St Pat's News

Term 1 - February 11, 2021

St. Patrick's Primary School

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

As we settle into our second week at school there is a productive buzz around the rooms.  The teachers are sending out their curriculum overviews for term 1 and a welcome PowerPoint presentation in lieu of the Information Sessions we usually have at this time of year.  If any parents need information clarified they can contact the teacher concerned via Seesaw.

Thank you to the hard working team of parents and staff who attended the first term working bee last Saturday morning.  The weather was kind to us and we managed to cross off most jobs on the list and some others that weren't. Aside from that it was a great opportunity for us all to reconnect and get to know one another. 

Our Foundation Teacher, Annie Forrest, has announced some surprising and happy news that she is expecting a baby in August.  We wish Annie & Alastair all the best as they await the arrival of their little one.  We are glad to say that Annie is fit and well. Annie will be taking maternity leave from Term 3. 

Kind regards,

Olga Lyons, Principal


If any of our parents have the skills and time to volunteer to repair the outside of the cubby in the playground we would be very grateful. We also have a wooden step that needs to be fixed.  Please contact the office with your details.  These jobs are eligible for our Volunteer Levy rebates.

Repair Work

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 - Annie Forrest

Wellbeing News

Birthday Celebrations in Classrooms

We understand that one of the highlights for our children is their birthday and being able to celebrate it with their friends and classmates.

Class treats are permitted to be brought to school, provided they are individually wrapped and only handled by each individual child.  Some examples: Cupcakes in patty pans, wrapped Freddo Frogs, Boxes of Smarties etc.  

NB. Providing treats for your child's birthday is a choice not an expectation.

School Coats

We discourage students wearing school coats in class.  School jumpers are for general use and coats are for use outside.  The classrooms are well insulated and heated. 

From The Office - Janine Moloney & Bec Amor

Office Updates

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund - Please contact the office if you wish to apply for this fund

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is $125 for primary school students. Families that have applied for CSEF funding last year do not need to reapply. New families will need to fill in the application form and provide a copy of their current Health Care Card. Forms can be collected from the school office or downloaded from the link below.

DOBCEL Family Fee Assistance Scheme - Please contact the office if you wish to apply for this scheme ASAP

The Family Fee Assistance Scheme operates across all DOBCEL Catholic Primary Schools. Families who qualify for the scheme will pay $520 ($10 per week) for Primary School Tuition Fees.  Tuition fee discounts are available to holders of a means tested Health Care Card, Pension Card or Veterans Card and must be eligible for the education maintenance allowance.  Eligible families can present their cards to the office and complete an application form.  Forms and information can be downloaded from the link below. If circumstances change at any time the office need to be informed. 

Absences from school

In line with Catholic Education Office requirements, parents will now be contacted on the day if their child is absent from school and we have not received any communication regarding this. We would ask that parents notify us of their child’s absence as early as possible on the day (or earlier if the absence is planned). Our preferred method of notification is through PAM (Parent Access Module) or by ringing the office after 8.30am.

Website login

Our newsletters and many forms can be located and downloaded from our school website. The website also contains a calendar of current events. Login details can be found in this newsletter. We also try to post updates and information on our school Facebook page and via the Skoolbag app. Details on how to download the app are included in this Newsletter.


Canteen will begin Thursday February 18th. Canteen is available most Thursdays and Fridays and a menu has been emailed to parents. The menu is also available on the Skoolbag app and the school website. 

All Canteen orders are to be made by CDFpay, please click on the link to access the directions, CDFpay. Each student must have a reusable container with their name and class clearly marked on it. The Canteen Menu was emailed to you yesterday and can also be accessed from our Website and the Skoolbag App. All prices are in CDFpay.

Canteen Menu Link - Parent Information Page on the Website

DOBCEL Family Assistance Scheme Information Documents


Camps, Sports and Excursions Information Documents



Filled in our Volunteer Jobs google form?  

Parent Volunteer Jobs

There are many ways you can help around the school, some of these jobs are eligible to volunteer levy rebates. If you are interested in helping in some way please click on the link above.

Filled in the 2020 Working Bee google form?

Working Bees

Working Bees are great way of helping the school and working off your volunteer levy points. We would appreciate it if each family could commit to one working bee for the year.

Each working bee is worth 15 volunteer points per person (5 points = 1 hour/$25).

Working Bees are held on the first Saturday of each term from 9am-12pm.

Please click on the link above to select a date.

PAM - Updated your child's medical information & checked that your contact details are up to date?

Please login to your PAM account and check that your child's medical profile and amend as necessary. You also need to check your contact details, your child's emergency contact and your address are correct. If any changes are needed please email Janine

School Advisory Council

Next Meeting

Our next School Advisory Council meeting will be held on March 3rd at 7:30pm in the school boardroom. 

