- Principal News
- Sick Children
- Year 4 Tree Planting
- SEQTA Engage login
- The Great Book Swap
- Centenary 2020 - Expressions of Interest
- Year Five Writing- Persuasive Texts
- June Beatball- City of Stirling
- 2019 'Circus Quirkus' hosted by WA PCYC
- The City of Stirling - Community Energy consultation
- All things Parenting - June 2019
- After School Guitar and Keyboard lessons
- Download the Schoolzine App
I need to clarify the arrangements for daily absentees. Parents may choose either of the following ways for one-off absences (meaning where children are away for one day only)
The 1st way is to use the Schoolzine app and fill in the online form. When using this option we will not require any further correspondence from you regarding your child's absence. (information regarding the downloading the app can be found at the bottom of this newsletter on at the very top) Another good reason for downloading the app!
Parents may also choose to phone through on the absentee line 63832619 or the main school line on 6383 2600 and dial 1 and follow the prompts to leave a message for office staff.
You may also email the email@example.com account so that the office receives the email detailing why the child will be absent.
Phoning or emailing through for more than 1 day of absence we will require a written note signed by you confirming the reason for your child's absence. This is a requirement and expectation of all schools and is an item that was recently checked during our attendance audit through the Department of Education.
These records are now required to be kept indefinitely, which is why we would prefer the Schoolzine correspondence. If this isn't convenient, you can always send through a handwritten note through your child, or you can fill in a paper form found in the school office.
And please note, that if you do drop your child off late, they need to come through the front office to sign in.
A request to all parents and guardians when your children are absent.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL class teachers daily absentee messages.
I cannot emphasise this enough. Our office is always manned regardless of illness and all absentee messages will be sent through to teachers when using this method. We are still having parents email teachers, who for a variety of reasons, including illness and off-site training, have not checked emails first thing in the morning and parents then receive a text message requesting information for their absent child, which can be both frustrating, and in some cases, distressing. So help us to help you. Please only use the absentee notification methods above.
PARKING/ DROP OFF AND PICKUP ISSUES
Please, please, please- Do not drop children off on the road to enter the school in the morning.-that is why we have a drop off line. And with the wet weather now well and truly on us, this makes this practice even more dangerous. The continuing practice of parking in the disabled parking bays at the front of the school without an ACROD sticker will now have the offending vehicles photographed and have these pictures published in our newsletter. To avoid embarrassment, please only park in these areas if you have the appropriate ACROD sticker.
When using the drop off line, please drive as far forward as possible and ensure that your children alight within the yellow lined space on the right-hand side of the curb. If you drive to the end of the line and your child only alights from the vehicle at this location, this slows down the line significantly. This is simple maths. If you have 6-8 vehicles with children all getting out at the same time, the line will flow more effectively and the wait times will be lessened.
Parents and guardians parking on the middle section of Cape Street are reminded that this is not a designated parking area, and it is unsafe to park in this location. The City of Stirling rangers have been notified of this practice so, to avoid a fine, or even worse an accident, please DO NOT PARK in this area. An example of the wrong place to park is shown below.
SEMESTER ONE REPORTS
We will be aiming to release Semester One reports at the end of Week 9 through our SEQTA ENgage portal. In response to parent feedback, we are providing the opportunity for parents who wish to meet with their child's teacher to discuss the reports, especially if you would like to clarify how you can help your child. information regarding logging into the online SEQTA engage system will be found later in this newsletter with the meeting times being released at the same time as reports become available to parents.
Have a great weekend.
When your child is sick please base your decision on keeping your child at home with the health of other students and staff in mind. It is best to avoid spreading germs and bugs at school. We also have a number of children and adults in our school that have compromised immune systems. It is extremely important to these individuals that if your child is sick that they stay home. We will send children home when the have green noses, fevers or are generally unwell. With the current flu season hitting with a vengeance the following pamphlet from the WA Health Department may assist you in mitigating the spread of the virus.
Year 4 B together with Mrs Stanford and Mr Cutrona enjoyed Thursday morning assisting the City of Stirling and their tree planting initiative in planting trees around Grenville Reserve. The children learnt about the importance of planting trees to the right depth, how and why mulch is applied and how tress impact on the carbon footprint and CO2 levels. A great learning experience and an enjoyable morning!
We are coming to that time of year again and school reports will be due.
We are continuing to use Setqa Engage to deliver reports to parents and all previous reports will also be in this portal.
It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's Semester report.
To do this you need to go to the following site: https://stkieran.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/
If you have forgotten your login then there is a simple process to reset it which will go to your email address.
1. Click on the Forgot your password? link
2. Enter your email address into the relevant box and click on Reset my password (the attached screenshot then appears)
A password reset will be then sent to your email account.
