Dear Parents and Carers
This week we it was lovely to see the Kinder and Year 1 students return so happy and eager to learn along with our staff. Next week we look forward to having the Years 2 to 6 students return. We certainly hope that lockdown becomes a practice of the past as school life begins to resume to full time learning. Thank you so much to our Kinder and Year 1 parents who have endeavoured to follow all the Level 3+ restrictions. It isn’t easy but we navigate this road together. The children have quickly adjusted to remaining within their Cohorts for playtime and pick-up and drop-off.
- We will be resuming on-site under Level 3+ restrictions. Children must remain in their separate Stage cohorts for learning activities, sport, playtime as well as afternoon pick up and bus lines. Face masks are compulsory for all staff and visitors to school and encouraged for Primary students. Regular hand washing and use of sanitiser is also encouraged daily. The classrooms are cleaned very thoroughly each day and ventilation in all classroom spaces is a high priority. Windows will be opened to ensure adequate air flow, supported in addition with ceiling fans and air-conditioning. Parents to help stop the spread of Covid we urge you if you child/children are unwell or have flu like symptoms please do not send them to school. We don’t want an outbreak at St Bede’s as we want all our community to stay safe and well.
- The school is only open for essential visitors or to support the delivery of the school curriculum. Unfortunately, this means that we are still unable to welcome parents back on-site. Please say goodbye to your children and collect them in the afternoons from the rear of the school, using the small and/or large gate at Elrington Street. This will avoid unnecessary congestion at the front gate with the students catching the bus. Parents please ensure you maintain social distancing of 1.5 m with other parents. Bus children will enter and exit the school from the front gate as usual. There will be an extra teacher on duty at both entry and exit points before and after school. Parents and carers are only to enter the school grounds if a staff member has requested you too. Alternatively, please call the front office on 4842 2413 so that we can assist or support you with any enquires.
- At this stage we are also not able to hold excursions, conduct private music lessons, assemblies, Class Masses or any school productions that include singing and dancing. It is anticipated that Kindergarten Orientation will be able to occur during Weeks 7 and 8 as planned.
- The celebration of First Holy Communion is permitted to go ahead and will occur on Sunday November 21 at 10:30 am at a special mass for the candidates and their families. The regular Parish Mass will be held at 6pm as usual.
The Father's Day raffle was unable to be drawn due to remote learning. The raffle is now a wellbeing raffle, with prizes to be won for every family. Please return all raffle ticket butts and money to the front office by Thursday, November 11. The raffle will be drawn at school on November 12. If you require additional raffle books, please contact the front office. Proceeds are going towards the purchase of new IT equipment for the students.
Please keep our Braidwood community in your prayers and continue to be thankful for the small everyday blessings around us.
Save the date - First Eucharist (take two)
Save the date - First Eucharist (take two)
Thank you to all our students and parents for being so understanding regarding the postponement of our celebration. We have set a new date and are hopeful that we will be able to celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist on Sunday 21st November at 10:30am.
More details to follow closer to the date to ensure that we are complying with the most current COVID guidelines
Congratulations to all our students who represented St Bede’s last week online at the Northern Region Public Speaking Competition. The level of presentations was truly amazing with adjudicators all expressing the difficulty in selecting place getters, especially a winner.
Thankyou to Mrs. Germaine Hannaford, Mrs. Jackie French and Mr. Michael Crosby who gave up a great deal of time to adjudicate Years 3-6 speeches. Topics were quite open ended and allowed the speakers opportunity to be creative and distinguish themselves from the other speakers.
Year 3 - 2 minute speech - Goals are good for you - Jolyn & Edie
Year 4 - 2 minute speech - What makes the world go ‘round - Stella and Daisy=3rd
Year 5 - 3 minute speech - If only - Ivy 3rd & Isla
Year 6 - 3 minute speech - Being young is overrated - Frankie & Rosalie 1st
The top two speakers from each year level will represent the region at the Archdiocesan Competition in November. Mr. Galvin will communicate the details when they become available.
