Junior School

Junior School News

Term 3, we are at the halfway mark for the school year!

A school is a place where the child flourishes in many ways, so it is with much delight that we watch our youngest children celebrate their 50 days in Kindergarten. The students decorated their T-shirts just for this day. Parents shared their children’s milestones with us. Our parents have written so many positive notes, such as our 4 and 5 year-olds learning to sound out letters, count forward and backwards to 30 and recognise shapes. We also looked at the whole child and are delighted to know that our kindergarteners have also developed social skills and further built their confidence. The well-known billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are not the only privileged people who have travelled to space. Our kindergarten students are travelling to space too. On their journey to outer space, they will learn about the different planets.

Every Tuesday, when the home bell goes, a group of students head to the Robotics Room to prepare for the Robocup competition. Robocup allows students to grasp a better understanding in the area of robotic and artificial intelligence. With all that hard work, the team was ready for the competition and last Friday they headed to Curtin University for Robocup. The Robotic Room had an air of excitement in the morning as the students gathered to depart. They wore their specially designed uniform by Mr Hill, with their ‘coding’ names printed at the back. At the competition, it was an opportunity for the students to absorb and learn new things. Next year, they will return to the competition with bigger and better ideas.

Perth has experienced the wettest July in 26 years. The rain will allow a boost in our crop production and fill our dams. However, on the flip side, the abundance of rain resulted in the field being saturated with rainwater. Therefore, we had to postpone the Inter-House Sports Carnival from the originally planned day, to Monday. For many days, we sat on the edge of our seats, praying that the weather would be kind to us just for this Monday, and thankfully the rain clouds slowly cleared for us.

As usual, students and leaders beautifully decorated the tents with their house colours for the inter-house carnival. The kinship amongst St Brigid’s community was incredible. What was pleasing was how students supported one another to help finish a race. Many students ran alongside a worn-out race participant and cheered them on to complete the race. This act of kindness strongly reflects on the mercy values of “hospitality” and “compassion”. I constantly reiterate, it is not about the race or how well you do, it is the humanity and kindness that we display to others that will have a more substantial impact than the many ribbons or medals we show.

Well done to Mrs Openshaw and the Sports Department, House Coordinators, Teachers, Parent Volunteers, the grounds people and many others, who have made this event run so smoothly.

I would like to gently remind parents to park their vehicles in the appropriate parking areas and not in the yellow marking in front of the gates. The reason being the entrance areas are for students to enter and exit the school grounds safely.

We look forward to more exciting activities and upcoming events, such as Catholic Performing Arts and Book Week.

“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
Numbers 6:24-26
Have a great term ahead.

God Bless
Anne Tan
Head of Primary