Friday, 14 February 2020

Week 3 Term 1 2010

Family Mass Dates 2020
The first Family Mass will be Sunday 1st March at 5pm. The Faith and Community team lead by Natalie La Fontaine and Marg O'Dwyer will share more information with you in the coming weeks.
Here are the Family Mass dates for the year:
Term 1
March 1st
Term 2
May 3rd
June 7th
Term 3
August 2nd
September 6th
Term 4
November 1st
December 6th

Confirmation Workshop for Year 6 students 6pm Wednesday 19th February
In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, parents and children are invited to attend the Confirmation workshop. This is an opportunity to explore the importance of the Sacrament of Confirmation and will begin the discussion and inquiry for students in deciding which Saint they feel drawn too, who demonstrates the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Miss La Fontaine and Mrs Guscott will lead the workshop.

School Photos
School photos take place this Monday 17th December. Children should be in full school uniform, (refer to the flexibuzz message that went out earlier).  There will be no school assembly on Monday. Students are requested to hand their photo forms in to the photographer on Monday (Any photo forms returned to school already will be handed to the photographer by the class teacher). If you have paid online you do not need to return the envelope but please tell your children that you have ordered them online. ALL students will have a portrait and group photo taken but they MUST have a sibling form to get a Sibling photo.

School Shoes
With school photos on Monday, this is a timely reminder to ensure that your child is wearing black leather school shoes. A number of children are wearing black runners and these are not part of our school uniform, other than on sports days. We are very grateful to the many parents who are working with us to ensure that the St Patrick's Uniform Policy is adhered to. It is frustrating for both parents and students when some children continue to wear runners. School shoes are still available in the shops (very reasonably priced in Kmart and Target) if you are yet to purchase them. Please do so over the weekend.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Bookings for Parent/Teacher meetings on February 26th opened today.  Thank to everyone who has booked so promptly.  To make bookings please go to the "interviews" tab in Flexibuzz.

PARKING around the school
Please be aware of parking restrictions around the school.

Important dates for Term 1 2020
Monday 17th Feb School photos
19th Feb Confirmation workshop 6pm
19th Feb Parish Education Board Meeting 7pm
25th Feb Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
26th Feb Early dismissal - Parent/Teacher meetings from 1.30pm
26th Feb Ash Wednesday
1st Mar  Family Mass 5pm
Mar 16th – 19th Canberra School Camp Years 5-6
17th Mar St Patrick’s Day
25th Mar Parish Education Board  End of Term 1

14th April School resumes for Term 2


Friday, 7 February 2020

Week 2 Term 1 2020

Beginning of the Year School Mass
Thank you to our families who supported our first mass of the year. Special thanks to our Faith and Community Leaders, Miss La Fontaine and Mrs O'Dwyer for preparing a beautiful mass to start off the year. All of the staff came to the front and Bishop Elliott commissioned us for the 2020 school year as we prayed we would be inspired by the teachings of Jesus.
Our first Family mass will be at 5pm on Sunday 1st March. We look forward to our families joining us to give thanks to all of the blessings we have received from our loving God.

Connection Event
Thanks to those parents and carers who were able to join us in the hall for our Connection Event on Wednesday. Below are the slides with some of the information we shared. Thanks to our enthusiastic team of staff who all attended and were available to meet the parents. Classrooms and learning spaces are looking wonderful. It was also a great opportunity to see the new furniture.

Here is a link to our School Improvement Plan (SIP) 2020-2023. 
You can also access it on the communication page of our Learning Community Site at this link.

Class Newsletters for Term 1, curriculum overviews and specialists timetables can be accessed on the relevant pages of our Learning Community Site at this link.
Go to the Year level tab. Click on the arrow beside the Year Level.
Click on the drop down box for timetables, newsletters and Maths Overview.

Please contact Jenny if you can't locate the information you require. 

