Friday, 15 June 2018

Week 9, Term 2, 2018

Prayer Reflection

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Now that our Year 6's have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are preparing for our Year 3's to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This will take place during Week 3 next term.
Bishop Peter Elliott is our Parish Administrator and welcomes you to contact him at anytime on 
03 95769145

Staff News
Mrs. Rebecca Maddocks is going on maternity leave today. We extend a very big thank you to Mrs Maddocks for her invaluable contribution to the 4V class on Fridays and as E-Learning leader for digitech on Tuesdays. Our special wishes with the upcoming birth of her baby.

We are delighted to inform you that Mrs Emma Buckingham will be taking over the Friday teaching position in 4V. Mrs Buckingham is an experienced, passionate, Year 4 teacher and mother of two young boys.

We will also be welcoming Ms. Catherine Newington to our staff to take on the E-Learning teaching role. Ms. Newington taught at our school several years ago and is now an ICT Educator Specialist. 

We look forward to welcoming both Mrs Buckingham and Ms. Newington to our school community.

Mid Year Reports and Parent Meetings
Our teachers have been working hard to prepare the mid year reports for your children. You will be able to meet with the teachers in the school hall on Wednesday 27th June. The online booking for appointment times will open in Week 10.

Parent Helpers Course
Just a reminder that the second Parent Helpers course commences at 9am on Wednesday 20th June.
Please contact Liz Hills on for further information.

Team Kids Parent Information Evening
Please join us in the hall on Tuesday 19th June at 6:30 pm to learn about our new Before and After School Care Provider. Team Kids will commence at St Patrick's on Day 1 of Term 3.
First Aid Incursion
St John Ambulance will visit our school on Monday 18th June to deliver free First Aid in Schools training 
to our students.  Through the First Aid in Schools program, trained St John presenters lead students from​Grade 3 and 4 through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of an emergency.  Our junior students learn about how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe, and how to call for an ambulance.  Senior students learn about delivering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.
Important Term 2 dates

Monday 18th June               Whole school photo, School Assembly 
Tuesday 19th June              Parent Information Night Team Kids @6:30pm
Wednesday 27th June         Parent Helper Course @9am
Wednesday 27th June         Mid Year Parent Meetings in the School Hall
Friday 29th June                  End of term 2 ... students dismissed @1pm

Community Notices

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Week 8, Term 2, 2018

Feast of the Sacred Heart
The whole school celebrated mass to recognise the Feast of the Sacred Heart today.
Special thanks to all families who brought in a tin of food. You were very generous. Together we gathered several large boxes. These were taken to the Sacred Heart mission in St Kilda who were extremely grateful. The food will be distributed to the homeless and families in need.
Thank you to Noah Eamons in Year 7 packed up the food as part of his community service. Noah and his mother Susan kindly took the boxes to the Sacred Heart Mission for us.

Forever undeserving, may I always be attentive
and never take for granted the gifts of mercy and love
that flow so freely and generously from your Sacred Heart.
Heart of Jesus, I adore you.
Heart of Jesus, I praise you.
Heart of Jesus, I thank you.
Heart of Jesus, I love you forever and always.

Mid Year Reports and Parent Meetings
Our teachers have been working hard to prepare the mid year reports for your children. You will be able to meet with the teachers in the school hall on Wednesday 27th June. The online booking for appointment times will open in Week 10.

Team Kids
As per the  information previously shared with you, we are delighted to welcome a new Before, After and Vacation Care provider to St Patrick's commencing on Day 1 of Term 3. Camp Australia will finish with us at the end of the school holidays.

Please find some information below about Team Kids (click on the information to enlarge it). There will be opportunities to find out how to enrol at the Team Kids information night on Tuesday 19th June. For further questions please contact Jenny.

