St Brigid's Primary School
Help us as a School Community
to convert any negativity that is within us,
into optimism that comes from
hoping and trusting in You.
Anoint us to be people of inspiration for our children.
Term Three, Week Six - 26 August 2020
Principal - Luke Shaw
This week we welcome Mrs Kayah Wills, our new Aboriginal Teacher Assistant (ATA). Kayah looks forward to working alongside our staff, students and families. Welcome, Kayah!
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION MASS
We came together as a school community for the Feast of the Assumption Mass on Friday 14 August. Thank you to Fr Benny and our Year Five students for leading this Mass.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION
Congratulations to our Year Three students who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time yesterday evening. Thank you to Miss Madison Davies, Ms Sarah Riddoch and Mr Mike Sibbald for ensuring that our students were suitably prepared for this next step in their faith journey.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
While our teachers engaged in their second day of Talk For Writing training on Friday 21 August, our Education Assistants also took part in professional development sessions focusing on our MultiLit program and working with students with additional needs. I thank Mrs Paula McConnell and Mrs Julie McMahon for leading these sessions.
JUNIOR FACTION CARNIVAL & FACTION FIELD EVENTS
Our Pre-Primary – Year Two students are looking forward to their Junior Faction Carnival tomorrow (Thursday 27 August). Our Year Three – Year Six students are preparing for the Faction Field Events (Friday 4 September). Please see the information from Mr Harris regarding these exciting events further down in the newsletter.
I wish all fathers and father-figures a very happy Father's Day for next Sunday, 6 September. While COVID-19 restrictions do not allow us to hold our annual Father's Day breakfast this year, we do hope that this special day is enjoyed by all.
We are currently developing our new school website. As part of this website development, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
PRE-KINDY & KINDY 2021
I continue to interview for Pre-Kindy and Kindy 2021. Places for both programs are filling up fast. If you are interested in enrolling your child for Pre-Kindy or Kindy next year, I encourage you to book an interview time with me through the front office. If you have friends or family who are considering educational options for their child next year, I ask that you recommend our school as an option.
Our 2020 Pre-Kindy program is now at full capacity, with a waitlist. If you know of anyone interested in joining Pre-Kindy this year, please ask them to contact the office so we can place their name on the waitlist.
Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Congratulations to the Year Five Classes for hosting this special Feast Day Mass, one of two holy days of obligation (the other being Christmas). Well done to all children for your beautiful participation, along with Mrs Yeo and the choir for making this a very memorable liturgy. Thank you to Fr Benny for leading our celebration.
YEAR THREE REFLECTION DAY
Congratulations to the Year Three Classes and their teachers, Ms Davies, Ms Riddock and Mrs Ballarine, for their fantastic participation on Monday with their reflection day, in preparation for their First Reconciliation. We also thank Karl Brown for hosting this special annual retreat for our children.
Tuesday evening was a very special time for the thirty children who made their First Reconciliation and for their proud parents and family too! Congratulations to the children on your wonderful preparation and participation. Thank you to their parents and family for your pleasing support now and into your child’s future sacramental participation. A sincere thank you to their class teachers, Ms Davies and Ms Riddoch, for your wonderful preparation of the children and fantastic assistance with the liturgy. Thank you also to Mrs Yeo for your pleasing help with the PowerPoint presentation and music. We had a wonderful team of Priests including Fr Rodrigo, Fr Liam and Fr Benny to assist us and I would like to thank and acknowledge them for their important religious leadership. May the peace of our Lord remain with you all.
CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS
First Eucharist: Sunday 13 September (11.00am)
First Eucharist Parent Information Evening: Tuesday 1 September (7.00pm)
Year Four Retreat Day Monday 7 September (at School)
Unfortunately, celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has still been deferred to a date to be decided.
Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne
SWIMMING LESSONS (PRE-PRIMARY - YEAR TWO)
I remind all Pre-Primary-Year Two parents that swimming lessons will be taking place over the last two weeks of this term. (Monday 14th September through to Friday 25th September) At this point, all swimming enrolment forms should have been returned to class teachers. If you have not yet returned this form, please do so by 28 August. During swimming lesson weeks, students are to wear their sport uniform to school with their bathers underneath. Students are required to bring their thongs to wear to and from the pool – students will not be allowed to wear their thongs for the entire day.
