St Brigid's Primary School
We remember with thanksgiving those
who made the supreme sacrifice for us in time of war.
We pray that the offering of their lives
may not have been in vain.
Today we dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice,
freedom and peace;
and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.
Term Two, Week Two - 28 April 2021
TERM DATES 2021
Monday 19 April - Friday 2 July
Students: Monday 19 July - Friday 24 September
Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August
Monday 11 October - Friday 10 December
Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October
Principal - Paula MacKenzie
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Jesus reminded us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend. Last weekend we remembered the ANZACS and all of our servicemen and women. Anzac Day goes beyond the 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1815. It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance today.
On Tuesday we held our ANZAC liturgy. Miss Mollie Anderton and Mr Shaun O’Neill, and the Year 5 classes led us in solemn prayer during their ANZAC Liturgy. Through their reverent guidance, the whole school community remembered the men and women who willingly sacrificed everything to give us the freedom that we share today. They encouraged us to pray for those in our armed forces today, asking God to return them safely home. We thank our Year Fives for sharing this memorable tribute to our soldiers with the school community.
As we welcome students back in Term 2, we remind families that all students should be wearing the correct winter uniform. Please ensure that our girls are wearing skirts which are the appropriate length, and all uniforms are tidy and in good repair. Children in years one to six should be wearing their school ties as this is part of our winter uniform. As part of this uniform all students should wear clean and polished black leather lace-up shoes.
I would also like to remind all students that hair must be carefully groomed to remain out of their faces and follow school policy.
Hair for girls should be:
Clean, neat and tidy
Girls’ long hair (collar length and longer) should be tied back firmly away from the face.
Coloured or dyed hair is not permitted.
Blue, White and Gold ribbons only
Extreme hairstyles are not permitted.
Hair for boys should be:
Clean, neat and tidy
Boys’ hair is to be short back & sides; hair must be well above the collar, not over the ears and the fringe must be short and well above the eyebrows.
Long sweeping fringes
Mohawks or Spiky hair to extreme
Coloured or dyed hair
Number one haircuts or razor cuts
Mullet hair styles
This term Mr Michael Sheridan from Year 5B has taken a well-earned rest as he left for a terms long service leave, we would like to welcome Mr Shaun O’Neill who will be leading Year 5B for the next two terms while Mr Sheridan is on leave. We know that Mr O’Neill will quickly become part of our school community and lead our students well in Year 5B.
Mrs Gabrielle D’Agnone-Doyle will begin her maternity leave in Week Four of this term. Mrs D’Agnone-Doyle is an amazing teacher, and we wish her well and look forward to her return in 2022. At this time, we would like to welcome Mrs Tracey Poinen to join our school community. Mrs Poinen will be leading our Kindergarten B class as well as the Three-Year-Old Program and the playgroup on a Monday. Mrs Poinen is a very experienced and passionate teacher.
UNIFORM SHOP TIMES
Presently our Uniform shop is open three days a week for parents in our school community to purchase uniforms for their children. During this term we would like to change the hours of the uniform shop as well as one of the days. For Term Two we will have the uniform shop open on the following days:
Monday Morning 8.00 – 10.00am
Wednesday Afternoon 1.30 – 3.30pm
We hope this will not cause any inconvenience to our parents. And as always, we offer online ordering.
Just a reminder for our parents that we will be holding our Kindergarten enrolments for 2022 over the next few weeks. If your child has a birthday that falls: between 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 they are eligible for Kindergarten 2022. Please ensure you have your children enrolled as we would like to ensure there is a space for all our families.
MOTHERS DAY STALLS
We are truly blessed to have the best P & F ever. Once again, they will be holding a Mother’s Day stall so our students can purchase gifts for the special people in their lives, their mums. The stalls will be run next week on Wednesday 5th May & Thursday 6th May. If you would like your child to participate, please could you send along money with your child in a named zip lock bag. Gifts range from $1 to $10. Thank you once again to our amazing P & F mums for providing this great service to our school community.
NATIONAL TESTING OF LITERACY AND NUMERACY
The national tests assess student achievement in literacy and numeracy. Students will be familiar with the test formats and the type of questions they have to answer. The main difference is that all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at schools across Australia complete the same tests on the same days. Students will have their skills assessed in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. NAPLAN will begin on Tuesday 11 May and finish on Friday 14 May.
National tests will provide information on how students are progressing, and support improvements in teaching and learning. These tests will make it easier to monitor student performance in literacy and numeracy across the nation. Over 1 million students from 9,000 schools across Australia participate in the national tests.
This information will be used to evaluate what students can do and how they perform against the national benchmarks. You can help your child by talking about these tests as a means of showing what they know and can do at this point in their schooling. Ease any anxiety by explaining that everyone in Australia will be doing this test at the same time and the testing process is an integral part of their school life.
Later in the year individual students will be given reports which will indicate their level of achievement in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar and numeracy.
Our values are what we believe to be important, right, fair and just. During our lives we will be influenced by many people and situations. As we watch, talk and listen to our family and friends, teachers, coaches and the media, we begin to develop our own thoughts and opinions about the world around us. We also begin to make judgements about others and the events that occur around us. It is important for us to have a personal set of values to help us cope with situations and make sound decisions about how to act, feel, live and treat ourselves and others.
Children begin to develop their own set of values by observing the actions and responses of others, beginning with their first teachers; you! Their values will change as they mature, but the family values that you instil in them will probably stay with them for life. To help your child develop their own values it is important that they are given opportunities to talk about their experiences and reactions to personal, local and world events; to talk about what upsets them and why. Have a family discussion about some of these issues and your own and others’ values will become more obvious: animal rights, nuclear energy, euthanasia, world poverty, extreme wealth, drugs or crime.
