News from the Principal

EVERY CUPPA MAKES A DIFFERENCE


Dear Families,

We will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 19th May at 11:00 am in our school hall. Every single dollar raised, makes such a life-changing difference in funding vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services for cancer patients and their families.

$150 provides transport and a night's stay at a local Cancer Council Lodge for people who need to travel for vital cancer treatment. $510 helps provide training to leaders of cancer support groups so they can offer emotional and practical support to those impacted by cancer. $1000 helps develop a blood test to monitor a patient’s individual response to cancer treatment.

We invite you and your family and friends to join with us at this Morning Tea on the 19th May at 11:00 am in our school hall.

A gold coin donation will gain you entry and a delicious morning tea.  There is also the option of a QR code to make donation directly to our fundraiser.

We will also be having a Rebel Sports Hamper raffle on the day, so bring along coins.                                        We would appreciate if school families could donate a plate of food for sharing.

Last week I attended the Year 5/6 Camp at Kyneton.  It was a very good camp and the weather was fabulous on both days.  The children were amazing and we had a lot of fun, as you will read in their recounts below.

The swimming/gym program commenced this week at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre.  The children enjoyed their afternoon.  Please make sure that all clothes are well labelled for future lessons.  One child has come home with a long sleeved size 4 tshirt, when her tshirt was a size 8.  Can all families please check their children's clothing.

Our Japanese Day was brilliant and we sincerely thank Sensei Buttler for her co-ordination of a wonderful day.  There was cooking, games, a Japanese drumming exhibition and many other fun activities. Our children participated well and we thank that parents that assisted with the day.

Have a great week and thank you for your ongoing support.

Paul McDowell

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Our students enjoy the Japanese Day.

Japanese Day Gallery

Dear Families,

A box of Rapid Antigen tests will be sent home today with each student.  Children who have had Covid in the last 12 weeks, are not required to test.

Dear Families,

Now that the weather has turned, we ask that children take off their footwear in the shoe room upon entry into the school.

Children are able to wear slippers etc. in the classrooms to keep their feet warm.

Children are also able to bring old over clothes to wear over their uniform during outside play times to protect their school clothing.

Term Two Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday and lunches will be delivered to the school on Thursday.

Icy poles are available for 50 cents on a Friday at lunch time.

School Assembly - Friday 13th May at 3:10 pm.

Monday 16th May - Playgroup in our school hall.

Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June - Ballarat Aquatic Swim/Gym program for all students. (5 consecutive Mondays)

Week 3 - NAPLAN commences for Year 3 and Year 5 students.

Thursday 26 May 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022 - Year 3/4, 1 night Camp at Anglesea.

Thursday 23rd June - School Production.

Friday 24th June - Term 2 ends at 1:15 pm.

FUTURE DATES

Term 3 - School Photos - Tuesday 2nd August.

Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Families of Year 3 and Year 4 students,

It is only two weeks till our Year 3/4 students attend Camp Wilkin in Anglesea for a one night camp from 26 May 2022 to 27 May 2022.

This will be a fabulous experience for all students.  Please return your permission slips to school and please make sure that all your child's medical information is up to date on Parent Access Module. (PAM)

Dear Families and Friends,

Please join with our wonderful playgroup on each Monday of term from 9:15 am to 10:45 am. 

All community families and friends welcome.

Enrolments and School Tours for 2023 now open.

Enrolments for 2023 are now open at St Patrick's Gordon for all year levels.

We encourage all prospective families to contact our school and we will organise a personal tour with Paul McDowell.

Personal school tours are the first step in the enrolment process. Enrolments are also open for children of existing families who start Prep in 2023.

For more information, please contact the school office on 5368 9495 or Mr. Paul McDowell via email : principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au

Please place orders for Scholastic Book Club on or before Friday 13th May.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to our new school term. I hope everyone has had a restful break and enjoyed their Easter celebrations with family and friends.

                                      An Easter Message

                                  Easter gives hope for tomorrow,                                   

As after the winter comes Spring.

Our hearts can be filled with gladness

As hearts rejoice and sing

Thank you to all children and families for their wonderful participation in our Easter Liturgy. The children were very respectful and I thank Libby McKew for all the work she put into it.

The Easter Bonnet Parade was amazing and we thank all children for their wonderful efforts.  Congratulations to our 2022 winners - Jack, Elle, Olivia, Eva, Ruby, Logan, Yan and Ollie.

The Hot Cross Bun drive was a huge success, with the Parents and Friends raising $244.00 in commission.

We are incredibly grateful to the families for their generosity in regard to Project Compassion and our Easter Egg raffle.  Over $900 was raised and it will be donated to displaced families in Ukraine.

Public Holidays in Term 2  Please note that in Term Two we have a Public Holiday.

Monday 13th June Queen’s Birthday Holiday

School Uniform 

For the first 3 weeks of Term 2 we will be in a  transition phase for Uniform. Children are permitted to be in either Summer or Winter Uniform.  From Tuesday 10th May (Week 3) all  children are expected to be in Winter Uniform

Have a great week and welcome back to Term 2.


Paul McDowell
Principal

Dear Families,

In honor of our Mothers, Grandmothers and signigicant others in our children's lives, we will be having a Mother's Day afternoon tea and Liturgy on Thursday, 5th May commencing in our school hall at 2:30 pm. 

Our Parents and Friends will be holding a Mother's Day Stall for the school children on Thursday 5th May.  All gifts will be $5.00 and the stall will be held at the beginning during the school day.  There is also lovely Grandmother presents available for the children to  purchase. Please send cash with your children on this morning.

Dear Families,

On Friday 6th May we will be having our annual Japanese Cultural Day.  Sensei Buttler has organised many great activities for the day. 

Children are welcome to wear any Japanese clothing they may have at home.

The pictures above were taken  at our Japanese Day in 2017.

Dear Families,

Now that the weather has turned, we ask that children take off their footwear in the shoe room upon entry into the school.

Children are able to wear slippers etc. in the classrooms to keep their feet warm.

Children are also able to bring old over clothes to wear over their uniform during outside play times to protect their school clothing.

Term Two Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday and lunches will be delivered to the school on Thursday.

Icy poles are available for 50 cents on a Friday at lunch time.

Year 5/6 Camp - Monday 2nd May - Wednesday 4th May - Campaspe Downs PGL Camp

Monday 2nd May - Playgroup resumes in our school hall.

Thursday 5th May - Mother's Day Stall.  All gifts $5.00.

Thursday 5th May - Mother's Day afternoon tea and Liturgy beginning at 2:30 in the school hall.

