St Pat's News

Term 1 - February 25, 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,

We are all looking forward to our Athletic Sports Day on Friday.  The children keep asking me which team I will be barracking for?  I have explain that I will be cheering on all the teams equally, while listening for the way they encourage one another, watching for the way they have-a-go and try their best at all the activities and enjoying the way they acknowledge all efforts and abilities, as we would expect in an inclusive community. So I'll be wearing all of the team colours and cheering loudly for everyone. Good luck to all of the teams.  

I look forward to meeting more parents at our sports as you watch and enjoy a coffee, from the coffee van that will be there on the day.  

Kind regards,

Olga Lyons, Principal

Jobs Completed

Thank you to Adam and Jess Lambert and Paul and Cara Chisholm for replacing the seats in the 1/2 courtyard and repairing the cubby house.  The children were very excited to see it back together.  The cubby and seats will be painted by children participating in the Hands On Program.  

Thank you also to Adrian Hallam for mending the wonky step outside the library.  

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

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

School Advisory Council

Next Meeting

Our next School Advisory Council meeting will be held on March 2nd at 7:30pm in the school boardroom. 

The SAC will be familiarising themselves with the suite of DOBCEL policies that have been provided for Governance and Child Safe Standards. 

School News

Upcoming Events

Thursday February 25 - Swim Team training @ 11am Belfast Aquatics

Friday February 26 - School Sports Day @ Brauerander 

Monday March 1 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday March 2 - SAC Meeting @ 7.30pm

Wednesday March 3 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

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

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

2021 Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) would like to advise you that a request has been made for your child’s school to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth). The school is required to provide the department with the following information about each student at the school:

  • Names and residential addresses of students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
  • Student residential address (excluding student names)
  • Whether the student is a primary or secondary student (education level)
  • Whether the student is boarding or a day student (boarding status).

School Rosters


Thursday March 4 - Sarah Lu, Hannah Carrucan & Elle Seath

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

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

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

Monday March 1 - Donella Mulraney

Monday March 8 - Jessica Lambert

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

Class Awards


Our Focus for Term 1


Familiarisation to the iPad


Familiarisation to the Chromebook

Peripheral devices


Revisiting care for Chromebooks

Peripheral devices


Some thoughts from our students:

I enjoy listening to stories on the iPad. I like “Cody eats everything”. Lachlan - Foundation

In ICT this year so far I have learnt about different storage devices for example a USB or a SIM card. I have learnt about input and output devices. ICT is really fun because I have learnt new things, especially about Cyber Safety. Elli - Yr 5

I have learnt that there is a storage device that can hold data for 13.5 years. Jonah - Yr 6

 Online Safety

The online environment has made a huge impact on the way we lead our day to day lives, mostly for the better. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides much advice for parents in assisting their children to safely navigate the online environment.

Please take time to visit the eSafety Commissioner’s website. 

Sporting News

Mackillop House

The Mackillop House (Green) is named after St. Mary MacKillop, also known as St. Mary of the Cross. She was declared Australia's first saint by the Catholic Church in 2010. She was born in Melbourne, on January 15, 1842, as the eldest of their eight children.

Her work as a governess brought her into contact with Father Woods, the parish priest in the south east of Victoria.

MacKillop accepted a job teaching the children of Portland, Victoria in 1862. Two years later, MacKillop opened her own boarding school called, Bay View House Seminary for Young Ladies, now known as Bayview College today and was joined by the rest of her family.

Father Woods, concerned about the lack of Catholic education in South Australia, invited MacKillop and her sisters to open a Catholic school in Penola. Together, they successfully opened the school in a stable and started teaching more than 50 children. At this time, MacKillop formally declared her dedication to God and the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Aiden Dwyer is the leader of the Mackillop House. 

Winnen House

The Winnen House (Red) is named after the Winnen family who have been heavily involved in the life of St. Patrick's Primary School and the Parish, through their actions and deeds, for many years.  

Children with the Winnen surname began coming to St Patrick’s School in 1957. 

Henk Winnen has been involved with St Vincent de Paul in the parish and does a lot of work helping to get things ready for mass.

He has been a great example of service and of our school motto "Give Yourself To Goodness."  

Bethany Dyson is the leader of Winnen House.

Samaritan House

The Samaritan House (Blue) is named in recognition of the century-long contribution of the Good Samaritan Sisters to Catholic Education at St. Patrick's Primary School and the community of Port Fairy in south-western Victoria.  The Good Samaritan Order was the first women's religious congregation to be founded in Australia. The Order was inspired by the Gospel story of The Good Samaritan.

Jonah Killen is the leader of Samaritan House. 

Polding House

The Polding House (Yellow) is named after Bishop Polding who served as the first Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. In 1844, when Port Fairy was known as the new township of Belfast, an area full of Irish-Catholic immigrants, Bishop Polding heard that the little settlement was in need of some formal Catholic structure. He found his way to Belfast and quickly realised the need for a Catholic clergy. He established the Order of the Good Samaritan Sisters who attended to the needs of women, children and Aboriginal families in the district.

