St Pat's News

August 7, 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

Tomorrow, 8th August, is the feast day of St Mary Mackillop of the Cross, Australia’s first ordained saint.

Mary Mackillop and Mother Mary,

Pray for us.

Help us as we try every day to give ourselves to

the goodness of God.

May we follow your example of service,

love and compassion for all of God’s children.

Bless me in my daily life and bless my work and learning.


First Eucharist

Please pray for the following children and their families as they prepare to receive the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 18th August: 

Hugh Allen, Zac Allen, Tilly Chisholm, Isaac Dempsey, Chloe Dumesny, Aidan Dwyer, Jordan Dwyer, Molly Edmonds, Grace Godde, Emily Leddin, Oliver McCosh, Maeve Murphy, Charlie Murray, Tessa Phillips, Harry Pollock, Eliza Ross, Caleb Tonkin, Sienna van de Camp, William Verhoef.

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,

All classes will be attending mass on Thursday August 15th at St Patrick’s Church for the Feast of the Assumption.

Wellbeing day

This Friday August 9th, we will be holding our “Let’s Get Moving Health and Wellbeing Day”.  This will involve all children working in their House groups and rotating over a range of activities during the day. Activities will include yoga, running/walking, dance and strength exercises. Students are asked to wear “active wear” and their runners and to bring a piece of fruit to be shared in a fruit salad.

The day will also include the launch of our student leaders’ book swap project. This project involves setting up some bookshelves where students and community members can donate a book and take another one in exchange. Our students are hoping to encourage everyone to put down their screens and do more reading. To facilitate this, students and parents are able to bring in a book that they no longer want and swap it for another one. This can then be done on an ongoing basis.


Well done to the students who competed in the Yr 3/4 Hooptime competition last Friday in Warrnambool. All the  teams participated with great spirit and sportsmanship and our boys' All star team was successful in winning their grand final. They will now proceed to the next level.

No Standing signs

In an effort to improve child safety in and around the school crossing, the Moyne Shire has erected a number of “No Standing” signs near the school crossing, which means no parking is permitted in the area between the signs. Please be mindful of this when dropping off and picking up your children so that you are not fined.

Head lice

There have been a number of reported cases of head lice in our school, so it may be timely to check your child’s hair and treat as necessary.

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 Aug 8       Wendy Kelly, Georgina Dumesny, Caitlin Down

Friday Aug 9             NO CANTEEN - WELLBEING DAY

Thursday Aug 15     Mia Wolff, Kate Dempsey, Lashae Harman

Friday Aug 16           Jo MacKenzie, Leearna Moloney, Marcelle Hennig

Thursday Aug 22     Nikki Payne, Felicity Little, Sioban Murnane

Friday Aug 23           Jenny McNeil, Sarah Dyson, HELP NEEDED

Library Reshelving- For the week of:

Monday  Aug 5         Jess Lambert

Monday Aug 12        Jo Matthews

Monday Aug 19       Donella Mulraney

Sickbay Linen

Friday Aug 9             Tania Murray

Friday Aug 16           Paulaida Fitzsimmons

Friday Aug 23           Fiona Godde

Parents & Friends News

Lunch Order Containers

When ordering your child's lunch online, you still need to send a container to school for the order to be put in. St Pat's is a rubbish free school and therefore all orders need to be in a reusable container. 

Please also ensure that all lunch bags or containers are clearly marked with your child's class and name.

PAM - Parent Access Module

This button takes you directly to PAM for Absences, School Activities, Reports, Learning Conversations, Numeracy & Literacy Interviews

F/1 News

Welcome back to Term 3. In F-2 we have been working on the numeracy learning cycle of subtraction. We have been learning that subtraction means taking away an amount from a number. In Foundation we read the book ‘Ten Happy Hens.’ On each page, the cheeky hens disappeared and we had to count back to work out how many were left. We have also had the opportunity to act out subtraction problems. We pretended to be frogs in a pond and some had to jump out, leaving less frogs in the pond. The students now know how to write a simple subtraction number sentence to match their concrete models. We have really enjoyed learning about subtraction in the F-2 area!

Year 3/4 Hooptime News

Last Friday 4 Year 3/4 teams were entered into the annual Hooptime competition.  Two mixed teams and a boys' and girls' team were entered. Pleasingly, all teams recorded wins on the day, some children scored their first ever goals and a number of children participated in a school representative sports team for the first time.  All students displayed excellent sportsmanship and represented St. Pat's very well.

Both the boys' and girls' team made the Grand Final for their respective divisions.  The girls were runners up in the final to SPK, whilst the boys were able to take out the title against Koroit & District Primary School and be Year 3/4 2019 Moyne District Hooptime Champions.  Thanks to all the wonderful parents who attended to support our students and thanks to Tom Sell for his preparations for the day.

Tommy Greene

Book Week News

Spring Fair News


Collection Bin

We are collecting used toothpaste tubes/caps, toothbrushes, outer packaging of toothbrushes and toothpaste and dental floss containers for recycling. Please send along any of these used items and place them in the collection box under the tv in the main corridor.

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.

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 today, Wednesday July 31 for Term 3. The final Sporting Schools session will be on Thursday September 11.

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 August 10 @ 6.30pm - Port Fairy

Sunday August 11 @ 10.30am - Koroit

Community News