Family Schools Partnership

The Western Port Cluster involved in Family School Partnerships consists of St Joseph’s Crib Point, St Mary’s Hastings, St Brendan’s Somerville and Padua College Tyabb campus. The cluster was formed for the purpose of strengthening links between these schools, their staff, students, parents and broader community for the purpose of learning opportunities that will enhance the learning outcomes and wellbeing of those in our care. It’s also about building relationships in our community and caring for each other.

The Western Port Cluster Community Cooking Program:
In Term 2, 2016 the Western Port Community Cooking Program was launched to assist families in their school community who experienced the sudden death of a parent, major illness or the birth of a baby, to name a few examples.
Parent volunteers gathered in the kitchens at the Tyabb campus and cooked curries, lasagnes, sausage rolls, casseroles, soups and other delicious items that you can see filled our freezer. These items are then distributed to families in need across our three primary schools and the Parish of Western Port. This is a very practical way to help and show that we care. The feedback from those who received our food was overwhelmingly grateful and positive. They also loved what we cooked!

The Western Port Cluster Community Cooking Program is hosting a cooking night at Padua Tyabb on Thursday 25 May commencing at 7pm and finishing by around 9pm.  We need your help and ask that if you would like to come along and help us fill our freezer then please email Anne-Marie Houlihan at 
If you would like to support our Community Cooking Program financially, we would welcome your donation. At this point, due to OH&S requirements we cannot take donations of food.

Please forward your name, email address, telephone number and the school your child(ren) attend and Anne-Marie will be in touch. We need around 30 volunteers for the evening and it will be great to get parents involved from all our schools. We anticipate that we will repeat the cooking night each term and if you want to be on our database then we would welcome your involvement. We certainly understand that you may be available sometimes and not others. The food we cook will be provided and the ingredients along with the recipe ready upon your arrival. With the recipe and all ingredients there waiting for you means all you need is clean hands and an apron. We are calling for volunteers from across our four schools and a good night is guaranteed.

Please note that the Padua Parent Group run a similar program that I run as a parent of the College. This is for the cluster and the Padua Parent Group Cooking night is Wednesday 17 May. Parents from Padua are welcome to attend either or both.

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