St Pat's News

Term 1 - March 11, 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 Carers,

I hope you all had a relaxing 4 day weekend with plenty of fun family time.  As we head into Autumn and cooler weather I feel the need to encourage the children to bring a jumper or coat to school to wear in the school yard.  Coats are not to be worn in the classrooms.  

A reminder to complete the ESCI survey before the end of the term.  Information about how to login to the survey was sent home a couple of weeks ago.  Or is a downloadable link on this newsletter. 

The staff had a professional learning day with Anne Ruddell on Friday to refine our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support approach.  This day outlined clear expectations for respectful, safe behaviours, the way we recognise positive behaviours and tiered consequences for inappropriate behaviours.  Information will be shared with parents in coming weeks. 

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 - Annie Forrest

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

As part of our lead up to a School Improvement review process in 2022 we are asking staff, Year 5 & 6 students and parents to complete a survey which will give us data on the status of our Catholic Culture.   Parents do not need to be Catholic to complete this survey.  A range of faith backgrounds leads to a more realistic overview of who makes up our Catholic School Identity.  

One parent from each family can complete the survey.   The survey needs to be completed prior to the end of term 1.

A letter and instruction sheet will be sent home this week with the eldest in the family or can be downloaded from the link below.

Enhancing Catholic School Identity Survey


Wellbeing News

‘Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner’

Focus this week is Entering and Exiting our school safely.

Our expected behaviours are: 

  • We wait and walk in/out the appropriate entry/exit. 

  • We walk across the school crossing 

  • If we are in the bus line we sit and wait quietly

  • We move slowly and calmly


Leadership In Action

This week the Teacher Leadership Team focused on organising the Harmony, St. Patrick's Feast Day and Kaboom Sports events that are going to be a feature next week.  

Miss Williams is holding auditions for the Talent Quest being held next Wednesday afternoon.  Good luck to all of the auditioning artists. 

Mr. Steere has volunteered to be responsible for the Sustainability Program in our school.  He spent time meeting with the Sustainability Leaders this week to plan some planting projects around the school.  

Miss Forrest is responsible for supporting the Mini Vinnies Leaders in their quest to give themselves to Goodness in our community.  She is also organising the Sacramental Programs of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Mrs. Lyons meets fortnightly with all the student leaders to guide them in their leadership roles and plan projects to enhance student wellbeing and safety. 

Mr. Sanderson is preparing us for NAPLAN and completing the EMU maths Intervention testing.  He is also orgainising a group of high achieving maths students to take part in the Olymiad project. 

Miss Mahney organised a very informative spelling Professional Learning session with Matt O'Brien, the Learning and Teaching Advisor from the Catholic Education Office.

Mrs. Balmer is doing an amazing job implementing our SWPBS behavioural framework.  

Class News

Class and Give Yourself To Goodness Awards

School News

Upcoming Events

Thursday March 11 - Year 6 Emmanuel College visit

Friday March 12 - Warrnambool & District Schools Swimming Championships

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

Friday March 19 - Ride to School Day

Monday March 22 - Sacrament of Reconciliation Week, Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday March 23 - Moyne Schools Athletics

Wednesday March 24 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm - Last session for Term 1

Thursday March 25 - AFL Primary School Clinics

Thursday April 1 - Holy Thursday, Term 1 Ends at 2.20pm

Monday April 19 - Term 2 commences

Wednesday April 28 - Term 2 Sporting Schools commences @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday April 29 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday May 4 - SAC meeting at 7.30pm

Wednesday May 5 - School Cross Country, Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday May 6 - Warrnambool Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday May 11 - Thursday May 13 - NAPLAN

Wednesday May 12 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday May 13 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

School Rosters


Thursday March 18 - Caroline McGowan, Xin Nguyen

Friday March 19 - Mia Wolff, Leearna Moloney, Sasha Hayes

Thursday March 25 - Jenny McNeil, Nikki Payne

Friday March 26 - Donna Parsons, Ruth Everitt

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

Monday March 15 - Ruth Everitt

Monday March 22 - Michelle Sherriff

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

Friday March 19 - Michelle Verhoef

Friday April 1 - Renee Killen

Scholastic Bookclub Orders - Issue 2

Issue 2 Bookclub orders are to be completed by Wednesday March 17. Orders can be made with the order form and sent to the office or you can use the LOOP for online ordering. Information regarding the LOOP can be found on the order page in the catalogue. 

Office News

Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform orders can be made at anytime through CDFpay or at the school office. Please ensure you have your orders in early so that they can be finalised before the end of the term.

All students need to be in their winter uniform for Terms 2 & 3.

Volunteer Levy

The school volunteer levy points are credited to the school fees accounts at the end of each term.

Sporting News

St Patrick's Athletics Day Age Group Champions

Sporting Schools

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.

The last sessions for Sporting Schools will be Monday March 22 and Wednesday March 24 for Term 1. 

Term 2 Days will be Wednesday and Thursday, commencing April 28 & 29.

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.

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

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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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