St Kieran Newsletter Term 4, Week 9 - 7 December 2023
Prayer for the End of the School Year
At the end of this school year we give thanks to God:
For all the teaching and learning that has taken place in our school,
both in and out of the classroom,
For the talents and gifts that have been shared
and the challenges that have been faced;
For the burdens that have been lifted and the hurts that have been healed;
For the respect and care that has been given.
We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown.
For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles,
For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days
And for the love that has kept us going.
We give thanks for the community that we are,
and we ask you Lord - Bless our students;
may your Spirit inspire them with confidence and calmness
Bless our families as we take our holidays,
may our time together leave us with memories to cherish.
Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
It has come to that time of the year where we not only say goodbye to our Year 6 class as they graduate but to all the families at St Kieran as we conclude 2023. In particular to the Year 6 class, you have been an amazing group of students and I know that you will do the best you can do and look back on your time at St Kieran as a wonderful time and time you will never forget. Take care and I do wish you all the very best.
To the families and staff members that will also conclude their time with us at St Kieran, we thank you all for being part of the this wonderful community - The St Kieran Family, and we wish you all the very best as you journey into the future and we hope that you leave us with fond memories and with the best of luck.
This is a year that I am sure many of us will not be able to forget, when we take time to reflect on this year and the events that unfolded, I am extremely proud of the community, staff, students and parents for all that they have been through and continued to work through, as the year unfolded.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone for another wonderful year at St Kieran Catholic Primary School. We are truly blessed to be involved in such an authentically faith driven community. Best wishes and may God bless you in all you do.
Have a wonderful Christmas, take care and stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in 2024!
Best wishes and kind regards.
End of Year Reports
The End of Year School Reports will be available on the 8th December to all families through SEQTA. If there are any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact the class teacher or the school administration.
End of Year Reports for Kindy to Year 6 will be available for viewing on SEQTA Engage on Friday 8th of December from 3:30pm. Please remember that the site can be accessed via the links below.
If you have forgotten your password, please follow the instructions on the forgot password link.
Select “SEQTA Parent Connect”
Reports have been checked to reflect each student's learning accurately. If you discover an error, please contact our school office, which will make the necessary correction and reissue the report.
As part of the building works the main school building will be starting to be re-roofed from Monday 11th December. This building stage will mean that access to the school will be very limited until we return in 2024.
The first stage will require the Administration and Year 5 areas to be closed off from Monday 11th December until the 22nd December 2023. The next stage will be the roof above the Staffroom and Year 4, then the final stage above the Year 2 and 3 classrooms.
We ask that for the final week of school if parents need to contact us please use our school email firstname.lastname@example.org or the email of the relevant staff member. If you need to access the school, the parking at the front will be roped off, so please use the Morgans Street Gate/Parking and come to the Undercover Area or Library – staff will point you in the right direction.
School and Professional Development Dates 2024
The school administration office will re-open on Thursday 18th January 2024 at 8am.
All staff all return to school on Monday the 29th January.
Students will return for the first day of school in 2024 on Wednesday 31st January.
Term Dates 2024
Term 1 Wednesday 31 January (Monday 29 January for staff) to Thursday 28 March
Term 2 Monday 15 April to Friday 28 June
Term 3 Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September
Term 4 Monday 7 October to Friday 6 December (Friday 13 December for staff)
Staff Professional Development Days
Please note while these dates been set aside for 2024, there maybe circumstances that require us to adjust these during the year to cater for system and educational initiatives. A reminder we have an extra day in 2023/2024 to cater for the implementation of Berry Street Educational Model. The dates for 2024 are:
Monday 29th January
Tuesday 30th January
Monday 15th April
Friday 31st May
Friday 28th June
Monday 15th July
Friday 23rd August
Friday 20th September
Please see below the staffing for 2024.
We welcome Miss Louise Conroy who will be joining our team to replace Mrs Kathy Bancroft as an experienced SWD Teacher. Welcome Miss Conroy to the St Kieran community.
We also wish Mrs Lauren O'Brien the best as she takes a part time position at Newman College before returning to us in 2025 when her parental leave concludes. All the best Mrs O'Brien and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Sharon Van Vliet
Sharon Van Vliet
Vlinder Matsen M-Th/Bec Seeber - F
Tahleah Pascov (2B & 2W)
Sacha Doepel / Anthony Davis
IT Dynamics - Sophie Melville
Grounds and Maintenance
Administration - Enrolments
ySafe Parents Resources
As a part of our partnership with ySafe, we have received our very own Online Safety Hub. The Online Safety Hub provides a rich source of information for you to help you manage cyber safety in the home, including engaging blogs, articles, guides and resources. The Online Safety Hub can be accessed using the link below.
Just a reminder to all parents that from the beginning of 2024 the New Uniform will be required to be worn by all students. As has previously been communicated the over the past year, we are in between uniforms and are allowing flexibility, however from the start of 2024 the new Uniform will be compulsory for students and a requirement of all.
School shoes will need to be a focus area from 2024 as 'normal/standard' school shoes will be required for the academic uniform for both boys and girls. Not black sneakers, Air Forces, Air Max, Skate Shoes or other alternatives that can be found. The below are the shoes required. Sport shoes should be appropriate sport shoes, not fashion shoes, that are suitable for sport. Please keep this mind when looking for items and getting ready for 2024.
St Vincent De Paul
Thank you to all our families for their generous donations to the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal.