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.
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TOURS FOR 2019 PREP PARENTS/CARERS
Our Prep Open Morning will be held in Week 3 on Friday 3rd August. Families who have children who are hoping to attend Prep at St Patrick’s school in 2019 are welcome to come to the Prep Open Morning. Families will tour the school with their child and view the facilities available at St Patrick’s school. There will be two Prep Open Morning sessions, one at 9:00 am and the other at 10:00 am. Families are welcome to attend either session and stay after the session for morning tea.
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CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 29th July-4th August. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrate is ‘Discovering New Horizons’.
At St Patrick’s school we will acknowledge Catholic Education Week by celebrating with a whole school Mass on Thursday the 2nd August at 9.15am. This Mass will be led by Year 5D. There will be a whole school display featuring our school motto of ‘Faithful and True’ on Friday 3rd August. This display will feature contributions for all year levels of their interpretation of ‘Faithful and True’. The display will be in the school library and will be open for view from 9-3pm. Our school leaders will be available to host families when they view the display. We encourage all school community members to view the students contributions.
Bishop Michael McCarthy Visit
Bishop Michael McCarthy will be visiting our St Patrick’s Parish Community next term for our Confirmation Ceremony on Friday 27th July. As such, there will be no Mass on Saturday 28th July and our Sunday 29th Mass will be held at 9am.
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In conjunction with NAIDOC celebrations, Marist College will be hosting a day of recognition of our local indigenous communities and celebrating the cultures of our indigenous people. This day of celebration will occur next Thursday 26th July.
The day will begin with a liturgy led by Bishop Michael McCarthy. There will be a special ‘Welcome to Country’ in celebration of the event and indigenous dancers and speakers will also present.
Our indigenous students and the students from Year 3 will take part in the day of celebrations and participate in various cultural workshops including an indigenous art workshop, indigenous dancing workshop and a story telling workshop.
Students will leave St Patrick’s School, by bus at 10am and will return to school at 2pm. The students’ classroom teachers, Mrs Jayne Gothmann and Mrs Kylie Heinemann will attend the event with the students. We look forward to celebrating the culture of our indigenous people at this special event.