Pupil Free Day

There will be a pupil free day on  Monday, 11th July as the staff will be attending meetings. There will be no school on this day. We look forward to seeing our students return on Tuesday 12th July.


Free Dress Day - State of Origin Football 13th July

Wear your team colours and show your support for your favoruite State of Origin team for the final game. The students are allowed to wear their State of Origin Football colours to support their team on Wednesday 13th July. Please donate a gold coin for the missions. 

Important Dates for 2022


Monday, 11th JulyPupil Free Day
Tuesday, 12th JulyTerm 3 commences
Friday, 15th JulyVisit to the Yumba 9.00 to 11.00 a.m.
Saturday, 16th JulyMass at St Columba's 5.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 19th JulyPPF Meeting 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday, 27th JulyBishop's Inservice Pupil Free Day
Friday, 29th JulyRoma and District Athletics Carnival                      8.30 a.m.to 3.00 p.m.
Sunday, 31st JulyFirst Aid Training at St Patrick's School
Friday, 5th AugustJeans for Genes Day gold coin donation
Saturday, 20th AugustMass at St Columba's 5.00 p.m.
Friday, 2nd SeptemberModeration Day (CTJ) Pupil Free Day
Thursday, 15th SeptemberPaint the Town Read 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 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 OctoberTerm 4 commences
Saturday, 15th October Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, 19th November Mass at St Columba's 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

        Gemma Donaldson

Wow, the last half of the term has truly flown by!  The P – 2 students have worked marvellously in the Drama and PE space over the past few weeks.  The students have eagerly practised their ball games in preparation for the Mitchell Combined Schools Athletics Carnival.  They have shown great improvement over the course of the term in their understanding of how these games are played and the physical skills required to execute them.  It has been lovely to watch the students become more involved and work positively together as a team. 

In week 9, students had the pleasure of being visited by several lead teachers from Toowoomba to broaden their knowledge and skills in The Arts learning space.  The P-2 students practised creating a number of different insects using various shapes and line pressures.  They all thoroughly enjoyed this activity and were able to create insects with different personalities by choosing various eye and mouth shapes.


Arts Visit from Mr Jim Midgley and Mrs Anne-Maree Spalding

The P-2 students completed their drama assessment last week and were required to perform an improvised scene from the story ‘The Jungle Book’.  It was delightful to see the students take on the movements, facial expression and voice of Shere Kahn as he threatened Mowgli and the wolves at the water hole.  Their confidence and willingness to step out of their comfort zone to take on different characters has progressed significantly and it has been wonderful to see all students enjoying and engaging in these lessons.

I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing your bright happy children return in Term 3 😊

Principal's Award

Maya Page

For being a kind friend to others and always making sure that you are including others in school activities

Awesome Achiever Awards

Montana Morris

For giving everything a go and showing real maturity and initiative during Deadly Arthur’s visit.      I really enjoyed reading your first Quick Write. You had me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what would happen next. 

Keep up the great work! 

                                                                          Montana Morris

Lillian Mitchell

For using the Learning Powers of Curious and Persistence. You have shown excitement about reading when practicing the Julia Donaldson plays with your groups. During your reading test, you made sure to have another go if you made a mistake, using your reading strategies such as sounding out and re reading the text, resulting in you progressing in your reading levels. You must be so proud of yourself. 

Keep up the great work!

Mercy Awards

Judd Henricks

For being observant of peers during our ‘Think, Pair, Shares’. I love the way you saw someone without a buddy and took the initiative to move to ensure this person didn’t feel left out. 

Keep following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley! 

                                                                Judd Henricks

Brayden Wise

For demonstrating the Mercy Value of Service. You have continuously displayed your leadership skills in small group tasks over the past two weeks. This has been seen through organising your reading group, ensuring everyone had their play book, and stepping up to read the part for students who were away. Your leadership services make our classroom a positive place to learn. 

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

Class News : Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

       Gemma Donaldson          

The 3-6 students had the pleasure of being visited by lead teachers to progress their knowledge and skills within The Arts curriculum.  The students were taught visual arts skills such as creating horizons, foregrounds and backgrounds, and shading objects to create shadows.  Students also participated in workshops focusing on choral skills and performances.  They had great fun performing choral poetry, using various actions, voices and facial expressions.  The 3-6 students were so impressive to watch in the short time they spent rehearsing this. 

