St Brigid's, Coonamble
Grandparents and Older Friends Morning
Many visitors and family members happily joined the St Brigid’s students on Friday 9th March for the annual Grandparents and Older Friends’ morning.
Visitors were entertained with every student involved in a variety of items. The infants’ pupils sang a tribute to the special visitors; ‘You are my Sunshine’ was significant for every person present. Visitors then visited the classrooms and enjoyed the scrumptious morning tea. All guests left with many saying that this year was the best ever and definitely vowing to return next year.
Fathers’ Day Breakfast at St Brigid’s School
On Friday 5 September, many dads, grandads, uncles and carers appreciated the early celebration for Fathers’ Day. Father Greg and the staff cooked bacon and eggs rolls. The assistance of the mums was wonderful. Everybody enjoyed their breakfast. At 9am the students selected books to read and found an adult, an older person or friend to read to and with. After fifteen minutes of relative silence in the playground, our guests joined the students in the assembly room for a presentation and prayer tribute, led by Year 6.
We were delighted with the many people who made the effort to attend and enjoy the company of their children and those present
Sydney Boys Grammer visit St Brigid's
On 26th June, 50 students from Sydney Boys Grammar School visited Coonamble. They were travelling by bus in the North-West part of NSW.
They arrived at our school at lunchtime, so they were able to join in and play handball, master and football with us. I had a chance to speak to two of the boys. I asked them how big their playground was and they answered that it was probably the space of our playground but all concrete.
After lunch, we lined up ready to go to the concert the boys were performing for us, which was being held in the church.
The band played a variety of songs and tunes including songs from the movie Moana, The Simpsons theme song as well as songs from the movie Frozen. My favourite part was The Simpsons theme song.
I had a fantastic time at the concert and I was amazed when they answered that their playground was that small.
Year 3 Student, St Brigid’s School
NAIDOC Day at St Brigid’s
The school community held their annual NAIDOC celebrations on Wednesday 25 June. All the staff, students and many visitors wore red, black and or yellow clothing. These are the colours on the Aboriginal flag.
The day began with a welcome to country and the raising of the Aboriginal flag. After recess there was a smoking ceremony conducted by Locky Dennis and his sons. All participants were extremely interested in the ritual. The crowd then walked into the assembly room where Locky spoke to all present about Aboriginal customs and tools. Several students volunteered to participate in dance activities.
Sausage sandwiches were provided for lunch. These were cooked and distributed by the parents and carers present. We were delighted that the dance troupe from Coonamble High commenced the afternoon activities by dancing for us. Everyone appreciated their skills and efforts. The students were divided into their six peer support groups and they moved to the variety of activities that were provided. These included observing Johnny cakes being cooked then having a tasting, playing Aboriginal games, watching a Dreaming story, questioning Locky plus learning more about the NAIDOC week theme for 2014: serving country centenary and beyond. This year’s theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country. From the warriors in the Frontier Wars to those who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe.
Prior to the day all students had painted an Aboriginal design on a small canvas. The canvases were colourful and the students were very proud of their efforts. We are very grateful to the Coonamble Aboriginal Medical Centre and the Coonamble Shire for their donations of staff and money to ensure that our NAIDOC Day observance was a great success.
Boss for a day
Recently Lianne Tasker from the Coonamble Shire presented a plethora of prizes to the Years 4 and 6 students who competed in the writing competition based on being ‘boss for a day’. Gifts bags were given to Georgia Wilson, Sam Wilson, Hunter Heiken, Amber Michael, Gillian Ryan and Teagan Millstead for their outstanding efforts.
On Monday 19th May the Year 5/6 students and the voluntary lunchtime choir group competed in the Narrabri Eisteddfod. For the upper primary items, Greg Storer, a golden guitar winner, accompanied the students for their first song and Harvey Keady, from Year Five, played a baby grand piano for the second song. In the Entertainment Section the students, were attired in 1920’s style clothing, complete with pearls and jewels for the girls and gangster style hats for the boys. They sang and danced to two songs from the Bugsy Malone Musical. Mrs Storer and Mrs Barrett had meticulously prepared the students and their efforts were rewarded as both choirs won their division. Many parents/carers and relatives were present to witness the exciting victories.
