St Pat's News

Term 3 - July 22, 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,

Once again, no sooner do we begin term 3 than we are back in remote learning.  Thank you and congratulations to our staff, students and parents on your quick response and smooth return to remote learning. The Victorian Government expect that the Lockdown will conclude at 11:59pm next Tuesday, with a return to onsite learning next Wednesday.  We sincerely hope this is the case! 

Congratulations to Miss Annie Forrest and her partner Alastair on the early birth of Patrick Raymond Templeton on July 19th. Mum and bub are doing well.  We look forward to meeting little "Paddy" soon.  

Congratulation to Aidan Dwyer for his great sporting achievements this week.  You can read all about Aidan in this newsletter. 

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

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

Free webinar for parents and carers of primary and secondary school students. Understand the risks when using apps like Tik Tok, Snap Chat, YouTube and Instagram. This webinar also covers strategies for staying safer on social media and how to report if something goes wrong.  

Sustainability News

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant

St Patrick's has been successful with our application for a 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant. Our grant money is to be used to upgrade our vegetable patch with new seedlings and plants and to create a new bush tucker garden in our school. We will use the gardens, plants and produce grown in our garden as part of Paddy's Pantry and our science and health programs.

Our school is one of 1,609 primary schools and early learning centres throughout Australia receiving a Woolworths Junior Landcare grant to help grow our next generation of environmental champions.

The grants are being funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price, which was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.

The children and teachers are looking forward to working and learning from this project and we’ll keep you updated on the results.

Click on the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant map to read about our project and others.

Learning and Teaching

Catching on Early - Yr 5 Students

The Year 5 children will be undertaking a unit of Personal Development on Fridays in Term 3.  The sessions will be conducted by Elissa Johnson, Moyne Community Health Nurse, with school staff in attendance.

Our first session will hopefully begin on Friday July 30th. The session will be for all Year 5 Students. We will begin with ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ - the ups and downs of growing up.

Students will be learning about:

  • the physical, social and emotional changes associated with puberty

  • variations in the timing of puberty

  • respecting the feelings of others

To support these conversations I will send home some resources and links for each family.

Farm Safety Creative Competition

This week is National Farm Safety Week (18th-24th July), an initiative of Farmsafe Australia aimed at raising awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across the country. Several of our school community families live on farms. This year’s focus is looking at safety issues as they span the life of a farmer. Kidsafe Victoria is encouraging all primary schools to focus on farm safety to celebrate Farm Safety Week. While the children are on Remote Learning parents can check out the suggestions below on how your children can get involved!

Farms are a unique environment, providing many wonderful opportunities for children to explore, learn and grow. However, because they are often both a home and workplace, they can also contain many dangers and potential injury hazards. Farm safety is an important issue not only for children and families who live on a farm, but also for those who visit farms.

Student News

Aidan Dwyer - Sporting Achievements

Last Tuesday I participated in the second round of the tryouts for the Victorian under 12's schools' cricket team in Bundoora. This was an introduction to the pathways of Cricket Victoria, with exposure to the top coaches and selectors in the state. I was one of the unlucky players to not make it through but was it was a great experience.

Last Thursday I participated in the Regional Cross Country at Deakin University at Warrnambool. The track was very muddy which altered the course and made the conditions slippery. I didn't get off to a great start because I slipped in the mud at the starting line but I did finish off strongly by coming around 20th out of 100 people in the region.

Aidan Dwyer

School News

Working Bee - Postponed - Date to be confirmed

Thank you to the following families who  volunteered to assist at last Saturday's Working Bee.  Unfortunately the COVID-19 Lockdown and the heavy rain meant that this event will be postponed until further notice. We hope the families listed are able to make the alternative date when announced.

Phillip Seath, Aaron & Tamara Wright, Shane Lenehan, Kristan Braun & Andrew Kirkpatrick, Vincent Parkinson, Kristen & Adam Sheehan, Rohan Bourke, Ash Cryer, Rob Winter, Paulaida & Greg Fitzsimmons, Clare & Anthony Leddin, Rhea Thomas, Adam Brian, Simon Knee

Financial Update

Financial Hardship

It is understandable at this time that some families may be experiencing financial hardship due to small business closures or downturn in employment.  If paying your school fees is a concern, I invite you to make contact with the school to discuss options.  

Volunteer Levy

So far this year, 61 families have taken advantage of the Family Fee Discount (Volunteer Levy) through our volunteer scheme.  Our term 3 working bee will be rescheduled, not cancelled, as we need the work completed prior to the commencement of construction and so that families have this opportunity to earn their discount.  Canteen and Parents and Friends events will recommence as soon as possible to provide an avenue to earn volunteer points.  