The 3-6 students have been preparing all term for the Mitchell Combined Schools Athletics Carnival.  They have been practicing and refining their skills in running, relay races, shot put, discus and long jump.  Their discus, in particular, has been extremely impressive.  This is a hard and skilful event to master and many of our students now look like mini Olympians! 

Our 3-6 drama unit culminated with the students working collaboratively to perform an improvised scene from the story ‘Matilda’.  Students performed these improvised scenes for the P-2 students who thoroughly enjoyed them.  This year the students have shown great growth in the area of drama.  Not only has their confidence grown but they can stay in character and change their voice and body language to portray various characters and emotions.  It has been an absolute pleasure watching them develop these skills over the course of the term. 


                             Mrs Anne-Maree Spalding with students

I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing your bright happy children return in Term 3 😊

Principal's News

Kylie Millar, Principal

Dear Families,

What another fabulous term we have had at St Patrick’s School. Our students have worked incredibly hard this term and it has been wonderful to see the positive progress they are making in many areas of their learning.

Last week our students represented St Patrick’s School at the Mitchell State School combined athletics day. I was impressed with the number of students who attended the day and showed their team spirit by supporting and cheering on their peers. Congratulations to Hallie Page and Keelie Moody who have both been nominated to attend the Roma & District Athletics Day in July. Hallie has been nominated to compete in shot put and Keelie has been nominated for the 100m and 200m running events. Well done girls, you should both be very proud of your achievements.

State of Origin Pizza Night

Thank you to our parents who are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for our State of Origin pizza night fundraiser. Thank you to our families and community members who have placed a pizza order and supported our school fundraising event.

Good Luck Mrs Silvester

The time has finally arrived for us to farewell Mrs Silvester for the next 12 months. It has been an absolute pleasure having you back at St Patrick's. Our students have had a wonderful semester with you and have achieved many great things during this time. We wish you all the very best for the safe arrival of your new baby girl and we can't wait to meet her.

Welcome Mrs Cassidy

On Wednesday students in our 3-6 class met their new teacher via a Teams meeting. This was a great chance for students to meet their new teacher and introduce themselves to Mrs Cassidy. They were able to learn a little about Mrs Cassidy and get to know her a little before she begins next term. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Cassidy to our St Patrick's family in the coming weeks.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our families and staff members who have been helping our school this term. We have had parents and staff assist with collecting cans/bottles from our local collection points, sorting cans/bottles, mowing lawns, whipper snipping, volunteering for fundraising events such as pizza night, Friday night raffles, tuckshop and camp oven dinners, just to name a few. Many hands make light work, and it is definitely greatly appreciated to have support from our families to assist with making our school a great place for our students, your children.

I wish you all a happy, safe and restful holiday and I look forward to seeing you all next term.

Warm regards,

Kylie


St Columba's Parish Mass Dates

St Columba's Parish Mass Dates

Following the Parish Mass on Saturday, 16th July there will be a cup of tea. Everyone is very welcome to attend and stay for a cuppa and a chat.

Under 8's Day

Under 8's Day Tuckshop Order Form  (Thursday 23rd June)

Please attach to a brown paper bag and return to the school office with the money by FRIDAY, 17TH JUNE!

SCHOOL:

Child Name__________________

Year _________

Pizza

$4

Cheerio’s x6

$5

Pie

$5

Home bake

$1

Popper

$2

TOTAL $

 SAUCE   Tomato      /      BBQ     (Please circle)

Mitchell Art Competition

The Mitchell RESQ+ Art Competition 2022  

Competition Opens: Wednesday,  25th May and ends Thursday, 30th June

This competition is for all types of artists (beginners, first timers, experts etc) from Mitchell to share their story with others and to be part of NAIDOC Week (3-10 July).

Please find following the Competition details.

If you could please include this into your upcoming newsletters or forums with your faculty and students and display the poster (attached) around the school, that would be greatly appreciated.

Competition Theme: this year’s is Get up! Stand Up! Show Up!

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

What does this theme mean to you?

