St Brigid's Primary School
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
We get new ideas from God every hour of our day
when we put our trust in Him
but we have to follow that inspiration up with perspiration
we have to work to prove our faith.
Remember that the bee that hangs around the hive
never gets any honey.
Albert E. Cliffe
Term Three, Week Two - 28 July 2021
TERM DATES 2021
Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September
Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August
Tuesday 12 October - Friday 10 December
Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October
Principal - Paula MacKenzie
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
St Brigid’s is an amazing school that began in 1902, it has a strong focus on education as well as community. We have been blessed to have so many wonderful Religious Orders form our school who have been a guiding light for us for the past 119 years. Christ is central to our being and when we look at our past, we know we have had so many amazing people join us on our journey.
On Friday 6th August we will be holding our Founder’s Day celebration. On this day we stop and celebrate Mass as a community we invite all parents and caregivers to join with us and thank all those who came before us and those who will travel along side us in the future and those that are present with us now.
We look forward to the Mission Stalls where every class is involved in helping raise money for our many missions. We thank all those generous parents who give their time to run the stalls on behalf of the classes. It really is a joyous day with much laughter and cheer.
We thank our diligent P & F for organising the Sausage sizzle so that all children may purchase a yummy lunch. Order forms have been sent home and will need to be returned to the school office by next Wednesday 4th August.
Our teachers have been very busy preparing great activities for the children to participate in, throughout the afternoon. It should be a wonderful day. A big thank you to all the parents that sent in items for the market, we really appreciate your support.
CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL
It was a cold and windy day, but our students were sensational at the Cross Country Carnival. Mr Harris and Mr Sheridan were so proud of our students and the way they performed on the day. The cross country is the most grueling of all carnivals because it is a distance race, and it truly challenges all children who participate in the events. I am so proud of our students and would like to congratulate each and every one of you. Thank you also to our wonderful parents who braved the day to support our students.
PERFORMING ARTS/BIBLE READING
Around this time of the year, we have the opportunity to participate in the Performing Arts, this is a wonderful festival that is held every year. This year we are involved in the choir as well as Bible Reading. I am aware that a number of our children also participate in solo events, I would love to hear from parents so that we can acknowledge our amazing students. This year we would like to congratulate Dakshinaa Rao, Rosheen Thompson and Patrick Balbido for their outstanding performance in the Bible reading section of the festival. Their reports stated that they were each amazing and that their eye contact and confidence were awesome. I am so proud of each of you and would like to thank you for your dedication and diligence in this area of the festival, we are all very proud of you.
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT SCHOOL
“What happened at school?” “Nothing!” Does this sound familiar? You know that your child has had a full and engaging day at school; been involved in many activities, had experiences and social interactions. Often children feel that their school experiences are not important or interesting. Parents, on the other hand, do genuinely want to know how their school day was. This can result in a sort of cat-and-mouse game; the parent probes, the child evades, the parent asks again, the child evades again, and so on. Usually, it is the parent who gives up first.
Most children can be exhausted after a long day at school and discussing their day is the last thing on their mind. When they get home, they generally need a healthy snack and some ‘tune out’ time before they are ready to share some of their day with you. Listed below are some of the strategies that families use when asking the “What happened at school?” question.
Create a family ritual in which everyone shares something about their day at dinner. Start by talking about your day. Make sure that everyone has a chance to talk, but also has the option of ‘passing’ if they don't feel like contributing.
Rather than posing a general question, ask about a specific event or class. For example, ‘How was the big assembly?’ or ‘What did your class do in sports today?’ Try to phrase your questions to invite answers that are longer than ‘yes’, ’no’ or ’OK’. Questions that begin with ‘What did you do in ...?’ are often better for this purpose than ones that start with ’How was ...?’ or ’Did you ...?’
When your child does respond, give them your full attention. Let them know that you're listening by asking clarifying questions, such as ‘Do you mean that….?’ or ‘Let me make sure I understand…’ Keep open channels of communication with your child's teacher. Teachers who know that you are interested and friendly are usually glad to keep you abreast of what's going on. You can also grease the wheels of communication by offering to help out in the classroom or on excursions from time to time.
Respect your child's privacy but let them know that you are open whenever they feel like sharing their thoughts. When children don’t feel they are being continually ‘forced’ to talk about their whole day, they will often willingly recall special parts of their day.
Assistant Principal - Michael Sheridan
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday July 25, 2021. He elevated a theme that he has sought to promote since his inauguration homily as pope in 2013, when he said one of the duties of being a Christian is protecting the elderly.
Earlier this year, on Jan. 31, when he announced the establishment of the special day, Francis said, "The Holy Spirit still stirs up thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly today."
"Their voice is precious because it sings the praises of God and safeguards the roots of peoples," he continued. "They remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between generations, passing on the experience of life and faith to the young."
The World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly is to be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July on the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Jesus' grandparents.
For Francis, who has returned to the theme on scores of occasions over the last eight years of his papacy, including in a book and a forthcoming Netflix documentary, securing the link between generations is essential now more than ever in a church seeking to reemerge in a post-pandemic world.