Please note that the Volunteer Levy is a component of the required CECV Family Fee, not an add on, as is the case in most schools.  It was designed to raise parent participation and build community, not gather additional revenue for the school.  It does save the school the cost of employing contractors to do basic maintenance tasks.  If we remove the Volunteer Levy we will be required to increase our Family Fee and families would lose the opportunity to earn part of the fee back.  Families who were enrolled at the school in 2020 have been earning double points this year due to the reduced opportunities to volunteer last year. 

Camps Sports and Excursion Fund - CSEF

The government has extended the CSEF application deadline for 2021. Families with a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veteran Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, as well as temporary foster parents, are eligible to apply if they have not done so this year.

There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Please contact the office if you would like to apply for the funding. The extension period for applications ends on Friday 13 August 2021.

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. This week School Dental Initiative forms were sent home with your child. 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 October 18.

Head Lice

The school has been notified of a case of head lice. It is a timely reminder for parents to check their child's head. If you child does have head lice, your child must be treated prior to coming to school. It is also very important that in 7 days time you treat your child again. The most effective way of controlling head lice after the treatment is to use a lice comb to comb through your child's hair to ensure all eggs and lice are removed.

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. 


Bookclub orders for Issue 5 close on Friday July 30.

Future orders can be made by sending the order form and cash to the school office or via the online LOOP. Directions on how to use the LOOP are on the order page.

Assembly Attendance - Postponed During Lockdown

We are able to have the parents of the class presenting assembly in attendance each fortnight.  We must still comply with the 1 person to 2 metres ratio for visitors with the actions listed below. 

  • Masks must be worn if you are unable to socially distance
  • Everyone must sign in using the QR code on the hall door
  • Social distancing must be adhered to. No gathering in groups

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

Friday July 23 - Canteen Pie Day - Postponed

Tuesday August 3 - Yr 3/4 Hooptime

Tuesday August 3 - SAC meeting @ 7.30pm

Friday August 6 - Assembly @ 2.45pm led by 5/6B - only parents of 5/6B can attend

Tuesday August 10 - Yr 5/6 Brauer Performance of Matilda

Tuesday August 10 - P & F Meeting @ 7.30pm. All welcome

Sunday August 15 - Sacrament of Eucharist @ 9am

Tuesday August 17 - Yr 5/6 Hooptime

Friday August 20 - Pupil Free Day Staff Literacy PD

Monday August 23 - Pre-school transition visit @ 12.40pm-1.40pm

Thursday August 26 & Friday August 27 - Yr 3/4 Camp to Roses Gap

Thursday August 27 - Canteen Hot Dog Day

Monday August 30 - Pre-school transition visit @ 12.40pm-1.40pm

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

Friday September 3 - Assembly at 2.45pm 

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

Friday November 19 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing

School Rosters


Friday July 23 - NO CANTEEN

Friday  July 30 - Donna Parsons, Ruth Everitt

Friday August 6 - Michael Pickett, Xin Nguyen, Caitlin Down

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

Monday July 26 - Tamara Wright

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

Friday July 30 -  Marcelle Hennig



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.

Next P & F Meeting

The P & F will be holding their next P & F meeting on Tuesday August 10th at 7.30pm.  Just a reminder that as part of the class rep role, they are required to attend at least one meeting per term. 

All parents are welcome to attend P & F meetings.

P & F Dates for your Diary

Friday July 23 - Canteen Pie Day - POSTPONED

Saturday July 31 - Wellness Day

Tuesday August 10 - P & F Meeting @ 7.30pm

Friday August 20 - Aussie Trivia Night 

Friday August 27 - Canteen Hot Dog Day (No other orders on this day)

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

Sunday October 10 - Spring Fair

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

Visit this link to view the latest newsletter from Australian Parent's Council.


The P & F are holding a Pie Day on a date to be confirmed. No other canteen items can be purchased on the day. Please ensure you send a container large enough for your child's order and that it is clearly marked with their name. No paper bags are to be used. Our school is a rubbish free school.


Nibble Pie $2.00Gluten Free Nibble Pie $2.50
Plain Pie $4.00Gluten Free Plain Pie $5.00
Chicken & Leek Pie $4.50Gluten Free Chicken & Leek Pie $5.50
Sausage Roll $3.00Gluten Free Sausage Roll $3.50
Egg & Bacon Frittata $4.00Gluten Free Egg & Bacon Frittata $5.00

Wild Winter Wellness Program

Please download the attached file to access our Wild Winter Wellness Program.
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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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