Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

Lord God,

We work as a community as we travel through this term together.

Help us to reflect on your call to journey with Jesus Christ.

We ask God to help us grow together

and discover even more deeply how much He loves us.

We especially pray for those children who are continuing their sacramental journey.

May we always remember that in everything we do,

Jesus journeys with us

and the Holy Spirit calls us to walk closely too.

Amen.

Term Four, Week Four - 4 November 2020

Principal - Luke Shaw

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 15 November at 11:00am. Our teachers, Rebecca Miles and Althea Footman, are currently preparing our students for this Sacrament, with the support of Mike Sibbald (Assistant Principal – Religious Education). Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your Prayers as they prepare for this important step in their faith journey.


BOOK WEEK

Our annual Book Week parade took place on Wednesday 28 October. The theme for Book Week this year was ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. It was great to see students and staff dressed for the occasion! Please enjoy the photos, included in this newsletter.


STAFFING NEWS

Julie McMahon will be taking leave for the 2021 school year. I wish Julie, and her husband Allen, all the very best for the coming year. The Students With Disabilities Coordinator role was recently advertised for 2021. I am pleased to announce that Helen Constable is the successful applicant, replacing Julie for 2021. Congratulations, Helen.

We recently advertised two teaching positions for 2021. I am pleased to announce that Miranda Peters and Bianca Brown are the successful applicants. Miranda is currently our Year 4B teacher and previously taught at our school from 2014-2017. Bianca is an Early Childhood teacher, currently teaching at Mercy College. We look forward to Miranda continuing with us, and to welcoming Bianca to our school community.

Robin Dalziell will be retiring at the end of 2020. Robin is a longstanding member of staff, having been with us for 40 years. During this time, Robin has undertaken a number of teaching and leadership roles. Robin recently received a Catholic Education Service Award, recognizing his 40 years of service. I know Robin has made a positive impact on the lives of many students during his time at St Brigid’s. We will have an opportunity to farewell Robin towards the end of the school year. Thank you, Robin.


SWIMMING CARNIVAL

I am delighted to announce that our swimming carnival will be taking place on Friday 20 November. This was due to take place earlier in the year but needed to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. While it is wonderful that we have been able to reschedule this event, there are still several precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Please see the letter from Sam Harris, contained in this newsletter, for further information. Thank you, Sam, for your organization of this event.


SACRED SPACE

I am excited to share with our community that a Sacred Space will be constructed in our Grotto area over the Christmas holidays. It is hoped that this project will be completed early in the 2021 school year. This has been on the agenda for a number of years and has been through various consultation stages during this time. It is exciting that this project has now been approved at all levels and is at the tendering process. The Sacred Space will provide a beautiful area for Prayer and reflection. The design will reflect our four Houses. It will be wonderful to see our students and staff utilise this area. The existing Grotto will be demolished, with the stone repurposed, utilised as part of the Sacred Space. A smaller Grotto, to house a new statue of Mary, will be constructed close to the entrance of the Sacred Space. I thank our School Board and the St Brigid’s Parish for their support of this important development.


CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – APPROVED!

Another exciting announcement! Our Capital Development Application was finalised earlier this year and I am pleased to share the outcome of this application with our community. We applied for assistance to extend our Year One classrooms and redesign our Pre-Primary outdoor area. This application has now been approved and we will soon be moving to the tendering stage. It is hoped that work will begin by the middle of 2021. The result will see our Year One classrooms become improved, contemporary learning spaces, better suited to the needs of our students. Our Pre-Primary playground will be redeveloped to include a range of areas for exploration and new play areas. This exciting development will provide our students in Pre-Primary and Year One with greater opportunities to develop their sense of belonging, being and becoming (elements of the Early Years Learning Framework). I thank the School Board for their support and our early years staff for their input in the initial design process.


END OF YEAR CONCERT

Our annual End of Year Concert will be taking place on Friday 4 December, at 6:00pm. This will take place on the soccer pitch, beside the MacKillop Centre. Due to COVID-19 requirements, this will be a ticketed event. All students are expected to attend, with a maximum of two adults per family. Should you wish to attend, please download your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/127828844515. Please note, students do not require a ticket. Families are to bring their own picnic rug and/or fold-out chairs to maintain physical distancing and are not to engage with students during the event. Please see the letter from Alison Yeo, contained within this newsletter, for further information.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in the MacKillop Centre on Wednesday 18 November, at 7:00pm. This meeting provides an opportunity for the school community to reflect on the 2020 school year and look ahead to 2021. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.


