St Brigid's Primary School
"Come long-expected Jesus,
Inspire me to see and appreciate my life in a new way.
Help me to rethink the ordinary things in my life in terms of gratitude.
Quicken my being with Your coming this Christmas.
Term Four, Week Eight - 2 December 2020
Principal - Luke Shaw
TRANSITION MORNING & TEACHING STAFF 2021
Today our students took part in Transition Morning activities. This saw students move to their classrooms for next year to get to know their new teacher/s and classmates, from 9:10-10:40am. This was a wonderful experience and I am sure that students shared their excitement with you at the end of the school day. Please see below for the list of teaching staff for 2021.
Pre-Kindy: Gabrielle D’Agnone-Doyle
Kindy A: Larissa Robinson
Kindy B: Gabrielle D’Agnone-Doyle
Pre-Primary A: Bree Clatworthy
Pre-Primary B: Bianca Brown
Year 1A: Jocelyn Willis
Year 1B: Erica Mason (Monday – Wednesday) & Nicole Smith (Thursday & Friday)
Year 2A: Anneliese Paull (Monday & Tuesday) & Rita Barber (Wednesday – Friday)
Year 2B: Celeice McDonnell
Year 3A: Madison Davies
Year 3B: Aimee Mitchell
Year 4A: Althea Footman
Year 4B: Philena Giorgiante (Monday – Wednesday) & Renee George (Thursday & Friday)
Year 5A: Mollie Anderton
Year 5B: Michael Sheridan
Year 6A: Rebecca Miles
Year 6B: Miranda Peters
Jean Ellison Centre: Helen Constable (Coordinator) & TBC
Physical Education: Sam Harris
Music: Alison Yeo
Science: Dorrie Motherway (PP-3) & Mike Sibbald (Years 4-6)
HASS: Dorrie Motherway (PP-2)
Italian: TBC (Years 3-6)
MultiLit Coordinator: Paula McConnell
Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU): Sam Harris
Academic Enrichment: Alison Yeo
Playgroup: Gabrielle D’Agnone-Doyle
Coordinator of Professional Learning: Colette Wayne
Assistant Principals: Luke Shaw & Mike Sibbald
Principal: Paula MacKenzie
As advised earlier this term, Robin Dalziell will be retiring at the end of 2020. Robin is a longstanding member of staff, having been with us for 40 years. During this time, Robin has undertaken a number of teaching and leadership roles. Robin recently received a Catholic Education Service Award, recognising his 40 years of service. I know Robin has made a positive impact on the lives of many students during his time at St Brigid’s. Thank you, Robin.
Sarah Riddoch completes her temporary contract at the end of the school year. We thank Sarah for the contribution that she has made to our school over the last 18 months.
We welcome two new teachers to our school community next year. Bianca Brown is an Early Childhood teacher, currently teaching at Mercy College. Nicole Smith joins us from Mary's Mount Primary School. As well as being a classroom teacher at Mary’s Mount, Nicole also has experience as Digital Technologies Lead Teacher. We look forward to Nicole and Bianca joining our community next year.
GRADUATION MASS & PRESENTATION EVENING
Tonight we celebrate the achievements of our Year Six students at our Gradation Mass & Presentation Evening. I thank our graduates for being wonderful leaders of our school this year. I also thank our Year Six teachers, Rebecca Miles and Althea Footman, for their organisation of this evening. For some families, their graduating child will be their last child at St Brigid's. Thank you to these families for being a part of our school community.
END OF YEAR CONCERT
We look forward to our End of Year Concert on Friday 4 December, at 6:00pm. As previously advised, this will take place on the soccer pitch, beside the MacKillop Centre. All students are expected to attend, with a maximum of four adults per family, as advised via email today. Should you wish to attend, please download your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/127828844515. Please note, students do not require a ticket. Families are to bring their own picnic rug and/or fold-out chairs to maintain physical distancing and are not to engage with students during the event. We look forward to an enjoyable evening.
