Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

May you recognize in your life

the presence, power and light of your soul.

May you have respect

for your individuality and difference.

May you learn to see yourself

with the same delight, pride and expectation

with which God sees you in every moment. Amen.

Term Three, Week Ten - 23 September 2020

Principal - Luke Shaw

FIRST EUCHARIST

Congratulations to our Year Four students who celebrated their First Eucharist on Sunday 13 September. Thank you to Fr Benny and Fr Liam for leading this celebration and to our teachers, Aimee Mitchell and Rhianna Shirren, for preparing our students. I also thank Mike Sibbald for guiding our teachers along the way. Please enjoy the photos, further in our newsletter.


FACTION CARNIVAL & KINDY CARNIVAL

We were blessed with delightful weather for our recent Faction Carnival and Kindy Carnival. Congratulations to our Year 3-6 students for their participation on 18 September and to our Kindy students for their participation on 23 September. Thank you to Sam Harris for his coordination of our Faction Carnival and to Giulia De Rizzo, Larissa Robinson and Sam Harris for their organisation of our Kindy carnival. I also thank our parents who were able to attend and comply with COVID-19 procedures.


STAFFING NEWS

We recently advertised a number of teaching positions in an ongoing capacity, to commence 1 January 2021. Interviews for these positions were held last week.

On behalf of the panel, I am pleased to announce that the following staff have been appointed to ongoing teaching positions at St Brigid’s, commencing 1 January 2021:

· Gabrielle D’Agnone-Doyle

· Sara Farone

· Aimee Mitchell

· Michael Sheridan

· Rhianna Shirren

Congratulations Gabrielle, Sara, Aimee, Michael and Rhianna.


FAREWELL MRS SHIRREN, WELCOME MS PETERS!

We say farewell to Mrs Shirren on Friday 25 September, as she begins her parental leave. We wish Rhianna and Liam all the very best at this exciting time. We welcome Miranda Peters back to our school community next term, as our Year 4B teacher. Many of our families will remember Miranda from when she worked here a few years ago. Welcome back, Miranda!


CRAZY SOCK DAY

Thank you to our Year Five students for organising our fundraising event to finish the term. This idea came from our students, as a part of their persuasive writing focus. Our Year Five students wrote to me, requesting a crazy sock day to celebrate the end of term and raise money for our Parish. The students certainly presented me with some interesting viewpoints! As a daily wearer of Happy Socks (not an ad!), I am very supportive of their initiative! I encourage our students and staff to participate on Friday by wearing crazy socks with their normal Friday uniform. Please remember to bring a gold coin donation.


NEW FURNITURE IN YEAR FOUR

Our Year Four students and teachers were excited to have their new furniture arrive recently. This contemporary furniture creates a modern feel within the classrooms and assists our teachers with providing learning experiences that incorporate the 21st century learning skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Please see the wonderful photos below.


PRE-KINDY & KINDY 2021

Places for both programs are filling up fast, with our Kindy classes close to capacity. I encourage our existing families, who are yet to enrol their child in Pre-Kindy or Kindy, to do so as soon as possible.


YEAR SIX CAMP

The wait is almost over for our Year Six students! I know they will enjoy their three days at Nanga Bush Camp when school resumes next term. Thank you to our Year Six teachers, Rebecca Miles and Althea Footman, for their organisation of this important experience.


TESTIMONIALS

We are currently developing our new school website. As a part of this website redevelopment, I would like to include testimonials from parents and caregivers, sharing positive experiences of our school. If you would like to prepare a short testimonial, to be included on our new school website, please email it to admin@stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au. Thank you.


TERM CALENDAR

I remind our community that our term calendar can be found at https://stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au/calendar. This is a live calendar, providing the most up-to-date information to our community. I encourage our parents and caregivers to check the calendar on a regular basis. A link to the calendar can also be found at the top of every newsletter.


TERM FOUR

As mentioned in previous newsletters, Term Four resumes on Tuesday 13 October and concludes on Friday 11 December. Staff will be engaging in Professional Development days on Monday 12 October and Monday 14 – Friday 18 December.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS

I wish all members of our school community a wonderful school holiday break. I look forward to seeing our students back at school on Tuesday 13 October, in full summer uniform.

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Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald

FIRST EUCHARIST

Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday 13 September. You were a great credit to yourselves and those who helped you prepare. A special thank you to Miss Mitchell and Mrs Shirren for your instruction and guidance, and to 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 Liam and Fr Benny, for your spiritual guidance and leadership.


CONFIRMATION

It is with great pleasure to inform parents that the Sacrament of Confirmation is now going ahead! It has been scheduled for Sunday, 15 November at 11.00am at St Brigid’s Church, Midland. At this time, with Phase 4 COVID restrictions, attendance for each family will be restricted to a maximum of four members per family, including the Confirmation Sponsor (but excluding the Confirmation Candidate).


