Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

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Come, Holy Spirit,

Fill the hearts of thy Faithful.

And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created,

and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

TERM DATES 2021

Term Three

Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September


Term Four

Tuesday 12 October - Friday 10 December

Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October

Term Three, Week Six - 25 August 2021

Principal - Paula MacKenzie

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


The Sacrament of Confirmation is the third and final of the sacraments of Christian initiation. Just as our bodies and minds grow, we know that our souls also need to grow in the life of grace. The Sacrament of Confirmation builds on the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. In Baptism, we become a child of God. Through the Eucharist, we partake in the life of Christ. In Confirmation, the graces of baptism are brought to completion, and we are empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is a rite of passage. This weekend, Father Glenn called the Holy Spirit upon your child, and they were filled with the Spirit. they have now begun their journey with Christ as a mature adult in our Church. We will be blessed to Have Father Glenn and Father Liam as our celebrants on the weekend.


During the week Father Glenn came to visit the school and ponder some difficult questions with our students, it was wonderful to hear their responses and thoughts. They showed the deep faith and sound knowledge of our students.


Special thanks to Mr Michael Sheridan, our Assistant Principal RE as well as Miss Miranda Peters and Miss Rebecca Miles the confirmation candidate’s teachers. These wonderful people have helped prepare our students for this important Sacrament. We are blessed to have so many wonderful people share their faith with our students.


Congratulations to all our year six students who will receive the Sacrament this Sunday. A special thanks to our choir who will join us on Sunday and sing to welcome in the Holy Spirit. We appreciate your gift of song to support your fellow students on their special day.


My prayer for you is that each of you will realise that you have been ‘Gifted’ by the Spirit and will treasure this. As you mature, open your minds and your hearts to God’s message for you. You are all so special and unique, each with the potential for greatness. God loves and cares for each of you in a very special way. Now empowered by the Holy Spirit you are called to use these Gifts to help you make wise choices and follow the example of Jesus. I pray that God’s Spirit will inspire you in your lives, daring you to live the life God imagined for you.

May you be strong in courage and confidence.

May you be wise in choices and decisions.

May you be caring of all relationships and compassionate to those in need.

May you meet life’s adventure with a clear mind and a bold heart.

May your integrity be a gift to the world

and may the Spirit of God

be with you always. Amen

PERFORMING ARTS

It was wonderful to be present at the choral singing today, when our students sang two amazing songs for the 32nd Performing Arts Festival. Our choir under the direction of Mrs Nicole Boddy sang like angels and made our school very proud. A big thank you to Bernadette our accompanist who joined us on the day and for practices beforehand.

KINDERGARTEN INTERVIEWS

It has been wonderful meeting new families who will be joining us next year. Parents are reminded that siblings who are due to attend Kindergarten next year are required to submit an application form, otherwise they may miss out on a position.

CREATIVE EDGE

This week we have two teams of extraordinary talent performing at Curtin University in the regional finals of Creative edge. The two teams received their challenge six weeks ago and had to come up with a script and costumes and be ready to perform on Saturday. This competition is held for primary school and high school students and is looking at children that can think outside of the box. It is part of our gifted and talented program at St Brigid’s. We wish our students success on the day and appreciate the extra time they have dedicated to this project. We will meet students who are participating in the event at Curtin outside building 405.201 by 8.45am.

BOOK WEEK

We are very excited to see book week visit our school once more. Book Week is always an enjoyable week of school. This Friday we will see our students dressing up in their costumes to celebrate another exciting book. On Wednesday we saw our amazing Kindy classes dressing up and celebrating the day. Our parents and caregivers are so creative when it comes to costumes a big thank you for joining in with our day and assisting our students to dress up for the day.

P & F REPRESENTATIVES

We have an amazing P & F who are dedicated and trying to make a difference in our school community. We hold meetings on a Friday morning at 9.00am our next meeting is 17th September we would love for more of our families to come and join us. We would like to reintroduce P & F Reps into each class. This person is a great resource for parents to connect. I have attached a small booklet explaining the role. If you are able and willing, I would love to hear from you, we would love to have one parent to represent each class. You do not need any special skill set you just need to be part of our community and happy to join an inspiring group of like-minded people. Come along and check out the meeting and if you would like to join, please do.


