Thursday, 16 November 2017

Week 6, Term 4, 2017

Family Mass this Sunday 9am
We look forward to joining our families in prayer this coming Sunday. We have so much to be grateful for in our lives, and coming to mass is an opportunity to give thanks through prayer and participation in the Eucharist celebration.

Hooptime Congratulations
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to support the Year 4 girls basketball team at the Regional Finals on Monday. Our talented girls team qualified for the finals at MSAC and played 5 games  winning 4 out of 5 to make it through to the qualifying final. They lost the final by one point but their sportsmanship, skill and enthusiasm shone through to the end. A big thank you to all of the parents who supported the team on the day, especially coach Rob Magnanini and scorer Pip Compton. Certificates will be presented to the team on Monday 20th November during assembly.
We are all looking forward to the annual Parish and School Spring Fete this Saturday 10am-4pm. You can learn more about the fete by joining this Facebook group at this link.
Host Family Night
Thanks to Sandra, Deb, Liz, Helen and Angela for helping to ensure the night for families with children starting at St Patrick's was a success. Thanks to all of our existing families who came along to support our new families. We are looking forward to our new children starting school in 2018 and to families joining our vibrant community of engaged and motivated learners always faithful to our loving God.

Out with the principal's desk !! Desk for sale.
I have never felt comfortable talking to adults or children from behind a desk. Although desks are great to sit and work at, they can prevent opportunities for genuine collaboration. Many workplaces encourage shared ownership of work spaces. In order to create a more collaborative work space, the principal's desk has been dismantled and is ready to go to a welcome home. The desk will be replaced with a large meeting table to support a collaborative space for the principal and groups of staff, students and parents to utilise. I did something similar a few years ago in my last work place. If you are interested in learning more about the reasoning behind this you can go to this link.
Principal's desk removed to make way for a collaborative meeting space.

The first desk I removed in Jan 2015.
Lost Property
With the ever changing Melbourne weather, jumpers and windcheaters are constantly being abandoned.  Please take a few minutes to check that all your children's uniform items are clearly named, especially coming up the swimming time.  The lost property cupboard is located outside the hall if you are missing any items.


Tues 14th November     Host Family Night
Sat 18th November       St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November    School Closure Day
                                        Parish Education Board Meeting @ 7.30pm
Mon 27th November     Swimming commences P-4
Tues 28th November     Cultural Consultation @ 7.30 - 8.30pm in the staffroom
                                        Advanced Presentation Skills Year 5 @ 5.30 - 8.30pm in the hall
Mon 4th December       5/6 Sailing program
Wed 6th December       Buddy afternoon (Year 5s and new preps)
Fri 8th December          5/6 Beach program
Wed 13th December     Carols Night 6-7pm
Wed 18th December     Year 6 Graduation
Wed 20th December     Last day...Mass  9 am, Assembly 12 noon, students dismissed 1 pm

Community Notices

Friday, 10 November 2017

Week 5, Term 4, 2017

Remembrance Ceremony
Saturday 11th November is Remembrance Day. Today our Year 4's led a school Remembrance Day Ceremony.

RSL Awards
Congratulations to the six finalists of the East Malvern RSL Remembrance Day Project : Emma Sanders, Josh Compton, Georgia Howard, Josh Draga, Sophie Theodorakis, Georgina Seletto (absent).
I was privileged to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony with the finalists and their parents. Well done to Emma Sanders who read "In Flanders Field" and Josh Compton who recited "The Ode" at the ceremony. Special congratulations to Georgia Howard who was judged as the winner of the scholarship from the St Patrick's finalists.


Staff morning tea
We don't often share photos of our staff.  Here are some of our wonderful staff enjoying an Oakes Day morning tea. There was much fun and laughter as we shared Sandra's collection of fascinators and displayed a range of creative hats !!

Thank you to all of our parents who are busy preparing for the annual fete next Saturday 18th November. We all appreciate your support and look forward to this exciting event.

Clothing Racks and Hangers for the Fete.
Do you own a clothing rack or two? We would be grateful to borrow some clothing racks & hangers for the Preloved Clothing Boutique stall.  If you can help, please call Liz Sullivan on 0438 141 004 or Julie Jacobs on
0421 700 794.

Celebration of Catholic Primary School Education, Victoria.
It is importance to celebrate and remind you of the daily success of Catholic primary school education. The good story to keep telling is about our vitality, our educational success and that we educate one in five Victorians with a message of a hope-filled world.

