St Brigid's Primary School
Dear Father in heaven,
We thank you for our School, our families, our friends and our environment.
Help us make our School a better place, by being more like St Brigid,
who loved, helped, cared and shared.
Thank you for all the people who do things for us.
Bless us all today and everyday. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our lord. Amen
Term Two, Week Four - 20 May 2020
Principal - Luke Shaw
A RETURN TO REGULAR TEACHING & LEARNING
It has been great having all students back at school this week engaging in regular classroom teaching and learning. This has been a welcome return, for staff and students alike. The positivity and buzz around the school has been fantastic to see. Thank you to our staff for making this transition as smooth as possible and to our parents for their ongoing support.
We will be holding a Merit Award assembly on Friday 29 May, at 2:30pm. Given current circumstances, this will take place virtually. The assembly will be streamed into classrooms through Microsoft Teams, with each recipient being called to the Administration Block to receive their merit award. This will allow every student in the school to join in celebrating these achievements, from their own classroom. This recording will then be shared with parents via our school Facebook page. We look forward to our first Merit Award assembly in quite some time, albeit in a different format.
I am currently working with Steve Duncan, our (Network Manager), as we begin initial discussions regarding an update of our school website and school app. We are seeking feedback from parents and caregivers regarding the current use of our school app. I ask that parents and caregivers complete a short survey, using this link https://tinyurl.com/ybaz6sz5. The information provided will help us in our decision-making process.
PUPIL FREE DAYS – UPDATE
As advised during the recent school holidays, our Professional Development Days (Pupil Free Days) originally scheduled for 1 May and 8 May needed to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. I can now confirm the new dates for these Professional Development Days (Pupil Free Days). As a reminder, I have also included all other remaining Pupil Free Days for 2020.
Monday 20 July (Rescheduled from 1 May)
Friday 21 August (Rescheduled from 8 May)
Monday 24 August (as planned)
Monday 12 October (as planned)
Our Professional Development Days on Monday 20 July and Friday 21 August will see our staff engaged in professional development, focusing on the Talk for Writing approach. More information regarding this, and our move to using this as a whole-school approach, can be found in Colette Wayne’s section of the newsletter.
PRE-KINDY & KINDY 2021
Enrolment interviews for Pre-Kindy and Kindy 2021 are now underway. At this point in time, enrolment interviews are taking place via video chat, through Microsoft Teams. This allows me to have a conversation with each family, just in a different format. This process has worked well so far. The school will provide the information required to access Microsoft Teams, when families book their interview time. When things return to normal, families who have had an online enrolment interview will be offered the opportunity of a school tour. We will return to a face-to-face format for enrolment interviews when we are able to do so. If you are interested in having your child attend Pre-Kindy or Kindy at St Brigid's in 2021, I encourage you to contact the office to book an enrolment interview. It is important that families complete the relevant paperwork and partake in an interview as soon as possible, in order to secure their child's place.
Stay safe, healthy, and happy over the coming fortnight.
Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne
READING AT HOME
READING BOOKS ARE BEING SENT HOME AGAIN
Over the next few weeks, I will be including some tips that may support you with home reading. Nightly reading forms an important part of homework here at St Brigid’s and research strongly supports fostering a love of reading at home. It is important that children are listened to when reading and also read to by an adult or more capable reader.
Read together every day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
Give everything a name
Build your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"
Say how much you enjoy reading
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favourite part of your day.
Read with fun in your voice
Read to your child with humour and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
Know when to stop
Put the book away for a while if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
Discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
Read it again and again
Go ahead and read your child's favourite book for the 100th time!
Talk about writing, too
Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Point out print everywhere
Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
Get your child evaluated
Please be sure to see your child's paediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child's language development, hearing, or sight.
NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
This event will take place virtually at St Brigid’s on Wednesday 27 May. The title of the book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford.
TALK FOR WRITING
The Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett, enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.
The staff will be involved in two Professional Development days in Term 3 as we move towards implementing The Talk for Writing approach as a whole school.
SCHOOL WINTER UNIFORMS
As previously advertised by Mr Shaw on 14 May 2020, students from Years 1 to 6 should now be wearing their full winter uniform on their non PE days.
“As we are in Term Two, all students are asked to be in full winter uniform. Given current circumstances, I will allow time for students to transition to full winter uniform. I ask that all students are wearing full winter uniform by Tuesday 2 June.”
School Photos will take place on 3 and 4 June. All parents are asked to please return the photo forms to the front office by Wednesday 27 May. Due to current restrictions, there will be no outside of school siblings photos. We would really appreciate your assistance in ensuring that your child is in full winter uniform.
A NOTE FROM THE UNIFORM SHOP
If you would like to order uniforms for your children you can download an order form from our website or from the link below then email your order to: firstname.lastname@example.org Jo will then process your order during uniform shop hours being: Monday and Friday mornings from 8am to 9.30am and Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.
FUN IN PRE KINDY
NOTICE FROM COMMBANK SCHOOL BANKING
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused. We will notify you when banking will recommence.
Please note that Playgroup has been cancelled for the time being. Thank you for your understanding
P & F NEWS
Details have been sent out on both the St Brigid's Primary School Facebook page to go into the draw to win a Stephanie Alexander garden for our school. The competition is run through Coles and you can enter by doing the following -
1. Download the colouring in sheet and consent form
2. Get your child/children to colour in the colouring sheet and take a photo or scan the picture
3. Send the picture/scan along with the consent form to email@example.com
The colouring sheet and consent form can be found at https://stikeez.coles.com.au/#competition
3 winning entrants will each receive a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden base membership for a year and a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden built in their chosen school or Early Learning Centre valued at approximately $10,000 OR a cheque to the nominated school/ELC for the value of the garden ($10,000) to be used for kitchen and fresh food related items for the students such as appliances, cookware, benches, pantry items. The Garden prize will include the installation and planting of wicking beds with various herbs, fruits and vegetables seeds or plants.
BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE
We have been lucky to secure a date for this year's Sausage Sizzle fundraiser at Midland Bunnings. This is being held on the 24th October - so still a long way till then, but just in case you would like to pop this in your calendar. We will be looking for helpers on the day, and we always appreciate our school community coming along and supporting our school by popping down to grab a sausage sizzle or two.
YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL JUST BY SHOPPING AT ANY OF THE BUSINESSES LISTED BELOW:
Athletes Foot - The School Rewards Program is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to your school. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in store range of adults and/or kids sports, school, work and casual shoes.
Before & After School Care
UNABLE TO MAKE IT IN TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN?
BOSS ASKED YOU TO STAY LATE OR COME IN EARLY?
NEED TO HAVE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF?
Parents, we are here to support you and your children in before and after school hours! We offer a secure, safe and exciting environment for your children to thrive and be a part of a socialized group while you are busy.
Please note an enrolment form and 1 days' notice is to be given to make your casual bookings for your children.
We are here to help! Enrolment forms are now online https://www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au/register/#.
Vacancies Available Now!