 2023 Enrolments
St Patrick’s will be holding two Open Days on Wednesday, 25th and Thursday, 26th May from 9:00am to 11:00am. These Open Days are a great opportunity for us to welcome prospective families to St Patrick’s and showcase what a great school we are. On the Open Days, families will be greeted at the Merrick and Dixon Street gates and directed to the Library, where families will be asked to make an enrolment interview time. A short information session will take place at 9:00am before the Grade 6 students will show individual families around the school. If you have a child commencing at St Patrick’s in 2023 or know of anyone that is considering St Patrick’s for their child, please come along on one of these days. Enrolment forms need to be submitted by Tuesday, 31st May with the enrolment interviews held on Monday, 30th and Tuesday, 31st May.
Insight SRC and Catholic Identity and Religious Education Surveys
This week all families will have received an email regarding the Catholic Identity and Religious Education Parent Survey. Some parents will have also received an envelope tonight regarding the Insight SRC Survey. I understand that these surveys take time, however I encourage all parents to complete the allocated survey/s as they will provide important information to the school, enabling us to understand what you value and assist us with our plans for the future. Please complete the surveys as soon as possible as the surveys need to be completed by Friday, 20th May.
Volunteer Induction Sessions
Thank you to those parents that attended the Volunteer Induction Sessions last week. It was great to see a number of parents interested in supporting the school in a voluntary capacity. St Patrick’s often needs volunteers both in the classroom and for special events and we greatly appreciate your willingness to help out. If you were unable to attend one of the Induction Sessions but would like to be a registered volunteer, please contact the office.
SchoolTV is a wellbeing resources that provides St Patrick’s staff, students and families with an evidence-based resource to support responses to issues of wellbeing. SchoolTV provides an online platform to enable educators to feel more empowered to deal with mental, physical, social and emotional issues faced by young people. It is supported by leading experts, and provides resources that are designed to provide information and conversation guides for staff and parents.
To access the SchoolTV resource, please go to our school webpage at www.stpstratford.catholic.edu.au and click on the SchoolTV widget as seen below. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
School Closure Days
Just a reminder that we have two school closure days in the coming weeks for staff professional learning. Next Friday, 20th May and Friday, 10th June will be closure days for all students.
St Patrick's school community offers our deepest sympathy to Erin, William (Year 3),
Lachlan (Year 1) and Angus on the passing of their much loved
husband and father, Ray Longmuir.
We fondly remember Ray with his strong Scottish accent.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
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|Friday 20th May||
Staff Religious Education Day
|Wednesday 25th May||
|Thursday 26th May||
|Monday 30th May||
|Tuesday 31st May||
|Thursday 2nd June||
|Friday 3rd June||
|Sunday 5th June||
|Friday 10th June||
Expert teacher practice Professional Development Day
|Monday 13th June||
|Tuesday 14th June||
|Friday 24th June||
|Monday 11th July||
St Patrick's Open Day for prospective students in 2023 will be held on Wednesday 25th May and Thursday 26th May. 9.00am - 11.00am
Information Session will take place on Wednesday 25th May and Thursday 26th May at 9.00am in the School Library.