Newsletter July 27, 2021
Gracious and loving God,
Protect us, and be with us
especially those of us most vulnerable
during this coronavirus crisis.
Move us to reach out in love
to our neighbours near and far.
So that the humble may be exalted,
the hungry filled with good things.
Grant us the courage
not to rush back to our old ways,
but to rebuild our world together,
creating foundations of justice,
with equality and peace for all.
Dear Parents and Families,
I would like to sincerely thank all children, parents and families for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this remote learning period. As these challenging times in our society and across the world continue, it is evident that our St Brigid’s school community continues to work together to support each other. A big thank you also to our wonderful staff for their hard work, preparation and dedication that made the transition to remote learning as smooth as possible. We have been very impressed by the level of engagement from children and the quality of work that has been produced.
We are very excited to welcome children back to face-to-face learning tomorrow, Wednesday 28th July. To ensure the safety of all, the following restrictions will apply:
- Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-student areas.
- Face mask requirements apply to everyone 12 years and over.
Children will be required to bring school based learning materials and borrowed devices (including signed Acceptable use of Technology forms) back to school tomorrow.
I will continue to keep you informed with any further updates as they become available.
I look forward to continuing to meet families and form connections within the community over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
The Social Justice leadership group have organised a ‘Sleep out’ to take place on Wednesday 11th August. The students are raising funds and other donations which will go directly to St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal, assisting those who are vulnerable and in need during these colder months.
Enrolments remain open at St Brigid’s with two open afternoons taking place on Monday 3rd August and Monday 9th August. Check out our article in today’s Moorabool News titled, ‘The doors are open for you at St Brigid’s’ (page 5) or the school's Facebook page. Please share this article with your family and friends along with the news that enrolments will remail open for the remainder of this term!
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place this term on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September. Further information will be distributed within the coming weeks.
A student free day will take place on Friday 13th August. On this day staff will once again participate in a professional learning day facilitated by Corwin Australia focusing on Visible Learning.
Every two years, our school is required to complete a survey that provides information regarding our organisational health. Insight SRC is conducting this survey on behalf of your St Brigid’s school and the Catholic Education Office Ballarat. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents' perceptions of their children’s experience of school. The results will benefit everyone within the school by providing valuable information about the ways in which the school can use staff, student and parent input to plan programs and activities to improve your child's experience at school.
Families have been randomly selected to participate and will have recevied login details via email today. Although we strongly encourage participation, participation is voluntary. It is important to remember, however, that the success of this important project is dependent on parents’ involvement.
The online survey can be accessed from Monday 26 July 2021 to Friday 6 August 2021. You may complete the survey at your convenience during this time. Please follow the instructions on the survey to answer the questions.
We would like to welcome Georgia Lancaster to Grade 5. On Georgia's fist day at our school, the state went into lockdown. We look forward to Georgia joining the school community face to face as soon as we can!
Also we would like to congratulate Asha and Bernie Shanahan, big sister Georgia (Grade 1), Eleanor and Ruby on the arrival of another daughter and sister Edwina Myra. Best wishes to your family.
Friday Assemblies with parent attendance and classroom helpers are currently on hold until further information is provided from the Catholic Education Office in relation to restrictions. Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to welcoming parents and families back on site as soon as we can.
Sacramental masses will continue when restrictions allow crowds to once again participate in Church celebrations. Further information will be emailed to the families, as soon as details and dates are known.
Please keep the following children in you prayers as they continue their sacramental journey;
Chelsea Winter, Kristian Seketa, Joel Card, Eamon Grigg, Ruby Sims, Tahni Muscat, Ava Conroy, Nicholas Primerano, Angus Eskdale, Aoife Lakey, Jake Plageman, Madison Buttigieg, Henry Freemantle, Olivia Meehan, Bryson McMillan, Mate Marinovic, Jaimi Reid, Clara Monterosso and Terrence Ozimek.
Every Friday night at 7.30pm, during the term, one of our amazing Teachers and Learning Support Officers, are reading their favourite book, which is being shared on our Facebook page, for our St Brigid's community to listen to. Both students and families are loving this story time and its a good chance for some quiet time at the end of school week.
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Please see Government COVID-19 Guidelines for current regulations around Mass participation.
Vicar-General visits the Parishes of Gordon & Bungaree:
The Vicar-General of the Diocese of Ballarat, Fr. Kevin Maloney, met with the Gordon Parish Leadership Team & the Bungaree Parish Leadership Team at the Gathering Space, St Brigid’s Church on Wed evening, 7 July 2021. Also present were Fr. Sajan and Fr Ed. The challenges facing the Diocese were outlined by Fr. Kevin, & initiatives implemented to address administrative and operational costs in country parishes were detailed. Further meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks. We will keep you informed of any developments; no major decisions will be made prior to general consultations with all parishioners.