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 the 27th of June

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Newsletter for the 27th of June

Newsletter Thursday 27th June


We the staff of St Patrick’s acknowledge the traditional owners, the Kulin nations, of the land on which we learn and play.

We pay respects to the Aboriginal Elders, past and present, who are our teachers.

We thank them for taking care of children and country for countless generations.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Young girl, I say to you, arise.

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

Some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So, they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.


Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

Welcome to the final newsletter for Term 2. Looking back over the term, here are some of the events we have experienced. Year 3 swimming, Year 4 camp, Book Fair, Year 2 Fairytale Day, Cross country Division, Year 5 Taster sessions at SFX, Camp Quality, Year 5 and 6 Incursions, Blessing and Opening of our Buildings and the celebration of both Catholic Education and Reconciliation Week.

Thanks to Nadine King, Cathy Edwards and Sharon Blackwood for their amazing work in getting the book Fair all set up! And a HUGE Thank you to all our wonderful families who came in and purchased the books that their children can enjoy for years to come! It is so wonderful to see that our children still want to read and explore the amazing journeys that books offer. All the money raised, over $4,000, goes straight back to the school. Congratulations to our raffle winners, Teddy FKG, Ruth from 3AG and Alek for 6JP. And Miss McGill was our winner in the teacher’s raffle.

This week in the Gospel, we hear about one of Jesus’s miracles. A miracle that he asked for no one to talk about. Is this Jesus being humble? Is Jesus afraid that people will think he is trying to make people believe in things they normally would not? Or is this Jesus simply doing what he was sent to do; save us from our sins, help us to have faith that miracles can happen? And we can all learn a lesson in being humble. To do for others and to not expect to be rewarded or recognised. Is the act of doing for others not enough? Maybe this is the real message here.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining in with the Year 2s for their fairytale Day and what a magical experience that was. The Year 2 students had written their own fairytales to share as well as acted out old favourites such as The Gingerbread Man. Both students and teachers joined in the fun by dressing up and afterwards we had a dance party! Thanks to the Year 2 staff, Neesha Bateson, Sarah McGill, Vanessa Whittaker and Jen White for their hard work in getting the students ready. There are photos below.

Thanks again to my incredible staff for their amazing work with our students. Despite the many challenges of teaching today, they continue to show unprecedented love and care for our students.

I wish all families a safe and happy break. I sincerely hope that you get a chance to spend some quality time together and remember to be in the moment! I look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 15th July.

Term 2 finishes TOMORROW the 28th June at 3.10pm for 2 weeks. Term 3 begins on Monday 15th July.


Take care and God Bless,





Shingo 1NC, Phoenix 2NB, Dvid 1AF, James 5RM, Matilda FKG, Isabel 4AT, Esther 2SM and Krystal 5RM!


28/06/2024 Last Day of Term 2
15/07/2024 First Day of Term 3
15/07/2024 Whole School Dance Incursion - NAIDOC Week
19/07/2024 Whole School Dance Workshop
26/07/2024 Year 6 Inter School Sports - AWAY
29/07/2024 - 31/07/2024 Year 5 Camp - Kryal Castle
02/08/2024 Year 6 Inter School Sports - HOME
09/08/2024 Year 6 Inter School Sports - HOME
16/08/2024 Year 6 Inter School Sports - AWAY
19/08/2024 Pupil Free Day
20/08/2024 Student Free Day
23/08/2024 Book Week Parade
23/08/2024 Whole School Incursion: Make a Book
23/08/2024 Year 6 Inter School Sports - HOME
29/08/2024 Father's Day Stall
11/09/2024 Foundation Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary
13/09/2024 - 17/09/2024 Semper Dental Van


Year Level Camp/ Fun Day Dates:

31/10/2024 3 Fun Day - St Patrick's Primary
29/04/2024 - 01/05/2024 4 Camp - Phillip Island
29/07/2024 - 31/07/2024 5 Camp - Kryal Castle
26/11/2024 - 29/11/2024 6 Camp - Coonawarra Farm Resort



  First Day Last Day
Term 1 31st January  28th March
Term 2 16th April 28th June
Term 3 15th July 20th September
Term 4 7th October 18th December



The 4 Pupil Free days ensure that we can manage our commitment for all staff to continue to provide activities such as school camps for our students.
Please note, these dates are separate from our 8 Staff Professional Development days. Those 8 days are for our staff professional learning which will focus on Religious Education, Learning and Teaching and Student Wellbeing.

29/01/2024 School Closure Day
30/01/2024 School Closure Day
01/03/2024 School Closure Day
15/04/2024 School Closure Day
26/04/2024 Pupil Free Day
19/08/2024 Pupil Free Day
20/08/2024 School Closure Day
01/11/2023 School Closure Day
04/11/2024 Pupil Free Day
18/12/2024 School Closure Day
19/12/2024 School Closure Day
20/12/2024 Pupil Free Day

We have all been practising our Italian this term, here is a video of 1AF having lots of fun singing in class.

1AF Singing in Italian

We have also created a drawing's of God's Crations

This week 1NC created some amazing drawings in class!

Once upon a time, in the E-block building, the year 2 students engaged in an invigorating unit of Fairy Tales.

Did you know that Fairy Tales begin with 'once upon a time'?

Did you know every fairy tale has a hero and a villain?

Did you know that every fairy tale story has something magical happen?

Did you know that every fairy tale story has a problem that has to be solved?

Did you know that at the end of fairy tales everyone lives happily ever after?


We had so much fun learning about fairy tales and dressing up for our fairy tale day!


Finishing off this term and having a blast in Perofrming Arts! We have been creating musical instruments this week

If you have a younger sibling ready to begin school 2025, please come and collect an enrolment form from the office. All new children to the school, need their own separate enrolment form. You do not need to take a formal school tour. Please come in or contact the office on 5943 9000 or



NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to recognise and learn more about the history and culture of Indigenous communities.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced back to the Aboriginal rights movement, when on Australia Day 1938, protestors marched through the streets of Sydney to highlight the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Today, it is a week-long celebration held in July that consists of range of traditional and contemporary activities.

NAIDOC Week is an important event that helps build positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It enables a deeper understanding of our differences and similarities and is a great opportunity for all Australians to eliminate bias and discrimination by reflecting and reconciling the wrongs of the past to facilitate hope and build a fairer future. Families are encouraged to join in and support young people in learning the significance of NAIDOC Week.

This Special Report offers suggestions on how families can celebrate NAIDOC Week together. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to your special report:

SiMON Everywhere is the new app our school uses to acces PAM and CDF Pay. We will be sending reminders through this app, as such please download and sign in. There is a guide below for your reference. If you are having any issues please contact Alex Taylor in the school office

Have you logged into your PAM account yet! 

We use PAM as 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.  

Access PAM via this link   Link to PAM 

PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM (Parent Access Module) is our 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.  

Most medical profiles have now been updated. Please remember to keep them up to date and upload any asthma/allergy plans that may be relevant.

To update any contact details please contact the school office.