Friday, 18 September 2020

Community Update # 3.17 Celebrating the end of Term 3 & looking forward to Term 4

"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Ps. 9:1

Congratulations and Thank you

This is the seventeenth community update for this term  - what a term it has been for all of us !! Amidst the many challenges of the Stage 4 lockdown restrictions, we can be satisfied that our combined efforts to educate the children to the best of our ability have been well worth it.

On behalf of the staff, I thank all of you for the way you worked in partnership with the school to ensure Term 3 Flexible Learning was a success. We have received numerous emails of thanks for our staff and we are all grateful for the positive feedback you have shared with us. Here is some of our feedback:

" ...We appreciate the teachers have gone above and beyond to support us and the kids.." Prep and Yr 2 parent

"..A big thank you to the wonderful staff at St Patrick's...they keep the kids busy whilst providing regular positive feedback..." Year 3 parent

" so energised and happy to log on each morning..the home schooling has been a great experience because of how well prepared and energising you were each day." Yr 6 parent

"..Thank you for your commitment, support and care..I am certainly seeing growth, resilience and maturity...thank you for the key role you are playing..." Yr 6 parent

"..we are loving your work in the school assemblies absolutely fantastic to watch. Shows so much passion for what you do thank you.." Yr 1 parent

'' .. thank you for all your great flourishing under your direction and support..." Yr 5 parents

".. we really appreciate the time you take to review each piece of work, the feedback and messages you write back... feel connected, stay accountable and be motivated..." Yr 4 parent

"..can I once again thank you and your team for the selfless and supportive way in which you have helped us. .. we appreciate everything you are doing to support our children..."

I am so proud of our staff who continued to rise to the challenge of Flexible Learning this term. The staff record their weekly student interactions, including the class, group, individual and social sessions and share them with me every week. This has enabled us to gather data across the school and continue reviewing and reflecting on our practise to ensure we meet the needs of all students.

My time spent with the SRC leaders gives me an opportunity to connect with children from Year 1 to Year 6 and learn what is important to them. They are representative of their classes and their ideas for being a voice in the community are invaluable. Their focus on wellbeing with tips to encourage us to express our gratitude and to remain positive are vital. At yesterday's meeting, the SRC voted to share their own thanks to the community. 

Here is one heartfelt message of thanks:

We look forward to welcoming all of the children onsite next term after a well deserved break.

Thanks from the staff

Special thanks from the staff to the P&F for the thoughtful treats provided for every staff member at the end of the term.

Virtual Assembly Video #14 

Thanks for the feedback around the assemblies. 

We will keep working on those transformations !!

Onsite restrictions Term 4

At this stage, the Term 4 guidelines for children onsite remain the same as for Term 3. Both parents need to have a workers permit and be working away from home. Please email for further details or enquiries.

Prep 2021 Information Evening Tuesday 6 October

  • THANK YOU !!!!

  • Parent Evening Tuesday 6 October 7:00pm-8:00pm

  • Hybrid Transition Programme information on website 

  • Resource Packs

  • Flexischools app Prep 2021

Here is a link to the Transition 2021 page on our school website with all of the dates.

Community Minded Initiative

Hugh in Year 1 came up with a great idea. He created the Little Tree house swap box and put it out in front of the family letterbox each day. 
The family let everyone in Year 1 know on the group whatsapp chat and it was a huge success. They've had lots of visitors and created a stop off for those that are out on their daily walk.
Here is a photo of Hugh, a very happy young man with his idea. 

School Fees Update 

As expressed in previous updates, please contact for circumstances of financial hardship.

At the start of Term 4 we will send updated school adjustment letters in relation to credits for Camp fees and Sports Levies.

Many of the year levels have already held incursions and are planning further incursions in Term 4. We will notify you of any further credit adjustments to the fees including information on the Sacramental levies next term.

Term Dates

Beginning of Term 4                                October 5 (Flexible Learning P-6)
Prep 2021 Parent's Orientation               October 6
Parent Teacher Meetings.                        October 8
Prep, Year 1, Year 2 Return                     October 12
Session 1 Prep 2021 Transition              October 13
Session 2 Prep 2021 Transition              October 20
Year 3,4, 5, 6 (Return to be confirmed ) October 26
Session 3 Prep 2021 Transition              October 27
Parish Education Board                          October 28

Little Food Festival
For all those in lockdown over the holidays the Little Food Festival will be held virtually this year on September 30th. Sponsored by Monash Education and the City of Melbourne it combines great guest speakers and children's activities including sustainability, cooking, gardening, growing food in suburban environments and Citizen Science Mine-craft build challenges and games. Families can register online to download the program, activities and resources

Friday, 11 September 2020

Community Update #3.16 Roadmap back to school and much more

Glimmer of Hope

As the Coronavirus numbers start to decrease, we pray and hope that we will all be back at school very, very soon 🙏. 

