Parental Engagement

St Patrick’s Primary School understands the importance of parental engagement in student learning. Parental and family engagement can impact a student’s learning by up to 80%, so it is our role as a school to ensure parents are provided with opportunities to engage in their child’s learning through organised Learning Walks, Parent Teacher interviews, curriculum nights, the See Saw digital platform and Student Expos.

Annual Report 2021

School Advisory Council

The St Patrick’s School Advisory Council is the leading advisory group for the principal, as an active forum for parent and community participation, providing support and advice principally in strategic planning and school improvement.

The Advisory Council includes the Principal, the Deputy Principal, and members of the parent community.

Below is an introduction of these dedicated parent members on our council.

Kristen Glenister (Chair)

Hi everyone, my name is Kristen Park. My daughter Matilda is in grade 5 and I have another daughter in year 7 at Galen. Our family lives on a hobby farm between Wangaratta and Corowa. I have been involved with St Patrick’s for several years, firstly with the P&F, and now with the advisory council. I was very fortunate to be the parent representative for St Pat’s on the study tour to New Mexico a few years ago, which provided great insights into the importance of family engagement in schools.  In my work life I am a researcher for the University of Melbourne, based at the hospital here in Wangaratta, and am passionate about the health of rural people.

Jodi Perkins

Hi I’m Jodi and I am in my 7th year of association with St Pats, with this year sadly my last as Mia heads off to Secondary School in 2023. I am Insurance Broker with Gallagher Insurance and have been for many years. I hold a Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking and Risk Management). 

St Pats has been and continues to be, a wonderful and inclusive community, that has been a safe a supportive school for our daughter. Whilst we won’t get to experience the new building, I am very excited for its development and can’t wait to see the next generation of students enjoy the new space. 

Liz Grogan

I’m Liz Grogan and with my husband Matt Kilby, we moved to Wangaratta from Euroa with our 4 children in 2018. I was involved with St John’s Euroa school board which provided me with opportunities to develop my understanding and experience of school governance and the importance of parental engagement. I feel fortunate to now be able to be involved with St Patrick’s school in a similar way. 

I work for Dementia Australia as a regional team leader and have no doubt that my experience as a parent on these school councils has been invaluable in developing my leadership skills.

Sara D’Agostino

My name is Sara and this is my second year on the School Advisory Committee. Previously I was involved in the P&F. I have enjoyed being a part of the St Patrick’s Primary School community and I am excited for the new building and future goals of St Patricks Primary School.

Michael O’Keefe

My name is Michael O’Keefe (aka Mick) and my wife is Nicole. We have two children at St Patrick’s and we joined the school community in 2019. I am local to the region and attended the Boorhaman Primary School. Looking back, I really appreciated the close-knit community of teachers and parents that supported my schooling at Boorhaman and this is why I joined the Advisory Council. I work for the State Agriculture Department and have worked within agriculture across Australia since finishing university in 2003, where I studied Environmental and Civil Engineering.

Matt Joyce

I’m Matt, and with my wife Sam we have one child at St. Patrick’s – Hannah, with Emma starting in 2024. Growing up in Wangaratta, I attended St. Bernard’s Primary School then Galen College before heading to Melbourne for university. Our family have a long relationship with St. Patrick’s with several members teaching at the school over the years and by joining the Advisory Council, this is a way of giving back to the school that has served the local community for many years.

Pat Arcuri

My name is Patrick Arcuri and this is my second year at St. Pat’s as a parent of a child in Grade 1. I work as the Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care & Wellbeing) at Galen Catholic College Wangaratta. I have been a Secondary Teacher for the past 20 years and have worked as a Principal of an International school in Italy. I have a Masters of Education and Leadership and am currently completing a Masters of Theology and Education.

St. Pat’s Primary school was my primary school growing up and I have nothing but positive memories. I love the history of the school and the connected feeling of community when you walk through the gates. I am excited about the future of the school with new buildings and an extensive master plan overseeing the play area, gardens and grounds. I look forward to assisting the school and the Advisory Council as it navigates through the next chapter of its proud history.

Parents and Friends

The Parents and Friends Group at St Patrick’s is responsible for providing social gatherings which connect families, fundraising through the Annual Mayfair and other events. Over the years the Parents and Friends Group have not only raised significant funds for the school, but most importantly provided a place for parents to meet and form positive relationships which enrich our inclusive school culture.

Events

  • Assembly – Every Friday morning.
  • Twilight Sports (Annual)
  • May Fair (first Sunday of May)
  • St Patrick’s Feast Day.
  • Pancake Tuesday Breakfast – Project Compassion Fundraiser
  • Stations of the Cross Liturgy
  • Christmas Concert
  • Graduation Dinner
  • Whole School Masses (Beginning and End of Year Mass, St Patrick’s Day, Ash Wednesday)