Back to School 2023
Whilst school holidays can be a wonderful time of Christmas and New Year celebrations, filled with less routine, maybe a holiday and some relaxation, there is also the necessary job of preparing to get students back to school.
At St Patrick's we aim to provide as much information as we can for parents to help in that process.
All of the school uniform information can be found on our website here. All uniform items that identify the school, such as polo shirts, house polos, backpacks, jumpers, hats and dresses are to be purchased through Academy Uniforms. Their Thomastown store is open over the school holidays and the school uniform shop near the netball courts will reopen on Tuesday 31 January from 8:00am to 4:00pm. All other uniform items (except shoes) can also be purchased through the uniform shop, but can be substituted for like items from other department-type stores.
School Requisite Items
St Patrick's provides a list of items that a student will use throughout the year, broken up into a list of items the school provides and a list of items required to be supplied by families. The list was provided at the end of Term 4, but copies of the School Requisite List for 2023 for each year level can be found here:
Back to School Reminders
Please remember the following:
Label everything that is being sent to school;
If a 2022 classroom is labelled on an item, such as lunch boxes, please change it to the 2023 class;
Do not forget to also change the classroom on the reusable school lunch order bags to avoid lunch orders being lost;
There are NO lunch orders during the first week of classes - canteen reopens in early February;
Specialist classes commence on Thursday 2 February - check infographic for your class sports uniform days.
The school office will reopen on Monday 30 January, our Back to School Open House will be on Tuesday 31 January at 2:00pm and students will return with classes to commence for Years 1-6 on Wednesday 1 February and for Preps on Thursday 2 February. The Get to Know you meetings will take place on Monday 30 January.
A reminder to ensure that your email address is registered with the front office so that you receive the weekly ewsletter. Please email Elise Vlasveld (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request to be added to the newletter list.
We also recommend that all families with Facebook, request access to our parent/carer-only Facebook group. You can find the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stpatskilmorefamilies. You must answer all questions to be admitted to the group.
Finally, you must ensure that you setup your PAM account. The Parent Access Module (PAM) is connected the school's SIMON student management system. From this account you can notify absences, access reports, provide and update medical information, nominate emergency contacts, etc. During this January, SIMON are updating the PAM account system, and existing families will lose access to their existing account. A new account will be created and you will receive an email to set up the new account. A copy of the letter provided in December can be found here.
Please refer to the Hours, Dates and Days webpage for further information about school hours, terms dates and other school calendar dates.
2023 Welcome Barbeque
To welcome our families to school for 2023, there will be a back-to-school barbeque on the evening of the first Friday of school, Friday 3 February 2023 from 4:45-6:00pm.
2023 School Fees
Finally, school fees for 2023 have been set, and information can be found on the webpage here. School fee invoices will be sent out early in Term 1. The school is moving to all payments being made by direct debit (either weekly, fortnightly or monthly). Please contact Deb Amodio, the Finance Officer, to setup your direct debit.
Late in 2021, our head office, MACS, released a new Concessional Fee Policy, which provides reduced fees for: families of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; families with Health Care or DVA Cards; or those families facing severe financial hardship. In order to be eligible for the Concessional Fee Policy, you must be entitled to the CSEF Payment, with an eligibility cut off date in April. Do not delay in applying for CSEF and Concessional Fee, as we cannot apply the discounts if the CSEF application is not approved.
If you believe that you may be eligible for a concessional fee, please contact Deb Amodio (email@example.com) to request the documentation to apply for the concessional fee. The concessional fee must be paid by direct debit and the concessional fee is not retrospective, and any existing debt stands in full.
If you face issues in paying the school fees, at any time during the year, please contact Deb Amodio, and discuss what arrangements can be made to assist your situation. It is important that you contact the school early so that we can assist appropriately.