On Tuesday 20th May, Years 5 and 6 girls participated in the Schools Cup Netball Challenge at the Coonamble Sporting fields. Both teams had a very successful day with the Year 6 team being placed second after losing only one game. The Year 5 team won four, drew one and lost three. The netballers were delighted with the opportunity to wear a school skirt that the P & F had purchased.
Fabulous Celebration for Seniors
The grandparents/older friends’ morning held at Saint Brigid's School, as part of Catholic Schools Week, and at the beginning of Seniors Week was an absolute success. The crowd was bigger than previous years. Again several visitors travelled for many hours to be with their grandchildren, one grandmother even came from Sri Lanka.
There was a large congregation for Mass. Highlights of the liturgy were the school choir singing the entrance hymn and the response before the gospel. Year Four re-enacted the gospel, several Year Six students read clearly and the iMovie contained many photos of the students, happenings at St Brigid’s and some grandparents and older friends. This presentation emphasised the 2014 theme ‘Catholic Schools – more than a great education’. The tribute song by Year Five students was well received. Finally all infants’ students presented the older friends with delightful bookmarks that they had made.
After Mass many visitors took the opportunity to visit the students in the classes. The rooms were filled with interested adults who enjoyed the varied activities that the children undertook. The plentiful and delicious morning tea, donated by the parents and carers was politely distributed by the Year Six students, while the parents serving the tea and coffee were flat out keeping up with the orders. Part of the Seniors Week grant that the school had received towards this event provided trays of delicious sandwiches and the supplies for the beverages that were consumed.
It truly was a fabulous morning.
Naidoc Day at St Brigid’s School Coonamble
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC celebrations are held annually around Australia early in July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is, “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”. This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.
St Brigid’s School community held their NAIDOC day on Wednesday 26 June. All the staff, students and visitors wore red, black and or yellow clothing. These are the colours on the Aboriginal flag.
At noon there was a joyful Liturgy in the church, then the class awards were presented.
Sausage sandwiches were provided for lunch. These were cooked and distributed by the many parents and carers present. In the afternoon the students were divided into their six peer support groups and they moved to the variety of activities that were provided. These included observing Johnny cakes being cooked then having a tasting, playing traditional Aboriginal games, watching a Dreaming story, learning more about the Yirrkala Bark Petitions and painting.
Prior to the day all students had painted an Aboriginal design on calico shopping bags. We are very grateful to the Coonamble Aboriginal Medical Centre and the Coonamble Shire for their donations of staff and money to ensure that our NAIDOC Day observance was a great success.
Diocesan Cross Country
On Tuesday 7 May, twenty nine students participated in the extremely well organised Diocesan Cross Country at Coolah. The students all ran extremely well and did their best. Their results were very pleasing. We had 5 students who were placed in the top eight: Fred Fletcher 2nd - 11 years boys, Reece Heaney 3rd - 12 years boys, Ned Hoath 5th - 10 years boys, Emily Gallen 4th and Lucy Heaney 6th - 9 years girls. They will now compete at the Catholic Primary School Cross Country event at Homebush on Friday 14 June. After each event the top three scores of the competitors were calculated. As a results our 9 years girls team of Emily Gallen, Lucy Heaney, Zara Hiscock and Holly Evans were placed first. The girls each received a first place ribbon and a great pennant that is touring their homes and will eventually be displayed in the school office. Well done to all runners.
Mothers Day Celebrations
Many Mums, carers and community members participated in Mass on Friday 10 May. Y Five read the readings, prayers and dramatised the gospel. Towards the end of the liturgy Father Greg called all mothers and carers forward and blessed them. The students then sang a lovely song to honour their Mums and carers. Many people stayed for morning tea. All funds raised will go towards the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea fund.
