St Brigid's Primary School

Term Three Week 2 - July 26th 2023



· Monday 17 July - Start Term 3 – All students start

· Wed 19 July - School Photo Day

· Thursday 20 July - Confirmation Retreat – Year 6

· Friday 21 July - Catholic Performing Arts (Bible Reading)

· Tuesday 25 July - CPSSA Cross Country

· Wed 26 July - BRLA Practice Test – Year 5

· Thursday 27 July - BRLA Practice Test – Year 3

Please note: Dates are subject to change, please also refer to the Term Planner on our Website.

Paula Mackenzie - Principal

We pray our school would be place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.

May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love.

A place where everyone is respected.

And all are deeply valued.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last term I was blessed to be part of a pilgrimage so that I could take the time to connect with my faith, culture and personal beliefs. It was such a rewarding experience and I look forward to sharing parts of my journey with the children and staff. I would like to thank Mr Alan Morrison for taking on the role of Principal while I was on leave and doing such a fantastic job of leading our school with the support of Mr Corbett and Miss Peters. I know our school was in great hands and I have returned refreshed and eager to continue leading our school with an amazing and supportive team of staff.

Relationships in a school setting, involving parents, staff, and students, play a vital role in fostering a positive and supportive learning environment. These relationships are essential for the overall growth and success of the students and the school community as a whole.

Positive parent-teacher relationships are crucial for the academic and emotional development of students. When parents and teachers communicate effectively, it allows for a better understanding of a student's strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs.

  • Parental Involvement: Engaged parents who are actively involved in their child's education can provide additional support at home and reinforce learning in the classroom.
  • Student Progress: Regular communication between parents and teachers enables them to track a student's progress more effectively, identifying areas that may require additional attention.
  • Supportive Environment: A strong partnership between parents and teachers creates a supportive and cohesive learning environment for the student.
  • Problem-Solving: In case of academic or behavioural challenges, collaborative efforts between parents and teachers can lead to effective problem-solving strategies.

Teacher-Student Relationships:

The teacher-student relationship is at the heart of effective teaching and learning. When students feel respected, valued, and supported by their teachers, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated in their studies.

  • A positive teacher-student relationship contributes to a supportive and inclusive classroom climate where students feel safe to express themselves and ask questions.
  • Students are more receptive to learning from teachers they trust and respect, leading to improved academic performance.
  • Teachers who build strong connections with their students can provide emotional support, helping students cope with challenges and stress.
  • Understanding individual students' needs and learning styles allows teachers to tailor their instructional methods, accordingly, promoting better learning outcomes.

Overall, strong relationships between parents, staff, and students create a sense of community and shared responsibility for the students' well-being and educational success. When all stakeholders work together collaboratively, the school environment becomes more nurturing, motivating, and conducive to the holistic growth of each student.

Staff Changes in 2023

We have been truly blessed to have Ms Laura Smith our year 5B classroom teacher join our school two years ago. Laura has been an amazing member of our school community. The care and dedication she has given to our Year Five students is inspiring. Laura and her family are excited to welcome a new baby in the family this is such a joyous occasion. Laura will begin maternity leave at the end of Term Three and we look forward to her return in the future.

Mr Tony Corbett is our Assistant Principal, it is a role he relishes. Tony has been offered a position leading a team in wellness and wellbeing. Tony has a passion in this very necessary department, so he has taken 12 months leave to follow one of his dreams. I know that Tony will be greatly missed but we wish him all the best in his endeavour to help others. I know we will look forward to welcoming him back in 2025.


Our handful of students participated in the Cross-Country Interschool Tuesday the 25th of July and did a fantastic job representing our school. The weather was bitterly cold, but our children performed so well and encouraged each other throughout the day. A number of our students found themselves in the top ten places and this is an amazing achievement.

Congratulations to Estelle Schneider and Charlie Schneider for placing 4th and 5th respectively and Troy Kingma for gaining 7th in his race. It was a wonderful team effort.

Year 6 Expo - Friday 28th of July 2023

Year 6 Expo - Friday 28th of July 2023
This term, the Year 6 Students have been researching and creating their first Education Research Project based on Confirmation Saints. Instead of an assembly item, we are inviting parents, caregivers and families school wide to attend the Year 6 Expo in the Year 6A & 6B classrooms so students can share their leaning with you. The Expo will begin at 2:30pm and finish at 2:50pm on Friday 28th July 2023. We look forward to seeing you there.

Merit Assembly - Friday 28th of July 2023
As we are hosting the Year 6 Expo instead of an assembly all Merit Certificates will be handed out during the day by the Student Leaders.


Honesty is a fundamental and highly valued virtue in personal, professional, and societal contexts. It holds immense importance for various reasons:

1. Trustworthiness: Honesty builds trust between individuals. When someone consistently speaks the truth and acts with integrity, others can rely on them, fostering strong and meaningful relationships.