 Here is a link to a video from the Victorian Association of Catholic School Primary Principals. Engaging visuals, inspiring music and clear commentary celebrates what is right and great about our Catholic primary schools.The schools and students involved in the video are from across both metropolitan and rural Victoria. 

Be proud that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children.


Tues 14th November     Host Family Night
Sat 18th November       St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November    School Closure Day
Mon 27th November     Swimming commences P-4
Mon 4th December       5/6 Sailing program
Wed 6th December       Buddy afternoon (Year 5s and new preps)
Fri 8th December          5/6 Beach program
Wed 13th December     Carols Night 6-7pm
Wed 18th December     Year 6 Graduation
Wed 20th December     Last day...Mass  9 am, Assembly 12 noon, students dismissed 1 pm

Community Notices

Friday, 3 November 2017

Week 4, Term 4, 2017

All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd)

Pope Francis marked All Saints' Day on Wednesday saying the saints are honoured not because they were perfect or did everything right, but because they allowed God to touch their lives and fought hard against sin.

Saints, he said, “are not perfect models, but are people whose lives God has crossed,” and can be compared with the stained glass windows of a church, “which allow light to enter in different shades of color.”

The saints above all are our brothers and sisters “who have welcomed the light of God into their hearts and have passed it on to the world, each one according to their own 'tone',” he said, but stressed that no matter the “color” they give, “all of them are transparent.”

Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation. In the modern world, when many have come to doubt the Church's teaching on Purgatory, the need for such prayers has only increased. The Church devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and participation in the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.

School Building and Grounds Masterplan
When I commenced my tenure as principal in Term 4 last year, the Chair of the Education Board at the time, Peter Righetti, spoke of the importance of a strategic Masterplan for the school buildings and grounds. I am pleased to say that the Education Board has followed through with this goal. This year a Masterplan Committee was formed with representatives from the Parish, Parents and Staff : Fr Paul Newton, Travis Westcott, Gerald Dillon, James Hawkins, Fiona Walshe and myself. Through consultation and recommendations from the Catholic Education Office, based on the work of the committee and expressions of interest and an interview process, an architectural firm will shortly be appointed to develop the Masterplan. In the coming weeks, there will be an opportunity for our community to contribute ideas through a consultation workshop. The Masterplan will guide us as we review and redevelop our school over the next ten years to ensure we can maximise the educational effectiveness of our indoor and outdoor learning spaces for all children, staff and families at St Patrick's. 

Cultural Consultation 28th November
In response to a survey with parents at the mid year interviews, the next POPE (Parents as Open Partners in Education) meeting will be held on an evening to allow an opportunity for working parents to attend. The Year 5 Learning Expo at the end of Term 3 focused on the diverse cultural backgrounds of our school families. This will be one of the themes of our POPE meeting. How can we ensure we are culturally inclusive ? What more can we be doing at our school to appreciate, utilise and learn from the rich tapestry of cultures within our school ? Please come along to a gathering at school on Tuesday 28th November from 7:30-8:30 and share your ideas.

Adventure Playground Upgrade
Our playground has been measured up for an upgrade. Plans are underway and the work is due to be completed before the start of the 2018 school year. Funds raised through the P&F this year will contribute to this exciting upgrade.

Hall Kitchen Progress
Yes ! The Hall Kitchen plans are still in progress with the goal to have the kitchen completed by Term 2 2018 or earlier if possible. Funds raised through the 2016 Fete will still contribute to this long awaited hall kitchen upgrade.

Kids Artwork
Don't forget to order your children's works of art.  They will be on display again Wednesday 8th November and orders close on Friday 10th November. 

Parish Reunion Movie Night for Past Students
Fr Paul has organised a reunion night for past students and friends from St Patrick's school who are presently in Year 7-9. Our present Year 6's have been invited to host the evening. You can read more on the flier.

It's November already and the St Patrick's Parish Fete is only a couple of weeks away. Thank you to our community who are busy preparing for this special occasion. Make sure you keep the 18th of November free.

Thank you for all the donations to date but PLEASE ensure that secondhand toys are clean and in full working condition and that games are complete.  Many thanks.


Mon 6th November       School Closure Day
Tues 7th November       Melbourne Cup Day holiday
Tues 14th November     Host Family Night
Sat 18th November       St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November    School Closure Day
Mon 27th November     Swimming commences P-4
Mon 4th December       5/6 Sailing program
Wed 6th December       Buddy afternoon (Year 5s and new preps)
Fri 8th December          5/6 Beach program
Wed 13th December     Carols Night 6-7pm
Wed 18th December     Year 6 Graduation
Wed 20th December     Last day...Mass  9 am, Assembly 12 noon, students dismissed 1 pm

Community Notices

Friday, 27 October 2017

Week 3, Term 4 2017

First Communion
Congratulations to two of our Year 3 classes who have already made their First Holy Communion. The masses were beautiful. Special thanks to Fr Paul, Mrs Mullan and the children's teachers and parents for helping to ensure this occasion was a memorable one.
The third class will make their First Communion this Sunday at 9am. Please continue to keep the children in your prayers.