If you are new to the school or your oldest is in Pre Primary you will receive an email to set up a new login account. This email will expire within 7 days so please, action this as soon as possible.
Once in, check the left hand side of the menu and check to see if Reports is displayed.
If it is missing then please contact our school office via email or phone and we will be more than happy to help.
The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading in our local community and raise much-needed funds for remote Indigenous communities. The idea is to swap a favourite book you no longer want any more in exchange for another, for a gold coin donation. Help close the literacy gap and make a difference in the lives of remote Indigenous communities.
Our Great Book Swap will be held on Wednesday 3rd July. To celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, we have been assigned a language house to support.
St Kieran Primary School has been allocated Bigibigi House (pig in Kriol, NT)
Last year our St Kieran Primary School helped raise $478.55 for The Great Book Swap which helped to provide books and literacy programs to remote communities where they are needed most.
What to do:
1. Bring in books to your class teacher you have finished reading and do not want anymore. Please ensure books are in good condition and a suitable content for the age of the class. The more books you bring in, the more you can swap for new ones. Teachers will start collecting between the dates Monday 24th June.
2. Our Swap Day will be held on Wednesday 3/7/19 in the Upper Learning Area
3. On the day, the class teacher will take you to the ‘Great Book Swap’. Everyone will donate a gold coin to participate and then some time during the day teachers will take each class to choose their new book. If you brought in more than one book, you may choose the same amount as you brought in. It’s as simple as that!
Thank you for your support!
Our school celebrates diversity and inclusivity and as we near the Centenary Celebrations next year, we are looking for willing families to participate in a small video to highlight one hundred years strong!
If you currently have children at St Kieran, you are yourself a previous student, perhaps also grandparents and great-grandparents, we would love for you to be involved!
Please send an Expression of Interest Email, Centenary Video and we will be in touch!
The Year Five students have been writing persuasive texts with a topic of plastic use and waste. Below we have a few of the completed pieces. Some great thought-provoking pieces. Well Done to Savanna, Chibasa and Carlos S.
Stop using plastic!
Have you ever thought about all the plastic that ends up in the sea? People sometimes think that all the plastic can be reusable, but instead it goes into the sea and hurts animals. All the plastic in the sea leads to damage to our waterways, beaches and parks by killing and hurting our lovely creatures. Plastic is also a non- biodegradable substance for our generations, as 5 trillion plastic bags need to be banned, so it helps the animals. As a society, we should change. It’s time to take a stand against plastic pollution today!
First of all, our oceans, waterways and parks are getting blocked from way too much plastic bags and people’s litter, and it’s causing blocked drains and a messy environment. Do you know that over 5 trillion plastic bags get used over a year and marine animals can come and eat the plastic? We have the research and proof to tell people that fish and other sea fish can die. We need to stop using plastic and this is how we can stop, maybe get more reusable stuff and clean your kitchen and get all plastic out of your house. So remember don’t use plastic, help our sea creatures.
Secondly, plastic bags are non- biodegradable. They are made from chemically- based compounds that take up to 700-1000 years to break down. These chemicals cause harm to our food chain. When this happens, plastic bags break down into tiny pieces that damage the soil of where we grow our food. It should not surprise us because we don’t remember to bring bags that we can reuse and bottles are a big problem. Keep some in your car, so you can take them to the shops if we can just keep remembering then we might help sea creatures. So keep it up.
Finally, we must be thinking about how we use other stuff like coffee cups and do you know that 16 billion disposable plastic coffee cups are used each year. Which is not good because we don’t use metal coffee cups. We can help this by taking our own coffee cup to the restaurant when you go to have a coffee. Remember to become plastic savvy by recycling at home.
Another point of view is that plastic makes our life harder. Because we have to keep picking up all plastic waste. We know that plastic is made out of oil through producers that make plastic. It also takes up over 500 million greenhouse gases which reduces air quality. It also can hurt animals and, harms our future for kids.
As you can tell, plastic bags have no positive effect on our environment but they are not sustainable for our future and our animals. Plastic is a waste and causes devastation to our waterways, beaches parks shops and kills our lovely animals. We can improve on plastic waste by doing some better stuff at home. We should definitely keep remembering to take reusable coffee cups and reusable bags, you need to make a big difference with drink bottles by taking reusable drink bottles and this will help the future. That’s how we can help the environment. However, how are you going to help the environment?
Why plastic bags should be banned!
Have you ever thought about what happens when you don’t reuse a non-biodegradable item? People often use single-use items then instead of reusing them they throw it away and think it doesn’t hurt our environment but they are absolutely wrong. All plastics are not sustainable because they are partially made out oil and use up our oil supply each year!