Information about casual clothes on birthdays for new families
Last year, one of our Year 6 leaders put forward a special request to wear casual clothes to school on their birthday. We agreed that the children can wear casual clothes with runners on their birthday.  Here are the guidelines:
1. This is optional. Your child can still choose to wear their school uniform.
2. Birthdays that fall in the weekend (celebrate it on the first day of the school week) or the holidays (birthdays in January and early February choose a day during Week 3 or Week 4, term holidays choose a day in Week 1 or 2 of the following term).
3. If the birthday falls on an excursion day, for safety reasons, they must wear their uniform and choose a different day during the week of their birthday to wear casual clothes.
4. If the birthday falls on a PE Day then they must wear suitable casual clothes for PE.

Important dates for Term 1 2020
Monday 17th Feb School photos
19th Feb Parish Education Board Meeting 7pm
25th Feb Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
26th Feb Early dismissal - Parent/Teacher meetings from 1.30pm
26th Feb Ash Wednesday
Mar 16th – 19th Canberra School Camp Years 5-6
17th Mar St Patrick’s Day
25th Mar Parish Education Board  End of Term 1

14th April School resumes for Term 2

Friday, 31 January 2020

Week 1 Term 1 2020

Welcome Back - Hope theme
It was lovely to see all of the children back at school and warmly welcome our three classes of Preps and our new families too.
Special thanks to Zoe B our resident Year 6 artist who produced the 2020 welcome drawing below. Zoe emailed the drawing to me in the holidays. Thanks Zoe for your enthusiasm and for sharing your artistic talent with us.
Just our luck to start back at school during the heatwave ! Fortunately we have a "hot day" programme that we follow when the temperature exceed 32 degrees and the children remain indoors where it is cool.

A Wet/Hot day is signalled by an announcement over the PA system and students will remain in learning spaces under teacher supervision.
A Hot day program will be called if the temperature exceeds 32 degrees. Children will remain in learning spaces under teacher supervision.

If it rains at 8:40am and before 8:50am children will be let into the school before the 8:50am morning bell. Teachers are requested to supervise the children on these rare occasions.

This year the Leadership Team have agreed to a school wide focus on Hope. The devastating bushfires have affected the lives of so many people and wildlife too. Our faith gives us hope and we pray for members of our own community who need hope for a positive and blessed future.
Image on a wall in Black Rock
We pray this prayer of hope:

Eternal God, You gave us the greatest gift: the gift of life.

In the coming year, help us use it wisely.

May we grow in generosity, kindness and forgiveness, hope, faith and lov

This year we will continue to focus on our core values with the children at school. Our assembly awards will be linked to the values. Reference to the values will be made at every parent meeting and we ask that you model the values for your children. Last year the staff voted on adapting one of the values to ensure it was easier for the children to understand. "We value transparency in decisions made" has been reworded to "We are open and honest". The children will be revisiting "We respect and value one another" over the coming weeks.
Here are the values:

  • We respect and value one another
  • We are positive
  • We support each other
  • We treat each other fairly
  • We are open and honest

Message from our Faith and Community Team
This year we have a team of staff, working together to action our school improvement goal: To embed a Catholic culture that invites all to prayer, enabling deep encounters between faith and contemporary life. Following on from the success of the Grandparents Day mass in 2019,  the team will focus on our masses and liturgies and continue to look at ways to involve our community.
Beginning of Year School Mass 9:10am Friday 7th February
Staff will be commissioned for the new school year and all children welcomed by Bishop Elliott. Parents, grandparents, family and friends are welcome to join us for our first school mass of the year.
First Family Mass Term 1 5pm Sunday 1st March 
This year we are trialling some 5pm Family Masses instead of the 9am masses. We invite all of our families to join us on Sunday 1st March. Look out for more news about the mass very soon.

Connection Evening 7pm - 8pm Wednesday 5th February
This Wednesday parents and carers are invited to attend our annual Connection Evening. It is an opportunity to come along and find out about our plans for 2020, meet the staff and visit the classrooms.
Prior to the Connection Evening there will be a Canberra Camp Information Session for Year 5/6 parents at 6:30pm in the 5J classroom.
After the Connection Evening there will be a Parents & Friends meeting at 8:15pm in the staffroom.

