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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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PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION
Last Thursday a record number of St Patrick's students entered the public speaking competition vying for the Toastmaster's Public Speaking Award. 26 students from Years 5, 6 and 7 delivered their speeches on a range of topics. The winner, Tyler spoke about 'Selfies', the pros and cons of taking photos of ourselves. Francis entertained the crowd with his speech on snakes, while Emma had us all intrigued with her collection of strange animal facts. Quinnlan topic, "Famous Failures", emphasised that failures in life are part of our road to success. These four students will now compete in the Balonne Public Speaking Competition to be held at St Patrick's School this week. St Patrick's School is looking forward to hearing the speeches from Begonia, Bollon, Hebel, Thallon, Dirranbandi and St George State Schools. The winner of this week's competition will receive the Donald and Pam Crothers Balonne Public Speaking Trophy. The Balonne Public Speaking is to be held Thursday 30th October at 10am in the School Library. All parents are very welcome to attend and enjoy the variety of speeches and talents of students from our district.
STEPHANIE ALEXANDER UPDATE
Since Mrs Davidson and Miss Owen went to the Stephanie Alexander Garden workshop last term there has been some behind the scenes planning occurring and we are currently in need of some items to begin construction of the garden fence. If anyone has items such as cement, metal posts or fencing wire, such as link chain for the perimeter fence that could be donated, please contact the school. We are also in need of somebody who has or is able to build a small chook shed as we intend on keeping a small number of chickens. We would also like to hear from anyone who can donate some of their time, to assist in the building of this fence.
WORLD TEACHERS' DAY
To all Teachers, Parents appreciate and depend on the love, care and inspiration you give our children. We will always be grateful. Thank you for sharing your invaluable knowledge and for your special care and attention, which have inspired our children to learn.
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.