St Pat's News

August 14, 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

First Eucharist

Lord Jesus, 

Bless the children coming forward to receive Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday. May it be an initial step into a life-long love of the Eucharist. 

Give them a hunger for this sacred food so that they turn to you for comfort, guidance, and wisdom as they grow into full discipleship. 

Thank you for their innocence and goodness. 

May their hands, extended in anticipation of your Body and Blood, inspire all of us to cherish this sacred sacrament. 


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.

Feast of the Assumption

Tomorrow all classes will attend mass at 10.00 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Apart from Sundays, this is one of only two days that Catholics are obliged to attend mass. It is a day to celebrate the example of Mary as someone who answered God’s call.

From The Principal - Sue Paulka

Dear Parents, Parishioners, Carers, Staff & Students,

Congratulations to Sarah, Peter, Edmund (Foundation) and Basil Sheehan on the birth of their daughter and sister, Clover, this morning.

Our sympathy is extended to Jess, Heath, Ivy (Yr 1) and Ruby (Yr 1) Condon on the death of Jess’ father last week in Brisbane.

All classes will be attending mass tomorrow at 10.00am at St Patrick’s Church for the Feast of the Assumption.

First Eucharist

We keep the children from our parish in our prayers this week as they prepare for the sacrament of Eucharist, which they will receive for the first time this Sunday at the 10.30am mass.

Thank you to the families for their preparation of the children and to Peter Sanderson for his support and planning of the Eucharist mass. 

Health and Wellbeing day

We had a fun and relaxing Health and Wellbeing Day last Friday, despite the weather forcing some changes. Yoga, strength training, dance and games ensured children and staff were able to focus on strategies to assist their ongoing wellbeing. The launch of our student leaders’ book swap was very popular and we hope both children and adults will take advantage of this.  Thank you to Antonia Balmer and our student leaders for their organisation of the day.

Eisteddfod news

We received the exciting news last week that our school won the Aggregate Award for the Year 6 and under section of this year’s Warrnambool Eisteddfod. This is the first time St Patrick’s has won this award. Congratulations to all our Eisteddfod participants this year who contributed such brilliant performances.

Special congratulations to Maggie Carmichael, who won the overall individual Aggregate Award and Lila Killen, who placed third. A wonderful achievement for both students!

Thank you again to Karrinjeet Singh Mahil and Juliana Wakely who worked with the children on their performances.

Professional Development day

A reminder that next Monday, August 19th is a pupil free day. Staff will be working on developing our writing curriculum essential learnings.

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 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

Thursday Aug 29     Donna Parson, Julia Gibbons, Sarah Lu

Friday Aug 30           Bree Porter, Tamara Wright, Rebecca Greene

Library Reshelving- For the week of:

Monday Aug 19       Donella Mulraney

Monday Aug 26       Ilona Carson

Monday Sept 2        Michele Fox

Sickbay Linen

Friday Aug 16           Tania Murray

Friday Aug 23           Paulaida Fitzsimmons

Friday Aug 30           Fiona Godde

School Awards

No Parking at the School Crossing

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 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.

Wellbeing News

Get Moving Health & Wellbeing Day

Last Friday all our students and staff downed their pencils, pens and books to participate in a health and wellbeing day. This day is an annual event on our school calendar. The focus for the day was for all children and staff to participate in activities which encourage physical and mental wellbeing. The students and staff rotated through activities which included Zumba dancing, core strength activities, mindful reading and colouring and yoga. Thank you to Donella Mulraney for guiding us through our yoga poses and meditation. 

The students were treated to large platters of fruit to boost their energy levels. Thank you to our parent helpers for cutting up and preparing the food platters.

The culminating event of the day was the student leaders’ launch of their book swap. As part of our student leaders’ project, the students designed two book cases where pre loved books can be donated or swapped for another. The bookshelves are prominently displayed in the school corridor making ‘book swapping’ very accessible for all students and adults. 

F/1 News

In the F-2 classes our current Religion unit is called “Food for All”. 

We have been learning about celebrations and have recently made the connection between how we celebrate at home or school and how the Church celebrates. We have focused on one celebration - the Sacrament of Eucharist as some children at our school will be celebrating their Eucharist this weekend. 

The Eucharist (which is a re-enactment of the last supper) is a special celebration of God’s family.  We have been learning the song, "Do this in Memory of Me" by John Burland and last week we looked at the foods that Jesus may have eaten in his time. 

The children were able to taste some of these foods and we had a shared lunch with all the F-2 students. The Year 2s re-enacted the story of the Last Supper.  It was a lovely way to celebrate our unit of work together. 

Parents & Friends News

Father's Day Breakfast - Online order cut off day is Friday August 23

Pie Day - Friday August 30 - Online orders until Wednesday August 30

Friday August 30th will be Pie Day from in the canteen. All orders for Pie Day will be through our online ordering system CDFpay. This will NOT be available until next week. An email will be sent once it has all be set up.


The cut off for the orders will be Wednesday August 28 at 3pm.

Students will need to bring a container marked with their name and class, this will be placed in their class canteen lunch box.

The menu is:

Plain Pie $4

Gluten Free Plain Pie $5

Vegetable Pastie $4

Potato Pie $4

Sausage Roll $2.50

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.

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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.

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 17 @ 6.30pm - Koroit

Sunday August 18 @ 10.30am - Port Fairy 

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