Dear Parents and Carers,
As we continue our Lenten journey the staff continue to seek ways to challenge the students to be aware of and support those less fortunate than themselves. Last Friday the students had a uniform free day and raised money for the communities affected by the recent floods. Also, on Monday students participated in Harmony Day activities in their classroom. Harmony Week occurs in March each year with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The ongoing theme of Harmony Week is 'everyone belongs'. Harmony Week is a time of cultural respect for all and at St Bede’s we continue to remind the students that they can be the change the world needs to see.
Staff continue across all year groups to put in place the new Catholic Education initiative of Catalyst, which is based on the Science of Learning. This fortnight staff have continued to implement the daily review as part of High Impact Teaching Practices . The daily review allows students to transfer information from their short term memory to their long term memory. Information transferred to long term memory is much easier to recall and supports not only learning today but well into the future. I encourage you to visit https://catalyst.cg.catholic.edu.au/ and become more familiar with Catalyst, which is having a direct impact on your child’s learning.
Tomorrow the school will hold its first Working Bee. Thank you to the families that have already volunteered their time and energy. Beginning at 2pm until 5 pm, this is a St Bede’s Community Council event and we are looking for parents to help keep our school looking lovely. There is a wide range of jobs that need to be done – so no matter what your skill levels, we have something you can help with. Even a half hour of your time would be appreciated. There is still time to be involved, please contact the office if you are available help. The afternoon will conclude with a BBQ for those who are able to volunteer.
A reminder that if students bring phones to school they need to be given handed in at the Front Office at the start of the day and collected at the end of the day.
This week, two of our students Ivy and Evie represented the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese at NSW Catholic primary Swimming in Sydney. We are extremely proud of their efforts and Ivy has written a report. Please see sports news for the full report and photo.
Hoping that you and your family have a relaxing weekend and the West Tigers can finally secure a win.
We acknowledged, last week, St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March and St. Joseph’s Day on 19th March. Thank you to everyone who donated to the NSW flood appeal through the children’s mufti day on Friday.
In Week 10 we will gather as a whole school to participate in our Holy Week liturgy. We are encouraging the children to be dressed up in some piece of clothing from Jesus’ time. This can be something small like a tea towel on the head or a suitable dressing gown and needs to go over the children’s uniform. We will be dramatising the Easter story as we move from Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion of Jesus. We will do this through acting, singing and movement. I will have more details next week but I just wanted to give you some notice about the clothing.
Year 4 and I had the privilege of going to the Parish Mass in our church, this week. Next Tuesday Year 5 and 6 will attend the Parish Mass on Tuesday. It is often when we no longer have something that we value it the most and this is particularly the case with going to the church for Mass.
May God’ peace be in our community and the wider global community.
What is The Big Vegie Crunch?
The Big Vegie Crunch is a fun health promotion event to help our community UP THE VEG. Our school will be taking part in The Big Vegie Crunch as part of Vegetable Week which runs from 28th March to 1st April.
On Thursday 31 March at 10 am our school will be joining hundreds of schools across NSW to break the record for the most students crunching vegetables simultaneously.
We need your help to make it a success! On Thursday 31 March, please pack your child a container of vegetables (not fruit this time) for them to crunch on.
Need some ideas?
- carrot, celery, cucumber – cut into sticks or left whole
- capsicum – cut into sticks or wedges
- corn – raw baby corn spears or a cooked corn cob
- broccoli or cauliflower florets - raw or lightly cooked to keep their crunch
- tomatoes – small cherry tomatoes or a large tomato that can be eaten like an apple
- beans or snow peas - raw or lightly cooked to keep their crunch
- mushrooms – sliced or left whole
- if fresh veg isn’t possible, try canned or frozen vegetables instead
Remember to keep serving up the vegetables at home and in your children’s lunchboxes. Check out the UP THE VEG at Home resource for ideas.
Our School Counsellor, Madi is available each Thursday, during the school term, at the school. If you think your child would benefit from seeing Madi please complete the online referral form at https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form.
Any concerns or questions can be emailed to Madi Madelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org and you will hear back on Thursdays. Or alternatively contact the school office for your concerns to be passed on.
NSW Catholic Primary Swimming - Sydney
Dear St Bede’s community,
I am writing to you in regards to the NSW Catholic Primary swimming championships that were held on Tuesday, 22 March. Our school had two swimmers through to this level of competition Evie Clark and myself. It was amazing to go to Homebush, in Sydney and swim in the same pool as many swimming legends swam for the Olympics 22 years ago.
I was honoured to be chosen to be one of the flag bearers for the diocese. Standing in front of the 850 something competitors and the spectators, was really special and something I will always remember.
Evie and myself both competed in 50 m breaststroke. In Evie’s junior race she placed 16th and I placed 11th in the senior race. I think our school did very well on Tuesday coming from our 18 metre pool, to be there with so many others.
Before I finish up I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for Evie and myself to be able to compete at this level including our coaches, the people from Canberra and Goulburn Diocese and Mrs Tooth for her amazing organisation!
Kind regards Ivy Ross
(a Prime Minister of St Bede’s)
A big thank you to those families who have already paid their Term 1 fees.
Reminder notices have been emailed or posted out.
If you have received a reminder notice, and you are unable to clear your debt in the next week, please contact the office to discuss a payment plan.
Parents who pay by regular instalments are asked to review their repayment amount to ensure that the repayment will cover the yearly fees. A copy of the fee schedule can be found here:
Please note that canteen has been cancelled for this week, due to a lack of parent volunteers.
Canteen can only operate with the help of parents, we require at least two parent volunteers per week.
If you are able to spare a few hours on a Friday, please either contact the office on 48422413 or Beck on 0438 211 071
If you would like more information on what is involved please contact Bec.
Term 1 - Canteen Roster
|Week 8 - 25 March||Cancelled|
|Week 9 - 1 April||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed|
|Week 10 - 8 April||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed|
|Week 1 - 29 April||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed||Volunteer needed|
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 through the app or desktop
If your child is catching a bus, other than their registered and approved Department of Transport bus run, for any reason, such as going to a friend’s place or a regular after school activity, parents must notify the school of the change, before 2:30pm, for every day that the change happens. The bus company also charges a fee of $3.00.
The school will then complete a white slip (change to departure slip) for your child. Your child will need to hand the white slip + $3:00 for the fare to the bus driver. If we are not notified or parents don't provide the $3:00, your child will be unable to take the bus.
Parents are asked to complete and return all the following forms to the classroom teacher.
- ICT agreement - to allow your child access to ICT at school
- Departure agreement - How your child gets home in the afternoon
- Medical update - updated details on medical issues that your child might have - this is important in case of emergencies