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 29th April 2021

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Newsletter for 29th April 2021

Dear Parents,

Anzac Day is celebrated every year on the 25th April. This is a day we hold special in our hearts where we take the time to thank the brave women and men who fought in wars gone past. Last year, many families gathered to remember this special time in their driveways. Thankfully this year, a small but important group of ex-service


men and their families were able to march to the Shrine of Remembrance and to reflect upon the sacrifices made so we can enjoy the freedoms of today.

I believe that days such as this are important to discuss with our children about why we celebrate events like Anzac Day. Nothing in life comes easily. We need to work hard, be brave and take risks. We ride out the highs and lows that life sends our way and become stronger and better people for it.   

Staff Professional Development

This week, Tuesday the 27th of April, St Patrick’s staff underwent professional development in Sexuality Education in the Catholic School. This was a fantastic opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the new aspect of the Religious Education Curriculum the teachers will be delivering to the students.

It also has assisted the classroom teachers in their forward planning and to ensure a clear and sensible approach to this topic.

The teachers also took part in a Webinar on Essential Assessment. Essential Assessment is “A smart and differentiated online assessment and curriculum model that diagnostically assesses each student and provides them with aligned curriculum to grow each students’ knowledge from their current understanding.” This program allows for teachers to really hone in on where the students are at in terms of their Literacy and Numeracy skills.

School Assemblies-Friday 2.30-3.00pm PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

We welcome the resumption of school Assemblies this week where we can gather as a school. Due to COVID restrictions, parents are unable to attend the assemblies in person, however you will be able to join us online and to watch the Assembly from work or home. In order to join online, please click on the following link Link for Assembly  and your request will be accepted by the school.

There will be a different link each week as we are allowing external parties into the Google Meet. Having a different link each week means we can monitor them and keep our Google Meets safe.

Tomorrow, Friday the 30th April, our Social Justice Leaders Sophie Langen, Kody McLaren, Deng Ngeu and Phoebe Aivaliotis, will be presenting to the school some video clips around Anti-Bullying. These clips will be accompanied by questions that will be discussed after each clip is shown. These students in grade 6 have been a pleasure to work with and they have been very enthusiastic in getting this project together.

This week, the Social Justice Leaders have also been selling Anzac Day badges to our school Community. We thank them for their work in promoting this.

Any students returning from WA from and including the 24th of April are to contact the office before returning to school.

First Holy Communion

This weekend marks the beginning of our First Holy Communion masses. The masses take place over several weekends. These dates are as follows:

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May

Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th May.

The Saturday masses are 6-7pm and the Sunday masses are 10.30-11.30am

Families are advised to be at the church at least 20 minutes before the masses begin so the ceremony can begin on time.

District Cross Country- Friday 7th May

This will be held next Friday at Toomuc Reserve. Spectators are welcome but must abide by social distancing rules and must NOT enter the course or school’s area at any time.

The area designated is on the east side of the junior football oval (creek side).

Be aware that there is NO SHELTER.

Parking is available on the west side of the main oval. NO PARKING at the junior oval or Athletics track.

Staffing News-Tutor Learning Program

The Tutor Learning Program is a $250m initiative that will support Victorian Government schools and non-government schools to support learning following the period of remote and flexible learning. A level of funding will be provided in the 2021 school year to all Catholic Victorian primary and secondary schools, including specialist schools. Funding is to be allocated exclusively to tutor staffing.

Anna Viney and myself are currently conducting interviews to employ a new teacher who will be coming on board our staff as part of this program. We hope to appoint someone in the coming weeks and they will be working alongside classroom teachers to plan and support our students.

Jennifer White, one of our current Education Support Officers has also been employed as a tutor and she will be working with our grade 5 teachers and students. Jen has been an employee, as well as former parent of our school, for many years and she is currently undertaking her teaching degree. Jen has been working with students from different year levels in the Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program. She will continue in this role as well.


The Avenue carpark continues to is be very congested and does not cope well with parents parking and walking into the school.  If you are wanting to park and come onto the grounds, it is our preference that you please use the Church Carpark.

We ask parents to be good role models to their children and to display common sense and safety when moving through the car parks both at the beginning and end of the day.