Friday 6th May - Japanese Day for all students.

Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June - Ballarat Aquatic Swim/Gym program for all students. 

Tuesday 10th May - NAPLAN commences for Year 3 and Year 5 students.

Thursday 26 May 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022 - Year 3/4, 1 night Camp at Anglesea.

Thursday 23rd June - School Production.

Friday 24th June - Term 2 ends at 1:15 pm.

FUTURE DATES

Term 3 - School Photos - Tuesday 2nd August.

Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Families of Year 3 and Year 4 students,

We are pleased to advise that children from the above class will attend Camp Wilkin in Anglesea for a one night camp from 26 May 2022 to 27 May 2022.

2022 SWIMMING AND GYM PROGRAM

Our five week Swimming/Gymnastics Program will take place for all students from Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June.

Children will be transported to and from the Ballarat Aquatic Centre via bus coach company.

Dear Families and Friends,

Please join with our wonderful playgroup on each Monday of term from 9:15 am to 10:45 am. 

All community families and friends welcome.

Enrolments and School Tours for 2023 now open.

Enrolments for 2023 are now open at St Patrick's Gordon for all year levels.

We encourage all prospective families to contact our school and we will organise a personal tour with Paul McDowell.

Personal school tours are the first step in the enrolment process. Enrolments are also open for children of existing families who start Prep in 2023.

For more information, please contact the school office on 5368 9495 or Mr. Paul McDowell via email : principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au

Please place orders for Scholastic Book Club on or before Friday 13th May.

We send all our love to the Blazko Families on the loss of their beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Billie.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

From St Patrick’s School Community.

POSITION VACANT

A position is available for a canteen manager for home games at the Springbank Football Netball Club.  This is a paid position and for the right person would be an ongoing position.

All enquiries to Margie Quinlan 0417587237

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by  crucifixion. It is the most significant event of the Christian calendar.

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the  entrance, so that no-one could steal the body. On the following Sunday, some women visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

Easter celebrates the promise of life in the face of death. Easter celebrations also reflect on peace and forgiveness which has come out of aggression. It is also a time for thinking about suffering, injustice and hardship. During Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and on his words spoken from the cross: 'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.'  Easter is a time for all of us to take stock and examine our lives and relationships.  It is a time of helping others and of seeing a need and fulfilling it.

Today we will be sending home raffle tickets for our Easter Raffle.  We will drawing our Easter raffle next Thursday 7th April, after our Easter Liturgy and Easter Bonnet Parade. We ask that families please return all raffle tickets by Wednesday 6th April. Raffle proceeds will be donated to Caritas to assist with the Ukraine crisis.

There is also a hard copy of the swimming/gymnastics permission form for completion and a permission slip for the Year 5/6 camp.

We have had many wonderful sports celebrations in the last few weeks and I sincerely thank the families, staff and most importantly the children.  I could not be prouder of their sportsmanship, behaviour and participation.

We congratulate our children who are participating in the Reconciliation Program. Aiden, Angela, Macy, Rose and Elle received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last week.


Paul McDowell
Principal

Twilight Sports Gallery

Term One Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday and lunches will be delivered to the school on Thursday.

April Dates

Thursday, 7th April - Easter Paraliturgy @ 2.15pm followed by Easter Hat parade. Families are invited to join with us.

Thursday 7th April - Term One concludes at 3.30pm

Friday, 8th April -School Closure Day – Christian Meditation PD for staff

Term Two Dates

Monday 25th April - ANZAC DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Term 2 classes resume at 9:00 am on Tuesday 26th April.

Year 5/6 Camp - 2nd May - 4th May

Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June - Ballarat Aquatic Swim/Gym program for all students. 

26 May 2022 to 27 May 2022 - Year 3/4, 1 night Camp at Anglesea.

We congratulate Ollie Peoples, Chelsea Winter, Jack Murphy and Sienna Kenna on recently receiving school awards.

Year 5/6 Camp

Dear Families of Year 5 and Year 6 students,

Your children will attend a two night camp at Campaspe Downs on the 2nd - 4th May, 2022. 

Camp forms and information will be sent home today for completion by parents.

Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Families of Year 3 and Year 4 students,

We are pleased to advise that children from the above class will attend Camp Wilkin in Anglesea for a one night camp from 26 May 2022 to 27 May 2022.

2022 SWIMMING AND GYM PROGRAM

Our five week Swimming/Gymnastics Program will take place for all students from Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June.

Children will be transported to and from the Ballarat Aquatic Centre via bus coach company.

Permission slips will be sent home today for completion.  Please return by Wednesday, 6th April.

Dear Families and Friends,

Please join with our wonderful playgroup on each Monday of term from 9:15 am to 10:45 am. 

All community families and friends welcome.

Enrolments and School Tours for 2023 now open.

Enrolments for 2023 are now open at St Patrick's Gordon for all year levels.

We encourage all prospective families to contact our school and we will organise a personal tour with Paul McDowell.

Personal school tours are the first step in the enrolment process. Enrolments are also open for children of existing families who start Prep in 2023.

For more information, please contact the school office on 5368 9495 or Mr. Paul McDowell via email : principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au

Please place orders for Scholastic Book Club on or before Friday 1st April.

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Dear Families,

Next week we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. 
Ash Wednesday is the first day in the season of Lent. Lent  is a way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us and prepare us for the Easter season. Ash Wednesday has many traditions for Catholic families and ways to observe this day, and also, anything you are doing for the length of Lent will start on this day. Each year in the Diocese our Catholic schools support Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal that brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. 

Our students will view a variety of education resources and listen to a range of stories that will bring this theme to life in our school and classrooms, and enable our school community to learn more and create change this Lent. 

Next Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) our school children and staff will attend Mass at 9:15 am at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.  Parishoners and Foundation children are welcome to attend Mass on this day.

On Friday, March 11th, we will celebrate our Twilight Sports annual social gathering.  The children have been allocated house colours.  Children are welcome to stay at school and we invite parents to join with us at 5 pm for socialisation and sports events.  Please send extra after school snacks for children on this day.

Please complete the below link order form for family food orders on the night. Orders need to be completed on or before this Thursday, 24th February.  Payment will be taken on the night. https://spgordon.schoolzineplus.com/survey/14

Please bring along picnic rugs and chairs and enjoy this wonderful night with your families.

