News from the Principal

Dear Families,

We had our first Foundation orientation day this week and the new children were so excited to meet their new class mates.  All of the children settled in extremely well and we can't wait for them to join our school community in 2023.  A special thanks to Lorraine Tudor and Cathryn Ruthen for their delicious catering on our orientation morning.

The end of the school year is fast approaching and staff and students are busy preparing for end of year activities. Although we are sad to see our Year 6 students moving on, we are excited for all of the new opportunities they will experience as they begin their secondary school journey.

The Year 6 Graduents will be celebrated next week, by sharing a Dinner, with staff, family and friends.  At this time we will reflect on their time at St Patrick's, Gordon.

We invite all families to join with us on Thursday 16th December for our end of year Mass at St. Patrick's church, Gordon at 2 pm.  Mass will see us present our end of year Awards and the Year 6 students will received their Graduation certificates.  At this Mass, all Year 5 students will receive their leadership badges and their 2023 Year 6 school shirts.  

Our wonderful Japanese teacher, Denise Buttler, will also be recognised for the years spent teaching our children about the culture and language of Japan.  Denise is retiring from St Patrick's to spend more time with her family.  We welcome Kirrily Urquhart into our school community as our new Japanese teacher for 2023.  Kirrily has already spent time in class with the children and she is very much looking forward to teaching them next year.

All children attended the Regent Cinema yesterday for an end of year excursion.  The movie was DC Superpets and we all enjoyed it very much.

Please take note of all the dates below to keep abreast of this very busy and social time of year.

School reports will be sent home in the last week of school, commencing Monday 5th December.

I hope you all get to enjoy some reasonable weather on the weekend and I thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to seeing a number of you at the Parents and Friends fundraising event at the Wallace Hotel on Saturday evening.


Paul McDowell.


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Weekend Parish Mass Times

A Cemetery Mass will be held at the Gordon Cemetery this coming Sunday,  27 November. The Mass commences at 11am. Limited seating available.

If the weather forecast is for inclement weather, Mass will be held at St Patrick’s Church, Gordon. The Mass at Ballan will be celebrated at 8.45am on that day.

Term Four Dates

Gordon Shop Hot school lunches available every Thursday for the rest of the term.

Friday 25th November - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Saturday 26th November - Parents and Friends Auction at the Wallace Hotel.

Monday, November 28th - Foundation 2023 Transition Morning.

Tuesday - November 29th -Year 7 Orientation Day (Damascus).

Thursday 1st December - Year 6 Families - Graduation Dinner at the Wallace Hotel @ 6 pm.

Monday December 5  Whole School Transition Morning for 2023 classes .9:00 – 11:00am

Wednesday 7th December - Senior Class excursion to Adventure Park

Friday 9th December - House Cross Country competition - school hours.  All families welcome to attend.  Approximate 1:30 start time.

Monday 12th December - Playgroup Christmas Party.

Wednesday 14th December - Christmas lunch for staff and students.

Thursday 15th December - End of Year Mass at 2 pm at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.

Friday 16th  December - School concludes at 1:15 pm for the 2022 school year.

2023 DATES

  • Monday 30th January - All students return to school 8:50 am school start. (Please note new starting time for the 2023 school year).
  • Friday 3rd February - School Assemby at 3 pm.  All families are invited to join with us.
  • Monday 6th February - Playgroup recommences for the 2023 year - 9:15 am start. All families and community members welcome.

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, small 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 to arrange an appointment with Vivian.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

I trust that all families had a most enjoyable Melbourne Cup Day and long weekend, especially if you were lucky enough to have the day off work and could enjoy the racing. 

Yesterday our Year 3 – 6 students attended an excursion at Scienceworks. Students and teachers were immersed in a day long STEM design challenge with a human-centred approach to “design a better world”. It was hands on with the technology materials and we made and tinkered and prototyped physical solutions to real problems. It was a fabulous day!

We congratulate our senior class on selling many delicious cup cakes recently.  The amount of $278.80 was raised and the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research.  This was there 'taking action' response from our Little Feet, Big Footprints program for our senior students. What a fabulous amount of initiative our students display and they manage to continually impress me.

The Year 5 & 6 class will participate in a Karuta card game challenge on Thursday at Our Lady Help of Christians in Ballarat.  Karuta is a Japanese card game and we wish our students well in this competition.

I look forward to seeing you at assembly on Friday where we shall reflect on Remembrance Day as part of our prayer and will observe a minute silence at 11.00am as part of the day.

Enjoy the wonderful sunshine while it lasts.

Paul McDowell

PARISH MASS TIMES - 12/13 November 2022

SATURDAY - Springbank – 6.30 pm

SUNDAY - Bungaree @ the Pootilla cemetery – 9.30 am & Ballan – 8.45 am

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT AWARD WINNERS

Dear Families and Friends,

Please secure your tickets for the wonderful Parents and Friends fundraiser and social evening. 

The details of the event are on the below flyer, as is the booking link.

Dear Families,

BALLAN AUTUMN FESTIVAL & PARADE INFORMATION UPDATE

The Ballan Autumn Festival will take place this coming Sunday, November 13th.

We ask that all children who are participating in the parade, are at the the Walking Assembly area, Cnr of Stead & Steiglitz Street, Ballan on or before 10:45 am, for parade commencement at 11:00 am.

