St Pat's News

Term 2 - May 20, 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,

The highlight of this week will be the completion of the Sacrament of Confirmation program that 25 year 3-4 children have been doing.  They will be receiving the Sacrament on Friday evening at 6:00pm in the Parish Church. Please keep them and their sponsors in your prayers.

Winter series is coming up next Friday.  The make up of our Netball and Football teams will be announced soon.  Thank you to the coaches who have been training the teams during their breaks. 

I encourage you all to lock in our Aussie Themed Quiz night on June 19.  It's always guaranteed to be a fun night and a great way to finish off term 2.  Thank you to the Quiz masters who are putting the night together. 

We have 14 students going to the Cross Country competition at Deakin University next Monday.  We hope the weather conditions give everyone an opportunity to do their best. 

We had a large number of prospective parents attend our Enrolment Information session on Wednesday night.  There will be 2 tour sessions (Tuesday & Thursday) next week at 10:00am.  

Next week is Catholic Education Week.  This year we are celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia.  Our own St Patrick's School features in the celebrations as the second Catholic School established in 1849, following on from All Saints in Portland just a few month earlier.  As part of the celebrations our Year 6 students will attend a Network Mass at St Pius X on Friday May 28.  They will take their lunch and eat with other year 6 classes from Koroit and Warrnambool schools after the mass. Parents are welcome to attend the mass at 12:00pm.

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

Catholic Education Week

As we celebrate Catholic Education Week next week we are focusing with pride and gratitude on our school's 172 year history.  

In 1844, when Port Fairy was known as the new township of Belfast, an area full of Irish-Catholic immigrants, Bishop Polding heard that the little settlement was in need of some formal Catholic structure.

July 27th 1849 was the date upon which our school, St Patrick’s was opened. 

Father Slattery built a school room, 26 feet by 16 feet (7.9m x 4.9m). It was also here that parishioners were able to attend the weekly Mass. 

Please take the time to click on the file below to read about our interesting timeline from 1849 to 2021.

St. Patrick's Parish School's History 1849-2021

Our School's history is significant in the Diocese of Ballarat.  We were the second Catholic School established in the Diocese in 1849 to education the growing number of children from Catholic families in the village of Belfast.  Today we continue to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ to all who wish to belong to our inclusive and nurturing Catholic school community. 

Class News

News from 5/6B

Year 5/6B had a visit from our local historian Glen Foster this week. Glen came to our classroom as a precursor to our History Walk and Museum visit which we will be undertaking next week.  Glen provided us with a role play which introduced us to some of the prominent Port Fairy characters when this area was settled in 1836.  The 12 reporters asked Gunditjamara, James Aitkinson, William Rutledge and John Griffiths questions about their role in the settlement of Port Fairy.

Week 4 Class Awards

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer


Our Expected Behaviour Blitz is our corridors. In our corridors we use walking feet and inside voices. We also keep our corridors tidy by hanging our bags and coats on hooks or placing them neatly in our lockers.

Yard Dojo Award- ‘Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner’  

Our Yard Dojo Award winner at our last assembly was Rebecca Parkinson.  Rebecca was overheard by Miss Lee speaking kindly to others.

Wellbeing Day - Friday May 31. The students will participate in group activities with their house groups. The children can wear casual clothes on this day and bring a gold coin donation.

Sustainability News

This week the sustainability group set up a recycling station outside the ICT Room. The recycling station has:

  • A soft plastic bin, for all your soft plastics. 
  • A tub for used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers and their packaging. 
  • A tub for used makers, used pens, CD’s, old phones, batteries and light globes.
  • A Wonder Bread Recycling Rewards campaign bin for recycling your bread bags and tags. Help us turn bread bags into school play equipment.

If you have any of these items for recycling, drop  them at the Recycle Station outside the ICT lab.

If you have any question you can ask the sustainability leaders, Jorja and Andrew or Mr Steere.

Jorja Lowe & Andrew Gapes

Sports News

Moyne Cross Country

Moyne Soccer 2021

Students in years 5 & 6 last Friday, represented St. Patrick’s in the Moyne School’s Soccer tournament.  St. Pat's, managed by Adison Cognian did very well in their round robin tournament.  St. Pat's, who won all of their games, finished second in their pool of four teams due to an overall goal difference of just 1 goal.  This difference pipped our team from topping their pool and playing in the final.  

Koroit District Primary School defeated Port Fairy Consolidated in the final 2-0.  The children had trained with Adison for a couple of weeks which they enjoyed very much and to win all games on the day was a great result.  Thanks very much to Adison for his time and commitment coaching our students.

Moyne Soccer

School News

Federal Funded Building Project

Our plan for the refurbishment of the 3/4 classrooms and building of additional classrooms to replace the double portable are progressing.  We will be tendering the project in August/September with a view to starting construction in October/November.  

Plans for the project are on display in the school foyer.  A letter drop has been made to adjoining neighbours to invite them to view the plans.  

