St Brigid's Primary School
ST BRIGID'S SCHOOL PRAYER
Dear Father in Heaven
We thank you for our school, our families, our friends and the environment
Help us to make our school a better place, by being more like St Brigid,
who loved, helped, cared and shared.
Thank you for all the people who do things for us
Bless us all today and everyday
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Term One, Week Six - 11 March 2020
Principal - Luke Shaw
Welcome to our new look school newsletter! As mentioned previously, our newsletter will now be published fortnightly, as a result of recent feedback. I hope you enjoy the new format.
NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS DAY
I had the privilege of joining Mr Sibbald, Isabella (Head Girl), Gian (Head Boy), Khyati (Deputy Head Girl) and Jacob (Deputy Head Boy) at the Halogen Australia Young Leaders Day on Monday. Our students enjoyed listening to John Coutis, Eamon Sullivan, Dana Hooker and Lachie Smart. Our leaders took valuable messages from each presenter and I look forward to seeing how the learning translates into action as we move through the school year. Mr Sibbald has included further information regarding this day, along with some photos, in his section of the newsletter.
Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State. The week runs from 15–21 March every year and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity. We will be celebrating Harmony Week at St Brigid’s from 16-20 March. Students will be engaging in a range of activities throughout the week, linked to the theme of Harmony Week. On Thursday 19 March, students are invited to wear traditional dress or predominately orange (the official colour of Harmony Week). Please note that this is not a general free dress day. A parade will take place in the MacKillop Hall at 9:15am on this day, so that we can showcase the traditional dress of our school community and celebrate Harmony Week. Also, on Thursday 19 March, students will be given the opportunity to take part in a shared lunch with their classmates. If your child would like to participate in this shared lunch, they are required to bring in a traditional dish to share. Please ensure that dishes are nut free. If you do not want your child to participate in the shared lunch, please complete the form via this link https://tinyurl.com/vgalmes. Please ensure that your child comes to school with their own lunch on this day. If your child has any food allergies, please let us know via this link https://tinyurl.com/vs5uxnp
PARENT ONLINE SAFETY PRESENTATION – THE CARLY RYAN FOUNDATION
We look forward to the Parent Online Safety presentation on Monday 16 March 2020. This will take place in the MacKillop Hall, beginning at 6.00pm. The presentation, presented by Sonya Ryan (CEO – The Carly Ryan Foundation), will explore the following topics: online safety, opportunities vs risks, privacy settings, awareness, managing self, emotional intelligence, resilience, critical thinking, understanding the law, image based abuse, respectful relationships, communication, practical guidance, connection to support services. Please note that this presentation is for parents and caregivers only. It is great to see that we have approximately 40 parents registered for this event.
SWIMMING CARNIVAL (YEARS 3-6)
We look forward to our swimming carnival next week. Please see the letter below from Mr Harris regarding this event.
Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald
REFLECTION – Why “Pray, Fast and Abstain” during Lent?
The three traditional ‘pillars of Lenten observances’ are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Prayer draws us closer to God …. The more we pray and spend time in God’s presence, the more we are transformed into the people we are created to be.
Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent … The hunger pangs it creates remind us of our hunger for God and of the suffering that others experience because of lack of food. Fasting reminds us and calls us to live up to our baptismal responsibility to show Christ’s love to the world and to work to alleviate suffering.
Abstaining from meat traditionally links us to the poor, who could rarely afford meat … Its aim, is to spiritually link us with those who lack the food we take for granted.
Almsgiving is our sign of care for those in need and also expresses our gratitude for all that God has given us.
Please encourage your child/children to keep their Lenten promises and contribute to Project Compassion.
FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING
This is on Tuesday 24 March, at 7.00pm in the St Brigid’s Parish Church. Information pertaining to the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be provided along with some helpful information to assist your child with their preparation. It will not be a long gathering and Fr Benny looks forward to meeting at least one parent from each child who will be making this important sacrament. The Year Three Classes will also be participating in the First Reconciliation Retreat Day (at school) on Monday 23 March.
NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS DAY 2020
Mr Shaw and I had the wonderful privilege of taking our four student leaders, Isabella Clarke, Gian Malabanan, Khyati Kandlagunta and Jacob Ochieng Mann to the 2020 National Young Leaders Day at the Convention Centre on Monday this week. They along with 2000 other young students shared the delightful opportunity of listening to aspirational presenters, including John Coutis, Dana Hooker and Eamon Sullivan providing their insights on what leadership meant to them through their own story. Our students were a great credit to themselves and their respective families, while being pleasing ambassadors for our St Brigid’s School, through their participation and reflections. We look forward to their continued leadership development throughout this year and beyond!
Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne
As you may be aware, our school introduced MiniLit in 2018 to support our junior primary students and their literacy development. In 2019 we introduced MacqLit to support our middle-upper primary students. This year we are introducing InitiaLit in Year 1. The Year 1 teachers recently attended a two-day InitiaLit training course. We thank Mrs Paula McConnell and the highly skilled Teachers who are excited to begin their MultiLit lessons. We also thank the P & F for generously contributing towards the purchase of books to support the MultiLit programme.
Our parent/teacher interviews will be taking place in Week Nine (30 March – 2 April). A link to an online signup website will be sent to parents next week. Parents will simply need to follow the prompts to select their preferred meeting time. Meetings will last for 15 minutes and teachers have been asked to ensure that they stick to this time frame. We ask that all parents book a meeting as this is a wonderful opportunity to engage in a conversation about how your child is travelling in all facets of their school life.
Kindy A & Kindy B interviews will take place in Week Eight and Week Nine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (24th March - 26th March) and (31st March - 2nd April)
ST BRIGID'S SWIM SQUAD
Come along and join the St Brigid's Swim Squad. Training takes place every Thursday 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.
P & F News
Details have been sent out on both the St Brigids Primary School Facebook page to go into the draw to win a Stephanie Alexander garden for our school. The competition is run through Coles and you can enter by doing the following -
1. Download the colouring in sheet and consent form
2. Get your child/children to colour in the colouring sheet and take a photo or scan the picture
3. Send the picture/scan along with the consent form to firstname.lastname@example.org
The colouring sheet and consent form can be found at https://stikeez.coles.com.au/#competition
3 winning entrants will each receive a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden base membership for a year and a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden built in their chosen school or Early Learning Centre valued at approximately $10,000 OR a cheque to the nominated school/ELC for the value of the garden ($10,000) to be used for kitchen and fresh food related items for the students such as appliances, cookware, benches, pantry items. The Garden prize will include the installation and planting of wicking beds with various herbs, fruits and vegetables seeds or plants.
In week 8 of this term, we will be calling for donations to go towards our Easter Raffle - items of appreciation are Easter Egg or Easter themed gifts. A letter will be sent out closer to week 8 requesting your generosity in donating, and tickets will also go home for you to purchase if you would like. Additional tickets will also be available to buy during this time.
BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE
We have been lucky to secure a date for this year's Sausage Sizzle fundraiser at Midland Bunnings. This is being held on the 24th October - so still a long way till then, but just in case you would like to pop this in your calendar. We will be looking for helpers on the day, and we always appreciate our school community coming along and supporting our school by popping down to grab a sausage sizzle or two.
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.
Next P & F Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th April at 9am in the Board Room located in the Admin Office. Please join us as we work together to help our school community.
Thank you for your support
St Brigid's P & F
Karryn 0409 293 198
Jo 0418 954 821
Before & After School Care
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