St Pat's News

July 24, 2019

At St Patrick’s Parish Primary School we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school.

From The RE Leader - Peter Sanderson

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 11: 1-13) we will hear the disciples of Jesus asking him how they should pray. Jesus then teaches them the words of what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father. This week, let us focus on the words Jesus taught us through this contemporary version of the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.   

Your will be done on earth,

As in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins 

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

And deliver us from evil.


St Patrick’s Parish First Eucharist Preparation

A meeting for parents and First Eucharist candidates will be held at 7pm tonight, Tuesday 23rd July at St Patrick’s School. At this meeting we will go through arrangements for the sacrament of First Eucharist and complete the first topic of the preparation program. We will also organise family meeting groups, times and venues for the remaining three topics. Parents are strongly urged to make themselves and their children available for this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Peter Sanderson.

Mini Vinnies Blanket & Beanie Drive

Families are invited to donate to our Blanket & Beanie Drive as a means of supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal. New or used items in good condition will be gratefully accepted. This appeal will run to Friday 26th July.

Tuesday 23rd July      

Meeting for parents and children enrolled in Eucharist Preparation Program, St Patrick’s  School Library 7.00pm

Thursday 15th August

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 10.00am Mass

Sunday 18th August  

First Eucharist, St Patrick’s Church 10.30am

From The Principal - Sue Paulka

Dear Parents, Parishioners, Carers, Staff & Students,

Our sympathy is extended to the following families:

Kristan Braun and Andy and Elli (Yr 3) Kirkpatrick on the passing of their father and grandfather last weekend;

Angela Hewett, Clinton, Claudia (Yr 1) and Sawyer Williams on the passing of their grandmother and  great-grandmother last week;

Terry, Jo, Lylah (Yr 2), Lincoln (Yr 1) and Ned Hamilton on the passing of their grandfather and  great-grandfather last weekend.

Working Bee 

Thank you to everyone who attended last Saturday’s working bee. Lots of jobs were accomplished and the grounds are now looking much tidier. There is a bit of whipper snipping left to complete, so if anyone has a whipper snipper and a spare hour, your assistance would be appreciated.


Good luck to the girls who are trying out for selection for the Moyne Schools’ team in the girls’ football competition this Friday in Warrnambool. These girls will be notified of team selection after training tomorrow night.

Head Lice

There have been a few cases of head lice reported in the last week. It might be timely to check your child’s hair and treat if necessary.

Planning 2020

Enrolment interviews will be taking place over the next few weeks and this will then allow us to begin our planning for 2020 in terms of class arrangements and staffing. If you know your child/children (other than current Year 6 students) will not be attending St Patrick’s next year, it would be appreciated if you could let us know as soon as possible. This then makes our planning as accurate as possible.

Kind regards,

Sue Paulka


School News


Reminder that we are in the process of using CDF Pay for all canteen orders and this will be the only option by the end of Term 3. We will accept cash orders until then but encourage all parents to sign up for CDF Pay. Information was emailed to all parents at the end of Term 2. Please see details below.

Thursday July 25      Nikki Payne, Sioban Murnane, Felicity Little

Friday July 26            Jenny McNeil, Sarah Dyson, Clare Potter

Thursday Aug 1       Donna Parsons, Julia Gibbons, Sarah Lu

Friday Aug 2             Lucy Lehne, Rhea Thomas

Thursday Aug 8       Wendy Kelly, Georgina Dumesny, Caitlin Down

Friday Aug 9             NO CANTEEN - WELLBEING DAY

Library Reshelving- For the week of:

Monday July 22        Tatiana Resk Wilson

Monday July 29        Caroline McGowan

Monday  Aug 5         Jess Lambert

Sickbay Linen

Friday July 26           Katelyn Mulraney

Friday Aug 2             Tania Murray

Friday Aug 9             Paulaida Fitzsimmons

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 this 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 this term will be Weeks  1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

We are asking for parental assistance in weeks 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. Please see Antonia Balmer if you can assist.

Performing Arts Terms 3 & 4

Term 3 & 4 of 2019 sees the beginning of Performing Arts for years F-6.  It is time again for our bi-annual school musical performance.  It will be taking place on Wednesday 27th November.

This year the school students will be performing Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits.   It is a show filled with mystical mayhem and a swag-bag of laughs to provide an Arabian night the students will never forget.  

There is much to prepare and all classes will be involved in contributing to the show.  There will be artwork to be created, songs to learn, dances to master and many rehearsals.  All acting parts are open to children in Year 4, 5 and 6.  These children have begun to register their interest for parts and auditions began this week.  We intend to have settled upon a cast by the conclusion of week 3, following which rehearsals can begin.

F - 2 Excursion Information

On Friday July 26th F-2 are participating in an excursion to enhance the Inquiry unit “Paddock to Plate’. We will be visiting Leddin’s farm - native wattle seeds, Wright’s farm - dairy and the wharf  (note changes). Please bring gumboots in a plastic bag for farm visit. (Muddy farms!)

Children are to supply their own snack and lunch for the day and need to wear their sports uniform.

Please ensure that you have confirmed your child’s attendance or non-attendance on PAM.

F-2 Teaching Team:

Clare, Jen, Emily, Fraser & Mon.

Spring Fair News

School Community News

Canteen Orders - CDFpay

Thank you to the families who have already signed up for CDFpay, we are transitioning to a cashless canteen. We are aiming to have all lunch orders paid via CDFpay by the end of Term 3.  You will no longer need to write out your child's order as they will be printed on stickers which will then be placed on your child's lunch bag/container. Please ensure that the lunch bag/container is clearly labelled with your child's name.

Please see below for more information on how to make CDFpay account, an email was sent out at the end of last term and there is also a flyer on the school website in the Parent Information section or click on the link below.


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, click on the link below, a copy was also emailed to all parents at the end of Term 2. 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.

PAM - How To Enter A Student Absence

PAM - How To Complete An Excursion Permission

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

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 on Wednesday July 31 for Term 3.

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 July 27 @ 6.30pm - Port Fairy

Sunday July 28 @ 10.30am - Koroit

Community News