Our Twilight Sports is a great preparation for the upcoming Moorabool Sports, which will be held  on Monday, the 21st March. For new families, this event is held at Mason's Lane Reserve, Bacchus Marsh and sees our students compete against St Brigid's Primary school, Balliang East Primary school and Coimadai Primary school.  All students participate in a range of events in their age groups (as shown in table below). It is a day when all families make their own way to the reserve by 9 am, but the school bus and transport is available for students if needed.  A detailed note of requirements for students will be sent home next week.

Our Parents and Friends are in the process of organising a school ball on Saturday, 26th March at Donegan's Farm.  Further details will be available later this week.  It will be wonderful to be able to enjoy a night out.

This evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm we invite parents into the school for an information evening in regard to outlining the learning journey of our students for the 2022 school year.

Thank you for your wonderful support.


Paul McDowell
Principal

Congratulations to Annie, Henry, and Ned on receiving Student Achievement Awards and congratulations to Millicent and Lily who both recently celebrated their birthday.

We are very excited to announce that the Parents and Friends have scheduled an Autumn Ball. 

    • Venue: Donegan's Farm.
    • Date: Saturday, 26th March.
    • Dress: Semi Formal.
    • Time: 6:00 pm - late.
  • Door prizes and raffles on the night.
  • Further details later this week.

Term One Dates

Thursday 24th February - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday and lunches will be delivered to the school on Thursday.

Tuesday 22nd February - Parent Information evening for  - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Wednesday 23rd February - Reconcilation meeting for parents of children participating in the Reconciliation Program at St. Brigid’s Ballan at 7 pm.

Wednesday 23rd  February - Foundation student rest day.

Thursday 24th February - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Monday, 28th February -School Closure Day – Scaffolding Literacy PD for staff

Monday 28th February - NO PLAYGROUP DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURE

March Dates

Tuesday, 1st  March-Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day @ St. Patrick’s)

Wednesday 2nd March - Foundation student rest day.

Wednesday, 2nd March -  Ash Wednesday Mass at St Patrick's Church, Gordon at 9:15 am. 

Thursday 3rd March - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Friday, 4th March - School Assembly and Liturgy

Thursday 10th March - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Friday, 11th  March -  Twilight House Sports (5.30 pm-7.00 pm)

Monday 14th  March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday, 17th March - St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Monday, 21st March -  Moorabool Sports Day (Masons Lane Bacchus Marsh – whole school)

April Dates

Thursday, 7th April - Easter Paraliturgy @ 2.15pm followed by Easter Hat parade

Thursday 7th April - Term One concludes at 3.30pm

Friday, 8th April -School Closure Day – Christian Meditation PD for staff

PARISH OF GORDON RECONCILIATION PROGRAM

For all parents of children participating in the Reconciliation Program, a compulsory meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd February, 2022 at St. Brigid’s Ballan at 7 pm.

Parents only are required to attend this meeting to register on the night for enrolment for the start of the sacramental program. A copy of Baptismal certificate will also be needed. The sacramental team will speak about the program.

There will be another meeting in May to discuss the Confirmation and Eucharist program. Dates for Ceremonies will be confirmed later.

The children will be required to attend one of these weekend masses:

Sunday 27st February     8.45 am Gordon 

Sunday 27th February     10.30am Ballan

They will be presented to the parish and receive their purple stoles and information packs. 

A four week program will be required to be completed at home with the celebration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on:

Tuesday, 22nd March 4pm St. Brigid’s Church, Ballan

Wednesday, 23rd March 4pm   St. Patrick’s Church, Gordon 

Enrolment forms will be available from the Parish Primary Schools and will be needed for the meeting. Any queries please ring Therese Winter 0417518187.

Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Families of Year 3 and Year 4 students,

We are pleased to advise that children from the above class will attend Camp Wilkin in Anglesea for a one night camp from 26 May 2022 to 27 May 2022.

Year 5/6 Camp

Dear Families of Year 5 and Year 6 students,

Your children will attend a two night camp at Campaspe Downs on the 2nd - 4th May, 2022.

2022 SWIMMING AND GYM PROGRAM

Our five week Swimming/Gymnastics Program will take place for all students from Monday 9th May to Monday 6th June.

Children will be transported to and from the Ballarat Aquatic Centre via bus coach company.

Dear Families and Friends,

Please join with our wonderful playgroup on each Monday of term from 9:15 am to 10:45 am. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEXT MONDAY, 28th February, IS A PUPIL FREE DAY, SO PLAYGROUP WILL NOT TAKE PLACE.

All community families and friends welcome.

Enrolments and School Tours for 2023 now open.

Enrolments for 2023 are now open at St Patrick's Gordon for all year levels.

We encourage all prospective families to contact our school and we will organise a personal tour with Paul McDowell.

Personal school tours are the first step in the enrolment process. Enrolments are also open for children of existing families who start Prep in 2023.

For more information, please contact the school office on 5368 9495 or Mr. Paul McDowell via email : principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au

Starting School is a big change for children.
Not only do they have to cope with schoolwork and teachers, but they also have to get
used to being part of a class and a whole school. A lot more is expected of children when
they start school and there are lots more people to get on with. It helps children to know
that there are people at school who will look after them and care for them.

Belonging improves mental health and wellbeing and learning.
All children need to feel that their world is a safe place where people will care about
them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met, and where they
will be able to get help to work out any problems. When these needs are met children
develop a sense of belonging.
A sense of belonging has been found to help protect children against mental health
problems and improve their learning. Children who feel that they belong are happier,
more relaxed and have fewer behavioural problems than others. They are also more
motivated and more successful learners.
Being connected is about knowing you can seek support when you need it, that you will
be listened to, and that you can work together with staff to help your child learn and
develop. Support may come from talking with staff or from making connections with
other families. Sometimes you might be feeling that things are going well, but just want
to have a general chat about your child.
Being connected helps keep parents and carers informed. Parents and carers are better
able to support their children’s early learning experiences when they are informed
about what their children are learning and doing at their school.

Making friends and having positive relationships with teacher’s helps children develop a
sense of belonging at school. Having older ‘buddies’ to turn to helps younger children feel
that school is a place where they can get help if they need it. Looking after younger
children encourages caring and helping in older children and helps to reduce conflicts and
bullying. These are some of the ways that children’s sense of belonging at school can be
supported at St Patrick’s we are committed to building a strong positive relationship with all students and families. This includes things like:

- making the school environment welcoming for all students and families encouraging teachers to get to know all their students and their families.
- identifying ways of improving communication with families focussing on child and family strengths making sure that school policies on safety, welfare and discipline are clearly communicated and support a sense of belonging for children and families.

