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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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This week Sgt Troy Nowitzki, our Adopt-a-Cop, came and spoke to Years 4-7 about Cyber-Bullying and some preventative action that students can employ. Sgt Troy gave them a great visual cue to help with decision making. He drew a large capital T on the board and called this the "Decision Intersection." When we are at the intersection we can choose to go the right way or the wrong way.
Troy told the students to STOP and ask themselves, "What would mum and dad want me to do?" "What would my teacher want me to do?" "What would Jesus want me to do?" This strategy will help all of us make better decisions and for young people, a helping hand if they are thinking of writing something hurtful about someone else.
He also told students what they had to do if they are on the receiving end of hurtful or nasty comments through social media. They must IGNORE, BLOCK, REPORT. He stressed that they should never reply as it can then become like a tennis match.
In this modern technological age where our children are drawn to the many devices available it is paramount that we as parents are monitoring what our children are doing. If your child is in Years4-7 please have a chat to them about Sgt Troy's visit if you have not already done so.
Comment from the St George Police re: Cyber Bullying
St. George Police are reminding all parents to play an active, informative and guiding role in their children‟s use of technology. It has been proven that parents who play an integral role in their children's use of the internet, mobile phones, IPODS, etc. are ensuring their child‟s safety and emotional wellbeing. Police encourage all parents who are unfamiliar with social media sites like KIK, Insta-gram, Facebook etc. seek information about these programs so that you can monitor your child‟s use. Parents are a child‟s first port of call when they become a victim of cyber-bullying or cyber-crime. One good first lesson for children regarding unwanted text messages, emails, Facebook posts, etc. is "Ignore, Block and Report". For more information please contact the Cyber safety Contact Centre on 1800 880 176 or St. George Police.
|NRL Development Cup—Grand Final
St George/St Patrick's
St John's Roma
Date: 30 May 2013
Time: 9:00—9:30am (Warm-up)
There will be a BBQ for
playersafter the Game
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
We are now taking names for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This program will commence towards the end of Term Two. Eligible children need to be 8 years of age (or older) and be in their third year at school. Children need to complete this Sacrament prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and Communion (Term One 2014). Enquiries and enrolment forms please contact Belinda Eley Phone: 4620 7512. The Parent information session will be on Monday the 17th June @ 3.15pm in the School Library.
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL
St Pats will take part in the Walk Safely to School initiative this Friday 24 May. Anyone who would like to walk to school as a group we will be meeting outside the Balonne Shire Council Office at 8am for an 8.10am departure. Come and join the fun.
YEAR 7'S TO SECONDARY
Over the coming weeks and months, parents of students who are currently in year five and six will have opportunity to engage in discussions and planning surrounding the transition of these students to Secondary School in 2015. 2014 will be the final year of year seven students attending primary school.