HELP STOP THE SPREAD AND STAY HEALTHY
A reminder to parents to please keep their children at home if they are unwell. If children come to school sick, parents and care givers will be contacted and asked to collect their child.
CODE OF CONDUCT
At St Brigid’s Primary School, we believe that each child is a precious gift from God created as an individual with his or her own unique gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to cherish each child and create an environment which enables all children to experience the joy and wonder of our world.
We acknowledge parents as the first educators of their child. We share a strong partnership with each family and encourage parents to become involved in the school. Our home/school relationships are based upon on- going communication, openness and trust. Parents are supported in understanding their role alongside the school and together we support the child to achieve their true potential.
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
The Code applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable. The term ‘parents’ includes guardians.
The Code of Conduct includes the following Conduct Statements –
- You act safely and competently.
- You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
- You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
- You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
- You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
- You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.
- You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.
- You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students.
- You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
- You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
- You act reflectively and ethically.
- You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.
THE CANTEEN NEEDS YOUR HELP
WEDNESDAY'S, THURSDAY'S & FRIDAY'S 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 Mrs Lyn Alfred for volunteering on Wednesday 2 September and Thursday 3 September.
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
METAL FILING CABINETS FOR SALE
3 Draws $30
2 Draws $20
Can be delivered locally
CHAIRS & DESKS FOR SALE - GOLD COIN DONATION
P & F NEWS
Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians.
To say this has been an interesting year would be an understatement. What an emotional rollercoaster the last 6 months have been. As I’m sure with all of you, life has been a little different – it’s definitely been a challenging time, and we here in the P&F have felt it too. The saddest part is not being able to interact with the school and the children when we run our usual events. Unfortunately we missed out on hosting the Mother’s Day stall and Raffle– one of our favourite events alongside Father’s Day – as it’s the best feeling being able to provide some beautiful gifts for the children to purchase for their Mum’s, Grandma’s, Aunty, Sister, Bestie – or themselves! And it’s so wonderful watching the children choose gifts from their heart.
Unfortunately, after a discussion last week, it has also been decided that we will not be able to go ahead with our Father’s Day stall either. We are so sad that not only did the wonderful women in our community miss out, but now the marvellous men will also miss out on those long awaited socks, can coolers, magnets, fandangled fix-it kits, tape measurers and notepads. We are so upset that again, the amazing students within our school will not be able to choose something unique for that special Dad, Granddad, Uncle, and Brother that they love to spoil.
Another upset for us is losing our Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. We originally had a date booked for October the 24th, but with the cancellation of all sausage sizzles, we were uncertain if we would be able to keep this date, and alas, we were not. We are waiting to hear if we can secure another date before the year is out. Fingers crossed.
Coffee and cake stalls for the foreseeable future have also been ruled out. We will not be hosting the upcoming Faction Carnivals with the delicious treats and drinks that we have been able to offer in the past years. Our sincerest apologies. What we will be able to offer is the opportunity to purchase some awesome Faction coloured accessories that can also be purchased through Ponytails and Fairytales. We will set up a stall this afternoon and tomorrow, for the Junior Faction Carnival. We will then set up another stall for the Senior Carnival which will be Friday 18th September. Please feel free to purchase some funky accessories to help support your Faction team. Items such as zinc, hairspray, sweat bands, Pom Poms, and hair accessories. Please watch out for the notes being sent home close to the dates.
After all that sad news, we are happy to announce that the P&F have been able to make a donation to the school to help with the purchase of Maths Resources and readers for the Pre Primary – Year 1 years. We are so grateful that we are still able to help make a difference to our students by being able to fund these beneficial items.
We are hoping that Term 4 will bring us some opportunities to plan some long overdue events, and fingers crossed we will be able to get a Disco in before the year is out. Till then, take care, stay safe, and thank you so much for all your patience, understanding and ongoing support. We have missed you all so much.
The P&F Team x
YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL JUST BY SHOPPING AT ANY OF THE BUSINESSES LISTED BELOW:
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.
Before & After School Care
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Please note an enrolment form and 1 days' notice is to be given to make your casual bookings for your children.
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