What parents and carers can do
Parents and carers can work with school staff to help create a bridge between home and school. When the adults responsible for children take a positive interest in what happens at school it helps children feel at home. It also makes it easier to pick up any problems early when they are easiest to resolve.
Find out about the school and what your child is learning; participate in information sessions.
Make time to listen to your child tell you about what he or she is doing at school.
Let your child’s teacher know if he/she is having difficulties and discuss what kinds of things you can do at home and school to help.

Schools can be scary places, and not just for children
Parents and carers also need to feel welcome and at ease to get the most out of being
involved with their children’s school. When parents and carers are involved and connected with school, children are better learners and have better mental health and wellbeing. This is an important emphasis in schools nowadays that may be very different from what parents or carers remember.                                                     

Connecting at school
Being connected at school is not about having mobile phones and computers. It’s about knowing you can get support, that you will be listened to, and that you can work together with school staff to help your child learn and develop. Working together to care for children is the best way for schools and parents/carers to support children’s mental health. 

HOT LUNCHES AVAILABLE EVERY THURSDAY

Dear Families,

Lunches for all school children are available from the Gordon Shop on a Thursday.

Please order and pay directly at the shop, on the Wednesday prior.

Family Fee Assistance Scheme
In all Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Primary Schools, tuition fee discounts are available to
families eligible for a means tested Centrelink or Veteran Affairs concession card. The
scheme offers tuition fee discounts to both Catholic and non-Catholic families, to new and
current students. If you are eligible for the above concession card and require further
information regarding this scheme, please contact the school office for more information.

Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are
eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students.Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. 

Eligibility:
Families holding an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card,
Veterans Affairs Gold Card on the first day of Term 1 or first day of Term 2 or be a
temporary foster parent will be eligible to apply.

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Dear Families,

We start the 2022 school year at St Patrick’s Primary School with high spirits and with much to celebrate.   

We are delighted to see our new Foundation students, Lucy, Henry, Zavier, Olivia, Indy, Harry, Millicent, Jenna and Dermot settling into school life. We are also pleased to welcome Aidan (Year 5) and his parents Donna and Ryan, to our school. We will have a number of opportunities for parents to gather and to get to know these new members of our school community in coming weeks.

This year teachers will continue to focus on providing the best possible education for each child in their care.  Teachers have worked hard over the past year to maximise learning in class and parents will notice a strong focus on developing complex questioning skills and providing feedback to students. Both of these areas have been identified as key elements of improving student learning outcomes nationally and internationally.

I look forward to working closely with parents, staff and children to ensure that our school continues to provide the best possible education for the children of St Patrick’s Gordon, whilst also being a school which is inclusive, supportive and a great place to belong. We appreciate any help you are able to provide in helping us meet this goal.

Have a great year everyone.


Paul McDowell
Principal

Dear Father,

We pray our school will be filled with love.

We pray our learning will be full of truth.

We pray our playground will be full of joy.

We pray our friendships will be full of forgiveness.

We pray our teachers will be full of wisdom.

We pray our community will be full of hope.

May we run with your love,

build on your truth,

play with your joy,

share your forgiveness

and rest in your wisdom every day

Amen

First Day Photos

Term One Dates

Wednesday 9th February - Foundation student rest day.

Thursday 10th February - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school on Thursday.

Monday 14th February - Playgroup - 9:15 am - 10:45 am

Wednesday 16th February - Foundation student rest day.

Thursday 17th February - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Friday 18th February - School Assembly at 2:45 pm

Monday 21st February - Playgroup - 9:15 am - 10:45 am

Tuesday 22nd February - Parent Information evening for  - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Wednesday 23rd  February - Foundation student rest day.

Thursday 24th February - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Monday, 28th February -School Closure Day – Scaffolding Literacy PD for staff

Monday 28th February - NO PLAYGROUP DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURE

March Dates

Tuesday, 1st  March-Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day @ St. Patrick’s)

Wednesday 2nd March - Foundation student rest day.

Wednesday, 2nd March -  Ash Wednesday 

Thursday 3rd March - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Friday, 4th March - School Assembly and Liturgy

Thursday 10th March - Lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop

Friday, 11th  March -  Twilight House Sports (5.30 pm-7.00 pm)

Monday 14th  March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday, 17th March - St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Monday, 21st March -  Moorabool Sports Day (Masons Lane Bacchus Marsh – whole school)

April Dates

Thursday, 7th April - Easter Paraliturgy @ 2.15pm followed by Easter Hat parade

Thursday 7th April - Term One concludes at 3.30pm

Friday, 8th April -School Closure Day – Christian Meditation PD for staff

Postponement of Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Families of Year 3 and Year 4 Students,

The Log Cabin Camp in Creswick was recently flooded and is undergoing major repairs.  Due to this incident, our camp will not take place on the 15th and 16th March, as previously indicated.

As soon as we have more information in regard to this camp, we will advise families.

Congratulations to Ollie Peoples

Last Saturday Ollie Peoples competed at Albert Park Melbourne, in the State Combined Athletics Championships.

He came out overall 11th from a field of 60 in 5 different events. Long jump, hurdles, discus, 100 metre run and 800 metre run.

He is currently ranked 5th in the state for 60 metre hurdles and this is his favourite event.

He will compete in Regionals in Ballarat in 3 weeks time and hopes to qualify fast enough times in hurdles, 100 and 200 metres to go on and represent Ballarat at the State Competitions for these events.

Ollie said he had a great day! 😃

Congratulations Ollie on your amazing achievements and good luck in the upcoming events.

Dear Families and Friends,

Please join with our wonderful playgroup on each Monday of term from 9:15 am to 10:45 am. 

All community families and friends welcome.

Enrolments and School Tours for 2023 now open.

Enrolments for 2023 are now open at St Patrick's Gordon for all year levels.

We encourage all prospective families to contact our school and we will organise a personal tour with Paul McDowell.

Personal school tours are the first step in the enrolment process. Enrolments are also open for children of existing families who start Prep in 2023.

For more information, please contact the school office on 5368 9495 or Mr. Paul McDowell via email : principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au

HOT LUNCHES AVAILABLE EVERY THURSDAY

Dear Families,

Lunches for all school children are available from the Gordon Shop on a Thursday.

Please order and pay directly at the shop, on the Wednesday prior.

School Fees
School Fee Payment Agreement Forms were sent home to all families last week. If you have
not yet returned your form please complete it and return to the school office by Friday 11th
February. This form is to be completed by all families on an annual basis.

