Compare yourself not to others, but only to the vision you hold within your heart. Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself and watch you get beyond yourself. The very thing that someone told you that you would never be able to do may just be the very thing you are destined to do. [Dr John DeMartini]
Many children are helping to lead our Community Holy Week Liturgy – the Stations of the Cross – next week, Tuesday 30 March at 11.40am in SAMMAT. Parents and caregivers are most welcome to join us. There is also an Easter Liturgy in Week 11, Tuesday 6 April at 11.40 in the SAMMAT that you are most welcome to celebrate with the children and staff.
Holy Week Liturgy Times at the Catholic Church of St Peter and St Paul, Gawler:
Palm Sunday Saturday (Vigil): 6:30 pm Sunday: 8:00 am & 10:00 am
Holy Thursday 7:30pm
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross 10am Celebration of the Passion of the Lord: 3:00pm
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: 7:30pm
Easter Sunday: 8am and 10am
Project Compassion Boxes
Can all Project Compassion boxes be returned by Tuesday 6 April. They can be taken to the Front Office. A big thanks for supporting this project, and in so doing, showing your kindness to people living in extreme poverty.
We are once again inviting families to become involved in our school community Food Tree.The Food Tree has been established to assist and support families who may find themselves in need of meals due to illness in the family or other unforeseen circumstances. If you would like to become involved in the 2021 Food Tree group, please email Mike Proctor indicating your willingness to prepare meals for families in need within our school community. Your involvement is confidential and once you have indicated your interest in being involved you will be notified when food is needed. In anticipation of your support, thank you. In the past we have had several families experience significant difficulties in some way and it has been the support of the Group that has assisted in these times of struggle.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
Congratulations to Sienna S for making the 2021 Gawler District Girls Softball Team.
Mr Brett Wood, our Learning Coach and e-Learning Coordinator has provided some information about moderation tasks being undertaken by teachers.
Our teachers are currently work together to moderate samples of student writing tasks as part of the 7 Steps to Writing Success program which was introduced to our school in 2019. This program has seen good growth in our students’ abilities to write varied texts.
“One of the most powerful research-based strategies for linking assessment to improved instructional practice is teacher moderation. This process involves educators in a collaborative discussion of student work based on predetermined assessment criteria.
the development and use of consistent assessment practices across classrooms and teachers
the development of metacognitive and self-regulation skills to enable students to monitor and lead their own learning.”
We remind the community about our Open Day this coming Sunday between 11am - 1pm. We thank in advance the students and staff who will be present to engage and welcome visitors to our school. This event is an important part of building and maintaining enrolments in our school that subsequently enable the ongoing provision of building and resources for contemporary quality teaching and learning.
KIDS DON’T BOUNCE!
It appears that in recent weeks, there have been some unfortunate examples of car park behaviour at afternoon pick-up and main car park areas. These actions have resulted in near misses, where the lives of children have been put at risk.We appreciate the frustration felt at this busy time however, patience and common courtesy will go a long way in preventing potential injury to children and adults alike.
We aim to clarify once again, what the expectations are for both student collection zones.
Main Car Park:
Prior to the construction period of the new Learning Pods and Covid 19, parents have always been asked to park their vehicles and then walk to collect their children. This was specifically for young children who are unable to get themselves into a vehicle and put on their seat belt. It was also to enable access for buses that used to enter the car park to collect children.
During this period large buses no longer entered the main carpark and restricted parking allowed for parents to pick up children in the ‘SLIP WAY.’ The challenge with this is the potential danger posed to children running across the car park to meet parents who may be parked. Further to this, the increase of traffic in the slip way, has exacerbated the situation with small buses still picking up children and holding up traffic.
Small Car Park:
This car park is for short Term 15 minute parking, staff car parking and disabled car parking for which a permit is required. This area is NOT for parents choosing to arrive early and waitingforchildren. This is problematic when staff need to return to school after meetings at the busy pick-up time and the parks are taken by parents collecting children.
It is important that pedestrians please use the gates at the ends of both car parks if you are moving to street parking. This avoids vehicles potentially reversing into children or adults.
Para Road Pick up Zone:
There is an expectation that all students being collected in this zone, do so in the REDpickup area which is under teacher supervision near the OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) and SAMMAT. Please do NOT ask children to either run down to waiting cars outside this zone or wait at the crossing gates to meet vehicles as they enter the slipway. This is both a potential danger to the child with moving traffic as well as holding up the flow of traffic from the crossing end.
When entering the slipway, please ensure there is enough room for your vehicle to enter as to not cause an obstruction to the flow of traffic behind at the crossing. Not only does thisinconvenience traffic coming from the northern end of Para Road, but IT IS ILLEGAL TO OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC. Please keep traffic moving to the Red zone. No vehicle should attempt to enter the slipway in between the flow of traffic. This is extremely dangerous and the risk of injury to children is high.
If you are unable to enter the slipway, please continue to the turning lane adjacent the GawlerPark Bulk Stores and return to the roundabout and back up towards the pickup lane. We are grateful to the families who can sometimes loop around 2 to 3 times until a vacancy appears in the slip lane!
One solution to avoid congestion and delays is to collect children a little later, especially if you have older children who are happy to sit and chat with their friends. Staff members are on duty until 3.35pm.
We thank all families in advance for your continued mindfulness of the safety of our children. Likewise, it has been terrific to witness the many families who have responded to our Car Park/Traffic Management Survey. Together, we can devise a system which will ensure the safety of our children and effective movement of traffic around our school. Your feedback is valued.
We wish to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers that helped lay the lawn to create our Village Green last Saturday. The response from our community was inspiring! Students and parents came along from the early hours to lay 1100m2 of turf to create a space that our whole community can be proud of. Special mention goes to Kim McNamara who generously donated his knowledge and skills to direct the army of volunteers in laying the lawn as well as providing his bobcat to facilitate the day.
The value of community can never be underestimated and on Saturday the tradition and spirit of the family that is St. Brigid’s Catholic School was truly at work. Not only a capital works project but a community building event! We are looking forward to witnessing our children utilising the ‘Village Green’ in T 2! A huge expression of gratitude!