St Pat's News

Term 3 - August 26, 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,

Lockdown 7.0 for Regional Victoria is here and we have no way of knowing definitively for how long.  We are however so lucky to have a school community that just gets on with it at a moment's notice.  Our teachers worked solidly on Friday to transfer their curriculum content to the School Learning Portal and plan Wellness Wednesday activities.  We were at a slight disadvantage that we didn't have the children at school Friday to send home their learning materials, so thank you parents for calling by to collect them and the year level learning packs.  If you haven't been able to collect them please give us a call and we can make arrangements to get them to you. 

This time the majority of children onsite are wearing masks and I'm so proud of them for giving them a go.  

I know that providing an Authorised Work Permit from your employer has added an extra level of accountability for all of us but it will be essential that we are able to produce these if we are closed due to an outbreak in our community.  While Dan Andrews clarified that only one permit per household was needed for Child Care facilities, however, schools require both parents/partners for eligibility.  Category B (vulnerable students) do not require a permit.  The number of children with COVID and schools having to close is a growing concern. 

Wellness Wednesday is a day for the children to do fun, relaxing activities with no core curriculum learning.  If category B children can do these at home that would be preferred.  Children onsite on Wednesdays are able to wear casual clothes.

Our Teachers and Learning Support staff are either supporting student learning from home, planning in teams or supervising groups at school.  I ask that parents only make contact during school hours.  They need to be able to switch off at the end of the day. 

Thank you for the many positive and encouraging messages sent to our staff.  We appreciate your dedication to your children's learning but ask that you also remember that their wellbeing is just as important.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Miss Williams on the passing of her father.  Any death in the family is emotionally difficult but particularly during COVID restrictions. Go gently Hannah. 

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

We Are a People of Hope

A Message of Hope!

When you stop worrying you can start loving more.

If you give doubt and fear less room in your heart to breathe, something else can come in or come forth.

Pause and think about what matters most to you in life. Who matters? What really matters? Prioritize that. 

In this week’s School Newsletter we have included a link to the new online format of the Catholic Diocesan magazine. The magazine begins with a very poignant COVID reflection by Bishop Paul Bird and there are lots of interesting articles on the Catholic schools around the Diocese.

Dear St Patrick's Primary School,

It includes articles on the need to rethink high stakes Year 12 exams and the ATAR this year, parent support for vaccines for students so schools can re-open, and our parent webinar this Thursday evening on how to find vocational education and training opportunities with your child, and more...

Leadership & Stewardship

Onsite Learning Requirements

Category A

An authorised worker permit is now required for parents in regional Victoria requesting onsite supervision for their child/ren under Category A as an authorised worker.

Permits are required for children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers, who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made.

Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers for their children to be eligible for onsite provision at school. 

In rare circumstances, a parent/carer does not need a worker permit. This includes people employed in law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification. 

Category B

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

● in out-of-home care

● deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home

● identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

● where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide onsite supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

An authorised worker permit is not required for accessing onsite supervision under Category B.

Remote Learning Protocol

The primary schools of the Warrnambool & District Catholic Schools Network have co-created a coordinated protocol for any future periods of remote learning. This letter is attached for your information.  

3/4 Camp

Unfortunately our Year 3/4 camp to Roses Gap has fallen victim to the current Lockdown restrictions.  We know this is a huge disappointment for the children and teachers concerned.

We are on a waiting list for an alternative date in term 4, should there be a cancellation. Fingers Crossed!  

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

Physical Activity & Mental Health

Regular physical activity is great for children and young people’s healthy development and helps prevent and relieve mental health issues.

How can we parents best support our children during lockdown?

This time will influence the rest of their lives, and yet it is also a time that many parents feel quite lost. Discover how to really support the development of healthy emotional wellbeing in our children during lockdown.Join Dr Arne Rubinstein with special guest Maggie Dent to discover how you can support your children to be motivated, happy and communicative during lockdown compared with angry, shut down and depressed.Free Facebook Live Event Thursday 2 September 7 - 8PM EST. No need to register just follow our Facebook Page and be online for the 7pm start

FATHERS DAY SPECIAL Online Father & Child Workshop with Dr Arne Rubinstein

We are very excited to invite you to a special lockdown friendly online Fathers Day workshop with Dr Arne Rubinstein. A fun interactive evening that will guide you through activities and conversations for Father & Child (of any age!). The perfect way to honour the special relationship you share. Turn this Fathers Day into a special moment that you will both remember for many years to come. Thursday 9 September: 7 - 8PM EST $25 to attend. Please register through the link below. 

Father Day Workshop REGISTER HERE

Learning and Teaching

National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week on 5 -11 September, raises awareness about protecting the rights of children and preventing child abuse. eSafety has activities for people of all ages to get involved. 

Our professional learning for educators 'Online harmful sexual behaviours and emerging technology' is running as scheduled and we have tips to support educators during remote learning

We also have lesson plans for primary and secondary students and webinars and advice pages for parents and carers.

Support your students and school community by helping them build valuable online safety skills this National Child Protection Week.

During Lockdown I urge parents to pay close attention to what your children are doing online.   With more time on devices, there has been an increase in online bullying and access to inappropriate materials. 

Book Week Reading Challenge

CBCA Book Week Winners

Here are the Winner of the CBCA Book Winners for 2021.  

Library Book Week Celebrations

Why Children's Book Week Is Important

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators.