Family Fee Assistance Scheme
In all Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Primary Schools, tuition fee discounts are available to
families eligible for a means tested Centrelink or Veteran Affairs concession card. The
scheme offers tuition fee discounts to both Catholic and non-Catholic families, to new and
current students. If you are eligible for the above concession card and require further
information regarding this scheme, please contact the school office for more information.

Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are
eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students.Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. 

Eligibility:
Families holding an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card,
Veterans Affairs Gold Card on the first day of Term 1 or first day of Term 2 or be a
temporary foster parent will be eligible to apply.

COVID Safe Environment

Our school continues to monitor and abide by all COVID safe regulations and
recommendations issued by both the State Government and the Catholic Education Office.
Density Limits and Good Hygiene practices continue to apply.
Rapid Antigen Tests
 We request that ALL children are tested this Sunday night prior to the commencement
of the school year and every Tuesday and Sunday night thereafter.
 Free rapid antigen tests are available for all students at St. Patrick's Primary School
for the first four weeks of Term 1 2022.
 Rapid antigen testing will be voluntary for all students.
 Students will be requested to be tested twice weekly.
 Tests will be provided in packs of five individual tests.
Face masks
Face masks have proved an effective protection in previous outbreaks and are again a key
protection:
 Students in Year 3 and above must wear a face mask indoors at school, unless a lawful
exception applies.
 Students must wear face masks even if vaccinated.
 Students are not required to wear masks outside.
 Everyone over eight years old must wear a face mask when travelling to and from
school on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.
 School staff must wear a face mask in all indoor settings, except where removal of a
face mask is necessary for effective communication or teaching.
 Visitors to schools aged eight and above must wear a face mask in all indoor spaces,
unless a lawful exception applies.

Please find above link to Issue 1 of Scholastic Book Club.  Please complete orders by Tuesday 22nd February.

Hard copies of Book Club are also available if required and order can be completed via the loop platform or via the school office.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

We now have a chance to look back on the full year and while it was not all that we expected nonetheless I think we can call it a success. As a community we have been able to celebrate several events together, my highlight being the warm welcome I received in Term One at our Twilight sports and that has continued throughout the year.

As a new member to St. Patrick’s, I feel very honoured to be part of the community and I look forward to a full year in 2022.

This week, families will receive their online Semester Two reports. The reports will outline what has been taught, both whilst students worked remotely and onsite. Teacher judgements has been made in certain areas when reporting, due to children learning for long periods at home. This approach has been followed by schools across Victoria as per the government guidelines. Please read with your child, highlight their achievements and share in their success.

We farewell our Year Six students as they continue their learning journey at secondary school next year and we wish them every success and want them to know they are always welcome to visit and share stories of their new beginnings with us.

We welcomed across the past 3 weeks our newest Foundation students and their eagerness to begin their learning with us in 2022.  This is a joy to see as both a teacher and a principal.

To the families who will leave us at year’s end, please remember you are still part of the St. Patrick’s family and call in anytime you are free to say hello. We thank you all for the great contribution you have made to our school.

Next year will be a new beginning with our 4 learning groups.   The classrooms have undergone upgrades, with new painting, furniture and interactive smart boards being installed across the school, with 2 already installed in our Foundation and Junior spaces.

Our chicken coop is rebuilt and we continue with our garden upgrade and will continue to bring
environmental land food technology learning into the classroom.

A new shade sail will also be installed in Term One, to provide another space for children both as an outdoor learning area and a shady play space.

A reminder that school commences for all students for 2022 on Monday, 31 st January at
9.00am. The first day is an exciting time for new beginnings and I still enjoy them after so
many years of being part of them.

Teacher professional development will be part of each term with 2 closure days planned for
Term One to focus on Literacy and Religious Education. The dates for your diary are:
Monday, 28th February and Friday, 8th April.

Please view the Term One Dates below for other events which will be opportunities for
families to gather.

Finally, a warm thank-you for the support given to all staff this year. From Julie who drives
our communication to families and is the face of school, to Libby, Eliza, Jamie, Fiona, Trish,
Denise, Amanda, Cheryl and Vivian who devote their time and energy to providing a learning space that is both engaging and positive for all students. They, along with you again, in a year of remote learning, have worked tirelessly to support each student.

I wish all of you a Spirit filled Christmas. Enjoy the time with family and friends, take a
moment to rest and recognise your achievements and I look forward to seeing you all as we
begin another school year together in 2022.


Paul McDowell
Principal

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

December 24th (Christmas Eve)

Clarkes Hill 6 pm, Springbank 6 pm, Bungaree 8 pm, Gordon 7.30 pm.

December 25th (Christmas Day)

Dunnstown 9.30 am and Ballan 9 am

Term One Dates

Monday, 31st January 2022 school year commences at 9.00am. Summer Uniform

February Dates

Friday, 4th February     School Assembly at 3.15pm (held fortnightly – all welcome)

Monday, 7th February Playgroup commences at 9.15am

Monday, 28th February -School Closure Day – Scaffolding Literacy PD for staff

March Dates

Tuesday, 1st  March-Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day @ St. Patrick’s)

Wednesday, 2nd March -  Ash Wednesday (mass time TBC)

Friday, 11th  March -  Twilight House Sports (5.30pm-7.0ppm)

Monday 14th  March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday, 15th  March - Year Three Four School Camp (Log Cabin, Creswick)

Wednesday, 16th March - Year Three Four School Camp (Log Cabin, Creswick)

Thursday, 17th March - St. Patrick’s Day (Mass and excursion to Ballarat TBC)

Monday, 21st March -  Moorabool Sports Day (Masons Lane Bacchus Marsh – whole school)

April Dates

Thursday, 7th April - Easter Paraliturgy @ 2.15pm followed by Easter Hat parade

Thursday 7th April - Term One concludes at 3.30pm

Friday, 8th April -School Closure Day – Christian Meditation PD for staff

We farewell our Year 6 Graduents of 2021.  We thank them for the wonderful memories they have created here at St Patrick's Gordon.

Congratulation Sophie, Kurt, Zoe, Hannah, Sienna and Jess.

"For I know the plans I have for you....plans to prosper you....plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

Sophie Sawicki

My best memory at St Patrick's is the 80's themed concert held at Our Lady Help of Christians concert hall.

My hobby outside of school is equestrian and horse riding.

My favourite subject is P.E., as I enjoy all sports.

In 2031 I hope that I will have a good job that I enjoy and that I continue to compete with my horses.

My advice for younger students is that you should always be kind.

