St Pat's News

Term 3 - July 29, 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,

We are BACK!  There was an excited buzz in the corridors and classrooms yesterday as we all came back together.  I'm sure there were more than a few relieved parents out there as well.  The teachers focused on the children's wellbeing yesterday and are transitioning cautiously to give them time to re-engage with classroom learning.  I think we all found this lockdown a little harder than previous ones.  Thank you to our parents and teachers for their enormous efforts to support our children's learning remotely.  

As we navigate back, we still need to adhere to quite a few restrictions.  Parents are not permitted onsite, unless for essential meetings and we have to postpone any transition tours and interviews for now.  We are however, permitted to hold camps and sporting events provided we are the only school attending.  

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

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

Catching on Early - Yr 5 Students

The Year 5 children will be undertaking a unit of Personal Development on Fridays in Term 3.  The sessions will be conducted by Elissa Johnson, Moyne Community Health Nurse, with school staff in attendance.

Our first session will hopefully begin on Friday July 30th. The session will be for all Year 5 Students. We will begin with ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ - the ups and downs of growing up.

Students will be learning about:

  • the physical, social and emotional changes associated with puberty

  • variations in the timing of puberty

  • respecting the feelings of others

To support these conversations I will send home some resources and links for each family.

Student News

It's Great To Be Back!


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

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. This week School Dental Initiative forms were sent home with your child. 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.

Head Lice

The school has been notified of a case of head lice. It is a timely reminder for parents to check their child's head. If you child does have head lice, your child must be treated prior to coming to school. It is also very important that in 7 days time you treat your child again. The most effective way of controlling head lice after the treatment is to use a lice comb to comb through your child's hair to ensure all eggs and lice are removed.

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 5 close on Friday July 30.

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

Tuesday August 3 - 3/4 Hooptime - POSTPONED

Tuesday August 3 - SAC meeting @ 7.30pm

Wednesday August 4 - Spring Fairy Meeting 7.00pm at The Vic Hotel

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

Friday August 6 - Assembly @ 2.45pm led by 5/6B  

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  July 30 - Donna Parsons, Ruth Everitt

Friday August 6 - Michael Pickett, Xin Nguyen, Caitlin Down - Pie 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 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.

Next P & F Meetings

The P & F will be holding their next P & F meeting on Tuesday August 10th at 7.30pm.  Just a reminder that as part of the class rep role, they are required to attend at least one meeting per term. 

All parents are welcome to attend P & F meetings.

Spring Fair Meeting

The Spring Fair Committee will be having a meeting on Wednesday August 4 at 7pm at the Vic Hotel. We encourage stall holders and all other interested parents to attend this meeting. Contact Renee if you are attending - 0418 541 294

P & F Dates for your Diary

Wednesday August 4 - Spring Fair Meeting 7pm at The Vic Hotel

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)

Visit this link to view the latest newsletter from Australian Parent's Council.


The P & F are holding a Pie Day on a date to be confirmed. No other canteen items can be purchased on the day. Please ensure you send a container large enough for your child's order and that it is clearly marked with their name. No paper bags are to be used. Our school is a rubbish free school.


Nibble Pie $2.00Gluten Free Nibble Pie $2.50
Plain Pie $4.00Gluten Free Plain Pie $5.00
Chicken & Leek Pie $4.50Gluten Free Chicken & Leek Pie $5.50
Sausage Roll $3.00Gluten Free Sausage Roll $3.50
Egg & Bacon Frittata $4.00Gluten Free Egg & Bacon Frittata $5.00

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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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