St Pat's News

Term 1 - March 18, 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,

It's hard to believe that it's week 8 already.  I hope families are gearing up for our Term 1 Parents and Friends "Street Race" held after school on Friday 26th.   This is the first opportunity to host a family focused event in quite some time.  I'm looking forward to meeting as many parents as possible at the BBQ after the race. Thank you to the P & F  for the planning and organising they have done. 

Congratulations to the swimmers who represented St. Patrick's last week at the Division Swimming Competition.  Some are now heading to Horsham this Friday to compete at the next level.  We wish them all the best. 

We have a large team of Athletes going to Warrnambool next Wednesday to compete at the Moyne Athletics Carnival.  We look forward to hearing about their achievements. 

The response to our Easter Egg donation drive has been fantastic.  If you haven't yet contributed, please sent your donated item to the office by Tuesday March 30th. The more donations, the more prizes we will have to give away. 

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

Sacramental Information for 2021

This year, Year 3 and Year 4 students who indicated they will celebrate the sacraments will celebrate Confirmation in Term 2. The Year 5 students who indicated they will celebrate the sacraments will celebrate the Eucharist in Term 3.

Parent & Child Information Night for Confirmation (Yr 3 & 4) 

The parent & child information night will take place in Term 2, Week 2, on Tuesday 27th April - 6:00pm at St Patrick's Church. Please bring your child's Baptism photo, (either hard copy or on a phone). All candidates in Yr 3 and Yr 4 who are preparing for Confirmation and their parent/s are to attend. At this meeting you will form family groups. Family groups will then meet to complete the 4 week program.  Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 21st May at 6:00pm at St Patrick's church. 

Please note there will be no Reconciliation celebrated this year. A Parish network decision has been made to only celebrate Reconciliation in Yr 6.

At St Patrick's Parish this will resume Reconciliation when the current Yr 3 students are in Year 6. If you have any Sacramental questions please contact Annie Forrest

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

Only 2 more weeks to complete the ECSI Survey. Login details were sent home a few week ago, so please take the time to participate to this important data gathering activity.

Enhancing Catholic School Identity Survey


Wellbeing News


Last Friday our staff spent a day looking into our SWPBS framework. SWPBS is used to promote positive behaviour and help improve school safety. It also guides our staff on how to respond to a child who displays behaviours that are not appropriate.  We had a very valuable day unpacking our expected behaviour matrix and dividing our unexpected behaviours into  problem, minor and major behaviours.

At its heart, SWPBS calls on staff to teach kids about behaviour, just as they would teach about any other subject - like reading or math. SWPBS recognises that students can only meet behaviour expectations if they know what the expectations are.  This week you will receive a hard copy of our expected behaviour matrix. It looks like the picture.

‘Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner’

Last weeks Yard Dojo award winner was Claire McNeil

Claire was placed in the draw because she was seen by Miss Forrest placing equipment away in the yard.

National Ride2School Day

We have registered for the National Ride to school day on Friday March 19th. I look forward to seeing lots of bikes in the bike racks.

Class News

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School News

Upcoming Events

Friday March 19 - Ride to School Day

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

Wednesday March 24 - Moyne Schools Athletics

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

Thursday March 25 - AFL Primary School Clinics

Friday March 26 - P & F Street Race from 4.30pm

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

Monday April 19 - Term 2 commences

Wednesday April 28 - Term 2 Sporting Schools commences @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday April 29 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Tuesday May 4 - SAC meeting at 7.30pm

Wednesday May 5 - School Cross Country, Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday May 6 - Warrnambool Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday May 11 - Thursday May 13 - NAPLAN

Wednesday May 12 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

Thursday May 13 - Sporting Schools @ 3.20pm-4.30pm

School Rosters


Friday March 19 - Leearna Moloney, Sasha Hayes

Thursday March 25 - Jenny McNeil, Nikki Payne

Friday March 26 - Donna Parsons, Ruth Everitt


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

Monday March 22 - Michelle Sherriff

Monday March 29 - Emma Currer

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

Friday March 19 - Michelle Verhoef

Friday April 1 - Renee Killen

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. 

Office News

Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform orders can be made at anytime through CDFpay or at the school office. Please ensure you have your orders in early so that they can be finalised before the end of the term.

All students need to be in their winter uniform for Terms 2 & 3.

Volunteer Levy

The school volunteer levy points are credited to the school fees accounts at the end of each term.

Sporting News

Swimming Success!

St. Patrick’s Primary School students participated in last week’s South West Primary School Swimming Championships.

Lylah Hamilton, Alice Macpherson, Harrison Lu, Charlie Murray, Sophie Lynam, Amalia Little, Emily Leddin, Sarah Macmillan and Holly McNeil were our representatives on the day.

Congratulations again to all students for their efforts in qualifying and thanks for your efforts, both training and competing.  Thanks to all the mums and dads who came along to support and for assisting with various marshalling/timekeeping duties.

Students who qualified in the top 6 competitors for each event have further qualified to represent St. Pat’s at this Friday’s Greater Western Region swimming championships in Horsham.  

We congratulate the following students and wish them luck for this Friday:

Harrison Lu, Charlie Murray, Emily Leddin and Sarah Macmillan qualified 3rd overall in the 12-13 year old mixed freestyle relay

Alice Macpherson qualified 3rd overall in the 11 year old girls 50m backstroke.

Charlie Murray qualified 5th overall for the 12-13 year old boys 50m breaststroke.

Emily Leddin qualified 3rd overall in the 12-13 year old girls 50m breaststroke.

Amalia Little qualified 4th and 5th overall in the 11 year old girls 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

Sarah Macmillan qualified 6th in the 12-13 year old 50m freestyle but not content with that, Sarah then went on and qualified 1st in the 12-13 year old 50m backstroke.  

Fantastic effort to all you students.

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 next Monday March 22 and Wednesday March 24. 

Term 2 days will be Wednesday and Thursday, commencing April 28 & 29.

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.

Parents & Friends

Hot Cross Bun Order Form


Street Race Information

The Parents & Friends are holding a fun family ‘Street Race’ on Friday 26th March, starting at school anytime between 4:30pm & 5:30pm.

We would love your family to come along and participate. Grandparents and older/younger siblings are most welcome.

All you have to do is walk, run, scoot or ride your way around town to find as many checkpoints (marked on the race map) as you can in 1 hour.

Race entries can be purchased via CDFpay or on the night.                 

$5 per person or $15 family.

There will be a BBQ dinner to follow – BYO picnic rug! Orders for the BBQ must be placed via CDFpay by 3pm Tuesday 23rd March.

NO BBQ purchases on the night.

  • Sausages - $2.50ea

  • Sausages (GF) - $2.50ea

  • Hamburger - $5.00ea

  • Chicken Skewers Honey Soy - $2.50ea

  • Chicken Skewers Honey Soy (GF) - $2.50ea

  • Lamb Skewers Rosemary - $3.50ea

Complimentary Salad Bar for BBQ purchases

Icy-poles, cold drinks and race snacks will be available for purchase on the night.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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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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