St Pat's News

Term 1 - February 3, 2022

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

Welcome back to the 2022 school year. Despite the uncertainty in the media around returning to school we are very excited to be here with your children. We are ready and fully focused on building a welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environment.

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful summer sunshine we had over the holidays. 


A special welcome our new Foundation students and their families to our school community:

Lucas Porter, Ned Hamilton, Jonty McCosh, Rosie Brian, Gracie Robinson, Finn Chisholm, Ethan Moutsos, Millie Burris, Xavier Down, Melinsa Felsianes, Ikoro Sakate, Lucy Currer, Beau Robertson, Vera Watty, Frank Watty, Poppi Sproal, Jai Coxall, Harry Parkinson, Cooper Smith, Liam Jackson, Edward Taylor, Ruby Lilley, Maxwell Nevitt, Rebecca Mahony, Danit Joseph, Cooper McGuigan

We also welcome new students and their families in other classes:

Eadie Archbold (Yr 4) Ivy Archbold (Yr 5); David Joseph(Yr 4); Tadhg Duus (Yr 1); Tynan Hicks (Yr 4) & Aleera Hicks (Yr 3).

Thank you to our Parents and Friends who organised the welcome morning tea for new parents on Monday morning and to those who supplied the food.  It was well attended and gave us a chance to get to know some of our new community members. 

We welcome new staff for 2022:

Nicole Forbes (Year 3/4)

Millie Kenna (Trainee Learning Support Officer)

Tessa Allen (Trainee Learning Support Officer)

Welcome back to:

Monique McCartney (Junior Art & 3/4LM Fridays)

Michelle Malone (5/6BM Fridays)

Naomi Harman (Learning Support Officer)

We hope that our new staff, students and families will find St Patrick’s a welcoming and supportive school community.


Congratulations to the following students who have been elected student leaders for 2021:

School Captains: Alice MacPherson, Lena Watty, Blake Robertson & Thomas Parkinson

House Captains:

Winnen: Fergus Lenehan

Mackillop: Dusty robertson

Polding: Lucy Clancey

Samaritan: Jack Wagg

Mini Vinnies Leaders:  Emily Porter & Ondine Serong

Sustainability Leaders: Rosie Parkinson & George Prosser

A building update will be provided in the body of this newsletter.

Kind regards,

Olga Lyons, Principal

New Staff & Returning Staff at St Pat's


To start the year we need to remind ourselves of our school Vision and Mission statement:


In the tradition of the Good Samaritan sisters, we are a Catholic educational community, giving ourselves to goodness throughout our lives.


We do this by:

Nurturing, developing and celebrating faith.

Welcoming, including and supporting each other.

Inspiring and challenging each other through excellent teaching, leading to high levels of learning and achievement for all.

Respecting the uniqueness of each person.

Enjoying life as part of a community.

Responding to the personal safety and developmental needs of our students to support their mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, making our school a Child-Safe school.

As we move forward into the new school year, we pray and trust that each and every one of our children will have the opportunity to develop and grow to their full potential as part of our school community.

2022 Proposed School Closure Dates

Term 1 - March Thursday 3 & Friday 4 (Staff Conference)

Term 2 - Friday May 6 (Writing PD)

Term 3 - Friday August 5 (School Wide Positive Behaviour PD)

Term 4 - Monday September 21 (Report Writing)

From The RE Leader - Eliza Dwyer


Rapid Antigen Testing Kits

Each child took home a RAT Kit on Monday with the recommendation that students be tested two mornings a week prior to attending school for the next 4 weeks.  A second delivery of kits is expected in coming weeks. Each kit contains enough tests for the first 2 weeks.

This is a voluntary program but an important part of our strategy to minimise the effect that a large outbreak will have on our capacity to remain open for onsite learning.  

Parents must notify the school of a positive result and report the positive result through the Department of Health system (Rapid antigen tests | Coronavirus Victoria) or via the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Students who return a positive result must isolate for seven days and not attend school during that period.

Where a student is a household contact of a positive case (that is, they have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility) they must inform the school and isolate for seven days and not attend school during that period. 


The Government is encouraging parents to vaccinate their 5-11 year old children.  It is not mandatory and we do not need to collect student's vaccination certificates. We are not vaccinating children at school.  If your child presents with COVID like symptoms they will be made comfortable in sickbay and you will be contacted immediately to collect them. 


The wearing of masks indoors is compulsory for all year 3-6 students. Exemptions must be communicated in writing to the principal.  Students in F-2 may choose to wear a mask but it is not a requirement.   It is compulsory for all staff to wear masks indoors and outdoors.

Building Project

Building Update

Magellan Project builders began their demolition phase early January and the foundations are being marked out this week. The site has been secured with construction fencing to keep our children safe. The excavator created a lot of interest during the breaks this week. 

