St Brigid's Primary School

Term Two Week Two - May 3rd 2023


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

FAITH Consider it pure joy…. Whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. - The Book of James



Monday 8 May - Pupil Free Day - Staff PD Day (RE Theology PD)

Friday 12 May - Mother's Day Morning Tea & Assembly From 9:00am

Monday 5 June - WA DAY Public Holiday

Friday 30 June - End Term 2 all students.

Please note:

Dates are subject to change, please also refer to the Term Planner on our Website.

Principal - Paula MacKenzie

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week our students celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our Parish church along with their families and staff. It is a blessing to see so many for our families join us as we welcome our young students into the faith life of our Church. We saw so many of our beautiful students presented to Father by their parents and this is always a highlight for our school and community.


We were delighted on Thursday 6th April to have a visit from Woolworths who hopped into our school with an array of fruit and vegetables as well as a host of eager eggs for our easter raffle. A big thank you to the wonderful support from Woolworths. Our senior leaders and some of our pre-primary students join representatives from our local Woolworth store to receive the eggs and fruit.


A Big thank you to Mr Corbett and our Students who volunteered to lead our ANZAC service on Thursday 27th April.

ANZAC Day is an important National Day of Remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is held on April 25th each year. It commemorates the sacrifice and service of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in various wars, including World War I, and honours those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is important for students at school to remember ANZAC Day because it teaches them about the history and significance of the sacrifices made by soldiers in the past. Remembering ANZAC Day is an important way for students at school to learn about history, honour those who have served and sacrificed, and develop important values such as empathy and national identity.


You may notice our new gates to the school. This is another initiative from our School Board. The Staff gate remains for staff to enter, we ask that parents do not park in this area please.

The new gate at the front of the school will now open automatically at 8.30am every morning and will remain open until 9.15am when it will close. In the afternoon it will automatically open at 2.30pm and close at 4.30pm. During the day if you wish to come through the gate, you may buzz the front office and they will open the gate for you. When you go to leave simply press the button on the pole and it will open. We hope this will make it easier for parents to access the school as the old gate was very clunky and difficult to open and close particularly with prams. This will also ensure the gate opens at the same time every morning so that you do not need to wait for staff to open the gate.


With the new gates we ask that parents who will be using the Helping Hands service to enter through the gate closest to the hall this gate will remain unlocked, and we ask that parents shut the gate as they enter and leave the area. Parents who are not using helping hands service please do not walk through the gates unless you are accessing the uniform shop, or you have an interview with a teacher or staff member. The automatic gates will open for all parents at 8.30AM.


On 9th May at 6.30 -8.30 pm, you have the opportunity to listen to and be part of 3 secrets to happy families. Dr Justin Coulson will be speaking at La Salle at the senior lecture Theatre. Dr Justin Coulson is the co-host and parenting expert on Channel Nine’s parental guidance program. He is an international speaker, and La Salle and St Brigid’s are co hosting this event. Please consider joining us and you may receive your free tickets by using the QR code. We look forward to seeing you there.


This term we have a number of staff who will be enjoying their long service leave. This term Mrs Bree Clatworthy is taking a well-earned rest and I know she is looking forward to going over seas at this time we welcome Kim Rozario to our school community, I know you will make her fell very welcomed in our school.

Mr Mike Sibbald is also on leave this term and again Mike is travelling overseas with his wife, at this time we would like to welcome Josipa Rullo to take on the science with a passion.

I will also be on System Leaders Renewal Leave this term and I will be away from week three to the end of term. I would like to inform you that Mr Alan Morrison will be Principal during my leave. Alan has a wealth of Principal experience and I know that he will lead our school well during my absence. Mrs Miranda Peters will be Assistant Principal while Alan is our Principal during Term Two.

News on Halogen Leadership Conference

Hello Parents and Caregivers and Students,

On Monday 20th March last term, we had the opportunity to attend the Halogen National Young Leaders Day, we had a great day. We loved to meet like-minded students and hear from some amazing speakers and to learn their stories on inspirational speeches to youngsters like us. We learned that we should never give up on how far we have come and always follow our dream.

We got to meet some inspirational people such as Mathew Pavlich a famous AFL player. Eliza Greene is a professional surfer. The Hon Simone McGurk MLA who is the State labour member for Fremantle as well, an author James Foley.

We also got to take some photos with them


I would like to share with you a beautiful prayer that I think sums up mothers most beautifully. It is entitled “Mothers” and gives us a little snapshot into these incredible people in our lives.

