Newsletter

St Brigid's Primary School

To be alive, to be able to see, to walk....

it’s all a miracle.

I have adapted the technique of living life

from miracle to miracle.


IMAGINATION

Imagination is more important than knowledge.


Albert Einstein

Term Two, Week Eight - 9 June 2021

TERM DATES 2021

Term Two

Monday 19 April - Friday 2 July

Term Three

Students: Monday 19 July - Friday 24 September

Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August

Term Four

Monday 11 October - Friday 10 December

Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October

Principal - Paula MacKenzie

Eucharist Workshop

Thank you to our wonderful parents who attended our Eucharist Workshop. It was encouraging to see parents joining in with the preparation for this Sacrament. As a school, we are here to support the faith development of your children and it is these opportunities which really highlight your commitment to share your faith with our community and most importantly, your children. Thank you also to Father Greg Donovan who helped lead our session and supported by Father Benny and Father Liam. Thank you also to our wonderful teachers and Mr Mike Sibbald for their help and participation. I know we can always count on your passion and enthusiasm to assist.

Why Attendance Matters

One of the most powerful ways to prepare a child for success in life is through regular school attendance. It is very important to encourage your children to regularly attend school, as it will lead to better performance not only in school but throughout their lives. Encouraging consistent attendance helps your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviour and have a better chance of graduating from high school. A good education often forms the foundation for ending the cycle of poverty in impoverished communities.


It can be difficult for teachers to teach the class and build their students skills when a number of children are regularly absent. Students who are not in school on a regular basis are more susceptible to getting involved in crime or potentially cause problems in their communities.

When students are not frequently absent, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who frequently attend school feel more connected to their community and develop strong social skills and friendships, which are important life skills. These students also are much more likely to graduate from high school.


Just two absences per month, even if excused, can increase the chances that a student will drop out of high school or have other negative impacts. The effects of absences are noticeable as early as Kindergarten.


High school students who miss an average of two days per month struggle to keep up with their peers academically, resulting in lower grades and below grade level reading skills. However, when students read on grade level by the end of third grade, (when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn) they increase their chances of graduating from high school and attending university three to four times more than their peers who struggle with reading.


Just this week we underwent a census from the Government to check our attendance numbers for our students in our community. It is quite alarming to find that a number of our students are not meeting the guidelines set by the government. Students need to attend 90% of the year, if children fall below this number they are in breach. To put this in perspective you need to have less than 9 absent days per year to comply. Also, there is a requirement that all absences are explained. When the Government Representative came to complete the census, he looked at each of our reports and noticed that we have many children that are not above the 90% and are in fact well below the necessary quota. Also, there are many absences that are not explained.


Due to this I will be following up with parents over the next few weeks, as we are required by law to have written explanations for absentee days by students. I appreciate you are the parents of your child, but by law, I am required to follow up on each family. This census is linked to funding and government regulations. We need to ensure that we have an explanation for every absence from school. These audits are now part of our life every year so please take the time to follow up with a written explanation. I appreciate that some children have underlying health issues and when you have the explanation, this will allow them to have the time off school that they require, and you are within the guidelines.

Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations on a sensational day of running and encouragement from our students as they participated in the Faction Cross-Country Carnival. This carnival is not easy to complete, as there is a lot of running. Congratulations to all our students on the way they encouraged their friends and younger grades. Our senior students were fantastic as they helped younger students on the day and there was a lot of encouragement for all students that ran on the day.

A big congratulations to Mr Sam Harris, our awesome Sports teacher, for organising such a great day. The banners were flying, and it was easy to see where to run to. The day ran so smoothly, and I know our students love these days, so thank you Mr Harris and your helpers.

School Fees

Funding for our school is made up of two sources, one is government funding and the second is school fees. Together they give us the funds to run our school. At this time of the year, as we prepare our mid-term budget, we are once again visiting school fees with our parents.


Many parents have a direct debit in place which is wonderful to see, some parents have a plan to pay the school fees in three instalments and some parents pay all the fees in Term One. An email went home to all our parents to explain that the third instalment is due in June. If you have paid your school fees in full or if you have a direct debit in place, you may ignore this email and if you are part of the instalment payees, then this is simply a reminder.


We realise that at times life can get very hectic and plans to pay school fees may be lost in a busy life. At St Brigid’s it is always possible to make an appointment and come and see me so that we can work out a way forward.


For parents who have fallen behind in their school fees you would have received a letter from the school and a follow up phone call, this letter has been sent via email and posted. Unfortunately, when no response is made to the school, we then send a second letter again through email and the post. If no response is met, then the third and final letter is sent. In this letter it mentions the debt collector as we have tried every possible avenue to get in contact with you and invite you to a meeting with myself. It is normally at this stage that we hear from parents, and they are upset. I completely understand the frustration, however, we need parents to make an appointment and come and speak with me. So, if you have received a letter, email, or phone call that you have not responded to, please feel free to make an appointment and come and speak with me, so that we can make a plan to move forward.