Jess Van Egmond

My best memory at St Patrick's is climbing Black Hill in Gordon.

My hobby outside of school is gaming.  I like playing video games, especially horror games.

My favourite subject is P.E. and especially soccer.

In 2031, I would like to be teaching and gaming.

My advice to younger students at St Patrick's is that "tough roads lead to great destinations".

Hannah Lynch

My best memories at St Patrick's are my first school photo, my first school concert and climbing Black Hill in Gordon.

My hobbies outside of school are riding my horse, netball, basketball and rounding up the sheep and cows on the farm.

My favourite subject is P.E. and especially playing cricket and soccer.

In 2031, I see myself living on a farm, training horses and going to university.

My advice for younger students at St Patrick's is to stay at school and learn as much as you can and once you graduate from secondary school, go to university.

Sienna Muir

My best memory at St Patrick's is climbing up Black Hill in Gordon with all the students from St Pats and St Michael's, Springbank.

My hobby outside of school is hanging out with my friends.

My favourite subject is P.E. and especially cricket.

In 2031, I would like to be studying law at university or travelling.

My advice for younger students at St Patrick's, is to do what you want in life.

Kurt Newman

My best memory at St Patrick's is climbing Black Hill and the 80's themed school concert.

My hobbies outside of school are riding my dirtbike, playing footy and fishing.

My favourite subject is Physical Education.

In 2031, I hope that I am an electrician.

The advice I would give younger students is to make the most of school years.

Zoe Barnes

My best memory at St Patrick's is my first school concert and the costumes.

My hobby outside of school is horse riding.

My favourite subject is Physical Education.

In 2031, I think I will have a job and I hope to have lots of land in a country town, just like Gordon.

My advice for younger students is to try your best always.

SEMESTER TWO REPORTS

Reports are now available for viewing online today.  Parents will be able to access them from the Parent Portal on SIMON.

https://pam.spgordon.catholic.edu.au

Username is your email address and your password was set by you previously. If you do not remember your password, please select the forgot password option, and you will be able to reset your password.

Click on your child's profile picture and choose the Assessment Reports option.

If you have any concerns about your child's academic progress, please contact the teacher directly. Our teachers are always happy to discuss your child’s progress at a mutually convenient time.

SCHOOL FEES 2022

Dear Families,

Our 2022 school fees have been ratified by our School Advisory Council.  For holders of current Government Health Care Cards, there are further substantial deductions available.

Per Family 

  • Tuition Fee $1200 
  • Capital Fees $ 170

 Per Child  

  • Classroom Fee $ 245
  • Excursion Fee $   135
  • Technology Fee $ 120 

Total Cost 

  • Total cost for 1 child: $1,670 ($39.76 per week over 42) weeks
  • Two children: $2,170 ($51.66 per week over 42) weeks
  • Three Children: $2,670 ($63.57 per week over 42) weeks
  • Year 3 & Year 4 Camp $ 160
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp $ 290
  • Swim/Gym Program $ 120 

 Camps and Swimming & Gym costed at the beginning of the school year.

Families who hold a valid means tested Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Pensioner Card, are eligible for financial assistance through the Catholic Education Office’s Family Fee Assistance Scheme and the Victorian Government’s Camp Sport and Excursion Fund. Please contact the school office for further information.

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Community Message

The Friends of Paddock Creek will be holding their AGM at the reserve rotunda in Gordon on 5th December at 10 am.  

All families welcome.  If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Derrick on 0417 326 860.

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Parish Mass Times

20/21 November - Dunnstown-Saturday 6.30 pm, Sunday-Gordon-8.45 am and Ballan-10.30 am.

27/28 November - Clarkes Hill-Saturday 6.30 pm, Sunday - Gordon-8.45 am & Ballan-10.30 am.

The Polish scientist, Marie Curie, and her husband Pierre discovered 2 new elements which they called “polonium” and “radium”. The elements were radioactive.
Marie Curie’s work in radioactivity was of great benefit in medicine. It was discovered that cancerous cells could be killed by the use of small amounts of radioactivity, without seriously damaging nearby healthy tissue.
The Curies refused to “patent” their work and discoveries, saying that “Physicists should always publish their researches completely. If our discovery has a commercial future, that is a circumstance from which we should not profit. If radium is to be used in the treatment of disease, it is impossible for us to take advantage of that.”
Marie Curie - born in November 1867 - became world-famous, and was awarded two Nobel Prizes. Unaware in those days of the dangers of radioactivity. She died from radiation poisoning at the age of 65.

 Let us pray Lord,
there is so much that I don’t know,
and I ask you to inspire me
with a thirst for knowledge.
I pray, too, for wisdom
that I may use my knowledge well.
I give thanks
for many people I have never met
whose knowledge and understanding
have been passed on to me.
I ask that I may benefit
from their work and experience
and may contribute, in turn,
to the well-being of others.

Amen.

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Sacramental Celebration

Congratulations to Beatrix Flint, Georgie Conroy, Eva Pamic, Chelsea Winter, Charli Busuttil, Jez Barnes and Jobe Blazko who celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist on the weekend.

News from the Principal

We had a very busy weekend celebrating with our school and parish children, as they celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. 

I sincerely thank Fr. Sajan, Therese Winter, Libby McKew and the Parish Sacramental team for their guidance in preparing the children so well.  

We have a very busy few weeks ahead. Next Tuesday 23rd November, all children will attend a movie excursion to the Regent Cinemas in Ballarat. Please ensure all children are at school at 8:50 am for 9:00 am bus departure and please return your signed permission slip by the end of this week.

Our Mission Fete day will be held at school on Thursday 25th November from 1:15 - 3:30 pm. Please come along and support the children's small stalls.  Teachers will be sending home further information via the class dojo app.  

On Friday 26th November our House and Cross Country Sports and Social evening will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Please return your attendance slip and food requirements by Friday 19th November.  Once again, we are very lucky to have Sinisha cooking his amazing chicken souvalakis.

We had our first Foundation orientation day yesterday and we were delighted to welcome our new 2022 students into our school.  The children had a wonderful morning familiarising themselves with classroom routines.

Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for your ongoing support.

Paul McDowell


MANGA ART WORKSHOP

Manga is a form of Japanese comic book drawing and we were very lucky, that Sensei Denise organized a very worthwhile workshop with the very talented, Sam Harmer.

