Parent involvement and participation is warmly invited and actively encouraged. You can participate in a variety of ways such as school council, parents and friends, working bees, excursions. camps, volunteering in the classrooms and just by staying up to date with school news and happenings.
Just speak to your classroom teacher – or our Principal to find out more!
Parish School Board
Our Parish School Board is a group directly involved in the provision of school governance in the Parish. It offers informed advice to the Parish Priest and the Principal of the Parish School. The Parish School Board advises on matters such as policy development, financial administration and education in which the Parish is involved. It is an advisory body, providing structure for discussion and policy development. Decisions of the board are subject to ratification by the Parish Priest in consultation with the Principal. It represents the various groups involved with education within the Parish. It has developed a model of operation that is community building:
- It is based on Gospel values
- It is aware of Parish needs
- It is mutually supportive
The School Board met for our first meeting of 2019 in March. We propose to have quarterly meetings with Fr Mark Reynolds and Robyn Thomson to coincide with each term. The next meeting will be in late June.
I thought I’d share some of the key points arising from what was an excellent meeting and some of the matters we have been working on recently.
I again wanted to thank all of the past members of the Board, in particular Andrew Sammut for chairing the Board so well. They are big shoes to fill! We also welcomed Leigh Huynh to the Board.
Fr Mark gave us an update on the parish and noted St Bridget’s was in the midst of a Stewardship renewal. Robyn and I have been discussing how we might find ways of getting the word out about the school as part of the parish Stewardship process. Robyn gave the Board an update on the school and community, learning and teaching and education in faith.
Recently Robyn and I distributed a letter with the weekly bulletins to parishioners of St Bridget’s reiterating what a wonderful place it is for learning and development, and the fact the school is well and truly open for business!
On other matters, the Board considered ways of building awareness about the school including publications in local newspapers about school events.
We are also looking at ways of collaborating more closely with some of the Catholic Secondary Schools with which St Bridget’s has an affiliation, including Marcellin College and Sienna.
Parent and Parishioner’s Association
The Parents and Parishioners’ Group work together to raise money for the school and to organise social activities. This is achieved by enjoyable activities for both the children and their families throughout the year. A variety of social activities are planned during the year, such as a welcome picnic, trivia night, school fair, cake stalls, Father’s day breakfast, and fundraising. They also sell food and drinks at the school concert, twilight sports and art show.
A Working Bee Levy of $100 is charged per family however if a family attends two working bees the levy is refunded.
At the beginning of the school year each class teacher appoints a parent from his/her class as the ‘class representative’. The role of the representatives is to:
- Provide a link between the class teacher and the parents of that class, for the organisation and co-ordination of class social activities and classroom assistance
- Provide a more personal means of welcoming new families and teachers to St Bridget’s
Our school canteen operates on Fridays at morning recess as well as during Chess Tournaments hosted by St Bridget’s. It has over the counter sales of snacks. Parents run the TuckInn and there is a co-ordinator who organises the rosters, purchases stock and who is responsible for health and safety and food handling legislation. Also, as part of our leadership program the senior students assist with serving and handling of money.
Children can also order lunch via Miss Peppercorn on line and orders are to be entered by Wednesday for delivery on Friday. Special food days are also organised; these are held once a Term where the children can buy ‘treat foods’.
TuckInn is also a great way to meet other parents.