Submit your artwork (painting and or sculpture) that reflects this year’s theme – Get up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Categories include:

6 years and under

12 years and under

18 years and under

Over 18 – Open Adult

Dates of the Competition

Competition Start Date: Wednesday 25th May

Competition End Date:  Thursday 30th June  

All entries must be submitted/delivered by noon to RESQ Office located at 58 Cambridge Street, Mitchell by Thursday 30th June.

The submissions will be displayed at the RESQ office and will be up for a couple of weeks for people to view. Collection date to be determined.

Winners & Prizes:

Winners will be chosen on Monday 4th July.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 7th July at a Morning Tea Sausage Sizzle hosted by RESQ (Julie) in Mitchell at the RESQ Office.  

There are several prizes to be won across the categories. Vouchers for 1st & 2nd prize in each category ranging from $250 to $75. These vouchers from stores from Mitchell.

Detail to be included with the Entry:

Please write your Name and Phone Number on your artwork.

All entries must have been completed within the competition dates.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  We look forward to seeing the amazing creations from Mitchell. Phone: 46237718 Mobile: 0427232715 Email:  juliem@resqld.com.au


School Photos

St Patrick's School photos will be taken in the last week of school in Term 2.  They will be taken on Tuesday, 21st June.  Envelopes for ordering and payment will be sent home when they become available.

Important Dates for 2022


Monday, 30th MayDeadly Arthur Conlon Indigenous Artist visit
Tuesday, 31st May to Wednesday, 1st JuneQuadrennial School Review
Thursday, 9th June PPF Meeting at 5.30 p.m.
Friday, 17th June

Mitchell Combined Schools Athletics Carnival 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Saturday, 18th June

Mass at St Columba's 5.00 p.m.

Monday, 20th June to Friday, 24th JuneNAIDOC Week Celebrations
Tuesday, 21st JuneSchool Photos
Thursday, 23rd JuneUnder 8's Day at the Mitchell State School       9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Friday, 24th JuneLast Day of Term 2
Monday, 11th JulyPupil Free Day
Tuesday, 12th JulyTerm 3 commences
Friday, 15th JulyVisit to the Yumba 9.00 to 11.00 a.m.
Saturday, 16th JulyMass at St Columba's 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 27th JulyBishop's Inservice Pupil Free Day
Friday, 29th JulyRoma and District Athletics Carnival                      8.30 a.m.to 3.00 p.m.
Friday, 5th AugustJeans for Genes Day gold coin donation
Saturday, 20th AugustMass at St Columba's 5.00 p.m.
Friday, 2nd SeptemberModeration Day (CTJ) Pupil Free Day
Thursday, 15th SeptemberPaint the Town Read 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 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 OctoberTerm 4 commences
Saturday, 15th October Mass at St Columba's 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, 19th November Mass at St Columba's 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

              Felicity Ray

My how Term Two has flown by!

English

The P-2 class has been thoroughly enjoying reading Julia Donaldson’s book throughout our unit in English. The P-2 students have all just finished completing their descriptions of the character Troll from Julia Donaldson’s story The Troll. It was very interesting to see all the different illustrations of the Troll the students drew to accompany their writing tasks. It has been fantastic to see how Persistent and Self Motivated the Prep students have been with their writing tasks, and how the year one and two students used a range of action and describing words when writing about the Trolls character traits and what he did in the story.

During Guided reading, we have been reading plays by Julia Donaldson. We have three groups reading three different plays. The Last Egg, Best Friends, and Tricking the Tiger. They have loved reading and practicing these plays and the way they read their parts with increasing expression as they become more familiar with them is delightful to hear! We will be performing these plays to our class.

Maths

The Preps and Year One students have been focusing on addition, sharing and subtraction over the past few weeks. This has included the students recognising the larger of the two number and making sure to count on from the bigger number. The students have consolidated their learning through using lots of hands-on items in the classroom to represent the numbers they are adding together such as bean bags, counters, toy animals, and leaves as well as using tens frames and two different coloured counters to represent the two numbers. They have also been using their maths journals to draw their thinking and working out of addition problems. Through journaling you can see the student’s growth and progress with representing their thinking and their understanding of addition.

The Year two students have been diving into multiplication and division using strategies such as arrays, equal groups and repeated addition. Once they were feeling confident with recognising and representing multiplication and division using these strategies, they started to apply these strategies to help them solve multiplication and division word problems. 