PEER PRESSURE

Having a group of friends is one of the most important aspects of being a child and a teenager. A ‘Peer Group’ is a group of friends about the same age. ‘Peer Pressure’ refers to the effect that this group of friends can exert on an individual. Peer groups can be a very positive influence on a young person’s life, but they can also cause them great stress, including their parents! Peer groups help a young person to have a sense of belonging and a sense of being valued. It provides them with a sense of security and of being understood by others who are going through the same experiences. The peer group can provide a safe environment for young people to test values and ideas, develop friendship skills and provide positive reinforcement and encouragement for the young person to develop their personality and identity.


Peer pressure often creates extra stress for young people as they want to ‘keep in’ with friends and do things that help them belong to the group. There is nothing worse for most young people than to be shown up or embarrassed in front of their peer group. Not all young people respond in the same way to peer pressure. Some are simply more independent than others and can withstand or resist the pressure better. Research indicates that young people who do not receive support at home are more likely to be influenced by their peer group. The two best supports for young people who feel they are under pressure from their peer group are family and friends.


It is very important for parents to keep the channels of communication open. As parents, you can provide the support to help your child resist pressure from friends or the wider peer group. Being able to talk things through with your child can enable them to see how they are being pressured unfairly or unnecessarily. Having a good friend (or two) can be critical in helping your child put things into perspective. Two people can resist pressure better than one and provide an alternative viewpoint that can then influence peer group views and actions. Peer groups are part of growing up and they will cause a great deal of pleasure and at times, some grief. By being aware of, and connected with your child’s friendships, you are in a better place to monitor and support them if ‘pressure’ arises.


May God watch over you and bless you always


Paula MacKenzie

Principal

Assistant Principal - Michael Sheridan

CONFIRMATION

Our Year 6 children are undertaking final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Today we had a visit from Father Vincent Glynn who will be celebrating the Mass with us. He was very impressed by how well prepared the children are. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers for their hard work.

Tomorrow the candidates will receive Reconciliation from Father Liam and a guest priest to prepare them to receive the Holy Spirit on Sunday.

Could we all please keep these children in our prayers that the Holy Spirit may come upon them.

Confirmation will take place at St Brigid’s Church in Midland at 11:00am on Sunday the 29th of August.

CHOIR

A huge congratulations to Mrs Boddy and the choir for their amazing performance at the Performing Arts Festival. It was great to hear how well you did and to see your proud smiling faces when you returned.


A reminder that it is an expectation of being in the choir that all members come on Sunday to help make the Confirmation Mass a memorable occasion. Please refer to the note sent home for more details.

SCHOOL NEWS

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JUNIOR CARNIVAL PARENT LETTER - Please read below:-

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CANTEEN ONLINE ORDERS

If you have placed an on line order through QuickCliq and your child is unwell or the canteen is closed, you MUST cancel your order before the cutoff time of 9.00am by going on line and following these instructions:


Log into your QuickCliq account -> click Active/Cancel order -> Scroll to the right -> click Cancel against the order.

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 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.

SCHOOL BANKING

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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.

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

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PRIMARY SCHOOL

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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A Dialogue with the Female Members of the Plenary Council -

THURSDAY 9 September 5.30-8.30pm

The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to a dialogue with the female members of the Plenary Council residing in Perth.Come and listen to what inspires and enrichs their faith experience and hear about their hopes for the Plenary Council. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to this dialogue. All welcome.

Venue : James Nestor Hall ,Catholic Education Office 60 Ruislip St West Leederville

When: Thursday 9 September - 5.30pm - 8.30pm (Light refreshments served 5.30pm - 6pm)

RSVP: Tuesday 7 September by email kerrymacfarlane2@hotmail.com or mobile 0400 886 835

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