St Kieran Newsletter Term 2, Week 1 - 23 April 2021
St Kieran News
ANZAC Day Prayer
God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war.
We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come.
That the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
When Britain declared war in August 1914 Australia was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles.
What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8 000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future. In 1916 the first Anzac Day commemorations were held on 25 April. The day was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services across Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.
During the 1920s Anzac Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the more than 60 000 Australians who had died during the war. In 1927, for the first time, every state observed some form of public holiday on Anzac Day. By the mid-1930s all the rituals we now associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – were firmly established as part of Anzac Day culture.
Later, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in the Second World War, and in subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those who lost their lives in all the military and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved.
‘They gave their tomorrow, so we could have our today. Lest we Forget.’ As soon as we read these words, we are drawn to the significance of the day and this moment in time. It brings the realisation that this is a time of being grateful for what we have in Australia and how the sacrifice of those before us allow us to lead the lives we do, lives of peace. When we speak about ANZAC Day today at our school service, we talk about how important it is to remember these words and that we all need to make sure our little corner of the world is a better place. Whether it be in our classroom, our playground, at home, in our sporting teams, we need to remember and be thankful. We need to remember the connection of the ANZAC spirit, and our connection to our motto, which states 'Constant and Faithfull’. Why, because it brings a greater awareness to our personal relationships and making our world a better place for everyone - isn't this what our duty is now thanks to the ANZAC's?
I hope you all had a wonderful first week back at St Kieran and I look forward to seeing you all throughout the term.
Take care and best wishes.
Dates Term 2
Just a reminder that the school is closed for students on the following dates during Term 2:
26th April - ANZAC Day
4th June - Staff Professional Development Day - Student Free Day
7th June - WA Day
We are currently interviewing for Kindy in 2022. These will fill up very quickly so please ensure you have your application in.
Next week we have the first of our Parent Information Sessions,
‘Helping Your Child at Home With Oral Language and Letters & Sounds’ for Kindy and Pre Primary Parents. The 30-40 minute session will take place on Friday 30 April 2021 from 9.00-9.40am in the St Kieran Upper Learning Area. RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday 28 April 2021.
In Week Four we have, ‘Helping Your Child at Home with the 3R’s – Reading, Writing and Numeracy', for Pre-Primary to Year Two parents. The session will take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 5.30-6.30pm in the St Kieran Upper Learning Area. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 10 May 2021.
We ask you to take advantage of these sessions so that they can become the first of other informative opportunities offered by the school for assisting your children at home.
Next Thursday 29th April all students in Year 3 will be participating in the Reconciliation Retreat. This is a normal school day, the only change is that students can wear free dress.
The details are as follows:
- When: Thursday 29th April
- Where: At school in the Upper Learning Area
- Time: Normal school hours 8.35am - 3.00pm
- What to wear: Free Dress
- What to bring: Normal school bag, hat, water bottle, pencil case, ipad
- Lunch/Recess: As per usual. Bring from home or lunch order
St Kieran School Survey
This year St Kieran will be taking part in a school climate survey that will be issued to all parents, staff and students from Year 3 - 6. This will be an online survey that all families will have the ability to complete over the next few weeks. We will be sending out more detailed information regarding this and accessing the survey very soon, which will include log in details and timeframes electronically. The following information may assist you with understanding the survey, keeping in mind more detailed information will be coming to you soon:
- This survey is to find out about the climate at THIS school - St Kieran Catholic Primary School.
- The importance of the survey is an opportunity for parents to tell the school staff how things are going for you and your children.
- The feedback will be anonymous and does NOT include the data of individuals; rather, feedback involves a graph based on feedback from all parents. To ensure anonymity, aggregated scores are not provided for groups of less than four parents.
- It is your overall impression that we are seeking and looking to gather. There are no right or wrong answers, and the information will help us direct St Kieran into the future.
- The response format requires you to consider how often each statement takes place in terms of: Almost Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often and Almost Always.
Kiss and Drive
Just a reminder to make sure that all families use the Kiss and Drive appropriately. The map is attached. We must as a community respect everyone that uses the roads, therefore please ensure we do not block roads or driveways. All cars should continue to move up to the first position in order to free up spaces behind them. All cars are to turn left at the first break in the island, if you wish to turn right you must go to the boundary exit between St Kieran and Servite.
Making Jesus Real
All our staff took part in MJR professional development on Monday 19th of April at Holy Rosary school, Doubleview.
What is Making Jesus Real?
The Making Jesus Real (MJR) is a values education resource. MJR is centred on the belief that we are all God's children and are called to try to be like Jesus Christ in the way we live.