YEAR FOUR CAMP
The Year Four camp has taken place at St Brigid’s Primary School for many years. This was traditionally implemented as a Year Five camp, with the idea being that it would help prepare the students for their Year Seven camp. When Year Seven moved to High School, the camp became a Year Four camp.
It is good practice to review traditions and practices within schools. The cancellation of Year Four camp this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, has provided an opportunity for reflection on the relevance of the camp as a part of the Year Four educational programme. The pinnacle of a child’s primary school years is their Year Six camp, when eight years of their primary schooling leads to this important event that develops their leadership potential and celebrates the ending of their primary school years. While it might have been the thinking in the past, it is not the school’s job to prepare students for Year Six camp by organising another school camp in their earlier years. This is the job of parents and caregivers, through the organisation of sleepovers and discussions about Year Six camp leading up to the event.
Today I advise our school community that the Year Four camp will not return to the school calendar. Next week the school will introduce an End of Year Fun Day, where all classes celebrate the end of their school year with a day of fun. This will take place on a different day to the Year Six excursion, again, recognising the significance of this moment for the Year Six students.
I am excited to launch our new Strategic Plan (2020-2023) with our school community. Please take the time to read through this document, which guides our school priorities. This can be found at https://www.stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au/our-school/school-information-and-fee-schedule
ONLINE CANTEEN ORDERING
I am pleased to announce that an online ordering facility for our school canteen will form a part of our new school website. This will make ordering much easier for our families. Watch this space!
TERM DATES FOR 2021
I advise our school community of our Term Dates for 2021. Please note, that these are subject to change, if required.
Monday 1 February - Thursday 1 April
Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 2 March
Monday 19 April - Friday 2 July
Pupil Free Day - Friday 23 April
Students: Monday 19 July - Friday 24 September
Pupil Free Days - Monday 19 July, Monday 23 August
Monday 11 October - Friday 10 December
Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October
Thank you to all members of our school community for your contributions during 2020. We are here to work together and help our students grow as learners and as people. It has been an honour and a privilege to lead our wonderful community this year. I wish all members of our school community a happy and Holy Christmas.
Assistant Principal - Mike Sibbald
The candles of the Advent wreath each tell a part of the Christmas story. We light a new candle in each week of Advent as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus. The growing light of the Advent wreath is a symbol of Christ who shatters the darkness of sin and death. Each week as the light grows stronger; we grow stronger too in our reverence for, and commitment to, Christ. The growing light helps us recognize Christ not only in the historical event we celebrate at Christmas but in our lives today and in the hope we carry as we prepare for the coming fullness of God’s reign.
THE ADVENT WREATH
In most Catholic churches it is the custom to set up an “Advent Wreath” in or near the sanctuary. This may take the form of four large candles arranged amidst the greenery of a wreath. A candle is lit to mark each of the four Sundays of the season so that the four are burning on the fourth Sunday. Representing the four Sundays with three violet candles and one pink candle is customary.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS NON PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE
The food baskets are amazing!!! Thank you to everyone for your kind and generous donations. We will be presenting these to the St Vincent De Paul Society at our End of Year Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday. This at will be held at our St Brigid’s Church beginning at 9.30am. Please come and join our final liturgical celebration of the 2020
ST BRIGID'S NATIVITY CRIB
Thank you to Fr Liam for blessing our St Brigid’s School Crib this week and Fr Benny for his support too. Special congratulations to Mrs. Yeo and the School Choir for their tuneful accompaniment! Our Nativity Crib helps us all to remember the true reason for celebrating Christmas. Well done to the Year Six Christian Ministry who are taking care of all the figurines and assembling our Nativity Scene each day.
SACRAMENTAL DATES 2021
Year 3 RECONCILIATION – Tuesday 4 May 2021 (5.00pm)
Year 4 FIRST EUCHARIST – Sunday 13 June 2021 (11.00am)
Year 6 CONFIRMATION – Sunday 29 August 2021 (11.00am)
Commitment Mass Weekend - Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February 2021.
(For ALL children who are making any of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and/or Confirmation).
Sienna Johnson and Sienna Robinson have just completed their 6th concert with Centre stage Dance and Entertainment at the Belvoir Amphitheater on Saturday.
Both girls are very dedicated dancers and always display a high standard of training and sportsmanship. Sienna Johnson was awarded with the Jazz Award and Sienna Robinson was awarded with the Ballet Award for the year. Congratulations girls on your amazing achievement.
Assistant Principal - Colette Wayne
SEMESTER 2 REPORTS
Semester 2 reports will be available in SEQTA Engage from Monday 7 December.
Booklists for 2021 are available on the school website please click on this link to access your child's book list https://www.stbrigidsms.wa.edu.au/enrolments/ An information sheet is also attached to the booklist with instructions regarding purchase and collection of books. The school is not providing paper copies.
2020 YEAR BOOK
The 2020 Year Book will be distributed to the eldest child in each year on Tuesday 8 December. If your child is absent, the Year Book may be collected from the office by Friday 11 December. Any uncollected books will be available at the commencement of the 2021 school year.
END OF YEAR FUN DAY
Is taking place on Wednesday 9 December. We ask parents and guardians to please check letters sent home by classroom teachers which gives details of what students need for the day.
As this is our last newsletter for 2020, may I take the opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
A MESSAGE FROM MRS YEO
OUR CANTEEN URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP
A NOTE FROM THE UNIFORM SHOP
If you would like to order uniforms for your children you can click on the link below and email your completed order through to the address on the bottom of the order form. Jo will then process your order during uniform shop hours being: Monday and Friday mornings from 8am to 9.30am and Wednesday afternoons from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. Uniforms will then be sent to your child's classroom.
PLEASE NOTE: The uniform shop will be closed during the school holidays and special opening hours will be on Wednesday 28th January 2021 from 12pm to 3pm and Thursday 29th January 2021 from 9am to 12.30pm. If you would like to avoid the rush, you can pre-order your child's uniforms by clicking on the link below, complete your order and email through to the address on the bottom of the order form. You will be able to collect your order from the uniform shop on Thursday 29 January 2021 between 9am - 12pm.
Normal trading hours will resume at the commencement of school on Monday 1 February 2021
P & F NEWS
POP-UP ONLINE CHRISTMAS STALL
As we have been unable to run our regular gift stalls throughout the year, St Brigid's Parents and Friends has created an online pop-up Christmas Stall. The Web address is: bit.ly/2JEgH4r
There are lots of low-cost Christmas gifts and decorations. Order by Wednesday 9 December for free delivery (sent home with your child) or by 16 December for $5 local delivery to suburbs surrounding the school.
All funds raised go towards resources to support the children of St Brigid's Primary School.
ST BRIGID'S PARISH TWILIGHT CAROLS AND LIVE YOUTH PLAY
All families are invited to the outdoor Christmas Play and Carols Night, hosted by St Brigid's Young Adults. Please join in the live Nativity with real animals as we celebrate Christmas together in joyful song!
WHERE: Swan Valley Sporting Club Oval (Behind St Michael's Church, Herne Hill)
776 Great Northern Highway, Herne Hill
WHEN: Friday 18th December 2020
TIME: 6.30PM - 8.00PM
Please bring a picnic rug, chairs, snacks and plenty of Christmas spirit
Parking available at the SVSC
Before & After School Care
UNABLE TO MAKE IT IN TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN?
BOSS ASKED YOU TO STAY LATE OR COME IN EARLY?
NEED TO HAVE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF?
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 while you are busy.
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!
INTERVIEWS FOR ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7 2024 are being conducted early next year for any students wishing to attend Mercedes College. If you have forgotten to enrol your daughter, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An applicable form may be downloaded from the College website. If you are still interested in ENROLMENTS FOR 2021 we have limited places available, please submit your application form as soon as possible.
VACSWIM - School Holiday Program
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim