Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

I love the Lord because he hears my prayers

and answers them.

Because he bends down and listens,

I will pray as long as I breathe!

Psalm 116:1-2

Term Two, Week Ten - 23 June 2021

TERM DATES 2021

Term Two

Monday 19 April - Friday 2 July

Term Three

Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September

Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August

Term Four

Tuesday 12 October - Friday 10 December

Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October

Principal - Paula MacKenzie

Dear Parent and Caregivers,

We have a growing number of students that are exhibiting signs of anxiety and other social and emotional concerns. I have been researching on ways to help alleviate this stress in children and are looking for ways to support our students at St Brigid’s. I have spoken with a number of schools and looked at research to determine the best course to take. I believe that introducing a Wellness/Therapy dog into our school will be a feasible strategy to help reduce the level of anxiety for our students.


The benefits of a Wellness/Therapy Dog at school are endless. The research informs us that they can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for a dog can help children grow up more secure and active while providing valuable companionship.


The intentions of the Wellness/Therapy Dog are to try and reduce and alleviate the amount of stress, anxiety and other social and emotional concerns, and develop a sense of belonging within our children at St Brigid’s Primary School. We as a school, are doing everything we can to help lower the impact of these conditions by having a Wellness/Therapy Dog at school. We know pets are kind, nonjudgmental and a great companion to share and care with. Our Wellness/Therapy Dog will always be your friend.


If you go on to our website, you will notice there is now a special section on the Wellness/Therapy dog. It will hold the policy in regards to having a dog on site, ways for children to approach the dog and hygiene. Shortly we will begin showing photographs of the furry friend of our school. The dog chosen has been specially bred, it is a Cavoodle, they do not shed hair. While no dog is 100% allergen free this breed is recognised as being one of the hypoallergenic breeds.


The puppy was born two weeks ago and will not join us until August/September. We are going through our records to see if any children are allergic to dogs or have fears. We would just like to inform our parents and caregivers of our intention to introduce a dog to assist our students. This does not mean that family dogs are allowed on school grounds only our Wellness/Therapy dog will have access to school grounds.

REPORTS

Reports will be sent home in the last week of this Term. You will find them on SEQTA. This is a paperless and online system. Each family have their password and the ability to download the report.


We are indeed fortunate to have such passionate and enthusiastic teachers who are working so well to ensure you have an excellent knowledge of the progress of your child in their class. Much time is spent working through the data and personal knowledge of every student in their class. Make sure you take time to sit with your child and read through the report. It is a wonderful opportunity to read the report with your child and let them know the things that they have done well and those items they may need to work a little harder on. This should be an affirming discussion and a way of helping them see their potential and how proud you are of their effort.

UNIFORMS

I have noticed that a number of our students are choosing not to wear our uniform correctly, this is very disappointing. When parents join our school, they are advised that we have a uniform code, and all agree to abide by this code. Therefore, it is disappointing to find that once students begin to attend that parents feel they are able to change the standards that we have set for our school. I have noticed the wearing of black sport shoes instead of our black leather lace up shoes as well as socks that are not St Brigid’s socks. We also have students wearing their sport jackets on non-sporting days instead of the school jumper.

I have seen outer jackets that have been purchased in non-school colours. Shorts that have not been purchased from the uniform shop but have been purchased from Kmart and Big W. Some students are opting not to wear the school tie which is standard for our winter uniforms. School bags that are not the St Brigid’s School bag, this is a compulsory item for all students in Pre-Primary to Year Six.

I appreciate that parents are busy and at times it seems a minor issue, but it is important to maintain our standards. During the holidays I would like to ask parents to check their children’s uniforms and ensure we are all working within the school parameters. I thank you for your support in this manner.

LEARNING SELF CONTROL

All children need to learn self-control; it needs to be taught and reinforced. Children need to learn to deal with frustration and to control their disappointment when they do not get their own way or what they want. Managing these times can be very frustrating and challenging for parents, but there are positive and effective ways to help children learn self-control.

Children learn self-control when parents use effective discipline to manage misbehaviour that is consistent, immediate and decisive. Set out below are a number of strategies that assist in developing self-control within children:


1: Establish Clear House Rules:


Children require limits to learn what is expected of them and how they should behave. A few basic house rules that are fair and easy to follow are important to establish ‘baseline’ expectations. The rules should tell children what to do rather than what not to do. eg. Speak in a pleasant tone, keep your hands and feet to yourself.


2: Rule Breaking Learning:


When a child occasionally forgets a house rule it is important that you use it as a learning opportunity. Discuss with your child why their actions are not appropriate or acceptable, then describing or getting your child to suggest the correct behaviour. The correct behaviour can then be practiced.


3: Deliberately Ignoring Some Misbehaviour:


Sometimes minor attention seeking behaviour is best ignored. The child does not get a reward for the behaviour. As soon as they stop the misbehaviour, reward them for doing this! This usually sends a very powerful message about what is acceptable and what is not. Of course, do not ignore more serious misbehaviour; act quickly and decisively.


4: Give Clear and Calm Instructions:


The way you give instructions influences whether children cooperate or not. The following steps are important:

a) Get close and gain your child’s attention.

b) Tell your child what they are to do (John, it is time to come inside, please wash your hands.)

c) Give your child time to cooperate (Pause briefly to give your child time. eg. 5 seconds)

d) Praise cooperation.

e) Repeat the instruction, but only once!


5: Back Up Your Instructions with Logical Consequences:


If your child does not comply, then choose a consequence that fits the situation.


