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.
Next Thursday 22nd November, our school will celebrate Presentation Day. On this day, we celebrate everything that is great about being a Presentation school. Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters are an integral part of our history with the Sisters founding our school in 1902. On Presentation Day, our school will be involved in a range of activities including our annual Presentation Day Talent Concert starting at 2:10 pm. All Welcome.
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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Worker of the Week
With report cards being sent home at the end of the term, assessing our students is vital to providing feedback to parents as well as students. There are two different types of assessment, formative and summative. Formative assessment occurs during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment whereas summative assessment evaluates student learning at the end of an instructional unit.
Formative assessment provides a range of strategies that make the learning visible to the teacher and more importantly to the student. Examples include:
• Criteria and goal setting
• Questioning strategies
• Self and peer assessment
Summative Assessments are given periodically to determine at a particular point in time what students know and do not know. Examples include:
• Benchmark or interim assessments
• End-of-unit tests
• End-of-term or semester exams
When a comprehensive assessment program balances formative and summative student learning/achievement information, a clear picture emerges of where a student is relative to learning goals and standards. Students should be able to articulate this shared information about their own learning. When this happens, student-led conferences, a formative assessment strategy, are valid. The more we know about individual students as they engage in the learning process, the better we can adjust instruction to ensure that all students continue to achieve by moving forward in their learning.
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.
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.
School Commencement 2019
Our first day for 2019 will be Tuesday 29th January and all students are expected to return on this date. If you are not starting back on this date due to to family reasons or an extended break we need to have this information in writing. It must state the childs name, year level and when they will commence in 2019. This is so when we complete our census in Week One we are reporting the correct information.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a letter into our school office before the end of the 2018 school year.
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.
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.