St Pat's News

Term 3 - September 16, 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,

What a term it's been for all of us, students, parents and teachers?  But what a great example of partnership and perseverance to ensure that the learning of our children has continued throughout the term.  With no news of a return to face-to-face learning for term 4 as yet from the Victorian Premier we can only hope and pray that we can get all children back after the term break. 

Thank you parents for supporting our teaching programs at home. Your positive feedback and the learning growth of the students have made everyone's efforts worthwhile. I hope all families can enjoy a break from learning routines over the next 2 weeks.   

Thank you also to our teachers and support staff who have done an amazing job of remote and onsite learning.  

Above All...Well done children for your perseverance and focus on your learning.


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

Term 4 Closure Day

The Report Writing closure day advertised for Friday November 19 needs to change Monday November 22 due to our swimming program on Fridays in term 4.

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

DOBCEL New Wellbeing Activities Workbook for Parents and Students

Healthy wellbeing promotes a sense of meaning and purpose in life that is supported by the spiritual dimension of Catholic schools. It is especially important to ensure that children and young people’s wellbeing is looked after in times of uncertainty and stress. Supporting wellbeing not only helps children and young people to feel happier and less anxious, it will also help them to have positive interactions with the rest of the family and to learn more effectively. 

The activities in this Wellbeing Activities Workbook are designed to give students themselves, as well as parents/carers and school staff suggested ways of supporting the students’ wellbeing – either at home or as part of classroom activities at school. 

Advice on what to do if you are a close contact of a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Remote Learning Protocol

While we sincerely hope we are all able to come back to face-to-face learning in term 4 here is the Warrnambool Catholic Schools Network Protocol for Remote Learning. 

Learning and Teaching


2021 NAPLAN results have been delivered to the school and families of Year 3 and Year 5 students would have collected them from the hall with last week's learning materials.

We are very pleased with how the students performed, particularly with the challenges of Remote Learning in 2019-2021.  Their application to their learning has certainly shone through in their results.

NAPLAN assessments are just one element of our school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers. Your child’s teacher will have the best insight into your child’s educational progress. Along with other school assessment reports. 

Term 4 Swimming Program

Hopefully we will be able to run our Swimming Program in term 4 but we need to be prepared in the event that off-site programs are still restricted. 

Swimming Abilities 

Belfast Aquatics have requested information in regards to your child's/children's swimming abilities for Foundation to Year 5 students. A Google form was sent out this week for parents to complete. If you have not yet completed the form please do so as soon as possible.

Swimming Abilities Google Form

Class Awards

Sustainability News

Thank You Avalon Nursery

We would like to thank the lovely team at Avalon Nursery in Warrnambool for kindly donating flowers to add to our bush tucker garden.

School News

Summer Uniform - Term 4

All student are to be in their summer uniform for Term 4. If you require any uniform items they can be ordered through CDFpay.

Australian Dental Health Victoria - Postponed until 2022


Term 4 Working Bee

If we are able to go ahead with our Term 4 Working Bee, we will be focusing on the following tasks.

1. Replacing the ropes on the north playground pathway.

2. Demolishing the old chook house. 

3. Relocating the chook pen cage.

4. Varnishing the St. Patrick's statue.

5. Varnishing the playground wooden posts.

6. Topping up the bark in the playground.

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

Monday November 22 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

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

Community News

Port Fairy Theatre Group - Festival of Short Plays for Children

The Port Fairy Theatre Group are hoping to run their children's program in Term 4. Children from St Pat's and the Consolidated School will be invited to take part in the production of a short plays. This will of course will only go ahead if COVID restrictions allow. More details to come next term.