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 16th September 2021

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Newsletter for 16th September 2021

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, being in lockdown is not the way anyone wanted to end the term. We have dearly missed having the students onsite.  As a parent of three school age children myself (grades 2, 5 & Year 7) I completely understand the challenges of remote schooling for families. I hope that you all enjoy a well-earned break over the holidays.  Whilst we are all unable to do that much or go away, we are able to spend time together as a family without the pressure of completing the allocated learning tasks.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of the staff for the efforts they have again put in this term.  Their willingness to be flexible and adapt to the challenges has been outstanding.  I hope that they enjoy a relaxing break. 

A reminder that school concludes for all students (including those onsite) at 2.10pm on Friday.  Please note that there will only be a 9.30am Google Meet on Friday. 

At the time of writing this newsletter I am unsure as to what the restrictions will be for the commencement of Term 4.  We will be in communication with all families as soon as we are aware. School resumes on Monday the 4th of October.

Term 4 - Sun Protection Policy 

In accordance with our Sun Protection Policy, which is avaialbe to view on our website, all students and staff are to wear a suitable, broad rim hat in Term 4.  Those not wearing a hat will be directed to a shaded area protected from the sun.    

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 or email

Footy Day Tomorrow – Friday the 17th September (last day of Term 3)

Tomorrow (Friday) will be our Footy Day.  Students are encouraged to wear their footy colours on the Google Meets and those few students that are onsite can also wear their footy colours.  The staff will organise footy related activities for the children to enjoy.  As this is the last day of Term 3 school will conclude at 2.10pm for all students.  There will only be a morning Google Meet on this day.

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

Reimbursement for Activities Not Undertaken

Currently we have rescheduled many activities that have been missed throughout the year for Term 4.  At this stage we are hopeful that they will go ahead.  If they cannot proceed parents will be reimbursed the cost.

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.

Classroom Google Meets operate 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 and that parents please support their children to submit the required tasks for each learning area, including specialists.

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.

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.


I hope that all families enjoy a relaxing holiday and we look forward to working with you all again next term.





Josh 6R, Emmy 3S, Harrison 1O, Wilson 3M, Alexander 4D, Wallace 1MT, Alex 2G, Alexandra 2V, Rebecca PrC, Peter 5RS, Benjamin 2DG, Montana 4M, Shriya 5TA, Van Biak 5SA, Vivian 5SA, Victoria 4D, Sebit 2DG, David 1MT, Xavier 5SA, Nate 5SA, Nelson 6L, Noah PrC, Cierra 6L, Thomas 5SA, Harlow 4D, Elliot 6L, Monica 5RS, Sui 5RS, Christina 4T



Friday - All Term

  Assembly - Cancelled for Lockdown

Friday 17th September 2021

 Footy Day 

Friday 17th September 2021

 End of Term 3 - 2.10pm finish!

 AM google meet only.

Monday 4th October 2021

First Day of Term 4

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 helping children to cope with uncertainty during  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. 


Last Thursday 9th September was R U OK? day.  

The staff put together a grid of mindfulness activities for your children to take part in on this day.  The activities were designed to activate students creative and active side as well as move them away from the screen for the day. Students were also encouraged to use their imaginations and create some activities of their own.  

We received many photos of students taking part in different activities.   Yoga, drawing, bike riding, cooking, board games, football, soccer, fort building and even treasure hunts, just to name a few.   We were glad to see lots of the photos coming in with lots of smiling faces.   

Below is just a sample: 

I drew while listening to music.
I went outside with my dad, played soccer with him, and went biking for 30 minutes. 
I baked scones.
I did yoga but I couldn't take pictures because the camera couldn't capture my whole body.
I made a late birthday card for my friend. By Gabriella

The Children onsite were able to join in as well.


Dear Families that have loaned a School device,
We are very pleased that you have been able to loan a school device to assist with your child's/children's learning during this extended Remote Learning period.
As we approach holidays, we take this opportunity to remind you of the User Agreement conditions that you signed when borrowing a school device:
  • the school device is to be used for school-work purposes only 
  • the school device is not to be used for gaming, shopping or other online activities that are not school-related
  • there will not be any school work set during the holidays, so children should not need to use the device
  • please store the school device safely during the holidays, ready for use or return to school in Term 4
  • should we be returning onsite after the holidays, you will receive another email from us confirming the return process
We thank you for your cooperation and support in these Child Safe measures.
May we take this opportunity to wish your family a restful break, may you all stay safe and well.
Kind regards,
ICT Team
Also, a reminder to all our families to think about downloading parent control apps to help keep their children safe online.  Some of the more popular ones are:
The best parental control apps you can get,
  1. Net Nanny Parental Control. The best parental control app overall, and great for iOS. ...
  2. Norton Family. The best parental control app for Android. ...
  3. Kaspersky Safe Kids. ...
  4. Qustodio. ...
  5. OurPact. ...
  6. Screen Time. ...
  7. ESET Parental Control for Android. ...
  8. MMGuardian.

Thank you to everyone who got active and joined in the Remote Active Club e-challenge.  Special mention to the Grade 6 classes who had the highest participation, and to the Staff who had the most number of steps!!
Congratulations everyone! 
Below is a Fit Kids Challenge. The activities on these are all optional but you are encouraged to continue your active journey over the holidays.
Keep up the fantastic effort!
Mrs Breeden


Mrs Breeden

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 access 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. 

Dear Parents, 

The season of creation begins on the 1st of Sept and ends on the 4th of October this year. We are encouraging as many students/families to submit a drawing with regards to how we can Care for God's Creation.

These drawings will go onto the St. Patrick's Parish Facebook page, and it would be greatly appreciated if our school can add to the ones already on the Facebook page.

Please email your drawing to Mrs. Chalmers-, or to your child's teachers.

Thank you,

Noleen Chalmers

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 



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.  

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. 

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

*All Events have been cancelled for this term due to COVID restrictions*