Sam was able to give us another wonderful experience today across F-6 in our Japanese classes.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Thursdays - Hot Lunches available from the Gordon Shop. Please order on Wednesday prior.
  • Monday 15th November - 2022 Foundation student orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Monday 22nd November - 2022 Foundation student orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday 23rd November - Movie excursion to the Regent Cinemas in Ballarat. Please ensure all children are at school at 8:50 am for 9:00 am bus departure
  • MISSION FETE DAY - Thursday 25th November. 1:15 - 3:30 pm.  All welcome.
  • Friday 26th November - House Cross Country Sports and Social evening. 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Monday 29th November - 2022 Whole school orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday 30th November - Damascus orientation day for students attending in 2022.
  • Wednesday 1st December - Graduent and family dinner at the Wallace Hotel at 6 pm.
  • Monday 6th December - 2 night, Year 5 & Year 6 Campaspe Downs Camp.
  • Tuesday 14th December - Final day for students and  end of school year Mass at 2pm.
  • 2022 Term One - All students resume school on Monday, January 31st.

Golf Clinics

Our children continue to enjoy their golf clinics with Tony Collier, who is a professional golfer. There will be another two golf  clinics before the end of the term.

Thank you to Eliza Smith for co-ordinating this program.

Code Red and Total Fire Days.

As we enter the bushfire season for another year it is important that the guidelines regarding school arrangements for CODE RED days, Total Fire Ban days and bushfire alert days are clearly articulated to all parents.

The DEECD (Department of Education) Bushfire at Risk Register (BARR) determines which schools will not open on Code Red Days. St Patrick’s Gordon has been identified as being at high fire risk on the Department of Education’s BARR Register, and as such we will remain CLOSED on a CODE RED day.

Where possible, three (3) days notice of a planned closure will be provided. However, experience indicates that a Code Red fire danger rating day may be forecast at short notice. Parents and guardians should expect that in some instances less than three days notice may be provided.

Once the final decision to close is confirmed at 12 noon the day prior, this decision will not change – regardless of any changes in the weather forecast. This will help limit confusion and help families plan for how their children will be cared for when their school is closed.

When a school is closed in response to bushfire risk, no one, including staff, contractors and other users, will be permitted on site.

Parents are advised to talk to children who are old enough to understand, about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan – particularly if you are planning day trips or holidays to fire-prone  areas.

 Please feel free to contact the school if you require further advice or information.

Please click on the above link to access Issue 8 of the Scholastic Book Club. Orders due by November 18th, 2021.

Year 5/6 School Camp

The Year 5/6 Camp will take place from the 6th to 8th December and will be held at Campaspe Downs.  The camp is set amid 180 acres of natural bushland in the Macedon Ranges, Close to Kyneton and Hanging Rock.

There is a wide range of facilities to enjoy, including sports stadium.

Often when children reflect on their time at Primary School, they recall moments on camp as some of their fondest memories. We all need to be challenged at times in our lives, particularly to take on more responsibility, to face our fears and reassure ourselves that we are always capable of achieving much more. Camps are a wonderful way to do this.

Information and permission slips were sent home yesterday.  Can these please be returned to Mr. Lamb at your earliest convenience.

END OF YEAR - REGENT CINEMA EXCURSION

Dear Families,

All school children will attend a school excursion at the Regent Multiplex to view the movie "Ron's Gone Wrong".

Travel to and from the excursion, will be via a private bus company.

The date of the excursion is next Tuesday 23rd November and we are all very excited to be attending this movie.

All students will need to be at school at 8:50 am on this day for bus travel.

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Please join us at Monday Playgroup

Playgroup takes place each Monday morning of school terms,  from 9:30 am to 11 am.  All community families welcome.

Our final 2021 playgroup will take place on Monday 13th December, with a Christmas themed celebration.

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QR CODE AT ST PATRICK'S SCHOOL

All persons entering our school building must scan the QR code.

These records will help with any future contact tracing that may be necessary in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some visitors may not be able to scan a code. Our poster has a unique six-character location code they can enter via the Service Victoria app (available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is key to our strong sense of community across the School. There are many threads to the programme – both formal and informal – and all have the intention of addressing the well-being of each student at their individual point of need.

Vivian Lunt is the Pastoral Care Worker at our school. She is a qualified and a very professional and caring Pastoral Care Worker employed at our school every Thursday.

Vivian works with individual children on request, class groups and parents and families as required. All interactions remain strictly confidential.

If any family would like to access this service, either for themselves personally or their child, please contact the school office for an appointment with Vivian.


Please note 10% discount is currently on offer at Crockers Uniform Store.  This will end on the 30th November.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

Last Friday was  World Teachers Day. It is timely that our teachers are celebrated as we come out of lockdown. I appreciate the work and commitment of our staff over the last twelve months. Happy World Teachers day to all the staff. I am so happy to be working with a fine group of people!

We were delighted to be able to welcome all students back yesterday, after the very wild weather we all experienced at the end of last week.

I hope that you all enjoyed your long weekend and that some of you backed a winner in the Melbourne Cup.

School Fees 

A reminder that all school fees payments are due by the end of November. If you are having difficulty making a payment, please contact Paul Mc Dowell.  Thank you.

There are many activities in our final weeks of school, so please take notice of our school calendar.

Please be advised that our final day for 2021 will be on Tuesday 14th December.  We will finish our year with a school Mass at 2 pm in St Patrick's Church, Gordon. All families and friends are invited to join with us.

Paul McDowell

Principal

Week 3 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to Ruby Moran, Georgie Conroy and Layla Nissan on receiving Student Awards in week three of Term four.

Dear Families,

If you have not already done so, can you please complete the above survey in regard to out of school hours care at St Patrick's, School in 2022.

This is a feasability survey to gauge our families interest in accessing onsite afterschool care in the future.

Thank you for your assistance.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Thursdays - Hot Lunches available from the Gordon Shop. Please order on Wednesday prior.
  • Monday 8th November - 2022 Foundation family interviews
  • Tuesday 9th November - Parent/Teacher/Student conversation - Bookings now open via Parent Access Module.
  • Wednesday 10th November - School Photos
  • Thursday 11th November - Remembrance Day
  • Monday 15th November - 2022 Foundation student orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Monday 22nd November - 2022 Foundation student orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday 23rd November - Movie excursion to the Regent Cinemas in Ballarat.
  • MISSION FETE DAY - Thursday 25th November. 1:15 - 3:30 pm.  All welcome.
  • Friday 26th November - House Cross Country Sports and Social evening. 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Monday 29th November - 2022 Whole school orientation. 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday 30th November - Damascus orientation day for students attending in 2022.
  • Wednesday 1st December - Graduent and parent dinner at the Wallace Hotel at 6 pm.
  • Monday 6th December - 2 night, Year 5 & Year 6 Campaspe Downs Camp.
  • Tuesday 14th December - Final day for students and  whole school Mass at 2pm.

