Advocacy for Catholic Schools

Recently, the Allan Labor Government announced a $400 School Saving Bonus for all school students in government schools regardless of income, but only for Health Care Card holders in Catholic schools.

This is deeply unfair.

We believe the payment should be means tested for all students or apply to all students.

It should not be based on which school you attend. 

This policy punishes families for choosing to send their children to a Catholic school.

Our school, St Colman's and the peak body, the Victorian Catholic Education Authority, are working hard to oppose this policy and we need your help.

We need to show the Victorian Government that punishing families who choose a Catholic school is unacceptable.

Please consider contacting your local Member of Parliament to express your concern.

Our school’s local member is ROMA BRITNELL MP (Member for South West Coast) and they can be contacted by calling 03 5562 8230 or by emailing

A template letter is attached below to assist you with making your voice heard. 

Thank you for your time in advocating for your family and our school.

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As stated above, the St Colman's school community congratulates Milana, Ezekiel, Scarlett and Isabella  upon receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on the weekend. We are all very proud of you! 

Spirit of God fill the children, now confirmed in their faith, with compassion. Anoint them with faith and hope to be a light that shines in their hearts.

Children, may your Confirmation remind you that you have been chosen to be signs of love for the world.

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Juniors visit to Mortlake Library

Our Junior class will be walking down to the Mortlake library on May 22nd to join in their celebration of National Simultaneous Storytime. In addition to this visit, they will be attending Story Time at the Library on two other occasions. Parents and pre schoolers are invited to come along with us!

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SRC Dress-up Day

Our Junior School Representative Council are organising a dress up day, the theme being Come As your Future Self. Children are being encouraged to think of what they would like to do when they grow up and come dressed as that person. A gold coin donation is being asked and the funds raised will go to the Smith Family charity. They work extensively with Australian children in families and communities where we know it’s harder for them to fully participate in their education without some help. We would like to think that ALL children in Australia could have the same opportunities to achieve their childhood aspirations. 

At The Smith Family, we believe that education is one of the world’s most powerful change agents. That’s why we focus on helping young Australians to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty.

As a national, independent charity, every day we work with thousands of children and their families to help them unlock better futures for themselves.

Education has the power to change lives and break the cycle of disadvantage.


In addition to the Dress Up Day, the SRC, will be providing a FREE pizza lunch to all of our students.
The cost is being covered by a very generous donation by one of our SRC reps, Charlotte Allen. Charlotte collected some pine cones on her farm and then sold them. She wanted to donate the money to the school and put it towards something that all of the students of St Colman's could enjoy! Thank you, Charlotte!

The SRC will be making mini ham and cheese pizzas for everyone in the school for lunch this Friday.

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Traineeship Position at our School

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Middles Excursion to Warrnambool

Our Middle classroom is busy planning an excursion to Warrnambool on Tuesday May 28th. The students will enjoy a live Australian Chamber Orchestra performance of the story book How to Catch a Star at The Lighthouse Theatre followed by a visit to the Cudgee Wildlife Park on their way back to Mortlake. Parents will soon receive a notification via PAM to complete permission forms.

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Online Platforms to Support Learning

We have had several inquiries from parents regarding Apps or computer programs that they could be using to support their child's learning at home. Below is a recommended list from our Teaching and Learning Leader, Shandell Moloney.

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School Counselling at St Colman's

We welcomed Rachael Main into our school community as our Pastoral Care Chaplain a few weeks ago. Rachael has slotted into her role with ease and is already building connections with our students and working with them to build their social and emotional intelligence.
In addition to these one-on-one sessions, Rachael is also going to be conducting whole class and small group sessions that will help to develop various social skills, team building, resilience and problem-solving skills in our students.
If your child was previously accessing the services of our school counsellor, Grace, they will continue with Rachael. If you think your child would benefit from this service, please speak to your child's teacher or Janet.

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Mortlake Library News

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Our School Garden

With our volunteer gardener, Maree, recovering from surgery, we are looking for some parents who may like to volunteer some time to work alongside enthusiastic students in nurturing our garden. We are hoping to start a Garden Club, where children will volunteer to work with parents a couple of times a month in the garden.
Last week, three of our parents, Jo, Alison and Georgie, met to start this process. They believe that one Garden Club a month would be enough to keep the garden ticking along. They are still hoping for a few more volunteers so that parents would only need to commit to a couple of sessions each year. If you are an avid gardener and would like to support our Garden Club please let us know.

