The Footsteps Dance Company will be visiting St Patrick’s from the 19th - 21st November. All classes will work with the Footsteps instructors each day to learn a variety of dances. They will then perform one of the dances that they have learnt in a whole school concert to be held at school at 2.15pm on Wednesday 21st November.
We look forward to the Footsteps Dance Company visiting our school as they have provided dance instructions to our students for several years and the students have always participated in the lessons with great enthusiasm.
Change of Date
St Patrick’s Week 8 Assembly will now take place on Friday 30th November at 8.40am. Prep Green will be presenting their Prayer Assembly. Workers of the Week, You Can Do It Awards and birthdays will also take place on this Friday. This is due to the Year 5 & 6 Academic Awards being presented on Thursday 29th November at 8.40am. Our Year 1 students will attend Parish Mass in Week 6 with the Year 5s.
Our school was originally established by the Presentation Sisters in 1902 to serve the catholic families of the Central Highlands area of which Emerald is the geographical hub. The Sisters ended their ties with the school in 1992 due to the decline in their numbers and a shift in their mode of service to people and especially children.
St Patrick’s School exists for the education of children from Prep age (Five) to Year Six and is a co-educational facility serving the township and surrounding districts of Emerald.
At our school, we aim to develop within our students the ideals of academic excellence and personal growth which are centered around the deepening of our Christian faith. We strive to have these aims as the centre point of any relationships and curriculum which occur within our community.
Latest News and Events
Worker of the Week
Grit - The power of passion
Last Thursday night I attended the Marist College Awards night. Apart from being really excited for the award recipients I was left thinking about the speech that Mark Green gave around the term “Grit.” He referenced Angela Duckworth who has researched this topic in depth with some surprising conclusions. Her research challenges the thought process that talent will always beat effort, I have attached a short video that goes into greater detail. I reflected that it was a timely reminder, especially at this time of the year with assessments and final reports being constructed, that our effort is 100% in our control and has the greatest influence over our success.
Year 6 Graduation
On Monday 3rd December, the Year 6 students of St Patrick’s will be celebrating their Graduation. Fr Raj will be leading us in our Prayer Liturgy, beginning at 5:30 pm. The Graduation Liturgy will be followed by a dinner in the undercover area, which is to be hosted by the Year 5 families. Notes have gone home with the Year 6 and Year 5 students regarding attendance and catering. More information about the Year 6 Graduation will be sent home in the weeks to come.
End of Year Concert
This concert will occur on Tuesday 27th November commencing at 5.30 pm in our undercover. At the concert, each of our class groups will be performing an item. Our senior band and choir will also be performing.
Families are asked to bring a chair along. The P and F are providing a free sausage sizzle and drink after the concert.
All Schools Touch
Last weekend, St Patrick’s touch team competed at the State Primary Schools Touch carnival in Brisbane. The team performed very well winning all of their games on the first day of the competition. The team came 10th place in the Championship division of the competition. Congratulations to all of the team for their exceptional efforts throughout the competition.
Thank you to Mrs Wills, Mr Piacere, Miss McCusker and Miss McCosker for coaching and supporting our touch team.
Throughout music lessons this term our Prep and Year One students have been eagerly preparing for a musical. The musical is entitled, ‘Zoozical’ and it is a story of a Hippo who is very sad about people not visiting the zoo animals. The Hippo decides to help all of his friends to feel happy again by presenting a concert for everyone.
The students will present their musical to families on Tuesday 27th November at 9.30am in the undercover area. All families are welcome to come along and watch our performance.
Friday 9th November, our Mini Vinnies team are organising a Socktober event at lunch time. Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and one way in which we, St Patrick’s School, will fundraise and engage in advocacy and formation activities for Catholic Mission. The ‘sock it to something’ concept is an Australian expression that means to strike out at. We want to invite you to help us strike out at social issues, such as poverty, homelessness and lack of education. St Patrick’s School will celebrate Socktober in two ways. Firstly, we invite students to wear their craziest socks tomorrow, Friday 9th November. Secondly, we will be hosting a ‘Socktober Fun Day’ on the same day during our students’ playtimes.
Our Socktober Fun day will involve students participating in a range of activities for 20c an activity. There are many activities offered including a chocolate throw, lolly jar guess, bean bag throw, basketball hot shots and more. Money raised will go to Catholic Mission’s Socktober initiative. If you wish for your children to be involved please send them to school with some 20c pieces to be involved in a lunch time of fun and fundraising.