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

Please make a booking, if you have not already done so.

Dear Families,

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will take place next Tuesday, 9th November from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Each interview will run for 10 minutes.

For Parents/Carers to attend in person, you will need to be doubly COVID19 vaccinated.  There is also an option on the booking site for the school to phone you and conduct the interview this way.  Please QR code in on arrival and wear a mask.

Bookings are now available via our Parent Access Module. (PAM)  The website address is https://pam.spgordon.catholic.edu.au 

The screen below will appear.  Your username is your email address.  If you don't remember your password, please select 'Forgot Password' option to reset it.

You are able to save the above address to your mobile device by adding to Home Screen.

For any further queries, please contact the school office.

MSP PHOTOGRAPHY

Dear Families,

Next Wednesday is our rescheduled school photo day.  If you still have your original photo envelopes, they are able to used.  Otherwise you can order and pay on the below link.  I will send out student shoot keys via email.

If you have any further queries in regard to ordering, please contact MSP directly on 03 5333 5577.

We ask that all children wear their full summer uniform on the day.

Thank you.

Code Red and Total Fire Days.

As we enter the bushfire season for another year it is important that the guidelines regarding school arrangements for CODE RED days, Total Fire Ban days and bushfire alert days are clearly articulated to all parents.

The DEECD (Department of Education) Bushfire at Risk Register (BARR) determines which schools will not open on Code Red Days. St Patrick’s Gordon has been identified as being at high fire risk on the Department of Education’s BARR Register, and as such we will remain CLOSED on a CODE RED day.

Where possible, three (3) days notice of a planned closure will be provided. However, experience indicates that a Code Red fire danger rating day may be forecast at short notice. Parents and guardians should expect that in some instances less than three days notice may be provided.

Once the final decision to close is confirmed at 12 noon the day prior, this decision will not change – regardless of any changes in the weather forecast. This will help limit confusion and help families plan for how their children will be cared for when their school is closed.

When a school is closed in response to bushfire risk, no one, including staff, contractors and other users, will be permitted on site.

Parents are advised to talk to children who are old enough to understand, about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan – particularly if you are planning day trips or holidays to fire-prone  areas.

 Please feel free to contact the school if you require further advice or information.

Please click on the above link to access Issue 8 of the Scholastic Book Club. Orders due by November 18th, 2021.

Year 5/6 School Camp

The Year 5/6 Camp will take place from the 6th to 8th December and will be held at Campaspe Downs.  The camp is set amid 180 acres of natural bushland in the Macedon Ranges, Close to Kyneton and Hanging Rock.

There is a wide range of facilities to enjoy, including sports stadium.

Why is it important for children to attend camps? The benefits are many and varied. Here are someobvious   benefits of school camps…

The development of social skills and independence- Getting along with others, Coping with shared accommodation, Interacting appropriately with others, Forming strong friendships.

Personal challenges- Taking on new responsibilities, Responding to new environments, Coping with changes to routines.

Team building and leadership skills- Relying on others to complete tasks, Encouraging self and others to succeed, Finding creative solutions to challenges.

Encouragement of physical fitness and active lifestyles- Gone are the iPads and computers, Many  outdoors activities for learning,

Learning to live and work together, as part of a camp community, by helping with duties. For  instance, helping around meal times including setting up, packing up, and washing up after a meal and keeping those rooms tidy!!!

Often when children reflect on their time at Primary School, they recall moments on camp as some of their fondest memories. We all need to be challenged at times in our lives, particularly to take on more responsibility, to face our fears and reassure ourselves that we are always capable of achieving much more. Camps are a wonderful way to do this.


END OF YEAR - REGENT CINEMA EXCURSION

Dear Families,

All school children will attend a school excursion at the Regent Multiplex to view the movie "Ron's Gone Wrong".

Travel to and from the excursion, will be via a private bus company.

The date of the excursion is on Tuesday 23rd November and we are all very excited to be attending this movie.

Permission slips will be sent home next week.

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Please join us at Playgroup

We are delighted to announce that our Playgroup has recommenced on a Monday morning from 9:30 am to 11 am.  All community families welcome.

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QR CODE AT ST PATRICK'S SCHOOL

All persons entering our school building must scan the QR code.

These records will help with any future contact tracing that may be necessary in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some visitors may not be able to scan a code. Our poster has a unique six-character location code they can enter via the Service Victoria app (available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is key to our strong sense of community across the School. There are many threads to the programme – both formal and informal – and all have the intention of addressing the well-being of each student at their individual point of need.

Vivian Lunt is the Pastoral Care Worker at our school. She is a qualified and a very professional and caring Pastoral Care Worker employed at our school every Thursday.

Vivian works with individual children on request, class groups and parents and families as required. All interactions remain strictly confidential.

If any family would like to access this service, either for themselves personally or their child, please contact the school office for an appointment with Vivian.


Please note 10% discount is currently on offer at Crockers Uniform Store.  This will end on the 30th November.

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Secondhand equipment & furniture for sale

Dear Families,

We have the following secondhand items available for sale.

Double sided bookcases for sale - We have six of these available for purchase - all in excellent condition.  H155cm X 60cmW X 87cmLadjustable shelving$30 per unit.
2017 12.5 GB iPads for sale (12 in total)Have many learning based games and applications loaded onto each one. Cannot be updated from the current  Version 9.5  installed, but are in very good order. Does not come with a 30 point charger - available from Officeworks or Kmart for approximately $5.00. Each iPad comes with a case attached.$25 per iPad

1 x 4 drawer filing cabinet. Color grey. No drawer keys available. Cost $30.00.


Please email Paul - principal@spgordon.catholic.edu.au or message vis ClassDojo or catch me in the carpark.

Pictures of secondhand items for sale...

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We offer our Deepest Sympathy

On behalf of the St Patrick's School community, I offer our sympathies, thoughts and prayers to our following school families on the recent loss of much loved member of their families.

Please keep Rhonda, Matt, Izzy and Thomas Best, in your prayers and thoughts, as they deal with the recent loss of Rhonda's much loved brother, Steve.

Also thoughts and prayers to Travis, Catherine, Lily, Archie and Griffin on the loss of their father, grandfather and father in law, Peter Stewart.

We wish both families comfort and courage in the days ahead, as we know they have many loving memories to hold onto. 

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