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]
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
What do you wonder about when you read this verse from the Gospel of Matthew (6:21)? What is your greatest treasure in life? How does your treasure shape the person you are today?
Refugee week is taking place from June 20-26.
Did you know Australia’s asylum policy focuses on people who come by boat. Often, people coming by boat are considered not to be ‘genuine’ refugees. In fact, historically over 80% of them have been found to be refugees. Refugees often find they must cross borders without permission (a ‘visa’), or without the right kind of permission. This is not a crime and the Refugee Convention bans a State from penalising a refugee who crosses the borders without permission. The right to seek asylum is also part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The uncertainty of life in recent times has shown us that we need to work together often merely to survive, let alone to thrive and progress. Let’s take the opportunity to start afresh and rebuild our lives together. To count our blessings and to put them to work. Existing and emerging communities. Working together.
You may want to connect with stories of refugees this week to develop a better understanding of what life is like for those living as refugees. And then in listening to stories of men, women and children in Australia and around the world, follow your heart, for love will guide you.
Lord Jesus, give us more of your compassion for their plight, soften our hearts to their situation, and help us follow your lead in seeking justice and mercy on their behalf. We pray for an end to the wars, poverty and human rights abuses that drive desperate people to become refugees in the first place.
Our school is supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal this term. Our Faith and Culture Leaders have made a significant effort in organising our school sausage sizzle to support Vinnies. Many families have already put in orders for the event, occurring Tuesday 29 June. There will be some extra snags and drinks on sale on the day, in case children wanted to buy them, but did not pre-order. Sausage and bread is $2.50. A meal deal costing $4.00 will buy a snag, bread and drink.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
Arch Radio Podcast training
This week,a group of 23 of our year 5/6 students participated in the first session of a series of podcast training days with Mr. James Meston from the Catholic Education Office. James runs a highly engaging media program through the ‘Arch Radio’ team where students learn about and create their own podcasts. We look forward to hearing their conversations next term.
Reconciliation SA Grant
On a similar theme, we are pleased to share that St. Brigid’s has been awarded a $2000 Reconciliation SA Education Activities Grant. The money will be used to purchase Podcasting equipment so that we can undertake an intercultural research and learning program where students will explore personal stories of family and culture as well as our local Aboriginal history of the Gawler area.
These activities will form part of our ‘Learning Conversations’ series as we develop our community engagement efforts moving into the future. We wish to acknowledge and thank Reconciliation SA for awarding us this grant.
While Mr. Bennett is on leave for the first two weeks of Term 3, Mr. Mannella will step in as Acting Principal. Mr. Michael Proctor and Mr. Mannella will be supported by Mr. Brett Wood over this time. Brett is a member of our School Improvement Leadership Team.
Uniform Policy – Hair and Grooming
Questions about our hair grooming policy were raised at our recent School Board meeting. Concerns around unusual cuts and styles were discussed and a review of this policy is being undertaken. Once the Board ratifies the amendments made to the policy, we will inform the community.
Our School Vision Statement identifies our school's role in promoting the self-esteem of all people and encouraging self-discipline. Our uniform policy aims to: Promote a strong sense of identity as belonging to the St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School community. Nurture personal and school pride. Minimize competition/peer pressure amongst students by providing a standard dress code. Provide justice and equity to all students regardless of parental income. Support parents in making it simple to choose clothes for school that are functional for school activities and are not a fashion statement. Develop a sense of discipline and responsibility in children.
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) has provided all Catholic schools with a new reporting mechanism to ensure we are meeting our key performance indicators (KPIs). Like most organisations, we need to ensure that we set and meet goals relevant to a set of standards. These standards are grouped in the following way.
Learning and Wellbeing and
Each of these KPIs encompass individual areas we need to measure.
The role of the Board is to support the Leadership team in making decisions around Resourcing, Catholic Identity and Community. At our meeting last week, the Board looked at the area of ‘Community’ and the KPI of Community Engagement. Considering the last 18 months, and the uncertainty around participation in school life due to Covid, the Board agreed there was a real need to re imagine the way we support our families to participate in the life of the school; particularly to rethink how parents play their part in the education of their children. Some of the points raised included,
Reinstating our Learning Conversations to help parents better understand the changing educational environment and practices.
Reinstating the Parent Team class parent representative(s) that can assist parents of Year Level groups to engage with events, support one another with school related matters or just creating an opportunity for social engagement.
How can we make volunteering more accessible?
Engaging more parents in the learning and teaching life of the school through skills-based workshops run by parents.
Announcing dates of projects and events to be held either as a whole school or individual classes early in the year, so that parents can more easily arrange their work schedule.
These are just some of the ideas suggested. If you have ideas that will support families to become more actively engaged in the life of the school, please email Gennaro Mannella at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. We would love to hear from you.