Year 6 - The best Term 4 ever !!!

We are all aware that by the time our Year 3-6's come back onsite, the Year 6's won't have much time left until they graduate. Our staff have come up with a "roadmap" to graduation for the final term for Year 6. It will be the best term any Year 6 class has ever had and we can't wait for it to begin. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher meetings will take place from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Thursday October 8th

Optional Parent Teacher meetings will take place via Zoom on October 8th for all classes (except for 2V only which will be next week on Thursday 17th September), between 8.30 and 4.30.

If your child has already had a PSG meeting over the past few weeks, you will not be required to make a Parent/Teacher meeting.

Bookings will open in FLEXISCHOOLS APP on Monday 14th September at 2pm.

(To find the quicklink for PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS in Flexischools, go to >news >more>parent/teacher meeting tabs.)

Interviews will be strictly 10 minutes only. To allow for technical issues it is vital that everyone keeps to this schedule and end their appointments in a timely manner. If you think you will need more time, please discuss this with your teacher at the appointment or via an email prior.


These meetings will rely on technology and the internet all working the way they should so please allow time to login 3-5 minutes before your appointment time.


Your child is not required to sit in on these meetings.

Further instructions will follow in your booking confirmation emails.


If you have any further enquiries, please contact the school office on 9569 7487

Readiness for 2021

We firmly believe that no child should be disadvantaged because of their Flexible Learning experience. Our goal is that teachers will pick up the learning from where the child is and move them forward with confidence to succeed. We have made plans for ensuring every child is in a position to have their potential recognised by the end of the year.

Here are links to the Term 4 readiness for 2021 plans we have in place for all children to guarantee their success.

Prep, Year 1, Year 2 link

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 link.

So far, I have hosted 4 meetings with the Semester 2 SRC leaders from Year 1 to Year 6 and the children have demonstrated to me that Flexible Learning has enabled them to develop their confidence as self-directed learners. I believe that all of our children are already flourishing in ways that will surprise you and I can't wait to see them back at school.

Here is the latest video about staying positive from the SRC leaders.

SRC Video - Wellbeing Tips #2 Staying Positive

Wellbeing Wednesday  16 September

THANK YOU to all of the parents who shared their support around our wellbeing days for Term 3. There will be activities available online for those who wish to complete these.

FOOTBALL & FAIRY DAY - Last day of Term 3
Football/Fairy Day is a long-standing tradition at St Pats and allows the children to dress up as a footballer/fairy/supporter/umpire OR a combination. Normally this happens at school. Instead they can dress up for their Zoom session.

Virtual Assembly for Week 9

Blue Ribbon Foundation Message

Blue Ribbon Day is 29 September, which coincides with National Police Remembrance Day. Aleks in Year 1 from St Patricks is a Blue Ribbon Foundation Ambassador and actively involved in supporting this foundation.

Blue Ribbon Day is a chance for the community to say thank you to those who protect and serve our community and ensure that those who have fallen are never forgotten.

This year it means more than ever. 2020 has been a difficult year and it has been especially challenging for Victoria Police, tragically losing four members in April, providing front line response to the devastating bushfires and now supporting our efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

We hope everyone will support the campaign to remember the 170 Victoria Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and say thank you to all Victoria Police officers for their work in serving & protecting our community. 💙

Maybe you can join Aleks in sending a thank you letter to the Police or just simply thanking any Police member you see in September 2020 for all that they do.

For more information see:

You can also buy Police items from https:/ and all the money goes to hospitals and initiatives to remember our fallen police.

Thank you 🙏

#BlueRibbonDay2020  #BRD2020

Term Dates
Wellbeing Wednesday #2                                                             September 16
End of Term 3  1pm Finish      Footy & Fairies Dress Up Day   September 18

Beginning of Term 4                                 October 5 (Flexible Learning P-6)
Prep 2021 Parent's Orientation               October 6
Parent Teacher Meetings.                        October 8
Prep, Year 1, Year 2 Return                     October 12
Year 3,4, 5, 6 (Return to be confirmed ) October 26

Here is the Team Kids Virtual Newsletter for this week

Friday, 4 September 2020

Community Update # 3.15 Year 6 Father's and Special Friend's Celebration

Father's Day Prayer

God our Father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.

Here is a special Father's Day liturgy prepared by our Faith and Community Leaders Mrs O'Dwyer and Miss La Fontaine. You can also access it through the RE Tab on our Learning Community Site.

