Junior School

Junior School News

A very warm welcome to everyone, especially to the new families and students who are joining us this year, this also includes the Pre-kindy and new Kindy students who experienced their very first day of school! We pray that your journey at St Brigid’s College is full of faith, hope and love. I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. There is so much to celebrate this year with the College’s 90th Anniversary; a number of events are planned to mark this special occasion and information about these will be sent out shortly to the College community.

I am very excited about the year ahead and feel very privileged to be acting Head of Junior School for Semester One whilst Nicola Lee fulfills a Principal Secondment in an aboriginal Community Kundat Djaru, in Ringer Soak. I am sure you will join me in wishing Nicola all the best. Thank you to Sharlene Willock as she takes on the role as Learning Differences Curriculum Team Leader for Semester One.

We have had a fantastic start to Term One and all staff have worked extremely hard to ensure a smooth start to the year and I thank them for their dedication and efforts. The classrooms look amazing and the teachers have spent many hours preparing for the year ahead.

Thank you for supporting us by ensuring your children are ready to start the year. The students have returned to school in such an enthusiastic manner and with such positive attitudes. Testament that 2019 is going to be a very rewarding year for all! Seeing the happy faces of families settling into the school routine has been fabulous. Once again many families took advantage of the ‘open classroom’ afternoon the day before school commenced to drop off school supplies and meet classroom teachers, especially comforting for new students.

The first three weeks have been very busy as students and teachers alike got to know each other and begin new Units of Inquiry. I encourage parents to speak with their children about the goals they would like to set for themselves this year. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation.

On the 12th February the Junior School gathered with the rest of the College for our Opening Mass. Together with invited guests a moving Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe under the Oak Trees on the beautiful grounds of our College. We gathered to welcome and bless our students and staff and prayer for a wonderful year ahead. It was with great joy that we all witnessed Carmen Cox officially welcomed into the St Brigid’s Community as College Principal. The children should be congratulated for their participation and reverence on this auspicious occasion.

Thank you to the many families who attended Wednesday night’s Parent Information Evening. These sessions allow teachers to outline their class policies, procedures and expectations. The Information Night is a vital part of our commitment to working with families in the education of their children. Please remember that you are most welcome to make an appointment to meet with your children’s teacher should you have any queries or concerns throughout the year.  Prior to the Parent Information sessions, a small number of families took up the opportunity to participate in a workshop on the inclusion of parental controls on the iPad. Thank you to Gisella Masella and Sharryn Cunningham for facilitating this worthwhile event.

Thank up for your cooperation with regards to the ‘Drop Off and Pick Up’ procedures. Just as a reminder, please do not park your car on Glen Road. If we can keep the traffic moving along we can ferry the children into the cars very efficiently. The safety of the children is always paramount.

The beginning of the school year is also a timely reminder about upholding the College Uniform Policy and students wearing the correct uniform with pride. This includes the College bathers and hat. Our policy of ‘No Hat No Play’ does extend to all terms and children must wear a hat at all times when they are outside. In the warmer weather students are encouraged to stay hydrated and invited to bring their drink bottles into the classroom.

Over the last few weeks a great deal of correspondence has been sent out to families, and your patience with the volume of information and with the prompt return of permission forms is greatly appreciated. Before students begin accessing technology in the learning environment, they need to have returned the Parent and Student Technology Participation Agreement. It is essential that all families carefully read through the agreement with their children and discuss appropriate behaviours associated with technology. The college has strict guidelines regarding technology and your support is needed to ensure they are maintained and adhered to.

Technology is also used to showcase student work in the Junior School. Seesaw is a secure online learning journal where students and teachers can create and upload their learning journey across the year. Seesaw gives students creative tools to capture and reflect on their learning-in real time. Parental permission is required so please complete the form and return it as soon as possible.

Information regarding Parent Representatives for 2019 has been emailed out to families. Each year we eagerly anticipate assistance from parents as a class liaison between school and homes. We are always on the lookout for Parent Representatives in the Junior School so if this is of interest to you please let your children’s teachers know.  It is important to keep in mind however, that it is completely optional as to whether parents provide their contact details and I ask that the privacy of all families be respected.

Junior School Assemblies, Masses and Liturgies will soon commence. Families are reminded to refer to the College Calendar for all important events and meetings. It is always wonderful to see parents and extended family members at such events and the children love it!

Rad Readers has begun for the year and will be held in the bIBliotech Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15am-8:30am. Secondary girls from Years 7-11 volunteer their time to listen to Junior School students read. Thank you to Cassandra Bull for coordinating Rad Readers this year and please direct any questions you may have to Ms Bull

The first Sacramental meeting of the year took place on Tuesday 19 February at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall. Any parents who were unable to attend or who have any questions are asked to contact Barbara Bolding, the Our lady of Lourdes Sacramental Coordinator ololsacramental@gmail.com. The Confirmation Commitment Masses will be held on Saturday 23 February (6:00pm) and Sunday 24th February (9:30am), at Our Lady of Lourdes, for all Year 6 students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Parish.

Junior School Leaders

All the best for the 2019 Junior School Leaders:
Arts: Hannah Priddis
Ministry: Alexis Markovic
Sports: Alexandra McGillivray
Learning: Amber Duffy
Sustainability: Holly Jenkins and Jorja Squillace 

House Captains 2019

Docherty:
Missy Armstrong
Lainey Mount-Bryson        
Reilly:
Hendrix Clarke
Rose Considine
McAuley:
Lila Sabetta
Julius Parlapiano
Shine:
Hayley Monks
Isaac Paull
O’Connor:
Mia Safiotti
Kye Butcher
Watson:
Sophie Sayer
Ava Shortis

School Entry Health Assessment

All children in Western Australia are offered a health assessment during their first year of primary school. This usually occurs in kindergarten and is provided by the local School Health Nurse. This is an excellent opportunity to look at the health and development of each child at the beginning of school life.  At St Brigid’s College, the Kindy assessments start in Term 2 or 3 and will continue until Term 4.  Full information is available here.

I wish you every success in the coming year and look forward to an enjoyable and rewarding 2019.

Katrina Fiolo
Head of Junior School