Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Welcome to the 2024 school year. I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year and were able to spend some quality time together as a family.
We welcomed all the students back on Wednesday and it was great to see all their smiling faces as they entered the school and caught up with their friends. This year we have welcomed 25 new Foundation students and 4 across other year levels. It is always exciting having new students to the school and we look forward to getting to know them and their families.
This year we have welcomed a number of new staff members. I would like to welcome Meg Greenway (Grade 6 Teacher), Kim Garrett (Grade 3/4 ESO) and Bianca Herbstreit (Grade 2 ESO) to St Patrick’s. I would also like to welcome Alli Bigham (STEM Teacher) and Madeleine Glenane (Grade 3&5 Teacher) back to St Patrick’s following maternity leave. We are grateful for having such high-quality new staff members at St Patrick’s in 2024.
Drop Off and Pick-up
With enrolments continuing to grow at St Patrick’s, drop-off and pick-up times are becoming increasingly busy. Can I please ask that you are all being safe and following the road rules and road signs appropriately. I understand that you are all busy, however taking a few extra seconds/minutes to drive at or below the speed limit; park in a designated zone; and encourage your child to cross the road at the school crossing, will help to ensure everyone’s safety. Children are very vulnerable to what they see, so please model these appropriate behaviours.
Healthy Food Policy
St Patrick’s encourages all students to maintain a healthy diet throughout the school day and we would appreciate your support with this. Healthy eating and good nutrition have a major influence on the health and wellbeing of children, and a direct impact on their growth and development.
At St Patrick’s, students are encouraged to bring lunches that consist of simple, nutritious food. Special treats, such as, lollies and chocolates are asked to be kept for after school. Water is the recommended drink. All students should have a water bottle which is used in the classroom and drinking fountains are available for students during recess and lunch breaks. Other drinks are not permitted.
Parent/Teacher Interviews and PSG Meetings
Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February from 3:50pm – 6:10pm. Parents are asked to book an interview time with your child’s teacher on one of these afternoons. The Term 1 Parent/Teacher interviews are 10-minute meetings that provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child with their new teacher and for the teacher to feedback quickly on how they have started the year. Parent/Teacher interviews need to be booked via PAM. If you are unable to access PAM, please contact the school office so that an interview time can be arranged.
PSG Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday 21st and Wednesday 28th February. PSG Meetings are only required for those students that have a Personalised Learning Plan. PSG Meetings are a 30-minute meeting, where your child’s goals and progress is discussed. PSG meetings also need to be booked via PAM. Students requiring a PSG do not need to book a Parent/Teacher interview.
We are aware that a number of students bring mobile phones or smart watches with calling capabilities to school. Students should not be contacting parents throughout the day using these devices. If parents need to be contacted, students should do this via their classroom teacher or the school office. If children bring mobile phones to school, these must remain in their bag throughout the school day. If your child has a smart watch, please discuss with them the importance of not contacting you directly throughout the school day.
Our first school assembly for the year occurred today. School assemblies occur fortnightly at 3:10pm in the courtyard. Our next assembly will be held on Friday 16th February.
I look forward to seeing you all soon if I haven’t already.
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING AT
ST PATRICK'S BY CHECKING OUR CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITE.
Go to: www.stpstratford.catholic.edu.au
|Wednesday 7th February
|Friday 9th February
|Tuesday 13th February
|Wednesday 14th February
|Thursday 15th February
|Wednesday 21st February
|Wednesday 28th February
|Thursday 29th February
|Wednesday 6th March
|Friday 8th March
|Monday 11th March
|Wednesday 13th March
|Thursday 14th March
|Monday 18th March
|Wednesday 20th March
|Friday 22nd March
|Wednesday 27th March
|Thursday 28th March
|Monday 15th April
|Wednesday 17th April
|Thursday 18th April
|Friday 19th April
School Morning Routine
8.15am - 8.20am Bus students arrive - Students who travel by bus wait in the courtyard until the teacher on duty opens gates and puts crossing flags out.