By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into the sixth day working overtime. An Angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"

The Lord answered and said, "Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not elastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands."

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No way!" said the Angel.

The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!" "And that's on the standard model?" the Angel asked.

The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head is to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair is here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."

The Angel tried to stop the Lord. ” This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish." "But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower."

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord." "She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?" asked the Angel. The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate." The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak." the Lord objected. "That's a tear!" "What's the tear for?" the Angel asked. The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."

The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything for this one. You even created the tear!"

The Lord looked at the Angel and smiled and said, "I'm afraid you are wrong again. I created the woman, but she created the tear!"

May God bless and enrich your lives daily. Have a peaceful and happy Mother’s Day on the 14th May

Paula MacKenzie


Assistant Principal - Alan Morrison


All children in Pre-Primary to 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. Full sports uniform is to be worn on class physical education and sport days only. At the beginning of the school term students will be advised by their classroom teacher two specified days when year groups have Physical Education and Sports classes. On PE day students are to wear their faction polo and on Sports day students are to wear the blue and white polo. When cold, students may elect to wear the school track suit.

I have noticed a few students not wearing the correct school uniform or not wearing ‘all’ pieces of the uniform correctly. Some issues:

· Incorrect hair cuts

· Incorrect school shoes

· Shoes not polished

· Incorrect school socks

· No tie

· Not wearing tie correctly

· Shirts not tucked in

· Wearing wrong uniform School/Sports on wrong days

Please ENSURE that your child wears the CORRECT uniform every day.


Over the past few days, we have received several concerns about parents speeding in the parent carparks. Please always drive slowly and carefully as we have lots students moving about in the mornings and afternoons. Please slow down and stay vigilant.


Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening. Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. (The national definition of bullying for Australia schools)

Signs of bullying

Each individual student who has been bullied or is bullying others will respond and act differently. A student's behaviours and moods can also change for a variety of reasons. However, the following are some signs that may indicate a student is experiencing bullying.

Signs a parent may report:

• doesn't want to go to school

• changes their method or route to school or are frightened of walking to school

• changes in sleep patterns

• changes in eating patterns

• frequent tears, anger, mood swings

• unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches

• missing or damaged belongings or clothes

• arriving home hungry.

Students who are more likely to be bullied are also more likely to:

• feel disconnected from school and not like school

• lack quality friendships at school

• display high levels of emotionality that indicate vulnerability and low levels of resilience

• be less well accepted by peers, avoid conflict and be socially withdrawn

• have low self-esteem

• be relatively non-assertive

• be different in some way.

A student who bullies may:

• repeatedly tease, imitate or make fun of the same targets

• feel the need to dominate or control others

• show no compassion for someone who's experiencing bullying

• repeatedly exclude or ignore the same target

• whisper behind their backs on a frequent basis.

Students who frequently bully others are more likely to:

• feel disconnected from school and dislike school

• demonstrate good leadership skills

• demonstrate good verbal skills and ability to talk themselves out of trouble.

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On behalf of the staff of St Brigid's we will be holding a morning tea to celebrate and thank all mums and female caregivers for the wonderful role you undertake each and every day. Please join us for a morning tea commencing after the Year 4 Mother’s Day Assembly in the school hall. The Year 4 Assembly will start at 9.00am. Your child/ren will also be able to join this morning tea with you.

We would like to put together a slideshow of yourself with your child/ren to show. If you would like to participate, please email one (1) photo of yourself with your child/ren to to add to the presentation by Tuesday 9 May.

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Assistant Principal - Tony Corbett

The Fathering Project….

A key factor in the development of resilience in children and young people is a healthy self-esteem. We want our children to believe – I am capable and confident in myself and my ability to take on challenges and try new things.

Young people with positive self-esteem are more likely to feel capable and valuable, have healthy relationships with family and friends and are less likely to engage in undesirable behaviours.

​​​​​​Top Tips

1. Use compliments that are positive but believable. Help them think about their abilities and what they are capable of in a realistic way.

2. Love them unconditionally and accept them as they are. Tell them you will love them unconditionally regardless of their failures or mistakes. Recognise the process of striving for something as much as the outcome.

3. ​​​​​​Build their confidence without making them self-centred. Encourage and support them to dream big and work hard. Let them know you believe in them and are confident they will achieve their goals.

