Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love

But the greatest of these is love.


The Book of 1 Corinthians


You will find as you look back upon your life

That the moments when you have truly lived

Are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.


Henry Drummond

TERM DATES 2021

Term Three

Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September


Term Four

Tuesday 12 October - Friday 10 December

Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October

Term Three, Week Ten - 22 September

Principal - Paula MacKenzie

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


The School Advisory Council has been preparing the plans for our new extension of the Year One Classrooms as well as the new outdoor learning areas for the Pre-Primary and Kindergarten. As a Council we have worked on the plans for the past two years and now we are ready for the commencement of the build. Demolition will begin on Tuesday 28th September, this is a very exciting time for our school.


To make this all possible you may have noticed that Year 1A moved into the library last week and will remain there until the end of the year. Year 1B will be moving on Thursday into the Helping Hands classroom, they also will stay in this room until the end of the year. Helping Hands will begin running from the Kindy A classroom from the beginning of next Term which is Tuesday 12th October. At the beginning of 2022 Helping Hands will return to their previous room.


We envisage that the build will be completed by February ready for the start of the new year. We thank the staff for the amazing way they have effortlessly moved rooms and the way they have helped our students transition so smoothly.

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Enrolments/Cancellation

Presently we are enrolling many students for 2022 which is wonderful. This is a friendly reminder if you need to enrol your child for kindergarten 2022 and you have not done so yet please do so, as we are filling up quickly.


Also, if you are intending to move schools could you please fill out the cancellation form on the website or ask for a form from the front office. We have a number of families who are on our waiting lists and are ready to join our school. Once we have the cancellation form we can offer the children a place.


Summer Uniforms

Just a reminder that when Term Four begins the children will be in their summer uniforms once more. Please ensure that the girls uniforms are long enough, we find at times that children particularly in the older years have a growth spurt and require a longer uniform.

Bedtime Routines

How much sleep is enough for your child? Research indicates that children 6 to 9 years old need 10 to 11 hours sleep a night; 10- to 12-year-old need an average 9 to 10 hours sleep and adolescents need 8 to 9 hours sleep each night, however there may be times when they need more or less.


How do you know if your child is getting adequate sleep? Sleep deprivation can add up over time. An hour less per night adds up to a full night’s sleep by the end of the week.


Lack of sleep can mean your child:


  • May experience difficulties at school because they are having trouble concentrating, focusing, or completing tasks.
  • May have a shorter fuse - more short tempered and less tolerant at home and at school, increasing their risk of experiencing behavioral problems.


Therefore, lack of sleep can contribute to your child experiencing more difficulty with managing their day and gathering the confidence and positive experiences they need to develop a sense of achievement and happiness.


Creating a bedtime routine can assist children develop healthy sleeping habits. Younger children need parents to set a bedtime routine:


  • Make the bedroom a relaxing and secure environment.
  • Ensure adequate warmth and comfort.
  • Include a night light for children who dislike the dark.
  • Allow children to read and relax in bed prior to sleep.
  • Create a quiet time prior to bedtime for intimacy and sharing and the opportunity for the child to wind down. This can be a time to tell a story or read to your child.
  • Decide on a bedtime, making sure you remind your child half an hour prior, so they are prepared when it is bedtime.
  • Soft music or a favourite story tape can assist your child to settle and relax.


There is no set way to help your child become a good sleeper, but with the right supports, every child can become a good sleeper. The important thing is to be persistent and consistent with your bedtime routines.


God Bless and may you have a wonderful and relaxed break. We look forward to seeing you return next term on Tuesday 12th October.

Assistant Principal - Michael Sheridan

“Witnesses do not lose themselves in words, but rather they bear fruit. They do not complain about others and the world, but start with themselves. They remind us that God is not to be proven, but shown; not announced with proclamations but witnessed by example” – Pope Francis via Twitter

Important Mass & Liturgy Dates in Term 4

Please be aware of the following Mass & Liturgy dates in Term 4.


  • Grandparents Liturgy Tuesday 26th October (Week 3). Lead by our Year 3 childre
  • All Saints Mass at St Brigid’s Church, Monday 1st November (Week 4). Lead by our Christian Ministry
  • Year 2 Liturgy Tuesday 9th November (Week 5)
  • Blessing of Nativity Crib Tuesday 30th November (Week 8)
  • Graduation Mass (Evening) Wednesday 1st December (Week 8)
  • Pre-Primary Nativity Assembly Friday 10th December (Week 9)


We hope that you can join us to celebrate these special occasions.

SCHOOL NEWS

INTER HOUSE FACTION CARNIVAL PARENT LETTER - Please read below:-

LOST PROPERTY

We have a chair which was left behind after the Junior Carnival last week. If you believe it belongs to you and you are able to describe the logo on the cover, please call into the school office.

SCHOOL CANTEEN

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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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CANTEEN ONLINE ORDERS

If you have placed an on line order through QuickCliq and your child is unwell or the canteen is closed, you MUST cancel your order before the cutoff time of 9.00am by going on line and following these instructions:


Log into your QuickCliq account -> click Active/Cancel order -> Scroll to the right -> click Cancel against the order.

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 uniform@stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au or contact Mrs Jo-Anne Vellis during open hours only on

6216 3865.

PLEASE NOTE:

School Bags & Track Pants (all sizes) are now back in stock.

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.

SCHOOL BANKING

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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!

P: 0484302073

E: stbrigidsmiddleswan@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au

COMMUNITY NEWS

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PRIMARY SCHOOL

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

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