Year 6 Father's Day / Special Friend's celebration
It's a tradition at St Pat's for the Year 6's to celebrate Father's Day with a special breakfast in Rovira House. Sadly, that couldn't go ahead this year. Instead, we hosted a Zoom breakfast celebration with a quiz, lucky prize draw, break out room time and a slideshow of family photos. Special thanks to the P&F for sponsoring the celebration and the Year 6 parent reps for preparing the brekkie packs, quiz and slideshow. 
Congratulations to Will and Michael O'Shannessy for winning the $50 Rebel Sports Voucher.

"I would just like to pass on our thanks for this mornings Fathers Day breakfast, it was a great idea and was fun.We enjoyed catching up with fellow year 6 children their Dads via Zoom, and the Dads trivia was a classic.
I really appreciate you doing this and please pass this on to everyone involved". Year 6 Dad

"A very special thank you to all those involved with organising the Father’s Day breakfast.  While navigating a challenging time for our children, this was a wonderful way for them to enjoy one of the special occasions year 6 has to offer.  For our family this will be the last after 18 years at St. Patrick’s and the carefully planned presentation of today’s gathering, while different, still had the special and extraordinary qualities that reflect the wonderful community of St.Patricks.

Well done and again many thanks to all involved." Year 6 Mum

"Thank you all for organising and running the Father's Day breakfast this morning everyone, it was very greatly appreciated. It was so great to connect and see so many faces from school for the first time in over 6 months." Year 6 Dad

"Thanks so much for facilitating this morning’s ‘meeting’. It was lovely to be able to do something, and great to include the quiz etc. It made me teary! " Year 6 Mum

We are collecting photos of the Year 6's with their dads enjoying the breakfast celebration. Please email them to 

Virtual Assembly #12 Week 8

Term Dates
Wellbeing Wednesday #2                                                             September 16
End of Term 3  1pm Finish      Footy & Fairies Dress Up Day   September 18

Beginning of Term 4                                 October 5
Prep Parent's Orientation                        October 6
Parent Teacher Meetings.                        October 8

Here is the Team Kids Virtual Newsletter for this week

SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster
Dr Carr-Gregg provides tips for parents/carers on looking after their wellbeing during this challenging time.
In this presentation, Riding the Corona Coaster, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg explores how the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next may impact students, families and staff in school communities. He examines increasing concerns regarding mental health issues and emphasises the importance of promoting help-seeking behaviour and reducing stress levels at home. 

Friday, 28 August 2020

Community Update # 3.14 - Hope and Gratitude

Daffodil Day is a day for us all to give hope

Daffodils demand only that we plant them in hope. Planting in hope reminds us to pray in hope, as the Holy Spirit teaches us to do.

“The Holy Spirit… teaches us to pray in hope” says the Catechism. We can pray for hope. One cannot expect to grow in hope without prayer any more than one can expect a blooming daffodil to surface when one did not plant the bulb. Our God is God of hope. It is through prayer and the Holy Spirit that, despite our circumstances or the circumstances of those around us, we can abound joyfully and peacefully in hope. It was St. Paul who prayed: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

We can remember that there is no winter so brutally cold, no situation so wretchedly impossible, that God cannot triumph in it. When the harsh winters of our lives approach, we can think of the triumph of our Lord and in our prayers plant daffodils of hope. And then we can patiently wait for them to bloom remembering that “hope does not disappoint.” (Romans 5:5)

(Thanks Miss Adcock for sharing this reflection).

Thank you to everyone who planted daffodil day messages of hope in our garden and for the Cancer Council donations too. Please continue to keep Mrs Barclay and all family and friends affected by cancer in your prayers.

Let's be hopeful that we will all be back together at school in Term 4.

SRC Gratitude Video

Our Semester 2 SRC leaders are sending a strong message about gratitude in their very first video. Taking the time to reflect on who or what we are grateful for each day, is a way to strengthen and develop a healthy, positive mindset and contributes to our mental wellbeing.

What are you grateful for ?

In case you missed the video on Monday, below is our assembly video for this week.

I have been inundated with Paddy's Pets photos and will share a second album on our school Facebook Page very soon.

Term Dates
Year 6 Father's/Special Friends Zoom   September 4 (further details to be shared on Monday 31st)
Wellbeing Wednesday #2                         September 16
End of Term 3                                           September 18

Beginning of Term 4                                 October 5
Prep Parents Orientation                         October 6
Parent Teacher Meetings.                        October 8

Team Kids Virtual Newsletter


Friday, 21 August 2020

Community Update #3.13 Daffodil Day, Wellbeing Wednesday & Paddy's Pets

St Pat's Celebrates Daffodil Day Thursday 27 August 2020

Thanks to the Parr girls for designing this poster.
Daffodil Day

When: Thursday 27th August

(Please wear Yellow to your class zoom session)


How: We would love to create a HOPE garden SPOONVILLE STYLE

Could you please bring a Wooden Spoon decorated to add to the Schools Garden.

