The St Brigid’s Uniform Shop is open on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 3:30 during the school terms. Orders can be placed at the office during office hours, and items sent home with your child, or picked up when the Uniform Shop is open. Click on the link to see the details of the school uniform.
Parents and Friends Association
What is the Parents & Friends Association?
The St Brigid’s Parent’s and Friends Association (P&F) represents all the parents/carers in the school community and seeks to promote fundraisers and social events that will benefit the welfare and education of children attending the school.
Who are the members? If you have children attending the school, you are automatically a member of the P&F! The P&F is coordinated by an elected committee and meets many times throughout the year. All members are welcome to attend meetings.
Members can help coordinate, organise, contribute to, plan and attend the many activities and initiatives, big and small. Your interest and assistance is very much appreciated and is integral in making the P&F a successful association. Small contributions from many people help to achieve big results and a solid support network within the school community.
The P&F coordinates, organises and contributes to some of the following functions and events during the year: sausage sizzles, morning tea for prep parents, a staff breakfast, social nights for parents, working bees, Trivia Night, Art Fair and more. Fundraisers include Easter Raffle, Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, the School Disco, Chocolate Drive and more! There are also Preserve Making days during the year that helps raise funds at the Art Fair.
Proceeds from the P&F fundraisings efforts are used in purchasing a broad range of school resources. These purchases are predominantly in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy, but have also included tablets, equipment and supplies, and ongoing support for the 5/6 school camp to Canberra and embellishment of school grounds.
We encourage others from the Parent Community to get involved too…after all, many hands really do make light work!
Parent Participation at St Brigid’s
Parent participation in the school is not only welcomed, it is strongly encouraged at St Brigid’s. There are many ways that you can become involved.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
St Brigid’s has a very active Parent and Friends Association, which meets on a monthly basis. Its purpose is varied – fundraising, social events organisation and consultation with the school principal in regards to school matters. Office bearers are elected at the Annual General Meeting held early in first term each year.
St Brigid’s strongly encourages the involvement of parents in the classrooms as much as possible. Whilst most parents choose to work in the rooms during the literacy block of a morning, parents are able to negotiate with classroom teachers for any suitable time during the day. A classroom helpers program is run at the beginning of each year to support parents with strategies and knowledge about helping in the classroom setting.
THE SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The school board has as its central purpose the provision of support to the parish priest, principal and staff of the school in realising the vision of St Brigid’s Primary School, Healesville.
Parents may volunteer their time to help out with a variety of special events such as sausage sizzle lunches, marshals on sporting days, coaching a sports team, umpiring for interschool sports, organising raffles, helping out at the Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day stall, setting up for art shows or concerts, etc. All of these provide a valuable contribution to the school and are greatly appreciated.
St Brigid’s often relies upon parent participation during school excursions. This is a great opportunity for students to access further knowledge on an area being studied. Parent participation allows us to group students in smaller numbers, thus allowing them greater opportunities to participate more fully in the different activities and experiences.
Parents: Partners in Student Wellbeing
Wellbeing incorporates the mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of a person underpinned by the acquisition of moral values. Parents are important partners with schools in promoting student wellbeing. It is within this context and informed by this set of beliefs that the Catholic Education Office Melbourne established a Student Wellbeing Unit.
The websites below may be of interest to parents and guardians:
Catholic Education Office Melbourne – Your Child’s Wellbeing
Information for parents about the role of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne’s Student Wellbeing Unit.
Organisation which provides counselling, relationship education, employment support and drug and alcohol services.
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhool Development website on Drug Education.
The National Depression Initiative
National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents and carers.