St Pat's News

June 12, 2019

From The RE Leader - Peter Sanderson


Recognises that society is based on organisations or communities of people ranging from small groups or families right through to national and international institutions.  Subsidiarity affirms the right of individuals and social groups to make their own decisions about what affects them. A higher level community should not interfere in the life of a community at a lower level of social organisation unless it is to support and enable.

Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation

This Sunday we will be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation at 10.30am mass in St Patrick’s Church. Please keep the following candidates for the sacrament in your prayers.

Finn Blom, Lucy Clancey, Lexie Dwyer, Hannah Edmonds, Harry Haylock, Julian Tamer, Ava Lehne, Fergus Lenehan, Alex McCallum, Holly McNeil, Rosie Parkinson, Thomas Parkinson, Dusty Robertson, Ondine Serong, Lena Watty and Isaac Wolff.

RE Dates for Term 2

Sacrament of Confirmation - Sunday 16th June 10:30am at St Patrick’s Church

From The Principal - Sue Paulka

Dear Parents, Parishioners, Carers, Staff & Students,

Confirmation   Congratulations to the children from our school and parish who are making their Confirmation this Sunday at the 10.30am mass. Thank you to their parents and families who have prepared them for this sacrament and to Peter Sanderson for his coordination.

Staffing   Tommy Greene will be taking long service leave for the last two weeks of term and Alex McCall will be replacing him in science classes.

Rachael Osborne is taking leave without pay until July 19.

Both Tommy and Rachael are heading overseas so we wish them safe travels.

Liam Murphy will be taking leave without pay for Terms 3 and 4. Clare Farley will be taking on Liam’s PE and Visual Arts classes.

Learning conversations / Mid-year reports   Please remember to book in via PAM for our learning conversations on June 24th and 25th.

P & F Trivia Night  Don’t forget our P & F Trivia Night to be held this Friday. This is always a fun night  and there are still a few tickets available for either individuals or tables of 8-10. Please don’t hesitate to get a ticket if you’d like to come but are concerned about coming on your own - we guarantee you will be placed on a table with other friendly people!

Winter Sports  Well done  to our football and netball teams who competed in the Moyne Winter Sports last Friday in Koroit.

Sincere thanks to our coaches and assistants, Shane Clancey, Tommy Greene, Annie Forrest, Antonia Balmer, Rachael Osborne, Michele Fox and Tom Sell. Our football team was undefeated and now go on to compete in the division level in Warrnambool this Friday. 

Eisteddfod  Congratulations to Caitlin Barry and Pepper Bowes who competed in the Poem written by Competitor category yesterday at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod. Pepper placed first and Caitlin second - well done!

Assembly  Our student leaders have proposed that we hold assembly every fortnight rather than every week to allow more time for house group activities on the alternate week. After discussion at the School Advisory Council and Staff level, this suggestion will now be put into practice from the start of Term 3. Assembly will be held on even weeks (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) and house groups on odd weeks (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9). The weekly newsletter will keep you up to date with these changes.

Kind regards,

Sue Paulka


School News

Upcoming Events

Region Footy, Assembly @ 2.50pm, Trivia Night @ 7pm

Friday June 14
Confirmation Mass @ 10.30amSunday June 16
Meals on Wheels Week Monday - Thursday June 17-21
5/6 Learning ShowcaseThursday June 20
Enrolments Close, Reports send homeFriday June 21
Learning Conversations @ 2pm-8pmTuesday June 25
Learning Conversations @ 3.30pm-6pmWednesday June 26
Assembly @ 1.30pm, Term 2 finishes @ 2.20pmFriday June 28
Term 3 CommencesMonday July 15
Working Bee @ 9am-12pm

Saturday July 20


Thursday June 13      Nikki Payne, Sioban Murnane, Felicity Little

Friday June 14            Melanie Mason, Fiona Barry

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 17       Donella Mulraney

Monday June 24       Ilona Carson

Sickbay Linen

Friday June 14          Melanie Mason

Friday June 21          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.

School Awards

PE Report

PE Report

Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 classes this term have been working on their kicking, handball and hockey skills. The children have been learning to kick footballs and soccer balls. They have been learning how to dribble a ball using a hockey stick.

Some classes have also been aiming to increase their endurance by running continuously for a longer period of time each week.

Fete News

School Community News

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.

Canteen Roster

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

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

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 15 @ 6.30pm - Koroit

Sunday June 16 @ 10.30am - Port Fairy - School led Mass for Confirmation

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