You are welcome to bring a gold coin donation for the Cancer society to the school when you drop off your spoon and pick up your next lot of learning packs/resources.

PLEASE REMEMBER that the spoon needs to be decorated to tolerate all seasons of the weather. Please avoid anything that could fly off in the wind.


Ideas: Feel free to decorate your spoon anyway you think is appropriate and in line with the Daffodil Day Theme. You could paint your spoon in bright colours, you could put love hearts on it etc, but most of all we would love to see the words HOPE or GRATITUDE written on the Spoon. You could also write a name of someone you know who is currently battling cancer now or a name of someone who has lost their battle. The Brighter the Spoon the better so have fun.


This Wednesday, the whole school will take some time out to focus on their wellbeing. The teachers have shared the challenges on the learning site and the children can choose to do as little or as many challenges as they like. The children will be required to attend the morning Zoom meeting and can choose to wear casual clothes too. 

Virtual Assembly Video #10  Week 6

Look out for the extra special guests who join the Week 7 assembly released on Monday !!


Invitation to Parents & Friends Meeting - Thursday 27th August 7.30pm

All parents and friends are warmly invited to join the next P&F meeting (via WebEx) on Thursday 27th August at 7.30pm.

Anyone can use WebEx via their browser without needing a log in or account. The meeting room will be open from 7.15pm to allow people to join a few minutes earlier for those who haven't used this video conferencing platform previously.

Our PatCare coordinator Sarah Luck is hosting this meeting - simply copy this URL into your browser:

(if prompted, use meeting code:  579 378 035)

Wishing everyone good health and hope on the cusp of Spring.

Kim Johnston, Jenny Jones and the P&F Committee

Term Dates
Wellbeing Wednesday #1     August 26
Daffodil Day                          August 27
P & F Meeting                       August 27 7:30pm
Wellbeing Wednesday #2     September 16
End of Term 3                       September 18

Beginning of Term 4             October 5
Parent Teacher Meetings.    October 8

Friday, 14 August 2020

Community Update #3.12 100 Days of School for our Preps !

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary 15 August 2020

You can access the full liturgy prepared by our Faith and Community team at this link on the Learning Community Site.

Congratulations to our Preps

Today our Preps celebrated their 100 days of school. They have the honour of being the first prep cohort in history to celebrate in such a manner. They presented at their Zoom Meeting dressed in hundreds of things, or as a 100 year old, or wearing the number 100 prominently. The teachers joined in the fun too! Here is a special message of congratulations from the staff.

Assembly for Week 5

5 Parent Tips #1

Wellbeing Wednesdays
Following on from our focus on Wellbeing, there are two Wellbeing Wednesdays planned into the coming weeks - August 26th (Week 7) and September 16th (Week 10). There will be more news to follow.

Parent Teacher Meetings
Last week the class teachers started contacting the parents of children in their class to have a conversation about progress so far with Flexible Learning. Teachers are fitting these phone calls in amongst their planning, preparation and the daily Zoom meeting interactions with the children. The idea is to make contact with all families at least once before the end of term. Obviously, teachers are also responding to emails on a daily basis.
Formal parent teacher interviews will take place on Thursday 8th October during Week 1 of Term 4. Unless anything changes these will be Zoom meetings. You will receive more details closer to the time.
Parents Support Group meetings have already begun and are taking place every Thursday.

During the week, I had a query from a parent around feedback from the specialist staff. This term a roster was prepared to ensure that all classes and children receive feedback from the specialist staff. Some of the specialist teachers are planning for 350 children.
Here is the feedback outline for the specialist teachers.

Breaking News - Thank you !!
I have just heard that some of our parents are so pleased with the amazing work of our staff that they are organising morning tea for us at school. Thank you, just as you are working hard, our staff are trying their best and appreciate all of the positive feedback around Flexible Learning this term. 
We WILL get through this together.

Term Dates
Wellbeing Wednesday #1     August 26
Wellbeing Wednesday #2     September 16
End of Term 3                       September 18
Beginning of Term 4             October 5
Parent Teacher Meetings.    October 8

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Community Update # 3.11; 5 Parent Tips #1 to support independent learners

This is an interim update particularly for the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 parents to share a 5 minute video with 5 tips from Liz Hills to support your children to be independent learners during Flexible Learning.
Please email Liz Hills or  Jenny Hawkins with feedback or suggestions for future parent education videos.