The parade will proceed from the roundabout at the corner of Stead and Inglis Streets, proceed along Inglis Street to Cowie Street intersection where you will be instructed to turn left along Cowie Street. 

Once the parade is completed, we will return to the area outside of the rotunda in McClean Reserve, where there will be prizes awarded as per the judges decision.

Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap!


As part of our participation in this event, we ask that each student comes dressed in the following items on the day
of the festival:
Yellow tops – short sleeve or long sleeve (No logos/prints). Can be purchased from Kmart, Best and less etc.
 Black pants or black shorts (no logos)
 Comfortable shoes for walking (runners recommended).


If you would like your child to dress up as a bee and you have access to/ or would like to purchase a bee costume,
please feel free to do so. There are some great options on Ebay, at Kmart or stores like Cheap as Chips and I Love
This Shop etc.
Parents/guardians will be required to walk and assist their child/children in the parade (each students will have 2 A3
decorated creations to carry in the parade). Parent/guardians are encourage to join students in dressing to the theme.

Thank you.

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER THANK YOU.

This term we have participated in a Year 6 Leadership Program called "Little Feet, Big Footprints".

Our group decided to have a bake sale to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

We raised $278.80, which is outstanding and incredible.  We are amazed by our communities commitment and generosity in donating money for this important cause.

We just want to thank you all for your donations and we hope that you enjoyed our cupcakes.

We had so much fun holding this event and we hope to do it again.

From the Year Six Girls, Chelsea, Natalija, Beatrix and Georgie.

Term Four Dates

Please note the Gordon Store will reopen on the 16th November.

Hot school lunches will resume on Thursday 17th November.

Thursday November 10th - Japanese Karuta Card Tournament Yrs 4-6 - 9:00am – 1:00pm

SUNDAY 13th November - BALLAN AUTUMN FESTIVAL

We ask that all children who are participating in the parade, are at the the Walking Assembly area, Cnr of Stead & Steiglitz Street, Ballan on or before 10:45 am, for parade commencement at 11:00 am.

Monday November 21st 9:00 – 11:30am. Foundation 2023 Transition Morning. 

Tuesday November 22nd - Regent Multiplex Movie whole school excursion - DC Superpets. Travel to and from the excursion is via a private bus line.

Friday 25th November - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Saturday 26th November - Save the date - Parents and Friends Auction at the Wallace Hotel.

Monday, November 28th - Foundation 2023 Transition Morning.

Tuesday - November 29th -Year 7 Orientation Day (Damascus).

Thursday 1st December - Year 6 Families - Graduation Dinner at the Wallace Hotel @ 6 pm.

Monday December 5  Whole School Transition Morning for 2023 classes .9:00 – 11:00am

Friday 9th December - House Cross Country competition - school hours.  All families welcome to attend.  Approximate 1:30 start time.

Thursday 15th December - End of Year Mass at 2 pm at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.

Friday 16th  December - School concludes at 1:15 pm for the 2022 school year.

NATALIJA PISAK PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022                YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee.

My favourite sport is to play soccer with all my friends - Eva, Ani, Beatrix, Lily, Elizabeth, Joey and Da Shawn.

My best memory at school is when we did the production and I was Mr. Mann, which was one on the main roles.

In ten years time I will hopefully be studying to be an architect, a teacher or a baby sitter.

My advice for younger students  is "be confident and listen to what people say and be nice to everyone, even if you don't talk them that often.

JACK MURPHY PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022  YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Diary of the Wimpy Kid.

My favourite sport is AFL Football and my hobbies are riding bikes and motor bikes.

My best memory at school is when I had Mr. Lamb teaching me and playing whole school tag.

In ten years time I think I will be a builder or a footy player.

My advice for younger students is "Be nice to people and they will be nice back."

CHELSEA WINTER PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022  YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Wonder, because it is an amazing book to read and it tells me that no one is perfect.

My favourite sport is netball, because I love playing with an incredible team and being a part of it.  I enjoy being active.

My best memory at school, was at the beginning of this year, when my friends and I, were throwing water balloons at the wall and at each other.  It was so much fun!

In ten years time I hope to be at University studying to be either a paediatrician, lawyer or a vet.

My advice for younger students is "Be confident in your learning and try your best.  You'll get through it and remember that the teachers and your friends are there to help you."

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to thank Bianca Flint for the recent 'Body Image' talk she presented to the parents. This was followed by a 'Body Image' session with our senior girls. Bianca was absolutely inspiring and she is a wonderful role model to all.

Please be aware that we still have Rapid Antigen Kits availabe to families, as well as children's face masks.  Please contact the school office if your require either.

Ourpatch is our Before and After School provider for 2023.  We ask that families think about registering now for permanent or casual use in the future.  If you require further assistance to complete the paperwork, the staff at Ourpatch are willing to assist.

We have had a lot of interest from children wanting to participate in the Ballan Autum Parade on Sunday 13th November. The theme for the day is 'Bloomin Marvellous' and there is further information on this newsletter.

We have just been notified that new NBN units will be installed at our school tomorrow between 1 and 4 pm.  This will result in a power outage for a time.  Please be aware that the internet and our landline will not be working, but we will be contactable by the school mobile phone on 0419 689495.

SunSmart
St Patrick's Primary School is a Sun Smart School. 

All students need to have their school hat on to play outside at all times! Please dig out your child’s hat and make sure they have it in their bag and that it is labelled with their name. New school hats are available for purchase from Crockers in Armstrong Street.

