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  • St Patrick's Primary School, Kilmore

    ST PATRICK'S St Patrick's is a relational school that believes in strong family-school relationships to help foster the best outcomes for the students, both academically as well as socially and emotionally. Get In Touch News: Onsite schooling returns on Monday 5 October for all students Bonjour, and welcome to St Patrick's Kilmore St Patrick’s is founded on the values and teachings of Jesus Christ as they are presented to us in the Gospel. Our students are placed at the centre of everything we do, as we work collaboratively with our families to maximise students outcomes. COVID-19 Management Recent Blog posts Play Video Play Video 03:26 Remote Learning Video Improved Remote learning according to our students Play Video Play Video 02:06 French Message French Message Week 8 Play Video Play Video 02:32 St Patrick's Maiden Flight Our maiden flight with the drone St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore 2020 Play Video Play Video 10:16 P E Remote learning Week 7 Here are some of the PE activities being done during Week 7 of remote learning for Term 3 Play Video Play Video 13:10 P E Remote Learning Week 6 PE for Week 6 at St Pats Play Video Play Video 01:55 Mask making Load More

  • COVID-19 | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    COVID-19 Management St Patrick's Primary School is working closely with Catholic Education Melbourne to ensure that the school is doing everything it can during these unprecedented times to provide a safe and secure environment and continue to deliver educational outcomes for our students. ​ All students in Regional Victoria will return to onsite schooling from Monday 5 October. Staff have begun making detailed plans for students to re-engage back at school in Term 4. ​ In managing the COVID-19 situation the school has increased the cleaning schedule of the school and is implementing the standard social distancing protocols wherever possible. ​ School assemblies have been postponed indefinitely and all PSG meetings for Term 4 will still be via telephone or video conferencing. Independent music lessons for drums, guitar and piano will resume onsite with the music teachers. ​ Families who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 virus are encouraged to contact the school via email on principal@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ I wish all St Patrick’s students & families the very best as they continue to adapt to this unusual holiday time. ​ Best wishes ​ Michael Bourne School Principal Information is accurate as at 17 September 2020 at 6:30pm: ​ St Patrick's Primary School has no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The school remains open. ​ We are following all the procedures and protocols of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV). ​ Advice from the DHHS is that if a student or member of the community is unwell for any reason, they should remain at home. ​ Further information on COVID-19 is available on the and websites. DHHS CECV Letters to parents 17 September 2020 School resumes 5 October 3 August 2020 RL and Pupil Free Day 17 July 2020 Family information about RL 13 July 2020 Information about remote learning 12 July 2020 Remote learning from 20 July 10 July 2020 Extended School Holidays 24 April 2020 Remote Learning update Useful links Digital technologies query form Video - Parent Notified Absences Google Form Student attendance Term 2 Karen Green (MAPPEN) Supporting education at home 1 Webinar - Helping with reading Expert tips to stay regulated Strategies for home learning 14 April 2020 PAM - remote learning notification 13 April 2020 Remote learning arrangements 9 April 2020 Term 2 arrangements 27 March 2020 School Fees Update 23 March 2020 School Shutdown Update 18 March 2020 School Remains Open

  • Religious Education | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Religious Education The Religious Education Curriculum draws from and incorporates the teachings and principles promoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with the teachings of Vatican II and post-conciliar documents. It attends to the spiritual development of each person, acknowledging and celebrating the Spirit at work, inviting a relationship with God and a Christ-like stance towards others. When teaching Religious Education we aim to open up a more explicit dialogue of appreciating the value of Catholic faith and respecting the other faiths and worldviews that permeate Australia’s diverse society, find new ways to express the Gospel as alive and authentic, and engage in rich and meaningful experiences of prayer. ​ The learning structure is comprised of: three strands of learning; five content areas; and the learning progression including achievement standards. ​ The three strands are: ● Knowledge and Understanding, i.e. seeking truth ● Reasoning and Responding, i.e. making meaning ● Personal and Communal Engagement, i.e. living story The five content areas work together to build a network of understanding of the Catholic Church and its traditions. These are: ● Scripture and Jesus ● Church and Community ● God, Religion and Life ● Sacrament, Prayer and Liturgy ● Morality and Justice Social Emotional Learning Integrated Inquiry

