St Pat's News

Term 4 - October 14, 2021

St Patrick's Parish Primary School

Principal: Olga Lyons

Deputy Principal: Peter Sanderson

Parish Priest: Fr. John Corrigan

Phone: 55681371

Acknowledgement of Country

We Acknowledge the Gunditjmara people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and future. We acknowledge their stories, traditions and living cultures on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

From The Principal - Olga Lyons

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It's so good to have the 3/4 & 5/6 classes back at school this week, even if it is only for a couple of days.  Our teachers are mindful of easing them back gently and are focusing on their wellbeing. 

This week we welcomed 3 new students.  Riley Knoop is is 3/4D and his twin siblings, Olivia and Hunter Knoop are in 5/6B.  We hope they settle into our school and make lots of friends.  

Mandatory masks are an additional challenge for us this week.  A letter was sent to parents on Tuesday to outline the Government directive with a link to the list of authorised exemptions. 

Kind regards,

Olga Lyons, Principal

Our School Vision & Mission

The attached file contains our current School Vision & Mission document.  This year we are scheduled to review these documents with the Staff and School Advisory Council.

From The RE Leader - Eliza Dwyer


The St Patrick's school community would like to congratulate Mandy, Michael and Marley (F) on the arrival of their son and brother, Floyd.

Leadership & Stewardship

St. Patrick's Return to School Plan

Weeks 2 & 3 

  • All F-2 Classes will be onsite
  • 3-4 attend onsite Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
  • 3/4 Specialist Day will be Thursday via Remote Learning Portal 
  • 5-6  will attend on Thursdays & Fridays 
  • 5/6 Specialist Day will be Wednesdays via Remote Learning Portal
  • Swimming on Fridays for F-2 classes only.

Week 4


  • Swimming on Fridays for F-5 classes

Masks mandated for Year 3 and above

In last Friday’s Victorian press conference Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton announced that masks for students in Years 3 and above will be mandated in indoor settings, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID as on-site learning recommences over the coming weeks.

Masks are strongly recommended for students in Foundation – Year 2 in indoor settings, but will not be mandatory.  Professor Jane Munro, paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital, spoke in detail about the benefits of this mandate.

We have a limited supply of  disposable masks.  Please send your child with their own mask with their name clearly written on it.

School Advisory Council AGM

Our 2021 School Advisory Council Annual General Meeting was scheduled for Tuesday November 2nd, however, this is Melbourne Cup Day.  It will now be Tuesday November 9th at 7:30pm. 

2022 Classroom Structure

There will be no change to the current classroom structure for 2022.  Teacher allocation is still being finalised.  We use a software package called Class Creator to build class groupings. Teachers complete a survey on academic, social and behavioural information for each child to determine starting points for class groupings.

1 x Foundation class

3 X 1/2 

3 X 3/4

3 X 5/6

If Families Are Leaving our School

If any families are moving away from Port Fairy and leaving St. Patrick's, they will need to inform the office and complete the relevant documentation.  This will assist us with our 2022 planning.  

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

Road Safety

Now that we have more pick up and drop off traffic outside the school, we need to remind children and parents that anyone crossing the road must use the crossing. 

Learning and Teaching

Class Awards

Term 4 Swimming Program

Our Swimming Program will be running in term 4 on Fridays.  The F-2 classes will begin in week 1 while the 3-5 program will begin in week 4 when they are all back onsite full-time.  

The school is providing a qualified Life Saver and teachers will also supervise pool side during lessons.  Parent helpers are limited at this stage. 

Swimming Abilities 

Belfast Aquatics have requested information in regards to your child's/children's swimming abilities for Foundation to Year 5 students. A Google form was sent out this week for parents to complete. If you have not yet completed the form please do so as soon as possible.

Swimming Abilities Google Form

Change Rooms Closed Due to COVID Restrictions!

The Aquatic Centre informed us last week that we are not able to use the change rooms during swimming lessons due to COVID restrictions.