Important Term 2 dates
Monday 11th June               Queen's Birthday Holiday
Wednesday 13th June         Free Coffee Morning Team Kids
Monday 18th June               Whole school photo
Tuesday 19th June              Parent Information Night Team Kids @6:30pm
Wednesday 27th June         Parent Helper Course @9am
Wednesday 27th June         Mid Year Parent Meetings in the School Hall
Friday 29th June                  End of term 2 ... students dismissed @1pm

Community Notices

Friday, 1 June 2018

Week 7, Term 2, 2018

Principal's News from Jenny Hawkins

Congratulations to our Year 6's who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this week. Special thanks to the most reverend Bishop Peter Elliott and Fr Paul for ensuring that this was indeed a memorable occasion for our students who received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thanks to our Religious Education Leader Mrs Mullan, the Year 6 teachers and Mrs O'Dwyer who conducted the Year 5 choir on both evenings. Thank you to all of the sponsors and families who attended the workshops and the masses. Let's continue to keep these young adults in our prayers as we pray:

Heavenly Father, you sent your Holy Spirit upon the apostles and through them to their successors. May your work, which began at Pentecost, continue to grow in our hears today.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Congratulations to Miss Kim Whitfield
This weekend, Miss Whitfield, our 1W teacher is getting married in Byron Bay. There were many fun activities at school to celebrate Kim and Matt's wedding including wedding music instead of our normal school bells and a pre wedding ceremony in the hall. We wish Kim and Matt all the best for a wonderful future together and look forward to welcoming Kim back to school next week.

Reconciliation Workshops for Year 3
Workshops take place this Tuesday 5th June from 6 -7pm for 3N and from 7:15 -8:15 3O

School Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart 9:30 Friday 8th June. 
All parents welcome.Traditionally the focus is on the underprivileged. As part of our focus on social justice, we asked each family to bring one can of food to school and leave it in the box in the front office. These will be taken to mass and distributed to those in need in the community.
Important Term 2 dates

Tuesday 5th June                Reconcilliation  Family Workshop  
Monday 11th June               Queen's Birthday Holiday
Monday 18th June               Whole school photo
Friday 29th June                  End of term 2 ... students dismissed @1pm

Community Notices

 Piano Lessons
I am a past parent of St Patrick’s – my children Amy and Rohan Amarasinghe left in 2012.
While at St Patrick’s I put in my details in The Shamrock for anyone interested in learning Piano and/or completing their AMEB exams and I currently teach some St Pat’s kids. You can access more information from the front office. I live locally and have a ‘Working with Children Check’. Ahila

Friday, 25 May 2018

Week 6, Term 2

This week we welcomed Bishop Peter Elliott who met with the Year 6s prior to next week’s Confirmation. The Bishop commented on how well-prepared the students are, and the teachers noted what a credit they are to their school.

Also as part of their Confirmation Reflection Day, the Year 6 students heard the amazing story of one of our parents, Shaun Bacon, who earlier this year competed in the Marathon des Sables -a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon, which is approximately the distance of six regular marathons. This race is held every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara Desert. This year Shaun finished in the top 50. Shaun spoke about what motivates him, resilience and goal-setting.

We look forward to sharing in the Confirmation of our Year 6 students on Wednesday (6O) and Thursday (6H) evenings.

School Closure Day
Don't forget there is a school closure day for students this Monday 28th May. OHSC be unavailable on this day.


It was true cross country weather last week as approximately 80 children from Years 4-6 participated in the Dendy District event. What amazing team spirit there was from the St Patrick’s area as our children cheered on all the competitors as they ran past!! Our children gave 100% effort; we are so proud of their performance. Thank you to the parents who assisted, and everyone who came to watch and support our team- it is greatly appreciated.

As reported last week, St Patrick’s won the % shield which takes into account team placings and school population. Overall, we came a fantastic 3rd. Special mention to the following children whose placing in the top 8 has earned them a place in the Beachside Division Cross Country next week. Congratulations to Charlotte (Yr6), Angus, Luciana, Alice and Emma (Yr5), Lila and Matt (Yr4). Good luck!

A pair of black girls school shoes (possibly after Netta on Wednesday).  Please contact the office.