Melbourne Cup Snail Races
Students are invited to bring in 1-2 snails only in a secure container on Tuesday 2 November. Barrier trials will be run [or slid] before school with year level events at recess. The fastest snail from each year level will compete in the Snail Cup at lunchtime. Students who choose not to bring in a snail are welcome to watch.
Year 5 Online Learning
During this term, Year 5 engaged in writing an information report based on an Australian native animal. In order to do this, every day, in week 1, they researched and answered questions based on their chosen animal. During week 2, the students collated their responses and structured paragraphs around their research. The information reports were excellent!!
By Leilani Year 5
The Eastern Quoll is one of four different Quolls that are native to Australia.Quolls are marsupials because their young, also known as pups, spend the first part of their lives in a pouch.The Latin classification for a Quoll is Dasyurus Viverrinus.
The Eastern Quoll has four paws,however it is different to the other Quolls because it only has four toes, not five on the hind feet. They also have a pointed nose,a bushy tail and the back is covered in spots. Their fur is either light fawn or near black with the belly fur being white. The Quoll also have sensitive ears.
The Eastern Quolls are carnivores,they eat spiders,cockroaches and grasshoppers, however they are known to take on small mammals such as rabbits, mice and rats.The Eastern Quoll is a solitary predator hunting mainly at night.Their diet does not differ between the seasons, however they do compete with the Tasmanian Devil.
The Eastern Quolls are pregnant for 21 days. The young are the size of grain of rice, up to 18 young are born but only six survive because the mother only has six teats. A Quoll pup will stay in its mothers pouch for 8 weeks and are weaned when they are up to 18 to 20 weeks old. The Eastern Quoll lives between 2-5 years in the wild and up to 7 years in captivity.
The Eastern Quolls have been considered extinct on the mainland since the 1960s; now they are only found in Tasmania. The cause of their extinction is due to feral cats, dogs, roadkill, poisoning and trapping across Tasmania. The last Eastern Quoll on the mainland was killed as roadkill.
The Eastern Quoll are native to Australia and New Guinea. Genetically it has been seen that Quolls evolved 15 million years ago. The Quoll is referred to as a ‘native cat’ or ‘tiger cat.’
Do you need to renew or apply for a Working with Children Check?
If so Service NSW will be in Braidwood on November 10 and offer a range of services.
- Roads & Maritime Services (including licence and registration renewals and applications)
- Processing of NSW Fitness to Drive Medical Assessments and Mobility Parking Applications
- Processing of RSA and RCG cards
- Undertaking Driver Knowledge Test (& limited Driving Tests by appointment only, contact 13 77 88)
- Births, Deaths and Marriages (including birth, marriage, death and change of name certificates)
- Application and Renewal of Working with Children Checks on behalf of Office of Children’s Guardian
- Cost of Living appointments to assist with accessing more than 70 government rebates and savings
- Dine & Discover Voucher Applications
- Regional Seniors Travel Card Applications
Our Mobile Service Centre is a cashless facility and will accept payment by credit/debit cards or cheques.
If you require any further information on our service locations or opening hours, visit service.nsw.gov.au/msc or contact Service NSW on 13 77 88
Our school counsellor, Ryoko is available each Thursday, during the school term, for online sessions. If you think your child would benefit from seeing Ryoko, please email her at email@example.com. The links for parents to access counselling are provided below:
- Year 6 Graduation Thursday 9 December - details to follow
- Trinity Catholic College Goulburn - Open day - Friday 10 December - more details to follow.
- School Reports to go home - Friday 10 December
- Last day of Term 4 for students - Tuesday 14 December
- First day Term 1 - 2022 for students - Tuesday 1 February
Do you enjoy visiting Braidwood Pool during the swimming season?
Are you interested in programs/ activities at Braidwood Pool, such as learn to swim, squad and swimming club? With the swimming season approaching, Braidwood Swimming Club invite all community members to participate in our survey to help us consider what types of aquatic activities to support/ develop at the Braidwood Pool both for this summer and future seasons. Please take a few minutes to give us your input via the link: https://forms.gle/KbE8tNnn8Z8LNJeH8 or at https://www.facebook.com/braidwoodswimclub/