Sports Day
A very big thank you to our talented PE Teacher Michelle Barclay for coordinating such a wonderful sports event. We were blessed with fine weather despite the heavy rain during the night.
Extra special thanks to our parent helpers, especially those who helped with transport, first aid and the running of activities.
Thanks to our wonderful Year 6 leaders who lead their houses with pride and enthusiasm.
Congratulations to Bainbridge (Blue) who were the overall winners of the Family Sports Day shield and Tobin (Green) who won the Team Spirit Award trophy. All children participated with energy and enthusiasm and are to be commended.
Thanks to all families and friends who supported this year's Sports Day especially the pre schoolers who stole the show when they ran a full 400 meters !!

RSL Projects
Our Year 6's have risen to the high benchmark set by past students for the RSL projects. Well done to all of the children for their quality work. You can view their projects outside the entrance to our school hall. You can view photos of the Year 6's presenting their projects on our school Facebook Page at this link.

Special Congratulations
Congratulations to Emma Middleton from Year 4 who recently ran at the Regional Athletics and came 6th out of 9 competitors. Emma was the fastest 9-10 year old. Well done Emma, we are all very proud of you.

Just a reminder that all student absences should be logged by 9am (whenever possible) on Flexibuzz, even earlier if your child's class is heading out of the school for sport or on an excursion.  Thank you.

Booklists for 2018 were sent home this week.  As in previous years, these can be completed online or returned to the school by 1st November.  If you are wanting to collect your order here at school, this will take place on Wednesday 6th December.

Camp dates for 2018
When planning for next year, the grade 5/6 camp to Canberra will be March 19th - 22nd.  The camp is a core part of the curriculum and attendance is compulsory.

Hug Charity Fundraiser

Last term St Patrick’s held a fundraising day for the HUG charity in Uganda. The school community showed overwhelming support on this day. The total raised through the sale of goods and from donations was a fabulous $3,447.90! These funds have now gone directly to the children, the ladies, the secondary school and the foundation, to support them in caring for their families’ basic needs, school fees and towards establishing a school library. During the holidays, I received messages from the people expressing their great thanks as they have received the funds already. I have been asked to pass on “Big Hugs” to you all.
We still have a collection of “African” style greeting cards which years 5 and 6 have made which will be on sale at the office. $3 each or 4 for $10. Please see Sandra or Deb.
Great result.

Karin Dornbierer

ST PATRICK'S FETE 18th November

Sun 29th October          Communion 9am  
Mon 6th November       School Closure Day
Tues 7th November       Melbourne Cup Day holiday
Tues 14th November     Host Family Night
Sat 18th November       St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November    School Closure Day
Mon 27th November     Swimming commences P-4
Mon 4th December       5/6 Sailing program
Wed 6th December       Buddy afternoon (Year 5s and new preps)
Fri 8th December          5/6 Beach program
Wed 13th December     Carols Night 6-7pm
Wed 18th December     Year 6 Graduation
Wed 20th December     Last day...Mass  9am, Assembly 12noon, students dismissed 1pm

Friday, 20 October 2017

Week 2, Term 4

Communion Masses
We look forward to the Year 3's making their First Holy Communion this Sunday and next Sunday. Please continue to keep the children in your prayers.

We are looking forward to Sports Day on Wednesday 25th October at Duncan Mackinnon Athletics Track.
A few reminders:
- Lunch and snacks should be in a named plastic bag and schoolbags left at school
- Clothing- wear your house team colours! Sunscreen should be applied in the morning and hats MUST be worn, as stated in our SunSmart policy.
- Parent viewing area is at ground level in front of the grandstand
- At the conclusion of the event, any parents wishing to take their child home must sign them out on the class roll.
Many thanks to all of the parents who have offered to assist on the day!

Lost Property
The change in weather has seen a huge influx of lost property into the cupboard outside the hall.
If your children are missing items, please check this treasure trove!