The whole class will be ending the term learning about measuring length, capacity (how much an object holds) and weight (mass) and how to measure objects using informal units (for example hands, paddle pop sticks, cups instead of rulers and measuring cups).  

Religion

There has been quite a bit of enthusiasm and discussions at different times of the day from the students around what they have learnt and are learning in Religion. The class became history detectives, finding out about the land, culture and history in the time of Jesus. The students were working collaboratively in teams to research either what the land was like, what people did (e.g. fishing and the boats they used), and the Jewish day of Sabbath. They came up with creative ways to present their findings to the class, making models to show the class what they had learnt.

Health

We’ve been learning about choices to keep us healthy, such as washing our hands, to keep the germs away, wearing sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, sitting in shade and wearing clothes to keep our skin from getting sunburnt and we even listened to a podcast called Healthy Heroes: Healthy Eating by Mr SnotBottom to help us understand what healthy foods are, and why we need to be eating them. The students loved listening to this funny podcast and it made for some great starting points to discuss the importance of healthy eating.  

HaSS

It’s been tricky wrapping our heads around what makes a natural, managed and constructed places, but with persistence, we’re getting there. We’ve been learning off each other through small group activities, sharing our learning with other groups and adding to the learning of the other groups. Now that the students have a clearer understanding of natural, managed, and constructed places they have been finding features in constructed places and thinking of activities that might happen in those places because of the features. For example, when they looked at a picture of a basketball court, they thought games might be played there because of the lines, baskets and court, they also though people might sit down a rest because there were benches.

I cannot wait to see how we can continue our success in learning during the last few weeks of Term 2.

Miss Ray

P-2 Class

Awesome Achiever Awards

Linnea Gant

For your effort and dedication to completing our Science classification task. We love the way you were able to make such great connections and understand the concept of Observable Features. Keep up the great work! 

                                                                           Linnea Gant

Mercy Awards

Kylah Kinsley

For being a great school captain and supporting your younger classmates in completing literacy tasks.   Keep following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley. 

Emmie-Lee Crow

For  demonstrating the Mercy Values of Stewardship and Compassion. This week you consistently picked up rubbish around the school, looking after the environment and God’s creation. You also displayed compassion towards your classmates, returning hats when they were left behind at the beginning and end of breaks. 

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

                                                                 Emmie Crow

Class News : Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

                 Amy Silvester

Welcome to Week 7!

We have really enjoyed having Miss Graham in our class the last few weeks and are learning so much from her!   

English

We have taken what we have learnt about persuasive texts and using PEEL paragraphs and have each written a persuasive text about something we want. Some students have chosen to try and convince their parents to get a new game, others have tried to convince Miss Millar to have an ice cream day, and some are even trying to convince us to get a class pet! Some of the students have also written themselves a letter from an object of theirs that has decided to quit on them, just like the crayons did to Duncan in ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’.

Maths

We have been learning about time. The Year 3 and 4 students have been learning how to tell time to the minute and about am and pm notation. The Year 5 and 6 students have been learning how to convert between 12- and 24-hour time and read and interpret timetables.

Religion

We have been learning about the different names for Jesus and how He is represented in the Bible by these different names.

Science

We have been learning about living things and how they can be classified using their observable features.

Health

We have continued learning about our friendship groups and how these friendships affect who we are as people.

Gunggari

We have been learning some family names in Gunggari and creating and playing games to help us learn a variety of Gunggari words.

Library

Just a reminder that we borrow from the library on Thursdays, so please remember to return library books and bags each week.

Homework

Homework is due each Friday and students receive rewards for completing their weekly homework and nightly reading. If there are any issues completing homework, please do not hesitate to contact me. Students are welcome to ask questions throughout the week if they are unsure of how to complete an activity.

Class Awards

Congratulations to Linnea and Kylah who both received class awards at our last assembly for their great work!

Birthdays

We celebrated Mahtayo, Miss Renee and Torah over the last few weeks with birthday circles.

        Mahtayo's Birthday Circle

       Miss Renee's Birthday Circle

               Torah's Birthday Circle

Please do not hesitate to contact me through email at amy.silvester@twb.catholic.edu.au and I will endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours.

God bless,

Mrs Silvester and Miss Graham

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