Security Fence Back Yard
A new fence has been erected behind the goal posts in the back playground. Sadly, we have experienced increasing incidents of vandalism to our playground over the past 12 months. This has included shattered glass from beer bottles, beer cans, grafitti on the art room windows and the building, damage to the adventure playground and dog droppings. For the safety of our children, the back playground will no longer be available for use outside of school hours.

Front Yard Drinking Fountains
Thanks to funds raised from the fair we were able to install new drinking fountains in the front yard. The children are very excited to have access to water around the front part of the school. We also have new scooter racks ready to install in the bicycle shed. The children's bathrooms were refurbished and we had new furniture delivered to four more classrooms during the holiday break.

School Fair
Unfortunately, as a direct outcome of the fair meeting on 17/12/19, the 2019 fair team are no longer able to coordinate this year's March 21st fair. The original remit was to run a fair in 2020 with a short turn around, along the lines of the success of the 2019 model, to enable the event to move to a 2 year cycle in even years thereafter.
Views from members of the community at a meeting on the 17th December in relation to redesigning the fair into a new look community event with an expectation for the fair team to undertake a number of changes in such a short time frame were not feasible. 
All members of the 2019 fair team have expressed their willingness to positively support anyone else wishing to coordinate future events.
Sadly, for our children, our families and the Parish, the fair is now indefinitely postponed until a new coordinating team comes forward.
If anyone else is willing to coordinate such an event in the future, then I look forward to hearing from you.


The safety and care of your children is paramount.
We are writing to you following new advice from the Australian and Victorian governments regarding the novel coronavirus.
All children who have travelled to Hubei Province of China, are advised to stay at home and avoid public settings, including attendance at schools and early learning centres, until 14 days after last being in Hubei province, China. This applies to any and all students even if they do not show any symptoms of the virus.
Children who are well and have travelled to other provinces in China, or any other areas where there have been reported cases, are NOT recommended to be excluded from schools unless the following applies:

· The person is a confirmed case of novel coronavirus

· The person is a close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the past 14 days

If you think your child is showing any relevant symptoms of the novel corona virus, please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.
This advice is also being provided to teachers and other school staff to ensure we mitigate any risks associated with the spread of the virus.
You can also access further information and updates from the following websites:

· For Victorian updates to the current incident, go to:

· For national updates:

· For international updates:

· WHO resources

In circumstances like these, there can understandably be a lot of concern and uncertainty about the safety of your child. We are available to discuss your concerns with you, and will provide any revised advice to you as soon as it becomes available.

Important dates for Term 1 2020
5th Feb  6:30 Camp Meeting, 7pm Parent Connection Evening, 8:15pm Parent & Friends Meeting
7th Feb   Beginning of the Year School Mass 9:10am
17th Feb School photos
19th Feb Parish Education Board Meeting 7pm
25th Feb Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
26th Feb Early dismissal - Parent/Teacher meetings from 1.30pm
26th Feb Ash Wednesday
Mar 16th – 19th Canberra School Camp Years 5-6
17th Mar St Patrick’s Day
25th Mar Parish Education Board  End of Term 1

14th April School resumes for Term 2

Monday, 16 December 2019

Final News End of Year 2019

Christmas Blessings and Thank You
Christmas Mass Times:
Sunday 9am and 5pm at St Patrick's Church

On behalf of the staff, I wish all of our community a very safe, joyful and hope filled Christmas. I am fortunate to be attending a pre Christmas wedding this week in England. I will finish after the Year 6 Graduation tonight to travel tomorrow. A special thank you to our Deputy Principal Liz Hills who will lead the end of school year farewells with our mass and assembly commencing at 9:10am in St Patrick's church on Wednesday.
Thank you to all of our leadership team and staff this year for their dedication to our children and our school. Farewell to our staff who are retiring - Anne, Helen, Karin and Noreen. Karin has kindly offered to continue as art teacher for one more term to start off the 2020 year. A warm welcome to our new teacher for next year - Alexandra Reid (Year 4) and Learning Support Officers Cara Baker and Sarah Bacon.