School Uniform

We ask that all children are now wearing their full summer uniform. This consists of polo top with our logo, navy shorts, skorts, and gingham navy and white dress.

Long Hair requirements

  • All long hair, for both boys and girls should be tied back for school. 
  • Hair needs to be clipped back off the face and not drooping over faces.
  • Hair that is loose, interferes with learning as children are always touching or shaking it out of the way.
  • Untied hair can be a safety issue around equipment, both inside and outside.
  • Loose hair also greatly increases the chances of catching head lice.

Thank you for your help with ensuring your children come to school with tied and clipped hair.

I trust that  we all can enjoy a great Term 4 together at St Patrick’s School.

Paul McDowell, Principal.

PARISH MASS TIMES - 29/30 October 2022

SATURDAY - Springbank – 6.30 pm

SUNDAY - Bungaree – 8.45 am & Ballan – 10.30 am

Dear Families and Friends,

Please secure your tickets for the wonderful Parents and Friends fundraiser and social evening. 

The details of the event are on the below flyer, as is the booking link.

The Gordon Store will be closed from next Monday  31st October until Wednesday 16th November. Hot lunches will resume on Thursday 17th November. 

We wish Soon, Huey, Angela and Michael a wonderful trip to Vietnam. 

They certainly deserve a break and we look forward to hearing about their adventures on their return.

Term Four Dates

TOMORROW -Thursday 26th October, school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please note the Gordon Store will be closed from Monday, 31st October to the 16th November.

Hot school lunches will resume on Thursday 17th November.

There will not be Playgroup this coming Monday October 31st, as their is a  school closure day.  Playgroup will recommence the following Monday, November 7th.   All community families and friends welcome.

Friday October 28th - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Monday October 31st - Staff Formation Day. PUPIL FREE DAY.

Tuesday November 1st - Melbourne Cup Day PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Wednesday 2nd November - Year 6 Little Feet, Big Footprints final celebration.

Tuesday 8th November - Year 3-6 students will attend an excursion at Scienceworks.

Thursday November 10th - Japanese Karuta Card Tournament Yrs 4-6 - 9:00am – 1:00pm

SUNDAY 13th November - BALLAN AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Monday November 21st 9:00 – 11:30am. Foundation 2023 Transition Morning. 

Tuesday November 22nd - Regent Multiplex Movie whole school excursion - DC Superpets. Travel to and from the excursion is via a private bus line.

Friday 25th November - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Saturday 26th November - Save the date - Parents and Friends 'Trash to Treasure' Auction at the Wallace Hotel.

Monday, November 28th - Foundation 2023 Transition Morning.

Tuesday - November 29th -Year 7 Orientation Day (Damascus).

Thursday 1st December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner at 6 pm.

Monday December 5  Whole School Transition Morning for 2023 classes .9:00 – 11:00am

Friday 9th December - House Cross Country competition - school hours.  All families welcome to attend.  Approximate 1:30 start time.

Thursday 15th December - End of Year Mass at 2 pm at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.

Friday 16th  December - School concludes at 1:15 pm for the 2022 school year.

GEORGIE CONROY PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022 - YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Snoopy.  He just has character and he also brings out the character in me.

My favourite sports are netball, swimming and tennis.

My best memory at school is meeting my friends.

In ten years time I think I will take up university college and study to be a Vet. I will have a nice house, fall in love and have fun as a college student.

My advice for younger students  is "life is too short to hate, because you don't know how good you have got it, until it goes."

BEATRIX FLINT PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022 - YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Goosebumps, because I've grown up reading a whole book a night from the series.

My favourite sport is learning to skateboard with my Dad.

My best memory at school is when I was in Prep and my first buddy made me a small stocking.  I remember it so well.  It's by far my favourite memory.

In ten years time I think I will have a nice house, a cat and dog and I will be studying something at University, possibly fashion.

My advice for younger students is "Don't let rude people keep you from doing what you love.  At the end of the day, you go home to a loving family, who accept you for who you are."

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to thank Bianca Flint for the recent 'Body Image' talk she presented to the parents. This was followed by a 'Body Image' session with our senior girls. Bianca was absolutely inspiring and she is a wonderful role model to all.

Please be aware that we still have Rapid Antigen Kits availabe to families, as well as children's face masks.  Please contact the school office if your require either.

Ourpatch is our Before and After School provider for 2023.  We ask that families think about registering now for permanent or casual use in the future.  If you require further assistance to complete the paperwork, the staff at Ourpatch are willing to assist.

We have had a lot of interest from children wanting to participate in the Ballan Autum Parade on Sunday 13th November. The theme for the day is 'Bloomin Marvellous' and there is further information on this newsletter.

We have just been notified that new NBN units will be installed at our school tomorrow between 1 and 4 pm.  This will result in a power outage for a time.  Please be aware that the internet and our landline will not be working, but we will be contactable by the school mobile phone on 0419 689495.

SunSmart
St Patrick's Primary School is a Sun Smart School. 

All students need to have their school hat on to play outside at all times! Please dig out your child’s hat and make sure they have it in their bag and that it is labelled with their name. New school hats are available for purchase from Crockers in Armstrong Street.

School Uniform

We ask that all children are now wearing their full summer uniform. This consists of polo top with our logo, navy shorts, skorts, and gingham navy and white dress.

