St Brigid's Primary School
Put your own mask on First!
If oxygen masks were needed when flying, the flight attendant always recommended parents attend to their own mask first before assisting their children.
Looking after yourself should be the same.
Like the safety talk on an airplane, this is something we know
but few of us fully pay attention to.
We need to be okay as people first, so we can be there for our children. Whatever putting
your mask on first looks like for you (spending time with friends, going for a walk or meditating, etc), it’s these small acts of self-care that are important to us and
ultimately our children’s well-being.
How do you put on your mask?
Term Three, Week Four - 10 August 2021
TERM DATES 2021
Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September
Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August
Tuesday 12 October - Friday 10 December
Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October
Principal - Paula MacKenzie
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The above mentioned prayer was the opening prayer at the recent CSPWA (Catholic Schools Parents WA) conference. This is an annual event where our parents gather to listen to some amazing speakers and join as an association. It is always a memorable occasion with a gathering of like-minded people. At the conference dinner there were several awards presented to the communities in our Catholic Schools. The awards night is all about building Positive School Communities and recognising the wonderful work that is being done within our schools. There are five categories that all look at the way groups work within the school. There is a Parent group, a Parent, a Parish, a Principal and a Special Award, the Agnes Weymouth Award. Each has special judging criteria, and each was recognised on the night. We had three nominations from our school which was very exciting.
Our first nomination was for Karryn Purchase our P & F President
We have been blessed to have Karryn Purchase as part of our community, she is a dynamic woman of immense love and compassion who constantly strives to help all in our community. She has been an active and inspirational member of our P & F for many years. She joined our community six years ago and quickly became an integral part of our P & F. When our numbers were very low, she stepped up to Co-President then President, she has held this position for the past four years. She has been a tireless worker for our school community and is seen at every event helping and bringing joy and love to all she meets.
The events that Karryn creates are all about building community spirit and about enjoying spending time together.
She is a driving force within our school and is a tireless worker in every event that takes place. Her sense of humour and her "anything is possible" approach has seen our community spirit lift and soar.
She is quick to find out the staff needs, and she works beside me to help ensure our school is well resourced. Karryn is an awesome support and makes my life as Principal so much easier. She does not just fundraise in our school she is the face and heart of our school. The community feel very comfortable in her presence, and she is very well respected by all.
We have so many projects on the go at St Brigid’s and Karryn is always offering her assistance in how we can make each project a reality. She is extremely keen on Education and will actively research and support the school’s needs, it is all about the children in our school and how she and the P & F can help. She is an industrious and dedicated woman; we love her dearly.
Our Second Nomination was for Principal, I was very honoured to be nominated by our community.
And lastly, our third nomination was for the Agnes Weymouth Award which is to recognise any member of the school community who actively supports the school by working in partnership for the best outcomes for all. I believe that every member of our community is aware of the amazing work that Peter Constable, our sensational groundsman, does every day. You will see Peter at every event held in our school making a difference. He has that amazing attitude of nothing is too much trouble for our school community. You will see him at P & F events cooking up a storm on the bbq, putting up bunting and setting up lights. He is always prepared to help out even on weekends to ensure our school looks amazing and is working well. He continually goes above and beyond for our students, staff and parents. He is a real go getter who thinks outside the box. On Friday night Peter Constable was the winner of the Agnes Weymouth Award. This is a wonderful achievement and Peter is a worthy award winner.
This amazing man goes above and beyond in all that is asked of him, is so generous of his time, and is always wearing a smile. We are so truly blessed to have Peter as our groundsman. He is a treasured member of our school, and we love all that he does. Congratulations Peter.
I know as a community we would all like to acknowledge our awesome people and thank them for all they do for our school community Peter and Karryn thank you for being amazing members of our community. We truly appreciate all you do.
