Junior School

Junior School News

A very warm welcome back to the start of the new school year. I trust you have had a restful holiday and a positive start to 2020. It was a delight to see all the children so eager to meet their new classroom teachers and catch up with their friends on the first day. There was definitely a lot of excitement in the air! I would particularly like to welcome the new students and their families to our school and sincerely hope this is the beginning of a long and rewarding partnership. Parents’ enthusiasm, support and involvement are integral to the success of our school as are the skills, dedication and professionalism of teachers. Together, we can support one another to provide a friendly learning environment and celebrate our achievements. Exciting times for our Pre-Kindergarten and many of our Kindergarten children who have bravely embarked on the beginning of their educational journey. They are settling in so well and getting to know new adults and friends as well as learning new routines.

The first two weeks have been very busy and the students are to be congratulated on the enthusiastic manner in which they have delved into their learning. It is very evident from visiting classes that the students have returned with such a positive attitude, ready to take on new and exciting challenges. This year St Brigid’s will focus on the College values, Respect and Service.  It is impressive to see the way the students have already embraced the true meaning of the values through their daily interaction with others, in the classroom and during break times. I encourage the children to continue to set new goals for this year and reflect on how they can make a difference through their actions and words.

 

On the 6th February students, staff and parents gathered under the beautiful Oak trees to celebrate the College Opening Mass. The College leaders made a pledge to a year of service and received their leadership badges. The students were reverent and respectfully participated in the Liturgy. A perfect way to start the new school year. Congratulations also to the Junior School House Leaders, Music Captains and Choir leaders, who were presented with their leadership badges at assembly. Congratulations to the 2020 Junior School Leaders:

Ministry Learning Sports Arts Sustainability
Ruby Nayler  Alexander Tonon Katie Otway Pearl Altinier Teagan O’Brien

Luke Geddes

House Leaders

Docherty McAuley O’Connor Rielly Shine Watson
Imogen Newton

Benjamin McGregor

Tully McGrath

Melinda Barton

Jensen Hutchinson

Alicia Chentrens

Brock Pammenter

Ruby Gaffey

Patrick Martin

Ashlyn Rossi

Nick Sayer

Simone Giglia

 

  • Music Captain: Melinda Barton & Alexander Tonon
  • Semester 1 Girls’ Choir Leaders: Ashlyn Rossi & Ruby Gaffey
  • Semester 1 Boys’ Choir Leaders: Matthew Geneste & Cameron Ogilvie-O’Neil
  • Semester 1 Training Choir Leaders: Gabrielle Bormolini-Duckworth, Orla O’Reilly

Parent Communication/Technology

Over the last few weeks quite a lot of communication has been sent to families, with a number of permission forms to be completed. Thank you for the prompt return of these and a friendly reminder to please complete and return all permission forms to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. I ask that you take time to discuss the College’s Parent and Student Technology Participation Agreement with your child, which outlines expected behaviours around the appropriate use of technology. The College recently organised a parent seminar on Cyber Safety and it was great to see a number of Junior School families take up the opportunity to listen to Cyber Safety guru, Paul Litherland, share his knowledge and tips on how to keep children safe when using technology online. The Year 5 and 6 students also attended an informative session, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Parent Representatives

We are once again on the hunt for 2020 Parent Representatives for each class. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the dedicated parents who took on these roles last year and liaised with school staff, assisting with the organisation and running of a number of College events.  Parents/guardians are invited to complete the Parent Representative form and have the option as to whether they would like to provide their contact details.

Parent Information Evening

Thank you to the many parents who attended the Parent Information Evening. There was a lively vibe all over the school as parents met with staff and chatted with other families. Thank you to our dedicated staff also, who put much time and effort into presentations to share with our families. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher should you have any queries or concerns over the course of the year. As a collaborative team, the classroom teacher will be your first point of contact followed by the Cluster Team Leaders who are Michelle               Verjans (PK-2), Gisella Masella (Years 3 & 4) and Sharryn Cunningham (Years 5 & 6). We all look forward to working closely with you this year.

Parking

It is timely to revisit the Parking Procedure in and around the Junior School as families drop off and pick up their children each day. Our endeavour to keep the children safe is of utmost importance. There is ONLY 5 min parking along Glen Road outside the Early Years Centre between the hours of 7:30am–9am and 2:30pm–4pm. Families who park on Glen Road are blocking access to the ‘Drop Off Zone’ therefore creating hazards for other families and banking traffic back along Lesmurdie Road. Tickets. We ask all parents of children from Pre Kindy to Year 6 to please park their cars in the College designated parking bays when dropping and/or collecting children to/from classrooms. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Uniform

The students have started the year looking fabulous in their Summer uniform. The ‘No Hat No Play’ policy means that all students must wear a hat when outside. Please ensure that all your child’s items are clearly labelled, just in case they are misplaced!

Sacramental Dates

  • Sacramental Parent Meeting- 20th February 7:00pm Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
  • Confirmation Commitment Masses- 22nd February, 6:00pm and Sunday 23rd February, 9:30am

Parents are reminded to check the College Calendar for upcoming events.

Thank you all for a great start to the year!

 

Katrina Fiolo
Acting Head of Junior School