  • Newsletters | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    External Newsletters Marist Schools Australia (MSA) Their latest newsletter can be found . here Catholic Schools Parents Victoria (CSPV) Their latest newsletter can be found . here Catholic Schools Parents Australia (CSPA) Their latest newsletter can be found . here Catholic Education Today (CET) Copies of the CET magazine can be found . here Excursions and Camps Performing Arts

  • Staff | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    School Staff School Leadership Principal Deputy Principal​ Business Operations Manager and Family School Partnerships EA to Principal Literacy Maths Joint Teaching and Learning ​ Digital Technologies/STEAM School Improvement Learning Diversity Religious Education Student Wellbeing Michael Bourne Tracey Brincat Tracy Connors Elizabeth Darvell Laura Gannon Jessica Kurzman (Mo-Th) Shelly Michalke & Jessica Kurzman (Mo-Th) Shelly Michalke Robyn Roberts Natalie Rees Sarah Smith Cassie Thompson principal@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au tracey.brincat@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au tracy.connors@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ liz.darvell@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au laura.gannon@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au jessica.kurzman@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au shelly.michalke@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ ​ robyn.roberts@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au natalie.rees@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au sarah.smith@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au cassie.thompson@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au Classroom Teachers Prep Blue Prep Green Prep Red ​ 1 Blue 1 Green 1 Red ​ 2 Blue 2 Green 2 Red ​ 3 Blue 3 Green 3 Red ​ 4 Blue 4 Green 4 Red ​ 5 Blue ​ 5 Green 5 Red ​ 6 Blue 6 Green 6 Red Murray mann Sarah Benetti Bonnie Cullinan ​ Pat Old Makayla Green Bentia Munari ​ Rachel Trotter Bethany Peterson Danica Murphy ​ Ivan Dundovic Tiffany Phillips (Tue-Fr) Erin Engel (Mon) Hannah Melville ​ Tayla O'Donnell Bridget Chalkley Sarah Peters ​ Rachel Heppel (not Thu) Selina Buckley (Thu) Lauren Bau Francesca Praussello ​ Sam Gauci Ben Boyd Melissa Duggan murray.mann@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au sarah.benetti@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au bonnie.cullinan@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ pat.old@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au makayla.green@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au benita.munari@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au rachel.trotter@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au bethany.peterson@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au danica.murphy@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ ivan.dundovic@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au tphillips@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au erin.engel@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au hannah.melville@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ tayla.odonnell@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au bridget.chalkley@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au sarah.peters@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ rachel.heppell@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au selina.buckley@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au lauren.bau@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au fran.praussello@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ​ sgauci@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au ben.boyd@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au mduggan@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au Specialist Teachers Performing Arts Visual Arts ​ Physical Education French TBA Monica Varga (Mon & Tue) Emily Carfora (Wed - Fri) Nick McDermott Melissa Caulfield (Mon, Tues, Thu) Simone Griffith (Wed, Fri) Support Staff Counsellor Speech Pathologist Library Aide Learning Support Officers Kirstie Machen Sally Armstrong Cathy Minogue Olivia Aquilina Kerry Bickerton Justine Brincat (Mon-Thu) Rosa Cannizzaro Kylie Collier Nikki Cook (Tue, Thu, Fri) Tanya Cunningham Linda Daws (Mon-Thu) Renee Dickson Amanda Harris Donna Hinsley (not Wed) Danielle Laffan (Tue-Fri) Corina Lilburn (Tue-Fri) Teresa Machen (not Wed) Justine McElvogue (not Mon on even weeks) Kia Montgomery Sylvia Ruiz (Mon-Thu) Mandy Tait Meg Tait (Mon-Thu) Caroline Tomkins (Mon-Wed) Admin staff Administration & Enrolments Officer Administration Officer Administration Officer Finance Officer Payroll Officer First Aid Officer Maintenance Groundsman Kathy Fuhrmann (Mon-Thu) Elise Vlasveld (Wed - Fri) Kate Filipovic (Mon, Tue, Fri) Deb Amodio Robyn Hallowell (Wed, 2nd Tue) Virginia Gannan Chris Blake Paul Liddy kathryn.fuhrmann@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au elise.vlasveld@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au kate.filipovic@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au deb.amodio@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au robyn.hallowell@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au gin.gannan@spkilmore.catholic.edu.au Employment Opportunities History

