St Brigid's Primary School
Term One Week Two - Feb. 9th 2023
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we embark on a new school year, we come to you with gratitude and hope.
We ask that you bless this new chapter in our lives and guide us along the way.
Give us the strength to face the challenges that come our way and the wisdom to make the right choices.
Help us to focus on our studies and to seek knowledge and understanding in all we do.
Bless our staff and give them the patience, passion and dedication they need to inspire and guide us.
May we develop positive relationships with our classmates and work together in harmony. Above all, dear Lord, help us to grow in character and to become the best versions of ourselves. Help us to be kind, compassionate, and respectful to all those we meet.
We pray this in Jesus’ name.
TERM DATES FOR 2023
Principal - Paula MacKenzie
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The collaboration between parents and school is essential for the student’s academic and personal growth. When parents and the school work together, they provide a supportive and nurturing environment for the student, promote effective communication, and ensure that the student is receiving the best education possible. Schools can involve parents in the educational process by keeping them informed about their child’s progress, involving them in school events and activities, and encouraging their involvement in decision-making. On the other hand, parents can support the school by being involved in their child’s education, volunteering, and advocating for their child’s needs. A positive relationship between parents and the school can lead to improved academic outcomes and a better overall experience for your child.
What a wonderful start to the school year, our students were keen to begin their first day and the result was many happy and smiling faces. It was great to see our families return as staff have been very busy for the past two weeks preparing for our students.
This year all school stationery was purchased by the school and is waiting in classrooms for your children to use. The stationery order was not placed on the school fees. The school advisory council wished to help parents with the cost of education, and this was seen as a positive way to assist parents and caregivers.
PARENTS & FRIENDS (P&F)
P & F groups are a fantastic organisation in every school. They provide a way for parents and community members to be actively involved in the educational experience of students. Some further benefits are:
- Increased support: P & F groups can help to build strong relationships between parents, teachers, and administrators and provide additional support for the school and its students.
- Improved resources: P& F groups can raise funds for school programs and resources, such as technology, equipment, and facilities, which can enhance the educational experience for students.
- Stronger Community: P & F groups can bring together families, teachers, and community members, promoting a sense of community and shared responsibility for the education of the students.
- Student engagement: P & F groups can provide opportunities for students to participate in school events and programs, encouraging their engagement and involvement in the school community.
- Enhanced Communications: P & F groups can facilitate open and regular communications between the school, parents and the community; promoting transparency and understanding.
In conclusion, our P & F provides numerous benefits for our school and the students they serve, by promoting collaboration, increased support, and enhanced resources. Think about joining us and becoming an active member of our community.
Our first P & F meeting will be held on Thursday 16th February at 3.30pm in the Pre Kindy classroom, children are welcome to come with their parents to the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there. All members of our community are welcome, bring your ideas and join in.
For those who are interested there will be a PSPWA Parent induction Evening held on Thursday 2nd March at 6.00pm St Peter’s Primary School Inglewood (103 Wood Street) to discuss the new P & F Terms of Reference.
THE POWER OF POSITIVE PARENTING
We are delighted that the Child and Parent Centre of Swan are hosting two events in our school this term.
The Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a parenting program aimed at promoting positive and effective parenting practices. It emphasizes the importance of positive relationships between parents and children and helps to develop skills to manage your child’s behaviour effectively, reduces stress and builds strong, healthy families. The program is considered important because it provides practical, evidence-based strategies, increase family harmony, and prevent problems such as child behaviour problems.
The first session is being held Thursday 23rd February from 12.30pm to 2.30pm it will be held in the Pre-Kindy room. This session is based on the five key principles that form the basis of the Triple P program:
- Ensuring a safe engaging environment
- Creating a positive learning environment
- Using assertive discipline
- Having a reasonable expectation
- Looking after yourself as a parent
The second session is being held Tuesday 9th March from 12.30pm to 2.30pm it will be held in the Pre-Kindy Room. This session introduces parents to six core building blocks for children manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with life stress. These competencies are:
- Recognising and accepting feelings
- Expressing feelings appropriately
- Building a positive outlook
- Developing coping skills
- Dealing with negative feelings
- Dealing with stressful life events
To register your interest please contact 9247 5101 or email@example.com
The Midvale Hub Parenting Service offers a range of parenting programs to assist you to grow happy healthy children. Individual assistance with parenting is available for any parenting concerns you may have, just talk to one of our Parenting Educators and they will be more than happy to listen and provide practical support and skill building.
Our Parent Information and Support is offered through:
Parenting programs for groups and individuals
Individual and group support sessions
Please click on the below link to view the workshops and programs that are being offered this school term for 2023.
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHTS
Parent information nights are held to provide important information to parents about the school, their child’s education, and any updates or changes in policies and procedures. This year parent information nights will take place in week two and three, please take the time to join us and be involved with your child’s teachers.
