For Parents

St Patrick’s School encourages and actively supports a positive, supportive partnership between home and school. The involvement of parents within the school is highly valued.

Parents are invited to help in classrooms with activities such as Reading, Art and Craft as well as group work. We also encourage parents to assist on excursions and act as officials for sporting events.

At the beginning of each year, parents or grandparents who would like to help as a volunteer in the school must attend the Parent Helpers Workshop and ensure that the Volunteer/Student Declaration Form is completed online (see 'SCS Policies' tab for link) and submitted to the school.

Parent Charter

Before- and After-school care

Before-and after-school care is offered by an independent organisation - the Weldon Centre. This service is located on the premises and parents make arrangements for before and after school care with the organisation.

BYODD @ St Patrick's Summer Hill

At St Patrick's we believe that digital technologies support our authentic learning environment. A wide range of multimodal tools in the classroom assist in developing essential skills and meeting the needs of the 21st century learner. Digital resources are used as a way of creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing creativity and sustaining varied and challenging paces of learning. Click here to visit our BYODD site. 

SPBL @ St Patrick's Summer Hill

What is School Wide Positive Behaviours for Learning (SPBL)?

Our school follows the principles of the SPBL (School Wide Positive Behaviours for Learning) Framework. The purpose of SPBL is to teach appropriate and positive behaviour to create a climate of cooperation, academic excellence, respect and safety.

SPBL is a whole school program which focuses on the expectations of:

  • Be Safe

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    Be Respectful

  • Be Proactive

Students are rewarded for meeting the expectations through the Gotcha! and awards system. They receive Gotchas! on the playground for meeting the school expectations. When students do not meet the school expectations, teachers work with them to learn and develop the skills needed to demonstrate more positive behaviour.  

Click here to view our Playground Matrix.

SPBL Rewards

Class of the Week: Classes are given points for displaying positive behaviours as they line up or move to classrooms at morning assembly, after lunch and recess. The points are tallied up at the end of the week and the winning class is rewarded with 10 minutes of additional sport to be given by the class teacher at a suitable time.


Mufti Day Reward

The class with the most points during Weeks 1-5 will be rewarded with a mufti day in Week 6 of that term, while the class with the most points during Weeks 6-10 will receive a mufti day in Week 1 of the following term.

SPBL Gotcha! Cards (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Proactive): Individual students receive Gotcha! cards for demonstrating behaviours that are safe, respectful and proactive both in the classroom and on the playground. Once a student has met the quota for a bronze, silver or gold award the student can receive their award at the next assembly. Once a student has received their Gold award the process begins again.

15 Gotcha! cards = Bronze Award

30 Gotcha! cards = Silver Award

40 Gotcha! cards = Gold Award

1st Gold Award = pencil       

2nd Gold Award = SPBL Badge     

3rd Gold Award = special morning tea with Principal and Assistant Principal (parents are invited to join)

6th Gold Award = Student's framed photo in the hall of fame (This will be located on the wall in the office)

Who is Shammy and how do you get him?

Shammy is our school SPBL mascot. He was designed and named by students. The Class of the Week get to

keep Shammy in their classroom as part of their reward.

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Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

Schoolwide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL) is an evidence-based whole school systems approach that provides a framework for a school and its community to promote student safety, wellbeing and learning. SPBL is a framework and approach for adopting and organising evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behaviour outcomes for all students.

SPBL emphasises the establishment of organisational supports or systems that give teachers the capacity to use effective interventions accurately and successfully. These supports include: team-based leadership,  data-based decision-making, continuous monitoring of student behaviour and effective ongoing professional development.

Effective classroom management and preventive school discipline are essential for supporting teaching and learning. SPBL  goes further by emphasising that classroom management and preventive school discipline must be integrated and working together with effective academic instruction in a positive and safe school climate to maximise success for all students.

Behaviour expectations are taught explicitly to students. Students are given the opportunity to practice these expectations and are rewarded for their positive behaviour. At all times our student community is expected to behave in a safe, respectful and proactive way when using any form of ICT, while online, playing in the playground, whilst in the classroom or when using equipment. In the event of inappropriate behaviour a consequence may be applied as a way to help students learn from their choices and mistakes. Please click here to view the document.

KidsMatter @ St Patrick's Summer Hill

KidsMatter Primary is an Australian mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative that aims to improve the mental health of primary school age children. It involves the people and organisations who significantly influence children’s lives – parents, families, carers, schools, teachers, health agencies and community groups - in making a positive difference to children’s mental health and wellbeing during this important developmental period. KidsMatter Primary provides supporting resources and a framework for schools to address children’s mental health and wellbeing.


KidsMatter Primary has identified four areas (components) where schools can help to strengthen their students’ mental health and wellbeing. These make up the core content of KidsMatter Primary. Dividing KidsMatter Primary into the four components is a way of making the task of improving students’ mental health and wellbeing in schools more manageable. The four components are:

• A positive school community.

• Social and emotional learning (SEL) for students.

• Parenting support and education.

• Early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties

The KidsMatter website is a great resource - please take the time to visit!


KidsMatter Parent Information Sheets

A host of great parent information sheets addressing a range of wellbeing issues including; anxiety, anger, friendship issues, managing conflict, separated families, establishing school routines and effective discipline, are available for your viewing which can be found on the Information Sheets page of the KidsMatter website.


Mental Health Contacts


beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance-use disorders in Australia. School staff and early childhood educators can provide parents or carers with the following contact number 1300 22 4636 to seek support.


Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is a free 24-hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years old. Their contact number is 1800 551 800 and school staff can give this number to students who wish to access counselling support via the phone, email or online. The Kids Helpline website also offers fun games, activities and information on topics affecting children and young people.



Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour counselling support and suicide prevention services that can be accessed by calling 13 11 14. School staff and early childhood educators can also give this number to parents or carers of a child experiencing mental health problems.