2. Integrity: Being honest reflects a person's inner values and principles. It demonstrates that they are committed to doing what is right, even when it is difficult or inconvenient.

3. Credibility and Respect: Honest individuals are respected and held in high regard by others. Their words carry weight, and they are more likely to be seen as credible sources of information.

4. Transparency: Honesty promotes transparency in both personal and professional interactions. Transparent communication helps avoid misunderstandings, conflicts, and hidden agendas.

5. Problem-Solving: Honest discussions lead to more effective problem-solving. When people are open about their concerns, challenges, and mistakes, it becomes easier to find solutions and work collaboratively.

6. Personal Growth: Being honest with oneself allows for self-reflection and personal growth. Acknowledging weaknesses and mistakes opens the door to improvement and development.

7. Authenticity: Honesty allows individuals to be authentic and true to themselves. Pretending to be someone they are not can lead to stress and a lack of fulfillment.

8. Ethical Behaviour: Honesty is a cornerstone of ethical behaviour. It ensures that people are accountable for their actions and take responsibility for the consequences.

9. Strengthened Bonds: Honest communication fosters stronger connections between individuals, whether in personal relationships, teamwork, or leadership roles.

10. Positive Influence: Honest individuals often serve as positive role models for others. Their actions inspire others to act honestly, creating a ripple effect of integrity in the community.

11. Reduced Stress: Being honest reduces the burden of keeping secrets or telling lies. It leads to a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind.

12. Enhanced Decision-Making: Honest individuals make decisions based on reality and accurate information, leading to more informed and sound choices.

Overall, honesty is a moral and ethical compass that guides individuals and societies toward trust, respect, and growth. While it may not always be the easiest path, the value of honesty in fostering meaningful relationships and promoting a harmonious community is immeasurable.

God Bless you

Paula MacKenzie


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Book Week Dress Up and Parade Tuesday 22nd

On Tuesday 22nd of August we will be having our annual Book Week Dress Up and Parade.

This year students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. Please ensure students brings their favourite book in with them on the day.

Some ideas for student dress up are:

  • Bluey
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Hungry Caterpillar
  • Miss Peregrine's from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy.
  • Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians
  • Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland
  • Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

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Alan Morrison - Assistant Principal

The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)

The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is mandated in all public preschools and schools and is taught by teachers who have completed a full day KS:CPC training course. It is a world-class, evidence-based child safety program that is used by a range of other Australian and international schools.

The program is based on the belief that all children and young people have a right to:

  • be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
  • be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
  • feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
  • understand as early as possible what is meant by ‘feeling and being safe’.

The curriculum follows two main themes:

  • We all have the right to be safe
  • We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

The two themes are explored through four focus areas:

  • the right to be safe
  • relationships
  • recognising and reporting abuse
  • protective strategies.

The focus areas are targeted to the age of the learners. The classroom teachers will be sending out their Overview for the term with more specific information about what will be taught during Term 3.

For more information, please see the CEWA Child Safe Website:

Why Being on Time to School Matters

Arriving on time for school ensures that your child doesn't miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert. Set your child up for success and make certain he/she arrives to school “On Time. Every Time”.

Why should I arrive for school on time?

· It is important that children arrive in school on time everyday for a number of reasons.

· It is the legal responsibility of parent/carers to ensure that children attend their registered school on time each day.

· If a child is late they miss important information about the days activities.

· A child that is late will miss school work.

· Children that arrive in good time for registration are able to talk to their friends before school and settle into the school day with them.

· A child who is arriving late to school may feel sad, embarrassed or unsettled.

· A child that is late disrupts staff and other children.

Top Tips for being on Time

· establish good bedtime routines so your child has enough sleep, and doesn't struggle to get out of bed in the morning

· invest in a good alarm clock - and engage your child with setting it each evening!

· establish good morning routines

· make sure they have breakfast (or come to our breakfast club at school)

· prepare lunches and snacks the night before

· put out uniform the night before

· pack school bags the night before - you don't want to be searching for musical instruments, books/book bags or PE kit in the morning!

· leave bag and shoes near the front door

· get into the habit of completing home learning in the evening instead of trying to complete at the breakfast table

· keep keys in the same place so they are easy to find

· build in a 'time cushion', leaving home in plenty of time in case of delays in the journey.

If you have any particular challenges or difficulties in arriving on time for school, please talk to your child's class teacher, Mr Alan Morrison (Assistant Principal) or Mr Tony Corbett (Assistant Principal).

Swimming Lessons

Students in Year 3 to Year 6 will commence their swimming lessons on Monday 31 July and conclude Friday 11 August. Please see the table below for your child/ren’s swimming lesson time. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher immediately.