Equipment from Home

Please note that there is an ample amount of sports equipment provided at school so we ask that students do not bring equipment or toys from home. Having students only use the equipment provided at school ensures that we can adhere to COVID safe cleaning requirements.

2022 Foundation (Prep) Tours

We are currently taking Foundation enrolments and running 2022 Foundation (Prep) Tours by appointment.  If you know of anyone considering St Pat’s for their child please ask them to call the school Office on 5943-9000 and book a tour.


COVID Procedures

I remind parents that the following procedures are in place for the safety of all;

  • Masks are not required to be worn by parents at all times when in the school, only in situations where you are unable to social distance.
  • Parents wishing to come into the grounds to drop off or collect their children must scan the QR code on the way in and wait out the front of the classroom. Please do not enter the rooms and social distance whilst waiting.  You must limit your visit to less than 15 minutes, gates open at 3pm at the end of the day.
  • Parents waiting for children in the pick-up lines need to ensure that their children know which carpark to go to.
  • If you do park your car you must walk over and collect your child. Please do not call for your children to walk across to your car unaccompanied. 
  • Meetings with staff are by appointment only. Any parent that is going to be in the school for more than 15 minutes needs to sign on and complete the COVID form at the Office.
  • Please communicate with staff via phone or email.
  • The Office is open if required, however, please observe the density limits (maximum of 6 people). It is preferable to phone or email if possible rather than come to the Office.
  • All extra cleaning and hand hygiene that was in place is still being adhered to.
  • Please do not send food items to share with others when it is your child’s birthday as they cannot be handed out.
  • If your child is sick, or displaying symptoms, please keep them at home. Children that present as sick or displaying symptoms at school will be sent home.
  • Bubble taps are operational at school.

Important Dates for Your Diary

  • First Communion Masses will run each weekend in May-see dates above.
  • Friday 7th May - District Cross Country
  • Friday 7th May- Grade 1 excursion to Healesville Sanctuary
  • 11th-21st May – NAPLAN.
  • Thursday 10th -Friday 11th June Grade 3 camp
  • Monday 14th June – Queens Birthday. No school.
  • Friday 25th June – Term Two concludes / Reports distributed.

Camp Dates 2021

  • Year 3 – 10th – 11th June Camp CYC Adanac, Yarra Junction.
  • Year 4 – 14th – 16th July CYC The Island, Phillip Island.
  • Year 5 – 4th- 6th August Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.
  • Year 6 – 15th – 19th November Lady Northcote Camp, Glenmore.


2021 Fees have now been distributed to all families.  Included in these fee statements are the camp levies.  Please contact Fil at if you have any issues or concerns.




Meg and Anna





Dominic 1M, Ella 2G, Rebekah 3S, Lucy Lui 1MT, Nyabour PrM, Julius 3S, Alyssa 4D, Archie 3S, Mckenzi PrC, Zoe PrC, Isabella 5RS, Jacob 3S, Quinnlan 5TA



Friday 7th May 2021 

Gr 1 Excursion

Friday 7th May 2021

District Cross Country - Selected Students

Tuesday 11th - Friday 21st May 2021


Monday 31st May - 11th June 2021

Gr 2 Swimming Program

Thursday 10th - Friday 11th June 2021

Grade 3 Camp

Monday 14th June 2021

Queens B'day public holiday

Friday 25th June 2021

Term Two concludes / Reports distributed

District Cross Country

Regarding spectators for District Cross:
Spectators are welcome but must abide by social distancing rules and must not enter the course or schools area at any time.
The area designated is on the east side of the junior football oval (creekside). Be aware that there is NO SHELTER. Parking is available on the west side of the main oval. NO PARKING at the junior oval or Aths track.

The First of our First Eucharist masses are this weekend.  Please remember these children in your prayers. 

Families are advised to be at the church at least 20 minutes before the masses begin so the ceremony can begin on time.



Sacrament Dates for 2021

First Holy Communion - Grade 4 and Grade 5 Students

Communion Masses - Every Saturday and Sunday in May - Booking details have been sent out via Operoo. 

Confirmation - Grade 6 Students

22nd July - Parent Workshop

31st July - 1st August - Enrolment Masses

7th and 8th August - Formation Masses

14th and 15th August - Formation Masses

20th and 21st August - Confirmation Masses

Reconciliation - Grade 3 Students

14th October - Parent Workshop

20th and 21st October - Reconciliation 

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Book club catalogue's went home this week!   Orders are due in by Friday 14th May.   All orders must be done on line via the scholastic web site.  

