School Fees

Annual School Fees were sent out  last week to the primary email contact on the family billing account. Please complete and return the payment plan on the last page by the 28th February.
If you have not recieved the statement, please check your junk inbox as the email will come from an address beginning with  "8750…"
If you have concerns regarding the school fees or did not recieve your fee statement please contact Kathryn Climo in accounts at accounts@stkieran.wa.edu.au or call the office (08) 63832600 option 2.

St Kieran Swimming Carnival 2023

Where: Craigie Leisure Centre
When: Friday 17th February (9am - 2pm)
Year: 4-6
Travel: To and from via bus
Parents: More than welcome to attend but must stay in the designated area provided

Stirling Junior Football Club Open Day!

NUMERO Parent Session

On Wednesday 1st March between 6 - 7.30pm, we will have a guest presenter conducting a session for all parents on Numero. Numero is a mathematics based card game that assists children with mental computations from the most basic operation to the most complex. During this day we will be focusing on our Year 3, 4 and 5 classes however all parents are welcome to come along and learn the game. More information about Numero can be located here https://www.numero.org/ 

We will ask for RSVP's soon but please put this date and time in your calendars. 

Playing After School

Children must be under the supervision of their parents and not on the playground equipment before or after school, this includes playing with balls on the courts. We please ask that after you have collected your child at the end of the day to leave the school grounds promptly. All playground equipment is out of bounds and we encourage you to take your children to Grenville Oval if you would like to catch up with other parents for a chat while your children have a play. 
Can you please ensure that family members or friends that are picking up your children are made aware of this as well.  

Dogs on School Grounds

Can I please remind all parents and family members that dogs are not permitted on the school site or at any school functions. We would respectfully ask that this followed as requested. 

Procedure to Deal with Incidents

Unfortunately at times during the school day there are incidents that may arise that require intervention or follow up by either the staff or by parents. To assist with this process the procedure is located on the website, it may give you some strategies to work through during these times of heightening emotions. The one element to remember is that mistakes can be made and as a catholic school we forgive and reconcile and move forward together. 

https://stkierancps.schoolzineplus.com/_file/media/1351/dispute_complaint_resolution_procedure.pdf 

Staff Members - Social Media Messaging

The staff at St Kieran are very approachable and are very easy to contact - each staff member has their own professional email address firstname.surname@cewa.edu.au for example daine.burnett@cewa.edu.au that you can use or you are also welcome to call the office and leave a message for them to return your call. I would ask parents to never use private messages via Facebook, Instagram or any other social media tools to contact our staff - this is inappropriate and an invasion of their privacy. I would ask that families refer to the above Code of Conduct documents and if you need any clarification please don’t hesitate to see a member of the Leadership Team. 

Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students. The Code of Conduct applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians in our community.  The document is available on our school website and everyone in our community is expected to abide by this. https://www.stkieran.wa.edu.au/st-kieran-code-of-conduct-and-guidelines 

A breach of the Code may constitute a failure to follow a lawful direction from the Principal and therefore the Principal will have the discretion as to what action to take, which may include counselling, professional development or sanctions under any agreement between you and the Principal. If you are a parent, volunteer or visitor, the Principal may take such action as is appropriate in your circumstances to maintain the safety and well-being of students. If at anytime members of our community feel that a person has breached the code the forms for breaching or notification are located here on our school website https://www.stkieran.wa.edu.au/reporting These forms report directly to the principal. 

School Rules

The St Kieran School rules are listed below and as members of the community we are always expected to follow these. Can we ask that all parents talk to their children about these rules and if you like feel free to implement these at home. 

  • Be Safe - Always use your body and equipment in ways that will keep you and others safe. 
  • Be Respectful - Consider others and the environment, allowing people to treat others as they wish to be treated.  
  • Be Responsible - Take ownership of your actions, choices, learning and belongings. 

When these rules are broken we follow the 1, 2, 3 Magic Program  

What is 1 2 3 Magic? 
1 2 3 Magic is a simple yet effective behaviour management program for parents and carers of children between 2 and 12 years of age. 123 Magic is easy to learn and it works. It’s an approach which allows parents to be firm yet caring when managing behaviour, while avoiding the most common pitfall - talking too much and getting too emotional in response to some behaviour. 

When used effectively,1 2 3 Magic eliminates arguing, yelling and aggressiveness. It gives parents a simple and structured approach to: 

  1. Controlling obnoxious behaviour (arguing, whining, fighting, tantrums)
  2. Encouraging good behaviour (listening, going to bed, homework)
  3. Strengthening their relationship with their child (praise, active listening, shared fun).

On Entry Assessment

All Pre-primary students in Western Australian will participate in an On Entry Assessment Program to provide teachers and schools with information about the skills and understandings that a child brings to school. Conducting this assessment early in the year ensures that your child’s teacher has information about the current skills and understandings of each child to assist in the planning and development of targeted learning programs that address the needs of each individual and identify children who may require early intervention or extension. This approach is supported by national and international research into the early identification of students’ literacy and numeracy skills. The assessment period is during Weeks 3-6 of Term One.  At the conclusion of the assessment parents will be provided an overview of their child's results. 