CELEBRATION OF OUR FEAST DAY
What an amazing celebration was held last week when the school gathered for our special feast day. A big thank you to Father Liam for celebrating Mass with us, what a perfect way to begin our celebrations. At Mass we were able to recognise our amazing founders who helped to shape our school. Our school opened in 1902 and has a great history, we know that our school will be around in many years to come. Our mission fete was a great success the children were so excited, and the day ran well. Thank you to Michael Sheridan for organising the day, our wonderful staff, and our amazing parent helpers who helped the day run smoothly you are all to be congratulated. To our P & F for running the yummy sausage sizzle on the day, and to everyone who helped out, we thank you. What a great way to celebrate our traditions and have fun in the process. Well done everyone.
The major task for us as parents is to support the development of our children into adulthood, so that they become functioning, well-adjusted members of our community, with a strong sense of self-worth and self-discipline. Children need to learn how to live in a family so that they know how to live within a community.
Limit-setting and creating boundaries for acceptable behaviour provide children/young people with valuable lessons in learning how to manage their frustrations, how to get on with others and how their actions impact on others.
The role of boundary setting encourages:
Development of self-control, so that children learn how to deal with strong emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear.
Respect for others’ rights: to speak politely, respect others’ belongings and learn manners are important life skills.
Appropriate expression of emotions. Talking about feelings can help prevent misunderstandings and develop the ability to care for his/her own emotions and eventually others.
Building self-esteem through praise and positive feedback for when things go well.
Self-reliance and self-confidence through experiencing their ability to cooperate and problem solve effectively.
Development of habits which will support their ability to function well at school, at home and in the community.
Having a number of clear, age-appropriate rules which apply to everyone in the family allows everyone to know what is acceptable. As they grow, rules and boundaries need to begin to shift to ensure that young people have the opportunity to begin to take more responsibility and learn from their experiences.
Assistant Principal - Michael Sheridan
Our Year 6 children are currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are a parent of a candidate, please make yourself aware of the important dates in the lead up to this special day. Thank you to the parents and sponsors that could join us at last night’s information evening. Could we all please keep these children in our prayers that the Holy Spirit may come upon them.
Confirmation will take place at St Brigid’s Church in Midland at 11:00am on Sunday the 29th of August.
Last week we celebrated our Founder’s Day, where we honoured the founders of our school including St Mary MacKillop, Sisters of Mercy, Franciscan Friars and the Sisters of St Joseph. The day began with Mass honouring Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop. Thank you to Father Liam for celebrating this with us. We then continued our celebrations with the very popular mini fete. This was a huge success and we were able to raise over $2700. This money will go to the Missions and help people in need. Thank you to the children, staff, P&F and parents for your contribution. The day concluded with some classroom activities linked to our Founders.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY
We look forward to celebrating this very important day on our calendar, where we will honour the special role Mary played in Jesus’ life and her assumption into heaven, body and soul. This will take place at school in the MacKillop Hall on Friday 13th of August at 9am. Thank you to the Year 5’s, who will be leading the Mass.
BISHOP'S RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT (BRLA)
Congratulations to our Year 5 and Year 3 children who completed the BRLA last week. They all gave it their best and we look forward to seeing the results so we can continue to best support the teaching and learning of Religious Education.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - ALAN MORRISON
STATE SCHOOL ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Wednesday 18 August selected students from Years 4, 5 & 6 will be attending and participating in the WA Schools Orienteering Championships. This event will be held at Fred Jacoby Forest Park, Mundaring. Mr Sam Harris, along with other teachers, will accompany the students on this day. Students will be travelling by bus, leaving school at 9:00am sharp and returning by 3.00pm. The official start time for the event is 10:30am. We wish our students all the best and good running!!
SWIMMING LESSONS (Pre-Primary - Year 2)
I remind all Pre-Primary to Year 2 parents that swimming lessons will be taking place over the last two weeks of this term (Monday 13 to Friday 24 September). Swimming permission notes will be sent home tomorrow (Thursday 12 Aug). Please check your child’s bag for this permission note.