Important Term 2 dates

Monday 28th May              School Closure Day
Tuesday 29th May               Year 6 Reflection Day    
Wednesday 30th May          Confirmation 60 @ 7pm
Thursday 31st May              Confirmation 6H @ 7pm
Tuesday 5th June                Reconcilliation  Family Workshop  
Monday 11th June               Queen's Birthday Holiday     

Community Notices

Friday, 18 May 2018

Week 5, Term 2, 2018

Principal's News from Jenny Hawkins
The Year 6's are preparing to make the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May. Bishop Elliot is coming to meet with the children during their Reflection Day this coming week. Please continue to keep the children in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. We look forward to seeing you at our school and parish Family Mass at 9am.

Child Safe Team Meeting
Our Child Safe Team met during the week. We meet twice a term to discuss ways to ensure St Patrick's is a Child Safe school.
Some agenda items from this meeting included:
  • New signs have been made and will shortly be displayed in the school grounds.
  • 88% of families have returned the signed Child Safe acknowledgement letter. There will be another reminder to those who haven't signed the letter. Extra copies are available in the office.
  • We are exploring opportunities for a parent Cyber Safety awareness evening with educators coming and working with the Year 5 and 6 children too.
  • Year 6 SRC reps spoke to the children at assembly about safety in the playground.
  • Fiona Quayle spoke at the P&F meeting to draw awareness to our Child Safe Policy.
  • Fr Paul will join us for our next Child Safe meeting on the 19th June (see the Pet Paradise reminder below).

Email Reminder
As shared in the Shamrock at the start of this term, please be aware that staff will endeavour to respond to email communications from parents between the hours of 8am - 5pm. Some teachers are still receiving emails late into the evening.

Flexibuzz Absences
In readiness for mandated reforms to school attendance, SMS messages will be generated to parents of students who have not completed absence notifications in Flexibuzz.  If your child is away from school for any reason, please complete the absence form on Flexibuzz by 9.30am.  All extended holidays should also be emailed to
If we do not receive notification, the student is marked as absent and must be followed up.

School Closure Day
There is a school closure day on 28th May. OHSC be unavailable on this day.

Pet Paradise Remider
Fr Paul sent out a special welcome to our school families about Pet Paradise on the 17th April via Flexi-Buzz. Here is the message in case you missed it:
You may have noticed the addition of several very cute little friends in the front of the Presbytery (6 Dalny Rd). Children are welcome to pop in for a visit and to feed the animals but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian from 3:30-4:30pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

for winning the % shield !!! More news on individual placings coming soon.

Important Term 2 dates

Whole school photo                              Monday 21st May
Grade 6 Reflection Day                        Wednesday 22nd May
School Closure Day                            Monday 28th May
Year 6 Reflection Day                          Tuesday 29th May
Confirmation 60                                    Wednesday 30th May @ 7pm
Confirmation 6H                                   Thursday 31st ay @ 7pm

Friday, 11 May 2018

Week 4, Term 2, 2018

Principal's News from Jenny Hawkins
A Prayer for Mother's Day
Lord God, In your plan for creation, you included mothers in your work of creating and nurturing new life. In you is found all the strength we need as we remember our mothers this Sunday.
Jesus, You gave to the whole world Your own mother. Since Mary is the model for all mothers we turn to her and pray:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary , Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

May we wish all mothers a very special Mothers Day this Sunday.
Thanks you to our P & F mothers who prepared the Mothers and Special Friends Stall and organised the inaugural Mother's and Special Friends afternoon tea today.

Vision Narrative
Our staff spent time contributing to a vision narrative during their conferences days at the end of last term. You can learn more about our time together at this link. The vision narrative helps to bring our vision of Engaged and motivated learners always faithful to our loving God to life. Every word reflects the passion of our staff as they aim to ensure Learners leave St Patrick’s self motivated and ready to make a positive impact on their world. You can read the full vision narrative on the homepage of our Learning Community Site and at this link.