Long Hair requirements

  • All long hair, for both boys and girls should be tied back for school. 
  • Hair needs to be clipped back off the face and not drooping over faces.
  • Hair that is loose, interferes with learning as children are always touching or shaking it out of the way.
  • Untied hair can be a safety issue around equipment, both inside and outside.
  • Loose hair also greatly increases the chances of catching head lice.

Thank you for your help with ensuring your children come to school with tied and clipped hair.

I trust that  we all can enjoy a great Term 4 together at St Patrick’s School.

Paul McDowell, Principal.

PARISH MASS TIMES - 29/30 October 2022

SATURDAY - Springbank – 6.30 pm

SUNDAY - Bungaree – 8.45 am & Ballan – 10.30 am

Dear Families and Friends,

Please secure your tickets for the wonderful Parents and Friends fundraiser and social evening. 

The details of the event are on the below flyer, as is the booking link.

The Gordon Store will be closed from next Monday  31st October until Wednesday 16th November. Hot lunches will resume on Thursday 17th November. 

We wish Soon, Huey, Angela and Michael a wonderful trip to Vietnam. 

They certainly deserve a break and we look forward to hearing about their adventures on their return.

Term Four Dates

TOMORROW -Thursday 26th October, school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please note the Gordon Store will be closed from Monday, 31st October to the 16th November.

Hot school lunches will resume on Thursday 17th November.

There will not be Playgroup this coming Monday October 31st, as their is a  school closure day.  Playgroup will recommence the following Monday, November 7th.   All community families and friends welcome.

Friday October 28th - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Monday October 31st - Staff Formation Day. PUPIL FREE DAY.

Tuesday November 1st - Melbourne Cup Day PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Wednesday 2nd November - Year 6 Little Feet, Big Footprints final celebration.

Tuesday 8th November - Year 3-6 students will attend an excursion at Scienceworks.

Thursday November 10th - Japanese Karuta Card Tournament Yrs 4-6 - 9:00am – 1:00pm

SUNDAY 13th November - BALLAN AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Monday November 21st 9:00 – 11:30am. Foundation 2023 Transition Morning. 

Tuesday November 22nd - Regent Multiplex Movie whole school excursion - DC Superpets. Travel to and from the excursion is via a private bus line.

Friday 25th November - School Assembly at 3 pm.  All welcome.

Saturday 26th November - Save the date - Parents and Friends 'Trash to Treasure' Auction at the Wallace Hotel.

Monday, November 28th - Foundation 2023 Transition Morning.

Tuesday - November 29th -Year 7 Orientation Day (Damascus).

Thursday 1st December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner at 6 pm.

Monday December 5  Whole School Transition Morning for 2023 classes .9:00 – 11:00am

Friday 9th December - House Cross Country competition - school hours.  All families welcome to attend.  Approximate 1:30 start time.

Thursday 15th December - End of Year Mass at 2 pm at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.

Friday 16th  December - School concludes at 1:15 pm for the 2022 school year.

GEORGIE CONROY PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022 - YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Snoopy.  He just has character and he also brings out the character in me.

My favourite sports are netball, swimming and tennis.

My best memory at school is meeting my friends.

In ten years time I think I will take up university college and study to be a Vet. I will have a nice house, fall in love and have fun as a college student.

My advice for younger students  is "life is too short to hate, because you don't know how good you have got it, until it goes."

BEATRIX FLINT PROFILE - CLASS OF 2022 - YEAR 6 GRADUENT

My favourite book is Goosebumps, because I've grown up reading a whole book a night from the series.

My favourite sport is learning to skateboard with my Dad.

My best memory at school is when I was in Prep and my first buddy made me a small stocking.  I remember it so well.  It's by far my favourite memory.

In ten years time I think I will have a nice house, a cat and dog and I will be studying something at University, possibly fashion.

My advice for younger students is "Don't let rude people keep you from doing what you love.  At the end of the day, you go home to a loving family, who accept you for who you are."

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

The weather and few persistent bugs seem to be challenging us all at the moment but with ‘SPRING’ finally upon us, things should be looking up soon. 

Congratulations to the Gordon football and netball teams who have continued their great form and are in the grandfinal this weekend.  We enjoy hearing of the continued success of our past and present students and of the fun they are having in their sporting pursuits. Hopefully there will be a  premiership celebration or two this coming weekend.  I wish all teams every success for the day and hope that whatever the result, that all players feel they were able to give their very best throughout the games.

The success of our local sporting teams is the result of a great deal of hard work by many of our parents who have worked tirelessly in many roles to ensure the teams get out each week. Well done to all those who are not playing but who have supported the teams, acted as officials, worked in the canteen, washed uniforms etc. This is a wonderful achievement for the Gordon Football Club!

Can I thank all the dads who attended our Father’s Day afternoon tea and liturgy last week. There were many Fathers and Grandfather's at our celebration last Friday.  I believe all the dads greatly enjoyed their feed, the company of their children and the company of many other dads. Hopefully you were all spoilt on Sunday.

We have our Mission Day on Friday and we invite all families and friends to join us at 12:45 pm.  Children and adults will be able to buy a sausage in bread and a soft drink .  We will not be heating hot lunches on this day.  Please bring along cash on the day and support this wonderful cause.

Have a great week everyone.

Paul McDowell.

WEEKEND MASS TIMES

Saturday - Springbank – 6.30 pm,   Bungaree - Sunday – 8.45 am - Ballan – 10.30 am.