Visa Change

We are all aware that Visa’s can change and as a school we need to be informed when your Visa status changes so that we can update our files. At our recent Census audit, we discovered that a number of our family’s visas are incorrect therefore, we want to ensure that we have the updated copies to ensure that you are not liable for full fees and can continue to receive the correct fees.

Listening to Stories

Listening to stories is one of the greatest pleasures in a child’s life. Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but a very valuable learning time. The physical closeness that comes from snuggling up with a book provides an opportunity to talk about the way books work and to learn new words in context, but also to develop a shared joy in the content of the book. Some things you can point out with your children are the use of different fonts or text size to indicate emotion or volume; the use of a variety of words in place of ‘said’; the use of punctuation throughout the story; the way the text tells a story, but the illustrations help the reader to understand it.

During or after reading the story, ask your child to find: the page with the word ‘____’ on it; the page with the most capital letters; a question mark or the most interesting spelling of a word. In this way, you are reinforcing what your child already knows about the way books work in a meaningful, but relaxing situation.

Research shows that children, who are read too often, are better readers. Mem Fox, author of Possum Magic, says that children should have been read at least 3000 books before they begin formal schooling. That sounds like a lot of reading but is actually about two a day. If you can’t manage two, try to share at least one book with your child every day!

God Bless,

Paula MacKenzie

Principal

Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald

Prayer


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with Infinite Love;

Broken by our ingratitude and pierced by our sins

Yet loving us still.

Accept the consecration we make to Thee

of all we are and all we have.

Take every faculty of our souls and bodies

day by day draw us nearer and nearer to Thy Sacred Heart

and there we shall hear the lesson.

Teach us Thy Holy Way

Amen


Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This Friday, 11 June, is the special Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The heart of Jesus is a symbol of His great love, which led Him to die on the cross for us. His open heart reminds us that all grace comes to us from Him, and that He is always ready to receive us if we are sorry for our sins. By honouring the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we thank Him for His love for us, and give Him our love in return. Our prayer this week, especially reflects this significant feast and that we, as a Catholic School Community, are Christ-centred in our thoughts, values, and actions.

Year Six will be hosting our mass which will be held at St Brigid’s Church beginning at 9.30am.


First Eucharist

This weekend is a very special time for our First Communicants. On Sunday, 34 children will make their First Holy Communion. Mass begins at 11.00am on Sunday at St Brigid’s Parish Church, Midland. Our professional photographer will be available to take family photos from 10.00am. We pray that our Lord will bless each one of our First Communion Children as they receive Jesus for their first time.


Class Liturgies

Year Three will be celebrating their class liturgy on Tuesday 15 June beginning at 9.00am in the MacKillop Hall. All parents and friends are welcome to join us!


Sacramental Dates 2021

Year 4 FIRST EUCHARIST – Sunday 13 June 2021 (11.00am)

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


Birds of Prey Incursion

The Year Five Classes enjoyed a wonderful experience last Thursday, as part of their Science and Literacy Programs, with a Birds of Prey Incursion. The children got up ‘close and personal’ with Falcons, Kites, Kestrels, Owls, and a Wedge Tailed Eagle! Much was learned about these often-maligned raptors. A special thank you Yvonne Sitko from the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre, for introducing our students to these amazing animals.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - COLETTE WAYNE

Drop off and collection of students from Pre Kindy, Kindy and Pre Primary.

Parents are reminded that the staff car park is strictly for the use of staff. No parents are allowed to enter and park in the staff carpark to collect students from PreKindy, Kindy and PrePrimary. It has been noted that parents are also walking through the staff car park after collecting their child from these classes. For the safety of our students, please follow these rules.


Swimming Lessons

For Years 3 to 6 will take place at Aqua Tots Swimming School, Maida Vale in the last two weeks of Term 2, starting on Monday 21 June finishing on Friday 2 July. An enrolment form has been sent home and should now be returned to your child’s teacher.

During this time the students are able to wear their sport uniform as this is easier when changing out of their bathers. Children must wear their full sport uniform and they are required to bring their thongs to wear to and from the pool not for the entire day.


The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Is a national census that measures early childhood development of children in their first year of full-time school. It helps to build a picture of health and wellbeing of children across Australia.


Along with most schools around Australia, students in Pre Primary will take part in the 2021 AEDC which provides research evidence for schools, communities and governments to help plan and more effectively allocate the right kinds of services and support for children and families.


A separate flyer was sent home to Pre Primary parents and carers, providing further details about the census.


Key points for parents/care givers


  • The idea behind the census is that it builds a national picture of the development and needs of young children in Australia.