Please see the flyer below for instructions on how to order.   Cash payments will not be accepted!

Some photos from our Gr2 Incursion. 

The Be You website has some great articles about anxiety.  Please see the link below. 

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 visit the Be You website which has contact numbers for you to call. 


St Patrick's P & F (Parents and Friends Committee) offers parents opportunities to meet each other and to become involved with the school through school events and fundraising activities.
The P&F is responsible for the Second Hand Uniform Shop and fun food days. We also organise many school community activities such as the Mother's and Father's Day stalls, discos, and the school’s major fundraising event, the bi-annual School Fete.
Our current fundraising event is:

Mother’s Day Stall 

Thanks to the Mum's who came and helped out at the stall today.  It was great seeing the kids come through excited about what they were going to buy. 

Congratulations to our Mother's Day Stall Raffle Winners:

1st Prize - Ashtyn 2G

2nd Prize - Ms Fraser

3rd Prize - Xavier 5SA

Thank you, 

P&F Committee 

Have you installed the new SZapp?   

Skoolbag is no longer being used, install SZapp now! 

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


 Grade 1 Students have an excursion next week.  If you havent already please check your Operoo account and give permission for your child to attend.  Otherwise they will miss out. 

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.

Don't forget to upload your child's hayfever letters including symptoms specific to your child!

If you have any problems using Operoo, please call into the school office preferably on a Monday, Thursday or Friday and we will be able to help you.  

Please keep an eye on your accounts as we will have lots of activities coming up this term. 

Paddy's Kitchen's purpose is to make a difference in people's lives, by providing a fresh, nutritious meal in a friendly environment.  Paddy's Kitchen serves every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from St Patrick's Pakenham, Parish hall.  Dinner at 6pm


Next Dinners:

2nd May, 16th May, 6th June, 20th June, 4th July

Paddy’s Kitchen is an outreach program initiated by the parishioners of St. Patrick’s Church, Pakenham, to serve our community.
Students, staff and parents of St Patrick’s school have been playing an important role to reach out to the community by volunteering to help with cooking, serving and cleaning.  As one of the team leaders of Paddy’s’ Kitchen, I would like to invite the parents and friends of St Patrick’s school to be involved and assist to reach out to our beautiful Pakenham community.
Through this program, our school community makes it evident that, ‘The person is not only sacred but also social. Moreover, we believe we have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially poor and vulnerable people.’

Please email me if you have any questions with how you can be a part of Paddy’s Kitchen.
Tresa Andrews

SIMON -  a Learning Management Software solution for schools.

St Patrick’s Primary school is now using SIMON in the classroom to keep track of your child’s progress and learning as well as attendance.  SIMON will also be used for School Reports and Student Wellbeing.


PAM, SIMON’s Parent Access Module

PAM (Parent Access Module) is our new Parent to School communication platform.   PAM provides real time access to keep parents updated with their children’s progress, important dates and messages. Relevant resources – calendar events, student reports, parent notified absences, absence data and sick bay notes can all be accessed via PAM.

Parents can easily book Parent Teacher interviews through PAM, and access teacher email addresses. 


Parents would have received an email from on Friday 5th March that contains instructions and a link for them to click on.  Please check your JUNK or SPAM mailbox if you do not receive this email.  PAM accounts are linked via your email address that we have in our systems.  If you have recently changed your email or you can not find the email sent on Friday please call or email us on

Click on the 'forget password' link to set your password and then verify your email address.  (Email addresses must be verified for PAM to work properly).  Once your email is verified, your email can be used as the username for your account.

Once you have successfully logged in, you can save PAM to your homescreen on your device.

If you have any issues or need help with PAM please contact the school via email,

Parent Notified Absences via PAM

Once you have PAM set up and saved to your home screen you can easily send in Parent Notified absences.   Please use this platform going forward as this automatically syncs with the class roll.   This will fix the issues of receiving SMS notifications even though you had already notified the school. 

To assist your decision making in relation to your child's education for 2022 and beyond, please find below a link to the 136 page March 2021 edition of the Catholic Education Guide.