St Pat's News

Term 1 - February 17, 2022

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 Carers,

Wow it's week 4 already!  The classes are completing their pre testing and settling into focus testing informed by this data.  

We are gearing up for the Folk Festival which isn't far off. We still need volunteers to set up & pack up the BBQ at the Folkie arena and volunteers to cook at the BBQ and do preparation in our canteen.  If you can spare any time and would like to get involved please let us know. Many hands will make tasks easier for everyone. This is our biggest fund raiser each year. 

Once again the Folk Festival Connected Circus will be visiting our school on March 10 to teach the children some circus tricks.  Children attending the Folkie arena are then welcome to participate in the Circus events. 

Our term 1 welcome to 2022 family event is on Feb 25 at 4.30pm.  It takes the form of a Street Race (hunting for tokens around the town) followed by a BBQ.  It was a huge success last year, so come along to have some fun and meet the teachers. 

Kind regards,

Olga Lyons, Principal

2022 School Closure Dates

Term 1 - March Thursday 3 & Friday 4 (Staff Conference)

Term 2 - May 5 (Public Holiday/May Races)

Term 2 - Friday May 6 (Writing PD)

Term 2 - Tuesday June 14 (Report Writing)

Term 3 - Friday August 5 (School Wide Positive Behaviour PD)

Term 4 - Monday September 21 (Report Writing)

From The RE Leader - Eliza Dwyer


School Attendance

Please do not send children to school with cold like symptoms.  It is highly recommended that you administer a Rapid Antigen Test if the children have any symptoms.  If the result is negative and symptoms persist, seek a PCR test result before sending them back to school. Unwell children should not be attending school.

Building Project Update

This week the foundation footings have been concreted in and the timber flooring is now being installed. We watched with great interest as the cement trucks funnelled concrete into the holes on Monday. 

It's All Happening on the Building Site

Learning Diversity

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • Formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • Consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disabilities in schools
  • Develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

Fact Sheet for Parents and Guardians

SWPBS & Wellbeing

Worry & Anxiety

Anxiety is normal, everyone experiences anxiety at some time.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with your day to day life.


From The Office - Janine Moloney & Bec Amor

Folkie Camping - Help erecting lights and marking out the sites

St Patrick's runs a campsite in the school grounds during the Folkie Festival weekend. This is a major fundraiser for the school.

For this venture to be a success we need your help. Parents are needed to set up the lights and mark out the sites. If you can help please fill in the google form using the link below. All help will be eligible for volunteer family fee assistance.

Folkie Camping Set Up Help

Conveyance Allowance

The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards transport costs and is not intended to cover the full cost of transporting children to and from school.

The conveyance allowance may be available to students attending government or non-government schools and:

  • travelling by public transport or by private car, motorbike, bicycle or bus, and
  • whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus provided under the School Bus Program

The eligibility criteria include the requirement that a student attending a non-government school is attending the nearest appropriate school (that is 4.8km or more from the student’s residence).

If you are eligible for the allowance, please fill in the form (link below) or request a form from the school office.

Conveyance Allowance Form


Book Club - Orders Close Friday February 18

Book Club orders must be handed into the school office by Friday February 18.

School Advisory Council

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meet once a term.  The Council members sign a DOBCEL Child Code of Conduct and A Fit and Proper Persons Declaration each year. The first meeting is March 1st at 7:30pm in the school library.

2022 SAC Members:

Chairperson: Matt Porter    Deputy Chairperson: Andrew Prosser

Secretary: Bec Greene

Principal: Olga Lyons 

Deputy Principal: Peter Sanderson

Parish Priest: Fr. John Corrigan 

Staff Rep: Anne Robertson     

P & F Rep: Lucy Lehne

Parents Elect: Clare Leddin, Jo Mackenzie, Jess Condon

5/6S Class News

Kitchen Garden Cooking

This week in Wellbeing, 5/6S got to cook using ingredients grown in the kitchen garden. The majority of the ingredients had been planted and harvested by the sustainability team at school. We even used the eggs produced from our chooks. Mrs Kenna helped us with the preparation and baking. We made zucchini fritters and they looked amazing.

Once Mr Steere returned from planning, he  had to decide which fritters tasted the best without knowing who the cooks of each batch were. The BOYS meal or the GIRLS meal. It took Mr Steere no time at all to choose the boys' zucchini fritters. But, after a conversation with a staff member it seems that the meals got mixed up in transit. So, we may never know who had the taster batch. We do know however that we are all very impressive cooks. 

Tasty Zucchini Fritters

Give Yourself to Goodness & Class Awards

Give Yourself to Goodness Awards

Class Awards

Sustainability News

Detox Your Home - Warrnambool

Date and time: Saturday 5 March 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Warrnambool Livestock Exchange 81 - 91 Caramut Road Warrnambool

Toxic household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pool chemicals and pesticides can be safely disposed of for free at Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home events, in partnership with local councils. Collected items are recovered for reuse or safely disposed of.