2022 Book Week

Father's Day Celebration

Term Three Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school at lunchtimes.

Playgroup is held every Monday morning, commencing at 9:30 am in our school hall, unless otherwise advised. All community families and friends welcome.

Friday 9th September - Mission Day Fete beginning at 12:45 pm. 

Friday 16th September - Casual clothes footy/sports team day - Lunch at 12:30 pm - $4 per child, covers a hot dog and a juice box.

Friday 16th September - Term Three ends at 1:15 pm

Term 4 Dates

Monday 3rd October - school resumes for Term 4.

Friday October 21st - School Closure Day - Staff Retreat.

Monday October 31st - Staff Formation Day. PUPIL FREE DAY.

Tuesday November 1st - Melbourne Cup Day PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Monday, November 21st 9:00 – 11:30am. Foundation 2023 Transition Morning. 

Tuesday, November 22nd - Regent Multiplex Movie - whole school excursion.

Saturday 26th November - Save the date - Parents and Friends 'Trash to Treasure' Auction at the Wallace Hotel.

Monday, November 28th - Foundation 2023 Transition Morning.

Tuesday - November 29th -Year 7 Orientation Day (Damascus).

Thursday 1st December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner at 6 pm.

Monday, December 5  Whole School Transition Morning for 2023 classes .9:00 – 11:00am

Thursday 15th December - End of Year Mass at 2 pm at St Patrick's Church, Gordon.

Friday 16th  December - School concludes at 1:15 pm for the 2022 school year.

ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE, BALLARAT.

The College holds many Open Days for prospective students. If an Open Day does not suit your schedule, please contact the Development Office to make an appointment for a College Tour.

College tours are held on Friday mornings and take in all learning areas within the College. To book your place, please contact the Registrar Caitlin Bennett on 5322 4449 or at enrolments@stpats.vic.edu.au. When booking your tour please be sure to arrange reservations for all members of your family who will be attending. Please click on the below link for a virtual college tour.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

The students, teachers and support staff had a fantastic day at Sovereign Hill yesterday. A very big thank you to all of the staff who help make these days possible. 

We have some very busy weeks coming up including Book Week, (Dress Up Day on Thursday the 25th of August).  We invite all parents to join us at school drop off time for a complimentary coffee, from the onsite coffee van.  Other snacks will also be available for purchase from the coffee van. 

Our Book Week Parade will take place on Thursday 25th August from 9:15 am to 10:15 am.

2022 Book Week Costumes | Dreaming With Eyes Open Book Week 2022All families are invited to join with us and we will have a complimentary coffee van onsite.

Please remember to include a spare change of clothes for your child, as the school grounds are very muddy. (I’m sure quite a few washing machines are working double time at the moment). We also encourage students to have a pair of slippers at school to avoid muddy shoes in the classroom.

Have a wonderful week and we can’t wait to share all of our learning adventures with you over the coming weeks. 

WEEKEND MASS TIMES

Saturday - Dunnstown – 6.30 pm,  Sunday – 8.45 am - Gordon & Ballan – 10.30 am.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Paul McDowell.

Sovereign Hill Excursion

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Term Three Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school at lunchtimes.

Playgroup is held every Monday morning, commencing at 9:30 am in our school hall, unless otherwise advised. All community families and friends welcome.

Friday 19th August - School Assembly at 3:10 pm. All families welcome.

THURSDAY 25th August -Book Week Parade in the school hall at 9:15.  All families welcome. Complimentary coffee van will be onsite at school drop off.

Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th August - 2023 Foundation Family interviews.

Thursday 1st September - Father's Day Stall during school hours.  All gifts will be $5 and there will also be some Grandfather gifts available as well.

FRIDAY 2nd September -FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION AFTERNOON TEA - We invite Dads and significant others in your children's lives to join with us at 2:30 pm for a casual afternoon tea with your children.

Friday 2nd September - School Assembly at 3:10 pm. All families welcome.

Friday 9th September - Mission Day Fete beginning at 12:45 pm.

Friday 16th September - Casual clothes footy/sports team day - Lunch at 12:30 pm - $4 per child, covers a hot dog and a juice box.

Friday 16th September - Term Three ends at 1:15 pm

We congratulate the following St Patrick's students on recently receiving awards for their football and netball 2022 season :-

Jobe Blazko on winning Best and Fairest Runner up in the Under 12 Football Club.

Chelsea Winter on winning Best and Fairest Runner up in her netball grade.

Jez Barnes won a Most Improved trophy in the Under 12 football grade.

Macy Newman won a Most Consistent trophy in the Under 13 netball section.

We congratulate all children on their season and their participation in sport.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK

Please click on the above link to access Issue 6 of Scholastic Book Club.  Hard copy brochures are also available at the school office.

Please complete all orders by Friday 2nd September.

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News from the Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to congratulate Angela, Aidan, Rose, Macy and Elle on receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at recent weekend Masses. The children joined in a wonderful  celebration with Fr. Justin Driscoll.  Thank you to Therese Winter and Elizabeth McKew for  preparing the children so well and co-ordinating the Masses.

We offer our thoughts and prayers to Fr. Justin and his family on the loss of his much loved brother, Tony Driscoll.  Tony was the Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor and served on the Shire Council since October, 2012. Cr. Driscoll is remembered for his dedication and integrity within his community.