  • An important aspect of the AEDC is that the results are reported for groups of children, rather than individual children – so information about your children will remain anonymous.


  • Results are organised on three regional levels: community, state/territory and national.


  • These regional results are available to everyone – communities, parents/carers, schools and governments.


  • The AEDC has become important for planning and targeting the right kinds of services and support for children and families all over the country.


  • Children won’t miss any class time and they don’t need to be present when the teacher does the assessment; it’s based on teacher observations.


  • Parents/carers do not need to provide any information for the census.


  • The census is important because it helps teachers get a better idea of children’s needs in the classroom, and helps our community get the services, resources and support they need.


  • Pre Primary teachers will begin collecting the census data in June. They use a research tool called an ‘instrument’ (which is similar to a questionnaire) to assess children in five key areas of early development. The ‘instrument’ is based on the work of internationally renowned child health experts. Australia has led the way, internationally, and was the first country in the world to collect this type of data at a national level on the developmental health of all children starting school.


  • When researchers produce the AEDC reports, they work with ‘de-identified data’ (which is anonymous data). This means that there is no information reported about an individual child. Because the AEDC is a group measure, individual child assessments are not available to parents/care givers.


  • Participation in the census is voluntary, and it is not a test. Parents/care givers only have to notify the school if they choose to have their child excluded.


SCHOOL NEWS

Spectacular Student Voice

We, the four student leaders, Patrick, Rosheen, Dakshinaa and Jake, work hard every few weeks to host a special student council meeting, so the students of our school can be heard! On Friday, we had our second meeting where two representatives from each class came to discuss things around our school that we could work on. We were focusing on ways we could reduce rubbish; this is something we began at our last meeting. Last time we started Waste Free Wednesday and the Golden Dust Pan which your child/children may have told you about. This has led to some signs being placed around the school and we are considering asking children to pick up rubbish for 5 minutes after a break, especially around the bushes. This will help make our school a cleaner, safer, and waste-free environment! Speaking of improvements, our amazing Principal has been working on a few things that our students have told us about. New taps in the boy’s toilets, as well as a hand dryer!


New Soccer nets, fixing the water cooler outside the senior toilets and adding a bottle filler so that students can fill their water bottles and many other things to help make our school a better place because here at St Brigid’s we make sure our students voice is heard!

-The Four Student Leaders

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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.

NEW OPENING HOURS FOR UNIFORM SHOP

The uniform shop will now be 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.

ST BRIGID'S SWIMMING SQUAD

Due to the pool closure at Swan Active, Swim Squad has temporarily been postponed until a new venue can be found.

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

Mary’s Mount Primary School Centenary Mass – Thursday 17 June

All current and past students, staff and families are invited to the Mary’s Mount Primary School Centenary Mass on Thursday 17 June 2021 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Victoria Square Perth. Mass will commence at 10am and be followed by morning tea in the Parish Centre for a gold coin donation. Proceeds to the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition.

Please RSVP your attendance via https://tinyurl.com/ex62tt3c, the school office on 9290 5200 or email admin@mmps.wa.edu.au

St Vincent de Paul 2021
Winter Appeal.


St Vincent de Paul Society is asking our wonderful St Brigid’s Community if they would help in their 2021 Winter Appeal.


Items that could be donated that provide assistance to those in need are blankets, beanies, socks, gloves, sleeping bags and tins of food.


Please leave any donations at the school office in the baskets provided by end of term 2.

Thank you.

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Mercedes College is currently interviewing for Year 7 2023 & 2024, with limited places available for Year 7 2022. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus. Please contact Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.

Looking for work or a career change?

Can you see yourself working in a school?

Need help to find work in the coronavirus craziness?

Schools and other organisations are regularly hiring people for the following roles:

  • Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen, education assistants and many other roles.

Starting in July 2021, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one-semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school or elsewhere. The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, education assistant and any other types of work.

We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong. This course is suitable for existing gardeners, cleaners, administrators etc., and people looking to change career or people looking for a return to work.

The course includes:

• Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills

• Work experience in a school or other organisation

• Help and support to find work

• Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support

• Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria

Entry requirements:

• 18+

• Strong work ethic

• Good oral and written communication

• Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles

• Must be able to send and receive emails

• Successful completion of an entry interview

• Working With Children Check and a Department of Education Clearance

Course details:

  • Dates - Starts Wed 21st of July and finishes Thu 9th of Dec 2021 (20 weeks)
  • Days - 3 days per week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
  • Cost - Approximately $170 (subject to change) total course fee for full 20 weeks
  • Location - North Metro TAFE Leederville and on work experience
  • Qualification - GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) Certificate I

If you would be interested in this course then please email:

Trudy Smith

trudy.smith@nmtafe.wa.edu.au