St Patrick's Primary School Pakenham
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136 Princes Highway
Pakenham VIC 3810

Phone: 03 5943 9000


"That they may all be one, as you Father, are in me and I am in you"


Newsletter for 10th September 2020

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Newsletter for 10th September 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s.  Whilst it was under very different circumstances to normal this year I hope that you had the opportunity to enjoy the company of your immediate family and connect with relatives in some way.

    School Return Dates Letter / Sacraments Letter

    Please ensure that you read the detailed letter accompanying this newsletter regarding the proposed return to school dates for students at St Pat’s.  As you would be aware this is a rapidly changing environment and if we have to alter the proposed dates we will be in touch with parents as soon as possible.

    Annette Tanner (Religious Education Leader) has also provided a letter to parents outlining the arrangements that have had to be put into place for the 2020 Sacramental Program due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    2021 Planning

    If parents have any genuine requests for grade selection next year that they please put that in writing and email it to by Friday the 9th of October (end of Week One Term Four).  Requests forwarded after this date will not be considered. Please note that whilst this is a request, and it will be taken into consideration, it is not a guarantee.  

    Who is teaching where next year has not been decided yet so please do not request teachers.  At St Pat’s we work collaboratively together to ensure that they same content is delivered at each level regardless of the teacher.

    Learning Pack Courier Distribution - September 18th


    Learning Packs will continue to be distributed to parents in both an electronic and hard copy format, our next delivery will be Friday, September the 18th.    We ask that parents are patient with the delivery of the packs as the courier has 296 families that they need to get around to. A reminder that the distribution of the packs will be contactless and they will be left at your front door.  

    Week One of Term 4 (5th – 9th of October) remains as remote learning.  These packs that will be delivered will be for Weeks One and Two of Term 4.  Please store them carefully over the holiday period and P-2 will need to bring them to school if they return on the proposed date of Monday the 12th of October.

    Once we have some more clarity around the return to school of 3-6 students we will be in communication with parents regarding the distribution of future packs.  A big thanks again to all of the staff for their efforts preparing the Learning Packs.  It is very much appreciated.

    Tightened Criteria Continues for Onsite Attendance due to Stage 4 Restrictions

    Under Stage 4 Restrictions there are a very limited number of students that are eligible to be onsite.  This is so that staff numbers at school are at a minimum to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  The majority of staff will be working from home.  The Intention Form with the criteria was sent out to families yesterday and those that meet the criteria need to return the form by 12.00pm tomorrow (Friday 11th).  Parents are required to provide their updated Permitted Worker Permit to support their application.

    2021 Foundation (Prep) Enrolments

    We are now taking 2021 Foundation enrolments.  If you need enrolment forms, or know of someone else who does, can you please request them at

    Unfortunately during this pandemic we cannot take tours or hold large gatherings, however, we are holding meetings over the phone with those that inquire.

    Foundation (Prep) Information Night Tuesday 6th October 7.00pm and Transition Dates

    Our Foundation Information Night will be a Google Meet on Tuesday the 6th of October at 7.00pm.  At this meeting we will run through the procedures that need to be in place between now and next year.  The invite to the meet will be sent to all enrolled families via email.  If any parents are unable to access a Google Meet please phone the school on 5943-9000 and we will organise a time for a phone conversation.

    We will be providing four transition dates for the children this year.  The dates and times are as follows;

    • Monday 19th October – 9.30-10.30am.
    • Tuesday 27th October – 9.30-10.30am.
    • Wednesday 11th November 9.30-11.00am.
    • Thursday 19th November – 9.30-11.30am.



    Warning:  This section of the newsletter contains information and content related to suicide.

    The online safety and wellbeing of our children and adolescents is critical. Please be aware that currently on the widely accessed TikTok platform, there is a clip that commences with a man with a beard and long hair. We understand the clip may also be embedded with other clips (such as kittens and other animals) but this is unconfirmed.  What follows immediately without warning is highly disturbing content related to suicide. As a result, many adults and young people across the world have accidently watched the footage.  Please speak to your children and advise them to avoid looking at TikTok while the organisation works to remove it.  We understand this video may have also been shared to other platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. We strongly recommend that neither you as parents or students view this clip. We are alerting you to this, not to alarm but to inform families, as viewing these images may have a serious and negative impact on young minds.

    Some steps you can take:

    • Speak to your children about the issue and encourage them to stay off social media for the next couple of days.
    • Chat to them about people they can talk to if they do see disturbing images online either now or in the future.
    • If they have seen the clip, encourage them to talk to you about what they have seen, then assist them to seek assistance if needed.

     If you have any concerns we are here to support you. If your child requires support and assistance, please contact the school. There are also other excellent services available for support, online chat, telephone support and information.



    Beyond Blue

    Kidshelpline      1800 551 800

    Lifeline        13 11 14

    eSafety commissioner

    Remote Learning Procedures

    Below are the major points regarding what we are implementing;

    • We are governed under the direction of the State Government. Stage 4 Restrictions mean that the majority of our children will learn remotely.
    • Parents need to contact the school if your child is unwell and not attending remotely.
    • Teachers will communicate with all families at least once per week. Parents are welcome to contact teachers electronically at any time during the hours of 8.30am-4.00pm.  All staff emails are listed in the Remote Learning Handbook that has previously been emailed to parents. Classroom enquiries are to be emailed to the teachers.
    • The Office will not be physically open, please call 5943-9000 or email enquiries to and a member of the Office staff will get back to you.
    • The students will be participating in video’s and Google Meets with the teachers. Your child’s classroom teacher will contact you weekly to inform when your meetings are scheduled.
    • Learning Packs will be sent by courier to all families on Friday the 18th of September. A reminder that all work is also provided electronically.
    • After receiving feedback from parents during the last remote period regarding submitted work tasks we are asking that families submit up to three tasks per week that the children are proud of. It is not an assessment task. This can be as simple as taking a photo of the work and emailing it in. 
    • All camps and excursions are cancelled for Term Three.