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The Fathering Project…..

Wellbeing is about feeling comfortable, healthy, and happy. It's about finding that sweet spot where we're not only functioning well but also experiencing positive emotions and have a sense of purpose.

To be the best dad you can be, it's crucial to make your own health and wellbeing a priority. Sure, focusing on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is fantastic for your body, but remember that balanced living goes beyond just the physical aspects. It's about protecting your mental and emotional health too!​

​​​​​​​​​​​Top Tips

1. Prioritise self-care: Take time out for yourself and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's reading a book, listening to music, or enjoying a hobby, find moments that recharge and rejuvenate you!

2. Stay connected: Ensure you maintain meaningful relationships with family, friends, and your support network. Strong social connections contribute to a sense of belonging and overall wellbeing. Reach out, make plans, and foster those positive connections.

3. Identify the positives in your life: Whilst you cannot control the circumstances, you can control how you react to them. Try to focus on the positives and reflect this attitude to your kids and partner.

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Save the date…

The Saint Brigid’s Parish would like to invite all Saint Brigid’s Primary School community to the Sunday Mass on 6th August commencing at 9:30am. Some selected Year 6 students will be reading. All students and parents are invited for this very special event.

On Tuesday 8th August at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall the parent information night for Confirmation will be held. This is an important time for parents to gain a deep understanding and the significance and positive impact of this Sacrament for their children.

Story Dogs Programme…

This week some lucky Year 2 students got to spend time with Margaret and Brandy reading their favourite books. Story Dogs is a fun and unique reading support program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by children reading to an accredited companion dog and its handler.

Students will spend approximately 20 minutes with the Story Dog Team once per week reading books which are appropriate to their reading level. During the session, the dog will be on its lead at all times and the volunteer will be with the dog and student at all times. The students thoroughly enjoyed this precious time.


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

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


A Message From The Canteen Manager:

Hello my name is Kylie and I have been the Canteen Manager at St Brigid's Primary School for over 12 years. I am looking for any mums, dad, grandparents or careers who can spare some time to help out in the canteen. If you can't help for the entire day, that's not a problem, we would be grateful for anytime you can offer. The busiest time in the canteen is between 11.15am to 12.30pm. I find that the children love seeing there loved ones in the canteen it always bring a bit of fun into there day.

As a little "thank you" for your help, the canteen will provide you with lunch, a cold drink and bottomless cups of tea/coffee. Any additional information please feel free to come and see me in the canteen, I am happy to have a chat with you. Kind Regards, Mrs Kylie Dickenson

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Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am till 10.00am

Wednesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm


If you need to place an order please click the Uniform Order Form, complete the form and either sent it to or alternatively you can send the form in with your student to be handed into the office.



When students return to school on Monday the 24th of April, we remind families that all students should be wearing the correct winter uniform.

Before the end of term please take this opportunity to ensure that our girls are wearing skirts which are the appropriate length and all uniforms are tidy and in good repair.

Please utilise the online ordering service to avoid the long wait times during this busy period.

If you need to place an order please click the Uniform Order Form, complete the form and either sent it to or alternatively you can send the form in with your student to be handed into the office.

Children in years 3 to six should be wearing their school ties as this is part of our winter uniform.

As part of this uniform all students should wear clean and polished black leather lace-up shoes. For more information, please see our Uniform Guidelines in the School Uniform Guideline Booklet

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

Vacancies Available Now!

P: 0484302073



La Salle College Annual Quiz Night

Tickets are now on sale for La Salle College’s 17th Annual Quiz Night on Friday 28 July 2023 in the La Salle College Gymnasium – Patricia Rodrigues Centre.

The Quiz Night is an important tradition for the school and showcases our Lasallian spirit and celebrates our close connections and rich history in the Swan Valley and wider local community.

This year’s theme is ‘MUSIC LEGENDS’ (Any era). Dress up is optional, however, there are great prizes on offer for those that do dress up.

This year, funds raised from the Quiz Night will be going towards resources to enhance our Mentally Healthy Schools Program – with the aim of providing new opportunities for our students to be active, connect with one another and feel a sense of belonging at the College.

With raffles, auctions and games the 17th La Salle College Quiz Night is sure to be a fantastic community event. So, get your friends and family together and book online today:

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The Midvale Hub Parenting Service offers a range of parenting programs to assist you to grow happy healthy children. Individual assistance with parenting is available for any parenting concerns you may have, just talk to one of our Parenting Educators and they will be more than happy to listen and provide practical support and skill building.

Our Parent Information and Support is offered through:

  • Parenting programs for groups and individuals

  • Individual and group support sessions

  • Community events

Please click on the below link to view the workshops and programs that are being offered this school term for 2023.

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