MortonDunn Architects are currently submitting our plans to the Moyne Shire for permit approval. 

Building Project Plans

Uniform Blitz

St Pat's is introducing a Uniform Correction Notice from next week. If your child/children are wearing incorrect items of uniform they will be issued a notice, unless the school has received a note from a parent/guardian explaining why they are not in the correct uniform.

Coats: The school coat is not mandatory but is preferred by the school. If your child will be representing the school for any occasion they will need to wear the school coat or no coat.  Coats with brand names or related to other organisations are not to be worn to school. 

School Shoes: School shoes must be black shoes, not regular runners and not black runners with white soles. There is a runner type of shoe that is leather or leather like, that is suitable to wear. Runners must be waterproof for everyday wear. The types of acceptable shoes are like the ones shown in the picture attached to this insert.

Below is an outline of what the uniform is for sports day, summer and winter.

SPORT UNIFORM - only these items can be worn on sports days

  • Unisex maroon shorts or trackpants, monogrammed short sleeve polo top, monogrammed school windcheater or monogrammed V neck jumper, white socks and runners


  • Summer Dress with navy socks and monogrammed V neck jumper and black school shoes (no tights are to be worn with the summer dress)

  • Optional: Navy blue shorts with monogrammed short sleeve polo, monogrammed V neck jumper, navy socks and black school shoes

  • School monogrammed hat - September - April


  • School winter tunic, long sleeve monogrammed polo, monogrammed V neck jumper, navy socks or tights and black school shoes

  • Optional: Navy pants, monogrammed long sleeve polo, monogrammed V neck jumper, navy socks and black school shoes.

  • Optional: School coat 


  • Navy blue shorts, monogrammed short sleeve polo, monogrammed V neck jumper, navy socks and black school shoes.


  • Navy pants, monogrammed long sleeve polo, monogrammed V neck jumper, navy socks and black school shoes.

  • Optional: School coat 

    Please see attachment for more uniform information and a copy of the Uniform Correction Notice.

School Uniform Information and Uniform Correction Notice


Wanted - Keyboards

Yr 5/6  are in need of 4 - 6 keyboards. We would like to borrow these for the remainder of Term 2. They do not need to have a stand.  If you have one at home that you could lend us we would be most grateful. Please see Mrs Balmer in 5/6B

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 4 will close on June 10

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.

School Assembly will be led by 1/2O - Friday May 28 at 2.45pm - Parents of 1/2O students welcome

Assembly Attendance

Due to the school still needing to adhere to density limits, on assembly days, unfortunately only the parents of the class that are leading assembly will be able to attend.  The class that is leading assembly will be advertised in advance in the upcoming events.

St Pat's Playgroup - Coordinator Wanted

The school, in the past, has run a playgroup for the school hall. This year we are without a coordinator the the playgroup. If you think you would be interested in running a playgroup, one morning a week, please contact the school office.

Upcoming Events

Friday May 21 - Sacrament of Confirmation @ 6pm

Sunday May 23 - Saturday May 29 - Catholic Education Week

Monday May 24 - Enrolments open for 2022

Monday May 24 - 5/6 History Walk @ 12.15pm

Tuesday May 25 - Enrolment Information Session @ 10am

Thursday May 27 - Enrolment Information Session @ 10am

Friday May 28 - Year 6 Students to attend 12pm Mass at St Pius Church for Catholic Education Week

Friday May 28 - Assembly led by 1/2O at 2.45pm. Only parents of 1/2O students can attend.

Tuesday June 1 - SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Friday June 4 - Moyne Winter Sports

Friday June 11 - Division Soccer, Division Winter Sports

Friday June 11 - Assembly led by 1/2W at 2.45pm. Only parents of 1/2W students can attend.

Monday June 14 - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday June 18 - Enrolments for 2022 close

Friday June 25 - Last day of Term 2 at 2.20pm

Friday June 25 - Assembly led by Foundation at 2.45pm. Only parents of Foundation students can attend.

School Rosters


Thursday May 20 - Jenny McNeil, Nikki McCrohan

Friday May 21 - Ruth Everitt, Amy Simpson, Caitlin Down

Thursday May 27 - Marcelle Hennig, Hannah Carrucan, Elle Seath

Friday May 28 - Bree Porter, Rhea Thomas, Caitlin Down

Thursday June 3 - Julia Gibbons, Amy Armstrong

Friday June 4 - Mia Wolff, Leearna Moloney, Sasha Hayes

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

Monday May 17 - Michelle Sherriff

Monday May 24 - Emma Currer

Monday May 31 - Tamara Wright

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

Friday May 28 - Jo MacKenzie

Friday June 11 - Nikki Payne

Friday June 25 - Bec Greene

Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools Program

Term 2 days will be Wednesday and Thursday, commencing April 28 & 29 from 3.20pm - 4.30pm. The activities will be soccer, football and netball. 

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.

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.

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

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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

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