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 14th October 2021

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Newsletter for 14th October 2021

Dear Parents,

It is wonderful that we finally commence the transition back to onsite learning next week with our Prep (Foundation) joining us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and our Grades 1 & 2 on Thursday and Friday.  The rest of the school, Grades 3-6, transition back to onsite learning during the week beginning Monday the 25th of October.  Again, I have included the table below for your information.

Term 4






Week 1  

Monday 4th October

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Week 2 

Monday 11th October

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Week 3  Monday 18th October




Grs 1 & 2

Grs 1 & 2

Week 4  Monday 25th October




Grs 3 & 4



Grs 3 & 4

Grs 1 & 2


Grs 5 & 6

Grs 1 & 2


Grs 5 & 6

Week 5

Monday 1st November

Closure day

Cup day public holiday



Grs 3 & 4

Grs 1 & 2


Grs 5 & 6

All grades back onsite.


    Please note that when your child’s year level returns to school there will not be a remote learning program operating at the same time. Essentially, we cannot teach two different programs at once. Therefore, when your child’s grade is scheduled to be onsite the expectation is that the children are at school.  If your child’s grade is not rostered on to be at school they will be remote learning at home, unless they are one of the very few children who meet the essential worker criteria to be onsite.

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

    • Initially, to ensure the safety of children, parents will have to drop their children at the black gates (staff will be on duty) and cannot enter the school. As restrictions ease we hope that this requirement will as well.
    • Student Masks – As per Government regulations all students in Grades 3-6 are required to wear a mask whilst indoors (unless you have an exemption). Masks are encouraged for students in Grades P-2.
    • Adult Masks – Masks are required to be worn by parents at all times when in the school.
    • Both carparks will be open for drop off and pick up as on Monday the 18th of October.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • COVID Exposure Sites – We ask that families please keep abreast of the COVID Exposure Site list and follow the Government requirements. If you have been exposed and are required to quarantine please contact the school.
    • 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.  It is our preference that they gain a medical clearance or negative COVID test before they return to school.


    Remote Learning / Onsite Restrictions

    If your child’s grade is not rostered on to be at school your child will be remote learning at home, unless they are one of the very few children who meet the following criteria to be onsite.  

    • 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 meet the above criteria you must complete your Intention to Send Your Child(ren) to St Patrick’s Primary form that was distributed today by 2.00pm tomorrow (Friday 15th), 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.

    Classroom Google Meets operate between 9.30-11.30am and 1.00-2.00pm each day.  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.

    Please note; due to the added children and staff onsite over the next couple of weeks Wednesdays will no longer remain as an allocated Specialist Day.  Your child’s grade will complete their specialist lessons when it fits within their timetable.  Wednesdays will still have Google Meets (when not onsite), but they will be facilitated by your child’s classroom teacher.

    Sun Smart - Hats

    Please remember to send a hat to school with your child for term 4.   Children without a hat will be sent to the shaded area during recess and lunch.

    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


    As mentioned last week the Parish is still awaiting the easing of restrictions before new dates can be organised for any of 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 / Fee Assistance

    Currently we have rescheduled many activities that have been missed throughout the year for this term.  At this stage we remain hopeful that they will go ahead.  If they cannot proceed parents will be reimbursed the cost.  If you are experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic please contact Fil at the Office for a confidential discussion regarding fees.









    Georgie 1MT, Ronal 3S, Scott 2G, Davina 4D, Gurnaaz 4T, Madeleine 6L, Wani PrC, Pham 4M, Isabella PrC 



    Friday - All Term

      Assembly - Cancelled for Lockdown
    Monday 18th October

    Preps return for on site learning

    Monday - Wedensday's

    Thursday 21st October

    Grs 1 & 2 return for on site learning 

    Thursday and Friday's

    Tuesday 26th October 

    Grs 3 & 4 return for on site learning

    Tuesday and Wedensday's

    Thursday 28th October

    Grs 5 & 6 return for on site learning

    Thursday and Friday's

    Monday 1st November 

    School Closure Day - no students

    Tuesday 2nd November

    Melbourne Cup public holiday

    Friday 5th November 

    All Students return to on site learning 


    "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.

    Using Play to support Children 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. 


    Device Loan - returns

    We are very pleased that you have been able to borrow a School Device to assist your child(ren)'s learning during this extended period of Remote Learning. 
    The device will remain with your family to further assist your child(ren)'s learning during the staggered return to onsite learning.
    With the above considerations in place, your Loaned Device will be due for return - Monday 8th November, 2021
    Device Return Procedure: 
    • families will receive an email closer to the time explaining the producers to return the devices
    We look forward to welcoming your children in the coming week's as they return to onsite learning once more.

    Hi Everyone,

    Now that the weather is getting warmer and we are spending more time outside being active we need to remember to be Sun Smart.  I wanted to share some sun activities with you to help you remember.

    This week I have include the 5 Steps Countdown song and a fill in the blank worksheet for you to fill in.  

    These activities are optional but a fun way to remember to be Sun Smart! 

    Keep up the fantastic effort!
    Mrs Breeden
    Click on the link to hear the Sun Smart 5 step song and follow along with the lyrics. Then down load the fill in the blank worksheet to see if you can remember the steps.  Then send it to me when you are finished and we will include it in next weeks newsletter. 


    4T - Haiku Poems

    Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry. It is usually about nature. It consists of only 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables; the second line has 7 and the last line has 5 syllables. Here are a few examples.

    I flutter around.

    First I’m a caterpillar.

     My wings have  Colours.


    I Laugh in the day.

    I eat frogs and yummy worms. 

    I am an Aussie.


    I wiggle in ground. 

    I help loosen up the soil. 

    I live in ground.


    By Olivia Cridland - Hind 4AT

    Orange haired monkey,

    Found in Indonesia

    I’m a ‘jungle man’


    Lazy and quiet

    I can go in slow motion

    I hang in the trees


    I’m a type of bird

    That can go ‘Too-whit-too-whoo!’

    Like cats, I eat rats.


    I’m very loyal

    Be my best friend forever

    I’ll woof happily


    I look black and white.

    I like eating bamboo, yum!

    This thing’s true: I’m cute!


    I’m sneaky and sleek

    ‘I hunt for chickens, watch out!’

    I’d say to farmers.


    Gabriella Ginting 4AT

    Have you set up your PAM account yet!

    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. 

    News from the RE (Religious Education) team!

    First Communion - Still no update
    New dates to be confirmed. 

    Confirmation - Postponed - Still no update. 
    21st August 2pm and 6pm.   Confirmation masses have been postponed & we shall inform families of the new date/s once the Parish knows more.

    Reconciliation - Grade 3 Students

    News from Fr Janeesh

    The parent workshop for the sacrament of reconciliation is due to take place on the 14th of October. I spoke to Fr Janeesh yesterday and he said, that with all that is going on at the moment, we will cancel the parent workshop for this year.

    14th October - Parent Workshop - Cancelled

    20th and 21st October - Reconciliation - To Be Confirmed

    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

    *All Events have been cancelled due to COVID restrictions*