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 20th August 2020

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Newsletter for 20th August 2020

    Dear Parents,

    We hope that all families enjoyed the video of the staff sent out earlier this week, during this difficult period it was nice to receive lots of feedback from parents that it brought a smile to their children’s faces.  Unfortunately, we are educators not actors and some of our acting skills were questionable to say the least!  Check out the ‘blooper reel’ that is being sent with this newsletter.  It highlights not all of the videos were able to be done in one take!  Again; I ask that parents are respectful of the fact that these videos are made by the staff for the families of St Pat’s.

    As mentioned last week as a staff we are missing having the children with us each and every day and we want to stress to parents that we are here to help at school, so please feel welcome to contact us if we can provide support in anyway. 

    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 yesterday and those that meet the criteria need to return the form by 12.00pm tomorrow (Friday 21st).  Parents are required to provide their 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.

    Learning Pack Courier Distribution  - Next Friday the 28th & September 18th

    Learning Packs will continue to be distributed to parents in both an electronic and hard copy format, our next delivery will be next Friday, the 28th.    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 and some had to be delivered on Saturday.   We were pleased to hear that all families received their packs last week.  This next pack to be delivered will be a three-week pack that will take the children though until the end of the term. A reminder that the distribution of the packs will be contactless and they will be left at your front door.  Please keep an eye out for the courier to avoid them getting wet if the weather is inclement. 

    We have decided that we will do a further pack delivery on the last day of term, the 18th of September.  These packs will be delivered as an insurance in case school does not resume onsite in Term 4 and they will be for Weeks One and Two of Term 4. 

    A big thanks again to all of the staff for their efforts preparing the Learning Packs.  It is very much appreciated.

    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.
    • 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 on Friday the 28th of August and again on Friday 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. 
    • All camps and excursions are cancelled for Term Three and we are still awaiting advice regarding the Sacramental Program.

    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 yesterday 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.







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    Friday - every week On Site school attendance forms due in for students of permitted workers

    Friday 28th August  

    Remote Learning packs - Delivered to families homes via courier.  No school pick up! 

    Friday 18th September

    Remote Learning packs (for Term 4) - Delivered to families homes via courier.  No school pick up! 

    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. 


    From the website:

    The Australian Parenting Website

    Talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Your child is probably seeing and hearing a lot about coronavirus (COVID-19) on TV, radio and social media, as well as from other people. Talking with your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) can help your child understand and cope with what’s going on.

    Here’s how.

    Make time to talk
    Find the right time to talk with your child. This might be when you and your child are sharing a snack, at bedtime or in the car. When your child is ready to talk, give your child your full attention.

    Find out what your child knows
    It’s a good idea to start by asking your child what they know about the virus and whether they have any questions. For example, ‘On the news today, they were talking about coronavirus. Have you heard people talking about that? What were they saying?’

    Explain coronavirus (COVID-19) in a way your child can understand

    • Use a calm, reassuring tone and stick to the facts.
    • For younger children, keep it simple and brief. For example, ‘That’s right, some people are getting sick with a germ. It makes them cough and sneeze. The sick people are being looked after well by doctors and hospitals’.
    • For older children, offer more detail. For example, ‘The virus spreads through things like sneezing, coughing and touching infected things. That is why good hygiene and hand-washing are really important. They help to protect everyone’.

    Tune into your child’s feelings
    Some children might not be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). But some might be frightened, upset or worried. They might be worried about the virus itself or about how it might affect their lives.

    Ask your child how they are feeling and listen to what they say. You can also ask your child what they need to feel better. It might be reassuring if you share your own feelings and let your child know what you are doing to cope.

    For example:

    • ‘I can see that you’re worried about grandpa getting really sick. I love how caring you are. If anyone we know gets sick, the hospital will take good care of them. Let's have a big hug to help us feel better.’
    • ‘It can be scary not knowing what’s going to happen with the virus. Scientists all over the world are working hard to find a vaccine and treatment. In Australia, we have good hospitals, doctors and nurses who can look after us.’
    • ‘It’s OK to be worried about catching coronavirus. I sometimes worry too. Some people are only getting minor symptoms like what you get when you have a cold. If I need some good information, I look at the health department website.’
    • ‘It’s disappointing we can’t go to the footy on the weekend. But the doctors say that this will help stop the spread of coronavirus, so this is how we can help. Let’s go outside and kick the ball together.’


    Please click on the links below for some wellbeing resources.

    Link to: Youtube clip on helping children understand scary stuff on the news

    Remote learning - Tasks 
    Zara 4EM - Day of the Dead Inquiry Topic

    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 worker permit.  

    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,   



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