Changing poolside would be against our Child Safe Standards, therefore we ask that parents send a tracksuit, dressing gown or hooded towel to put on over their bathers to return to school.  They will also need some slip on footwear.  

Learning Diversity

Positive Partnerships have a couple of free webinars for families

Returning to School Webinar (Primary Focus) 

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, we are once again preparing for students to return. For students on the autism spectrum, returning to school again may present challenges and opportunities. 

If you are interested click on one of the links below to register for the webinar.

Monday 11th October 7-8pm 

Thursday 14th October 10-11am

Sensory Processing  

An interactive webinar over two sessions where you will have the opportunity to listen, share and learn with parents/carers, teachers and others who support individuals on the autism spectrum. If you are interested click on the links below to register for the webinars.

Session One:

Thursday 4th November 12-1pm

Tuesday 9th November 7-8pm

Session Two:

Monday 15th November 12-1pm

Wednesday 24th November 7-8pm

School News

Summer Uniform - Term 4

In term 4 all students are to wear their summer uniform.

Options are:

Summer Dress, v-neck monogrammed jumper, navy socks, black school shoes - tights are not to be worn under the summer dress, there is knee high socks in the uniform shop.

Navy shorts, monogrammed sky blue short sleeve polo top, v-neck monogrammed jumper, navy socks and black school shoes.

Students are not to wear runners, black or any other colour, with their school uniform. Runners are for sports days only.

Coats are for outdoor wear only, they are not to be worn in the classroom. If your child feels the cold make sure you send them to school with a jumper.

If you require any uniform items they can be ordered through CDFpay.

Working Bee

Thank you to all the families that attended last Saturday's working bee, we managed to get all the jobs completed.

Lost Property: If you left a windcheater at the working bee (see picture) you can collect it from the office.


The St Patrick's School community send their condolences to the family of Angela Polglaze. Angela passed away this week. Angela carved our St Patrick statue many years ago.

St Patrick, is currently being given a new coat of lacquer before being relocated to our new garden next to the canteen. 

Lost Property

We have collected quite a lot of lost property this year. The items are either not named or have the name of past pupils on them. We also have a few other items, see picture. If you think one of these items could be your child's, please contact the office.

Lost Property Items

Coats: 3 x size 6 

V-neck jumpers: 1 x size 8, 2 x size 10

Windcheaters: 1 x size 4, 3 x size 6, 1 x size 8, 1 x size 10, 1 x size 14

Student Drop off and Pick Up

St Patrick's is asking parents to remain in their cars during the drop off and pick up of your children at school and to not congregate with other parents outside the school. With the outbreak of COVID in Warrnambool we feel that it is important to minimise contact with people outside of your family. We look forward to when we can all gather again without restrictions.


Bookclub orders need to be processed online or handed into the office by October 25.

Sporting Schools - Term 4

Sporting Schools for Term 4 will commence on Wednesday October 27 and finish on Thursday December 9. 

Sporting Schools will run on a Wednesday and Thursday. The sports will be gymnastics and minor games.

Upcoming Events

Sunday November 7 - P & F Wellness Day

Friday November 12 - Mini Spring Fair

Tuesday November 9 - SAC AGM

Monday November 22 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

P & F Meeting - Tuesday October 19

There will be a P & F meeting next week, Tuesday October 19 at 7pm. We would appreciate it if class reps could attend as they will be asked to help with the organisation of the Mini Fair and Fun Run for the students which is to be held on Friday November 12. All parents are welcome to attend.

Proof of vaccination will be required by parents when onsite in school buildings.


We have decided that with visitor restrictions in schools, the canteen will not be open at this stage. If we can open that canteen at a later date, we will let all families know.

P & F Dates for your Diary

Tuesday October 19 - P & F Meeting @ 7pm

Sunday November 7 - Wellness Day

Friday November 12 - Mini Spring Fair

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Parish Masses

Port Fairy St Patrick's & Koroit Infant Jesus Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass - 6.30pm at Koroit

Sunday Mass - 9am @ Port Fairy

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