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Division Cross Country

Congratulations to Imogen Barr, who's sporting streak continued when she competed in the South West Division Cross Country in Warrnambool last Friday.

It was a wet and windy morning and the wet track made the course very tough!

In a field of over 70 runners, Immy ran her little heart out and came in around 30th out of the big group of girls. Well done Immy, we’re super proud of you!!!

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Toastie Tuesday

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School Advisory Council (SAC)

We would like to introduce you to our SAC members for 2024.   

Jo Wallis (Chair), Alison Greig, Michelle Lehmann, Zion Palmer, Sophie Allen, Rachel Baulch, Danielle Kenny, Rosie O’Connor (School rep), Janet Cain (Principal) and Fr. Gary Jones (Parish Rep)

These people are the voice of the parish and parents in the school. If you have any questions or anything that you would like raised please contact one of these people.

The SAC meets twice a term and we thank these people for agreeing to be a part of this group that provides an essential link between the school and its families.

This year we will hold our meetings Wednesday of week 3 and week 8 each term starting at 6:30pm.

The dates are;

Term 2:  June 5th

Term 3: July 31st and Sept 4th

Term 4: October 23rd and Nov 27th (AGM)

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Important Dates:

Term 2 2024

Wednesday 22nd May- National Simultaneous Story time (Juniors to visit Mortlake Library)

Friday 23rd May- SRC Casual Clothes Day/Pizza Lunch- Come as your Future Self Dress up Day (gold coin donation)

Tuesday 28th May- Middles excursion to Warrnambool

Wednesday 29th May – AFL 9’s; Years ¾ to attend

Thursday 20th May- Tri Sports in Camperdown

Friday 7th June- Division Tri Sports

Monday 10th June- King’s birthday Public Holiday

Friday 14th June- Parent Support Group (PSG) Meetings

Monday 17th- Friday 28th June- Rosie on Long Service Leave (Mick McKenzie to replace her)

Tuesday 18th June- Kinder visit to our school.

Monday 24th- Friday 28th June- Janet on leave

Monday 24th- Friday 28th June- NAIDOC Week

Monday 24th JuneMRC Taster Day (Year 6 students to attend)

Friday 28th June- Final day of Term 2 (early finish @ 2:15)

2024 School Camps (with St Thomas’ Terang)

Sept 2nd-3rd: Year 3/4 Warra Gnan Coastal Camp, Warrnambool

Nov 13th-15th: Year 5/6 Dunkeld Adventure Camp

School Closure Days for 2024

Term 3: Monday 15th July- Religious Education; Re-contextualising the Scriptures.

                Tuesday 16th July- Structured Literacy

Catholic Identity

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SchoolTV Wellbeing Platform

SPECIAL REPORT: School Refusal
School refusal is a complex issue as there’s rarely a single cause. It may be linked to separation anxiety, worries about leaving home, a phobia, depression, social problems or learning difficulties. It can start gradually or happen suddenly.  Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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School Wide Positive Behaviour Support

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support is: A multi-tiered framework for establishing the social culture and behavioural supports needed for a school to achieve behavioural and academic outcomes for all students. For the next two weeks at St Colman’s we are working with our students on developing effective learning habits that will set them up for success throughout the year ahead. During that time, all staff will be reinforcing the behaviour expectations as set out in our Behavior Matrix (below).

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Our Lady of Mercy Parish News

Saturday 6.00 pm
Sunday 10.30 am
Sunday 9.00 am

Learning and Teaching

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Acknowledgement of Country

St Colman’s acknowledges the Girai wurung people as the traditional owners of the land on which our school stands and we respectfully recognise elders both past and present.

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AngliCare Energy Assistance

As part of Anglicare Victoria’s FREE Energy Assistance Program, they provide assistance with energy bills to support Victorians to:

  • Talk to their energy retailer and get help with debt
  • Access extra financial support
  • Check they are receiving eligible concessions on their bill
  • Find and move to an affordable energy plan
  • Understand bills and fix any possible errors
  • Support your child's education with free internet at home

They can provide immediate assistance for clients who are struggling to pay for their gas or electricity bills to prevent disconnection to their property!

The follower two flyers provide further details.

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Birthday Wishes

No student birthdays this week.

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