Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

SCHOOL PRAYER

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 Eight - 17 June 2020

Principal - Luke Shaw

SEMSETER ONE REPORTING

School systems and sectors across the country have been offered flexibility in relation to reporting for Semester One 2020. The reporting and requirements for reporting for Pre-Primary to Year 10, due to COVID-19 and the disruption to learning and teaching, have been amended. On 7 April 2020, the Education Council agreed that, ‘student progress will continue to be monitored and assessed by teachers with progress reports provided to parents and carers noting that existing assessment and reporting processes may have to be adjusted to accommodate broader changes to the teaching and learning environment.’


In reporting for Semester One, schools are required to provide to parents:



  1. Information which gives an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement, report on the curriculum taught and for which teachers can make a fair and reasonable professional judgement regarding student progress. Schools are not required to report student achievement using the A, B, C, D and E
  2. Schools should include some information regarding affective domains such as attitude, behaviour, and effort. In giving feedback to parents, teachers have an opportunity to acknowledge the way in which students have coped with the challenges presented by the disruptions of COVID-19.



Therefore, in St Brigid’s Primary School Semester One Reports 2020, all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be receiving the same report format.


Every learning area will be reported on using the three-point student progress scale:



  • Above Expected Level
  • At Expected Level
  • Working Towards Expected Level



Please also note:



  • Every child will receive a General Comment. Included in this comment will be areas of concern for Mathematics and English, that were not already included in Student Summary Sheets and discussed in subsequent meetings.
  • Student reports will be made available to parents via SEQTA Engage on Friday 3 July.
  • Students working from an Individual Learning Plan (IEP) have their IEP goals reported to within their IEP document. This will also be available to parents via SEQTA Engage on Friday 3 July.
  • Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting with their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s report when school resumes next term, should this be required.
  • The school will not print reports for parents. Please do not ask staff to do this, as they will politely decline your request. If you are having issues accessing SEQTA Engage, please send an email to reports@stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au



ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOLS (AoS)

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has committed to a new Administration software platform that has been a work in progress for the last couple of years.


As the demands of modern schools increase, the services required to support schools increase faster still. AoS (Admin of Schools) is a comprehensive engine designed to integrate all of these services and unite them in one central management system. St Brigid’s Primary School have been working with staff from CEWA in preparation for the installation of AoS, to replace our current Administration system.


Please be aware that this will occur as of 10 July 2020. There will be several changes such as a new BPAY reference number and SEQTA logins.


BPAY reference number: We will send you a Fee Statement showing your current balance and updates payment details in the coming weeks. Please take note of your new BPAY reference number on the attached Fee Statement. Prior to making any BPAY payments, please update your bank account details to the new BPAY reference number.


SEQTA Engage: We will send Parents/ Carers a link to setup their accounts. All families are required to setup their new account within a week of receiving the link in order to access past reports. Please ensure you keep your username and password, in order to use this again at the end of the year.


We appreciate your patience during the transition period.


CROSS COUNTRY

Included in this newsletter is a letter from Mr Harris, explaining our upcoming Cross Country event. We look forward to finishing the school term with this exciting day.


MINIMISING OFFICE TRAFFIC

Please note that we will not be accepting payment of school fees via EFTPOS at this time, as has been the case since 19 May 2020. Parents are able to make payments via Direct Debit or BPAY. Please refer to your school fees statement for the BPAY details. The direct debit form can be found at https://www.stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au/images/DIRECT_DEBIT_FORMS.pdf. These forms can be returned with your child and sent to the office, via their class teacher. This procedure minimises office traffic while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place and also assists our office staff during the transition process to AoS.


BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT SCHOOL

As a school we have previously allowed birthday cakes and treats to be sent in and shared with the classmates of the birthday child. This practice has been suspended during this time of COVID-19 procedures. I advise all parents and caregivers that this practice will not be reinstated. As a school we endeavour to promote healthy eating habits. Parents and caregivers have a responsibility to ensure that their child/children are provided with a healthy recess and lunch. It is each parent/caregiver’s right to decide what their child eats. Providing birthday cake and/or birthday treats goes against this. Many students have dietary requirements, allergies, or healthy eating arrangements in place. It is not up to other parents/caregivers, and subsequently the school, to decide that children should be given food outside of what their parents have decided to provide them with. We need to be acutely aware of allergies, dietary requirements, and each parent/caregiver’s right to decide what food is provided to their child. The parents of the birthday child are welcome to pack a birthday treat for their child and the classroom teacher will ensure that children celebrating a birthday feel extra special within the classroom on the day. As per our Code of Conduct, it is important that all parents abide by this safety procedure.


DOGS ON SCHOOL SITE

Please note that dogs are not allowed on school site, unless they are guide dogs or specially trained to assist with the teaching and learning programme. As per our Code of Conduct, it is important that all parents abide by this safety procedure.


STAFFING NEWS

We recently advertised for a Physical Education teacher to begin in 2021, in an ongoing capacity. I congratulate Samuel Harris on his appointment to this position.


Stay safe, healthy, and happy over the coming fortnight.

Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

This Friday, 19 June, is the special Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The heart of Jesus is a symbol of His great love, which led Him to die on the cross for us. His open heart reminds us that all grace comes to us from Him, and that He is always ready to receive us if we are sorry for our sins.

By honouring the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we thank Him for His love for us, and give Him our love in return.


CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS

With the lifting of more COVID 19 restrictions, the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costello, has informed Parishes that the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist can now be celebrated again. This is a very pleasing outcome! Following, are the new dates for 2020:


First Reconciliation: Tuesday 25 August (5.00pm)

First Reconciliaton Parent Information Evening Tuesday 4 August (7.00pm)


First Eucharist: Sunday 13 September (11.00am)

First Eucharist Parent Information Evening: Tuesday 1 September (7.00pm)


Unfortunately, celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has still been deferred to a date to be decided.


BIRDS OF PREY INCURSION

The Year Five Classes enjoyed a wonderful experience yesterday, as part of their Science and Literacy Programs, with a Birds of Prey Incursion. The children got up ‘close and personal’ with Falcons, Kites, Owls, and a Wedge Tailed Eagle! Much was learned about these often-maligned raptors. A special thank you Yvonne Sitko from the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre, for introducing our students to these amazing animals.

Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne

NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

· year of schooling

· category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional

· level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

· formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools

· consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools

· develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

Individual Education Plan have been written by classroom teachers and this information will be shared with parents and guardians during meetings in Weeks 8-10 of Term 2.


READING AT HOME

Over the next few weeks, I will continue to include 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.


Make books special

Turn reading into something special. Take your kids to the library, help them get their own library card, read with them, and buy them books as gifts. Have a favorite place for books in your home or, even better, put books everywhere.


Get them to read another one

Find ways to encourage your child to pick up another book. Introduce him or her to a series like The Boxcar Children or Harry Potter or to a second book by a favorite author, or ask the librarian for additional suggestions.


Crack open the dictionary

Let your child see you use a dictionary. Say, "Hmm, I'm not sure what that word means... I think I'll look it up."


Talk about what you see and do

Talk about everyday activities to build your child's background knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension. Keep up a running patter, for example, while cooking together, visiting somewhere new, or after watching a TV show.


First drafts are rough

Encourage your child when writing. Remind him or her that writing involves several steps. No one does it perfectly the first time.


Different strokes for different folks

Read different types of books to expose your child to different types of writing. Some kids, especially boys, prefer nonfiction books.


Teach your child some "mind tricks"

Show your child how to summarize a story in a few sentences or how to make predictions about what might happen next. Both strategies help a child comprehend and remember.


"Are we there yet?"

Use the time spent in the car or bus for wordplay. Talk about how jam means something you put on toast as well as cars stuck in traffic. How many other homonyms can your child think of? When kids are highly familiar with the meaning of a word, they have less difficulty reading it.

SCHOOL NEWS

CANTEEN ROSTER

Please Note: We are now able to have volunteers return to help out in the Canteen. If you can assist please call into the Canteen and let Kylie (our Canteen Manager) know when you are available.

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: admin@stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au 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.


PLEASE NOTE: We are having issues with obtaining some stock due to the current global situation.. We have found ourselves without size 6 track pants and size 8 track top and pants and at this stage we are uncertain of when these items will be restocked by our supplier..

CHICKEN POX ALERT (VARICELLA)

There has been a reported case of chicken pox within the school. Symptoms include fever, fatigue and a generalised rash characterised by small vesicles (blisters) that rupture to form crusts. If your child shows any of these symptoms please consult your GP.

ST BRIGID'S SWIM SQUAD

Swim Squad has temporarily been cancelled. We will advise you when it re-commences.

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.

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Please note that Playgroup has been cancelled for the time being. Thank you for your understanding

P & F NEWS

P&F MEETING

We look forward to meeting at school on Wednesday 24 June at 9:00am. As usual, we invite any interested parents/caregivers to attend our meeting.


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:

Gilberts Fresh - register for a shopping card and with every shop, Gilberts will then donate back 1% of the money spent by you to our school. And they have some great fruit and veg!

Midland IGA - With each shop you can request that your shopping amount be added to St Brigids Primary School. This then adds up over the year and IGA present the school with a cheque at the end of the year.

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.

Ponytails and Fairytales

Hair accessories to suit both school uniform and faction colours. Letters will be going out in the next few weeks giving you the opportunity to purchase some beautiful accessories which in turn helps fundraise for your school

St Brigid's P & F

Karryn 0409 293 198

Jo 0418 954 821

stbrigidspfa@gmail.com

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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!

P: 0484302073

E: stbrigidsmiddleswan@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au

ST BRIGID'S PARISH - CHURCH UPDATE

The Parish is now trialling an online booking system for limited mass seating. Please click on the link below to make your booking:-

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/st-brigids-catholic-church-midland-tickets-1056375587852

If you do not have access to the internet please contact the Parish Office on 9274 1495 during office hours and the ladies in the office will make the booking for you.

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