St Vincent de Paul and Catholic Missions - Mini Market funds
Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 children who raised $1492.30 from the Mini Market this term. Thanks to all of the children across the school who supported the Mini Market.

Hayden's Helping Hands Message of Thanks
Thank you for your generous donations including the gold coin donations for the P&F Sausage Sizzle. We raised a total of $588.

Christmas Trees
Thanks to all of our families who went to so much effort to make create the beautiful, recycled Christmas trees on display for our Carol evening.

Thanks to Three Little Bakers
As well as doing our lunch orders, Three Little Bakers made a special delivery of freshly baked Gingerbread Houses to every classroom. We thank Bert and the team for their generosity. 

Parent & Friends Thank you
A big thank you to Annie and Bree, Class Reps, Nadine and the Fair Committee and all P&F reps who have helped in so many ways during the year.
Thanks to Paula and everyone who supported PATCARE.
This year,  resources we have been able to purchase and order include : St Pat's Marquee, Scooter Storage Racks, Portable PA system, flexible furniture, drinking fountains for the front yard and the hall projector upgrade.
Thank you to the P&F for the staff morning tea. It was delicious and very thoughtful.

Parish Education Board and Committees - Thank You
A huge thank you to John O'Sullivan and all members of the PEB for their hard work and support this year.
Thank you to the many parents who have given up their time and offered advice as part of the following committees:
Masterplan and Grants
Child Safety
OH & S
Cultural Diversity
Together we have achieved so much behind the scenes for our community.

Special thanks to our parents who have come every week to work in the school garden. The vegies are bountiful. 

Congratulations Henry 
Congratulations Henry from the 9th Caulfield Cub Pack for earning the Joey Scout Promise Challenge. Only a small percentage reach this level. The award recognises initiative, self -discipline, teamwork and leadership.

These school holidays, TeamKids will be delivering a wonderful mix of excursions, incursions and in-house days that promise to keep the kids happy, engaged and having fun. 
See attached Summer Holiday Program to see the days you would like to attend. Insert link 
TeamKids provide industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 and all the TeamKids programs have been fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS). 
TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children these Summer Holidays! 

Important dates for Term 1 2020

30th Jan School resumes for term 1

5th Feb Parent Connection Evening
18th Feb School photos
25th Feb Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
26th Feb Early dismissal - Parent/Teacher meetings from 1.30pm
26th Feb Ash Wednesday
Mar 16th – 19th Canberra School Camp Years 5-6
17th Mar St Patrick’s Day
21st Mar St Patrick's Fair
25th Mar End of Term 1
14th Apr School resumes for term 2

Friday, 6 December 2019

Week 9 Term 4 2019

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrivalOur Advent liturgies continue to take place on the 13th and 16th of December.
You are welcome to bring your children into the front office to see the beautiful Nativity display.
Thank you from Hayden's Helping Hand
Thanks so much to the St Pats community for their generosity with the toy drive. It’s a busy time of year and lots of collections happening so it’s really appreciated by Hayden’s Helping Hands and those they assist.

Carols Wednesday 11th at 6pm
Our carols event is a school event and all children are expected to attend. Please email our principal if your family is unable to attend.
The Christmas Carols evening is almost upon us on Wednesday 11 December at 6pm. We are asking each family to create a Christmas Tree which should be brought to school on the morning of the carols and taken home at the end of the evening.
We look forward to seeing all the wonderful creations on the evening. It's a great opportunity for all members of the family to put their heads together to make the tree and if possible with recycled materials. Check out Pinterest if you are stuck for ideas. Materials such as boxes, tins, coffee capsules could all be used. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, so we can all join in with festive spirit on the night.
When you arrive at school on Wednesday, please bring your creations into the hall so we can build a gallery of trees to be admired throughout the day and later in the evening.
Get everyone involved and have a wonderful Christmas.
Karin Dornbierer and Anne Mullan