NOT RETURNING TO ST BRIGID’S?

If you are not returning to St Brigid’s next year, please advise the school via email by Wednesday 18 November. Thank you, in advance.


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.


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.

Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATE, SPONSOR & PARENT MEETING

The Confirmation Parent, Sponsor & Candidate Meeting is on tonight at 7.00pm at St Brigid’s Church. Candidates are encouraged to have their Sponsor accompany them to this evening as part of their overall preparation. Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers during their time of preparation.


CONFIRMATION
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, 15 November at 11.00am at St Brigid’s Church, Midland. With Phase 4 COVID restrictions still in place, attendance for each family will be restricted to a maximum of four members per family, including the Confirmation Sponsor (but excluding the Confirmation Candidate).


WHOLE SCHOOL MASS

Our first whole school mass for Term Four was a truly lovely celebration of All Souls Day! A special thank you to Fr Liam, the Year Six Christian Ministry for leading the readings, to all children for their beautiful participation and to the Choir for their wonderful singing!


YEAR THREE CLASS LITURGY
The Year Three Classes will be celebrating their class Liturgy this coming Tuesday 10 November beginning at 9.00am in the MacKillop Hall. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend.


St Vincent De Paul Christmas Non-Perishable Food Drive: Over the next five weeks, we are asking the children to bring in non-perishable food items that can be donated to the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal. In the past, St Brigid’s School Community has responded to this need very well indeed. Every Class will have their own basket where donations can be placed. Thank you for your support.


CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS

Confirmation: Sunday 15 November (11.00am)

Confirmation Parent, Sponsor & Candidate Evening: Wednesday 4 November (7.00pm)


YEAR 6 CONFIRMATION – Sunday 29 August 2021 (11.00am)

Commitment Mass Weekend - Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February 2021.

(For ALL children who are making any of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and/or Confirmation).

Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

We would like to remind parents and caregivers that school finishes at 3:00pm and we thank parents who arrive on time to collect their child/children. We appreciate that there is a fair amount of traffic at 3:00pm and therefore supervision is extended to 3.30. We ask you to ensure that all children are collected by this time. Thank you for your cooperation.


2021 BOOKLISTS

We have finalised our booklists for 2021 and these will soon be available on our website for parents and caregivers to download. I will advise our community when these are available, via the school newsletter. I would like to explain the subscriptions that have been added to the booklist for Kindergarten to Year 2. In our next newsletter, I will mention subscriptions for Years 3 to 6.


MultiLit Program


PreLit (Kindergarten students) - A skills-based, whole class early literacy program for Kindy. It is designed to complement a play-based learning environment and incorporates the teaching of essential phonological awareness activities.


InitiaLit F (Foundation) - Implemented across four terms in Pre-Primary. The program offers an explicit and effective model for teaching reading and related skills to children in their first year of school in a fun and engaging way.


InitiaLit–1 Year 1 continues on from InitiaLit–Foundation in providing an explicit and effective model for teaching reading, spelling and related skills to children in their second year of school. As in InitiaLit–F, InitiaLit–1 focuses on phonics, vocabulary, oral language and comprehension.

​InitiaLit 2 (Year 2) By Year 2, many children will be well on their way to reading independence. The program builds on the skills taught in InitiaLit–F and InitiaLit–1, with the focus shifting now to consolidating children’s reading and spelling skills, working specifically on reading comprehension, fluency, spelling and vocabulary.

We will continue to use the following programs in 2021 as they have proved to be very successful.


iMaths Online In 2021 we will continue to use iMaths Online across the school. Teachers will be able to download different resources at point of need. This allows classroom teachers greater flexibility to cater for the individual learning needs within their classrooms. Many schools are moving away from using a standard text book these days to allow for greater flexibility within the classroom. Our learners are all different and, therefore, require access to different resources during their learning experiences.