  • Restorative Practice | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Restorative Practice Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim What is Restorative Practice? ​ It is an explicit framework of practices that develops and builds relationships and social connections promoting accountability and responsibility and to repair harm when relationships breakdown through wrongdoing, mistakes and misunderstanding. ​ Restorative practice encourages a approachto the management of student behaviour in classrooms through the use of and and the provision of a teaching and learning environment for both students and teachers. When teachers respond with processes and rules that are and they give life to those and enshrined in school mission statements. consistent routines procedures predictable fair just values beliefs ​ The social science of promoting and sustaining social capital, social discipline, self-regulation, emotional well-being and civic participation through participatory classroom, and whole-school management and decision-making in a proactive setting rather than a reactive culture. ​ ​ What is a Restorative Teacher? ​ Their is, respectful, fair and explicit. practice ​ they are supportive, positively challenging (high demand) and skilled in a wide range of processes (circles, mediation, conferencing and counselling). Relationally ​ They on: establishing trust with and between people to build positive relationships; explicit classroom practice (routines, procedures and pedagogy (teaching and learning); developing empathy, insight and learning; and repairing harm that may have been done. focus ​ They : responsibility; accountability; engagement and ownership; and possibility of positive behavioural change and reintegration. provide ​ ​ What is a Restorative Classroom? A restorative classroom is one that through an approach where everyone expects to be , and through this students develop the capacity to learn in a practical way that are an important and legitimate expression of healthy classroom conversations and dialogue. values dialogue inclusive heard participatory process emotions ​ This helps students to and and tensions and in respectful ways that and . resolve understand conflict difference engenders trust, empathy, responsibility fosters healthy relationships ​ The curriculum is and students take an active role in the content and review of what is taught through pedagogy including and cooperative learning approaches that engender ownership and learning outcomes. engaging participatory circles maximises Anti-Bullying Child Safety

  • Sacraments | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Sacraments of the Catholic Church The parish provides the experience of belonging to a worshipping community. All Sacraments are celebrated in the Parish Church. Celebration of Sacraments reflects and influences what it is we proclaim, who we are proclaiming and what we do. Families and teachers work in partnership to prepare children for the celebration of the Sacraments by attending Faith Formation Forums for each sacrament and attending a Commitment Mass prior to celebrating the Sacrament. During the time of Sacraments being celebrated the focus is supported by the whole school. There are seven sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism; First Reconciliation/Penance; First Eucharist (Holy Communion); Confirmation; Anointing of the Sick; Holy Orders; and Matrimony. ​ ​ At St Patrick's students celebrate First Reconciliation/ Penance in Year Three, First Eucharist in Year Four and Confirmation in Year Six. Students who are not baptised Catholic or who do not receive the sacraments are expected to support their peers by participating fully in the program. The students participate in a Reflection day prior to receiving each of the Sacraments.​ ​ ​ First Reconciliation/Penance ​ The Sacrament of Penance teaches students to be aware of their relationship with God and the people around them. Students learn about sin and its effects on their relationships with God and the people around them. Learning to make peace with the people we hurt is an important part of this process. ​ ​ First Eucharist/Holy Communion​ ​ This sacrament is often referred to as First (Holy) Communion. Students learn more about how Jesus becomes present through the bread and wine that is offered during the Eucharist. It is during the Liturgy of the Eucharist that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus. Confirmation Confirmation is celebrated at a special ceremony officiated by the Bishop and the Parish Priest. Confirmation candidates are encouraged to go out into the world, just as the Apostles did, with the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Mass and Liturgy Prayer

