Term , Week 6, St Brigid’s College News
Dear Families, Students, Staff and Friends of St Brigid’s College,
Today we commenced the Boarder’s Long Weekend. All students at St Brigid’s College benefit from this extra day, with the staff utilizing Friday as a professional learning day. These days are critical for building the capacity of our teaching team. A teacher has a big impact on a student’s learning, so it is important that staff have this additional time to work together in teams to learn from each other and grow professionally. Today our staff have been investigating varied topics from the benefit of using artificial intelligence language responses, for example ChatGPT; using technology for deeper learning; and interpreting student data to inform and improve on our teaching practice. Staff have also utilised this time to gather in teaching teams to review student progress and learning programmes.
I wish all families a wonderful weekend. I know that many of our local sporting clubs have a bye this weekend, so for our many parents who coach, umpire or support, enjoy the sleep in.
Yesterday our Rielly House Leader launched Radio 6076. Jase Goodall welcomed primary students to school and played a few tunes to get the day started. Radio 6076 will be a feature of our Fridays at St Brigid’s. Next week we will welcome our Docherty House Leaders from Year Six.
When I was at school, it felt like an excursion when you visited the TV Room. SchoolTV is nothing like that and thankfully we have Smart TVs in all classrooms, so the students don’t need to leave their desks.
SchoolTV is actually an online resource accessible via our College website. The subscription to this resource provides us with a range of resources from leading Youth wellbeing experts and researchers from around the world, is paid for by our Parent Forum. It is a tremendous resource for parents, and I encourage you to familiarise yourself with it.
I draw your attention to an article, on mobile phone separation anxiety, via the SchoolTV link. At St Brigid’s College we have a Mobile Phone Policy whereby all students need to place their phones into their locker at the commencement of the day and then access them thereafter at the final siren. Any student found to be in possession of their phone during school time will have it confiscated and have it returned at the end of the day. If their phone has been confiscated three times, it will be held at Student Reception until an adult can collect it.
This expectation is in place to support our students and the short clip presented by Dr Michael Carr – Gregg explains this in further detail:
There are some students within our community who are permitted to always carry their phone, and this is for medical reasons.
Smart watches are welcome at the College, however the capacity to receive or make calls/text whilst at school should be disabled. During exams, students are not permitted to have their phones or wear smart watches.
QuickCliQ orders at the Café now available
QuickCliQ is now available at the Cafe. The great news is that by making use of this system, you can order school lunches online. The system has also streamlined the payment process and students will be able to use their SmartRider to make payment when they order in person.
You can register today via this QR code:
If your child is making purchases at the Café with their SmartRider, all they need do is have the card registered with QuickCliQ and allocate funds to their card.
Footy Tipping Update
Congratulations to Craig Stein who is leading the College Footy tipping. Thanks to all within our community who are tipping. Good luck for Round 12!
ACC Cross Country Results
Mr Pietroniro informs us that yesterday, Thursday 1st June, our ACC Cross Country Squad ventured to Alderbury Reserve in Floreat to compete against 80 other associate ACC schools. The St Brigid’s Team placed 9th overall in the Female Category with some outstanding results on the day. Some of the day’s highlights include:
Year 7 – 346 competitors
Kate Shepherd 18th
Alyssa Jordan 56th
Maddison Hewlett-Banning 67th
Year 8 – 341 competitors
Madison Mills 7th
Blair Bell 20th
Maia Goodall 21st
Demi Bell 25th
Amelia Markovic 60th
Year 9 – 330 competitors
Charlie Osenton 91st
April Young 98th (April is a Year 8 student and competed in the Year 9 race)
Year 10 – 301 competitors
Evelyn Bacea-Anton 8th
Ruby Jefferson 13th
Gemma Smith 80th
Open (Year 11 / 12) – 267 competitors
Lucy Quartermaine 13th (Lucy is a Year 8 student and competed in the Year 11 / 12 Open
A tremendous effort Lucy)
Remy Fernando 81st
Ella Evangelista-Comito 91st (Ella is a Year 8 student and competed in the Year 11 / 12 Open.
Well done, Ella)
Transperth Service Update
The Transperth website
advises that from Thursday, 1st until Friday, 30th June 2023, the following routes will be disrupted in order to facilitate road closures:
Routes 204, 205, 228, 229 and 279 and School Specials 733, 734 and 736
Routes 204 and 205 to Maddington Station
Route 228 to Gosnells Station
The following stops will not be in use:
- 19152 (Attfield Street after Burslem Drive, Maddington)
- 19153 (Attfield Street after Herbert Street, Maddington)
- 19154 (Attfield Street before Olga Road, Maddington).
The nearest alternative stops will be:
- 19147 (Burslem Drive after Olga Road, Maddington)
- 22718 (Burslem Drive before Heron Place, Maddington).
Parent Forum – Call for Agenda Items and Advice of Meeting
All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend the next Parent Forum Meeting, which is to be held on Wednesday, 7th June from 6.30p.m. to 8.00p.m. in the Community Room. Should you be unable to attend in person, please advise and a TEAMs invitation will be emailed to you.
Drinks will be offered from 6.00p.m. and members of the SBC Parent Forum Committee will be on hand to chat with parents and guardians before the meeting commences. If you will not be attending and wish to send an apology, please contact the SBC Parent Forum Secretary via email:
The SBC Parent Forum is committed to ensuring that all meetings finish on time.
If you have any Agenda items, please email the SBC PF Secretary as above by 4.00p.m. on Monday, 5th June, so that the Agenda can be prepared and distributed prior to the meeting.
Mr Martino extends his thanks to all families who contributed to The Shopfront and the St Pat’s Community Support Centre
by donating goods to support the work of these wonderful Catholic Agencies. The generosity of our community is inspiring.
The College extends its sincerest condolences to Mrs Sharon Casey on the passing of her son Luke last week. The Mazenod College and St Brigid’s College communities will continue to offer their prayers and practical support to Sharon and her family at this sad time.
In conclusion, I have attached a copy of our flyer, ‘This Week at the College’ that will provide you with an overview of events for the coming week. I hope you enjoy these snippets.