This week the Foundation pupils celebrated 100 days of school. The pupils and Miss Mac dressed as 100 years olds to mark their milestone. Students took part in a range of activities based on the number 100. Congratulations and thank you to all parents, who went over and above with amazing costumes.  It was a fabulous day!

I once again ask that all children bring over clothes for outside play.  Old and loose clothes over the uniform certainly protects the uniform.

A reminder that FRIDAY 12th August and MONDAY 15th August are school closure days.

Our Book Week Parade will take place on Thursday 25th August from 9:15 am to 10:15 am.  All families are invited to join with us and we will have a complimentary coffee van onsite.

WEEKEND MASS TIMES

Saturday - Dunnstown – 6.30 pm,  Sunday – 8.45 am, Gordon & Ballan – 10.30 am.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Paul McDowell.

100 Days of School

Term Three Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school at lunchtimes.

Playgroup is held every Monday morning, commencing at 9:30 am in our school hall, unless otherwise advised. All community families and friends welcome.

Friday 5th August - School Assembly at 3:10 pm. All families welcome.

FRIDAY 12th August and MONDAY 15th August are school closure days.

Wednesday 17th August - Sovereign Hill whole school excursion.

Friday 19th August - School Assembly. All families welcome.

THURSDAY 25th August -Book Week Parade in the school hall at 9:15.  All families welcome. Complimentary coffee van will be onsite.

Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th August - 2023 Foundation Family interviews.

Friday 2nd September - School Assembly. All families welcome.

Friday 9th September - Mission Day Fete beginning at 12:45 pm.

Friday 16th September - Term Three ends at 1:15 pm

As part of our Inquiry unit focusing on Social Justice, we had two incredible speakers at our school last week.

Sr. Kathleen Moran spoke to the children about her journey as a Catholic Mercy nun and Huey Tran spoke to the school community about his journey to Australia as a refugee.

Both stories were inspiring and very moving and we are very proud to have Huey and Kathleen as part of our school and wider community.

Children’s Day 2022 theme –  ‘My Dreaming, My Future’

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is our national day dedicated to celebrating our children. Children’s Day is celebrated across the country each year on 4 August.

Children’s Day is a time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities and all Australians, celebrate the strengths and culture of our children. It is an opportunity for us to show our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born into stories of their family, culture, and Country. They carry with them the songlines of their ancestors and culture, passed down by generations. Their Dreaming is part of our history, while their futures are their own to shape.

We thank Logan and Jenna for organising the great boomerang activity for our students.

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Dear Families,

Welcome back everyone from what has been a very wet and cold winter break. The rain has certainly helped top up dams and added a lot of colour back to the landscape. It was good to see all the children returning safely from the holidays and looking refreshed and ready for another busy term.

I would like to once again, acknowledge and thank Libby McKew on working tirelessly and making our school concert such a huge success.  Libby was the producer and co-ordinated absolutely everything to do with our wonderful school concert. I thank the families and the Parents and Friends for all their hard work on the night and the weeks prior.  Thank you to Stephanie Ruthen for her delicious catering at the event.  Finally, a huge thank you to our school children and their performance on the night! It was amazing and I was incredibly proud of of them all.  We certainly have some very, very talented actors in our midst.  

Please continue to monitor your children's and families health, as there is a lot of illness around presently.  We have RAT tests available if you need them and we also have children's disposable masks.

The highlights of this week was seeing families at both our Parent/Teacher conferences and also at our community gathering to share their thoughts and ideas on the future direction of our school, with our school architect. 

We appreciate your support within our school and our ongoing partnership in every child's learning.

I hope that everyone enjoys a healthy and successful term and that parents, staff and children continue to work together to ensure we have the best learning environment  possible for the children of St Patrick’s School.

Have a great week everyone.

Paul McDowell, Principal.

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SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Scholastic Book Club orders are due by August 1st.

Below is the link for Issue 5. Hard copies of the book club brochure are available if required.

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Dear Families,

Our school photo day is Tuesday, August 1st.  This year families will be able to order and pay online prior to the day.  

We ask that children wear their full school winter uniform on the day and they are neat and tidy and have their best smiles ready for the camera!

Further information will be sent to families in the coming days.

SOVEREIGN HILL EXCURSION

As part of our terms Inquiry Unit, all children will participate in an excursion to Sovereign Hill,  on Wednesday 17th August. 

The children will be travelling to and from the excursion via a private  coachline.

Further information and permission slips will be sent home next week.

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Term Three Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school at lunchtimes.

Friday 22nd July - School Assembly at 2:45 pm. All families welcome.

Playgroup is held every Monday morning, commencing at 9:30 am in our school hall, unless otherwise advised. All community families and friends welcome.

Monday 1st August - 100 Days of School celebration for our Foundation students.

Scholastic Book Club orders due by 1st August

School Photos - Tuesday 2nd August.

Friday 5th August - School Assembly at 2:45 pm. All families welcome.

FRIDAY 12th August and MONDAY 15th August are school closure days.

Wednesday 17th August - Sovereign Hill whole school excursion

Friday 19th August - School Assembly at 2:45 pm. All families welcome.

THURSDAY 25th August -Book Week Parade in the school hall at 9:15.  All families welcome. Complimentary coffee van will be onsite.

Friday 2nd September - School Assembly at 2:45 pm. All families welcome.

