All students and staff are reminded to wash their hands with soap and water or when this is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser on arrival at school and regularly throughout the day.
We will be reinforcing with students the following hygiene practices:
- cough and/or sneeze into their elbows or a tissue
- place used tissues straight into the bin
- avoid touching eyes, noses or mouths
- not to share food or drink
- not to drink from water fountains or bubblers directly.
In addition we will be:
- extending school cleaning programs during the school day, including cleaning school playground equipment after use
- limiting the number of visitors attending the school, including parents.
The main risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the school environment is between adults.
The following measures continue until further notice for parents, guardians and carers:
- practise physical distancing and avoid long periods of time in close contact with other adults
- use the telephone or email to contact the school and staff rather than visiting the school
- do not enter the school grounds except when essential and approved and the time on-site should be minimised
- adhere to the school’s pick and drop off requirements for students.
I appreciate that this continues to be a challenging time for all and I thank all our parents, guardians, carers and the wider school community for their continued hard work and support.
Since the establishment of the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1945 we have seen Australian literature grow and engage young readers across our nation.
During the celebration of Book Week, we hope to nurture a love of reading in our young students and foster a literate and creative community.
Students will be invited to come in free dress or dress up according to this year’s theme of: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds on Tuesday, 20th October 2020.
Booking readings and classroom activities will be a feature on this day.
Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, there will be no Book Week Parade this year.
Today, October 12th 2020, we see the return of our students in Foundation through to Year 6 in Week 2 of Term 4.
This year has certainly been like no other and we are all thrilled to be back together again, smiling and happy to see each other.
Again, we thank our parents for their resolve in adapting to the different learning environment for their children over the past two Terms.
We have staggered starting and dismissal times with designated drop-off/pick-up points for parents.
We wish everyone a safe and happy return to face to face schooling.
Term 2 has certainly been an unusual one under these pandemic circumstances. Our staff, students and parents have been wonderful in the way they have adapted and meet the challenges that remote learning has represented.
Last week we saw the return to on-site schooling for our Foundation to Year 2 students. Next week we see the return of our Years 3-6 students. It will be fabulous to have our whole school together again.
Teachers have used google classroom and google meets as their main platform for teaching and calling parents each week to check in. Each student from Years 3-6 were given their own Chrome Book to use at home. Our Foundation students were given learning packs and Years 1 and 2 were supported online through the Class Dojo App and emails containing PowerPoints and PDFs.
A special thank you to St. Brigid’s parents, guardians and carers for the way you have embraced this new way to learning for your children and for the appreciation you have shown to us during this Term. We are very grateful for your many positive emails.
Extra cleaning is taking place during the school day and evening. Hand sanitiser is available for every entry point and students have been made aware of the need for and use of good hygiene and social distancing.
At this point we are limiting the number of visitors to our school. Parents are asked not to congregate around the school grounds and to adhere to the staggered Drop-Off and Pick-Up procedures put in place.
We are resilient, determined and a supportive community and I look forward to seeing our ‘school family’ altogether again
St. Brigid’s staff and school community I would like to publicly thank the Catholic Education Office Sale for their thorough communication and advice given to schools prior to and throughout this period of Remote School Learning. The Director has ensured we receive the most up to date information from all Government agencies including medical advice from the Federal Chief Medical Officer, State Medical Officer and their departments and has given all principals and school staff clear guidelines in handling the issues surrounding the pandemic at a school level.
Our Director has provided us with a message of thanks and a link to share with our community.
“Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears and most of all, Love.”
On Sunday, May 10th we celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a day we set aside to recognise the loving work of our mothers, grandmothers and the special people in our lives who care for us like a mother. A Mother’s love is a selfless love that no matter what her daily challenges are a mother puts the needs of her children before her own.
For me, Mother’s Day is a day to think of the unique love that I have in my heart for my mother and hold her memory close to me reflecting on the wonderful life she led and the great work she willingly did for our family.
One day out of the whole year does not seem enough to recognise the profound and long-lasting impact a mother has on our lives. It is not the presents we give but our presence in their lives and the love we share that is most important to them.
I hope all our mothers have a wonderful day and may God bless you on this special day and always.
LEST WE FORGET
ANZAC Day, April 25th is the date we set aside to remember all those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice in all the conflicts that Australia has participated and continues to participate in to bring about freedom and rid the world of oppressiveness.
We commemorate the service of Australian and New Zealand men and women who served and died and those Australians who have died and suffered and continue to suffer in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War took place on April 25th 1915. The soldiers that landed at Gallipoli, Turkey, that day were known as ANZACs, short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
The military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call symbolising that the duty of the dead is over and the time has come to rest in peace.
Wishing you all a very happy return school for Remote Learning for Term 2.
Term 2 will look very different this year. Staff have been working extremely hard to create a program for remote learning. As mentioned in previous correspondence, the Victorian State Government has announced that all Victorian Schools will be implementing the Remote Schooling program effective from April 15th 2020. This means that from the start of Term 2 most students will be learning at home.
This decision has been made to increase physical distancing across the population and prevent transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, all students who can learn from home must learn from home.
Remote Learning is not Home Schooling. Learning remotely is teaching students away from the normal classroom in their homes using digital platforms and Remote Learning Packs provided by the teacher.
He is Risen. Let us Rejoice!
The Resurrection is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community and handed on as our fundamental tradition. It is established by the Scriptures of the New Testament and proclaimed as an essential part of the Paschal Mystery along with the Cross.
We wish everyone a holy and joyful Easter and may the Lord bless your home with hope, new beginnings and unwavering faith this Easter.
In stillness the Earth awaits the Resurrection
Holy Saturday is the day that celebrates the 40 hour long vigil that the followers of Jesus held after his death and burial on Good Friday and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Holy Saturday is the last day of Lent and of Holy Week and the third day of the Easter Triduum, the three holiest days before Easter, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.