Parents and Carers under the existing COVID rules if you need to enter the school for any reason please phone the office, 48422413 before entering the grounds.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Last Sunday several staff, parents and grandparents witnessed our Year 3 and 4 students make their First Communion. The children were extremely reverent and were well prepared by Brother Brian, Johanna Barling, Ged Galvin and Victoria Marsh. Thank you to Lisa Kaptein for her organisation of the Mass and assisting with the preparation and to Father Mick for the beautiful Mass. It was lovely to be able to have the mass at the church. A very special thank you to the many helpers who came last Saturday to the church to assist with cleaning: Haraldson family, North family, Paciorek family, Vardanega family, Lisa Kaptein and Helen Hart and to Trish Young for making and decorating the beautiful cake.
Plans are underway to finalise staffing for 2022, which will be announced soon. To assist with preparation for this day and end of year planning, if your child/children won’t be attending St Bede’s next year can you please notify the front office by Friday, December 10. On Friday, December 10 the new staff will be coming to St Bede’s so they can meet everyone and participate in a transition day, where they get to meet their new teacher and experience some time as a class with their teacher for next year. We look forward to welcoming our new staff to St Bede’s and they are looking forward to being part of the Braidwood community.
Congratulations to Frankie Doherty and Nelita Ridley, who last Friday, were awarded with scholarships to assist with their secondary education by the CWA. We are extremely grateful to the CWA for making this opportunity available for our local students. The girls both had to write letters to the CWA stating why they would be worthy recipients and what they would do with the money, if they were successful.
Congratulations to Rosalie Hazell who was a finalist in the Archdiocesan Public Speaking Compeition which was held via Teams today. Rosalie's topic was 'Being Young is Overrated'. Rosalie spoke extremely well but unfortuantely she came up against some very tough competition and was unsuccessful in gaining a place. Well done Rosalie on getting to this level!
Unfortunately, swimming lessons for all our children had to be cancelled due to lack of trained instructors available to take the children. We are hoping we will be able to have this in term 1 next year. The Year 6 students will be refunded. A big thank you to Katie Tooth for all her organisation.
Next Wednesday we have our final Community Council meeting for the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Community Council members who do an amazing job to support the school and to assist with decision making. Thank you to Amanda Vardanega (Chair), Anthony Haraldson (Secretary), Jayne Foster (Treasurer), Richard Bunn (Grounds Maintenance), Bec Thistleton, Marita Fuhrer (Parent Reps), Br Brian (Parish Rep) and Bridget Welfare (Staff rep). The time and commitment that you give to St Bede’s is very much appreciated.
Thank you so much to all our parents who have endeavoured to follow all the Level 3+ restrictions. Please ensure you contact the office if you need to come into the school, sign in at the front office and wear a mask.
Please keep our Braidwood community in your prayers and continue to be thankful for the small everyday blessings around us.
On Sunday 21st November we celebrated the sacrament of First Eucharist with our Year 3 and 4 students.
Thank you to all the parents that helped to clean the church to make this event possible, to Trish Young for making an amazing cake, and to Brother Brian and Father Mick who helped to prepare the students so well.
This weekend is the first Sunday of Advent.
Advent is a special time in the church year when we prepare and get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’. When we light the candles on the wreath, it symbolises the coming of light (Jesus) into the world.
Candle 1 (violet): represents hope
Candle 2 (violet): represents peace
Candle 3 (rose): represents joy
Candle 4 (violet): represents love
The central white candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ.
- Change of Date: Trinity Catholic College Goulburn - Open day - Thursday 2 December - more details to follow.
- Year 6 Graduation Thursday 9 December - details to follow
- School Reports to go home - Friday 10 December, via Parent Portal
- Last day of Term 4 for students - Tuesday 14 December
- First day Term 1 - 2022 for students - Tuesday 1 February
2022 Sibling Discount Information for Parents of Secondary Students.
If you have a child attending a systemic Archdiocesan Secondary School in 2022 (this is Trinity Catholic College - Goulburn, St Mary's MacKillop, St Clare's, St John Paul, Merici or St Francis Xavier). You are eligible for a 50% discount on the CE Tuition Fee, charged by St Bede's school for 2022. (this applies to Tuition Fees only)
Please either email the office - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 48422413 and speak with Lara.
This form must be returned to the office before the end of this term for the discount to be applied for 2022.
Reminder - Daramalan, St Edmund's and Marist are not CE systemic School are therefore not eligible for the discount.
Have you seen Our new Parent Portal?
Emails have been sent to all parents with their login details.
The Compass Parent Portal is a secure online portal that lets parents access information about their child.
The Portal is accessible via the web and the Compass School manager App (via the the App store on your device)
What You Can Do?
- Submit absent notes
- Communicate directly with teachers (desktop only)
- Access your child's reports
- View attendance records
- Update basic Contact information
- Receive relevant messaging thought the app or desktop
- The Year 5/6 camp will be charged in Terms 3 & 4, once we know the cost.
- The swimming levy will be charged in Term 4 only.
Because of these reasons we are unable to offer a payment schedule, as in previous years. Parents who pay by regular instalments are asked to review their repayment amounts regularly to ensure they cover their fees.
Any questions please contact the office on 48422413 or email email@example.com
For parents who have children starting Kinder or Year 7 next year, please find a toolkit that has been developed to assist families help make the transition to Primary and Secondary schools. The toolkit includes a module on transitions, Nurturing Your Child Through Transition, for Primary and Secondary students, please click on this link for more information. https://parentengagementcspa.edu.au/
Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese Touch Football trials
Years 5 and 6
Nominations are now open to trial for selection in the 2022 Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese Touch Football teams. A team of 12 boys and a team of 12 girls will be selected to represent the Archdiocese at the MacKillop Open Touch selection trials to be held at St Mary’s (Sydney) on Friday 18th March.
If a student attends the C & G trials they must be available for selection in all subsequent representative teams.
Students must be in Year 5 or 6 in 2022 and have experience playing touch/rugby/league to be eligible. The trials will be held in Canberra on Wednesday 9th February 2022 and cost $15 per student.
Nominations close on Friday 4th February 2022.
Please note that parents will be required to provide transport and supervision on the day as no staff will be attending.
For more information or to discuss your child’s eligibility, please contact me at school, on 48422413.
Our school counsellor, Ryoko is available each Thursday, during the school term, at the school. If you think your child would benefit from seeing Ryoko, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The links for parents to access counselling are provided below:
The current Book Club, issue 8, is an online catologue only and is the closing date is 2 December 2021.
The link is https://scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/ Parents who haven't used Book Club Loop before will need to create a login to place an order.
Books make fantastic Christmas gifts, if you would like a Book Club order held for a gift please contact the school on 48422413 or email email@example.com
Come and join us for swimming club at the Braidwood Pool every Monday evening, 5 - 6:30pm. We run a program of races and other swimming activities to develop swimming skills and encourage participation.
Children can join once they can swim a lap (18m) of the pool with/ without a kickboard. For more advanced swimmers we offer longer races and opportunities to compete at inter-club events.