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 2nd September 2021

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Newsletter for 2nd September 2021

Dear Parents,

I would like to wish all of the Dad’s a very happy Father’s Day on Sunday.  Events such as Father’s Day allow us to take the time to reflect upon those very special people that are in our lives.  Unfortunately, the circumstances will again be difficult this year as we are locked down, however, we can be thankful that we live in age where technology allows us to remain connected, even when we cannot physically be together.

2022 Enrolments

If you know of anyone looking to enrol their child at St Pat’s for 2022 please encourage them to contact the school Office on 5943-9000.

RUOK Day / Wellbeing Day Thursday 9th September

Next Thursday is RUOK Day, as a response to this we will be organising a wellbeing day for the students.  As the lockdown has impacted us all in different ways we would like to take the time to move away from the screens and give the students a break from the usual remote learning program. The staff have put together a grid of mindfulness activities for your children to take part in.   A letter will be distributed to all families tomorrow and your child’s teacher will give your child further information during the class Google Meets.

2022 Parent Requests

The process of planning for 2022 has begun.  As per last year any parents who have any special requests will need to put them in writing and email them to by Monday the 11th of October. 

Please note that requests from last year, or any other previous year, will not be considered as circumstances change.  We are blessed at St Patrick’s to have a professional and committed staff that plan together to ensure that the same learning opportunities are afforded to the students regardless of what class they are in, so please do not request individual teachers.

All requests will be given the appropriate consideration; however, it is not a guarantee.

First Communion and Confirmation

The Parish is still awaiting the easing of restrictions before new dates can be organised for the Sacraments.   Noleen Chalmers (REL) will inform families of the new dates once they have been arranged.  If you have any questions please email Noleen

Remote Learning / Onsite Restrictions

Again, I remind families that to restrict movement and keep us all as safe as we can strict requirements are in place for students to attend school.   The school will be open for the very few students of essential workers who meet the following criteria;

  • Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made.
  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • Children experiencing vulnerability, including: in out-of-home care, deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • Identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
  • Where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress.

If you are one of the few families who need to send your child(ren) to school, you must have completed your intention to send your child(ren) to St Patrick’s Primary form that was distributed to families supported by your essential worker permit form. This will enable us to ensure that we have sufficient staff on duty to supervise students in attendance.

Please note that if you choose to send your child(ren) to school, your child(ren) will be supervised whilst undertaking the Remote Schooling program which has been designed by our school.  As such, your child will be undertaking the same program as those children learning at home.

Classroom Google Meets operating between 9.30-11.30am and 1.00-3.00pm each day.  On Wednesday the Specialist Google Meets will continue as they have been. Once again, all work will be uploaded to Google Classroom. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child(ren’s) classroom teacher.  We ask that parents remain within the vicinity of where their children are on the Google Meets.

In addition, I wish to advise you that your child(ren)’s teacher will not be supervising your child(ren) on-site, but will continue to support your child through the Remote Schooling program as previously advised to you.

The following COVID Restrictions remain in place when anyone visits the school site;

  • Masks are required to be worn by parents at all times when in the school.
  • The limited number of children at school must be dropped off and collected from the Church carline.
  • Please communicate with staff via phone or email.
  • The Office is physically closed to all but essential visitors, however, contact can be made by phone 5943-9000 or email  
  • 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 and asked to gain a medical clearance or negative COVID test before they return to school.
  • Bubble taps are operational at school.
  • An ample amount of sports equipment will be provided at school so we ask that students do not bring equipment from home.


If families are experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact Fil in the school office via email to discuss the situation, as the school may be able to offer some assistance.








Liam 1MT, Jordell 4T, Aden 1W, Mitch 1MT, Aaron 2V, Akon 6L, Scarlett 2G, Sebastian 4T, Dylan 4D, Aluk PrF, Maddie PrC



Friday - All Term

  Assembly - Cancelled for Lockdown

Thursday 9th September 2021

 RU OK Day! 

Friday 17th September 

 End of Term 3

PSG Meetings. Bookings open!

If you received an email asking you to book a PSG meeting please, book this via your PAM account.  If you are having trouble please contact the school office and they will be able to assist you.  Also, please note that not all students will be required to have a PSG this term, please email Meg if you have any queries.

"Emerging Minds is dedicated to advancing the mental health of Australian children, with free online courses, programs and resources."   


Please read the article below in regards to talking to children about COVID.

Things are hard right now and if you need to talk about it or would just like to read some information on how to look after ourselves and our children, the following services will help you and articles will help you. 

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. 


Virtual Active Club e-challenge

Is remembering to keep their daily tally!!!  

Results are due in by Tuesday 7th September!

Students have been sent a google form, via the PE google classroom to fill in. Please remind them to do this. 

They will need to submit the form to me so that I can add up the WHOLE SCHOOL’S Remote Active Club distance.  I will publish the results in next weeks newsletter.


Mrs Breeden

2G had a fun day dressing up for Book Week last week.  Below are some photos. 

The Grade 4 students have been busy during remote learning and below is a sample of the work they have been doing. 

First Communion - Cancelled again
The First Communion has been cancelled again.   New dates to be confirmed. 

Confirmation - Postponed 
21st August 2pm and 6pm.   Confirmation masses have been postponed & we shall inform families of the new date/s once the Parish knows more.
Noleen Chalmers
Religious Education Leader.



Sacrament Dates for 2021

Confirmation - Grade 6 Students

21st August 2pm and 6pm - Confirmation Masses - postponed

Reconciliation - Grade 3 Students

14th October - Parent Workshop

20th and 21st October - Reconciliation 

Have you set up your PAM account yet!

PSG meetings Term 3 - Please book your meeting time via PAM!

From the start of 2022 PAM will be our main form of communication.  All emails, Student Attendance, Sick Bay notes, School Reports, commonly used forms, excursion/camp permission notes and Family Learning conversations, will all be communicated via PAM.  

A new app (SimonEverywhere) will soon be available to download to allow easy acces to PAM but for now please save the PAM log on screen to the home page of your device or bookmark it in your browser.  

Access PAM via this link   Link to PAM 

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 will provide 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 will all be accessed via PAM.

Parents will be able to easily book Parent Teacher interviews through PAM, and access teacher email addresses. 

PAM accounts are linked via your email address that we have in our systems.  If you have recently changed your email  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,

PAM Instructions

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. 

Please remember to update your contact details and any relevant medical details for your child.  

This can be either done via Operoo or contacting the school office.

The medical profile section of PAM has also now been turned on.   Please update this at your convenience.  We will still be using Operoo for any medical issues until the end of this year but as of the start of next year we will be moving to PAM for all communication and medical needs. 



Operoo is still our main platform for communication!  All correspondence will continue to go via the Operoo email platform.  In most cases it will be in Operoo that you will first be notified of any upcoming excursions or events.  Most of these events must first be approved before they appear on any calendar.  

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.  

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.  

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 are responsible for organising many school community activities such as the Mother's and Father's Day stalls, discos, and the school’s major fundraising event, and the bi-annual School Fete.
Thank you
P&F Committee 

The current committee is as follows: 

Morwenna Harder - President
Karen Duiker - Vice President
Amy Condon - Treasurer
Tanya Fernandes - Secretary

Uncoming Events
Fathers Day Stall   - 26th August  - Cancelled
*All Events have been cancelled for this term due to COVID restrictions*