Students travelling by foot, bike or car are reminded not to arrive before 8.30am
8.30am - Gates open - Teachers commence duty
8.55am - Bell rings for students to line up in courtyard
9.00am - Classes commence
11.00am - 11.30 Recess break
12.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 2.30pm Recess break
End of day routine
3.00pm - Gates open
3.30pm - Bell rings
3.30pm - 3.40pm - Teacher supervisors school crossing
3.30pm - 3.50pm - Teacher supervises students catching buses home.
PAM (Parent Access Module)
PAM is an innovative parent-controlled electronic medical form for our school. It provides parents with the opportunity to update medical information promptly and accurately while providing the school with instant access to the emergency information provided by you. We use the PAM in the best interests of the children whilst also reducing the burden on parents to fill out the same information on multiple forms throughout the year.
Parents can use a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone to enter details including:
- Student absence - entered via ‘Parent Notified Absences’.
- Medical checklist, including asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes
- Parent teacher interviews
- Student reports
Please note, that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their child’s medical and contact details are up to date and complete. In the event of an emergency the school staff will rely on the information provided via PAM.
We recommend that you add the PAM website to the home screen on your mobile device which will then display as an App.
If you need your login credentials or a password reset, please email: email@example.com.
St Patrick's utilises a range of communication tools to keep families informed. This includes fortnightly newsletter, class dojo, email, PAM and the school website. From time to time we will also use text messaging to contact families.
Communication is two way and staff can be contacted via front office (51 456463), email and class dojo. When the need arises to speak to a staff member in person, please be mindful of the timing, eg. If a teacher is in the room before school with other students/families around, this really isn't a good time to start a confidential conversation.
An appointment can always be made if necessary. Most importantly, don't hesitate to ask when questions arise.
All classes use "CLASS DOJO" as a tool for positive communication between home and your child/ren's classroom. Families will be contacted with sign up details to gain access. Once you have signed up you will be able to communicate with the teacher and see what your child/ren's classroom is up to. If you have any questions regarding CLASS DOJO, pleae contact your classroom teacher.
Please note that staff will set Dojo quiet hours from 5.00pm till 8.00am and on weekends.
Any medication to be administered at school requires detailed information and authority. A Medical Authority Form for communicating this information is available from the school administration office and our school website. Requests must be supported by specific written instruction including the name of the student, dosage and time to be administered and be signed off by a medical practioner.
Medical Management and Emergency Plans
Children with asthma and Anaphylaxis are required an up to date management plan (signed by a doctor). Relevant docouments must be uploaded via PAM.
For safety and accountability reasons, visitors and late/early arrivals are required to sign in and out at the front office. The Ipad is located at the front desk and allows this to be done quickly and easily.
Children arriving late or leaving early are to be signed in upon arrival or out when leaving. (This includes when returning to school from appointments).
To minimise interruption to learning time, we would appreciate if apppointments for children be kept to a minimum during school time.
If your child has an appointment during school times, as a courtesy, please email your child's teacher.
Thank-you for your co-operation.
School Fee invoices will be emailed in the coming weeks.
If you are paying by termly instalment please see due dates
for payment below:
1st Instalment due by Friday 26th April 2024.
2nd Instalment due by Friday 26th July 2024.
3rd Instalment due by Friday 25th October 2024.
If paying by EFT, you will find our bank account details on the top right hand corner of your statement. Please use your name and account number as reference.
If you wish to adjust your direct debit, please contact the school office.
For families who are not on a direct debit payment arrangement, 1st Instalment of school fees is due on Friday 26th April 2024.
CAMPS SPORTS EXCURSION FUNDING (CSEF)
Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the cost of camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means teated concession card, you may be eligible for CSEF.
Thank-you to families who have returned their forms.
Please note: CSEF Funding will be applied to eligible families shortly.