With community safety in mind, Detox your Home events, are now drive-through (no walk-ins) and contactless, supported by a COVIDSafe plan. 

This service is for household chemicals only.

Detox your Home accepts:

  • Acids and alkalis Aerosol cans (empty cans with household recycling)
  • Anti-freeze Brake fluid Car body filler Car wax Cleaners – ammonia base
  • Cooking oil
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
  • Fertiliser
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
  • Glues – water-based and solvents
  • Herbicides and weed killers
  • Insect spray and pesticides
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Cosmetics
  • Oven cleaner
  • Thinners, turps and paint stripper
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)
  • Paint, fluorescent lights and batteries won’t be accepted.

Chemicals can’t be decanted, so bring them in disposable, clearly labelled containers.

If you don’t know what’s inside a container, label it as ‘unknown’.

The maximum acceptable weight or size for a single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.

On the day:

    Put your clearly labelled items in the empty boot of your car or vehicle tray.

      Drive-in and follow the event signage and directions.

        Stay in your car, you will need to check in using a QR code and our trained chemists will do the rest.

        School News

        Upcoming Events

        Friday February 25 - P & F Street Race @ 4pm

        Tuesday March 1 - SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

        Wednesday March 2 - Opening School Mass @ 10am

        Wednesday March 2 - Folk Festival BBQ Meeting @ 7.30pm

        Thursday & Friday March 3 & 4 - Pupil Free Days - Staff PD

        Thursday March 10 - Folkie BBQ Set-Up @ 8am

        Week of March 14 - Harmony Week

        Thursday March 17 - St Patrick's Day

        Thursday March 17 - Whole School Liturgy @ 10am, Special Lunch @ 11am, Kaboom Sports @ 11.30am

        Monday March 21 - School Photos

        Wednesday March 23 - School Athletics

        Monday March 28 - Yr 6 Reconciliation @ 7pm

        Friday April 8 - Last day of Term 1 @ 2.20pm

        Tuesday April 26 - First day of Term 2

        Saturday April 30 - Working Bee @ 9am - 12pm

        Tuesday May 3 - Confirmation Parent Night @ 7pm

        Thursday May 5 - Warrnambool Cup Day - Public Holiday

        Friday May 6 - Pupil Free Day - Staff PD

        Sports News

        Sporting Schools Program

        The Sporting Schools program this year will run on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons after school from 3.20pm - 4.30pm. This program runs for 7 weeks each term. Term 1 finishes on Thursday March 24. 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.

        Athletics Sports Carnival - March 23

        Our Athletics Carnival at the Brauander athletics track in Warrnambool is the highlight of our sporting calendar.  Parents are welcome to attend and view the events from the pavilion area and around the outside of the arena.  The teams will assemble in the middle of the oval. 

        The Coffee Van will be attending, so we ask that you support  this business. 

        2022 P&F Newsletter

        Term 1 Activities

        -25th February- Street Race and Welcome BBQ

        -11th – 14th March- Folk Festival BBQ Fundraiser

        -17th March - St Patricks Day Special Lunch - Hot Dogs & Drinks

        - Easter Raffle

        Folk Festival BBQ Fundraiser

        We are still seeking helpers for the Folk Festival BBQ. This is one of our biggest fundraising opportunities for the year so it would be great to get as many helpers as possible. Please see Janine if you are able to help out. Please click on the link below to access the BBQ Google form

        Folkie BBQ Google Form

        Folk Festival Volunteers

        Do you want to make a significant contribution to our school community? Do you want to meet more parents from St. Patrick's school?  Do you want to earn a ticket to the Folk Festival Arena and soak up the atmosphere while listening to some great music?

        If so...volunteer to work a shift at the St. Patrick's BBQ or to do food preparation at the school canteen on the Long Weekend in March.  We need more people to put their hand up to assist with this major fundraising event.  

        Food Bank

        At times we all need a little assistance to get us through the tough times.  St. Patrick's Parents & Friends Catering Committee Coordinators will be operating a Food Bank to support families in need.  Please contact Jo Hamilton or Janine in the office to nominate a family who may need some food support when they have a new baby, a death in the family or are just generally in need.  All donations are eligible for the Family Fee discount.

        2022 School Canteen

        Our 2022 school canteen will be outsourced to The Village Bakery each Friday starting on March 18.  Thank you to Regan Luhrs for volunteering to be our Canteen Manager.  Volunteers are needed to work in the canteen from 10.30am - 11.45am.  Training will be offered to those who volunteer.  All volunteers are eligible for the Family Fee discount.

        Street Race Information

        CDF PAY Orders close on Wednesday 24/2/2022 at 3pm

        Sausages - $2.50ea

        Sausages GF - $2.50ea

        Hamburgers - $5.00ea

        Complimentary onions and coleslaw for BBQ purchases

        Entry to the race can also be paid through CDFpay.

        Sold on the night

        Water $2

        Lollies $1

        Zooper Doopers $1

        This button takes you directly to PAM for Absences, School Activities, Reports, Learning Conversations, Numeracy & Literacy Interviews

        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