First off, our environment, parks and beaches are now having to be cleaned up because of how we are no longer reusing or recycling plastic. We know that most of our waterways and oceans are being polluted and are killing or entangling our precious marine life. This is catastrophic for our future generations that will always live in a world polluted with plastic at land and sea.
Secondly, plastic bags are non- biodegradable. This means the process for it to break down will take 10-1000 years to decompose. This product is really not only made out of oil because they use chemicals and make it into a product that should be bought and make sure that people know that it’s a chemical free product. Previously mentioned, plastics aren’t good for our world because if it broke down into our world we would be breathing and if it got inside our body we would be breathing tiny microscopic plastic particles.
Convincingly, plastics are killing our precious marine life and are burning the insides of the fish. In the ocean, about 0.97- 2.7 trillion fish are killed by plastics every year. If we don’t save marine life many families will never get to enjoy fishing on the weekend.
Although, plastic isn’t sustainable for our world it’s also part of our lifestyle and can help us with certain things. Even though, these chemically absorbed items help us, haven’t you been thinking about 21 years from now? Over the years our ocean that is blue will turn silver with lots of plastic. This result is from our un-savvy ways today. There are scientists that aren’t certain on when our world will be rid of gyres. But in my opinion, we should save our world and recycle or stop using plastic items altogether!
As you can see, plastics bags cause a negative effect on our world as they destroy most of our beaches and oceans, and definitely poison our marine life. We can take a stand and make a big difference by doing a couple of things. The first thing we can do is bring a reusable item like a green shopping bag and we can also buy a non-plastic coffee cup and a reusable water bottle. If we do these things we can save our environment. Don’t you want to save our world?
Stop Plastic Production!
Do you want to help destroy the beauty of this world? If you do destroy this world everyone will blame it on you. I know that I would hate for that to happen so these are three reasons I want to talk to you about. What we should stop doing, is littering. If we don’t, it will blocks our waterways eventually making its way to the ocean and killing our marine life. Another problem is that plastic is non-biodegradable, which means it can’t break down and become part of the earth. So let’s stop plastic production for the sake of the earth.
Firstly, our oceans are full of plastic and they are creating gyres (piles of garbage and plastic in our oceans). Research shows that 8-10% of the world’s oil supply is
used each year to create plastic. Imagine all the plastic in the ocean that fish are mistaking for food or getting entangled in it. So you may not be convinced but if you didn’t know, scientists and even Google say that in 1970 there was 6 tonnes of plastic in the ocean but now there is 8 trillion tonnes of plastic, so let’s try our best to reduce 60 tonnes of plastic.
Secondly, our waterways are full of plastic. Next time you decide to put plastic in the bin try to wash it or repair it because it has been researched that plastic is
blocking our waterways and is becoming a major cause of flooding which can be a real problem in countries especially in Bangladesh. So don’t be wasteful, be
Finally, plastic bags are non-biodegradable which means it can’t break down and become part of the earth. Scientists can prove that plastic can take between
10-1000 years to dissolve which is a real problem. People are actually eating plastic because fish eat plastic and we eat fish. Let’s work together to get a healthier
On the other hand, plastic bags are a good help for humans because they can hold your shopping or carry your coffee and your birthday cake in. But this is still not a
good enough reason why plastic is still being made because they are still non-biodegradable, they are still blocking our waterways and they are still killing our
marine species. So be a good recycler to stop plastic for the sake of the earth.
As we have explained, plastic has so much effect and is close to destroying our environment and has no positive effect. Because it has still blocked our waterways,
it has also killed many marine species and is still non-biodegradable. With the help of people, we could stop plastic but that is only if you are willing to. We could
stop plastic by bringing your own recyclable coffee cup and recyclable shopping bags. See, if we all play a little part we can save the earth.
So are you willing to do your part?
The City of Stirling are pleased to advise that they are consulting with the community to find out what type of support Council could provide to help residents save energy at home.
The consultation has opened online and the Stirling Council have three workshops starting in early June.
The community consultation will help the City to develop a Community Energy Plan (the Plan).
The Plan aims to support residents to take charge of their energy consumption, become more energy efficient and use more renewable power at home.
Residents are invited to join the conversation about energy use at home through an online survey and / or by attending one of three workshops:
Tuesday 4 June *
10am to 12pm
Tuesday 11 June
6pm to 8pm
Saturday 15 June
10am to 12pm
Please visit yoursay.stirling.wa.gov.au/energyplan for more information. Be sure to have your say before 17 June 2019 when the consultation period closes.
Lessons in guitar and keyboard will be offered by Keyed Up Music, the same company who also run our in-class music program. The classes will be held after school on-site at school and will commence as soon as there are enough students to form a group. Please direct all queries to Keyed Up Music Ph: 1300 366 243 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently a few students to commence both programs- If you are interested to start at the beginning of Term Three then please make contact with Keyed-Up using their details below.