School Fee Concessions will be applied to eligible families in the coming weeks.
If you have any concerns in regards to school fees, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At St Patrick's we have a standard of uniform of which the members of our school community can be justifiably proud. It is an expection of parents and students that the correct uniform is worn.
Jewellery is not permitted except for small sleepers and studs. Extreme hairstyles and hair colouring is not permitted. Long hair must be tied back off the face in school bank colours.
School jumper (bottle green with white logo)
Black leather school shoes or boots
Grey socks- above ankle
White shirt - short sleeved
School hat – bottle green with logo
GIRLS’ SUMMER: Green check summer school dress.
White shirt - short sleeved
School jumper (bottle green with white logo)
Black leather school shoes / T-bar school shoes or leather lace up shoes
White socks - above ankle
Hair ties – school colours only
SPORTS: Bottle green shorts/skorts (No bike shorts)
School sport shirt
St Patrick’s Fleece Jumper
Sneakers – no skate or fashion shoes
White socks- above ankle
Hair ties – school colours only
School Hats to be worn in Term 1 and Term 4
Sports Uniform Days: Monday and Wednesday
BRICE - Named after Sister Lauraine Brice
Sr. Lauraine was Principal of St Patrick's from 1968 - 1990. She is remembered for her incredible commitment to, and care of the children and families of the school.
RYAN - Named after Bishop Richard Ryan
Bishop Ryan was Bishop of Sale Diocese from 1926 - 1957. In 1929, St Patrick's was reopened by Bishop Ryan with the Sisters of St Joseph in charge.
MACKILLOP- Named after Saint Mary MacKillop
Mary's life is an inspiration to us all. From humble beginnings, she established the Sisters of St Joseph's, a religious order that has grown. St Patrick's was run by the Sisters of St. Joseph's from 1929 to 1959.
Friday 9th February - Swimming Trials (Year 3 - 6) Stratford Swimming Pool
Wednesday 14th February - St Patrick's Interhouse Swimming Carnival
(Year 1 - 6) Stratford Swimming Pool
Thursday 29th February - HDSSA Swimming Carnival - Sale Swimming Pool
Students are to bring bathers, rash vests, towel, hats, sunscreen and asthma medication where required. The children will change into their bathers at school or come to school with them on. Students may bring thongs or crocs to walk down to the pool, however they are expected to change back into their full sport uniform when returning to school.
Students are to provide goggles if they need them. Please clearly name all belongings.
Students may wear their House coloured t-shirt only along with their green school shorts or skorts. (Please, no coloured hair, dresses, shorts, singlets etc)
Please login to your PAM account to provide permission.
Happy Birthday to the following students who celebrate
their birthday in the coming weeks:
Ashleigh Bartlett - 31st January
Amelia Garner - 31st January
Paygen Bates - 3rd February
Hayden Pattison - 3rd February
Addie Buckland - 4th February
Charlie Gartung - 4th February
Zac Moore - 4th February
Jemma Pattison - 8th February
Have a great day!!
Here is the parish bulletin for the upcoming weekend.
Welcome back to Fr Francis.
The Parent Only First Communion meeting is being held in the Cathedral at 6pm on this coming Wednesday 7 February.
If you have a child in Grade 4 (or above) making their First Communion this year, please make sure you come along to the meeting and bring your completed enrolment form, if not already lodged with the Parish Office.
The enrolment and resource levy forms are attached in case you need this – please return via email to email@example.com.
Commitment Masses are being held next weekend – 10 & 11 February.
Our Community Fun Day will be celebrated next Saturday from 1-4pm in the Cathedral grounds.
Come along if you can.
Have a lovely weekend and stay cool.
Regards, Clare O’Brien
(Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.15am to 3pm. The office may be closed between 12.30 & 1.30pm for lunch)
St Mary’s Cathedral Parish
47 Foster St (PO Box 183)
SALE VIC 3850
03 5144 4100