All permission notes MUST be returned to your child’s classroom teacher by next Friday 20 August.
Spare copies of permission notes will be available in the front office
CODE OF CONDUCT
At St Brigid’s Primary School, we believe that each child is a precious gift from God created as an individual with his or her own unique gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to cherish each child and create an environment which enables all children to experience the joy and wonder of our world.
We acknowledge parents as the first educators of their child. We share a strong partnership with each family and encourage parents to become involved in the school. Our home/school relationships are based upon on- going communication, openness and trust. Parents are supported in understanding their role alongside the school and together we support the child to achieve their true potential.
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
The Code applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable. The term ‘parents’ includes guardians.
The Code of Conduct includes the following Conduct Statements: –
- You act safely and competently.
- You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
- You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
- You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
- You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
- You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.
- You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.
- You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students.
- You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
- You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
- You act reflectively and ethically.
- You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.
WHEN: Every Tuesday 3.15pm - 3.45pm
WHERE: Main School Oval (meet in the undercover area)
YEAR GROUPS: Pre-Primary - Year 6
PLEASE SUPPORT THE SCHOOL CANTEEN
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays are the busiest days for the canteen. If you can't help for the entire day that's not a problem, we would be grateful if you could help between the hours of 11.15am to 12.30pm. As a "thank you" for your help, the canteen will provide you with lunch, a cold drink and bottomless cups of tea/coffee. Please call into the canteen and have a chat with Kylie (our canteen manager) to let her know when you are available.
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
The Uniform Shop Is Open
Monday 8.00am till 10.00am
Wednesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm
If you cannot make it into the uniform shop you can email your orders through to email@example.com or contact Mrs Jo-Anne Vellis during open hours only on
St Ems (St Brigid’s Emergency Meals) Appeal 2021
We are reaching out to you in the hope that you can assist us in supporting a school community activity called St Ems (St Brigid’s Emergency Meals). Many years ago a small group of very committed members of the school community started St Ems. Those wonderful members donated meals via the school to families that might be going through a hardship such as family sickness, hospital stays or bereavement.
We need your help to make St Ems a success. Please consider making a donation of store bought or home cooked meals. Your contribution will make a difference to our community members in need. Some examples of meals include pasta dishes, stews, curries, rice dishes, soups or sweet treats. Ideally we would like to put together a roster system to ensure that there are always meals available for families in need however a one off donation is also greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in participating in this wonderful initiative, please see the form below for more information.
Can you volunteer? We need your help with the School Banking program!
Our students really enjoy participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program and to keep this program running we need your help.
The program requires a volunteer School Banking Co-ordinator to facilitate the banking and distribution of School Banking rewards. The School Banking is processed at the same time each week and will only take a small amount of your time. Your help with the program will greatly benefit students as they practice saving skills and also help our school with fundraising.
Currently, School Banking day is Wednesday morning, in the Mackillop Hall.
If you are interested in volunteering for this great program, please contact Nicole on 0403363816.
Before & After School Care
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.
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!
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Day: Every Friday during school term time
Start: Friday 30 July
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Swan View Youth Centre
Enrolment: All participants must be enrolled before starting group. Please direct anyone who is interested in joining to our website https://www.spectrumspace.org.au/social-groups/eoi/ or to call us on 9431 2111.
More information about our groups
Using a strengths-based approach, our social groups connect young people on the spectrum with others and provides opportunities for social interaction, engagement and fun. Designed for specific age ranges, the social groups offer a regular program of events and activities for members. Our social groups provide a place where teens can come to have fun, develop new friendships and learn new skills, doing the things teenagers like doing! It enables them to begin to apply social skills in a natural conversational environment. Participants are invited to make decisions on what they would like to do throughout the term, both individually and as a group. As an NDIS provider, participants can use their plan to access our services, but we also have subsidised rates for those without NDIS funding.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email or call 08 9431 2111.
Thanks very much,