A security camera has been installed to monitor the construction site 24 hours a day. Entering the construction site is not permitted.  I know that some teenagers frequent the school grounds outside school hours.  Please be aware that they will be identified on the security camera if they go into the construction area. 

Staff and students are getting used to using different pathways to navigate around the school. 

Construction Progress

Wellbeing News - Hannah Williams

Back To School Tips


A big welcome to all our new families who have joined us here at St Patrick’s School.  At St Patrick’s we model our mantra is 'Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be a Learner'. This mantra has been developed by our school as a response to undertaking a School Wide Positive Behaviour Strategy. SWPBS encourages our staff and students to identify positive behaviours in all areas of our school. When demonstrated consistently students can be rewarded with a DOJO point. Dojo points are tallied individually and as class groupings. I look forward to sharing our DOJO success throughout the year. Year 5/6B have outlined what being respectful looks like in our school.

 ‘Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner’  

Focus this month is ‘Be safe when entering and exiting our school’ which is more challenging now that our major access corridor has been boarded up due to the building project. 

What is SWPBS?

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support is:  A multi-tiered framework for establishing the social culture and behavioural supports needed for a school to achieve behavioural and academic outcomes for all students.

What are the features of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support?

  • Prevention of problem behaviour  

  • Define and teach positive social expectations  

  • Acknowledge positive behaviour  

  • Arrange consistent consequences for problem behaviour  

  • On-going collection and use of data for decision-making  

  • Continuum of intensive, individual intervention supports.  

  • Implementation of the systems that support effective practices

Why are we implementing this at St Patrick’s?

  • Reduces problem behaviour

  • Builds a consistent approach to behaviour in the school environment

  • Builds on teacher /student rapport

  • Specifically targets bullying behaviour

  • Increase the well being of students and teachers

  • Improves social /emotional competence 

What are we aiming for?

  • Common purpose and approach to discipline

  • Clear set of positive expectations and behaviours

  • Procedures for teaching expected behaviour

  • Continuum of procedures for encouraging expected behaviour

  • Continuum of procedures for discouraging inappropriate behaviour

  • Procedures for data collection, ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

OUR SCHOOL MANTRA is Be: respectful, safe, a learner

We will be guided to be respectful, be safe, be a learner in all areas of our school both inside and outside.

CatholicCare Chaplaincy Program

Once again  we are able to offer a counselling service at St. Patrick's School.  Belinda Sheen is our School Chaplain who works Thursdays with children on a referral basis.  If you think your child needs to be referred to Melissa please contact the office for a referral form.

ICT News - Hannah Williams

From The Office - Janine Moloney & Bec Amor

Office Updates

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is $125 for primary school students. Families that have applied for CSEF funding last year do not need to reapply. New families will need to fill in the application form and provide a copy of their current Health Care Card. Forms can be collected from the school office or downloaded from the link below.

DOBCEL Family Fee Assistance Scheme

The Family Fee Assistance Scheme operates across all DOBCEL Catholic Primary Schools. Families who qualify for the scheme will pay $520 ($10 per week) for Primary School Tuition Fees.  Tuition fee discounts are available to holders of a means tested Health Care Card, Pension Card or Veterans Card and must be eligible for the education maintenance allowance.  Eligible families can present their cards to the office and complete an application form.  Forms and information can be downloaded from the link below. If circumstances change at any time the office need to be informed. 

Absences from school

In line with Catholic Education Office requirements, parents will now be contacted on the day if their child is absent from school and we have not received any communication regarding this. We would ask that parents notify us of their child’s absence as early as possible on the day (or earlier if the absence is planned). Our preferred method of notification is through PAM (Parent Access Module) or by ringing the office after 8.30am.

Website login

Our newsletters and many forms can be located and downloaded from our school website. The website also contains a calendar of current events. Login details can be found in this newsletter. We also try to post updates and information on our school Facebook page and via the Skoolbag app. Details on how to download the app are included in this Newsletter.


The P & F are still working on getting the Canteen up and running. Hopefully this will happened in March.

DOBCEL Family Assistance Scheme Information Documents


Camps, Sports and Excursions Information Documents



Filled in our Volunteer Jobs google form?  

Parent Volunteer Jobs

There are many ways you can help around the school, some of these jobs are eligible to volunteer levy rebates. If you are interested in helping in some way please click on the link above.

Filled in the 2022 Working Bee google form?

Working Bees

Working Bees are great way of helping the school and working off your volunteer levy points. We would appreciate it if each family could commit to one working bee for the year.

Each working bee is worth 15 volunteer points per person (5 points = 1 hour/$25).

Working Bees are held on the first Saturday of each term from 9am-12pm.

Please click on the link above to select a date.

PAM - Updated your child's medical information & checked that your contact details are up to date?

