St Pat's News

June 19, 2019

From The RE Leader - Peter Sanderson


Everyone has a right to participate in society, in those institutions necessary for human fulfilment, such as work, education and political participation.

Mini Vinnies Pyjama Day / Blanket & Beanie Drive

On Friday 28th June (the last day of term) the Mini Vinnies will be holding a Pyjama Day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the work Vinnies does through its Winter Appeal in providing support for the homeless. All students and staff are invited to wear their pyjamas on this day. The Mini Vinnies members will visit classrooms to give a presentation on the work of Vinnies in this area. Families are invited to donate to our Blanket & Beanie Drive as a means of supporting the Winter Appeal. This appeal will run until the end of Week 2 of next term.

From The Principal - Sue Paulka

Dear Parents, Parishioners, Carers, Staff & Students,

Confirmation   Congratulations to the children from our school and parish who made their Confirmation last Sunday. It was a lovely celebration for these children, their families and the wider parish community.

Farewell   Last Friday we farewelled the Wakely family, who have moved to Warrnambool. We thank Juliana, Colin and family for all they have done for our school community over the last 10 years and wish them all the best.

Learning conversations / Mid-year reports   Our Mid-Year Reports will be available through PAM from this Friday, 22nd June.

Learning conversations will take place on Tuesday June 26th and Wednesday June 27th.

Year 2-6 children will accompany their parents to the conversation. The Library will be available as a waiting area for families.

Learning conversations are strictly restricted to 15 minutes. Should you wish to discuss your child’s learning further, please arrange another appointment with your child’s teacher.

Just a reminder that students cannot remain at school on their own after dismissal and wait for their parents to arrive later in the afternoon for Learning Conversations. The school is unable to provide supervision during this time.

P & F Trivia Night   Thank you to all who supported the Trivia night last Friday and to the organisers. It was well attended and lots of fun.

Winter Sports   Well done  to our football team who competed at the district level in Warrnambool last Friday.

Sincere thanks to our coach, Shane Clancey, for his work with the team over the last few weeks.

Girls Football   The Moyne district will be entering a combined girls’ football team and Chris McLaren from Koroit will coach the team.  Training will be held on the following dates and times at the oval at St Patrick’s School, Koroit:

4-4.45pm Wednesday 17th  July

4-4.45pm Wednesday 24th July

The division competition will be held on Friday 26th July.

Parents of interested girls will need to arrange for them to attend the training sessions.

Enrolments   Just a reminder that enrolments for Foundation in 2020 close this Friday. Please ensure all enrolments are received by then.

End of Term   The school term ends on Friday 28th June. Assembly will be at 1.30pm with students being dismissed at 2.20pm.

Kind regards,                                                                                                                                       

Sue Paulka                                                                                                                                       


School News


Thursday June 20      NO CANTEEN 

Friday June 21            Jenny McNeil, Sarah Dyson, Clare Potter

Thursday June 27     Donna Parsons, Julia Gibbons, Sarah Lu

Friday June 28           NO CANTEEN - LAST DAY OF TERM

Library Reshelving- For the week of:

Monday June 24       Ilona Carson

Monday July 15        Michele Fox

Sickbay Linen

Friday June 21          Melanie Mason

Friday June 28          Marcelle Hennig

PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM is used for Absences, School Activities, Reports, Learning Conversations, Numeracy & Literacy Interviews

Wellbeing News

House Groups

The student leaders and myself are investigating a change of structure for house groups for next term. The time for house group activities will be extended.  We are seeking volunteers to assist in the supervising/co-ordination of cooking and craft activities. If you have expertise or interest in these areas please contact Antonia Balmer ASAP in person or by email -

School Awards

What has been happening Room 3 this term?

Maths: Recently during Maths we have been working on developing our understandings about transitions, geometry and reading maps to show locations and work out scale. We have been working in class groups of Year 3 and Year 4 because we have had different things to learn. This has been fun. Here is an example of one thing we have done, we have used tiles to show symmetry. Here is Cooper’s tile pattern which shows two lines of symmetry.

