St Pat's News

June 26, 2019

From The RE Leader - Peter Sanderson

Care for Creation

The world’s goods are meant for all. The right to private property is subordinate to the right to common use and the overall common good. There is a social mortgage on private property. We have a responsibility to care for the earth and its goods as stewards/trustees, not as mere consumers and users.

Mini Vinnies Pyjama Day / Blanket & Beanie Drive

This Friday 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 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. New or used items in good condition will be gratefully accepted. This appeal will run to the end of Week 2 of next term.

Tuesday 23rd July           Meeting for parents and children enrolled in 

                                             Eucharist Preparation Program, St Patrick’s     

                                             School Library 7.00pm

Thursday 15th August   Mass @ 10.00am for the Feast of the Assumption  

Sunday 18th August       First Eucharist, St Patrick’s Church 10.30am

From The Principal - Sue Paulka

Dear Parents, Parishioners, Carers, Staff & Students,

Learning conversations / Mid-year reports   Thank you to the students and parents/carers who actively joined in our Learning Conversations this week. The children enjoy the opportunity to share with you what they have been learning and talk about their achievements and goals.

Thank you to the teachers for the work they have put in throughout the year and particularly during this busy end of semester reporting time.

As always, teachers remain available, at a mutually convenient time, to meet with parents should any other matters need to be discussed.

Work Experience    This week we welcome Rachel Farley and Anna Wakely, two former students, who are completing their work experience at St Patrick’s. They are spending time in a variety of classes and we hope their time in our school is enjoyable and beneficial.

Working Bee   Our next working bee will be held on the first Saturday of next term, Saturday 20th July. The following families are rostered on: Malady, Wright, Barry, West, Fitzsimmons, N. & C. Down, C. Williams, Wagg, V. Parkinson, Fox, Roberts, Whitfield, Matthews, Lambert, Cryer and Morris.

Primary Performers   Good luck to Ella Jarrold and Hugo Jarrold who are performing in the Primary Performer’s “Beauty and the Beast Junior” at the Lighthouse Theatre this week.

Basketball    Good luck also to Poppy Myers who has been selected to attend the School Sport Victoria Girls Basketball State Team Selection Camp in the holidays. 

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

Thank you for your support over the course of this term and I wish everyone a safe and restful break.

Kind regards,

Sue Paulka


School News


Thursday June 27     Donna Parsons, Julia Gibbons, Sarah Lu

Friday June 28           NO CANTEEN - LAST DAY OF TERM

Thursday July 18      Mia Wolff, Kate Dempsey, Lashae Harman

Friday July 19            Bree Porter, Tamara Wright, Rebecca Greene

Thursday July 25      Nikki Payne, Sioban Murnane, Felicity Little

Friday July 26            Jenny McNeil, Sarah Dyson, Clare Potter

Library Reshelving- For the week of:

Monday July 15        Michelle Fox

Monday July 22        Tatiana Resk Wilson

Sickbay Linen

Friday June 28          Marcelle Hennig

Friday July 19            Jessica Lambert

PAM - Parent Access Module

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

Wellbeing News

House Groups

Skeins of wool are required for house groups for next term. If you have some left over wool and would like to donate it to house groups, please send it to 5/6B. 

Thank you.

House Groups next term will be Weeks  1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

We are asking for parental assistance in week 3 and 7.  The assistance will be for cooking and craft activities. The activities will be all set up, we will just need parents to help the students with the making and cleaning up.

School Awards

3/4W News

Last week the Year 3/4s held their Travel Expo to showcase the learning they have been doing around the countries of Southeast Asia.


Last Friday was the Travel Expo. Emily and I wore the same clothes and were in the same country. We were in the Philippines group. It was incredibly fun. Thailand came first and the Philippines came second. The other countries at the expo were Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.


Last Friday we had the 3/4 Travel Expo. I was in Cambodia. We researched lots of facts about Cambodia, which is in Southeast Asia. In my group we made cookies. My favourite part of the day was setting up and getting dressed up. I didn’t get dressed up though.


Last Friday we had the Travel Expo. I was in the Philippines group. We had lots of fun and we came second for the country voting. I made biscuits in the shape of the Philippines flag. I had a great day.


Last Friday we had a Travel Expo of Southeast Asian countries. I was in the Indonesian group. We had to display facts about our country. Thailand received the most points and won a special certificate. 

Spring Fair News

School Community News

No Canteen - Friday June 28

Canteen Roster

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to do canteen for Terms 3 & 4. The roster has been finalised and emailed out. A hard copy has also been sent home with your child.

If you are unable to do your shift, please try and swap with someone else on the roster.


Dear Parents,

We understand there are many times when you may need to provide cash to your child to pay for canteen, uniform, special food days. But cash isn’t the only option in today’s world; which is why we want to make it convenient for you to make payments.

In Term 3 we will be introducing CDFpay, which is a cash-free solution for our canteen, special food days & uniform store. This solution is an online payment platform offered by the Catholic Development Fund Melbourne (CDF).

We will be encouraging all parents to use this simple, cash-free platform in the future. For canteen and special food days we will only be accepting payment by this method but parents can still choose to pay via cash or EFTPOS for uniform, however to ensure the success and drive the full benefits of this program we encourage your participation.

The benefits of our school going cash-free with CDFpay are:

  • Greater security: a safer option where you don’t have to be concerned about your child losing cash from their bags and pockets.

  • Anytime, any device:  order and pay for lunches (while setting dietary needs & allergy requirements) from your mobile, tablet or computer at any time.

  • Fast & easy payments: it allows credit card or bank transfer payments. Stored credit cards make the process of [ordering lunch] faster and easier than ever.

  • Reduced administration: counting and handling cash is costly for the school, especially now that we do not have a NAB branch in town. CDFpay will help eliminate admin fees so we can better distribute funds for other activities.

The brochure on how to download the app, create an account, how to order and more can be found on our website in the Parent Information section, a copy was also emailed to all parents today. We look forward to working with you as we implement CDFpay in our school community. 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

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

Earn and Learn stickers ended yesterday, June 25. Thank you to everyone who has been collecting stickers for our school. Please send along any stickers that you still have 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 - Term 3

Sporting Schools will commence next term on Wednesday July 31.

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

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Parish Masses

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

Saturday June 29 @ 6.30pm - Koroit

Sunday June 30 @ 10.30am - Port Fairy

Community News

Kids Yoga Holiday Session

When: Saturday 6th July 9am

Where: The Yacht Club Pt Fairy

Cost: $10 per child