St Pat's News

Term 3 - July 15, 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,

WELCOME BACK for term 3!  I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful crisp sunny days during the 2 weeks.  

Term 3 is a very important term for learning growth.  Hopefully we won't have any unexpected interruptions.  

I need to emphasise that should your children have any cold or flu like symptoms they not come to school.  It is recommended that they have a COVID test even if contact with an infectious person is unlikely.  Thank you to the families who did the right thing and isolated on returning from hot spots interstate.

I'm looking forward to attending our Wellness Day on Saturday July 31st.  It will be a great opportunity to recharge energy levels and focus on physical and mental health.  Then our Aussie Trivia night is back on for August 20 so I urge you to get your team organised well in advance to secure a table.  

We have our term 3 working bee next weekend.  This working bee is crucial to being prepared for the renovations and new building project beginning next term.  If you are book in please come along and if you have some spare time and would like to be involved please let Janine know that you will be attending.  We have many structures in the passive play area to relocate.

We wish Aiden Dwyer well today as he represents St. Pat's in the Regional Cross Country competition at Deakin University.  

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

Wellbeing News - Antonia Balmer

‘Catching On Early’ Yr 5 students.

The Year 5 children will be undertaking a unit of Personal Development on Fridays in term 4.  The sessions will be conducted by Elissa Johnson, Moyne Community Health Nurse, with school staff in attendance.

A Personal Development ‘Conversation with Parents’ will be held on Wednesday 21st July at 7:30pm via a google meet. This ‘google meet’ invitation will be emailed to you.  This informal session will provide you with more information about the program and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

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

  • personal hygiene and products used during puberty

  • positive body image and self-care strategies

  • qualities of good friends, relationships, mindfulness and protective behaviours

  • mental health and wellbeing

  • age appropriate links to information about puberty for parents and students

SWPBS Yard Duty Dojo Winner

At our last assembly for Term 2 Grace Burris was our Yard Dojo prize winner. Grace was including others and speaking nicely. Miss Watson noticed Grace while she was on yard duty. Miss Watson also won a prize!!!!

Sustainability News

Beach Monitoring

This morning our sustainability leaders, Jorja and Andrew, along with a new beach monitoring team, went over to South Beach to take some measurements of the sand levels. We were assisted by Nick and Natasha of the Port Fairy Coastal Group.Whilst the data hasn't come back yet, we did notice that there was less sand around the post from which we take our measurements due to the wild weather and big tides we have had recently.The Beach Monitoring Group will deliver a presentation at an assembly later this term.

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant

St Patrick's has been successful with our application for a 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant. Our grant money is to be used to upgrade our vegetable patch with new seedlings and plants and to create a new bush tucker garden in our school. We will use the gardens, plants and produce grown in our garden as part of Paddy's Pantry and our science and health programs.

Our school is one of 1,609 primary schools and early learning centres throughout Australia receiving a Woolworths Junior Landcare grant to help grow our next generation of environmental champions.

The grants are being funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price, which was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.

The children and teachers are looking forward to working and learning from this project and we’ll keep you updated on the results.

Click on the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant map to read about our project and others.

Class News

3/4D News

Class Awards - Week 10 Term 2

School News

Working Bee - Saturday July 17

Thank you to the following families that have volunteered to assist at this Saturday's Working Bee from 9am-12pm.

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

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.

School Assembly will be led by 5/6LK - Friday July 23 at 2.45pm

Assembly Attendance

We are able to have the parents of the class presenting assembly in attendance each fortnight.  We must still comply with the 1 person to 2 metres ratio for visitors with the actions listed below. 

  • Masks must be worn if you are unable to socially distance
  • Everyone must sign in using the QR code on the hall door
  • Social distancing must be adhered to. No gathering in groups

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

Saturday July 17 - Working Bee 9am-12pm

Friday July 23 - Canteen Pie Day

Friday July 23 - Assembly at 2.45pm led by 5/6LK - only parents of 5/6KL can attend.

Tuesday August 3 - Yr 3/4 Hooptime

Tuesday August 3 - SAC meeting @ 7.30pm

Friday August 6 - Assembly @ 2.45pm led by 5/6B - only parents of 5/6B can attend

Tuesday August 10 - Yr 5/6 Brauer Performance of Matilda

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 16 - Bree Porter, Regan Luhrs, Rhea Thomas

Friday July 23 - Mia Wolff, Amy Armstrong, Sasha Hayes - Pie Day

Friday  July 30 - Donna Parsons, Ruth Everitt

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

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

Monday July 19 - Michelle Sherriff

Monday July 26 - Tamara Wright

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

Friday July 23 -  Marcelle Hennig

Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools Program



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 Meeting

The P & F will be holding their next P & F meeting on Tuesday July 27th 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.

P & F Dates for your Diary

Friday July 23 - Canteen Pie Day (No other orders on this day)

Saturday July 31 - Wellness Day

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)

Canteen - Terms 3 & 4 the canteen will only run on Fridays

Pie Day - Friday July 23

The P & F are holding a Pie Day on Friday July 23. 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

Wild Winter Wellness Program

Please download the attached file to access our Wild Winter Wellness Program.
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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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