NAPLAN 2023

NAPLAN is a National Literacy and Numeracy assessment that students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. 
NAPLAN Information for parents and caregivers went out via students in Year 3 and 5 this week. Please check your child's school bag. 
The NAPLAN test window starts on Wednesday 15 March and finishes on Monday 27 March, 2023. For more information about NAPLAN - https://nap.edu.au/ 

Covid 19 Reporting

In 2023, COVID-19 community case numbers have remained manageable with no indication of a requirement to return to a Temporary COVID-19 Declaration. For this reason, the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form and CEWA COVID-19 Portal will be decommissioned. Student absences due to COVID-19 must be reported to the school via normal attendance procedures. All platforms will be removed from the school website this week.  

Holy Communion Commitment Masses - 11th and 12th February

This weekend, all students who have enrolled in the Sacrament of Holy Communion are asked to attend one of the parish masses as a sign of their commitment. During the mass, students will be asked to stand and pledge their commitment to the sacrament.  

Parish Mass times are:  Saturday 11th Feb 6.30pm or Sunday 12th Feb at 9am. 

Parking - Servite Friars

Unfortunately this week I have had a number of complaints regarding parents parking, and in particular from our neighbours the Servite Friars. It is important to understand that this is their home and as such parking on the lawn is not appropriate at all. I would also ask that parents don’t park in the bays at the Servite facility as these are being held up for 45 plus minutes stopping visitors from accessing important appointments.

School Calendar

A reminder to all families to continue to check the school calendar on our website for dates and events that are coming along during the term.
Term Dates 2023 
Term 1 - 1st February to 6th April 
Term 2 - 24th April to 30th June 
Term 3 - 17th July to 22nd September 
Term 4 - 9th October to 8th December  

Staff Professional Development Days 
Please note while these dates been set aside for 2023, there maybe circumstances that require us to adjust these during the year to cater for system and educational initiatives. These dates now also include the Berry Street initiative we are undertaking. The dates for 2023 are: 

Tuesday 7th March  
Monday 24th April 
Tuesday 6th June 
Monday 17th July 
Friday 18th August 
Monday 9th October 

Principal's Message

Lord, at the coming of each new day,  
Open my eyes 
to look upon Your world 
with fresh wonder;
Open my ears 
to hear Your voice in the life giving sounds around me; 
Open my hands 
to touch the beauty of creation both natural and man-made; 
Open my mind 
to the mystery of life 
and my heart to love. 
Amen. 

It is possible that the most important conversation we have each day is with ourselves - there is nothing wrong with having this conversation. This chat could determine if our outlook for the day is to be one of optimism and so fill us with confidence to accept and deal positively with the day’s events. The way we adults feel about ourselves, will have a big influence upon the manner in which our children will view the prospects of their day, our attitude is very contagious through our words and actions. 

Most people are about as happy as they decide to be. Richard Cardinal Cushing, who was the Catholic Archbishop of Boston for 31 years, left us with an insight into the self-affirmation that marked his own life. This brief personal philosophy is the expression of a person who skilfully integrated faith and life. 

Dear God, 
Help me to be a good sport in the game of life. I don’t ask for a cosy place in the line-up. Put me anywhere You need me. 
I only ask that I can give you 100% of every thing I have. If all the hard tasks seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. 
Help me to remember that You never sent a player more trouble than he can handle with Your help. Help me to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. 
May I always play by the rules no matter what others do. Help me if the natural tide of events goes against me and I am side-lined for sickness or old age; help me to accept that as part of the game. 
Keep me from complaining that I was ignored or that I got a bad call. When I finish the final inning, all I want to believe in my heart is that I played as well as I could and that I didn’t let You down. 
Amen. 

The overall message from Cardinal Cushing seems to be to count our blessings and enjoy life. A healthy positive attitude to life is contagious and if we parents are carriers, then our children are sure to be infected.  

“God is never going to come down from a cloud and say ‘You now have permission to be successful’. You have to give yourself permission.” 

  • Andrew Matthews 

The same applies to being positive about life. We have to take responsibility for the type of existence we enjoy, this starts from the moment we begin the day, and the gratefulness we have for each and every person we encounter. 

Best wishes and take care. 

Mr Daine Burnett 
Principal 
daine.burnett@cewa.edu.au 

Social Worker - Gill Ford

Tuning Into Your Child’s Feelings and Emotions
Central to most of the work I do with children is the teaching of emotional literacy. With younger children this will involve labelling feelings and emotions when specific events occur. E.g., when a child is crying because a peer grabbed the ball out of his hand, we can acknowledge and label the feeling as belonging to an event by saying, “I think you must be feeling sad because Bessie took the ball from you.” You can check if you are correct by asking “Is that right?” at the end of the statement. By knowing the specific vocabulary of feelings and emotions, children can:

Identify their feelings and the feelings of others and change their emotions to better deal with a situation.
Develop empathy.
Have the basis for forming safe and positive relationships.

Dr Daniel Siegel also uses the term “Name it to tame it”. He states that when we name our emotions as they arise, it reduces the stress and anxiety in the brain and body that the emotion is causing. Over time by practising this we can strengthen our ability to manage “big emotions” when they surface so they have less control over us.

I have included feelings thermometers in this newsletter, so you have a tool to use when talking with your children about happiness, sadness, anger, worry, exhaustion, and annoyance. It might be a good way to have a check in after school.

Dr Daniel Siegel is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. Some of his more well-known books are:

The Whole Brain Child
No-Drama Discipline
Mindsight

If you want to talk more about your children’s emotions, please contact me at St Kieran by email: gill.ford@cewa.edu.au and I will give you a call. I am the School Social Worker and at school alternate Mondays (odd weeks) and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Happy Chatting!