     For the very few children that will be attending school the following procedures are in place;

    • If you are one of the few families that fit the criteria to allow your child to be onsite during this period you must complete the Intention Form sent out each week regarding your child’s attendance. The form was sent out yesterday and needs to be returned by 12.00pm tomorrow. A Permitted Worker Permit must be provided to support your application.
    • All children attending the site will be temperature checked upon arrival and will need to be picked up if they are reading 37.5 and above.
    • Children that are sick in any way must stay at home.
    • Children need to wear full school uniform and bring snack and lunch as usual.
    • Every child must have their own drink bottle, bubble taps are switched off.
    • The learning pack sent home must come into the school as the work they will be completing at school is exactly the same as they would be doing remotely.
    • Pick up and drop off is from the Church car park only and parents are not to leave their cars.
    • Children can attend from 8.45am – 3.10pm.
    • The school will be running a skeleton staff so your child will not be supervised by their normal classroom teacher.
    • Staff will be wearing masks and PPE at certain times when it is appropriate.
    • If families are being tested for COVID the children must remain home until a negative test result is received.
    • Out of School Hours Care is available only for the children who meet the criteria to be onsite.


    Please contact Fil at the Office if your family circumstances have changed for a confidential discussion regarding your fees.






    Rachel 5BC, Zac 3AT, Beaulah 3AT, Max 3AT, Raphael 6JT, Par Tha 2JM, Anjalia 4ET, Leonardo PJK, Deng 5NB, Josh 5TA



    Friday - every week On Site school attendance forms due in for students of permitted workers

    Friday 18th September 2020

    Remote Learning packs (for Term 4) - Delivered to families homes via courier.  No school pick up! 

    TERM 4 

    Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October 2020

    Remote schooling continues

    Tuesday 6th October 2020

    Foundation/Prep 2021 information night 7pm via Google Meet.

    Monday 12 October 2020

    Foundation (Prep) to Grade 2 Students will return to face to face classroom.

    Monday 19th October 2020

    Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day       9.30am - 10.30am

    Monday 26 October 2020

    Estimated return to Classroom learning for Grade 3 - 6

    Tuesday 27th October 2020

    Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day       9.30am - 10.30am

    Wednesday 11th November 2020

    Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day       9.30am - 11.00am

    Thursday 19th November 2020

    Foundation/Prep 2021 Transition Day       9.30am - 11.30am

    If any families are struggling at this time and would like to reach out for a chat or support please contact Meg Escalante, our Wellbeing officer, via email on  You can also see the leaflet below from the Be You website which has contact numbers for you to call. 


    As we are now approaching Term 4 we are optimistic that there will be many opportunities for positive transitions. We’ve gathered some useful resources below to assist in creating smooth transitions across multiple settings, including moving from online back to onsite learning.


    Fact Sheets:

    Please explore factsheets related to transition here.

    Articles (for parents, also relevant to educators):

    Back to school anxiety during COVID

    Modifications for distance learning.

    Managing your own anxiety during school reopening

    Recorded in-focus Webinars:

    Transitions: preparing for the primary to secondary school transitional phase

    Transitions: preparing children and young people for change



    Dad Jokes!! 


    Why did the math problem look so sad?

    Because of all its problems.


    What did the slow tomato say to the others?

    Don't worry; I'll ketchup.


    Why don't eggs tell jokes?

    They'd crack each other up



    Hello!! Your School captains here! We’d like to check in with everyone to see how everybody is going.

    As captains we’d like to share some things with you like what we’ve been doing at home.

    Vaughan: I’ve been drawing lots because  half my wall is covered in pictures.



    I have also been watching lots of Anime! I also liked my tasks throughout the weeks I got to make a literacy pizza.

     Which I did on the Anime and Manga “Fairy tail” I have enjoyed doing the tasks set for me by my teacher. Now onto Sui and the other school captains!!

    During lock-down, I’ve been playing badminton with my family. Sui


    St Patrick's School, joining the global Christian family in caring for creation.

    The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

    The season starts 1 September, the day of Prayer for Creation and ends 4 October the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

    Link to St Patrick's Parish Facebook post

    Please fill in the attached form if you require your child/ren to attend school next week.  Please note this form must be sent in by 12pm Friday with your updated worker permit/s.

    We hope you are enjoying our new e-newsletter and website.  With our new look also comes a new app.  Over the next couple of months we will stop using our current Skoolbag app and start using our new Szapp.   So no one misses out on any important information we will use both until 30th October.  Please make sure you have installed the new app by then.  

     Follow the installation guide below to install the new app on your smart devices.  

    Dear Parent/Guardian,   



    By now you would of realised that Care Monkey has changed there name to Operoo so all the correspondance you would have recived from the Care Monkey Administrator is now Operoo Administrator.   When you log in to Care Monkey you will be redirected to the Operoo webpage but please update your bookmarks and links as soon as you can.   The way the program looks and the way you use it hasn't changed.  


    Please remember to update any details in Operoo, for example change of address or phone number,  this will send us a message that your details have changed and we are then able to update our database.