Please login to your PAM account and check that your child's medical profile and amend as necessary. You also need to check your contact details, your child's emergency contact and your address are correct. If any changes are needed please email Janine

School Advisory Council

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meet once a term.  The Council members sign a DOBCEL Child Code of Conduct and A Fit and Proper Persons Declaration each year. The first meeting is March 1st at 7:30pm in the school library.

2022 SAC Members:

Chairperson: Matt Porter    Deputy Chairperson: Andrew Prosser

Secretary: Bec Greene

Principal: Olga Lyons 

Deputy Principal: Peter Sanderson

Parish Priest: Fr. John Corrigan 

Staff Rep: Anne Robertson     

P & F Rep: Lucy Lehne

Parents Elect: Clare Leddin, Jo Mackenzie, Jess Condon

5/6BM Class News

New from 5/6BM

Year 5/6BM have had a busy week learning about their new class and their new teachers.

Mrs Malone works on a Monday and Mrs Balmer works for the rest of the week.

This week we have looked at all the expected behaviours in and out of our classroom. Next week we will be making movie clips of our expected behaviours so that all our school students can see what  they should be doing when they are walking in the corridor, lining up for the bus, going to use the bathroom.

We have had an enjoyable time on our Wednesday Specialist Day doing Japanese, Art, Wellbeing, Science and Music/Drama.

School News

Upcoming Events

Saturday February 5 - Working Bee 9am-12pm

Tuesday February 8 - Folk Festival BBQ Meeting

Tuesday February 15 - P & F Meeting @ 7.30pm

Friday February 25 - P & F Street Race @ 4pm

Tuesday March 1 - SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Wednesday March 2 - Opening School Mass @ 10am

Wednesday March 2 - Folk Festival BBQ Meeting @ 7.30pm

Thursday & Friday March 3 & 4 - Pupil Free Days - Staff PD

Thursday March 10 - Folkie BBQ Set-Up @ 8am

Week of March 14 - Harmony Week

Thursday March 17 - St Patrick's Day

Thursday March 17 - Whole School Liturgy @ 10am, Special Lunch @ 11am, Kaboom Sports @ 11.30am

Monday March 21 - School Photos

Wednesday March 23 - School Athletics

Monday March 28 - Yr 6 Reconciliation @ 7pm

Friday April 8 - Last day of Term 1 @ 2.20pm

Tuesday April 26 - First day of Term 2

Saturday April 30 - Working Bee @ 9am - 12pm

Tuesday May 3 - Confirmation Parent Night @ 7pm

Thursday May 5 - Warrnambool Cup Day - Public Holiday

Friday May 6 - Pupil Free Day - Staff PD

Eating Breaks, Food and Rubbish

All classes have a fruit break at 10.00am and it is expected that every child will bring a piece of fresh fruit to eat during this time. The first main eating break is at 11.30am after first play, and it is at this time that children eat their main lunch. 

A reminder also that as part of our requirements for accreditation as a sustainable school, children are to bring their food in reusable containers or take their rubbish home with them.

Healthy Lunchbox Week (Feb 6-12) is an initiative of Nutrition Australia. It aims to inspire Australian families to create healthy and enjoyable lunchboxes. 

Did you know children consume around 30% of their daily food intake at school?

Most of this comes from the contents of their lunchbox. What children eat during their day at school plays a crucial role in their learning and development.

The Healthy Lunchbox week website provides timely information for families as they return to the routine of daily lunchbox packing and it supports schools and teachers to share healthy lunchbox messages within their school community by:

  • inspiring healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes

  • informing a healthy lunchbox balance across core food groups
  • awareness of lunchbox food hygiene and safety.

School Uniform

School Hats: It was surprising that so many students didn't have a school hat today. Please buy a new hat from the office if the old one can't be located or if it is faded and damaged.  

School Shoes: School shoes must be plain black. If you choose to buy black runners they must have black soles and no logo or brand name visible.

Year 6 Jumpers: Our Year 6 hoodies look very smart and will be cosy in the winter months and even a few colder summer days lately.

Sports Uniform: All students are to wear their sports uniform on their specialist day and also on Fridays for Wellbeing House Group activities. 

Specialist Days for Sports Uniforms:

Tuesday - 3/4

Wednesday - 5/6

Thursday - F-2

Friday - all classes

Sports News

Our school sports this year will be held on Wednesday March 23rd at Brauerander Park from 10.00am - 2.30pm. All children will be competing in a variety of athletic events on this day and families are very welcome.

The Moyne School Athletics will be held on .

Sporting Schools Program

The Sporting Schools program this year will run on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons after school from 3.20pm - 4.30pm starting next week, Wednesday February 9. 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.

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.

Working Bee

Our first working bee for this year will be held this coming Saturday Feb 5 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please bring any tools you think we may need.

Tasks to be completed:

Renew sand in the sandpit and long jump on the oval.

Renew bark in Adventure playground to be spread.

Fill planters with soil.

