Welcome back to Term Three!
While the global pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we have been able to make the first week of school relatively normal. Our experience during Term Two provided an opportunity to try several things that wouldn’t have been able to happen because of the regular school routine.
One of these was a split recess and lunchtime for children in the early and middle and upper grades. What we learnt from the first five weeks of Term Two was splitting the breaks for the juniors and senior students at different times were highly beneficial for the children when they came back into class. With this in mind, we have changed our internal structure for the next couple of weeks to allow the juniors and seniors to operate on the different timetable. Although this is quite problematic to plan and organise for staff, what we’ve already seen for our students are fewer accidents in the playground and children coming back into class with fewer issues after each break.
Last term, I wrote about having parent-teacher meetings in Term Three. This was in anticipation that we would be at phase 5 in the restrictions. Unfortunately, this has not been the case at this point. So to ensure that we can touch base with parents who require this to occur, we will be offering three different types of parent contact/meeting in the next few weeks. Parents can choose to either receive a phone call from their child’s teacher, have a video teams meeting with the class teacher or a face-to-face meeting with the teacher. The availability of face-to-face meetings are still restricted due to the cleaning requirements; however, I’m more than happy for those to occur if they can fit into both staff and parent’s timetables. Information regarding this will be sent to each parent before the beginning of Week 2.
The process for the appointment of substantive Principal for 2021 and beyond has begun with the school board and staff members taking part in an information gathering session with staff from CEWA at the end of Term Two. The advertisement has been released with the process, hopefully being completed towards the end of August. The School Board Chair, Chelsea Lim, will inform the parent community of the successful candidate once the process has been completed.
We will continue to make adjustments to the drop-off and pick up procedures to try to return them to as normal as possible within the current restrictions directed by the state government. At the time this newsletter was written was before the Premier’s announcement regarding easing of restrictions. There will be an email detailing any further changes to drop off and pick up process. We are trying our best to return as many processes and procedures to pre COVID times; however, we are restricted by specific procedures and expectations that must be met as we are a school with smaller closed-in spaces and a very small school footprint. We are also very mindful of the issues regarding parking, drop off and pick up procedures that are impacted by these changes and will continue to work with our school community to find the best and safest outcomes for all of our children.
Have a great weekend.
Peter Cutrona Principal
Friday 31st July - Year 3B Sacrament of Reconciliation 6pm
Saturday 1st August Year 5 and 6 Family Mass 6.30pm
Friday 7th August - Year 3W Sacrament of Reconciliation 6pm
Friday 14th August – Assumption of Mary Mass
15th and 16th August – Confirmation Commitment Mass
22nd and 23rd August - Confirmation Commitment Mass
Saturday 29th August - Year 1 and 2 Family Mass 6.30pm
12th and 13th September – Sacrament of Communion
19th and 20th September – Sacrament of Communion
St Kieran 3year old Kindergarten program 2021 interview process will be taking place in the next few weeks.
If your child was born between 1/7/17 - 30/6/18 your child will be eligible for 3year old Kindergarten program.
To avoid disappointment please ensure you have lodged an enrolment application.
Check St Kieran website for information www.st.kieran.wa.edu.au or contact the office 63832600
Thanks to the City of Stirling Living Green Schools Program our school has become the proud new owners of a recycled fridge worm farm and compost tumbler! The City of Stirling has provided us with some support and funds to assist us with moving forward in becoming a sustainable school.
Kevin from the Worm Shed delivered the farm, worms and all the accessories needed to help us implement a sustainable waste management system for our Crunch and Sip food waste. The Year 6 Pillar Leaders assisted with setting up the worm farm and learnt how to feed and care for the worms. In addition, we have purchased a compost tumbler to help make compost from excess food waste and leaf litter so we can improve the soil quality our veggie patch. We are very excited to have these systems set up to help us improve and protect our environment.
Plastic Free July Challenge
When we participated in the Plastic Free July challenge on July 1st, we were able to reduce that amount of waste to only 346 pieces of single use plastic waste.
Whilst that number is still quite high it is a significant reduction in waste and proves that we can make a difference and do our bit to help the environment. We will continue with Waste Free Wednesday for the remainder of the year. Well done St Kieran keep up the great work!
Other Recycling Programs
Don’t forget that our school also recycles
- Nespresso coffee pods
- old mobile phones
- household batteries (dry cell batteries include AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable) C, D, button batteries, 9V, 6V
- cordless power tools
If you have any of these items to recycle students can bring these into their classroom teacher who will place them in the correct recycling bins.
Thank you for your support in helping us become a more sustainable school.
St Kieran Parishioners as you all are aware, the building of the Prayer Shrine is progressing and have reached a stage where some ground work is required.
The building team is looking for volunteers to help out with some heavy work such as digging, around the Shrine on Saturday 1st August (9:30am start). If you are able to volunteer, please give your name and contact number to Rev Fr Wilson or Acolyte Eugene.
International Food Fare - fund raising event for the Prayer Shrine, is on Sunday 9th August 2020, please mark the date in your diary. Any volunteers to help or supply food for sale for the Food Fare would be much appreciated.
Mass time table at St Kieran church is now back to normal
Saturday Vigil : 6:30 pm in English
Sunday : 9am in English & 10:15am in Italian
Please do not attend mass if -
- you feel unwell,
- have flu/Respiratory symptoms
- elevated body temperatures
- or in the last 14 days have been in contact with persons suspected to have or have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- waiting for your COVID-19 test result.
Please be reminded that, plan giving envelopes are now available for collection from the church foyer. Any parishioner, not on the plan giving program are encouraged to be part of the contribution, by filling up the pledge cards available in the church foyer.
St Kieran Fun Dance Class has commenced from Wednesday 8th July from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Parish Centre.
Cost is $8.00 per person and the first 4 weeks will be focused on beginners, everyone welcome to join. All proceeds go to the Building of the Prayer Shrine.
Collection boxes are now located in front of the pews near the altar, as collection baskets cannot be passed around. The parish is ‘grateful and thankful’ for any donations made during this time of crises.
DIRECT DEBITS Can be arranged with your bank to have regular amounts paid into the church account as below.
Account: St Kieran Parish (Second Collection)
BSB 086 006 Account number: 670 197 551
Many thanks for your patience and understanding on attempting to attend the Masses during this time of difficulty situation.
Trinity College warmly invites you to attend our Twilight Tour on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and
co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer.
Our Twilight Tour will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours (including a sneak peek behind the scenes of the College's production of The Mikado), light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team.
The tour will commence at 4:00pm. Please register your details at: https://www.trinity.wa.edu.au/enrolments/college-twilight-tour/