Welcome to Term 3 at St. Brigid’s School, which promises to be rich with new learning and achievements. We have events and celebrations planned to engage our students, parents and the wider community and we look forward to a busy time ahead.
Some of the extra curricula activities planned for Term 3 are:
- Hooptime – Basketball competition
- Senior Interschool Sports – Competition in Football, Netball and Newcombe with our neighbouring Catholic schools.
- Grandparents Day – Recognising the importance of Grandparents in our lives and the enormous contribution they make to family life.
- Family Life – Supporting the school in the delivery of age-appropriate life education.
- Book Week – Celebrating Book Week and promoting the enjoyment of reading.
- Building Harmony in Officer Project –Building Harmony is an initiative of Windermere Child and Family Services and supported by the Cardinia Shore Council to establish bridges of understanding between students from different backgrounds and faiths.
- Trivia Night – Major fundraising for the school and a night of healthy competition and fun.
- Father’s Day Breakfast – Opportunity for our dads or a special father figure in the life of our students to join us for a hot breakfast to celebrate the significant role they have within the family.
- Brigid’s Choir – Entertaining the elderly at a Residential Aged Care facility.
Throughout this year we have been actively promoting the importance of regular school attendance. We understand if a child is away due to illness and we ask that a parent or guardian supplies the school with a written note to explain the absence in accordance with government legislation related to School Attendance.
Evidence shows that daily school attendance is important for students to succeed in their education to ensure they don’t fall behind academically and socially. School attendance is mandated under the Education Training and Reform Act 2006 and new legislation related to enrolment and attendance came into effect in March 2014. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure their child regularly attends school.
St. Brigid’s School continues to ensure that we maintain effective practice in relation to meeting our obligation in the terms of the Child Safety Standards. Under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, protecting children is everyone’s responsibility. Parents, communities, governments and business all have a role to play.
From August 1st 2017 changes to the Working With Children Act 2005 come into effect. Significant changes have been made to the definition of child-related work. The definition of ‘direct contact’ in the Act has been expanded, and the reference to ‘supervision’ has been removed and no longer applies.
St. Brigid’s continued to enforce the Working With Children Check for all volunteers and contractors at our school. Anyone who is carrying out work, maintenance, classroom help, attending incursions or excursions, helping in the library, kitchen or other duties around the school when children are present must have a current Working With Children Check and this must be registered with the School Administration Staff.
We are blessed to be part of St. Brigid’s School and I hope that Term 3 is a rewarding one for all and that our students, parents and staff embrace all that is ahead.