P & F LONG LUNCH 27th November 11:30am Walcha Golf Course
IT IS ALMOST HERE! The Long Lunch will go ahead no matter what the weather on Saturday!
We will be celebrating the resilience of our community - drought, bush fires, COVID and even flooding rain!
Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who have volunteered to assist on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with the setting up & packing up for the Long Lunch!
A very big THANK YOU to the wonderful organising committee for your resilience and determination for the Long Lunch to be such a well organised, well planned event.
I am looking forward to seeing you all there on Saturday.
Staffing for 2022
We are currently organising staffing for 2022. We have the following positions available for 2022 at St Patrick's.
MINI VINNIES 2021 CHRISTMAS APPEAL
This year we will be supporting SVDP by donating non-perishable food items for Christmas Hampers. Please donate non-perishable foods which everyone would like to eat/have at Christmas or for a festive occasion - FESTIVE FOODS! For example: lollies, chips, bonbons, bottles of soft drinks, popcorn etc.
Please see the Mini Vinnies page for the Christmas Hamper Appeal.
Slime Spectacular 10th December 3:30-6:30pm Walcha Show Ground
The P & F will run the Zoopa Doopa Stall at Slime Spectacular, with all proceeds going to St Pat's.
P & F Meeting
Our last P & F Meeting for 2021 will be Monday December 13th, 6pm. Come along and celebrate 2021 & the P & F achievements!
School Satisfaction Surveys
Last week, I received the results of the St Patrick's school satisfaction surveys. This survey, conducted by an outside provider, surveys parents, staff and students across the schools in the Armidale diocese. The results were strongly positive and affirming of our school from our parents:
Parents responded very positively with the educational opportunities provided for their children and commented on the safe & happy school environment. There were numerous positive comments, including:
Lovely caring school. Level of pastoral care. It is a friendly community.
All the children know each other and interact. I feel the smaller class sizes benefits my children and allows for greater attention. The strong sense of care, respect and closeness.
St Pats is a small school focused on not just the education of our children but also their personal and psychological welfare, far beyond any other education institution I have experienced. Wonderfully resourced. Specialised music program. Strong focus on literacy. The latest technological apparatus available, the rooms and amenities are current and well maintained, as is the play area and sports facilities.
Our student satisfaction surveys were completed by students in Years 4/5/6 and were also very positive. Comments include:
The teachers are very nice and the facilities are good. The best thing at this school are the students and the playground. I would recommend this school to other because the teachers are lovely and awesome and the people are super nice and they teach you things you don't know already and help you a heap. The best thing is there are a lot of sporting activities. The teachers are great and everybody is very inclusive. The school also has very safe rules and also this school has great resources and supplies.
The staff surveys expressed a pleasing satisfaction working at St Patrick's:
The collaboration with others (executives, teachers/teacher aides) as to students' progress.
It is a happy and friendly place to come to work.
I feel supported to do my job well.
The people at St Patrick's.
Along with the positive feedback came some constructive suggestions on how to further improve our school which will be useful moving forward into 2022. I would like to thank the parents, staff and students for their feedback, providing us with data on which to reflect and plan for the future.
Semester 2 Reporting
Currently the teachers are working on our Semester Two student reports. Parents will be able to view the reports via the parent portal in week 10. The reports will also be printed and mailed home in week 10. How to access the Semester Two reports on Compass in week 10:
Log into Compass
To view the Semester 2 report either click on your child's profile and select report.
Term 4 - End of Year Date
School will conclude for the year on Wednesday 15 December.
Dates for Term 1, 2022
The official start date for the 2022 school year will be Tuesday 1 February 2022 for all students in Years 1 - 6. Kindergarten will commence Thursday 3rd February 2022 following Best Start Assessments.
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
Our School Office hours are from 8:30am -3:30pm Monday to Friday.
If the school phone is unattended please leave a message on the answering machine.
In emergencies outside Office Hours you can also phone the school mobile 0428772328