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Request for 12 midday start on Thursday 13th October

10th October 2016

Dear Parents.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the school holidays and are ready for Term 4 tomorrow.

I have informed a large number of parents through the Holy Family Parents Facebook page of a request I would be grateful for you to consider.

Last week, Joe Hamilton’s much loved Dad, Pat, lost his battle with cancer.

Pat was the current Principal of Holy Cross Primary School, Glendale.

He was a valued colleague and dear friend.

For Joe, the loss has been immense.

Joe is the eldest child in the family having two younger sisters.

Joe was utterly devoted to his Dad.

He has been vigilant in caring for Pat while he was in hospital, then patient care at home and finally, Palliative Care where he died.

Joe was offered time off work to be with Pat, but was always mindful of his responsibility to his Year 6 students.

His loyalty and commitment to our school community throughout this really tough and challenging personal ordeal, has been outstanding.

Pat’s funeral will be held this Thursday, at the Sacred Heart cathedral, commencing at 10.00 a.m.

As a staff we are all very close to Joe, and as a mark of respect and love for him, we would like to attend Pat’s funeral in support of him.

A number of staff have also worked with Pat during their teaching career and too, would like to attend to show their respect for a remarkable, yet humble man.

What I would be very grateful for, would be the generous consideration of parents to keep children home on Thursday morning unil 12 midday so staff could attend the funeral.

I fully appreciate the difficulties for working parents, so if you’re unable to accommodate our request, we will make internal arrangements to look after your children for those normal school hours.

If you could email Phillipa or myself ( and let us know, then we can go from there.

Thank you for your support at this very sad time.

I have been truly humbled by the support and love for Joe as expressed through the Holy Family Parent Facebook page.

Fondest regards.

Sidonie x

p.s I will be at St. Joseph’s Primary School, Kilaben Bay, tomorrow and Wednesday as part of the External Review Team that validates processes, policies and procedures in that school. Holy Family will have our validation process in an External Review in 2017.

Please email me if you have any concerns.



Sidonie Coffey


Holy Family Primary School

Merewether Beach

4963 3009

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