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 17th September 2020

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Newsletter for 17th September 2020

Dear Parents,

Thanks to everyone for your assistance and support throughout the term, it has not been easy due to COVID.  I hope that all families take the opportunity to relax over the holiday period and enjoy spending time together without the pressure of home schooling.

School Return  

I have included a letter with this newsletter pertaining to school return dates and an outline of procedures for next term.

Essentially, they will be very similar procedures to what we had to employ last time we returned from Remote Learning and any changes will be emailed to you. 

I remind parents that the first week of Term 4 (5th – 9th October) remains as Remote Schooling and the eligibility for the very few students to attend onsite is exactly the same as it is now.  Grades P-2 return on Monday the 12th of October and the return date for Grades 3-6 is subject to further health advice.

Staffing Updates

Congratulations to Anna Viney who has been appointed as Deputy Principal commencing next year.  Anna will do an excellent job and she is very much looking forward to the opportunity ahead of her.  As mentioned previously, Rosa has chosen to step down at the end of this year and wants a classroom role for next year.  Anna will be taking over from her.

A huge congratulations from all of us to Emily MacGibbon (formerly Hatley-Smith) and Emily Talbot who have announced that they are pregnant.  We wish them all the very best during this most exciting time of their lives.

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 tomorrow,  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 today for Week One Term 4 and those that meet the criteria need to return the form by 12.00pm tomorrow (Friday 18th).  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.


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 tomorrow, 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. 

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 today 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.


I hope that all families have a relaxing break and we look forward to working with you again in Term 4.






Taite 1IM, Emmy 2LM, Harrison PNC, Wilson 2TA, Alexander 3RS, Claire 4RD, Wallace PGW, Alexandra 1IM, Peter 4ET, Benjamin 1DD, Montana 3KG, Shriya 4EM, Van Biak 4SM, Vivian 4SM, Victoria 3AT, Sebit 1DD, Xavier 4EM, Nate 4ET, Nelson 5NB, Ella 3KG, Bridie 3KG, Mitchell 6LR, Cierra 5NB, Isabella 6JT, Thomas 4SM, Harlow 3RS, Elliott 5BC, Joseph 6LR, Monica 4ET, Ngun 4SM, Paramie 2JM.



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! 


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

Friday 23rd October 2020

Public Holday - Friday before Grand Final

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

Hello! It’s your school vice captain here, I’d like to tell you all what I have been doing at home, I’ve been using a lot of technology, doing class work, drawing and practicing katas (forms) at home, and remember to stay safe everyone! - Acer

Hi St Patrick’s school,

I hope you are all good and having fun during remote learning.

I have been playing basketball during lockdown and been making crafts.

Hope you all have a great holiday.

Stay safe and have a great day


From Henry 1DD:

How to Make a Love Never Lies Potion 

You Will Need: A bottle. A heart and a splash potion.

1.  Get a bottle.

2. Get a heart and put it in the bottle.

3. Get a splash potion.

4. Splash a splash of splash potion into the bottle.

5. Mix the heart with the splash of the splash potion.

6. Now your Love Never Lies Potion is done.



How to Make a Potion. 

By Noah (1DD)


You will need; a glass bottle, bricks, cubes of salt, cauldron, blue pants, green top and water, fire and a wish. 


Step 1: Put the cauldron on the ground on top of the fire and put the bricks and salt cubes in. 

Step 2: Then put the water and the clothes in and stir it up. 

Step 3: Then make a wish   

Step 4: put the potion into the glass bottle and drink it. 

You will be a minecraft character and see things pixelated. It will last about 5 days.

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.