  • School Houses | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    School Houses St Patrick's have four school houses and each student is allocated to a house when they start at St Patrick's. That house allocation will apply to siblings as they enrol too. The four school houses are named after prominent people. McAuley (blue house) ​ Named after Sister Catherine McAuley, joint founder of the Sisters of Mercy, born September 29 1778 in Ireland and died November 11, 1841. ​ In 1824 Catherine McAuley leased a property in southeast Dublin to build a house to serve poor women and children. ​ On December 12 1831 Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle and Mary Elizabeth Harley professed their religious vows as the first Sisters of Mercy, thereby founding the congregation. She encouraged her Sisters to "educate poor girls, to lodge and maintain poor young women who are in danger and to visit the sick poor". Within 10 years Catherine founded nine Convents of Mercy in Ireland and England. ​ The Sisters of Mercy made a foundation in Perth, Western Australia in 1846. ​ Today there are more than 12,000 Sisters of Mercy worldwide. They run 200 health care facilities, 19 colleges, 58 schools and provide many other services that help people of every age. O'Rourke (yellow house) ​ Named after Father Timothy O'Rouke, Parish Priest at St Patrick's Catholic Church 1985-1860, died January 16 1861. ​ Fr O'Rourke was educated at Maynooth, Ireland and ordained as a priest in mid-1849. He left Ireland in August of that year to undertake missionary work in New Zealand. ​ In poor health he came to Melbourne for a holiday in January 1854 and agreed to act temporarily in the vacancy caused by the last illnesses of Fr Clarke in the parish of Kilmore. He remained and carried on with an energy far beyond his strength and accomplished much in a few short years which is testimony to the zeal of a great priest. Fr O'Rourke's first task was to assume responsibility for the building of the school-church. He initiated the building of a bluestone church-school. This building, used as a boy's school, had two large rooms with extra small rooms for a master and a school-mistress. ​ About 1855, under Fr O'Rourke's supervision, a small, solid bluestone church known as St Bridget's was built at the Survey on 2 acres of land donated by George Jessop. Maher states that the church was used for services for two years before being blessed by Bishop Goold on November 1 1857. ​ Fr O'Rourke not only took on responsibility for the building for the church, he also maintained several schools in the parish including opening at least 5 to accommodate the growing numbers of children living in the area. ​ St Patrick's Church was begun in 1857 under the watchful eye of Fr O'Rourke. He continued serving his parish despite ill health up until the last few months of 1860. Fr O'Rourke was interred in front of the Our Lady alter in the church he had organised to build on March 23 1871. Chisholm (red house) ​ Named after Caroline Chisholm, humanitarian, born May 30 1808 in England and died March 25 1877 in England. ​ Caroline Chisholm was born in England. She arrived in Australia in 1838 and set up a home for other women who had come to live here. She worked to improve life on the ships bringing people to Australia to start a new life and started a loans plan to bring poor children and families to Australia. She arranged free trips so that the families of convicts who were transported to Australia could come to join them. She also believed poor people should be able to buy farms cheaply. ​ Caroline set up a home in Sydney for young women, and organised other homes in several rural centres. The home was soon extended to help families and young men. During the seven years Caroline was in Australia she placed over 11,000 people in homes and jobs. Her 'home' - the Female Immigrant Home helped over 40,000 people in its 38 year lifespan. She became a very well-known woman who was very much admired. Morrison (green house) ​ Named after Monsignor Ken Morrison, Parish Priest St Patrick's Catholic Church 1952 - 1977. ​ Monsignor Morrison became the Parish Priest of St Mary's in Williamstown in 1936. This included becoming the part-time chaplain to the Point Cook and Laverton bases of the Royal Australia Air Force. During World War II he became the Principal Catholic Chaplain. He was responsible for 60 chaplains who served in Britain, Malta, the Far East, the Pacific, Japan and throughout Australia. He made frequent visits to their posts. In 1947-48 Monsignor Morrison served a 12 month tour of duty in Japan. In 1948 he reverted to his pre-war practice of dividing time between civil and service duties. He was awarded the OBE in 1962 for his work with the Air Force. ​ In 1952 he took up the appointment of parish priest in Kilmore, He quickly gained support of the parishioners to restore the church that was showing severe damage. He also rebuilt the school that had been condemned by the Health Authorities. In 1968 he added a larger school building and organised a bus service to bring students to St Patrick's from Broadford and Kilmore East. Monsignor Morrison drove the bus for 17 years. ​ During his remaining time at St Patrick's Monsignor Morrison added a district church at Wallan and rebuilt one at Darraweit Guim. He also administered a circuit of six district churches. ​ He handed over the reins of Parish Priest to Father Peter Rankin on June 18 1977. Child Safety Student Leadership