The Belfast Mission was built on the current site of the convent in 1849, with the Mission including a small church and school, which is now our school. Because of his role in establishing the Church’s presence in Port Fairy, we have named yellow house after Archbishop John Bede Polding. 

Hugh Allen is the leader of Polding House. 

Athletic Sports - February 26

Our 2021 Athletic Sports will be held at Brauerander Park in Warrnambool on Friday Feb 26th.  Buses will arrive at the venue after 10:00am.

No food will be provided at the venue - parents and children are to bring their food and drink supplies for the day.  A coffee van will be onsite for parents, grandparents and teacher. 

COVID-19 Regulations for the event.

  • Each attendee is asked to do a symptom self-assessment prior to leaving home and not attend if they are unwell or have been instructed to isolate or quarantine.
  • Attendees must maintain at least 1.5m physical distance between those from other groups at all times.
  • To minimise movement, attendees must stay within their allocated spaces or seats where practical.
  • Requirements for face covering, observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures
  • Attendees will be required to sign in on entry using a QR Code or paper register.

The Moyne School Athletics will be held on Wednesday March 23rd.

Sports Day Program

We are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Athletics Day this Friday at Brauerander Park, Warrnambool.  Our students have been practising for their events in PE classes and are very much looking forward to giving their best athletic efforts.  Winners of events on the day that are 10 years and older will qualify for selection to the St. Patrick’s Athletic Team. All age group events will be scored and each child’s efforts will contribute to their houses score.  We hope to see as many parents and grandparents as possible to help cheer on our students. We are in for a fantastic day of athletics.

Tommy Greene


COVID Safe Public Event Registration Form

Our sports day is classified as a Tier 3 event with regards to COVID, therefore we had to register the event. Part of the registration is to inform parents of the below and the to post the registration, see attachment. 

  • Each attendee is asked to do a symptom self-assessment prior to leaving home and not attend if they are unwell or have been instructed to isolate or quarantine.
  • Attendees must maintain at least 1.5m physical distance between those from other groups at all times.
  • To minimise movement, attendees must stay within their allocated spaces or seats where practical.
  • Requirements for face covering, observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures. 

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. 

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.

Moyne Tennis Competition and Hot Shots Workshop

Moyne Tennis

Year 5/6 students attended two tennis events on Tuesday 23rd February at Warrnambool Indoor Tennis Centre.  It was a fun and very successful day for St Pat's students.  All schools from the Moyne Schools network were in attendance with the exception of 1 school. Our boys' team, consisting of Hugh Allen, Max Dance, Harry Pollock, Oliver McCosh, Harrison Lu, Jonah Killen, Henry Grahek and Andrew Gapes, finished in first position in a modified tennis competition. Our girls' team, consisting of Jorja Lowe, Tilly Chisholm, Tessa Phillips, Grace Godde, Maeve Murphy, Chloe Dumesny, Holly McNeil and Bethany Dyson, finished in third position in their modified tennis competition.  

Eight competitors entered into the Moyne School's Singles Tennis Tournament.  Archie Hocking, Blake Robertson, Aidan Dwyer and Will Verhoef competed in the boys division and Emily Porter, Alice Macpherson, Ava Lehne and Lena Watty competed in the girls division. Many exciting matches were played and as the day progressed everyone's tennis improved which was great to see.  In the boys division, Archie, Blake and Aidan managed to make the quarter finals, with Will  missing out by just 2 games on a countback system.  Aidan and Blake played off in an all St Pat's semi, where Aidan went through to the final but was then defeated 4-1 by Cruz Perry of St Patrick's Koroit.  In the girls division,  Emily and Lena battled it out for a 3rd and 4th place overall finish, with Emily taking the chocolates in their head to head duel. All students throughout the day demonstrated great sportsmanship and competitiveness and were a pleasure to take to the competition.  The only time I had to have a stern word was when they fired up an energetic 'The wheels on the bus go round and round'. I've heard it too many times!  We're already looking forward to it again next year. A big thanks to Abby Lee for her assistance on the day.   

Congratulations to Aidan Dwyer who will now go through to the next level of the competition. 

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.

Parents & Friends

Parents & Friends AGM

The P&F AGM was held on Tuesday evening.  It was very well attended and there was no shortage of great ideas for fundraising for 2021. 

The Parents & Friends Executive Committee for 2021 is:

President - Renee Killen

Vice President - Lucy Lehne

Secretary - Wendy Kelly

Assigned Roles:

Family Liaison - Georgina Dumesny

Canteen - Michelle Gapes

Breakfast Coordinator - Bree Porter

Funeral Coordinator - Bree Porter

Donations Coordinator - Caitlin Down


Our P&F committee are organising an Easter Raffle and are asking families to donate a chocolate Easter Egg or Bunny etc to this fund raising cause.  These items can be dropped into the school office.

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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

Skate Park Consultation

The Moyne Shire Council consulted with our Year 6 students yesterday to get their ideas and opinions about the location and design of the proposed Skate Park in Port Fairy. 

Skate Park Consultation