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day on May 13th

The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated on May 13th every year. It commemorates the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherd children - Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta - in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

According to the story, the children were tending their sheep when they saw a bright light in the sky. They soon realized that it was a woman standing on a cloud. The woman was beautiful and radiant, and she spoke to the children, telling them that she was the "Lady of the Rosary" and that she had been sent by God to deliver a message to the world.

The Lady of Fatima appeared to the children six times over the course of several months, and during each visit she revealed a new part of her message. She urged the children to pray the rosary every day, to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners, and to spread the message of peace and love throughout the world.

One of the most famous parts of the story of Our Lady of Fatima is the "Miracle of the Sun," which occurred on October 13th, 1917. Thousands of people had gathered in Fatima to witness the final apparition of the Lady, and as she disappeared into the sky, the sun began to spin and dance in the sky. Many people believed that this was a sign from God, and it inspired many to embrace the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima is an important day for Catholics around the world, as it reminds us of the importance of prayer, sacrifice, and love in our lives. It is also a reminder that the message of the Lady of Fatima is still relevant today, and that we should work to spread her message of peace and love throughout the world.

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A Message From The Canteen Manager:

Hello my name is Kylie and I have been the Canteen Manager at St Brigid's Primary School for over 12 years. I am looking for any mums, dad, grandparents or careers who can spare some time to help out in the canteen. If you can't help for the entire day, that's not a problem, we would be grateful for anytime you can offer. The busiest time in the canteen is between 11.15am to 12.30pm. I find that the children love seeing there loved ones in the canteen it always bring a bit of fun into there day.

As a little "thank you" for your help, the canteen will provide you with lunch, a cold drink and bottomless cups of tea/coffee. Any additional information please feel free to come and see me in the canteen, I am happy to have a chat with you. Kind Regards, Mrs Kylie Dickenson


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.


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Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am till 10.00am

Wednesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm


If you need to place an order please click the Uniform Order Form, complete the form and either sent it to or alternatively you can send the form in with your student to be handed into the office.



When students return to school on Monday the 24th of April, we remind families that all students should be wearing the correct winter uniform.

Before the end of term please take this opportunity to ensure that our girls are wearing skirts which are the appropriate length and all uniforms are tidy and in good repair.

Please utilise the online ordering service to avoid the long wait times during this busy period.

If you need to place an order please click the Uniform Order Form, complete the form and either sent it to or alternatively you can send the form in with your student to be handed into the office.

Children in years 3 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. For more information, please see our Uniform Guidelines in the School Uniform Guideline Booklet

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

Vacancies Available Now!

P: 0484302073



La Salle College Annual Quiz Night

Tickets are now on sale for La Salle College’s 17th Annual Quiz Night on Friday 28 July 2023 in the La Salle College Gymnasium – Patricia Rodrigues Centre.

The Quiz Night is an important tradition for the school and showcases our Lasallian spirit and celebrates our close connections and rich history in the Swan Valley and wider local community.

This year’s theme is ‘MUSIC LEGENDS’ (Any era). Dress up is optional, however, there are great prizes on offer for those that do dress up.

This year, funds raised from the Quiz Night will be going towards resources to enhance our Mentally Healthy Schools Program – with the aim of providing new opportunities for our students to be active, connect with one another and feel a sense of belonging at the College.

With raffles, auctions and games the 17th La Salle College Quiz Night is sure to be a fantastic community event. So, get your friends and family together and book online today:

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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

  • Community events

Please click on the below link to view the workshops and programs that are being offered this school term for 2023.

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Swan Valley Kids Adventure Club

The Swan Valley Kids Adventure Club is an after-school program available for children in school years 4 - 6 providing them an opportunity to participate in our awesome outdoor activities during the school term.

Each week, they will participate in different activities that aim to help them overcome fear, develop cognitive skills, enhance teamwork, form new friendships and push them out of their comfort zone!

Activities included in the program are Archery, Flying Fox, Commando Course, and much more!

At the beginning of the program, your child will receive their very own adventurer passport to earn stamps each week.

An action-packed adventure in Term 2!

Plan ahead and book now to avoid disappointment.

Monday Program Excluding Public Holidays

Week 1: Monday May 1st

Week 2: Monday May 8th

Week 3: Monday May 15th

Week 4: Monday May 22nd

Week 5: Monday May 29th

Week 6 (Public Holiday): No Activity

Week 7: Monday June 12th

Week 8: Monday June 19th

Week 9: Monday June 26th

For more information click the link below: .

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With the new works being completed behind the canteen we have moved the children’s bike racks to outside Mr Morrisons office. Children may place their bikes and scooters there each day.