Religion: Religious studies has been very closely linked to our Inquiry this term. We have researched and gathered information about the 3 major religions of Southeast Asia and compared them to the Christian and Catholic traditions that we know about. The religions researched were Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. We have found out that all of these religions have a holy book, prayer beads and special places of worship. We put all this information on to a prayer wheel. You can see Lucy and Emily showing their work.

Science: Science has been about Chemistry this term and we have investigated lots of interesting processes with Mr Greene. We have melted and frozen things to change their chemistry. You can see Hamish and Jack changing the state of chocolate from a solid to a liquid by melting it in the sun.

Inquiry - Our Asian neighbourhood of Southeast Asia:  After weeks of reading, researching, creating and making, we are about to showcase all we have learnt about the countries in our Asian neighbourhood. On Friday morning our Travel Expo Learning Showcase will entice our visitors onto the beaches and into the temples of these exotic places. The Year 3 and 4 travel agents will guide you through the many possibilities available to you during your travels to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines or Indonesia. Smell the spices and enjoy the sounds of Southeast Asia! Come along and vote for your favourite destination!!

Spring Fair News

School Community News

Canteen Roster - We are in need of more helpers!!

It is time to compile the canteen roster for Terms 3 & 4. 

We have had a few volunteers unable to continue for the next roster and we are in need of more parents to assist. If we do not get more helpers the canteen will most likely be only able to open one day a week. It could even get to the stage where we will have to close the canteen entirely. We have only 3 groups of helpers for each day, therefore helpers are doing a shift every 3 weeks, this is asking a lot. If we could get 3 more helpers for each day we will be able to keep the canteen open.

If you are already on the roster I will keep you on it unless you let me know otherwise.

If you are not on the roster and would like to help out please fill in the online form by clicking on the link.

Canteen Roster

Story Time in the Library

Children in Foundation and Year 1 classes all went on a bear hunt in the Library on Tuesday.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and Mrs Brown was delighted to share the story with the classes.  Children were given a pair of bear ears to wear and participated in the story, complete with actions. They all had lots of fun!

Celina Brown

Deconstruction Group

The Deconstruction Group is requesting items for their lunchtime alternative play session. We are asking for used/non-working appliances, such as toasters, remotes, hair dryers, old toys & small battery operated appliances. NO televisions, microwaves, computers or mobile phones, as these can retain a dangerous charge for years, even when turned off and unplugged. 

Other items that could be donated:

- Safety goggles

- Tools (screw drivers, pliers)

Hannah Williams

Earn and Learn Stickers

Collect stickers from May 1 to June 25 from Woolworths and send them along to school or put them in our box at the Dennington store. Stickers will be redeemed for school equipment such as musical instruments, maths & sports equipment and science kits. There will be a box in the main corridor for sticker collection or send them to the office.

Our pupil free days for this year are as follows:

August 19 - Writing Essential Learnings

November 18 - Report Writing Day

Sporting Schools - Thursday June 20 is last session for Term 2

Sporting Schools is on each Wednesday and Thursday, for 7 weeks of each term. This term's Sporting Schools finishes on Thursday June 20.

Attendance is done through our Skoolbag App. Attendance forms must be filled in by 10am on the day of attendance.

Meals on Wheels - June 17-21

Thank you to the parents below who have volunteered to drive our students to Meals on Wheels next week. The roster was sent home last week via email. If you have not received your roster please contact the office.

Linda McPherson, Shelley Coffey, Stacey Dwyer, Tatiana Resk-Wilson, Sharon Lenehan, Karen Bowes, Eve Tamer, Renee Killen, Fiona Barry.

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Parish Masses

Port Fairy St Patrick's & Koroit Infant Jesus Mass Times

Saturday June 22 @ 6.30pm - Port Fairy

Sunday June 23 @ 10.30am - Koroit

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