Our children need to have strong opinions about their world; they will be running it when we are sitting in the nursing home or fishing by the river in our retirement!
Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald
PARENT RECONCILIATION MEETING
Thank you to the parents and family members who attended the Parish Parent Reconciliation meeting last week. Fr Greg Donovan provided a most informative presentation of Reconciliation, the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Forgiving Father) and presence in our lives today. I would also like to thank Fr Liam and Fr Benny for joining us. Please continue to pray and support your child as they prepare for this sacrament of peace.
YEAR THREE RETREAT
The Year Three children participated in their annual Retreat Day as part of their First Reconciliation preparation, hosted by 24:7 Youth Ministry. By all accounts, the children and teachers enjoyed a valuable learning experience with the five presenters keeping them fully engaged throughout!
SACRAMENTAL DATES 2021
Year 3 RECONCILIATION – Tuesday 4 May 2021 (5.00pm)
Year 4 FIRST EUCHARIST – Sunday 13 June 2021 (11.00am)
Year 6 CONFIRMATION – Sunday 29 August 2021 (11.00am)
Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne
PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS
Thank you to all the parents and care givers who have attended Parent/Teacher Meetings in the last two weeks of term 1 and the first two weeks of term 2. Final interviews will take place tomorrow.
Mrs Celeice McDonnell is currently on leave and returns to school next week. Mrs McDonnell will complete 2B parent interviews in Week Three and Week Four. Parents can register from Monday 19 April at https://sobs.com.au/pt3/parent.php?schoolid=1677
Please note that these meetings are strictly 10 minutes. If you need to chat further with your child’s teacher, you will need to arrange a follow up interview outside the parent/teacher interview period.
Students in Years Three and Five will sit for various NAPLAN tests from Tuesday 11 May to Friday 14 May. Our finalised NAPLAN timetable is below. It is important to note that all testing will take place prior to recess. It is very important that students are here on these days. Please make certain that there are no dentist, doctor or other appointments at this time.
While NAPLAN does not measure everything that is important about a student’s literacy and numeracy development, it does provide each school with valuable data and every school is expected to pay close attention to trends over a number of years.
READING AT HOME
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.
Talk to your child
Ask your child to talk about his/her day at school. Encourage him/her to explain something they did, or a game he/she played during recess.
Say silly tongue twisters
Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help children become sensitive to the sounds in words.
Read it and experience it
Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.
Use your child's name
Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, "John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name. John, jump. And they both begin with the same letter, J."
Play with puppets
Play language games with puppets. Have the puppet say, "My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?"
Trace and say letters
Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter's sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.
Write it down
Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing. Working together, write a sentence or two about something special. Encourage her to use the letters and sounds he/she's learning about in school.
Play sound games
Practice blending sounds into words. Ask "Can you guess what this word is? m - o - p." Hold each sound longer than normal.
Read it again and again
Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.
Talk about letters and sounds
Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! "I'm thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmm
PAYING SCHOOL FEES
Statements were sent out via email this afternoon. Please read the email message and respond if necessary.
If you did not receive the email and statement, please contact Caroline Hunneybun via email on email@example.com.
Please do not pay fees at reception. Your statement will have Bpay details for you to pay online. If this is too difficult contact Miss Hunneybun to organise to set up Direct Debit.
IN AN EMERGENCY RECEPTION WILL TAKE A PAYMENT IF YOU BRING YOUR FEE STATEMENT WITH YOU. Payments at reception can be made on a Thursday only.
OUR CANTEEN URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP
NEW OPENING HOURS FOR UNIFORM SHOP
The uniform shop will now be open
Monday 8.00am till 10.00am
Wednesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm
These new opening times will come into effect as of next Monday 3 May 2021. The Uniform Shop will no longer be open on Friday's. If you cannot make it into the uniform shop you can email your orders through to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mrs Jo-Anne Vellis during open hours only on 6216 3865.
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.
P & F NEWS
Dear parents, caregivers and families, Term 1 went by in a flash! Hard to think we are back from holidays and into Term 2 already. Just wanted to take a quick opportunity to firstly welcome 2 new members to the P&F - our new Vice President- Heidi Nagel, and our new Secretary- Fiona Bartle. We are excited to have you both on board, and look forward to sharing the year with you as part of the P&F. Also a big welcome back to Jenny Separovich, who will continue as Treasurer for this year. Thank you for offering your time again Jenny, we are very blessed.
We were so excited to be able to run our Easter raffle this year, which was drawn just before the holidays. Thank you so so much to all the families that donated Easter eggs and Easter related items. We had a massive amount of prizes up for grabs, and it was so exciting to draw the winners. Thank you also to everyone that brought tickets to go in the draw. It's been a wonderful feeling having so many of our school community support the raffle and the P&F. We are very grateful. Congratulations to all the winners, hope you enjoyed devouring your prizes, and had a wonderful Easter break.
With Mothers Day nearly here, we will be holding our Mother's Day Stall next week. If your child would like to purchase some beautiful gifts for the wonderful women in their lives, classes will be advised of the day they will be able to come up and buy something. Please see the following note for more information.
Have a wonderful weekend, and look forward to seeing you around school.
St Brigids P&F Association.
ST BRIGID'S SWIMMING SQUAD
Come along and join the St Brigid's Swim Squad. Training takes place every Tuesday morning at Swan Active, Morrison Road, Midvale, commencing at 7am. Entry is $3.40 (no spectator fee for parents).
Swim Squad is for students in Yrs 2 to Yr 6 who are at swimming level 5 or above. Students can then take advantage of Breakfast Club at school which commences at 8.10am in the MacKillop Hall. If you have any queries, please contact Deanna (DJ) on 0419 943 901.
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!