The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

LOCKDOWN AND EVACUATION PROCEDURE

Every school in Australia holds lockdown and evacuation procedures throughout the school year. It is rather like insurance, you hope that you never need to use one of these procedures in real life scenarios. However, every term we need to practice to ensure our students know how to follow each of the procedures. The fires at the beginning of the year were a timely reminder of the need for practicing these procedures. This term we are discussing the lockdown procedures with our students, and we will practice the drill this term and next term.

We tend to hold lockdown procedures in the colder months of the year and fire evacuations procedures in the warmer months due to the needs of staying in the room or leaving the rooms.


In the last three schools I have worked at as Principal, lockdown has been required for the following reasons: a swarm of bees (three times), a mob of kangaroos as well as a dugite snake that came to visit. Each time we needed to call a lockdown, the children responded brilliantly because of their training. As each situation took place, children were supported by staff and parents.


As we begin the practice of each of these procedures, we like to inform parents so that you can speak with your children to ensure there are no concerns and let them know this is a part of life. Lockdowns and evacuation procedures are part of any work place and should be viewed as common practice. Thank you for your support in this area.

God Bless,

Paula MacKenzie

Principal

Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald

Prayer


God our Father

As we go about our life today,

may Your Spirit go with us.

Help us in our efforts to be

participants in the lives of our children

In ways that are helpful to their

development as persons made

in your image and likeness.

Amen.



FIRST EUCHARIST

Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion recently. You were a credit to yourselves and those who helped you prepare. A special thank you to Miss Footman, Mrs Giorgiante & Mrs George for your instruction and guidance, and to Miss Mitchell and Mrs Yeo, and the children who sang in the choir. Thank you to all staff members who contributed in any way to make this a beautiful occasion for our Communicants. Our sincere appreciation to Fr Benny and Fr Liam, for your spiritual guidance and leadership.


SACRAMENTAL DATES 2021

Year 6 Confirmation – Sunday 29 August 2021 (11.00am)

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - COLETTE WAYNE

SWIMMING LESSONS
Began on Monday and are progressing well. Thank you parents and caregivers for your support in ensuring that students come prepared for their lessons. Sending an extra towel with your child would be helpful, so they have a dry one for the bus journey back to school.


SEMESTER 1 REPORTS

Student reports will be made available to parents via SEQTA Engage on Tuesday 29 June.

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.


READING AT HOME during the holidays


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 favourite 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

Last weekend three of our amazing netball teams took to the field to participate in the South Midlands Association Netball Carnival in Gingin.


The weather was terrible; it was cold and raining, but our amazing teams played well and by the end of the carnival had some great results.


Our Year 2/3 team were undefeated. The Year 5 won 3 of their 5 games and drew another. The year 6 team finished top two in their division earning a place in the grand final. They went down to Mindarie 9 – 14 but they played like champions, never giving up.


Congratulations to our amazing teams and our very supportive parents, and netball coaches and umpires. What a fantastic outcome from a great game! You are all to be commended

RUNNING CLUB

WHEN: Every Tuesday 3.15pm - 3.45pm

WHERE: Main School Oval (meet in the undercover area)

COST: Free

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.

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


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.

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.

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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.

ST BRIGID'S SWIMMING SQUAD

Due to the pool closure at Swan Active, Swim Squad has temporarily been postponed until a new venue can be found.

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

Mercedes College Presents Annie

Annie is one of the best known and loved musicals of all time. Set in 1930s New York City, Annie is an orphan who never gives up hope that one day she will find her parents and sticks to her belief that tomorrow will always be a better day. Annie goes on a series of adventures, meeting Sandy the dog and millionaire Oliver Warbucks and eventually finds the family she has always been looking for. Big production numbers, huge cast and lots of fun and laughs are in this show. Bring along your students and join in the fun of Annie.

Mercedes College is renowned for their outstanding musicals. More than 100 students will perform this musical at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.

To book tickets please visit www.ticketek.com or contact Ticketek directly on 1300 364 001.

We hope to see you there!

St Vincent de Paul 2021
Winter Appeal.


St Vincent de Paul Society is asking our wonderful St Brigid’s Community if they would help in their 2021 Winter Appeal.


Items that could be donated that provide assistance to those in need are blankets, beanies, socks, gloves, sleeping bags and tins of food.


Please leave any donations at the school office in the baskets provided by end of term 2.

Thank you.

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Mercedes College is currently interviewing for Year 7 2023 & 2024, with limited places available for Year 7 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.

Looking for work or a career change?

Can you see yourself working in a school?

Need help to find work in the coronavirus craziness?

Schools and other organisations are regularly hiring people for the following roles:

  • Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen, education assistants and many other roles.

Starting in July 2021, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one-semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school or elsewhere. The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, education assistant and any other types of work.

We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong. This course is suitable for existing gardeners, cleaners, administrators etc., and people looking to change career or people looking for a return to work.

The course includes:

• Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills

• Work experience in a school or other organisation

• Help and support to find work

• Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support

• Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria

Entry requirements:

• 18+

• Strong work ethic

• Good oral and written communication

• Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles

• Must be able to send and receive emails

• Successful completion of an entry interview

• Working With Children Check and a Department of Education Clearance

Course details:

  • Dates - Starts Wed 21st of July and finishes Thu 9th of Dec 2021 (20 weeks)
  • Days - 3 days per week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
  • Cost - Approximately $170 (subject to change) total course fee for full 20 weeks
  • Location - North Metro TAFE Leederville and on work experience
  • Qualification - GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) Certificate I

If you would be interested in this course then please email:

Trudy Smith

trudy.smith@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

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