Fair Update 21st March 2020  
First Meeting Tuesday 17th December 7:30 -8:30 in the Staffroom
The wheels are turning for our first big community event in Term 1 2021. Save the date as published in our newsletter last week - 21st March !! The fair was a great success and as well as bringing the community together, it raised approximately $14000. Read the fair back story and find out about the resources purchased for our children and the community at this link. Come along to the fair meeting on Tuesday 17th December and find out more.
Our school lunch provider Three Little Bakers is keen to support the high tea at the fair again with delicious scones for 2020. We are grateful to Bert and the team who generously support all events we hold at school. Please continue to support Three Little Bakers over the Christmas period.
Three Little Bakers is a small family business, where you can still experience the good old service with a smile and the products are all carefully hand made on the premises.
Drop in and experience the warm welcome, great flavours and exceptional service at Three Little Bakers – we guarantee you’ll be back for more!

School Uniform Reminder
At St Patrick's we have a smart and comfortable school uniform that the children wear with pride. If you are purchasing school shoes for your child over the Christmas break, please be reminded that black runners are not a part of our school uniform. The uniform requirement is for black school shoes (leather or leather look-alike). If your child outgrows their school shoes during the year, a replacement pair will need to be purchased.
Thank you for your support.

Musical Showcase
We are looking forward to the Musical Showcase with Mrs O'Dwyer in the hall at 12:15pm this Monday 9th December.

Important Dates Term 4
Mon 9 Dec Musical Showcase 12:15pm, Assembly 3pm
Wed 11 Dec Year 6 Luna Park trip, Carols Evening 6pm
Fri 13 Dec Yr 3/4 Advent Liturgy 3pm
Mon 16 Dec Yr 5 Advent Liturgy 3pm, Year 5/6 Graduation 6pm
Tues 17 Dec Whole School Celebration Activity Day
Wed 18 Dec Last day of term 4. School dismissed at 1pm

Return to school date 2020 for all students is Thursday 30th January. (Staff will return on Tuesday 28th January). Look out for all the Term 1 2020 important dates in next week's final Shamrock for 2019.

The St Pats Dads Golf Day tradition continues in 2020.

Next year our talent! will head to the Mornington Peninsula and play at Rosebud Country Club. The day will consist of a similar agenda to this year that included 4 ball Ambrose, lunch, bus to the course and back, prizes, and drinks. Drive carts are guaranteed for all players too this year. 2 full size buses have been booked to accommodate 80 spots that have been booked. First in will secure the positions.

The centrepiece could well be the lunch and extended social drinks that will be held at the St Andrews Brewery.  A fantastic venue that is sure to create a great atmosphere.

Date: Friday 20th March 2020
Course: Rosebud Country Club
Cost: $190

If you would like to be part of the fun please send an email to Andrew Pickering to book your spot.


Friday, 29 November 2019

Week 8 Term 4 2019

Advent, (from Latin adventus, “coming”), in the Christian calendar, the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the second coming of Christ. In Western churches, Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and is the beginning of the liturgical year. We will celebrate Advent with special liturgies lead by our children in the coming weeks.

A Special Message from Michelle Barclay
I would like to take this opportunity to send our St Patrick's community a heartfelt thanks for your kindness and support over the last 6 months. My family and I are grateful for the assistance with meals and lunchbox treats. It has made the daily routines so much easier, particularly whilst I have been undergoing treatment. I have particularly enjoyed the hand-made cards and notes from our gorgeous children. I'm nearing the end of this phase of treatment and am looking forward to a more relaxed time over the holidays. I'd like to wish you all a safe and wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and hope you enjoy the summer holiday break.
Michelle Barclay

Staff News and Class teachers for 2020
The children had a chance today to begin their transition programme for 2020 today.
At St Pat's, we believe that to support all of our children and fully prepare them for the new school year, we provide a gradual transition for them. This is a chance to build relationships with their teachers and peers so that when the new school year begins, the children are ready to engage with learning, feeling informed and well prepared.