Pressure Cleaning the school logo at the front of the school.

Remove grass on proposed path to Olde School House and edge with planks.

Plants plants in 1/2 courtyards.

The parents who have nominated for this working bee are: Scott Elliott, Chris Frost, Jon Mirtschin, Geekie/Mahony, Simon Knee, James Taylor.

Supervision of Students

Playground supervision will be provided before school from 8.40am and after school until 3.30pm and no formal supervision of the playground occurs outside those hours. You are requested to ensure children are not dropped off earlier or collected later than this.

Bus students will be supervised while getting off the bus in the morning and while waiting to get on the bus in the afternoon.

Student Safety/Late Attendance

The side entrance door near the hall is locked from 8.55am, once the bell goes. Anyone arriving after this time, or visiting the school during the day, will need to enter via the front entrance. Any student arriving after 8.55am will need their parent/carer to fill in a late absence on the iPad located at the office.

Pedestrian Safety

With so many cars out the front of the school both before and after school it is very important that you use the school crossing if you park on the opposite side of William St, to ensure that both pedestrians and drivers remain safe. Parents are also asked not to use the staff car park, including the grassed area behind the hall, when dropping off or picking up children, as there are safety concerns for children with cars going in and out of the car park and children walking to/from school buses. The grassed area behind the hall and the staff car park is required for staff parking. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Children riding bikes must walk their bikes the full length of the footpath before riding them.  Helmets must always be worn while riding. 


The office is open from 8.30am - 4.00pm each day.

There is no supervision for students before 8.40am. Teachers use the time prior to the doors opening for setting up for the day, therefore they are not available to supervise students. Students who arrive at school prior to 8.40am need to wait at the side door near the hall until the doors are opened.

The bell for the start of the day rings at 8.55am, any student arriving after this time needs to be signed in using the iPad at the office.

There is no school for Foundation students on Wednesdays during Term 1.  

The bell for the end of the day rings at 3.20pm. If for any reason you are going to be later than 3.30pm to collect your child/children, please contact the school office.

PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM is used for excursions/activities, absences, medical profile, emailing parents, learning conversations, literacy/numeracy bookings and school reports.

All absences, excursion permissions, medical information will be accessed through PAM (Parent Access Module). PAM is where you have been accessing your child's reports and making bookings for interviews.

You will use the same login and password that you were given at the end of last year. If you have forgotten your login please contact me. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it from the login page.

When you log in, there may be a warning at the top that asks you to verify your email address - please do this.

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.

Communication Guidelines for Parents

These guidelines have been developed to outline the processes of effective and efficient communication to and from parents and between staff members.

Complaints and Grievances Policy

St Patrick's Parish Primary School is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment. From time to time, students and parents can sometimes feel aggrieved about something that is happening at the school that they believe requires attention, further investigation or change in procedures or a resolution.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out how St Patrick’s manages personal information provided to or collected by it.

School Website

Website Login Details -

 Login – parents                        Password – parents

What you will find there:

  • Information about the school

  • Login for our Parent Access Module (PAM)

  • School calendar of events

  • Newsletters

  • Enrolment form

  • Excursion form

  • Absence form

  • Sporting School slips and enrolment forms

  • Reminders

  • Bus travel form

  • School Requisites list

  • Medication form

  • Uniform order form

  • Canteen menu & roster

  • Direct debit for school fees form

2022 P&F Newsletter Item #1

Welcome back everyone, 

For those new to the school, being a part of our ‘Parents and Friends’ provides you with an opportunity to actively engage with our school. The P&F provide catering and canteen services, fundraise, run special events for the school community and support our school families, church and wider community.

The P&F family liasons (listed below) will be in contact with you all soon and will keep you informed about P&F happenings.


Emma Watty 

Year 1 

Jo Mackenzie , Lee Malady & Sarah Sheehan

Year 2

Kristan Sheehan, Sarah McCorkell & Georgia Burke 

Year 3 

Laura Gramms & Sarah Parkinson

Year 4 

Jess Condon

Year 5 

Fiona McCosh

Year 6 

Tennille Wolff & Vicki Hetherington

The P&F also shares information through the school newsletter and we have a ‘Facebook group’ which you can join. Search for St Patrick’s Parents and Friends. 

Canteen Update- After many considerations the school has decided to trial a new canteen menu from the Village Bakery. We thank everyone for their ideas and alternative suggestions. Please know that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please everyone and ordering from the canteen is completely optional. The P&F will offer additional special lunch days during each term. We will review the new menu at the end of Term2.

In Term 1 we can look forward to the following P&F activities.

-25th February- Street Race and Welcome BBQ

-11th – 14th March- Folk Festival BBQ Fundraiser

-17th March- St Patricks Day Special Lunch

- Easter Raffle

Our next meeting is scheduled for 15th February @ 7pm and we welcome all to attend.

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

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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