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY PRAYER
I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended. Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.
Our Year 6 children are currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are a parent of a candidate please make yourself aware of the important dates in the lead up to this special day. Could we all please keep these children in our prayers that the Holy Spirit may come upon them.
SACRAMENTAL DATES 2021
Year 6 Confirmation – Sunday 29 August 2021 (11.00am)
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - ALAN MORRISON
I would just like to provide a brief introduction of myself. Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your warm and friendly welcome to St Brigid’s Primary School. I have been a teacher for approximately thirty years in five different schools within the Catholic Education System in WA. My most recent experience was at Mother Teresa Catholic College, Baldivis as Head of Primary, Assistant Principal, Year 7-10 Religion and Digital Technologies teacher and the Digital Technologies Coordinator across the College. Prior to this position I was Principal at Our Lady of the Cape Primary School, Dunsborough for eight years and five years as Principal of St Bernard’s Primary School in Kojonup. I was also Assistant Principal at St Joseph’s Primary School in Queens Park and before that, taught for eleven years from Year 3 to Year 7 and as an ICT specialist for 2 years.
I have a strong passion and interest in all things digital. During 2015, I travelled to the United States studying Digital Educational Technology at Kansas University and undertaking a Master’s of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. I have a Bachelor Degree in Education, majoring in Computers in Education.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children and have enjoyed my first week and a half at St Brigid’s.
WHY SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR SCHOOL ON TIME?
- It is important that children arrive in school on time everyday for a number of reasons.
- It is the legal responsibility of parent/carers to ensure that children attend their registered school on time each day.
- If a child is late they miss important information about the days activities.
- A child that is late will miss school work.
- Children that arrive in good time for registration are able to talk to their friends before school and settle into the school day with them.
- A child who is arriving late to school may feel sad, embarrassed or unsettled.
- A child that is late disrupts staff and other children.
TOP TIPS FOR BEING ON TIME
- establish good bedtime routines so your child has enough sleep, and doesn't struggle to get out of bed in the morning
- invest in a good alarm clock - and engage your child with setting it each evening!
- establish good morning routines
- make sure they have breakfast (or come to our breakfast club at school)
- prepare lunches and snacks the night before
- put out uniform the night before
- pack school bags the night before - you don't want to be searching for musical instruments, books/book bags or PE kit in the morning!
- leave bag and shoes near the front door
- get into the habit of completing home learning in the evening instead of trying to complete at the breakfast table
- keep keys in the same place so they are easy to find
- build in a 'time cushion', leaving home in plenty of time in case of delays in the journey.
If you have any particular challenges or difficulties in arriving on time for school, please talk to your child's class teacher, Mr Alan Morrison (Assistant Principal) or Mr Michael Sheridan (Assistant Principal).
Term 3 Fee Statement went out to families last Thursday.
If you didn’t receive a copy, please check your partner’s email address as well as your junk folder. If it’s not there, please contact Caroline Hunneybun on firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
- Families on a recognised payment plan via Direct Debit through their bank account or credit card - NO ACTION REQUIRED. This statement is for your record. Please however note if some of your payments have been declined you will need to make up this amount. Please contact Ms Hunneybun to discuss how this can be undertaken.
- Families on Bpay paying fees as per Payment plan ie weekly / fortnightly or monthly – NO ACTION REQUIRED
- Families on Bpay paying fees adhoc are asked to make sure at least 50% of fees are paid by 5th of August with fees paid in FULL by the end of Term 3.
- Families who have not made any contributions towards settling their account are asked to ensure that 50% is paid by 5th of August with fees paid in FULL by the end of Term 3.
- Families who have made special arrangements to settle fees either with the Principal or Ms Hunneybun – NO ACTION REQUIRED
If you have any concerns or queries please contact Caroline Hunneybun.
WHEN: Every Tuesday 3.15pm - 3.45pm
WHERE: Main School Oval (meet in the undercover area)
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.
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 email@example.com or contact Mrs Jo-Anne Vellis during open hours only on
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.
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!
Day: Every Friday during school term time
Start: Friday 30 July
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Swan View Youth Centre
Enrolment: All participants must be enrolled before starting group. Please direct anyone who is interested in joining to our website https://www.spectrumspace.org.au/social-groups/eoi/ or to call us on 9431 2111.
More information about our groups
Using a strengths-based approach, our social groups connect young people on the spectrum with others and provides opportunities for social interaction, engagement and fun. Designed for specific age ranges, the social groups offer a regular program of events and activities for members. Our social groups provide a place where teens can come to have fun, develop new friendships and learn new skills, doing the things teenagers like doing! It enables them to begin to apply social skills in a natural conversational environment. Participants are invited to make decisions on what they would like to do throughout the term, both individually and as a group. As an NDIS provider, participants can use their plan to access our services, but we also have subsidised rates for those without NDIS funding.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email or call 08 9431 2111.
Thanks very much,