ST PATRICK'S FETE 18th November 

Calling all Crafters

The craft stall welcomes the following donations of any type of handmade craft items. Jewellery; little girl skirts, dresses, aprons, art smocks, bags and fairy skirts; adult tote and cosmetic bags and aprons; gift items such as candles, soaps, bath bombs and lavender bags; greeting cards; hair accessories (esp. in school colours) wheat bags; decorative homewares such as cushion covers, dreamcatchers, terrariums/mini gardens, pot plant covers and macramé pot plant hangers; items for kids to buy for a gold coin: bag tags, stationery, lollies, wands and finally Christmas items: wreaths, decorations, stockings, reindeer "food", gift bags, tags and cards.

Any items of handmade goods especially handmade greeting cards (birthday, Christmas, birth, weddings etc) for the Craft Stall. They always sell out and are a good drawcard for the stall.

Contact Craft ladies Lydia Pakpoy 0414568520 Jane O'Shannessy

Sun 22nd October         Communion 9am & 5pm
Tues 24th October         Prep Orientation combined groups
Wed 25th October         St Patrick's School Sports
Sun 29th October          Communion 9am  
Mon 6th November       School Closure Day
Tues 7th November       Melbourne Cup Day holiday
Tues 14th November     Host Family Night
Sat 18th November       St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November    School Closure Day


Friday, 13 October 2017

Week 1 Term 4 2017

Welcome back to a new term, the fourth and final school term for 2017. Our Year 6's are preparing to graduate and are being supported to make a smooth transition to high school. Our Year 5's are getting ready to be buddies and leaders for 2018. All of our children and staff have begun the new term with enthusiasm as engaged and motivated learners always faithful to our loving God.
Please keep our Year 3's in your prayers as they get ready to make their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary, a special time to pray the Hail Mary prayer to Our Lady.
Prep Orientation
On Tuesday we had the first 2018 Prep Orientation afternoon and evening. Special thanks to four of our Year 6 leaders who spoke to the parents about their experiences at St Patrick's. Thanks to our existing families, new families and staff who supported the sessions. We look forward to welcoming our new Preps next year.
Thanks to Elliott, Tom, Audrey and Charli.

Let's celebrate our 2017 NAPLAN Results

Last term we received the NAPLAN results for our current Year 3s and 5s. Once again, we were very pleased to see the evidence of the children’s efforts and the effectiveness of our teaching and learning program here at St Patrick’s. For the 6th consecutive year, St Patrick’s out-performed the state in all areas in both Year 3 and Year 5.
Here is a summary of our performance in Literacy and Numeracy. The yellow bars represent the state and the red bars represent St Patrick's school.

Fundraising this year
Special thanks to our Parents and Friends Committee for their continued hard work and support of our school through fundraising and the organisation of school events and activities.
This year, the funds raised are going towards the upgrade of the adventure playground and technology hardware.
As many of you know, last year's fundraising went towards the hall kitchen upgrade. The plans have been prepared and we look forward to being able to inform you of the next steps as soon as we hear more.

Child Safety, alcohol and the fete
The P & F Annual General Meeting will be held this Monday 16th October at 7pm in the school hall. This will be followed at 8pm by the stall holders meeting for the fete.
Following the implementation of the Victorian Child Safe Standards in 2016, we have had to review all activities on our school grounds. Stronger processes in all schools, parishes and community organisations have been implemented to align with this legislation. This has meant some changes in order to protect the well being and safety of all children and young people. Some of the new changes for the 2017 Parish fete include no alcohol on the school grounds and the necessity for Working With Children Checks for many of the stall holders. We hope that the reasons for these changes are clear and that you understand this is not only a school decision.

Congratulations to  Emily C (2M), Mae O (4V) and Fabian T (2M) who were selected from hundreds of entries and made into the finals of  the Marshall White "My Dreamhouse" art competition.

Planting Club
Just a reminder that children participating in the Planting Club on Fridays must bring along a pair of gloves.  We also would like to request clean tin  cans such as spaghetti or fruit cans  so that we can start preparing our plantings for the fete.  These can be dropped off at the office.


Tues 17th October         Prep Orientation Grp 2
Tues 24th October         Prep Orientation combined groups
Wed 25th October         St Patrick's School Sports
Sun 29th October          Communion 9am  &  5pm
Mon 6th November       School Closure Day
Tues 7th November        Melbourne Cup Day holiday
Tues 14th November      Host Family Night
Sat 18th November        St Patrick's Parish Fete
Wed 22nd November     School Closure Day


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Week 10, Term 3, 2017

Last night the first of our two Confirmation masses took place with Bishop Peter Elliott and Father Paul.
This was a beautiful occasion for the Year 6 students, their sponsors and families as they were blessed with the strength of the Holy Spirit.
The second Confirmation mass will take place this evening.
Thanks to Mrs Mullan, Mr Hale, Mrs O' Dwyer and Mrs Little who have helped to prepare for the students for receiving this sacrament. Special thanks to Rodney, the Parish Pastoral Associate who has also led the Year 5 choir who sing at both masses.

