ST PAUL'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER - TERM 1, WEEK 7, 2023
Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again,
but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again:
the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him,
welling up to eternal life.
Yesterday, we had our first school parish Mass for the year and it was fantastic to see so many of our school community there. Our Year 5 and 6 students took on various ministries during the Mass and there was a delicious morning tea in the Barbier Hall after Mass! Thanks to everyone who attended, particularly those who generously organised and put on the morning tea for everyone. What a great way for our Catholic community to come together!
Our next school parish Mass is on Sunday 2 April (Palm Sunday) at 9:00am so please put it in your diary and make every effort to come along. Our Year 3 and 4 classes will be helping with this Mass.
Last week, our Year 6 students went away on camp to Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp. It was such a pleasure to spend a few days with our amazing Year 6s. Camp is an important opportunity for our students to challenge themselves, develop their ability to work as a team and spend some time bonding with each other outside of the normal classroom and school routine. Being a small school, the opportunity to build relationships and develop that special bond as a group is even more evident.
I am incredibly grateful to Mrs Emery and Mrs Glynn who very generously took time away from their own families to take the Year 6s away for the 3 days and enable the camp to happen. Thank you!
There's a few photos on the Year 6 Camp post in the Latest News section of our website.
St Paul's Swimming Carnival
On Friday this week (17/3), we have the St Paul's Swimming Carnival for Years 3-6, which will be held at Beatty Park. This is a big event for our school and something we look forward to each year. We encourage any parents who are able to attend to come along and cheer for their House! The carnival begins at 10:00am.
Student safety is our first priority and this means that it is important that we do not have people coming in and out of the student bays. Parents, please ensure you stay in the designated parent area and do not come over to the student bays or the finish line area where places will be judged. As noted in the letter sent to parents, students need to bring their own lunch in their bag as we cannot have people coming in and out of the student bays. Thank you in advance for your support with this.
At the end of the carnival, if you intend to take your child/ren home with you, it is important that you sign them out with their teacher so we can be sure all students are safe and accounted for.
It looks like the weather will be perfect and we look forward to a great day!
The building project is underway and we have now created a section on our website to keep our community informed about what is happening and the progress we are seeing. You can access this section in the Parent Hub or at this link.
Parent Teacher Interviews
As previously noted, we have our Term 1 Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 28 March so school will finish at 12:30pm for students on that day. I understand Extend is offering Out of School Hours Care if anyone requires it. This week, you will receive an email with information about booking the interview with the relevant teacher/s for your child/ren.
School Advisory Council and P&F
Our School Advisory Council for 2023 met for their first meeting a couple of weeks ago. This year, we are pleased to have Carla Chatzopoulos as our Chair, Louise Johnson as our Treasurer, Garett Smith as our Secretary, Mark Tindale as our Parish Rep, Junior Soliano as our P&F Rep and Melinda Whelan, Carla Luck & Chris Perera as general members. I am very grateful to these people for giving up their time to fill these very important and valuable roles. We look forward to a productive year ahead!
Our P&F have their first meeting for the year on Wednesday this week so please make every effort to attend. They are also running an Easter raffle and Hot Cross Bun Drive so please support them.
Problem Solving in Mathematics
This year, one of the focus areas for our school is problem solving in Mathematics. During our recent student free day, we had 2 members of the Mathematics team from CEWA out to St Paul's to facilitate a professional learning day with our staff. This was a great chance to look at our current situation, analyse some of our data, consider current research and best practice and do some planning around our work in this area for this year.
Uniform Free Day
One of our very own students, Sonja from Year 5, has been working with Radio Lollipop to raise money and appeared on their poster! Our community will be helping raise money for this cause through a uniform free day tomorrow (Tuesday). So bring along a gold coin donation and support Sonja in the work she has been doing with Radio Lollipop!
Mr Pete Merry