St Kieran Newsletter Week 7 - 19 March 2021
- St Kieran News
- Here is an example of Harmony Week from Kindy Blue
- Here is an example of Harmony Week from Year 4 Classes
- 100 Year Centenary - Sunday 21 March
- Whole School Travel Festival
- Swimming Lessons Information (Sports School Uniform to be worn)
- Easter Egg Raffle
- Stations of the Cross Rehearsal
- St Kieran Fundraiser Entertainment Book
- LFCC Lions Soccer
St Kieran News
Prayer to St Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
Last year in Rome, Pope Francis declared this year 2021, to be the Year of St Joseph in the Catholic Church. Today we celebrate the feast day of St Joseph, the father of Jesus. Pope Francis describes St Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father an accepting father; a father who is creativity courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. With these shadows in mind pope Francis draws us to those people who continually support us behind the scenes and give of their time so freely to support others within their role. This can be said of St Joseph who they resemble in 'the man goes unnoticed, a daily discreet and hidden presence who nonetheless played an incomparable role in the history of the church'.
St Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers and working people in general. It is these working people in light of Covid 19 that we continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers.
This weekend we have a wonderful celebration ahead of us that has created lots of excitement and memories for all. I hope you enjoy the day reminiscing with family and friends and celebration the journey of St Kieran over the past 100 Years. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we celebrate this occasion together.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr Daine Burnett
St Patricks Day and St Josephs Day
This week saw the Feast Day of both St Patrick and St Joseph. St Patrick is honoured on the 17th March and is celebrated for his devotion to the church, converting the Irish to Christianity. He established monasteries, churches, and schools and used the shamrock (3 leaf clover) to teach about the Trinity. The 19th March is the Feast Day of St Joseph. Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus and husband to Mary. He was a compassionate and caring man who trusted in God. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), travellers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.
Covid 19 Update
This is a reminder to all families that we still have restrictions in place in Western Australia, which means families or visitors come onto site they must be well, the use of hand sanitiser that is available, and students are constantly encouraged to practise good hygiene.
We need to remind you all of the following:
- Do not attend school or any event if you are unwell.
- Practice exemplary personal hygiene.
- Avoid congregations or bottlenecking.
- Maintain appropriate social distancing.
Can we please ask that unwell students are not sent to school. This in turn has an impact on the other students as well as the staff. Your consideration around this matter is appreciated.
Swimming lessons start on Monday and go for the next 9 days until the end of term on the 1st April for students in PP - Year 5. If your child is unable to swim they will still be required to go with their class and the class teacher. Can all parents make sure their children's items are labelled and it would be great to have a few run throughs about how to get changed and where to place their items.
100th Year Celebrations
This Sunday 21st March, is the formal celebration of St Kieran's Centenary. Last year was our official 100th year, however due to COVID we had to push back the formal celebrations. The day will begin with Mass at 11am, followed by a blessing of the school gates and an unveiling of the school plaque in the undercover area. There will be performers throughout the day including the Servite band, The Joys of Women Italian choir, Three Crown Irish Dancing Performance, Sambozzy Samba Party and Jon Evans Music until about 3pm. Families are welcome to come at any time throughout the day and stay for a little or as long as they like.
Can those students that are in the Choir for the 100th Mass please wear their summer school uniform for the celebration and be at the Church by 10.30am please.
Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. This year, teachers explored Harmony Week with activities and discussions in their classrooms.
Here is an example of Harmony Week from Kindy Blue
Here is an example of Harmony Week from Year 4 Classes
100 Year Centenary - Sunday 21 March
We are excited to welcome you to our school this coming Sunday (21 March) to celebrate our centenary
Below are some details, depending on what time of day you are coming, that may pertain to you.
A celebratory mass will be held at St Kieran Parish at 11.00am sharp.
We are fortunate to have The Most Reverend Archbishop Tim Costelloe as the main celebrant.
If we exceed 75% capacity (adhering to Covid-19 guidelines) overflow seating will be available in the Parish Hall with a live feed set up.