The end of a school year is also the time when some of our staff make new plans for the future. This year, three of our valued teachers are retiring from teaching and leaving us to spend more time with their family and friends.

Between them, these three teachers have gifted 72 years of service to our children, families and our school - Anne Mullan (17 years), Helen Curry (25 years) and Karin Dornbierer (30 years). We have been blessed by their generosity, their passion, their love for education and their willingness to make a positive difference to the lives of the children, their colleagues and our community as a whole. We thank them for their contributions as teachers, leaders and friends and wish them well with their future plans. They have each prepared a special message for the community and you can read their messages at this link.

We also thank and farewell Noreen McCoy, one of our wonderful Learning support Officers who is also leaving education to spend more time with her family.

Classroom Teachers for 2020
6G- Joanne Guscott
6L- Natalie La Fontaine
5J- Paul Jones
5S- Jacinta Stokes
4RM- Alexandra Reid, Rebecca Maddocks
4 O- Nicole O'Halloran
3D- Luke Daidone
3L- Maria Lucas, Marg O'Dwyer
2W- Wendy Verstoep, Bern Gallagher
2MP- Jacinta Minter, Sam Pratt
1K- Maddy Kappler
1H- Lisa Harris
Prep Y- Angela Yates, Dani Trott
Prep HB - Katherine Hadaway, Maria Blair Smith
Prep A- Laura Adcock

Hot off the Press - Fair Plans 2020 and Back Story
Plans are already underway for our next fair !!
Based on feedback, a date has been set for 21st March 2020.  Here is a link to the back story of the fair and the recommendations made by the Fete review team in 2018.

Term 4 Dates

Tues 3 Dec      Link Booklist collection from 3pm
Mon 9 Dec      Musical Showcase 12:15pm
Wed 4 Dec      Year 5/6 Sailing Program

Wed 11 Dec    Year 6 Luna Park trip, Carols Evening 6pm
Mon 16 Dec    Year 5/6 Graduation 6pm

Tues 17 Dec    Whole school celebration activity day
Wed 18 Dec    Last day of term 4. School dismissed at 1pm

Friday, 22 November 2019

Week 7 Term 4 2019

Prayer for this week

Thanks again for supporting our Cancer Council fundraiser. The final total we raised was $1743.20 thanks to the initiative of the Parr girls with everyone's generous support. We continue to keep Michelle Barclay, Ricky and everyone who has been touched by cancer in our thoughts and prayers.

Heavenly Father, we humbly pray for all those who are fighting cancer. 
Give them the hope and courage they need each day. 
Comfort them in their pain and bless them with healing. 
Strengthen their family, friends, and caregivers.

Congratulations to the Year 5's who excelled in this year's Public Speaking Programme

Congratulations Mackenzie and Angus

Congratulations to two of our Year 6 leaders who were awarded the Higgins Medal at a special presentation with their parents last night.
The Higgins Medal is an annual award recognising local students who excel in their studies and extracurricular activities, show strong leadership amongst their peers and provide exemplary service to the school community.
Higgins are passionate about education and community service and  acknowledge the students who go above and beyond for their school and the community.
Transition 2020

This Friday, the children from Prep-Year 5 will have an opportunity to meet their teachers for next year. This will be the first transition session for our children to prepare them for classes in 2020.
Next week's Shamrock will have a list of class teachers for 2020.

Term 4 Dates

Mon 25 Nov    Prep - Yr 4 Swimming commences and continues to 6th Dec, Assembly 3pm
Fri 29 Nov      Year 5/6 Life Saving Day, Advent Liturgy 2:45 pm in the church
Tues 3 Dec      Link Booklist collection from 3pm

Mon 9 Dec      Musical Showcase 12:15pm
Wed 4 Dec      Year 5/6 Sailing Program

Wed 11 Dec    Year 6 Luna Park trip, Carols Evening 6pm
Mon 16 Dec    Year 5/6 Graduation 6pm

Tues 17 Dec    Whole school celebration activity day
Wed 18 Dec    Last day of term 4. School dismissed at 1pm