Making Jesus Real is aligned with the Religious Education curriculums and Values Education programmes throughout Australia.
MJR values include respect, honesty and trustworthiness, understanding, tolerance and inclusion. They focus on the Gospel values of compassion, justice, humility, and forgiveness. These values also encourage the students to do their best, treat others fairly, be responsible for their actions, follow principles of moral and ethical conduct and stand up for others against bullying.
As a school we have decided to have a fortnightly focus.
This fortnight we are working on being WELCOMING. We will try really hard to greet each other with a smile and using the persons name.
Here are some encouraging ways to help us during the week
Our MJR Week
Good morning Monday
Thumbs Up Thursday
High Five Friday
Term 2 sees the start of the Winter Uniform for all students. There is a grace period next week, but from Monday 4 May all students are required to be in full winter uniform.
Lowes will be holding a 20% off sale on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of May.
Mothers Day Breakfast
Save the Date - 7 May 2021 from 7am to 8am
More information to follow
Containers for Change
Help our school make change!
St Kieran Catholic Primary school is proudly participating in the Containers for Change recycling initiative. Collect your eligible containers instead of tossing them in the waste, then drop them off at our school. Not only is it great for the environment, but it’s also a great way to support and maintain our sustainability program. All money raised from this initiative will be used to continue to support our sustainable school practices.
Our bin is set up just inside the Morgans Street Gates.
If you are unable to bring the containers into school or you are near another drop off/refund location, you can simply quote our unique ID so that the money can be donated to our school.
Simply quote the number C10278595.
For more information about this initiative please watch this short clip.
Helping your Child at Home - Kindy to Year 2
Helping Your Child At Home - PARENT SESSIONS
See Flyers Below
Hi Parents from Kindy to Year Two!
The following flyers provide details about two fabulous sessions held at our school. They will be run by our School Staff
to assist parents with
easy and effective ways to help children at home with:
Oral Language, Letters and Sounds
Reading, Writing and Numeracy.
The strategies are explained and easy to implement.
Our aim is to work together to help children to have success in the classroom and develop a joy for learning.
Helping Your Children At Home with the 3 R’s
~ Reading, Writing and Numeracy~
for Parents from
Pre Primary, Kindy, Year One & Year Two
This session has been designed by St Kieran Staff, to provide parents with easy and effective strategies to use at home and help their children with reading, writing and thinking mathematically.
The session will take place
on, Wednesday 12th May 2021
from, 5:30 - 6:30pm
in the, St Kieran Upper Learning Area
(above the library).
If you would like to attend please RSVP to:
by Monday, 10th May, 2021.
We hope to see you there!
Helping Your Child at Home With:
~Oral Language, Letters and Sounds~
for Parents from Kindy and Pre Primary
This session has been designed by the St Kieran Staff and special guest, Karla Terranova, to provide parents with easy strategies that assist with the development of oral language skills and the teaching of letters and sounds.
The 30-40 minute session will take place
on, Friday 30th April, 2021
from, 9:00 - 9:40am
in the, St Kieran Upper Learning Area
(above the library).
If you are able to attend please RSVP to:
By Wednesday, 28th April, 2021.
We hope to see you there!
Bookclub Issue 3 - due back 8th May
Welcome back to Term 2 everyone. Book Club issue 3 is now out. It is due back by the 8th May. Late orders will not be accepted so please ensure you are using the online LOOP system to place your order. Thank you for continuing to support the St Kieran community by purchasing from the Book Club.
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar group lessons this term after school. Lessons start from $18.65 for a group of 4. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form
Make mum’s day this Mother’s Day or spoil yourself with an Entertainment Membership, you will also receive a bonus $20 eGift Card for Priceline or Woolworths! Save on dining, travel, activities, shopping and more. 20% of every membership will also go towards St Kieran Catholic Primary School fundraiser, Click here to purchase today https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/8438s8
Behaviour Tonics Courses
1-2-3 MAGIC AND EMOTION COACHING
To help manage difficult behaviour in children 2- 12 years, calmly and effectively. Learn how to use empathy so kids begin to identify their emotions and become better at managing them. This enables them to take more responsibility for their own behaviour.
Face to face (Wembley) AND via live webinar, 7-9pm $180/$320
Mon 3rd, 10th & 17th May 2021
Place are limited.
Please register here
We are getting close to full numbers for all our teams for boys, we just need a few more players from Year 3/4, Year 5/6 and Year 9/10 girls. We have 4 female coaches at our club to guide our girls in our great game so please encourage your girls at school to come down and give it a go, we are there to help them be the best they can be!