The mass will conclude at approximately 11.50am and we will be led in procession by Father Joe Parkinson to the school.
Father Parkinson will bless our new school gates and lead the congregation into the school grounds for formalities which will conclude at approximately 12.30pm.
The classrooms will be open for you to peruse and see the artwork the children have created. You can also see the changes that have occurred as part of the recent building maintenance project that was undertaken.
An afternoon of entertainment has been prepared so take a seat and enjoy some Irish dancing, paying homage to our founding Sisters of Mercy, or listen to the vocals of the Joys of Women Italian Choir.
Food trucks will be onsite available for you to purchase food and drinks from. Most are operating as cashless in our current climate, so please bring your eftpos if you can.
A licensed bar area will be set up in the Magdalene Gardens (outside the old canteen or library). Please enjoy the leafy, green space with a glass of bubbles and catch up on old times with a friend or two.
Parking is available at the Parish, bus lanes on Cape Street or parking bays on Morgans Street, including Servite bays.
Please have the Safe WA app on your digital device ready to scan on arrival. Or a manual register will be provided.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu-like symptoms, unfortunately we kindly ask you to stay at home.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Chair, Centenary Committee
Whole School Travel Festival
On Friday 12th February St Kieran Primary School participated in a Whole School Travel Festival organised by Mrs Spencer and the Your Move team.
It was a fun and educational day for students where they had the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and workshops. Students learnt how to get to and from school safely using different modes of transport, the importance of active travel for our health and how to reduce our carbon footprint and traffic congestion around our school.
Throughout the day classes from Kindy to Year 6 rotated through a variety of travel and safety incursions hosted by: SDERA, RAC, Skateboarding WA, Transperth and People on Bikes.
The most popular and exciting activity was skateboarding and cycling. Some students fell over, some students showed off their impressive skills but most importantly there were lots of smiles and laughter and everyone had a go! I was so impressed with the student’s courage to try something new and their resilience to bounce back when they didn’t quite get it right.
Students got their creative juices flowing in RAC with lots of creative brainstorming and drawing. They worked collaboratively in groups to come up with lots of creative and clever ideas for creating safety signs and modes of transport. Transperth had the students using maps and having a go at tagging on and off the bus. They learnt practical skills which will hopefully give them the confidence to have a go at travelling by bus or train. The junior students were treated to a story and song by SDERA and they loved meeting Izzy the Lizard who reminded children of the Stop, Look, Think and Listen message.
The day left us feeling excited about all things riding, skateboarding and buses and we hope that this will inspire students to try a new way of travelling to and from school and change some patterns of behaviour to improve our health and help the environment.
Swimming Lessons Information (Sports School Uniform to be worn)
As you are now aware, our swimming lessons start on the 22nd of March and will finish on Thursday 1st April. The following is some information regarding the lessons.
Students will be walked to the pool by school staff. The swimming lessons will be run throughout the day, with the first group walking down to the pool at 8.50am. The last group will be back at school in time for normal pick up.
To help the lessons run smoothly, please ensure the following:
- Children are wearing their bathers underneath their SPORTS SCHOOL UNIFORM.
- As it is an outside pool, students should wear a swimming top and have suncream applied at home. More suncream will be made available at the pool.
- They come to school in their normal footwear.
- They have thongs or sandals for walking to and from swimming.
- Have a towel, and a spare top for walking to and from the pool. It is recommended that students bring a dressing gown or jumper for the walk back.
- Bring spare underwear for changing into when back at school.
- All items of clothing including goggles should be clearly named.
If you are concerned that swimming lessons will impact on appointments please contact your class teacher.
Physical Education Teacher
Easter Egg Raffle
Stations of the Cross Rehearsal
All students are welcome to participate in the re-enacting for the Stations of the Cross for
Good Friday 2nd April.
Also students doing sacraments this year are invited for rehearsals for Stations of the Cross at the
St Kieran Parish Church. This can go towards your sacrament service hours.
Rehearsals will be on Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st and Thursday 1st March
from 3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Church.
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