On Tuesday night, our architects K2LD presented our masterplan to the community. The presentation shared all of the steps from consultation with our students, staff and parent and parish community to the various iterations developed with the Masterplan working party over the past six months. This  masterplan reflects the wishes of our children for a greener space with connections between indoors and outdoors as well as optimises both learning and recreation spaces. Security has been optimised as well as meeting the diverse needs of school and parish communities. You can view enlarged images of the plans in our office.
Now that we have our masterplan, we will begin to look at the best ways to bring this plan to life for our community. If you are keen to share your skills, talents and knowledge around applying for grants or joining the masterplan working party then email me

Nude Food for Year 1 as a pilot for other children at school
The Year 1's have been learning about sustainability in Science. The children have identified actions to take to conserve resources. One of their actions is to have a waste free lunchbox, otherwise known as 'nude food'. More details will be sent home to the Year 1's today. Thanks Year 1 for leading the way by helping to care for our environment.

Before and After school care provider
After 10 years, our contract with Camp Australia is drawing to an end in July. Special thanks to our working parents Caterina Slade, Alicia Scanlon, Clare Crowe and Veronica Muscatt who have spent several hours with me, reviewing our existing and alternative providers. I have also had an opportunity to visit other schools to meet with and see alternative providers in action and speak with principals and referees. I will continue to keep you informed of developments. Be assured we have the best interests of our children at the heart in all decision making.

Archdiocese Parish Initiative
The Archdiocese of Melbourne is focusing on a Parish Stewardship Programme which recognises
"Parishes as the Heartbeat of the Church". There will be a flyer featuring both the Parishes and schools of St Patrick's and St Kevin's delivered to all houses in our Parish zone. Look out for the flyer coming your way very soon.

Prep Enrolments for 2019
Acceptances for Prep enrolments for 2019 were sent out this week.  Please return the return slip as soon as possible but keep the main part of the confirmation letter with the important Orientation dates listed.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Week 3, Term 2, 2018

Principal's News from Jenny Hawkins
Parish Education Board (PEB) Update
There have been several opportunities for Fr Paul and I to share our hopes and wishes for the school moving forward. A clear and united vision of gospel simplicity has emerged in the form of our new PEB Guidelines. On Wednesday night Fr Paul ratified the guidelines that have replaced the PEB Constitution ratified in July 2016. You can access these guidelines in the parent section of our Learning Community Site at this link. It is important to share some background to this change.

When both Father Paul and I started in our new roles at the school, we inherited a formal twelve page Parish Education Board Constitution. Although appreciative of the time spent in preparing the constitution, having spent many months reflecting on the document, Fr Paul and I found that it deviated away from the recommended Catholic Education Office (CEO) advisory board model.

One of the key areas of difference was the board responsibilities section. The CEO model defines 7  responsibilities for the advisory board. Our St Patrick's constitution listed 19 responsibilities for the board. As a result, the board had inadvertently moved away from an advisory body into the school management and governance responsibilities.

Another key area of difference was the number of parent representatives on the board. The CEO model defines 4 parents, our previous constitution listed 8 with a stipulation for representation across all year levels. Our new guidelines include an opportunity to welcome a parishioner who is not a parent of the school to join the PEB. There are numerous ways for parents to have a voice and be involved in the school that are not limited to the PEB. Other forums include the Parents and Friends, the Parents as Open Partners in Education, Parent Helper training sessions, Class reps, parent working parties, such as the Child Safe Team and After School Care group, including numerous surveys (student reports, camps, after school care). We welcome parent involvement and feedback at all times and this will continue to evolve and grow. Most importantly, the board is not a forum for addressing parent concerns. Any concerns must follow the correct school procedure as indicated in the flowchart at this link.

The new 6 page PEB Guidelines includes a Board Code of Conduct that not only reflects our school Code of Conduct but remind of us of our most important role as members of the PEB. This is to ensure that we are focused on contributing to the enrichment of Catholic education for our children and that the school is an expression of the mission of the Catholic Church. My prayer reflection shared at the board meeting also explains this most important role.

