St Pat's News

Term 1 - March 4, 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,

Our Athletics day last Friday was picture perfect and everyone involved had a wonderful day.  Thank you to Mr Greene and Tom who put many hours into organising the day.  We presented the trophies and championship medals at assembly on Thursday afternoon.  Photographs of the presentations were taken and put on next week's newsletter for parents. 

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.
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From The RE Leader - Annie Forrest

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

As part of our lead up to a School Improvement review process in 2022 we are asking staff, Year 5 & 6 students and parents to complete a survey which will give us data on the status of our Catholic Culture.   Parents do not need to be Catholic to complete this survey.  A range of faith backgrounds leads to a more realistic overview of who makes up our Catholic School Identity.  

One parent from each family can complete the survey.   The survey needs to be completed prior to the end of term 1.

A letter and instruction sheet will be sent home this week with the eldest in the family or can be downloaded from the link below.

Enhancing Catholic School Identity Survey


Wellbeing News

‘Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner’

Focus this week is Entering and Exiting our school safely.

Our expected behaviours are: 

  • We wait and walk in/out the appropriate entry/exit. 

  • We walk across the school crossing 

  • If we are in the bus line we sit and wait quietly

  • We move slowly and calmly


Mobile Devices

We have noticed a growing number of children wearing expensive watches that have connectivity capabilities.  These watches come under the same policy requirements as mobile phones in schools.  Our Digital Technology Policy states that mobile phones and iwatches are not to be used during school hours.  Mobile phones are to remain in the student's bag or be handed to the teacher for safe keeping until the end of the day.  Watches are to be set on SCHOOL MODE during school hours. Students are not to take or receive messages or phone calls or take photos with their watches during school hours.  Due to the expense of these devices it is recommend that parents review the need for them to be brought to school.    

Building Project

Late last year our application for a Federal building grant to build additional classrooms to replace the double portable was successful.  Later this year we will be renovating and expanding the current 3/4 classroom are to include  5 classrooms, (3X3/4 rooms & 2X5/6 rooms) an open flexible learning space and 2 withdrawal rooms.  It is anticipated that the project will be complete in the middle of 2022. We have engaged Morton Dunn Architects oversee the project.  

School Advisory Council

DOBCEL Policies

The SAC are currently becoming familiar with the new DOBCEL policies that are being implemented in all DOBCEL Governed Catholic schools.

At this week's meeting we read the Child Safe Policies and Procedures relating to Reporting and Responding obligations for schools and the Child Safe Policy for schools.  

The following policies were also tabled:

DOBCEL Child Safe Governance Policy and Procedures

DOBCEL Safeguarding children and young people code of conduct

DOBCEL Reportable conduct scheme policy

DOBCEL Child safe risk management

DOBCEL Student empowerment and participation policy

DOBCEL School Guidelines for Police and DHHS interviews

DOBCEL School Advisory Council Guidelines and Terms of Reference

School News

Upcoming Events

Friday March 5 - Pupil Free Day - Staff PD, Division Tennis

Monday March 8 - Labour Day Public Holiday

Wednesday March 10 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday March 11 - Year 6 Emmanuel College visit

Friday March 12 - Warrnambool & District Schools Swimming Championships

Monday March 15 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Wednesday March 17 - St Patrick's Day, Kaboom Sports @ 12pm, Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Friday March 19 - Ride to School Day

Monday March 22 - Sacrament of Reconciliation Week, Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday March 23 - Moyne Schools Athletics

Wednesday March 24 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm - Last session for Term 1

Thursday April 1 - Holy Thursday, Term 1 Ends at 2.20pm

Monday April 19 - Term 2 commences

School Rosters


Thursday March 11 - Felicity Little, Julia Gibbons & Amy Armstrong

Friday March 12 - Bree Porter, Rhea Thomas, Annalien Winter

Thursday March 18 - Caroline McGowan, Xin Nguyen

Friday March 19 - Mia Wolff, Leearna Moloney, Sasha Hayes

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

Monday March 8 - Jessica Lambert

Monday March 15 - Ruth Everitt

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

Friday March 5 - Jenny McNeil

Friday March 19 - Michelle Verhoef

Scholastic Bookclub Orders - Issue 2

Issue 2 Bookclub orders are to be completed by Wednesday March 17. Orders can be made with the order form and sent to the office or you can use the LOOP for online ordering. Information regarding the LOOP can be found on the order page in the catalogue. 

Beach Monitoring

This morning, our Sustainability Leaders, Jorja and Andrew, along with helpers Harrison, Tilly, Caleb and Harry, participated in beach monitoring at South Beach with Nick and Natasha from the Port Fairy Coastal Group. This is an activity that St Patrick’s students have been involved in since 2015. About once a term, a group of students meet with members of the Port Fairy Coastal Group at either South Beach or Pea Soup. There we used a laser level to take measurements of the height of the sand at various points along the beach. These measurements are then entered into a laptop computer. The graphs that are generated from this data enable us to see how the level of sand has changed since the last data collection and previous collections going back three years. This information is shared with Moyne Shire and Deakin University and other stakeholders with an interest in maintaining our coastal environment. The students at St Patrick’s enjoy being “citizen scientists” and contributing to this important work. In future newsletters, we will share some of our findings with you.

Sporting News

Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools Program

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

The last sessions for Sporting Schools will be Monday March 22 and Wednesday March 24 for Term 1. 

Term 2 Days will be Wednesday and Thursday.

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.

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.

Volunteers - Working with Children Check

All volunteers at St Patrick's are required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and sign a DOBCEL Child Safe Code of Conduct. No matter what capacity that is, whether it is Parents & Friends, canteen, catering, sporting events, class rep or class helper. If you do not have a card you will need to apply for one, the process is done online, click on the link below. If you do have a WWCC and have not presented it to the office to be sighted and copied, please bring it in to Janine.

How to apply for a WWCC

Hot Cross Bun Order Form


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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