GRANDPARENTS LITURGY

Unfortunately, our Annual Grandparents Liturgy that was planned for early next term has had to be cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions. We will still acknowledge our wonderful Grandparents and the contributions they make to all our lives, but this will be in a different format this year. Thank you for your understanding and support.


CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS

Confirmation: Sunday 15 November (11.00am)

Confirmation Parent, Sponsor &

Candidate Evening: Wednesday 4 November (7.00pm)

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne

SWIMMING LESSONS (PRE-PRIMARY - YEAR TWO)

Thank you parents and carers for ensuring that your child was prepared for their swimming lessons which concludes this Friday. Certificates will be sent home.


BOOK FAIR

The Book Fair which took place from 17 - 23 September was very successful. Thank you parents for supporting this event and special thanks to Ms Willis for coordinating the Book Fair and Ms Footman and Mrs Verrier for their assistance.


SMOKE FREE SCHOOLS

Catholic schools in Western Australia are smoke-free environments due the acknowledged health hazards of exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) and to comply with legislative environments.

Schools shall maintain a total smoke free environment at all times. This includes but is not limited to:

· any Catholic school building;

· enclosed public areas;

· grounds (including the land up to the boundaries on which buildings are located);

· playgrounds;

· in vehicles on a school site; and

· in vehicles transporting students, either during or outside school hours.

Thank you for your continued support of this CEWA policy within our school environment.


CODE OF CONDUCT

This week our focus is on ‘Conduct Statement Three’. You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.

This Conduct Statement means that you are mindful that your decisions and behaviour are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action and how faith integrates with life. You acknowledge that as a member of a Catholic school community, you are required to strive to develop and live out your relationships with all people in a manner that is based on Gospel values as defined in the CECWA Code of Ethical Conduct.


The following examples are some of the ways parents can adhere to Conduct Statement Three:

  • Speak respectfully to all students, staff and community members.
  • Model respectful behaviour always, towards all within our school community.
  • Avoid being involved in gossip.
  • Support the school by trying to attend school Masses and liturgical celebrations.

Another focus for this week is on ‘Conduct Statement Four’. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.



This Conduct Statement means that your relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship, as a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement.



The following examples are some of the ways parents can adhere to Conduct Statement Four:

  • You notify the school principal if you witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code.
  • You treat members of the school community with fairness and justice.
  • You respect both the people and the property of the St Bri
  • gid’s community.
  • You use school property and resources responsibly.


SUMMER UNIFORM

Term Four, which begins on Tuesday 13 October sees the return of the summer uniform. Please read the guideline below:-


KINDERGARTEN AND PRE PRIMARY

There is no compulsory school uniform for Kindergarten students however there is a school Kindergarten t-shirt available which can be worn with the St Brigid’s sports shorts and school hat. As Pre Primary is compulsory, students are required to wear the Sport Uniform.


FEMALE STUDENTS

As part of our uniform code it is expected that the length of the uniform worn by our female students is to be knee length. We ask that parents/carers look closely at the length of the uniforms and if they find them to be above the knee, that they are altered or replaced as soon as possible. Most of the dresses and skirts have large hems to allow for growth and can be altered as growth occurs.

- Blue dress with school logo.

- Blue school jumper with school logo.

- White ankle socks with yellow & blue stripes.

- Black lace-up shoes not black joggers or Brown buckled sandals (with no socks).


MALE STUDENTS

The formal uniform for boys i.e. pale blue shirt, is to be worn tucked-in to both

shorts in summer and trousers in winter. Please check that your child’s shirt

has adequate length to be tucked in.

- Grey school shorts or pants

- Blue school blue buttoned shirt with logo.

- Grey ankle socks with royal blue stripe.

- Black lace-up shoes not black joggers or Brown buckled sandals (with no socks).

- Blue school jumper with school logo


SPORTS UNIFORM FOR FEMALE & MALE STUDENTS

- Blue School Polo or Faction Polo top.

- Royal blue unisex shorts screen printed with the words " St Brigid's Primary" in white or St Brigid's Tracksuit pants- royal blue with white logo.

- White socks blue stripe and the words "St Brigid's Primary".

- Sneakers of any colour (coloured laces or fluoro shoes are not permitted or shoes that light up).


Wishing everyone a relaxing holiday. Keep well and see you in Term 4.

SCHOOL NEWS

PRE PRIMARY EXCURSION TO AQWA

On Friday 11 September the Pre-Primary Children ventured out to AQWA Aquarium to explore the fascinating and wonderful world of oceanic life. The excursion was an opportunity for the children to gain a firsthand experience of the many animals they have been learning about and investigating in class. The children represented the school with pride and made their teachers very proud. A huge thank you to our wonderful parent helpers.

