Prep 2024 Information
As we welcome our newest members of the St Patrick's community to Prep in 2024, there is a lot of information that parents and carers seek.
Here is what you need to know to get started in 2024.
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 uniform days will be advised closer to the start of Term 1 by the classroom teacher. Sports uniform is worn on the days that the class have PE and Visual Art.
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 is provided at the end of the prep transition sessions, but the School Requisite List for 2024 can be found here:
Back to School Reminders
Please remember the following:
Label everything that is being sent to school;
If a kinder name is labelled on an item, such as lunch boxes, please change it to the 2024 class;
Do not forget to add the student name and classroom to 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;
The school office will reopen on Tuesday 30 January, our Back to School Open House will be on Tuesday 30 January and prep students will commence on Thursday 1 February.
Prep Testing Days
Each prep student will undertake a testing session during one of the Wednesday rest days. Parents and carers need to book a day and time for this testing. More information about how to do this can be found here.
St Patrick's uses a range of communication methods, and a list of them can be found here.
A reminder to ensure that your email address is registered with the front office so that you receive the weekly newsletter. Please email Elise Vlasveld (email@example.com) to request to be added to the newsletter 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.
SIMON Parent Access Module (PAM)
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. An account will be created for new families and you will receive an email to set up the new account. A letter in relation to PAM access for new families can be found here.
You will utilise PAM to access school reports, grant permissions and notify absences. Information about how to do these things and more can be found here.
Please refer to your SIMON PAM account for the 2024 school calendar.
2024 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 2 February 2023 from 4:45-6:00pm.
2024 School Fees
Finally, school fees for 2024 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 (various payment frequencies are available). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.