School News

Upcoming Events

Monday February 15

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday February 16

Parents & Friends AGM @ 7.30pm

Wednesday February 17

Ash Wednesday

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday February 18

Moyne District Tennis

Monday February 22

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday February 23

Moyne Tennis & Hot Shots

Wednesday February 24

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Friday February 26

School Sports Day @ Brauerander 

Monday March 1

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday March 2

SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Wednesday March 3

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Friday March 5

Pupil Free Day - Staff PD

Friday March 5

Division Tennis

Monday March 8

Labour Day Public Holiday

Wednesday March 10

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Friday March 12

Division Swimming

Monday March 15

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Wednesday March 17

St Patrick's Day

Kaboom Sports @ 12pm

Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Classroom News

Our Hopes for the Year in 5/6LK

This year I would like to improve my knowledge of maths operations. - Nicholas

This year I hope we get a jumping pillow at school. - Julian

I am hoping we get to do fun activities in maths this year. - Rosie

This year I would like to improve my Japanese writing skills. - Clara

I hope there is a school play this year and if there is I would like to get a role. - Elli

I would like there to be an extra 20 minutes of playtime. - Jonah

I hope I get into the All Star basketball team and students get MacBooks at school. - Oliver

I hope we get to play Hooptime & school football this year. - Harry

I hope there are lots of dress up days this year, we have more time in drama and that there is a school netball competition. - Maeve

I hope to learn lots of new things this year, especially in maths. - Alice

I hope we get to spend more time in the library this year. - Clara

I hope we get to do more buddy activities this year. - Tilly

I would like to play more sport this year. - Andrew

Class Awards

Class Representatives

Thank you to the parents who have so far offered to be a Class Rep this year. We are still looking for one more class representative for 3/4MG.  Janine will be sending out information to the class representatives shortly.

Sports News

Our school sports this year will be held on Friday February 26th at Brauerander Park from 10.00am - 2.30pm. All children will be competing in a variety of athletic events on this day and families are very welcome.

The Moyne School Athletics will be held on Wednesday March 23rd.

Sporting Schools Program

The Sporting Schools program will this year run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons after school from 3.20pm - 4.30pm starting next week. This program runs for 7 weeks each term. Tom Sell, one of our Learning Support Officers, will be coordinating the program this year, along with our trainees.

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. 

Please use the Skoolbag App for each session your child is going to attend.

If you do not have the Skoolbag App, click on the link for instructions.

School Rosters


Canteen will commence on Thursday February 18. Canteen days will be Thursday and Friday. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the canteen please fill in the Canteen Volunteer google form. 

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

Monday February 15 - Tamara Wright

Monday February 22 - Donella Mulraney

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the Library a couple of times a term for 30-60 minutes putting our library books back on the shelves. If you are able to assist please fill out the Parent Helper google form.

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

Friday February 12 - Rhea Thomas

Friday February 26 - Jenny McNeil

Friday March 12 - Michelle Verhoef


The office is open from 8.30am - 4.00pm each day.

There is no supervision for students before 8.40am. Teachers use the time prior to the doors opening for setting up for the day, therefore they are not available to supervise students. Students who arrive at school prior to 8.40am need to wait at the side door near the hall until the doors are opened.  Students with bikes can put them in the bike shed prior to 8:40am but return to the front of the school hall. 

The bell for the start of the day rings at 8.55am, any student arriving after this time needs to be signed in using the iPad at the office.

There is no school for Foundation students on Wednesdays during Term 1.

The bell for the end of the day rings at 3.20pm. If for any reason you are going to be later than 3.30pm to collect your child/children, please contact the school office.

PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM is used for excursions/activities, absences, medical profile, emailing parents, learning conversations, literacy/numeracy bookings and school reports.

All absences, excursion permissions, medical information will be accessed through PAM (Parent Access Module). PAM is where you have been accessing your child's reports and making bookings for interviews.

You will use the same login and password that you were given at the end of last year. If you have forgotten your login please contact me. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it from the login page.

When you log in, there may be a warning at the top that asks you to verify your email address - please do this.

PAM Information

Instructions on how to complete a student absence and how to give permission for your child to go on a school excursion/activity.

Parents & Friends

Parents & Friends AGM

 We really do value the wonderful parental involvement and assistance we receive here at St Patrick’s and I thank you in anticipation. We are expecting a great turn out for our Annual AGM next week.

An AGM will be held on Tuesday February 16th at 7.30pm to elect the Executive Committee for 2021.  I'd like to thank the current Executive Committee for their dedication during such a difficult year in 2021.  

Please feel free to contact me at any stage if you have any concerns or queries throughout the year. 

We look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.

ICT News - Hannah Williams

Free to a good home

We have a large collection of iPads which are no longer functional in our classrooms. 

We have a large collection of iPads which are no longer functional in our classrooms. 

There are 25 iPad 3rd Generations.

These iPads have very limited capabilities and will not support the latest updates required for most apps and upgrades. It is an understanding that they may have a limited life span and taking them is at your own imperil. If you would be interested please get in contact with Hannah via email

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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

Community News

Drama Club


After School Drama Club will return on next Thursday February 11 for Term 1 from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.  If your child would be interested in participating in an hour of fun filled Drama games and activities please contact Tommy Greene on 0400 062 799 or via  It is for students in  Years 1-6 only and will be each Thursday until the remainder of term.  The cost is $110 per term.