St Pat's News

Term 3 - August 5, 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,

This week we gained a sense of normality with busy classroom schedules, specialist programs, unit assessments, 3/4 Hoop Time and hopefully assembly tomorrow.  Just a regular week really, but now... we are hearing that a 3 day lockdown may be imminent. I will send a letter home  if and when the announcement is made. Stay Tuned!

An important event in our school calendar is the First Eucharist celebration for the 17 Year 5s who are participating.  The children will receive their First Eucharist on Sunday August 15 at 10:30am in the Parish Church.  We wish them well as they complete their preparation booklets with their families. 

One of our biggest community events is the Spring Time Fair.  Our Parents & Friends committee are currently making plans for it and would love some new and energetic parents (mums & dads) to get involved to lighten the load.  Please contact Renee Killen if you are able to be involved. 

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


This year we are celebrating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.

Parents and carers are the primary educators of their children, and as crucial partners in each student’s learning journey. To recognise the significant contribution families have made to the foundation, growth and continuity of Catholic schools in Australia over 200 years, a Family Week will be celebrated nationally from 8 August 2021 - 14 August 2021.

The week coincides with the Feast Day of Australia’s First Saint, Mary MacKillop, who was a passionate educator and advocate for children and families, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information about bicentenary visit

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.  

Learning and Teaching


CASEA program (CAMHS and Schools Early Action)

The CASEA program will be offered at St Patrick’s Port Fairy Primary School during Term 4, 2021. 

The CASEA program has been designed to assist schools and families to support children with their social, emotional and behavioural development. It has been developed to help children in Foundation to Year 3 to understand and express emotions more effectively and to enhance problem solving and relationship skills.   CASEA is a free program and is not compulsory. 

The program runs over an 8 week period and consists of a weekly children’s group (1.5 hours), a parent/guardian group (1.5 hours) and teacher consultation.   

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the program please contact: Stephanie Green or Kiera Hardy, CASEA Clinicians, South West Healthcare CAMHS.  Telephone 5561 9100.

If you would like your child to be considered for this program, please complete a consent form, available through the school.  Forms will need to be returned by Friday, 20th August 2021.  

School News

Yr 3/4 Hoop Time Results & Other Sports News

Year 3 / 4 HOOPTIME RESULTS and Other Sports News.

Year 3 / 4 children participated in the 2021 Annual Hoop Time Basketball competition on Tuesday.  It was a weird day without spectators.  A little bit like the Olympics without the world class athletes!  Nevertheless, our players threw themselves into the action and gave their very best efforts for the day.  Four teams represented St Patrick’s and all teams played four matches each.

The All-Stars Boys and Girls both had wins on the day and advanced to the semifinals but were unable to win these and play off in a grand final.  

The Rookies improved game by game throughout the day and were able to hit the scoreboard more as the day progressed.  A big thank you to Adrian Hallam for coaching our first time players.  

Our Future Stars team played very well all day and were undefeated going into their semi final before also losing in a closely contested match.  St Patrick’s students played all day with good sportsmanship and support for their fellow teammates.  Thanks also to Miss Osborne and Xavier for coaching on the day.

Year 5 / 6 children will have their opportunity to participate in Hoop Time on Tuesday August 17th.

In other sports news our Moyne District winning football team will compete at the next level regionals in Warrnambool next Thursday 12th August.  A venue and date is yet to be confirmed.  Excitingly, our first ever all girls Aussie rules footy team will compete the following week also and a date and venue is also yet to be confirmed.  We will inform students and parents of all the necessary information once it comes to hand.

Hats are back!!! Monday August 16

From Monday August 16, all student must be wearing their school hat. Our Sun Smart Policy states that hats must be worn from Mid August to the end of April.

Student's Birthdays

The school has had to make a decision regarding student birthdays.  No food, cakes or lollies can be brought into the school to share with their classmates. We have a number of children with allergies and the school needs to ensure everyone's safety.

Birthdays will still be celebrated by their teacher and classmates with a birthday song and recognised at our assemblies.

Working Bee - New Date August 14

We hope the families listed here are able to make the alternative date of August 14.  This working bee is essential to our preparation for the building project due to begin in October.  Janine will message these families to check their availability. 

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.  

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. The School Dental Initiative forms were sent home with your child, if this has been misplaced, you can collect one from the office.

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.

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. 



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 - No Parents or Visitors

Under the Victorian Government guidelines & CECV School Operations Guide restrictions we are unable to have parents at our assemblies

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 August 6 -  Canteen Pie Day - No other lunch orders on this day

Friday August 6 - Assembly @ 2.45pm led by 5/6B  - No parents or visitors

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 August 6 - Michael Pickett, Xin Nguyen, Caitlin Down - Pie Day

Friday August 13 - Samantha Hallam, Jo MacKenzie, Marcelle Hennig

Friday August 20 - Pupil Free Day - NO CANTEEN

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


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

Friday August 6 -  Marcelle Hennig

Sporting Schools


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.

P & F Dates for your Diary

Friday August 6 - Canteen Pie 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)

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If your child has a pie order please ensure you send a container large enough for the order and that it is clearly marked with their name. No paper bags are to be used. Our school is a rubbish free school.

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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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