From the PrincipalJuly 04, 2019
Spirit of Mercy Assembly
It was with pride that we held our Spirit of Mercy Assembly during this past week. It is always pleasing to acknowledge the living ethos of Catherine McAuley as witnessed by our students here at the College. We congratulate all our Award recipients and continue to encourage all students to reflect that, like Catherine, we should look to Jesus as our role model.
Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has been advised of attempted cyber-attacks on employees. St Brigid’s College, however, runs its servers independently of CEWA and we maintain close electronic communication with them.
CEWA and St Brigid’s College have systems and measures in place to monitor and respond to cyber security incidents and continue to work closely with cyber security experts to mitigate and address a potential breach. In instances where a breach may have occurred, CEWA follows a stringent reporting process including notifying those who may be affected. At St Brigid’s College, we would do the same.
In light of the recent incidents, attached here is a letter outlining some safety measures in this area.
NSI School Climate survey
Our staff has recently started the process of reviewing some of our current school practices. We are very much at the collection of data stage and will continue this process in Term 3. Our aim is to utilise this information in our 2020 planning for our Annual School Improvement Plan. This year we also have the opportunity to access the CEWA School Climate Survey.
It is widely acknowledged that school improvement related to school culture is important in leading a school’s improvement plan. The School Climate Survey will allow us to collect data from staff, parents and students on each group’s perceptions of our school. Each group will have the opportunity to participate in a specifically designed survey tool which will provide us with data of each stakeholder’s perception of our school and we will use that data to inform the improvement of our school. More information will become available in Term 3.
In August we will be completing the ‘Nationally Consistent Collection of Data’ (NCCD) on Students with Disability. The information included in the link below is very useful for parents, as many students can fall into this collection of data, regardless of a formal diagnosis. The NCCD is a collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students. Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability.
The information collected by the NCCD helps teachers, Principals, educational authorities and governments to better support students with disability at school.
Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students is an essential part of the NCCD. Data is collected within each school. Personal details, such as student names or student identifiers, are not provided to federal education authorities.
Resources for parents, guardians and carers Fact sheets are available.
As we conclude Term 2, we would like to sincerely thank Mrs Katrina Fiolo for her diligence and hard work in the role of Acting Head of Primary. Mrs Fiolo will take some well-earned Long Service Leave and return in her capacity as Learning Differences Co-ordinator. We also thank Mrs Sharlene Willock for undertaking the role of Acting Learning Differences Co-ordinator for Semester 1. Both staff members have filled these roles with commitment and a spirit of Mercy.
Next term we welcome back Mrs Nicola Lee as Head of Junior School. Mrs Lee returns to us after spending six months in Ringer Soak as Acting Principal of Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School.
I will be on a pilgrimage to the birth place of Catherine McAuley for the start of Term 3. In my absence, Ms Janine Walsh will be Acting Principal until the 5th August.
I wish all families a peaceful and restful holiday break, a time to, in some cases, regain their strength due to the effects of a bad flu season this year.
Staff will return on the 22nd July 2019 for a Professional Learning Day. School commences for all students on Tuesday, 23rd July.