- Communication: parent information nights provide a platform for teachers, schools and staff to communicate important information to parents.
- Awareness: The events help to keep parents informed and aware of what is happening in the school, the curriculum and their child’s education.
- Collaboration: The events provide and opportunity for parents to ask questions, voice their concerns. This fosters a sense of collaboration and a shared commitment to the education of the students.
- Community building: parent information nights provide an opportunity for parents to meet each other, build relationships, and form a supportive community.
- Encouragement: Parents feel more involved in their child’s education and can provide encouragement and support for their child’s academic and personal growth.
So, we look forward to seeing you on the evening supporting your child’s education and growth.
Our Play group is up and running in our school community. All parents and children from birth to 4 are welcome to attend. The sessions are being led by our Pre Kindy-Teacher Mrs Bonnie Faed. Play group is a time for you to come with your child and join in with play. It is an ideal time to leave your phone behind and engage with your child and other members of our community. The session takes place on a Monday morning at 9.00am til 11.00am. A gold coin donation is appreciated, but your presence is the most important part of our play. Look forward to seeing you there.
THREE YEAR-OLD PROGRAM
Our Three-Year-Old Program focuses on providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to play, learn and develop social skills, as well as introduce basic concepts such as numbers, letters and shapes. The goal of our three-year-old program is to support the growth and development of our children and prepare them for future success in school and beyond.
We began the year with our Wednesday group of three-year-olds and due to the success of our program and the high demand of interest we will be introducing a second group for Term Two. If you have not yet enrolled your child in this worthwhile program, please feel free to send in an application form as we begin interviews for the next group of children in the upcoming weeks.
THE ESSENCE OF PARENT AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
At times there is a need for parents to work with the school when we are seeing behaviours that are inappropriate at school. It is one of the most difficult conversations you need to have, and it can be uncomfortable for parents to hear and staff to share. We are here to work with you and to help support your child so that they can flourish and develop. When we work together your child will benefit and this is a shared goal. There are many reasons that children behave inappropriately at school, and I will mention a few but this is not the total list, and every child and circumstance is different. Our goal is to work with you and support you and your family.
- Mental health issues: if a child is struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue, it may be difficult for a parent to hear and accept.
- Bullying: if a child is being bullied at school, it can be difficult for a parent to hear, especially if they feel helpless in finding a solution.
- Poor academic performance: if a child is not performing well in school, it can be difficult conversation for a parent to have, as they may feel they are not providing their child with the necessary support, or they may not know how to help their child.
- Inappropriate behaviour at school: If a child is struggling with their behaviour and it is challenging parents may find this hard to hear and we are happy to share ways to support you and your child.
- Special need Concerns: if a child is not progressing as they should and there are behaviours that we are seeing that may require extra assessment. This can be a sensitive issue and we are here to work with you. We are not experts, but you may need to be referred to those who are to assist your child.
These are just a few examples, but there can be many other difficult conversations that parents may need to have but remember we are on this journey with you and wish to support you and your child. Open communication is the best way to tackle all concerns. If we work as a team, then children will benefit and in turn families.
God Bless you
Assistant Principal - Alan Morrison
As you are aware the school uses an app called Seesaw to allow teachers to communicate general notices and update you on work your child has been completing in class. In the past some parents have used a feature to allow you to directly message teachers. After a review of the system and to conform to CEWA policies, the school has turned off the direct messaging for all families as a method of communication. If you need to directly message a teacher, you can do this via email using the teacher’s CEWA email address.
Please ensure your child is wearing the correct school uniform. We still have a number of students wear the incorrect uniform or parts of the incorrect uniform.
- Black running (sports) shoes are NOT part of the formal school uniform. Students are to wear black leather shoes (as per Uniform Policy) unless a medical exemption has been provided.
- Sports shoes are NOT allowed to be worn with the formal school uniform.
- Nail polish is NOT allowed at any time.
Over the past few days, we have received numerous concerns from parents about cars and students who use the gravel carpark in the mornings and afternoons. Please be aware that the gravel carpark belongs to St Brigid’s Parish, it does not belong to the school, and they allow us to use it to deal with the overflow of cars in the mornings and afternoons.
Some areas of concern that have been raised:
- Parents not exiting their vehicle and allowing their child to walk to the school gate by themselves through the carpark.
- Students walking through the carpark unsupervised to their vehicle in the afternoon.
- Parents speeding through carpark.
- When moving not watching out for parents/students walking through carpark.
- Parents not parking in an orderly manner.
- Not supervising own children in the carpark – allowing children to run around cars while talking with other parents in the afternoon.
Please note, if you park in the gravel carpark, you MUST walk your child to the front gate of the school in the mornings and then collect them from the front gate of the school in the afternoons. There is a kiss and drop lane that is available in the gravel carpark available for use in the mornings and afternoons.
NO student will be allowed to walk unsupervised (by a parent/caregiver) to or from their vehicle in the morning or afternoon through this carpark. There have been a couple of close calls with students running or not been seen while walking through this carpark.
For the health, safety and wellbeing of ‘all’ our students, the above concerns need to be addressed immediately, or as a last resort we will be forced to close the gravel carpark.
Assistant Principal - Tony Corbett
ASH WEDNESDAY EXPLAINED......
Ash Wednesday is popular with children because ashes are such a tangible symbol. People of all ages love when the spiritual is made physical, when they can touch and feel something real. The Church gives us sacramentals such as blessed ashes, palms, rosaries, and candles to help us open up to God’s grace. Explaining the meaning behind the ashes is important for children to understand why they are walking around with dirt on their foreheads.
I like to explain Ash Wednesday using a visual, such as a bowl of ashes or fine dirt. I let the children feel its grittiness and make crosses on the back of their hands with it. I tell them that the ashes come from burnt palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass. Palms are a living plant, and a symbol of victory and triumph, but they are burned to dust and become a symbol of sorrow and repentance.
To help children understand the meaning of the ashes, I explain the two prayers that might be said as the ashes are marked on the foreheads of the faithful.
“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
This phrase comes from God’s response to Adam (Genesis 3:19). God reminds Adam of the effects of sin and of humanity’s dependence on God. Read Genesis 2:4–9, and explain that the breath of God sustains all living things. Adam and Eve turned away from God when they ate from the tree of knowledge. When we mark our foreheads with ashes at the beginning of Lent, we are indicating that we are turning back to God.
“Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Wearing ashes on our foreheads is a tradition of repentance that comes from the Old Testament. There are several stories that mention ashes, but one that is easy for children to understand is the story of Jonah. When Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh, the king covered himself in sackcloth and ashes and ordered the people to do the same (Jonah 3:6–9). Ashes and scratchy clothes were a way for people to be humble before God and show that they were willing to make a big change in their lives. We are marked with ashes for the same reason: to show that we are willing to change. The physical symbol—ashes—is for our benefit. God knows what is in our hearts; the ashes remind us to turn our hearts toward God.
The Church gives us Lent as a time to change, to become a better version of ourselves, and to become more like Jesus. The ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday remind us of our call to repent and believe in the Gospel. The disciplines of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—help us prepare for Christ’s victory on Easter.
- By Darcey Osby
I have read many of Father Richard Leonard’s Homilies. I’ve also flown him over to Perth to speak to staff. He has an amazing perspective of life. His words below will hopefully make you smile and reflect.
After Quasimodo's death, the Archbishop of Paris sent word through the streets of Paris that a new bell ringer was needed at Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Archbishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and went up into the belfry to begin the screening process. After observing several applicants demonstrate their skills, he had decided to call it a day when an armless man approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer's job.
The Archbishop was incredulous. ‘You have no arms!’
‘No matter’, said the man, ‘Observe!’ And he began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the carillon. The Archbishop listened in astonishment, convinced he had finally found a suitable replacement for Quasimodo. But suddenly, rushing forward to strike a bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the street below.
The stunned Archbishop rushed to his side. When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moments before. As they silently parted to let the Archbishop through, one of them asked, ‘Your Grace, who was this man?’ ‘I don't know his name’, the Archbishop sadly replied, ‘but his face rings a bell.’
The following day, despite the sadness that weighed heavily on his heart due to the unfortunate death of the armless campanologist, the Archbishop continued his interviews for the bell ringer of Notre Dame. The first man to approach him said, ‘Your Grace, I am the brother of the poor armless wretch that fell to his death from this very belfry yesterday. I pray that you will honour his life by allowing me to replace him in this duty.’
The Archbishop agreed to give the man an audition, and, as the armless man's brother stooped to pick up a mallet to strike the first bell, he groaned, clutched at his chest, and died on the spot.
Two monks, hearing the bishop's cries of grief at this second tragedy, rushed up the stairs to his side.
‘What has happened? Who is this man?’ the first monk asked breathlessly.
‘I don't know his name’, sighed the distraught Archbishop, ‘but he's a dead ringer for his brother.’
There are some Catholics who think that a humorous story should never begin an Ash Wednesday sermon. After all, over the centuries this season has been marked by the call to tough acts of self-denial and penance. And rightly so. But today’s Gospel tells us it’s not just the acts of mortification that are important, but that even more central is the attitude that accompanies them. Jesus tells us that when we deny ourselves anything, we should not put on a show but be discreet and go about our lives as normal. The Preface to today’s Mass goes as far as describing Lent as ‘this joyful season’.
Lent, then, is the time when warning bells are rung for us to live life to the full because one day we will die. And if we want to prepare for the best possible, most loving and peaceful death, then being selfless, sacrificial and generous is the way to live, not only because others benefit from our denial of self, but also because Jesus showed us that this is the way to eternal life.
So let’s wash our face, anoint our heads, not babble like the pagans, and joyfully face up to death because of the selfless way we want to live our lives.
- Father Richard Leonard. SJ
WEEKLY DAD TIPS FROM THE FATHERING PROJECT.
It’s important to encourage positive attitudes to learning. Recent research shows that fathers have a significant impact on academic achievement. We also know children’s attitude towards learning and school is also very strongly influenced by their father.
If you model and encourage a love of learning from the start, you will be setting your child up for success throughout their life.
1. Praise their efforts. Encouragement from dad goes a long way. Tell your child how proud you are of them when they try hard and have a positive attitude toward learning. You could reward by doing something together they enjoy.
2. Be positive about school. Even if you have some not so positive memories of school or learning yourself, allow your child to create their own experiences. Speak positively about going to school and learning.
3. Promote a positive mindset in your children to help them see the benefits and enjoyment that can be found in learning and improvement.
Dad joke of the week
"My 4 year old son can't say
"please" in Spanish. That's poor for four..."
SACRAMENTAL DATES AND ENROLMENT 2023
Dear Parents in Year 3,4 & 6
For families wishing to enrol their children into the school/parish Sacramental program, please read the below very carefully.
Part A: Click on the below link to access the Parish information site and Sacramental Enrolment Form. Please Note: Form must be completed before the Commitment Weekend
Part B: Attend a Commitment Mass, Pick up Part B (Sacramental Pledge), put your child's name on the top and sign the pledge, follow the instructions in the Sacramental program enrolment mass Booklet for handing in the form.
Note: Attendance at sacramental parent meeting compulsory
2023 Sacramental Dates for all children enrolled in St Brigid’s Primary School or attending St Brigid’s Parish Catechist Classes. (For all others please contact the Parish Office):
Commitment Mass for all Sacraments:
- 18th & 19th February during any weekend Mass
- Reminder attendance at parent meeting is compulsory and part of the enrolment
Reconciliation Parent Meeting:
- Tuesday 21st March 7.00pm - St Brigid’s Church. Both groups.
- Tuesday 2rd May, (St B Primary) 5.00 pm.
- Tuesday 13th June (Church Catechist class) 3.30 pm
Eucharist Parent Meeting:
- Tuesday 30th May, 7.00pm - St Brigid’s Church. Both Groups.
- Sunday 11th June, 11.00 am.
Confirmation Student Retreat:
- Friday 4th August
Confirmation Parent Meeting:
- Tuesday 8th August, 7.00 pm - St Brigid’s Church. Both group
- Sunday 20th August 11am St Brigid’s
Assistant Principal Religious Education.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TROY KINGMA
Troy Kingma has been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2023 Aquathlon Championship.
This team will be competing at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Devonport Tasmania.
State representation is an honour and often represents a significant stepping stone in the ultimate achievement of senior and national selection. School Sport WA works
very closely with State and National Sporting Organisations to ensure that school sport forms a significant part in the sequential development of the school student.
The best gift any parent can give a child is the love of books and the joy and benefits of independent reading for fun. Children who read at home, or are read to, have a head start on reading success in school.
Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home this week, which cater to a wide range of children’s reading levels and interests. Order forms and money will need to be placed in a ziplock bag or envelope and dropped into the the Admin Office Mailbox by Wednesday 15th Feb.
If you have placed an online order through QuickCliq and your child is unwell or the canteen is closed, you MUST cancel your order before the cut off time of 9.00am by going online and following these instructions:
Log into your QuickCliq account -> click Active/Cancel order -> Scroll to the right -> click Cancel against the order.
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 Opening Hours
Monday 8.00am till 10.00am
Wednesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm
ONLINE UNIFORM ORDER FORM
If you need to place an order please click the below link, complete the form and either sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can send the form in with your student to be handed into the office.
It is compulsory for all students at St Brigid’s Primary School to wear the correct uniform at all times according to our uniform code. All students in Pre-Primary to Year Six are required to wear the school uniform as specified below. A note of explanation is required if the correct uniform is not being worn. All items of clothing are to be clearly marked with the student’s full name to ensure all property is returned to them if misplaced. We expect the support of parents/carers in ensuring that this uniform code is adhered to at all times and any queries or concerns are addressed promptly.
To avoid the end of school year rush we suggest you take this opportunity to visit the Uniform Shop during opening hours Monday 8:00am – 10:00am or Wednesday 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Alternatively you can submit a Uniform Order Form via the link Uniform Order Form and email it to email@example.com or alternatively can be handed in at the office.
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/#.
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