As we move forward, with a renewed focus on our guidelines, we recognise and thank all of the past board members who have contributed to the board in numerous ways.

There are two key gospel quotes Fr Paul has thoughtfully chosen for our new guidelines. These quotes are valuable for all of us to reflect on in our roles as not only board members but leaders, staff, parents and parishioners.

"I am among you as one who serves." Luke 22-27
"Put on, as God's chosen ones, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience." Colossians 3:12

Are you interested in the future development of our school and grounds ? At the end of last term, K2LD architects presented the final iteration of the school masterplan.
You are invited to the presentation of this masterplan by the architects from K2LD this Tuesday 8th May at 7pm in our school hall.
Please email your attendance to the to help prepare the seating. 

Italian Day
HUGE grazie to Signoura Sciulli who coordinated an exciting Italian celebration on Tuesday. Further photos from the day will be available soon. The children especially loved the delicious gelati and the performers who had us all in fits of laughter.

Fete Review News
After several years of wonderful fetes, due in particular to the tireless dedication of a wonderful team of coordinators and helpers, we have decided to offer something new, fresh and exciting to the community. This means that there won't be a fete this year.
Drawing on the ideas, energy and vision of current members of the P&F, some other plans are underway for early next year. You will hear about these plans very soon. 
Fr Paul and I are very grateful for everything already happening in our community and excited about what is still to come.

School Uniform
Unfortunately it looks as if our warm spell of weather has come to an end.  Children should now be in their winter uniform which also means black school shoes.  An increasing number of students are wearing runners with their uniform.  This is acceptable on sports days but if your child needs to wear runners for any other reason, please write a note to their teacher.

Staff Car park
We would appreciate if families did not use the back gate from the staff car park to enter or exit the school grounds.  It is dangerous due to frequent vehicle movement. Please also discourage children from doing so if they are walking to school alone.

Extended Holidays
Just a reminder that if children are participating in family holidays outside of the school holiday periods, it is a requirement that I am notified in writing along with the classroom teacher.  This can be done via email jhawkins@spmurrumbeena. and cc to the classroom teacher.

Colour Run Reminder
Please return $10 donation entry fees as soon as possible so that the P&F can prepare to order the prizes. This has proven to be a great fundraiser as well as a wonderful community event. Thank you for your support.

Cross Country News from Mrs Barclay
What a great effort by our children in Years 4-6 who participated in our Cross Country yesterday. This event is used as trials for the Dendy District Cross Country (Friday May 18). It was a wonderful opportunity to achieve a personal goal and to display perseverance. We were most impressed with the support and encouragement the children provided towards each other. A huge thank you to the parent helpers who volunteered as course marshalls- your assistance is much appreciated.

Great news!  James H of 6O has been selected in the Victorian 12 years & Under Boys State Hockey team.  We wish James and the team the best of luck in the championships to be held in Newcastle in August.

Mother's and Special Friends Day
The P and F will be hosting an afternoon tea for all the mums and special friends at Rovira house next Friday afternoon from 2pm. Please come and enjoy a cup of tea and afternoon tea, everyone is welcome.
In addition the annual stall will be conducted on this day for the children to purchase a $5 gift. If you can help with the stall, please contact Felicity on 0409 177 874 or Alma on 0401 931 227

Friday Mass
Father Paul would like to invite parents to join him and the students for a cuppa after the school Level Masses on Fridays. A donation of a packet a biscuits to share would also be appreciated.  Last year the call was put out to families whose surname started with A- K.  This year if your surname commences with L-Z, any donation of bikkies at the school office will be gratefully accepted.

Important Term 2 dates

Masterplan Presentation                  Tuesday 8th May 7pm
Mother's & Special Friends Day 
      Stall and Morning Tea                 Friday 11th May 
Mother's Day                                    Sunday 13th May
Dendy Cross Country                       Friday 18th May
Whole school photo                          Monday 21st May
Grade 6 Reflection Day                    Wednesday 22nd May
School Closure Day                          Monday 28th May