St Alipius Parish School Newsletter

12th March, 2020

"St Alipius - an authentically Catholic Learning Community committed to Excellence, Equity & Empowerment"

We acknowledge the Wathaurong people who are the traditional owners of this land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Upcoming Events


Mon 16th and Tues 24th - 2021 Prep open morning 9.30am

Tues 17th - School Photos

Fri 27th - Holy Week Liturgy 12noon.  Last day of Term 1, 2.30pm finish


Tues 14th - Student free day - for staff to prepare for upcoming School Review

Wed 15th - First day of Term 2

A Lenten Prayer

God of love and care

We  listen to your words in Scripture and in those around us.

During Lent, teach us to be true friends of one another and especially those who are in need.

Guide us in being generous and forgiving.

May we follow faithfully, tell courageously and live joyfully the Good News of Jesus Christ who came to bring love, justice, and peace to our world.

We pray this in Jesus’ name.


From the Principal

Dear Families,

It is Lent - A Time to Reflect

During Lent we try to make a difference by giving to the world’s poor.  Classes have been given a project compassion money box that they will attempt to fill with donations over the coming weeks.

The idea of Project Compassion is that we do something (eg. wash the car, unstack the dishwasher) or give up something (eg. lollies, dessert, a trip to the movies) and put that money towards helping the world’s poor.  

I encourage you to support your child’s efforts to help the works of Catholic Missions through Project Compassion. 


Photo Day - School Uniform

Tuesday, 17th March is school photo day and all students are required to be in correct summer uniform for this day.  The options for this are as follows:

  • St Alipius maroon polo t-shirt, navy shorts, plain white socks and black school shoes/plain black runners, or 
  • St Alipius summer dress, plain white socks and black shoes

We would like to thank families for embracing the changes to our uniform, however please be reminded that there are guidelines to follow to ensure correct uniform or sports uniform is worn by students each day.

See below for further information regarding this.

School Uniform Information

Prep 2021 Enrolments

Expressions of Interest are now being taken for Foundation Enrolments for 2021.

Our next Open Mornings sessions will be as follows:

  • Monday 16th March 2020 @ 9:30am
  • Tuesday 24th March 2020 @ 9:30am

Please pass this information on to any families you know of, who may be interested so they can register to attend an Open Morning.

In order for us to be able to identify how many places we have available for new families, we ask current families within our school community to kindly let us know as soon as possible if you have a sibling intending to join our Foundation class in 2021.

Welcome Picnic

National Apology Day

On 13th February we unveiled our new Torres Strait Islander flag whilst commemorating the Anniversary of the National Apology.  We gathered as a community to recognise the hurt and anguish child removal policies have caused our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and continue to cause today.

2020 Prep Students

Clean up Australia Day

Our students participated in Clean Up Australia Day and made it into The Courier for their efforts.

The 3/4 LC walked to Community Garden collecting rubbish from the streets along the way while the rest of the school carried out the same work around the school grounds.

We are proud of our students for taking on board our values around sustainability and caring for our environment.

Ride to School Day

Other News

Coronavirus Update

Religious Education

Sacramental Program

Parish News

Parish Mass Times

Saturday 14th March6:00 pmSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 15th March9.00amSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 15th March10.30amSt Peter & Paul's - Buninyong
Saturday 21st March6.00pmSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 22nd March10.30amSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 22nd March9.00amSt Peter & Paul's - Buninyong
Saturday 28th March6.00pmSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 29th March9:00amSt Alipius - Ballarat East
Sunday 29th March10:30amSt Peter & Paul's - Buninyong