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]
WE celebrate the patron of our School Community, Saint Brigid of Ireland this Friday. She is known for her love for people, particularly those struggling in life, for her love for the environment and for her love for God. She was a woman of welcome, peace and prayer.
A story that has been told across the years is when St Brigid was by the sick bed of a dying pagan chieftain, possibly her father, soothing him with stories about her faith and her unwavering trust in God. She began telling the story of Christ on the Cross, picking up rushes from the ground to make a cross. Before his death, the chieftain asked to be baptized.
Another story is when Brigid was on a long journey she stopped to rest by the wayside. A rich woman heard about this and brought her
a beautiful basket of choice apples. No sooner had she received them than a group of very poor people came by and begged her for food. Without a moment’s hesitation, Brigid gave them the choice apples. The rich woman complained to Brigid, ‘I brought those apples for you, not for them.’ Brigid’s reply was: ‘What is mine is theirs.’ We can see that her faith was grounded in her compassion for others.
In the Spirit of St Brigid, we began the day with a Community Prayer in the SAMMAT, followed by a walk-in-the-mile-of-my-boots, along a track inside our school, to raise awareness of the homeless men, women and children in Adelaide and to support the Hutt Street Centre, that provides over 40,000 meals annually from their kitchen.
The response from our families, in donating food for the kitchen, has been wonderful.
The Faith and Culture Leaders are also holding a sausage sizzlethat day to raise funds for the Centre. I express my deep gratitude for your support, compassion and generosity!!!
Sacraments in the Catholic Church
A letter is going out this week to families in Year 2 whose children have been baptised in the Catholic Church, inviting them to participate in the Parish Program and have their children celebrate their First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion in 2022. If you would like your child to participate in the Parish Program and celebrate their Sacraments, please contact me. You might like to send me an email with a contact number to ring and discuss this with you.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
Initialit Reading Program
The school introduced this program for our Reception - Year 2 children at the end of last year to allow teachers to become familiar with how to administer and deliver the program in their classes. The aim of the approach taken by the creators of Initialit, is to reinforce phonemic awareness that allows children to understand the structure of words and how sounds are identified in print.
After two and a half terms, it is heartening to look at the data and witness some of the outstanding improvements made by our children. This is particularly evident in our Early Years classes. We look forward to witnessing ongoing success through this program.
Social & Emotional Competencies
Last week we were notified by The Resilience Project that St Brigid's Catholic School will be accessing the program in 2022. The cost of participation and accessing the resources is in excess of $6,000. We are grateful to Coles for sponsoring our involvement in this terrific program and look forward to consolidating our children's understanding and application of the elements of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.
Year 5/6 Camp
We wish our campers all the best as they attend the rescheduled camp at Woodside Scout Centre next week. We look forward hearing about the wonderful adventures you will share.
Year 5/6 Podcast Program
It was fantastic to see our Year 5/6 Podcast group finish their first podcasts last week and receive their "Startcaster" badges and certificates! Students worked over two days to decide on their topic, write their script and record their conversations. You can check out their podcasts here: archdradio.com/st-brigids-catholic-school/
It has been great to see the sunshine this week which has allowed work to continue on our Nature Play and Creative Play areas. Final stages of preparation for laying lawn and preparing the Beach Volleyball court are currently being undertaken. Tunnels, ninja trails and ropes equipment will also be installed. It is anticipated the Nature Play zones and Creative Play area will be open to students by the commencement of Term 4.
Pupil Free Day
We remind families that this coming Friday, 10th September, is a pupil free day. Staff will be undertaking a Staff Reflection Day led by Monsignor Phillip Marshall.
We wish all dads and grandfathers a happy Fathers’ Day for this weekend. It is your chance to get a little spoilt. We also remember those fathers who are no longer with us. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we were unable to run our usual Fathers’ Day breakfast.We thank the parent teams for running the Father’s Day Stall on Wednesday.
At St Brigid’s one of our mottos is ‘Care for Our Environment’ and we aim to educate our children with many authentic experiences in the hope they may be inspired and given encouragement to make small ecological changes in their homes and communities for the benefit of protecting our Earth and their future.
We are committed to taking action to reduce, reuse and recycle all waste materials and we have been building momentum with many projects over the last few years.
We have a 5-bin system with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going into landfill. We have bin stations around our school for all children and staff to sort their waste:
10c drink bin
soft plastics bin
Our foods scraps go into tumblers to make compost which is put into our garden beds. We plant vegetables for our Community Service children to make soups for Fred’s Van (St Vincent de Paul Society - helping those in need).
We collect all empty drink containers and the money raised goes towards purchasing seedlings for our vegetable garden.
The biggest project now is recycling all soft plastics. We sort through our soft plastics, bag them and take a 15-minute walk to Coles Green, Gawler once a term to deliver our collection to the Redcycle bin drop off point. We have been doing this for nearly four years! It is time consuming, but we want to make sure only the correct soft plastics go to Redcycle and we have some fantastic conversations about the importance of this project.
The flow-on from this is having children and families tell you that they are recycling their soft plastics and food scraps at home too!
We have conducted bin audits and education programs on the importance of protecting our environment in other ways too. Recently, we planted 984 plants around our Nature Play area and we discussed the benefits of planting so many trees and shrubs.
It is important for our whole school to be involved. There are educational, life skills and environmental benefits in conducting these projects. The hands-on approach is really making a difference to our young children, and we will continue with these projects and more.