Friday 9th September - Mission Day Fete beginning at 12:45 pm.

Friday 16th September - Term Three ends at 1:15 pm.

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Dear Families,

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff for managing, in what can be challenging circumstances, as many of our community are in isolation with COVID or the flu.

Both our regular teachers, Education support staff as well as our relief staff do an amazing job and are always quick to step up when needed.

I am both very thankful to work in such a great community and feel very supported by both staff and families.

The Year 3/4 children had a wonderful time at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea. The weather was perfect and the children were amazing in every way. There is some great photos below, as well as some recounts.

The five week swim/gym program, for all of our students finished yesterday.  The children enjoyed it very much and I thank the staff at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre for their professionalism.

Excitement is building toward our school concert.  Tickets are selling well and the link to purchase your tickets is as follows :- https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whats-the-crime-mr-wolf-tickets-341117811557

Our Parents and Friends have organised a major raffle, with wonderful prizes to be won.  Raffle tickets were sent home last week and we thank all families for their support in selling the tickets.  The funds raised will assist with redesigning our outdoor learning spaces.

A big thank you to Gary Aitken (Elle and Sienna's Grandpa) and James (a playgroup Dad), for assembling our two new cubby houses.  They will be a wonderful addition to our playground.

Have a great week.

Paul McDowell,
Principal

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Camp Wilkin by Sienna                                               

Last Thursday and Friday I went to Anglesea with my class.

The best bit was everything!

Camp Wilkin by Conor Donohoe  

Last Thursday and Friday I went to Anglesea with my class. The best bits were going on the balancing course and archery with my class

My Favourite part was Me, Theo and Ollie were talking at night and doing the balancing course.

I would want to go again with my class and have Ollie and Theo with me.

Camp Wilkin by Ollie

Last Thursday and Friday I went to Anglesea with my class. The best bits were when we went on a bike ride around Anglesea and me and Theo and Conor were at the front the whole time (pretty much).  When we got back to our cabin, we had archery I got 22 points in total. When we got back it was dark and Theo brought chips and muesli bars, I brought a big party mix and pringles and pizza shapes. Connor brought a whole bag full of snacks (we nearly ran out of food then Connor saves the day!!!) I had so much fun.

Camp Wilkin by Ruby Moran

Last Thursday and Friday I went to Anglesea with my class.

The best bits were mountain bike riding, flying fox and low ropes.

My favourite was the rock-climbing wall.

I would do EVERYTHING again!

These are the things we did when we were there.

  • Flying fox
  • Archery
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Mountain bike riding 
  • Low ropes

When we finished on day one, we went to get an ice cream and a beach walk.

Camp Wilkin by Theo     

Last Thursday and Friday l went to Anglesea with my class The best bit was mountain bike riding.

Congratulations to our recent student award winners. 

Millicent received the Responsibility Award for being a role model for new members of our school community.

Jenna received the Resilience Award, for when faceed with challenges, she is always willing to have a go and try her best.

SEMESTER ONE REPORTS

SEMESTER ONE REPORTS

Reports will be published on SIMON on Thursday 23rd June.  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 for new families or families who have forgotten their password, please choose the forgot passwords, to set your own password.

If you are having any problems logging in or accessing SIMON, we ask you to contact the office for a password reset as we want to ensure you can access your child’s reports. In addition, the Dojo App will be updated with any important information you need to know.

If you have any concerns about your child's academic progress, please make an appointment to see the teacher directly with them or via the school office.
Teachers are always happy to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress at a mutually convenient time.

The PAM user guide below will help step you through accessing your reports on the 23rd June. 

Flue Vaccination

The flu vaccination is now available free of charge in Victoria.  Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the Better Health Channel. Face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting.
Screening requirements
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation.
Household contacts
Students and staff who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine.
They can return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above, unless they have a valid exemption.

Practise good hygiene
We remind all staff, students and visitors to schools that they should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. Staff should direct or supervise young students where required. Use non-contact greetings (not shaking hands, hugging or kissing). 

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Term Two Dates

Thursday - school lunch orders are available from the Gordon Shop.  Please order and pay on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning and lunches will be delivered to the school at lunchtimes.

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

MONDAY 13th JUNE - QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Monday 13th June -Playgroup will not take place on this PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Scholastic Book Club orders due by 8th June

QUEENS BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY 13th June

Thursday 23rd June - School Production - Doors open at 5.45pm for Pre Performance drinks and nibbles. Take this time to view our photographic exhibition showing the journey to tonight's performance. These can be purchased on the night for a gold coin donation. Door Raffle Prize to be won.  Performance commences at 6.30pm

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

MONDAY 11th July - Pupil Free Day - Staff Planning

TUESDAY 12th JULY - Students resume

FUTURE DATES

Term 3 - School Photos - Tuesday 2nd August.

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News from the Principal

Last Thursday morning we hosted a Biggest Morning Tea and every Cuppa certainly did count! $1,000 was raised and it will be donated as vital funds for those impacted by cancer.

I would like to thank the families for their wonderful support with monetary donations, scrumptious catering, raffle prizes and for the set up and pack up on the day. Coincidentally, it was also National Volunteer week with the 2022 theme of Better Together. We certainly witnessed a great example of that at our morning tea.

"Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone".

We pray for Angela, Aidan, Macy, Rose and Elle, as they continue on their faith journey and prepare for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation.