Book Week 2021 runs from 21-27 August and this year asks your children to embrace the theme 'Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds'. This exciting invitation opens a world full of possibilities when it comes to kids book week theme ideas.

Our annual BOOK FAIR is a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their favourite characters from their favourite books by dressing up. This is an opportunity to escape into another world where your child can be anything they want to be!

Students will have an opportunity to create ‘wish lists’ by browsing the books available for purchase Monday 6th September -  Tuesday 7th September in our school library. St. Patrick's will showcase our students’ in their book character outfits on Tuesday 14th September with a grand parade, following our annual Book Fair.

Stuck for ideas? Look at Pinterest, make your own costume, adapt what you have in your wardrobe. Keep it fun and simple. There will be prizes for creative/homemade Book Week costumes and encouragement awards.  

Celina Brown - Librarian

Book Week Dress Up Day

Children can come to school dress up as their favourite Book Character on September 14 to celebrate the end of our Book Week Fair.  

Inaugural Girls Football Team

St Patrick’s Year 5 & 6 girls participated for the very first time in the Warrnambool and District Primary Schools Girls Football Tournament.  Our Inaugural Girls Football Team were very excited to be the first to represent St Patrick's in this event.  Eight teams competed and our girls did a wonderful job.    

Our first game was against a very tall St Joseph’s PS and 30 seconds into her first game of footy Emily Porter put it through the big sticks.  Nat Kuprynsky scored a second goal for us late in the game but it was not enough and St Joseph's ran out eventual winners by a very small margin.

Our second game against East Warrnambool PS was another close affair.  Nat Kuprynsky again had us off to an early lead but a late charge by East Warrnambool was enough to see them get over the line and record the win.

Koroit and District PS were next on the fixture list and again, our St Patrick’s girls had the early lead with a Beth Dyson goal but it was not to be again, as Koroit and District channelled their inner Koroit and took out the close encounter.

In our final game of the day we played again against East Warrnambool PS.  This time we took home the chocolates!  Goals to Mali Little, Emily Porter, Chloe Dumesney and ruck sensation Maeve Murphy saw the Seagulls run out comfortable winners.

It really was a great, fun, day where the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  All the girls contributed but a special mention might need to go out to Mali Little, Beth Dyson, Emily Porter, Tessa Phillips and Nat Kuprynsky for their consistent efforts all day long.  Mali was awarded a brand new footy for being judged St Patrick’s best player on the day.

Thanks to Coach Tom Sell and team manager Georgina Dumesny for their coaching and support of the girls all day.


Sustainability News

School Garden

This week the sustainability group has been busy growing some delicious rhubarb and beetroots.

If you want to get any of these they will be in the staff room. 

If you have any questions you can ask Mr Steere or the sustainability leaders, Jorja and Andrew. 

Congratulations to Emily Leddin of 5/6S, as her artwork was selected for our school garden project. The garden was started last week and the plants will be put by the sustainability team once we are back at school. We will have some progress photos coming soon.

School News

Student's Birthdays

St Patrick's inline with our Healthy Eating Policy & Oral Health Policy would like to make parents aware about food brought into the school for student birthdays.  There is to be no food, cakes or lollies, brought into the school to share with their classmates. We also need to consider the number of children with allergies and the school needs to ensure everyone's safety.

Birthdays will still be celebrated by their teacher and classmates with a birthday song and recognised at our assemblies.

Australian Dental Health Victoria

Our school is participating in the Australian Dental Health Victoria program. A dental van will visit the school on Monday November 22. The School Dental Initiative forms were sent home with your child, if this has been misplaced, you can collect one from the office.

This is a voluntary program and if you wish for your child to be part of the program please return your form to your child's teacher by Monday September 6.

Stay at Home if you are Unwell!

Just a reminder, that if your child is showing any signs of a cold or the flu, they are to stay at home. 

No Assemblies

Under the Victorian Government guidelines & CECV School Operations Guide restrictions, we are unable to have school assemblies.

Board Game Club

Board Game Club is on every Wednesday from 1.45pm-2.15pm in the Library. Students need to write their name on the Sign Up sheet outside the ICT Room. Only the first 25 student will be able to join in.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday September 7 - Book Fair

Tuesday September 7 - SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Wednesday September 8 to Friday September 10 - Yr 5/6 Camp to Cave Hill Creek

Friday September 17 - Term 3 ends at 2.20pm

Monday October 4 - Term 4 commences

Sunday November 7 - P & F Wellness Day

Friday November 12 - Mini Spring Fair

Friday November 19 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing

School Rosters



Library Reshelving - Shelving can be done at anytime during the week of:


Sickbay Linen - the linen will be sent home with your child the Friday you are rostered on.

Friday August 27 -  Marcelle Hennig

Sporting Schools


Attendance forms are located on the Skoolbag App. Attendance slips must be filled out by 10am for each day your child is attending Sporting Schools. Any child without an attendance form will not be permitted to attend.

Father's Day Breakfast - POSTPONED

We are very disappointed that we need to postpone our annual Father's Day Breakfast. We are hoping to reschedule the breakfast once the lockdown is over and we can be confident of the event going ahead safely. 

For those who have already made an order, we are happy to reimburse you or we can keep the order in CDFpay until a decision has been made regarding rescheduling the event.

P & F Dates for your Diary

Friday September 3 - Father's Day Breakfast @ 8am

Friday October 26 - Kids Halloween Disco @ 6pm (time to be confirmed)

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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