- Principal News
- Assistant Principal Notice
- Carols in the Quad 2019
- Upcoming Meetings
- Kieran Connect meeting followup
- KIDCHELLA - Friday 22 November - Kindy & PP @ 4pm and Yrs 1-3 @ 6pm
- Years 4, 5 & 6 Outdoor MOVIE Night - Friday 29 November at 7pm
- Inter School Athletics Carnival
- Piano Tuition at St Kieran 2020
- Keyed Up Music at St Kieran
- Mentoring Adolescents
- North Metropolitan TAFE - one semester skills course
The recent bushfires in the past weeks have had an impact on a number of people in our school community either directly with family and friends or indirectly with the media reports and the concerning nature of the situation. Whenever events like this play out in the public it can make it difficult for parents to know what to say to their children about what is going on and to reassure them that although they are seeing distressing images o the news and other media, that they are ok. I am including two different resources for parents around this space. One is from parentTV who have short 4 minute video from leading child parenting author Maggie Dent. You can find the link below.
If you don’t have the 4 minutes, Maggie's key messages are distilled below.
Normalise: Let children know that any anxiety they’re feeling about the bushfires is understandable and a normal response. When there’s a threat, their amygdala kicks in, and that means it’s working as it should be.
Empathise: Your kids might be a bit clingier than usual, they might have big reactions to things or need extra help with things like getting to sleep. Even though you’re probably managing some hard feelings yourself, try and meet them with understanding. Acknowledge the bad things that are happening and how your kids are feeling about them.
Empower them: Help your kids to understand where the fires are in your region by showing them fire maps, visiting the government websites for guidance together, and developing your escape plan together. Not knowing what is happening is scary, having (age-appropriate) information is empowering. Just like adults, kids will be a bit less worried if they feel prepared.
Be aware of what they’re seeing and hearing: While it’s good for kids to have some information about what’s happening, it’s better if you can manage how they get this. TV news and radio reports are probably going to be overwhelming, upsetting and unhelpful. Remember, they’re made for adults, with our understanding of context and perspective.
Help them take action: Even little things like writing notes and drawing pictures for families impacted by the fires, supporting a request for practical assistance or coming up with a way of raising funds will help your children channel their feelings into something positive and productive.
Be their safe place: Most importantly of all, you can help your children by being their safe place. You don’t have to pretend that you’re unaffected by it all, but it’s good if you can let them know that you’re always available to comfort and reassure them regardless. Tell them they’re not alone, you’re in this together and you have a plan.
The second resource is from Headspace, it is a short read but a really good resource to help with how you may approach working with a young person after a natural disaster.
For those who would like to support the financial appeal for those in the fire zone can I suggest Schoolaid via the below link.
Schoolaid works with NGO's, principals' associations and government agencies to support those in need of assistance. You can, of course, donate to your normal charities.
You would have received an online form for positions available on the school board. Currently, our board meets monthly to discuss issues around the financial running of the school and provides support and advice to the Principal regarding these issues. If you have the time for a meeting once a month and feel that you have something to offer our school in a position like this then please put your name forward using the below link.
If we require an election it will be held on the night of the AGM, Tuesday 26 November where the 2020 school budget will also be released.
Have a great weekend!
- Remembrance Day at St Kieran
The students reverently participated in a moving Remembrance Day Liturgy lead by the St Kieran Staff at 11 am in the undercover area.
This year at the Australian War Memorial a pigeon had been flying each day down to the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier to steal poppies, carefully crafting a nest in the lead-up to Remembrance Day in an alcove above the stained-glass window of a wounded Australian soldier.
The wounded soldier symbolises the defining quality of “endurance”, and the nest of poppies nearby is a poignant reminder of the powerful bond between human and beast on the battlefield.
At St Kieran, we have an owl that has taken up residence in the trees in the Grotto area where the Remembrance Day Poppies have been placed by students.
The owl could be a symbol to all of us of ancient wisdom, maturity, and strength of character, and can guide us into exploring the unknowns about life.
When you stop at the Grotto to say hello to our owl maybe it also be a time to stop and reflect.
LEST WE FORGET
You are invited to come along on Thursday, 5th December 2019 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm as the St Kieran Kindy to Year 6 students perform The Nativity and favourite Christmas carols.
Tyler street gates will be open from 4:45pm and the boys and girls will need to be in their classrooms by 5:10pm.
We ask each family to donate a gift to a child in need. Your wrapped gift can be placed under the Christmas tree near the Tyler Street gate.
We had our second Kieran Connect Meeting on Tuesday 29 October and it was a great turn out from our parent community! Thank you to all who attended.
The attendees unanimously agreed on the appointment of:
Chair: Alysse Korda
Secretary: Danielle Harsant
Treasurer: Di Atkinson
Rep to the Board: Sam Fiore
Kieran Connect Parent Reps 2020
No Rep as yet
Patricia de Mello
Patricia de Mello
The Parent Reps will complete a Parent Contact List for each class. We would ask that you complete the attached parent consent form or come into the office for a hard copy.
On Tuesday 5th November a number of our students from Years 3 - 6 represented St Kieran at the Inter School Athletics carnival.
They did a fantastic job, participating in the right spirit and achieving some great results! Our boys' total was the second highest score, overall we came 5th.
Well done to everyone involved and thanks to those who came to support.
Piano Tuition at St Kieran 2020
It is most important that you have either a piano or keyboard to practice on.
In Term 1, 2020 Keyed Up Music is running after school Keyboard and Guitar Lessons at St Kieran’s Primary School. Prices are per lesson, Keyboard starts at $17.55 for a group of 4 and Guitar starts at $18.10 for a group of 3. To enrol go to www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form or for more information please contact Therese 1300 366 243
0400 206 331
Keyed Up Music
Looking for work or a career change? Can you see yourself working in a school? Schools are regularly hiring people for the following roles:
- Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen or as education assistants.
Starting in February 2020, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school. The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, canteen and education assistant work.
We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong. This course is suitable for existing gardeners, cleaners, administrators etc., and people looking to change career or people looking for a return to work.
The course includes:
- Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills
- Work experience in a school or other organisation
- Help and support to find work
- Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support
- Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria
- Strong work ethic
- Good oral and written communication
- Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles
- Must be able to send and receive emails
- Successful completion of an entry interview
- Working With Children Check and a Police Clearance
- 3 days per week - starts Tuesday 4th February 2020 and finishes Friday 26th June 2020 (20 weeks)
- Days - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
- Cost – Approximately $180 (total course fee for full 20 weeks)
- Location - based in Leederville and on site
If you would be interested in this course, then please email: Chris Hodson firstname.lastname@example.org