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St Patrick’s is the Catholic Primary School of St Patrick’s Parish in St George and is part of the Catholic Education family in the Diocese of Toowoomba. Our school exists not to be different but to make a difference and to present a vision of reality that has its origins in the gospel of Jesus. Some of the most important characteristics of a Catholic School are listed below:
- The Catholic School is a faith community. It is a place where God is named and recognised and where gospel values are reflected.
- It is focused towards evangelisation. By the example of community members, students see how faith and contemporary life can be integrated.
- It is oriented towards total development of the individual – spiritual, moral, social, emotional and intellectual.
- It enhances the dignity of each person.
- It has a special orientation towards the marginalised.
It values openness and seeks truth.
- It is characterised by hopefulness.
When enrolling students at St Patrick’s, I believe that I am enrolling not only the child/ren but the whole family. To achieve the best educational outcomes for a child, positive and close partnerships must be formed between school and home. We recognise that parents are the first educators and it is our role to support and enhance this education. We are very proud of our students and it is our hope that whatever they do in life, they will be able to recall the values we hold true here at St Patrick’s, to help them along life’s journey.
Lesley Jarrett ~ Principal
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Our Awards Night at the end of last year went off very well and my thanks to all those parents who came to the evening; it is your presence at these events that make it so special for our school community. Congratulations to all our award winners but especially our duxes for this year:
Year 7: Molli and Tyler, Year 6: Emma.
Mention must be made of our Year 1 prayer which started the evening and of Kate Condon's excellent organisation of her class; also of our excellent choir and thanks to Christina Wardle for all her work with them this year.
And special thanks to Majella Morris for all her hard work in organising the night; without her it would not have been possible.
At our final assembly Charlotte and Jacob received the Sheriff's awards for 2014 from Officer Shelley. Our congratulations to them both and our thanks to Officer Shelley for coming in to both explain and present the awards.
Also at the assembly we presented food to Sr Bev for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal. Many, many thanks to all of the families who contributed the enormous amount of food we have been able to pass on to the appeal.
LITERARY CAMP 2015
In March this year the school is aiming to take a small group of students to a literary festival. The 'Celebration of Literature' is at Somerset College on the Gold Coast and is dedicated to reading and writing. Over 30 authors and illustrators from around Australia hold interactive sessions and workshops during the three days.
The school will be providing a teacher, transport and entry into the festival, the P&F will cover the costs of the teacher relief and families would provide the costs of accommodation and meals.The selection of students will be based on their ability in this area as is the case with South West and Darling Downs sports teams.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2015
Enrolment applications for all year levels, especially Prep are now being taken. A child who will be five years of age by June 30 2015, is eligible for enrolment. I would really appreciate bringing this to the attention of your families. A clear indication of enrolment numbers at this stage of the year, allows us to better prepare for the following year. Interviews will occur in the next couple of weeks for new enrolments.