With the recent information from the state government that Phase Five Guidelines would not be put in the place until at least 24 October we will now have to re-assess current practices in place regarding a number of areas of operation. This has impacted on planning for both our sports carnival and the make a move dance concert later this term. We have implemented a number of changes to the faction carnival to allow for as much participation as possible, which are detailed further in the newsletter. As we make these changes we will communicate these through as quickly and as best we can.
Friday (21/8/20) is listed as the Catholic Day, which is an extra day of leave given to all Catholic School staff and which has been in place for a number of years. Our PD day on Monday (24/8/20) will focus on aspects of our strategic direction for 2021 and the upskilling of staff using the Office365 environment.
In our last newsletter we requested parents to provide this feedback on the school uniform. As of this moment we received less than 40 responses which makes it quite difficult to make an informed judgement on whether change is warranted or if we maintain the status quo. We will keep this survey open for a few more weeks so we can get a better understanding of the situation with our current supplier.
I was advised last Friday that Mrs Johnston, our music teacher has resigned from Keyed Up Music effective immediately and will be taking another role at a school much closer to her home. We would like to acknowledge Mrs Johnston for her enthusiasm for the music program and the performing arts. We will seek a replacement as soon as possible and will continue the music program with a relief staff member until this process has been completed.
Have a great weekend.
Peter Cutrona | Principal
Parents a reminder that tomorrow FRIDAY 21 August 2020 is a Pupil Free day (no school) and that MONDAY 24 August 2020 is a staff Professional Development day, so no school for students also.
We hope you have a restful weekend and we will see the students back on Tuesday 25 August 2020.
St Kieran Catholic Primary School
This term, students have begun preparations for this years faction athletics carnival will be held at Grenville Reserve on Friday 11th of September 2020.
Like many things this year, we have has to make some changes to how the carnival has run in the past. We had hoped that the Phase 5 Guidelines would have now been put into place however, this is not the case and we are having to reassess how this will work to make it an event that is accessible and safe to everyone who wishes to attend. We still are required to comply with distancing and hygiene requirements, including the cleaning of all equipment.
To assist families in being able to access this event and to better control the amount of spectators and students at Grenville at one time while still giving all parents and family members a chance to attend the event we have decided to split the event into two distinct sections to not only reduce numbers but to also provide for full participation when children are at the carnival.
Exact times are still being finalised but Kindy to Year 2 students will be completing all their events in the morning session and students in Years 3 - 6 will be completing their events after lunch.
More details will follow closer to the date including a timetable for the days events and information regarding spectator areas and maintaining the 2 square metre per person requirement.
Ben Hort | PE Teacher
Each year we celebrate books during Book Week. This year the St Kieran Book Week will be held during Week 6 from Tuesday August 25th to Friday August 28th but will look a little different from usual.
We will have quizzes, a Book Fair and a dress-up day, lots of book readings and activities in smaller groups (keeping within government COVID restrictions) Each year level will have their own quiz.
Dress-up day will be Friday August 28th and the Book Fair will run from Tuesday August 25th to Thursday 27th.
Students will be able to view the books directly in the library during the Book Fair. We plan to put photos of each bookcase on Seesaw to allow parents to also browse through the Fair at home.
Each class will have the chance to look around the Fair on Tuesday August 25th and fill out a Wish List. These will go home so that you can see what your child would like. If you would like to purchase any or all these items, please send either cash or credit card details which can be found on the back of the wish list.
Of course, students may bring their own money as the book fair will be open at recess and lunchtime each day. As well as books there are pencils, rubbers, posters, and other items to buy. The Fair will always have an adult present with some Year 6 helpers to assist students who wish to purchase items.
Mrs Kathy Young
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
To assist with our 2021 enrolments, can you please notify the school this term if your child has been accepted at another school.
St Kieran fee policy requires parents/guardians to give the school a terms notice if not returning to St Kieran.
Please email email@example.com
Your assistance is very much appreciated.
St Kieran Catholic Primary School
Many thanks to
Those who helped with some heavy work around the Prayer Shrine on Saturday 1st August.