Reading Eggs Students in Years 1 and Two will require a Reading Eggs subscription in 2021. Reading Eggs was created by expert educators with over 30 years of experience. The multi-award winning early learning resource supports your child’s learn to read journey with carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced, and highly engaging for young children.

Reading Eggs is based on solid scientific research to give your child the best chance at reading success.

Using the five essential keys to reading success, the program unlocks all aspects of learning to read for your child.

· The lessons use colourful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children motivated.

· The program is completely interactive to keep children on task.

· When children start the program, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.

· Parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of full-colour downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the program.

· The program includes over 2000 online books for kids – each ending with a comprehension quiz that assesses your child’s understanding.


Mathseeds Students in Years One and Two will require a Mathseeds subscription in 2021. Mathseeds is a comprehensive online mathematics program for children aged 3-9. It offers a huge range of carefully structured lessons and activities that build mathematical skills over a broad range of number, shape and measurement topics. The Mathseeds program is packed full of enjoyable child-focused activities that makes learning a rewarding and meaningful experience. It teaches fundamental concepts in a fun, motivating and engaging way, whilst rewarding children for their efforts.


Key Features of Mathseeds

· The program features a wide variety of lessons and activities that have been created by educational experts. Each lesson is carefully structured to build early mathematical skills.

· Once a lesson is complete, it can be repeated as many times as needed.

· Mathseeds provides parents with a simple “dashboard” to show each child’s mathematical progress.

· Children can progress at their own level.

· Each child can create their own avatar/online character.

· Golden Acorns rewards can be used to add items to the child’s online treehouse or avatar.

· Children love collecting the Pets – a new pet hatches at the end of every lesson.

· Children receive a certificate after successfully completing the quiz at the end of every map.


All the above subscriptions are to be purchased From Ziggies, regardless of where you purchase the remainder of your booklist from. This will ensure that your child has access to their subscriptions in 2021.


Ziggies Educational Supplies is a WA family owned business.

  • By ordering your child’s Personal Items List products through Ziggies, the school receives a commission, in 2020 Ziggies gave back approximately $400k to WA schools.
  • Ziggies proudly support the Make A Wish Foundation by donating $1.50 of every click and collect order.
  • Only quality branded products are supplied (not home brands).
  • Ziggies is a locally WA owned and operated business who continues to support WA schools and in the process, help raise valuable funds for our school.

SCHOOL NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS

From next week, we will be encouraging students to participate in Waste Free Wednesday. We encourage students to bring their food to school without packaging to help reduce our waste and keep our school tidy. We look forward to seeing how this initiative works.

Isabella, Gian, Jacob & Khyati

A MESSAGE FROM MRS YEO

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NAIDOC WEEK

NAIDOC week commences Monday 9th - Friday 13th of November. The children will be partaking in various activities within the classroom, learning more about the indigenous culture. We will be holding a Welcome to Country Ceremony on Wednesday 11th of November and would kindly ask if you can please have your children attend school in the colours to represent the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flags. Thank you.

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 have now changed. The hours are: 2.00pm to 3.30pm. The uniform shop will continue to be open on Monday and Friday mornings from 8.00am to 9.30am

SPORTS NOTES FROM MR HARRIS

BOOK WEEK FUN - STUDENTS

BOOK WEEK FUN - STAFF

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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.

LOST PROPERTY

We have an Ipad which was handed into the office last Monday 26 October 2020. Please call into the office if you believe it could be yours.

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

VACSWIM - School Holiday Program

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.


VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.


Your children can start as young as five years old.


Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Applications are open for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and Lotterywest Back to Sport COVID-19 Relief Program.

The KidSport program enables eligible Western Australian children to participate in community sport by offering financial assistance of up to $150 per year towards club fees.

Further details, including information in your language, can be accessed on the DLGSC website.

WAAPA Summer School 2021

This summer WAAPA is thrilled to be able to offer an exciting school holiday program at our campus in Mount Lawley. There are classes for students from Year 1 to Year 12 in drama, acting, screen performance, film making, music theatre and of course Shakespeare. For information about the many courses on offer please visit waapa.ecu.edu.au/summer-school or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at explore.waapa@ecu.edu.au or 9370 6775.