The  Year 6 display showing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Thank you 
I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday period. Thanks to all of our staff who have worked hard during the term. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Term 4 on Monday 9th October.

P & F thank you
Thanks to all of our wonderful Parents and Friends who work tirelessly for our school. Special thanks to Janine Moulton who coordinated the recent school disco. Thanks to Cath Righetti and Helen Stubbs who are coordinating the hot dogs for the Footballers and Fairies day tomorrow.

Sunsmart Policy and Summer Uniform

Here is an excerpt from our school policy. Children need to wear their hats with their Summer uniform in Term 4.

2.  Slip on sun protective clothing

  • Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform / dress code and sports uniform. School clothing is cool, loose-fitting and made of densely woven fabric. Additional sun-protective clothing is a requirement for higher-risk, off-site school activities, such as the Grade 5/6 water program.

3. Slap on a hat

  • All students are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears (legionnaire, broad-brimmed or bucket hat), whenever they are outside. Peak caps and visors are not considered a suitable alternative.

4. Slop on sunscreen

  • Students must provide their own SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. This is included on the school’s booklist each year.
  • Sunscreen is applied at least 20 minutes (where possible) before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours.
  • Strategies are in place to remind students to apply sunscreen before going outdoors (e.g. reminder notices, sunscreen monitors, sunscreen buddies).

Break up Reminder
Children will be dismissed at 2.00pm tomorrow and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 9th October refreshed and hopefully over all the cold and flu bugs that have lingered this term.

Love is in the air at St. Patrick's
2017 has been a wonderful year for some of our staff here at St Patrick's.  This year we have seen the engagement of Mr. Jones, Miss Maraschiello and most recently Miss Whitfield.  Congratulations Paul, Lisa and Kim and we look forward to sharing in the all the upcoming wedding excitement.

Keep voting in the  Dreamhome Competition
If you haven't already done so please follow the link and scroll down for the St Patrick' finalist entries.

Catholic Education Today
Here is a link to the online version of the Term 3 edition of Catholic Education Today. This edition features an article on literacy and reading, tips for parents about subject selection in the senior years, a promotion of this year’s Australian Catholic Youth Festival, and the usual features of Educators in Profile and Around the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Report of the Youth Leadership Graduation Night on 12th September 2017

Congratulations to all the students who graduated from the Advanced Presentation Skills Youth Leadership Course on Tuesday 12th September.   All students impressed their teachers and families with a very high standard of Prepared Speeches, Off the Cuff Speeches and evaluations.  Students who delivered Audio Visual presentations handled them in a very mature manner with excellent timing of their slides.

50 students were awarded their certificates of completion. Trophies were awarded to:


Best Speech

Saffy D

Sienna B
Best Off the Cuff Speaker

Charlotte I

Ava H

Best Evaluator

Ella L

Josh C

Most Improved

Chloe A

Olivia T

Special thanks to the Masters of Ceremonies, Chloe Sand Xavier C for their fine efforts. The Off the Cuff Presenters, Tom Q and Larissa G were well prepared with excellent questions and superb control of their respective audiences.

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Entertainment Segments including Abbott and Costello skits “Who’s on First” and “Uncle Herman is Dying”.  Our joke tellers were Wesley L, Max R, Emma S and Gus O.  Everyone was well prepared, well rehearsed and extremely entertaining.

A very big thank you to the teachers who encouraged and supported the students work and helped make the evening a success –Mr Hale, Mrs O’Dwyer and Ms Little.  The Principal, Ms Hawkins and two of the parents (Mrs Bates and Mr Compton) also responded to “Off the Cuff” questions.  Thank you for participating.  Thank you to all the other teachers who gave up their time to watch the grade 6 students perform, it goes to show how dedicated the teachers at St. Pats are.

Thank you so much for a very impressive and memorable evening.  The team efforts of the students and teachers alike were much appreciated. I have enjoyed witnessing an incredible level of camaraderie and support between all the students, and I believe your support and positive comments to each other aided in the increase in confidence and improvement in the standard of work each and every week. I enjoyed being entertained with many interesting stories and I hope all participants enjoyed the whole experience as much as I did.  You certainly did yourselves, your families and your school proud and I look forward to doing it all again with the grade five students.

Sandra de Geest

Advanced Presentation Skills.