Diocesan Spelling Bee
Each school in the Bathurst Diocese has been invited to participate in a spelling bee. After a tense spell off the four students who will be representing St Brigids are: Year Six Laura Williams and Shania Thomas and Year Four: Aiden Heagarty and Dominic Ryan.
Grandparents/Older Friends' Day
The Grandparents/Older Friends' Day held at Saint Brigid's School, as part of Catholic Schools Week, was an absolute success with a larger number attending than in previous years. This year there were international granparents attending, as well as several visitors who travelled for many hours to be with their grandchildren.
The church was packed for Mass. Highlights of the liturgy were: Kindergarten students singing to their Grandparents, Year Three presenting their version of the Beatitudes specifically for their older friends, Y1 and Y2 combined to pray a litany of prayers for their needs and the needs of others. The Y6 PowerPoint contained many incriminating photos of what grandparents and older friends allowed children to do to them. There was singing by the school choir. The final tribute song by Y5 students was well received. Finally all Y4 pupils gave flowers that they had made to the visitors, along with a commemorative bookmark.
After Mass many visitors took the opportunity to visit the students in the classes. The rooms were filled with interested adults who enjoyed the activities that the children undertook. The plentiful and delicious morning tea, donated by the parents and carers, was politely distributed by the Y6 students while the parents serving the tea and coffee were flat out keeping up with the orders.
All in all it was a fabulous morning.
Money Snake Fundraiser
On Friday 26 October all the St Brigid's students wore their casual clothes and brought in spare coins to use to make a money snake. The challenge was for one class to have the longest snake made of coins, placed next each other, or the snake that had the highest value. The coin snakes were measured by string and the string lengths compared to identify the winning class. Year Five had the most coins, but Year Two raised the most money. This activity was to heighten the pupils' awareness of people who are far less fortunate than all of us. The generosity of the students and their families was outstanding. The total donated was $1213.10
After consultation with the students, $490 has been donated to the St Vincent De Paul assist a student program. This money will go towards education scholarships for seven students in countries like Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Philippines. The money pays for seven students' education needs like books, uniforms and fees for one year. That is twenty cents a day to educate a child. The remainder of the money; $723.10 has been sent to Catholic Mission to assist their Restore Hope appeal.
On Friday 2 November, four singers who form the quartet the Hummingbirds performed in Saint Brigid's assembly room. They are part of this year's Musica Viva tour. St Brigid's and Carinda School students were entertained with some of the best known soul, pop and rock songs of the 20th century.
The four female singers were fantastic. They captivated the audience both young and old. The staff had taught the students many of the songs and movements prior to the Hummingbirds' visit. As a result there was fantastic audience participation and harmonious singing. Musica Viva has been part of our entertainment program for many years.
Year Four Excersion
The Year Four students from St Brigid's thoroughly enjoyed their overnight excursion to Wellington and Dubbo on the 8-9 November. In Dubbo they visited Dundullimal Homestead, the Western Plains Cultural Centre (art gallery and museum), the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Ten pin Bowling Centre. At Wellington they visited the Wellington Caves complex, the Japanese Gardens and stayed overnight in cabins. A highlight of the visit was viewing the Archibald 2012 display and participating in an art workshop where they painted a portrait. This is always a fabulous excursion that complements the work covered on Australian history.
St Brigid's celebrates Fathers Day
On Friday 31st August from 8:15am we held an early morning breakfast at our school. The purpose was to celebrate Dads and carers just before Father's Day. Over 170 bacon and egg rolls were served by the staff. Many Dads, grandads and carers had a lovely time catching up with each other. From 8:55am the Dads and many carers stayed to read to the children for about twenty minutes. Then some of the visitors popped into the classrooms to view the children's work. The morning was an absolute success.