St Pat's News

Term 3 - August 12, 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,

Our heads are spinning after on-again, off-again lockdowns but on the bright side, it's fantastic to all be back at school.  I'm sure all of our parents were delighted with the news on Monday as well that remote learning was over.  The teachers are doing their absolute best to ensure that the children's transition back to the classroom is as seamless as possible.  

With so many events cancelled or postponed this week we are very fortunate that our First Eucharist celebration is able to go ahead on Sunday at 10:30am.  Attendance will be restricted to immediate family only and COVID-19 safe practices will apply.  

Our working bee on Saturday will also continue, as it is an outdoor activity.  Masks will need to be worn at all times. I encourage those who registered their availability for this working bee at the beginning of term come along.  There are tasks that are essential in preparation for our building project in term 4. 

Congratulations to Sarah, Vincent, Thomas and Luke Parkinson who have a new precious member of their family.  Olivia Grace was born on Friday 6th August.  We wish them well and look forward to meeting little Olivia in the near future. 

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

Physical Activity & Mental Health

Regular physical activity is great for children and young people’s healthy development and helps prevent and relieve mental health issues.

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.  

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

Library Book Week Celebrations

Why Children's Book Week Is Important

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators.

Book Week 2021 runs from 21-27 August and this year asks your children to embrace the theme “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. This exciting invitation opens a world full of possibilities when it comes to kids book week theme ideas.

Our annual BOOK FAIR is a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their favourite characters from their favourite books by dressing up. This is an opportunity to escape into another world where your child can be anything they want to be!

Students will have an opportunity to create ‘wish lists’ by browsing the books available for purchase Monday 6th September -  Tuesday 7th September in our school library. St. Patricks will showcase our students’ outfits on Tuesday 14th September with a grand parade, following our annual Book Fair.

Stuck for ideas? Look at Pinterest, make your own costume, adapt what you have in your wardrobe. Keep it fun and simple. There will be prizes for creative/homemade Book Week costumes and encouragement awards.  

Celina Brown - Librarian

School News

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

St Patrick's inline with our Healthy Eating Policy & Oral Health Policy would like to make parents aware about food brought into the school for student birthdays.  There is to be no food, cakes or lollies, brought into the school to share with their classmates. We also need to consider the 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 - This Saturday August 14, 9am-12pm

We hope the families listed here are able to make this weekend's working bee, Saturday August 14, 9am-12pm.

This working bee is essential to our preparation for the building project due to begin in October.  A SMS reminder will be sent on Friday.

The tools we require are: angle grinders, trailers, electric saws for cutting the legs of wooden tables from concrete bases, (e.g. jigsaw, reciprocating saw, reno tool), wheelbarrows, heavy duty trolley.

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, Simon Knee, Paul Simpson

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

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

Sunday November 7 - P & F Wellness Day

Friday November 12 - Mini Spring Fair

Friday November 19 - Pupil Free Day for Report Writing

School Rosters


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

Friday August 20 - Pupil Free Day - NO CANTEEN

Friday August 27 - Elle Seath, Hannah Carrucan, Sarah Lu - Hot Dog Day

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 27 -  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 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)

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

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