Last week the Year 3 and 5 students took part in NAPLAN testing. Our teachers would like to thank these students for their hard work and for doing their best.

Our Year 6 students participated in a leadership day with Year 6 students from other rural schools.  It was very worthwhile for all students.

We warmly welcome our new student, Charlotte to the Year 2 class. We also welcome her parents, Nick and Stephanie into St Patrick's school  community.

The Year 3 and 4 class will be participating in their 1 night school camp at Anglesea on Thursday and Friday.  There are many fabulous activities organised for the students to participate in.  We look forward to sharing many photos with you on class dojo.

I wish you all a great week.

Paul McDowell

2022 Biggest Morning Tea

Stawell Gift 

Over the athletics season, Ollie Peoples qualified to compete at the Stawell Gift over the Easter weekend. 

It was an amazing experience with Ollie racing against kids twice his age in the 100 metre sprint and the 400 metre sprint. 

Ollie started on a time handicap of 18 seconds in the 400 metres (this is determined by region and state results through the season). 8 heats with 10 competitors. 

He finished 3rd in his heat and 12th overall in a field of 80 kids, ranging from 9-16 years. He missed out on the final by 2 places, having an amazing day and experience.

We are very proud of Ollie and his wonderful athletic achievements.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS LIGHTENING PREMIERSHIP

Below are photos of our students who participated in the Central Highlands Lightning Premiership at Beaufort on Sunday, 15th of May. 

Well done to all on their great participation.

Administering Medication at School: Tips for Parents

​​If your child needs medications during school hours, it is important to keep in mind the following information.

Actions Before School

  • Ask your pharmacist to divide your child's medication into 2 bottles, each with its own label so that one can be kept at home and one can be kept (if allowed) at the school.

Getting Medicine to School

  • All medication should be transported to the school by an adult and handed to another adult (school staff member). Do not allow your child to carry his or her medication. 

  • Your child should not carry his or her medication during school hours unless you, the doctor, and the school believes it is necessary for immediate access to emergency medication. Children are generally not mature enough to self-carry their own medications, but the school will make sure there is immediate access to emergency medications.

  • All prescription and nonprescription medication (including vitamins) given in school settings require written authorization from your child's doctor, as well as parent written consent. 

  • All medication must be brought to school in the original labeled container prepared by the pharmacy, doctor, or pharmaceutical company (i.e., no envelopes, foil, or baggies). The label should include the following:

    • Child's name

    • Name of medication

    • Dosage of medication to be given

    • Frequency of administration

    • Route of administration

    • Name of physician ordering medication

    • Date of prescription

    • Expiration date

Rapid Antigen Tests
The Department will continue the distribution of rapid antigen test kits directly to schools for use in Term 2, 2022. It is recommended that students are tested twice a week.
Tests are provided in packs of 5 individual tests. Packs will be sent home with your child. 
Families should continue to conduct the tests at home with all students and must report any positive test results to the school and the Department of Health.
Tests should be conducted twice weekly, on days that suit families – no particular days are prescribed.
If staff or students receive a positive test result at any time, they must report this through the Department of Health system (Rapid antigen tests | Coronavirus Victoria) or via the coronavirus hotline at 1800 675 398.
Students (or their parents) must also report a positive result to their school, either through the COVID Test portal or by phone or written notification; this is so the school can support them, record that they will be absent while in 7-day isolation, and let the rest of the school community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms.
Practise good hygiene
We remind all staff, students and visitors to schools that they should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. Staff should direct or supervise young students where required.
Use non-contact greetings (not shaking hands, hugging or kissing). 

What to do if your child gets sick

To help keep your child and our school community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms:

• take a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown

• keep your child at home until their symptoms pass

• common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired

• diagnosis of the flu can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab

• encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and
mouth when sneezing and coughing.

COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.
Flu vaccination
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over. Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19
vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the Better Health Channel. 

eSafety kids conversation starters
Cyber safety is taught at school integrated throughout the curriculum. Importantly, as with all learning it is a partnership with home. We know that as parents managing
the ever-changing face of the online world your children are exposed to is challenging to keep up with. It is important to keep the conversations going around the use of Technology in your household. The full document can be found on the link below with https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/resources#informationsheets

UNIFORMS

As the weather becomes more unpredictable, we would very much appreciate your
children packing a set of spare clothes in their school bag so that wet or muddy clothes
can be changed at school. Slippers to wear in the classroom would also alleviate the
tracking of mud onto carpets; these can stay at school so that they are available every
day. We ask that children take their school shoes off in the shoe room on entry into the school building.

Please ensure that ALL school uniforms are clearly named and please check your child's clothing to make sure that they have their own uniforms. 

Dear Families,

Please book your tickets on the link below for the upcoming school production on Thursday 23rd June.

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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.

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

Wednesday 25 May - Netball tournament

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

Thursday 26 May - Senior boys playing football in a combined team with St Alipius

School Assembly - Friday 27th May at 3:10 pm.

Monday 30th May - Playgroup in our school hall.

Scholastic Book Club orders due by 8th June

QUEENS BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY 13th June

Thursday 23rd June - School Production.

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

FUTURE DATES

Term 3 - School Photos - Tuesday 2nd August.

The above link will take your to Issue 4 of the Scholastic Book Club.  If you would prefer a hard copy, please contact the school office.

Please order by the 8th June.

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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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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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News from the Principal

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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News from the Principal

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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