St Pat's News

Term 3 - September 9, 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,

A loud cheer was heard along the corridors from the junior teachers on Wednesday on hearing the news that their classes would be returning to face-to-face teaching this Friday and into the final week of term 3.  While this is exciting news we are feeling for the 3-6 students, parents and teachers who will be continuing with Remote Learning for another week at least.  Hopefully we are all back together at the beginning of term 4. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chisholm family who are very sad that Cara's Nan has passed away.  May she rest in peace. 

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

Leadership & Stewardship

Retirement Announcement

Vicki Araldi has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this year.  Vicki has been an exceptional educator for almost 38 years and has been dedicated to the Reading Recovery program at St. Patrick's for 5 years.  She began her teaching in New Town in 1983 before taking up a position at All Saints in Portland in 1988. Vicki then moved to St. Patrick's Koroit in 1992. She began here at St. Patrick's Port Fairy in 2017.  

On behalf of the St. Patrick's community I wish to thank Vicki for her commitment to Catholic Education, her unwavering belief that all children can succeed and for her caring and supportive presence in our school.  We will miss her gentleness and wide smile but wish her well for her quieter lifestyle. 

School Fees

In response to the media coverage on School Fee reductions in Independent and Non-Government Secondary schools, due to Remote Learning, I want to clarify that our school fees are far below the $4,000 - $5,000 charged in the schools mentioned by the Standard.  

Our expenditure to employ staff has not been reduced, as all staff are actively working from home or supervising onsite.  We have employed Casual Relief Teachers to assist with supervision at times.

The cost for online subscriptions has had to increase so that children can access reading material and learning platforms from home.

We will be passing on a reimbursement for any camps, excursions and swimming/surfing events that do not go ahead due to COVID restrictions, as we have done in 2019 and 2020.  

In consultation with the School Advisory Council, the Family Fee will remain the same for 2022, as it has for the past 3 years.  Usually this fee has an annual increase to account for increased running costs of the school.  

Families have had opportunities to volunteer at working bees each term and for canteen and Parents & Friends events held this year to earn a discount on their Family Fee.  We have events planned that can hopefully go ahead in term 4.

Many of our families pay a reduced Family Fee as they qualify for the Diocesan Family Assistance Scheme.  This is based on their income and having a Health Care Card.  

An increase in the cost of stationary material, purchasing of classroom devices and online subscriptions will result in a small increase in the Student Fee in 2022. 

Anyone experiencing financial difficulties is encouraged to speak to the Principal. 

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

This is an excellent source of advice from a range of professionals in the mental wellbeing field to assist families to cope during Lockdowns. 

R U Ok? Day

RU OK Day is Thursday, 9th September.  Remember, it is a great reminder to have a chat with someone and ask if they are OK. We are all in need of this during these trying times!

Child Safety 5 -11 September

This week is National Child Protection Week. There are many resources to support this, including on the NAPCAN website. Have a look at some of the great webinars that are available next week on a range of topics, including a webinar on how Covid-19 has affected our children’s mental health and how we can help.

An Article by Michael Grose - Appreciation

Do you have a child who craves attention? Does their attention-seeking at times deflate and overwhelm you?  If so, you are not alone. Attention-seeking is perhaps the most common misbehaviour in families.

“Look at me, Mum” and its many variations become like a nervous tic driving parents to distraction.  It’s good to give kids your undivided attention but there are limits to how much attention you can give. Unfortunately, attention-seeking becomes a pattern of behaviour that’s hard to break.

My first parenting mentor Prof. Maurice Balson, author of Becoming Better Parents, believed that children who constantly seek attention are generally discouraged. “I am not good enough” is their belief.

The antidote to discouragement according to Balson, was to increase the amount of encouragement that a child or young person received. Encouragement, literally meaning ‘to give heart or courage’ focuses on the processes of improvement, effort, enjoyment and contribution.

The latter, contribution, is the most potent of these processes. Kids will usually belong to their families in two ways. They are either contributing members, or are known for their poor behaviour. For kids known for poor behaviour, their usual way of operating shows a mindset of “If I’m not appreciated, at least they’ll know I’m around”.

Attention or appreciation? There’s no contest. Appreciation is the genuine deal when it comes to helping kids feel good about themselves.

Why appreciation works

Appreciation is highly motivating. Even adolescents will generally respond to a parent’s appreciative comments, although their faces won’t always not show it.

Appreciation has an old-brain connection. The job of our old brain or survival brain, is to keep us safe. Our safety can only be guaranteed if we are a part of a group, so parent appreciation helps kids feel secure, preventing them from resorting to negative attention-seeking behaviour to feel part of the group.

Appreciation is approval on steroids

Approval says I like what you do. Appreciation means much more. It shows how behaviour impacts on another person on an emotional level, which has a stronger impact.

Showing appreciation is a wonderful way to shape a child’s behaviour in positive ways. “Thanks so much for cleaning your toys away without asking. It makes my life so much easier.” This type of comment will usually generate a dopamine (feel-good chemical) response from a child, which means they are likely to repeat the behaviour to replicate the feeling.

How appreciation works

There are four rules to be mindful of, when you show appreciation:

It must have meaning

Appreciation must be real and related to a specific behaviour for it to be effective.

It should let child know the emotional impact of their behaviour

Either with words (“It makes me feel happy”) or through non-verbals (a smile, a hug or high-five) your child should see that their behaviour has had a positive impact on you.

It should be genuine

You can’t fake sincerity with a child or young person as they are generally adept mood detectives.

It’s best if it has small differences

Showing appreciation is not a one-size fits all behaviour. Appreciation should be shown a way that matches the situation and suits your child. Consider writing a note to show appreciation for something special. Boys often prefer private encouragement rather than public acknowledgement so consider when and where you shower them with encouragement.

Positive side effects

There are plenty of positive side effects to showing appreciation for a behaviour. An appreciative parent comment helps create a healthy, happy family atmosphere. Appreciation can change the mood of the giver and receiver and it’s a behaviour that if adopted by children can be experienced by the next generation. That makes parent appreciation a behaviour for the ages.

Learning and Teaching

Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV) Awards

Congratulations to Jorja Lowe (Year 6) who was awarded a High Distinction and Lena Watty (Year 5) who was awarded a Distinction for their MAV Mathematics Projects.  We are very proud of the girls for their achievements and for all of the other students who created wonderful presentations.  

Class Awards - Week 8

School News


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.

The dental forms have now been sent, no late forms will be accepted.

Upcoming Events

Friday September 17 - Term 3 ends at 2.20pm

Monday October 4 - Term 4 commences

Saturday October 9 - Working Bee 9am-12pm

Sunday November 7 - P & F Wellness Day

Friday November 12 - Mini Spring Fair

Friday November 19 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing

P & F Dates for your Diary

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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