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A MESSAGE FROM MRS YEO


FOOTSTEPS DANCING LESSONS

Our Footsteps Dancing lessons will take place on Mondays next term for students in Pre Primary – Year Six. These lessons will be the class sport program for next term so students will need to wear their sport uniform (blue shirt) on the following dates next term:

Tuesday 13/10

Monday 19/10

Monday 26/10

Tuesday 03/11

Monday 09/11

Monday 16/11

Monday 23/11

Monday 30/11

Friday 04/12

OUR CANTEEN URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS ARE THE BUSIEST DAYS FOR THE CANTEEN SO EVEN IF YOU CAN HELP FROM 11.15am TO 12.30pm. THAT WOULD BE A HUGE HELP. PLEASE CALL INTO THE CANTEEN AND LET KYLIE (OUR CANTEEN MANAGER) KNOW WHEN YOU ARE AVAILABLE. THANK YOU.

A NOTE FROM THE UNIFORM SHOP

If you would like to order uniforms for your children you can download an order form from our website or from the link below then email your order to: admin@stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au Jo will then process your order during uniform shop hours being: Monday and Friday mornings from 8am to 9.30am and Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.00pm


PLEASE NOTE: The uniform shop hours for WEDNESDAY ONLY will change as of next term, (Term 4). The uniform shop will be open from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. The uniform shop will continue to be open on Monday and Friday mornings from 8.00am to 9.30am


JUST A REMINDER: All students are required to wear their Summer Uniform at the commencement of Term 4. Please check your child's uniforms and if you need to purchase new items please do so before the end of the term as due to Covid Restrictions we may run short of stock.

SPORTS NEWS - Inter House Athletics Carnival 2020 Report

On Friday, we held our annual Inter House Athletics Carnival. We were extremely fortunate to have a beautiful day overhead, with a great deal of excitement amongst the staff and students; everyone was in for a memorable carnival.

Every student should be congratulated for the tremendous attitude and sportsmanship that they displayed from the beginning of the day with the 400m events, to our team games and sprints, through to our relays at the end of the day. Special congratulations must go to Mercy Blue, for taking out the overall points tally that can be seen below. Well done to Blue Faction!

The carnival would not have been the success it was without a number of groups of people and hardworking individuals. I must congratulate my fellow staff members for the commitment and enthusiasm throughout the day. A number of staff were new to certain roles and their ability to adapt seamlessly into these roles made for a smoothly run event. A special thank you to Mr Shaw, for his support in the lead up to the carnival, Mr Sibbald for his guidance during the organisation of the carnival, as well as his special comments on the day; and to Mr Constable, who worked tirelessly to prepare the grounds for our students. Another thank you must also go to Mrs Wayne and Mrs McConnell, who kept a close eye on the overall points and individual championship scoring throughout the carnival.

Finally, another big thank you to all the families who came to support our student athletes on Friday. It is your support, cheers and enthusiasm that brings carnivals together and builds a strong school culture. The atmosphere you create is what students remember most, and it was a fantastic sight to see on what was a memorable day.

Our CPSSA Interschool Carnival is coming around fast and will take place in Week 3 of Term 4. The students who have been selected will be notified as soon as the final selections have taken place.

Thank you all once again for your support and I wish you all a safe and happy holiday break.

Mr Samuel Harris

Physical Education Specialist

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EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN THE MACKILLOP HALL

SWIM SQUAD HAS RECOMMENCED

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 whom are at swimming level 5 or above. Students can then take advantage of Breakfast Club at school which commences at 8.15am in the MacKillop Hall. If you have any queries, please contact Deanna (DJ) on 0419 943 901.

P & F NEWS

YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL JUST BY SHOPPING AT ANY OF THE BUSINESSES LISTED BELOW:

Gilberts Fresh - register for a shopping card and with every shop, Gilberts will then donate back 1% of the money spent by you to our school. And they have some great fruit and veg!

Midland IGA - With each shop you can request that your shopping amount be added to St Brigids Primary School. This then adds up over the year and IGA present the school with a cheque at the end of the year.

Athletes Foot - The School Rewards Program is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to your school. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in store range of adults and/or kids sports, school, work and casual shoes.

Ponytails and Fairytales

Hair accessories to suit both school uniform and faction colours. Letters will be going out in the next few weeks giving you the opportunity to purchase some beautiful accessories which in turn helps fundraise for your school

St Brigid's P & F

Karryn 0409 293 198

Jo 0418 954 821

stbrigidspfa@gmail.com

Before & After School Care

UNABLE TO MAKE IT IN TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN?

BOSS ASKED YOU TO STAY LATE OR COME IN EARLY?

NEED TO HAVE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF?

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 while you are busy.

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

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