  • Excursions and Camps | St Patrick's Kilmore

    Excursions, Incursions and Camps Excursions St Patrick's offer excursions to students in all year levels. The excursions are curriculum based and are linked to the learning at the time. Excursions can be both local, like historical town walks, and more further afield such as Bendigo Discovery Centre, Melbourne Zoo, etc. Incursions Incursions are activities presented to students by external presenters within the school. Incursions are also curriculum based and linked to the learning at the time. Incursions may include presentations on animals, history, investigating, etc. Camps St Patrick's Primary School hold school camps each year for students in Years 4, 5 and 6. The camps are used to extend the stduents knowledge in a setting outside of school, and helps to develop skills and confidence in the students. ​ St Patrick's Primary School has a policy on school camps, which can be found . here Grade 4 Our Year 4 students will go on an overnight camp to Camp Weekaway in Benlock (near Lancefield). The students participate in a range of activities over the two days. For more information about Weekaway Camp click . here Grade 5 Our Year 5 students participate in a two-night camp to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. ​ The students participate in a range of activities over the three days to learn about the goldrush of the 1850s. The students also participate in the costume school where the students and teachers dress in 1850s clothes and participate in a day in an 1850s school. For more information about excursions at Sovereign Hill, click . here Grade 6 Our Year 6 students participate in a two-night camp to the Melbourne CBD. ​ The students stay at and participate in a number of mini excursions throughout the city, including visiting the MCG, The Shrine of Remembrance, St Patrick's Cathedral, a river cruise and more. City CYC NAPLAN Homework

  • Student Wellbeing | St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore

    Student Wellbeing At St. Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from and inherent in, the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the gospel (CECV Commitment Statement to Child Safety). ​ At St Patrick's, we promote a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all students. Student wellbeing is a responsibility shared between home and school and at St Patrick's the communication between home and school provides a vital link to ensuring student well-being. ​ The school has implemented programs to encourage positive social behaviours such as: Bounce Back, whole-school behaviour management practices under the Restorative Practices philosophy and the recognition of students who are role models of positive behaviours for learning and play. ​ Other initiatives that support the students include the Seasons for Growth program, social skills support programs for students, the provision of clubs at play and lunch time and Christian meditation and prayer. These moments of quiet reflection assist the students to increase their feeling of wellbeing. ​ St Patrick's has a Code of Cooperation that reinforces the school guiding principles of Respect, Responsibility and Safety. Through acknowledging these rules every child agrees to behave in a way that ensures all members of the school community are respected and are able to learn and interact in a safe and supportive learning environment. ​ St. Patrick’s aims to work as a team with parents and families to assist students in the area of social or emotional development. A counsellor is available on site to provide individual counselling to students when needed. A Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist are available to work with children, parents and teachers to develop specific learning support programs. Wellbeing is fundamental to successful learning. Wellbeing is “feeling good” about myself, my relationships as well as my sense of meaning, purpose and growth. It is a state of positive emotional and social functioning. Students who are happy, confident, and able to establish meaningful relationships are better placed to achieve positive learning outcomes. Student Leadership Community Services