Those who donate food and help out with the Fund-Raising event on Sunday 9th August.
The Fund Raising was a successful event and we raise $4133.00 on the day.
Congratulations to all those kids who prepared themselves so well and completed their Reconciliation Sacrament last week, God bless and good wishes to them all.
First Communion program, currently in progress and Celebration will be in next month – September.
Special thanks to the Catechists who prepare our children for their Sacramental Programs.
Parish Morning Tea
Our NEXT Parish Morning Tea is on Sunday 6th September, this coincides with Fathers’ Day. Please bring your Dads to enjoy a cuppa and catch up with fellow Dads or get to know other Dads. Everyone welcome.
Please pray for Bevan – one of our parishioner who is very sick.
St Kieran’s Care Group
If you are feeling lonely and disconnected and or in need of Transport/Meals, or if you know someone in this situation, remember St Kieran’s Care Group can help you.
St Kieran’s Care Group is here to help people in the Parish Community and surrounds, who would like to be visited, are sick and need support with meals, Transport to appointments and shopping. Contact Julie on 0407 476 988 for St Kieran’s Care assistance.
St Kieran Fun Dance Class
In the Parish Centre on Wednesdays, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Cost is $8.00 per person, everyone welcome to join. All proceeds go to the Building of the Prayer Shrine.
Mass timetable 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 beware: COVID – 19 Phase 4 still in place and Physical Distancing is still essential when attending mass or any gatherings
Please do not attend mass: if you feel unwell, have flu/Respiratory symptoms, elevated body temperatures or in the last (14days) 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.
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.
Please see info below for some fantastic courses available for parents. Live and Interactive Webinars and face to face. Please note – these course are also available In House.
NO SCAREDY CATS PARENT COURSE –Reducing anxiety and building resilience skills in 2-12 year old children.
Thurs 22nd, 29th Oct & 5th Nov, 7-8.30pm Face to Face AND via live webinar. $160 for up to 2 people.
PARENTS WILL LEARN
- An overview of how a well-honed theory of parenting (what you need to repeatedly do) can assist parents to manage children’s worries.
- Coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious.
- The brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates.
- Commonly misused phrases and cognitive distortions used by children and their peers.
- A helicopter view of what risks we can allow and which require us to keep children safe.
- ‘Traps and trip wires’: what to do when a child’s amygdala starts to play-up.
- Memorable strengthening sayings, questioning strategies and mindfulness exercises.
1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course
To help manage difficult behaviour in children, 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 – Tue 25th Aug, 1st & 8th Sept, 7 – 9pm in Wembley. $180pp or $320 for 2.
Live webinar – Wed 9th , 16th & 23rd Sept, 7 – 8.30pm. $260 per household (up to 2 people)
PARENTS WILL LEARN
- The two approaches to parenting.
- How to discipline without arguing, yelling or smacking.
- How to handle kids testing behaviour.
- How to show empathy while developing emotional intelligence in your child.
- How to teach and encourage positive behaviour, social skills and independence.
- How to strengthen the relationship with your child.
- How to manage obnoxious behaviour.
Parenting skills for resolving teenage behaviour problems.
Face to face AND via live webinar.
Mon 19th & 26th Oct, 7 - 9pm.
$120pp or $220 for 2 (same household please).
If attending in person, venue is Behaviour Tonics, Wembley.
The structure of this course provides parents with a model for working out what behaviour needs to be ignored, how to coach teenagers to consider the consequences of their actions and to hold difficult conversations when agreements are breached. A practical ‘ how-to ‘ guide for parents.
- Understanding adolescents: a time of reconstructions, redeveloping social landscapes, brain snaps and body make-overs.
- Understanding your job as parent/carer of a teenager – observer, advisor, negotiator, director.
- A three-option model for decision making….a ‘drop down’ menu for parents.
- Working out how NOT to respond in tricky emotional encounters.
- Building your relationship with your teenager.
- How to hold difficult conversations more successfully when discussing issues such as internet overuse, sibling conflict, disrespect, truancy, going out, school work, helping out, choice of peers…and much more.